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Kidman Is Australia's Richest Young Woman

17 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has topped a list of Australia's richest women under 40. The Cold Mountain star has an estimated worth of $107 million and came in fourth overall in BRW magazine's poll, which was topped by 39-year-old mobile phone magnate John Ilhan, who has accumulated more than $209 million. Supermodel Elle Macpherson and pop beauty Kylie Minogue came joint third place on the women's list, with $42 million each. The Stepford Wives actress is next set to be seen in controversial film Birth, followed by thriller The Interpreter. »

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Bacall Dismisses Kidman's "Legend" Tag

9 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen veteran Lauren Bacall has balked at suggestions Nicole Kidman is an acting "legend" - preferring instead to dub the Australian beauty a "beginner". During an interview on British TV show GMTV yesterday morning, Bacall, 79, became irritated when the 37-year-old Oscar winner was described as "a legend". Cutting off interviewer Jenni Falconer in mid-sentence, Bacall blurted, "She's not a legend. She's a beginner. What is this 'legend'? She can't be a legend at whatever age she is. She can't be a legend, you have to be older." Key Largo star Bacall, former wife of Humphrey Bogart, features as Kidman's mother in the controversial new movie Birth, and insists she and the statuesque redhead have a good relationship. She says, "I love working with a young actress. Nicole and I worked together on Dogville and we were friends when we started this. That laid the groundwork for our fabulous relationship on screen and off." »

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Birth

8 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Screened at the Venice International Film Festival

VENICE -- There is nothing about Nicole Kidman's character Anna in Birth that suggests she is stupid, tormented or coming apart at the seams. Nonetheless, when a 10-year-old boy claims that he is the reincarnation of her husband, who died a decade earlier, it doesn't take long before she says, "Oh, right, yes".

You want to scream, like the boy seeing the emperor's lack of clothes. Birth is a paranormal mystery without a spine. It has no suspense because it has no belief in itself. It doesn't take the trouble to suggest any reasons for why an intelligent, upper class New Yorker should make the choices she does.

Kidman looks great in the film with an urchin haircut and beautifully cut clothes but the film has no payoff and there's nothing she can do about it. Fans waiting for another hit from the Oscar-winner will be disappointed.

Director Jonathan Glazer's first film was Sexy Beast, a different cup of tea that allowed Ben Kingsley to snarl all over the screen in Cockney Spain. Here, it's all Central Park West elegance and soft-spoken class.

The film opens with Anna's husband apparently dying beneath a bridge while jogging in the snow. Nothing is revealed about him or his widow but it apparently takes her 10 years before she's ready to contemplate another relationship, probably something of an Upper East Side Manhattan record.

When a 10-year-old who says his real name is Sean (Cameron Bright) shows up at her engagement party to Joseph (Danny Huston) and declares that he is, in fact, her dead husband Sean, it casts a bit of a pall over the festivities. If the screenplay bothered to establish something in Anna's makeup or emotional state that would help suspend disbelief then her gradual acceptance that the boy is who claims to be might not be so laughable.

As it is, pretty soon Anna's sharing a bathtub naked with the kid and before long she's planning to run off with him, promising to marry him in 11 years when he turns 21. The boy, who seldom smiles and has a deep manly voice, scares Anna's husband-to-be enough that he goes berserk, smashes up the drawing room and gives the lad a beating. No one suggests that Joseph's violent over-reaction would give pause to most brides-to-be.

Lauren Bacall is on hand as Anna's mother but even her droll line-readings can do little to bolster things. And Anne Heche drops by as a shifty woman whose involvement with the boy may complicate things. But nothing hangs together and when it ends it simply disappears from your mind.

BIRTH

New Line Productions

Credits:

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Screenwriters: Jean-Claude Carriere, Milo Addica, Jonathan Glazer

Producers: Jean-Louis Piel, Nick Morris, Lizie Gower

Executive producers: Kerry Orent, Mark Ordesky, Xavier Marchand

Director of photography: Harris Savides

Production designer: Kevin Thompson

Editors: Sam Sneade, Claus Wehlisch

Costume designer: John Dunn

Music: Alexandre Desplat

Cast:

Anna: Nicole Kidman

Young Sean: Cameron Bright

Joseph: Danny Huston

Eleanor: Lauren Bacall

Laura: Alison Elliot

Bob: Arliss Howard

Sean: Michael Seautels

Clara: Anne Heche

Clifford: Peter Stormare

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 100 mins »

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Kidman Linked to Italian Racing Tycoon

8 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman is the latest beauty to fall into the arms of Italian motor racing boss Flavio Briatore. The Stepford Wives star, who was married to Tom Cruise for ten years, set tongues wagging when she was spotted sharing an intimate rendezvous with Briatore over dinner last week. Now friends say the pair are planning to spend time together this week in Venice, Italy - where Kidman is promoting her latest film, Birth, at the Venice Film Festival. A source close to Kidman says, "I can't see this latest one being more than a passing fling at best." Briatore has a reputation as a Casanova and has dated some of the world's most beautiful women including Eva Herzigova and Naomi Campbell. He is also the father of ex-girlfriend Heidi Klum's baby Leni. »

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Venice heavy on Hollywood

30 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood will have its fingerprints all over the 61st Venice International Film Festival, with three movies in competition and seven others receiving special screenings, organizers said Thursday while announcing the festival lineup. In his first outing as the artistic director of the event, Marco Mueller made good on his pledge to add more studio fare to this year's lineup. Three U.S. films -- Jonathan Glazer's Birth (Fine Line), Mira Nair's Vanity Fair and and Todd Solondz's Palindromes (Focus Features) -- will vie for this year's Golden Lion. Twenty-one films are in competition, one more than last year, and 16 others are set to receive special screenings. »

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Venice heavy on Hollywood

30 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood will have its fingerprints all over the 61st Venice International Film Festival, with three movies in competition and seven others receiving special screenings, organizers said Thursday while announcing the festival lineup. In his first outing as the artistic director of the event, Marco Mueller made good on his pledge to add more studio fare to this year's lineup. Three U.S. films -- Jonathan Glazer's Birth (Fine Line), Mira Nair's Vanity Fair and and Todd Solondz's Palindromes (Focus Features) -- will vie for this year's Golden Lion. Twenty-one films are in competition, one more than last year, and 16 others are set to receive special screenings. »

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Bosses of Kidman's Movie Defend Controversial Scene

29 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bosses of Nicole Kidman's latest movie Birth are defending the decision to include the actress in a bathtub scene with a 10-year-old boy. In the movie, the Oscar-winning actress' dead husband is reincarnated as a child, played by Canadian actor Cameron Bright, and it has elicited much outrage after it was revealed Kidman and her young co-star share a bathtub in one scene. But New Line Cinema's Mark Ordesky insists there's nothing in the movie to cause alarm. He says, "There is no physical contact between Nicole and Cameron. They are not nude in the bathtub. The scene was shot over Nicole's shoulder. (Cameron) is playing a grown man trapped in the body of a 10-year-old. When you see the performances in the context of the plot, it makes perfect sense. It is meant to be a provocative film, but not in a horrible or salacious way." Bright, who played Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' son in the movie Godsend, notes, "In one movie I did, I had an abusive father, and in another I had a father who was a pedophile. I've had a lot of really dark roles." Lauren Bacall also appears in the movie as Kidman's mother. »

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Kidman's Kissing Scene with Boy Sparks Outrage

21 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman's latest film has sparked controversy before its even been released - because of a passionate clinch she shares with a ten-year- old boy. The Oscar-winning actress, 36, is seen getting romantic with a ten-year-old boy she believes is the reincarnation of her dead husband in Birth - which has horrified film executives. New Line Cinema bosses are anxious over scenes involving Kidman and the boy stripping off together for a bath - while another scene see the two locking lips. PR companies who are set to promote the $54 million film have allegedly called it a 'publicity nightmare'. »

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Addica to be repped by Endeavor

19 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscar-nominated scribe Milo Addica, who is set to make his directorial debut with an untitled feature based on the best seller The French Hustler, has signed with Endeavor for representation. French Hustler, which follows the true-life exploits of Gallic con artist Christophe Rocancourt, will be produced by Thomas Langmann under his Paris shingle Le Petite Reine. Addica, who received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the critically acclaimed film Monster's Ball, most recently co-wrote Birth. Jonathan Glazer directs Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall in the Fine Line Features project. Other writing credits include the biker-themed drama Iron Cross (formerly known as The Biker Creed) for Imagine/Universal. Addica also is producing the Gael Garcia Bernal-Sam Shepard starrer The King, which he wrote with director James Marsh. Addica continues to be represented by attorney Jodi Peikoff. »

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