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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” what is Nicole Kidman’s greatest performance?

Vadim Rizov (@VRizov), Filmmaker Magazine

I don’t know about “best” — I haven’t seen an embarrassing chunk of what are considered her most significant roles, and I’m weak on understanding acting — but the performance that sticks most in my mind (quite possibly because I saw it at impressionable high school age) is “Dogville.” Kidman is spookily withdrawn, like an observer alien in a human body dropped into a moral wasteland which she attempts to navigate with understanding and decorum until finally it’s just too much. As in “Birth,
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Film Review: ‘Blood Money’

Film Review: ‘Blood Money’
Stumbling upon $8 million dollars in stolen currency on a wilderness trip doesn’t turn out so well for three young friends — surprise! — in “Blood Money.” It’s not particularly plausible placing bratty 20-year-olds in classic noirish circumstances of greed and betrayal, with John Cusack more weird than menacing as the criminal they’ve unwittingly tangled with. But this open-air thriller is decently crafted by director Lucky McKee (whose prior films have landed closer to horror terrain), and it eventually summons up enough seriocomic neo-noir perversity to comprise a fun, semi-guilt-free ride. Saban Films is opening the movie on 10 screens nationwide Oct. 13, simultaneously with Liongate’s VOD release.

After a first year of college, Lynn (Willa Fitzgerald), Jeff (Jacob Artist) and Victor (Ellar Coltrane) reunite for an annual rafting/camping trip. Actually, not everyone got some higher education —while track star Lynn won an athletic scholarship, and brash, brawny Jeff’s wealthy family footed his tuition bill, Victor
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Beach Boy: Interview with Baywatch's Zac Efron

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Beach Boy: Interview with Baywatch's Zac EfronBeach Boy: Interview with Baywatch's Zac EfronBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine5/24/2017 10:27:00 Am

Baywatch was the most popular internationally syndicated TV series of the 1990s. And even though the drama about Southern California lifeguards often unfolded like self-parody — its appeal rested mainly on a swimsuit-clad Pamela Anderson running down the beach in slow motion and David Hasselhoff’s questionable emoting — it took itself as seriously as a show based on eye candy could.

This year’s movie version of Baywatch knows better than to do that. It’s consciously a comedy (the director, Seth Gordon, has given us Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses and TV’s The Goldbergs). And according to Zac Efron, one of the film’s stars, there are numerous other improvements.

“The movie has a little more to it,” Efron, 29, says during a chat on the Universal Studios backlot just outside Los Angeles.
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Abracadabra! First look at Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman

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Author: Scott Davis

After hanging up his claws and mane following this year’s Logan, star Hugh Jackman has been busy with his next project, The Greatest Showman, for which we have been given our first look at today courtesy of EW.

Logan has been a huge hit this year for Jackman, as his final appearance as Wolverine went down well with audiences – the film has so far grossed $606million worldwide thus far – and is about to get a “noir” version release, which will see the entire film shown in black and white.

His new film, which is set for a premium release during this year’s Awards season, takes the actor back to his roots in a musical extravaganza that could follow last year’s La La Land into the heart’s of audiences worldwide. It’s the story of P.T. Barnam, a man who made a name
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Zac Efron To Play Serial Killer Ted Bundy In ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile’

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Zac Efron‘s post-Disney heartthrob career has mostly consisted of broad, mainstream fare like “Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “Dirty Grandpa,” and the forthcoming “Baywatch,” however, the actor has shown an interest in spreading his wings. Roles in Ramin Bahrani‘s underrated “At Any Price” and Lee Daniels‘ wild “The Paperboy” have highlighted a desire to add more dimension to his CV, but the actor’s next gig will shake things up considerably.

Continue reading Zac Efron To Play Serial Killer Ted Bundy In ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile’ at The Playlist.
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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Which Film Won as Nicole Kidman’s Best Performance in the ‘Kidman World Cup’?

Which Film Won as Nicole Kidman’s Best Performance in the ‘Kidman World Cup’?
To be a Nicole Kidman fan hasn’t always been easy. The Australian star may consistently turn in strong, challenging work in a diverse range of arthouse and commercial fare, but inconsistent box-office returns and ongoing tabloid scrutiny of her personal life makes for a fair amount of pushback. She may have won an Oscar and starred in a number of critical darlings, but she somehow inspires snarkier commentary — whether about her choice in roles, or her taste in men — than such comparably gifted peers as Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore. As BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen wrote in an appreciation earlier this week: “No woman with as much talent as Kidman should be forced to re-argue, over and over again, that she is a force to be taken seriously.”

2017, however, has been a pretty great year for the Kidman faithful. In January, she scored another Oscar nomination — her fourth
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Lee Daniels Addresses #OscarsSoWhite Controversy and Donald Trump at SXSW: ‘He Is Our Karma’

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Lee Daniels took the SXSW stage Sunday morning without anything prepared, but he still had plenty to say.

In an improvised speech based on talking points written for Daniels by his publicist, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and “Empire” creator discussed everything from his rough childhood to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and Donald Trump’s presidency.

“We let this man into office,” Daniels said of Trump. “We are responsible for it. He is our karma.”

The brief statement was preceded by a more careful commentary on the Oscars, with Daniels addressing recent comments he made about the perceived racial bias in Academy Awards voting.

“Maybe I don’t understand the Oscars hashtag ‘#SoWhite […] because I paid my own way,'” Daniels began, referencing the #OscarsSoWhite Twitter hashtag. “I don’t want to say the wrong thing. I know I’ll read about it tomorrow. [But] I believe we’ve created a generation [that] feels entitled.
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Lee Daniels on Prince, Donald Trump and Not Understanding #OscarsSoWhite

Lee Daniels on Prince, Donald Trump and Not Understanding #OscarsSoWhite
In December, Lee Daniels was despondent that his new Fox TV series “Star” premiered to less than 7 million viewers. For encouragement, he called a friend. She happened to be named Oprah Winfrey. “I don’t understand this!” Daniels told her. But Winfrey wouldn’t let him wallow. “You petulant child!” she replied. “You have a good show. Your numbers are solid. Welcome to the real world.”

Daniels told this story at a keynote speech at SXSW on Sunday morning. He took a brief pause. “I still want those numbers, though,” he said with a laugh. At once serious, funny, rambling, and raw, Daniels — the director of such hit films as “Precious” and “The Butler” and the executive producer of TV’s “Empire” — delivered his talk with no pre-written remarks. Instead, he improvised tales about his poor upbringing in Philadelphia, knowing that he was gay at 8 or 9, lapsing into drugs, and
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Interview: Actor David Oyelowo Presides Over ‘A United Kingdom’

Chicago – Actor David Oyelowo is very familiar with portraying a man of consequence put into a difficult leadership role. In 2014, he took on the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.” Currently, he is in theaters with “A United Kingdom,” which tells the story of an African prince who led his country to a new mindset in the 1950s.

Oyelowo portrays Seretse Khama, the first democratically elected president of the African country of Botswana. To get to that point, he first had to abdicate his right to ascend as king of the country, mostly because he had met and married a white British commoner (Rosamund Pike) while studying in England. Angering both his fellow countryman and the British government (who was the “protectorate” of Botswana), Khama used the exile as a strategy, and inspired his people through his call for acceptance of his situation and autonomy from colonization.
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"The Edit" - Enter Nicole Kidman

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Sneak Peek actress Nicole Kidman ("Eyes Wide Shut") posing for the February 2017 issue of "The Edit" magazine, photographed by Yelena Yemchuk:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, "Eyes Wide Shut
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Lee Daniels Plans To Remake Terms Of Endearment With Oprah Winfrey

Remakes, remakes, remakes. Oh, how they come and go in Hollywood. Barely a day goes by without one promised, one announced and one discarded, and today is no different. James L. Brooks’ Best Picture-winning 1983 directorial debut, Terms of Endearment, wasn’t necessarily clamoring for a remake, but by golly are we going to get one.

Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director behind Precious and The Butler, and the co-creator of television’s Empire, is now in talks to direct a new adaptation of Larry McMurty’s novel, with Oprah Winfrey attached to play Aurora Greenway, the role which won Shirley MacLaine an Oscar.

For those unfamiliar with the original, Terms of Endearment is a mother-daughter relationship dramedy that follows widower Aurora and her daughter Emma, originally played by Debra Winger, after she catches her recent husband cheating. The emotional part of the story, however, involves Emma’s terminal cancer condition, which
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Lee Daniels in Talks to Remake ‘Terms of Endearment’ with Oprah Winfrey

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Lee Daniels in Talks to Remake ‘Terms of Endearment’ with Oprah Winfrey
The director behind The Butler and The Paperboy, Lee Daniels, might remake James L. Brooks‘ beautiful 1983 film, Terms of Endearment. Brooks’ made his directorial debut with his adaptation of Larry McMurtry‘s novel, which won Best Picture, Best Director, and more at the Academy Awards. It’s a masterful, honest tearjerker Paramount is eying Daniels and Oprah Winfrey to remake.
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"Aquaman" - Nicole Kidman In "Vogue"

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Further to actress Nicole Kidman ("Batman Forever") recently cast in Warners upcoming "Aquaman" stand-alone feature, Sneak Peek new images of the Oscar winner in the January 2017 issue of "Vogue" (Australia) magazine, photographed by Will Davidson:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she
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“The Horror of Modern Warfare”: Editor Joe Klotz on The Yellow Birds

French filmmaker Alexandre Moors made his feature debut in 2013 with Blue Caprice, an acclaimed indie inspired by the 2002 Washington, DC sniper attacks. He returns to Sundance (where Blue Caprice premiered) in 2017 with The Yellow Birds, an Iraq War drama screening in competition. Moors hired Joe Klotz to edit The Yellow Birds in part based on his affection for The Paperboy, one of three Lee Daniels films Klotz has edited. Below, Klotz discusses how he and Moors balanced “the fragmented nature of time” in the script with their mandate to tell a coherent narrative. The Yellow Birds will screen six times during the […]
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Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’

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Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’
The half-decade long McConaissance has generally endured because Matthew McConaughey has chosen interesting directors to work with (Richard Linklater, William Friedkin, Lee Daniels, Jeff Nichols, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Marc Vallée, Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant, Stephan Gaghan) over blockbuster gigs. Granted, sometimes those non-tentpoles don’t work out, but I’d wager for an actor like McConaughey who has experienced the pain of at least one mega-flop in his career (“Sahara“), it’s easier to move on from something like “The Paperboy” or “The Sea of Trees,” where there isn’t so much money on the line.

Continue reading Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ at The Playlist.
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Octavia Spencer on ‘Hidden Figures,’ Diversity in Hollywood and a Post-Election Call to Action (Q&A)

Octavia Spencer on ‘Hidden Figures,’ Diversity in Hollywood and a Post-Election Call to Action (Q&A)
London — So interdependent, and yet utterly distinct, are the three principal players in “Hidden Figures” that it wasn’t immediately apparent which, if any, would be singled out by major awards groups for attention. All three are given plenty to chew on in director Theodore Melfi’s rousing, true-but-little-known story of three female African American mathematicians promoted from Nasa’s racially segregated computing division to vitally assist the space race in the mid-1960s.

Taraji P. Henson narrowly has the lead role as the prodigiously gifted Katherine Johnson, enlisted to calculate flight trajectories for Apollo 11, among others, while 2016 breakout Janelle Monáe has the sparkiest part as Mary Jackson, who fought the courts for the right to continue her studies in hitherto white-only classes. But it’s Octavia Spencer who has nailed down Golden Globe and SAG supporting nominations, five years after winning an Oscar for her turn as a
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'Star': TV Review

With the shocking success of Empire, Lee Daniels made an unlikely leap from polarizingly odd cinematic auteur to ostensibly mainstream TV visionary. Daniels' newly claimed populist mantle will be tested by his next Fox musical drama, Star, which shares some DNA with Empire but may actually be a purer small-screen distillation of Daniels' vision from films like Precious and The Paperboy, which means it can be off-putting.

Star focuses on prophesy-fulfillingly named Star (Jude Demorest), a sassy 17-year-old chanteuse certain that if she can just escape the nightmare of Pittsburgh (and horrifying foster care and other blue collar nightmares), she can become...
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