Blue Jewel will be updated with everything missed from recent months(/year) eventually … for now, here are some of my favourite recent pictures of Naomi – from the Birdman Press Conference held in New York last month.
Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, Elle Fanning Join Drama ‘Three Generations’
- October 30th 2014
In a pre-American Film Market move, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning have come on board to star in family drama “Three Generations.”
IM Global will launch international sales at AFM. ICM Partners will handle North American sales.
Producers are Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub with Dorothy Berwin of InFilm Productions. Watts will executive produce along with Leah Holzer and Daniele Melia of Big Beach and Peter Pastorelli.
Gaby Dellal is directing from Nikole Beckwith’s script. Fanning will play a New York City teen transitioning from female to male and Watts will play her mother as she comes to terms with having to raise her only daughter as a son.
Sarandon will portray the mother of Watts’ character, a music manager who shares her brownstone with a lesbian partner.
News was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Naomi Watts Starring in Thriller ‘Shut In’
- November 5th 2014
Naomi Watts will star in psychological thriller “Shut In” with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp co-producing with Lava Bear and fully financing.
EuropeaCorp will distribute worldwide and release the film domestically through its partnership with Relativity. EuropaCorp is launching international sales at AFM.
Farren Blackburn will direct from Christina Hodson’s Blacklist screenplay about a woman who discovers a shocking secret about her catatonic son. Shooting will start next year in Europe.
Watts is currently in “Birdman” and “St. Vincent” and will be seen in “Insurgent,” “Sea of Trees” and “While We’re Young.” Blackburn’s directing credits include the TV series “The Fades,” “Luther” and “Doctor Who.”
Hodson also wrote “The Eden Project,” which was recently acquired by Sony.
Tory Metzger, president of Lava Bear, is overseeing the production of “Shut In.”
Watts, Blackburn, and Hodson are represented by CAA. Watts is also represented by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment; Blackburn is represented in the UK by Cathy King at Independent Talent Group; and Hodson’s manager is Tobin Babst at Kaplan Perrone.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts on Romancer ‘Demolition’
- September 4th 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts will star in the romantic drama “Demolition” for “Dallas Buyers club” director Jean-Marc Vallee.
Gyllenhaal’s attachment was first reported in June. Shooting will start Sept. 15 in New York City.
Producers are Black Label Media, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Mr. Mudd. Black Label and SKE will co-finance as well as produce. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales at the Toronto Film Festival.
The story, written as a Black List script by Bryan Sipe, centers on an investment banker struggling to understand his emotional unraveling after the tragic death of his wife, when he meets another woman who changes his life forever.
Black Label Media’s Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill will produce with Sidney Kimmel and Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. Executive producers include Thad Luckinbill, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook, John Malkovich, Nathan Ross, Ellen Schwartz and SKE’s Carla Hacken.
Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” is set to premiere at the festival. Watts stars in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming “While We’re Young,” Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent” with Bill Murray and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s upcoming “Birdman” with Michael Keaton.
Vallee’s “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, will also screen at Toronto, a year after “Dallas Buyers Club” premiered at the festival.
Naomi Watts on how she conquered fear of working with Bill Murray
Naomi Watts is known for her Oscar-nominated roles in “The Impossible” and “21 Grams” and blockbusters like “King Kong” and “The Ring.”
Now, she stars alongside Bill Murray, playing his pregnant, Russian stripper girlfriend in the new comedy, “St. Vincent.”
The story follows Maggie, played by Melissa McCarthy, whose long work hours force her to leave her son with their gambling-addicted, alcoholic neighbor Vincent, played by Murray.
“It was an incredible break for me not having done that much comedy and to be in the middle of those two people, two of the great comedic geniuses,” Watts said on “CBS This Morning.”
The first trailer for Naomi’s upcoming movie Birdman has recently been released, and you can watch it below. Birdman hits US screens on October 17th 2014.
Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Now in production in Atlanta, Georgia, the second installment of the Divergent action adventure franchise, Insurgent, has added Naomi Watts to its cast. The Hollywood Reporter has the story, bringing word that Watts will play Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless, in both Insurgent and Allegiant, Parts I & II.
Watts joins Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Suki Waterhouse, Jonny Weston and Mekhi Phifer for the March 20, 2015 release, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller.
Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
Insurgent is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman. It hits theaters March 20, 2015 while the final two chapters are slated for release on March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively.
Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman. Erik Feig, Co-President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, and Gillian Bohrer, Lionsgate’s EVP of Production & Development, are overseeing the project for the studio.
Diana‘s costume designer Julian Day talked to News.com.au before the release of the film last year about his choices for the film:
How Naomi Watts became Diana
HOW does a girl become a princess? Some are born into it. Others bump into a prince at a pub. For Naomi Watts, it took four wigs, a prosthetic nose and several big-name designers to turn her from plain old Oscar-nominated Aussie actor into Diana, Princess of Wales.
While Watts’ new film Diana has caused quite a stir in Britain – for bending of the truth, for Watts not being a lookalike, for being too soon, for not being as good as The Queen – there is no doubting that Watts nailed the Princess’s style.
And the man responsible for that is the film’s costume designer, Julian Day.
Renowned for capturing the feel of British fashion in period films such as the ’60s-set Brighton Rock and the new ’70s-set Formula One drama Rush, Day “wasn’t a fan or not a fan” of the Princess before the Diana movie came his way. But the more he poked around her wardrobe, the more he came to admire Diana, who died in 1997 aged 36.
“Her style was simple and elegant,” says Day. “And that’s what I’ve tried to do (in the film). There’s only one dress I’ve used that has any pattern in it. Early on in her life as Princess Diana she wore a lot of pattern. After the divorce, when she was able to dress how she wanted to, she pared herself down.
“I think it was in some ways a reaction to all the publicity she had. Paring down her life, becoming involved in the Red Cross AIDS charities – she did it so people would maybe take her more seriously … Well, that’s how I saw it.
“And it really worked. She was an incredibly elegant woman and in the latter years of her life, she looked fantastic.”
Watts, 44, says she liked Diana’s taste in fashion – with some reservations.