The first teaser trailer for Diana has been released today!
Hello Naomi fans! Sorry for the shortage of updates here recently – real life has become busy, and as wonderful as Naomi is, she’s had to take a back seat for a while. This may continue for a while, but be sure I will update as often as I can.
I have now caught up with adding photos from all the events Naomi has attended in the past couple of months. Read through this post for a rundown of those appearances…
Naomi and Liev looked cool and casual at a benefit event for Stuart House, a program to support sexually abused children:
Naomi mingled with fellow Aussie actress Abbie Cornish and a variety of stylists at THR’s Stylists Luncheon. Naomi’s stylist, Jeanann Williams, dressed her in a blue and white floral print dress by Erdem, with nude Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pumps and a nude Valentino ‘Rockstud’ clutch. Read more about the Stylists issue here.
Naomi, Matt Dillon and director Laurie Collyer premiered their new movie Sunlight Jr. at the Tribeca Film Festival. Naomi wore a patterned Alexander McQueen dress with Monique Péan earrings. More on this premiere and movie coming soon!
Naomi made the Children’s Museum of Art Spring Benefit a family affair, taking her kids, sister-in-law and niece to the event in New York City! See the cute family photos below!
Diana was screened privately at the recent Cannes Film Festival to attract buyers, and Naomi was in town to help promote the movie. She attended a gala event hosted by Swiss watch company IWC Schaffhausen, and looked so beautiful in a black floral tea-length dress by Dolce & Gabbana, with earrings from Aurélie Bidermann. I love this look on her! More on Diana coming soon.
Naomi sported a Burberry top and skirt with Proenza Schouler heels for last weeks Up2U’s Inaugural Gala in New York City. Naomi posed with Sienna Miller on the red carpet. Up2Us is an organisation aiming to tackle the problems facing youth today through an increased involvement in sport. Read more about them in the event press release further down this post, and on their official website.
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Naomi Watts’ Diana biopic to open on September 5th… just days after the sixteenth anniversary of princess’s death
The feature film about Princess Diana’s torrid love affair with a heart surgeon will have its world premiere in London just days after the sixteenth anniversary of her death.
Diana, which stars Naomi Watts in the title role, will have a big Leicester Square gala on September 5.
Watts will attend, alongside Naveen Andrews, who portrays Dr Hasnat Khan the Pakistani specialist she used to smuggle into Kensington Palace in the boot of her butler Paul Burrell’s car.
The picture focuses, mainly, on how Diana met Hasnat when visiting a friend in hospital.
The film, according to those who have seen an unfinished print, suggests that the doctor was the love of Diana’s life.
Indeed, Watts told the Daily Mail the romance between the two unlikely lovers ‘was Diana’s last stab at happiness’.
She added: ‘He didn’t want anything, just her.’
But the movie, directed by acclaimed German film-maker Oliver Hirschbiegel, suggests that Diana’s desire for Hasnat was insatiable and that she rang him continuously – even when he was in the operating theatre insisting that he take the phone call.
Watts said that she’s both ‘nervous and excited’ about portraying Diana.
‘I don’t look like her and I’m certainly not impersonating her. I’m hoping to catch the essence of her’, the actress said.
The film will go on general release in the UK on September 20 following its September 5 gala and screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Naomi Watts’ ‘Diana’ Picked Up For U.S. By Entertainment One
Entertainment One has acquired U.S. rights to “Diana,” the Princess Diana movie starring Naomi Watts, from Embankment Films and Ecosse Films.
eOne said it will release “Diana,” — which focuses on the last two years of her life — late this year, indicating that it will probably launch an awards campaign. It also plans major releases in the U.K., Canada and Spain.
Footage was shown to buyers at Cannes last week.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Diana home from Cannes,” said eOne’s Dylan Wiley. “’Diana’ will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye.”
The film is produced by Ecosse Films’ Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae. “Diana,” directed by “Downfall” helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel, is currently in post-production.
Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the movie explores the Princess Diana’s relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan, portrayed by Naveen Andrews (“Lost”).
The acquisition of “Diana” comes with eOne continuing to amp up its U.S. distribution operations. Upcoming releases include Jim Mickle’s “We Are What We Are,” Brian de Palma’s “Passion” and Sergio Castellitto’s “Twice Born.”
The deal was negotiated by Tim Haslam for Embankment Films and Ecosse Films and Jo Sweby for eOne.
Naomi’s Impossible dream for Oscars
NAOMI Watts believes her Oscar nomination for the Thai tsunami drama, The Impossible, is important for reasons that go well beyond the glamour of the 85th Academy Awards.
”If it helps the film, that makes me extra happy because it was the greatest natural disaster of our time and it’s important that people get to learn about that story,” she said. ”When it took place in 2004, we knew it was going on, but I don’t know that we fully understood it. I think the film helped us get closer to understanding it.”
Watts is nominated for her emotional performance as a doctor separated from her family by the tsunami, which killed more than 230,000 people. She considers the Spanish doctor whose story inspired the film, Maria Belon, to be a friend for life after working closely together to make The Impossible.
”Her story is just one part of a massive story and she kept saying that to me,” Watts said in Los Angeles. ”It was very much her story – it never deviated for entertainment value or shock value. The responsibility was not just to honour her story but everyone’s.”
Naomi Watts Reflects on an Odds-Defying Career (Exclusive Video)
The actress, being celebrated for her work in “The Impossible,” laughingly recalled that after “King Kong” she vowed to “never do something that physical again.”
On Jan. 5 I moderated the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s special tribute to Naomi Watts, just hours before the fest presented her with its Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award for her performance in The Impossible, for which she since has received her second career best actress Oscar nomination. Her previous nomination, for 21 Grams, came nine years ago, shortly after she received another honor from the Palm Springs fest. She is the only person in the event’s history to be honored twice.
Over the course of about 35 minutes, I asked Watts about her life and career, and, as you can see in the video at the top of this post (provided by the fest), she couldn’t have been more lovely or candid.
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts Want to Work Together, Can’t Find Right Movie Project
The last and only time Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts appeared in a movie together was in the 1991 indie Flirting.
Considering what besties they are, one would think they would have reunited on the big screen by now.
Sadly, they haven’t. But it’s not like they don’t want to.
“We’re looking,” Kidman told me at the Producers Guild of America Awards.
In fact, Watts added, “We’ve been looking for a long time now. But both of us have…picky tastes. It has to be the right piece.”
Kidman pleaded with a smile, “Somebody think of something, please!”
Not that the two aren’t busy enough. Both just wrapped films in which they play two of the most iconic princesses in modern history. Kidman stars as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco and Watts as Princess Diana in Diana.
“You said we were going to have a princess party,” Kidman said to Watts.
Watts quickly responded, “I was joking, but maybe we’ll have a tea party kind of thing.”
Watts shining bright in 2013
Having spent years in the shadow of her great friend Nicole Kidman, Sydney-raised Naomi Watts has finally hit her stride, her name being feted in the 2013 awards season, garnering nominations for SAG, Golden Globe and AACTA gongs, and on Friday an Oscar nomination for her role in The Impossible, playing a mother in search of her family following the 2004 Asian tsunami.
Gracing the current cover of Vogue Australia and with more than 60 cinematic roles under her belt, Watts was honoured at last weekend’s Palm Springs Film Festival, where she told the audience having her sons Sasha and Kai to fellow actor Liev Schreiber, had ”breathed life into me”.
”People ask me all the time, ‘is it scary getting older?’ I say ‘why, because I feel my face sliding closer and closer to my navel?’ But I feel truly blessed by the extraordinary roles I have played so far and maybe it’s age that has given me this blessing … to play women who have truly lived,” Watts said.
I’ve found a digital edition of the new Australian Vogue that Naomi brightens up the cover of, and have added digital scans from it to our Gallery. The cover itself is just so beautiful, but when you can tear your eyes away from that, the pictures inside certainly do not disappoint either. Check them out in our Gallery:
Naomi Watts Refused To Cut Her Hair For ‘Diana’ Role
Actress Naomi Watts opted to wear a wig to portray Diana, Princess Of Wales in an upcoming movie because she wasn’t “brave enough” to cut her long hair for the role.
The “King Kong” star plays the lead in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s upcoming drama Diana, which focuses on the last two years of the British royal’s life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
Watts was photographed in character throughout the shoot, but she reveals the short bob she sported to portray the late princess was not her real hair.
She tells Britain’s Marie Claire magazine, “I loved wearing a wig to play Princess Diana in Diana. Changing my hair for roles is liberating, even if it’s not always a look I’d go for.”
“That style was emblematic of the time, but I’m not brave enough to go that short.”
Diana is due for release later this year.