I decided to open up our Video Archive now, there’s only 1 video so far but Jess & I will work on getting more uploaded.
I’ve added screencaps from the 2 new ET interviews (I’ll upload the vids for you soon), a couple more new photoshoot pics, more from Tropfest and some new Funny Games stills. Don’t forget to vote in our forum poll – would you be interested in having a forum here?
And finally, Funny Games is out on limited release in North America today! Check your local listings to see if it’s showing in your area. If you do go and see it be sure to send me your review of it to add to the site!
Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Ellen DeGeneres and several of Heath Ledger’s other close industry friends share fond memories of the late actor in the April issue of Interview magazine. Written as a conversation, the tribute remembers Ledger’s work ethic, his off-screen persona and his love of chess. Below are some excerpts from the article:
? Naomi Watts: “He was a huge, obsessive, chess freak ? and very, very good at it.”
Less than two months after HEATH LEDGER’s untimely death, his exes MICHELLE WILLIAMS and NAOMI WATTS, among other friends, look back on Heath’s short life in the upcoming issue of Interview magazine.
“I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, is how vulnerable he was,” Michelle says, in the issue hitting newsstands March 18. “You can pick up on it in his performances, but it’s easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That’s who he was.”
“I think he wanted to be someone who was doing the observing — not the one being observed,” Naomi says. “He hated not being able to go about his life in an ordinary way. But I think that, deep down, he enjoyed that he was being recognized for his talent. I think he was starting to own that and that’s the deepest tragedy, in terms of his work. He was just beginning to own it and embrace it.”
Friend PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN remembers the actor for being passionate about what he believed in. “I remember that whenever Heath talked about something he liked, he did it in the way that any fan would,” he says. “He wasn’t somebody trying to cover up his excitement about something, or someone. When I think of him, I see him in a state of dance or something — this constant state of movement. It didn’t seem like anxiety to me. It seemed like excitement.”
And leave it to ELLEN DEGENERES to add humor. “He was good at anything he did,” she says of the actor. “He and Michelle came over to the house once, and they were really late because he was directing a BEN HARPER video. He was coming straight from that and he was telling us about it and how much he loved it. And then we played poker and he proceeded to take all of our money.”
Out promoting one remake (Funny Games), actress Naomi Watts turned the conversation, during a recent press conference, to another redux winging its way into her future: Platinum Dunes’ take on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, a film she officially became attached to last October.
“It’s a work-in-progress at this point,” she says. “I think it’s a wonderful film. There are great things in it that interest me. The script isn’t completely there yet, it probably won’t happen until next year.”
Martin Campbell is on board to direct; Stiles White and Juliet Snowden are the last known credited screenwriters. Asked if she was going to have a creative say in “Birds” – as she did in the early stages of Michael Heneke’s “Games” (on which she served as executive producer, too) – Watts’ added, “I’m sure they’ll come with me the next draft. I’ve seen one draft, it’s good. There’s more to develop.”
Naomi will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Tuesday (11th March). The show airs at 12:05am.
LEAVING her New York base behind to relax in Sydney has proved a special homecoming for Aussie superstar Naomi Watts. With her two best boys – partner Liev Schreiber and infant son Alexander – plus best friend Nicole Kidman all by her side, life couldn’t be sweeter for King Kong’s damsel.
And with hopes to buy property here, Sydney could be seeing more of the leading lady.
THE uneasy relationship between Hollywood and China, potentially the world’s biggest film market, remains, well, uneasy.
Naomi Watts saw this first-hand while filming the adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangxi province.
“It’s still very touchy,” she told The Australian yesterday. “The China Film Board wanted us to be representing their country well, making sure we didn’t exploit them or misrepresent them. We had some hiccups toward the end with the post-production and editing – they had some opinions about some things, definitely.”
Actress Naomi Watts has revealed that breastfeeding helped her regain her figure for new film The International.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the 39-year-old said: “Three weeks before we started filming The International I decided that I better get into changing my body back again. And they gave me a trainer and it was very effective, and also breastfeeding. That’s how you drop weight. Even though you’re just eating all the time he is eating too.”
New mom NAOMI WATTS gushes about her 7-month-old son ALEXANDER as ET exclusively visits the actress on the set of the upcoming political thriller, ‘The International,’ in theaters August 15. Naomi’s co-star CLIVE OWEN also sits down with ET to talk about the movie in which he plays an Interpol agent, opposite Naomi’s district attorney, as they both try to bring down a corrupt bank.