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.
Back in October of last year, Naomi was on the cover of US fashion magazine Allure, and I have now added a full set of scans from it for you. The cover is slightly photoshopped, but the photos inside are gorgeous, and I really like the page in the spread in which Naomi talks about various pictures/events/films from her past. We also have the photoshoot pictures and shots from behind the scenes of the shoot in our Gallery.
Over at Allure.com you can see more of their coverage of Naomi’s cover, and there is a video of the shoot there (and further down this post here).
Naomi has lent her name and face to Italian fashion brand Bulgari’s new LVCEA watch range. See the photos in our Gallery, and click the links below to find out more about the watches.
Bvlgari captures the power of luminosity in LVCEA, a new timepiece for women. Tribute to the sundial, LVCEA winds history with modernity, clasping function to design. A rounded case, its lithe foundation, and a spectrum of shades and styles make LVCEA as luminously feminine as it is unmistakable.
Looking good while doing good! In continued support for Save the Children, Bulgari has launched a new pendant as part of its collection benefitting the charity. On board with the philanthropic movement are stars Jon Hamm, Naomi Watts, Jeremy Renner, Lizzy Caplan, Meg Ryan, Ben Stiller, and Ricky Martin, who posed in a series of dramatic shots for the campaign.
Renner, 43—father to 13-month-old Ava Berlin—may have a soft spot for the partnership, which focuses on providing quality education and, beginning this year, supporting life-saving interventions for under-privileged children and newborns in 23 countries across four continents.
Stiller, 48, has long been a supporter of the charity, making trips to Uganda and Haiti with the organization in the past. “There’s no way you can’t be affected by the place,” Stiller has said of his service trip to Haiti. “Going to the central plateau, where living conditions are so hard and basic services are as scarce as in the most undeveloped parts of Africa, was profoundly moving.”
To date, Bulgari has donated over $27 million to Save the Children through sales of its silver and ceramic ring, with a goal of donating an additional $1 million through sales of the newly launched pendant. The two pieces are inspired by the B.zero1 jewelry line and are available for purchase in Bulgari stores worldwide, select department stores and on the Bulgari website.
After Naomi reportedly being attached to this project for years, Jessica Chastain is now taking on the role:
Jessica Chastain to Play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’
Brad Pitt’s company Plan B is expected to produce with Worldview Entertainment
Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s passion project “Blonde,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Representatives for Chastain and Worldview Entertainment did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
First announced in 2010, “Blonde” is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 700-page novel of the same name, which reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe.
Oates drew on biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate portrait of Marilyn that reveals a fragile, gifted young woman who repeatedly remade her identity to overcome the odds and define stardom in the 1950s.
In 2001, Oates’ imagined memoir was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the prolific author believes it may be the book for which she will be best remembered.
Dominik adapted “Blonde” on spec and his agency, CAA, will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights.
Naomi has recently continued her work as the face of Aussie wine brand Jacob’s Creek, and has been promoting their new True Friendships Vines campaign which aims to encourage Aussie women to enjoy more quality time together with Cool Harvest wines. There are photos from the new campaign in our Gallery, a new press interview with Naomi on our Press page, and a video below.
Naomi is wearing a white dress by Zimmerman in the campaign.
• Naomi Watts the friend not just the superstar visits the Barossa Valley with girlfriends – The Sunday Telegraph (Aus), March 8th 2014
Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon on Getting Older in Hollywood
For several big stars, 2014 is the “Year of the Boomer” according to AARP’s Vice President of Marketing for Media Sales
Everyone wishes they were years younger, right? Not so fast.
Research is turning the conventional wisdom on its head, as surveys indicate that most people feel quite good about aging. Especially now in 2014, which is the “Year of the Boomer,” as the youngest Boomers turn 50 by the end of this year, it may even be that aging is “cool” as some of the world’s biggest celebrities shared with us their positive views of aging.
As proof that not everyone yearns for youth, most Boomers (59%) say they feel that getting older is a positive experience, according to AARP’s Attitudes on Aging study.
Over 80 percent of people age 40 and above also feel that aging is just another part of life and say having a purpose in life is what keeps people young. The older demographics want to give a good example to younger people (80%) and feel wisdom comes with age (76%), and more than 40 percent feel that things are better as they grow older.
In addition, Boomers just simply feel young. In fact, women 50+ feel eleven years younger and believe they look eight years younger than their actual ages, according to research.
The people who participated in the research cited above are in some very good company. Some of the world’s most famous celebrities shared their views on aging with AARP, when they gathered on February 10, 2014 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for the 13th annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, AARP’s annual gala honoring outstanding writing, acting, and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50+ audience.
Academy Award-winning actress and cover star of the February/March 2014 issue of AARP The Magazine Susan Sarandon, 67, says, “The older you get the better your perspective is.”
Mary Steenburgen, also an Oscar-winning actress, agrees. The 61-year-old actress says that as she ages, “I don’t sweat the small stuff so much. I like scaring myself. I like doing new things. I appreciate life. I know I’m lucky and I’m grateful.”
Naomi Watts, 45, who recently starred as the late Princess of Wales in the biopic ”Diana,” says, “I’m a believer in that as life gets longer we hopefully get wiser and those stories become more important.”
June Squibb, 84, and a 2014 Oscar nominee for her role in the film “Nebraska,” says getting older means being less preoccupied with what others think. “I sure don’t have to worry about what anybody else thinks. I think that’s the best thing that’s happened to me,” she says.
Director Steve McQueen, 44, who recently won the Best Picture Oscar for his film, ”12 Years a Slave,” said: “With age, there’s maturity. With age, there’s experience.”
Melissa McCarthy, 43, who made a big splash in 2011’s Bridesmaids, thinks “people are bored with one image, one age. I think you want to see more of a cross section of the world.”
Actress, comedian and author Kathy Griffin, 57, who co-hosted the 2014 Movies for Grownups Gala, said, “The best thing about turning 50 is you really do know more than you did. So that cliche is true.”
Perhaps the best endorsement for aging came from actor Ted Danson, 66, who said of his wife, Steenburgen, “You saw my wife. If that’s what AARP looks like, I’m in!”
- The Wrap
Naomi Watts in Talks to Join Matthew McConaughey in ‘Sea of Trees’
UPDATED: Director Gus Van Sant and McConaughey turned up at the festival Thursday (15th May) to talk about the project, which begins shooting this summer.
CANNES – Naomi Watts is in talks to star in Gus Van Sant’s Japan-set drama, Sea of Trees.
The news that Van Sant is planning to cast the Diana star came from the director himself, who showed up at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday with Matthew McConaughey, star of the film, to tout the project to foreign buyers. Sea of Trees, with a budget of $25 million to $28 million, is one of the biggest titles being shopped at the market this year.
Sea of Trees is the first title from Bloom, the new sales company launched May 13 by veteran foreign sales agent Alex Walton and Ken Kao. Bloom sought to further elevate the project’s profile by flying in Van Sant and McConaughey (the actor arrived Wednesday night from Los Angeles, and will depart Friday).
McConaughey, fresh off his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club and who is next in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, said the script for Sea of Trees was the best he’s read in five years. He’ll play an American who travels to Japan’s famous “Suicide Forest” with the intention of taking his own life. Instead, he decides to help a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who has become lost, and the duo set off on a reflective, and sometimes dangerous, journey to find their way out.
“It’s like [reading] a whole bunch of haikus back-to-back,” McConaughey said. “I got the chills, which doesn’t usually happen. And with Gus, I thought it was the perfect match.”
Watts would play the wife of McConaughey’s character. Their marriage is told through a series of flashbacks, Van Sant said.
“There are many different relationships in the film,” the director said. “I can only hope that it will look fantastic.”
Sea of Trees is McConaughey’s next movie and begins production in July or August. Van Sant would like to shoot in Japan. If not, he’s eyeing the Pacific Northwest (Van Sant lives in Portland).
Van Sant said he received Chris Sparling’s script from producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi). CAA and WME arranged financing and are co-repping U.S. rights. Kao, heir to the Garmin fortune, is producing and financing Sea of Trees through his Waypoint Entertainment.
McConaughey gave foreign buyers a history lesson on the Suicide Forest, which lies at the foot of Mt. Fuji. “If you go online and look for the perfect place to die, this is the place that comes up. There are even signs that say, ‘remember, you leave a family behind.'”
The actor said he is preparing for Sea of Trees by contemplating “the metaphors” provided by the script, and that the character’s “visitation with death actually gives him life.”
Watts, who received an Oscar nomination for 2012’s The Impossible, has three films in post-production: Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, comedy St. Vincent De Van Nuys and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman. She’s repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Naomi Watts says women directors have ‘different voice, stories’ and not helpful to be compared to men
Naomi Watts says women directors have ‘different voice, stories’ and not helpful to be compared to men
OSCAR-nominated Naomi Watts says she’s had enough with female directors constantly being sized up to their male counterparts.
The Impossible star said that “female directors and actor have a different voice, different stories. It’s not helpful to be compared to men.”
Aussie actor Watts, who wore a pink strapless dress and long Bulgari white gold and diamond necklace, was in Cannes to attend Calvin Klein’s Women in Film alongside Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Rooney Mara.
The underrepresentation of women in directorial roles has been a hot topic at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with New Zealand Jane Campion — the first female filmmaker to have ever won the Palme d’Or — sitting as jury president.
“Jane Campion is right to say that there’s an inherent sexism in the film industry. But there’s also a lack of women putting themselves forward,” Watts added.