Naomi talks to Monsieur Hollywood about The Impossible. The 3rd part is particularly interesting, in which Naomi talks about her favourite actresses and what she desires for her career next.
Here is an interesting video showing footage of the filming of the water scenes in The Impossible:
Director Andrew Dominik who is on board to helm the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde says he is still working on the project, and that – despite previous stories – Naomi is still on board to play Monroe. He spoke about the project to various publications recently whilst promoting Killing Them Softly.
Is the Marilyn Monroe film Blonde the next thing you’re hoping to start production on?
DOMINIK: That’s the one I want to do. Yeah, definitely. I’m working on that.
What are the challenges, as a filmmaker, in wanting to tell a story like that, that spans her lifetime?
DOMINIK: I don’t know. She died when she was 36, so you probably need someone in their late 20′s to do the part. There’s a huge chunk when she’s seven, and then the rest of it would all be another actor, who’s the main actor.
And you’re hoping that will be Naomi Watts?
DOMINIK: At this stage, yeah.
Naomi is continuing her successful partnership with her The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, and this time the two-some are translating their talents into commercial making! Bayona is directing Naomi in a Christmas advert for Spanish department store El Corte Ingles, and they were seen filming it in Madrid a few days ago. I wonder how long this has been in the works, and whether it is something that has just come up recently due to The Impossible‘s impressive success in Spain.
A video of the making of the advert has been posted on YouTube – unfortunately it seems to be missing the start and end, but it’s great none-the-less, and we hear Naomi talk about the success of the film. WAtch it further down this post. Here is a translation of the description used for the video:
The beautiful Naomi Watts, Australian actress protagonist of “The impossible”, returns to the orders of most respected Spanish filmmaker of the last year, Juan Antonio Bayona, whose film is still ravaging at the box office. On this occasion, as the protagonist of El Corte Inglés Christmas ad. A spot full of glamour that has rolled at the Casino of Madrid.
In the making off you can see the festive atmosphere under a heavy snowfall in the center of Madrid, where Naomi Watts wanders placidly in the light of the lights of the city.
I’m also posting other translated articles about this announcement further down this post. In the Gallery you will find HQ photos of Naomi filming for this a couple of days ago.
I can’t wait to see the end result!!
Indie Wire have an excellent, almost 15-minute long video interview with Naomi up at their site, in which they talk about The Impossible, and some of her favourite films that she’s done. Watch and enjopy below:
As expected, Naomi graced the red carpet of the London premiere of The Impossible last night! She looked daring and vampy in a black (winged!) Tom Ford dress with an open back. Her shoes are also Tom Ford. I like the hair and make-up here, but I’m not fully convinced on the dress – it may be a grower … what do you think?! Naomi posed with her director and 4 male co-stars including Ewan McGregor, and Maria Belon and her son Lucas were also in attendance.
I’ve added over 70 HQs to the Gallery for your viewing pleasure! I’m sure more will pop up, too. There are also some videos and articles from the event further down this post.
This is not specifically about Naomi, but I thought it was interesting to see the support for The Impossible (especially from another of my favourite actresses!)…
Angelina Jolie bigs up Ewan McGregor with a private screening of ‘The Impossible’
You may remember that two years ago, Julia Roberts attracted some attention in awards-watching circles when she held a private industry screening of “Biutiful” in aid of Javier Bardem’s Best Actor campaign — not because she was in any way involved or invested, but simply because she believed the performance was worthy of recognition, and wanted more of her colleagues to see it. We’ll never know how much of an influence Roberts’ efforts had, but together with the attached publicity, they certainly didn’t hurt: Bardem came from behind to score a nomination for a challenging, little-seen foreign film, and in a competitive category to boot.
This trend of peers effectively campaigning for each other looks set to continue, and we had this season’s first instance of it last night at London’s Soho Hotel, where Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie hosted an intimate reception and screening of “The Impossible” — chiefly to talk up the performance of her friend Ewan McGregor. (Before you hit IMDb to jog your memory: no, they’ve never worked together.) I was lucky enough to be in attendance.
NAOMI WATTS DREAMS OF PERFORMING AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE
NAOMI WATTS has lived all over the world but the Hollywood actress, who was born in Kent, wants to tread the boards in the West End or even at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Naomi, 44, spoke to Day & Night at the London premiere of The Impossible at the BFI Imax cinema in Waterloo, telling us the only barrier would be her long-term boyfriend, actor Live Schreiber.
“I love London but it might take some jogging of Liev because he’s a New Yorker but I would love it if we could spend some years in London.
“I’d do some London theatre. I don’t know what. I’d have to wait a while to do Shakespeare but I would love to play Lady Macbeth.”
NAOMI WATTS TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ACTING AT THE 24th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA
The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14, 2013.
“We’re delighted to pay tribute to Naomi Watts, one of the most gifted and versatile performers to grace the screen,” said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “The Impossible, the true story of the tsunami that stunned the world with its fury, is the vehicle for Ms. Watts to display the talent and sensitivity that cinema lovers have come to expect and appreciate from her. It is our honor to present the 2013 Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award to Naomi Watts, for a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.”
Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, and Kate Winslet. Ms. Watts was previously honored at the Festival for her Academy Award-nominated performance in 21 Grams.
Very excitingly, Naomi has been chosen as one of the several actresses in this years Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable! The magazine gets together chosen actresses involved in the years Oscar race, and talks to them about all things actress-y. This year they talk to Naomi, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard, Sally Field, Rachel Weisz and Helen Hunt.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable was held October 22nd at Siren Studios in Hollywood.
The full roundtable discussion has been posted online for us to watch, which you can do below. Naomi sounds more English than ever! A text version is featured in the November 30th edition of the magazine with the actresses all looking beautiful on the cover in a new group photoshoot. That is posted below for you too. I’ve added the cover, photoshoot pictures, behind the scenes images and pictures from the discussion to our Gallery. Needless to say, I will be on the lookout for scans, and if you can help us out with this, please get in touch
This is a great honour for Naomi, and it’s fabulous to see her included in something like this!