To promote her new movie The Impossible, Naomi gave a 30 minute interview to film critic David Poland, shot in Los Angeles last month. It’s a fantastic in depth discussion, and you can watch and listen here:
Naomi fans, I have a big-but-small-but-fantastic update for you today! I have added 250 more photos from Naomi’s 2008 photoshoot for Vogue magazine to our Gallery! Naomi looks so gorgeous in this shoot – I love the colours, the styling and how pretty yet sassy Naomi looks. Only trouble is, these photos are super small and not very good quality. I did debate whether or not to add them, but then I thought that I loved seeing them all regardless of the size, so thought you would appreciate them too. I hope so
These photos are very, very rare, so, despite the size, I hope you enjoy looking at them all – Naomi looks perfect!
• 2008 – Session #006 x250 more
The Impossible will receive a red carpet premiere in the UK on November 19th, in Leicester Square … and J.A. Bayona confirms Naomi will be attending! Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, the other child actors and the director himself will also be there.
This is great news for us UK fans, as – if I remember rightly – Naomi has not attended a premiere for one of her films here since 2007!
We will bring you full coverage from the red carpet premiere, so be sure to check back
The Impossible screened at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday night, and earlier that day the LA Times ran a story of the success of the film so far. Naomi was unfortunately not at the AFI screening – it was attended by Ewan McGregor and director Juan Antonio Bayona, among others.
AFI Fest: ‘The Impossible’ is a hit of ‘Titanic’ size in Spain
As in most countries, James Cameron’s last two films “Avatar” and “Titanic” top the box-office list of all-time highest grossers in Spain. But that could change if native son Juan Antonio Bayona and his latest film about a family caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami “The Impossible” continues its unlikely drive in the European country.
Since its Oct. 11 opening, the film has grossed 29 million euros, over $37 million, in only four weeks of release. “Titanic” grossed 41 million euros in the country when it opened some 15 years ago, and only 2009’s “Avatar” has beaten it.
Currently the film is the highest-grossing film of the year in the country and the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time.
“The Impossible” will screen tonight in Hollywood during the American Film Institute’s annual festival ahead of its December release in the U.S.
I’ve been hard at work on our Style Rundown page for the past few weeks, and there is now something to show for it! This page is intended to give a bit of information on Naomi’s fashion and style favourites, and then provide a look back at all the outfits she has worn at public appearances over the years including who designed the outfit, if known. I’ve now completed the years 2010-2012 with information on as many outfits as I can find. The years 1989-2000 are also done, but sadly without designer information … though she probably wasn’t wearing anyone famous back then! I noticed just as I started the year 2009 that I had some events from that year and earlier still to add to our Gallery, so I will work on those years as I go through my folders and finish the Appearances section in our Gallery in due course.
I think it’s fun to look back (on one page) at Naomi’s changing style over the years, so I hope you enjoy this page too
‘The Impossible’ Set to Smash Another Spanish Box Office Record
Juan Antonio Bayona’s drama about post-tsunami Thailand is set to unseat “The Others” as the highest-grossing release for a Spanish film in its home market.
MADRID – Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible is set to unseat Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others as the highest-grossing release for a Spanish film in its home market ever.
It has already grossed more than €27.5 million ($35.4 million) at the box office and sold some 4 million tickets in Spain since its Oct. 11 premiere in theaters. That is just shy of the $35.5 million that the Nicole Kidman mystery had snagged in 2001. That made it the highest-grossing release here to-date that qualifies as a Spanish production due to its Spanish director and production firm. Both releases are English-language films.
Distributed in Spain by Warner Bros. Pictures and starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, The Impossible is a drama about a family dealing with the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. It already recorded the largest-ever opening weekend box office for a Spanish film in Spain.
The New York Times interviewed Naomi about The Impossible during September’s Toronto International Film Festival, and they have now published it online, along with some new portrait shots. Read the interview on our Press page, and find the first photoshoot picture in our Gallery. I will add out-takes from the photoshoot either tomorrow or Monday, after the interview has been published in newspapers tomorrow.
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Naomi Watts on Acting in ‘The Impossible’
A NAOMI WATTS character is taking it easy, and that seems weird. In the first scenes of “The Impossible” Ms. Watts is on vacation with her movie family, poolside at a tropical Thai resort. But within seconds the sky darkens, and the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 churns up the landscape like an electric mixer.
Now Ms. Watts is bloodied and bobbing in a rush of water, clinging to a tree, hand extended in the chaos to her battered adolescent son. Ahh — that’s more like it. You expect harrowing from Naomi Watts, not lounging by the pool.
Her characters are often bruised, writhing, breaking or broken, sometimes emotionally, sometimes literally. In “21 Grams” she’s a drug-addled widow. In “Funny Games” she battles preppy psychopaths attacking her family. In “The Ring” a waterlogged demon child slimes her. “King Kong” is hardly a rom-com. Even Nicole Kidman, Ms. Watts’s good friend and perhaps the only working actress of their generation who lands as many substantial lead roles, has a “Bewitched” or two on her résumé. A rare patch of professional lightness for Ms. Watts in the last decade is the Merchant-Ivory film “Le Divorce.”
“These are the stories worth telling, stories that live beyond the moment,” she said recently in a hotel room during the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’m thankful that I’m in a position where I can work with directors with intense vision and passion.”
Read the full interview
Jude Law Joining Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’
He’ll star opposite Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson in the biopic of Gertrude Bell, described as the female Lawrence of Arabia.
Adding another title to its arsenal, Sierra/Affinity will represent foreign rights to Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell biopic Queen of the Desert.
Jude Law is joining the cast of the film, which headlines Naomi Watts as Bell and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence, otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Bell — like Lawrence — was an explorer, writer, archaeologist and attaché for the British Empire, credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. She and Lawrence often crossed paths.
Nick Raslan is producing via his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures banner will finance the film.
TheWrap.com have now posted an article about their special Screening Series event focussing on The Impossible, which took place last week. Read the article below, and remind yourself of the photos from the event in our update here.
Naomi Watts’ Fear of Water Fit Tsunami Role in ‘The Impossible’
When Naomi Watts first met Maria Belon, the woman she plays in the chilling real-life tsunami disaster movie “The Impossible,” the actress’ usual instinct to quiz the woman and learn more about her character just felt wrong.
“When I first sat down with Maria, I just didn’t know what to say,” the actress confessed to TheWrap’s editor-in-chief, Sharon Waxman, at the kickoff to TheWrap’s annual Awards Screeening Series. “It felt perverse, in a way, to ask a single question. I’m just an actor, and she faced death and the possibility of losing her entire family.”
Belon and her family had been vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the massive Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami hit. It struck on the morning of Dec. 26 with waves nearly 100 feet high, killing more than 230,000 people throughout the region and causing more than $10 billion in property damage.