Weekly Winslet

January 12-19

 

Post your opinions about news and films

at the forum hosted by Janalynn:

 

Thanks to Karen for the tip on two UK TV programs:

Golden Globe special - Film 2002 at 11.35pm on Monday

Documentary about Iris Murdoch - BBC1 Wednesday, 10.35pm

 

[On her revealing Dolce & Gabanna pantsuit] "I am a bit nervous about it but I am hoping for the best. At the moment it feels quite comfortable." [Exchange between Cherie Blair and Kate] Mrs. Blair: "Gosh, you look wonderful, what are you wearing?" Miss Winslet whispered in her ear: "I'm wearing t** tape to keep the jacket on." Mrs Blair laughed uproariously and exclaimed: "Oh my God, really? Is it painful?"

I have posted news about the London premiere of 'Iris', along with several great pics (Kate's brother Joss escorted her), HERE.

 

A pre-recorded interview with Kate was aired on the 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon' radio program January 16. (Thanks to Geoffrey for the tip.) The show was streamed live on Real Player, so I taped it and did a transcript of the interview. You can listen to audio playback of the interview by following this link.

 

Another chance to vote for Kate:

Romance Movie Poll 2002

Answer the following five questions -- and see the results in the Feb. 8 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, which will also include recommendations from the EW staff about the movies that need to go into your DVD or VCR immediately to get your heart beating faster this winter. VOTE! Sense and Sensibility is one of the choices for 'whatís the best romantic movie of the past 25 years?' Kate and Leo in Titanic is one of the choices for 'pick the one best movie love scene'.

 

If you have seen IRIS, post your opinion about the film - and Kate's performance - in a BBC News poll.

 

For The Love Of Iris Giveaway -- Brought to you by Discover Kate, Admiring Kate and Secret Dark Angel -- Miramax is teaming up with Kate Winslet fans online to give away Iris posters, books, and copies of the amazing soundtrack, composed by James Horner. Dozens of items will be given away!!  Go HERE to enter!

 

 

NEWS ITEMS

 

I have made a 1 minute video clip from the E! News Golden Globes special - Kate kisses Geoffrey Rush at press conference in early 2001. It runs on Real Player. Not the best video quality (I'll have better software soon), but at least you can get an idea of what transpired if you haven't yet experienced that moment. GO (click on title at top of page to open Real Player)

 

From Lorraine Kelly's January 19 column in The Sun:

sunjan19.jpg (15636 bytes)Kate Winslet has come in for a lot of stick since the end of her marriage to Jim Threapleton.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the split she remains complimentary about her ex-husband, calling him a brilliant dad. He maintains a dignified silence.

Kate breezed into to see me this week looking her old self. No entourage, no fuss and no ego. Her priority continues to be her daughter Mia and keeping her relationship with Sam Mendes relatively quiet. Kate has clearly had her fingers burnt after bubbling over about how much in love she was with Jim.

She is currently starring in Iris, a gem of a movie about writer Iris Murdoch succumbing to Alzheimerís disease. Kate plays the young Iris and the reason I say she has no ego is because, for the duration of the film, she wears a wig that looks like a dirty mop. She also strips off for a swim and her boobs are tremendous. Out of the water they seem to have a mind of their own.

I am sure a generation of male Californians will be puzzled by Kateís breasts - as they are used to seeing hard, spherical balls of silicon attached to the front of leading ladies. Kate shows them just what they are missing.

 

Kate in UK mags --

Current issue of Heat magazine and Big Issue of the North (Karen will send scans first of next week). She is also in the Jan 16-22 issue of Time Out.

Issues on U.S. stands now:

Jan 12-18 Heat: pic of Kate and Sam at Iris premiere (p 49); Kate is mentioned in the horoscope section (p 36); Star Style-That's SO A Good Look-In The Red (celebs in red clothing) - pic of Kate at the NY Iris premiere.

Jan 15 Hello: Pic of Kate at the airport, arriving home for Christmas (p 82); [was also in a UK newspaper and is in my gallery].

OK: very small head shot of Kate at the Iris premiere (p 93); mentioned in article about celeb diets; small pic taken at 2001 SAG ceremony (p 101).

 

Scenes From Texas Lockups Make Debut In Hollywood Thriller

By Ed Timms

Texans who've spent time inside or outside two Huntsville-area prisons may see some familiar scenery in a new movie starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet that is scheduled to be released this fall. Portions of the movie, The Life of David Gale, were filmed outside the Walls Unit and the Ellis Unit in November and December. Other segments were shot in Austin.

The thriller casts Mr. Spacey, a two-time Academy Award winner, as a "devoted father, popular professor and respected death penalty opponent," according to a Universal Pictures synopsis, who ends up on death row for the rape and murder of fellow activist Constance Hallaway, played by actress Laura Linney.

Ms. Winslet, of Titanic fame, portrays a "Pulitzer-hungry" reporter, Bitsey Bloom, who gets an exclusive interview with Mr. Spacey's character only three days before his scheduled execution, according to the synopsis. Ms. Bloom puts her life in jeopardy and "frantically races to piece together the shocking events surrounding Constance's death before it's too late."

Alan Parker - whose film credits include Midnight Express, Angel Heart and Mississippi Burning - directed The Life of David Gale. Mr. Parker produced the movie with Nicolas Cage.

"We allowed them on some of our external property to make the movie," said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Larry Todd. Mr. Todd said the movie is purported to be "neither pro nor con on the death penalty" but is supposed to "stimulate one's thinking."

Source: The Dallas Morning News, January 19

 

Searching Moment for the Hollywood Stars

From Christopher Reed in Los Angeles

They might be famous Hollywood stars but the actors attending tomorrowís Golden Globe film and television awards will all have to submit themselves to a "no exceptions" personal search. Everyone - regardless of status - will be frisked before they can enter the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Los Angeles awards, which signal the form of films in the running for the Oscars, is being protected by hundreds of police, FBI agents, bomb defusers, special assault teams and sniffer dogs.

Despite security that would rival a military base, the stars have been encouraged to be glamorous for the first time since the September 11 attacks. At the twice-postponed Emmy awards last autumn, celebrities were asked to tone down their fashion out of respect for those killed in the attacks, and wore what was described as "dressy business attire". Tomorrow it will the full haute couture, with glitzy gowns, lots of jewelery and fashion designers broadcasting their creations via expensive public relations firms. "Itís going to be the full red-carpet with everything on parade," Deborah Waknin, a wardrobe stylist, said. "Itís time to have fun again, and it keeps the public happy." Some organisers, however, have been a little nervous about the ceremony appearing too self-indulgent, and hope some stars may hold back on the extravagance.

Security and fashion aside, the film industry is hoping that the awards sort the wheat from the chaff in a year that has seen no clear consensus over the best offerings.

The awards, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are this year an open competition with no firm favourites. Britain has eight actors competing in six film categories...

The British film thought to have the best chances is Iris, about the novelist Iris Murdoch. Although the film is not up for a best movie nomination, Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench, as the young and old Murdoch, are up for best drama actress and best supporting actress. Jim Broadbent, who played the authorís husband, has a chance at best supporting actor.

Helen Mirren and Dame Maggie Smith, compete with each other (and Winslet) as best supporting actresses in Gosford Park, a 1930s comedy of morals and murder in a stately home filmed by Robert Altman, who is a favourite for best director. Gosford Park is up for best film with Bridget Jonesís Diary, Legally Blonde, Shrek, and the musical Moulin Rouge...

 

Breast Actress

Bra firm Bravissimo have compiled a Golden Globes nomination list for who will display the most front at tomorrow's awards bash. Kate Winslet is favourite.

Source: The Daily Record, January 19

 

Iíve always appreciated Helen Mirrenís talent; seems sheís also a fan of Kate:

Golden Globes Most Fun
NBC broadcasts boozy party Sunday
By Ruth Steine [She was a big supporter of Quills, btw]

When it comes to prestige, an Oscar far outweighs a Golden Globe. But anyone nominated for both will tell you that the Golden Globes are ever so much more fun to attend.

The award show, televised at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC, is like a big party. Nominees sit at a table with a built-in cheering squad composed of people who worked on their movie. Wine and champagne are served, which may account for recent Golden Globe winners being otherwise engaged in the ladies' room when their names were announced.

The booze makes "a big difference," said Halle Berry, a best-actress nominee for "Monster's Ball" and a former winner. "I've heard people say, 'It didn't feel so bad to lose because I was too drunk to know'." When Tilda Swinton, up for her first Golden Globe for "The Deep End," was told that actors have been known to get smashed, she said, laughing, "Well, that's good. There was not enough of that at the Oscars, from what I could see on TV. Everyone looked very sober."

Helen Mirren, nominated for "Gosford Park," will be a few seats away from Maggie Smith, also up for best supporting actress for the same movie. "I'm a huge fan of Maggie's, and I would be thrilled if she won. And we both love Kate Winslet (nominated for 'Iris'), so it's really not a competition that way at all."

Despite the image of the British having a stiff upper lip, Mirren, a three-time nominee who won once, learned about losing graciously from an American, Ted Danson. "He had been nominated something like 12 times for 'Cheers' and had never won, but always turned up. And he was funny about it. I think a Brit would get sort of pissed off and refuse to show up anymore."

The only part of the show Mirren dreads is having to find something to wear. "I love clothes, I do, but I hate being looked at, and I hate being criticized for what I am wearing. I do think anybody should be allowed to wear anything they want without the clothes police coming and saying, 'You're wrong'." Mirren considered making "some sort of radical statement" by arriving in a frock along the lines of what Bjork wore to last year's Oscars. "But a dead-seagull kind of dress doesn't go down well. Irony seems to have completely disappeared in Hollywood. They just don't get anything that's remotely outrageous."

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

 

Well, the folks at the Sun are at it again - misleading the public about remarks made by Kate. The writer states her comments were made yesterday, but they were actually pulled from the recently published Glamour magazine interview!

Kate: I Did Not Cheat On Hubby

By Chris Brandes

Kate Winslet denied yesterday that she started dating Sam Mendes until long after her marriage was over. But she revealed that she is very happy with Oscar-winning director Mendes, 37. She said: "We didn't start dating until long after Jim and I split up but then things blossomed."

Kate, 26, who divorced Jim Threapleton last month said the split was a "mutual decision". She said it was for the sake of their 16-month-old daughter Mia. She said: "People want to believe there's another reason. But it was surprisingly amicable. There's a sense of strength that comes from that." She added: "If there was a chance an atmosphere of bad feeling would alter Mia's personality and day-to-day life, it was time to call it a day. You reach a point when you realise it just isn't right anymore."

Source: The Sun, January 19

 

The E! Channel's program about Golden Globe female film nominees is repeated again today (Jan 18) at 9AM, 1PM, 7PM, and tomorrow at 9PM. The special included a lovely segment on Kate's career. I have done a transcript and screen caps - GO HERE!

 

Beauty Bites, by Emilie McMeekan

Kate Winslet, whose facial diet caused some concern in an 'Is she going to turn into one of them?' kind of way, is back to the no-nonsense sausage'n'mash girl we love. Kate says, 'I'm not a manicure, pedicure girl. I can't be bothered. God knows what kind of bra I'm wearing. I'm not even sure I've got any knickers on!' Hurrah, she's back. Let's treat ourselves to lashings of ginger beer. Diet, naturellement.

Source: People News, January 18

 

Oh, that Mick... He just canít keep quiet:

Mick Jagger Takes A Swipe At American Cinema Audiences

Mick Jagger doesn't think Enigma will be a big hit in America because it's too complicated for US audiences. He also thinks the film hasn't got enough explosions to appeal to Americans.

Jagger says the film is "aimed at intelligent people."

The Rolling Stone made the comments in an interview with the German magazine Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger. His film company made the Second World War drama starring Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott.

Jagger also described actors as being "totally unsure" of themselves. "You have to constantly say things like 'My God, you look fabulous' or 'You acted that scene marvelously,'" he says.

Source: Ananova

 

Book publisher Bloomsbury is publishing the screenplay of Iris, the film about author Iris Murdoch starring Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench.

Source: The Sun

 

Jack Dee To Host Film Awards

By Neil Norman

Comedian Jack Dee will host the forthcoming Evening Standard British Film Awards for the second year running. Such was the success of his performance at last year's ceremony, the only event which celebrates exclusively British achievements in film, that he needed little persuasion to return to the stage at The Savoy on Sunday, 3 February to host this year's awards. "These are definitely the best film awards that I host," he said in a deadpan tribute to the most eagerly anticipated night in the British film community.

In a year that has produced such a quantity of movies, several remarkable achievements shone through. The commercial success of Bridget Jones's Diary was a triumph for British producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, while British talent was very much in evidence in international hits such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The Lord of the Rings. Last year also saw new talent burst on to the scene as various directors made impressive debuts - Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast, Pawel Pawlikoswki's Last Resort, Saul Metzstein's Late Night Shopping and Nick Love's Goodbye, Charlie Bright.

Also jostling for attention were a number of established actors including Jude Law in Enemy at the Gates and AI: Artificial Intelligence, Michael Caine as the dying butcher in Last Orders, Ben Kingsley, a terrifying psychopath in Sexy Beast, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth battling for the affections of Bridget Jones, and Jeremy Northam, a silksmooth secret agent in Enigma, the first film from Mick Jagger's Jagged Productions.

Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren and Kelly MacDonald brought female distinction to many films throughout the year from Planet of the Apes to Gosford Park.

Eight accolades marking the outstanding achievements of 2001 will be presented including a special award in recognition of a lifetime contribution to British film.

The ceremony will be screened on Carlton television on 4 February at 11.30pm.

 

I love the remarks of Scott Braun:

Golden Globe Predictions 2002

Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

The buzz is defeaning at this point for Jennifer Connelly and her "holding-her-own" performance opposite Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. In other news, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith will likely cancel each other out as the dames of Gosford Park, and Marisa Tomei will suffer from limited screen time. Cameron Diaz might win for her absolutely incredible performance in the hardly-nominated Vanilla Sky, but as the weeks pass so does the memory of this film. Connelly's competition is fierce, still. Two-time nominee Kate Winslet should come roaring back from previous (second place - always so close) losses for Sense & Sensibility and Titanic. She has waited long enough and deserves to finally win something.

Will win: Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind
Should win: Kate Winslet, Iris
They forgot to nominate: This category is full.

 

Jack Mathews, film critic for the New York Daily News, has a Golden Globes prediction column today (Jan 18). He does not see Kate winning.

 

High Hopes For Brits at Golden Globes

British actresses Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench are both in the running for Golden Globe Awards at this weekend's ceremony in Los Angeles. The duo play the same character in the film Iris which celebrates the life of acclaimed author Iris Murdoch. Kate confessed she was delighted to see the similarity between herself and Dame Judi on the big screen.

Judi is up against Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Sissy Spacek and Tilda Swinton for the prestigious Best Actress Award.

Kate has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress and is in competition with Helen Mirren, Cameron Diaz and Maggie Smith amongst others.

British actor Jim Broadbent - who played Iris Murdoch's husband John Bayley - has also picked up a nomination. He will be up against Steve Buscemi, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law and Jon Voight for the Best Supporting Actor gong.

And the tussle will be fierce for the Best Actor prize with a glut of Hollywood giants up for the award - they include Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Will Smith.

They will be joined by the likes of Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson who are presenting awards.

The Golden Globe Awards are seen as the most reliable indicator of possible Oscar success later this year.

Source: ITV News

 

Fiennes, Foxx, Quaid, McDermott, Watts Set as Presenters At Golden Globe Awards; 'The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards' Will Be Telecast Live on NBC, Sunday, January 20
HOLLYWOOD--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE) --Jan. 17, 2002-- Ralph Fiennes, Jamie Foxx, Dennis Quaid, Dylan McDermott and Naomi Watts will join previously announced presenters Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey, Jr., Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Josh Hartnett, Kate Hudson, Hugh Jackman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sir Ian McKellen, Mike Myers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Leah Remini, Martin Sheen, Sting, Sela Ward, Damon Wayans, Tom Welling, Kate Winslet and Renee Zellweger at the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards to be telecast live on NBC Sunday, January 20 (8-11:00 p.m. EST) at Merv Griffin's Beverly Hilton Hotel

Affleck will present Harrison Ford with the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field.

The Golden Globe Awards, regarded worldwide as The Hollywood Party of the Year, will be seen in more than 130 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that spans both television and motion picture achievements.

The event's rating growth has exceeded 500% since it became an annual event on NBC seven years ago. The Golden Globe Awards has firmly established itself as one of the highest-rated awards shows on any network. Last January's telecast was one of 2001's top three award shows along with the Oscars and the Grammys.

The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Dagmar Dunlevy is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Dick Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Al Schwartz and Ken Shapiro are producers. Ron Weed is co-producer.

Source: Business Wire

 

BBC News is asking for opinions about IRIS:

Iris: Your Views

Iris Murdoch, the UK novelist and philosopher, died in 1999 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

The film about her life story looks at both the young writer (played by Kate Winslet) and the older woman (Judi Dench) who struggles with the debilitating disease.

"Dench's portrayal is so convincing and transparent that it is very easy to forget that she is acting at all," wrote BBC News Online's Ian Youngs. He added: "It is the characters, the feelings and the nuances - every furrow of Dench's brow and every exasperated gasp from Broadbent - that make this film human and special."

But what do you think? Is it an accurate portrayal of Iris Murdoch and the effects of Alzheimer's disease? Does Dench's performance point towards a possible Oscar?

If youíve seen the film, go HERE to post your opinion!

 

Rare Murdoch Work On Display

Rare poems and personal papers by author Iris Murdoch are going on display on Friday, the same day as a movie of her life hits UK cinemas. The British Library in London is exhibiting the items from its collection. They include letters from Murdoch about her search for a US agent and an outline for a possible movie version of her novel The Italian Girl. Some of the items on display have never been shown to the public before.

In the film Iris, Dame Judi Dench and Kate Winslet star as the author in different stages of her life. The movie is based on the memoirs of Murdoch's husband, John Bayley, who witnessed her battle with Alzheimer's disease before she died in 1999.

Also in the collection of papers is a 1968 petition letter imploring Russia to withdraw its troops from Czechoslovakia which Murdoch had signed.

Stephen Bury, head of modern English at the library, said: "The current interest in her life and her writing is proof of the position in which she continues to be held in popular esteem, and the important place she holds in literary history."

The film opened in the US last month and has already been tipped for success at the Oscars. Dame Judi has been nominated for a Golden Globe award, as have Winslet and Jim Broadbent, who plays Mr Bayley.

Dame Judi admitted filming Iris was not easy, especially as shooting followed closely on from the death of her husband Michael Williams. After she completed the film she said: "It's been hard work, the hardest work I've ever done."

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 and studied in Oxford. She became a Fellow of St Anne's College, where she lectured on philosophy and began to publish literary work. Her work was prolific and in 1978 she won the Booker Prize for The Sea, The Sea.

 

Thanks to Karen for sending me scans of the Elle magazine article! I've posted the text and pics (missing one pic - will add asap) HERE.

 

Thanks to Harmony for the tip on the Golden Globe series airing on E! channel this week. Tonight (Jan 17) is the 'leading women nominees' episode. Harmony says, 'Kate isnít in the preview for the show, but I watched the special on the best actor/supporting actor the other night and they covered all nominees for Best and Supporting. It might be worth checking out.'

Check your local cable guide for broadcast times.

 

Making The Call -- The Hollywood Reporterís chief film critic predicts who will take home Globe gold

By Kirk Honeycutt

Best Performance by an Actress (Supporting Role)
A tough call with five excellent candidates and two in the same movie -- Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren in "Gosford Park" -- possibly canceling one another out. Mirren might succeed, though, as her role is crucial to the success of the upstairs-downstairs dramatic strategies in Altman's British period piece. If the foreign press' tendency to be star-struck prevails, then Kate Winslet ("Iris") or Cameron Diaz ("Vanilla Sky") may grab well-deserved honors.

 

Associated Newspapers Ltd. has combined some recent remarks by Kate about IRIS to fashion an article:

Kate Winslet in Iris

By Kate Winslet

I hadn't worked for a year when Iris came along - but when you're asked to play the young Judi Dench, you do not say no. Also, I would have been daft to turn such down a brilliant story, a watertight script, and an amazing female role.

I play Iris Murdoch as a young woman. I knew of her, but I wasn't familiar with her novels. That didn't matter, though - because the film is about her life and things that we only now know because of the books by her husband, John Bayley. I read them over and over again, but the most useful for me was a video of interviews that Iris Murdoch gave when she was about 60. These were great, not because I wanted to mimic her voice and how she moved, but because they gave me a sense of her essence.

I dipped into the novels to get a feel for her as a novelist and see if there were common themes. It confirmed things about Iris that I already felt, which is that she loved people, loved things and had a zest for life - and that she was an open person but at the same time had an instinct to preserve her privacy.

Although I didn't collaborate with Judi Dench, when you see us on screen it does feel like we are the same woman. The first time I watched the film, I remember thinking, 'Thank God we pulled it off.' John Bayley has written that he felt as though he was watching Iris again, while my performance contained definite strains of the young woman he knew. That made me cry when I read it. It was better than any review, any award, any nomination, any anything.

 

Kateís interview in the February issue of Glamour magazine is generating coverage:

Titanic Star Kate Winslet Tells Glamour About Her Happiness, Marriage, and Career
NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Jan. 17, 2002--Actress Kate Winslet, 26, sat down with Glamour for an intimate discussion about her life, love, and pursuit of happiness. Winslet, who played the ballsy lover in the award-winning film Titanic, also talks about her recent role as "the most brilliant woman in England," playing young novelist Iris Murdoch in the upcoming film, Iris.

On doing nudity in films... "Every time I shoot a nude scene, there's fear, panic and paranoia--I hate it. But any nudity I've done has been right for the film."

On her recent separation from her husband, Jim Threapleton, and father of their 16-month-old daughter Mia... "In a marriage you can reach a point where you realize it just isn't right anymore," Winslet says. "If there was a chance that an atmosphere of bad feeling would alter Mia's personality and day-to-day life, it was time to call it a day." Winslet insists that the break up was mutual. "People want to believe there's another reason," Winslet says. "But it was surprisingly amicable. There's a sense of strength that comes from that."

On her newly sparked relationship with American Beauty director, Sam Mendes... Winslet says the pair did not start dating "until long after Jim and I split up, and then things blossomed...I'm very happy. Oh yes."

On her curvy figure... "I've had praise and criticism for my shape. ...But I'm comfortable with the way I am," she explains. "It makes me proud to show a true shape on-screen. There's nothing worse than an actress doing nudity who's presenting a body that has been so worked on, it seems impossible for anyone real to be like that. It's about accepting the way you are."

On gaining and losing weight pre-and-post-pregnancy... "I gained a heck of a lot of weight and loved it," Winslet says. To get back to her normal weight before filming Iris, Winslet consulted a nutritionist. "I don't eat heaps of junk. But by cutting out a few things--bread, dairy, red meat--my weight shifted gradually."

On playing Iris... "Iris wasn't exactly pretty, but there was something about her soul that turned people on," says Winslet, who wore a frumpy wig and left her face nearly makeup-free for the role. "I love stripping down to brass tacks and putting myself out there."

On the Iris set, Winslet's co-star Hugh Bonneville gave her the nickname "Butch" to pay her back for teasing him... "We were shooting swimming scenes in heated water," Winslet says, laughing. "Hugh kept jumping out into a huge blanket--looking pathetic, cold and shivering. So I gave him the name 'Nancy Boy'! I'd rather be considered Butch than wimpy!"

On finding happiness... "I refuse to be down," declares Winslet. "I don't have to be in lavish environments to be comfortable. I could find excitement in a cardboard box."

On being low-maintenance... "I'm not a manicure-pedicure girl," she insists. "I don't even own a hair dryer. I can't be bothered. I just wash-and-go."

 

Thereís a mention of Kate, and Sam Mendes, in an article about actor Simon Russell Beale:

What about Sam Mendes, who seems to have been awarded with Caird joint-custody of Beale's talent and has directed him in Troilus and Cressida, The Seagull, Richard III and as a very camp Ariel in The Tempest? "I think he's more cynical about human nature. I think his productions are sharper-edged. It will be interesting to see what he does with Twelfth Night (later this year at the Donmar), I'm Malvolio, and Uncle Vanya the same season. It's interesting. If he'd said we were doing Macbeth, I could sort of imagine where we were going."

Beale says he is not friends enough with Mendes to ask about his love life. The first he knew of the Winslet romance was when the Press phoned him for a comment. He is close enough, however, to lobby gently for film parts. Apart from anything else, a role in a movie by Mendes, who made American Beauty, would transform his finances, which have sometimes been precarious. Sixteen years working as a lead for the RSC and National makes you rich in prestige but, at £650 a week, buys you a small flat in Pimlico, which is where Simon lives alone, and sometimes lonesomely. "I keep on dropping hints and then he announces that the next one is going to be about gangsters in Chicago. Oh Sam, come on! What about one about fat middle-aged white men in England?"

Source: Evening Standard

 

Thanks to Geoffrey for the tip on an article in the January 19-25 issue of the Radio Times (UK). It's a column by film critic Barry Norman, and is positive commentary about Kate's career. Bravo, Mr. Norman!  READ

 

The young girl who was escorted to the IRIS premiere by Euan Blair is being sought by an agency:

Model Agency Seeks Euan's Pal

By Luke Leitch, Arts Reporter

A top model agency is trying to track down a hot new catwalk prospect - Euan Blair's mystery girl friend, who was pictured with the Prime Minister's son at the premiere of the film Iris this weekend. A senior executive at Storm Model Management, which has Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl and Elle Macpherson on its books, spotted Euan's girl friend - known only as Ali - in The Evening Standard's Monday report on the premiere at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair.

Euan, 17, and Ali attended the event with his mother Cherie, and rubbed shoulders with stars including Kate Winslet, Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Nigella Lawson. After seeing our report, Storm executives contacted the Evening Standard, saying they were very keen indeed to meet Ali and to explore the possibility of offering her a modeling contract...

Most people had been concentrating on Ms Winslet rather than Euan's girl friend. She had arrived for the premiere in a black and white Dolce & Gabbana suit with plunging neckline - and no blouse. The 26-year-old star smiled as she admitted she was "quite nervous" about her daring new outfit.

Iris traces the life of writer Dame Iris Murdoch from her early days through her descent into Alzheimer's disease until her death in 1999. Miss Winslet, who was nominated for an Oscar in her roles in Titanic and Sense And Sensibility, plays the young novelist. Dame Judi Dench portrays the writer in later years with Mr Broadbent as her husband, John Bayley.

Ms Winslet, Dame Judi Dench and Mr Broadbent have been nominated for Golden Globe awards.

Source: Associated Newspapers Ltd., January 16

 

This Is London has an article ('Winslet Gives Top Performance') and gallery of pics about Kateís, um, assets. Go HERE to read.

 

The revealing outfit Kate wore to the IRIS premiere encouraged The Sun to provide advice to women who wish to achieve a similar look:

The Stars Are Leaving Their Bras At Home

By Erica Davies, Sun Fashion Editor

When Kate Winslet stepped out at the premiere of her latest film on Sunday night, it was clear she had left one thing at home - her bra. The starís gaping white Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo showed off her curves to the full - and even prompted guest Cherie Blair to joke about the revealing look.

Since splitting from husband Jim Threapleton, Kate has transformed her figure, picked up a new man and been nominated for a Golden Globe award. And at the star-studded London screening of Iris, she became the latest in a long line of female celebs to abandon her bra in favour of a few strips of tape.

It was Jennifer Lopez who introduced the world to the wonders of toupee tape when she wore her revealing tropical print Versace dress to last yearís Oscars. The singerís outfit exposed her cleavage right down to her waistline and was designed to be worn without a bra. So J-Lo was firmly taped up at the sides to stop anything moving out of place. The clear, double-sided sticky tape is now a must-have accessory for fashion stylists. It means low-cut, backless and even slashed-to-the-navel outfits can be fastened securely to the skin without the risk of unplanned overexposure. And it can even work wonders on the size of your cleavage - just like a Wonderbra.

Victoria Beckhamís chest seems to have increased dramatically in size in recent months. This prompted speculation that she had gone under the knife, but Posh denies having a breast enlargement. She claims it is all thanks to the securing benefits of the "boob tape" which she says gives her cleavage a sexy swell.

Stars including Kylie Minogue and Hear'Sayís Kym Marsh have shown off a lot more front than usual recently with slashed-to-the-belly frocks that left little to the imagination. Others, such as Corrieís Tracy Shaw, EastEnder Jessie Wallace and glamorous mum-to-be Liz Hurley, are also converts to the toupee tape, which offers them the perfect alternative to restrictive bras. It means their outfits can be saucier, sexier and a lot more suggestive - just the thing for those underexposed celebs.

But why leave it to the rich and famous? If you fancy flaunting your assets, follow the tips in our Sun Woman guide --

The stars are leaving their bras at home ... so can you

By Fatima Bholah

You donít need to fork out a fortune on Versace to get that skimpy style favoured by celebrities. Armed with a roll of tape and the right outfit, you can achieve a daring, sexy look with star quality. Hereís our Sun Woman guide to taking the plunge.

Before taping up, use an exfoliating scrub on your chest for a smooth finish. Use a good body lotion to give your chest a healthy sheen and then apply bronzing powder with a big make-up brush for a tan-tastic finish.

Take a tip from Victoria Beckham. She uses tape to keep everything secure as well as to keep her boobs UP. Take a 6inch strip of tape, hold one breast in place and stick the tape in a line straight down from about an inch above the cup to about an inch below. Repeat on each side. It might take a bit of practice in front of the mirror to create the perfect cleavage but the results are an eye-opener. Before peeling the tape off, avoid red marks by first rubbing petroleum jelly on to it and the surrounding skin.

Toupee tape costs £3.99 a roll from Trendco. Phone 020 7221 2646.

If you are blessed with a big chest, avoid skimpy frocks and opt for a suit jacket instead - like Kate Winslet. The look is sexy but sophisticated. Her Dolce & Gabbana jacket is beyond most budgets but you can find a cheaper alternative from M&S.

For small chests, try the celebrity-style slash-front tops in Topshop, New Look and Morgan.

Kookai wins the award for the most daring frock to flaunt in. Their long black dress, £89.99, not only has a deep plunging neckline down to the navel but also a thigh-high split.

Source: The Sun, January 15

 

More presenters announced for the Golden Globe awards ceremony Sunday night:

Showbiz People Briefs

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Jessica Alba, Annette Bening, Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman and Damon Wayans are the latest stars to join the list of presenters for the 59th annual Golden Globe Awards, to be telecast on NBC Sunday from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The quintet join previously announced presenters Benjamin Bratt, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Josh Hartnett, Anthony Hopkins, Kate Hudson, Mike Myers, Martin Sheen, Sela Ward, Tom Welling, Kate Winslet and Renee Zellweger.

Harrison Ford will receive this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for his contribution to the entertainment field.

The Globes, which salute both film and TV work, will be seen in more than 130 countries worldwide. Show's ratings growth has exceeded 500% since it became an annual event on NBC seven years ago. Last January's telecast was one of 2001's top three award shows, along with the Oscars and the Grammys.

 

The New Zealand Herald picked up a remark by Kate for its quote of the day:

Quote: "I'm not a manicure, pedicure girl. I don't even own a hair-dryer. I can't be bothered. I'm just wash and go. God knows what kind of bra I'm wearing. I'm not even sure I've got any knickers on." - actress Kate Winslet in a magazine interview.

 

I bought the IRIS soundtrack this morning (Jan 14) and have uploaded a clip of Kate singing. Young Iris is asked to sing during a scene in a pub, and that moment has been included on the soundtrack as part of track #8, 'End Credits - A Lark In The Clear Air'. Go to THIS PAGE and click on the link at the top. Real Player will open and the clip will begin playing (about 45 seconds). Enjoy!

 

What If? is still the #1 single record in Ireland (as of Jan 10) and Belgium (for the week starting Jan 12)!

It is #6 in Germany (for the week starting Jan 11, up from #8);

Is also #6 in Austria (for the week starting Jan 11, up from #15);

Holds at #10 in Switzerland (for the week starting Jan 13);

Up to #7 in the Netherlands (as of Jan 12, per Web Planetís Mega Top 100 chart);

It fell from #8 to #16 in the UK (as of Jan 13, per BBC Radio1ís 'Official UK Top 40' chart);

Is at #8 on the World Singles Chart (for the week starting Jan 9, up from #11).

 

Watch video clip of Kate on GMTV January 14 -- GO HERE to choose connection speed! [I'm working on a transcript of the clip.]

Baby Talk -- Mum and superstar Kate Winslet gets clucky with Lorraine

Screen superstar Kate Winslet told Lorraine just how she manages to juggle motherhood with her glittering career.

"Mia's walking and starting to form words now," a glowing Kate told Lorraine about her 15 month-old daughter. "Having a baby has changed my life, it's the best thing that's ever happened to me." She continued, "all those sleepless nights really are worth it."

But does she find it hard when she has to go abroad to make a film? "I was in Texas before Christmas making a film, and Mia was with me," says Kate. "She was aware she was in a different place, and she enjoyed all the new things around her. Mia is a very adaptable girl!"

Shock split -- "I know it's hard to believe, but my split with Jim really was amicable," Winslet told Lorraine about her break up with now ex-husband Jim Threapleton.

"I am certain it was the right thing to do," Kate continued. "Both of us were unhappy, and we didn't want Mia to be affected by it. Children are very sharp and they can pick up on their parents' moods."

Fame game -- "I try and retain a sense of normality as far as possible. It could be me on the front page one day and someone else another." Says Kate of her celebrity status: "Life goes on whatever gets written about you." Kate continues, "I just remember that at the end of the day it isn't real."
Love affair -- Kate's latest movie is 'Iris'. A tender and extraordinary story of the enduring love between the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from the romance of their early days at Oxford in the 1950's until her untimely death of Alzheimer's in 1999.
Screen titan -- Already a two-time Oscar nominee, 26-year-old Kate Winslet has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her latest role in 'Iris'. And hopes are high for more accolades, as the Globes are always a good indication as to who will be Oscar nominated.

Iris is released on January 18.

 

While some UK papers continue to write about Kateís relationship with Sam, more are finally picking up on Jimís relationship with old friend Karen (the woman with whom he was photographed just days after the separation was announced):

Miss Bishko Wins Over Winsletís Ex-Husband

By Adam Helliker

While Kate Winslet has been openly canoodling with the eligible director Sam Mendes, her divorced husband, Jim Threapleton, grows ever closer to the high street heiress Karen Bishko, whose South African-born father, Roy, co-founded the Tie Rack chain.

Jim, 27, who was said to be heartbroken when the winsome Miss Winslet ended their three-year marriage, has been spending an increasing amount of time in the charming company of Karen, 29, with whom he was a student at Manchester University.

Mutual friends assumed that Karen was simply a shoulder to cry on for Jim, who is the father of Winslet's 15-month-old-daughter Mia, but they could not help notice that the friendship has moved to a more intimate level.

"Life lately has not exactly been a bowl of cherries for Jim, with his ex-wife parading her new lover all over the place," reports one chum. "But Karen seems to have put a smile back on his face."

Source: The Sunday Telegraph

 

Opening This Week -- IRIS

By Catherine Shoard

The novelist, poet and philosopher Dame Iris

Murdoch died from Alzheimer's disease less than three years ago, but already her biopic has hit the big screen. It's an intriguing affair - not so much an account of her life as of her death, adapted from the two books of memoirs her husband of 40 years, John Bayley, wrote about their time together, Elegy for Iris and Iris and her Friends. The action continually shifts (reflective of Iris's stricken mind) between their first encounters at Oxford and the upsetting confusion of their last years together. Kate Winslet is a revelation as the young Iris: proud, ebullient and carrying off a really dreadful bohemian haircut. Bayley is played with pitch-perfect gaucherie by Hugh Bonneville, and later, in a performance that's practically an Oscar request form, by Jim Broadbent. But it's Judi Dench as the older Iris who really astounds, and makes Iris such a desperately sad and successful film. Director Sir Richard Eyre and Broadbent have both watched their mothers fall victim to the disease, and as a testimony to the hell Alzheimer's wreaks, and as a glossy, literate love story, Iris is not to be missed.

 

Sunday afternoon: I just returned from Palm Springs; saw 'Enigma' last night at the Palm Springs Film Festival, which was introduced by director Michael Apted. I'll post my experiences and opinion about the film later this week.

 

Attn: UK fans -- Kate will appear on GMTV Monday, January 14. The show airs from 6:00 - 9:25 AM:

Screen superstar Kate Winslet has offered to get up bright and early and spend Monday morning with Lorraine. She'll be talking about her latest movie Iris, and she'll also be taking some of your questions, so click on the icon to the right and email us now!

Screen Titan -- The role that transformed Kate Winslet from art house attraction to international star was as the the passionate, rosy-cheeked aristocrat, Rose DeWitt Bukater, in the blockbuster Titanic.

Ttanic also transformed her personal life - pushing it into the public domain. With all the gossip recently about Kate Winslet's private life - her divorce from husband Jim Threapleton, her baby Mia, and her new beau director Sam Mendes - little attention has been paid to her glowing career.

Already a two-time Oscar nominee, the 26-year-old actress has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her latest role in Iris. And hopes are high for more accolades, as the Globes are always a good indication as to who will be Oscar nominated.

Love Affair -- Iris tells the tender and extraordinary story of the enduring love between the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from the romance of their early days at Oxford in the 1950's until her untimely death of Alzheimer's in 1999. Kate says of the movie: "One thing that can be said of true love is when you love somebody, you don't want them to change. You want them to be who they are and for them to be free - and that's what Iris and her husband had."

Born into a family of thespians - parents Roger and Sally were both stage actors, Kate came into her talent at an early age. She scored her first professional gig at 11, dancing opposite the Honey Monster in a commercial for a kids' cereal. And her first big break came at 17, when she was cast as an obsessive adolescent in Heavenly Creatures.

 

Kate is the cover girl for the Sunday Times Culture Magazine. I'll pick up a copy in the next day or two when it is available here. Go HERE to read the story; Kate speaks candidly about the past few months.

[On the media coverage of her personal life] "If I think about it and let it chew me up, then they have won," she observes, with a shrug. "My family and close friends recognise the inaccuracies and know the truth. When you strip away all the crap, that is the only thing that matters."

 

Dark Horse Perfs Battle For Nom
Thesps compete for coveted fifth spot

By Stuart Levine
For every Meryl Streep, there is a Fernanda Montenegro ("Central Station"); for every Robert De Niro, there is a Paul Scofield ("Quiz Show"). While the Russells and Nicoles may find room on almost everybody's list this year, there are several qualified thesps out there bidding for the Academy of Arts & Sciences' attention.

Here are a few names being bandied about as having a chance to land that highly coveted fifth nomination slot in their respective categories:

For best actor Anthony LaPaglia, who stars as a disgruntled cop in "Lantana," recently picked up the Australian Film Institute Award. Benjamin Bratt impressed many for his turn as poet-playwright Miguel Pinero in "Pinero." Josh Harnett's role in Ridley Scott's actioner "Black Hawk Down" was part of an ensemble but the film has landed on many top-10 lists.

On the supporting side, Brian Cox, who plays a pedophile in "L.I.E.," received American Film Institute nomination. Steve Buscemi has already picked up honors from the New York and online film critics, among others, for his role in "Ghost World." Both Ian McKellen's wizard Gandalf and Elijah Wood's Frodo might generate heat from the excellent reviews for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

Other supporting performances that have generated interest include Jamie Foxx, as the champ's cornerman Bundini Brown in "Ali"; Hayden Christensen, "Life as a House"; Anthony Hopkins, "Hearts in Atlantis"; James Gandolfini, "The Man Who Wasn't There"; Michael Gambon, "Charlotte Gray"; Peter Boyle, "Monster's Ball"; Martin Landau, "The Majestic"; Carl Reiner, "Ocean's Eleven"; Tom Sizemore, "Black Hawk Down.

On the distaff side, Stockard Channing's tormented exec in "The Business of Strangers" has been a hit with critics. The film is so small, however, that IFC Films has to hope voters will be willing to pop a copy into their VCRs. Drew Barrymore's perf in "Riding in Cars With Boys" may garner attention solely because she is a Hollywood survivor. Reese Witherspoon's flighty but sweet Harvard law student in "Legally Blonde" and Thora Birch in the dark "Ghost World" were rare comic turns (along with Renee Zellweger for "Bridget Jones' Diary") that earned critical plaudits.

In the supporting category, several of the "Gosford Park" women have a legitimate chance of hearing their name called come nomination morning: Besides Maggie Smith, there is Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emily Watson and Helen Mirren. Two-time nominated Kate Winslet delivered a lively performance as the young author in "Iris." Brittany Murphy has a wide range of work to choose from , including "Don't Say a Word," "Riding in Cars With Boys" and "Sidewalks of New York." Cameron Diaz proved to be more than Tom Cruise could handle in "Vanilla Sky" while Fionnula Flanagan gave auds the creeps in "The Others."

Source: Variety, January 13

 

Reminder for UK fans --

Judi Dench - A Bafta Tribute, January 12, BBC1, 10PM

In an evening hosted by Stephen Fry, the great and the good pay tribute to Dame Judi Dench, an actress who is loved and admired in equal measure. One big name after another (from Pierce Brosnan and Dickie Attenborough to Kate Winslet and Richard Briers) describes her extraordinary talent, infectious laughter and abysmal driving. It transpires that the most devastating Lady Macbeth in living memory not only cheats at table tennis but is able to tell the time, at any moment of the day or night, to within 60 seconds without looking at a watch.

 

As we know, Kate has received many raves from critics for her captivating performance in IRIS. Do the tabloid writers comment on that? Noooo.

Is That Kate Back At The See-Side?

By John Dingwall

Kate Winslet gives cinema-goers an eyeful as she goes full frontal in her latest film. The 26-year-old actress strips naked to go skinny-dipping in a scene from Iris. Fans will see all there is to see of the actress before she is towelled down by co-star Hugo Bonneville.

Kate was fully clothed when she last took a dip with Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, but she's not fussed about baring her body. This week she said: "I'm not a manicure, pedicure girl. I don't even own a hair-dryer. I can't be bothered. I'm wash and go. I'm not even sure I've got knickers on."

Kate stars as a young Iris Murdoch in the film, which premieres in London tomorrow. Up until her death two years ago, novelist Murdoch was frequently described as "the most brilliant woman in England".

Kate said: "Iris was instinctively very private. She was bisexual and had affairs with lots of men and women at the same time. Then she met the person with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life." Kate, who is seeing American Beauty director Sam Mendes after her split from husband Jim Threapleton, added: "We all want to be with a life partner and hope it's everlasting. Sometimes it doesn't happen.

"It's a universal story."

Kate said being a single mum to 16-month-old Mia remained her single greatest achievement.

Source: Daily Record, January 12

Would you believe the Sun published pics of Kate from the skinny-dipping scene?! Right, print pics like that the day before she is scheduled to attend the premiere. Geesh! (No, you wonít see nude pics of Kate on this site. I was almost sick last night at the idea of a major UK paper actually publishing them. Watching such a scene during the course of a film - in context - is one thing; publishing still photos from the scene is quite another and is done only for a certain purpose. If you just have to see the pics, GO to the Sun article.)

Curvy Kate Winslet looks Titanic in her latest film - as she shows off her boobs. Sexy Kate, 26, strips off for Iris, the movie about British author Dame Iris Murdoch. She features in a full frontal nude scene with co-star Hugo Bonneville as they frolic by a river. At one point Kate throws her arms gleefully in the air as she romps in the water.

In Iris - which opens across Britain tomorrow - Kate plays the author as a young woman. Dame Judi Dench takes over as the older Iris.

Kate, divorcing hubby Jim Threapleton, is living with her infant daughter Mia and new love Sam Mendes.

 

Kate is mentioned in the January 5-11 issue of Heat magazine:

1) Davina's Diary

Kate's No Saucy Sally -- No New Year's resolutions for me - apart from being nice about Kate Winslet

...My resolution is no resolutions, except "think positive thoughts about Kate Winslet". In Britain we have a tendency to strike people off our Christmas card list without giving them a second chance (think Will Carling: he took England to glory, but as soon as he left his girlfriend the media buried him). So I do feel a bit sorry for Kate. She was the nation's darling and suddenly she's portrayed as a Saucy Sally. So her marriage broke down - so what? So she met someone else - so what? OK, she could have been a bit more subtle about her new love - but so what? Let's give the girl a break in 2002.

2) How The Stars Get In Shape

Before you start a faddy diet to shift those festive-season pounds, take a look at Heat's low-down of the brilliant, bad and simply bonkers celeb diets

...The Face Reading Diet [Nice pic of Kate at the 2001 SAG awards ceremony]

Who follows It?

Kate Winslet

What is it?

This diet's origins lie in an ancient Oriental practice which involves studying the face and analysing its colours, lines and textures to determine the general health of the body, how well it digests food and which vitamins and minerals it lacks. The analyst then works out a specially tailored diet that excludes all the foodstuffs which the particular person's body finds hard to digest or appears to gain weight from.

What can you eat?

Every diet is especially designed for the individual, but alcohol, tea, coffee, dairy products, wheat and sugar barely figure in any of them. The first two weeks of the diet consist of a strict detox programme and then a healthy eating plan is worked out.

Amanda Ursell's verdict

"I don't understand this. I know you can see certain things in people's faces; for example, if you have white spots under your eyes, that indicates you have high cholesterol or if you have dry skin you might not have enough essential oils in your diet. Perhaps there is something to it in the sense that doctors in Chinese medicine are able to diagnose health problems by examining the tongue. Or maybe it is just something that Western nutritionists don't really get. Also, you need to see a qualified person and have an individual diet drawn up - you can't just follow Kate Winslet's diet."

Heat's verdict: 3 out of 10

 

On Tuesday, I found a small item from the Mirror (yes, the Mirror, and it actually wasn't negative). I was able to pick up that issue from a newsstand and have scanned the cute pic of Kate and Mia that goes along with it. Here, again, is the text, along with a small image. Go to the Gallery 2002 to view a larger image.

Mama & Mia - She may be one of the world's top actresses, but motherhood still comes first for Kate Winslet. Fellow shoppers barely noticed as Titanic star Kate and her daughter Mia popped down to the Baby Gap store in Hampstead, North London. Looking like any other harassed young mum, 26-year-old Kate struggled along with Mia's buggie. But judging by the delighted smile on the little one's face, shopping is a talent Mia intends to perfect.

 

I also bought The Hollywood Reporter's special 'Oscar Watch: Actors' issue. Kate is pictured and mentioned several times!

1) 'Into the Act' - Every role offers myriad challenges and surprises, according to some of the top Oscar contenders of 2001.

[Six actors are pictured on the top half of the page: Halle Berry, Sissy Spacek, Sir Ian McKellan, Haley Joel Osment, Kate and Jim Carrey. Caption: Testing their range: The many faces of drama this year.]

When the academy unveils its nominees for this year's acting awards, most of us will be focused on the performances on the screen. But for the actors who played these roles, their memories will often be dominated by other thoughts - from the struggles they had to contend with while handling different aspects of the parts to the backstage drama involved in making the roles come together.

...When Kate Winslet conjured the younger version of British novelist Iris Murdoch in "Iris", she not only had to find a way to make her voice resemble that of Judi Dench - who plays the older Iris - but she also had to struggle with conveying Murdoch's razor-sharp intelligence.

"The hardest thing about playing her was that she is a fierce intellectual, and I would never think of myself that way," Winslet says. "I found that intimidating - how am I supposed to dig inside myself to find a level of intelligence that could ever match that of Dame Iris Murdoch? It was just a case of reading up as much about her as I could; and (her husband) John Bayley's books were very informative about what she was like and what motivated her."

Curiously, Winslet says she and Dench spent very little time attempting to get their performances in sync.

"What's interesting, when I watch the film, is that Judi and I feel like the same person, and it feels that [Iris] is the same as a younger and older woman, and yet Judi and I never sat down and said, 'How are we playing this part?' We did have a little discussion with (director) Richard Eyre, and we had a read-through together - but otherwise, our paths didn't cross."

Winslet did, however, cross paths with Bayley, an Oxford academic.

"About halfway through the shoot, we were doing an exterior scene riding bicycles in Oxford, and Richard came over and said, 'Have you seen? He's over there'," Winslet says. "I turned around and saw this slightly odd-looking man in a flat cap, and I just knew it was him. I said, 'What do you think?' And he said, 'You are actually like her, but she had a rather more snubby nose than yours'."

2) Kate is again pictured (in a scene from IRIS) on the 'Oscar Heat' page, which lists awards already announced. Included are Kate's honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and her Golden Globe nomination.

3) Kate is pictured in a scene from IRIS at the top of another page. Caption: They deliver: A few of the performances favored by critical eyes include Russell Crowe in 'A Beautiful Mind', Kate Winslet (with Hugh Bonneville) in 'Iris' and Renee Zellweger in 'Bridget Jones's Diary'.

A High Performance Year -- Exceptional acting sets many of the year's best films apart from the pack.

While the vehicles that featured them may not have always been up to speed, the 2001 motion picture fleet nevertheless contained an embarrassment of riches in the performance categories, including more than a few personal bests...

Best Supporting Actress

Safe Bets

Old pro Maggie Smith demonstrated her scene-stealing ways in Robert Altman's 'Gosford Park' as a snippy upper-class houseguest who spins every line of Julian Fellowes' script into pure comic gold.

No stranger to Oscar, Smith has been nominated five times previously, winning for 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' (1969) and again for 'California Suite' (1978). Her last nomination was for 'A Room With a View' (1986).

She'll likely be joined by a pair of fellow Brits, namely her 'Gosford Park' co-star (and New York Film Critics' selection) Helen Mirren and Winslet (the Los Angeles Film Critics' choice) from 'Iris'.

It would be Winslet's third nomination (following a 1998 Best Actress nod for 'Titanic' and a 1996 Best Supporting Actress nomination in 'Sense and Sensibility'), while Mirren earned a nod for her supporting performance in 'The Madness of King George' (1995).

[Judi Dench, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly, Fionnula Flanagan, and Carrie-Anne Moss are considered 'wild cards'.]

The article includes a two-page chart:

Acting Oscar Cheat Sheet -- As this year's Academy Awards race begins to shape up, it's time to look hard at some of the top contenders - not only in regard to their roles but their Oscar histories, the critics' picks and other affecting factors. So how do current leaders in the pack stack up for possible Oscar performance?

Kate is at the top of the Supporting Actress chart!

Kate Winslet - Iris -- The role: feisty young author in early days at Oxford; Casting Coup? Winslet's natural strength makes Iris Murdoch come alive; Oscar Score: (0-2) Academy likes her corseted in period dramas; X-Factor: Will Winslet be overlooked in favor of Judi Dench?

Interestingly, Judi is not listed on the Actress chart. The folks at Variety feel her role in IRIS could be considered either lead or supporting. Keep in mind that Judi does not have any critical awards for IRIS, while Kate and Jim Broadbent do. Still, the Academy loves Judi. We'll see...

I have scanned the Supporting Actress chart -- Go HERE.

4) The issue also contains a full-page 'for your consideration' ad for IRIS.

 

The Guardian has an article today containing diary-type items from IRIS director Richard Eyre about the making of the film. Iíll post it in my IRIS section later; go HERE to read now.

 

 

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