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12/18/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  Comments Off on Sam Mendes Defends Kate over Father’s Rights Advert

Hollywood director Sam Mendes has criticised a fathers’ rights group after his ex-wife Kate Winslet was targeted in the organisation’s Christmas campaign. Members of Fathers4Justice, which campaigns for custodial rights for dads, have launched a new poster featuring the Oscar winner’s face alongside the caption, “Kate, every child deserves a father this Christmas.” The campaign refers to Winslet’s controversial quotes in which she claimed her two eldest children, who have different fathers, live with her full time. She said, “My kids don’t go back and forth; none of this 50/50 time with the mums and dads – my children live with me, that is it.” Mendes, who has a nine-year-old son, Joe, with the actress, has now spoken out to defend his ex-wife, telling Britain’s Daily Mirror, “It is inappropriate for this organisation to involve my family and I when they know nothing of our personal circumstances. “Whilst I fully support fathers’ rights, I can happily state this has never been a concern for me or my son.” In response, a statement from the group reads, “We are running this advert as part of a campaign to highlight the sensitive issue of four million children waking up on Christmas Day without their father. It is clear from what Kate says that she does not support ‘shared parenting’.” Winslet also has a 13-year-old daughter, Mia, from her marriage to Jim Threapleton and she gave birth to a son with her third husband Ned Rocknroll on 7 December (13).

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12/10/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  Comments Off on Kate Winslet Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Boy!

Congratulations to Kate and Ned on the birth of their son!

The actress and husband Ned Rocknroll welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, on Dec. 7, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Winslet gave birth at an NHS Hospital in Sussex County, U.K. The actress also has two children from previous marriages to Jim Threapleton and Skyfall director Sam Mendes. Her daughter, Mia Threapleton is 13, and her oldest son, Joe Mendes, is nine.

She wed Rocknroll, who is the nephew of billionaire Richard Branson, in a secret ceremony last year. They announced they were expecting a baby in June.

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10/14/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  Comments Off on TimeOut Interview

Being normal is Kate Winslet’s thing. That and being one of the most brilliantly talented actresses of her generation. She is an English actress. That means tea and Pringles, thank you very much. No kale juice, goji berries and joyless Hollywood detox lifestyle for her. Nor does she do airs and graces. In the past she went for full-on honesty, talking openly about everything from love to ambition – leading to some knives-out bitchy comments by newspaper columnists.

Career-wise, life has never been better. A serial Oscar nominee, she finally won Best Actress for ‘The Reader’ in 2009. She is ‘Revolutionary Road’-terrific in her new film ‘Labor Day’, playing an agoraphobic single mum of a teenage boy. Their lives are turned upside down over one sweltering bank holiday weekend when an escaped murderer (Josh Brolin) walks into their lives. As she says – ‘Just when you think he’s going to slit their throats, he bakes them a cake.’

Kate Winslet in ‘Labor Day’
Kate Winslet in ‘Labor Day’
You have a sixth sense when it comes to picking Oscar-grade films. What’s your secret?
‘Honestly, I think it’s just luck. I was 17 when Peter Jackson asked me to be in “Heavenly Creatures”. I’d grown up in a house where we had free school meals and school bus fares were covered by a charitable trust. I learned so much on the job. I got my foot in the door and everything opened up.’

You made ‘Heavenly Creatures’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Titanic’ all by the age of 21. Do feel like you’ve had a charmed life?
‘I feel like I’ve had a charmed career, without question. I still get terrified in the middle of a film, thinking, oh my God, how am I going play this part. But I have been really blessed. The directors that I’ve worked with just taught me so much, particularly Todd Haynes, who directed “Mildred Pierce”. I learned so much from him.’

You’ll be at the London Film Festival premiere of ‘Labor Day’. Aren’t you a little bit afraid your waters might break on the red carpet?
‘[Laughing] It won’t be that close! I’ll be fine. It would give the photographers something to talk about. That would be funny, actually.’

Jason Reitman, the director of ‘Labor Day’, waited a year for you to become available. What were you busy doing?
‘Oh, Gawd. It slightly makes me cringe to hear you say that. It was very sweet of him. To be honest with you, when Jason originally sent me the script, there was a lot going on in my personal life. In my head, I was just committed to my children. But very sweetly he asked: “Well, when would you be free?”’

Your character in the film, Adele, is very fragile. She’s agoraphobic and depressed, but she has this incredibly strong love for her son. Was that a tricky balance to strike?
‘I’m so glad you say that, because I did find that challenging about her. I didn’t want her to be a nervous Nelly for the whole film. And I very much admired her ability as a mother to absolutely put her son first. She’s depressed and yet she’s not moping around in a dressing gown until three, sinking into a bottle of gin. She’s somehow just about pulling it together to raise that lovely boy.’

Could you have played the part before you were a mum?
‘No. It’s really interesting. I did “Hideous Kinky” when I was 22, 23, and there was a lot I had to guess about maternal instincts because I wasn’t a parent. But with Adele I don’t think I would have been able to play her had I not been a parent. Particularly a parent with a child of similar age. Mia is nearly 13 and it almost brings a lump to my throat to describe this time in a child’s life, because everything is a gigantic question. Every day it’s just exhausting because they’re just bursting with curiosity. “Is this right? Is this wrong? How should I be?” And you just have this desire to hug them, just be there and just listen. All they really want actually is to be heard.’
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09/18/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  Comments Off on Kate Still Believes In True Love

Kate Winslet was busily texting as she walked down the hotel corridor to the suite where our interview was due to take place. “It’s my son Joe,” she explains. “He has an earache and he’s back in the UK right now so I was texting about a doctor’s appointment for him.”

Joe, nine, from her marriage to Sam Mendes and her daughter Mia, 12, from her marriage to Jim Threapleton, will soon have a sibling, as the 38-year-old actress is heavily pregnant expecting her third child, this one from her union with Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll, whom she married in December 2012.

The marriage shocked her friends but, she says: “I just feel really happy in general – happy with work and happy with life. Things are wonderful. In terms of what will change when we have the baby, I just don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

One thing that won’t change is her name. “I was never going to change my name to Rocknroll,” she says firmly. “I’ve never changed my name to anything so I didn’t see a reason to start now. I quite like Kate Winslet; in fact I think it’s very flashy. I’m proud of my name because I’m one of three girls and we have one boy in our family so essentially the only person who is going to carry the name along is my brother and he doesn’t have any children at the moment.”
Motherhood and children feature prominently in our conversation, not just because of her pregnancy but because she is playing a single mother abandoned by her husband in her new film Labor Day, which was directed by Canadian Jason Reitman, one of Toronto’s favourite sons, and had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

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08/21/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  Comments Off on Kate Set To Attend TIFF!

Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Hugh Jackman are among the A-listers heading to next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, a glitzy parade organizers touted Tuesday as ground zero for those seeking awards season glory.

Organizers say this year’s star-packed guest list also includes Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Daniel Radcliffe, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Wiig.

But festival favourites George Clooney and Brad Pitt were noticeably absent from the announcement, despite each helming buzzy titles and having a long affiliation with the annual showcase.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15 and opens with the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate.”

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03/08/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  Comments Off on Video and captures: Kate receives César’s Honorary Award

Kate Winslet got the verbal equivalent of a French kiss at the “37th Annual César Film Awards”.
The 36-year-old Mildred Pierce star was presented with an Honorary César award (the French equivalent of the Oscars) by French filmmaker Michel Gondry, who directed her in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.

Appropriately dressed in a gold sequined dress by Van Cleef & Arpels, Winslet laughed as Gondry serenaded her with a sexy poem — read in French with sometimes nonsensical English translation.

“My dear Kate, it is never too late to win a César, because Kate wins late,” he began. “It’s hard work to make you come.”

To this, Winslet burst out laughing, before Gondry went on to claim that getting access to the actress’ “bottom” was a “no go.”
“In conclusion, your cleavage is generous,” he said. “Can your boobs touch my illusion… brilliant fortress of common desire.”

Winslet then took the podium and said with a sigh, “All of those comments about my cleavage!”
After thanking the crowd for honoring her with the award, she referred back to her naughty valentine.
“I’m thankful to Michel Gondry,” she said, “for talking about my boobs and my bottom on live French television.”

Winslet evidently could not get over Gondry’s cheekiness. As she walked off the stage with the director to cheers from he audience, she could be heard saying one final time, “I can’t believe you talked about my boobs and my butt!”

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02/14/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  Comments Off on “Labor Day”, starring Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin, will shoot in Massachusetts this summer

Director Jason Reitman is gearing up for his next project, Labor Day, which will star Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

The movie is based on Joyce Maynard’s book of the same name and is set on a late summer Labor Day holiday weekend in the 1980s. It opens with a divorced, depressed single mom (Winslet) who encounters a large, bleeding man (Brolin) while shopping with her 13-year-old. He asks for a ride and against their better judgment, they agree. Meanwhile, they learn that police are searching their town for an escaped convict. The story is mostly told through the eyes of 13-year-old Henry, who spends most of his time daydreaming or watching TV.

As we reported last month, there have been rumors that the movie would be filmed in the Boston area next summer and now, based on the casting call below, it looks like the rumors are true.

Chrystie Street Casting recently issued a casting call for the part of Henry, which Reitman has stressed is crucial to the movie because, “we’ve got to find someone very special.” He has also implied that he has not ruled out using an unknown actor for the role.

But, the casting call also confirms that the movie will be filming in Massachusetts in June. You can check out the complete listing below:

Chrystie Street Casting is casting Labor Day, a feature film. Chrystie Street Casting has cast the films Young Adult, Precious, Shakespeare In Love, Good Will Hunting, Cider House Rules, Pineapple Express, The Wrestler, and 200 other major films, as well as the TV series Pan Am. Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air), dir.; Suzanne Smith Crowley & Jessica Kelly, casting. Shooting begins June 2012 in MA.

Seeking — Henry: boy, 13 years old (submit ages 10-14), Caucasian, a true innocent, has taken over the role of caretaker and protector to his fragile and reclusive mother Adele, an observant boy who understands his mother’s loneliness, but is too young to understand why he cannot entirely fill it, when a new man enters the picture the friend-less Henry is both exhilarated by the relationship and threatened by the prospect that he is no longer needed by his mother, LEAD; Eleanor: girl, 14 years old (submit ages 10-14), Caucasian, a skinny girl, a product of a broken home, newly moved from a big city to live with her father and is already bored with the small town entertainments, an intelligent girl, learned how to get what she wants with wit, calculations, and her newly developed sexual awareness, to Henry she is the mysterious hot girl who seems to know everything about the world that he doesn’t, LEAD; Barry: boy, 15 years old (submit ages 12-17), Caucasian, mentally challenged, could be Down’s Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, the wheelchair-bound son of Evelyn (the lead character’s only friend), can only communicate through gurgles and mumbles, is perhaps more engaged in the world around him than his mother realizes, seeking actors who have either condition described above, supporting role.

To be considered, e-mail recent pics, age and contact info ASAP to labordaycasting@gmail.com. No phone calls. Professional pay provided. SAG Film Agreement.

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02/08/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

According to EWonline, the release date for James Cameron’s 3D re-release of his Oscar-winning film Titanic has been changed.

Paramount Studios had originally announced that the film would open in theaters on Friday, April 4th. However the studio has now decided it will release the new version of the film on Wednesday, April 2nd.

April will mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the ship. The award-winning film starred Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as fictional passengers aboard the doomed luxury liner. Written, directed and produced by Cameron, Titanic is the second highest grossing movie of all time. It is one of only three films to have received a record 11 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director; and launched the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Called “A spectacular demonstration of what modern technology can contribute to dramatic storytelling” by Variety upon its release in 1997, the long in the works 3D conversion is being overseen by Cameron and his Lightstorm producing partner Jon Landau who produced the hit movie.
Said Cameron, “There’s a whole generation that’s never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. And this will be Titanic as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.”

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