SYDNEY — Kate Winslet and Judy Davis have signed on to star in the latest feature from Australian writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse, producers Film Art Media said Thursday.
The Dressmaker, billed as a stylish drama with comic undertones, centers on Tilly Dunnage (Winslet), who returns after many years in Europe to her small Australian outback hometown with revenge on her mind.
Tilly, a talented couturier, returns to the remote country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder. She wishes to make amends with her eccentric mother, Molly (Davis), but first must unravel the secrets of her past.
Moorhouse describes the tale of love, revenge and 1950s haute couture as “Unforgiven with a sewing machine.”
“This is a project with rich, complex characters and an indelible Australian setting. Jocelyn is the perfect filmmaker to bring Rosalie Ham’s book to screens throughout the world,” producer Sue Maslin said. “The incredible assembly of talent in front and behind the camera is testimony to the ambition of everyone involved to make a great film. We look forward to working with Universal Pictures to bring this project to Australian audiences.”
Principal photography will start Down Under in 2014.
The Dressmaker is based on the novel of the same name by Ham, which Maslin optioned four years ago and asked Moorhouse to write and direct.
Working with Moorhouse will be Academy Award-winning costume designer Tim Chappel and crew including director of photography Don McAlpine, production designer Roger Ford and editor Jill Bilcock.
The Dressmaker has been financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, the Ingenious Senior Film Fund advised by Ingenious Media and Apollo Media, White Hot Productions, Film Victoria and Soundfirm.
The film will be released in Australia and New Zealand by Universal Pictures International and is being sold worldwide by U.K. based sales agent Embankment Films and co-represented in the U.S. with CAA.
Winslet is represented by CAA and United Agents. Davis is represented by Shanahan Management.
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Kate Winslet is pregnant!
The Titanic actress, 37, and her husband Ned Rocknroll are expecting their first child together, PEOPLE has confirmed with her rep exclusively.
“Kate and Ned are delighted” over the news, the rep adds.
Despite her previous marriages ending in divorce, Winslet — also mom to daughter Mia, 12, and son Joe, 9 — always knew she wanted to expand her family further.
“I’m hoping to have more kids,” Winslet told InStyle in 2006. “I don’t know whether one or two. Oh, God, I would love to have more.”
The Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress and Rocknroll, 34 — who is the nephew of Richard Branson — tied the knot in a secret ceremony in December after they began dating in the fall of 2011.
Congratulations to Kate & Ned!
Talk about a Titanic secret.
Kate Winslet has tied the knot with Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll, her rep tells PEOPLE.
“I can confirm that Kate Winslet married Ned Rock’nRoll in NY earlier this month in a private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family,” the rep says. “The couple had been engaged since the summer.”
According to British media reports, Leonardo DiCaprio gave away the bride in a ceremony so secret that the bride and groom’s parents didn’t know about it.
The Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress, 37, has been dating Rocknroll, 34, (his legal name) since fall of 2011.
In August 2011, she and Rocknroll were on the same Caribbean island owned by Branson when a fire broke out and Winslet rescued Branson’s 90-year-old mother.
Winslet previously was married to Sam Mendes and Jim Threapleton.
Actress Kate Winslet is set to be made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to modern Britain.
She will be honored along with Gareth Malone, who performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee concert Saturday and will be honored with an Order of the British Empire.
Although Winslet won acclaim for her work in Heavenly Creatures (1994) and received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Winslet, 36, became a superstar with her performance in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). That film earned her another Oscar nomination and became the most financially successful movie ever made until the release of Cameron’s follow-up film Avatar (2009).
Titanic told the story of fictitious lovers Rose (Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) set against the backdrop of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The sinking itself marks its 100th anniversary this year.
Winslet won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader (2008). She also reunited with DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road (2008).
Gareth, 36, is being honored for raising awareness of the sacrifices of the U.K. armed forces.
Also set to receive an OBE is singer Gary Barlow, who also contributed to the Queen’s concert.
As we recently reported, Jason Reitman’s next project, Labor Day, will begin filming in the Boston area next month, and this week a few more details about the movie’s filming locations has emerged.
The movie, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, is based on Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name.
Labor Day will shoot scenes in Acton, MA on June 25 and August 22, 2012. The scenes will take place at a private residence on Piper Road which will play Winslet’s character’s home. Another scene may be filmed at the Acton Senior Center where Winslet’s character will teach an exercise class.
Actor Kate Winslet was amazed when her celebrity friends including actor George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Meryl Streep agreed to pose for photos in a battered old hat in aid of her autism charity. The actress set up her Golden Hat Foundation in 2011, and wanted to raise its profile through an event, reports contactmusic.com.
Winslet invited her A-list pals including Jude Law, Christina Aguilera and Demi Moore to don her beloved trilby for a photo book. The actress was stunned at the positive response from her Hollywood friends.
“So I came up with this idea… to send my favourite beaten-up trilby to as many well-known people as I could track down and ask them to photograph themselves wearing it,” she added.
“I would then make a book of self-portraits… Amazingly, nearly every person I asked said yes,” she said.
Boardwalk Empire has scooped two prizes at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild awards.
The cast of HBO’s Prohibition-era drama were rewarded with an ensemble award, while the show’s star Steve Buscemi was presented with the gong for ‘Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor in A Drama Series’ in recognition of his role as Nucky Thompson.
30 Rock star Alec Baldwin beat Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family, former Office star Steve Carell and Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer to win the award for ‘Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor in A Comedy Series’.
He paid tribute to writers including Tina Fey and Robert Carlock in his speech, saying that the NBC sitcom has “the greatest writing”, and also mentioned the SAG Foundation’s literacy initiative Book Pals.
Kate Winslet was honored for her role in HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, adding to the Primetime Emmy award and Golden Globe which she has already won for her performance.
The actress was not present on the night to pick up her trophy, which was accepted on her behalf by Damages star Glenn Close.
Betty White was recognized for her role in Hot in Cleveland, saying: “Oh my dears, my dears, my… I don’t think they can read. I think they made a terrible mistake.”
She went on to praise co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, adding that her nomination was for all four of them.
“I’m not not gonna let them keep this, but I’ll let them see it,” she concluded.
American Horror Story‘s Jessica Lange, the cast of Modern Family and Paul Giamatti were also honored at Sunday’s (January 29) ceremony, while Mary Tyler Moore was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
British actress Kate Winslet is to receive an honorary Cesar award at France’s equivalent of the Oscars next month, it has been announced.
Roman Polanski, who directed the 36-year-old in recent release Carnage, will present her with the prize.
French drama Poliss, written, directed by and starring Maiwenn lead the shortlist with 13 nods, including best film and director.
The Minister picked up 11 nods and silent film The Artist was up for 10.
The French silent film, which is one of the leading contenders at this year’s Academy Awards, was re-released in France on Wednesday.
“Don’t forget that the Cesar awards were created in homage to the Oscars,” French Film Academy president Alain Terzian told The Hollywood Reporter.
He added that the Cesars symbolically take place in the same weekend as the Oscars.
“It’s an homage I want to permanently pay,” said Mr Terzian.
He said they are expecting The Artist stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, both up for Cesar acting prizes, to attend the French ceremony, before flying to the US for the Oscars.
The Artist and Poliss will compete alongside The Minister, Declaration of War, Le Havre and Untouchable in the best film category.
Poliss, about a police child protection unit, was presented with the jury prize at last May’s Cannes Film Festival.
British film The King’s Speech received a nomination in the best foreign film category, and was joined by Black Swan, Drive, The Kid With The Bike, Melancholia and Iranian Oscar hopeful A Separation.
French actor-director Guillaume Canet will preside over the annual awards in Paris on 24 February.
Since his 2008 debut Synecdoche, New York, writer/director Charlie Kaufman hasn’t gone behind the camera again, but now the filmmaker will be in the director’s chair very soon with the musical comedy Frank or Francis gearing up for production. Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage and Kevin Kline are already signed on for the story about a director (Carell) who becomes obsessed with the message board commenter (Black) disparaging his movies on a Hollywood website, but now some familiar female faces are joining the mix as Vulture reports Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener will star in the very meta film.
Both Winslet and Keener have worked with Kaufman before with the former starring in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the latter in Being John Malkovich. Kaufman only scripted those movies though, so this will be the first time he works with Winslet and Keener as a director. At this point it’s not clear what characters they’ll be playing, but with this cast and Kaufman behind the camera for a musical comedy, I’m already looking forward to this flick with great anticipation. It should be interesting to see how Kaufman presents a world that is familiar to those of us writing this news and those who read it everyday.
Audible.com has scored some major Hollywood stars to voice a new series of audio books, according to Reuters. The company has enlisted the help of some well-known voices to record such novels as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Being There from novelist Jerzey Kosinski, and To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Titanic actress, Kate Winslet was the first performer to record a book. Winslet tackled the voice over for Therese Raquin from writer Emile Zola. Explaining her work, Winslet shared “you use a different part of your brain and it keeps your creative juices flowing. It is challenging and it’s a heck of a lot of fun as well. As a listener, being able to tune out and be taken into another world, and atmosphere, and environment that is being created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice is really a wonderful, magical thing.”
Other actors also part of Audible.com’s book project includes One Day actress Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Aussie performer Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, seasoned star Dustin Hoffman, Annette Bening, and Meg Ryan. Audible plans to release their new book collection read by the stars sometime later next year.