On Saturday (March 11th) Nicole attended the CHANEL And Charles Finch Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner. Pictures are now in the gallery.
Dutch actress/director Halina Reijn made a big splash for her English-language feature debut last year with A24‘s anti-slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies.” Not everyone loved the movie (this writer didn’t), but once A24 gets an interest in an artist, loads of moviegoers get an interest, too. So, what’s next for Reijn? Reports say that it’s an erotic thriller for A24 called “Babygirl,” about a career woman in her forties that gets sexually involved with a 21-year-old intern.
That sounds delightfully scandalous, but who’s attached to star in the film? None other than Nicole Kidman; so, if “Babygirl” didn’t sound enticing before, it probably does now. No other plot or casting details are floating around at the moment, but isn’t Kidman’s name enough? Add “Babygirl” to Kidman’s other upcoming projects, such as Mimi Cave‘s “Holland, Michigan,” which is currently in production, as well as Taylor Sheridan‘s CIA drama “Lioness.” Kidman also has “Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom” and “A Family Affair” on deck, too.
World Of Reel says that production for “Babygirl” kicks off in August, so that probably means the film will hit theaters sometime next year. Before then, there’s plenty of other A24 fare to satiate moviegoers’ appetites. Kelly Reichardt‘s “Showing Up” finally hits US theaters next month, as does Ari Aster‘s “Beau Is Afraid.” Also arriving from A24 this year: Nicole Holofcener‘s “You Hurt My Feelings,” British mystery thriller “Medusa Deluxe,” and, with any luck, Ti West‘s send-off to his recent horror movie trilogy, “MaXXXine.”
Expect more news about “Babygirl” soon as it approaches its reported production start date.
I added over 1800 screencaps of Nicole from Birthday Girl to the gallery.
The stars will shine nice and bright on Oscar night in 2023, as the Academy has just unveiled a new slate of presenters for the 95th Oscars, being handed out this Sunday.
Jessica Chastain (who will again take a quick break from Broadway, where she is starring in a production of “A Doll’s House”), Halle Bailey, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, John Cho, Andrew Garfield, Hugh Grant, Danai Gurira, Salma Hayek Pinault, Nicole Kidman, Florence Pugh and Sigourney Weaver will present at the 95th Oscars.
This distinguished group joins another murderers’ row of Hollywood talent previously announced for cinema’s big night — Riz Ahmed, Michael B. Jordan, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monáe, Emily Blunt, Jonathan Majors, Questlove, Glenn Close, Ariana DeBose, Jennifer Connelly, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Troy Kotsur, Deepika Padukone, Zoe Saldaña and Donnie Yen.
Speculation remains on who may present one of the leading actor Oscars, given that last year’s “King Richard” winner Will Smith is not permitted to attend the ceremony.
Lenny Kravitz has been announced to perform during the “In Memoriam” segment, and nearly all of the Best Original Songs will be performed live, with the hopes that holdout Lady Gaga will indeed soar, Hangman-style, on the telecast performing “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick.” Expect more names to be announced in the coming days.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 95th Academy Awards will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide Sunday at 5 p.m. PT.
On Saturday (February 18th) Nicole attended the 27th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards. Pictures are now in the gallery.
Nicole Kidman is headed back to HBO.
The Oscar and Emmy winner is set to star in and executive produce a thriller based on Leïla Slimani’s novel The Perfect Nanny. PEN15 co-creator Maya Erskine will also star and will write and executive produce. HBO outbid several other outlets to land the project with Legendary Entertainment and will develop The Perfect Nanny as a limited series.
Slimani’s novel, originally published in France as Chanson Douce (Lullaby), is a thriller that follows the increasingly co-dependent relationship between a couple and the nanny they hire. It won France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2016, and its translation became an international bestseller.
The logline for the HBO project reads, “A seemingly perfect nanny goes to work for a couple with two young children, but her helpful personality eventually deteriorates into something sinister.”
The Perfect Nanny would be the third HBO series for Kidman, following Big Little Lies (for which she won Emmys as an actress and executive producer) and The Undoing. She also starred in and produced Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers and has Taylor Sheridan’s Lioness at Paramount+ and Expats at Amazon’s Prime Video on deck. Erskine, meanwhile, is currently filming Mrs. and Mrs. Smith, where she stars opposite Donald Glover, for Prime Video.
Kidman and her Blossom Films partner Per Saari will executive produce with Erskine, Pascal Caucheteux of Why Not Productions and Philippe Godeau of Pan-Européenne.
Kidman is repped by CAA, Media Talent Group, Jackoway Tyerman, and The Lede Company. Erskine is repped by Gersh, Mosaic, and lawyer Melissa Fox, and Slimani is repped by Frédérique Massart (Gallimard).
The first still from A Family Affair is now in the gallery.
Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming Paramount+ series “Lioness,” Variety has learned exclusively. The move brings Kidman in front of the camera on the show, as she has been attached as an executive producer since “Lioness” was originally announced.
“Lioness” is based on a real-life CIA program. Per the official series description, it follows “Cruz Manuelos (Laysla De Oliveira), a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within.”
The cast also includes Zoe Saldaña, Jill Wagner, Dave Annable, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Hannah Love Lanier, Stephanie Nur, and Jonah Wharton.
Kidman will play Kaitlyn Meade, described as “the CIA’s Senior Supervisor who has had a long career of playing the politics game. She must juggle the trappings of being a woman in the high-ranking intelligence community, a wife that longs for the attention she herself can’t even give and a mentor to someone veering suspiciously close to the same rocky road she’s found herself on.”
While Kidman is primarily known for her critically-acclaimed film roles, she has become increasingly active and in-demand in the television space in recent years. Most famously, she starred in and executive produced the hit HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” for which she won both the Emmy and Golden Globe for best actress in a limited series. She has since starred in shows like “The Undoing” at HBO and “Nine Perfect Strangers” at Hulu. She also received an Emmy nod in 2012 for her role in the HBO film “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”
In film, Kidman won the Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for her work in “The Hours.” She has been nominated for Oscars for films like “Moulin Rouge,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Lion,” and “Being the Ricardos.”
She is repped by CAA, Media Talent Group, Jackoway Tyerman, and The Lede Company.
Sheridan created “Lioness” and also serves as executive producer. Variety exclusively reported in June 2022 that he was taking over as showrunner as well. Saldaña executive produces in addition to starring. Kidman executive produces via Blossom Films. David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Wagner, Geyer Kosinski, Michael Malone, and John Hillcoat also executive produce. MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios produce.
On Sunday (January 8th) Nicole attended the Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Concert at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, New South Wales. Pictures are now in the gallery.