Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood are now finding a way to update some of their own favorite literature, and it simply has to do with lending their voices.
For their new line of upcoming audiobooks, Audible.com has announced that some of the following celebrities have offered up their voices to bring new life to some books that many mainstream audiences have abandoned over the years. For example, Nicole Kidman (who played Virginia Woolf in The Hours) will be reading the Woolf classic To The Lighthouse, while Kim Basinger is set to tackle the Kate Chopin classic The Awakening.
The first one of these new audiobooks will be released by the site early next year, and some of the other celebrities who are taking part include the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Kate Winslet, Meg Ryan, Naomi Watts, Colin Firth, and Dustin Hoffman. There are a number of Oscar nominations and trophies within this list, and the ultimate goal here is that it leads to an increased awareness in classic literature beyond just adaptations for the big screen.
As for what some of these stars are up to when it comes to their acting work, you can see Kate Winslet in Contagion, which is currently in theaters. Meanwhile, Hathaway has been busy shooting The Dark Knight Rises for much of the past several months.
I’ve added one new on the set pic from Carnage to the gallery:
â€¢ Movies: Carnage > On the Set
Thanks to my dear friend Mariana, here are scans from Spanish magazine Fotogramas October issue with a Contagion coverage:
â€¢ Magazines/Clippings: Fotogramas – October, 2011
A showdown between two kids: about eleven, in a local playground. Swollen lips, broken teeth… Now the parents of the “victim” have invited the parents of the “bully” to their apartment to sort if out. Cordial banter gradually develops a razor-sharp edge as all four parents reveal their laughable contradictions and grotesque prejudices. None of them will escape the ensuing carnage. Carnage, which runs at 79 minutes since it plays out in real time, is directed by Roman Polanski, itâ€™s based on Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play God Of Carnage. The two sets of parents in question are portrayed by Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. The film is set for release December 16th.
What was it about Carnage that sparked your interest? You’ve worked on a number of films based around family.
Kate Winslet: I suppose when you are I parent, and you come from a very big, very close family like I do, I think it’s just apart of your emotional makeup. I suppose I have found myself subconsciously drawn to these types of stories that include everybody, they include every family member, they include the complexities of a family dynamic, especially involving children. Being a parent myself I’m familiar with school playground politics and how complex that can be â€” and sometimes how ridiculous that can be, and funny. So when Roman approached me about being involved in God Of Carnage, first of all when Roman Polanski asks you to join him on any project you really don’t say no. The script was so extraordinary, I had seen the play in New York so I was already very much a fan of the piece. I just felt extremely fortunate to be included.
Taking a break from her acting duties, the British beauty hosted a press conference held by Swiss luxury watchmaker Longines in Shanghai. Kate is currently the companyâ€™s Ambassador of Elegance.
Meanwhile, Kate has collaborated with experts at make-up giant LancÃ´me to create a special cosmetics collection for charity.
The Oscar-winning actress, who is a spokesmodel for the brand, has worked closely with the company to come up with a range of lipsticks, blushers and nail polishes for its 2011 winter range.
LancÃ´me bosses have promised to donate $200,000 of profits raised from sales to The Golden Hat Foundation, a non-profit organization set up by the Titanic star last year to raise awareness of autism.
Kate says, “LancÃ´meâ€™s instant offer of support was a huge display of confidence and generosity. I knew it would open many doors.”
The range will be on sale until December.
Added some HQ pics from the events that took place yesterday, September 29:
Thanks to no-a, we now have scans from October issue of Russian magazine Kinopark:
â€¢ Magazines/Clippings: Kinopark – October, 2011
Added 82 new HQ pics of Kate at the Emmys on September 18:
â€¢ Public Appearances > Awards & Galas: 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Thanks once again to my dear friend Mariana, we now have scans from September 22 issue of Italian magazine A:
â€¢ Magazines/Clippings: A – September 22, 2011