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2010 Apr 05

Winslet refuses to feel guilty over career

The Titanic star, who recently split from husband Sam Mendes, has a daughter Mia, nine, and a six-year-old son Joe.

But the actress insists she came under scrutiny from the press when she left her kids at home to continue working in the film industry, and the negative portrayal of her parenting left her in despair.

She tells Britain’s The Times, “I don’t feel guilty about working now. When Mia was younger I did, but that was largely to do with the press. You know, ‘She’s off and the child gets left behind.’ You just want to kill yourself when you read those things.

“Mia and Joe are not onset movie kids. I don’t ever have them hang out in the trailer, because I don’t like the notion that they are sort of beholden to my schedule, not knowing when they’re going to see me. I’d rather, you know, give them a big kiss in the morning before I go off to work.”

Source: FOX 8 Live

2010 Apr 02

Autism Awareness Day: New HBO autism movie looks through autism from eyes of mother

Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. This day was labeled as such by the United Stations back in 2007. This makes it the third annual World Autism Day. Autism is a life long disease that usually appears in the first three years of a person’s life. There are a number of symptoms of the disease including the inability to communicate his or her needs verbally, not responding to name being called, and repeating words or phrases instead of speech. They might also appear deaf, even if they aren’t deaf. Autism sufferers might also display violent or aggressive behavior. If you are helping support Autism Awareness Day, you are asked to wear blue today. For local Autism Awareness Day events in your area, go here.

HBO is jumping in with their support today as well. Tonight, they will be airing an all-new documentary narrated by Kate Winslet. The movie titled A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back To Autism follows one Icelandic mother’s, Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir, journey as she battles to help her ten year old son, Keli, get treatment and improve his way of life. Björk and Sigur Ros also contribute music to the movie which airs tonight on HBO. Check your local listings for times in your area.

In order to mark this day, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made this statement: “Let us join persons with autism, their families and their advocates in a community of voices for greater awareness and understanding. Let us also look within, and re-evaluate our attitudes and those of our societies so we can remove the prejudices that discriminate against persons with disabilities. Let us dedicate ourselves to creating a fair and caring society that affords true dignity and rights for all.”

To find out more about autism, watch this video and also the trailer for A Mother’s Courage below.

2010 Apr 01

HBO film looks at autism through mother’s eyes

A documentary narrated by actress Kate Winslet debuts on U.S. television Friday aiming to take audiences beyond narrow depictions of autism in films like Rain Man and expose them more broadly to the disability.

The film, A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back To Autism (aka The Sunshine Boy), is based upon an Icelandic woman’s journey as she meets scientists and autism experts in the United States in an effort to improve the life of her 10 year-old son.

Mother’s Courage premieres on cable TV’s HBO on World Autism Awareness Day, and shows Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir struggling to find treatments for her autistic son, Keli.

Along with Winslet, Icelandic musicians Björk and Sigur Ros add their voices and music to the movie, and Iceland’s first lady Dorrit Moussaieff backed the project when filming began four years ago. While celebrities bring name value to Mother’s Courage, its makers say their aim is to educate and change narrow perceptions of autism.

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2010 Apr 01

“Contagion” characters have been named!

The casting for the much anticipated Contagion has finally been revealed!

Jude Law will play blogger Alan Krumwiede, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow will play husband and wife, Beth and Thomas Emhoff. Beth is one of the first to catch the virus, while her husband Thomas, seems mysteriously immunized against it. Meanwhile, Marion Cotillard will be based in the skin of Dr. Leonora Orantes. Finally, Kate will play Dr. Erin Mears, the colleague of Dr. Ellis Cheever, played by Laurence Fishburne.

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2010 Mar 29

Kate Winslet wants to move out

Kate Winslet wants to move out of the New York apartment she shared with estranged husband Sam Mendes.

The 34-year-old actress is reportedly desperate to leave the $6 million property in the Chelsea district of the city because of all the memories it holds. Since Kate and Sam announced they were splitting after almost seven years of marriage, the director has been living in the same converted warehouse building as his office is based there.

“Kate really wants to leave the apartment,” a source told the New York Post newspaper. “She sees it as a house of horrors because of the fights she and Sam had there. She feels it is tainted.”

However, Kate looks set to spend several more months living in the apartment because she is due to begin filming new TV mini-series Mildred Pierce, which is based on a novel by James M. Cain in New York.

It has been claimed Kate and Sam are keen to avoid a high-profile court battle to agree on custody arrangements for the two children they raise together — six-year-old son Joe and Mia Honey, Kate’s daughter with ex-husband Jim Threapleton — and to split their shared fortune, worth an estimated $45 million.

Kate and Sam married in May 2003 on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. After announcing the split earlier this month, it emerged they had parted ways earlier in the year and had reportedly grown apart following a series of arguments.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

2010 Mar 29

Kate Winslet is inspired by Jodie Foster

Kate and Jodie The Oscar-winning actress was deeply affected by Jodie’s 1988 movie The Accused, in which she portrays a woman who is raped.

Jodie won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Sarah Tobias, and Kate says the film was what made her want to become an actress.

The Accused just completely shattered me,” she explained. “I remember watching that film and thinking, ‘Now I understand what acting is.’ I realized that acting does not really exist because you don’t act. What you do is just be. And I feel like Jodie taught me that through her work.”

Kate and Jodie first met at the 1996 Golden Globe Awards, when Kate introduced herself to Jodie. Since then, they have always made time for each other at such ceremonies, and have become friends.

Jodie respects Kate greatly, admitting she thinks she thoroughly deserved her 2008 Oscar for The Reader. “Since we first met we’ve had a couple of minutes backstage at events where we’re all dressed up and trying to get our girdles in line,” Jodie told the British edition of InStyle magazine. “But I have to say, Kate’s performance in The Reader really touched me. There was so much beauty to the character, but she also had a coarseness. As a director, I love seeing somebody on screen where I feel like I’m behind her eyes and that’s how I felt watching it.”

Source: Musicrooms.net

2010 Mar 28

Hundreds try out in Peekskill for Winslet miniseries

Acting hopefuls lined up Saturday hoping to be seen on the street with actress Kate Winslet — in the 1930s.

Next month she is coming here to film an HBO miniseries remake of Mildred Pierce that is set in that period.

While many donned period clothes, the sight of the casting location, the Paramount Center for the Arts, got professionals and amateurs in the mood.

The theater opened June 26, 1930, and shines from renovations.

From just after 8 a.m. to nearly 2 p.m. Saturday those wanting to be extras in the April 26-30 filming waited for a chance to smile briefly for a casting director.

“We’re coming to shoot in Peekskill,” said Grant Wilfley of Grant Wilfley Casting Inc. “There is wonderful architecture here … and we will need a lot of people for street scenes.”

He will need about 200 actors, though 640 men, women and children showed up. The pay is $88 a day for one or two days. Hairstylists might trim women’s hair to shoulder length and crop men’s hair to fit the style of the times, Wilfley warned. And women of that era did not have highlighted hair, so those with that current style might have to wear a hat or consent to a new color.

Some people already looked as if they had popped in from the 1930s, or thereabouts. Young boys wore knicker-length pants, women in red lipstick donned waist-hugging dresses, and men slicked back their hair and sported narrow ties and classic hats.

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