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Kate Winslet tipped to play Natascha Kampusch

Kate Winslet could be bringing the story of Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch to the big screen, according to reports.

It is rumoured that the Oscar-winning actress is in talks to play Natascha, who was abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil while walking home from school, and then held captive in his cellar for eight years.

She escaped in 2006, and Priklopil swiftly committed suicide by throwing himself under a train.

The flick already has a director – Bernd Eichinger – while Christoph Waltz is rumoured to be in line to play Priklopil. Winslet is being tipped as the hot favourite for the lead, despite being 12 years older that 22-years-old Natascha.

Speaking to thee Austrian Times, Kampusch revealed that she was supporting the project, explaining: ‘Many kind letters convinced me to pursue plans to turn my story into a film.’

Source: Marie Claire

Kate Winslet beaned during basketball

Kate Winslet hit her head and was badly bruised while playing basketball with her kids Sunday night. Filming of Winslet’s new HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce was suspended on yesterday so she could recover. A source said, “She fell after being hit by a basketball and suffered bruising that couldn’t be covered with make-up, so the entire production was halted Monday.” A rep for Winslet confirmed the mishap and said, “She is fine.”

Poor Kate! Let’s hope for her speedy recovery!

Soderbergh’s “Contagion” contaminates 2011 in 3D!

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a slew of movies they will be readying for release in 2011, setting tentative release dates between April and December of next year.

The biggest announcement among them is that Steven Soderbergh will be releasing his virus thriller Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard in 3D on October 21, 2011. Having spoken with Soderbergh about 3D this time last year, he told ComingSoon.net how he had been suitably impressed when he was given an early sneak peek at James Cameron’s Avatar, so it isn’t too big a surprise that he has decided to give it a go with his next big movie.

Source: ComingSoon.net

HBO slated to shoot movie at the Woolworth mansion in Glen Cove

Hollywood is coming to Glen Cove.

HBO is set to film interior shots for its upcoming five-hour miniseries Mildred Pierce at the Woolworth mansion starting on Friday.

According to HBO’s Publicity Office, the movie is the “epic story of a proud, single mother struggling to earn her daughter’s love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles.”

The film stars Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo, among other notable faces. The miniseries is based on the novel penned by James M. Cain.

City officials said no traffic routes will be altered or closed because all filming will be interior shots and will take place on private property. Unfortunately, HBO representatives said, there will be no filming for the public to watch because it is indoors.

The mansion, also known as Winfield Hall, sits on 16.5-acres of land on Crescent Beach Road. It is currently owned by Martin Carey, the brother of former New York governor Hugh Carey.

The house was originally built in 1916 for businessman Franklin Winfield Woolworth, founder of the F.W. Woolworth Company, which is now the retailer Foot Locker.

Penélope Cruz to replace Kate Winslet in beauty ads

Star of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sequel, Penélope Cruz is the new face of Lancôme’s Trésor campaign.

The ads, which in the past starred Isabella Rossellini and Kate Winslet, were this time shot by Mario Testino at the Hotel Crillon in Paris and will start appearing later this year.

Winslet will still feature in the L’Absolu lipstick campaign, while the brand’s latest blockbuster addition, Julia Roberts, has started modeling other Lancôme cosmetics including mascara in what is the first beauty campaign of her career.

Source: The Independent

Marin Ireland draws maid service for “Mildred Pierce”

Having served as maid — and romantic rival — for Strindberg’s Miss Julie this season in Patrick Marber’s update for Broadway (After Miss Julie), Marin Ireland has signed up for another stretch of servitude, picking up after Mildred Pierce in a five-hour HBO miniseries that allows the Oscared Kate Winslet to take a whack at the long-suffering mother role that won Joan Crawford her little gold man.

“No, I’m not Veda,” she hastened to add. “Evan Rachel Wood is playing Veda so that will be exciting. I’m playing Lottie, who’s their maid-slash-assistant baker.”

It was news to her that her role was played by the daft and squeaky Butterfly McQueen (“Prissy” in Gone With the Wind), but she bounced back with panache: “I play very against type all the time so I feel this is sorta in keeping with my policy.”

Guy Pearce, Mare Winningham, James LeGros and Brian F. O’Byrne co-star in the roles originated by Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Jack Carson and Bruce Bennett in the 1945 flick. Arden and Ann Blyth (as the problematic Veda) earned their only Oscar nominations here, supporting La Crawford. Blyth soon evolved into sweeter roles.

The miniseries remake is being directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven).

Source: Playblog

“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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The Playlist: Details on Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion virus film, including who plays who