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NEW YORK — On Friday night, Kate Winslet sat down for a career-spanning conversation at the New York Film Festival, where her new movie with Woody Allen makes its world premiere Saturday.

Most of the hour-long talk, moderated by Film Comment editor-in-chief Nicolas Rapold, was centered around Wonder Wheel (in select theaters Dec. 1), in which she stars as a frustrated waitress named Ginny, who falls in love with a lifeguard/aspiring poet (Justin Timberlake) against the backdrop of 1950s Coney Island.

The drama marks the first collaboration between Allen and Winslet, who was neither asked about her decision to work with the filmmaker (despite his history of sexual-abuse allegations), nor about embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein (who produced her Oscar-winning The Reader and was just kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, because of his sexual assault allegations).

Reading the script for the first time, Ginny “felt so far out of my grasp,” Winslet said. “(She is) living a life that is so full of, not shattered dreams, but proper mistakes that really made a difference to the course of her life. To play this character who throws it all away for the impossible chance of something new, who also drinks and shouts and has a different accent than me, I just thought, ‘I don’t know where to begin.’ ”

The actress, who can also be seen in disaster romance The Mountain Between Us with Idris Elba this fall, described her experience of working with Allen as strictly professional.

“It was the most purely actor-director relationship I’ve ever had,” Winslet said. “There were no lunches, dinners or social (interactions). It was really nice to just focus on the job.”

Winslet, 42, is currently preparing to reunite with Titanic director James Cameron for his long-gestating Avatar sequels, which are due to hit theaters starting in 2020. Although she was careful not to reveal too much about her character, named Ronal, she hinted that she’ll be utilizing motion capture.

“I still don’t really how it will work, but I’m very excited to learn something new. It really is learning a whole new skill,” Winslet said. “I can tell you that I do play a pivotal role, and in reality, I only have about a month (of shooting).”

The rest of the conversation was peppered with anecdotes from her two-decade career, from breast-pumping with Mary-Louise Parker on the set of Romance & Cigarettes, to recently re-watching her first film, 1997’s Heavenly Creatures, with director Peter Jackson and her family (the only one of her movies she’s seen more than once, she said).

As for the character she’s most fond of? The free-spirited Clementine Kruczynski from 2004 sci-fi comedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

“She’s one I’d love to play again and the possibilities for the hair colors were just endless,” Winslet recalled, laughing. “Wouldn’t you like to see Clementine as a 42-year-old woman? I’d love to find out what happened to her. I love the idea that she just totally let go of any hang-ups about her body and just indulged in everything that made her feel happy: more hair colors and more crazy clothes.”

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Kate participated in the press conference for Wonder Wheel on Saturday while in New York City.

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Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > October 14 | Wonder Wheel Press Conference In New York City


The premiere of Kate’s newest film premiered this weekend at the New York Film Festival … Kate looked beautiful in a black embroidered gown … and I love the pic of her with Justin!

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Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > October 14 | New York Film Festival – Wonder Wheel Premiere
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > October 14 | New York Film Festival – Wonder Wheel Premiere – Introduction


Here is a clip shared by Gold Derby from The Conversations with Kate Winslet at the New York Film Festival this past week.

Kate Winslet discussed her new film ‘Wonder Wheel’ at the New York Film Festival and how Woody Allen convinced her to take the demanding role.


This week Kate attended the New York Film Festival and participated in “A Conversation with Kate Winslet”. I have added images to the gallery from the event.

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Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > October 13 | New York Film Festival – A Conversation With Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > October 13 | New York Film Festival – A Conversation With Kate Winslet – Presentation


I came across some stills from a recent interview that Kate did for the Graham Norton Show …

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Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > September 21 | The Graham Norton Show – Show

And in case you missed it (like I did) here are some clips released by the BBC.

The Queen does not have time for long handshakes.

It turns out Idris Elba is very careful about the feet he’s exposed to.


I can’t even begin to describe the disgraceful behavior that went on.

When Kate Winslet won the lead actress Oscar for “The Reader” in 2009, she thanked 19 people by name along with many others in general.

She did not mention Harvey Weinstein, whose company financed and distributed the movie.

“That was deliberate. That was absolutely deliberate,” Winslet told The Times in an interview Saturday.

“I remember being told. ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No I won’t. No I won’t.’ And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?”

“The fact that I’m never going to have to deal with Harvey Weinstein again as long as I live is one of the best things that’s ever happened and I’m sure the feeling is universal,” Winslet added.

Winslet made her first movie, Peter Jackson’s psychological drama “Heavenly Creatures,” for Weinstein’s Miramax Films — a fact, Winslet says, that the disgraced producer brought up every time she saw him.

“For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I’ve bumped into him, he’d grab my arm and say, ‘Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.’ Like I owe him everything. Then later, with ‘The Reader,’ same thing, ‘I’m gonna get you that Oscar nomination, I’m gonna get you a win, I’m gonna win for you.’”

“But that’s how he operated,” Winslet continues. “He was bullying and nasty. Going on a business level, he was always very, very hard to deal with — he was rude. He used to call my female agent a [vulgar name for a woman] every time he spoke to her on the telephone.”

When allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein broke last week, Winslet was one of the first to condemn his actions and embrace the courage of the women who came forward.

She says the current times demand strong statements.

“In my 20s, I was very forceful and I had a big voice and I would absolutely say things,” Winslet says. “In my 30s, I didn’t feel it was as necessary to go back over ground that I had visited before. I always stood by everything I said.

“Now I feel like, you know what, this is disgraceful, despicable behavior,” the 42-year-old actress continues. “This kind of treatment of any workplace is utterly unacceptable. And hopefully what will happen is that more women will feel compelled to come forward — these women are victims of crime by a man who was always impossible to deal with. I hope that Harvey Weinstein absolutely is punished within the fullest extent of the law should that be the case.”

Weinstein’s actions surrounding “The Reader” have long been seen as grievous on numerous counts.

The drama, in which Winslet played a woman hiding her past as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp, endured numerous delays during production. After director Stephen Daldry told Weinstein he couldn’t deliver the movie in time for the 2008 Oscar season, Weinstein — according to producer Scott Rudin (who took his name off the film in protest) — badgered producer Sydney Pollack on his deathbed and harassed the widow of Anthony Minghella, also a producer on the film.

Says Winslet of “The Reader”: “I can’t even begin to describe the disgraceful behavior that went on — and I’m actually not going to because it’s a can of worms that I’m not prepared to publicly open — nothing to do with sexual harassment, thankfully, lucky me. My god. I somehow dodged that bullet.”

Winslet does reveal one thing about the film that she believes has never been reported: Weinstein shut down “The Reader” with four days left on the production schedule.

“We still had a full four days of shooting of very key scenes that for me — as a person playing that part — were absolutely crucial to the story and to Stephen Daldry, they were as well,” Winslet says. “And Harvey just decided, ‘OK, we’re done. No more money. I’m pulling the plug.’ We had to stop and were sent home. That was it.

“And again, this is just on the business side of things, but he was always, always very, very, very unpleasant to deal with. Very.”

That was the last time Winslet worked with Weinstein.

“Damn right,” Winslet says. “I … stand up for myself and I don’t pander to what you’re supposed to do and what you’re not supposed to do. I won’t be pushed around or bullied by anyone. I was bullied as a child. Never again. Certainly not by Harvey Weinstein.”

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Oct 12, 17 Ali   Interviews, Videos 1 Comment

Such a fun interview of Kate talking to Greg James of the BBC.

Kate Winslet reacts to her own singing, discusses ‘dutch ovens’ and plays a game of ‘Wronguns’ with Greg James ahead of her new movie The Mountain Between Us.