24 Dec 17
Articles, MagazinesComments Off on Jessica Chastain and Saoirse Ronan speak their minds — along with other top actresses

Kate is one of the actresses featured on the cover of the new issue of the Los Angeles Times The Envelope along with the talented actresses Jessica Chastain, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Annette Bening and Diane Kruger.

Awards season always get us thinking about what it must be like to work in the movies, so we invited six leading actresses to join The Envelope to share their insights. Answering our call was Annette Bening, who plays former Hollywood leading lady Gloria Grahame romantically linked to a much younger man in her final years in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”; Jessica Chastain, who plays real-life poker entrepreneur Molly Bloom targeted by the FBI in “Molly’s Game”; Diane Kruger, who won the Cannes film festival’s top acting prize for her portrayal of a woman whose husband and child have been killed by terrorists in “In the Fade”; Margot Robbie, who stars as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the quirky “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, as a Sacramento teen looking for her place in the world in “Lady Bird”; and Kate Winslet, who stars in Woody Allen’s 1950s Coney Island drama “Wonder Wheel.”

With ages ranging from 23 to 59, the women talked with Times film writers Mark Olsen and Amy Kaufman about looking good vs. feeling good, the treatment of women on screen, learning from film roles and finding confidence. Oh, and how the Kardashians helped in prepping for a role.

Here’s an excerpt of the conversation, edited for length and clarity.

Amy Kaufman: Jessica, at Cannes you made a remark after being a part of the jury there about some of the things you had seen reflected in the films. Can you talk about what you saw?

Chastain: Yeah, I had never seen 21 films in such a short amount of time, one after the other. And one of the things that I wouldn’t have noticed on its own, but when watching in that concentration became very clear to me was how the world viewed women. And how little stories talked from a woman’s point of view, from a female protagonist, a story about a woman who wasn’t victimized.

Mark Olsen: Annette, you play the actress Gloria Graham and part of what the movie is about is the way that Hollywood treats actresses. Was that one of the things you were interested in portraying?

Annette Benning: I didn’t have a lot of real detail about what actually happened to Gloria. But what’s fascinating is you watch women in that period and especially in her case, she was often playing the bad girl, was how often she got slapped, hit and beat up in the movies. And at that point it wasn’t even a comment. That was just an accepted thing that happened. I think there’s a theme, I was at the Venice Film Festival on the jury this year also watching films from all over the world and the number of movies that had to do with emotional, sexual and physical violence towards women — and if the story wasn’t about that, then it was tangentially part of the mix of the narrative.

Kaufman: Jessica, you’ve always been very vocal on social media. Do you feel like, and this is for all of you, do you feel the freedom to be open about your opinions, about the industry?

Chastain: I’m open with my opinions because I’ve only been in the industry for six years. I started pretty late — 2011 is when my first film came out. I’d already had the great fortune of growing up out of the industry. I don’t know how to not speak out. And also working on “Zero Dark Thirty” with Kathryn Bigelow and that whole experience kind of lit the match in me.

Saoirse Ronan: It depends on the work that you’re doing and the people that you’re working with. Everyone here does good work and we do work that sort of has a certainly gravity to it. And I think when you surround yourself with the right kind of work you feel like you’re encouraged to share your opinions and your thoughts on things.

Olsen: Kate, “Wonder Wheel” is so unusual; it feels very theatrical and sort of outsized in a way. How was that on set?

Kate Winslet: Well, I mean Woody Allen is an extraordinary writer. And he’s obviously known for having created extraordinary roles, very powerful complicated roles for women for many years. And to join that lineage of incredible actresses made me feel terrified. It’s set in Coney Island. Its where he’s from. So I think his effervescence and his enthusiasm really was quite infectious for everyone. Vittorio Storaro was our cinematographer. And because my character, Ginny, lives above a shooting alley within an amusement arcade, there were the fairground lights always coming through the windows. Constantly through every scene the colors would be shifting and changing. It was quite mesmerizing to be a part of something like that. You can be midway through a 14-page piece of dialogue and it’s all being done in one continuous shot. And the lights probably changed about seven times. It gives that sense of heat and that feeling of freneticism. It was really exhilarating to be a part of something like this.

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22 Dec 17
Mary & the Witch's FlowerComments Off on ‘Mary And the Witch’s Flower’ Trailer

Deadline has released the trailer for ‘Mary And the Witch’s Flower’.

Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 classic children’s book The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world. Featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill and Academy Award®-winners Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.

19 Dec 17
Images, TitanicComments Off on Happy 20th Anniversary Titanic

Twenty years ago today was the release of the film Titanic directed by James Cameron starring Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio. The film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Kate was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Rose DeWitt-Bukater.

I have added captures from the film to our gallery!

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > Films > 1997 | Titanic > Captures | The Film

15 Dec 17
ArticlesComments Off on Kate Winslet on the 6 Women in Hollywood Who Inspire Her

Town & Country shared this feature on the Kate who Inspired Kate in her work!

“It’s through these women that I have learned about sisterhood in the working world,” she says.

When Kate Winslet received the prestigious Peter J. Owens Award for Acting from SFFILM in San Francisco last week, she took the opportunity to honor six famous women who have been role models throughout her career.

“All of these women have taught me about determination, strength and stamina, being properly prepared to play a role, but most importantly and above all else, about looking out for one another. It’s through these women that I have learned about sisterhood in the working world, which today could not be more crucial. Indeed, we must depend on it.”

Here are the six women who have inspired Kate.

Dame Judi Dench
“Judi Dench taught me how to act.”

Julie Christie
“Julie Christie taught me how to stand correctly and how to remain poised under pressure.”

Emma Thompson
“Emma Thompson, my friend, taught me about being well-behaved and generous”

Judy Davis
“The great Judy Davis taught me how to be unafraid and reckless. ”

Kathy Bates
“Kathy Bates taught me about trying out a scene in a way that I really had not planned at all.”

Jodie Foster
“Jodie Foster taught me how to stick to my guns.”

10 Dec 17
Awards, Events, ImagesComments Off on San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th Anniversary Awards Night

This week Kate was honored at the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th Anniversary Awards Night with their Peter J. Owens Award for Acting. The award was presented to Kate by director James Cameron.

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > December 5 | San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th Anniversary Awards Night
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > December 5 | San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th Anniversary Awards Night – Audience
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > December 5 | San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th Anniversary Awards Night – Ceremony

08 Dec 17
VideosComments Off on Variety’s Actors on Actors Interview

Variety has released Kate’s Variety’s Actors on Actors interview with Gary Oldham for you to enjoy!

For Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, Gary Oldman and Kate Winslet sat down to chat about Winslet working with Woody Allen on “Wonder Wheel,” Oldman portraying Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and more.

03 Dec 17
Wonder WheelComments Off on New Stills from Wonder Wheel

I did some digging and came across a bunch of new stills from Kate’s role in the film Wonder Wheel. I can’t wait to see this film!

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > Films > 2017 | Wonder Wheel > Production Stills

03 Dec 17
Guest Appearances, VideosComments Off on Kate on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Kate recently stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and she spoke about sharing a trailer with Justin Timberlake on the set of Wonder Wheel, who she cautioned with when they were casting Titanic, and how she dropped out of school when she was 16 years old to work at a deli to earn money to do auditions! Oh and she shares her thoughts on letting Jack go!

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