15 Oct 17
Co-Stars, Guest Appearances, VideosComments Off on Kate on The Graham Norton Show

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

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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.

15 Oct 17

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.”


12 Oct 17

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.

09 Oct 17
ArticlesComments Off on Kate Winslet Calls Harvey Weinstein Allegations ‘Disgraceful and Appalling’

Kate Winslet spoke exclusively to Variety about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. I am proud of her for speaking up on such an important topic!

Kate Winslet condemned Harvey Weinstein for allegedly sexually harassing multiple women over three decades.

“The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear,” Winslet said in a statement given exclusively to Variety.

Winslet joins a chorus of prominent actresses, including Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and Glenn Close, who all voiced their disapproval on Monday of Weinstein’s alleged conduct.

Winslet won the best actress Oscar in 2009 for her role in The Weinstein Company’s “The Reader.”

On Sunday, the board of the indie studio that Weinstein co-founded voted to terminate him with cause. He’s denied parts of a bombshell report published in the New York Times last week that detailed his alleged harassment towards women, including the actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

Read Winslet’s full statement below:

“The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear. The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is NOT the way women should ever EVER deem to be acceptable or commonplace in ANY workplace.

“I have no doubt that for these women this time has been, and continues to be extremely traumatic. I fully embrace and salute their profound courage, and I unequivocally support this level of very necessary exposure of someone who has behaved in reprehensible and disgusting ways. His behaviour is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumours, maybe we have all been naïve. And it makes me so angry. There must be ‘no tolerance’ of this degrading, vile treatment of women in ANY workplace anywhere in the world.”

06 Oct 17
Co-Stars, Mountain Between Us, VideosComments Off on Idris Elba says Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain among best actors he’s ever worked with

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly on Idris Elba’s home turf in London, the 45-year-old actor — who has three movies coming out before the end of this year (The Mountain Between Us, Thor: Ragnarok, and Molly’s Game) – initially tried to diplomatically hem and haw his way out of the question.

Who is the best actor you’ve ever worked with?

After a long pause, Elba rubbed the salt-and-pepper stubble on his face and finally sighed, “F—, that’s a really hard one.”

It’s designed to be.

“I don’t know what to say, man. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I think it’s a cross between Naomie Harris [with whom he costarred in 2013’s Madela: Long Walk to Freedom] and Kate Winslet [his leading lady in the high-altitude adventure-romance, The Mountain Between Us, which is in theaters now]. Both of them are like pure deliverance in every single take.”

On Winslet, Elba had this to say: “She really comes prepared. When she shows up she’s incredibly well-researched to the point where you’re like, ‘F—, really?!’ She’s like, ‘Did you know that ice doesn’t actually turn that color when it hits this type of water? She’s that rehearsed.” Elba continued, “I’m more instinctual. When you’re filming on a mountain at 10,000 feet and it’s minus-38 degrees, I could care less what color the ice is. It was a real lesson in preparation.”

When Elba finished waxing rhapsodic about Winslet, we moved on the to the next question. But he couldn’t let this one go. “Oh, can I say a third? Ruth Wilson [his costar on the BBC America cop procedural Luther]. She’s definitely on that list. She’s a beast!”

And, if you’re reading this, Jessica Chastain [Elba’s costar in the upcoming Oscar contender, Molly’s Game], fear not. About a half an hour later, Elba returned to the question yet again, saying, “Oh, I have one more. You have to include Jessica. Her performance in both this movie and The Help are bonkers.”

05 Oct 17
KateComments Off on Happy 42nd Birthday Kate!

Happy Birthday to the wonderful Kate Winslet! May your day be full of fun and wonderful memories!

05 Oct 17
Co-Stars, Mountain Between Us, VideosComments Off on TIFF’s Actor x Actor Conversation

I came across this interview that Kate and Idris did while at the Toronto Film Festival recently. Thought it was a great interview for you to enjoy:

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba joined us at TIFF ’17 with their film THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US. While they were here, we sat them down in Studio 9 to have an honest conversation about the craft of acting, the films and performances that inspired them, how they worked together on the film, the differences between acting for TV and acting for film, and their first impressions of one another.

05 Oct 17
Co-Stars, Mountain Between Us, VideosComments Off on Kate & Idris Talk about The Mountain Between Us

Kate & Idris have been promoting their new film The Mountain Between Us this past week. Here are two interviews:

Join Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, and director Hany Abu-Assad in HBO’s screening room where they share a scene and talk about the new upcoming movie, The Mountain Between Us.

Check out my interview with Kate Winslet where she talks about how she left school at 15, had all kinds of jobs to afford the train fare to London to go on auditions, how she grew up in a big family and how her parents never had any money, why she wants her kids to be very normal and regular children and how she met her husband in a house fire!

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