14 Sep 17
AwardsComments Off on Kate Winslet to Receive SAG Actors Inspiration Award

Congratulations to Kate!

Kate Winslet is an inspiration to many people, and it’s about time she’s recognized for it.

The Oscar-winning Brit will receive the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award at the Patron of the Artists Awards ceremony, the organization announced Thursday. The star-studded event will take place on Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Winslet is being recognized for her many, many career achievements and admirable philanthropic efforts over the years.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams said in a statement, “Without a doubt, Kate is an incomparable actress who we admire for her work and contribution to our craft. Yet, what makes Kate this year’s honoree is the work she does behind the scenes making a difference in the lives of children and adults living with autism through her Golden Hat Foundation while simultaneously supporting so many other worthwhile charities.”

Williams continued, “Kate has been a game changer and role model in our industry, setting a sterling example for all artists and leaders to use their influence to give back to the greater welfare of others. We look forward to presenting her with this award for all she has accomplished, and all she has given back.”

She joins Titanic co-star and close friend Leonardo DiCaprio, who was the first recipient of the Actors Inspiration Award.

This year’s Patron of the Artists Awards celebration will also recognize previously announced honorees Judd Apatow, director Kathryn Bigelow and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.


12 Sep 17
MoominvalleyComments Off on Kate Winslet, Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton Sign Up for Moomins Animated Series

A star cast is headed to Moominvalley, home of the Moomins and the setting for an animated series based on the classic Finnish stories.

Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) will voice Moomin family matriarch Moominmamma, opposite Matt Berry (“The IT Crowd”) as Moominpappa in the series “Moominvalley.” Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) is Moomintroll and Kate Winslet (“Titanic”) gives voice to Mrs. Fillyjonk.

Warwick Davis (“Harry Potter”) will play Moomintroll’s brother Sniff, and Richard Ayoade (“The IT Crowd”) the Ghost. Author Will Self will voice the Muskrat and Akiya Henry (“Bing”) will be Moomin’s girlfriend, Snorkmaiden.

Tove Jansson created the Moomins, which are one of Finland’s biggest cultural exports. Finnish production company Gutsy Animations is making and distributing the new animated series, which will have 3D animated characters on 2D backgrounds.

“Moominvalley” has been developed by the Moomin Characters business, set up by Jansson and his family, and Finnish pubcaster YLE, which will launch the 13-part series in spring 2019.

“We are thrilled with this stellar cast who have been carefully chosen to inhabit Tove Jansson’s much-loved characters,” said Gutsy’s creative director, Marika Makaroff. “They will speak to audiences young and old and for the family drama that we are creating, which doesn’t shy away from the depth and complexities of Jansson’s original work.”

Tove’s niece Sophia said: “Tove gave the inhabitants of Moominvalley the values of tolerance, love, respect, friendship and bravery, which are needed in today’s world more than ever. We’re very excited to have a wonderful cast and team who share these values bringing Moomin to life in a new way.”


11 Sep 17
ImagesComments Off on Toronto Film Festival Portrait Sessions

Kate participated in a bunch of portrait sessions while at the Toronto Film Festival. Here are three I have found so far.

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > Outtakes > 2017

11 Sep 17
Articles, Mountain Between Us, Wonder WheelComments Off on Kate Winslet Says Woody Allen’s Movie Was More Grueling Than Idris Elba Disaster Pic

The Oscar-winning actress spoke to Vanity Fair at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Kate Winslet has an Oscar, seven total Academy Award nominations, and enough heart-wrenching performances under her belt to easily qualify as one of the best living actresses. But even she has moments of massive professional insecurity—the latest of which came while filming Woody Allen’s upcoming period film Wonder Wheel.

“It was a really difficult part,” Winslet told Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. “I would spend every day just thinking, ‘I am sure I am getting this wrong.’ I was trying so hard not to be a cliché and was convinced that I was. I just wanted to do my best.”

The film is set in 1950s Coney Island, with Winslet playing a waitress in a clown house who lives above a shooting alley right in the center of an arcade.

“She isn’t really living the life she is imagining she would,” Winslet said of her character, married to a character played by Jim Belushi. “She has a son who is troubled to a certain degree. And my character embarks on an affair with a lifeguard played by Justin Timberlake. My character really believes it is worth throwing it all a way for this man, and believes that she could have another, better life. It all goes wrong when the lifeguard meets my stepdaughter, played by Juno Temple.”

Winslet had wanted to work with Allen ever since she dropped out of Match Point. Even having previously communicated with the director, though, Winslet was still freaked out by the script.

“I was actually shell-shocked because of the volume of the dialogue,” Winslet said. “I had never come across anything like it. Just the scope and the complexity of this woman was really overwhelming. I remember thinking, ‘I can’t.’ And my husband went, ‘What are you talking about? Come on. You are not going to get another go at this.’ I almost wanted to cry. I thought, ‘Do I have to do this?’”

When Winslet finally did get to set, her fear did not subside.

“Every day on the shoot felt like being on a fairground ride—like I was just clinging on for dear life. I didn’t sleep properly on the shoot because the adrenaline was firing so often. I was terrified I wouldn’t wake up. I questioned everything constantly: ‘I am going to be late. I am going to fail. I am not going to be prepared. I am going to fail. I am going to screw up.’ And Woody Allen has a way of working that is really specific in terms of his visual choices, so we would shoot gigantic scenes in one long shot—and not just the classic walk and talk, [but] long choreographed shots—cooking, smoking, talking, drinking.”

“With Justin, Jim, and Juno, we would just look at each other and go, ‘Is everyone O.K.? It’s going to be O.K.’ But as an acting challenge, it was completely immersive. I would wake up saying my hands were hurting, because my hands would be clenched in my sleep. I had divots in my hand. I didn’t really breathe properly, I don’t think, the entire shoot. I actually did throw my neck out doing a physical scene with Jim Belushi. I couldn’t really look to the left or look to the right, so you can’t drive.”

The doctor gave her a “neck collar” right before filming the drama’s final climactic scene, and that made Winslet even more worried about how Allen would react.

“He is a lot about about ailments and illnesses and skin conditions. I walked in and he just looked at me and went—[shifting into full Woody Allen impression], ‘Oh my god. What happened?’ I said, ‘No Woody, it will be fine.’ I somehow got through it. It was a total body experience playing this part. This was in some ways more physically demanding than being on a mountain with Idris Elba.”

Oh, that’s right. Did Winslet mention that she also spent months in the Canadian Rockies—negative temperatures included—for The Mountain Between Us, out in theaters October 6?

“I am lucky to be married to a man who is all about safety and has done quite a few extreme things,” Winslet said of her husband Ned Rocknroll. “He was the one giving me extra supplies. I would go up in the helicopter every day with my Ned-packed backpack—with my battery-operated heated scarf, my battery-operated gloves, my scarf, my flares, a head torch . . . you just never know what is going to happen. So he sort of prepared me for every eventuality.”

Knowing how terrifying the conditions were, why did Winslet take the role?

“I am nearly turning 42, and I have three kids, so there is something very empowering about saying I can do that [physically],” Winslet explained. “To work with someone like Idris, and be in these very extreme circumstances, and doing something supermom . . . I never would have imagined that I’d have this kind of opportunity, being a mom in my 40s.”

“It definitely toughed us up,” Winslet added, revealing that even the most routine activities were difficult in such frigid, below-zero conditions.

“What happens when you pee . . . you pee, and it freezes instantly as it leaves your body,” Winslet laughed, before providing sound effects. “It’s like clink, clink, clink. It’s hilarious.”


11 Sep 17
Events, ImagesComments Off on Toronto Film Festival – The Mountain Between Us Premiere

Kate looked beautiful in a white gown featuring black brocade at the TIFF Premiere of The Mountain Between Us last night.

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > September 10 | Toronto International Film Festival | The Mountain Between Us Premiere

11 Sep 17
Events, ImagesComments Off on Mountain Between Us Toronto Press Conference

Kate has arrived in Toronto and attended a press conference for her film The Mountain Between Us.

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Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > September 9 | The Mountain Between Us Toronto Press Conference

08 Sep 17
Wonder WheelComments Off on Kate Winslet defends working with Woody Allen

Kate Winslet is defending her decision to star in Woody Allen’s latest film, Wonder Wheel, despite the sex abuse allegations against the acclaimed filmmaker.

“Of course one thinks about it,” Winslet told New York Times. “But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person.”

In 1992, Allen was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who was a child at the time. He has never been charged with a sex crime and he repeatedly denied the allegations.

“Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being,” Allen wrote in a 2014 piece for the New York Times, blaming his ex Mia Farrow for making false claims. He added, “No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out, but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing. (This piece will be my final word on this entire matter and no one will be responding on my behalf to any further comments on it by any party. Enough people have been hurt.)”

Before Allen wrote that piece, a letter from Dylan Farrow was published by the Times, where she called out those in Hollywood who work with the Oscar-winning director.

“That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself,” she wrote. “That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to accept the ambiguity, to say, ‘who can say what happened,’ to pretend that nothing was wrong. Actors praised him at awards shows. Networks put him on TV. Critics put him in magazines. Each time I saw my abuser’s face — on a poster, on a T-shirt, on television — I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and fall apart.”

During her interview with the Times, Winslet also compared working with Allen to the time she spent with Roman Polanski on the 2011 film Carnage. Polanski fled the country in 1978 after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

“Woody Allen is an incredible director,” Winslet said. “So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth.”

Wonder Wheel will premiere as the closing night film at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 14, before opening in theaters Dec. 1.


30 Jul 17
Events, ImagesComments Off on The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation St Tropez Gala

Kate and Leo attended the The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation St Tropez Gala Dinner and Auction where they auctioned off dinner with the two friends and co-stars … we were able to find a few images from the event!

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > July 26 | The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation St Tropez Gala
Kate Winslet Web > 2017 > July 26 | The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation St Tropez Gala – Auction

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