Rachel Weisz stole the show from her co-stars Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis as she hit the red carpet in Hollywood last night – with a little help from Victoria Beckham. The British actress added a much-needed dash of colour-pop to the Oz The Great & Powerful premiere, stepping out in a bright orange floor-sweeping gown from Victoria Beckham’s collection.
RACHEL WEISZ was thrilled to land a role as the Wicked Witch of the East in THE WIZARD OF OZ prequel because it gave her the chance to play a villain.
The actress stars alongside James Franco as the wizard in upcoming movie Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is based on the books of L. Frank Baum and tells the story previous to Judy Garland’s famous 1939 film.
Mila Kunis plays Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West, while Weisz tackles the role of Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East – and she relished the chance to show off her bad side.
She tells Deadline.com, “It’s the prequel to The Wizard Of Oz, the genesis of how he became the Wizard and got to Emerald City. There are huge, fantastical special effects – and I can fly. I’d never done anything like that. I play Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East. She’s so bad, so it’s a total departure (from my other films).”
The Mummy star now prefers to tackle smaller, independent movies, but she is always open to returning to blockbusters to give her a break from the emotional intensity of her more challenging roles.
She adds, “Working with a green screen (on blockbusters) is easy. It’s just like being a kid. But it’s not nearly as satisfying. I prefer smaller movies because they tend to be more about character than about story… (But) you can’t plumb the depths (of emotion) all the time.”
Rachel Weisz was my second interview of the day at the recent press event for “The Bourne Legacy,” right after I talked to Jeremy Renner, and when we walked in, she spotted my seven-year-old son Toshi, who was with me.
She said hello to him, and he smiled, more shy than normal. I told her that he was probably just recovering from how excited he was to meet Renner. Toshi was even wearing his “Avengers” t-shirt.
She nodded. “Of course,” she said. “He’s a superhero, after all. I can’t compete with that. I’m just a weird lady in a leather dress.”
Toshi might not understand the appeal of Weisz, but I was certainly pleased to sit down and chat with her again. The last time I saw her was in Montreal on the set of “The Fountain,” and that encounter was a brief one because of how emotionally demanding that shoot was for both her and Hugh Jackman.
She’s an important part of the puzzle in “The Bourne Legacy,” one of the most sympathetic characters in the film. Even so, there’s still plenty of grey in the characterization, and it’s interesting to see how likable she makes this morally compromised scientist who has been happily hiding her head in the sand until the undeniable end result of her work shows up in her apartment, desperate for her help.
She and Renner have strong chemistry in the film, and it’s nice to see that it’s not played as pure romance. Instead, there’s a tension between them that has to do with their situation, and I love the way they play off each other. Talking to her about a film like this, which is so different than what we normally see from her, I’m struck anew by how well she’s able to ground the characters she plays. There’s something approachable and centered about her that almost makes it possible to forget she’s so stunningly beautiful.
Almost. “The Bourne Legacy” opens this Friday in theaters everywhere.
Annie Leibovitz, the famous photographer, which tend to work almost all modern celebrities, created a series of shots in partnership with Bulgari for a new advertising campaign hour collection Bulgari Serpenti. Star of the photo shoot was the actress Rachel Weisz.
MANILA, Philippines – “The Bourne Legacy” lead actress Rachel Weisz may have already left the country but the kids of San Andres, Manila will never forget the kindness shown to them by the Hollywood star.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the movie’s Hollywood producer Pat Crowley shared that before Weisz left the Philippines, she gave the kids of San Andres a new playground for them to enjoy.
“When she was making the movie, her trailer was parked right over there. Everyday she saw the playground. That had a lot to do with motivating her. She always makes a contribution after every movie she works on,” Crowley said.
Crowley said Weisz contributed a new merry go-round ride and a new seesaw for the kids to enjoy.
“Her biggest concern was the safety of the kids…. There were holes sharp edges and she said we can do better for the kids,” he said.
Aside from this, the “Bourne” production and local actors including Lou Veloso and John Arcilla also gave out school supplies and bags to almost 600 children.
They also reminded the kids to always work hard in school as education is their best weapon for their future.
Meanwhile, Crowley revealed that “Bourne Legacy” will have a special screening in the Philippines this year.
“I dont know if there will be a world premiere but definitely a special screening here for the people who were involved and people in Manila,” he said.
Before leaving for America, Crowley is set to visit Bohol for some whale-watching. – from a report by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News
VOGUE cover girls Kate Winslet, Rachel Weisz,Lily Cole, Helena Bonham Carter, Keira Knightleyand Sienna Miller are set to star in a new exhibition, The Actress Now, featuring thirty-nine images of British actresses. Hosted at the National Portrait Gallery, the showcase will also include Rosamund Pike, Dame Judi Dench,Gemma Arterton and Samantha Morton.
An extensive selection of art forms will be exhibited, from an oil painting by Ishbel Myerscough to photographic portraits by Sarah Dunn and Elisabeth Hoff. Comments from the actresses relating to their respective careers will be displayed alongside artworks.
“I remember wanting to become an actress since about five years old,” Helena Bonham Carter’s caption reads. “I blame a lot of it on an actress friend called Lisa Harrow who swept into our lives about then. She seemed impossibly glamorous and beautiful… I still wonder today if Lisa had been a plumber, my life would have taken a different turn.”
The Actress Now will be on display in Rooms 41(a) and 41 of the National Portrait Gallery from October 20 2011 – January 2 2012, free admission.
Page 8, the tv spy drama Rachel stars in, will air on BBC on Sunday 28, 2011.
Copyright Steve Rogerson
Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy star in Page Eight, a spy drama written by David Hare and due to be shown on BBC 2 on Sunday 28 August 2011.
Page Eight is a contemporary spy thriller due to be shown on BBC 2 on Sunday 28 August 2011. Written by David Hare, the 100-minute TV movie stars Bill Nighy as long-serving MI5 officer Johnny Worricker, whose best friend and boss Benedict Baron (played by Michael Gambon) dies suddenly but has left a file that threatens the stability of the organisation.
Also in the mix is Worricker’s next-door neighbour Nancy Pierpan (played by Rachel Weisz), who is a political activist. He is worried that a chance encounter with her might be a honey trap especially when it turns out that her friend Ralph Wilson (played by Tom Hughes) also knows his daughter.
“David Hare’s return to the BBC with this gripping spy thriller and star studded cast is indicative of the quality and ambition of the drama you will see on BBC Two in 2011,” said Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning in the official BBC press release.
The Actors in Page Eight
British actor and comedian Bill Nighy first appeared on television screens in 1976 in an episode of Softly Softly: Task Force and in 1980 landed his first recurring role as Vincent Fish in Agony. He has two Baftas to his name, for playing Billy Mack in Love Actually and Cameron Foster in State of Play. Other notable TV roles include Professor Mark Carleton in The Men’s Room, Iain Cameron in Kiss Me Kate and Jeffrey Grainger in Auf Wiedershen, Pet. Film roles have included Minister Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Slartibartfast in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Viktor in the Underworld series.
Michael Gambon is also no stranger to Harry Potter, being the second person to play Albus Dumbledore after Richard Harris died. He has won four Baftas, for playing Philip Marlow in The Singing Detective, Squire Hamley in Wives and Daughters, John Harrison in Longitude and Raymond in Perfect Strangers.
Rachel Weisz won an Oscar for her role as Tessa Quayle in the 2005 film The Constant Gardener. Her first TV role was in the 1992 film Advocates II, in which she played Sarah Thompson.
Tom Hughes’ first role was as Doctor Harry Ingrams in Casualty in 2009 and he followed that by playing Jonty Millington in Trinity. His reputation was enhanced by two recent film roles – Chaz Jankel in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Bruce Pearson in Cemetery Junction. Even more recently, he was Nick Slade in Silk.
Page Eight also features Judy Davis as Jill Tankard, Saskia Reeves as Anthea Catcheside, Ewen Bremner as Rollo Maverley, Felicity Jones as Julianne Worricker, Rahee Thakrar as Muna Hammami, Richard Lintern as Max Vallance, Ralph Fiennes as Alec Beasley, Alice Krige as Emma baron, Kate Burdette as Allegra Betts, Holly Aird as Anna Herve, Andrew Cleaver as Brian Lord and Bruce Myers as Joseph Pierpan.
The Team Behind Page Eight
Page Eight was written and directed by Oscar nominee David Hare and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. The film is a co-production between the BBC, Heyday Films, Runaway Fridge, Carnival Films and Masterpiece in association with NBC Universal, who will distribute the film worldwide.
“David Hare is one of the finest writers working today and it was a wonderful opportunity to work with him as a director as well,” said Heyman in the BBC press release. “This script is masterful – his dialogue sparkles and the characters are so vivid and rich, you just knew great actors were going to want to play them and that the film, when it was completed, was going to be something special.”
Gareth Neame, Christine Langan, Rebecca Eaton, Scott Rudin and Bill Nighy were the executive producers. Rosie Alison and Celia Duval were co-producers. Martin Ruhe was director of photography, Christina Casali production designer and Julian Day costume designer.
Page Eight was commissioned by Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC Two, and Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning.
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