There are some of us out there who believe that Kate Winslet tends to play the same roles, over and over again. And then there are others who believe that all of her roles are amazing, she can do no wrong, everybody needs to bow down, we can't wait to see her in Divergent, etc., etc. But the truth is, Winslet tends to take on these really cool female characters, these complicated beings we admire in some way or another. We loved her as the beautiful and pampered yet defiant Rose in Titanic. As Sarah Pierce (Little Children) she was the quasi-anthropologist house wife doing any and everything to rebel against normalcy. As the orange-haired, quirky Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and even Hannah Schmitz in The Reader— a woman (who would go on to become a Nazi) having an affair with a teenage boy — she managed to gain the love and admiration of her audience. It's called talent, and Winslet's got more of it in her pinky finger than most of us have ever experienced.
However, one of the most exciting things about her new role as Jeanine Matthews in Divergent is the fact that she's playing the bad guy. Now, knowing Winslet, she'll find a way to deliver some nuance to this role so that things are little more complicated. But ultimately, as a supporting character to Shailene Woodley's Tris Prior, she's the bad guy. And we need more of this in Winslet's career! We'd love to see her start taking on more villainous parts. It's hard to imagine Winslet playing a character we would loathe, but the the very thought of it is exciting. Though it has to be said that she did come off like, well, kind of a jerk in her 2011 movie Carnage (she's also done some darker stuff in movies like Heavenly Creatures and Romance & Cigarettes) — it'd be nice to see her explore this side a little more!
Luckily, we may not have very long to wait. Winslet was recently cast in the upcoing dirty cop crime thriller Triple Nine, and there's a good chance that she's playing a mob wife who's orchestrating a very intense, illegal, bloody operation. If this is the case, hopefully this is the beginning of a new wave of Winslet. And to that we say, yes please!
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets at Movietickets.com.
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Ugh... Mondays, am I right? Every week kicks off with that trademark despair so expertly articulated in Mike Judge's Office Space: you've got a case of the Mondays. Luckily, Netflix has you covered, with plenty of pick-me-up comedies to make the worst day of the week a bit more jolly. To start off our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendations, we suggest The Sapphires.
Set in 1968 to a soundtrack of the biggest soul hits of the time, The Sapphires follows a family of Aboriginal Australian women (Miranda Tapsell, Deb Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Shari Sebbens), who are discovered by a washed-up, alcoholic Irish talent scout, Dave Lovelace (Chris O'Dowd), and become a soul-singing girl group performing for troops in Vietnam.
Although the film doesn’t downplay either the political turmoil of the time or the personal struggles of the four main characters — Gail, the oldest, is trying to keep her family safe and whole, Cynthia is looking for a chance to rebel against her conservative family and live her life, Julie is torn between her young son and her dreams of being a singer, and Kay, who was stolen from her family as a child because she could pass for white, is struggling to find which group she belongs in — The Sapphires is ultimately a hilarious, uplifting film. Much of that is due to O’Dowd’s wonderfully goofy performance as Dave, who can’t keep from screwing everything up, no matter how hard he tries, and he and Mailman’s fantastic chemistry helped make the obvious romance between Dave and Gail both amusing and touching.
You can stream The Sapphires on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Bluesday Tuesday movie.
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British singer Ellie Goulding was branded a "goth" as a teenager due to her long black hair, multiple piercings and rebellious behaviour. The Lights hitmaker looked very different at the age of 14, and admits she was a "rebel" who dabbled in drink and drugs.
Goulding tells British TV interviewer Michael Parkinson, "I very nearly did go down that (bad) path, I was a bit of a rebel when I was 14. People would call me a goth, I had long black hair which was real, I had piercings and I liked heavy metal music, and the rest of it."
Asked whether she dabbled with drugs, Goulding adds, "Yeah. I definitely had a period of drinking and being a bit crazy. I had no idea what my future was going to be then."
The interview airs in the U.K. as part of the Parkinson Masterclass in April (14).
Rare photographs of late screen legend James Dean will be sold at auction in California later this month (Mar13). The pictures, from the personal collection of journalist/photographer Gus V. Vignolle, show Dean preparing his Porsche before a road race in Palm Springs, California in 1955, seven months before the car accident that killed him.
The photographs appeared as part of a tribute to the actor in a 1956 memorial issue of MotoRacing magazine.
All the colour negatives have been lost, but the black and white set were recently rediscovered by Vignolle's daughter after 50 years.
The auction will be held by Premiere Props later this month (Mar14).
Will Ferrell paired up with tennis champ Novak Djokovic to play against Kevin Spacey and Swiss pro Stan Wawrinka for the Desert Smash Showdown charity tennis match in California on Tuesday (04Mar14). The proceeds went to the Cancer for College charity, which provides scholarships to cancer survivors. Rebel Wilson, Joel McHale and Redfoo from dance act LMFAO also took part.
Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto has revealed movie legend Harrison Ford fell victim to Ellen Degeneres' pizza delivery during the prizegiving - he spilled the toppings all over his shirt. The Best Supporting Actor winner sat in the front row during Sunday's (02Mar14) ceremony, and right behind him was one of his favourite actors, Ford.
During the segment in which host DeGeneres handed out slices of pizza to the starving celebrities during the three and a half hour telecast, Leto noticed the Star Wars actor was a little too eager to chow down on the snack.
Appearing on DeGeneres' U.S. daytime talk show on Monday (03Mar14), Leto revealed, "I'm a massive fan of his and he knows that, so I think it will be okay me telling the story, so when you handed out the pizza, Harrison Ford grabbed a slice.
"He was very hungry, took a big bite of the slice, I looked over my shoulder and (it spilled) right down his shirt... It was all down his shirt and he went back to try to clean it up but then I just saw him leave."
DeGeneres quipped, "I knew he'd have the munchies."
Leto also revealed that the celebrity encounters continued at one of the after parties, where his mum danced with Madonna.
He added, "It was one of the highlights of my night... I got home at the cracka** of dawn, maybe 6.00am. Don't feel sorry for me. This is a time to rebel. This is a sunrise you want to see."
Veteran rocker Bob Geldof is to perform with The Boomtown Rats at a tiny pub venue in England as part of an annual cancer charity fundraiser. The Rock Against Cancer event was launched two years ago by the residents of All Cannings, a village in Wiltshire, England which boasts a population of just 630, to raise money for a cancer charity and a local hospital.
The organisers have succeeded in persuading big names, including Brian May, Midge Ure and Dr. Feelgood, to perform at the tiny The Kings Arms pub, and now Geldof has joined the bill for the 2014 event with his reformed band The Boomtown Rats.
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and The Troggs are also on the line-up for the gig, which will take place outside the pub in May (14).
Singer Rihanna crafted her outrageous public image over fears her voice was too weak to help her stand out in the music industry. The Stay hitmaker is known for her raunchy music promos and saucy dress sense, but she insists her outfits are a way of making herself unique in the music world.
She tells U.S. Vogue magazine, "It's not all down to my voice. There's people with way more talent than I when it comes to singing. Bigger voices. But people want to know who you are. Fashion is a clear indication, a way to express your attitude, your mood...
"I don't go out of my way to be a rebel or to have that perception, but a lot of the decisions I make, a lot of the direction I want to move, is against the grain, or against society's tight lane, and I'm aware of that sometimes. It might not be fitting with the norm, but that's OK for me."
"I basically worked and sat at home by myself! I never usually have an exciting Valentine's Day. One time, when I was in high school, I ordered myself flowers and chocolate, to make it seem like I had a secret admirer! Yeah, that was about the most exciting Valentine's Day I've ever had." Bridesmaids star Rebel Wilson is never visited by Cupid on the most romantic day of the year.
Actress Brittany Snow is joining her Pitch Perfect co-stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson for the highly-anticipated sequel to the a capella-centred comedy. Snow will reprise her role as Chloe in Pitch Perfect 2, which will mark actress Elizabeth Banks' directorial debut.
"Johnny Yuma was a rebel, he roamed through the West...he got fightin' mad, this rebel lad, he packed no star as he wandered far where the only law was a hook-and-a-draw, the rebel, Johnny Yuma...." The series, set in the post-Civil War West, relates the exploits of Johnny Yuma, an embittered, leather-tough young Confederate who journeys West after the war to seek self-identity.