Today is the day that we celebrate that Nicole Kidman is alive! May it be a beautiful day! Happy Birthday Nicole!
Added captures from Nicole’s film Bombshell … also added some other stills too.
– Nicole Kidman Online > Films > 2019 | Bombshell
Collider spoke with director Ryan Murphy about the film The Prom
I stan Ryan Murphy, movie director. While the prolific creator is primarily known for his work in television (Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story, et. al), I found his 2014 HBO adaptation of play The Normal Heart to be excellently emotional work. Now, Murphy is adapting another Broadway show into a Netflix film. And in a recent interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub for his new Netflix limited series Hollywood, Murphy shared the latest status on this film, called The Prom.
Thankfully, Murphy seems to have finished nearly all of his principal photography before the pandemic hit, especially with lead performers like Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, and others. Because of this, Murphy believes they can still hit their planned release window:
“All of the leads had wrapped. The last scene that I shot was Nicole Kidman’s last scene. Meryl had finished and James Corden had finished, and Andrew Rannells and Nicole had all finished. The only thing that I had is I had two days of second unit pickup… I hope this summer I can go back and quickly pick them up… The movie was supposed to come out right around Christmas, was the plan. November, Thanksgiving, Christmas in that window. Hopefully, I’ll be able to still do that.”
TBH, a Murphy-directed movie musical based on the hit Broadway musical about out-of-touch theater stars who flock to a small town to force their high school to allow a gay couple to attend prom, with this bonkers cast, sounds like the perfect holiday season pick-me-up, particularly after this dreadfully quarantined summer we’re all having. Murphy was immediately attracted to the progressive nature of the material, saying, “I love the message of it. I really related to the protagonist. Emma is from Indiana and is not allowed to go to her prom because she’s gay. And I’m from Indiana and I wasn’t allowed to take a man or a male compadre to my prom. I related to it, so I believed in the message.”
And for fans of The Prom wondering what tunes from the show made it? Murphy gave us this big update:
We used all the songs and then we’ve written one new song for it, one new original piece for The Prom. That was really fun to work on and it’s a great ballad, and it’s really a moving song about acceptance and prejudice. I think a lot of people will love it. Yeah, we kept every song and we added one, which is a lot, but it’s fun, worth it.
Like many other movie musicals, the team has added a new song to the roster of existing material — often a play at an Oscar for Best Original Song. It’s also surprising to hear they’re keeping every single song from the original show in — usually a few tunes get cut when stage musicals are turned into films (i.e. “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” somehow not making it into Sweeney Todd). This sounds like it’ll be quite the tune-filled affair — and here’s hoping the new song blends in with the rest well enough.
As for how Murphy got this star-studded cast to sing these well-known (and one original) song? Well, all he had to do was ask:
“I’ve never done this in my career, but I called up three people I’ve always wanted to work with, which was Meryl Streep and James Corden and Nicole Kidman. And I said, ‘I want to do this. I believe in it. I want to work with you. Do you want to do it?’ And all three of them went to see [the play] within that week, I think, and they all called and instantly said, ‘Yes, I will do it.’ The fact that I could get Meryl Streep to love it and be into it and believe in it as much as I did, I just couldn’t believe that I got Meryl Streep to say yes in a one week window.
I was so excited for the message, and then I think I was right about how powerful it is because all of those actors said yes instantly, which has never happened once in my career. And it turned out to be the most fun to shoot. I mean, there’s so many takes. We had to stop because we were all just dying laughing because it was so funny. And they’re all just so good in it. Meryl’s amazing and James and Nicole, Andrew and all the new kids in it.”
With any luck, The Prom will be available on Netflix this holiday season.
Some images from the new feature by WSJ Magazine.
– Nicole Kidman Online > PHOTO SHOOTS > Outtakes > 2020 > 002
Nicole is featured on the cover of WSJ Magazine. And here is a video they did:
Three decades in Hollywood and the Oscar-winning actor says her immersion into characters still isn’t easy. “I haven’t been taught it… [acting] does take a toll on my health, and it takes a toll on my spirit. I’m always trying to dig in. The unfortunate part of it is that the feelings are intense.”
It was the calm after the storm one spring morning in Nashville, Tennessee. Overnight, a tornado had torn through the city’s east side and out through the surrounding towns. In between reports on the advance of Covid-19, still seemingly a continent away, the TV news kept flashing to an “I Believe in Nashville” mural that remained standing next to stairs now leading to nowhere. But it was sunny and bright, with a light breeze that seemed to ask, “Who, me?”
Meanwhile, not too far south of the tornado’s path, Nicole Kidman had risen at her usual 6 a.m., put on a black sweater with a cameo bow at the neck, a long black skirt with high, lacy slits and dainty Mary Jane kitten heels and, after making oatmeal for her two youngest daughters, Sunday and Faith, headed to a photo shoot. Throughout her four-decade-long career, Kidman has demonstrated an impressive array of dramatic abilities—including an Oscar-winning turn as Virginia Woolf in 2002’s The Hours and her Golden Globe–winning role on HBO’s hit series Big Little Lies as battered, conflicted wife Celeste Wright—but making a late entrance is not one of them.
Thank you TVLine for this exciting news!
Janelle Brown’s novel Pretty Things hasn’t even been released yet, but its TV adaptation just snagged an Emmy winner.
Nicole Kidman has signed on to star in and executive-produce the potential series, which is in development at Amazon after the streamer won rights to the novel.
Set for release on April 21, Pretty Things follows two very different women — a grifter and an heiress, both described as brilliant and damaged — who try to survive “the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play,” per the official description. Kidman will fill one of the two lead roles, but it’s not yet clear which character she will play.
Brown will also serve as an executive producer with Kidman, as will Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale), who is set to direct.
Pretty Things is one of several TV projects that Kidman has in the works. She’ll next be seen in the HBO drama The Undoing (which recently pushed its premiere date to the fall, due to the coronavirus pandemic), and she’ll star in Hulu’s series adaptation of Nine Perfect Strangers, a novel by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. Kidman is also involved with Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom, though Netflix has also suspended production on that project due to coronavirus concerns.
Yesterday, Keith Urban gave a virtual performance because he has had to cancel concerts … and you can see Nicole dancing in the background! Love how much they think of their fans!
Yesterday HBO released the May premiere date of their new limited series The Undoing. Later that day Nicole attended a press conference in Beverly Hills for the show.
Nicole’s new limited series The Undoing will premiere on May 10th.
Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman will be back on HBO with her new limited series The Undoing on Sunday, May 10, as revealed in the above trailer.
The dramatic thriller — adapted by BLL writer/EP David E. Kelley from Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel You Should Have Known — stars Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, a Manhattan power couple whose idyllic life is rocked by “a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations,” per the official logline. “Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.”
The cast also includes Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) and Donald Sutherland (Trust, Dirty Sexy Money). Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) directed all six episodes.
I really enjoyed Nicole’s film The Upside where she starred opposite Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart. Captures from the film are now in the gallery.