Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are husband and wife and family comes first. But you know what else comes first? Charity. They headed to Monash Children’s Hospital in Australia to visit with the sick kids there and put on a mini-concert for them. You know what’s coming: Nicole and Keith did a duet of ‘Amazing Grace’ for the kids. Was it the worst thing I’ve ever heard? No, but it does seem a bit awkward (though seriously, it was a really sweet gesture).
Here’s the statement the hospital wrote on their website following the visit:
Friday 13 June 2014 proved to be a very lucky day for the children at Monash Children’s Hospital who were visited by very special guests; Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban before they attended the Swisse Wellness Australia Celebrate Life Ball. Keith bought his guitar along and sang a heartfelt rendition of Amazing Grace to the patients, families and staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He had some extra help with vocals thanks to Nicole and of course our incredible NICU staff. We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Nicole, Keith and Swisse for lifting up the spirits of some our most deserving patients, families and staff. Se below for more coverage and photos.
And here’s the duet for your viewing pleasure:
June 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm by Jennifer
Nicole Kidman showed up to the the Celebrate Life Ball at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne with husband Keith Urban looking very chesty (above) on June 13, 2014. I think it’s fair to say this is definitely a new look for the actress, but is it implants or Hollywood magic? Here’s a shot of the lovely Ms. Kidman from August of 2013:
I think we can all agree there’s a noticeable difference. Maybe she feels she has to do something to raise her spirits after the takedown of her Grace Kelly movie, or at least get people talking about something else.
What do you guys think? Implants or some kind of padding? And does it work for her?
June 15, 2014 at 8:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Last night was the premiere of Nicole Kidman‘s Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco, and suffice it to say, things did not go very well. In fact, they went terribly and pretty much every single film critic from every major publication panned the movie and Kidman’s performance in it. Oh, snap.
Here’s Newser‘s handy roundup of some of the worst feedback:
In an absolutely scathing review at the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw calls the biopic “a breathtaking catastrophe … a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk,” comparing it to “a 104-minute Chanel ad, only without the subtlety and depth.” A separate Guardian article rounds up similarly awful reviews and wonders, “Is there a critic who liked it?” Fox News‘ amusing headline take: “Grace of Monaco called a great comedy, which is bad, because it’s a drama.” (And yes, the article notes, there were “many audible laughs” during the screening.)
The Los Angeles Times notes that the premiere itself was “awkward,” thanks to a disagreement between the French filmmakers and the Weinstein Co., which is distributing the film in the US. Harvey Weinstein doesn’t like the French cut of the movie, which is what screened at Cannes, and he wasn’t even in attendance. The audience seemed to agree with him, the Times notes: “Cannes opening-night films tend to generate standing ovations of at least five or six minutes, but the clapping after this one was mostly polite, and it was over after a brief two.” Also adding to the drama: Princess Grace’s children have called the movie a “farce,” USA Today notes. But Kidman is standing behind the film, telling the BBC she doesn’t regret the role.
To be fair, this movie wasn’t meant to see the light of day, and at this rate, it probably shouldn’t have. Nicole Kidman has stood behind the project and has insisted that she doesn’t regret taking on the part, but oh man, you know she totally does.
May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
Nicole Kidman was set to shine playing Grace Kelly in the yet-to-be-released biopic Grace Of Monaco, but in yet another setback for the movie the Palace of Monaco has slammed it as a ‘farce’.
[...] ’The Prince’s Palace would like to reiterate that this feature film cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic,’ it read.
The trailer appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film. It reinforces the certainty, left after reading the script, that this production, a page of the Principality’s history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references.’
The statement goes on to accuse the film’s directors and producers of ‘refusing’ to take into consideration: ‘observations made by the Palace because these called into question the entire script and the characters of the film’.
‘The Princely Family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film, which reflects no reality and regrets that Its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes,’ it concludes.
“The Princely Family” makes me chuckle.
Hey Nicole, I guess this means you’ll never be royyyyaaaals.
Honestly though, I feel kind of bad for her. This film was supposed to be her big Oscar comeback and it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen, plus everyone keeps saying she’s too old to play the part. What do you think?
May 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Hope you weren’t getting your hopes up for Nicole Kidman‘s Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco. While it was originally due for release in November 2013 and was then moved to March 2014, it’s now been cancelled indefinitely due to a “disagreement” between director Olivier Dahan and Harvey Weinstein.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The movie has yet to be delivered to Harvey Weinstein’s company, making it difficult to begin generating final marketing materials, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
French director Olivier Dahan presented a difference version of events, and publicly lashed out at Weinstein for wanting to change the film. “It’s right to struggle, but when you confront an American distributor like Weinstein, not to name names, there is not much you can do,” Olivier told a French newspaper at the time. “There are two versions of the film for now: mine and his … which I find catastrophic.”
Insiders say Weinstein gave Dahan notes, but that Weinstein has no creative control over the project and cannot make cuts to the film.
Well, who knows what really happened here, but the bottom line is that at this point, this movie is never going to make it to any screen, be it at the movie theatre or on DVD. Not that Weinstein will care – he’s too busy making his anti-NRA movie, I suppose.
January 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm by Jennifer
I’m not sure why, exactly, this is news, but it’s still the holidays and things are a bit slow, so today we’ve got a story about Tom Cruise‘s daughter, Bella, celebrating her 21st birthday at Disney World with brother Connor. Well, the “story” is that she shaved her head and is wearing her new buzz cut in style, apparently.
There she is, throwing her hands up with carefree abandon, as you do when you’re 21 and your parents are rich so you have not a care in the world. Also, when you’re just 21 in general. Here’s People’s “coverage”:
In this Instagram post by her brother, Connor Cruise, Bella sports a fresh red buzz cut as she holds her hands high on the Expedition Everest roller coaster at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman‘s daughter, who enjoys trying new things with her tresses, decided to hit the theme park with her brother and dad for fun in the sun in celebration of her 21st birthday.
“Safe to say Disney World was a blast,” Connor, 18, says in the caption.
Well, that’s that, I suppose! I need to do some Googling and read up on Bella, actually – I think both the kids sorta went to live with Nicole when she divorced Tom, right? Do they see much of either of their parents anymore? I feel like Nicole is so caught up in the small biological kids she’s got now that Connor and Bella aren’t really around, but that’s pure conjecture.