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Review: 'Diana' Biopic Starring Naomi Watts Not Worthy Of A Crown

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 9:02 AM
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From the use of Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (twice) to choice morsels of quotes such as, "Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you hide yourselves in firmly constructed towers" (from the Koran), the specter of death haunts "Diana." While that's not a surprise, given that the story tracks her life in the two years leading up (and including) her passing, it's just one of many elements the script by Stephen Jeffreys ("The Libertine") isn't quite sure how to handle. Set against a chronicle of Princess Diana's last and most meaningful relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, it's a fine balance between tragedy and ghoulishness, and sadly, the film never finds it. Graceless, clumsy and uncertain, "Diana" is the result of what happens in trying to honor the late Princess by engaging in the very tabloid speculation that marred her life.

Watch: Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon Are Having A Baby In Trailer For 'Sunlight Jr.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 10:59 AM
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While the awards season machine is aligning for Naomi Watts around "Diana," maybe "Sunlight Jr." should've been the card that was played? With the biopic receiving some rather vile early notices, this little indie perhaps better showcases the range and talent we've long come to appreciate from the actress.

Watch: New Trailer, Poster & Pics For 'Diana' Starring Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 9:43 AM
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While her pal Nicole Kidman is out of the way as potential competition during this awards season, it's still far from a slam dunk for Naomi Watts to be in the mix of contenders. Early word on the forthcoming "Diana" has not been good, being described as "car crash cinema," "terrible and tacky" and "a right royal mess" in early reviews, but the picture will soldier on, hoping that once it goes a bit wider, there will be some champions for the film.

Naomi Watts Joins Errol Morris' 'Fargo'-Esque Black Comedy 'Holland, Michigan'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 7, 2013 11:15 AM
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Documentarians-turned-feature-length-narrative filmmakers is a long and storied tradition and almost a rite of passage. Some of the greats—Krzysztof Kieslowski, Louis Malle, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—got their start working in the medium. And more recently, documentary names like Paul Greengrass, Todd Phillips, Bennett Miller, Kevin Macdonald and Derek Cianfrance (who started out in narrative, but then carved out a decade long documentary career), have been making strong waves in the dramatic and comedy fields. Others like Werner Herzog or Steven Soderbergh vacillate between the two mediums effortlessly.

Review: 'Adore' Starring Robin Wright, Naomi Watts and Ben Mendelsohn

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • September 6, 2013 9:15 AM
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Adore
We’ll be honest from sentence one. “Adore” hits two spots we love: movies for adults and (not-dumb) movies for and about women. We have our brief affairs with explosions, spit-take-inducing dialogue and car chases, but we have a long-term relationship with movies that are quiet and mature. They get bonus points if they feature strong female relationships. Okay, and hot dudes. But for all its efforts for seriousness, “Adore” never quite reaches true art, despite gorgeous cinematography and some fine work from its cast.

Watch: 2 New Clips & Lots Of Pics From 'Adore' Starring Naomi Watts & Robin Wright

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 30, 2013 12:41 PM
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Adore
Originally titled “The Grandmothers” and then “Two Mothers,” the Naomi Watts and Robin Wright-starring steamy drama “Adore” will hit VOD and selected theaters next week. Two new clips from the film have arrived online to heat you up under the collar.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'Diana' Starring Naomi Watts As Oscar Season Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 9:22 AM
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Time to shake up your early Oscar predictions once again. We always knew that "Diana," the Naomi Watts starring biopic about the late People's Princess, would figure somewhere in the awards season race, and now we have our answer.

Watch: Love & Fame Collide In New International Trailer For 'Diana' Starring Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 9:42 AM
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With Entertainment One yet to make the call on when they'll drop "Diana," the Naomi Watts starring biopic about Diana Princess of Wales, the movie continues to ramp up for release overseas, and today brings with it another look at the movie, thanks to a new trailer.

Watch: Full International Trailer For 'Diana' Starring Naomi Watts Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 7:54 AM
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While celebrities may always bemoan the lack of privacy, none of them have lived with the kind of scrutiny that faced Diana, Princess Of Wales. A marriage into the royal family turned into a lifetime in the tabloids, with a tragic ending that set the world mourning, and paparazzi on pause... for a few days anyway. And now the story of her last great love is hitting the big screen in what could be an awards season contender.

Watch: Naomi Watts & Robin Wright 'Adore' Each Other's Kids In New Trailer For Steamy Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 4:10 PM
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Yes, it's getting in hot in here, and it's not just the summer sun bearing down on you. What happens when two hot mamas get uncomfortable under the collar for the each other's hunky sons? No, this isn't that section of the bookstore you shamefully go into, it's "Adore" (previously known as "Two Mothers") the steamy new drama that basically asks what happens if you screwed your best friend's Mom?

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