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Kate Winslet Had a Terrible Labor Day and There's A Little Chaos on the Way

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | September 2, 2013 | Comments ()


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News of my favorite girl crush has been unusually quiet ever since she up and married that Rocknrolla dude…

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did you even know she was pregnant again? So yeah, the newlywed-let’s make a baby business has kept her busy, but she’s actually been working on a few films you may or may not have heard about:

Labor Day (January 31, 2014)

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Telluride reviews have been popping up all weekend and frankly, the news on this “thriller” isn’t great—though its actors don’t seem to be at fault. Winslet plays Adele, an agoraphobic single mother kidnapped (along with her son) by an escaped criminal (Josh Brolin); Clark Gregg plays Adele’s ex-husband. Doesn’t sound like a bomb, but The Playlist likens Jason Reitman’s script to a Nicholas Sparks tale; certain death by keyboard stroke if I ever read it.

A Little Chaos (2014)

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But never fear; there’s a period drama on the horizon! Our Kate wears a fancy frock like nobody’s business, and this time she’s being directed by an old friend: Alan Rickman (who also stars). Winslet plays a gardener competing with a handsome boy gardener (Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts) to design a fountain at Versailles. I predict plenty of afternoon delight; fussy clothes flying across the late afternoon meadow.. A Little Chaos also stars Helen McCrory, Stanley Tucci, Steven Waddington and Pauline Moran.

Divergent (March 21, 2014)

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Here’s the first trailer for Divergent, directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones) starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, ZoĆ« Kravitz and Ansel Elgort. Winslet stars as “Erudite” group leader Jeanine Matthews in this adaptation of Veronica Roth’s futuristic tale of a new society where humanity is divided up and classified by virtue. The story centers on young Beatrice (Woodley) who doesn’t fit into any one group, which puts her life in danger—and you thought being a freak or geek was bad when you were in school…

The Dressmaker (2015)

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Finally, Winslet will co-star with the brilliant Judy Davis in an adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s revenge drama/comedy, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof, How to Make an American Quilt). The Dressmaker follows Myrtle’s (Winslet) return to her Australian outback home after years in Europe, bent on confronting her past and making things right…in her own way. Davis plays Myrtle’s mother, Molly. Scriptwriter, Jocelyn Moorhouse calls it “Unforgiven with a sewing machine;” count me in.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is Unforgiven with a MacBook.



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  • BWeaves

    ". . . futuristic tale of a new society where humanity is divided up and classified by virtue. "

    I thought that's how we did it now in real life?

  • Rebecca

    the movie "Labor Day" had some fabulous reviews!

    Here is one that should be read: http://www.firstshowing.net/20...

    and this: http://www.awardscircuit.com/2...

    Get your facts straight!

  • There are so many great novels out there that could be adapted instead, I don't know why Hollywood keeps chasing after these aftermarket YA Twilight retreads.

  • apsutter

    I just read that not a single Judy Blume book has been turned into a big budget movie yet. That's a god damn travesty.

  • barlowjk

    No it's not. It's a blessing. She doesn't want them adapted anyway, because that's not what she's in it for.

  • kirbyjay

    Isn't her son directing an adaptation of one of her books?

  • barlowjk

    Yeah, but I'm not sure it qualifies as "big budget". I assumed this was generally known, but maybe I'm wrong.

  • paulyards

    At least we can congrats for his pregnancy, some of his photos I found during his pregnancy http://goo.gl/b7dLWe

  • Emm82

    Him? it's more than congratulations, it's a bloody well done!

  • Strand

    "Winslet plays a gardener competing with a handsome boy gardener"

    Okay. How much garden fucking will there be?

  • Joe

    I don't know what it is about Divergent that makes it look so terrible, but it sure does. Looks like a low budget Hunger Games knockoff. It makes me sad to see Kate doing things like this.

  • apsutter

    She's definitely worlds better than that crap fest but I'll give her a pass because it's clearly a paycheck role.

  • chanohack

    ... but she looks so pretty!

  • Bodhi

    " 'Unforgiven' with a sewing machine"? Where do I get in line?

  • sunshine

    You should watch a movie before to judge it.

  • Where the hell's the fun in that?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Mostly, we prefer to have other people see it first and let them judge it for us. Still, a trailer can look like a bomb.

  • Jaba'reilly

    Divergent looks terrible...

  • Helo

    I'm usually the one touting the creative and noble possibilities of films with certain budgets and aspirations. This is not one of them. Shame, because Woodley and Winslet can (and have) done so much better to try this on for size as far as blockbuster potential franchises go.

  • Strand

    Divergent looks like every generic dystopian YA adaptation ever. Who knows, maybe Winslet knows something we don't. It already looks miles better than that hot dog turd City of Bones.

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