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Kate Winslet: A Thoroughly Modern Millie

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | March 2, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | March 2, 2011 |

When Melissa Leo blames her Academy Award f-bomb on her “Mildred Pierce” co-star, Kate Winslet, somehow it only makes Kate more attractive. The crush object of men and women alike apparently curses like a sailor and Leo says she picked it up like just another accent (though I’m thinking Melissa was cursing way before she met Kate). And in the on-set visit (video below), Winslet’s “Mildred Pierce” fellow cast members rave about her comedic antics, claiming that she had them rolling with laughter. I defy anyone not to fall in love with her.

The HBO miniseries, based on James M. Cain’s 1941 novel, chronicles the struggles of a Depression era divorced, single mother who does everything she can to be a success on her own—transforming herself from housewife to business woman. Obsessed with her daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood), Mildred eventually suffers the consequences of raising an extremely spoiled, self-centered child who, instead of returning her affection, has only disdain for her mother. Guy Pearce plays Monty Beragon, the wealthy playboy Mildred falls for; Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham, Hope Davis, Brían F. O’Byrne and James LeGros also co-star. Director Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven) directed and wrote the five-part miniseries that is expected to follow Cain’s novel more closely than did the 1945 film that won Joan Crawford a Best Actress Academy Award.

Here’s the latest trailer:

An on-set visit:

And when you have the time, I highly recommend this in-depth video commentary of the cast and crew discussing the making of what looks to be a gorgeously detailed production. I practically salivated over the costumes (and definitely did slobber over Kate and Guy).

“Mildred Pierce” begins on HBO, March 27th at 9 p.m. EST.

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