Need for Speed
By, Quazi Zulquarnain Islam
Birth Name: Naomi Watsts, Date of birth (location): 28 September 1968 Shoreham, England, Uk
ALthough she had been acting for more than fifteen years, Naomi Watts broke through to stardom when she was tapped by David Lynch to portray an aspiring starlet in "Mulholland Drive" (2001). After its premiere at Cannes, "Mulholland Drive" went on to confound or captivate critics and audiences, but nearly all were certain that Watts emerged as an actress of force and presence.
Born in England, the leggy blonde suffered the trauma of losing her father when she was only ten years old. Four years later, she relocated to Australia with her mom and began to study acting. Eventually, she began going on auditions and landed her first film role in "For Love Alone" (1986). Watts enjoyed her first substantial part in "Flirting" (1991), the John Duigan-directed sequel to "The Year My Voice Broke". Cast as a snobby schoolgirl, the teen actress made an impression and her career was born. Watts went on to co-star with Oscar-winner, a then young, Russell Crowe in the Australian miniseries "Brides of Christ" (1991).
Moving to the USA, Watts acted in her first Hollywood movie, the comedy "Matinee" (also 1992) in a bit role as an aspiring movie star. She enjoyed a cult hit as Jet Girl in the film adaptation of the comic book "Tank Girl" (1995) but box-office success and that seminal role to catapult her to stardom still eluded her.
Stardom finally came to Naomi in the surprise hit The Ring (2002), which grossed over $100,000,000 at the box-office and starred Watts as a investigative reporter hunting down the truth behind several mysterious deaths seemingly caused by a video tape. While the movie did not fair well with the critics, it launched her into the spotlight. In 2003, she starred in 21 Grams (2003) which earned her - what some say is a much overdue Oscar nomination.
The same year she was nominated for 21 Grams (2003), Naomi was chosen to play Ann Darrow in director Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005) which took her to New Zealand for a five month shoot. Watts completed her first comedy in I Heart Huckabees (2004) for director David O. Russell, playing a superficial spokes model - a break from her usual intense and dramatic roles she is known for. In 2005, she reprised her role as the protective-mother-reporter Rachel Keller in The Ring Two (2005). The movie, released in March, opened to $35,000,000 at the box office in the first weekend and established her as a box-office draw. Also in 2005, it was decided that her independent movie Ellie Parker (2001) would be re-released in late 2005 after its success at resurfacing at the Sundance Film Festival.
Slated for 2006, she will star with Edward Norton in The Painted Veil(2006).
Did You Know?
· Naomi Watts is best friends with Nicole Kidman. The two became pals in 1986 when they met each other in an audition for a bikini commercial and shared a taxi ride home. They subsequently starred in the film Flirting (1991) and Watts also lived with Kidman and then husband Tom Cruise when she moved to the USA.
· Naomi's father was sound engineer for the Pink Floyd during 1974.
· Watts was nearly left paralysed after a horrific fall on the New Zealand set of KING KONG. She says her rigorous practice of yoga saved her from any lasting damage.
· "For the record, I am actually British as well as Australian. People always think I'm Australian but I'm happy for the Brits to claim me back. I'm offering myself up."
· "On set is where I feel comfortable. The red carpet stuff, talking about the film, explaining your own life, it doesn't come naturally. It's all necessary stuff I suppose but it's not my strength."
Review by Gokhra
Cast Frank Beardsley - Dennis Quaid Helen North - Rene The Commandant - Rip Torn Mrs. Munion - Linda Hunt
"Yours, Mine & Ours" is another family movie involving very huge families. This movie is a remake of the 1968 Henry Fonda-Lucille Ball comedy of the same name, which itself was quite pleasant. It's a bit like 2003's "Cheaper by the Dozen," with supersize families wreaking havoc and rattling the sanity of their parents?
The family here is mix-and-match hodgepodge. It's the product of a second marriage between Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) and Helen North (Rene Russo). He's a widower who has relocated to his old home town with eight children in tow. She's his old high school sweetheart, also widowed and with 10 kids.
Makes you wonder a little about the sinister nature of the deaths of the beloved. Her kids are both hers as well as adopted along with a rich assortment of dogs, cats, rodents, and a large pot-bellied photogenic pig that gets more close-ups than anyone else in the film.
It's bit of water meets boiling oil sort of chemistry. It's all there in the right amounts of fizzes and sparks. They live in a picture-postcard lighthouse for a family home. His kids call him "Admiral" (cause he is one) and run their lives by bosun's whistle; very spick and span. Hers are slovenly and creative. Frank likes everything shipshape. Helen is comfortable with a certain messiness. The two clans despise each other and plot to break up their parents' blissful union.
Of course, it all ends rosily with lots of are slapstick paint fights, cute sight gags and romantic rivalry between Frank's oldest daughter and Helen's. Theirs is such a big family that they need an entire school bus to themselves.
Quaid and Russo are pros, and they're immensely likable as the parents of a very challenging brood.
They even make the short snappy dialogues typical of Hollywood films seem quite appropriate here. Come to think of it when you have such a war going on at home you don't really have much time for long heartfelt dialogues.
The young stars are good in their own right. The one small problem is that with 18 kids around the screen they barely get enough screen time to carve out much personality.
This is a very likeable film that is good for a good sized assortment of laughs.