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Lupita Nyong'o credits Ralph Fiennes for her acting career

October 14th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Ralph Fiennes
Actress Lupita Nyong'o credits Ralph Fiennes for her acting career, insisting James Bond's new boss gave her the encouragement to chase her dreams while she was working as a runner on the set of The Constant Gardener.

The 12 Years a Slave star reveals the Brit gave her advice about the industry and gave her the information she needed to find a career in acting.

She tells the New York Post, "Ralph Fiennes was a pivotal influence on me. I was having Ralph on set and he asked me, 'So what is it you want to do?' I very shyly, timidly admitted that I wanted to be an actor.

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Rachel Weisz Tried To Her Change Name

July 21st, 2012 3:04pm EDT
Rachel Weisz
Actress Rachel Weisz was rebuked by her agent for changing her name at the start of her career because her chosen moniker made her sound like a porn star.

The Constant Gardener star grew so tired of teachers botching the pronunciation of her surname, she altered the "weird" spelling in a bid to avoid confusion while breaking into the entertainment industry, but the 42 year old's efforts were shot down by her manager because he didn't want casting directors to get the wrong impression.

She explains, "I did try and change it. In England there's this catalogue called Spotlight, where the ...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Rachel Weisz!

March 7th, 2011 8:19am EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz proves she's still a yummy mummy after four decades - the British beauty turns 40 on Monday.

Starting her career in the drama department of Britain's posh Cambridge university, Weisz soon caught the eyes of casting directors around the world and has become one of the U.K. most glamorous exports.

From action queen to indie dream, Weisz has fought ancient enemies in "The Mummy" films, proved her comic timing in Fred Claus and provided an Oscar-winning turn in "The Constant Gardner."

And as the actress moves into her forties, we have come up with 10 terrific facts to quench you...
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Rachel Weisz: Hot Or Not?

November 18th, 2008 10:24am EST
Rachel Weisz
British actress Rachel Weisz has managed to fly under the radar in Hollywood while starring in films such as The Mummy and The Constant Gardner. We think the 37-year-old actress is definitely hot. What do you think? Peruse our photo slideshow, and let us know in the comments!

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Opening October 3: Blindness

September 30th, 2008 12:19pm EDT
Blindness Pictures
The Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles joins forces with Canadian writer/director/actor Don McKellar to bring Portuguese Nobel Prize winner José Saramago's 1995 novel to the big screen... Continue summary

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Celebrity Birthdays, December 22

December 22nd, 2007 3:00am EST
Rick Nielsen
Happy Birthday to "The Constant Gardener" actor Ralph Fiennes (1962), Bee Gees twins Robin and Maurice (d. 2003) Gibb (1949), Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (1946), journalist Diane Sawyer (1945), hall-of-fame pitcher Steve Carlton (1944), "Leave It To Beaver" mom Barbara Billingsley (1922), and Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858; d. 1924).
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 7

March 7th, 2007 3:00am EST
Rachel Weisz
Happy Birthday to "That 70s Show" actress Laura Prepon (1980), "The Constant Gardener" Oscar-winner (Best Actress) Rachel Weisz (1971), annoying comedienne Wanda Sykes (1964), "The Young Ones" actor Rik Mayall (1958), "Malcolm In The Middle" actor Bryan Cranston (1956), Pittsburgh Steelers legends Lynn Swann (1952) and Franco Harris (1950), Isley Brother Ernie Isley (1952), J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf (1946), actor John Heard (1945), folk singer Townes Van Zandt (1944; d. 1997), film executive Michael Eisner (1942), Hill Street Blues actor Daniel J. Travanti (1940), "Bolero" composer Ma...
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New Line Cinema Releases "The Number 23," Starring Jim Carrey, On February 23

February 11th, 2007 11:00am EST
The Number 23
The psychological thriller The Number 23 stars Jim Carrey as a man whose life unravels after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled The Number 23. As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life. His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him, and he begins to realize the book forecasts far graver consequences for his life than he could have ever imagined.

Directed by Joel Schumacher (Phone Booth), the film co-stars Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Danny Huston (The Constant Gardner, The Aviator), Logan Lerman and Rhona Mitra. The ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 22

December 22nd, 2006 3:00am EST
Rick Nielsen
Happy Birthday to "The Constant Gardener" actor Ralph Fiennes (1962), Bee Gees twins Robin and Maurice (d. 2003) Gibb (1949), Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (1946), journalist Diane Sawyer (1945), hall-of-fame pitcher Steve Carlton (1944), "Leave It To Beaver" mom Barbara Billingsley (1922), and Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858; d. 1924).
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Rachel Weisz Gives Birth To Healthy Son

June 2nd, 2006 8:36am EDT
Rachel Weisz
Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is celebrating after giving birth to her first child on Wednesday. The English movie beauty, 35, and her American director fiancé Darren Aronofsky welcomed a baby boy in a New York City hospital, near the couple's Manhattan home.

The star's spokeswoman Kelly Bush declined to give the baby's name or weight, but declared mother and baby were "happy, healthy, wonderful".

Weisz started dating 37-year-old Aronofsky in 2001 and moved from her native London to live with him in New York. They announced their engagement last year. Weisz, who won an Acad...
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Rachel Weisz Surprised by Oscar Win

March 7th, 2006 12:56pm EST
Rachel Weisz
Oscar winner Rachel Weisz thought she had only imagined her name being called out at the Academy Awards, because her pregnancy has left her brain addled.

The British beauty - who is seven months pregnant - was stunned when she was named Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Constant Gardener.

Weisz says, "With the lead-up, the adrenaline, the baby was going crazy. But on stage it's so overwhelming I could have hardly told you my name."

The actress regrets she forgot to thank her fiance, film-maker Darren Aronofsky, because she was so dazed.

She explains, "I ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 7

March 7th, 2006 3:00am EST
Laura Prepon
Happy Birthday to "That 70s Show" actress Laura Prepon (1980), "The Constant Gardener" Oscar-nominee Rachel Weisz (1971), annoying comedienne Wanda Sykes (1964), "The Young Ones" actor Rik Mayall (1958), "Malcolm In The Middle" actor Bryan Cranston (1956), Pittsburgh Steelers legends Lynn Swann (1952) and Franco Harris (1950), Isley Brother Ernie Isley (1952), J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf (1946), actor John Heard (1945), folk singer Townes Van Zandt (1944; d. 1997), film executive Michael Eisner (1942), Hill Street Blues actor Daniel J. Travanti (1940), "Bolero" composer Maurice Ravel (1...
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Behind-the-Scenes at the Oscars

March 6th, 2006 11:51am EST
Amy Adams
* Oscar nominee Amy Adams belted out 1940s jazz standards on her way to the Academy Awards in an effort to calm her nerves. The star insisted her limousine driver tuned his radio into her favorite classics station, so she could unwind with stars like Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby.

Speaking on the red carpet, she said, "I sang in the car on the way here. There's a channel that plays all 40s jazz, so I was singing old Hollywood music to get in the mood."

* Oscar nominee Judi Dench flew straight from the Bahamas set of the new James Bond film to attend the Academy Awards last ni...
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And The Oscar Goes To ...

March 6th, 2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

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Humane Society Names 'Wallace & Gromit' Best Movie of the Year

February 23rd, 2006 11:02am EST
Wallace And Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit has been voted movie of the year by animal rights campaigners. The Humane Society saluted the claymation romp "for unleashing the inimitable duo on an eccentric adventure, in which Gromit's savvy canine helps them win through with a unique and humane version of pest control."

The family film - which has become the fastest selling DVD in British film in history - even beat the internationally successful documentary March of the Penguins to the award.

Meanwhile, animator Nick Park has revealed how he felt sorry for actor Ralph Fienne...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Sweeps BAFTAs

February 20th, 2006 11:10am EST
Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at the Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), scooping Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor awards. Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee was presented with the David Lean Award For Achievement In Direction, while Jake Gyllenhaal was honored for his performance as gay rodeo cowboy Jack Twist. They beat off competition from George Clooney who left empty handed despite being nominated in four categories.

"It's just a pleasure to be a part of this movie and I can't even believe I've got this for it," stated Gyllenha...
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'The Constant Gardener' Kenya Premiere To Aid Community

February 15th, 2006 1:31pm EST
The Constant Gardener
Oscar nominated movie The Constant Gardener is being taken back to Kenya for a charity premiere next week. Producer Simon Channing Williams and actor Pete Postlethwaite will attend the screening in Nairobi in aid of the Constant Gardener Trust. During the trip the pair will also open a school built by the trust in the village of Loyangalani.

Channing Williams says, "I'm delighted to bring the film back to Kenya, the country that was so welcoming to the production, and it is particularly gratifying that the film's premiere will benefit The Constant Gardener Trust."

The trust was se...
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African Women Advised Rachel Weisz About Pregnancy

February 13th, 2006 11:30am EST
Rachel Weisz
The Constant Gardener star Rachel Weisz was bombarded with advice from local African women, who actually thought she was pregnant while shooting the hit film in Kenya. The English actress, who is currently six months pregnant in real life, gained plenty of practice for her current condition by wearing a prosthetic device that made her look like she was nine months pregnant during the shoot.

She explains, "We were filming in Africa in villages and in the slum outside of Nairobi. All of the African women assumed I was really pregnant. Some of them could speak a little bit of English, and...
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'Constant Gardener' Stars Win London Film Critics Awards

February 9th, 2006 9:29am EST
The Constant Gardener
Ralph Fienne's week took a turn for the better yesterday when the newly dumped star of The Constant Gardener picked up a Best British Actor nod at the London Film Critics' Circle awards while co-star Rachel Weisz triumphed in the female category. Fiennes, who split from actress Francesca Annis on Tuesday following reports he is romancing a Romanian singer, was hailed for his role in the gritty political thriller.

Gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain grabbed an equal share of success with wins for Film of the Year and a Director of the Year award for its maker Ang Lee. Awards chairman ...
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Francesca Annis Dumps Ralph Fiennes

February 8th, 2006 10:18am EST
Ralph Fiennes
'The Constant Gardener' star Ralph Fiennes has been dumped by actress Francesca Annis. The pair called time on their 11-year romance just days after it was claimed the 43-year-old actor had a steamy affair with a Romanian singer. Last weekend stunning Cornelia Crisan, who at 31 is 30 years younger than Annis, claimed she had a racy fling with Fiennes for two years.

She revealed she used to meet Fiennes - who started romancing Francesca after they both starred in 'Hamlet' in 1995 - for secret sex romps at a house he owns in London. Annis's solicitors released a statement confirming the ...
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Wedding - Ireland, This Year?

February 6th, 2006 9:50am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly set to wed in Ireland this year. The Hollywood couple - who are expecting their first baby together - will hold their nuptials in a secret venue near Dublin. The stars have decided on a romantic, low-key ceremony, according to News of the World newspaper.

Last month it was claimed the smitten pair were bickering about whether to tie the knot at all. Angelina - who has two adopted children, Maddox, 4, and one-year-old Zahara - reportedly told 'Sin City' director Robert Rodriguez: "We will never marry".

According to Star magazine, the bea...
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Oscar Reactions From Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney & More

February 1st, 2006 10:04am EST
Reese Witherspoon
* Reese Witherspoon almost missed her Oscar nomination because she was sleeping. The actress, who was in Berlin, Germany, to promote new movie Walk The Line, has been nominated for Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic. She says, "I was sleeping, they had to wake me up. I am really happy. It feels really good to be nominated. I am so proud of this movie."

* Rachel Weisz is lacking confidence about her recent Academy Award nomination for her role in The Constant Gardener. The modest star is nominated for the Perform...
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Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hof...
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Movie Tidbits: 'The Constant Gardener,' 'Gaslight' & 'Every Which Way But Loose'

January 30th, 2006 11:21am EST
The Constant Gardener
* British actress Rachel Weisz is repeatedly disappointed when awards bosses fail to nominate her The Constant Gardener co-star Ralph Fiennes, especially when now she has won so many awards. The pregnant beauty won a Golden Globe on Jan. 26 and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award last night for her performance as Tessa Quayle in the gritty drama, but is baffled as to why Fiennes has been ignored.

She says, "It's beyond my comprehension (why Fiennes has been overlooked). "I feel that any award or any acclaim I get I share with him 50-50."

* Classic Ingrid Bergman thriller Gasligh...
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SAG Honors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Reese Witherspoon, Cast of 'Desperate Housewives'

January 30th, 2006 9:47am EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Biopics including Walk the Line, Capote and Cinderella Man led the way at the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Awards last night, with stars Reese Witherspoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti picking up acting honors.

Witherspoon picked up Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role for her performance as June Carter Cash in Walk The Line, while Hoffman won the male lead acting award for playing author Truman Capote in Capote. A modest Witherspoon said, "Oh my God, y'all. Sometimes, I can't just shake the feeling that I'm just a little girl from Tennessee."

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Angelina Jolie says: "We will never marry"

January 27th, 2006 9:47am EST
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly bickering about whether to get married. The Hollywood lovebirds - who are expecting a child together in the summer - can't agree on whether to wed in the near future. Angelina reportedly told 'Sin City' director Robert Rodriguez: "We will never marry."

According to Star magazine, the beautiful actress was overheard saying: "If the kids get older and demand that we have a ceremony, we might. But that's a touchy subject with us." On the same day, Pitt allegedly told 'Constant Gardener' director Fernando Meirelles he and Angelina were planning t...
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Rachel Weisz Won't Disguise Pregnancy for New Film

January 20th, 2006 10:49pm EST
Rachel Weisz
Golden Globe-winner Rachel Weisz is thrilled she won't have to fake being an expectant mother for her next role because she has a natural five-month bump of her own. The star, who is due to give birth to her first child in May, will shortly start filming 1930s drama "The Lady From Shanghai" with acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai.

She says, "It's great because the woman I play is pregnant, so I won't have to hide the bump! When we did The Constant Gardener I was supposed to be having a baby and I wore padding. For the new film I won't have to."

Weisz recently won a Golden Globe award...
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'The Constant Gardener' Gets Most BAFTA Nominations

January 19th, 2006 9:50am EST
The Constant Gardener
British thriller The Constant Gardener has been nominated for 10 BAFTAs from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The adaptation of the John Le Carre novel, which stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, is up for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress and seven other awards. Ang Lee's gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain and racial drama Crash both received nine nominations.

The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place at the Odeon, in London's Leicester Square, on February 19. The Constant Gardener will face stiff competition in the Best Film category...
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Capote And Syriana Tie At Scripter Awards

January 17th, 2006 10:59am EST
Capote
The writers of Capote and Syriana tied at the annual University Of Southern California Scripter Award, which honours the year's best film adaptation of a book, novella or short story.

Capote, based on the biography of Truman Capote by Gerlad Clarke with a screenplay by Dan Futterman, and Syriana, adapted from journalist Robert Baer's book See No Evil with a screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, achieved an equal number of votes at the 17th annual awards.

A second ballotting procedure will go ahead to determine the winner, to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Other finalists include...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Snags Top Honors at Golden Globes

January 17th, 2006 9:14am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Golden Globe awards scooping four honors - including Best Motion Picture. The movie - which had seven nominations at the prestigious ceremony - also won Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Screenplay and Best Original Song. But lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the Best Dramatic Actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the award for his performance in Capote.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were both honored for their performances in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. The film also won the award for Best Mo...
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