Monday, December 29, 2008

She aint heavy, she's my daughter

Nashville's favourite couple were seen at the local Christmas Day morning mass after promising Sunday “a lot of hugs and kisses and Christmas carols.” 

Who said you never see Keith holding baby Sunday? Well here he is, but only if holding the baby capsule counts. Gee, that capsule looks heavy though! Sunday must not take after Mum in the poor appetite department.  Keith may need to consider returning to the gym if Sunday continues eating so well.  Or perhaps Sunday stayed at home, and that is a capsule full of something else. 

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tennessee Christmas Walkies

Nicole's family flew over to Tennessee for Christmas after Nicole and Keith decided not to spend it in Australia this year.  It makes sense for the Kidman clan to do this if they wish to see Sunday Rose at all. It's likely the only time you will see Nicole back in Australia is to fight the construction of 100 motels near her private country mansion (located south of Sydney). The mansion is expected to be vacant 362 days of the year. Let us know if you are looking for somewhere to stay when holidaying in Australia as there are plenty of bedrooms in this mansion. We will see what we can organise for you. Afterall, who wants to stay in a motel?

Anyway, isn't it marvellous of Nicole and Keith to take the family out for a walk in Tennessee over the Christmas break?  A nice family outing indeed. Just a pity that poor Sunday had to miss out.  I guess she was at home with that Nanny?  What Nanny, I hear you say.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas Possums

Nicole Kidman's Journey Blog would like to wish all its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope you enjoy a nice bottle of red like Nicole over the festive season, but don't eat too much stuffing! Nicole has kindly forwarded her Christmas Wish List for our viewing pleasure:

Nicole's 2008 Christmas Wish List:
  1. Hope everyone forgets how bad 'Australia' is;
  2. Learn to knit mittens while in retirement;
  3. That Antonia will sign the full custody papers;
  4. See Bella and Connor for at least 3o minutes over the holidays;
  5. To spend some quality time with the goat.
Let's see if 2009 will be more uplifting for Nicole and her fans after a turbulent 2008. Do you think it will be?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

"Connor, here's taxi money, off you go"

You may recall Will Smith offered Connor Cruise a small role in his new film Seven Pounds. Connor appeared at the LA premiere this week with Will, but there was no sign of Mother Nicole, or Father Tom to lend a supporting hand.  

Which of the following reasons is right? 
  1. Nicole has been down in the dumps following repeated beatings over her role in Australia.  She has since retreated to her Nashville home to recover.  
  2. Nicole would rather spend time with her biological child, Sunday.  
  3. Tom is too busy making another looney video for the Church of Scientology.
  4. Tom would rather spend time with his biological daughter, Suri.
  5. Connor is too embarrassed to be seen with Nicole or Tom, and would rather go alone.
I think it is No. 5, what about you? Whatever the reason, does the world really need another rich kid getting an easy ride to a movie career? 

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Don't call me, I'll call you (Regards, Baz)

Baz Luhrmann has announced he will not work with Nicole Kidman again because of her over-botoxed face and massive lips.  Actually that's not quite true, but it's probably most of the reason. He also admits the controversial movie Australia has been difficult to market, and that executives at 20th Century Fox were having problems targetting audiences because of its mix of slapstick comedy and intense drama.

Luhrmann said that working with Nicole causes too many "life-transforming things" to happen. Such as her breaking up with Tom Cruise, and his father dying, on the first day of filming Moulin Rouge. While filming the flop Australia, he said "six weeks before we finished filming, we were doing a scene where her character has to say she can't have children and she goes, 'Bazzy, Bazzy, I've got to see you,' and we sit down under a tree and she tells me she's pregnant and she burst into tears and I did, too, because I knew that was what she wanted more than anything else. We both said we can't make another movie together because there are only so many life-transforming events we can go through."

Yeah right, Baz ... we believe you, thousands wouldn't! I am sure the real reasons you don't want to work with her again is because Fox Studios are giving you a hard time, and Nicole's acting just keeps attracting bad reviews. Not to mention the difficulty cinema-goers, like me, had watching those huge lips for 2 hr45 mins.

So how does Nicole react to all this? She just says that she is holding back from movies for awhile, and would rather enjoy time-out on the farm with husband and daughter. Do you believe her? Of course not, she loves being in the public eye. However, if no-one is offering her movie roles, does she really have a choice?  I believe what Nicole meant to say is: "I need a break from botox and plastic surgery because I am starting not to recognise myself when I look in the mirror. Just last week I screamed at what I saw! I'm taking my doctor's advice to take time-out, and learn to age gracefully. I'm sorry for the bad movies I've made, but I had to earn money to pay the plastic surgeon. See you in 6 months time, if I can last that long without the attention I so desperately crave. Cheers, Nic"

Ahead of its UK release next week, the English critics continue to jump on the bandwagon with their bad reviews. For example, Film Reviewer Nick Curtis said while the movie offers audiences shots of "devastating natural grandeur'', it still manages to feel phony. "Sarah is not so much a character as a showcase for Kidman's worst acting tics, all her prissy pouts and expressions of `Botoxed' startlement,'' he wrote. "And despite a wardrobe designed to offset her Barbie-perfect bosom, bottom and ironing-board hips, she has mutated into a curiously sexless screen presence.''  Nick rated the film 2 out of 5. 

Don't forget to vote on whether Nicole should retire on the right of this Blog. Only a few days left. We will send results to her Agent soon thereafter.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wetten Dass WTF

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Germany's popular TV show Wetten Dass played host to Nicole and Hugh today as they continued their lengthy Australia PR campaign. Fresh from her jog around Hyde Park in London, Nicole boarded the plane to this region in an effort to persuade them to see the movie.

Nicole was presented with flowers, smiling enthusiastically for the cameras, while showing off her lovely hair extensions. Nicole couldn't resist planting a kiss on host Thomas Gottschalk's lips. He would have thought he was getting two women for the price of one with those whopper lips.

Nicole and Hugh's appearance on Wetten Dass is available here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Note the Australia trailer with German dubbing. Maybe the movie will be more understandable now? How do you say 'crikey' in German? WTF.

Nicole has also outraged Aboriginal communities by playing the didgeridoo on the show. It is against custom for women to play this tribal instrument, and apparently makes them barren if they do so. Just as well Nicole had Sunday before the show. See News article here .

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Now I'm cold!

Fresh from the London premiere of 'Australia', Nicole found some time yesterday to go for a run around Hyde Park with her bodyguard. Is that the same bodyguard who beat up the photographer?

Interesting how she puts on a coat when out running, but won't wear one when she needs it most. Silly me, it's the temperamental weather of London! Hot one day, freezing the next. Who can blame her?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

More PR techniques?

When all else fails, show us what you're made of! At the London premiere of Australia last night, Nicole opted for a revealing white dress which highlighted her bra and thong very well under the harsh show-biz lights. This was not planned by poor Nicole. How embarrassing for her! After slowly recovering from a similar incident at the 2007 Aria Awards, Nicole will now need to undergo therapy again to handle this humiliating event.

You may think that this incident was an attempt by Nicole to try and bring attention to the movie for British cinema-goers, following poor box office results in the US. However, I am sure she has heard the saying "No sex please, we are British". Nicole is not considered a sex symbol in any region, so I'm positive she had no idea that her under-garments were on display for the world media.
Now if Hugh had chosen to wear a see-through suit I am sure it would help ticket sales in the British female or gay population.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Poms want better advertising!

More criticism has occurred in recent days of Nicole (and to an extent Hugh), following continued poor box office takings for Australia. Not only is Nicole now being labelled "Queen of flops" but also "no movie star". These new labels, along with the existing "box office botox poison", have had Fox Marketing scratching their heads. Nicole or Hugh are not the draw cards they assumed to entice people to part with their ticket-money. The posters of them kissing away aren't working!

Ahead of the film beginning in British cinemas, Fox have considered these labels and read many of the less favourable reviews. They've realised the one ingredient in the film that is working - the little boy, Nullah (played by Brandon Walters). Nullah seems to be the one that people love in the movie. Fox have admitted that promoting the movie as a Nicole Kidman/Hugh Jackman film was probably not such a good idea, but I guess you have to suck it and see, right?

Recent Scottish and English reviews have been scathing. One in particular criticised Nicole left, right and centre referring to her as a bad choice for a lead role. You may recall other words used like "Nicole is like a lost porcelain doll on screen".

Fox are considering publishing full page Australia adverts in British papers with Nullah as the key photo. Whether Nicole or Hugh will appear in a tiny photo at the bottom is anyone's guess. Perhaps a really, really tiny photo.

Fox have no choice but to try alternative marketing considering the poor overall box office figures. For example, Australia only made $7 million in its second week in the US! There is also the issue with the $40 million tourism campaign funded by Tourism Australia which hasn't been a great success either. But that's another story!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Walk of Fame: Congratulations Cate!

Congratulations to Cate Blanchett who finally received her star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. This long overdue honour occurred last Friday 5 December, and Steven Spielberg introduced Cate at the ceremony.

I don't know how they determine when an actor should get their star. It doesn't seem like a fair order of merit system, agree?. For example, you may recall Nicole got her Walk of Fame star right back in 2003. "For what?", I hear you say. Well, for her outstanding performances over the years, including BMX Bandits, Days of Thunder, and Far and Away.

Cate's star was positioned right outside the famous Egyptian Theatre. Cate joked "location, location, location".

Saturday, December 6, 2008

You're allowed to see me officially now

Nicole always says one thing, and does another. First she stated she would never show the baby to the world. We got early glimpses in London, the stint on Oprah, hugging the beret-minus baby in Paris, and now some more random viewings in Spain and Rome. There could be three reasons for this:

  1. Nicole is bored with trying to hide Sunday;
  2. Sunday is handy for trying to boost someone's career, following lackluster film reviews;
  3. Sunday has decided to be a movie star too, and requested more exposure.
Whatever the reason, let's hope it is the right reason ... and not because the PR machine needs fuelling. One good thing, Nicole appears to have listened to the criticisms and put a hat on the baby's head! I'm not going to comment on the baby in the back seat without proper restraint.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

From Spain to Rome, next stop Siberia

Following work and play in Paris, the world's sexiest man and his on-screen girlfriend moved on to Spain, then Rome for the premieres of Australia. Wonder what was Nic was saying to make Hugh laugh at the Spain premiere? "Oh Hugh, I've finally met someone who is taller than me, but that doesn't give you permission to look down my top!"
Do you think these European countries are getting a subtitled version or are expected to understand the Australian accent and words like 'crikey', 'bonza' and 'howzat'. A bit much to ask a person to read subtitles for three hours, let alone put up with a lack of koalas or wombats in the film. However, the Europeans don't have to see it, if they don't want to. They can join the others who have opted to see something else.

Let's hope Australia fares a little better in these regions than it has done in the USA. If not, there are still the Sibera and Antartica premieres coming up which might generate some interest.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The PR baby is back, but no Beret

Are we back to the rest and relaxation in Paris now that the Premiere is out of the way? Baby Sundae joined her parents for a visit to the Picasso exhibition held at the Grand Palais yesterday. People have commented on the lack of suitable warm clothing for the infant, so I will add my two cents worth. How about a Beret for her little head so she doesn't freeze?

It all comes back to the PR machine. Australia hasn't performed as well internationally to date, so our ever-loving photo opportunity girl 'Nic" brings out Sundae again to change the focus. However, Nicole still holds the little one close to her chest to ensure the image of 'You must not see my baby, but so you can see her head, I won't dress her in warm clothing' continues. Ah, so that's why there is no beret!

I guess Nic must feel sometimes that she's damned if she does, and damned if she doesn't. We here at Nicole's Journey understand how PR machines work, but we find this PR machine very predictable. Don't you?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Paris Premiere and din-din with the Jackmans

Following yesterday's Post, it can be confirmed that the Kidman-Urbans and Jackmans were in Paris for the premiere of Australia, not just rest and relaxation. There hasn't been much news about this Paris premiere, but I am sure it has been downplayed following the lackluster Box Office results from USA. It might prove that a premiere doesn't necessarily help a movie. See photos above of Lady Nicole at the premiere with her supportive husband (I am becoming more convinced he is wearing a hair piece).
It's unlikely the French people will be subjected to any TV interviews with Nicole while she is in France, because she doesn't speak the language. If you were ever looking for a reason to compare the benefits of French TV over English TV, then this is it.
As you are aware from yesterday's Post, the Jackmans had already settled into Paris for a few days ahead of this Premiere. They met up with Keith and Nicole last night for dinner (see pics above of Nic on the streets of Paris and then heading out for the dinner). I have to say I don't mind Nic's hair up in a bun like that. Now that she's in her 40s, it certainly makes her look more respectable. Agree? Just click on the photographs to enlarge.

Here are the dates for other Australia Premieres coming up. Get your bags packed if you wish to attend any of these events:
  • Spain - December 3
  • United Kingdom - December 10
  • Germany - December 12
  • Siberia - December 18
  • Iceland - December 20
  • Antartica - December 25 (Cast members from HAPPY FEET will be special guests at this premiere. Don't miss out on seeing this 'snow-covered red carpet event'. Book your boat now).

Monday, December 1, 2008

Paris: Lifestyles of the rich, old, wrinkle free and famous

Taking time out from publicity for Australia ? Is it getting tiring having to stand there smiling for all the Paparazzi? Well then, let's head to Paris for some shopping, eating and strolling around just like all the other rich folk do. I swear, Hugh Jackman takes more breaks than anyone I know. Wasn't it just the other week he was snapped in the ocean somewhere with his son? Here he is above in Paris with his mother and children. Sorry, I mean his wife Deborah. Inset is a picture of Hugh and Debs at the Sydney premiere two weeks ago.

Nicole and entourage just landed in Paris too. Is it just a coincidence, or are the Jackmans and Kidman-Urbans holidaying together before more commitments begin for that film (you know, the one which didn't do so well at the US box office on the weekend just gone). When USA doesn't come to the party, the only option is to try and flog it in Europe. A suggestion is to walk around the streets of Paris saying 'crikey mate' as often as you can. It might just help. Or perhaps 'bonjour maite' in an Aussie accent might work better.
Lifestyles of the rich, old, somewhat talented and wrinkle free, continue ....

Friday, November 28, 2008

Don't look so worried Nicole, it's early days!

Do you think Nicole has been monitoring how Australia is faring since its release two days ago? Most likely. The film is currently coming 7th at the Box Office in the USA. It's doing a little better Down Under, although not as good as the new 007 James Bond movie - which made over $1 million more in its first day than what Australia did. Perhaps that means the Aussies prefer James Bond over their 'Princess'. It can't be true.
Over at the famous Rotten Tomatoes Website, Australia is sitting at 51% on the 'tomatometer'. The website contains the following consensus on the film: Built on lavish vistas and impeccable production, Australia is unfortunately burdened with thinly drawn characters and a lack of originality.
Try not to worry Nicole! Things might turn around during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and the all important US Box Office might come good with this turkey. Then again it may not. At the end of the day, at least you still got paid!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

You can't run or hide from Nicole this week

Don't try running or hiding from Nicole this week. She is appearing everywhere to remind you that her new movie (what's it called again?) has started. Nicole wants you to see it and support her, in an attempt to shift that 'box office poison' label that you gave her.

1. Let's begin with the infamous interview on David Letterman on Monday night. Letterman would have been happy to talk about Keith Urban the entire show me thinks, but Nicole was there to talk about the film and asked if he could move on from that. Depends on your point of view, but I felt he was rather rude towards her. Nicole may not have been totally on the ball at times, but I guess she's had a bit of jet lag this week to endure. I was surprised though she had no idea about the Paul Hogan 'put a shrimp on the BBQ' Aussie tourism adverts from 1987 that Letterman referred to. You can see the Letterman interview in two parts by clicking here and  here.

2. Nicole then appeared on Regis and Kelly the next morning. Naturally they asked about the infamous Letterman interview (quite brave of them). You can see the Regis and Kelly interview by clicking here.

3. Nicole appeared on the Australian movie review program At the Movies (ABC TV) on Wednesday night. This was filmed during her whirlwind trip Down Under last week. Clearly, this is the calmest Nicole has been in ages, and came across less giggly and less annoying than normal. Perhaps she felt more at home with David Stratton's interviewing style. You can see the At the Movies interview by clicking here.

4. While not directly related to the movie (although any PR helps, I guess), Nicole found time to make an appearance at the UNIFEM Violence Against Women campaign that she is the Goodwill Ambassador for. Nicole proudly revealed that 5 million signatures have now been received. Now all she needs is the Australia film to make $5 million back in it's first week (and the rest). You can see her speech by clicking here.
5. Later in the week, Nicole appeared on The View where she sat in the company of Bette Midler and Whoopi Goldberg. I got the feeling that Whoopi was not that impressed with Nicole based on the look on her face. Who could blame her when Nicole started with the usual spill about Keith, motherhood and career. Check out Whoopi's body language and the Nicole interview here.
I am sure there are other interviews or photo opportunities that's she's attended over the last week, but these are the most notable. In a nutshell, they represent that ever present PR Machine she keeps running.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New York, get your tissues ready!

Less than a week ago, Nicole and entourage battled rain in Sydney for the world premiere of Australia. Next it was New York's turn to see the 'chick flick' epic from Down Under. Last night (Monday) in the Big Apple, Nicole braved the Autumn chill in a short sleeve dress to show the city the film she's wanted to make since she was 2 years old.

Apparently, the crowd were not so wild to see Nicole, choosing to 'boo' her instead. She was running late from her Botox session and had no time to stop to chat to people, or sign autographs. You'd think people would be grateful for that, but obviously some people get a kick out of a piece of paper with scribble on it.

I have to hand it to Nicole. Sitting through 165 minutes of this film three times in less than one week is no easy feat! I don't know how she does it. Just as well she declined to attend the Melbourne premiere - afterall, there is only so many repeated viewings of this film that anyone can take.

As you can see from the photos, Keith turned up in his suit which is now a regular thing for him in his role as Mr Kidman. As I have stated before, Keith doesn't suit suits, but what can you do? My 'Style icon tip booklet' was returned to sender. Hugh, on the other hand, looks dashing in a suit.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

NEW POLL: Where Would Nicole Be Today if ...

Nicole recently admitted that she became 'A star only by association to Tom Cruise'. Despite a couple of early mediocre Aussie films and mini-series, Nicole received fame when she met and married Tom Cruise and joined the Hollywood A-list.

Ever wondered where Nicole might be today if the whole Hollywood thing never happened? What career she might be in today? Vote now on the new Poll at the right side of this Blog.
8 December 2008: Poll has closed. Results are as follows:
21% - A shop sssistant
19% - Still trying to be a Sydney model
8% - Walking around Sydney all day trying to keeping fit
24% - Lying around the house dreaming of Hollywood
22% - Working in a Botox clinic in Sydney
3% - Back at school

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cate Blanchett: Voted Best Australian Actress

The most recent Poll asking 'Who is Australia's Best Actress' has now closed. Cate Blanchett is our best actress after taking out 57% of the votes. Nicole came in second with 23%, followed by Toni Colette, Judy Davis and Naomi Watts.

Cate is richly deserving of this honor. Here are 10 reasons why:
  1. Classically trained in dramatic arts.
  2. Chooses great film roles more often than not.
  3. Gracefully acknowledged Gwyneth Paltrow for her 1998 Oscar win for "Shakespeare in Love" when everybody knew Cate should have received it for "Elizabeth".
  4. Everybody speaks highly of Cate.
  5. Current Co-Director of the Sydney Theatre Company, with husband Andrew Upton.
  6. Lives in Australia and is proud of it.
  7. Supports an Eco-friendly environment for us all.
  8. Does not seek attention (NOT a fame whore). Therefore, the Australian media leave her in peace.
  9. She is not in the papers every other day expressing her deep inner thoughts.
  10. Totally likeable person.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sydney premiere with rain and pillows

George Street in Sydney was closed down last night amid rain, for the Sydney premiere of 'Australia'. Invited guests turned up with umbrellas before heading inside with their pillows to catch up on sleep, ahead of the 165 minute film.

Nicole did the obligatory "hello" to a few fans standing nearby, before rushing inside to avoid the rain ruining her make-up. Either that, or she wanted a front row seat closest to the Exit sign. Apparently Nicole had not seen the finished product as Baz had edited it up to the final hour. Nor did Nicole know which ending Baz used as he had filmed several versions. Hopefully they opted for the ending where the Botox delivery van blows up and Nicole is left wrinkled and pruned by the road side.

The Premiere 'after-party' was attended by many socialites, cast, crew and family members. Nicole and Keith are expected to fly straight back home today to Nashville once the hangover subsides. As mentioned yesterday, there have been mixed reviews so far for the film which cost nearly $130 million to make. Excerpts from some of these reviews are as follows:

"There is a lot of narrative flab and longueurs in the first two hours and the film often has the pace of a steamroller with engine trouble."

"Jackman is a natural in the saddle, but is too damn handsome to convince us of The Drover's rough-hewn origins. He scrubs up a little too easily."

"The film is not without flaws, it's not the masterpiece that we were hoping for, but I think you could say that it's a very good film in many ways. While it will be very popular with many people I think there's a slight air of disappointment after it all."

"With such a maelstrom of styles and tones, Kidman and Jackman struggle to make any impression. They attempt to act out a serious love story but cannot get any traction in this garish circus of wild-eyed caricatures of Australian bush life and so many half-baked ideas about the national character, including spontaneous outbursts of Waltzing Matilda."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Gidday ... I'm back in black on home soil"

Guess who just flew back into town, but not on a broomstick this time. Nicole and Keith touched down not long ago in the Land of Oz ahead of tonight's world premiere of "Australia" in Sydney. Nicole arrived with the usual attire of black tracksuit and cap. Keith followed slowly in the background, careful not to steal any attention. The only things missing were the red carpet from the plane to the taxi, and little Sundae who decided to stay behind in Nashville with Nanny. I can't blame Sundae for choosing to stay behind, as this trip is just for 24 hours. I'd rather stay back in Nashville too than put up with the annoying Aussies trying to get my photo! Don't they know that only OPRAH is entitled to that.

Some reviews of the film have already been released - and it's a mixed bag so far. A film that runs for 165 minutes is never going to be everyone's cup of tea. However, I have got it straight from the horse's butt that the film covers romance, drama, action and botox. What more could you want? Check this Blog later for post wrap-up of the Sydney Premiere!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Suits Vs Jeans? It's a no-brainer Keith!

It wasn't until I saw the latest CMA Award photo's of Keith (above left with Nicole) that I realised how much he doesn't look good in suits. Short men just don't suit suits especially when they have short legs. Who do you blame for this? Probably Nicole, but he did turn up in suits occassionally before she came on the scene (see far right photo). Keith looks great in jeans as shown in the inset photo. What's wrong with wearing jeans and a nice jacket to these CMA events. He should not wear what Ms Kidman wants him to wear. My memory fails me, but wasn't one of these two supposed to be a style icon?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Let's promote 'Australia' any chance we get

Country Music Awards (CMA) this week: I always say that if a film is any good it will sell itself. It won't need the strong marketing that an epic like "Australia" is now receiving. Here in Australia they have put "Australia" movie stickers on the front of new DVDs in retail shops so that people will remember to go see it. I believe in 'word of mouth' selling a movie, rather than the 'down your throat' technique that this film is going for. Agree?

Nicole and Hugh are working extra hard to sell this movie. Hot on the heels of their visit to the OPRAH show, these two appeared on Wednesday night at the 42nd CMA's in Nashville to present an award for the "weirdest celebrity couple on the country music scene" This was indeed a PR opportunity to promote the new movie. In all seriousness, what does Hugh have to do with country music? Nicole's only association is that she is married to a short country singer who didn't get any awards except for the one mentioned above. Well done.

I ask, will seeing Hugh and Nicole (with hair extensions) on the CMA Awards make Americans want to see the film even more? Or are you just going to wait for the DVD?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A staged moment on OPRAH

I admit it! I can't stand OPRAH. Not only does she interrupt her guests, but everything seems so staged. As you may know, Nicole and Hugh just appeared on OPRAH to talk about the new epic film Australia. Nicole was happy to talk about other things as well to increase public interest in her. Parts of the show have been available on the Internet over the last week. The best part is when Oprah asks Nic about the baby, and if she has any photos of the baby to show. Nicole says "in my purse" to which Oprah replies "someone get her purse now".

It's hard not to imagine that this was a carefully planned moment, and not spontaneous. For months now, Nic has been hiding her baby's face and showing the back of her as teaser shots. On OPRAH, out comes the professional photo of Sundae and herself. The viewer is expected to think that poor Nicole was set up. I'm actually surprised Nic didn't take the baby on the show with her.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"I became a star only by association"

While we are all bored with Nicole's interviews in every magazine you open of late, it is refreshing to see one where she is actually being completely honest. To admit what alot of people have thought for a long time i.e. that she became a star only by her association to Tom Cruise.

In a new interview in 'Glamour' magazine, Nicole said "I didn't think (the early movies) were very good, which is why I would always cower in the background. I thought, I don't deserve to be here. We would go to the Oscars and I would think, I'm here to support him. I felt it was my job to put on a beautiful dress and be seen and not heard."

Not that she minded at the time, of course. All that attention and money! But at least she is more or less admitting that lady luck landed on her lap. If she hadn't met Tom, who knows where she might be today. That gives me an idea for another Poll. Interesting how she mentions that the early movies weren't very good. Nicole is being honest here yet again, but perhaps could have mentioned that some of the early Aussie films were lousy too, like "BMX Bandits"!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Nine reasons to shake your head

Here is a new photo from Nicole's new film "Nine", currently being filmed in London. This is the film she started making two weeks after baby Sundae was born. Nic told the world media a few years back that if she was lucky enough to have a baby, she would pull right back on doing movies and focus on her family. As if! Today it was announced she has also signed up for a new film with Charlize Theron. There is also the film with Naomi Watts too in the making. "Sorry Sundae, but until I can get a hit film, I will continue making movies in rapid succession, then I may be able to take you to the park for twenty minutes".

Anyway, what is "Nine" about, you ask? "Nine" is a drama musical about a world famous film director struggling to prepare his latest picture, while at the same time balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife, mistress, movie star muse and mother. It comes from the "Chicago" director Rob Marshall, and stars Nikkers, Penelope Cruz (her ex-husband's ex-girlfriend), Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Fergie and Dame Judi Dench. It may hit cinemas from September 2009, or may go straight to DVD.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Poll: Who is the best Australian actress?

Australia has quite a few Australian actresses now who have gained international stardom. There was a time when it was just Judy Davis, but we now have Cate, Toni, Naomi, Rose ... and of course, "Our Nic". Which one is the most talented in your opinion? Vote now on the Poll at the right side of this Blog.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


The latest Poll has revealed an amazing 73% of voters (A.K.A Nicole worshippers) hate this Blog. Nevertheless, it is wonderful that they went to the effort to vote. A special thank you to Nicole's biggest fan, Senora, who voted again and again and again. Because of you worshippers, this Blog will now cease to exist. Goodbye to you all, and thanks for reading over the months.

HA! Just kidding. This blog will remain for the people who like it (thank you!), and the people who are undecided (make up your minds!). The blog haters can go elsewhere ... like go and watch "The Invasion" over and over and over again.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My PR machine needs new batteries

"The premiere for Australia is only weeks away and there isn't much buzz out there for it. To be completely honest, I am FURIOUS about this. Those Australian tourism adverts have not been well received around the world, nor has my diary. I'm not proud to say this. I worked so hard on that diary, trying to play the sympathy card again, but I guess people have worked me out. Don't the public know how hard it was to work in 40 degree heat? My poor skin! Is it any wonder I had to get more botox. Not only that, I ensured my lips were big and luscious for the silver screen, but what thanks do I get? The Academy have already hinted that they will only be requiring my attendance on the big night to say sorry to everybody for releasing another flop. Seriously my PR machine needs new batteries, because something is not going right. Anyone got any heavy duty Duracell batteries to spare?"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I totally warned you, didn't I?

The Americans miss out again! Like the current "In Style" magazine, Nicole Kidman is only featured on the Australian edition of "Harpers Bazaar". Why is that? Isn't America the biggest market to try to sell this upcoming epic movie to?

In this magazine, Nicole is once again describing her passion for wanting to make this film since she was 2 years old. We also get the baby stuff again (OK Nicole, we all know how badly you wanted Sundae, but do you have to remind us every second?), and the deeper love she has found with Keith. The article also talks about the on-screen chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Nicole and how pleased Baz is about this. Sorry Baz, but I just can't imagine Granny Freeze being Hugh's type. On the other hand, Hugh's older wife in real life looks rather granny-ish.

Rush to your newsagency now to secure your copy of the latest Harpers Bazaar magazine. Please note the mistake on the cover. It should read "Witches of Oz". On a positive note, I do like that dress and wig.

Friday, October 31, 2008

More D & M's from Nicole

Every other day, you'll come across another interview where Nicole is opening up about her private life. It makes you realise how incredibly intelligent she is, and how fortunate we are that she shares so much with us. Thank you Nicole, it just goes to show that leaving school early makes no difference. You know, I don't think I've heard of any other actor who is in the papers regularly telling us all their deep and meaningful thoughts. What a cool chick she truly is.

In this latest US interview, Nicole said Sunday has made her "raw and emotional" and she cries when thinking of her three-month-old daughter with husband Keith.
"It's very bittersweet," Kidman said. "Because, at 41, I think, 'I want to see her 21st birthday, and I want to see her get married. My relationship with death used to be far more ambivalent, I think, and now it's very much about staying in the world. That's why in the past I could jump out of planes and take a lot of risks."

Kidman says she becomes emotional when she looks at or thinks about Sunday because this is the baby she thought she might never have. "They are tears of joy, because I suppose I never thought I would get to have it, ," Kidman said. "To have been given it so late in life - I'm so ready for it. And I think giving birth to a child, as a woman, is what we're born to do. I don't mean that to sound sexist, because many women don't get to do it, and I thought I was one of them. But at the same time, if you are given that gift, it's an extraordinary thing."

Kidman and her husband refused to follow the Hollywood trend and sell or release photos of Sunday. It appears the world will have to wait to get a glimpse. "People say, 'Oh, it would be so much easier if you'd just let them get a photo of her.'. And I can't. I'm like, 'I don't want to. I want her to stay out of that'," Kidman said.

The actress also talked about Urban's "terrifying" battle with alcohol and told how their marriage faced a tumultuous test just three months after their 2006 fairytale wedding in Sydney. Urban ended up checking into California's Betty Ford clinic for 90 days.
"You go to hell and back with this - when the addiction takes control of the life, it's terrifying," Kidman said. "But there is hope, and we work on it every day, and we are in a place of actual peace right now, which is a beautiful place."

I can imagine for Nic, maintaining that 'beautiful place' involves not keeping any bottles of Johnny Walker scotch in the house. Not even on a Saturday night!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, many people will be putting wigs on. Other people might be removing their wigs. That's because the real thing can often be more scary! Happy trick or treating to you all.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Keith

Keith turns 41! Daddy Urban will be having quiet celebrations based on the many sleepless nights that come with being a new parent. If the birthday cake and tired wife above are anything to go by, then it will be a quiet day indeed. Oh well, what can you expect when you get into your 40's anyway? Happy birthday Keith, you honey!

What's the verdict?

The most recent Poll has closed. An incredible 54% of voters thought that the upcoming movie "Australia" would NOT save Nicole's career. Less than half of this (26%) thought it would help restore her career, while 19% were undecided. Ah, we will see for sure come 26 November when the film premieres in America and Australia, and other countries soon thereafter. This 3 hour epic might have viewers on the edge of their seats, or it might be an opportunity to catch up on some sleep when the lights dim. Alternatively you could wait for the DVD, or not watch it at all. Whatever, we at Nicole Kidman's Journey wish Nic all the best, whether she has to bow out tearfully, or prepare for that next Academy Award. Thanks again for your votes. Stayed tuned for a new Poll starting soon.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hurry! You might just save Nicole's career

With only hours left to vote, there is still a chance there are enough fans out there who think that sitting through three hours of a film (and enjoy it too) is enough to save Nicole's career. Ah, those glasses are very enticing, I know. So, are you one of the people who think this film will save her career after a string of flops? Or do you think it is too late? Perhaps you are undecided? Let us know your thoughts by voting on the Poll at the right hand corner of this Blog.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Another magazine cover! You were warned!

Didn't I say to stay away from your local newsagency around October and November if you weren't a Nicole fan? Well, she is now on the Australian version of "In Style", and is going for that Marilyn Monroe look again (Oh dear). The USA edition obviously decided that Nicole and that epic film weren't enough to sell copies, so they opted for someone else instead on their cover. Some may say that the airbrushers have gone to work on these Nicole photos - but try to remember she is "completely natural" before you pass any judgement, OK?

I haven't read all the article yet, but it seems to be the same themes coming through like in all the latest rehashed interviews - Keith, baby, fertility waters, home in Tennesee, owning goats, and 'that' movie. See, I just saved you $8.00.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Flashback: ARIA Awards 2007

With the 2008 ARIA Awards just around the corner, let's flashback to the 2007 event where the special guests were Mr and Mrs Urban, among other stars such as the annoying Delta Goodrem (who talks at a million miles an hour). Anyways, when Nicole and Keith rocked up, Nicole was wearing the prettiest, tiniest black dress you have ever seen. Once again, a frock designed to show off her skinny figure and long legs. All looked quite good from the front ... but the problem was, it was a very sunny, warm day. The photographers had a field day because the sun shone straight through Nic's dress revealing that she had very little on underneath. The dress was see through material, you could say. Fortunately, someone threw Nicole a black coat to pop on, and all was good. Wonder if she will turn up to this year's event. Word is, she was quite bored that night. Except of course, when Keith was on stage performing with the John Butler Trio.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The biggest, reddest hands in the business

Have you noticed Nicole's large, often very red hands? I wonder if the red has anything to do with her tired, underfed body. Yesterday in London, Nicole was photographed running one of her hands though her hair. She was either frustrated by media presence, or the evening meal didn't agree with her. Her hand looked very red, boney, sore and bruised. Either she is working too hard on the set of "Nine" or she needs moisturiser ... or gloves?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Poll: Will 'Australia' save Nicole's career?

While marketing heats up for Baz Luhrman’s epic “Australia” ahead of its world premiere on 24 November, it seems fitting to ask the question “Will Australia save Nicole’s career?”. Following a run of flops for Nicole, it would be nice to think that she won't spoil Baz's success record to date. To be fair, some of Hugh Jackman’s recent films have been less than stellar too (e.g. Deception) but Nicole is supposed to be the lead in this film. Now is your chance to vote on whether you think this film will save Nicole’s career. Could this film be her ticket to another Oscar? Based on her spectacles in the above left photo, it is highly likely LOL! Vote at the top right hand corner of this Blog now.

It's a tie! Tom Cruise and a ...

Thanks for all the votes in the recent Poll asking who was best suited to Nicole. That Poll has now closed and it's a tie! Alot of you thought Tom and a Wigmaker were best suited to Nicole. I can understand the Wigmaker, but I wasn't expecting Tom to get such good results. By the way, Keith Urban came in second with 23% of the votes, followed by (surprisingly), Steve Bing. Any thoughts on why Tom did so well in this Poll? Is it because he is a Maniac? Stay tuned for a new Poll starting soon on Nicole Kidman's Journey.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Only a few hours left to vote for Nic's best guy

Who will it be? Who is the man best suited to Nicole? Is it Tom B, Tom C, Keith, Lenny or ?.
You have one day left to vote, before another Poll begins. Let's see if Nicole has good taste after all. Vote at the top right corner of this Blog.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sharon Osbourne gets the claws out!

Not long after Britt Ekland criticised Nicole's use of Botox (see earlier blog entry:, Sharon Osbourne has jumped on the bandwagon attacking stars who won't admit to having plastic surgery. On the TV chat show Chelsea, Sharon commented that there are stars who claim they've had no work done, but their eyebrows tell another story. Sharon referred to Nicole as "having a forehead 'like a ****ing flatscreen TV".

Sharon has admitted to her own plastic surgery (as shown in the above left photo). We all believe Nicole when she says she hasn't because she's no liar. As Nicole told Marie Claire magazine last year: "To be honest, I am completely natural. I have nothing in my face or anything. 'I wear sunscreen, and I don't smoke. I take care of myself. And I'm very proud to say that".

Deny, deny, deny. This botox and plastic surgery thing just won't go away! Who could forget the Nicole comparison to a bat (by a Sydney dermatologist). I hope the bat has not sued over that comment.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lauren Bacall will put you in your place

Hollywood movie star Lauren Bacall is famous for speaking her mind. She says the things that everyone thinks. This week she described Tom Cruise as a "Maniac" for dumping her pal, Nicole Kidman. She added "When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise. His behaviour is shocking, inappropriate and vulgar." That makes sense, why did I not realise this about Tom?

Lauren and Kidman became friends on the 2003 film "Dogville" but there was some tension for a while after an interviewer of the two labelled Kidman "A legend". Lauren quickly stepped in and stated that she was not a legend because that was only reserved for the great film stars, and ones that had passed away (e.g. Humphrey Bogart). I think Lauren was also trying to say that Kidman will never be a legend. It just aint gonna happen until we possibly get some more hits on the movie scoreboard.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Skeletor shines at 'Elle' event

The Elle 15th annual Women in Hollywood event is over for another year - phew! Nicole didn't miss the chance to strut her stuff in a rather short green dress designed to show off her extra long legs. If you look closer you will be pleased to see some real hair and some grey roots coming through the top. The long bits at the back are of course extensions.

The annual event is aimed at celebrating the careers and contributions of a select bunch of deserving female movie stars. Someone asked me "What was Nicole doing there then?" It was not to hand out the finger food as I first thought, but surely to pick up her rotten tomato award for 'Birth'.

I won't say anything about Isla Fisher's suck up job at the evening either. Did you hear what she said?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

More 'deep and meaningfuls'

Most of the world media today were covering excerpts from the upcoming 'Elle' magazine where Nicole describes her relationship with Tom Cruise and how he helped turn her into a woman. It's always easy to misinterpret these articles but one has to wonder why she continues to make reference to Tom, even though she does say that her new relationship is much deeper. Is her frequent reference to Tom because she deep down misses him? Or perhaps misses all the gloss and attention that came with that marriage? If I was Keith, I would be wishing she would not mention his name again to the media. Some excerpts from the article:

"I didn't foresee it, that you can meet somebody who you have a deep and more profound love with. I don't mean to take away anything with Tom, but I would hope that he has the same thing - I know he has the same thing with Katie. You move into a stage where you're able to be a more fuller person in your relationship".

"I want to be really careful with that because I don't want to take away from 11 years with that man that were really important. Really, for our kids -they were amidst a lot of love. It wasn't bad. And now we're amidst a more evolved love."

But she has no regrets. On whether she felt she got married too young to Tom Cruise:

"Would I want my kids to get married at that age? No! But that was an extraordinary thing for me. [Tom] taught me an enormous amount - as a girl into a woman. Absolutely, I would do it again."

Monday, October 6, 2008

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!

Nicole Kidman claims that she can get very angry. On top of that she says she is highly strung. I just can't believe this admission, it doesn't sound like the Diva at all. Just kidding! Apparently, it is well known in the industry what a bad tempered crow she can be. The other day, Nicole apparently said:

"I would have to describe myself as emotional and highly strung ... If something upsets me, it really upsets me. If something makes me angry I get really angry"

Please do not upset her, you have been warned!