Nicole Kidman makes stunning debut at Cannes in tight black dress
Nicole Kidman sure knows how to make an entrance.
While stepping out for the first time in Cannes on Tuesday, the 46-year-old star looked like royalty as she waved to the crowd while wearing a nicely tailored black dress with rhinestone accents on the collar.
The Australian actress is in the south of France to promote her new film Grace Of Monaco – about the life of actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly – which will open the town’s famous Film Festival on Wednesday.
She has the royal wave down pat: Nicole Kidman stepped out for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday looking stunning; she’s there to promote her new film Grace Of Monaco
The wife of Keith Urban looked flawless with her blonde hair worn pulled back on top with curled tendrils dangling down her shoulders.
Her makeup was neutral with strong earth tones. The looker’s eyes were made up with brown shadow and on her lips was a dark rose color.
The dress came to just above the knees showing off toned legs. As she waved to her fans, her large diamond ring from her country star husband was visible.
Blonde ambition: The 46-year-old beauty was red-carpet ready with curled hair and perfect makeup
Black magic: The Australian actress showed off impressive curves in a fitted dress that had rhinestone detailing on the collar along with a tied ribbon
Nothing wrong here: Kidman seemed to be in great spirits even though her Grace Kelly drama has been heavily criticized by the royal family of Monaco
Grace Of Monaco has been slammed by the Palace of Monaco as a ‘farce,’ and even its U.S. Hollywood distributor has threatened to dump it.
But, despite all the internal and external struggles, it has been confirmed that the controversial film about the life of Grace Kelly will not only be played at Cannes, but will also open the prestigious international film festival.
There were doubts about the film being screened at all, and Kidman’s happiness that her performance will finally see the light of day will no doubt be blunted by ongoing disputes and criticism of the film behind the scenes.
Hollywood movie mogul and the film’s distributor Harvey Weinstein, a long-standing friend of Kidman’s, was reportedly so unhappy with the film – as completed by French director Olivier Dahan – that he edited his own version to be released in the US.
All class: The ex-wife of Tom Cruise cut a serene image starring as the late screen goddess who appeared in such hits as Dial M For Murder and Rear Window
Royal dispute: The royal family of Monaco have also publicly criticized the upcoming film which stars Kidman (left) as Princess Grace (right)
Weinstein had hoped to get a fascinating portrait of period politics and romance from Grace Of Monaco, the sort of upscale Oscar-winning fare in which he specializes.
Instead, he believed the final cut Dahan turned in was too melodramatic and too dark. He sent the director notes on the film, as is usual, before cutting a version on his own for the US market, which is highly unusual.
The re-edited film was privately previewed in New York in September and was rumoured to have scored poorly with viewers, who said the structure was a mess and that it was hard to follow.
Opening film: The biographical film Grace Of Monaco, has been confirmed to be playing at the 67th annual Cannes film festival on Wednesday, staring Nicole Kidman
Ongoing controversy: The film’s US distributor Harvey Weinstein has edited his own version of the film to be released in the US, a move that has infuriated the film’s director Olivier Dahan
This was followed by a re-edit involving extra shooting, with the results proving to be no better.
Dahan, meanwhile, was furious about the US remake, implying that he was the victim. He said: ‘It’s right to struggle, but when you confront an American distributor like Weinstein, there is not much you can do,’ he told the French newspaper Liberation.
‘Either you say “Go figure it out with your pile of s***”, or you brace yourself.’
Arash Amel, one of the scriptwriters who was also a producer on the film, defended his work last week.
He said: ‘It was never about the truth in a literal way, it was about the interpretation of an icon. I think every country in the world will see this story a little bit differently. America and France are just the furthest apart on that spectrum.’
A deal was worked out so Weinstein could release his version in the US while the director’s cut would come to French cinemas.
However, in January that fell apart when Weinstein put off an agreed March release date, saying the picture was ‘not ready.’
Soon after it was announced that Grace Of Monaco – the French version, approved by Dahan – was going to open the Cannes film festival.
Weinstein was furious and began trying to renegotiate his rights fee with the film’s financier. He wanted to pay £2m rather than £3m, citing broken promises on the part of the French filmmakers, and added costs incurred by the new cut.
Now, according to Nicole, there has been an 11th-hour compromise.
‘Based on erroneous and dubious historical references’: Grace’s children are deeply unhappy about the portrayal of their mother and father’s marriage as unhappy
Meanwhile, Monaco’s royal family, the Grimaldis, have publicly criticised the film as nonsense.
Kidman herself has expressed her empathy towards Princess Grace’s three children, who have spoken out against the film and claiming it is based on ‘erroneous and dubious historical references.’
The actress told the Daily Mail: ‘I know they’re upset. I would be, too, if it were my mother.
‘It’s a child’s job to protect their parent. In that regard, I get it. I get why the children are upset.
‘I can’t say much other than that I have great respect and regard for their mother. It’s not meant to be a biopic. I certainly did my best to honour everything that was real and truthful in it.’
But it is the film’s apparent suggestion that the marriage between Grace and her prince was deeply unhappy that has dismayed the Grimaldis, who have long been beset by scandal.
Royal: Kidman has insisted that the film isn’t a biography – it explores a sliver of Grace’s (pictured) life
New compromises: The original version of the film by director Dahan, will be playing at the Cannes International Film Festival
Last week Grace and Rainier’s children said the film was completely fictional and did not accurately portray events involving their mother.
They were not given a script to approve in advance, and saw it only after it was lodged with the Hollywood Writers’ Guild.
The Monaco royal family’s statement said: ‘The Prince’s Palace would like to reiterate that this feature film cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic. The trailer appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film.
‘It reinforces the certainty, left after reading the script, that this production, a page of the Principality’s history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references.
‘The Princely Family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film which reflects no reality and regrets that its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes.’
Their marriage is explored in new film: Princess Grace with husband Prince Rainier in a photo from their wedding day in 1956
Source : Daily Mail