Kate Hudson wore a Barbara Bui ensemble and Cartier jewelry as she joined her The Reluctant Fundamentalist costar Riz Ahmed and director Mira Nair at a Q&A session for their film at the New York Indian Film Festival yesterday. Kate was coming off a busy afternoon, having just made an appearance on The Late Show. For her chat with David Letterman, Kate wore a leather skirt and a neon pink t-shirt. Kate has been hitting the press trail hard for her new film, which will open in limited release tomorrow, April 26. She made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier in the week too, praising Mira for supporting her on the film while she was still breastfeeding her son Bingham. Kate also premiered the new project at the Tribeca Film Festival alongside her fiancé Matthew Bellamy. While she has been putting in a lot of hours to promote her new flick, Kate isn't showing any signs of slowing down soon — she is set to costar alongside James Franco in Good People, which will begin filming in London in May.
Kate Hudson chose a sexy white Alexander McQueen gown for her Toronto International Film Festival premiere this evening. She showed off The Reluctant Fundamentalist with fiancé Matthew Bellamy by her side after also posing with him on the carpet at the Venice Film Festival last week. Kate's costars Kiefer Sutherland and Riz Ahmed, as well as the film's director, Mira Nair, were on hand today as well. They're just the latest stars to descend on TIFF after Kristen Stewart, Emily Blunt, Ben Affleck, and others took their turns in the spotlight in the past few days. Make sure to check out all the stars at TIFF as the fun continues next week.
Kate Hudson was up this morning for various press events at the Venice Film Festival. Her The Reluctant Fundamentalist will open the festival this evening, and today, she was in a tank and jeans for her first photocall supporting the Mira Nair-directed picture. Later, Kate changed into a white pantsuit for more posing alongside Mira herself and their leading men Liev Schreiber and Riz Ahmed. Kate arrived in Venice yesterday to get settled before her red carpet debut. She was fresh off a stint in London, where she and Matthew Bellamy fit in gym visits and outings around town with their son Bingham, and he worked with his band, Muse.
"[S]o much about Amelia is so undeniably modern. If she were to walk into a room today in her jodhpurs and her aviation jackets, [with] her ideas about marriage or men and women, she would still be considered an iconoclast."
— Director Mira Nair on the subject of her upcoming biopic Amelia starring Hilary Swank, about the pioneering aviator's life. Nair, who directed Salaam, Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding, and the recent I Love You, New York was taken with Amelia's plainspoken directness when she studied archival footage of her. Earhart was the first aviatrix (I love that word!) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She insisted on keeping her name when she married and called marriage a "partnership" with "dual control."
From the time it was first announced last year, everything about Amelia, the Amelia Earhart biopic, has sounded good to me: the subject matter, Mira Nair as the director, Hilary Swank in the title role. Today, the first trailer for the film is out, and it's only increasing my excitement.
Like all of director Nair's previous work (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding), Amelia looks gorgeous and incredibly well-styled, from the sweeping landscapes to the kicky aviator goggles and scarves. It's been reported that the movie will focus on Earhart's early career, and maybe that's still the case, but this trailer looks largely at Earhart's plans to fly solo around the world and the famous, fateful outcome of the flight.
Swank plays Earhart with an appealing mix of determination and sass — exactly how I always imagined the pilot would be. We'll get to see the whole movie on Oct. 23, but to check out the trailer right now, just read more
Good news in three parts: Amelia Earhart, Hilary Swank and Mira Nair
It's been rumored for a long time but now we finally have confirmation that an Amelia Earhart biopic will move forward, with Mira Nair named as director and Hilary Swank playing the famous courageous aviator.
The story itself.
Interestingly, the film will focus on the formative years in Earhart's career, rather than her mysterious disappearance. Variety writes, "George Putnam, a publisher and publicist, was engaged by society denizen Amy Guest to set up a daring nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. When Guest was talked out of trying to become the first woman to make the trip, she dispatched Putnam to find a female pilot, and to turn the flight into a media event."
I can't wait.
Amelia Earhart's life is completely fascinating to me, and while I know Swank has fallen out of favor in recent years, I think she's wise to return to meatier stuff than, say, P.S. I Love You. And Mira Nair is a beautiful director, from Monsoon Wedding to Vanity Fair to last year's gorgeous film The Namesake she has consistently produced visually stunning work.
Do you think the Nair-Swank duo will do Earhart's story justice?
Based on the beautifully written novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake opens this Friday and stars Kal Penn as Gogol, a first-generation Indian-American named after a Russian author. (You might know Penn for his work in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.) With his awkward name, Gogol often feels lost in translation, struggling to strike his own path and honor his heritage at the same time. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair), the film intertwines the story of his parents' marriage with Gogol's individual journey into adulthood.
Sure, it seems like it could be just another coming-to-America, living-the-American dream family drama, but I loved the book and will definitely see the film. Tune in for my review on Friday, and until then, check out the trailer for The Namesake when you read more