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Kate Winslet, Sam Mendes Break Up

Couple separated, plan 'joint parenting'

(Newser) - Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes have separated, ending a nearly 7-year marriage. They "are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year," they said through their lawyers. "The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint... More »

Oscar Nominees in Photos

Slumdog , Benjamin Button , Milk join Reader and Frost/Nixon in best-picture fight

(Newser) - The countdown begins to Hollywood's night of nights, with big guns that "are easier to admire and respect than to love" competing for top honors, writes David Gritten in the Daily Mail. No doubt the tabloids are hoping for a Brangelina sweep of the Best Actor and Best Actress... More »

Oscar-Nom Films Still Slumping; Here's Why

(Newser) - Is the so-called "Oscar bump" fading? Academy favorites like Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon are stalled at the box office this year; only The Reader has filled more seats since being nominated. Yes, a stream of bona fide Hollywood hits has held them back, but it's more than that,... More »

Winslet's Oscar Bid Battered by Nazi Furor

'Nazi porn' asks use to 'empathize with mass murderer'

(Newser) - Mounting criticism of The Reader as an apologia for the Nazis is seriously undermining Kate Winslet's chances for an Oscar, reports the Telegraph. Critics have blasted the film as "Nazi porn," and the author of a book on Hitler charged in a recent article in Slate that it... More »

Please, No Oscar for 'Manipulative' Reader

(Newser) - The Reader is an “incoherent, exculpatory film” that offers false redemption for "ordinary Germans" involved in the Holocaust through a tired trope and far too much nudity, Ron Rosenbaum writes in Slate. The industry has already erred deeply by nominating the film and Kate Winslet’s performance for... More »

Winslet Embraces Hot Accessory: Cleavage

Telegraph 's Fashion Director speculates on Winselet's outfit for BAFTA

(Newser) - Kate Winslet's new approach to awards-season fashion hasn't escaped notice, Hilary Alexander writes in the Telegraph. "Ms. Winslet’s breasts have become so important they are starting to take on a life of their own," the newspaper's fashion director observes. The double Golden Globe winner (supply your own... More »

Winslet Recalls Teen Trial: Dad's Pay Phone

Dad's tactics threw off her dating routine, actress says

(Newser) - When Kate Winslet was growing up, her dad knew how to keep her from gabbing on the telephone all night: He installed a pay phone in their house. "He would pick up the extension and sigh and tut down the line when I was talking to boyfriends," says... More »

Slumdog Wins Big at Critics' Choice

Heath Ledger receives posthumous award

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at the Critics' Choice Awards last night, taking home five trophies, including best film and best director (Danny Boyle), MTV News reports. Heath Ledger, meanwhile, continued his posthumous honors, picking up best supporting actor (and a standing ovation) for his turn as the Joker... More »

Winslet on Reader Role: It's 'Blown My Mind'

(Newser) - Even for a seasoned actress like Kate Winslet, the role of Nazi guard Hannah Schmitz in The Reader was a game-changer, writes Brad Balfour in the Huffington Post. “I sort of walked away like some car crash victim who somehow hadn't been hurt on the outside,” Winslet said.... More »

Winslet's Back, With Eyes on Oscar

Actress reunites with DiCaprio, stars in two films likely to earn her some hardware

(Newser) - Kate Winslet isn’t a demure lady, she just plays one on the screen. The foul-mouthed, roll-your-own-smokes former “fat girl” was ecstatic to be the youngest actress with five Oscar nominations two years ago, but “you bet your (expletive) ass” she wants to actually win one this time... More »

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