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Naomi Watts lands Princess Diana role in 'Caught in Flight'

Naomi Watts has been cast as Princess Diana
Jessica Chastain apparently has abdicated her throne, as Naomi Watts has been announced as our new on-screen Princess Diana.

Watts will lead "Caught in Flight" as the beloved, tragic figure, charting the final two years of her life. Oliver Hirschbiegel, best known for his film "Downfall," will direct. 

Chastain was long reported to be taking the part, but perhaps Aussie Watts will be more comforting to our friends across the pond as she was born in England. The "King Kong" actress seems up for the task.

"It is such an honor to be able to play this iconic role," she said in a statement. "Princess Diana was loved across the world, and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen."

No word on how princes Harry or William feel about the forthcoming film, nor the sentiments of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. While she may not speak on the portrayal, we know she's a fan of portraits.   

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Photo: Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame in "Fair Game." Credit: Ken Regan / via Associated Press



Jennifer Aniston, Barbra Streisand rock Elle Women in Hollywood

Elle Women in Hollywood

What is so gratifying about insights into the world of an actress, such as those offered at the 18th Elle Women in Hollywood honors Monday? The struggle for equality, the transcendence of performance, the bonds of sisterhood in a ferocious industry? 

Perhaps it's simply the knowledge that, according to Reese Witherspoon, they share manicure-and-makeout sessions.

At least that was one of more than a few funny highlights from the event, toasting a pack of women who have pushed boundaries for their craft and gender. 

PHOTOS: 2011 Elle Women in Hollywood

Introducing honoree Jennifer Aniston, Witherspoon celebrated the "Friends" alum's rare combination of "sex appeal and complete loveability. You want to get your nails done with her, and then make out with her. At least I do."

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston"That's what we do sometimes on Saturdays," Witherspoon cracked, as the ballroom of the Four Seasons Beverly Hills erupted in laughter. "We get our nails done ... and then make out. That's because she's my friend and not yours." 

Camaraderie abounded at the dinner, during which  honoree and L'Oreal Paris ambassador Freida Pinto sang the praises of Legend Award winner Barbra Streisand, saying Streisand's track "Putting It Together" helps her persevere. But the focus of the event was work yet to be done for Hollywood females.

"I've learned ... that you need to just focus on the work," honoree Viola Davis told us. "When you show up to set worried about your weight, worried about the success of your last movie, worried about your image you can't do anything. You can't even leave the ground." 

Echoing those same sentiments in her acceptance speech, after an introduction from her "The Help" costar Octavia Spencer, Davis saw the entire room on its feet as a standing ovation was kicked off by Aniston tablemate Chelsea Handler.

Other honorees included Naomi Watts, radiant in Calvin Klein Collection, who told some interesting anecdotes about the nature of roles for women but made room to thank the men in her life: partner Liev Schreiber and their sons, Sasha and Kai.

Elizabeth Olsen was saluted by her "Martha Marcy May Marelne" costar John Hawkes, Evan Rachel Wood by Robin Wright, DreamWorks honcho Stacey Snider by Jon Hamm, Michelle Pfeiffer by Adam Shankman and finally, Streisand by "The Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow -- to whom Streisand had handed the first best director Oscar ever awarded to a woman.

"[Let's] not wait for the phone to ring," Streisand urged her peers. "It's easier to relax, to not be judged, not to have pressure, no scrutiny, you don't have to face rejection."

"Let's be bold," Streisand said.

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Top photo: From left, Naomi Watts, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, Stacey Snider, Freida Pinto and Evan Rachel Wood at the Elle Women in Hollywood honors. Credit: Getty Images

Bottom photo: Reese Witherspoon, left, cuddles up to her very kissable pal Jennifer Aniston at the event at the Four Seasons. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Olsen among Elle Women in Hollywood

2011 Elle Women in Hollywood honorees: Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Olsen and Frieda Pinto

Actress and newly minted director Jennifer Aniston has something to celebrate: She's among the talented crop of 2011 Elle Women in Hollywood honorees.

For its 18th year, Elle will recognize Aniston's influence in the film biz along with Viola Davis, Evan Rachel Wood, "Immortals" beauty Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts and Michelle Pfieffer.

Photos: Sofia Coppola, Gwyneth Paltrow are 2010 Elle Women in Hollywood honorees

DreamWorks honcho Stacey Snider will nab a prize (on the heels of her Variety Power of Women trophy), as will Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sister, Elizabeth Olsen, accepting the Calvin Klein Collection emerging star award.

Barbra Streisand will be on hand to take the L'Oreal Paris Legend award.

"As has long been our tradition, this year we honor an extraordinary group of women who continue to redefine what is possible in Hollywood," Elle Editor in  Chief Robbie Myers said in a statement. 

The fete goes down Oct. 17 at the swanky Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, where David Yurman will drench some of the esteemed gals in jewels. 

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Photo: Jennifer Aniston, left, Elizabeth Olsen and Freida Pinto. Credits: Getty Images.

 


'Paul' movie premiere: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get out of this world

Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig premiere 'Paul'

Alien-friendly actors Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost abducted the red carpet for the Monday premiere of "Paul," their genre-mixing, extraterrestrial-and-a-road-trip movie.

Written by and starring "Hot Fuzz" masterminds Frost and Pegg, the film follows two British friends who visit Comic-Con International before roadtripping to visit famous UFO hot spots around the U.S. But on their journey, they encounter a real-life, wise-cracking alien, voiced by Rogen.

"We came up with the idea for 'Paul' on the set of 'Shaun of the Dead.' It was a way of making a movie somewhere the weather wasn't British," Pegg said in a live chat with Hero Complex on Tuesday. "It was kind of a joke but it struck a chord. We thought we might have something here."

Bill Hader, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the Paul premiere "Paul" pokes fun at the alien/sci-fi genre in the same vein that "Hot Fuzz" spoofed cop movies and "Shaun of the Dead" knocked zombie flicks.

The buddy comedy also stars Jason Bateman as Agent Zoil, who tries to capture Paul, and Kristin Wiig, who plays Ruth, a conservative Christian enlisted to help protect the animated alien. At the premiere, Wiig stepped out in a gorgeous black ruffled number.

"Glee's" Jane Lynch and "Saturday Night Live's" Bill Hader joined Rogen and Bateman on the red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The two make appearances in the film as a diner owner and federal agent, respectively. Joe Lo Truglio, who reteamed with his "Superbad" director Greg Mottola in "Paul," and plays federal agent O'Reilly.

Liev Schreiber, who also previously worked with Mottola, in 1996's "The Daytrippers," joined Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Tambor, Blythe Danner, David Koechner and the rest of the comic-studded cast at the premiere. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

"Paul" invades theaters March 18.

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Top photo: Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig, cast members in "Paul," pose together at the Hollywood premiere of the film on March 14, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Left photo: Bill Hader, left, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the "Paul" premiere. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

 


Spirit Awards: Naomi Watts on being a mother and on 'Mother and Child' [Video]

How has being a mother affected Naomi Watts' career? Profoundly, she said before the Film Independent Spirit Awards, where she was nominated for supporting female for her role in Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child."

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber at the Spirit Awards Watts said Saturday that she always considers her family now before accepting any part.

"So many different things factor into that one decision. Sadly, today, a lot of it today is about time and place and length of shoot, you know? Because now I'm a mom and I have to answer those questions," she said, as her husband, Liev Schreiber, lingered in the background. (Click their pic for more photos from the red carpet.)

"And then, of course, it has to be about the filmmaker and his vision. And then things like the part and, obviously, the other actors."

In "Mother and Child," Watts plays a rough-around-the-edges woman whose teen mother gave her up for adoption.

"She was complicated and beautiful," the actress said of the role, "and bitchy and sexy, and all those things. I just loved her."

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Photo: Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. Michael Buckner / Getty Images


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