Rachel Weisz
English actress
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Hannah Weisz is an English film and theatre actress and former fashion model. She started her acting career at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where she co-founded the theatrical group Cambridge Talking Tongues. The group was awarded the Student Drama Award for the improvised piece Slight Possession during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by The Guardian.
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Amazon Gets Heat Over Holocaust Denial Books
Huffington Post - 15 days
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The Best Films 2016
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As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will thrive. It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year. Check out the best in film in 2016. (Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight, Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, A24, Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions) Best Films Arrival -- (***1/2) Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), creates a compelling sci-fi movie, based on Eric Heisserer's thoughtful, feminist screenplay. Aliens arrive in massive floating pods in 12 locations around the world. A linguist (Amy Adams) tries to communicate with them and save humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker co-star in a film filled with suspense, dread and brain-numbing science. The Birth of a Nation -- (****) An uncompromising retelling of the country's most heralded sl ...
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Huffington Post - 3 months
It was two weeks of pure hell for First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. First there was November 22, 1963 to November 25, the time span between the assassination of her husband and his funeral. Then the days leading up to December 3, when she was pushed out of the White House. For the nation who witnessed the tragedy from afar, it was a shock. For the FLOTUS who lived it, it was a rapid-fire nightmare. (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight) Natalie Portman stars in the biofilm Jackie. That's the premise writer Noah Oppenheim (Allegiant) presents in his perceptive, impressionistic screenplay Jackie, which follows the anguished 34-year-old Mrs. Kennedy (Natalie Portman, Black Swan) as she deals with the aftershock of her husband's death, the planning of his funeral and vacating her home. It's almost as if he creates a re-imagined Jacqueline Kennedy from scratch. In Oppenheim's eyes, she's a tad more eccentric than the overly sophisticated lady that was presented to the public. ...
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Surviving Doomsday: Of Wolves And Penguins
Huffington Post - 3 months
Note: plot spoilers contained herein. As I try to redirect or just manage to do something else with my angst over what may happen on Election Day other than to obsessively check the red, blue, and yellow prediction maps, it occurs to me that it is worth revisiting two films released last year in the U.S. that could not speak more appropriately to the current state of affairs: The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg, 2016). These are two dystopian science-fiction films that either emerge from or predict the current political climate. Indeed, one wishes that the lamentable state of affairs in this election might have just been a science-fiction plot, or just a bad, postmodern melodrama, replete with villains with no virtuous character to rescue. But, instead, its sordid reality has a vast majority of Americans, myself included, agonizing over an all-too-real possibility that dystopia will no longer be the stuff of science-fiction. Might we all ju ...
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Jennifer Lawrence Is Reportedly Dating 47-Year-Old Director Darren Aronofsky
Huffington Post - 4 months
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What A Film About Holocaust Denial Can Teach Us About Electing The Next President
Huffington Post - 5 months
At a recent film screening, I had the uncanny feeling I was watching something with critical relevance to the presidential race ― though it had nothing to do with politics. The film ― aptly titled “Denial” ― explores the repercussions of the Holocaust and specifically, those who deny its historical truth. “Denial” tells the true story of American historian Deborah E. Lipstadt, played by Rachel Weisz, who published a book in 1993 called “Denying the Holocaust.” In the book, Lipstadt made references to British Holocaust denier David Irving ― who later sued Lipstadt and her publisher, Penguin Books, for libel.  Lipstadt decided to fight Irving in court. The trial would be held in England, where the burden of proof rests with the accused. Lipstadt and her lawyers had to prove that Irving was, in fact, a Holocaust denier ― which, in this sad and crazy world of ours, meant they had to essentially prove there was a Holocaust to deny in the first place. There are people alive tod ...
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Rachel Weisz stands strong in defense of the truth in Holocaust courtroom drama 'Denial'
LATimes - 5 months
Two different kinds of denial are the focus of the Rachel Weisz-starring film with that title, one expected and one not. It's the one that's not expected that provides the most dramatic heft. Given that the narrative here is based on American academic Deborah Lipstadt's book, "History on Trial:...
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Rachel Weisz brings courtroom drama 'Denial' to TIFF
Reuters.com - 6 months
Actress Rachel Weisz unveiled her latest film, 'Denial', at the Toronto International Film Festival, which follows the infamous court case between historians Deborah E. Lipstadt and David Irving about proving the existence of the Holocaust. Francis Maguire reports.
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Film Trailer: 'Denial'
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Watch the film trailer for "Denial," starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall. Photo: Laurie Sparham / Bleecker Street
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Transactions and transformations with Rachel Weisz in 'Complete Unknown,' 'Denial' and 'Proof'
LATimes - 6 months
Rachel Weisz is that rare combination of both actress and star, the kind of performer equally at ease in offbeat arthouse films like “Youth” and “The Lobster” as well as big-budget movies like “The Bourne Legacy” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.” It has remained fitting that the 46-year-old British-born...
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A chameleonic Rachel Weisz invigorates the twisty 'Complete Unknown'
LATimes - 6 months
“Complete Unknown” opens with a dazzling series of brief, interconnected flashbacks, quick glimpses of a series of radically different women. But are they so different after all? Boom, boom, boom, we get brief hits of Connie, a traveler renting a room; Kate, a take-charge emergency room nurse;...
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Rachel Weisz Plays With Identity In 'Complete Unknown'
NPR - 6 months
Rachel Weisz plays a woman who reinvents herself through the years in her new movie "Complete Unknown." NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about the film.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rachel Weisz
  • 2016
    Age 45
    She will appear in the 2016 drama film The Light Between Oceans with Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.
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  • 2015
    Age 44
    In 2015, she appeared in drama film Youth and in science fiction film The Lobster.
    More Details Hide Details The film won Cannes Jury Prize.
    In 2015, she appeared in two films that played at the Cannes Film Festival, Youth and The Lobster.
    More Details Hide Details Weisz also works in theatre. Her stage breakthrough was the 1994 revival of Noël Coward's play Design for Living, which earned her the London Critics' Circle Award for the most promising newcomer. Weisz's performances also include the 1999 Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly, Last Summer, and their 2009 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. Her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the latter play earned her the Olivier Award for Best Actress. Weisz was born in Westminster, London, and grew up in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Her father, George Weisz, was an inventor from Hungary. Her mother, Edith Ruth (née Teich), is a teacher-turned-psychotherapist from Vienna, Austria. Her parents left for the United Kingdom around 1938, before the outbreak of the Second World War, to escape the Nazis. Her father is from a Jewish family; her maternal grandfather, Alexander Teich, was also Jewish, and had been a secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students. Her mother's ancestry is Austrian Jewish, "Catholic Viennese" and Italian. Weisz's mother was brought up in her own mother's Roman Catholic faith, and formally converted to Judaism when marrying Weisz's father. Weisz has a younger sister, Minnie, who is a photographer and curator.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    She has also starred in the 2012 action thriller film The Bourne Legacy based on the series of books by Robert Ludlum.
    More Details Hide Details Weisz portrayed Evanora, in Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened on 7 March 2013.
    She filmed scenes for To the Wonder, a 2012 romantic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, alongside Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams; her scenes were cut.
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  • 2010
    Age 39
    She serves as a muse to fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, and was named L'Oréal's global ambassador in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details On July 7 2007, Weisz presented at the American leg of Live Earth, along with Alec Baldwin and Kevin Bacon.
    Weisz began dating English actor Daniel Craig in December 2010 and they married on 22 June 2011 in a private New York ceremony, with only four guests in attendance, including Weisz's son and Craig's daughter. Weisz, a British citizen by birth, became a naturalised American citizen in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Weisz expressed her views on Botox to Harper's Bazaar – "It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?" During her career, she has been featured on the covers of magazines such as insideKENT, Vogue and Esquire.
    In 2010, Weisz won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for the same role. In the summer of 2001, Weisz began dating American filmmaker and producer Darren Aronofsky. They met backstage at London's Almeida Theatre, where she was starring in The Shape of Things. Weisz moved to New York with Aronofsky the following year; in 2005, they were engaged.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Henry Chance Aronofsky, was born in 2006 in New York City. The couple resided in the East Village in Manhattan. In November 2010, Weisz and Aronofsky announced that they had been apart for months, but remain close friends and are committed to bringing up their son together in New York.
    In January 2010, the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in London named her Best Actress of 2009, for her performance as Blanche Dubois in the Donmar revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.
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  • 2009
    Age 38
    In 2009, she appeared as Blanche DuBois, in Rob Ashford's revival of the play A Streetcar Named Desire.
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    In 2009, she played the lead role of Hypatia of Alexandria in the historical drama film Agora, a Spanish production directed by Alejandro Amenábar. The New York Times called her portrayal "adept", noting that she imparted "a sympathetic presence". Weisz starred in the film The Whistleblower, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The film was based on the true story of human trafficking by employees of contractor DynCorp. During its première, the intense depiction of the treatment meted out to victims by the kidnappers made a woman in the audience faint. Variety magazine wrote "Weisz's performance holds the viewer every step of the way." That same year, she guest-starred in the animated series The Simpsons, in the 22nd season episode "How Munched is That Birdie in the Window? ". Weisz's 2011 roles included an adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play The Deep Blue Sea, Fernando Meirelles' psychosexual drama 360 opposite Jude Law again and Anthony Hopkins, the BBC espionage thriller Page Eight, and the thriller film Dream House, alongside Daniel Craig.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    Her subsequent films include the 2007 Wong Kar-wai drama My Blueberry Nights, and Rian Johnson's 2008 caper film The Brothers Bloom, alongside Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo.
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  • 2006
    Age 35
    In 2006, Weisz was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was also honoured at the Los Angeles BAFTA ceremony with the Britannia Award for Artist of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, Weisz received the Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for her part in the play Slight Possession. In 1994, she was awarded the London Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer, for the play Design for Living.
    In 2006, she received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. In 2006, Weisz starred in Darren Aronofsky's romantic drama The Fountain.
    More Details Hide Details The San Francisco Chronicle found her portrayal of Queen Isabel "less convincing" than other roles. That same year, she provided the voice for Saphira the dragon in the fantasy film Eragon; and rejected an offer to star in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor due to script issues. The part eventually went to Maria Bello.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    Her next appearance, in 2005, was in Fernando Meirelles's The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of a John le Carré thriller set in the slums of Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya.
    More Details Hide Details Weisz played an activist, Tessa Quayle, married to a British embassy official. The film was critically acclaimed, earning Weisz the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. UK newspaper The Guardian noted that the film "established her in the front rank of British actors", while the BBC wrote: "Weisz is exceptional: film star charisma coupled with raw emotion in a performance to fall in love with".
  • 2003
    Age 32
    In 2003, she played Marlee in the adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller novel The Runaway Jury, along with Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack and Gene Hackman; and starred in the film adaptation of the romantic comedy-drama play The Shape of Things.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Weisz appeared in the comedy Envy, opposite Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Christopher Walken. The film failed at the box office. Variety magazine opined that Weisz and co-star Amy Poehler "get fewer choice moments than they deserve." Her next role was alongside Keanu Reeves in Constantine, based on the comic book Hellblazer. Film Threat called her portrayal "effective at projecting scepticism and, eventually, dawning horror".
  • 2000
    Age 29
    In 2000, she portrayed Petula in the film Beautiful Creatures, following this up with 2001's Enemy at the Gates, and the 2002 comedy-drama About a Boy, with Hugh Grant, based on Nick Hornby's 1998 novel.
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  • 1999
    Age 28
    The same year, her international breakthrough came with the 1999 adventure film The Mummy, in which she played the female lead opposite Brendan Fraser.
    More Details Hide Details Her character was the English Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan, who undertook an expedition to the fictional ancient Egyptian city of Hamunaptra to discover an ancient book. Variety criticised the direction of the film, writing: "(the actors) have been directed to broad, undisciplined performances Buffoonery hardly seems like Weisz's natural domain, as the actress strains for comic effects that she can't achieve".
  • 1994
    Age 23
    Weisz started her film career with a minor role in the 1994 film Death Machine, but her first major role came in the 1996 film Chain Reaction, which also starred Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman.
    More Details Hide Details While the film received mostly negative reviews–it holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was a minor financial success. She next appeared as Miranda Fox in Stealing Beauty, directed by the Italian Academy Award-winner Bernardo Bertolucci, where she was first labelled an "English rose". Following this, Weisz found roles in the 1997 American drama Swept from the Sea, the 1998 British television comedy-drama My Summer with Des, the Michael Winterbottom's crime film I Want You, and David Leland's The Land Girls, based on Angela Huth's book of the same name. In 1999, Weisz played Greta in the historical film Sunshine.
  • 1991
    Age 20
    It won a Guardian Student Drama Award at the 1991 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for an improvised piece called Slight Possession, directed by David Farr.
    More Details Hide Details The group existed until 1993. In 1992, Weisz appeared in the television film Advocates II, followed by roles in the Inspector Morse episode "Twilight of the Gods", and the BBC's steamy period drama Scarlet and Black, alongside Ewan McGregor. "Dirty Something", a BBC Screen Two, hour-long film made in 1992, was Rachel Weisz's first film, playing Becca who met and fell in love with a traveller Dog (Paul Reynolds) at the end of Glastonbury Festival. The opening scenes were filmed at the festival. Also starring as an older fellow traveller and sage was Larry (Bernard Hill).
  • 1984
    Age 13
    In 1984, she gained public attention when she turned down an offer to star in King David with Richard Gere.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving school, she entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where she graduated with a second-class honours, upper division (2:1) Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During her university years, where she was a contemporary of Sacha Baron Cohen, Alexander Armstrong, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Richard Osman, and Ben Miller (whom she briefly dated), she appeared in various student productions, co-founding a student drama group called Cambridge Talking Tongues.
  • 1970
    Born on March 7, 1970.
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