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Grand re-opening!

Hello Kate fans!  My name is Lisa and I am the (very) proud new owner of Kate Beckinsale Online.  I have been a Kate fan since seeing Much Ado About Nothing in the theaters so many years ago and I hated seeing this site not being updated.  There is so much work to be done and I have big big plans for the site.


To start with, I’ve converted the main site to WordPress (the best site script ever!) and I’ve put up a new gallery layout.  I still need to transfer the content pages over so please be patient as things are added.  The gallery is getting a total overhaul as well so again, please be patient as I make these changes.  I’m hoping to have all the thumbnails updated sometime tonight but if the thumbnails looks blurry try refreshing your browser.


I hope you’re as excited to see the site get a revamp as I am.  If you have any questions, concerns, donations, or whatever – don’t hesitate to contact me at beckinsale-online @ live.com

Pictures from Children’s Reading Program

I’ve added a few pics of Kate reading books with little kids for the Nestlé event – how cute are they!


[018] “Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program” Reading Session


Contraband DVD release

Contraband was released in the US and Canada yesterday, April 24! It’s now available on DVD and Blu-Ray and for rent via Movies on Demand on Cable, plus The Insider is holding yet another contest to win a Contraband Blu-Ray (and an iPad!)


Here’s a quick review of the Blu-Ray edition from Starpulse. Scroll down for two videos about Kate’s part in Contraband!



The Flick: What is actually a story rehash of the David Caruso and before that the 1947 Victor Mature flick “Kiss of Death” thankfully goes beyond the basic family in peril premise here to make for a decent and entertaining flick. Not that everything within “Contraband” is golden since for every great scene of in-your-face action (the art heist is some tense stuff!) there’s downers like overacting ala Giovanni “ruined Mod Squad” Ribisi, but for a fun and fluffy piece of Mark Wahlberg tough guy escapism this one keeps the popcorn warm.


Best Feature: The featurette ‘Reality Factor: The Stunts and Action of Contraband’ is best as it specifically goes into the sequence mentioned above and give fans a fun front row seat.


Best Hidden Gem: The underused and seriously underrated Lucas ‘The Pin’ Haas plays a great part here as Wahlberg’s emotionally scared shitless buddy.


Worth the Moola: In the sea of mindless action outings, “Contraband” keeps the goods it has afloat


Contraband – Kate Beckinsale : Comments from her co-stars and her thoughts on her character


 

Behind the Scenes : Smashing Kate’s head into a mirror



‘Total Recall’ at CinemaCon 2012

New ‘Total Recall’ footage was shown at CinemaCon 2012 on Wednesday, and it sounds action-packed to say the least. Spoilers ahead!


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[The footage] showed a lot of the story set-up, beginning with Farrell as Doug at home with his wife, played by Kate Beckinsale, in a room talking about how things haven’t turned out the way he had hoped, but then he hears about something called Rekall from his friend (Bookem Woodbine), although he tells him not to go there. Doug doesn’t listen and he goes to the city’s seedier area and is propositioned by this movie’s version of the three-breasted hooker! “You’ll wish you had 3 hands,” she tells him before he spots the sign for Rekall and goes in. Then comes the sequence with John Cho in Rekall that was shown at Comic-Con and in the trailer.


After that incident, Doug returns home to his wife to tell her what happened but she tells him he didn’t kill anyone and as she hugs him, she sees on TV the shoot-out at Rekall and she starts suffocating him so he smashes her through the window and she comes back and straddles him to take him down. As they fight, he yells, “What are you doing?” he asks and she responds, “My job!” Beckinsale has a really funny line in the interaction where she says, “What can I say? I give good wife,” which works on another level since she is actually Len Wiseman’s wife. He quickly escapes before she can kill him and she gets on the videophone with Bryan Cranston’s character to inform him what’s happening. Meanwhile, Doug finds a videotape of someone who looks like him who says “Whatever you remember is not real,” to which he responds, “If I’m not me, who the hell am I?”


Doug then goes up the China Fall into the richer higher-tech section of the world and he encounters Jessica Biel’s character who tells him to get into her floating car and then a high-speed chase ensues as his “ex-wife” catches up to him and tries to slam them with her car. Biel says “You drive” to Farrell and she does something really cool by sliding the steering wheel from her side of the car to his. He asks if she’s strapped in and he takes the car into a dive. He then sees his friend from earlier who tells him he has to return home and that he should shoot Biel, and then Beckinsale is back and they get into a wicked fight on a descending elevator, joined by a robot police officer, before Beckinsale plants a bomb and leaps to another elevator before it explodes.

Contraband Contest + ‘Total Recall’ press tidbits

The HD Room is holding a contest offering five ‘Contraband’ DVD/Blu-Ray combo packs. If you live in the USA or Canada, head over to their constest page and fill in the form for your chance to win! You can enter every day until May 18. Good Luck!


I also found another (longer) article from the Cancun press conference, unfortunately there wasn’t much from Kate, mostly what’s already been posted about the fight with Jessica Biel. She mentioned that the pretend-fight between Lily and her friend dressed as Lori and Melina was actually filmed, and expanded a little bit more when asked what memories she’d like to have implanted in her brain:



“I’ve always wanted to bottle-feed a lamb. But it’s something I can do; I wouldn’t need to get a memory implanted. I’ve never used cocaine either, I am quite scared of it,” said actress Kate Beckinsale, one of the female stars of the film. Sitting beside her, […] Colin Farrell poked fun at his bad-boy reputation adding apologetically: “I don’t have any here with me …”

Kate Supports Nestlé Reading Programme

GLENDALE, Calif. (March 1, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — To help kick-off National Reading Month, actress Kate Beckinsale has teamed up with “The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program” to raise awareness about the importance of children’s literacy. Today, she visited Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles to read to young children and their families, and to talk about her love of reading. “The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program” is donating up to $250,000 to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) – the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization – and consumers can help through everyday purchases of select Nestlé confections.


“As a mom and a big reader, I am excited to be participating in ‘The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program’ to benefit Reading Is Fundamental,” said Kate Beckinsale. “Reading has had an enormous, positive impact on my life and I encourage people to support organizations such as RIF that work to ignite a child’s hunger for knowledge and inspire imagination. I can’t think of a better time than National Reading Month to encourage everyone to read.”


RIF provides books and literacy resources to more than four million children nationwide each year, but government budget cuts and the economic downturn have taken their toll on the invaluable services the organization provides. […] For nearly 20 years, Nestlé has supported RIF by donating more than $5 million, which has helped hundreds of thousands of children to date.

Spirit Awards Adds + Video

I’ve added more pics from the Spirit Awards yesterday, and some of the show and cocktail party.
[017] 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Show
[004] 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Backstage and Cocktail Party


And here’s a red carpet video, scroll to 1:25 for a short interview of Kate 🙂

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Kate is at the Spirit Awards today, in a most original style choice: a purple Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit! What a great colour on her 🙂


[075] 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards



Kate Beckinsale: ‘I Flunked at Adolescence’

Kate Beckinsale is known for her killer looks as well as her killer instinct as the star of the Underworld series and the upcoming Total Recall remake. But the action star says she feels most herself when she’s spending time at home with her 13-year-old daughter Lily, doing yoga, and catching up on her reading.
The 38-year-old actress is helping kick-off National Reading Month by teaming up with “The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program” to raise awareness about the importance of children’s literacy.
Beckinsale talked to Parade.com about her Hunger Games obsession, working with her husband on the set of Total Recall, and relating to her daughter’s difficult teen years.


On life with a teenage daughter.
“I’m literally a couple months into that. It has been largely about Bar Mitzvahs lately! I had a child young enough that it doesn’t feel too far away from my own experience. I feel like I flunked at adolescence really badly. I found it really difficult. I’m very supportive of how tricky seventh and eighth grade are for girls. I think it’s a very difficult time, but she’s doing great.”


On balancing work and motherhood.
“It’s a constant juggle. It tends to be one extreme to another. I guess that’s how I’ve managed it all this time. I’ll do a crazy blast of working and then I’ll be home for a bit. It’s tricky and something that I don’t think I’d be able to pull off without having my parents come out and help out. I do feel that family is very important and I’m lucky enough that my parents are very happy to come and stay with us for a couple months. I think the thing that you miss out on is some extra hours of sleep, which would be really welcomed, but that tends to fall behind!


On her on-set relationship with husband, director Len Wiseman.
“The fist time we met each other was when we were filming Underworld, and then we worked together again after we’d been married a short while, and now we’ve been married seven years, so I’ve had quite a few different experiences along the way. It’s different each time. We love it. I think one of the things we like least about our jobs is that it can force separation from each other. One of the things that’s so nice about working together is that not only do we enjoy each other professionally, but we actually get to sleep in the same bed at night and hang out with our kid on the weekends, so it’s great. As far as any secrets I have to working together? I guess always argue over text so other people aren’t embarrassed!”


On being an action star.
“I still find it an incredible novelty that I’m allowed to do that. My mother still laughs at the thought of me running around based on my success in P.E. as a child, which was very poor! It’s fantasy. My comfort zone is probably more in the independent sphere, but there’s something very fascinating about doing this movie and then six or seven months later when you actually see it with the special effects and all that, it looks very different than what it felt like when you were doing it.”


On her love of reading.
“I grew up as an only child and my mother was also an only child, so we were both very passionate about reading. I think I passed that on to my daughter, who went plowing through Harry Potter and every other book possible! I just think especially in this day and age when you’re constantly fighting the pull of the Internet and television, there’s something about reading that is an active thing for children to do. It opens up their world completely and improves their vocabulary and they can use their imagination. I’m quite old fashioned about things like that, and I really do believe it’s terribly important.”


On her favorite books as a kid.
“I loved all the E. Nesbit books like Five Children and It and The Enchanted Castle. As I got older, we had a real craze in our country called The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, which everybody was really into. I was reading Jane Eyre when I was 11 and I loved that. Actually, my daughter read Jane Eyre when she was 11, too. I wasn’t very frightened of classic novels. I feel like my brain is more geared towards a novel than it is to a movie.”


She’s a fan of The Hunger Games.
“Oh yeah! Actually, my daughter’s school encouraged all the parents and teachers and students to read The Hunger Games, so it promoted a massive discussion of it. For some reason, my daughter was a little bit resistant to it at first, but then we just were all completely overwhelmed by it. It was actually this summer that we were all reading it and loving it. We can’t wait for the movie. It looks fantastic.”


On life in California vs. her native London.
“When I’m in California, I do miss a lot of things about London, and when I’m in London, I miss a lot of things about L.A. I think that’s one of the tradeoffs when you live somewhere that you’re not from — you are never completely fully at home anywhere after that. But I’m very happy about the weather! I’ve forgotten what cold actually is. Plus, I like being near the ocean and I have really good friends here.”


On her tried and true beauty secret.
“The secret to everything for me is doing yoga every day. It does do nice things for your body, but it also kind of calms you down and chills you out. Other than that, I don’t really drink alcohol and I always take my makeup off at night!”

Underworld: Awakening Becomes #1 UW Film!

This weekend, Underworld: Awakening became the #1 film of the Underworld series, going over $130 million worldwide! Underworld: Evolution had been the top film for the series with a worldwide box office total of over 111 million.

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