Added a bunch of new stills to the gallery from Emily’s film The Girl On the Train
We reveal the talent in the running for this year’s Evening Standard British Film Awards
From Ken Loach’s latest passionate polemic to the feel-good return of Bridget Jones, 2016 has been a mighty year for British film across all genres. As always, London has led the way with its international, outward-looking approach. British talent also dominated Hollywood this year — Benedict Cumberbatch brought magic to the Marvel Universe as Doctor Strange, Mark Rylance joined forces with Steven Spielberg to breathe life into The BFG and Emily Blunt thrilled with her star turn in The Girl on the Train.
Our longlist for the London Evening Standard British Film Awards, revealed today, captures the unique sensibility of the capital, celebrating its diversity and creativity.
Films are eligible for consideration if they had a public screening in London between February 7 and October 21. This year’s advisory judging panel comprises Evening Standard film reviewers David Sexton and Charlotte O’Sullivan; Evening Standard film and TV writer Ellen E Jones; Kate Muir, chief film critic for The Times; Peter Bradshaw, Guardian film critic, and Tim Robey of the Daily Telegraph. The panel is chaired by Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands.
The shortlist will be announced in the paper next Thursday. The three final contenders for the Everyman Award for Best Film will be screened to the public in Everyman cinemas in the last two weeks before all winners are revealed at the ceremony at Claridge’s on December 8.
The winner of the Editor’s Award in partnership with Claridge’s — a special honour for a cinematic event or person to have grabbed the headlines in the past year — will also be announced on the night.
This year also sees a new audience award for Most Powerful Scene, created by Finch & Partners, where readers can vote online for their favourite film moment from 2016. The 10 scenes to choose from will be published in the Evening Standard tomorrow with details of how to vote.
Previous winners of our film awards include Daniel Day-Lewis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, John Hurt, Glenda Jackson, Mike Leigh, Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Stoppard and Kate Winslet.
New West End Company Award for Best Actress
Gemma Arterton, Their Finest
Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Alexa Davies, Spaceship
Alice Lowe, Prevenge
Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky
Rosamund Pike, A United Kingdom
Tilda Swinton, A Bigger Splash
EMILY BLUNT STARS IN THE SUSPENSEFUL ADAPTION OF THE BEST-SELLING NOVEL THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
ON DIGITAL HD JANUARY 3, 2017 AND 4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™, DVD AND ON DEMAND JANUARY 17, 2017
“The darkest, sexiest, most daring thriller of the year.” – Entertainment Weekly
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Questioning everything she knows, a woman must face her terrifying past in the wake of a darkly mysterious event to piece together the truth in the provocative thriller, The Girl on the Train. Based on USA TODAY’s 2015 Book of the Year and the #1 New York Times Bestseller by Paula Hawkins, the suspense comes home when The Girl on the Train arrives on Digital HD January 3, 2017 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 17, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures.
Emily Blunt (Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) delivers a riveting performance as Rachel, a woman devastated by divorce, who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. The mystery unfolds as she becomes increasingly un-hinged and serves as the unreliable sole witness to a tragic disappearance in Director Tate Taylor’s (The Help, Get on Up) suspenseful film adaption that Entertainment Weekly has hailed “the darkest, sexiest, most daring thriller of the year.” The Girl on the Train Blu-ray™ and DVD includes never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes and exclusive bonus features allowing audiences to go behind the scenes with the cast for the ultimate in-home movie experience.
Blunt heads up the talented all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven), Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Edgar Ramirez (Joy), Allison Janney (The Help, Spy), Laura Prepon (“Orange is the New Black”) and Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback”).
Here are two sketches from Emily’s appearance on SNL.
Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Ivanka Trump (Emily Blunt), Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Omarosa (Sasheer Zamata) and Tiffany Trump (Vanessa Bayer) can no longer stand by Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin).
Robots (Emily Blunt, Mikey Day) meant to deliver food repeatedly malfunction during a presentation.
This past Saturday Emily made her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. I have added a bunch of promotional stills and portraits from her appearance to our gallery.
Emily Blunt Online > 2016 | Saturday Night Live > Season 42
Get excited to watch Emily’s SNL Hosting debut this Saturday by watching this fun promo clip!
Here is a video of Emily talking about her new role in The Girl on the Train with InStyle.
Perhaps what makes Emily Blunt so mesmerizing as the alcoholic lead in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Girl on the Train, is that the character couldn’t be further from her real-life disposition. Each day on set, the 33-year-old actress transformed from a beloved, quick-witted new mom to an isolated, blackout drunk—and managed to do it so believably that the film’s cinematographer calls her an Oscar contender.
“This was a very challenging role in more ways than one, very far removed from who I am as a person, and so I needed to understand that mindset and the addictive mentality and what it is to suffer with this illness,” InStyle’s November 2016 cover star says in the video above.
“It’s something that I just don’t understand, I’ve never experienced. And so I spoke to people, I read books, and I watched Intervention on a loop, which was really eye opening,” Blunt says. The transformation wasn’t all mental: The mom-of-two spent many hours in the makeup chair to achieve the look of a spiraling alcoholic loosing her grip on reality.
“They gave me sort of a rosacea effect. This was all makeup, a lot of really attractive sort of grey bags and brown lines, just bringing out my own natural lines,” she says. “I wore a full bloodshot contact lens and I had different stages of drunkenness. So some were pinker and some were really red, and they had a yellow one for the hangover. All day I’d have this lovely guy Zach putting drops in my eyes because I was just in agony with these things.” Beauty is pain has never been taken quite so literally.
Blunt walked a fine line between acting unlikeable and untrustworthy, and still playing the audience’s most reliable eyes and ears. “There’s nothing really likeable about her and the way she lives her life, so I saw that as a challenge, you know, that I had to really still pull the audience in,” she told InStyle. “It was an eye-opener, I think, to wear that skin for a while.”
Emily is covering the November 2016 issue of British Vogue!
EMILY BLUNT is our November cover star, we can reveal this morning. Photographed by Josh Olins, the actress makes her British Vogue debut.
Currently promoting her highly anticipated blockbuster The Girl On A Train, in which she plays protagonist Rachel Watson, inside the issue she talks candidly to Marisa Meltzer about playing “a character far away from any kind of idealised Hollywood heroine”, as editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman says in her monthly editor’s letter.
Read the full interview with Emily Blunt, with the accompanying shoot, in November Vogue – on newsstands from Thursday October, 6.
It wasn’t easy transforming Emily Blunt into a bloated alcoholic for her starring role in the highly anticipated thriller The Girl on the Train. First, there were the cheek plumpers. “The prosthetic people created these molds that clipped onto my teeth to make my face seem puffy,” says Blunt, who, along with her makeup artist, Kyra Panchenko, studied mug shots of drunk drivers to get the look just right. “When we were filming, we were very specific about where she was during the day: how drunk she was, whether or not she was hungover,” says Blunt. “Kyra is so talented. She used gray eye shadow under my eyes to bring out the circles and a little brush to paint spider veins all over my face.” And perhaps the strangest act of makeup subterfuge? A series of bloodshot contact lenses that were switched based on her level of intoxication (pink for tipsy, red for drunk, yellow for hungover). “She’s beautiful, so it was quite hard to make her look horrible,” says Tate Taylor, who directed the film. “I kept saying to the crew, ‘All right, can we get them back in here and make her look a little more drunk and ugly?’ ”
At first, Blunt admits, it was challenging to wrap her mind around the character, a depressed alcoholic who is obsessed with her ex-husband and his new wife (not to mention a random couple who lives a few doors down from them). “The way I live my life is just so dissimilar,” says the actress, who was pregnant with her second daughter, Violet, during filming. To prep for the role, she watched episodes of the documentary series Intervention. “I needed to understand what addiction does to you physically and mentally and how it affects your self-esteem. This woman I play onscreen is so damaged, so broken down, that people don’t even want to breathe the same air as her.”
The exact opposite could be said for Blunt. When we meet for lunch at a cozy local restaurant near the new Brooklyn home she shares with her husband, actor John Krasinski (The Office), and daughters Hazel, 2, and Violet, 5 months, she radiates a kind of low-key, self-deprecating charisma that is hard to resist. Glowing with the flush of new motherhood and fresh off a round of publicity and photo shoots tied to The Girl on the Train, she breezes into the restaurant like some sort of Hollywood unicorn: an actress who is utterly enchanting yet completely unaffected. “I’m still breast-feeding, so I am hungry all the time,” she tells me as she scans the menu. Dressed in cream culottes and a transparent black blouse from Maison Scotch, she looks like a slightly grown-up and more sophisticated version of her famous Devil Wears Prada character. Imagine Emily as an upgraded Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of Runway, all clean lines and sumptuous fabrics. “I love a high-waist slouchy trouser,” she says, casually regarding her outfit. “I’m off jeans at the moment.” As she speaks, she runs her hands over a gold Jennifer Fisher necklace that dangles from her neck. “I have a J and an E, and I’m going to get the girls’ names engraved on this,” she says, pointing to a blank gold bar. She and Krasinski chose the names Hazel and Violet because they liked their “antique” British vibe. “They sound like two little old ladies,” says Blunt with a laugh. “They should be playing bridge or something.”
Eight weeks postpartum, Blunt is still adjusting to the reality of having a newborn again. “After we got home from the hospital, I didn’t shower for a week, and then John and I were like, ‘Let’s go out for dinner.’ I could last only about an hour because my boobs were exploding. When the milk first comes in, it’s like a tsunami. But we went, just to prove to ourselves that we could feel normal for a second.” Transitioning from one to two kids hasn’t been easy. “It’s a zoo!” Blunt says. “When there was just one kid, somebody would get to sit down. Now nobody gets a break. But John is the most unbelievable daddy. He prioritizes Hazel so she doesn’t miss me too much because I’ve been so consumed with the baby.” Hazel is slowly getting used to having a little sis. “There have been no physical attacks or suffocations,” Blunt says dryly. “She fluctuates between complete disinterest and moments of sheer passion.”
Last night was the New York City premiere of The Girl on the Train. Emily was escorted by husband John Krasinski and she looked beautiful in a green and blue Prada floor length gown.