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  • Pavel Romanov
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    #191919

    She was supposed to be the next Meryl and instead ended up being the female equivleant of Jude Law (i.e., mildly talented Brit promoted as the second coming only to be suddedly forgotten). She wins an Oscar, which I think was actually given to her out of pity for having to star in that turgid Holocaust meets illteracy drama (I mean come on!), only to end up slumming as some cheesy robotic villain in a Hunger Games knockoff where she engages in hand to hand combat with Shailene Woodley – talk about campy. 

    Sure she won an Emmy for Mildred Pierce but that was tedious and totally unnecessary and it seemed to last longer than the invasion of Normandy. And then she did that terrible movie by the director of Juno where Josh Brolin played a fugitive who forced Winslet to make him home made pies. That movie was such a bomb it could’ve been dropped on Japan to end WWII.

    And now her latest film was dumped onto VOD. So should she fire her agent? Home girl needs to get her act together.

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    eastwest
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    #191921

    I think it is high time for her to come to television in a series role. I would personally love to see her in a drama, but I could live with one of those tried and true comedy/drama hybrids that were the rage in the 00s.

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    Pavel Romanov
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    Oh and I totally forgot she was in Movie 43 – a movie so bad horse shit smeared onto a roll of film would’ve been better than what that film was.

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    Gone_Guy
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    The original post is a little harsh. 

    Look at who else has done The Divergent Series: Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, and now Jeff Daniels. These are big players. With the success of Harry PotterThe Hunger Games, and even Twilight (barf), I can see how the key villainess role would be appealing for Winslet. I mean Julianne Moore called the director of THG to express her interest in playing Alma Coin. Cate Blanchett just nailed it as the stepmother in Cinderella. Even Meryl Streep jumped on the YA-bandwagon as the Chief Elder in last year’s The Giver (a bomb of epic proportions, but how could she or anyone know it would fall so flatly?). 

    As for Labor Day, I didn’t love it. It was just a little too sappy. At that point, however, Jason Reitman had four consecutive great films: Thank You For SmokingJunoUp in the Air, and Young Adult. Who wouldn’t want to be in his next film? (Unfortunately, Labor Day and especially Men, Women, and Children didn’t come close to the first four.)

    I didn’t care for Carnage, but it got her under the direction of Roman Polanski in a strong ensemble from a Tony winner for Best Play.

    I really liked Contagion and feel it’s an underrated film. It was cool to see her in a Steven Soderbergh film, as he’s one of my favorite and consistent directors. 

    Mildred Pierce was excellent and she earned that Emmy/Globe/SAG. 

    Movie 43 was atrocious. The worst film of her career. But it’s not like it’s her movie. It’s not Sandra Bullock in All About Steve, Halle Berry in Catwoman, etc. 

    Who cares if A Little Chaos is VOD? I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s directed by Alan Rickman and definitely something that was obviously not going to be a box office smash. 

    I’m on the fence about The Dressmaker after the trailer, but I’ll still give it a shot. 

    Can’t wait to see her performances in Triple 9 and Steve Jobs.

    So no, I don’t think Winslet should fire agent. When looking at post-winning careers, I don’t think Kate Winslet comes close to being in a slump. And don’t forget she had a baby a little over a year ago with her new husband. I’m sure she was eager for downtime with her growing family.

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    Nessie
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    She does have a role in the Steve Jobs film, though probably supporting. Effectively, she doesn’t seem to be getting the pick of the roles and hasn’t for a while. I don’t think her agent is as much to blame as directors who seem to be ignoring her. And there are always fewer good roles for actresses 40 and over so things are unlikely to improve. There are a lot of very good actresses in her age group (or close to it) – Blanchett, Chastain, Theron, etc. who seem to get better offers than she does. Kate doesn’t really have any built-in box office either which doesn’t argue in her favour for getting studios to give her the best roles out there (which are few in number for women in any case).

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    LOL okay, so she hasn’t been at her peak for the past couple of years.  But comparing her level of prestige to Jude Law is just wrong.

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    Pavel Romanov
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    Jude Law used to be huge! He was everywhere, so much so Chris Rock joked about it which angered surly (probably intoxicated) Sean Penn at the Oscars one year. I mean he went from being the next Olivier to being the 5th lead in Melissa McCarthy comedies.

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    Pavel Romanov
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    She does have a role in the Steve Jobs film, though probably supporting. Effectively, she doesn’t seem to be getting the pick of the roles and hasn’t for a while. I don’t think her agent is as much to blame as directors who seem to be ignoring her. And there are always fewer good roles for actresses 40 and over so things are unlikely to improve. There are a lot of very good actresses in her age group (or close to it) – Blanchett, Chastain, Theron, etc. who seem to get better offers than she does. Kate doesn’t really have any built-in box office either which doesn’t argue in her favour for getting studios to give her the best roles out there (which are few in number for women in any case).

    I agree. Blanchett stole her bacon. And Chastain has become the new it girl for the kind of prestige productions Winslet might’ve done. 

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    manakamana
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    #191928

    Lol don’t blame Hylda Queally. Steve Jobs looks promising and it wasn’t that long ego that she swept the industry television awards for Mildred Pierce (regardless of your own opinion of it, you can’t say it wasn’t another successful step in her career). She also had fans for Carnage and Contagion. Jason Reitman had a pretty consistent track record up until Labor Day, and I think Winslet’s team probably would have been satisfied with just Young Adult-level (sadly, Reitman has only since continued down the Shyamalanian path). Divergent was to maintain her lifestyle and it does boast an impressive cast, and I’m guessing she’s friends with Alan Rickman going back to their S&S days?

    I’m not even particularly high on her, myself, but I think she’s doing quite fine for herself. 

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    Maybe “Steve Jobs” will start up the Winslet resurgence? She was excellent in “Mildred Pierce” and won the Emmy for that. I heard that “Labor Day” was pretty awful. The “Divergent” series is over. I didn’t know that “The Dressmaker” went to VOD. That’s sad, since the trailer was genuinely interesting. She’s newly married (to Ned Rocknroll, bitches!) with a baby, so I can see why work wasn’t such a priority lately. She’s won the Oscar, so once you do that, the creative and financial drives might subside somewhat. She’ll be fine regardless.

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    #191930

    Drop a bomb on Japan? What, again and again…and again?

    Cant get over that one line.

    No. She shouldnt ‘fire’ her agent.

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    #191931

    I actually like the Divergent movies……definately more than a Hunger Games ripoff. Not sure what defines a slump but I dont think Winslet is on a slump at all.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    #191932

    Jude Law used to be huge! He was everywhere, so much so Chris Rock joked about it which angered surly (probably intoxicated) Sean Penn at the Oscars one year. I mean he went from being the next Olivier to being the 5th lead in Melissa McCarthy comedies.

    Yeah, he was huge, but only for a period of five years or so.  Kate’s reign from 1994-ish until 2009 was fifteen years.  Plus, we saw her grow up before our eyes, which leaves more of a lasting impression on people, I feel.  PLUS she was in the most successful movie of all-time (until Avatar happened).  So I feel like the public holds Winslet at a higher level than Law. 

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    TomHardys
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    #191933

    Give her a break. This queen was too busy helping raising the worldwide birth rate and saving people from deadly fires. Literally: when will your faves?

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    #191934

    She’s been on the quiet side of late because she’s been slightly busy with the whole getting married, have a kid thing. I doubt she was at a place where she was capable of delivering a hefty emotional performance, so instead has had a bit of fun with her work choices.

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