Cruz, Kidman, Hudson and Dench launch ‘Nine’

Dec 4, 2009
Sophie Taylor

New Rob Marshall movie gets its London premiere – and some glowing first reviews

Even with three of its seven leading ladies unable to make it, the London premiere of the new musical movie Nine was a glittering affair, with the other four female stars all attending the red carpet event, along with their leading man, Daniel Day-Lewis.

Kate Hudson, accompanied to London by her baseball-playing boyfriend Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez, joined Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench to launch the film in style - Cruz's floor-length Ralph Lauren lace dress, topped with a vintage fur stole, getting top fashion marks from the Leicester Square onlookers.

Unable to be there were Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.

The film tells the story of an Italian film director Guido Contini, played by Day-Lewis, who has ten days to go before shooting his new film and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Not only does Guido have no script, but he has to juggle the demands of the various women in his life - his wife (Cotillard), his long-legged mistress (Cruz), his gorgeous film star muse (Kidman), his confidante Lilli (Dench), an American fashion journalist (Hudson), his mother (Loren) and the prostitute who first introduced to sex (Fergie).

The screenplay - an adaptation of composer Maury Yeston's 1982 Broadway stage hit, which in turn was adapted from Federico Fellini's classic film - was written by the late Anthony Minghella.

First overnight reviews suggest director Rob Marshall and his starry cast will have a hit on their hands when the film opens in Britain on Boxing Day.

Matt Wolf in the Daily Telegraph writes: "Day Lewis has charisma to burn as a creator who is all burned out, and his scenes with costume designer, and confidante, Lilli (Judi Dench at her warmest and most wry) keep us on the side of a damaged soul who in lesser hands could simply be a narcissist. Best of all, this ever-protean actor can, it turns out, sing.

"The result makes for a far more introspective work than Chicago, Marshall's last stage-to-screen musical transfer... All concerned should take a bow."

Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail writes: "I predict Nine will be garlanded with multiple Oscar and Bafta nominations. Bellissimo!"

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