The actress had a very special reason for not attending the Academy Awards last weekend.
Natalie Portman has welcomed her second child, a baby girl named Amalia.
Due to her pregnancy the actress was forced to miss the year’s Academy Awards, last weekend, where she was nominated for the best actress Oscar.
But in a statement to People, Portman revealed the happy news that she’d given birth just days before the ceremony.
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Welcomes Second Child
The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?
Continue: Song To Song Trailer
Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history, this film centres on just a few days in her life to offer some telling insights not only into the woman in question but also the culture of celebrity and the nature of political legacies. Yes, it's a complex, provocative film, artfully directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Neruda) and anchored by a riveting performance from Natalie Portman.
The story is set in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, as Jackie (Portman) retreats to her seaside home in Massachusetts to make plans for her future. She is visited by a journalist (Billy Crudup), who asks her about her experience in the days after her husband (Caspar Phillipson) was shot while sitting next to her in the back of a car. During these days, she has been faced with some big questions. Who is she arranging the funeral for? Herself? Her children? The American public? The future generations who will remember her husband? The only people she can confide in are her brother-in-law Bobby (Peter Sarsgaard), her assistant Nancy (Greta Gerwig) and a straight-talking priest (John Hurt). Her husband may have been a relentless philanderer, but Jackie is consumed by grief and unsure where her life will go now.
Continue reading: Jackie Review
The actress revealed she was paid three times less than the actor in their 2011 film
Natalie Portman has recently come out to highlight the gender pay gap she experienced when she co-starred alongside Ashton Kutcher in the 2011 film No Strings Attached when she revealed she was paid three times less than her male co-actor.
Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher starred together in No Strings Attached
Now Kutcher, 38, has come out in support of Portman for speaking out about the discrepancy.
The actress was paid three times less than Ashton Kutcher.
Natalie Portman might be one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but even she's been victim of sexism in her 23 year career. The 'Jackie' star has revealed that her co-star on 'No Strings Attached', Ashton Kutcher, was paid a lot more than her for the same job.
Natalie Portman wasn't paid as much as Ashton Kutcher
The actress revealed the news in an interview recently, but admitted that while it is true she was paid less, it's not something she feels comfortable complaining about when the figure was still a lot higher than most people's. Plus, given how much Ashton was paid in the past, he was in some way worth a lot more at the time.
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Was Paid A LOT Less Than Ashton Kutcher
Movie reviewer Rich Cline lists his top films of 2016
While several franchise films took a tumble this year, there were plenty of great movies that showed true originality, from big blockbusters and foreign award-winners to micro-indies and inventive docs...
10. Rogue One - The first spin-off Star Wars story is refreshingly grown-up, unafraid to take some very bold plot turns as it generates big thrills from its war-movie action and intricate characters.
Continue reading: 10 Best Films Of 2016
Natalie Portman isn't the typical Hollywood star.
Born in Israel and raised in New York, she is a Harvard-educated Oscar winner whose career ranges from action (Leon) to science-fiction (Star Wars) to arthouse (Closer) to comic book adventures (Thor). And now there's talk of a second Oscar for her title performance in Jackie, which traces the events of the week following John F Kennedy's assassination through the eyes of the iconic First Lady.
Chilean director Pablo Larrain says he only ever considered Portman to play Jackie. "She was an incredibly mysterious person, and I think Natalie has that in her eyes," he says. "That's why I wanted so many close-ups!"
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Loved The Complex Layers Of Jackie
Christmas overlaps with Hanukkah this year.
Natalie Portman is 'so excited' to buy her very first Christmas tree this winter, having spent her entire life without one. She grew up in a Jewish household, so Christmas celebrations never really factored in her life because she had Hanukkah to enjoy instead.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are getting a Christmas tree
The Israeli-born actress has always secretly wanted a Christmas tree and she's now finally got an excuse to have one because her husband Benjamin Millepied's parents are joining them at their home for the holidays. Plus, her own parents have given the idea the thumbs up which makes it all the more special.
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Is Excited To Buy Her Very First Christmas Tree
The objectivity of the movie explores another angle of this heart-breaking story.
Natalie Portman has opened up about playing Jacqueline Kennedy for Pablo Larraín's upcoming biopic drama 'Jackie', which explores the life of this popular First Lady in the weeks and months following the tragic assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Natalie Portman stars in 'Jackie'
It's one of the most memorable events in American history; a well-liked young President shot dead while riding a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, leaving behind a First Lady who had cemented herself as more than just a style icon and a social butterfly, but as a symbol of grace and decency. But as much as she was apotheosized by the American people, she remained by and large an ordinary woman whose life was changed forever by an extreme grief that affected the nation.
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Explains What Drew Her To 'Jackie'
The actress plays Jacqueline Kennedy in the new biographical drama.
Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy in the dramatic forthcoming biopic 'Jackie', which follows the former First Lady in her time at the White House and the events that occurred in her life after the assassination of her beloved husband President John F. Kennedy.
Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy
Directed by the award-winning Pablo Larraín ('No', 'The Club') with a screenplay written by Noah Oppenheim ('Allegiant', 'The Maze Runner'), the film explores the life of Jackie Kennedy; a woman who was internationally adored for her grace, style and above all for her humanity.
Jacqueline Bouvier was always a highly independent woman, even when she was a debutant; she made a lasting impression on most who she met. Jackie always aspired to be a journalist and in 1947 she was offered a prestigious junior editor position at Vogue magazine, though she decided not to take the position in the end. Having travelled to various countries and lived in Paris for a short time, Jackie was an incredibly worldly lady and it's not so much of a surprise that she caught the attention of many men.
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline met through social groups and they were both attracted to one another for many reasons and had similar life experiences. John was a rising star of politics and after his election to the Senate, he proposed to his love. Her answer didn't come as quickly as Kennedy might've hoped as she was assigned by the Washington Times-Herald to cover the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the UK; ever the professional Jackie completed her assignment before taking Kennedy up on his offer. In 1953 the couple were married at one of the social events of the century. Though Kennedy was dedicated to his work, the deep love between the two was evident to all and Jackie was a constant support for her husband who eventually became president in November 1960.
Jackie's style, elegance and grace made her a much loved First Lady but more than that, she was dedicated to President Kennedy's vision and shared his burden.
Continue: Jackie Trailer
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain has taken the Venice Film Festival by storm this month with his offbeat biopic Jackie, tracing the days immediately following the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Critics have especially been raving about Natalie Portman's performance in the title role. The Oscar-winning actress admits that playing Jackie was "right up there" with her most challenging parts. "It felt like the most dangerous role," she says. "Everyone knows her or has an idea of her. We tried to get to some things that people could get past and believe I was Jackie."
Not having to look exactly like her lifted some of the pressure. As Larrain says, "It's not about how they look. When somebody is so well-known as Natalie and is playing somebody as well-known as Jackie - when does the audience believe it?"
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Talks About Jackie Kennedy In New Biopic
The actress is already mother to a five-year-old son with her husband Benjamin Millepied
American actress Natalie Portman is pregnant with her second child according to multiple sources. The Star Wars gal has been married to ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied since 2012 and already has one son with her husband.
The couple are expecting their second child
According to E! News, the Oscar-winner, who is mother to five-year-old Aleph Portman-Millepied, the couple will be a family of four soon.
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Is Pregnant With Her Second Child
For Natalie Portman's foray into directing, she's decided to turn Amos Oz's autobiographic book A Tale of Love and Darkness into a movie. The novel released in 2004 is Israel's the best selling novel of all time. Like (the original version of) the book Portman decided that for the film version of the story to work, she had to keep the script in Hebrew.
As well as directing, Natalie also plays the role of Fania Mussman Klausner, Amos' mother, though the actress and director (who has born in Jerusalem) could already speak Hebrew, she took great care to master the language. Speaking about why she chose this novel, she said the choice was very easy as she always felt a connection to the story: "The book is really moving and beautifully written and so many of the stories sounded familiar. I had heard many stories about my grandparents and their relationship to books and learning and to language and to Europe and Israel - it felt familiar and something I was interested in exploring."
The story is based on Amos' life as a youngster from 1945 and follows him - and his family - into adulthood. Producer Ram Bergman best explains the film as such: "It's a love story for a language and a country and the people, and of course, for his mother."
The actress’ last appearance as Jane Foster was in 2013’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’.
Natalie Portman’s time as part of the Marvel Universe may be over, according to the actress. Portman has starred as Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in two Marvel movies so far, but it had previously been confirmed that she wouldn't be returning for Thor: Ragnarok next year.
Natalie Portman is unlikely to return as Jane Foster
But now it appears that fans who were hoping Jane Foster would be seen again, may have a long wait ahead. “As far as I know, I’m done,” the actress said during an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Continue reading: Natalie Portman Says She "Done" With Marvel Movies
The series is being adapted from Karen Joy Fowler's 2014 Man Booker Prize-nominated novel.
Hollywood A-lister Natalie Portman is set to make her television debut in a new HBO mini-series ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’, adapted from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel and executive produced by ‘Friends’ co-creator Marta Kauffman.
Outside of a guest spot on ‘The Simpsons’, the new drama series will be the first time that 35 year old Portman has starred in a TV show. Her decision to branch out into the small screen from Hollywood is reflective of a growing trend of major names making the same move.
Natalie Portman will be starring in an HBO mini-series adaptation of 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves'
With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp the genre in intriguing ways. The first-rate cast adds plenty of depth to the usual roles, including a strong female point-of-view from Natalie Portman, who also produced the film. But some rather simplistic thematic touches undermine the originality, and the film never quite cracks through the surface to become something meaningful.
It's set in 1871 New Mexico, where Jane (Portman) lives on a hidden ranch with her outlaw husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) and their young daughter. But Bill's been badly injured, and the notorious scoundrel Bishop (Ewan McGregor) has vowed to track him down. For help Jane turns to her ex-fiance Dan (Joel Edgerton), an angry gunslinger who has never got over being abandoned by Jane all those years ago. He agrees to help her, and of course Bill isn't too happy about this, but he's too injured to protest. And Jane is so fiercely independent that she refuses to let her history with these two men define her future.
The premise is packed with all kinds of intriguing layers, but the script continually over-explains everything with a series of flashbacks to Jane's earlier encounters with Dan, Bishop, Bishop's hotheaded brother (Boyd Holbrook) and a particularly brutal desperado (Rodrigo Santoro). Not one of these people has even a hint of morality about them, which gives the actors a chance to inject a lot of complex texture into their performances. These are tough-minded men who never stop to think about the rule of law. And Portman's Jane is steelier than all of them, a woman who makes her own hard decisions in a place that doesn't let anyone off easily. Portman is terrific in the role, even if director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) undermines her with his rather straightforward approach. Even so, her scenes with Edgerton and McGregor crackle with subtext.
Continue reading: Jane Got A Gun Review
Rick is one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood but after the death of his brother he finds himself becoming absorbed into a world of parties, drinking and excess. Parties are part of the norm for Rick but after the loss of his brother he finds himself evaluating his life and what it all means.
Spiralling uncontrollably his only real solace comes from short lived relationships with women, but each relationship actually brings Rick a little closer to the closure he seeks.
Knight Of Cups is the new film from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life & The Thin Red Line)
Jane Hammond has always been an independent woman, but living in the developing West is precarious even for her. After a treacherous few years and constant aggravation from a nasty gang called The Bishop Boys, Jane marries a man by the name of Bill 'Ham' Hammond and things settle down.
However, when Hamm returns home badly injured after running into The Bishop Boys, Jane decides there's no other option but to face her past and take on the Colin McCann and the rest of the infamous gang. Jane contacts the only person she knows who she thinks will be able to help her, her ex-fiance and gunslinger Dan Frost. Recruiting Frost and returning to the family home, the three await the arrival of the gang. One way or another score will be settled.
Jane Got A Gun will be released in the UK from Spring 2016.
Natalie Portman gave the keynote speech at Harvard University.
Natalie Portman delivered her Harvard University keynote speech on Wednesday, reflecting on her time in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as her Academy Award winning career, which she says hasn't helped her feel any less insecure.
Natalie Portman said she was unprepared for her Black Swan role
"Today I feel much like I did when I came to Harvard yard as a freshman in 1999. ... I felt like there had some mistake, that I wasn't smart enough to be in this company. And that every time I opened my mouth, I would have to prove that I wasn't just a dumb actress," she said. "So I start with an apology, this won't be very funny. I'm not a comedian and I didn't get a ghostwriter. But I am here to tell you today Harvard is giving you all diplomas tomorrow. You are here for a reason."
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millipied - A host of movie stars were snapped on the red carpet as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Cannes, France - Wednesday 13th May 2015
Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman - A host of movie stars were snapped on the red carpet as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Cannes, France - Wednesday 13th May 2015
Natalie Portman - A variety of celebrities were photographed as they attended the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies 5th Annual Gala which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 5th May 2015
Natalie Portman - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Natalie Portman - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Christian Bale and Natalie Portman - American movie stars Natalie Portman and Christian Bale were photographed at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival 'Knight of Cups' Photocall and Press Conference in Berlin, Germany - Sunday 8th February 2015
Natalie Portman - 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - Knight of Cups - premiere at Berlinale Palast - red carpet arrivals. at Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz square - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 8th February 2015
Natalie Portman has paid tribute to the late director Mike Nichols in a statement. She joins the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Steven Spielberg in expressing her grief via social media or in a media statement.
Natalie Portman at the Childrens' Hospital Gala in Los Angeles in October 2014.
Natalie Portman - A host of stars attended the Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Gala: Noche De Ninos which benefits thousands of children at the hospital in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014
Which budding actors and Oscar winning actresses can hold their own when it comes to spitting rhymes?
Earlier this month, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt surprised fans around the world with a memorable radio appearance in which he showcased his impressive rapping skills. Contact Music looks at some other talented actors who are surprisingly good at rap.
1) Chris Pratt
Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt
Continue reading: Talented Actors With Surprisingly Good Rap Skills
The actor who portrays Loki in the 'Thor' and 'Avengers' films is more than happy being the bad guy
Tom Hiddleston stars as the God of Mischief, Loki, for the third time when he stars alongside Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in Thor: The Dark World. Despite his nefarious antics in the films, Loki has developed a cult among fans who can't get enough of his villainous deeds. Promoting the new Thor film, Hiddleston sat down with Entertainment Weekly to explain what he thinks makes Loki such a beloved character, despite his sinister antics.
Hiddleston steals the show as Loki
Thor: The Dark World opened in US cinemas on Friday, 8 November, after already making an impact in the international market, and already the film looks like a dead certain to finish as the weekend's top film, something that Hiddleston will have a considerable influence in. Already, the film has been given a mixed reception from critics, but most agree that it is Hiddleston who is the real star of the show, and it is he who has won most of the plaudits. In his interview with EW, he tried to explain what it was that made Loki such a well-loved character.
While the movie continues to rake in profits, it doesn't look like it'll be winning any Oscars.
Thor: The Dark World has been doing the rounds for the past few days and has been hammering in the big bucks – yeah, not all of the puns are going to make sense, deal with it. Thor has never exactly been the star of the Avengers franchise, but The Dark World is nevertheless approaching an impressive $100 million debut. While moviegoers flock to see the film, which is obviously and unabashedly intended as a crowd-pleaser (there’s a whole scene of nothing but Chris Hemsworth’s abs,) critics seem to be less than impressed.
Anthony Hopkins is another notch in favor of The Dark World.
The New York Times’ review is particularly harsh, with Jeannette Catsoulis writing criticizing the film’s pace, the all-over-the-place explosions, the tired jokes and pretty much everything else. She writes: "If the multiple idiocies on view strike you as neither here nor there, it's probably because your eyeballs are too busy recoiling from the onslaught of disorienting 3-D effects, or else too distracted by the title character's Popeye arms and really big mallet." Ouch.
Thor 2: The Dark World's appears to be Marvel's latest success, though it's not Chris Hemsworth who steals the show.
Marvel fans in Britain have a chance to see Thor 2: The Dark World next weekend, a whole week before their American friends across the Atlantic. The question is: will they be taunting the yanks over seeing one of the better Marvel movies in recent years or warning them to save the $20 and wait for the DVD?
Chris Hemsworth [L] and Anthony Hopkins [R] in 'Thor 2: The Dark World.'
The sequel to Kenneth Branagh's well-received movie continues the story of the Mighty Avenger as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from the shadow enemy that predates the universal itself. In the aftermath of Thor - and The Avengers for that matter - the main man (Chris Hemsworth) fights to restore order across the cosmos though his task is made a tad more difficult with the arrival of the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Ecclestone) who returns to the plunge the universe into darkness.
Marvel's Thunder God, Thor returns in the latest superhero blockbuster, Thor: The Dark World (sequel to self titled film: Thor) where he must face his greatest battle to save Earth and all nine realms 'from a Darkness known only to one' lead by the feared Malekith. Thor must risk everything by reuniting with his brother and Avengers Villian: Loki in order to protect his beloved Jane Foster in what promises to be the most thrilling Thor adventure yet.
The film see's the Return of stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston with the introduction of acclaimed actor Christopher Eccleston as Malekith and Alan Taylor replacing Kenneth Branagh as director. Stan Lee remains Executive Producer alongside Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow, Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Craig Kyle.
Nobody really knows what to expect from Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'
George Clooney's new movie Gravity, about two astronauts stranded in space, will open the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2013. The 3D movie by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron, will hit theaters in the U.S. on October 4, 2013 and is already drumming up anticipation thanks largely to an intriguing teaser trailer.
"It is a very odd film, really," Clooney told USA Today in 2011, the year before Gravity was originally set to be released. "Two people in space. No monsters. It's more like 2001 (A Space Odyssey) than an action film." It's been a long road to get the movie to screen, with Robert Downey Jr originally pencilled in for the male lead before dropping out of the project and opening the door for Clooney.
Producers originally settled on Sandra Bullock for the female lead after reportedly testing French actress Marion Cotillard and mulling over the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively. Natalie Portman was apparently offered the role without a screen test following her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan, though passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Continue reading: George Clooney's 'Odd Film' 'Gravity' To Open Venice Film Festival
The actor still managed to get spotted by eagle-eyed paparazzi in LA this week
Ewan McGregor is a well-known motorcycle enthusiast, so maybe thats what gave him away when he stepped out of a Beverley Hills salon this week looking almost unrecognisable. The actor, known for his ginger-blonde hair, looked completely different as he was spotted with jet black hair and a same-colour moustache, but still failed to evade the watchful stare of a paparazzi camera lens.
The look is quite the drastic make-over for the Scottish star, but rather than abandoning his ginger/Scottish heritage, the actor does have a reason behind this look; at last we think he does. McGregor is taking on the role of John Bishop, the main antagonist in the upcoming Western Jane Got A Gun, and it is believed his new look is in aid of the performance. Either that or Ewan just fancied a major change to his looks and decided that growing a beard again wouldn't cut it.
Ewan McGregor still failed to fool some onlookers
Continue reading: Ewan McGregor Almost Fools Us All With Drastic New Make-Over
Lily Collins and director Burr Steers have been picked to finally bring Pride & Prejudice & Zombies to the screen.
Lily Collins will be able to add butt-kicking action star/period actress to her resumé soon, as she has been cast as the lead actress in the on-again-off-again movie adaptation of the mash-up novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Variety have reported. The actress has previously held similar roles in Mirror Mirror and the upcoming adaptation of the teen-fantasy novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
The movie reworking of author Seth Grahame-Smith's retelling of Pride & Prejudice, with added zombies, has been floating around Hollywood for some time now, with the first few attempts to make the film being dropped after too many would-be directors abandoned the project. The film has gained new financing though, from would-be Miss Bennet Natalie Portman as well as Annette Savitch of Handsomecharlie films, Sean McKittrick of Darko Entertainment and Allison Shearmur of Allison Shearmur Productions.
Lily Collins is ready to kick some zombie behind
Continue reading: Lily Collins To Star As Zombie Slayer In 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'
Lily Collins appears to have landed her biggest, and goriest role to date.
Lily Collins, the young British star who rose to fame in Mirror Mirror, will play the lead in the big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It's been a long road for the project, which began with producer Natalie Portman deciding she would play the list. Things soon changed when scheduling conflicts got in the way, while the intended director David O'Russell always left the project. A revolving door of lead actresses, reportedly including Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson, sniffed around the movie, though Collins was able to commit. Charlie St. Cloud director Burr Steers is reportedly in line to direct, according to Empire magazine.
The script - still credited to O'Russell - closely follows Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, though sees a dangerous conflict against a zombie apocalypse in late 18th century England. Lizzie Bennett (played by Collins) will be tasked with fighting the undead.
Hollywood is hot for zombies at the moment, with recent flick 'Warm Bodies' seemingly coming from nowhere to make over $110 million worldwide. If World War Z proves to be as big a success as expected this summer, the team behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may well be rubbing their hands together. Collins has plenty of time to boost of profile and she next stars in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which hits theaters on August 23, 2013.
The trailer for Thor: The Dark World has finally arrived, and it looks pretty impressive.
Thor has had a pretty rough couple of years, what with battling his adoptive brother Loki and other enemies in The Avengers, but he's dusted himself down and is back for more. In Thor: The Dark World, the hammer wielding hero returns to Earth to reunite with his beloved Jane Foster, played here by Natalie Portman, and whisks her back to his home in Asgard.
Watch the Thor: The Dark World trailer here!
Of course, living happily ever after would be too easy (and a little boring) and Thor unfortunately brings Jane back to terrible danger. A dark race led by the ruthless Malekith plans to plunge the entire universe into oblivion, leaving Thor to confront his imprisoned brother for help. The new movie is the sequel to Kenneth Branagh's 2011 movie and is set some time after Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Based on the comic books of Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, Thor 2 is helmed by a new director in Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Mad Men) though is penne d by returning screenwriter Don Payne (Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer) alongside Christopher Yost (The Avengers) and Stephen McFeely (The Chronicles of Narnia).
Following the dramatic events of 'Thor' and 'The Avengers' which saw Thor battling not only his double-crossing adoptive brother Loki but a series of other nemeses, the hammer wielding hero returns to Earth to reunite with his beloved Jane Foster and whisk her away to his home in Asgard. Unfortunately, he ends up bringing her towards terrible danger that he himself could not fathom. A dark race that predates even the oldest corners of the universe; a race of elves led by the ruthless Malekith who plans to plunge the entire universe back into oblivion in a vengeful pursuit that will destroy everything that Thor and Odin have fought to protect. In desperation, Thor confronts his imprisoned brother and asks for help in exchange for his freedom with the promise that he will destroy Loki if he dares betray him again. Can Thor and the rest of Asgard defeat the latest dark force that threatens them? Or will such a primitive power prove impossible to overcome?
Here is the new sequel to Kenneth Branagh's 2011 movie 'Thor' that is set some time after the events of Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers'. 'Thor: The Dark World' is based on the comic books by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby and sees a new director, Alan Taylor ('Game Of Thrones', 'Mad Men', 'The Emperor's New Clothes'), with the return of screenwriter Don Payne ('Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer') alongside Christopher Yost ('The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes') and Stephen McFeely ('The Chronicles of Narnia', 'Captain America: The First Avenger'). It is set to hit the UK on October 30th 2013.
There must have been something in the air this year because we literally had too many celebrity weddings to choose from for this list (sorry Alec Baldwin, you can stop reading now, you got bumped), and it was a tough job whittling it down to 10. So, who DID make the grade in our run-down 2012’s best nuptials?
What was the highlight of actress Amber Tamblyn and actor David Cross’ wedding? Well, sadly, even Tamblyn’s stunning gown couldn’t upstage the antics of their unofficial photographer, Questlove. The happy snapper not only DJ’d at the wedding, but also decided to take a number of pics of the happy couple and stick them on his Instagram account. The Roots drummer revealed pretty much everything from the bride’s arrival, to the cutting of the cake, using the hashtag #weddinginthewoods. So, Amber and David – you just about made the grade, but you have your crazy DJ to thank for it.
A Natalie Portman Christian Dior advert has come under fire from the Advertising Standards Authority, causing the promotional clip to be pulled. The advert featured the actress with heavily made-up eyes staring into a camera, with the advert claiming "Lash-multiplying effect volume and care mascara”, adding "The miracle of a nano brush for an unrivalled lash creator effect. It delivers spectacular volume-multiplying effect, lash by lash."
However, rival cosmetics company L’Oreal has pointed out that Dior have exaggerated the effect of the mascara, a complaint that’s now been upheld by the ASA after the makers of the mascara admitted that they’d digitally retouched parts of the advert to enhance the effect on Portman.
“Because we considered that we had not seen sufficient evidence to show that the post-production retouching on Natalie Portman's lashes in the ad did not exaggerate the likely effects of the product, we concluded the ad was likely to mislead,” the ASA said. According to The Metro, Dior attempted to defend their actions, stating that the changes had been made in order to “increase the length and curve of a number of lashes' as some had been 'missing or damaged.” They also claimed that they hadn’t received any complaints from customers disappointed at the actual effect of the make-up.
Since T.J.'s mother died in a lethal car crash he and his father, Paul, have struggled to get on with life and are forced to live with T.J's grandma. When T.J meets a long-haired rocker by the name of Hesher, at first neither person is particularly taken by the other, there's a huge age gap for one thing but after an initial bad meeting Hesher begins to take on the role of a mentor for the young boy.
Continue: Hesher Trailer
Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and NBC Tuesday 12th February 2008 Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman at NBC Studios appearing on The Today Show to promote their new movie 'The Other Boleyn Girl' New York City, USA
Something like The Big Chill meets Generation X, Beautiful Girls is one of those ensemble character movies that really defies description in terms of plot points. The ostensible main character is Willie (Timothy Hutton), who is ambivalent about girlfriend Tracy (Annabeth Gish) so heads back home to Knight's Ridge, Massachusetts to sort things out during his 10-year high school reunion. Here, he hooks up with old pals Tommy (Matt Dillon) and Paul (Michael Rapaport), each of whom is also flailing helplessly in his own romantic mess.
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When he attended a special première for the final 'Star Wars' film, 'Revenge of the Sith', director Steven Spielberg is said to have broken down in tears.
Movies can affect different people in different ways. Sometimes, even established and respected filmmakers have to appreciate the marvel of particular films. Two-time Academy Award-wining director wept at a premiere of his collaborator George Lucas' sixth and final 'Star Wars' movie 'Revenge Of The Sith'; the third part of the prequel trilogy which began in 1999 with 'The Phantom Menace'.
Steven Spielberg cried at the end of 'Revenge of the Sith'
The film stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, and long-time 'Star Wars' actor Anthony Daniels as C-3PO. The 'Jurassic Park', 'Jaws' and 'Schindler's List' film-maker, Spielberg was so moved by the eagerly-awaited conclusion of the sci-fi saga, he burst into tears at its screening in April 2005.
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The climactic lightsaber duel in "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" has to be seen to be believed. It puts the awesome Darth Maul/Obi-Wan fight in "The Phantom Menace" to shame, and it's one of the big pluses in a mixed blessing of a movie that is a vast improvement over its immediate predecessor, but sometimes in fits and starts.
Any fan will have the same reaction to this showdown: As it's about to begin, you'll laugh, because with the characters involved the idea seems almost absurd. Then you'll cheer, because George Lucas knows you're laughing, and plays into it beautifully. Then your mouth will drop open in amazement. How did he pull this off? This is so cool!
Suffice it to say, this scene -- and the huge battle that surrounds it as the fabled Clone War begins -- is worth the price of admission all by itself.
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