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 - 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
Natalie Portman and Aleph Portman-Millepied - Natalie Portman and her son Aleph Portman-Millepied arrive at Los ANgeles International Airptort (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 4th July 2014
Benjamin Millepied and Aleph Portman-Millepied - Natalie Portman and husband Benjamin Millepied with their son Aleph Portman-Millepied at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 5th June 2014
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.
'Black Swan' star Natalie Portman wears a simple monochrome dress as she arrives at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. She waves at fans and briefly stops to pose for photos before going inside. She doesn't stop on leaving the studio but simply rushes to her awaiting car.
Louis D Esposito, Tom Hiddleston, Alan Taylor, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth and Kevin Feige - German premiere of 'Thor - The Dark Kingdom' at Cinestar am Potsdamer Platz movie theater. - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 27th October 2013
Early reviewers are suitably impressed with 'Dark World' - no more, no less.
We’ve done the months of tense anticipation and today marks the day – Thor 2 is finally out in cinemas in the UK. Sorry, US people, you’ll just have to wait a while. Of course, not everyone is going to be as excited about this release as this particular staff writer is, but let’s face it, if you paid to see a Marvel superhero movie and didn’t enjoy it, you probably don’t have a soul – that is, of course, a highly scientific fact. So with that in mind, let’s see what the critics have to say.
Hemsworth is great, but not the only highlight of the movie.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Leslie Felperin is mostly smitten with Tom Hiddleston’s turn as Loki (aren’t we all) and describes the abundance of villains and CGI in the Loki-less scenes as wildly uneven. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is relegated to playing a benevolent, but ultimately less interesting “witless oaf” – Loki’s words – but if you’ve been leaning towards the Loki side of the fandom anyway, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
It's been a good start; how long can it last though?
It’s all looking pretty rosy for Marvel’s latest phase two addition to the world of cinema Thor: The Dark World. With cutting edge special effects flowing vividly from the film’s every orifice – that’s a metaphor – the critics have been kind, but will the so-called ‘big hitters’ ruin the (at the time of writing) 80% Rotten Tomatoes score?
Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins as Thor and Odin
Thor, the Mighty Avenger, enjoyed a relatively successful translation to the big screen back in 2011, despite Roger Ebert’s best efforts.
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston talk about the upcoming 'Thor: The Dark World' in a short featurette revealing a snippet of what the film will bring to the Marvel film franchise on its release on October 30th 2013.
'Thor is the God of Thunder, he's from a place called Asgard which is within the nine realms in another universe', Chris explains, with Tom adding, 'Thor's brother, Loki, is this mischievous prince. At the end of 'Avengers', Thor takes them back to Asgard.' They explain that the movie picks up from events that happened in 'Avengers Assemble', but this time they are 'bound together on the same journey with the same goal'.
'Black Swan' star Natalie Portman appeared with her choreographer and dancer husband Benjamin Millepied in an oddly crinkled but simple blue, yellow and black dress at the New York City Ballet 2013 Fall Gala held at the David H. Koch Theatre.
The French Oscar-winner replaces Natalie Portman, who was initially cast as Lady MacBeth, and will star alongside Michael Fassbender.
Marion Cotillard has been chosen to bring some Gallic glamour to one of Scotland's most malevolent (fictional) characters in the latest big screen adaption of William Shakespeare's MacBeth. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star along German/Irish actor Michael Fassbender, who will be taking on the titular role, under the direction of Snowtown's Justin Kurzel, The Hollywood Reporter first revealed.
Marion Cotillard will replace fellow Oscar-winner Natalie Portman in the latest adaption of 'The Scottish Play'
Distributed through StudioCanal and Film4, the latest rendition of the classic Shakespearean tragedy is being produced by The King's Speech backers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who run the production house See Saw. Which happens to be the same company that worked on the Fassbender-starring Shame. No further details of the film have been released just yet, so it is still unknown who Cotillard and Fassbender will be starring alongside when filming begins in January 2014.
Stallone makes surprising announcements about the third Expendables romp, and we get more details on films about Princess Diana, Steve Jobs and the White House butler. But the Muppets are the Most Wanted...
The big news this week was that Harrison Ford will join the Expendables for their third film adventure. Sylvester Stallone tweeted the announcement, then went on to mention that Bruce Willis won't be around this time, apparently because he asked for too much money. Stallone was also caught on camera poking fun at Arnold Schwarzenegger's "big ego". Before they re-team for the next Expendables movie, they're costarring in the prison-break thriller Escape Plan. Watch Sly talking about Arnie at Comic Con here.
The next big superhero blockbuster will be Thor: The Dark World, and we got a more detailed look at the film in a new trailer this week. Pretty much everyone is back, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgard. The movie looks like a huge-scale action adventure with a sense of humour about it. It opens in October. Watch the trailer for Thor: The Dark World here.
Marvel's new trailer for Thor: The Dark World premiered as part of YouTube's Geek Week, featuring Chris Hemsworth returning as the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder. This time, he faces off against Christopher Eccleston's villain Malekith and the Dark Elves, though his adoptive brother, Tom Hiddleston's Loki, is still around to confuse things.
The Poster For Thor: The Dark World
Natalie Portman reprises her role as Jane Foster, while Idris Elba, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings and Zachary Levi form the supporting cast.
Continue reading: Thor The Dark World Trailer Is All About Hiddleston's Loki [Trailer]
Tom Hiddleston sent the Comic-Con crowd into frenzy with a cleverly organised stunt.
Tom Hiddleston was one of the marquee names at this year's Comic Con: San Diego and we caught up with him on the red-carpet to talk about the amazing reception he received during the Thor: The Dark World press conference, at which new footage was screening.
In one of the most innovate and exciting panels from this year's event, Hiddleston appeared in full regalia as his villainous Loki character to unveil the new promo. The Marvel panel was plunged into darkness before the British actor addressed the gathered crowd in Hall H.
Continue reading: Tom Hiddleston On 'Thor: The Dark World' Comic-Con 'Car Crash' [Video]
Lily Collins has taken the lead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
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.
Lily Collins will star in the movie adaptation of the mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Lily Collins is attached to the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.' The movie was originally set up at Lionsgate with Oscar winner Natalie Portman to star, though the studio went through a revolving door of directors including David O'Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie before the project seemingly fell apart.
Following Portman's exit as the star, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway flirted with starring in it, though Lily Collins appears to have snagged the role. The producers - which include Portman - have chosen '17 Again' director Burr Steers to helm the adaptation.
Panorama will produce and finance the movie, which they intend to sell at the Cannes Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The 2009 book is a mash-up of Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as a co-author. The story follows the plot of the original book, but places it in an alternative universe version of the Regency-era of Britain, where zombies, skunks and chipmunks roam the countryside.
Jane Got A Gun gets Gavin O'Connor to direct
Gavin O’Connor will fill the boots of the absent Lynne Ramsey on the western drama, Jane Got A Gun, starring Natalie Portman, Deadline report.
Best known for his work on MMA drama Warrior, O’Connor will have to work quickly to get up to speed, considering the way in which Ramsey left the show (a rather unceremonious ‘not showing up on day one of shooting’ routine, if you didn’t remember). O’Connor – also the writer-director of Pride And Glory, Miracle and Tumbleweeds – will get the show back on the road on Thursday. “I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast,” Scott Steindorff – producer and financier of the show - told Deadline of Ramsey’s sudden departure: “I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up. It is insane somebody would do this to other people. I feel more for the crew and their families, but we are keeping the show going on, directors are flying in, and a replacement is imminent."
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millipied
Continue reading: Gavin O’Connor Directing 'Jane Got A Gun' After Lynne Ramsay's No-Show
Benjamin Millepied became something of a household name when he choreographed the Oscar winning Natalie Portman / Mila Kunis movie, Black Swan. It was there that he first met Portman, and three years later they are married with a child. Life continues to move quickly for the talented couple as, in what has been described as a 'surprising move' been given the job of 'Director of the Paris Opera Ballet', meaning he and the family are relocating to the the most romantic city in the world, Paris, in 2014.
As Sarah Crompton, from the Telegraph, says, it was expected that someone already working at the company would fulfil the role. However, clearly no one is as good as Millepied so the role has been offered to him instead. The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the oldest and most esteemed of its kind in the world.
Speaking to the New York Times he was clearly as surprised (if not more so) as the rest of us: "I certainly knew about the position, but I also knew that there were candidates from within the company," he said. "I was surprised, but I felt very quickly that the artistic dialogue between us was an exciting one. After a while I did feel there was a really good chance I might get the position. Which made my head spin."
Natalie Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied has been named as the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Millepied was the choreographer on Black Swan, the 2011 movie that won Natalie an Oscar. Millepied helped the actress to develop her role, for the obsessive, paranoid ballerina and eventually then went on to marry her, last year. The couple also have a son together.
Millepied, now 35, was formerly one of the principal dancers with the New York City Ballet. He left in 2011, in order to create his own dance company in Los Angeles, named the LA Dance Project. His role at the Paris ballet begins in October 2014, New York Post have reported, to take over from the current director Brigitte Lefevre, who will be retiring. There’s no word as yet whether or not Natalie and Benjamin will be moving permanently to Paris with their son Aleph Portman-Millepied.
Forbes has released their most bankable Hollywood stars list for 2012, and topping the list is Natalie Portman.
Portman brings back $42.70 for every $1 she's paid which makes her a very lucrative investment for any film maker. Her first movie was Leon: The Professional way back in 1994, which was not only successful at the time but has gained something of a cult status. Her roles since have been diverse and interesting, including V for Vendetta, the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the multi-award winning Black Swan. However, as Forbes notes, it's that she's simply not being paid enough for her talents and appeal that push her to the top of the table. To put her numbers in perspective, the most overpaid actor in Hollywood is Eddie Murphy who brings back just $2.30 for every $1 he's paid.
Following close behind in second place is Kristen Stewart largely for her starring role in the Twilight Saga, she makes film companies $40.60 for every dollar paid. In third is Shia LaBoeuf, perhaps a little surprising, but his roles in The Transformers movies - enormous summer blockbusters that have never failed to make millions upon millions of dollars- have pushed him into the top 5. He'll probably not be seen here again having said that he'll not be appearing in anymore movies of the franchise.
Continue reading: Men Dominate Most Bankable Stars List, But Topped By Women.
A Natalie Portman advert, which features the star selling some Christian Dior mascara, has been pulled off the airways for exaggerating the effect of the product on her lashes, Sky News reports.
The ad-breaks are full of them; beauty adverts and yogurt adverts full of what sound like made up chemicals and tests. One day, there will be a chemical in a product that will simply be called: moreofhappiness, if this current trend continues. There’s a fine line between making something sound better than it actually is, with a deceiving grip of the English language and the guile of some marketing exec, who would rather trick hungry consumers than show self respect and tact, and bare faced lying. Christian Dior are reportedly guilty of the latter, but it’s anyone’s guess how much of the former they were attempting. "The miracle of a nano brush for an unrivalled lash creator effect. It delivers spectacular volume-multiplying effect, lash by lash,” said the advert, which to be fair to it, sounds like very other make up advert out there. However, The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigated the ad after rival cosmetics firm L'Oréal complained that it misleadingly exaggerated the likely effects of the product.
Dior, while admitted some photoshopping had been done to Portman’s eyelashes, defended their ad campaign, saying the retouching was "primarily used to separate/increase the length and curve of a number of her lashes and to replace/fill a number of missing or damaged lashes". Anyway, it's been taken off the air and isn't allowed back on.
For years now many critics have complained about the way women are portrayed in the media, particularly in magazines. While women are still represented in images of them that have been 'retouched' or even heavily edited, to make them slimmer, smoother, curvier, more toned and generally more attractive, the same treatment is given to eyelashes, to equal scrutiny and as a result Dior have had their 'DIORSHOW' mascara campaign banned.
The campaign was fronted by Oscar winning Black Swan actress, Natalie Portman. Her lashes appear full, long and thick- the lashes all women are after, and are accompanied by the words; "Lash-multiplying effect volume and care mascara... It delivers spectacular volume-multiplying effect, lash by lash." However, L'Oreal noticed that the photograph had been retouched to make them appear fuller, longer and thicker. They made a complaint to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), reports Sky News, which followed up the complaint with an investigation.
Dior admitted to altering the images, which was "primarily used to separate/increase the length and curve of a number of her lashes and to replace/fill a number of missing or damaged lashes". However, Dior still defended the ad, arguing that no customers have complained, and as the Independent reports, Dior considers consumers aware that the ad is "stylised" and "aspirational". Nevertheless, the ASA weren't impressed, no matter how sweetly Dior batted their eyelashes and smiled, and ruled that the advert may not be reproduced further in its current form. Other brands have had a similar treatment including Special K, American Apparel, Ryan Air and original complainant L'Oreal have all had adverts banned by ASA this year. The question remains though, if it's not okay for Dior to apply 'minor retouches' to lashes, then why are so many magazines allowed to alter images of women to an unrealistic level?
Will Lindsay Lohan really vote for Mitt Romney at the U.S. Presidential Elections in three weeks’ time? Granted, it’s probably not the question on everyone’s lips at the moment, though we thought we’d ask it anyway: just for the hell of it.
The troubled actress raised a couple of eyebrows last week when she revealed Mitt Romney was likely to get her vote at the election. During a frenzied red-carpet appearance, Lohan was asked everything from her current relationship status to her hair color, though it was her answer to a fairly innocuous question about the elections that made the headlines. No doubt the reporter anticipated that Lohan would pledge her allegiance to Obama and be done with it, though – shock horror – she threw her support behind Romney. Her reasons? “I just think unemployment is really important, so as of now I think it's Mitt Romney…As of now,” she said. So it looks as though there’s still time for President Obama to twist Lindsay’s arm, though we’re not sure if he’ll be too bothered. According to the New York Daily News, the actress isn’t even a registered voter, with Angie Comer of the Los Angeles County Registrar saying, “Her status is inactive. She did not vote. Her records would be there…She could go to her old voting place if she wants to vote in this election or there's an option to update her registration online.” So that’s that then.
President Obama seems to have the backing of pretty much everyone else in Hollywood – Brad Pitt, Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, you name it – though the election is likely to go down to the wire.
This boisterous comic book movie benefits hugely from Branagh's steady hand as a director. Even though it's over-designed and far too loud, the characters are strong enough to hold our interest.
In the mythical realm of Asgard, King Odin (Hopkins) is about to hand his throne to cocky son Thor (Hemsworth). But Thor recklessly ignites a war with an old enemy, so is banished to earth without his powers. He adjusts to New Mexico life with help from scientists Jane and Erik (Portman and Skarsgard). As they fend off interest from SHIELD agent Coulson (Gregg), Thor's mischievous younger brother Loki (Hiddleston) is making moves to take over the kingdom. Then Thor's pals (Alexander, Stevenson, Asano and Dallas) arrive on earth to help.
Frankly this is more like a video game than a movie, as virtually every scene is painted extensively with digital trickery. But nothing looks lived in, from Asgard's shimmery bronze towers to the plasticky battle armour. At least New Mexico feels real until a giant killer robot appears. All of this looks extremely whizzy (the 3D is sharp but unnecessary), and will please fans of the genre, but the spectacle continually distracts us from a good story.
That said, the plot's complexities are continually ironed out, as the narrative must jump through various hoops to set things up for both a sequel and Marvel's Avengers movie. So a lot of this film feels requisite, establishing relationships, grudges and so on. Fortunately, Branagh brings a terrific sense of humour to the film, with offhanded moments that make us laugh and give us insights into the characters.
Hemsworth is terrific in the central role, using his imposing physicality and sunny personality to maximum effect. It's not difficult to see why Jane falls for him, although Portman doesn't get much to do beyond bat her eyes and say sciency things every now and then to remind us that she's not a bimbo. Many of the other actors are unrecognisable under layers of armour, hair or effects, although they do get moments to shine. And even if the film isn't hugely satisfying, at least it leaves us wanting more.
Thadeous (McBride) is the second son of the King (Dance), living in the shadow of his golden boy big brother Fabious (Franco), who has just returned from a quest with a bride, Belladonna (Deschanel). But on their wedding day, the evil wizard Leezar (Theroux) kidnaps her to complete his nefarious world-conquering plan. So Fabius and his loyal knights, along with Thadeuos and his esquire (Hardiker), set off to rescue her. Along the way they face treachery from within their ranks and team up with the fierce Isabel (Portman).
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Adam (Kutcher) and Emma (Portman) have spent 15 years flirting at the random points where their lives have crossed. Now living in Los Angeles, they meet again and decide what they really need is sex without a relationship. Adam's pals (Bridges and Johnson) are jealous, while Emma's colleague (Lawson) believes he's the right man for her instead. But things start getting complicated when Adam's ex (Lovibond) moves in with his star-writer dad (Kline), and Emma starts thinking about relationships as her sister (Thirlby) gets married.
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All of these stories take place in Manhattan, with only one or two brief forays into other boroughs, and they all centre around relatively well-off people, mainly white or Asian. They're also quite serious and emotional, with only brief moments of humour dotted here and there, although some make us smile more than others. Each is about a male-female relationship--marriages, brief encounters, possibilities, life-long companionship. Most have a somewhat gimmicky twist, and a few are intriguingly oblique.
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In a noted ballet company, Nina (Portman) is a rising star who's up for the lead in a new production of Swan Lake. She's fiercely aware of the fact that the previous lead ballerina (Ryder) has been casually discarded while younger newcomer Lilly (Kunis) is already threatening Nina's position. Or is Nina just being paranoid? As opening night approaches, Nina begins to clash with everyone around her, from Lilly to her mercurial director (Cassel) and domineering mother (Hershey). And reality starts slipping out of her grasp.
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Nina has always strived to be the best dancer in the New York City ballet company she belongs to, driven by the company director and her mother, Nina starts to feel like she's moving in the right direction. When the company decide they're going to perform Swan Lake, the director, Thomas Leroy, must choose a girl to play the innocent White Swan and one to play the Black Swan who's an altogether darker character.
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Sam Cahill (Maguire) is a loyal Marine getting ready to head back to Afghanistan with his men. His wife Grace (Portman) is trying to be strong for their young daughters (Madison and Geare), but his stern father (Shepard) couldn't be prouder. Just before he ships out, Sam's black-sheep brother Tommy (Gyllenhaal) gets out of prison and, when Sam is reported killed in action, he rises to the challenge to help care for Grace and the girls. But several months later Sam is found, and what he experienced has left him dangerously paranoid.
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An odd road movie of sorts that spends most of its time hanging around in diners, bars, and casinos (and precious little of it on the road), My Blueberry Nights will be noted in many quarters for it being the feature film-acting debut of jazz chanteuse Norah Jones. To put it briefly: No actress is she. Playing a lovelorn young woman named Elizabeth, she first shows up in a Brooklyn diner run by Jeremy, a charming Manchester immigrant played with the expected lighthearted dash by Jude Law. In the middle of a breakup, Elizabeth moons about the café, eating the excellent pie (best in the city!) and chatting with Jeremy, winning his heart even as hers is breaking over somebody else. Then Elizabeth ups and skips out, landing next in Memphis, where she waitresses at a café and a bar, telling everyone she's working two jobs to save up for a car.
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With his Queen unable to bear him a son, Henry VIII (Eric Bana) seeks solace in the beds of local noblewomen. When the Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) learns of this proclivity, he attempts to exploit it for his family's benefit. Calling on brother Sir Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance) and his wife, Lady Elizabeth (Kristin Scott Thomas), they come up with a devious plan. They will invite the King to their estate, and then parade daughter Anne (Natalie Portman) before him. Of course, his Majesty has his own designs, and after a hunting accident, he takes a fancy to the fairer, more compassionate Boleyn girl Mary (Scarlett Johansson). Immediately becoming his concubine, the entire family is whisked off to court. But Anne will not be vanquished, and will do anything to claim her royal reward.
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Zach Helm, a gifted writer and director, unearths enough of those visual wizards for his debut picture Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a production designer's dream that is wondrously stuffed with the type of creativity usually reserved for children's literature. Helm proved he can write whimsically with his clever Stranger than Fiction script, where tax agent Will Ferrell ignored a narrators running commentary in his head. Now Helm's charming Emporium shows he's able to construct whimsy on screen, as well.
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Director Wes Anderson brings us, The Darjeeling Limited, starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, is an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, played by Wilson, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.
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Forman, the Czech madman, began his career with sublime studies in New Wave dynamics, most memorably with 1965's Loves of a Blonde and 1967's sublime The Fireman's Ball. Now, after Cuckoo's Nest, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and that ridiculous role in Keeping the Faith, Forman seems to have jettisoned over to the other side of the spectrum. While most of Forman's American fare at the very least holds the faintest whiff of provocation, Goya's Ghosts seems shackled to a supremely-uninteresting story without even a glimmer of spontaneity. Seriously, hasn't it already been proven that all art is inspired by women and all women are evil? Isn't it time to move on? Not according to Forman.
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Project overseers Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné wanted to create a cinematic map of Paris, with each short film representing one of the city's 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods). They ended up with 18 films, none of them more than a few minutes long and directed by a glittering, international roster of filmmakers. While none of the films here are anything approaching masterpieces, hardly a one is in any way a chore to sit through, which has to be some sort of an accomplishment.
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Garden State, an auspicious writing and directing debut from Braff (of TV's charming Scrubs), is about Largeman's return to his New Jersey hometown, and like Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, it's more about mood and moments than telling a single story (and like that film, it's about an actor feeling numb to the "real" world). Indeed, the plot feels very much out of short fiction -- and, we can't help but notice, possible autobiography; Braff is a young actor from Jersey, too.
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For a while, Hollywood had returned to the conspiracy-theory vibe of the 1970s, when political dialect and public paranoia drove plot lines and inspired the creative minds of Francis Ford Coppola, Alan J. Pakula, and Sidney Lumet. I'm happy to report that the conversations prompted by Gaghan and Clooney are carrying over into 2006 with James McTeigue's V for Vendetta, an open rebellion against society's close-mindedness that's based on Alan Moore's incendiary graphic novel (though the irritable author has renounced any cinematic version of his work).
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This opus about the power of love and the redemption of family follows the tragic, and I mean tragic, life of Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman). Hitting the road with her hick, guitar-playing boyfriend in a rusted-out GM, Novalee dreams of the blue skies of Bakersfield and sipping chocolate milk beneath a plastic umbrella with her unborn baby, due in a month.
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If this were any other movie, it would have had the most horrible, over-long, dumb-sounding title in history. If this were any other movie, I'd have been laughing at all the wrong places. If this were any other movie... well, this isn't any other movie, is it? Far from it. The most anticipated movie, some say, since Gone With the Wind, and when a screen of blue text reading "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." gets enormous applause, that's hard not to believe.
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Minghella tells Mountain in two parts that fail to complement each other. In one, wounded Civil War soldier Inman (Jude Law) reaches his breaking point on Virginia's blood-soaked battlefields and decides he can't spend another day without his true love, Ada (Nicole Kidman). So he puts down his rifle and begins the long walk back to Cold Mountain, N.C. Meanwhile, back home, Ada struggles to maintain her father's house after the man passes away in a disgustingly symbolic rainstorm. She accepts help from the town tomboy (Renée Zellweger) and learns a thing or two about patience, hope, and independence in the face of danger.
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And so we're faced with the third Star Wars prequel, Revenge of the Sith, simultaneously the most anticipated and dreaded film of the summer. Nearly a decade of hype, dashed expectations, and Jar-Jar Binks jokes have finally come down to this, Lucas's third Star Wars prequel and, by all accounts, the last Star Wars movie that will ever be made.
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The setup holds promise: Four characters in dreary London couple and de-couple, falling in and out of relationships over a four year span. The story is told piecemeal, as it focuses on brief events in the couples' lives, separated by months or years. It begins as American stripper Alice (Natalie Portman) meets British obituary writer Dan (Jude Law) by happenstance. A year later, Dan encounters photographer Anna (Julia Roberts), whom he immediately begins to lust after. Later, Dan plays an internet prank on dermatologist Larry (Clive Owen), which unexpectedly sends him into the arms of Anna. They marry, and Anna promptly starts an affair with Dan. Dan confesses to Alice, she becomes a stripper again. Anna confesses to Larry, and she leaves him, sending Dan to Alice for the first time. And round and round we go until everyone's had a shot at everyone else.
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After a witty lead like that, at this point in the movie review, I usually launch into a brief plot synopsis. So here goes: A down-to-earth teenage girl hates her crazy mother.
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The DVD release of the original international version of Luc Besson's 1995 masterpiece The Professional, which is known as Léon around the world, is a prime example of how a good film can become an instant classic as a director's cut. For years, I have heard of an "international" version available only in laserdisc format, which has eluded me for years. I even bought a laserdisc player from my uncle Don for 100 bucks just to watch certain directors' cuts - including Léon. But after countless searches in laserdisc stores, I could never find it. Until now.
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The film is Mars Attacks!, and with it Tim Burton serves up the worst production of his once-blossoming career, a movie wherein he indulges every excess of his demented psyche, pays no attention to entertaining the audience, and recycles every joke he can get his hands on.
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