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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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.
'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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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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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