Ghosts Rise

Today’s tidbits update comes with a twist. Updating two projects that Natalie was once involved with.

First up is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which many moons ago was set up to be a Natalie starring vehicle to be directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings). David dropped out, followed by a football teams worth of other directors. Eventually Natalie also departed but remains on-board as a producer. The first images of the film have arrived and…yup…pretty much what you would expect. Blood and corsets.

The second is Steve Jobs, which Natalie was offered rather publicly thanks to the Sony leak. I couldn’t be bothered about PPZ but the full trailer for Job has arrived and…it looks kind of great :-/


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Back Pat

Wanted to share something with you guys. I’ve been serving as creative director for a new messaging app called www.emwith.me and it has been a great experience, although obviously one of the reasons why I haven’t had much time to post. I helped bring their video promo production to Cape Town and the result is below. I’m damn proud and, of course, I managed to slip a little Natalie easter egg in there :-P

The best feature is right at the end – Take It Back. You can literally pull back a sent message from the receivers device. Too damn cool…but I am biased.


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Calendar – July

Hats off to Ana for making great use of that classic Cannes photo. Really love this wallpaper and how it looks great on your desktops.

Natalie Portman July 2015 calendar



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Natalie looks to be back in Los Angeles for the moment, as she was spotted out doing some shopping for Aleph (pictured) with Benjamin in Los Feliz yesterday. Hit the preview to view the new photo set in the gallery.

Thanks to Belerofonte and Lee for the finds.


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Relativity has had a financial struggle that is becoming somewhat of a confusion the past few days. As the story develops, it has become self contradictory as well. Essentially, Relativity has been issued ten days to fix their financial woes, as lenders have started to flex their muscles with their authority over any business decision Relativity is due to make. This sounds like the bottom of the barrel, but it also feels like the final fight to get things moving.

Or so it seemed, before Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and his representatives countered this headline shortly after. Both Kavanaugh and his reps have discredited this ten day mission and have gone on to say that they are nearing in on a deal with their lenders.



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I don’t often link to fanart that isn’t submitted, but this Deviantart find by Belerofonte is not only great it makes me wish the idea could be represented on screen.

Loki and Jane traitors


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Andreas Introduction

Hello everyone! I am Andreas. Thank you to Darren for this opportunity. I’ve visited this site a lot and never thought that I’d be a part of it! I am Greek, South African and Zimbabwean, but I currently reside in Toronto.

I am a film/music writer who has worked for the Toronto ezine Live in Limbo for three years now. I have majored in cinema studies and am wishing to do my masters in film.

I have frequented this site for years (approximately six) to get all of the latest updates on Natalie Portman. I have been inspired by her work ever since I was a child (when she was already a Queen in the Star Wars series). My favorite film of hers is Black Swan (an obvious choice, but I believe it is for good reason). Otherwise, my favorite film is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, my favorite director is Igmar Bergman and the worst movie I have ever seen is Battlefield Earth.

Thank you for this privilege, again! I hope to keep the site going smoothly as possible. If you have any questions, hit me up!



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We Have A New Writer

Thanks to all who showed interest. As mentioned, Rachel and I are swamped and we don’t like leaving you Natalie fans in the dark. Even when I do update now, it is so frenzied that what little substance I used to muster has gone out the window.

So welcome to the team, Andreas.


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Paris Capitale

Thanks to Belerofonte (via moon-light-world), we have a new portrait of Natalie taken during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, featured on the cover of Paris Capitale magazine.


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Natalie news has died down a bit so let’s shuffle through another bag and pull out a couple mini news items.

– Natalie will be hosting a PBS airing gala (July 24th) celebrating composer John Williams.

– Lightscamerareaction reports a couple Malick-y items from Awards Watch. The first being a potential scoop that plans are afoot to play Knight of Cups and “Weightless” together at festivals. The other is a review of Natalie’s Knight of Cup performance which goes something like, “he looks lovely and smiles a lot and then looks crushed and lost and that’s kinda it.”

Doesn’t that sound amazing!


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New Writer

I need help. There, I said it. I’ve been updating this site for over 15 years. Back in the day the rule was a minimum of four updates on week days and two on weekends. Obviously even if I had more time now, that would be near impossible these days. But work is increasing, Rachel is also super busy and now I’m moving to Berlin for three months from the end of July.

Basically I can’t keep up and you guys deserve better. I still want to contribute, I just need to know that if I am busy there is someone else ready to pick up the slack.

So, if you are a decent writer (bonus points for being creative) and a big Natalie fan that keeps up with the news, drop me a line and let’s talk.


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Fixed Poll

Well I hope it’s fixed. Some people weren’t seeing the last poll so I started a new one. Please let me know if this does the trick.


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Natalie in London

In the first candid photos since last month in Cannes, Natalie was spotted arriving in London on a Eurostar train yesterday. Hit the preview to view the whole gallery.

Thanks to Iktriad for the find.


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Malick Updates

Even though Knight of Cups is complete and has been screened at Berlinale, the producers are now aiming for an early 2016 release. I assume the mixed reviews cooled any awards season prospects but producer Gabrield Hammonds puts it like this.

“We want to have the longest run possible,” said Hammond, “not for money’s sake, but so we can get as many people to share the experience.”

The Thompson On Hollywood piece that includes the quote also mentions that the second Malick film, Weightless, will not be released under that title. One Big Soul have heard that it is the title of the film but that the distributors have the rights to change it and that’s exactly what they will be doing.

Thanks to Belerofonte.


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It’s time for a new poll and with Jane Got A Gun (apparently) on the horizon, I thought it could be fund to try and predict when the trailer will see the light of day.

As for the last poll, it seems most of you think Natalie made the right decision to direct her first film and drop out of Macbeth. For her, I feel it was surely the right decision. For me as a fan…I’m less sure.



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Black Swan Throwback

Black Swan‘s still photographer Niko Tavernise is sharing a new-old photo of Natalie in a Rodarte costume that didn’t make it to the final cut of the film on his Instagram account. Thanks to Belerofonte for the find.

A photo posted by Niko Tavernise (@antwrangler) on


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More Tidbits

Back-to-back tidbits!

– Following on from the Ruth Bader Ginburg appearance mentioned on the site yesterday, here is more info, including a plot point, for On the Basis of Sex.

– The UK release date for Jane Got A Gun has arrived and it lands the same day as the US – September 4th. Now, how about a trailer?

– Finally, further confirmation of Natalie’s upcoming shoot with Ellen von Unwerth, straight from the photographer’s mouth in this new interview. She also talks about photographing Natalie in one of her first shoots.

I have long since ceased photographed. I had time for an interview to “Léon – The Professional” in front of the camera since she was fourteen and jumped around on the bed in cat costume. (Laughs) She was already a smart kid and had a great personality.

Thanks to Belerofonte and Iktriad.


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We’ve got quite the backlog of smaller news items, so let’s do some catching up with another round of tidbits.

– Starting off, Natalie was in Iceland for her birthday. No photos and we aren’t sure whether if there was a work component, but here is a short article in Icelandic.

– Next up, it seems that the Ruth Bader Ginsburg film (the name of which I always have to look up – On the Basis of Sex) has been in development for awhile, with the delay being because Natalie insisted that the director be female. As you might recall, Natalie has gotten her wish with Marielle Heller seemingly set to direct.

– Finally, for those interested in films that Natalie could potentially have been in – the Macbeth trailer is here and looks amazing, while the Steve Jobs teaser dropped a couple weeks back and is also really well executed.

Thanks to Belerofonte.


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Knight of Cups Photos

The awesome One Big Soul has exclusive photos from the set of Knight of Cups. They have over a dozen shots but I’ve just nabbed the three that contain Natalie. Click the thumb below to take a look.



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Madame Figaro

Natalie was photographed by Matias Indjic for Madame Figaro during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, and made an appearance in an issue of the magazine earlier this month.


Thanks to Belerofonte for the find.


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