Just in time for the new month, here is our monthly wallpaper calendar. This month we can give a big danke to Celina.
You love them more than you love your children. It’s tidbits time!
– Let’s begin with The Playlists Top 50 Films of the Decade So Far, which has a position at number 35 for No Strings Attached. What’s that? Sorry, I’ve just been informed that it’s actually Black Swan. Sorry about the confusion. So many great films on that list, makes me really break into movie geek mode.
– Speaking of great films, Wes Anderson has a lot of them. A great supercut of the usage of the colour red and yellow in his films has arrived and there is a TON of Natalie in Hotel Chevalier in there. Have I mentioned lately how much I love that film?
– And finally, an early contender for worst Natalie related news of the year, Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith) has recorded a new version of Janie Get Your Gun for A Tale of Love and Darkness. What’s that? Sorry, I’ve just been informed that it’s actually for Jane Got a Gun, which makes more sense in a “it’s so obvious hit me in the face with a shovel” kind of way.
Just a few more categories left before we can announce the winners. Today we want to know what upcoming Natalie film you are most excited for. Amazingly, we could have 4 new Natalie films this year.
It’s time for another batch of tidbits.
– Let’s begin with a preview of a new Natalie shoot…actually, open closer inspection it’s definitely a video shoot.
– Harvard students are planning a sit-in to call for the university to divest its massive fossil fuel endowment. The student’s open letter has a few interesting signatories, including Darren Aronofksy and Natalie.
– Finally, Madonna and Natalie are apparently showing interest in a new swanky Tel-Aviv penthouse.
Thanks to Belerofonte.
We’ve updated the gallery with some more new and UHQ photos of Natalie at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills last Sunday. Included are some great shots from inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Photo Booth. The real gems are after the jump.
I’ve seen some variable opinions on Natalie’s red carpet appearance. In an effort to make it a close poll, I’m going to stick to two options and the “negative” option isn’t actually all that negative to begin with. So…
As for the last poll, the voting was quite evenly spread out regarding the post Berlinale excitement for Knight of Cups. I expected more disinterest given the reviews and the size of Natalie’s role, but it seems that the film is still very strongly on the radar for most of you.
Natalie attended the Vanity Fair after party last night, something of a tradition for her, and the results were…BA-BAM!
Thanks to Iktriad for the current set of photos. More coming later!
Natalie was spotted stopping by the Hotel Normandie in Los Angeles earlier today. The source claims she was there getting ready for the Academy Awards, though she’s not listed as a presenter. Presumably, she will be making an appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party later this evening.
Thanks to Kitten for the find.
We’ve updated the gallery with a few new candid photos of Natalie picking up Aleph from a playdate yesterday in Los Angeles. Please note that Aleph is visible in all of the photos.
Thanks to Garcy and Kitten for the finds.
Normally we have separate TV and internet appearance categories but since it was such a news light year, we’re throwing all the videos into one category. Quite a mashup of different types of videos but whatever gives you the most joy should land your vote.
Best Video Appearance
Total Voters: 78
Busyyyy day so just wanted to get out a couple mini news items for you guys to chew on.
– First up, here is the entire press release from the company that has landed the US rights to Knight of Cups and Project V/Untitled. The good news is that Natalie is definitely in the second film as well and receives 4th billing, after Gosling, Mara, and Fassbender.
– Then let me finally post about the Madame Figaro interview, which came out a couple weeks ago. You’ll have to right click and translate to English, but it will be worth it because there are a few nice quotes in there. I particularly liked Natalie’s response to whether she feels more like a “miss” or a “mrs”.
I prefer the US middle Ms. (pronounced miz, Ed ), more neutral, which is attributed to a woman regardless of marital status. I do not believe that to marry someone, to have a family or reaching a particular age you really change, overnight. Immaturity does not fly at once! This was made for me over new roles, new responsibilities, new interests. I feel like I am constantly in the heart of a cycle. An evolution of every minute of every day, almost every mood! But often you realize the change in how others perceive you.
Natalie looks to be back in Los Angeles at the moment, as she was spotted out doing some shopping with Benjamin and Aleph at Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins in Los Feliz yesterday.
If uncensored photos don’t bother you, there are some more adorable photos here. Thanks to Belerofonte for the finds.
We’ve got a couple more Knight of Cups reviews for you today. Despite several strongly positive reactions on Twitter, it hasn’t really translated into many raves from the critics. The reviews below don’t change that unfortunately.
Anne Thompson found some aspects to admire but was lukewarm at best.
Like “Tree of Life,” it’s best to let the film wash over you and enjoy Lubezki’s gorgeous images such as mist rolling over a hillside and various inventive underwater perspectives. But a lot of them are shallow views of a banal life, and offer a male gaze on the female form in many lovely guises. Not a new narrative, this.
Indiewire liked it a lot more, giving the film a B rating, but there were still a lot of shots fired.
Eventually, “Knight of Cups” finds some respite for the beleaguered Rick when he meets a more supportive woman (Natalie Portman) who ultimately provides him with the salvation he seeks. However, their courtship hardly registers as more than an ethereal snapshot of burgeoning romance. Despite the uplifting atmosphere surrounding the movie’s final act, “Knight of Cups” foregrounds Malick’s fetishistic obsession with small moments at the expense of lasting emotion.
With the mixed reviews for Knight of Cups combined with the news that Natalie is probably only in the film for 10 minutes (although it sounds like her time on screen leaves a strong impression) I thought it was a good time to do another pulse check for the film in the form of a new poll.
As for the red carpet appearance, woah, it doesn’t get a lot more positive than these results.
Now that news is finally cooling down I can bring your attention to this Natalie interview from Berlinale. There aren’t any earth shattering revelations, but I really enjoyed all of the answers. The topics cover working with Malick a lot, how they first met a decade ago, his influence on shooting Natalie’s own A Tale of Love and Darkness, and what success and failure means to her.
But below I’m quoting the passage about her time off from acting, because it has a seemingly happy ending for us fans.
“When you have a kid and you’re an actor you are kind of forced into a long break. I was showing from day one. There was no way I was able to work when I was pregnant. You’re basically off for a year and I chose to take more time off to be with my family. It ended up being two years that I didn’t act. It was obviously a magical time in my life. But it also was good because it gave me a hunger to come back and an excitement. Renewed energy for why I want to make things and how I want to make things.”