It’s nice to see the Jewish Journal publish a piece about Natalie’s recent “anti” Jewish comments. No knee jerking. Engagement of reasoning. Wow.

The integration of Holocaust education into Jewish education requires a balancing of competing imperatives: conveying the enormity and uniqueness of the Shoah without alienating the very audiences we most need to reach. Natalie Portman should be commended, not criticized, for making the need for such a proportionate approach a topic of discussion.

Thanks to Belerofonte for the find.


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TIFF News: Heat and ATOLAD

TIFF news have been piling in lately, and a lot of it has to do with Natalie Portman. She’s due to speak at the charity Soiree event, and A Tale of Love and Darkness was to be added to the festival schedule. Well, her directorial debut now has been. Package owners can purchase tickets to include the film in their program now, and single ticket purchasers can buy their own tickets September 6th. You can get more info here.

Natalie Portman in Michael Mann's Heat

Secondly, the Toronto International Film Festival is celebrating Michael Mann’s crime thriller Heat, as it is 20 years old this year.


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The Anti-Semitic Zionist

A couple days ago a new Natalie interview appeared in The Independent and in the most interesting passage she explains how her criticism of right-wing politics in Israel was kept in check when she was younger due to a strategy of “fear-mongering”. She now feels that the Jewish community should at least be openly discussing how much prominence the Holocaust is given, when it is at the expense of other injustices in the world.

Here is an excerpt about a realization on a trip to Rwanda in 2007.

“We went to the museum there, and I was shocked that that [genocide] was going on while I was in school. We were learning only about the Holocaust and it was never mentioned and it was happening while I was in school.”

The general point is that of having more empathy for more people, but of course the headlines out there have been more along the lines of “Natalie Portman says ‘shut up’ about the Holocaust”. It feels like just the other day she was being called a Zionist and now she’s apparently an anti-Semite.


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It’s that time of year again, where Forbes magazine releases their list of the most financially powerful people on Earth within that 365 day time frame. This year’s list of the richest actresses is topped with women that should hardly be a surprise to anyone. Jennifer Lawrence landed first place with an estimated fortune of 52 million dollars earned last year. With all of the successful films she has been in, including the lucrative Hunger Games series, this seemed likely (she also beat last year’s winner, Sandra Bullock, by one million). Following her are The Avengers‘ own Black Widow Scarlett Johansson (over 35 million), the comedic game changer Melissa McCarthy (23 million), Chinese superstar Bingbing Fan (21 million) and American sweetheart Jennifer Aniston in fifth (over 16 million).

A pleasant surprise was Natalie Portman, earning her place at 18th this year. After a slow year cinema wise, it’s nice to see Portman being recognized. Maybe she made the list with her Dior deal and other ventures. Nonetheless, Portman has a bigger year ahead of her, with her huge Tiff outing (to conduct her Soiree and accompany her film A Tale of Love and Darkness) and two long awaited films to (possibly) give her a boost (A Knight of Cups and Jane Got A Gun).

A bigger list is here. Congratulations to all who made the list, including our very own Natalie Portman! Thanks to Belerofonte for the news.


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KoC In Berlin And France

While the U.S. release of Knight of Cups is set for early next year, the film is going to be opening in some other territories long before then. The film has been announced to open in France on November 25th and being in Berlin I’m heard rumblings that it will open here on September 10th.

In fact, if there are any Berlin Natalie fans out there interested in the film, drop me a message on our Facebook page with the first line being “Knight of Cups in Berlin? Hell yes!”. No promises but if there is interest I’ll see if I can get a group together for a screening.


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TOLAD Is Heading To TIFF

As we thought, with Natalie already heading to the Toronto International Film Festival it was always likely there might be another reason to attend. Confirmation arrived today that her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, will screen at the festival.

A poster for the Hebrew version has also arrived, along with news that the film will open in Israel in October.

Poster for Tale of Love and Darkness

Thanks to Belerofonte.


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A couple big ticket tidbits for you guys today, both regarding upcoming Natalie films.

– Oscar blogger, Sasha Stone, has mentioned Natalie as a potential awards season contender for Jane Got a Gun. That seems…optimistic at best, but more interestingly, she has the release date of the film set for December 31st. She’s a connected and diligent reporter so she must have heard something…

– A couple interviews with director Marielle Heller confirm that she will be directing Natalie in On the Basis of Sex – previously all we knew was that she was in negotiations. First interview and the second, in which she confirms she didn’t write the script and wants to make a film about a strong, complicated woman is here.


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New Marie Claire Poll

It’s high time for a new poll and while I do want to do one about the new trailer, I want to start by doing a pulse check on Natalie’s Marie Claire UK shoot. Opinions seemed quite divided, which should make for intriguing results.


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Natalie was in New York City today, where she made an appearance at the hit Broadway musical Hamilton and posed for photos backstage with Trevor Noah and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda at The Richard Rogers Theater. Hit the preview to view the new photo set at the gallery.

Thanks to Belerofonte for the finds.


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TOLAD Trailer Is Here

The trailer for Natalie’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, has arrived and it looks rather glorious. Unfortunately, there are no English subtitles, but the visuals were enough for me.


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Great news! Natalie Portman is due to give a talk at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In the first Soiree, Portman will discuss her success throughout the years, which will possibly conclude with an analysis on her directorial debut A Tale Of Love And Darkness. The event will feature a social event with cocktails and musican performers. There will be an on stage discussion as well.

Since this is a charity event, tickets will range from 300$ (balcony seat) to around 650 (VIP). The event will take place at the TIFF lightbox in downtown Toronto on September 9th. More information can be found here.

Thank you to Belerofonte for the lovely news!


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German KoC Poster

A big thanks to our friends over at One Big Soul for posting the German poster for Knight of Cups, which features Christian Bale ignoring Cate Blanchett in order to look at Natalie.

German poster for Knight of Cups


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Even More Marie

We’ve updated the gallery with four more new shots from Natalie’s September 2015 Marie Claire UK photo shoot.


Thanks to Belerofonte and edenLiao for the finds.


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More Claire

Four new photos from the Marie Claire UK shoot have arrived and it’s more awkwardness, particularly the walking down the stairs shot, which should have never seen the light of day.

Natalie Portman in Marie Claire UK

In addition Amo has scanned the interview, which you can find here.


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Knight of Cups opened up this year to some interesting reviews. The Natalie Portman film (of which she only appears briefly, ala common Terrence Malick treatment) may end up being like most Malick films that get defended or attacked by the masses for years to come. However, it’s no apparent contest that director Terrence Malick has been a visionary for decades. It’s why he is being given a tribute at the Deauville Film Festival. To quote their reasons for the award:

“We thought it was the right time to honor a cineaste who places humanism at the heart of his artistic concerns,”

“We can say that his art is both harmonious and sacred. The experience he offers through his films carry us to that delicious point of going beyond the ‘self’ to the benefit of being, thus making his filmmaking unique, necessary and primordial. He turns our meanderings into the pathways of life.”



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More Marie

We’ve added some more Marie Claire UK photos and I’ve got to say, this set is a big “meh” for me. Am I alone?

Natalie Portman in Marie Claire


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Marie Claire UK

The first few photos and cover shot for Natalie’s spread in the September issue of Marie Claire UK are here, courtesy of The Daily Mail. Hopefully the article (some snippets can be read at the source) and more are to follow.


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Bocelli Bonus

Thanks to Belerofonte we have a couple new follow-up items from Natalie’s appearance at the Opera. We start with a video of Natalie arriving and later watching with Ben.

And then we have a new Instagram snap from the day.



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Natalie was spotted attending Andrea Bocelli’s The Turandot incognito with her husband at the Teatro del Silenzio open air amphitheatre in Pisa, Italy last Sunday. Hit the preview to view the new set of candid photos in the gallery. A video of Natalie’s appearance can be viewed after the jump. Thanks to Belerofonte for the finds.



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I’m back! I’m now more or less settled in Berlin so I should be able to resume normal updating duties, starting with the August calendar from Celina, who was also kind enough to pick me up from the train station.

This calendar is pretty special, I think you’ll agree.

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