Back in April, Natalie attended the 30th Annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM, where she was wearing Theonne’s Clementine Contrast Sweater. If you covet it, get it now while it’s on sale. Thanks to Kitten for the find!
We know that the family intends to live in France, but Natalie’s visit now is just that – a visit. Benjamin, however, has been in France for almost a week and will be staying there as his new ballet, Théâtre du Châtelet, opens next week.
Hopefully there will also be a Cannes appearance, but I wouldn’t bet the house on it.
The permanent family move will occur in the spring of 2014. Thanks to Herzwerk.
There were rumours that Natalie would be appearing in Cannes…not sure if that’s true but she is now in Paris, where the whole family will soon be moving permanently. The Daily Mail has some cute shots of Natalie giving Aleph a ride on the carousel. Super cute. And not to worry, Aleph’s face is blurred out.
Thanks to Keith.
Time for a little house cleaning in the way of some mini news items. Dig in.
- Jane Got A Gun has had a rocky road and then some, so it’s not surprising to hear that buyers in Cannes are worried about investing in the project. Sounds scary but as long as the actual filmmaking is going well, they just need to bide their time until they can show the worldwide distributors what they have.
- Speaking of which, looks like Ewan will soon be in front of the cameras for the film.
I’m riding western up in Santa Fe today in prep for ‘Jane Got a Gun’ I am mainly acting in films with Gun in the title. Any suggestions?
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) May 9, 2013
- Finally, James Franco admits what we already know – Your Highness sucks.
Thanks to Maribel and Fanatical.
The first official image from Knight Of Cups has arrived and it’s fantastic news for Natalie fans. As we all know, Terrence Malick is prone to cutting stars out of his films, so it’s surely positive that the first piece of publicity for the film features Natalie. Christian Bale is in the shot but he was always going to be the star of the film so that’s no surprise.
Thanks to Jack.
Natalie was spotted attending the Frieze Art Fair with Aleph and her parents in New York City over the weekend. There are two fan photos here and here. Please note that Aleph is visible in both photos (which is why there’s no preview). Thanks to Kitten and fanatical610!
Time for a new poll and instead of simply doing another “how happy are you that Ewan…” type poll, I thought we’d look at all the actors who were, at one time or another, the villains in Jane Got a Gun, and let’s see who is the most popular.
As for the Macbeth poll, for me the most interesting result was how few votes there were against the project. Somehow I thought there would be more pushback.
StudioCanal has signed up to co-finance (with Film4) Natalie’s upcoming film, Macbeth, and will distribute the film in France, Germany and the UK. They are heading to Cannes to tie up more international distribution deals but no word yet who will distribute in the US.
We also know that the film will only begin official pre-production later this year with view to shoot early in 2014.
The full Hollywood Reporter piece has a quote mentioning that the film will (attempt) “to bring contemporary themes to an iconic story”. While the producers also mention modern themes and an “energetic story”, and call Natalie and Fassbender two of the finest actors of their generation.
Thanks to Kitten.
You might recall that Natalie was strongly linked to Alfonso Cuaron’s ambitious sci-fi project, Gravity, with reports that she was offered the role. This was as word of Natalie’s performance in Black Swan was spreading and she was becoming a hot commodity again.
But Natalie was also pregnant (happy mother’s day to Natalie and all the mothers out there ), and that’s potentially the reason why the film went ahead with Sandra Bullock instead. It’s been almost 3 years but the trailer landed a few days back and it looks, sadly, spectacular. At least that’s what I think. Are you guys as bitterly disappointed as me?
Natalie is still in LA and another set of candids has hit the web. Aleph is visible in almost all the photos, and it looks like he’s starting to get quite heavy to hold
A big thanks to Toto20.
Terrence Malick’s long time editor, Billy Weber, talked to The Playlist and while he isn’t working on the two Natalie films – Knight Of Cups and Untitled – he does have a little bit of info to divulge.
Weber says despite reports, Malick’s next two films are likely not going to be as experimental and dialogue-free as “To The Wonder.” “’To The Wonder’ is a meditation. I don’t think ‘Knight of Cups’ or the next one will be like that, but I’m not positive…I know what the story is. There will be more dialogue in it,” he said.
I don’t for a second think either film will be conventional, but maybe a softening of his artier ambitions will let a few more people into his world.
More encouraging words coming out from behind the scenes of Jane Got A Gun. Of course one could be cynical and say that the people invested in it are hardly going to do anything but build it up…but maybe things are progressing well on camera at least.
The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with the co-chair of Exclusive Media, who are one of the production companies handling the film. Here are the comments, which includes a line about how Natalie is really putting a lot into keeping the film on track.
THR: Exclusive is handling Natalie Portman’s Jane Got a Gun. Are you worried the project will fall apart now that Bradley Cooper has dropped out?
Sinclair: Every film has a life of its own. And in the case of Jane, you have a really powerful script, and when one director [Lynne Ramsay] dropped out, they found another great director immediately [Gavin O'Connor]. And Natalie’s commitment and leadership is holding the film in place. I’m confident it will get made. As Sherry Lansing once said, the more stress there is, the better the film is creatively.
Thanks to Fanatical and Maribel.
The gang is getting back together. Natalie was Padme in the Star Wars prequels, Joel Edgerton played Uncle Ben and now Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, is in negotiations to take on the revolving villain role in Jane Got A Gun.
I can’t think of too many roles where Ewan has played the villain so this could be interesting. Let’s hope this one sticks.
Read Deadline’s report on the news.
Thanks to Maribel and AMSSERME.
Well, looks like Natalie didn’t make it to the MET Gala this evening after all. She appears to still be in Los Angeles, as she was spotted leaving a Jewish community center with Aleph in Los Feliz earlier today. Candids courtesy of Celebrity-Gossip.net (thanks to Kitten) and Just Jared. Please note that Aleph is visible in all of the photos if that bothers you.
The title of the Shirin Neshat short film has been revealed in this new German Interview magazine piece with Neshat. She confirms the suspicion that the short film is for a Dior video installation and adds that the film is about a woman losing her mind.
Sounds interesting…although it could just as easily be awful. No clues on when we might get to see it though.
NESHAT: I just cut a video that I shot with Natalie Portman, then I turn back to my photographic works to which are concerned with something else, and then I prepare another new feature film before. I do not even know how that’s going to do one thing. But I hardly know people who just – let’s say – are authors. I like the variety.
INTERVIEW: What is a video with Natalie Portman?
NESHAT: There is a video installation for Dior titled “Through The Abyss”. No advertising film, but a short, about ten minutes almost silent film. A working between dream, fantasy and fiction with a woman who suffers a nervous breakdown.
INTERVIEW: What hope does not describe your current state of mind. What appeals to the jury work?
Thanks to Angelina!
Natalie was snapped shopping at Lassen’s Natural Foods & Vitamins on Saturday. She’s back in LA ad will soon be flying out, if she hasn’t already, for the MET Gala on Monday.
Thanks to Maribel and Toto20.
Here are some stills from the Shirin Neshat short film that Natalie shot in early 2012. We’ve seen one image before, but it’s great seeing more from the film. Still no sign of when this will see the light of day, but maybe the release of these photos means some kind of appearance is on the way.
Thanks to Kitten.