-Natalie is one of the 140 signatories (including Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham or Chadwick Boseman), of an open letter for Charity One, calling for action against gender inequality. The signatories call for a commitment to help every girl get an education and for leaders to use their power to deliver “historic changes for women.
–Annihilation opens on digital platforms in the US tomorrow, and Ultra HD, Blu-Ray & DVD next week. Slashfilm has a detailed explanation of the special features of the BD edition, and Collider has an exclusive clip.
-Finally, after the jump we have some images of Natalie this weekend:
We did not see photos of Natalie and Amalia for a long time, but Public French website has a few pictures of them taken yesterday. It should be noted that the baby’s face is clearly visible in almost all of them:
Fun fact – running our social feeds I get a lot of messages who think we are Natalie. And let me tell you, I’ve never gotten so many heated messages than from Natalie’s refusal to show up for the Genesis Prize, because Benjamin Netanyahu would be attending.
I also received a lot of thankful messages.
There wasn’t much middle ground.
Well, the latest news is that Natalie will still receive the prize only Genesis will be handling the $2 million worth of donations. This article from Haaretz has quotes quite a lot of criticism.
Natalie is set to appear at Boston Calling at the Arena Stage this year, where she is billed for all three days of the fest as “Natalie Portman and Friends”. Yesterday, she revealed in the instagram stories that the guests joining her would be St. Vincent, Zola Jesus, Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47, cellist Clarice Jensen, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME):
Natalie is also curating the Boston Calling Film Festival, in which she’ll present films surrounding “the female gaze.” The film festival takes place in the days leading up to the music fest, on May 22-24 at Harvard Square.
The next public appearance of Natalie will be at the Boston Calling festival in ten days. While we wait for that event, we will have to settle for the usual weekly paparazzi photos. On this occasion, Natalie was having lunch with a friend at a restaurant in Los Angeles today. Daily Mail has three photos:
As is well known, the character of Jane Foster, played by Natalie in Thor’s first two movies, has not appeared in the MCU for years (she had a couple of mentions in “Age of Ultron” and “Thor Ragnarok”). Natalie stated long ago that “As far as I know, I’m done (with MCU)” … but this could change in the next Avengers movie, brand new in 2019. According to a Huffington Post article, in which ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ directors reveal who died and survived off screen, the fate of Jane Foster could be considered a “potential spoiler”:
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)
Status: Too spoilery.
Director comments: “When we say spoiler, [we mean] potential spoiler,” Anthony clarified after I was a bit shocked they couldn’t comment on Jane.
Thoughts: Whoa, what? Natalie Portman hasn’t been a part of the MCU since “Thor: The Dark World” back in 2013. However, Portman has said she’d be open to returning to the Marvel realm, so maybe a Thor-Jane reunion is on the horizon.
Does this mean that there is still one last chance to see Natalie playing the character in the next Avenger movie? Natalie said in an interview for Screen Rant in February that “I’m completely open to everything, but I have no news about that”, so, who knows…
More casting addictions for Noah Hawley´s Pale Blue Dot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Stevens will play Natalie’s on-screen spouse in Fox Searchlight’s astronaut drama:
The film reteams Stevens with his “Legion” creator Noah Hawley, who’s directing from a script by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. Other previously announced actors are Jon Hamm and Zazie Beetz. The movie is scheduled to shoot this summer.
It’s been a very quiet week in Natland, without great news or photos, but even so, we have a few Tidbits:
-The next public appearance of Natalie will be at the Boston Calling festival in just two weeks. We knew that she will present a mini Film Festival, with the screening of seven films with a common denominator: the representation of “female gaze” in cinema. Today we have known that Natalie will also curate and host a series of special programming at the Arena Stage during the three days of the festival.
–Vox Lux is the last film shot by Natalie a few weeks ago. With the movie still in post production, today it has been announced that Vision Film has achieved distribution rights in China, in the market of the Cannes Festival. Hopefully we can see the film in the fall season…
-Speaking of Cannes, which is being held these days in France, Natalie remembered her attendance, as part of the festival jury in 2008, on her Instagram account:
We haven´t seen candid photos of Natalie for a long time, but that finally changed. She and her mother were spotted leaving a lunch meeting yesterday in Los Angeles. This time, Celebsla and Hawtcelebs have the photos:
Eating Animals, the documentary narrated and produced by Natalie and based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, will be released in the US in select cities on June 15. Today, IFC has launched a trailer (and a poster) for the film. Here they are:
Friday came with one funny theme this week, as celebrities took to their social media accounts to celebrate #OldHeadshotDay with some of their first photos in the business, and Natalie has joined in instagram with one of her best known photos of her childhood:
We’ve all been wondering – what exactly is Natalie going to be doing at Boston Calling in May? Well, the answer has finally arrived via Boston Magazine.
What do Lolita, The Exorcist, and 2015’s Diary of a Teenage Girl have in common? All three movies in some way involve the concept of “the female gaze,” and all three will be featured in Natalie Portman’s film festival next month.
Natalie goes on to add:
“I’m so excited to show films that I love that explore the female gaze,” says Natalie Portman. “I don’t think there is anything inherently different between male and female artists, but these are examples of great works of art in which similar storylines have female tropes that play out quite differently depending on who is telling the story. I’m looking forward to sharing these with an audience and hearing their reactions. It makes it an even more special opportunity to watch these incredible films on the big screen at one of my favorite movie theaters.”
A cool topic and no surprise she chose Diary of a Teenage Girl, as she really wanted to work with director Marielle Heller after the film came out.