Natalie flew into NYC and paid a visit to the home of Diane Sawyer yesterday. The occasion was a sombre one as friends and family gathered to pay their respects for her husband, Mike Nichols. There was a big turn out of celebrities, which you can read more about over on The Daily Mail. Thanks to Belerofonte.
Those fans who have been around for awhile will know how important Mike Nichols was to Natalie, so it’s no surprise that Natalie has released a statement about the director’s passing.
“He was the one who had the best words, the right hug for hard times, the funny comment to diffuse your pain,” Portman continued. “He saved me again and again. He was the best way to be a person and an artist. And the most, most fun. I send my deepest love to Diane, Jenny, Max, Daisy and their children, who filled his days with light.”
Those pesky Clones, just never going to give up are they? You might recall of the plans to re-release the Star Wars prequels in 3D a few years back. They got as far as one film, The Phantom Menace, but it didn’t set the box office alight as expected. The Disney takeover followed and all the focus was on the future of Star Wars, not the past, resulting in the scrapping of the other two films.
Well, it looks like Attack Of The Clones will finally get a 3D showing, and if you’re on the west coast you can try and grab tickets over here.
PROS: The white jumpsuit
CONS: Sandy foreplay
Thor 3: Ragnarok news is bubbling, with the rumours suggesting a very epic, brutal and game changing film. Underscoring that are some leaks from the crew, in the form of Tom Hiddleston and writer of the film, Christopher Yost.
Let’s start with his tweet.
Ragnarok is the end of all things. What are we supposed to do, let people live?!
— Christopher Yost (@yost) November 6, 2014
Then we have Hiddleston talking about the mythology of the character from last year, and it definitely seems to tie into Ragnarok being a huge moment in the Marvel universe.
I’m far from being a Thor superfan, but this sounds quite promising indeed. It appeals to be dark dark soul.
The image of Natalie from the Untitled Terrence Malick film, which we posted on Thursday, received quite a lot of attention on our Facebook page – a reach of almost 20k so far. It dawned on me that a) there may be a lot of Natalie fans who weren’t around during the filming and missed all those great set photos and b) sex appeal sells.
So here is a little trip down memory lane – a few of the sexy looks that we might get to see in the film, if they make the cut. I’m not including any images that I feel could be too big of a spoiler, so obviously tread with caution if that worries you.
We’re well overdue for a couple tidbits and that’s exactly what we have today. A couple. Two. Not three. Two. Symmetry.
– Let’s start off with a very DEEP find from “a”. A tweet posted in February, from a regular editor for Terrence Malick, Brian Scofield, in response to critic Guy Lodge musing with someone about the two upcoming Malick films with Natalie. When the topic turned to whether Natalie would be playing the same character, as the films have overlapping casts and many assume that there must be a strong connection between the two films, Brian dropped a very clear answer – Natalie plays completely different characters.
There you have it. Not the biggest news in the world but I’ll take anything I can get from these two mysterious films.
– Next up is a Natalie film that managed to land in 8th place on The Playlists 25 Best Horror films of the 21st century. No, it’s not Mr Magorium.
Melding Cronenbergian body horror with “All About Eve”-style melodrama, and shot with visionary control by Aronofsky, the film is weird, disturbing, hallucinatory and peculiarly beautiful, not least in its glorious climax. It’s still the director’s best, and one of the classier horror pictures of recent years.
A couple films I still need to see off that list and one or two I feel should have made the cut, but I can’t complain about it too much. Some inspired choices.
This is a find, not a fan submission, so it isn’t eligible for our end of year awards. The artists who are eligible might be breathing a sigh of relief because this piece from Desislava is pretty damn incredible.
I was going to make a tumbleweed joke, but that would do a disservice to this drawing from Reika. While the Natalie news has been excessively thin this year, the Natalie art work has been outstanding. Much respect to all the talented artists out there.
The “me” in question is Soraya Roberts, a writer and long (loooong) time Natalie fan. I’ve known Soraya for a few years and I think she’s known me for longer than that, having checked in on the site for many years. In recent times it’s been great seeing her career taking off and I’ve long been anticipating a piece relating to her complicated fandom. With Leon’s 20th anniversary upon us, she took the opportunity to finally write about her connection to Natalie.
I don’t agree with everything said, but I think it will resonate with a lot of people, even if the particulars are different from person to person.
I turned back to the band as she approached our corner — I didn’t want to stare. She had a beer in her hand and I felt the booth shudder as she climbed up and sat next to me. Neither my best friend nor my boyfriend was aware of her presence, but it was all I was aware of. I felt my heart flood with adrenalin as I turned to her and touched her shoulder. “Happy birthday, by the way,” I said (“By the way,” like the tail end of a conversation we had already been having). Natalie opened her mouth, equal parts shock and smile. “Thank you!” she said.
I didn’t introduce myself, I didn’t say anything else, I just sat there sharing a piece of upholstery with my proxy as she swigged her beer and listened to the music, the perfect fan, contained despite being anything but. That she didn’t move, that she didn’t try to see me seeing her, suggested a mutual respect (mine based in celebrity, hers in humanity). I was embarrassed when two guys cut across the room to invite her to a gig, like a truck ploughing through a perfectly harmonious countryside. But Natalie was polite. “I’m only in town for tonight,” she said.
Remember Remember the 5th of November. That’s what we’ll be doing with today’s new poll, which is focused on the much beloved V For Vendetta. Good luck skimming all the options, your brain might just cave in on itself.
Nice to see quite a close poll about the Thor 3 news, well, at least among the runner up answers.
A belated happy holiday. I spent it slogging to make a film in 48 hours for the Cape Town leg of the 48 Hours Film Project. Exhausting but a lot of fun.
Just to give a little nod to Halloween, here is Celina’s awesome outfit. If you have any Natalie related Halloween costumes, send them in and if I get 2 or 3 good ones I’ll post them to the site.
Natalie and family look to be back in Paris, where they were spotted out for a stroll this weekend (presumably on Halloween given Aleph’s attire). Thanks to Belerofonte for the find.