Natalie’s Harvard commencement speech is now online and, I’m kind of shocked. Natalie has never been the greatest of public speakers, but this is really great. It moves along at a rapid pace, almost like stream of consciousness, but in it there is a lot of heart, insight, and humour. For Natalie fans seeking new informational nuggets about Natalie’s life (Harvard and everything else), there is certainly a lot of that too. Thanks to Belerofonte.
Just when I thought we were never going to see an edgier Natalie editorial after an abundance of beautiful but boring Dior spreads, 2b management Photographer’s Agency posted this Instagram snap of Natalie posing with veteran fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth. Could a new photo shoot be coming soon?
Thanks to anqxxx for the find.
Natalie is on the cover of The Guardian for an interview piece out of Cannes. Thankfully the online version is already up and can be viewed here.
It’s clear that Portman, with her record of support for a range of impeccably liberal causes (from poverty to animal rights to, um, vegan shoes), has the best of intentions; Israel’s rightward march in recent years seems as much to her distaste as anyone else’s. “You look at your country and it’s not what you want it to be,” she says. “It’s not what you wish it could be. But of course we have to strive for what could be, but also live with what exists, and what is, and be pragmatic.
Thanks to Kitten and Amo.
The Australian version of The Daily Telegraph caught up with Natalie during her recent visit to Beijing for the Dior exhibition. It sounds like Natalie was in a really good mood because the interviewer came away feeling like she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Contrast that to the recent THR interview and it becomes clear that trying to pin Natalie down under one label is a fool’s errand.
“You need huge levels of perseverance and focus to complete your initial vision and keep it going ’til the end,” she says.
“Now I get how hard the director works on intensive planning long before we actors show up – and of course afterwards.
“It’s amazing how small the actual filming part of it is!”
The full interview, including her appreciation of Australians and Emma Watson, is here. Thanks to Belerofonte.
There are so many poll options to choose from but I’m going for something a bit odd. Natalie dropped out of Macbeth in order to film TOLAD. Both screened for the first time in Cannes. Natalie’s film got a mostly tepid reaction, but is obviously a wonderful achievement for her. Macbeth is getting some real rave reviews like “the beautiful ferocity and complexity of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is reborn, forged in iron, blood, and fire”.
I’m sure Natalie wouldn’t swap the experiences but I’m curious what the fans think. So…
As for the previous poll about Natalie’s four upcoming projects, my choice came dead last while the latest addition, Jackie, nabbed top spot.
Though she was a no-show at the amfAR gala, Natalie made an appearance at the LVMH Young Fashion Designer awards ceremony in Paris yesterday, where she presented the LVMH Prize to Marques Almeida. Click through the preview to view photos from the event (mostly gleaned from social media) at the gallery.
Thanks to cherryvanilla and Belerofonte for the finds.
Earlier today, Natalie attended the premiere of Sicario during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, then later traded her earrings in for a cocktail ring and necklace at the De Grisogono party in Cap d’Antibes. Hit the previews to view both of the new galleries, courtesy of Zimbio.
Thanks to Belerofonte and Kitten for the finds.
Okay, let’s try and chip away at some of the outstanding Natalie content.
This Deadline interview has some great insight into TOLAD, Natalie admitting that she’s got a very busy period of acting coming up, and this interesting quote about producing.
It’s more about being able to create things for myself. It’s complicated when you’re just an actor, you’re subject to waiting for something good and for someone interesting to offer you something interesting. I’ve worked long enough to know there are certain waves and periods you don’t have the opportunities you’d like to so it really was born out of that. I am hoping to create things I’d be interested in, and makes me less passive in the process. I don’t believe my job as producer is to control. I have strong beliefs in the authority and leadership of the director. I really believe in the importance of that hierarchy.
This Variety interview has some talk of her new projects (Planetarium is up first and will be, at least in part, in French) and talk of the directors who helped her along the way.
Darren Aronofsky was great about reminding me to remember my reason for making it throughout the entire process, which was really helpful to always have the voice I had [from the beginning]. Terry Malick was very supportive, reminding me not to listen to anyone who was trying to make it more conventional. He said, “Don’t listen to people who tell you to have a three-act structure.” And Mike Nichols was very supportive. I had my dream team of people I was calling and asking for help.
Argh, there is so much Natalie news but I’m struggling to find the time to do updates. Here is a short and adorable video of Natalie after the screening of TOLAD. Start from 1:05.
Thanks to Belerofonte.
The photocall for A Tale of Love and Darkness was held earlier today in Cannes and Natalie was there to pose with her cast mates. How great has she looked during this festival? Hit the preview to view the full gallery, courtesy of Zimbio.
Thanks to Belerofonte for the finds.
The first photos of Natalie on the red carpet of the A Tale of Love and Darkness premiere during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival have arrived. Hit the preview to view the full gallery, courtesy of Zimbio.
Natalie’s writing and directorial feature debut has finally been seen and the early reviews are across the board. No real consensus beyond “it doesn’t suck”.
The most positive so far has been via The Guardian.
Homely, bespectacled Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and even glum little Amos (Amir Tessler) are inevitably overshadowed by Portman’s near-radioactive screen presence. But its on her achievement as a director that her role in this film will be judged, and it’s accurate to say she has done an impressive job, easily the equal of Angelina Jolie, who went similarly serious for her first feature, the Bosnian war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey.) Portman has made a film with something serious and interesting to say about Israel, a nuanced portrait of the place that demonstrates a commitment to, and connection with, her home country. This is an assured, heartfelt debut.
The Telegraph gave the film 3 stars.
The film feels like a personal project for Portman, but thankfully never a vanity one. It’s a fine piece of work – and you sense there’s better to come.
While we await the first reviews of TOLAD and Natalie’s appearance at the screening today, how would you like to take a look at a first scene from the film? Starring Natalie. Written by Natalie. Directed by Natalie.
Thanks to Crazzeematt.
Just a few hours after posting a poll about Natalie’s 3 upcoming films, a fourth film arrived. Didn’t see that one coming. So I have closed it and tomorrow I will post again with the fourth option – assuming there is not a fifth on the way.
To make it up to you – the stupendous Hotel Chevalier. This is possibly NSFW. Unless your work is awesome.
With news flying in every direction I wanted to take this brief moment of quiet before the TOLAD reviews hit to post a few news items.
– First up, a couple videos of Natalie’s appearance for the opening ceremony at Cannes.
The second video is of the actual ceremony itself and can be viewed here with Natalie appearing “at 3’50 , 6’10 and after the short Benjamin Millepied ballet (from 10’02 to 14’20) at 14’20″. Thanks to Kornemuse for the links and info.
– Also thanks to Kornemuse for uploading the entire Le Monde M Magazine with the Natalie pictorial and interview. Any good quotes in there?
– Finally, the Guardian has a nice profile on Natalie, which ends with an interesting and sobering note.
Portman herself has recently indicated that her determinedly sober attitude to life as an adult star was inspired by something horrible and nameless that happened to a close friend in Israel in 2003, while she was in her senior year at Harvard. It convinced her, she said, that she had an obligation to do some good if she could.
What the hell is going on? Natalie has now signed up for the Jackie bipoic, which she has been linked to since late 2012. Back then it was all about finding the right director and scheduling. Well they have a director in Pablo Larrain (directed the much heralded “No” a couple years back) and a producer in Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky. The film will begin production at the end of the year.
“ ‘Jackie’ talks about the days when Jackie Kennedy becomes an icon but has lost everything,” said Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, who is overseeing Insiders. Aronofsky, who was president of the Berlin festival jury this year, was highly impressed with Larrain’s Berlinale competition entry “The Club,” which went on to win the fest’s Grand Jury Prize. Portman caught “The Club” in Paris, and loved it. “It’s the ‘Black Swan’ team reunited for Pablo Larrain,” Maraval said.
Thanks to Kitten and the source.