Fanart weekend continues with a couple top drawer efforts from first Jelani and then Cristiano.
This year has been one of the worst for Natalie news but I think it might be the best for Natalie drawings. I intend to get through all the submissions before the end of the year, so expect a lot of great Natalie artwork in the next couple days. Starting with work from Fatima on the left and Eugénie on the right.
Kitten found this Instagram shot of Natalie posing with fashion photographer Mathieu Cesar a week ago, but it got lost in the Knight of Cups and Sony shuffle. Looks like we can expect a photo shoot sometime next year.
For those we do celebrate the occasion, we hope that you are having a great day with your families. To drag Natalie into the spirit of the holiday, here are two cute wallpapers courtesy of Ana.
On the one hand it’s a shame that most of our recent Natalie news is Sony leak related. On the other hand, when it’s this funny, it becomes a guilty pleasure classic.
The Defamer story recounts an email chain about Israel and the Gaza War, which Natalie was unwittingly copied in on. The content of the emails is a bit cringe-worthy on its own, but becomes even more awkwardly comedic when Natalie responds by asking why she’s receiving the emails and why the sender, producer Ryan Kavanaugh, felt the need to share her address with people she doesn’t know.
For the full narrative beats I suggest reading the story above. Spoilers: It ends with an absolute corker of a line by Natalie.
Thanks to Garcy.
The Sony leak took on some really dramatic turns last week but in the margins are a few more Natalie related mentions. None are particularly newsworthy but, in the absence of any other news, they will have to do.
– Let’s begin with the writer of the Jobs script, Aaron Sorkin, whose leaked email touches on “Hollywood’s women problem.” His thesis seems to be that there are not enough great roles being written for women and then proves the point by comparing male Oscar wins with lesser female Oscar wins.
“Cate gave a terrific performance in Blue Jasmine but nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the five Best Actor nominees. Daniel Day-Lewis had to give the performance he gave in Lincoln to win–Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, in which she did what a professional actress is supposed to be able to do. Colin Firth/Natalie Portman. Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich. Sandra Bullock won for ‘The Blind Side’ and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies. Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys but there just aren’t that many tour-de-force roles out there for women.”
Thankfully, the Daily Beast writer made the following point in response, and thus saved my forehead from meeting my keyboard.
It’s tough to compare the “degree of difficulty” of different performances on film. And while Sorkin has a valid central point here—that there aren’t enough quality scripts championing female characters, which leads to less complex roles for women—it’s a bit strange to say that Blanchett’s turn in Blue Jasmine was any less difficult to pull off then Bruce Dern’s in Nebraska, or that Colin Firth’s turn in The King’s Speech measured up to Natalie Portman’s tour de force in Black Swan.
The internet finally caught up to Natalie’s beautiful piece in NY Mag and proceeding to ignore 95% of her quote to focus in on the Star Wars line. A prime example being The Independent’s headline of, “Natalie Portman blames Star Wars for nearly ruining her career.”
“Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me”.
Thought #1 – It barely registered with me because it’s something she expressed before in the extensive Times Talks interview many years ago.
Thought #2 – She quite clearly does not “blame” Star Wars.
Thought #3 – Her struggle was, of course, due in part to her performance in, and the quality of, Star Wars. But the bigger problem was a 6 or 7 year stretch where she didn’t make many films, because of school and university, and those that she did do were mainly misses. Anywhere But Here is probably the only film you could argue was a decent performance and film.
Thought #4 – This is probably why we so seldom get to see Natalie open up to the media.
It’s time for a new poll and the topic was never going to be anything but your opinion on the new Knight Of Cups trailer. It’s been a long time coming but was it worth the wait?
As for the last poll, I am still more optimistic than not about the Jobs film even with Natalie now dropping out. But most Natalie fans felt differently. It will be fun to see what happens in a year.
NY Mag has a piece featuring actors talking about what the late Mike Nichols meant to them. Natalie has a lot to say and wow, I was quite taken aback at one very honest story in particular. An emotional moment in Natalie’s life that, given the timeline, probably refers to the end of her relationship with Gael Garcia Bernal. It’s clear to see why Nichols held such a big space in her heart.
“I remember Meryl Streep took us all to this Russian place to celebrate the opening [of The Seagull in Central Park]. Mike turned to me and said, “You know, someone at this table almost died of a drug-induced heart incident in the ’80s. Can you guess who it is?” And I was like, Chris Walken? No. John Goodman? No. Phil Hoffman? No. And I went around the entire table—Meryl?!—and he said, “It was me.” [Nichols spoke publicly about his addiction to the sleep aid Halcion.] He was so open about his flaws and his mistakes. I think it was part of his mentorship. Oftentimes, people are so ashamed of their mistakes they want to hide them and pretend to be perfect. He was the opposite. He was perfect, and he had to humanize himself.”
A. wished in a previous thread for a plot summary and a cast of characters for Knight of Cups, and ScreenDaily and Belerofonte deliver. The former offers a brief, cryptic synopsis of the film:
Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep.
Rick’s (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy.
The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?
Casting confirmed (so far) after the jump.
Awww yeah! Oh how we have waited for signs of life from the Terrence Malick lensed, Christian Bale starring, Natalie on the beach frolicking, Knight Of Cups. Well the wait is almost over as the film is set to screen in competition at the 65th Berlinale Film Festival from February 5-15 with (surprise!) Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky as the jury president.
Thanks to all who contacted me with this most glorious of news. My Berlin friends – Kerstin, Celina – you better make us proud!
For those of us who can’t make it, at the very least we can pencil in a trailer.
For a movie with Natalie in it!
Now for something a bit different. Belerofonte found some videos based off of a digital Mathilda animation rig. The first video shows the rig being created and then Mathilda busts out some impressive moves. The second is a recreation of a scene from the film and boy does it look pretty.
With Natalie passing on Jobs and the film being sucked into the Sony leak scandal, I thought a very simple poll would be interesting.
As for the Danny Boyle poll, well it turned out to be all for nothing but here are the results if you were curious.
The Sony leak, mentioned yesterday, has if nothing else been incredibly entertaining. The new piece of gossip stems from the film Natalie has just passed on, Jobs. There is a fascinating Defamer piece on the email exchanges between studio head Amy Pascal, producer Scott Rudin, as well as David Fincher among others. What’s interesting is that Sony didn’t let the project go, Rudin decided Sony wasn’t a good fit for the film and took it to Universal.
So far so not much to do with Natalie. However, in this new article more emails are divulged, including Aaron Sorkin (the writer of the script) wanting Tom Cruise for the lead (would have been a great idea, imo) and Amy Pascal dropping a Natalie mention.
Meanwhile, the lobbying continued for other roles. CAA’s Dakhill e-mailed Pascal, “Natalie Portman should be Joanna Hoffman in Jobs!” Pascal forwarded the message to Scott Rudin, saying, “I get about three of these a day.”
Quite tame compared to the rest of the leaks, but shows that it was and probably still is a much sought after role.
If you are still crushed by the Jobs news, perhaps these tidbits will lift the mood ever so slightly.
– Let’s begin with a bizarre piece of information that has leaked from the huge data hack of Sony Pictures. As you probably know, celebrities use fake names when filming so that they have some anonymity when checking into hotels and the like. Well, several of these fake names are now out there and included is Natalie’s fake name…Lauren Brown. Presumably Natalie is drawing new names out of a hat as we speak.
– Star Wars fever is growing and Badass Digest takes a cue from the new teaser to look back at the teaser trailers for all of the films in the series.
– Staying in a galaxy far far away, Buzzfeed has a list of the most stylish Star Wars characters. Natalie’s Amidala ends up very high on the list. How high? Take a look and see.
Thanks to Belerofonte and Desert Sapper.
Well so much for that. Natalie has decided to pass on Danny Boyle’s Jobs project. It’s disappointing but at least Natalie is considering new projects.
Here is the full report from Variety. Thanks to Kitten.
Production is expected to start in the spring and while sources don’t have an exact reason why Portman passed, other than news probably breaking before the actress had made a decision on the film, sources say “Jobs” is still on track to make its production date and actresses are already meeting for the part.