Did someone say film news? Holy hell, it has been too. Damn. Long. Here is a very evocative “promo” poster of Natalie’s first directorial feature film, A Tale Of Love And Darkness.

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Thanks to Belerofonte and Collider.


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The Find Of The Year

Natalie fans are blessed with a catalogue of thousands of photos of her through the years. However, we all know that for every one great editorial shot, there are dozens more that are just as good but never see the light of day. When we do catch a glimpse of these “extras”, particularly years after the fact, it feels akin to finding treasure. Today Kitten delivered some priceless gems, with several additions to one of the very first ever Natalie photoshoots.

Click the thumb below to check out the additions to the Bruce Weber shoot of Natalie and Alessandro Gassman from 1994.


Thanks to Teenageddirtstache


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House Hunting in Paris

We’ve updated the gallery with some new-old candid photos of Natalie and family visiting apartments in Paris back in April. Please note that Aleph is visible in the photos. Thanks to HQ Utopia.


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Leon Fan Posters

The Leon worship continues with some fan made posters, found by Belerofonte. There are a lot more, including some really striking minimalist pieces, over on this forum thread.

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We continue the Leon content, in celebration of the film’s 20 year anniversary, with some set photos of Natalie posing with cast and crew. I think this classic Gary Oldman pose has been seen by all but these others might be new to some fans. In order, Natalie with director Luc Besson, with Jean Reno and with everyoooooone!





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Mathilda Comic

A couple weeks back I posted my tongue in cheek Mathilda comic, which was jam packed with every bad idea I could think of for a sequel to Leon: The Professional. While I remain dismissive of a sequel to Natalie’s first film, I also think that a good film COULD be made with the character. My main concern is that I suspect Besson would make it a “cool” rollercoaster ride of violence and action, like the final action set piece from the original minus any kind of emotional investment in the characters.

So a few years back I hatched a comic idea to tell my own follow-up to the film. It’s flawed but I’m quite proud of many aspects, even if I couldn’t ultimately finish it due to cost. If you haven’t seen it yet, click the thumb below to take a look at all 3 chapters.



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Leon Fanart

I’ve been slacking on the Leon 20th anniversary content so I promise that this weekend I’ll knock out at least 3 or 4 Leon related posts. To warm up, here is a cool piece of fanart found by Belerofonte – sadly I do not know the name of the artist. The scale seems a little off but other than that it’s not too bad ;-)



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More Dior

We’ve updated the gallery with some much higher quality shots from Natalie’s new Diorskin Star photo shoot. We also have an UHQ scan of the print ad. A big thanks to edenLiao and Kitten.


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Wow, a new poll has been a long time coming. Sorry about that. There are a few worthy topics but I’m going for Rouge Dior Baume.

As for the last poll, about Natalie focusing on French films, I’m a bit surprised that only 16% of fans are not happy with the news.



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Dior Star Video Preview

Eden continues to rock it with the Dior news. This time she has a preview of the upcoming Dior Star video ad. Hopefully the full version will be arriving any day now.



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Eden Liao is back with another Dior Star find, and this might be my favourite shot. Mostly because of the shadows caused by Natalie’s eyelashes. What do you think?



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Rouge Dior Baume

Baume! The weekend of awesome Natalie content kicks off with two ads from her new Rouge Dior Baume campaign. Based on those two images it’s already a huge step up from its predecessor, the awful Rouge Dior campaign. A big thanks to Eden Liao for the find.

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Bacall Statement

Following up from yesterday’s update, Natalie has now released a statement about Lauren Bacall’s passing. Clearly she made a lasting impression on Natalie. Thanks to Kitten for the find.


“Lauren Bacall’s strength, wit and talent matched her extreme beauty. I had the great fortune that she so generously allowed me to direct her in my first short film,” the 33-yera-old actress told JustJared.com. “It was a true honor to watch her act up close – her sense of humor, timing and imagination were apparent in every moment. I will never forget the gift of her trust in me and the inimitable and vast talent she had. My deepest condolences to her loved ones.”


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Children’s Hospital

Natalie has a long association with the LA Children’s Hospital, which has largely remained under the radar. That changes now as Natalie is being honoured at the 2014 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala. She will be receiving the ‘Courage To Care’ award, along with Sally and Bill Hurt and Costco Wholesale.

A world-renowned actress, film-maker and philanthropist, Natalie Portman is a steadfast supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She first became involved in 2008 as a regular volunteer in the Teen Lounge, a unique space for teens and adolescents coping with hospitalization, and assisting Child Life specialists with patient activities in the hospital playrooms. Ms. Portman has also been a generous donor to the hospital’s Children’s Fund, which fulfills the hospital’s most immediate needs, such as providing specialized support for a family in need or purchasing blood for transfusions.

The sold out event takes place on October the 11th. You can read the full press release here. Thanks to Kitten.


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Lauren Bacall passed away last night after a full life and an incredible career. The reason I post about this here is because one of her last pieces of film work was for the short film, Eve, which Natalie wrote and directed. Bacall was very much the star of that film and below we have a video showing some scenes from the film, as well as Natalie talking about working with her.


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More Dior

We have another HQ shot from Natalie’s new DiorSkin Star campaign, brought to you by edenLiao.


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How about a burst of great Natalie fanart to soothe away the frustrations of Tuesday. Note: I have an awful cold so am feeling pretty bleak right now. In any case, these works are from Sofink, African Confessions and Mohsen.





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Gallery Updates

We’ve updated the gallery with a larger (though not necessarily HQ) version of a shot from Natalie’s DiorSkin Star campaign. Thanks to Kitten for the find (via hdutopia).


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In more recent years I’ve grouped news items that previously would have been their own updates. I just don’t have the time I once did and bullet pointing items is just easier. However, this collection of tidbits is like an old school tidbits update. Each one is entirely forgettable, yet somehow curious in its own way. Enjoy?

- Good news Emporiumheads, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is FREE to stream on ITV for the next 2 weeks. You have to register and free is probably still too expensive for that film but hey, Natalie was rocking the short boy cut so at least there’s that. Thanks to Amo.

- If you don’t know the band Spoon, head to Spotify ASAP. Definitely one of the more consistently good bands of the last couple decades. They have a new album out and take a pretty fun jab at Garden State in the track Outlier.

- Sticking with the audio topic, The BS Report podcast tackled actors and actresses who could have been romantic comedy superstars. Natalie gets a funny mention from 59:30 onwards, but they dismiss her case pretty quickly, which is fair enough.


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Eating Animals

It’s around 3 years since news first broke that Natalie was looking to adapt Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, Eating Animals, into a documentary. Now we have word via Deadline that the project is definitely moving ahead, with some producing announcements. Christopher Dillon Quinn is still on as director and it’s possible that the film has been in production for awhile and could actually be closer to completion than we think.

Natalie is producing and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her narrating the film or even on screen. I’m fond of meat but love a good documentary and am curious to see what new ground they cover in a field that’s already been heavily covered in the documentary form.

Thanks to Belerofonte.


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