May30

Watch Natalie Visit Dior

 
We have a great weekend surprise thanks to Eden_Liao. It is a video of Natalie picking out the scents that go into her Miss Dior perfume. Of most interest is that Natalie is speaking French throughout…perhaps French fans can update us in the comments as to how her pronunciation and fluency is progressing.

Struggling with the video autoplay so I am putting it after the jump. Or click the thumb below to go to the site and view it there.

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May29

People Magazine

 
Natalie makes an appearance in People Magazine’s coverage of the Cannes Film Festival. Click the thumb below to view the gorgeous full sized version, along with a short article.

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They also have a video where they asked Natalie and a couple other actors to play a word association game. Thanks to Sarah and Amo.

 

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May28

Gallery Updates

 
We’ve updated the gallery with over 40 new and HQ photos of Natalie attending Harvard’s 2015 Class Day at her alma mater in Cambridge, MA yesterday. Thanks to Iktriad for the finds.

 

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May27

Harvard Commencement

 
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.

 

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May26

New Shoot?

 
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.

 

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May25

The Guardian

 
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.

Natalie Portman in The Guardian

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.

 

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May24

Daily Telegraph

 
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.

 

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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.

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May23

LVMH Prize Event

 
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.

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Thanks to cherryvanilla and Belerofonte for the finds.

 

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May22

Dior Interview

 
We have another video from Cannes, this time being interviewed by Dior. Thanks to Axwell.

 

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May21

Paris Match

 
Thanks to Belerofonte, who found two scans at moon-light-world from a Paris Match editorial featuring Natalie in Dior couture during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

 

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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.

 

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May19

Interview Round-up

 
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.

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May18

Natalie After Screening

 
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.

 

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May17

Bow Down

 
Okay, real talk time. The image below and this Instavideo of Natalie on the beach after a long day of press is frankly ridiculous. Ridiculously beautiful. If it was a Dior ad it would already be one of the best that the campaigns have produced. Thanks to Belerofonte and Iktriad.


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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.

 

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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.

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May16

New Films Poll

 
Okay, here is the poll about Natalie’s upcoming film projects again. We had to start afresh due to Jackie being announced after the initial poll went up.

 

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May15

First TOLAD Reviews

 
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.

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May15

First TOLAD Clip

 
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.

 

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