You know what would be cool? Some holiday themed fanart! No pressure
Speaking of which, here is a really interesting new drawing from Meg.
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.
Natalie came out for a rare public appearance on November 25th, attending the Make-A-Wish gala in Paris. This is the second time in a few months that we’ve learned of her working with the organization – the first being a meet up with a young cancer victim from Australia. Click the image below for a second photo from the event.
Thanks to Belerofonte.
Cinefilos.it has posted a write-up of the sneak peek at Terrence Malick’s Project V confirming Natalie’s appearance in the film. The article has been translated into English by Ale at Ryan Gosling Addicted:
During “Le Giornate professionali del Cinema 2014″ held in Sorrento (Italy) from 30 November to 6 Decemebr we saw some sequences of the film.
From the short footage, we can guess that Ryan Gosling will star, an aspiring rock star. Around him gravitate two characters, one played by Michael Fassbender, who seems to be a business partner of Gosling, someone with whom the character can realize his musical ambitions. On the other side there is the character of Rooney Mara, who in the first part of the footage is clearly Gosling’s woman and then seems to weave a clandestine relationship with Fassbender.
Around this love triangle gravitate two other women, Natalie Portman, in a novel blonde who seems to get in the good graces of Fassbender, while Cate Blanchett weaves his way with that of the character of Gosling.
The Natalie film with the most tortured production, continues to stumble. The February release is no more, instead it is now moving to September 4th…wait, didn’t it have a September release last year? Yup. I felt that release was a good fit and the move to February felt like conceding that it wasn’t going to do well at the box office. So what does it mean that they’ve moved it back to September? Here are a few of my suggestions, feel free to suggest your own.
a) They still don’t know what to do with it.
b) There is some kind of legal hangup delaying things.
c) They’re hoping to ride on the coattails of another, more successful, Natalie film.
d) They’re afraid that it’s release into theatres would bring about the end of days.
Thanks to Belerofonte, Narkel and Juan.
Finally, Terrence Malick’s two films are on the way with both seemingly have teasers/trailers/scenes screen at the Sorrento Film Festival in Italy.
KNIGHT OF CUPS, which is mentioned as due to release in Italy in May, is described as “an actor (Christian Bale) in crisis and his romantic relationship with many women, most notably Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, and Imogen Potts. The films rhythms seem to distance themselves from classical music and touch tones of rock.”
The untitled film is being called PROJECT V and is described as “set in the world of rock with Ryan Gosling at the center of it. Story seems to return to the foreground (compared to Tree Of Life’s more lyrical structure).”
We’ve updated the gallery with a new-old photo of Natalie at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino, which was recently featured in Vogue Japan’s November 2014 15th Anniversary Issue.