Just a few quick updates before I head out the door…

– The first images from Cloud Atlas have arrived. I know Natalie didn’t end up doing the film, but by all accounts she was close, so you might be interested to see how it’s turning out.

– Natalie and Benjamin were among the celebs attending a benefit at the Beverly Hills Hotel for Project Angel Food, which cooks and delivers free nutritious meals to men, women and children affected by life-threatening illnesses.

– Finally, Starprincess66 sent in a fan montage showing off Natalie’s pregnancy with Aleph.


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We saw Natalie depart and now we have photos of her arrival with Whiz at JFK airport. Benjamin and Alpeh were also on the plane but are not pictured in the gallery.


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Natalie heads to LAX

Natalie was all smiles as she toted Whiz to LAX earlier today. She’s most likely jetting off to Massachusetts to support her husband, the artistic director for Nantucket’s 2012 Dance Festival.


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This is how sharp I am. Someone posted on our Facebook page asking what the new scent was. Instead of replying with a tongue in cheek “it smells like Natalie in France”, I googled Le Parfum scent to see if there was some kind of description out there.

I went to a few sites, including this one, but didn’t find what I was looking for. The Eden sends me a message showing me a new Natalie photo and straight away I’m thinking “I’ve seen that somewhere before…”. Turns out I had stumbled on the photo earlier but breezed over it assuming it was old.

So thank goodness for the likes of Eden and Rachel.


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New Dior Ad

It’s a bit small but a big thanks to Toto for finding this new Miss Dior Le Parfum ad. When we get a better quality version, we might have to do a super mini pic battle between this and the old ad.

UPDATE – Click the image to now view a bigger version. Thanks to Miller


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Rogue Dior Nude Preview

Garcy found a great preview of Natalie’s fall campaign for Rouge Dior’s Nude Grège N°169. If you’ve been following the campaign, you’ll remember this is the shade Natalie chose to promote in benefit of the Free The Children foundation. All profits from the sales will be going towards scholarships for girls’ secondary education in Kenya.


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Bale And Portman

Yesterday’s article about Natalie and Bale not getting on was clearly BS, but I sent off a mail to my source to try and see if maybe there was an inkling of truth, even if overblown.

The answer I got back paints a completely different picture. Not only is she not butting heads with Bale, Natalie “loves” working with him and thinks he’s “brilliant”.

So much for that.


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KoC Punch

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good dose of crazy unsubstantiated speculation, but one can always count on The National Enquirer to come through with the goods.

According to a “source”, Natalie and Christian Bale are not getting along on Knight of Cups. Natalie is so frustrated by Bale’s perfectionism and seriousness that she’s ready to walk off the project! I wonder if these idiots even realize that Natalie is only shooting for a week. With big gaps between a lot of the filming days. This kind of story would probably be better used for two actors who have to see and deal with each other every day, no?

“Natalie can’t stand him,” an “insider” tells The National Enquirer. “She thinks he’s tedious, arrogant and a disgrace to the acting profes­sion.”

“A disgrace to the acting profession?” That’s a bit much. What exactly did Christian do to earn Natalie’s scorn?



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Buzz Reveal

I’ve always been very split on the Blender shoot from 2005. I hate the look they used for the cover, while absolutely adoring the long sleeved dress shots.

Now Rachel has made a great find – a new image from the shoot, which stands out because Natalie isn’t wearing the wig that was used in all the other images.

Not exactly glamorous but very interesting in a stark and tough kind of way.


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Dinner WIth Aleph

Natalie carried a sleepy Aleph, sporting musical jimjams, to dinner on Wednesday. The paparazzi were there and received a death stare that must have chilled them to the bone.

Please note that Aleph is very visible in all the photos.


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A nice selection of mini updates this evening.

– Let’s begin with Black Swan, which apparently ruffled some feathers after receiving the most complaints in 2011 after it aired on the BBC. The main cause of offense was not face stabbing and body mutilation, oh no, it was lesbian sex. Slam your foreheads against your keyboards in 3…2…1…

“While the scene is visually discreet, narratively justified and within the 15 guidelines criteria, some correspondents felt it was pornographic in nature,” said the report.

“That it was a sex scene between two women was an aggravating factor for some who argued that portrayals of homosexual activity should either be restricted to the 18 category, or not shown at all.”

– Natalie returns to the stage…actually, Natalie kinda IS the stage in Natalie Portman: The Musical.

– Finally, Natalie wasn’t there but you guys might be interested in seeing Christian Bale filming a Knight Of Cups night club scene with DJ, Paul Oakenfold.


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Marie Claire Interview

A big thanks to Natnat for this really nice interview find from Marie Claire. For once I don’t have to run it through Google translator. English, ftw.


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Gallery Updates

We’ve updated the gallery with a new addition to Natalie’s latest photo shoot for Christian Dior. Hopefully this won’t be the last!


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Pic Battle Winner

With a healthy 60% of the vote, the winner of the mini pic battle is…

I think you guys voted wisely. Pats on the back all round.

Of course this means that we now need a new poll, so…

What do we want from Natalie in Thor 2?


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Natalie out and about in L.A.

Natalie was spotted taking Aleph to a friend’s house for a play date yesterday in Los Feliz. Please note that Aleph is pictured in the first few photos if that bothers you.


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Before we dig into some yummy mini updates, a little notice that the pic battle will run one more day. If you haven’t voted yet…run!

– An Italian eco blog has some info (translation here) on Natalie’s upcoming wedding (or, if true, a wedding ceremony for those who did not make the trip to the REAL wedding in France last year…your guess is as good as mine) and also seems to suggest that Natalie might be teaming with Dior to release another vegan shoe line. I’m going to have to do some digging on that one…

– Natalie has been the subject of many songs but I doubt anyone has used her as…creatively as Frank Turner.

“Lyrically it’s very different from what I do now, it’s kind of depraved. The first song we wrote is about Natalie Portman’s tapeworm using her as a glove puppet to lead an uprising in Hollywood.

God, I’m so tired of tapeworm uprising songs.

– An Israeli TV channel recently had a Natalie Portman weekend and as you can see from the promo below, they weren’t skimping on the Natalie films.


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More KoC Filming

Natalie and Christian Bale once again hit the roads as filming continued on Knight Of Cups on Friday. The gallery has 36 HQ photos.


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The Dark World

Marvel brought down the house at Comic Con yesterday, with a ton of big announcements about their phase 2 plans. One of the smaller reveals, but pertinent to Natalie fans, was that Thor 2 is now titled “Thor: The Dark World”.


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Thor 2 Tidbits

This collection of news items is dedicated to everyone’s favourite God of Thunder.

– First up some bad news as the fantastic Mads Mikkelsen has had to pull out of the sequel as he can’t make it work with his upcoming schedule for the new Hannibal TV show.

– Sir Anthony Hopkins has mentioned to Total Film that he hasn’t seen the script yet, but expects to share screen time with Natalie. We were robbed of the pairing in the first film, but it’s almost certain that Thor will be bringing Jane home for some Meet The Parents action.

– Comic Con is enrapturing fanboys and girls right now, and Marvel has shown off a really cool looking limited Blu-ray collectors edition.


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Cover Girl

Kitten found two Madame magazine covers from France. The first one is old but the image is new to these eyes…but it’s been a long day so maybe I’m wrong. The second image is from the recent Dior shoot, which is the subject of our current pic battle, and is the current edition of the magazine.


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