Just in time for the new month, here is the next of our official calendar wallpapers. Thanks to Rachel and Natalie’s rocking boy cut.
It’s time for a new poll and with not much happening in Natalieland, I’m going to follow the suggestion that was presented earlier this year, by asking which directors, which have worked with Natalie on shorter projects, would you like to see Natalie work with on a feature length project.
The Phantom Menace 3D poll was very close between the top choices, with the happy news that not too many people went to the film and were left feeling overly disappointed.
The full results are after the jump…
You might recall that Natalie was being heavily linked to the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending sci-fi project. I had to be the barer of bad news by telling you guys that I had been informed that Natalie wasn’t even aware of the project.
Well, unfortunately it’s looking like my information was correct, because Deadline are reporting that Mila Kunis is being offered the role, along with Channing Tatum.
Could the Natalie rumour have been based on some Black Swan doppelganger confusion combined with Natalie’s past relationship with the brothers?
It’s been awhile since we talked about Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, but before we get to the update a super brief history of the project.
- Seth Grahame-Smith release the mashup novel, which takes Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice text and adds in zombie elements.
- Natalie comes on board to produce and star. David O’Russell is attached to write and direct.
- Russell writes a script but departs as director. Natalie bails on acting in it but remains on as a producer.
- Mike White is brought on to direct but leaves soon after, claiming scheduling problems.
- Craig Gillespie is next in the director’s chair while Marti Noxon does a rewrite of the script.
- Gillespie leaves the project and we still have no director or stars.
Angelina fought off weekend boredom by sketching up a new Natalie drawing with a ball point pen. I feel a bit guilty because it took 5 hours to make while this update took 5 minutes to create.
Still nothing juicy in Natalie news, so here are a few mini news items to whet the appetite.
- Isabelle Fuhrman is a young actress in Hunger Games and made a splash in the surprisingly good The Orphan from a few years ago. In this NY Times interview she lists Natalie as one of the actors she’d love to work with.
- And on the subject, Korean male model, Won Bin, has a “slight interest” in Natalie.
- Finally, I was watching the reality show Shark Tank over morning cornflakes and a young guy was on trying to get the sharks to buy into his clothes printing business. Well, iClaudia sent over a link showing a Black Swan sneaker and wouldn’t you know it, that’s from the same company. iClaudia also pointed out where you can buy a cool Black Swan poster.
The Playlist has a new article up, in which they break down the female actresses who have the biggest box office heat, while at the same time wondering if any of them are reliable in the “bums in seats” department.
The Potential: It’s amazing to believe that Natalie Portman’s been around for nearly twenty years, but thanks to “Star Wars” and “V For Vendetta,” she’s long since made clear that she’s more than just a teen star.
The Pros: Portman had an excellent late 2010/early 2011, with the surprise smash status of “Black Swan” (which also won her an Oscar), plus the overperformance of “No Strings Attached” and the resounding success of superhero pic “Thor,” in which she was the biggest star. Pregnancy has prevented her from jumping on anything else, but she’s got lots of potentials, from Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” to the next Wachowskis movie.
That’s what we’re now going to have to call Terrence Malick’s Lawless, for the time being. It turns out that it was actually Malick who, being a big fan of director John Hillcoat, offered them the title. A producer on the Hillcoat flick breaks it down…
We’d always wanted the title Lawless but it was always unavailable to us. Terry very graciously gave us the go-ahead to use it, because, he said, he’s a fan of John’s. He gets a special thank you in the movie.”
In even stranger news, The Playlist reports that 80′s group The Cult performed improvised scenes with Rooney Mara at SXSW, while Matthew McConaughey played congas (hopefully with clothes on for a change).
Read The Playlist’s report on the matter and then try and wrap your head around what Terrence Malick is planning for this film.
Natalie has had bad luck with film titles. No Strings Attached was originally Fuck Buddies, then shifted to a more audience friendly Friends With Benefits, only to have to change again when the Mila Kunis film took the same title. You might also remember the name jumping of Love And Other Impossible Pursuits becoming The Other Woman.
Now we have a situation where it looks as though Terrence Malick is going to have to find a new title for Lawless. The reason being that John Hillcoat’s (The Road) new film, The Wettest Country, has now taken the title of Lawless.
Given both films will be high profile releases, even if they’re separated by a year, I just can’t see OUR Lawless becoming something else. Perhaps Fuck Buddies, that’s still free.
Nice batch of mini updates today. Hopefully something more significant is just around the corner.
- Jonah Hill is having a good few months with an Oscar nomination and 21 Jump Street rocking the box office. On the weekend he attended the Israel Film Festival, which loses some cred by being held in Hollywood, and won the 2012 IFF Achievement in Film. In his speech he gave Natalie a cute little mention, and it went something like this…
“I’d like to thank Israel for creating a homebase for our people all over the world and most of all I’d like to thank Israel for Natalie Portman. We all love her and adore her”.
- Cate Blanchett is, like Natalie, starring in Malick’s Knight Of Cups and Lawless. She has told Harpers Bazaar that she can’t guarantee she will make the final edits of either film. A few weeks back I warned that this could also happen with Natalie. Wouldn’t that suck?
- Finally, if you liked that great Amidala poster from a few days back, here are the other posters from the set. No Natalie but they really are fantastic.
The Phantom Menace 3D came and went. I didn’t check it out but I know some of you did, so today’s poll is to gauge how many were drawn back into the cinemas to see it again, and whether it was worth it.
The last poll was about Scruples and the most votes went to “what the hell is Scruples?”…so for those of you who voted on that, Scruples is an ABC drama pilot that may go to series. It is based on an old soap opera miniseries, which in turn was based on a book. And we’re talking about it because Natalie is exec producing, for a reason that I can’t quite fathom.
Full poll results are a click away.