Jun01

Tidbits

 
Sooo damn quiet in Natalie land right now. At least Portmania is almost upon us.

- Let’s start with a great find by Belerofonte – Natalie partaking in a fan selfie at the Paris premiere of Thor: The Dark World.

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- Kitten found another shot from day 1 of filming the new Miss Dior campaign. She thinks it may be a wedding theme – agree?

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- And finally, Lee sent me a blogger link for an “article” titled ‘Celebs who have played with themselves on onscreen’. In this case they don’t mean Candy Crush, rather Natalie’s private (or so she thought) moment from Black Swan. As I clicked the link thinking “this should be creepy” I was actually pissed off. It’s just a slideshow of celebs from red carpet appearances with the celeb’s name and the film in which they are referencing…and that’s it. No commentary at all. I kinda like lists and even though a little smutty, it could have been interesting to read about the different kinds of going solo moments on film.

But the slideshow is so lame and pointless that I’m not even going to bother with the link.

 

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May21

BTS On Black Swan

 
Man, I miss Black Swan. Isn’t it time for a sequel? Bad ideas aside, you can relive the “magic” of Black Swan thanks to photographer, Niko Tavernise, who has released several featurettes that she shot during the production. The key videos were on the Blu-ray release but a couple others are brand new. Click the thumb below to transform into, no not a swan, a fly. On the wall.

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Thanks to Belerofonte.

 

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Mar27

Tidbits

 
A couple cool tidbits for you guys this evening.

- First up, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky’s follow up film is opening around the world and The Playlist have done a piece compiling a list of the best performances in his films. Natalie obviously gets a mention, as does her screen mom, Barbara Hershey. Below is an excerpt of the really nice write up.

Portman had been an enormously promising actress since her breakthrough in “Léon,” but for every turn that fulfilled that promise, there’d be another with flat line readings or ill-advised choices. But “Black Swan” put any doubt to rest, with Portman perfectly cast as the demure ballerina with a dark side. Her downtrodden, naive little girl in the film’s opening scenes plays nicely into her child star background, and the actress sketches out Nina, and her white swan side, deftly and economically. But very gradually, she lets the black swan out too (Aronofsky often described the film as a werewolf movie in all but name), and we see the cold ambition, the repressed sexuality, and the near-feral darkness that Nina appears to have been hiding for so long. It’s very unlike anything that Portman has done before or since, and all the more terrifying for it: the way she moves in the final dance sequence, regal and withering and monstrous, more reptile than bird, chills the blood. And yet Portman doesn’t let it slip into pure genre either, as the hint of the girl she used to be returns as Nina dances her last number.

- Next up is an opportunity for anyone out there with a healthy bank balance. Natalie’s gown from The Other Boleyn Girl is up for auction. There are no bids yet. Yay! But the opening bid has to be $4000. Boo! If you’re interested, click the image below.

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Mar02

Oscar Night

 
No, it’s very unlikely that Natalie will be seen at the Oscars or the after party, where she is normally a regular. A Tale Of Love And Darkness is supposed to be a short shoot but is surely not wrapped yet.

Hopefully one of Natalie’s upcoming films connects and we can see her back in the award season chatter next year. But whether she gets the recognition or not, I just want to see her being tested and pushed again. Thinking back to Black Swan I felt so damn proud, not just for the win but because the film was also great and the performance was more than worthy. I really need a great Natalie performance. It’s been too long.

Thor, Thor 2, Your Highness, No Strings Attached…I’m not saying they’re all awful and not suggesting they don’t have any redeeming features but they’re all so disposable. I’d take one more scene like this over a dozen shrug worthy performances, no matter how cute and beautiful Natalie may be in them.

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The new poll is as simple as it get’s. Inspired by the Filmspotting death match polls, where they pit two seemingly even choices. So…

Speaking of death polls, the silly previous poll shows…I don’t know what it shows but it was fun to put together and got quite a few of you voting so job done.

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Nov26

Late Swan

 
Not sure if we’ve had this before but Kitten found it and given the questions, about Black Swan, are ones repeated so often…it’s hard to tell. Here she is with Mila Kunis and Darren Aronofsky at the Envelope Screening Series.

 

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Sep13

Gallery Updates

 
I’ve updated the gallery with a new-old photo of Natalie and Mila Kunis attending a Q&A at the BAFTA Los Angeles screening of Black Swan in November 2010. Thanks to Kitten for the find!

 

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the troubled Jane Got A Gun, which lost it’s director and had several high profile actor merry-go-rounds before finally settling down. Natalie has remained mum on the project…until now. Inquirer has the interview and it includes the extra dose of bad news that the film lost cinematographer Darius Khondji as well. But onto the more positive quotes…

The actress-producer dealt with the headline-making problems by putting them in this context: “People have really hard things in life, like losing loved ones. So, it was important to remember that they were just some problems at work. But, we made the film. We had a great time, and I am excited to see what comes out!”

On why she chose a western in her fifth foray into producing, Natalie explained: “It’s one genre that there haven’t been a lot of female protagonists in. It was such a great script, too.”

To prepare for the film, Natalie watched a lot of westerns. “It was fun getting to watch all the John Ford and Sam Peckinpah movies.”

The rest of the article has some quotes on A Tale Of Love And Darkness, Thor 2, moving to Paris and even Black Swan. Thanks to Belerofonte.

UPDATE – Forgot the link.

 

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Aug02

Gallery Updates

 
I’ve updated the gallery with nine new-old photos of Natalie attending the 2010 BAFTA in New York Black Swan screening and Q&A with Mila Kunis, director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin and writer Mark Heyman. Thanks to Kitten for the find!

 

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Jun12

Tidbits

 
Before I get to the new poll, how about a few mini news items to chew on…

- There was a Dior event going on for Robert “sleep eyes” Pattinson’s new Dior Homme advert, and there are some mentions out there that Natalie, being Miss Dior, was in attendance. Maybe we’ll get some confirmation of that with a photo or two, but until then, there’s always this

- In this Spanish language interview with Shirin Neshat, it’s revealed that Natalie’s short film with the artist/director will play at the Grand Palais in Paris in the fall.

- Finally, if you’ve been waiting with bated breath for more news on the interns (who worked on Black Swan) vs Fox lawsuit, there has been some movement and it’s looking good for the interns.

Thanks to Kitten, Belerofonte and Maribel.

 

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May21

Steel Swan

 
Black Swan fans might want to take note that Zavi in the UK is releasing a Steel Book version of the blu-ray. Might be worth it for collectors as they are only printing 4000 copies. Hit the thumb to get more info.

Thanks to Kitten for the find.

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May01

Gallery Updates

 
I’ve updated the gallery with some new-old HQ photos of Natalie at the Black Swan press conference and photo call in Beverly Hills from way back in November 2010.

 

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Jan09

Black Swan Slideshow

Eltina made a post on the forum with Black Swan art that she had made. There was another reason beyond just sharing Natalie work with fans, she’s selling these images on hoodies, as art, iphone cases etc etc.

I figured it couldn’t hurt to promote her work, but thought I would use the opportunity to also have an ulterior motive. So below are three of Eltina’s works and they are presented in a slideshow. My question for you guys is would you like us to use the slideshow feature for multiple image posts or do you prefer them posted one underneath the other as we’ve always done it?

Bare in mind this is the first time playing around with it will look better in future.

 

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Dec26

Natalie Money Well Spent

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Forbes has named Natalie the “best actor for the buck” in a new feature.

The calculation is based on the last 3 starring films (that opened in more than 2000 theatres) for actors, with Natalie’s films being No Strings Attached, Black Swan and Your Highness. They didn’t count Thor because Natalie was only supporting, even though she probably has more screen time in that film than Your Highness.

Even with that strangeness, the list is a lot of bunk. You can’t make such a determination of such a small sample size. It shows that Natalie had a couple very nice hits but I wouldn’t look much further than that.

We estimate that for every dollar Portman is paid by the studios, she returns $42.70. Compare that to Eddie Murphy, our most overpaid star, who returns $2.30 for every dollar he gets paid.

Out of interest, Kirsten Stewart was second and Shia LaBeouf third.

 

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Dec19

Gallery Updates

I’ve updated the gallery with another generous amount of Black Swan production stills. A lot of really great behind-the-scenes photos in there. Thanks to anqxxx and this Tumblr.

 

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Dec14

Gallery Updates

Released two Decembers ago, Black Swan continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Anqxxx found an impressive amount of never-before-seen production stills that I’ve added to gallery.

 

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Nov28

Gallery Updates

I’ve updated the gallery with an untagged, HQ version of an old production still from Black Swan.

 

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Sep29

Gallery Updates

I’ve updated the gallery with some really great new-old Black Swan behind-the-scenes production stills. Kind of makes me wish Niko Tavernise would do a photo book.

 

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Mar15

Gallery Updates

I’ve updated the gallery with a new-old production still from Black Swan. If it looks familiar, that’s because it was featured on this For Your Consideration ad.

 

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Feb22

Gallery Updates

I’ve updated the gallery with another new-old photo of Natalie behind-the-scenes of Black Swan, taken by Ray Lewis.

 

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