Natalie Reveals Why She Skipped Genesis Prize Ceremony

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After the announcement that Natalie would not travel to Israel to receive the Genesis Award, yesterday was full of opinion articles and even statements by members of the Israeli government on the matter. Today Natalie has explained her decision, through a message in her instagram account. Here it is:

My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power. Please do not take any words that do not come directly from me as my own. This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel. I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing.

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Genesis Prize Ceremony Cancelled

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According to Jewish Telegraphy Agency, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced this Thursday that they were canceling its prize ceremony in Israel in June after 2018 recipient Natalie Portman said she would not take part in light of “recent events”.

The foundation said that Natalie’s representative notified it that “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

The Genesis Prize Foundation said in a statement that it was “very saddened” that the Israeli-American actress would not take part in the ceremony, and that they “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”

Annihilation Blu-ray Release Date

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Since a month ago, Annihilation can be seen on Netflix overseas, but today the release on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraHD was announced for USA. It will be May 29 (digital May 22). the official website has the details, and these are the covers:

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R.I.P. Milos Forman

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I don´t usually report sad news, but I think this is worth mentioning. Milos Forman, the well-known Czechoslovakian director, who directed excellent films such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” or “Amadeus”, died on Friday in Connecticut, USA, at the age of 86. Other notable films are Ragtime, The People versus Larry Flint, Man on the Moon or Valmont. It is fair to note that Natalie starred, along with Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård, one of his latest films: Goya´s Ghosts, in 2006. Here we have a few photos of the film to honor his memory. Rest in peace…

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New BTS Thor Image!

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On the occasion of an upcoming commemorative book next November, Marvel Studios has released a few new behind-the-scenes pictures included in it. Among them, there is one with Natalie as Jane Foster in Thor. Here it is:

Sunday Tidbits

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It’s been a quiet week in Natland. No great news or photos. even so, we have a few tidbits that are worth it:

-Natalie was about to appear the Boston Calling Festival last year, but she could not attend to it due to other commitments. This year, however, it seems that we can see a series of events curated by her. We will soon know what it is about. At the moment, Natalie herself confirms it in her Instagram account:

-According to The Playlist, Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will not enter into the official section of the next Cannes Festival. Everything seems to indicate that the movie delays its release until the fall festivals.

-Finally, Annihilation will be released in Chinese theaters next week, and the forecast at the box office are quite good: $ 10 million in pre-sale tickets, with forecasts of about $ 20 million the first weekend. To compare with other similar films, Arrival got 15 million and Blade Runner 2049, 11 million. It would be really ironic if Alex Garland’s film collected more money in the Asian country than in the USA.

More Casting Additions For Pale Blue Dot

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We have more news about Pale Blue Dot, Natalie’s next project with Fargo creator Noah Hawley. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2) will be the final point of the love triangle in the film:

Pale Blue Dot centers on a married astronaut (Portman) who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut (Hamm). She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family — a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space — and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out. Filming is expected to start this spring.

Eating Animals Gets a Release Date

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According to Livekindly, Eating Animals, the documentary narrated and produced by Natalie, and based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, will release in US theaters on June 15. The film received high praises when premiered at the Telluride festival last September, and it reveals through intimate narratives what has happened to American country in the past 40 years as we have moved away from traditional farming communities to massive industrial farming complexes that produce a seemingly endless supply of so-called “cheap” meat, eggs, and dairy.

Lunch in West Hollywood

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Natalie & family attended one of the “Marches for our lives” yesterday. Shortly after she was spotted with Amalia and a friend leaving a vegetarian restaurant in West Hollywood. Celebzz has the photos this time. It should be noted that Amalia’s face is clearly visible in them.

March For Our Lives

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Several marches are being held in the United States today to demand gun control legistation in the country, and Natalie is one of the people who is attending the march in Los Angeles:

More Annihilation Fan Art

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Definitely, Annihilation is a movie that doesn’t leave anyone indifferent, and is generating a lot of creativity and amazing fan art images in social media. These are just a few examples of this:

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The Art of VFX in Annihilation

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One of the most praised aspects of the film by Alex Garland is its imaginative visual effects, made by Double Negative Company. VFX supervisor Andrew Whitehurst has been interviewed for Art of VFX about his work in the movie, and the article shows us interesting photos (before and after) of the great work done:

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