Natalie was spotted yesterday, leaving an office building in Century City, California. This time GotCeleb has the pictures:
While Jackie had an excellent reception in Toronto and Venice, Planetarium, the other Natalie film premiered there, has not enjoyed the same fate. The film directed by Rebecca Zlotowski be released in France on November 16. Until then, here we have an interview with Natalie and Lily-Rose Depp, held at the TIFF by Variety:
And here, a couple of nice moments, immortalized in instagram, during its exhibition at both festivals:
Although La La Land was the film that won the desired Audience Prize, Jackie also won another major award in TIFF: the Platform Prize. Along the best screenplay award in Venice, this represents an excellent beginning for the film at the upcoming awards season, where it’s assumed that the Natalie’s performance will have the recognition it deserves.
With the maelstrom of the latest releases in Venice and Toronto, we had forgotten a bit the next film by Xavier Dolan: The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. According to the young Canadian director, the movie is not presented in Cannes next year because the filming will continue in the spring and will not end until June 2017:
“I don’t think I’d present a film like this at Cannes,” the director told the Montreal Gazette. “It’s a film about an American TV star who is framed by the American media system. There are bits in it that are so much like what I lived in Cannes, and I’m afraid that people would think it’s my revenge project. Except that I wrote it five years ago (with Jacob Tierney).”
In addition to Dolan’s concerns about going to Cannes with the movie, it’s an open question as to whether or not ‘Donovan’ will be ready for next year. Filming was originally scheduled to wrap in November, but instead, the production (which the director has called “stressful”) that started this summer will go on hiatus and resume next spring.
Jackie, after passing through Venice and Toronto, continues to receive rave reviews (it has 95/100 on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes right now). Many specialized media include the film as one of the best seen in the TIFF, and Natalie´s perfomance as one of the best seen in the festival:
-In another vein, here we have another interesting video interview with Natalie and Pablo Larraín to Deadline, in which they talk about the challenges of the film in general and especially playing Jackie:
-And finally, a new batch of rave, interesting reviews:
We’re well overdue a new poll…hang on, I said that last time didn’t I? More polls! There are obviously a lot of potential topics but I’ve decided to go with the big picture.
As for the last poll, if you can cast your minds back that far, you guys are generally amped about her forthcoming HBO project. Although, one wonders if that is still on the cards with Natalie, given recent events…
Here’s another TIFF review! Critics have been a bit hard on this French-Belgium production, and after viewing the film, I can unfortunately see why.
Rebecca Zlotowski is known for pushing boundaries, especially with 2013’s Grand Central. At 36, she has a future ahead of her. With the premise of Planetarium being leaked earlier this year, that film seemed like her future. Two sisters who are mediums being channeled by an early film maker? Sign us up! However, it isn’t once you watch the film that reality sets in. If anything, the first half an hour or so is actually spectacular and even magical. It is, instead, after this segment of the film that you find out how it really is. Planetarium has imaginative concepts, but you would have to lunge yourself to reach where the potential sits from where the film takes you. Planetarium had such promise, but it gets lost amidst its own ambitions.
The last round (though I’m sure there are a few more stragglers) of portraits of Natalie taken during the Toronto International Film Festival, starting with these two shots taken by Caitlin Cronenberg at W‘s on-site studio:
A behind-the-scenes ‘Gram and more after the jump! (more…)
Hey everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve written for this site. I attended both Jackie and Planetarium at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I am going to review both of these releases. First, here’s Jackie!
When Billy Crudup’s journalist character asks Jackie Onassis what it sounded like when the bullet went through her late husband’s head, you know you’re getting a grizzly depiction of how the John F. Kennedy assassination went down. Jackie is co-produced by Darren Aronofsky, who was originally slated to direct this film and have his ex parter Rachel Weisz star as the titular former First Lady. Aronofsky and Weisz abandoned their posts, but the former stayed with the project while Chilean director Pablo Larrain got put in charge. Aronofsky’s dismal filmmaking definitely can be felt here, as Larrain’s perception of the tragic event is almost unsettlingly real. Natalie Portman, also an Aronofsky affiliate, was selected for the main role, and the rest is history.
Jackie finally has distributor and release date. After raced negotiations, Fox Searchlight get the film rights in the United States, and set a release date on December 9, according to Deadline:
It took two festivals for it to happen, but Fox Searchlight has finally closed a deal with LD Entertainment for U.S. rights to Jackie, the Pablo Larrain-directed drama that stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy. The film covers the days following JFK’s assassination in Dallas in 1963, as the grieving widow with two young and suddenly fatherless children tried to cement her slain husband’s historical legacy. FSL quickly set the film for a December 9 release. This adds another lauded movie to the Oscar race, and it is the first major studio deal for an acquisitions title since Toronto began last week.
I think they are going to be some exciting months for all Natalie fans…
The premieres of Jackie and Planetarium in Toronto is giving us abundant graphic and video material. Here a couple of examples: two short videos by THR and LA Times, with Natalie talking about Larrain´s film…
Just celebrated the premiere of Jackie in Toronto, and a new wave of amazing reactions is taking place:
— erickohn (@erickohn) September 12, 2016
Natalie Portman gets standing o for her performance in Jackie, which is Oscar-worthy, if it comes out this year. Distribs are huddling now.
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) September 12, 2016
Pablo Larrain brings an unsettling, unique vision to JACKIE. Natalie Portman is haunting. The score is chilling. It's incredible. #TIFF16
— Adri (@adrifloridia) September 12, 2016
Natalie joined Pablo Larraín and Darren Aronofsky at the Toronto International Film Festival to present Jackie at the Winter Garden Theatre earlier this evening. Hit the preview below to view the first few photos from the red carpet in our gallery.