Apr01

Calendar April

 
The world may be effed but at least every month we have a new wallpaper calendar to gaze at on our desktops. The new calendar is courtesy of Ana.

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Mar31

Best Drawing

 
The Charlies switches to Best Drawing. There wasn’t a ton of Natalie drawings in 2016 (2015 was a bumper year) but there was still some fine work to fill out the category. Happy voting!

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Finally we hear from Annihilation, Alex Garland’s next film as director after his acclaimed Ex Machina. Paramount has revealed the first images of the movie in the CinemaCon today. The Wrap and The Tracking Board have a description of the footage:

Writer-director Alex Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina looked absolutely dynamite, highlighted by a sequence in which Portman’s husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home from a covert mission, only to begin coughing up blood. En route to the hospital, the ambulance is pulled over by military officials and the couple are separated again, with Portman waking up to find a psychiatrist played by Jennifer Jason Leigh doing her best to explain what’s going on.

Based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation looks like a chilling, highly original sci-fi movie bolstered by a fantastic female cast that also includes Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Swedish actress Tuva Novotny. Giving audiences a nice taste of the story while still retaining an air of mystery, this trailer is going to set the internet on fire upon release.

Unfortunately, it seems to confirm that the film pushed back its release from 2017 to 2018, so we will have to wait until next year to see the movie. We hope, however, that we can see some photos or a trailer to make more bearable the wait…

 

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Mar28

Let’s get social

 
So, last week we hit 150k followers on our Facebook page.

And I just launched our Instagram account.

We have slightly less followers on there. Let’s fix that.

And a newsletter is coming.

And maybe some vids and designs and comics.

Belero is rocking the news and I’m hoping to carve out the time to rock some extra fun content. Let’s see where this goes.

 

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Mar27

Another possible project

 
In the last two weeks, Natalie has been linked to several projects. First it was a film directed by Ridley Scott (and apparently, detached a few days later). Then there were rumors on a film about the Lisbeth Salander´s franchise … and now it´s a new movie called Bronco Belle.

According to Deadline, Natalie would be attached to this project as a bull rider in a Rocky-esque female empowerment tale as she tries to not allow chauvinists in a male-dominated sport to buck her dreams. Anna Rose Holmer, who has directed Natalie in the recent music video by James Blake, is attached to direct a script by Khurram Longi. It seems that it isn´t a new project precisely: Emily Blunt was linked to this film in 2015, but at the time it was the scriptwriter who was to direct it.

We will see how events happen. CinemaCon begins in Las Vegas today and we may know something else about it….

 

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Mar23

Weekly Tidbits

 
It’s been a month since Natalie gave birth to Amalia, and there have not been any public appearances or candid photos yet. Waiting for some relevant news, here are a few tidbits:

-There’s nothing official yet, but according to Jeff Sneider, film reporter and regular writer on The Tracking Board, Natalie (and Jennifer Lawrence), would have passed on the project about Getty kidnapping, directed by Ridley Scott:

Considering that the movie would start shooting in May, and that Natalie should also shoot her scenes for Xavier Dolan’s film this spring, it seems pretty credible. We will see if there is any news about it in the coming weeks…

-Song to Song will expand to more theaters next weekend, and Natalie has given a couple more interviews on the film. Here they are:

The Daily Beast: Natalie Portman Talks ‘Song to Song,’ Tupac, and the ‘Absurdity’ of the Trump Administration

Yahoo Movies: Natalie Portman on Terrence Malick’s ‘Wild and Free’ Improvisatory Groove for ‘Song to Song’

-Finally, here we have a new instagram still from Terrence Malick´s film, with Natalie and Michael Fassbender:

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Mar21

Best Wallpaper

 
The Charlie Awards continues today with one of my favourite categories: Best Wallpaper. It’s always great to see those who contribute to the site (some for years and years) get their recognition. Take a closer look at the full wallpapers and then vote away!

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Mar20

New Natalie Still

 
So far, most official photos we’ve seen of the Terrence Malick’s film are from the rest of the main cast (Mara, Gosling and Fassbender), but here we finally have a third photo of Natalie in the movie, dressing a nice wedding dress, which we had already seen in shooting photos four years ago:

 

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Well that was unexpected. Just days before giving birth to Amalia, Natalie filmed a music video for James Blake. In my opinion, this is easily her best music video appearance. Really beautiful.

 

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Mar17

Song to Song interviews

 

Terrence Malick’s latest film has a limited release in Los Angeles and New York today, and as a result, Natalie has given a couple of interviews about the movie. Here they are:

Vulture: Natalie Portman on Working With Terrence Malick and Watching Michael Fassbender Get Tackled by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

What do you think it is that Malick brings that makes actors love working with him?

He really breaks down the ritual of filmmaking that we’re all used to. It frees you, in a way, when you go on to something else afterwards. You feel freer because he reminds you that all the rituals aren’t there for a reason, and that you can kind of break them whenever you want, whenever you feel like it. Because you’re always creating these moments in his films, you’re not just following a script and making what’s happening on the page. You have to invent more, and you take that into other projects, too. When you are going into a film that does have a script, you bring that spirit with you.

Metro: Natalie Portman gushes about the unusual Terrence Malick

Were there other kinds of material he gave you to get you into your character?

He provided me with a lot of information — incredible books and films. It was kind of an education as well. A lot of great Italian films, like [Federico Fellini’s] “Juliet of the Spirits” and “La Strada.” He gave me “Middlemarch,” which I’d never read before, and “Daniel Deronda.” So a lot of Italian films and a lot of Eliot.

So your character here is basically a Fellini character crossed with an Eliot hero?

Yeah. [chuckles] She thinks marrying can help her get out of this bad situation, sort of in a 19th century way. And then, of course, that gets her into a much more tragic situation.

 

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Mar16

Song to Song Clip

 
Finally we can see a first clip of Malick’s film with Natalie and Michael Fassbender, in which she is absolutely stunning in every way…

Enjoy:

 

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Song to Song has a limited release this Friday in the USA, and more promotional material is emerging slowly. Here are a few stills of the main characters, including Natalie:

 

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Mar15

Best Advertising Photo

 
The Charlie Awards train stops for no one. Next up are the nominees for Best Advertising Photo of 2016.

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Mar13

More casting rumors

 
And here we have more casting rumors about possible projects for Natalie. Sony wants to relaunch the Lisbeth Salander´s franchise and will make another film about the character, based on the fourth novel in the series, and according to various sources, Natalie and Scarlett Johansson would be the actresses considered by the studio to replace Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara in the character. It must be remembered that both Natalie and Scarlet were considered for the role by David Fincher in the American adaptation of the first novel a few years ago. That said, this whole thing seems more desires of the Sony Studio than possible reality. We will see how it develops…

 

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If you were wondering how long Natalie would be off from work, after the birth of Amalia, the answer might be “not too bloody long.”

According to Deadline, Natalie is in talks to star in All the Money in the World. Ridley Scott will be directing the Blacklist script about the true story of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping.

Read more about the plot and other casting news over at Deadline.

Production is set for May.

 

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Mar12

Sunday Tidbits

 
It has been an intense week as far as Natalie news is concerned. The premiere of Song to Song has eclipsed everything else, so here is a reminder of other interesting news in the form of Tidbits:

Vulture wrote a couple of days ago an interesting article about Natalie and how critics don’t let her “grow up”

The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, the student film sponsored by James Franco, and with Natalie as one of its protagonists, finally got distribution in the USA. Hopefully this will mean finally seeing the film in some way, after two years in which it has only been seen in some festivals.

Annihilation, the last film of Alex Garland, had a test screening this week in New York. Although the reactions are embargoed, it has transcended that it’s probably an atypical sci-fi movie, difficult to sell to an audience, with great performances of the whole cast. Paramount has not set a release date yet, but it could be later this year or even in the spring of 2018. Hopefully we do not have to wait that long …

-Finally, here we have a couple of vfx reel videos of Jackie, which demonstrate what digital technology can do today to help a low budget production like this:

The second video shows the scene of the murder, which is a bit tricky, so I put it after the jump:

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Finally, the film’s premiere took place at the Paramount Theater in Austin yesterday, and as expected, Natalie was unable to attend the event. Producer Sarah Green shared a note she received from the actress saying that she just had her baby and wasn’t able to get on a plane yet, but that making the film was an amazing experience. The rest of the main cast (Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender), were there:

… As for the critical reception, the movie is following the same path as the last three films of the Texan filmmaker. “Boring”, “same schemes” and “self-parody” are the adjectives that are repeated over and over again in the first reactions and reviews. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s the same tonic as with Knight of Cups and To the Wonder last years. On a positive note, Natalie seems to shine every time she appears on the screen:

Variety: We’ve heard it all before: soul-sick characters, wide-angle vignettes, wispy poetic musings — this time set against the Austin music scene.

Of the characters beyond the initial love triangle in Malick’s too-white ensemble, Portman has the biggest part, and also the most powerful, owing not only to her character’s fate, but also the actress’s ability to take a slender, nearly dialogue-free role and make it feel fully rounded.

The Daily Beast: Ryan Gosling Serenades SXSW in ‘Song to Song’

It’s Portman, though, who gets to explode. As Fassbender’s paramour, she thrusts herself from struggling waitress to seductive vixen to startled and scared captive, addicted to the adrenaline provided by his lifestyle, his money, his sex, and his drugs.
It’s interesting to watch following her lead turn in Jackie, a masterful feat of control and calibration of pitch, body, and emotion in every scene of the film. She’s only a supporting player here, but it’s her role as collateral damage to a life lived song to song that leaves you momentarily silenced.

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Mar10

B-Roll Song to Song

 
More Song to Song video content here with B-roll footage (behind the scenes) from several scenes, starting with Natalie and Holly Hunter.

 

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Mar10

Song to Song Interview

 
One Big Soul has collected a bunch of Song to Song interview footage. Here is Natalie’s video.

 

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