Yet another set of candids for you guys today. Nothing spectacular but hey, nice jersey! They were taken before she left LA. Thanks to Kitten.
I was typing up another response to Adonis about a Leon (The Professional) sequel in the comments section, but I thought I’d make it a post instead and encourage others to jump in.
The idea of a Leon sequel is something that fills me with dread. The reasons are not new and they are plentiful. From the quality of Besson’s work since those early days, to the fact that Mathilda AND Leon was the magic of the film, to have one without the other would be disappointing.
But a bigger issue for me, and what I was writing in response to Adonis, is that I don’t want to see Mathilda kicking ass as a hit woman. Not only is it boring and played out, but it fires 2 to the chest and 1 to the head of the first film. Mathilda shows Leon a glimpse of a real life and his heartbreaking goodbye speech underlines the lesson learned – if he gets out of there he wants to give it all up, live in peace, have roots.
News has suddenly dried up and may be quiet until A Tale Of Love And Darkness kicks into gear early next year. I’m hoping some Jane Got A Gun or Malick images/posters/trailers may find their way online before the end of the year, but who knows. In the meantime…tidbits!
– Let’s start with a new Natalie interview out of France. It includes further confirmation that A Tale Of Love And Darkness will be in Hebrew, that In The Garden Of Beasts still might happen but Natalie jokes that soon she’ll be too old for the role, that she now has an agent in France (in preparation for the move) and there’s even a hopeful mention of Leon 2.
– Thor: The Dark World has passed the $500 million mark worldwide. Cha-ching!
– Finally, really enjoyed the gender switch on this fanart. Just sorry I lost the name of the artist.
Thanks to Fanatical and Maribel.
Last week we posted a video showing Natalie encouraging support for a kickstarter funding a documentary about choreographer, Ohad Naharin. Now we have a new image of the director, Barak Heymann, with Natalie. He posted the image to our Facebook page, thanking Natalie for her support.
It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these I can’t even begin to recall when it was. With the end of the year around the corner I thought it was about time for a reminder that we have costs that have to be covered every month to keep this site up and running. If you are in a position to throw us a few bucks, via the Paypal donate button, it will be GREATLY appreciated. Failing that, you can use the Amazon link below and whatever holiday shopping you do after that click, we get a small referral fee (the cost to you is exactly the same as if you had gone directly to Amazon).
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A special mention to Celina. A few years back we were badly hacked and lost months and months of work. I was honestly a half step away from just giving in. Many Natalie fans encouraged us with support and donations to get back on our feet. After 2 or 3 months, when the site was back, all the recurring donators had withdrawn their support. Except for Celina. Years on her small token appears every month and it means a lot.
Of course it’s dawning on me that maybe she’s just forgotten about it 😛
We’ve updated the gallery with an HQ version of a great old photo of Natalie, which was featured in a photo shoot for the February 2011 issue of Elle France. Thanks to Eden Liao!
Just a few odds and ends for today. Nothing that will change the world. Or will it? No, it won’t.
– Let’s start with the good news, for the bean counters at Marvel, that Thor 2 has already passed the first film’s total box office. Some numbers for you…
The film made $38 million this weekend in North America. Just a 55% drop from the opening weekend, which is pretty good. That takes it to $147 million and combined with the international, the film is now at $480 million. The first film managed $450 million total.
– Next up is a very sneaky shot of Natalie and Benjamin from Paris a few days ago. I would have probably done the same thing so I can’t really cast too much judgement.
– Finally, a comic strip depiction of the artists meeting of Natalie. What stood out for me is how honest he is about it. see for yourself.
Kitten has found two new instagram photos of Natalie with lucky guys. The one is from her Tokyo visit and is very elegant. The second is from…I have no idea, but she seems to be having fun 😛
French Elle has a video for the opening of the Dior exhibit in Paris. It includes quite a few shots of Natalie (and something for the Benheads as well) plus interviews at the beginning and end, and a peak at the short film that she shot for Shirin Neshat. Thanks to Fanatical.
Really nice batch of mini news items for you guys today.
– This THR report of the NY event had a potentially very interesting tidbit hidden within.
“We have a couple of documentaries going right now, one of which is Eating Animals, which I’m really excited about — the documentary adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book,” she said.
We know about Eating Animals but it sounds like there’s at least one other documentary in the works, and I doubt she’s talking about the Naharin documentary. Hopefully more info on this sooner rather than later.
– A small update in the Jane Got A Gun producers versus Lynne Ramsay suit. Ramsay, via her lawyers, has released her first statement since she failed to show for the film’s first day of production. Will the film ever be able to match the behind the scenes drama?
– Natalie and her Audrey Hepburn eyes makes THR’s “Hollywood’s Most Important Beauty Products of 2013”.
Thanks to Maribel, Andre and Iktriad.
We have some more (and much higher quality) photos of Natalie attending the Esprit Dior, Miss Dior exhibition opening at the Grand Palais yesterday evening in Paris. We also have some candid photos of Natalie and Benjamin on their way to the event. Thanks to Kitten and Hannah!
Time for a new poll and I thought the news of Natalie returning to her dark roots, literally, was a worthy subject.
As for the previous poll, it shows there was definite enthusiasm by you guys for the new Thor film. I’m wondering when I’ll get a chance to see it myself, hopefully before it leaves theatres.
A really nice unexpected find from Kitten. Natalie has thrown her support behind a documentary focused on legendary (at least that’s what it sounds like) choreographer Ohad Naharin. The filmmakers have been following him for several years, and now need help to complete and release the film…maybe they asked Natalie for the wrong favour 😛
Natalie makes 3 appearances in the video, mentioning how she got to see Naharin work and how he encouraged her to find the pleasure in the pain when filming Black Swan.
Hit the image to check out the video.