Natalie was spotted out and about in Los Feliz yesterday, doing some shopping with Aleph (whom is visible in all of the photos). Thanks to Adonis, via Celeb Baby Laundry, for the finds.
This past week was a really good one for Natalie news, so I thought it would be interesting to see which of the news items has the biggest impact on her fans.
As for the poll about the new (I use “new” loosely, as it seems the photos were probably taken during the original campaign) Rouge Baume campaign photos, it’s clear that fans are getting tired of ONLY having advertising to get their Natalie fix.
This has nothing to do with the site, but I am working on something personal and rashly purchased a wordpress theme that is actually not particularly suitable for my needs. Without some changes at least. If you have some skill in that department and wouldn’t mind lending a hand, please drop me a line. My email can be found on the staff page under the “site related” menu.
Eden is always on top of the Dior content, so it’s no surprise that she has found a behind the scenes video for the new advert. Personally, I think this could actually be the advert, but time will tell. Click the thumbs, watch the video and then let us know what you think.
Two pieces of film news in one week? What is this witchcraft? Below is a new article/interview feature from Grazia magazine. Dior is the main subject, but Natalie talks about film, family, food and France. In particular, she mentions that she has a French film in the works, but it’s a secret. Consider my curiosity well and truly piqued.
Thanks to Eden and Kitten.
Did someone say film news? Holy hell, it has been too. Damn. Long. Here is a very evocative “promo” poster of Natalie’s first directorial feature film, A Tale Of Love And Darkness.
Thanks to Belerofonte and Collider.
Natalie fans are blessed with a catalogue of thousands of photos of her through the years. However, we all know that for every one great editorial shot, there are dozens more that are just as good but never see the light of day. When we do catch a glimpse of these “extras”, particularly years after the fact, it feels akin to finding treasure. Today Kitten delivered some priceless gems, with several additions to one of the very first ever Natalie photoshoots.
Click the thumb below to check out the additions to the Bruce Weber shoot of Natalie and Alessandro Gassman from 1994.
Thanks to Teenageddirtstache
We’ve updated the gallery with some new-old candid photos of Natalie and family visiting apartments in Paris back in April. Please note that Aleph is visible in the photos. Thanks to HQ Utopia.
We continue the Leon content, in celebration of the film’s 20 year anniversary, with some set photos of Natalie posing with cast and crew. I think this classic Gary Oldman pose has been seen by all but these others might be new to some fans. In order, Natalie with director Luc Besson, with Jean Reno and with everyoooooone!
A couple weeks back I posted my tongue in cheek Mathilda comic, which was jam packed with every bad idea I could think of for a sequel to Leon: The Professional. While I remain dismissive of a sequel to Natalie’s first film, I also think that a good film COULD be made with the character. My main concern is that I suspect Besson would make it a “cool” rollercoaster ride of violence and action, like the final action set piece from the original minus any kind of emotional investment in the characters.
So a few years back I hatched a comic idea to tell my own follow-up to the film. It’s flawed but I’m quite proud of many aspects, even if I couldn’t ultimately finish it due to cost. If you haven’t seen it yet, click the thumb below to take a look at all 3 chapters.
I’ve been slacking on the Leon 20th anniversary content so I promise that this weekend I’ll knock out at least 3 or 4 Leon related posts. To warm up, here is a cool piece of fanart found by Belerofonte – sadly I do not know the name of the artist. The scale seems a little off but other than that it’s not too bad 😉
Following up from yesterday’s update, Natalie has now released a statement about Lauren Bacall’s passing. Clearly she made a lasting impression on Natalie. Thanks to Kitten for the find.
“Lauren Bacall’s strength, wit and talent matched her extreme beauty. I had the great fortune that she so generously allowed me to direct her in my first short film,” the 33-yera-old actress told JustJared.com. “It was a true honor to watch her act up close – her sense of humor, timing and imagination were apparent in every moment. I will never forget the gift of her trust in me and the inimitable and vast talent she had. My deepest condolences to her loved ones.”
Natalie has a long association with the LA Children’s Hospital, which has largely remained under the radar. That changes now as Natalie is being honoured at the 2014 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala. She will be receiving the ‘Courage To Care’ award, along with Sally and Bill Hurt and Costco Wholesale.
A world-renowned actress, film-maker and philanthropist, Natalie Portman is a steadfast supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She first became involved in 2008 as a regular volunteer in the Teen Lounge, a unique space for teens and adolescents coping with hospitalization, and assisting Child Life specialists with patient activities in the hospital playrooms. Ms. Portman has also been a generous donor to the hospital’s Children’s Fund, which fulfills the hospital’s most immediate needs, such as providing specialized support for a family in need or purchasing blood for transfusions.
The sold out event takes place on October the 11th. You can read the full press release here. Thanks to Kitten.