May26

More Dior

 
Looks like there’s another Miss Dior campaign on the horizon. Kitten found this new snapshot of Natalie shooting a new advertisement this week in France on Instagram.

 

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May25

Natalie In Cannes

 
Well well, it looks like Natalie was in Cannes after all. And not just as a billboard. Below is a video of Natalie and Benjamin (Ben is carrying Aleph) at the Cannes airport, where presumably Natalie was taking meetings in the film market regarding finding distribution partners for A Tale Of Love And Darkness. Thanks to Kitten.

 

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May24

Tidbits

 
Just a few tidbits we found down the back of the couch.

– We begin with a new old photo of Natalie at CDM Studios, a sound recording studio.

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– Brooke Shields has spoken about her admiration for Natalie in the past and does so again in a new interview with Untitled Magazine.

‘I think someone like Natalie Portman did it right. And this has to be taken properly, because she was born in an era where she was allowed to be considered an actress,
She continued: ‘but I look at her in The Professional and I look at Pretty Baby and I look at how her next move, whether it was strategic or not, was Anne Frank on Broadway.
‘Including the Ivy League education, she’s the only person who did that. I think we’re going to see really great things from her.’ She concluded.

– Finally, Agnes sent in a colorized version of an old black and white photo.

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Thanks to Belerofonte and Iktriad.

 

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May22

Throwback Thursday

 
Kelly Bush Novak has posted an Instagram’d snapshot of Natalie and Alfonso Cuarón backstage at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival, where they were both jury members. Thanks to Kitten for the find!

 

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May21

BTS On Black Swan

 
Man, I miss Black Swan. Isn’t it time for a sequel? Bad ideas aside, you can relive the “magic” of Black Swan thanks to photographer, Niko Tavernise, who has released several featurettes that she shot during the production. The key videos were on the Blu-ray release but a couple others are brand new. Click the thumb below to transform into, no not a swan, a fly. On the wall.

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Thanks to Belerofonte.

 

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If you’ve been checking the gallery recently, you’ll notice we’ve updated with over 450 Blu-ray screen captures of Natalie’s action-packed turn as Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World.

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Picking up from yesterday’s update, I’ve set up a poll so we can guess the director that Natalie would be least likely to work with. I’ve added two poor oversights of mine – Lynne Ramsay (walked out on Jane Got A Gun as filming was due to begin) and John Patrick Shanley (who told the press Natalie turned down Doubt because she had said she doesn’t understand celibacy – clearly a joke on Natalie’s part. I know for a fact that Natalie’s camp was not too thrilled about the comment).

As for the last poll, I’m a bit surprised. Really thought there would be a lot more people doing cartwheels at the mere thought of Natalie in Star Wars again. It was still the top choice though, but the results were nicely dispersed.

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In thinking of possible poll topics, I hit upon one that required a bit of an explanation. I was wondering which directors Natalie would never work with, or work with again. The candidates who, if I saw Natalie was linked to one of their films, I would be shocked. Obviously one could pick from the very bottom of the barrel, but I’ve tried to come up with names that have a solid reason behind them.

This is just my opinion and I look forward to hearing yours in the comments below. A poll will follow with my choices as well as any inspired picks from you guys.

1 – Milos Forman

Natalie worked with the great director on Goya’s Ghosts and, what seemed like a dream collaboration, turned out to be a disaster. The film was hugely unsuccessful, a shock since Milos has several masterpieces on his filmography, but more than that there were clearly some clashes either during or after filming. Natalie did not attend the film’s premiere with Milos confirming that it wasn’t a scheduling issue. Then we began to hear that they had clashed regarding nudity in the film, apparently Milos pushing the boundary beyond what was agreed. Natalie confirms it at the 2:45 mark of this video.

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The World War 2 project, In The Garden Of Beasts, based on the novel of the same name and starring Tom Hanks, has been suspiciously quiet since news first broke that Natalie was in talks to star as Hanks’ daughter. Director, Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), talked to Variety about his upcoming film with Zach Galafianakis and gave us an update on Garden as well.

Hazanavicus said he will then likely move on to direct “In the Garden of Beasts,” the Universal Pictures/Tom Hanks’ Playtone project based on Erik Larson’s nonfiction book “In the Garden of Beasts.”

The report goes on to mention that Natalie is still “in talks” (meaning, give me a call when you’re ready to make the damn thing) and I reached out to our source and got an affirmative that Natalie is definitely still interested in the project.

The bad news is that the Zach film will only shoot late this year or early 2015, so Beasts is still quite a ways off.

Thanks to Belerofonte.

 

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We’ve updated the gallery with some new candid photos of Natalie celebrating husband Benjamin Millepied’s Paris Opera premiere of Daphnis et Chloé with their friends at Lapérouse restaurant last Saturday in Paris. Thanks to Belerofonte for the finds.

 

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May14

Tidbits

 
Just a couple tiny morsels for this evening…

– Natalie is in Cannes after all! Although she’s looking a little flat. As you can see below, Natalie is part of the Cannes fait le mur, which is basically what it looks like. Huge photos that get hung up during the Cannes Film Festival. Not quite the appearance we were hoping for but hell, there’s always next year. Thanks to Kitten.

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– Next up is a piece of fanart. Really nice work from Anima.

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– And finally, we passed 20k likes on our Facebook page. A big thanks to everyone over there.

 

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May13

Miss Dior BTS

 
We’ve updated the gallery with a new-old behind-the-scenes photo of Natalie and makeup artist Eileen Kastner Delago on the set of Dior’s 2013 Miss Dior photo campaign and commercial. Thanks to Kitten for the find.

 

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May12

New Poll + Jane Results

 
I have a nice poll topic but it requires a lengthy editorial post proceeding it, and I just haven’t had the time. So I’ll try and do that later in the week, but until then, how about a little poll about the new Star Wars films.

And here are the results of the Jane Got A Gun Poll. Exactly half of us are cautiously optimistic about the expectations for the film.

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May11

Natalie At The Ballet

 
As we expected, Natalie was in attendance for the opening of Benjamin’s ballet opera in Paris last night. This yields an appearance early on in a French TV video (although it looks like it was either earlier in the day or another day) as well as a few photos.

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Another here and here.

Thanks to Kitten and Belerofonte.

 

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May10

Opera

 
As things are quiet for Natalie, at least publicly, no doubt she’s working hard on the edit of A Tale Of Love And Darkness, Benjamin is shuffling into the spotlight as director of the Opera ballet in Paris. The opening is tonight so hopefully we’ll get some Natalie sightings. If not, at least we have this new photo of the couple and Aleph. Thanks to Belerofonte and Kitten.

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May08

More Thor

 
We’ve updated the gallery with a few more new-old Thor: The Dark World production stills. Thanks to Kitten for the finds. Two more can be found after the jump.

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May07

Tidbits

 
Still no major Natalie news so we’ll have to make do with some smaller nuggets of news.

– Let’s begin with The Playlist dropping The Phantom Menace onto their Worst 20 Blockbusters Ever list. Belerofonte has expressed his defense in the comments section. Myself, personally I’d probably have gone for Clones because at least TPM has Duel of the Fates and hands down the best action scene of the series.

– Natalie and Benjamin are house hunting in Paris and Ben, surprisingly, was quite happy to confirm,/a> where they are looking: Saint-Germain des Prés district or Place des Victoires in the center near Palais Royal. Thanks to Melody.

– Finally, Natalie is on the cover of French Elle (sadly not a new photo) and Fanatical has the interview, which you can read after the jump. Hoping a kind French speaker will let us know if there is anything interesting.

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The honest trailers can be a bit hit or miss, except for the “starring” section, which normally has me in stitches. They’ve just released a trailer for Star Wars Episode 2: Attack Of The Clones. There are a few laughs but they’re a bit late to the party with most of the jabs. My big take away was the reminder of Hayden’s performance. Time passes and you forget just how bad it was…but man…wow…

 

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May05

Thor: The Dark World BTS

 
We’ve updated the gallery with some Thor: The Dark World costume test photos and behind-the-scenes snapshots of Natalie with costar Chris Hemsworth and makeup artist Eileen Kastner Delago on the set in London. Thanks to Kitten for the finds.

 

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May04

Fanart

 
We’ve got a couple really nice pieces of Natalie fanart for you guys today. First is from Jonathan whose work you can find more of here. The second is from Ileana who has some more fantastic Natalie pieces here.

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