Leon 20 Anniversary

It’s 20 years since Natalie’s career launching performance as Mathilda in the brilliant, The Professional (aka Leon). The film was outstanding in it’s own rights and has grown a cult following in the years since it’s release, with Natalie citing it as the film fans ask her about the most. Over the next couple weeks I’d like to have occasional updates with some anniversary related content. Maybe a couple polls, some fanart, links to old content about the film etc etc.

If you have any ideas or want to just share your thoughts about what the film means to you, please do so in the comments section.

I’ll leave with two things, the first is THR looking back at the anniversary. Thanks to Adonis and Belerofonte for the find.

Next is a parody comic I wrote for (if my memory isn’t failing me) April Fools Day. It’s basically every bad idea I could think of for a Professional sequel thrown together. Reading it again I still chuckle, so I thought it was worth dusting off. Click the thumb to check out the 8 pages we completed.



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Completely forgot to post these videos from Natalie’s appearance on CNN’s Talk Asia. It’s an interview that took place during her visit to Shanghai. Bonus entertainment points to the top notch journo who confuses Your Highness director, David Gordon Green, quotes on the violent and profane CHARACTER Natalie plays in the film, with Natalie in real life. Check them out below.


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Office Visit

We’ve updated the gallery with some HQ candid photos of Natalie returning to her car in a parking garage after visiting an office building (presumably) in Los Angeles last Saturday. Thanks to anna1992anna.


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Kitten found a poster for Natalie’s A Tale Of Love And Darkness, but it immediately struck me as being questionable. The credits are too self-congratulatory and the Cannes announcement is…unlikely would be the kind way to put it. I checked with a source and finally got confirmation that it is indeed fan made. Hopefully a real poster and trailer might arrive before the years end. Really really curious to see what Natalie has cooked up.



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Nice varied batch of mini updates for you guys tonight. Dig in!

– I feel like I’ve said this a dozen times over the years but it looks like Pride And Prejudice And Zombies film is finally about to start production. Natalie, who was set to star at one point, is still producing and Burr Steers is directing. Lily James is the lead and the awesome Sam Riley has now joined along with the ridiculously gorgeous Bella Heathcote. Yay?

– Natalie has landed on the annual Forbes list for highest paid actresses. She lands in 9th place with a hefty $13 million, which is not too bad considering she’s only had one film in that time – Thor: The Dark World. I assume a big chunk of that change has a Miss Dior scent on it.

– And finally, for the Thor/Marvel fans out there, you can find a video on this page that has every Marvel Easter eggs from all of the films up till Thor 2.


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On the Run

We’ve updated the gallery with some more new and HQ photos of Natalie and Benjamin arriving to Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On The Run Tour concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA last weekend. Thanks to silkecut.



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Jay Z and Beyonce

Natalie and Benjamin attended a Jay Z and Beyonce concert at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, and we have photos and video’s of the arrival. What’s most interesting is that Natalie, who has spoken about how she likes to re-use clothes as much as possible, is doing just that by seemingly turning a dress worn in 1997 (!!!) into a cool top.

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After the jump we have two videos, bookended by the most grating rock tune imaginable.



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A nice batch of mini updates for you. Thanks to Belerofonte and Adonis.

– Let’s kick things off with a Luc Besson quote about a sequel to The Professional.

Natalie is old now, she’s a mother. [Laughs] It’s too late. If I got an idea tomorrow about a sequel, of course I would do it. But I never came up with something strong enough. I don’t want to do sequels for money, I want to do a sequel because it’s worth it. I want it to be as good or better than the original.

The old thing was probably a joke but we know that Luc has written a script for Mathilda and that he doesn’t hold the rights to the property, which is a big reason why no sequel has been attempted. It’s nice to hear him say he would want it to be better than the original, my concern would be Luc thinking better means more running along walls and upper-cutting bad guys in slow motion.

– Next up, some potential Avengers 2 spoilers (only for those who are VERY spoilerphobic) regarding Chris O’Dowd, the Irish actor who was on a date with Jane Foster at the beginning of Thor 2.

– Finally, a photo from the Attack Of The Clones shoot, showing just how boring being on set can be.



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Got To Get Em All

Eden found a tantalizing glimpse at more images from Natalie’s new Dior Star campaign. Here’s hoping most of these see the light of day.



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August Calendar

Just in time for the new month, here is another great wallpaper calendar from Celina. Enjoy!

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Gallery Updates

We’ve updated the gallery with an HQ version of a portrait of Natalie featured in the LA Times in 2010. A big thanks to Kitten for the find.


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Forum Registration Open

I went with that heading because it sounds quite exciting, like we have to lock the doors to hold back the horde. In reality, for some reason we are yet to comprehend, the mail server was set to require a manual restart after a server reboot. Doh.

Anyway, if you want, GO REGISTER!.


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A couple odds and ends while I have the chance…

– In case you hadn’t heard, festival lineups have started trickling out and Malick’s Knight Of Cups did not make it on any of them. At least not yet. Toronto will still have late comers. Telluride is becoming a big deal and the films are kept secret until the eve of the event. Or maybe the film will just skip the festival circuit entirely? The Italian distributor of the film did indicate it would be hitting US theatres this year, but who knows with Malick. It’s almost pointless guessing 😛

– Then we have the news that Luc Besson’s Lucy is doing very well at the box office and the director released a statement of intent for each act of his film relating to another film. In his mind, the first act of Lucy was “The Professional”, the film he shot with Natalie at the beginning of her career. Anyone see the film? Did you get Leon flashbacks?

Adonis in 3…2…


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Make A Wish

How about a little heart warming on this cold (at least where I am) Sunday afternoon? Last year Natalie worked with Make A Wish Australia to make one specific dream, of a young cancer sufferer, come true. Click the thumb below to read the full story up on the Make A Wish Australia Facebook page.


Thanks to Kitten for the find.


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Out and About in L.A.

A solo Natalie was spotted out running errands while sporting one of her favorite brands again last Wednesday (the same day she was spotted out with Aleph) in Los Angeles. Thanks to Kitten for the find.


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More Dior Star

Here are some more shots from the campaign shoot, although right now they’re all a bit low quality. I’m sure we’ll be getting better quality versions sooner rather than later. Click the thumb to view the gallery.

Thanks again to Kitten and Belerofonte.



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Dior Star

The new Dior campaign is here and…I’m liking it. Classic and a bit frosty. Nice.

Below are the print ads, but we’ll have more from the campaign later on today. Thanks to Kitten and Belerofonte.




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Looks like the L.A. paparazzi are still out in full force, as Natalie was spotted out running errands again in Los Feliz, this time with Aleph (who is very visible). Thanks to Kitten for the find.


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Out and about in L.A.

Another day, another super-exciting set of candid photos of Natalie attending a Pilates class and feeding a parking meter in Los Feliz. Thanks to Kitten for the finds.


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Get Shorty

Another new set of photos as Natalie, Ben and a very visible Aleph head out to lunch. You wouldn’t think it from the thumb below, but Natalie is actually rocking a pair of jean shorts.

Thanks to Kitten.



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