Those fans who have been around for awhile will know how important Mike Nichols was to Natalie, so it’s no surprise that Natalie has released a statement about the director’s passing.


“He was the one who had the best words, the right hug for hard times, the funny comment to diffuse your pain,” Portman continued. “He saved me again and again. He was the best way to be a person and an artist. And the most, most fun. I send my deepest love to Diane, Jenny, Max, Daisy and their children, who filled his days with light.”


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RIP Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols, the brilliant director of Closer, has passed away at the age of 83. Our deepest condolences to the Nichols family, his friends, and of course Natalie.



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November Calendar

November is finally here and so is Ana’s fab Closer-themed calendar.



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Closer Fanart

Today we have another great use of Natalie’s striking look from Closer, in a great piece of fanart from Cedric. Enjoy!



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Digital Painting

Something more than a little special for you guys tonight – a digital painting from Fabio. This is his first work for the site and hopefully it won’t be his last.



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New Closer Promo

It’s a little awkward looking but hell, a new Closer promo photo is alright by me!



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Casting From The Heart

It’s strange to think that there was a time when Natalie was struggling to get any work. After Star Wars Episode 2 landed, she spoke about how everyone thought she was a bad actress and even getting directors to meet with her was proving difficult. Natalie talks about Cold Mountain as the turning point and it was Mike Nichols (who had directed Natalie in The Seagull) who wrote to Anthony Minghella and basically vouched for Natalie’s ability.

It was a great performance and her career was back on track, cemented by Garden State and then her Golden Globe winning turn in Closer, which Mike Nichols directed himself. During her acceptance speech she sweetly and awkwardly expressed how much Mike meant to her.

That’s a long intro but the setup is for a new piece by The Hollywood Reporter about Mike Nichols. It has some new quotes from Natalie and about Natalie, and you can read them after the jump.



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