There is a total lack of news in Natland the past few days. So while we wait for events, here’s an old (but interesting) interview with Natalie, on the occasion of the premiere of Jackie a few months ago:
The days go by without great news in Natland, but here we finally have an event related to Jackie, Pablo Larrain’s film for which Natalie was nominated for Oscars. According to Los Angeles Times, Mica Levi’s score will be performed live alongside a screening of the film at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. the special showing on June 3 will feature a 40-piece orchestra led by conductor Jayce Ogren.
It has been an intense week as far as Natalie news is concerned. The premiere of Song to Song has eclipsed everything else, so here is a reminder of other interesting news in the form of Tidbits:
–Vulture wrote a couple of days ago an interesting article about Natalie and how critics don’t let her “grow up”
–The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, the student film sponsored by James Franco, and with Natalie as one of its protagonists, finally got distribution in the USA. Hopefully this will mean finally seeing the film in some way, after two years in which it has only been seen in some festivals.
–Annihilation, the last film of Alex Garland, had a test screening this week in New York. Although the reactions are embargoed, it has transcended that it’s probably an atypical sci-fi movie, difficult to sell to an audience, with great performances of the whole cast. Paramount has not set a release date yet, but it could be later this year or even in the spring of 2018. Hopefully we do not have to wait that long …
-Finally, here we have a couple of vfx reel videos of Jackie, which demonstrate what digital technology can do today to help a low budget production like this:
The second video shows the scene of the murder, which is a bit tricky, so I put it after the jump:
I finally had the opportunity to see Jackie and thought I’d quickly weigh in with some thoughts.
I’m not a big fan of biopics in general but was optimistic after hearing that Jackie would be taking an unconventional approach. The film definitely does that, with a structure that hops forward and back along the film’s timeline.
Personally, there were few instances where this approach elevated the material for me. The ending moments, cutting to different scenes while building on an emotional state, are sublime but I mainly found the experience to be quite passive. I never really felt the stakes of what Jackie wanted to achieve.
Unfortunately (as it was expected), Jackie hasn´t won any of the three awards it opted at the Oscars ceremony. Natalie, as announced yesterday, could not attend the gala … but she was one of the protagonists of a short humorous video. Here it is:
By the way, the final mistake in the best movie category has been really embarrassing…
After months waiting, Jackie opened in Spain the last Friday, and finally I had the chance to see it. After all this time, and all the good reviews, I was afraid that the film might not fulfilled my expectations… nothing further of reality.
It´s a GREAT film. It´s probably the more accessible and conventional Larrain´s film to date, but still it´s one of the most interesting biopics that have been made in recent years on an American figure… precisely because there is not a typical biopic.
Watching the film, I understand perfectly why it had so weak commercial success in the US: this is not a detailed story of what happened those sad days on November, it´s a deep study of a character for the four days more stressful and critical of her life. Yes, I say well the word “character” because, as Larraín said in one of the many interviews for the promotion of the film, this is a “fiction told from the intimacy of the private”. We’ll never know for sure what Jackie really was, but the film shows us a person full of nuances, contradictory, selfish, self-centered, but also intelligent, determined and emotional, which helped build, almost without intending, the legend of her husband.
There are also another reason why the movie is not conventional: who goes to a movie theater to see this waiting learn the ins and outs of all that happened these critical days for American history, will feel probably disappointed. the film part of the premise that everyone knows the story, and yes, gives very accurate brushstrokes here and there of what happened behind the scenes … but this is about Jackie and her vital experience during these days, and the film introduces you fully in her personal experience in those hard times.
And here is where Natalie comes into scene: simply she’s superb. the best perfomance of her career, certainly. She cries, laughs, despairs, she confesses in front of the camera. An amalgam of emotions that she shows perfectly in every scene. All of them filmed a few inches of her face by Larrain, always attentive to each gesture and each word.
The BAFTA ceremony was held today at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Unfortunately Natalie was unable to attend due to her advanced state of gestation (the same happened six years ago when she was nominated for Black Swan). This time, the best actress award has been again for Emma Stone in La La Land. In any case, Jackie has won the best costumes award for Madeline Fontaine. Congratulations to the winner.
Last November, Natalie took part in one of many roundtables with actresses for “The Envelope”, the LA Times magazine, and finally we can see the full video. Thanks to Ana for the find…
Click in the image below to see it:
Natalie, director Pablo Larrain, writter Noah Oppenheim and some producers of Jackie attended a special screening for the Hollywood Academy on December 4. Today the post Q&A has been uploaded on YouTube’s official Oscars channel. here it is:
Natalie has attended the Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, where she talked about Jackie, the recently deceased John Hurt, her career, and being pregnant again. We hope to have a video of the full interview soon. Meanwhile, here are some photos, the first from the show and another of the arrival to the TV studios. Zimbio has a few more…
Well… as predicted by all the pools in recent weeks, Natalie didn’t win the SAG award for best actress (it was Emma Stone who prevailed in the category at the end). Anyway, the ceremony leaves us images and videos of a splendid Natalie on the red carpet. Here are a few of them:
Vanity Fair is publishing in its instagram account some great behind the scenes photos & videos from the special Hollywood issue. Here are a couple of them with a stunning Natalie:
I don’t usually refer to this kind of sad events in the blog (in the end this is a fan page), but I think this deserves it, for very special reasons…
British legendary actor John Hurt, whose death was announced yesterday, appeared in more than 200 films and TV series during his distinguished career. Alien, 10 Rillington Place, Midnight Express, Heaven´s Gate, The Elephant Man, 1984, Rob Roy, Contact, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone… these are just some of his most remembered films. He worked with Natalie in two of them: V for Vendetta and his latest film released, Jackie.
He was an incredible actor, with an extraordinary capacity to take over the characters he played. A legend… there is no doubt about it.
John was invincible. Unflinching. Eternal.
Edit: Natalie also paid tribute to the ‘Jackie’ co-star…
I’m so extremely sad to hear of John’s passing,” Portman said. “I was lucky enough to make two films with him — both of which were taken to the next level because of his performances. He was the most talented actor, and also a deeply good and funny and poetic and smart and warm human being. I send my love to his family at this terrible time, and join his fans in watching his films that we are lucky enough to have forever
Rest In Peace. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends in these sad moments…