Mar23

Weekly Tidbits

 
It’s been a month since Natalie gave birth to Amalia, and there have not been any public appearances or candid photos yet. Waiting for some relevant news, here are a few tidbits:

-There’s nothing official yet, but according to Jeff Sneider, film reporter and regular writer on The Tracking Board, Natalie (and Jennifer Lawrence), would have passed on the project about Getty kidnapping, directed by Ridley Scott:

Considering that the movie would start shooting in May, and that Natalie should also shoot her scenes for Xavier Dolan’s film this spring, it seems pretty credible. We will see if there is any news about it in the coming weeks…

-Song to Song will expand to more theaters next weekend, and Natalie has given a couple more interviews on the film. Here they are:

The Daily Beast: Natalie Portman Talks ‘Song to Song,’ Tupac, and the ‘Absurdity’ of the Trump Administration

Yahoo Movies: Natalie Portman on Terrence Malick’s ‘Wild and Free’ Improvisatory Groove for ‘Song to Song’

-Finally, here we have a new instagram still from Terrence Malick´s film, with Natalie and Michael Fassbender:

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Mar20

New Natalie Still

 
So far, most official photos we’ve seen of the Terrence Malick’s film are from the rest of the main cast (Mara, Gosling and Fassbender), but here we finally have a third photo of Natalie in the movie, dressing a nice wedding dress, which we had already seen in shooting photos four years ago:

 

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Mar17

Song to Song interviews

 

Terrence Malick’s latest film has a limited release in Los Angeles and New York today, and as a result, Natalie has given a couple of interviews about the movie. Here they are:

Vulture: Natalie Portman on Working With Terrence Malick and Watching Michael Fassbender Get Tackled by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

What do you think it is that Malick brings that makes actors love working with him?

He really breaks down the ritual of filmmaking that we’re all used to. It frees you, in a way, when you go on to something else afterwards. You feel freer because he reminds you that all the rituals aren’t there for a reason, and that you can kind of break them whenever you want, whenever you feel like it. Because you’re always creating these moments in his films, you’re not just following a script and making what’s happening on the page. You have to invent more, and you take that into other projects, too. When you are going into a film that does have a script, you bring that spirit with you.

Metro: Natalie Portman gushes about the unusual Terrence Malick

Were there other kinds of material he gave you to get you into your character?

He provided me with a lot of information — incredible books and films. It was kind of an education as well. A lot of great Italian films, like [Federico Fellini’s] “Juliet of the Spirits” and “La Strada.” He gave me “Middlemarch,” which I’d never read before, and “Daniel Deronda.” So a lot of Italian films and a lot of Eliot.

So your character here is basically a Fellini character crossed with an Eliot hero?

Yeah. [chuckles] She thinks marrying can help her get out of this bad situation, sort of in a 19th century way. And then, of course, that gets her into a much more tragic situation.

 

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Mar16

Song to Song Clip

 
Finally we can see a first clip of Malick’s film with Natalie and Michael Fassbender, in which she is absolutely stunning in every way…

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Song to Song has a limited release this Friday in the USA, and more promotional material is emerging slowly. Here are a few stills of the main characters, including Natalie:

 

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Finally, the film’s premiere took place at the Paramount Theater in Austin yesterday, and as expected, Natalie was unable to attend the event. Producer Sarah Green shared a note she received from the actress saying that she just had her baby and wasn’t able to get on a plane yet, but that making the film was an amazing experience. The rest of the main cast (Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender), were there:

… As for the critical reception, the movie is following the same path as the last three films of the Texan filmmaker. “Boring”, “same schemes” and “self-parody” are the adjectives that are repeated over and over again in the first reactions and reviews. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s the same tonic as with Knight of Cups and To the Wonder last years. On a positive note, Natalie seems to shine every time she appears on the screen:

Variety: We’ve heard it all before: soul-sick characters, wide-angle vignettes, wispy poetic musings — this time set against the Austin music scene.

Of the characters beyond the initial love triangle in Malick’s too-white ensemble, Portman has the biggest part, and also the most powerful, owing not only to her character’s fate, but also the actress’s ability to take a slender, nearly dialogue-free role and make it feel fully rounded.

The Daily Beast: Ryan Gosling Serenades SXSW in ‘Song to Song’

It’s Portman, though, who gets to explode. As Fassbender’s paramour, she thrusts herself from struggling waitress to seductive vixen to startled and scared captive, addicted to the adrenaline provided by his lifestyle, his money, his sex, and his drugs.
It’s interesting to watch following her lead turn in Jackie, a masterful feat of control and calibration of pitch, body, and emotion in every scene of the film. She’s only a supporting player here, but it’s her role as collateral damage to a life lived song to song that leaves you momentarily silenced.

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Mar10

B-Roll Song to Song

 
More Song to Song video content here with B-roll footage (behind the scenes) from several scenes, starting with Natalie and Holly Hunter.

 

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Mar10

Song to Song Interview

 
One Big Soul has collected a bunch of Song to Song interview footage. Here is Natalie’s video.

 

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Mar08

Song to Song Featurette

 
Here is the first behind the scenes video of the Malick movie, which finally reveals the name of the Natalie´s character in the film: Rhonda

Also, Pitchfork website has the complete list of the artists who participate in the soundtrack of the film.

 

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Mar07

More Song to Song Stills

 
ET Online has published more photos of Malick’s film, among which we can enjoy a great one with Natalie and Michael Fassbender as absolute protagonists:

 

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Mar07

Still Frames

 
New Song to Song pictures are emerging slowly. This time, One Big Soul, the best Facebook page dedicated to the work of the Texas filmmaker, has a lot of still frames directly taken from the movie… and some of them with Natalie:

 

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Mar06

New Song to Song Poster

 
Song to Song, the latest Terrence Malick´s film starring Natalie, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender, will premiere at the SXSW Austin Festival in four days, and here we have a new ad of the movie with the actors:

 

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Feb22

Song to Song Still

 
Finally we can enjoy the first wave of photos of Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s film to be released in a few weeks, including the first official still with Natalie. here it is:

 

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Feb17

Song to Song Trailer

 
Yes, it’s real. After four years of waiting, here is the Song to Song trailer:

 

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Feb16

Song to Song Poster

 
Finally, here is the official poster for Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s latest film, to be premiered at the SXSW Festival in Austin on March 10. Enjoy:

 

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It’s official: Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s latest film, has been selected to open the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin on March 10, a week before its commercial release in American cinemas. Considering that the movie was filmed largely in that city during the ACL Music Festival four years ago, it makes sense to premiere there.

Janet Pierson, director of SXSW, has said about it:

Terrence Malick is a world class revered cinematic poet. His work is a treasure trove of talented actors and vision. Set in the world of music and Austin, ‘Song to Song’ couldn’t be a more perfect Opening Night film for SXSW. While these titles are just a taste of what SXSW 2017 will offer, they reflect the range of work we are known for, from newcomers and auteurs to pop entertainment in traditional cinema, episodics and now VR.

On the other hand, according to One Big Soul, the Facebook page with the best information about Terrence Malick’s work, Christian Bale would not appear in the final cut of the film. We’ll have to wait until the trailer to check it…

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Four years after, we finally have news of the other Terrence Malick’s film that Natalie filmed in 2012.
During the last two years, the movie was known as Weightless, but now IndieWire reports that the final title of the film will be Song to Song. The website also confirms its premiere in the USA on March 17, and gives more details of its argument:

Here’s the premise: “In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.”

In addition to the main quartet, a number of musicians appear as well: Patti Smith, Lykke Li, the Black Lips, Iggy Pop, Florence and the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Considering Fabio briefly appeared in last year’s “Knight of Cups,” that sounds about right.

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Also, the site has the first official still of the film (unfortunately Natalie does not appear in it).

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Dec05

Tidbits

 
Next weekend Jackie will expand to 26 theaters in the USA. Until then, here are a few tidbits to make the wait bearable…

Vanity Fair has a new article focused on the costumes of the Pablo Larrain´s film, made by Madeline Fontaine. Some of the stills that illustrate it are brand new:

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Aug14

Tidbits

 
Some big “mini” news items for you guys today so let’s get straight to it.

One Big Soul has revealed that Broad Green have set Natalie’s next Terrence Malick film, Weightless, for release in the U.S. on March 17, 2017. They seem to think that a Berlinale unveiling, like Knight of Cups, is likely.

– In more great news, musician and composer Mica Levi will be producing the score for Jackie. Her score for Under The Skin is one of the most haunting and memorable musical scores that I’ve ever heard so I’m really thrilled about this. That said, the music for Jackie will probably be significantly different.

– Finally, artist Shirin Neshat, had some really nice things to say about her artistic short film collaboration with Natalie, Illusions and Mirrors.

“With Natalie, her professionalism and experience as an actress was tremendous. I almost didn’t have to explain anything, she was so quick to understand what I was looking for,” Neshat recalls. “As it was a great pleasure for me to work with someone as Natalie’s caliber, I think for Natalie, who works on big Hollywood productions, it was a fun experiment to work on an experimental, abstract video piece.”

 

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Jul07

Upcoming Film Tidbits

 
Today’s tidbits are all about upcoming Natalie films. It’s great to have so many interesting projects on the way and hopefully one or two new Natalie classics among them.

– According to this insider, a Terrence Malick film will probably be playing the Venice International Film Festival. Will it finally be Weightless, the Ryan Gosling starring music scene film that shot directly after Knight of Cups? Or will it be Malick’s A Voyage of Time?

Adriano De Grandis, usually well informed on behind-the-scenes negotiations and the selection of Venice’s La Mostra writes in Padua’s Il Gazzettino: “Almost secure the attendance of [a] Terrence Malick [film]”. In his opinion or according to his informations, it would be WEIGHTLESS.

– Five minutes of Jackie was screened in Italy to distributors, one of which had this encouraging synopsis:

Protagonist of the film is the radiant Natalie Portman, who after a few minutes of trailer is not difficult to imagine among the 2017 Oscar candidate for best actress.

– And finally, in more upcoming Natalie film news, it looks like Planetarium had a recent screening.

 

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