The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, the film directed by Xavier Dolan, opens in Italy this Thursday, and finally we can see a couple of clips with Natalie and Jacob Tremblay (dubbed in Italian):
Things have been quiet about Natalie Portman’s next film, Lucy in the Sky, but finally we have some positive news.
The Noah Hawley directed film, about a female astronaut who struggles to re-adapt to life after returning to Earth, was reported to be undergoing reshoots with rumours that the film was a bit too challenging.
Thankfully, Hawley has updated IndieWire and the news seems very promising indeed.
“The movie is locked,” Noah Hawley told IndieWire in a recent interview. “I’m mixing right now, and I’m doing the final finishing touches. The studio has their strategy that they’re building toward a release, and it’s Searchlight, so unlike Disney, which dates their movies three years in advance, they’re quite used to going out [to festivals]. And all those festivals that are in anticipation of fall are starting to look at movies now, so we’re going through that process to figure out the best strategy to release it.”
And about the reshoots, it doesn’t sound like there’s too much out of the ordinary.
“We did one day of additional photography to put a button on the movie, basically,” Hawley said. “It was just an ending sequence, which I think is very common — less common on movies of a certain budget, but endings are in some ways the most important part. In a movie like this, in the journey we were on, it needed an extra piece.”
So, here’s hoping that festival run creates some buzz, which doesn’t evaporate like Vox Lux’s early positivity during last year’s awards season.
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Eating Animals, the documentary produced and narrated by Natalie, opens in selected theaters in the UK this weekend. For this reason, the official instagram account of the film has released today an excerpt of the making of, recorded in 2016, in which Natalie talks about her search for answers as a producer of the film, she joins in on the investigation of factory farms, and calls major food producers asking to tour their agricultural facilities:
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Natalie Portman talks about her search for answers as a producer of the #documentary Eating Animals, directed by Christopher Quinn and based on the book by Jonathan Safran-Foer. She joins in on the investigation of factory farms, and calls major food producers asking to tour their agricultural facilities.
France was the only country in the world where The Death and Life of John F. Donovan had been released so far. That will change in a few weeks…
Lucky Red has announced that Dolan´s movie will open in italian cinemas on June 27, and they have released the trailer and poster of the film:
Eating Animals, narrated by Natalie, won the top prize for documentary film at the 29th annual EMA Awards, handed out Thursday night by the Environmental Media Association. The awards honor productions “that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action.” Other winners were Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs for best feature film, The Blacklist won best television drama, while Full Frontal With Samantha Bee won for television comedy.
Eating Animals will released in the UK on June 7:
Many interviews and articles have emerged on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Episode I, just a few days ago. Of all of them, this collection of interviews and memories of the creators of the film (including George Lucas) for StarWars.com, highlights. Among the memories, we have those of Iain McCaig, who recalls how Natalie´s face was the inspiration for many of his designs, even before being hired for the film:
Every time I would start with Natalie Portman, because I had seen her in The Professional. I counted the years from that to this and realized she was exactly the right age for the queen, and I just kept drawing and drawing and drawing her because I loved her face. George came up to me at one point and said, “Do you know this girl?” And I said, “No, sir, but she’s your queen.” And lo and behold, she was cast shortly after! The one and only time I actually got a casting choice put through. But that face is so strong and so beautiful and so innocent and so powerful, it can support any amount of crazy stuff going on around it.
Unfortunately, Annihilation did not have the opportunity to be seen in cinemas outside of North America and China. Even so, and almost inadvertently, Alex Garland´s sci-fi flick has been turning into a cult film, and one of Natalie’s most remembered recent movies. Proof of this is the amount of fan art that can be seen on social media a year after its release. These are just a couple of examples:
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Honestly I think I may have had a mild strokwe while doing this one. It's weird. Like the film, I can't decide if I love it or hate it 😂 #posterart #posterdesign #movieposter #filmposter #annihilation #neildaviesillustration #digitalart #natalieportman #alternativemovieposter #oscarisaac
The “he said, she said” situation that has arisen from Moby’s passages about dating Natalie Portman in his new book appears to be calming down thanks to Moby’s recent apology on Instagram.
“I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me to not fully respect her reaction.”
Earlier this month Natalie revealed to Harper’s Bazaar that she was less than thrilled with Moby’s account of the story. Saying:
“I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school.”
To underscore the point even further, Sanjiro found an interview from 2000 where Natalie already pours cold water on the dating aspect of their relationship. But certainly indicates that they shared a strong connection.
An exception is techno darling and fellow animal lover Moby, whom Natalie met backstage at a gig in Austin, Texas. “I loved his album so much and I told him so,” she says. “It’s funny because he told me later that he didn’t recognize me, he just thought I was cute. When I left, we exchanged fax numbers and faxed five-page letters every day for two or three weeks. Then we changed to e-mail. We hardly ever see each other, but we communicate a lot.”
I mention that in a recent interview, Moby hinted at a romance between them. “He did? No, he didn’t.” She lays down her spoon in shock. “We’re going to have a talk, then,” she says in her best school-marm voice, “because that’s not ture. Not at all.” She resumes knocking back dessert, and in tones as dreamy as her caramel cake adds, “I love Moby, but it’s more intense than a romance. It’s a really good friendship. A soul connection.”
She collapses into giggles as she confides, “He brags to me all the time. He rings up and says, ‘My record’s number one in England. I beat Santana.'”
Do they compare notes on worldwide fame? “He likes it a lot more than I do, because he was a dork at school and he’s getting back at everyone now, which is a different kind of motivation.”
Hopefully that’s the end of that.
Natalie has given an interview to Harper’s Bazaar on the occasion of the release of the documentary “Eating Animals” in the United Kingdom next June, in which she denies dating Moby almost twenty years ago, talks on Harvey Weinstein’s case and Time’s Up, and what it means to be vegan for her:
On dating with Moby:
“I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” Portman told us. “He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact checking from him or his publisher – it almost feels deliberate. That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn’t the case. There are many factual errors and inventions. I would have liked him or his publisher to reach out to fact check.”
If Natalie was in Belgium last weekend, today she has attended the Moet & Chandon’s 150th anniversary event at Château de Saran in Champagne, France. In this tweet, we can see her along with Kate Moss, Uma Thurman and Roger Federer:
Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, and Roger Federer at Moet & Chandon’s 150th anniversary at Château de Saran in Champagne, France. pic.twitter.com/EJxUrUiNBT— WWD (@wwd) May 21, 2019
Edit: Instagram post by Natalie added:
Natalie has attended the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp tonight with her husband. The event, named “Bach Studies”, has been choreographed by Benjamin, and performed by the Ballet Vlaanderen. We have a couple of instagram photos: