Celebrate PORTMANIA!

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it’s the never right, always late, slightly boring, no good very bad PORTMANIA! DAY 3! and Guess what that means! 6981!

The DAY of BIRTH of the Star of PORTMANIA 21 is HERE! 38 years ago Natalie Portman was born! we’re pretty sure this happened. and we’re pretty sure today is the DAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATALIE PORTMAN!

Let’s get to it!

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PORTMANIA? Nein Danke!

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DAY 2! of PORTMANIA 21! How can we contain the excitement?! you should be used to it by now BECAUSE Everyday is PORTMANIA inside your body!!

I’m sorry I talked about your body.

Let’s get this day started!

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PORTMANIA Begins Again

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The time has come for the most fantastical PORTMANIA Part 21 to START!

That’s right! The ever increasing disappointment of PORTMANIA continues for one more year!

Natalie’s birthday being this Sunday we’re bringing you three fun filled days of gratuitous praise for notre déesse! AND ALSO fact-filled looks to the past in PORTMANIA HISTORY! Join us, won’t you?

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Making ‘Eating Animals’

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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:

Dolan’s Movie Releases in Italy

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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:

Candids in LA

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Natalie’s birthday will be celebrated in a few days. Meanwhile, we were able to see Natalie walking with her mother Shelley (and her new dog), through the streets of Los Angeles, today. Zimbio has the photos:

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Eating Animals won an EMA Award

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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:

Whiz Passed Away

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Unfortunately, it seems that Whiz, the small Yorkie dog that Natalie had since 2008, has passed away. She shared the sad news on instagram.

Here, a nice photo taken during the filming of Thor in 2010:

The Phantom Menace: An Oral History

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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.

Annihilation Fan Posters

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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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What Natalie Portman Said About Moby in 2000

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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.

Harper’s Bazaar interview

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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.”

Natalie in France

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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit: Instagram post by Natalie added:

 

 

 

 

Natalie in Belgium

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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:

The Phantom Menace: 20th Anniversary

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Star Wars. Episode I: The Phantom Menace premiered in American and Canadian theaters exactly twenty years ago. It’s amazing to see how much time has passed. Star Wars was the definitive international recognition for Natalie and even today, many people began to be fans of her when they saw these films. Padme Amidala is one of the most recognizable characters of the saga, and although the prequels have been reviled by much of the fandom for many years, are being judged much more benevolent and objective lately (as Natalie admitted in her recent Interview for Empire). Here are some pictures and videos to remember Natalie´s appearance in the movie:

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Natalie re-shoots scenes for Lucy In The Sky

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It’s been two months since we saw the first trailer for “Lucy in the Sky” and we had not heard more about the film since then. Well… It seems that Natalie is shooting new scenes this week for this science fiction drama directed by Noah Hawley. She was photographed in Los Angeles, dressed as her character in the film. Daily Mail has the photos:

Archives, Friends, Patterns

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Natalie made a surprise appearance last Friday night: composers Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly assembled an event titled “Archives, Friends, Patterns” at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in LA, and she appeared in the concert’s first half.

Natalie dramatized the Young Mrs. Lincoln’s non sequiturs in an excerpt from the Rome Segment of Robert Wilson’s “the CIVIL warS,” originally planned for the 1984 L.A. Olympic Arts Festival and ultimately performed by the L.A. Phil later that year and again in 2014. There were further excerpts from Glass’ first commercial Hollywood film, “North Star,” as well as from “Mishima,” “Monsters of Grace” (which was commissioned by UCLA) and “Satyagraha.”

Muhly was in a film a few years ago with music by Glass titled “Portals” that was directed by Natalie´s husband.