Last year, Natalie was unable to attend the Boston Calling Festival, where she was going to present a “cinematographic experience” curated by her. Well, it looks like she is going to be in the Boston Calling next May, serving as a host and curator for a “series of special programming” at the fest. More info on the Festival page:
Natalie and her family are about to end their vacations in Brazil, but the local press is not missing the opportunity to photograph their passage through this beautiful country. Quem magazine has a couple of illustrated articles; in the first one we can see Natalie, Benjamin, Aleph and Amalia on the beach of Ipanema, and in the second one Natalie enjoying the samba in Copacabana, and watching the fireworks in Rio during the end of the year. It should be noted that in both cases the faces of the children are clearly visible.
Click on the images to see them:
Natalie & family continue their holidays in Rio de Janeiro, and yesterday we were able to see some Instagram photos of their stay in the wonderful Brazilian city, taking advantage of the last hours of the year. In this picture we can see Natalie and Amalia in the beach (baby’s face is visible), and here we have another, enjoying the New Year’s carnival (thanks to Best of Portman for the find):
Happy New Year to all…
What better to make bearable this Christmas holiday than a few tidbits:
-Natalie and her family are still on vacation in Brazil these days. On Christmas Day she was seen with Aleph and Amalia visiting the statue of “Cristo Redentor”, in Rio de Janeiro.
-Pascal Perich has shared another unused picture of Natalie for a photoshoot taken in 2009 for Financial Times, and it´s gorgeous:
The Genesis Prize Foundation announced today that Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn has made a $1 million gift to the foundation in honor of 2018 Laureate Natalie Portman. This gift doubles the Genesis Prize Award Fund to $2 million:
In the press release, Natalie expresses her gratitude for this initiative:
“I would like to express my gratitude and admiration to Morris Kahn for his incredible support of the 2018 Genesis Prize theme,” said Portman. “Morris’ generosity once again reinforces how relevant and important the issue of women’s equality is today – in Israel, in the US and beyond.”
This award funds would be granted to programs focusing on advancing women’s equality in all aspects of human endeavor.
Only one still has been officially released from Annihilation so far, but the new trailer has allowed us to see new moments of the film starring Natalie. To make the wait more bearable until the premiere of the Alex Garland´s movie in two months, here are a few HD screenshots of the trailer. Enjoy:
A month ago, we learned that Natalie was preparing for a new film, in which she would play a “messed up pop star”. It was rumored at the time that this movie could be “Vox Lux” by Brandy Corbet. Well, Finally we have a confirmation that she was attached to this project … until now. Variety reports that Bold Films, producer company of the film, is in a delicate economic situation, and the shooting of the film will be delayed, compromising the participation of Natalie:
Sources also say that production on Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux” has been delayed. Natalie Portman had been attached to star in the drama about the life of a pop star, but her involvement is now in question. It’s unclear if her schedule will be free when shooting on the film begins.
We hope to know something more in the near future…
Directly from Gina Rodriguez´s instagram, a great behind the scenes photo:
The release of the second Annihilation trailer has been accompanied by some articles that give us more details on the story, the characters and the filming of the movie. Here are some of them:
–Coming Soon has an interesting story about a visit to the set during the filming of the movie in the UK (with “The Last Jedi” shooting side by side at the Pinewood studios).
–Collider has a couple of articles about the film: the first focuses on the movie itself, and the second is an interesting and revealing interview with Alex Garland, in which he makes clear his opinion that Netflix is going to distribute the film internationally:
Recently it was announced Annihilation would be released on Netflix internationally. What was your reaction to that?
GARLAND: Disappointment really. We made the film for cinema. I’ve got no problem with the small screen at all. The best genre piece I’ve seen in a long time was The Handmaid’s Tale, so I think there’s incredible potential within that context, but if you’re doing that – you make it for that [medium] and you think of it in those terms. Look… it is what it is. The film is getting a theatrical release in the States, which I’m really pleased about. One of the big pluses of Netflix is that it goes out to a lot of people and you don’t have that strange opening weekend thing where you’re wondering if anyone is going to turn up and then if they don’t, it vanishes from cinema screens in two weeks. So it’s got pluses and minuses, but from my point of view and the collective of the people who made it – [it was made] to be seen on a big screen.
Finally there is a date for the release of the new Annihilation trailer. Within a couple of days, on Wednesday:
According to Alberta rated trailers site, trailer runtime will be 2:24 minutes.
we will be attentive to it…
well, we have finally an explanation to the delay in the release of Annihilation, and the recent agreement of Paramount with Netflix to distribute the film internationally.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, everything is due to a confrontation between the two producers of the film: Scott Rudin and David Ellison:
The movie, which wrapped shooting July 2016, had a poor test screening this summer that sources say was the root of the conflict. After the screening, Ellison became concerned that the movie was “too intellectual” and “too complicated” and wanted changes made to make it appeal to a wider audience. They included making Portman’s character more sympathetic as well as tweaking the ending.
Rudin, who executive produced Machina, sided with Garland, defending the movie and refused to take notes. Rudin was able to hold his line, according to a source, because he has final cut.
Things got testier from there, with Paramount caught in the middle. The studio ultimately decided that finding another distributor, preferably a streamer, could salvage the situation.
With Ellison not wanting to lose money after the poor performances of Geostorm, the billionaire producer is seeking to avoid a worldwide release and hopes that a digital release may be a better fit. The deal calls for Netflix to cover a good chunk of the production budget, which is in the $55 million range.
In short, if all this helps us to see the vision that Garland wanted, it will be welcome…
It seems that Paramount is negotiating with Netflix a deal to premiere internationally the film by Alex Garland on this digital platform 17 days after its premiere in USA, Canada and China, according to Deadline. This seems to indicate that there will not be releases in theatres beyond these countries. If this is confirmed, it would be a great pity for those of us who live outside the United States and we like to see the movie at the cinema. We will see as if there is something new about it in the coming days…
After a few days without being able to update news, it’s time for some tidbits…
-Ermenegildo Zegna presented a new couture line in collaboration with LA Dance Project at Lautner house in Los Angeles last night, and Natalie & Benjamin were there. The Hollywood Reporter has an article about it: