Natalie Portman x Wes Anderson

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One of my favourite Natalie films is, the short – Hotel Chevalier, which was part of The Darjeeling Limited. Darjeeling was one of Wes Anderson’s weaker films but Chevalier was gold!

I’m a huge fan of the director and have hoped they would reteam again. New reports suggest, it might be on the cards…

Wes is prepping a French musical with an eclectic cast, as usual. Tilda Swinton has just joined and now Natalie and Brad Pitt are two of the names being linked. You can read about it on The Playlist.

Natalie Portman Hotel Chevalier

Natalie Portman in Vanity Fair

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Natalie Portman graces the cover of the new Vanity Fair and on their site is a really nice long interview article with the actress, including photos from a new shoot.

Here’s a quote from the article from Vox Lux director, Brady Corbet.

Portman is “quite precise, thorough,” says Corbet. “I’ve been working for 20 years, so I can say with some conviction—Natalie is the best actor that I’ve ever worked with. It’s not hyperbole. It’s something really incredible when someone comes in and they color in the lines, but the color is denser and more vibrant than what you had initially imagined.”

Click the image to redirect to the full cover story.

Natalie Portman Vanity Fair

So, about that Vox Lux poster…

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We were just informed that yesterday’s was not the official poster.

Whoops.

Funnily enough, we were talking in the private natalieportman.com Facebook group (for long time np.com contributors and Patrons ;-)) about how disappointing it was that the poster used the photo we’ve already seen a million times.

Now we know why.

I’m sure the official poster will be along soon but until then, here is a still from the amazing trailer.

Natalie Portman Vox Lux

What are you most excited about?

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What Natalie Portman news has you most excited?

It’s an interesting time in Natland with Natalie filming Pale Blue Dot (or whatever it’s called), rumours of directing her next film, plans to go to Venice for Vox Lux, and then TIFF for Death and Life of John F Donovan.

The question is, what are you most excited about? Go to our Twitter poll to vote.

Natalie Portman in conversation with Yuval Noah Harari

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If you’re in the UK you can grab tickets for a conversation between Natalie and author, Yuval Noah Harari. The event will be held in Westminster, London, and will be in promotion of his new books, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

Yuval had this to say:

“I am very much looking forward to talking with Natalie. We were both born in the myth-factory of the world, and much of our careers have revolved around the tension between myth, science and science fiction. I am keen to hear her take on reality, fiction and everything in between. Neither of us is known for dodging difficult issues – so it should be interesting.”

Pale Blue Dot Updates

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Natalie Portman’s next film, which should start filming any day now, is Pale Blue Dot from director Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series).

Well, it seems Pale Blue Dot was a placeholder title for the psychological drama about a returning female astronaut. What will the film actually be called? Your guess is as good as mine but we’re going to keep calling it Pale Blue Dot until a new title emerges.

Colman

In casting news, it has just been announced that Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) and Jeremiah Birkett (LA Confidential) join Natalie, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz and Dan Stevens.

Tidbits

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Friday is almost upon us so to ease into the reverie, here are some new Natalie Portman tidbits.

– The LA Online Film Critics Society handed out their mid-year awards. Natalie was nominated for Best Actress and Annihilation also got several other nominations, but in the end the only success was runner-up for Best Adapted Screenplay.

– Somewhat related, The Playlist has an early look at next year’s Academy Award potentials for Best Actress and Natalie’s Annihilation is mentioned… as a long-shot.

– The Genesis “Jewish Nobel” Prize, which Natalie chose to not accept, was finally given to Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, at one stage, Natalie was set to play in a biopic. It turns out Ginsburg was the original choice for the award, so perhaps fitting that she received it.

New Harvard Interview

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There have been some standout on-screen interviews with Natalie Portman in recent weeks, most of them very polished and professional. Today we have something a bit different – Aaron Fogelson managed to get Natalie to chat about a range of topics during her Boston Calling appearance.

It’s quite endearing thanks to the low-fi quality of the surroundings and Aaron looking like he’s having the best day of his life.

Natalie Visits Kismit

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Belerofonte is away on a much deserved holiday, which means I’ll be back for update duty. It’s going to be tough but together we can get through this!

The first bit of news is that Natalie Portman was snapped leaving Kismit restaurant in Los Feliz yesterday. She’s looking fabulous so if you want more, click on the thumb below to go to Daily Mail’s report.

Natalie Portman leaves Kismet

Natalie to Receive Jewish Nobel Prize After All

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Fun fact – running our social feeds I get a lot of messages who think we are Natalie. And let me tell you, I’ve never gotten so many heated messages than from Natalie’s refusal to show up for the Genesis Prize, because Benjamin Netanyahu would be attending.

I also received a lot of thankful messages.

There wasn’t much middle ground.

Well, the latest news is that Natalie will still receive the prize only Genesis will be handling the $2 million worth of donations. This article from Haaretz has quotes quite a lot of criticism.

Hopefully this story has almost run its course.

Details of Natalie Portman’s Boston Calling Appearance

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We’ve all been wondering – what exactly is Natalie going to be doing at Boston Calling in May? Well, the answer has finally arrived via Boston Magazine.

What do Lolita, The Exorcist, and 2015’s Diary of a Teenage Girl have in common? All three movies in some way involve the concept of “the female gaze,” and all three will be featured in Natalie Portman’s film festival next month.

Natalie goes on to add:

“I’m so excited to show films that I love that explore the female gaze,” says Natalie Portman. “I don’t think there is anything inherently different between male and female artists, but these are examples of great works of art in which similar storylines have female tropes that play out quite differently depending on who is telling the story. I’m looking forward to sharing these with an audience and hearing their reactions. It makes it an even more special opportunity to watch these incredible films on the big screen at one of my favorite movie theaters.”

A cool topic and no surprise she chose Diary of a Teenage Girl, as she really wanted to work with director Marielle Heller after the film came out.

The festival will run from May 22nd to May 24th.

New NataliePortman.com Server

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Thanks to our Patreon supporters we now have enough funds every month to pay for a much needed new server. Sneakily, Kris was able to move to the new server already so…welcome!

Hopefully everything feels snappy and responsive. Looking at the server stats, the graphs are all trending in the right direction. Thanks again to all of you who are helping to make this possible.

160+ megabyes of Natalie photos

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Our next Patreon reward is on the way. It includes over 160 mb of photos from Natalie’s magazine appearances. Some of my all-time favourites in there, like this beauty.

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To get this reward and all the rewards to come, just become a patron and help the site get a new server at the same time. Win-win, baby!

200,000

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I just noticed we passed 200,000 likes and followers on our Facebook group! Thanks to all who follow us there – Facebook is making it harder for content from pages to show up in the newsfeed so bookmark the page and check it yourself if you want to catch every update.

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Annihilation Thoughts

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Before I give my brief thoughts on Annihilation, if you’ve seen the film please check out this fascinating and fantastic deep dive into the themes of the film.

In comparison, mine is going to be surface level impressions at best and with only minor spoilers). So, let’s begin…

To start with, I am a big Alex Garland fan. I’ve always loved his writing and his first film Ex Machina was my favourite film of the year it was released. I haven’t read the novel, but I was definitely primed for something special.

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Tidbits

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Some Sunday tidbits for Natalie fans.

– We’ll be posting the next Completionists Patreon reward on Monday. We’re still just a couple patrons short of being able to move forward with plans for the new server. So please support us hereNatalie Portman patreon

– Here is an AV Club piece that makes the argument that Natalie’s Padme character should return in the new Star Wars films.

– Speaking of which, here is a drawing of Padme (with Mathilda’s toy?) making out with Jennifer Lawrence from Hunger Games. Because…why not?

Natalie Portman Jennifer Lawrence fanart

Next Patreon Reward Incoming

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Tomorrow I’ll be sending out the next Patreon reward for the $10 tier patrons. Learn about the next reward here.

We are now just one or two patrons away from being able to move forward with our new server plans. A massive thank you to all who have donated and a friendly jab to the ribs for those of you who haven’t come aboard yet.

You’re only allowed to be lazy if you look this good.

Natalie Portman Patreon

More Rewards Ahoy

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If you haven’t become a patron yet – now is the time. We’re about 5 monthly donations short of being able to move forward on the new server.

And later tonight I will be sending out the first Completionist Reward. These rewards are over 700 photos from shoots in 2007 and 2008 – most of which have never been published.

Because they are from the actual photographer’s roll, you get some stunning shots like this.

Natalie Portman Patreon

And some funny outtakes like this.

If you go here and pledge, I’ll be contacting you shortly to provide a link to the first batch of 48 photos.

Want almost 1,000 Natalie pics?

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Our Patrons over on Patreon just received the first reward – almost 1,000 Natalie Portman magazine photos from the years 1994-2003. If you sign up as a Patron now, I’ll make sure you get the reward. And later this week I’ll send out the first Completionists Reward which will have Natalie photos that haven’t been seen online until now. And later this month another 1,000 photos from our library!

We have 5 Patrons so far. Another 5-10 and we’ll be able to move forward on that new server.

Even if you can only give one or two bucks every month, every cent counts.

Go Go GO!

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