I was really excited about the prospect of Natalie working on a French film, particularly one directed by Rebecca Zlotowski whose Grand Central is fantastic. Unfortunately, this is one of my least favourite Natalie films. The story has a strong connection to the dead, but its the film that is D.O.A. It certainly looks handsome, and the performances (particularly Natalie and Emmanual Salinger) are solid at the very least.
A couple small bits of Natalie-related news on this lazy Sunday afternoon.
– First up, there is a strong rumour that V for Vendetta may be getting the TV series treatment. If done right, I think this could be interesting. I’m a big fan of the graphic novel and felt the film didn’t quite do it justice. Channel Four in the UK are interested and I’d certainly be curious to see what they come up with. I imagine I’d be in the minority on that.
– If you’ve read Annihilation you may be interested in >this article looking at the elements in the trailer that are right from the page.
– Finally, if you’re planning a Natalie Halloween outfit you’re probably thinking of Leon, Star Wars, V for Vendetta, Black Swan, etc. You’re probably not thinking of Jackie, but here is a guide to the perfect Jackie Halloween outfit.
A couple months back I finally caught Natalie Portman’s feature directorial (and writing) debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The fact that it’s taken me this long to post anything says that a) I’ve been busy and b) I don’t have much to say.
It’s a sincere and accomplished film that, to me at least, didn’t feel like it came from a first-time filmmaker. But like Natalie’s character, it feels somewhat removed and distant. I felt like an observer the whole time, never drawn into the story or characters.
I’m not sure if it is because of Eating Animals, or some other reason, but I’ve noticed a lot of messages on our social media channels along the lines of “How can Natalie talk about how we should treat animals when Dior tests its products on them.”
I don’t have an answer to that but I thought it would be a good idea to summarize the situation. So…
Does Dior test on animals?
It wouldn’t be the first time that advocacy groups would be wrong (see: GMOs) but as far as I can tell, the answer to the question is “yes”, with an important caveat – Dior doesn’t test or work with companies that test unless required to do so by law. China requires testing by law. Dior sells in China. So, for that market, their products are tested.
What does this say about Dior?
It means they’re another company that, like Apple, that even though they do a lot of good they are also willing to compromise in order to access a massive market.
As promised, here is our unique “Mathilda – Nah” t-shirt design. Just click the image below to check out the various products.
There is a standard tee, a v-neck option, a next-level tri-blend version, and of course a version just for the ladies.
Products are shipped out every 3 days.
Please share with anyone you think might like it. If this works out we’ve got a bunch of other cool ideas and we’ll also be surveying you guys to help guide our next projects.
This year I’ve been trying to re-engage with Natland and have a bunch of ideas bubbling under the surface. Video content? Sure. The return of the comics? Maybe. But first out the gate is our very own t-shirt design. The Mathilda – Nah t-shirt will be available very soon, but here is a preview to whet the appetite.
Hope you guys and ladies enjoy it.
A bunch of photos and gifs have landed online, signalling a new Miss Dior commercial on the horizon. There will probably be flowers. There will definitely be a crummy old song. But there will also be a gorgeous Natalie so stay tuned. Thanks to Eden!
Thank you for your patience as we tried out this new theme on natalieportman.co. In a day or two, we will be moving this new design to natalieportman.com.
Hopefully, everything will go smoothly, but you never know so be sure to keep this page bookmarked as a backup.
It’s just been announced that Felicity Jones (Star Wars: Rogue One) is replacing Natalie on the Ruth Bader Ginsburg project, On the Basis of Sex. It films in September with Mimi Leder directing. So far there’s no explanation for why Natalie has left the project.
I really love Leder’s work on The Leftovers so I’m a bit disappointed. That said, I’m also not a big biopic fan so…
But what do you think?
The Miss Dior event in Shanghai revealed the first look at Natalie’s upcoming campaign and now we have the best look at that incredibly sexy image.
We’ve got another wallpaper calendar from Ana to get our desktops in the right mood for July. We’re in need of some new graphic artists to create calendar wallpapers. So drop me a line on our Facebook page or Instagram if you want to help out. If not, this could be the last wallpaper…so enjoy it 😛
I came to Song to Song from a bit of a strange place. I adore a lot of Terrence Malick’s earlier films – sure, they will often frustrate, but they are also capable of moments of beauty that transcend the form.
But Malick’s last two films, To the Wonder and Knight of Cups (with Natalie), left me mostly frustrated and cold. What used to feel poetic now felt unfocused and forced. What used to leave a deep impression now felt shallow.
Song to Song doesn’t quite get back to making me feel how I did about his earlier work, but there are moments that reminded me of those films. Don’t get me wrong, I still wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone. It’s going to be maddening for anyone looking for a narrative to hold onto. But in the music, tragedy and striking images, there was enough for me to remain engaged throughout. Read More
I suppose it’s fitting to welcome everyone to the new site theme. If you’re here you probably saw the announcement on natalieportman.com, but if you missed it we are basically testing the new theme here at natalieportman.co until everything is performing perfectly. Then we’ll transfer back to .com and hopefully the performance of the site will be improved.
We’ve already dealt with a bug where some browsers were seeing blank white pages instead of news updates. Hopefully, nobody is experiencing that anymore. If you do spot any bugs please let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to solve them ASAP.