Become a Patron

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So, it probably didn’t escape your notice that the site has been incredibly slow in recent months. It’s a lot better now, but still not ideal. And the server is currently hosted in Kris’ basement in Sweden, which is also far from ideal.

To make matters worse, over the past year revenue from ads has dropped. We can no longer cover the server expenses. And we need to increase them so we can get a new server.

Kris and I have tried a few things but we now need to ask you guys and gals for help. We’ve created a Patreon page for the purpose of bringing in at least enough to cover the advertising shortfall and get a new server.

Natalie Portman patreon

If we get more support than we need, that will go towards relaunching the Natalie Portman comic and making more original video content.

For supporters, we’ve included two awesome rewards.

– Complete photosets from some great Natalie shoots.
– The ability to download the entire np.com image gallery.

Head to www.patreon.com/natalieportmandotcom to get all the details.

Brief Golden Globes Musings

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I wanted to follow up on Belerofonte’s post about Natalie Portman’s Golden Globes controversy. Running the site’s social accounts, I’ve seen a lot of the anger firsthand and thought I’d add my two cents.

To those who feel that Natalie stepped over the mark and ruined the moment for the directors:

It’s the Golden Globes. A show where celebs get drunk, lob jokes at each other on stage and generally push the boundaries in ways they wouldn’t at more formal awards shows. In short, chill out. I’m sure the likes of Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott couldn’t care less.

To those who feel that Greta Gerwig and other women directors were excluded because of their gender:

Maybe. But if the voters were so against someone like Gerwig, they sure showed it in a very strange way – 4 big nominations and winning Best Comedy. The idea that “well, it won best film so it has to be best director as well” has always struck me as a silly argument. If there was no difference between Best Director and Best Film then there wouldn’t be two categories.

Everyone has their own idea of what Best Director means. I haven’t seen Lady Bird but it seems genuinely considered to be one of the best screenplay’s of the year – that’s the sort of thing that can count against a Best Director nomination or win.

Basically, I find myself somewhere in the middle. Where did you come down?

Pale Blue Dot

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To much consternation, Natalie’s rumoured appearance in Gravity fell through and Sandra Bullock took her spot in the spacesuit. Well, Natalie might finally get to space in Noah Hawley’s (Fargo series) Pale Blue Dot. Reese Witherspoon was going to star but has had to drop out over TV commitments, opening the door for Natalie. She is currently in talks but, given how much I love Fargo, I hope this one pans out.

Natalie Portman Pale Blue Dot

“Pale Blue Dot” follows a successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly perfect American dream life. The film explores the theory that astronauts who spend long periods of time in space begin to lose their sense of reality when they return home.

Read the full report at Variety.

Natalie and Reese Tidbits

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As you saw earlier, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie are getting the word out about #timesupnow and in what might already be the cutest video of the year, Reese, Natalie, and an Instagram filter produced this:

That’s not all, Reese also announced Natalie’s arrival on Instagram (follow Natalie here!) with this cute post:
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Natalie joins Instagram

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Natalie has finally joined Instagram (in an official capacity) and is currently using it to promote Times Up Now – an organization helping to bring about equality in the workplace.

What are you waiting for? Go follow Natalie at @nportmanofficial.

UPDATE: As some of you may have noticed the account has been changed to @natalieportman .

How to Make a Successful Video Ad

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I’ve wanted to create more video content for awhile and yesterday I set up a new YouTube channel. Most people watch the videos on Facebook and Twitter, but for the non-social media crowd just subscribe and whatever I share to our social channels will also be added to YouTube.

Today’s new video answer the question, “How do you make a successful ad?”

Happy New Year

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A big Happy New Year from the np.com team. Here’s a little video to celebrate the occasion. May 2018 rock our collective Natalie Portman socks off.

Annihilation Tidbits

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This time of year is traditionally a bit quiet in Natalieland, but with Annihilation just a couple months away we keep getting a drip-drip of content. In the New Year that will probably change to a flood.

Until there, here are some Annihilation-related bits of news.

– Gina Rodriguez answers a quickfire 73 questions and one of them is about what to expect from the film.

– Speaking of opinions, in case you missed it from earlier in the year, the author Jeff Vandermeer is very excited about the adaptation of his novel. He’s calling the film “mind-blowing” and “extremely horrific.”

– And finally, a list of 24 films to see in 2018 that, obviously, includes Annihilation.

Planetarium Review

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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.

Natalie Portman Planetarium
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Tidbits

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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.

Review: A Tale of Love and Darkness

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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.

A Tale of Love and Darkness

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.
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Let’s talk about animal testing

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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.
Dior animal testing
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Our Mathilda t-shirt is AVAILABLE NOW!

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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.

Mathilda The Professional t-shirt

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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.

We made a t-shirt

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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.

Natalie Portman Mathilda t-shirt