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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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.

May The 4th Be With You

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The Star Wars day has been today, and Natalie has celebrated it paying a tribute to Peter Mayhew, a wonderful actor and human being, eternal Chewbacca in almost all the films of the saga:

Today, press has also echoed the statements that Natalie made in the recent Interview for Empire about the prequels backlash:

“It was hard,” she recalls. “It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed. Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint.

With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now,” Portman says. “There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now! I don’t have enough perspective to weigh in.”

Sunday Tidbits

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It’s been an exciting week at Natland, and we’re going to finish it off with a few Tidbits…

-Natalie attended the WE Day 2019 last Thursday. The event will be broadcast on television in August, but here is a brief summary of her speech during the gala.

-As all fans remember, Natalie had a brief relationship with Moby almost twenty years ago. Well … the singer is going to publish an autobiographical book in June in which, among other things, he talks about his relationship with her. New York Post has a review of the book, which details anecdotes about how they met and how, apparently, after break up, they remained friends.

-The week began with the surprise appearance of Natalie at the premiere of End Game, and left us wondering if she would have a cameo in the film. All the fans of Natalie know the answer at this point, but Whoever wants to know all the details, go after the jump:

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WE Day California 2019

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Natalie attended the WE Day Event 2019 today at The Forum in Inglewood, California. She joined other attendees like Mahershala Ali, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Neil Patrick Harris, Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, Grammy-winning rapper Chance The Rapper, model Winnie Harlow, YouTube star Lilly Singh, Emilio Estevez and Bill Nye.

The show, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation and Unilever and presenting partners Walgreens and Microsoft, will air August 9 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

We have several photos (and a couple of videos) from blue carpet and the stage:

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