Making ‘Eating Animals’

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Eating Animals, the documentary produced and narrated by Natalie, opens in selected theaters in the UK this weekend. For this reason, the official instagram account of the film has released today an excerpt of the making of, recorded in 2016, in which Natalie talks about her search for answers as a producer of the film, she joins in on the investigation of factory farms, and calls major food producers asking to tour their agricultural facilities:

Dolan’s Movie Releases in Italy

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France was the only country in the world where The Death and Life of John F. Donovan had been released so far. That will change in a few weeks…

Lucky Red has announced that Dolan´s movie will open in italian cinemas on June 27, and they have released the trailer and poster of the film:

Eating Animals won an EMA Award

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Eating Animals, narrated by Natalie, won the top prize for documentary film at the 29th annual EMA Awards, handed out Thursday night by the Environmental Media Association. The awards honor productions “that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action.” Other winners were Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs for best feature film, The Blacklist won best television drama, while Full Frontal With Samantha Bee won for television comedy.

Eating Animals will released in the UK on June 7:

The Phantom Menace: An Oral History

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Many interviews and articles have emerged on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Episode I, just a few days ago. Of all of them, this collection of interviews and memories of the creators of the film (including George Lucas) for StarWars.com, highlights. Among the memories, we have those of Iain McCaig, who recalls how Natalie´s face was the inspiration for many of his designs, even before being hired for the film:

Every time I would start with Natalie Portman, because I had seen her in The Professional. I counted the years from that to this and realized she was exactly the right age for the queen, and I just kept drawing and drawing and drawing her because I loved her face. George came up to me at one point and said, “Do you know this girl?” And I said, “No, sir, but she’s your queen.” And lo and behold, she was cast shortly after! The one and only time I actually got a casting choice put through. But that face is so strong and so beautiful and so innocent and so powerful, it can support any amount of crazy stuff going on around it.

Annihilation Fan Posters

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Unfortunately, Annihilation did not have the opportunity to be seen in cinemas outside of North America and China. Even so, and almost inadvertently, Alex Garland´s sci-fi flick has been turning into a cult film, and one of Natalie’s most remembered recent movies. Proof of this is the amount of fan art that can be seen on social media a year after its release. These are just a couple of examples:

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Harper’s Bazaar interview

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Natalie has given an interview to Harper’s Bazaar on the occasion of the release of the documentary “Eating Animals” in the United Kingdom next June, in which she denies dating Moby almost twenty years ago, talks on Harvey Weinstein’s case and Time’s Up, and what it means to be vegan for her:

On dating with Moby:

“I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” Portman told us. “He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact checking from him or his publisher – it almost feels deliberate. That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn’t the case. There are many factual errors and inventions. I would have liked him or his publisher to reach out to fact check.”

Natalie in France

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If Natalie was in Belgium last weekend, today she has attended the Moet & Chandon’s 150th anniversary event at Château de Saran in Champagne, France. In this tweet, we can see her along with Kate Moss, Uma Thurman and Roger Federer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Natalie re-shoots scenes for Lucy In The Sky

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It’s been two months since we saw the first trailer for “Lucy in the Sky” and we had not heard more about the film since then. Well… It seems that Natalie is shooting new scenes this week for this science fiction drama directed by Noah Hawley. She was photographed in Los Angeles, dressed as her character in the film. Daily Mail has the photos:

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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