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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.

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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.

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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.
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