Friday came with one funny theme this week, as celebrities took to their social media accounts to celebrate #OldHeadshotDay with some of their first photos in the business, and Natalie has joined in instagram with one of her best known photos of her childhood:
We’ve all been wondering – what exactly is Natalie going to be doing at Boston Calling in May? Well, the answer has finally arrived via Boston Magazine.
What do Lolita, The Exorcist, and 2015’s Diary of a Teenage Girl have in common? All three movies in some way involve the concept of “the female gaze,” and all three will be featured in Natalie Portman’s film festival next month.
Natalie goes on to add:
“I’m so excited to show films that I love that explore the female gaze,” says Natalie Portman. “I don’t think there is anything inherently different between male and female artists, but these are examples of great works of art in which similar storylines have female tropes that play out quite differently depending on who is telling the story. I’m looking forward to sharing these with an audience and hearing their reactions. It makes it an even more special opportunity to watch these incredible films on the big screen at one of my favorite movie theaters.”
A cool topic and no surprise she chose Diary of a Teenage Girl, as she really wanted to work with director Marielle Heller after the film came out.
The festival will run from May 22nd to May 24th.
Hair styling Joanna Makoswki and makeup artist Shane Paish shared a photo with Natalie in their instagram accounts yesterday, in what seems a new photoshoot for some magazine or similar. Here it is:
There is no doubt that Natalie’s decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has generated an unprecedented stir and debate in the Jewish community, inside and outside of Israel. Of all the (most angry) opinion pieces and statements written these last two days, I think this one, signed by Elad Nehorai, perfectly describes Natalie’s intentions about her decision. It’s worth reading:
Hopefully things returned to normal soon…
P.S.: (I don’t think it’s necessary, but just in case), we remind, for all those who write comments addressed to her, that this is a fansite, without any contact with Natalie.
After the announcement that Natalie would not travel to Israel to receive the Genesis Award, yesterday was full of opinion articles and even statements by members of the Israeli government on the matter. Today Natalie has explained her decision, through a message in her instagram account. Here it is:
My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power. Please do not take any words that do not come directly from me as my own. This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel. I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing.
According to Jewish Telegraphy Agency, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced this Thursday that they were canceling its prize ceremony in Israel in June after 2018 recipient Natalie Portman said she would not take part in light of “recent events”.
The foundation said that Natalie’s representative notified it that “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”
The Genesis Prize Foundation said in a statement that it was “very saddened” that the Israeli-American actress would not take part in the ceremony, and that they “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”
I don´t usually report sad news, but I think this is worth mentioning. Milos Forman, the well-known Czechoslovakian director, who directed excellent films such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” or “Amadeus”, died on Friday in Connecticut, USA, at the age of 86. Other notable films are Ragtime, The People versus Larry Flint, Man on the Moon or Valmont. It is fair to note that Natalie starred, along with Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård, one of his latest films: Goya´s Ghosts, in 2006. Here we have a few photos of the film to honor his memory. Rest in peace…
Thanks to our Patreon supporters we now have enough funds every month to pay for a much needed new server. Sneakily, Kris was able to move to the new server already so…welcome!
Hopefully everything feels snappy and responsive. Looking at the server stats, the graphs are all trending in the right direction. Thanks again to all of you who are helping to make this possible.
On the occasion of an upcoming commemorative book next November, Marvel Studios has released a few new behind-the-scenes pictures included in it. Among them, there is one with Natalie as Jane Foster in Thor. Here it is:
As is well known, China will be the third (and the last) country in which Alex Garland’s film will be released in cinemas. It will be next Friday, April 13, and this is the local poster for the movie:
It’s been a quiet week in Natland. No great news or photos. even so, we have a few tidbits that are worth it:
-Natalie was about to appear the Boston Calling Festival last year, but she could not attend to it due to other commitments. This year, however, it seems that we can see a series of events curated by her. We will soon know what it is about. At the moment, Natalie herself confirms it in her Instagram account:
-According to The Playlist, Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will not enter into the official section of the next Cannes Festival. Everything seems to indicate that the movie delays its release until the fall festivals.
-Finally, Annihilation will be released in Chinese theaters next week, and the forecast at the box office are quite good: $ 10 million in pre-sale tickets, with forecasts of about $ 20 million the first weekend. To compare with other similar films, Arrival got 15 million and Blade Runner 2049, 11 million. It would be really ironic if Alex Garland’s film collected more money in the Asian country than in the USA.
We have more news about Pale Blue Dot, Natalie’s next project with Fargo creator Noah Hawley. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2) will be the final point of the love triangle in the film:
Pale Blue Dot centers on a married astronaut (Portman) who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut (Hamm). She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family — a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space — and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out. Filming is expected to start this spring.
It’s been a while since I saw so much creativity with a movie starring Natalie. Leon, V for Vendetta, Black Swan and the Star Wars prequels were the most loved by the fans so far, but I think Annihilation is next on this short list. Here we have a new batch of fan art seen on instagram and Tumblr in recent days:
Here’s the finished poster for the movie, Annihilation. Took me half a day to do this. It started off with just some loose ideas in the head but as I kept working on it, the idea took its shape. As always, what I envision it to be and how it turns out has a big gap but this time the gap is somewhat less deep, so I am glad for that. I do hope one day I complete the final poster exactly how I imagined it in my head. Also, I work on these in my free time and in a single stretch, so that the bread and butter work doesn’t cut the momentum while I am working on a personal piece. The movie is aesthetically and content wise a treat! Give it a shot. Beware of the gore in a couple of scenes though. You have been warned. #annihilation #annihilationmovie #alexgarland #movieposter #netflix #illustration #drawing #filmposter #posterdesign #fanart #personalproject #hollywood #procreateart #procreateappart #graphicdesign #natalieportman #oscarisaac