As is well known, the character of Jane Foster, played by Natalie in Thor’s first two movies, has not appeared in the MCU for years (she had a couple of mentions in “Age of Ultron” and “Thor Ragnarok”). Natalie stated long ago that “As far as I know, I’m done (with MCU)” … but this could change in the next Avengers movie, brand new in 2019. According to a Huffington Post article, in which ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ directors reveal who died and survived off screen, the fate of Jane Foster could be considered a “potential spoiler”:
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)
Status: Too spoilery.
Director comments: “When we say spoiler, [we mean] potential spoiler,” Anthony clarified after I was a bit shocked they couldn’t comment on Jane.
Thoughts: Whoa, what? Natalie Portman hasn’t been a part of the MCU since “Thor: The Dark World” back in 2013. However, Portman has said she’d be open to returning to the Marvel realm, so maybe a Thor-Jane reunion is on the horizon.
Does this mean that there is still one last chance to see Natalie playing the character in the next Avenger movie? Natalie said in an interview for Screen Rant in February that “I’m completely open to everything, but I have no news about that”, so, who knows…
More casting addictions for Noah Hawley´s Pale Blue Dot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Stevens will play Natalie’s on-screen spouse in Fox Searchlight’s astronaut drama:
The film reteams Stevens with his “Legion” creator Noah Hawley, who’s directing from a script by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. Other previously announced actors are Jon Hamm and Zazie Beetz. The movie is scheduled to shoot this summer.
It’s been a very quiet week in Natland, without great news or photos, but even so, we have a few Tidbits:
-The next public appearance of Natalie will be at the Boston Calling festival in just two weeks. We knew that she will present a mini Film Festival, with the screening of seven films with a common denominator: the representation of “female gaze” in cinema. Today we have known that Natalie will also curate and host a series of special programming at the Arena Stage during the three days of the festival.
–Vox Lux is the last film shot by Natalie a few weeks ago. With the movie still in post production, today it has been announced that Vision Film has achieved distribution rights in China, in the market of the Cannes Festival. Hopefully we can see the film in the fall season…
-Speaking of Cannes, which is being held these days in France, Natalie remembered her attendance, as part of the festival jury in 2008, on her Instagram account:
We haven´t seen candid photos of Natalie for a long time, but that finally changed. She and her mother were spotted leaving a lunch meeting yesterday in Los Angeles. This time, Celebsla and Hawtcelebs have the photos:
Eating Animals, the documentary narrated and produced by Natalie and based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, will be released in the US in select cities on June 15. Today, IFC has launched a trailer (and a poster) for the film. Here they are:
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.
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:
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:
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.”
Since a month ago, Annihilation can be seen on Netflix overseas, but today the release on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraHD was announced for USA. It will be May 29 (digital May 22). the official website has the details, and these are the covers:
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…