It’s time for a new poll and Annihilation is my obsession at the moment so here is a timely poll about what exactly has YOU guys most amped about the currently shooting film.
Speaking of Annihilation polls, it went up against Thor 3 in the last poll and wow, was it ever close.
Natalie French fans are in luck: A Tale of Love and Darkness, her directorial debut, will be broadcast on Canal Plus France next Thursday, May 19 …. and here we have a couple of videos to “heat the room”.
The first is a short interview with the actress about the movie:
It was an open secret, since it was announced that Tessa Thompson joined to the film, but today we finally have direct confirmation of Kevin Feige himself: Natalie definitely will not be in Ragnarok. He made the remarks during a Empire magazine podcast. These are the statements:
When asked by Empire Film whether the rumors of Natalie Portman sitting Thor: Ragnarok out were true, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige simply responded, “I can confirm that, yes.”
As for why, there are “many reasons,” according to Feige. “Many of which are in the film so you will see that,” he says. “There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie. 80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.”
The exploration of the cosmos in Ragnarok will be no joke – something else Feige was willing to spill. “Tonally and geographically there are a lot of different planets outside of the nine realms that we visit in Thor: Ragnarok,” the executie producer says.
They are sad news for those who like to see Natalie being part of the Marvel Universe. Fortunately upcoming projects are really exciting and will certainly be worthwhile…
According to this article from Indiewire, Jackie, the biopic directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Natalie, had an exclusive preview of footage for market buyers today in Cannes Film Festival, and impressions sound really optimistic.
Portman appears to have turned in a remarkably convincing portrayal of the former First Lady, nailing details like her delicate mannerisms and famously breathy voice. The movie has a grainy texture that’s reminiscent of the 1960’s, and includes actual film clips from 1963, which has the effect of blurring the lines between archival footage and reenactments.
Positioned as a potential awards contender, “Jackie” promises a story that “was never told,” according to a tagline included in the promo reel. Wild Bunch’s recently launched sales company Insiders is handling international sales for the movie, while CAA is representing the film for U.S. rights. Judging by the chatter amongst buyers in the theater after the screening, “Jackie” should be one of the hottest titles being shopped at Cannes.
Thanks to Edenliao for the find.
Ellen von Unwerth has posted on her Instagram account a funny outtake photo, discarded from the photoshoot she did to Natalie during the Cannes Film Festival last year … enjoy:
Thanks to Kitten for the find…
I don’t think this has been posted yet. It is a fascinating look at the Annihilation novel and the prospects of the filmed adaptation. The hints of psychological horror and comparisons to Alien have me really excited, but while it’s a great read and doesn’t dig into major plot points, it might be something you’ll want to skip if you are worried about spoilers.
Here is a mildly spoiler-y excerpt that mentions Natalie.
The novel is told in first-person past-tense from the perspective of the Biologist. Her perspective is powered by hindsight, but it also becomes clear that she may not be the most reliable narrator as the story progresses. There’s no doubt that Portman will absolutely nail the Biologist’s unraveling mental state (see Black Swan) but it will be interesting to see to what degree the film allows us to get inside her head and to understand her unique perspective on human beings.
Are you looking forward to Natalie returning to crazytown as much as I am?
Although the shooting started a few days ago, this is the first direct evidence that principal photography of the film is running: this photo of Rob Hardy (DP of the last two films of Alex Garland) in his instagram account:
Hopefully we can see pictures of the shooting soon 🙂
Since Dazza recently gave his opinion of the movie, and taking advantage of the fact that the film was finally released this weekend in my country, I will dare to give my humble opinion about the film 🙂
The truth is that it is easy to criticize this film: it has a slow pace, almost no action in ninety percent of the movie, and the story is nothing new (the umpteenth western siege, where the protagonists expect the arrival of the ” bad guys “to massacre them) ….
… But nevertheless, it has entertained me. It is not a perfect film, far from it. The story lacks verve, and numerous production problems are noticed, especially in the inclusion of some flashbacks … and the lack of thrust villain (embodied however with conviction by Ewan McGregor). Clearly they had to wring the brain so that the absence is not noticed (the actor could not join the shooting until the very end of it); although Gavin O’Connor takes some pretty good decisions to hide this fact (his appearances in flashbacks are quite good, and the fact resolve the final siege from the point of view of Jane, Dan and Bill, inside the house it is very smart … but unfortunately that does lose showmanship to the scene.
Actually, this movie is an intimate drama, wrapped in the makings of a western. A drama about loss, the value of the strength and the courage to stand up to adversity. Jane’s character is a woman dragged by the events of her life, who has the chance to finally stand up and face everything to protect her family. A woman who believed losing the man she loves, found another honest man who had the courage to protect her, and that after years of false comfort, is doomed to face the demons of her past …. all with the help of the man who loved, lost and broken by war, and finally will have the opportunity to redeem himself next to her.