More details about Annihilation

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A few days ago we learned of the first impressions of Jeff VanderMeer about the film adaptation of his novel, directed by Alex Garland. Well, today the author gave more details about the movie in “The Watch” podcast. The Film Stage compiles some of its statements:

“The first thing I realized is that even though Alex Garland says he’s not an auteur, he is an auteur,” the author says. “So my expectation was to not have anything to do with the movie and that’s the actual fact. He wrote the script and he was kind enough to keep me in the loop during every part of the process, but that wasn’t for me to put my two cents in, basically. It was just so I would know what was going on.”

Speaking to actually seeing the film, he adds, “It’s actually more surreal than the novel. There are a couple places where I was like, ‘I might need an anchor here.’ The ending is so mind-blowing and in some ways different from the book that it seems to be the kind of ending that, like 2001 or something like that, people will be talking about around the watercooler for years.” He wraps up by saying, “Visually, it’s amazing. I must say that and that’s all I probably should say.”

Here is the full podcast.

The movie will premiere sometime in 2018.

Rate 2016

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And then there was one. The final Charlie Awards category is to vote for the overall rating of the year. We actually had some films for a change, which is good, but not all of them were special, which is bad. Did you feel rewarded as a Natalie fan or let down?

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Worst News of the Year

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The Charlie Awards are finally (!!!) rounding to a finish. Today I want you all to weigh-in on the worst news for Natalie fans in 2016.

Worst News

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It seems that Natalie & family left France and returned to LA yesterday. So, after her recent appearance at the Dior event, and waiting for more relevant news, here are a few Tidbits…

Xavier Dolan has reported in his Instagram account that he wrapped The Death and Life of John F. Donovan this week. The director said on Twitter a few days ago that a trailer would probably see the light in late summer. Therefore, it is quite possible that we can see the film in the fall festivals.

-Meanwhile Annihilation, the other film Natalie filmed last year, doesn’t have a release date yet (everything seems to indicate that it will be in 2018). Jeff VanderMeer, the author of the novel, is on an advertising tour on the occasion of his new novel “Borne”, and he was asked this week about his visit to the set.

UPDATE – Jeff has seen the film and his overwhelmingly positive thoughts are HERE.

-Finally, artist Iain McCaig, a contributor to the designs of such characters as Darth Maul and Padme, recently revealed that Natalie’s character in “Revenge of the Sith” had a rather different approach than what was seen onscreen. According to the artist, realizing the fall of Anakin on the dark side, Padme had a more active part in creating the rebel alliance, and when she arrives on Mustafar to confront Anakin, instead of just snivelling and being choked, she attempted to kill him with a knife (as seen in the concept art below):

With her weapon pressed to his neck, she realised that she didn’t have the heart to kill the man she had loved. From there, the end was similar to what was seen on the screen. Without a doubt, a more interesting approach for the character…

Candids in Cannes

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Natalie is still in France these days (Maybe to attend some other event?), and yesterday she dined at Tetou restaurant in Cannes with her friend Lily-Rose Depp, with whom she worked on “Planetarium” recently. This time, Celebzz has the pictures:

First Amalia’s Photo

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It was only a matter of time before the paparazzi caught Amalia’s face, and here we have it: Russian Cosmopolitan Webpage has a clear picture of the baby. Who is interested in this kind of candid photos just click on the image below:

Bikini Beautiful

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Natalie is already in France to attend the dinner organized by Dior in the “Château de La Colle Noire” this evening. While we wait to see photos of the event, the actress has been spotted this morning, taking a dip in a pool at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes, after enjoying breakfast with Benjamin. Popsugar has the paparazzi photos:

Xavier Dolan’s film: Photos from the Set

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Collider and The Playlist have published a couple of interesting articles on “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” the latest film by Xavier Dolan, whose filming is taking place in London right now. We can see a few photos from the set in them, including one with Natalie:

Here they are some interesting quotes from the Collider article:

Natalie Portman is Rupert’s mother, Sam Turner. Sam was previously an actress herself, but she’s devastated and resentful for roles drying up at a certain age and she wants to protect her son from that level of rejection and displacement.

Dolan said that the mother-son relationship between Sam and Rupert serves as the emotional core of the film, with the adult Rupert (Schnetzer) and John F. Donovan’s stories serving as the support to this central narrative.

During my days on the John F. Donovan set, Portman and Tremblay were shooting scenes that required tears, embraces, and a dash of wonder. Without giving away any surprises, Dolan’s storytelling approach with John F. Donovan appears to be very emotionally earnest via some scenes that look and feel much bigger in scope than anything he’s done before. He’s even shooting on 65mm, which the director said, “changed my life.”