Girls’ Education Initiative

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  Natalie's involvement in various humanitarian and educational initiatives over the years is well known. Free the Children (or WE) is one of them. This time, Natalie has signed, along…

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Make-A-Wish Gala

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Natalie was in attendance at Make-A-Wish France’s 10th anniversary gala last Thursday in Paris, and we’ve updated the gallery with a few photos from the event from PurePeople.

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An Instagram snap and video of Natalie, a sponsor of the Make-A-Wish foundation, speaking at the soirée are after the jump. Thanks to Belerofonte for the finds.

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Me To We Videos

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  A few days ago we learned about Natalie's trip to Kenya earlier in the year, in her role as an ambassador for Free The Children. We have some great…

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ME to WE Trip

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  Natalie took a ME to WE trip to Kenya earlier this year as an ambassador for Free The Children. The social enterprise's website has a great article about her…

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Million Kids

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  Natalie made a brief stop in Israel to sign a petition, in Hebrew, calling on all parties to help feed hungry children. The website can be found here -…

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Kenya Visit

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  Belerofonte is back with a great find from a couple weeks ago - an Instagram posting of Natalie back in Kenya as part of her role as an ambassador…

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Leaking Tidbits

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The Sony leak took on some really dramatic turns last week but in the margins are a few more Natalie related mentions. None are particularly newsworthy but, in the absence of any other news, they will have to do.

– Let’s begin with the writer of the Jobs script, Aaron Sorkin, whose leaked email touches on “Hollywood’s women problem.” His thesis seems to be that there are not enough great roles being written for women and then proves the point by comparing male Oscar wins with lesser female Oscar wins.

“Cate gave a terrific performance in Blue Jasmine but nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the five Best Actor nominees. Daniel Day-Lewis had to give the performance he gave in Lincoln to win–Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, in which she did what a professional actress is supposed to be able to do. Colin Firth/Natalie Portman. Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich. Sandra Bullock won for ‘The Blind Side’ and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies. Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys but there just aren’t that many tour-de-force roles out there for women.”

Thankfully, the Daily Beast writer made the following point in response, and thus saved my forehead from meeting my keyboard.

It’s tough to compare the “degree of difficulty” of different performances on film. And while Sorkin has a valid central point here—that there aren’t enough quality scripts championing female characters, which leads to less complex roles for women—it’s a bit strange to say that Blanchett’s turn in Blue Jasmine was any less difficult to pull off then Bruce Dern’s in Nebraska, or that Colin Firth’s turn in The King’s Speech measured up to Natalie Portman’s tour de force in Black Swan.

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