Making ‘Eating Animals’

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Eating Animals, the documentary produced and narrated by Natalie, opens in selected theaters in the UK this weekend. For this reason, the official instagram account of the film has released today an excerpt of the making of, recorded in 2016, in which Natalie talks about her search for answers as a producer of the film, she joins in on the investigation of factory farms, and calls major food producers asking to tour their agricultural facilities:

Eating Animals won an EMA Award

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Eating Animals, narrated by Natalie, won the top prize for documentary film at the 29th annual EMA Awards, handed out Thursday night by the Environmental Media Association. The awards honor productions “that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action.” Other winners were Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs for best feature film, The Blacklist won best television drama, while Full Frontal With Samantha Bee won for television comedy.

Eating Animals will released in the UK on June 7:

Harper’s Bazaar interview

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Natalie has given an interview to Harper’s Bazaar on the occasion of the release of the documentary “Eating Animals” in the United Kingdom next June, in which she denies dating Moby almost twenty years ago, talks on Harvey Weinstein’s case and Time’s Up, and what it means to be vegan for her:

On dating with Moby:

“I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” Portman told us. “He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact checking from him or his publisher – it almost feels deliberate. That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn’t the case. There are many factual errors and inventions. I would have liked him or his publisher to reach out to fact check.”

Sunday Tidbits

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It has been an intense week in news, but we still have a few tidbits this Sunday…

-A Conversation with Natalie has been added to AFI FEST. Honoring the actress’s career, the conversation will take place on Friday, November 9, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, following a previously announced Special Screening of Vox Lux.

-The Hollywood Reporter has a short interview with Natalie, in which she says all of her activism is related – fighting for the environment as a vegan and fighting for gender equality as a supporter of Time’s Up.

-Some ideas for your Halloween costume? Sia’s makeup artist, Tonya Brewer, and dancer, Maddie Ziegler have chosen the characters of Leon and Mathilda as inspiration:

PETA Video

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Natalie appears in a new campaign for PETA speaking about famed writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. The writer, who died in 1991 in Florida, won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978 for his work. He was a prominent vegetarian for the last 35 years of his life. Several of his works referenced his compassion for animal suffering, and he even once compared it to the Holocaust. In the video, Natalie speaks of Singer’s Jewish background and how it came to influence his decisions:

#NataliePortman hosts our new veggie video, check it out on the PETA.org homepage!

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Sunday Tidbits

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I finally returned from a few days of vacation, with renewed energy to tell you the news that is happening in Natland. The truth is that there have not been many in recent days (probably Natalie is already filming the movie by Noah Hawley), but here we have a few Tidbits:

-According to Star Wars Website, Padme Amidala will be returning to the fray for Star Wars novel Thrawn: Alliances later this month. While Natalie’s prequel character will always be known as the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, Thrawn: Alliances will roll back the years to focus on her military prowess, and below you’ll find a glimpse of the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition for Star Wars: Thrawn – Alliances. The image that illustrates this book has a great resemblance to her:

-Speaking of Noah Hawley’s film, Pale Blue Dot, according to this press release about Natalie’s conversation with Yuval Noah Harari next September, the film could have a new title: Life On Earth. We’ll see if there’s any official confirmation about it.

-Finally, we have a HD video of the post Q&A screening of “Eating Animals” at the LA Landmark Theatre last June:

Bon Appétit Video

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Natalie continues to promote “Eating Animals.” On this occasion, she visits the Bon Appétit test kitchen to make a vegan carpaccio with Carla. Can she follow along using verbal instructions only? We will see it in this video:

SiriusXM Interview

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Finally we have one of the interviews made at the SiriusXM studios in NYC last weekend, on the occasion of the release of “Eating Animals. In this video, Natalie reflects on what it means to be a vegan:

Popsugar Video

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Natalie continues to promote “Eating Animals” these days. She will attend a few more screenings in Los Angeles next weekend, and Popsugar has a new video, in which Natalie is asked about some common myths that vegans are really “tired“ of hearing:

More Screenings

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Natalie has attended a second round of Q&A´s this Saturday in New York, marking the end of the promotion of “Eating Animals” documentary, after three intense days. Here are the photos:

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LA Times Interview

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Los Angeles Times published an interview yesterday with Natalie and Jonathan Safran Foer about the “Eating Animals” documentary. We can read the full article Here and see a couple of great photos of her:

“Munchies” Video

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It must be recognized that when Natalie commits herself to something she believes in, she is heavily involved in promoting it. Here we have a new sample of it: she is the protagonist of a new video for Munchies, in which she teaches us how to cook a chickpea stew:

CBS This Morning

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And more promotion for Eating Animals. Natalie has been on CBS This Morning to talk about the documentary based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, and here is the video of the interview: