Annihilation Tidbits

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This time of year is traditionally a bit quiet in Natalieland, but with Annihilation just a couple months away we keep getting a drip-drip of content. In the New Year that will probably change to a flood.

Until there, here are some Annihilation-related bits of news.

– Gina Rodriguez answers a quickfire 73 questions and one of them is about what to expect from the film.

– Speaking of opinions, in case you missed it from earlier in the year, the author Jeff Vandermeer is very excited about the adaptation of his novel. He’s calling the film “mind-blowing” and “extremely horrific.”

– And finally, a list of 24 films to see in 2018 that, obviously, includes Annihilation.

Planetarium Review

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I was really excited about the prospect of Natalie working on a French film, particularly one directed by Rebecca Zlotowski whose Grand Central is fantastic. Unfortunately, this is one of my least favourite Natalie films. The story has a strong connection to the dead, but its the film that is D.O.A. It certainly looks handsome, and the performances (particularly Natalie and Emmanual Salinger) are solid at the very least.

Natalie Portman Planetarium
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And here’s the weekly ration of tidbits for you all …

-The latest additions to the Cannes festival competition have been announced, and Planetarium is not among them, so we have to wait for the French premiere in October to see the film. Until then, the current rumors suggest a slot in Venice Film Festival.

-Talking about Planetarium, Vanity Fair France features an article and interview with Lily-Rose Depp this month, in which is included a nice reference to how Natalie played an important role in the selection of the Johnny Depp´s daughter for the movie:

She (Natalie) was who suggested the name of Lily-Rose Melody Depp to Rebecca Zlotowski, the Planetarium director. “Natalie sent me a picture of her while I was looking for a French speaking American to play her little sister aged 13, tells Vanity Fair in the latter. The resemblance between the two was quite disturbing. “The director is gone to meet her:” In May, we met. We walked in Paris, had a drink, bought a few things, she recalls. I liked her light, her grace, her femininity voluntary and no clutch. The cast stopped there.

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First Look At Planetarium

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The first still from Natalie’s upcoming French language film, Planetarium, has arrived. The film is directed by acclaimed helmer, Rebecca Zlotowski and co-stars Lily-Rose Depp, who is pictured with Natalie below. Thanks to Belerofonte.


Here’s Jackie

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Hot on the heels of Planetarium, Natalie is jumping straight into Jackie, the biopic about Jackie Kennedy that is being produced by Black Swan helmer, Darren Aronofsky, and directed by Pablo Larrain. Here is the first publicity photo of Natalie as Jackie. Think she pulls it off?

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy

Cate Blanchett added to Ragnarok

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With all of these Avengers films slated for their upcoming releases, we are slowly learning more and more about the eventual third film in the Thor series Thor:Ragnarok. We’ve just learned that academy award winning actress Cate Blanchett is to take on a leading role within the movie. The actress, of whom has won Oscars for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine, hasn’t had her role defined yet outside of the fact that it is a main part. We still have yet to see what Natalie’s involvement with the film will be, but we may see her on the screen alongside acting royalty within the next Thor film. This is getting more exciting!

More information can be found here. What are your thoughts on the newest addition to the Thor films?

‘Jackie’ Costar Casting

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According to Variety sources, Natalie’s Garden State costar Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to star alongside her as Robert Kennedy in Jackie. Click here to read more at the source. Thanks to Belerofonte for the find.

Jackie to be Portman’s Next Project

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We went from not seeing Natalie much at all to expecting to see a whole lot of her. Virtually the same week she is done her latest film Planetarium, Natalie will be working on a new project called Jackie. With a casting call placed on facebook here, we can gather that this film will be based on the famous Jackie of whom was married to the late John F. Kennedy. More Facebook casting links can be found here and here.

These are some exciting times for sure! 2016 cannot come sooner. Thank you to Belerofonte as per usual for the heads up!

KoC In March

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It’s some ways off but at least we know when we will finally get to see Knight of Cups. Andreas had the “video” distribution scoop earlier and now the film finally has a release date of March 4th, almost a year after it’s Berlinale debut. Let’s hope the film proves to be worth the wait.

Thanks to Belerofonte and Deadline.

Planetarium Becomes The Barlow Sisters

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Natalie will soon be in front of the camera again for Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Les soeurs Barlow” (The Barlow Sisters), which was previously titled Planetarium…is it just me or do the names of Natalie’s films change a hell of a lot more than most? This is Natalie’s first French film and is co-starring Lily Rose Depp, who plays Natalie’s younger sister. Allocine has the full synopsis, which sounds tantalizingly strange.

Laura (Natalie Portman) and Kate Barlow (Lily Rose Depp) are two young sisters spiritualists who end their European tour in Paris in the late 30. After running, face the rivalry of new practices, they face Andre Korben , a powerful movie producer. As visionary as disputed is who redeemed the greatest French film studio, and is based on American techniques by which his company does not sink completely into crisis. To test his skepticism, and playfulness, Korben is a private meeting with the girls: it’s a total shock to him. Upset, he offers them a contract year home for ambitious experiments … He says that cinema must innovate to survive and surprise: it can make the first authentic film ghosts. But Laura does not take long to understand that Korben has more secret reasons for having hired. Together they end up forming a strange family links to more troubles …

Malick Updates

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Even though Knight of Cups is complete and has been screened at Berlinale, the producers are now aiming for an early 2016 release. I assume the mixed reviews cooled any awards season prospects but producer Gabrield Hammonds puts it like this.

“We want to have the longest run possible,” said Hammond, “not for money’s sake, but so we can get as many people to share the experience.”

The Thompson On Hollywood piece that includes the quote also mentions that the second Malick film, Weightless, will not be released under that title. One Big Soul have heard that it is the title of the film but that the distributors have the rights to change it and that’s exactly what they will be doing.

Thanks to Belerofonte.

First TOLAD Clip

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While we await the first reviews of TOLAD and Natalie’s appearance at the screening today, how would you like to take a look at a first scene from the film? Starring Natalie. Written by Natalie. Directed by Natalie.

Thanks to Crazzeematt.

Make That 4 New Films

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What the hell is going on? Natalie has now signed up for the Jackie bipoic, which she has been linked to since late 2012. Back then it was all about finding the right director and scheduling. Well they have a director in Pablo Larrain (directed the much heralded “No” a couple years back) and a producer in Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky. The film will begin production at the end of the year.

“ ‘Jackie’ talks about the days when Jackie Kennedy becomes an icon but has lost everything,” said Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, who is overseeing Insiders. Aronofsky, who was president of the Berlin festival jury this year, was highly impressed with Larrain’s Berlinale competition entry “The Club,” which went on to win the fest’s Grand Jury Prize. Portman caught “The Club” in Paris, and loved it. “It’s the ‘Black Swan’ team reunited for Pablo Larrain,” Maraval said.

Thanks to Kitten and the source.


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May has been a great month to be a Natalie fan, especially now with the announcement of a third (!) movie role. According to Variety, Natalie has been cast as look-a-like Lily Rose Depp’s sister in Planetarium, a French period film by director Rebecca Zlotowski:

“Planetarium” will mark Portman’s first time working with a French director since her role in Luc Besson’s “Leon” in 1994. She’s been beefing up on her French to prepare for the role.

Although plot details are kept under wraps, Zlotowski told Variety that the film follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

Read more at the source. Thanks to Kitten for the find.

Nat Joins The Supreme Court

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Two editorials in a week and now two potential new films. Actually, this Deadline report sounds conclusively like Natalie has signed on to star in On The Basis Of Sex, in which she will play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The script, which follows the travails of Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career, was written by Daniel Stiepleman and made the 2014 Black List. Robert W. Cort is producing with Ron Bergman exec producing.

Ginsberg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Clinton, becoming only the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and the first Jewish female justice. Prior to that, she developed a reputation as a keen advocate for the advancement of women’s rights. Time magazine this year labeled her an “Icon” in its Time 100.

The director is a relative newcomer fresh off a big Sundance success (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl), Marielle Heller.