Jane On Set

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It’s great seeing Jane Got A Gun content finally emerging from the shadows. Today we have the first on set photo of Natalie. She’s posing with Joel Edgerton, writer (the rewrite, not the original script) Anthony Tambakis, and a good ‘ol stars and stripes.

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Thanks to 15milestation and Szabolcs.


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The image of Natalie from the Untitled Terrence Malick film, which we posted on Thursday, received quite a lot of attention on our Facebook page – a reach of almost 20k so far. It dawned on me that a) there may be a lot of Natalie fans who weren’t around during the filming and missed all those great set photos and b) sex appeal sells.

So here is a little trip down memory lane – a few of the sexy looks that we might get to see in the film, if they make the cut. I’m not including any images that I feel could be too big of a spoiler, so obviously tread with caution if that worries you.

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BTS On Black Swan

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Man, I miss Black Swan. Isn’t it time for a sequel? Bad ideas aside, you can relive the “magic” of Black Swan thanks to photographer, Niko Tavernise, who has released several featurettes that she shot during the production. The key videos were on the Blu-ray release but a couple others are brand new. Click the thumb below to transform into, no not a swan, a fly. On the wall.


Thanks to Belerofonte.

More Love And Darkness

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Thank goodness for A Tale Of Love And Darkness. Despite only just finishing filming we already have the first production still from the film. The still has a personal message to cinematographer, Sławomir Idziak, from Natalie. Have to say it’s a gorgeous shot and the likenesses to the real mother and (particularly) father of Amos Oz, are really well done.

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Speaking of Idziak, this interview in Polish seems to reinforce the special relationship that the two shared on set. A Polish friend of mine gave me the bullet points…

– His desire to work on the project was due to two things. Firstly because the Oz novel is so complex and secondly because Natalie was a first time feature director who understood that many first timers over prepare for their first film and end up wasting time and money. Their approach was to be very cost effective and “avoid failure at all costs”.

– Then he talks about how talented, intelligent and modest Natalie is – he had expected a “spoiled rich bitch”. He also says that Natalie had a difficult challenge directing, acting and looking after the young boy who plays Amos Oz.

– He concludes by saying that Natalie expressed her satisfaction with working with him, as we can see by the image above.

Thanks to Belerofonte and Aleksandra.

On Set with Sławomir Idziak

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Taking some of the sting out of the news that Jane Got a Gun has been pushed back, Belerofonte and Kitten have found some great new photos of Natalie on the set of A Tale of Love and Darkness with the film’s cinematographer, Sławomir Idziak.



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New batch of mini updates ahoy.

– The big news (of this tidbits update at least) is that Natalie whisked herself off to France where she will be working on the post production for A Tale Of Love And Darkness. I’m not sure if it was intended but this article seems to take a positive of the cast and crew sad to see Natalie go and manages to write it in a way that it could be read that she let them down by…I dunno…finishing filming? I’ve already had someone on Twitter asking me why Natalie left Israel without talking to anyone.

In any case, let’s rather focus on this nice quote from one of the actors on the film.

“It was my first film, but she’s such a wonderful director. She’s confident, she knows what she wants and she’s a great leader.”

– Next up, Allocine is reporting that Jane Got A Gun will premiere in France on October 29th.

– Finally, Luc Besson has a new film. He’s directing, it’s got a one character name for a title. It’s about a female who kicks ass. It’s starring Natalie’s Boleyn sister, Scarlett Johansson. And it looks, to me at least, absolutely horrible.

Thanks to Belerofonte and Kitten.

More Set Photos

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We’ve updated the gallery with some more photos of Natalie on the set of A Tale of Love and Darkness this month, presumably in the final days of filming. Thanks to Kitten for the find (via Ynet).


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A good batch of mini updates for you guys today. Enjoy.

– First up a new article about Natalie and her A Tale Of Love And Darkness collaboration with Polish cinematographer, Slawomir Idziak. It also comes with this new photo of the two of them.


– Next up is an article speculating that Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups could be premiering in Cannes. The final lineups are announced in just a couple weeks so the wait won’t be too long.

– Finally, a couple Natalie related tweets. The first from a sighting in France and the second from the probable DJ for the Tale Of Love And Darkness wrap party.

Thanks to Belerofonte and Kitten.

More Set Photos

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We have some more set photos, with Natalie in front of the camera, from one of the last days of filming for A Tale Of Love And Darkness.

UPDATE – copy paste fail. Link to the gallery now works.


Thanks to Massimo (if you have some time check out his band – The Bad Voice) and Nikiya.

The Tale Is Told

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According to this source, it seems Natalie’s directorial debut finished filming yesterday. A wrap party is scheduled for Thursday, which must question whether Natalie will be making a (live) appearance at We Day in California today. Thanks to Kitten.

As an aside, Belerofonte noticed that Hervé Schneid has been listed by IMDB as the editor. He’s done great work on Amelie, Delicatessen etc.

Love And Darkness Still Filming

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But not for long. We have some new photos, found by Kitten on Facebook, showing Natalie filming A Tale Of Love And Darkness next to the Jordan River. These were taken last week but I am informed by my source that production ends this week.


Gallery Updates

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We’ve updated the gallery with 15 UHQ photos of Natalie acting and directing on the set of A Tale of Love and Darkness in Jerusalem last Thursday. Thanks to Kitten and anna1992anna.

More On Set

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We have some new photos of Natalie shooting scenes on the set of A Tale of Love and Darkness in Jerusalem on Wednesday, plus a few more from Tuesday. Hit the preview to view the new gallery.


Thanks to Nikiya and Kitten for the finds!

Shooting Continues

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We now have a much better look at Natalie in costume and shooting scenes with a young costar on the set of A Tale of Love and Darkness in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood yesterday. In addition to directing and producing, Natalie will be portraying Amos Oz’s mother in the film. Hit the preview to view the new set photos in the gallery.

Thanks to Kitten, Belerofonte, and Garcy for the finds.

A Tale of Love and Darkness Roundup

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Despite some initial concerns, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post are reporting that the production of A Tale of Love and Darkness has gone off without a hitch in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot district. Both articles are well worth a read, and include two new set photos from Monday and a video of the production, respectively.

In addition to directing, Natalie has been seen acting in scenes, which confirms earlier reports that she will also be starring in the film. Click on the screenshot below (I can’t figure out how to embed) to watch footage of Natalie on the set in costume.

A big thanks to Kitten and Belerofonte for the finds.

On Set

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The first photos of Natalie directing A Tale Of Love And Darkness have arrived courtesy of The Daily Mail. Hit the thumb below to check out the set.


Unfortunately there is already a little controversy regarding the production. It sounds like the mayor forgot to inform residents about the filming, and they aren’t too pleased about the intrusion. Then there’s another report which makes it sound like the conservative residents wouldn’t be happy with any production taking place on their doorstep.

Hopefully that’s the last we hear of it. Natalie has surely earned a peaceful production for a change.

Thanks to Kitten, Belerofonte and Cedric.

UPDATE – Three more new photos can be found at Walla!, thanks again to Kitten.

Quiet On Set

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The words we’ve all been waiting for, tweeted by Amos Oz’s daughter. Natalie’s directorial debut, A Tale Of Love And Darkness, has begun filming.

As an aside, here is a little excerpt from the Times Of Israel piece about the translator who took Natalie’s English script and translated it back to Hebrew.

Most recently, Gavron has been working on the Hebrew translation of the screenplay for Natalie Portman’s newest film, based on Amos Oz’s memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”

“It’s a kind of translation back,” he said of the screenplay, given that Portman first wrote the script in English, and Gavron is now translating it back into Hebrew, as the film will be in Hebrew. He’s working with Oz’s original book, “which is very poetic and very literary,” he said. “Adapting it to the screen can’t be the same, because when you read a book, you have the time to reflect and reread and to think, and when you see it on the screen, you don’t have the time to think.”

(And yes, she’s a pleasure to work with.)

Thanks to Kitten.

Tale Update

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The first (small) bit of Natalie news for the year.

A Tale Of Love And Darkness, Natalie’s directorial debut, will soon start filming in Israel. I reached out to our source to see if we could expect filming news any day now. I was told pre-production is still ongoing, but that the expected start date is late January or early February. It’s also not expected to be a long shoot, but I’m not sure what that’s relative to.

To get into the mood, click the thumb below to check out Natalie directing her short film, Eve.



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Natalie’s directorial debut draws ever nearer, and it looks like she’ll have an experienced hand to help her bring her vision to life. Polish cinematographer and DOP (primarily, he has also directed), Slawomir Idziak (Harry Potter And The Order Of Phoenix, Black Hawk Down), has signed up as the cinematographer for A Tale Of Love And Darkness. The Oscar nominated Idziak talks about his decision over here.

My Polish friend, Aleksandra, read it over and said that he talks about his excitement for the film. Saying how he doesn’t work much anymore but the project and the subject matter – that being the Amos Oz memoir – inspired him. He wants to give the film an extraordinary visual look and intends to be an “angel” on set, being very warm and kind to help the actors feel at ease.

Given Natalie’s comments in the past, I think the people who work on her films would have to follow that path. Or look elsewhere.

Here’s hoping a happy set and a fantastic film are the result.

Thanks to Nikiya and Belerofonte.

Thor Tidbits

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I´ve been able to update our Facebook and Twitter pages, but this is my first update on holiday. It´s partly due to not having the time and partly down to the annoyance of fighting with an OS and keyboard for Spanish users.

I have a bit of time so here are a few mini Thor news items.

– Thor: The Dark World is tracking better than the first film. THR is reporting that the film could land around $10 million over the first films opening weekend haul of $65 million.

– Marvel have released 15 minutes of behind the scenes footage from the film. I haven´t been able to watch it all yet to determine how much Natalie there is, but I think a spoiler warning is appropriate.

– Actually scratch that, Kitten has found a video just comprising of the Natalie parts.

Thanks to Mariel, Anqxxx and Andre.