A couple small bits of Natalie-related news on this lazy Sunday afternoon.
– First up, there is a strong rumour that V for Vendetta may be getting the TV series treatment. If done right, I think this could be interesting. I’m a big fan of the graphic novel and felt the film didn’t quite do it justice. Channel Four in the UK are interested and I’d certainly be curious to see what they come up with. I imagine I’d be in the minority on that.
– If you’ve read Annihilation you may be interested in >this article looking at the elements in the trailer that are right from the page.
– Finally, if you’re planning a Natalie Halloween outfit you’re probably thinking of Leon, Star Wars, V for Vendetta, Black Swan, etc. You’re probably not thinking of Jackie, but here is a guide to the perfect Jackie Halloween outfit.
There is a total lack of news in Natland the past few days. So while we wait for events, here’s an old (but interesting) interview with Natalie, on the occasion of the premiere of Jackie a few months ago:
The days go by without great news in Natland, but here we finally have an event related to Jackie, Pablo Larrain’s film for which Natalie was nominated for Oscars. According to Los Angeles Times, Mica Levi’s score will be performed live alongside a screening of the film at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. the special showing on June 3 will feature a 40-piece orchestra led by conductor Jayce Ogren.
It has been an intense week as far as Natalie news is concerned. The premiere of Song to Song has eclipsed everything else, so here is a reminder of other interesting news in the form of Tidbits:
–Vulture wrote a couple of days ago an interesting article about Natalie and how critics don’t let her “grow up”
–The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, the student film sponsored by James Franco, and with Natalie as one of its protagonists, finally got distribution in the USA. Hopefully this will mean finally seeing the film in some way, after two years in which it has only been seen in some festivals.
–Annihilation, the last film of Alex Garland, had a test screening this week in New York. Although the reactions are embargoed, it has transcended that it’s probably an atypical sci-fi movie, difficult to sell to an audience, with great performances of the whole cast. Paramount has not set a release date yet, but it could be later this year or even in the spring of 2018. Hopefully we do not have to wait that long …
-Finally, here we have a couple of vfx reel videos of Jackie, which demonstrate what digital technology can do today to help a low budget production like this:
The second video shows the scene of the murder, which is a bit tricky, so I put it after the jump:
I finally had the opportunity to see Jackie and thought I’d quickly weigh in with some thoughts.
I’m not a big fan of biopics in general but was optimistic after hearing that Jackie would be taking an unconventional approach. The film definitely does that, with a structure that hops forward and back along the film’s timeline.
Personally, there were few instances where this approach elevated the material for me. The ending moments, cutting to different scenes while building on an emotional state, are sublime but I mainly found the experience to be quite passive. I never really felt the stakes of what Jackie wanted to achieve.
Unfortunately (as it was expected), Jackie hasn´t won any of the three awards it opted at the Oscars ceremony. Natalie, as announced yesterday, could not attend the gala … but she was one of the protagonists of a short humorous video. Here it is:
By the way, the final mistake in the best movie category has been really embarrassing…
After months waiting, Jackie opened in Spain the last Friday, and finally I had the chance to see it. After all this time, and all the good reviews, I was afraid that the film might not fulfilled my expectations… nothing further of reality.
It´s a GREAT film. It´s probably the more accessible and conventional Larrain´s film to date, but still it´s one of the most interesting biopics that have been made in recent years on an American figure… precisely because there is not a typical biopic.
Watching the film, I understand perfectly why it had so weak commercial success in the US: this is not a detailed story of what happened those sad days on November, it´s a deep study of a character for the four days more stressful and critical of her life. Yes, I say well the word “character” because, as Larraín said in one of the many interviews for the promotion of the film, this is a “fiction told from the intimacy of the private”. We’ll never know for sure what Jackie really was, but the film shows us a person full of nuances, contradictory, selfish, self-centered, but also intelligent, determined and emotional, which helped build, almost without intending, the legend of her husband.
There are also another reason why the movie is not conventional: who goes to a movie theater to see this waiting learn the ins and outs of all that happened these critical days for American history, will feel probably disappointed. the film part of the premise that everyone knows the story, and yes, gives very accurate brushstrokes here and there of what happened behind the scenes … but this is about Jackie and her vital experience during these days, and the film introduces you fully in her personal experience in those hard times.
And here is where Natalie comes into scene: simply she’s superb. the best perfomance of her career, certainly. She cries, laughs, despairs, she confesses in front of the camera. An amalgam of emotions that she shows perfectly in every scene. All of them filmed a few inches of her face by Larrain, always attentive to each gesture and each word.
At this point we have seen a lot of videos and interviews with Natalie talking about the Pablo Larrain’s film. Well, here we have a few more for IndieWire and Spectrum in its “Contenders Conversations” series:
The BAFTA ceremony was held today at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Unfortunately Natalie was unable to attend due to her advanced state of gestation (the same happened six years ago when she was nominated for Black Swan). This time, the best actress award has been again for Emma Stone in La La Land. In any case, Jackie has won the best costumes award for Madeline Fontaine. Congratulations to the winner.
Natalie, director Pablo Larrain, writter Noah Oppenheim and some producers of Jackie attended a special screening for the Hollywood Academy on December 4. Today the post Q&A has been uploaded on YouTube’s official Oscars channel. here it is:
Finally Here we have some videos of the Natalie appearance in the Jimmy Kimmel´s show. In them she talks about her next maternity, the Academy Award nomination, John Hurt, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic and more:
Natalie has attended the Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, where she talked about Jackie, the recently deceased John Hurt, her career, and being pregnant again. We hope to have a video of the full interview soon. Meanwhile, here are some photos, the first from the show and another of the arrival to the TV studios. Zimbio has a few more…
Well… as predicted by all the pools in recent weeks, Natalie didn’t win the SAG award for best actress (it was Emma Stone who prevailed in the category at the end). Anyway, the ceremony leaves us images and videos of a splendid Natalie on the red carpet. Here are a few of them: