Steve Jobs (2015 film)

Ghosts Rise

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  Today's tidbits update comes with a twist. Updating two projects that Natalie was once involved with. First up is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which many moons ago was…

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  We've got quite the backlog of smaller news items, so let's do some catching up with another round of tidbits. - Starting off, Natalie was in Iceland for her…

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2015 Film Slate

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  The Playlist have done their annual listing of the top 100 films that they are anticipating for the coming year. Of mild interest is Pride And Prejudice And Zombies…

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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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No More Jobs

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  Well so much for that. Natalie has decided to pass on Danny Boyle's Jobs project. It's disappointing but at least Natalie is considering new projects. Here is the full…

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