International Day of the Girl

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Natalie, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and other stars teamed up to film a special message for the Today show in honor of International Day of the Girl. Here it is:

Natalie also shared in her instagram the initiative, promoted by Michelle Obama, to stand up for adolescent girls’ education:

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: First Reactions

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The film by Xavier Dolan has been released a few hours ago at the Winter Garden Theatre at the Toronto festival. Natalie did not attend the event, but we have the first reactions to the film. They are divisive, but many of them favorable:

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Vox Lux: First Reactions

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Even though the Venice festival imposed an embargo on film reviews until its official premiere in the afternoons, the press screening was just celebrated and we have the first reactions on twitter … and there are all kinds of them: it seems that we have a very divisive film, but it seems Natalie´perfomance is mostly praised:

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Annihilation: First Reactions

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It seems that there has been a press screening of the film tonight, with the assistance of Alex Garland. Although the written reviews remain embargoed, here we have the first twitter reactions of the attendees, and they seem to be mostly positive:

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Sneek Peak of the John F. Donovan Trailer

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I would normally wait for a good source to post, but I think this is worth it. Here we have the last forty seconds of the teaser trailer of Xavier Dolan’s film, recorded directly from a cinema. The quality is terrible, but you can see a little hint of Natalie in it:

Updated: Original twitter link erased.

Natalie in Ragnarok?

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In the last few hours the rumors about a possible Natalie’s cameo in Thor Ragnarok have been revived, thanks to an enigmatic tweet that Taika Waititi, the director of the film, posted this weekend. In it you can see Natalie in two similar images, belonging to Leon and Where the Heart Is, the phrase: “Heed the signs”, and the hashtag “Ragnarok”:

Does this mean that maybe we can see Natalie in the film after all? Perhaps Groot is going to appear in the movie? Or is it a simple joke of the director? Who knows …. we’ll know soon

Song to Song: Premiere and first reactions

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Finally, the film’s premiere took place at the Paramount Theater in Austin yesterday, and as expected, Natalie was unable to attend the event. Producer Sarah Green shared a note she received from the actress saying that she just had her baby and wasn’t able to get on a plane yet, but that making the film was an amazing experience. The rest of the main cast (Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender), were there:

… As for the critical reception, the movie is following the same path as the last three films of the Texan filmmaker. “Boring”, “same schemes” and “self-parody” are the adjectives that are repeated over and over again in the first reactions and reviews. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s the same tonic as with Knight of Cups and To the Wonder last years. On a positive note, Natalie seems to shine every time she appears on the screen:

Variety: We’ve heard it all before: soul-sick characters, wide-angle vignettes, wispy poetic musings — this time set against the Austin music scene.

Of the characters beyond the initial love triangle in Malick’s too-white ensemble, Portman has the biggest part, and also the most powerful, owing not only to her character’s fate, but also the actress’s ability to take a slender, nearly dialogue-free role and make it feel fully rounded.

The Daily Beast: Ryan Gosling Serenades SXSW in ‘Song to Song’

It’s Portman, though, who gets to explode. As Fassbender’s paramour, she thrusts herself from struggling waitress to seductive vixen to startled and scared captive, addicted to the adrenaline provided by his lifestyle, his money, his sex, and his drugs.
It’s interesting to watch following her lead turn in Jackie, a masterful feat of control and calibration of pitch, body, and emotion in every scene of the film. She’s only a supporting player here, but it’s her role as collateral damage to a life lived song to song that leaves you momentarily silenced.

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Tidbits

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The year begins very strong in Natland. While we wait for a trailer of Malick’s latest film and the Golden Globes ceremony next Sunday, here we have an abundant ration of tidbits…

-Last Monday, Natalie was honored with an award at the Palm Springs Festival. Tom Hanks was in charge of it, and he delivered to Natalie an awesome introduction speech. Here is a small sample of his kind words to her (thanks to Fanatical610 for the find):

While Hanks introduced Natalie, she was backstage, and a photographer caught a really nice moment …

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Jackie Tidbits

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Taking advantage of this news break in Natland these last two days, we are going to collect some tidbits about the Pablo Larrain´s film.

-First of all, Natalie continues to receive several awards from various critics associations: Washington, Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix Circle and Kansas are the associations that have given recognition to the work of Natalie in the movie so far.

Fox 2 Channel has another of the many interviews that Natalie has given on the occasion of the premiere of Jackie, this time for Kevin’s Reel World:

Rolling Stone has an interesting interview with Pablo Larrain on how faced the challenge of directing two very different biopics such as Jackie and Neruda.

-Noah Oppenheim, screenwriter of the film, talks in Variety on the Limits of Dramatic License in ‘Jackie’.

-Finally, a curious note: Reese Witherspoon has published in her twitter account a message praising Natalie’s performance and encouraging the audience to see the film.

Huading Global Film Awards

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Natalie attended the Huading Global Film Awards in LA tonight. This event dishes out honors to talent from all fields of entertainment, from stage theater to film, pop music to TV, and even traditional Chinese opera. The Huading Awards were founded in 2007; the nominees are selected by committee and the winners are chosen by popular vote over the award show’s website and other Chinese internet portals. Along with Natalie, other of the winners of this year are Bryce Dallas Howard, Hilary Swank, Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone. Zimbio and Daily Mail have a lot of photos from the event. These are just a few of them:

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Jackie Tidbits

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The film directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Natalie continues to generate news every week. Here are a few as Tidbits.

-First, a photo of “Jackie team”, taken during the screening of the movie for BAFTA members, a few days ago:

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Jackie: third wave of reactions

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After Venice and Toronto, New York is the third major festival where the movie has been premiered … and it has caused a third wave of reactions as positive as before

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Jackie TIFF Premiere: second wave of reactions

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Just celebrated the premiere of Jackie in Toronto, and a new wave of amazing reactions is taking place:

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TIFF Portraits

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While we wait for the premiere of Jackie at the Toronto International Film Festival this evening, we can enjoy this portrait of Natalie taken at the Vanity Fair studio yesterday:

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Jackie: First Impressions

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The first press screening of Jackie finished half an hour ago … and the first reactions could not be better:

Soon we will see the first written reviews, but this look really good 🙂

Jackie Tidbits

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News from Venice and TIFF, where Planetarium and Jackie are playing, will make the next couple weeks very interesting indeed. Hopefully at least one of the films connects in a big way and based on the early buzz, Jackie is looking quite formidable.

The Hollywood Report has a piece about two scenes from Jackie being shown with Neruda at the Telluride Film Festival. Neruda is Jackie director, Pablo Larrain’s, OTHER new film.

Larrain said he had received an unexpected call from Darren Aronofsky just before Neruda got underway, asking him to make the Jackie O movie. His biggest alteration to the script, he said, was to take out one-third of the scenes, those that did not directly feature Jackie. He then told Aronofsky that he would only make the picture if the latter’s Black Swan star, Natalie Portman, played the lead, and Aronofsky set up a meeting between them in Paris. “She’s an extraordinary, extraordinary actress,” Larrain noted.

And after the jump a couple encouraging tweets from those who saw the preview in Telluride.
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Tidbits

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Here is a small portion of tidbits for all you guys.

Natalie is shooting in Baltimore today, and there are a couple of nice tweets to prove it. The first is the actor Richard E. Grant (Bram Stoker´s Dracula) and the second is David DeBoy (House of Cards), which seems quite impressed by the professionalism of Natalie. Thanks to Kitten for the finds…

More after the jump…

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