Jackie trailer

The vast majority of 2016 movies are in our rearview mirror at this point, but there are still a few gems to look forward to before the year’s out. Among them is Jackie, a biopic of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the difficult days following her husband’s death. The film’s already earned high praise on the festival circuit, particularly for director Pablo Larraín‘s unsentimental approach to his subject and for Natalie Portman‘s insightful lead performance, and in just a few weeks it’ll be in theaters for the rest of us to enjoy. Watch the new Jackie trailer below.  Read More »

Jackie teaser trailer

Each year, as the weather cools down, the theaters become flooded with prestige pics hoping to snag some awards. Some of them look more promising than others, and a few are quite clearly out of their depth. But Pablo Larraín‘s Jackie looks like it could be among the cream of the crop. The First Lady biopic is coming off of rave reviews at TIFF and Venice, and if all goes well it’ll ride that wave of acclaim all the way to its theatrical release in December.

In particular, critics are singling out Larraín’s unconventional approach to biography, and Natalie Portman‘s portrayal as Jackie Kennedy in the day following John F. Kennedy’s death. I know it can be reductive to talk about movies in terms of their awards potential, and it should go without saying that that’s not the best reason to watch Jackie; the fact that it looks like a really good movie is. But if you’re the kind of person who enjoys following the Oscar race, this is definitely one you’ll need to put on your to-watch list. Watch the Jackie teaser trailer below.

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Jackie early buzz

Director Pablo Larraín‘s (The ClubJackie left more than a favorable impression at the Venice Film Festival. Larraín’s English language debut about the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) scored rave reviews, with critics praising the filmmaker’s unconventional approach to the biopic and a potential career best performance from Portman. So far, the reviews are almost nothing but effusive.

Below, check out the early buzz from the first Jackie reviews.

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Natalie Portman Star Wars prequels

Since starring in the Star Wars prequels, Natalie Portman has given birth to a son who’s now really into Star Wars. You might think that’d make her kid the one Star Wars fan who really digs the prequels — at least he’s pre-disposed to like one of the main characters, which is more than a lot of fans can say — but according to Portman that’s not the case. In fact, she said, she hasn’t allowed her son to even watch them. Find out why below.  Read More »

Planetarium trailer

Natalie Portman has had a busy 2016, starring in Jane Got a Gun and Knight of Cups, as well as her own directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness. And she’s still not done. Next month she has two films debuting at both Venice and Toronto. One is Jackie, the First Lady biopic from Pablo Larraín. The other is Planetarium, an intriguing drama directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central).

The latter stars Portman and Lily-Rose Depp (Yoga Hosers) as two American sisters with an unusual gift. The ladies make their way through 1930s Paris and catch the attention of a filmmaker (Emmanuel Salinger) mounting an ambitious new movie. Watch the Planetarium trailer below.  Read More »

Natalie Portman Marvel

Natalie Portman has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the early days, first appearing in 2011’s Thor to woo the Norse God as astrophysicist Jane Foster and returning for 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. But she’s sitting out next year’s Thor: Ragnarok, with Tessa Thompson‘s Valkyrie stepping up as the new female lead, and it doesn’t sound like Portman will be returning for Avengers: Infinity War either. According to the Oscar-winning actress, she’s “done” with the Marvel universe.  Read More »

A Tale of Love and Darkness trailer

Natalie Portman is ready to take the leap from working with high-profile directors, to becoming one herself. The Oscar-winning actress’ first feature filmmaking effort is A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of the memoir by Amos Oz. Portman also stars in the film as Amos’ loving but long-suffering mother Fania. A Tale of Love and Darkness made its world premiere at Cannes last year, and is now on its way to release in the U.S. Watch the first A Tale of Love and Darkness trailer below.  Read More »

annihilation set photos

Alex Garland‘s Annihilation is quietly wrapping up filming and I wish this movie had an official release date so I could start counting down the days until its release. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of filmmaker and material – Jeff VanderMeer‘s 2014 novel is one of the best genre novels I’ve read in a long time and Garland has already proven himself to be adept with small scale, creepy, adult science fiction with last year’s Ex Machina (one of our favorite films of 2015).

While the production has been pretty quiet, a slew of images from the set have been slowing arriving online via social media over the past few weeks, giving us our first kind-of, sort-of official look at this film.

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Thor The Dark World

Thor: Ragnarok is building up a cast to die for, with Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonMark RuffaloTessa Thompson, and Cate Blanchett all on board. But one Marvel star who’ll be sitting out this trip is Natalie Portman. After playing Jane Foster in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Portman will not reprise her role for Thor: Ragnarok, as confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Find out why after the jump.  Read More »

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Tessa Thompson in Selma

Captain America: Civil War might have most of the Avengers, and a host of new MCU heavyweights to boot, but Thor: Ragnarok has quietly been building an amazing cast in its own right. In addition to Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk — the only two Avengers not appearing in Civil War — the film is also expected to feature the returns of Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki and Jaimie Alexander‘s Sif, and a new character played by Cate Blanchett to boot.

Now it’s added yet another exciting talent to the cast: Tessa Thompson, who broke out last year with Creed. Unfortunately, that good news comes with a side of bad news. We’ve also learned that Natalie Portman is not returning as Dr. Jane Foster. Read More »