UPDATE: An updated A Tale of Love and Darkness trailer with English subtitles has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump. Original story from 08/12/2015 follows.
For her feature directorial debut, Natalie Portman also wrote and starred in A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Amos Oz, effectively an account of the founding of the state of Isreal as recounted through events in Oz’s own life. The story begins in 1945 in Jerusalem, honing in on Oz’s family — young Amos (Amir Tessler), parents Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and Fania (Portman) — as tensions mount between Jews and Arabs towards the end of the Mandate for Palestine.
There’s no domestic trailer for the film just yet, but we do have an international trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness. While there’s no English language dialogue here, the trailer still communicates quite a lot through the imagery captured by Portman and her cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down, Gattaca). Have a look after the break. Read More »
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Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, is a western thriller about a woman defending herself and her home from violent attack, but the film itself seems like it has been a lot more vulnerable than Jane herself. Now, after a significant delay — the film shot in 2013 — there’s finally a Jane Got a Gun release date that might stick, as the film is on the Weinstein Company calendar for February 2016. Read More »
Forbes has released their annual list of the highest paid actresses and actors. Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence tops the actress list, while Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr tops the highest paid actor list. Not any big surprises there. Hit the jump to see the rest of the lists to find out who are the biggest movie stars of 2015.
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Earlier this week we heard that Natalie Portman would play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a film called On the Basis of Sex. Now she’s set to play another major figure in US history: Jacqueline Kennedy, in a film that will take place during the four days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film is called Jackie, and it counts Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky as a producer. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Since last year, a female Thor has been tearing her way through the pages of the Marvel comic book universe. But the heroine’s true identity has remained a secret — until now. She finally reveals herself in Thor #8, released this week. Click through to find out the female Thor identity. Obviously, major comic book spoilers abound after the jump. Read More »
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The novel Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, is really terrific. It’s good enough that you should just stop reading this now, go read Annihilation (it’s short, only 125 pages or so) then come back. Because I’m a realist I’ll assume you didn’t do that, but to avoid spoilers about the novel I’ll just say this: Annihilation is kind of sci-fi and almost horror — it’s like Tarkovsky’s Stalker crossed with H.P. Lovecraft. It is unusual and unsettling, and all the major characters are women.
Alex Garland just did some great work with Ex Machina, and he is set to write and direct an Annihilation movie. Now he has Natalie Portman in talks to play the lead role. That is excellent news. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jane Got a Gun made headlines last spring for its rocky development process, including original director Lynne Ramsay‘s last-minute departure and the casting shakeups that followed. But now that the shoot has finally wrapped, we’re finally getting our first look at the project that caused all this trouble.
Gavin O’Connor wound up directing the Western actioner, which stars Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, and Joel Edgerton. See the first Jane Got a Gun images after the jump. Read More »
If you’ve thought over the past couple years that Terrence Malick has been too tied to a specifically contemplative tone and aesthetic, then Knight of Cups could be a partial antidote to feelings taken out of To the Wonder and The Tree of Life. When this film was announced earlier today as one of the Berlin Film Festival selections set to premiere in February, we couldn’t tell you much more than the title and the fact that the film stars Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale. Now we’ve got the Knight of Cups trailer, and while this is recognizable as a Malick film, it is also noticeably different than his recent work.
Sure, there’s some of the now-signature Malick aesthetic here, and that reflective voiceover. But as we see Christian Bale playing (apparently) a guy who has lost himself in easy pleasures, there’s also more overt energy here than we’ve seen in Malick’s work over the past couple decades. There’s also that glossy modern LA setting, which isn’t something we’re used to seeing from the director. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
UPDATE: Variety reported on December 8 that Portman passed on this role. It is thought that Portman (and Jessica Chastain before her) was actually up for the role of Joanna Hoffman, who was part of the original Apple Macintosh dev team, and for a while the only marketing person working on the Macintosh. Additionally, we’ve heard that one bit of info in the “three product launches” structure is wrong, and that it is actually the original iMac launch seen in the script, and not the iPod launch.
In a recent interview, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said that one of Steve Jobs’ daughters, Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs, was the “heroine” of the film he scripted about Jobs’ life.
In the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had – particularly with his daughter, Lisa – that drew me to it. She didn’t participate in Walter Isaacson’s book, because her father was alive at the time, and she didn’t want to alienate either of her parents, so I was very grateful that she was willing to spend time with me. She is the heroine of the movie.
We know that Danny Boyle is directing the film and that Michael Fassbender will play the lead. With that quote in mind, we now have a pretty good idea who will be playing that role. Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to join the film. Read more about the Natalie Portman Steve Jobs casting below. Read More »