may december

Believe it or not, Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore have never made a movie together. But that’s about to change. Portman and Moore are set to star in May December, a new film from acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes (Carol). The film focuses on the story of a woman who married a man 23 years her junior, resulting in a tabloid romance. It’s been 20 years since the relationship first made headlines, and now a movie is being made about the story, and the actress who is set to play the woman comes to spend time with the couple.

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natalie portman apple TV+ deal

Word recently broke that Natalie Portman would be headed to Apple TV+ with the limited series Lady in the Lake, which also stars Lupita Nyong’o. Now it looks like Lady in the Lake is just the beginning of Portman’s relationship with Apple, as Portman has signed a first-look TV deal with Apple along with her producing partner Sophie Mas. It’s the first deal Portman and Mas have signed through their newly formed production company, MountainA.

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lady in the lake

Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o are both diving into TV. Streaming television has proved to be a great arena for established actresses to get some meaty roles and show off their acting chops (see: Nicole Kidman for the past five years), and it seems like Portman and Nyong’o have both gotten the memo, signing on for the Apple TV+ limited series, Lady in the Lake, a crime drama based on the best-selling novel by Laura Lippman. Read More »

thor love and thunder cast chris pratt

Chris Pratt, the internet’s current least favorite Chris, is joining the much more beloved Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder. Pratt’s Star-Lord/Peter Quill will appear in the Taika Waititi sequel, which makes sense since Avengers: Endgame concluded with Thor jetting off with the Guardians of the Galaxy. That said, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 doesn’t have an official release date yet, so it’s not exactly clear how all of this lines up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.

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Thor: Love & Thunder - Natalie Portman with Mjolnir

Unlike Iron Man and Captain America, the Thor franchise at Marvel Studios will continue beyond a trilogy of films. Thor: Love & Thunder is the next installment of the superhero franchise led by Chris Hemsworth, and production is getting underway imminently down in Australia with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi back behind the camera. But when the franchise returns, there will be a new Thor in the form of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, and according to the actress, she’ll have a slightly different set of superpowers than the original god of thunder. Read More »

thor love and thunder filming

Thanks to the coronavirus, we’re currently in the middle of the longest period between Marvel movies since Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. While America is still flailing blindly through the pandemic, other countries around the world are handling things much better – which means major blockbuster productions have a better chance to operate safely on those shores.

Thor: Love and Thunder, the next Thor sequel from writer/director Taika Waititi, is evidently eyeing a shoot in Australia in early 2021, according to star Natalie Portman. And as for Waititi himself, the New Zealand-born director gave a brief update about the writing process and one of the tones he’s hoping to achieve in the new movie.  Read More »

Almost Famous

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical movie Almost Famous. To celebrate the milestone, James Andrew Miller is delivering a limited podcast series called Origins: Almost Famous Turns Twenty, and it’s already yielding some interesting tidbits looking back at the film.

Almost Famous features Patrick Fugit as William Miller, a young aspiring journalist who gets caught up in the world of rock and roll in 1969. During his adventures on tour with a fictional band called Stillwater, he encounters a famous band-aid (or groupie) named Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), and sparks a friendship with the band’s lead guitartist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup), all while his mother (Frances McDormand) worries back home. But Fugit almost acted opposite some even bigger names. Read More »

The Social Network Dialogue

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a closer look at the script Aaron Sorkin wrote for The Social Network to see how he uses certain literary devices to give dialogue rhythms and melodies. Plus, watch a wonderful conversation with Ben Stiller‘s late parents, the amazing Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, about their early career in show biz. And finally, listen to actors like Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Terry Crews, Kristen Bell, and more recalling their first IMDb credit. Read More »

All the Natalie Portmans

After an extension by the MCC Theater off-Broadway, the COVID-19 outbreak forced the early closing of C.A. Johnson’s All the Natalie Portmans. That’s over two weeks of audiences who didn’t get to experience this production in its original form, which is a real shame. But as the virus forced New Yorkers and other entertainment-seeking visitors in the city out of public spaces, it moved them closer to more intimate forms of consuming entertainment – and quite proximate to the scenario of the play’s protagonist, Keyonna (Kara Young).

I recognize elements of her life because I lived many of them myself. As a 16-year-old in the year 2009 (yes, we’re even the exact same age), we didn’t have too much trouble with the classwork part of school but struggled to relate with other people. Instead, we found solace and comfort inside DVD boxes, learning empathy and connectivity through movie characters on our TV sets.

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Thor: Ragnarok changed the trajectory of Marvel’s God of Thunder in a big way back in 2017. The franchise found new life with director Taika Waititi taking a hard turn into comedy and sending Chris Hemsworth to a more zany corner of the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he even brought Mark Ruffalo as Hulk along with him. And when the filmmaker gets back behind the camera for Thor: Love and Thunder next year, it’s only going to get crazier. Read More »