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Natalie Portman returns to Jerusalem in directorial debut
Published on March 13th, 2014 by Gioia & Filed in Career. Add Comment

Jerusalem (AFP) – Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman was back in her native city of Jerusalem on Thursday shooting for her directorial debut, to the annoyance of the local ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

The Hollywood actress, who was born in Jerusalem, is directing a film adaptation of “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” an award-winning 2002 novel by Israel’s best known writer, Amos Oz.

Translated from Hebrew into 28 languages, the story is a heart-wrenching memoir of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem in the 1940s and 1950s, before and after the creation of the Jewish state.

In the film, Portman, 32, plays the role of his mother, who committed suicide when he was 12 years old.

The shoot, which has seen several of the narrow alleyways of the Nahlaot neighbourhood transformed into a scene from Mandate Palestine, has incurred the wrath of some ultra-Orthodox locals.

Earlier this week, Hebrew graffiti deriding the “foreign invasion” was sprayed on the set, and Israel’s Channel 10 news said residents had complained to the mayor’s office that shooting was taking place near synagogues and asking that those involved be appropriately dressed.

As the shooting took place on an unseasonably hot February morning, Portman could be seen wearing a short-sleeved 1940s-style dress, but there was no sign of any protesters, an AFP correspondent said.

Born June 9, 1981 to an Israeli doctor and his American artist wife, Portman remains close to her Israeli roots.

Portman has taken on tough roles ever since her big-screen debut at the age of 11, when she starred in “The Professional,” the tale of a hitman who becomes her character’s mentor.

In 2011, she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in “Black Swan.”

Source: Yahoo Movies

Natalie Portman to direct 1st film in Jerusalem
Published on August 5th, 2013 by Gioia & Filed in Career. Add Comment

JERUSALEM — Israeli film officials say Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman will direct her first feature film, based on an autobiographical novel by celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz.

Yoram Honig of the Jerusalem Film Fund and a publicist for the film said recently that Portman wrote the screenplay and also will star in the movie as Oz’s troubled mother.

They say Portman is to arrive in Israel in October to cast local actors. The movie will be filmed in Jerusalem in early 2014.

It’s not decided if the film will be shot in Hebrew or English. Honig’s fund is providing $400,000.

The movie is based on Oz’s 2002 autobiography, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” about his youth during Israel’s founding years.

The publicist spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the project.

Source: SCTimes.com

Bradley Cooper in Natalie Portman’s ‘Jane Got A Gun’
Published on April 10th, 2013 by Gioia & Filed in Career. Add Comment

If there’s one mess going around Hollywood right now, it’s the production of Jane Got A Gun, a project that had such a promising start with We Need To Talk About Kevin’s Lynne Ramsay set to direct and Natalie Portman slated to star and co-produce. Now, the project is bound to have a different final look, with a new director and now a new actor to play the villain – Bradley Cooper.

Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed late Friday that the Silver Linings Playbook actor will take the role once held by Jude Law.

Law left the project just after Ramsay left in March. Just a day later, producer Scott Steindorff pulled off a surprising coup, hiring Warrior director Gavin O’Connor.

Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) is still attached to play Portman’s character’s ex-lover. The Western’s plot centers on a woman whose husband is being chased by his old gang. She hires a former lover to help her defend the farm.

Cooper is currently working with his SLP director David O. Russell on a project based on the FBI ABSCAM investigation in the ‘70s. The Oscar nominee is currently starring in The Place Beyond the Pines and will next be seen in The Hangover III.

While this project sounded like it was in danger at one point, it looks like the producers have saved Jane Got A Gun by hiring Cooper, an international star who will guarantee an audience. Production is already underway in New Mexico.

Source: The Celebrity Cafe

Joel Edgerton Joining Portman and Fassbender for ‘Jane Got a Gun’
Published on December 19th, 2012 by Gioia & Filed in Career. Add Comment

Joel Edgerton began making a name for himself with supporting appearances in the Star Wars prequels, King Arthur and Smokin’ Aces. He’s since established himself as an actor with a machismo, yet emotive, presence in such recent films as Animal Kingdom, Warrior and The Thing; similarly, he plays a SEAL squadron team leader in next week’s Zero Dark Thirty and is going to show up as brutish Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby next May.

That’s why Edgerton is a favored candidate on the shortlist for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy; though, he has fierce competition in the form of Lee Pace (who’s auditioning for the role of rugged human pilot Star-Lord this week). Meanwhile, Edgerton has entered negotiations for another film altogether: the western Jane Got a Gun.

Natalie Portman is producing and starring in Jane Got a Gun, which is expected to begin filming in early 2013; that is, after the Oscar-winner wraps her role in Thor: The Dark World, but before principal photography on Guardians gets underway (so don’t count out Edgerton for that Marvel movie just yet). The cast also includes Michael Fassbender – who is expected to make Jane before he reprises his role as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past – with directing duties being handled by Lynn Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin). She’ll be drawing from newcomer Brian Duffield’s script, which made the Hollywood Black List of best un-produced screenplays.

Good old-fashioned westerns are rare nowadays; the genre’s mostly been subject to subversion in recent years, be it through animation (Rango), genre mashup (Cowboys & Aliens) or pastiche (this month’s Django Unchained). Interestingly, the last successful traditional tale set on the old American frontier was the Coen Brother’s True Grit, a film that bucks convention by featuring a female protagonist (like Jane); moreover, there are western shades to next year’s historical drama Serena, which also features a young woman lead (Jennifer Lawrence, currently an Oscar-frontrunner for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook).

In other words: there’s been renewed effort to keep the western alive and relevant in our current age, giving rise to numerous projects that offer potentially innovative spins on the genre’s standard tropes; thus, the cream of the crop keep flocking to these films. Count us excited to see the results.

Source: Screen Rant.com

Natalie Portman In Talks To Play Jackie Kennedy
Published on October 2nd, 2012 by Gioia & Filed in Career. Add Comment

Black Swan star Natalie Portman is reportedly being sought for the lead role in Fox Searchlight’s Jackie, about first lady Jackie Kennedy in the period after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Our fascination with the Kennedys never seems to abate. Yet another treatment of the powerful clan seems to be in the works, and this time, the first lady may be portrayed by Natalie Portman, Deadline reports.

Fox Searchlight, which distributed Portman’s Black Swan, is reportedly wooing Portman for the starring role in Jackie, a script written by Noah Oppenheim about the immediate aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination.

Director Darren Aronofsky, who directed Portman in Black Swan, had previously been connected to the project, as had Rachel Weisz — Aronofsky and Weisz were a couple at the time. Aronofsky dropped out of the project after the pair split, as did Weisz.

Deadline reports that Portman likes the script but her participation would depend on the director hired for the drama. It is unknown if Aronofsky would return to the project.

Weisz, at the time she was involved in the film and “thrilled” to be working with Aronofsky again , told MTV, “It’s a very beautiful script. I think it’s the four or five days after the assassination and how [Jackie] deals with the assassination and the funeral.”

She went on to explain, “It’s not a biopic. It’s about that period of time.”

Actresses who have taken on the challenge of playing Jackie Kennedy in the past include Katie Holmes, Sarah Michelle Gellar , Jeanne Tripplehorn and Blair Brown.

Source: Starpulse

Natalie Portman Exec Producing ABC Drama Scruples
Published on February 20th, 2012 by Gioia & Filed in Career. Add Comment

At the age of 30, Natalie Portman already has a damned impressive resume of films under her belt, but aside from some guest appearances, she hasn’t done much in the TV arena. It looks like that’s going to change, because she’s helping head up a new ABC drama pilot based on the Judith Krantz novel Scruples. According to EW, Portman will executive produce the pilot alongside Tony Krantz, Judith’s son. While the actress has had EP credits on a couple of her films (No Strings Attached, The Other Woman), this is her first producing gig for TV.

First published in 1978, Scruples tells the story of a wealthy, previously overweight widower named Wilhelmina Hunnewell Winthrop, or “Billy,” who uses her deceased husband’s money to open a Beverly Hills clothing store called, well, Scruples. It was turned into a Warner Bros. miniseries starring Lindsay Wagner and Barry Bostwick back in 1980. Warners still holds the rights after all these years and will also be producing this version. Writers Bob Brush and Mel Harris are penning this new adaptation.

While the story doesn’t specifically suggest it, I can’t help but wonder if Portman might be thinking about starring in the pilot as well. Wagner was around Portman’s age when she played Billy in the miniseries, so the timing is right. The lines between traditionally “movie actors” and “TV actors” are also blurring more and more these days, thanks in part to high-profile cable dramas, so this might be an opportunity for Portman to give the boob tube a spin. Then again, given how busy she is on the big screen, I don’t know that she has time to commit to the small one.

Source: CinemaBlend.com

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