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Dec 09, 2013
General

If it looked like Chris Hemsworth wasn’t just acting during his passionate kiss at the end of the credits on “Thor: The Dark World” – it’s because he wasn’t.

Co-star Natalie Portman revealed to the Daily News that due to a scheduling conflict she couldn’t reprise her role as Thor’s mortal girlfriend in time to film the scene. So a special stunt double filled in – Hemsworth’s real-life wife, “Fast & Furious 6″ actress Elsa Pataky.

“It was for reshoots (after the film was finished) and he was working in Hong Kong and I couldn’t get there because I was working on my own film,” Portman told the News.

“And so they put his wife in my wig and costume, that’s why it was so passionate.”

The Spanish-born Pataky, who has been married to Hemsworth since 2010 and is now pregnant with their second child, had been traveling with her demi-God and their daughter India at the time anyway.

With the assistance of a few trick camera angles, moviegoers were none the wiser.

“It was such a perfect solution, wasn’t it,” said Portman.

Source: NY Daily News


Sep 23, 2013
General

Natalie Portman sent the Marvel fan world into a frenzy on Thursday when a new interview with Sci-Fi Now revealed some exciting things about a few female superheroes. In the past, Marvel Studios has been criticized for focusing primarily on their male characters.
It looks like that’s all about to change. In the U.K. interview, the Thor star hinted that there were some female-centric superhero movies to come.

She said, “There are definitely many strong women, but it will be exciting when there is a central female character which I think is coming — I have heard is coming. And, of course, also a central non-white character will also be exciting. Title characters.”
Portman isn’t the only one who knows that something is stirring over at Marvel Studios. One of their producers, Louis D’Esposito, alluded to the fact that comic book fans are ready for more.

He said at an Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray/DVD launch event to ComingSoon.net, “There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero… [W]e have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?”
Portman will be continuing with her role in Marvel’s Thor franchise. She plays Jane Foster, an astrophysicist Thor falls in love with. The next installment, Thor: The Dark World, is scheduled to be released on Nov. 8.
Even with hints of something coming from the superhero studio, it’s clear the fans are ready for a female character to be front and center on the silver screen.

Source: SheKnows.com


Aug 05, 2013
Career

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


Jun 24, 2013
ExtrasGeneral

Before she was an Academy Award-winning actress, A-list star and mother, Natalie Portman was just like any other kid trying to make it in the business. Except, she was far more self-aware of her talent and dreams than most. The story goes she turned down a child modelling gig with Revlon to focus on her acting and well, the gambit worked.

Her first feature film appearance managed to be the kind of breakthrough most only dream of, landing the key co-starring role in Luc Besson’s assassin tale “Leon: The Professional.” She matched Jean Reno every step of the way and gave the movie it’s emotional heart, and now you see why the filmmakers believed in her talent. Her audition tape has been floating around for a while, but we hadn’t seen it before and, thanks to Filmmaker IQ pointing us in the direction, you can see it below. And yeah, it’s very, very convincing stuff.

Anyway, give it a look below and then try and imagine anyone else taking the part of Mathilda (Liv Tyler was considered at one point, fyi).

Source: IndieWire


Apr 10, 2013
Career

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


Feb 28, 2013
ExtrasGeneral

Directed by Sofia Coppola, the ad campaign for the new Miss Dior eau de toilette entitled ‘La Vie en Rose,’ is as pretty as the juice inside the bottle. (See video below.)

This is the second time Coppola and Hollywood starlet Natalie Portman have teamed up for Dior perfume; as the Black Swan actress was signed up by the brand two years ago.

Just last year, Portman’s advert for Diorshow mascara was banned in the UK after the Advertising Standards Authority suspected a little heavy handedness with the photo-shopping on her lashes.

This sugar coated film should keep everyone sweet though. Just like the new scent it’s promoting (which for the record is out now exclusively at Selfridges, and goes nationwide on March 1) La Vie en Rose is full of roses for something all together more light-hearted and sweet.

Source: BI.com
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