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Jun 24, 2013

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

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

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.


Jan 07, 2013

“Black Swan” was the dark horse Natalie Portman rode to the top of Forbes’ Most Bankable Actors list.
Films in which Portman stars reportedly earn $42.70 for every dollar she earns on average.

With a budget of about $13 million, “Black Swan,” the critically acclaimed juggernaut, grossed $329 million worldwide.

Her roles in “No Strings Attached” and “Your Highness” were also taken into account. “No Strings Attached,” a romantic comedy with Ashton Kutcher, earned $150 million at the global box office and only cost about $25 million to produce.

“Your Highness,” on the other hand, was a veritable flop. The $50 million budget produced a movie that only grossed $25 million, failing to cover expenses. But that was not enough to topple her ranking as the actor who provides studios the best bang for the buck.

Coming in second place, Kristen Stewart is part of movies that rake in $40.60 for every dollar she is paid. Since the “Twilight” films grossed $3.3 billion worldwide, her return on investment was high.

Stewart received the same salaries as her Twilight co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner for the final films. But Pattison ranked the fourth most-bankable actor, and Lautner placed sixth.

This happened because “Snow White and the Huntsman” – which grossed $400 million with a $118 million budget – pushed her ahead to become the list’s runner-up.

Forbes assembled the rankings by comparing actors’ earnings from the magazine’s Celebrity 100 list with movie grosses and budgets from Box Office Mojo.

“We looked at the last three films each actor starred in over the last three years that opened in more than 2,000 theaters, calculating the return on investment for the studios who pay his (or her) salary,” explained Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz, who oversees the Celebrity 100 list.

Forbes did not take into account supporting roles, so Portman’s part in “Thor,” for instance, did not come into play. Even with this money-making marvel omitted, Portman still skyrocketed to the top.

Source: NY Daily News

Dec 19, 2012

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

Oct 02, 2012

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

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