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Natalie Portman Doesn’t Like French People

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Elle n’aime pas LE FRENCH!

Natalie Portman has been stepping up the promos on her feature-length directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, doing a full promotional tour in New York and giving interviews to anyone who wants to speak to her. The film is pretty small and the reviews are okay/mediocre but whatev, not a total loss because Portman chatted with the Guardian last week about how she’s moved back to America after living in Paris, how she’s still a vegan and she hates French people. LOVE IT.

Moving back to LA after living in Paris: “People in LA are just wild. French people are very judgmental, or in Paris at least, about how you are and how you look. You would never wear workout clothes on the street or sandals or shorts or wild colours. It was fun to get back to where everyone’s just being free.”

Vegan food in Paris: “Actually, Paris has improved a lot for vegans in the past few years. It was a lucky moment to be there as a vegan.”

Whether she reads the reviews: “No. I avoid it. It’s inhibiting to hear bad things about yourself. It makes you afraid, and you can’t be afraid when you work.

Watching herself onscreen: “I usually see a movie once when it comes out at the premiere and then never see it again. Usually I cringe through the premiere and hate everything I do. The less I’m in a movie, the more I like it.”

She enjoyed her sober Oscar campaign for ‘Black Swan’: “Being sober the whole time is a trip! I’ll tell you that. I felt unusual being that way relative to the room.”

(Via The Guardian)

No yoga pants? Ugh, I hate Paris.


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Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at 8:08am
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Natalie Portman, Marriage Destroyer?


Natalie Portman, what’d you do?

The actress is on the cover of this weekend’s issue of the New York Times’ T Magazine, because she’s promoting the film she directed and adapted for screen called  A Tale of Love and Darkness. Now, that’s important because that’s the backdrop for this story: the story that author Jonathan Safran Foer, author of novels like Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, might’ve had his marriage broken up by Natalie.

Foer is known in New York literary circles for being married to Nicole Krauss, another popular and well-respected author. The two separated in 2014 and there were rumors of Foer having another woman in his life. We all thought it was Michelle Williams, who dated Foer last year, although I don’t know if they’re still together. But as it turns out, the “other woman” might have been…drumroll…Natalie Portman.

Natalie Portman is on the cover of T Magazine’s new summer entertainment issue promoting her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir about his childhood in Jerusalem in the last years of the British mandate. The pictures are gorgeous, but we’re equally intrigued the accompanying feature: a new email correspondence between Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer, penned especially for the Times. The pair have been email pen pals for over a decade, but their “epistolary archive mysteriously disappeared” earlier this year.

As you may recall, it has long been rumored that Foer developed a whopping unrequited crush on Portman after she decided to adapt one of his books. Portman allegedly rebuffed him, but not before Foer told his wife, Nicole Krauss, about it (oops!), leading to the dissolution of the literary power-couple’s marriage back in 2014. While there’s no explicit mention of romance here, these emails are certainly the kinds of intense midnight musings — lengthy, pretentious digressions on Jewish melancholy and the nature of freedom — that one might pen if one wanted to convince a very famous and beautiful actress to leave her husband for you.

(via New York Magazine)

In 2014, Portman was with Benjamin Millepied, but she was emailing Foer enough that he wanted to leave his wife?! INSANE.

The T Magazine piece is pretty bad: you can read the full piece here. The “interview” is written as a series of emails back and forth between Portman and Foer, and it’s VERY pretentious. Blugh.

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Posted Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 9:09am
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Natalie Portman Will Play Jackie Kennedy In New Biopic

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Natalie Portman is taking another stab at what others have done (and in my opinion, failed at)…playing Jackie Kennedy!

This news was announced days after Portman was confirmed to play another U.S. political figure, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an upcoming biopic. But why not play two important historical figures? Corner the biopic market, girl!

Variety reports:

Portman will star as the former First Lady in the upcoming film helmed by Chilean director and Oscar nominee Pablo Larrain. The movie will span the first four days of Jackie’s life following the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy.

The movie, titled Jackie, will be produced by none other than Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. It will go into production at the end of this year.

As you know, Portman is one of many stars in Hollywood to play Kennedy in recent years. Katie Holmes tackled the role in the 2011 series The Kennedys, Minka Kelly barely showed up in Lee Daniels’ 2013 flick The Butler, Ginnnifer Goodwin was pretty mediocre in the 2013 docudrama Killing Kennedy, and Sarah Michelle Gellar in a 1991 miniseries called A Woman Named Jackie…didn’t see it, but I can only assume.

How do you think Portman will fare?

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Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 11:11am
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Natalie Portman On Paris, Producing and Worshiping The “False Idol” Of Oscar

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Natalie Portman is gorgeous, smart and NOT impressed by the Hollywood Machine.

The actress/producer sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to report back on just that: what’s going on with her in Hollywood (she’s wearing many hats), Israel and where her priorities lie.  Here’s a snippet of her excellence:

On former Dior fashion designer John Galliano and his drunken, anti-Semitic rant: “I don’t see why not to be forgiving to someone who is, I mean, someone who’s trying to change,” she says. “However, I don’t think those comments are ever OK. I don’t forgive the comments, but … we’ve all done things that we regret.”

On living in Paris:  “It’s been really interesting,” she says. “I’ve been to Paris so much in my life that I felt [at first] like it’s very similar, and then when you live in a place, you start realizing how culturally different we are, deeply culturally different.” In what ways? “Oh, in millions of ways. I feel like this country has a lot of religion and a lot of freedom around that; and there, the religion is almost like love. Love and intellectualism is their sort of way.”

On the location of her Oscar:  “I don’t know where it is,” she says. “I think it’s in the safe or something. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it in a while. I mean, Darren actually said to me something when we were in that whole thing that resonated so deeply. I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is lit­er­ally worshipping gold idols — if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”

On producing her new film, Darkness: “You know, if you’re trying to actually build something that becomes like an entity, you have to think about, you know, something that’s financially sustainable and great and pushing things that aren’t necessarily your own personal passion,” she says. (Her company, Handsomecharlie Films, which she ran with Annette Savitch, produced Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, out in 2016, as well as Jane, out in September; the Portman-produced documentary Eating Animals comes out later this year.)

Read more HERE- and learn more about Natalie’s colorful film career. You know you WANNA.

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Posted Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 8:08am
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