Natalie Portman in Vox Lux

Press/Photos: See Natalie Portman Completely Transformed Into a Pop Superstar in Vox Lux

Natalie Portman, Hollywood’s foremost avatar of women undergoing psychological hell, is coming soon to a theater near you as an über-pop star named Celeste in Brady Corbet’s upcoming sophomore feature Vox Lux. The film is slated to premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the end of the month, and in anticipation of its debut, the festival just posted a first look at Portman in full Velvet Goldmine–esque stage regalia for the part.

Though it’s just a close-up of Portman’s face, it offers some pretty good insight into the general vibe of the film. In the image, she’s looking out, presumably at an audience, her mouth wide as if mid-song. Her eyes are smeared with shimmering gunmetal shadow—not dissimilar to her Odette/Odile makeup for Black Swan—while rhinestones dot her brow. Her hair is sculpted in silver, her lips magenta, and she wears a high-necked top with silver glitter striped across it.

Natalie Portman in Vox Lux

For all that, the part actually fits perfectly in Portman’s filmography—having conquered the dance world, naturally she’d turn to pop music—she was actually not Corbet’s first choice for the role. Back in 2016, Rooney Mara had initially been cast as Celeste, who, per an early summary of the film, rises “from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom,” but she bowed out due to delays in the production, clearing the way for Portman. It’s just the director’s second feature film: Corbet dispensed with acting four years ago—after appearing in films like The Clouds of Sils Maria, Melancholia, Force Majeure, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, indie favorites all of them—in favor of directing; he released his debut, The Childhood of a Leader, which starred Robert Pattinson, in 2015. (Stacy Martin, who also appears in Vox Lux, had a part in that film.)

Vox Lux, which was reportedly shot on 65-millimeter film, also stars Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle (most recently seen as the gay conversion therapy camp director Lydia in The Miseducation of Cameron Post), and Raffey Cassidy, one of the breakout stars of Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Sia, who has cornered the market on pop anthems that are actually low-key giant downers (ahem, “Chandelier”), wrote the music for the film and also got a coproducing credit. It looks kind of bonkers! But also, with Natalie Portman headlining, maybe also good?

Source: W Magazine

Press/Videos: Natalie Portman Teams with Omaze for Double Date Contest

Natalie Portman is offering fans a chance to go on a double date with her and her husband. Donations to enter the contest will benefit WE.

Natalie Portman has teamed up with Omaze to offer fans the chance to go on a double date to the ballet with her and her husband, Benjamin Millepied. Omaze previously worked with Star Wars: Force for Change and fans were able to win a stay at Skywalker Ranch.

This contest is going to benefit WE, which is a family of organizations that help make it easier for people to do good. It’s a great cause and if you want to enter the contest, the requirement is that you donate $10. All donations will be taken through Omaze, which is where you enter for your chance to win.

To announce the contest, Portman tried to guess her answers to old interview questions by filling in the blanks. It’s an entertaining way to promote the fundraiser and I highly suggest watching it.

It’s been a while since Natalie Portman has played a role in the Star Wars franchise, but still makes Star Wars news every now and then. The most recent case was when Mark Hamill tweeted about never meeting his mother, aka Padmé Amidala. It was a great moment for Star Wars fans and this contest can be one, too.

Here’s a quick glimpse at what is promised for the winner of the contest.

  • Sit VIP with Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at an L.A. Dance Project ballet performance
  • Hang out, snap selfies and get to know Natalie and Benjamin over drinks
  • Head backstage for a behind-the-scenes look at the show directed by Benjamin himself
  • Be flown out to Los Angeles and put up in a 4-star hotel

As of right now, there are 45 days left in the contest, so you still have plenty of time to enter. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet Natalie Portman.

Source: Dork Side of the Force

Press: Natalie Portman in Talks to Direct and Play Dual Roles in ‘Dear Abby-Ann Landers’ Movie

Natalie Portman is nearing a deal to direct an untitled film about Esther and Pauline Friedman, identical twin sisters who are better known as the writers behind the syndicated Ann Landers and Dear Abby advice columns, and the Oscar-winning actress also plans to tackle both roles, multiple sources have told Collider.

Katie Robbins (The Affair) wrote the script, and the film will be produced by Peter Saraf and Dani Melia of Big Beach Films, the company behind such indie hits as Little Miss Sunshine and Safety Not Guaranteed.

Born in Iowa in 1918, Eppie (Esther) and Popo (Pauline), as they were nicknamed, were very close growing up, working together at Morningside College’s school newspaper and participating in a double marriage ceremony on their 21st birthday. However, once Eppie accepted a position as the “Ann Landers” advice columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, Pauline decided to start her own column, which she called Dear Abby. This created a bitter sibling rivalry, and while the two eventually reconciled in 1964, their rift continued for decades, until Eppie passed away in 2002. Eppie and Pauline’s contentious relationship even trickled down to their two daughters, who continued the family feud going forward. Eppie and Pauline’s husbands and editors will serve as key supporting characters in the film, which does not have a start date at this time.

Portman previously wrote, directed and starred in the Israeli drama A Tale of Love and Darkness, so she has experience working simultaneously on both sides of the camera. As an actress, Portman is coming off the acclaimed sci-fi film Annihilation, which struck a chord with critics to the tune of a 87 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. She is currently filming Fargo creator Noah Hawley‘s feature directorial debut Pale Blue Dot, in which she plays an astronaut opposite Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens and Zazie Beetz, and she has also wrapped a pair of high-profile indies — Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan and Brady Corbet‘s Venice-bound Vox Lux. Portman won an Oscar for Black Swan and earned nominations for both Jackie and Closer. She’s represented by CAA, Agence Adequat and attorney George Sheanshang.

Robbins has worked as a producer on The Affair and as a staff writer on The Last Tycoon. She’s repped by UTA, Aaron Kogan Management and attorney Jonathan E. Shikora.

Source: Collider

Press: Pale Blue Dot: first look at Natalie Portman in Noah Hawley’s murderous astronaut drama

Oscar winner Natalie Portman has revealed her chic new retro look for the upcoming film Pale Blue Dot.

The Israel-born actress will be playing astronaut Lucy Cola as she struggles to adjust to life on earth after a successful mission. Portman posted on Instagram yesterday: “In character as Lucy Cola. 📷: @hilstills #sneakpeek”, where she is seen in a black bob wig, blue jumpsuit and lanyard.

Directed by Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo), Pale Blue Dot explores the theory that astronauts who spend prolonged periods in space may suffer PTSD when they return home.

Portman will star alongside John Hamm, best known as Don Draper in Mad Men, who plays fellow astronaut Mark Goodwin. With Legion star Dan Stevens playing her on-screen husband, Portman’s affair with Goodwin quickly turns to obsession. Also in the film is Deadpool 2’s Zazie Beets. The script is written by Brian C. Brown and Elliot Guiseppi, with filming due to start in the Spring.

The plot is loosely based on the true story of NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak. Nowak made headlines in 2007 for the attempted murder of Cathleen Shipman, whom she suspected of having won the heart of her colleague, Navy Cmdr William Ofelein.

In character as Lucy Cola. 📷: @hilstills #sneakpeek

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Fueled by jealousy, and wearing space nappies to avoid toilet breaks, Nowak drove 900 miles from Houston to Orlando only, she claimed, to “confront” Shipman.

Early that day, Nowak followed Shipman’s car into the airport and knocked on the window, claiming to need a lift. When Shipman rolled the window down, Nowak sprayed her with pepper spray. Shipman escaped in time to call the police, who later found a trench coat, BB gun, bin bags and an eight-inch knife in Nowak’s car.

Nowak was arrested on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping, and a year later entered a reduced guilty plea of burglary and battery. In 2010 she received an “other than honourable discharge” from the Navy, and has now all but disappeared from public life. The case became known as the “NASA love triangle”.

Source: Telegraph