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Natalie Portman Western ‘Jane Got A Gun’ to hit theaters in February

 

Jane Got A Gun, the indie Western Natalie Portman is starring in and co-produced, is set to hit theaters in February 2015.

The film has been surrounded by controversies, with a director switch at the start of production, male leads dropping out left and right and a lawsuit. Now, the producers hope to put all that behind them and get the movie in front of audiences.

Relativity and The Weinstein Company, which picked up the project in May 2013, have scheduled the film for release on Feb. 20 in the U.S., reports Variety. This is the first film to be scheduled for that day.

Jane had a troubled production, starting with original director Lynne Ramsay getting fired. The producers filed a lawsuit against her, claiming that she not only failed in her duties as director, but also didn’t work on the script as she was hired to do so. The lawsuit was finally settled in March, but terms were not disclosed.

With Ramsay out and Warrior director Gavin O’Connor in, the issues were not over. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were all attached to star in the lead villain role, but each of them dropped out. Eventually, Portman’s Star Wars co-star Ewan McGregor was cast in the role.

Joel Edgerton stars as Portman’s former lover and Noah Emmerich plays her husband. She has to protect her husband from a gang of criminals who want to kill him.

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  posted on Apr 27, 2014
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That’s a wrap! Natalie Portman jets out of Jerusalem after finishing filming “A Tale of Love and Darkness”

 

Leaving a crying cast and crew behind in the Levantine dust, Hollywood actress and director Natalie Portman has said au revoir to Israel and bonjour to Paris. The “Black Swan” star has been directing and starring in the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness” on location in her home country of Israel.

Basing herself in Tel Aviv with her recently converted hubby Benjamin Millepied and son Aleph, Natalie has spent the last month and a half working in the conservative neighborhood of Nahlaot in Jerusalem filming this project based on the book written by Amos Oz.

While the residents of Nahlaot couldn’t be happier to get Hollywood out of the ‘hood, The Times of Israel reported that the actors are feeling a twinge of sadness that the experience is over.

“There’s a hole in my heart,” said actor Gilad Kahane, in an interview on Good Evening with Guy Pines. “It was my first film, but she’s such a wonderful director. She’s confident, she knows what she wants and she’s a great leader.”

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  posted on Apr 04, 2014
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Natalie Portman reveals she is gutted about not being in Star Wars Episode 7

 

Natalie Portman is disappointed she won’t be in Star Wars Episode 7.

The Oscar-winning actress appeared as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and her character dies giving birth to Luke Skywalker and Leia in  2005?s Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

Given Padme’s tragic story, it’s highly unlikely she will be in the forthcoming Star Wars film, much to Natalie’s dismay, as she will be missing out on a chance to work with director JJ Abrams.

When asked by Movie Pilot what her thoughts are on Episode VII, she said: ‘I am so excited about them. I think JJ Abrams is such a talent and I can’t wait to see what he does. I am only sorry that my character died, which means I can’t be in them. I saw him somewhere and I said “How did this happen? I can’t believe I’m not going to be in the new movie.”’

Meanwhile Abrams is busy pulling together a cast, which doesn’t include Transformers 4 star Jack Reynor, but could reportedly include Judi Dench, Gary Oldman, Michael B Jordon, Michael Fassbender and Zac Efron.

The director is gearing up to start work on Episode 7, which might be taking place from May to September according to HitFix.

Star Wars Episode 7 is out on December 18, 2015.

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  posted on Feb 23, 2014
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Natalie Portman Talks About Being on the Set of ‘Thor: The Dark World’

 

‘Thor: The Dark World’ comes to DVD and Blu-ray next week! That means you’ll be able to relive the thunderous adventure whenever you want in just a few short days.

Natalie Portman, the actress who plays Jane Foster, got to explain what life on the set of Thor was like. She said about her character

Jane Foster doesn’t fit in. She’s a short brunette in a world of blonde Amazons; in a place where magic is reality and there’s all of this advanced technology that she’s never seen.

She also spoke about meeting the parents. It’s a situation that might be a little different when your boyfriend is a demi-god. Although working with legendary actorAnthony Hopkins is a different story…

Jane is clearly a thorn in Odin’s side, but it was such a great honor to get to work with Sir Anthony. He’s the loveliest, loveliest man.

Natalie, also about women’s empowerment, has a definite respect for the Marvel films. She said

There are definitely many strong women in these movies, and I think that’s a testament to the people who run Marvel. They have a respect for women with the way they want to characterize them.

Make sure to stay tuned for even more interviews from the stars of ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ and don’t forget to pick it up when it comes to DVD and Blu-ray onFebruary 25!

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  posted on Feb 21, 2014
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Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut Draws Criticism in Israel

 

The Oscar-winner’s location shoot for “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is forging ahead in Jerusalem despite some blowback from the ultra-orthodox community.

Natalie Portman‘s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, has encountered some blowback from local residents during its location shoot in Israel.

Earlier this week, ultra-Orthodox leaders in Jurusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood filed a letter of complaint with the city’s deputy mayor in protest of the decision to allow the Hollywood crew to shoot there, while graffiti appeared in the neighborhood denouncing a “foreign invasion,” reportsTimes of Israel.

Portman’s first project as a director has been shooting in Israel since the start of February. An adaptation of Israeli novelistAmos Oz‘s celebrated memoir of the same name, A Tale of Love and Darkness chronicles Oz’s early childhood in Jerusalem during the chaotic late 1940s as the British Mandate for Palestine came to an end, along his memories of growing up during the early years of the Israeli state. Portman, 32, whose father is Israeli and mother American, was born in Jerusalem herself. She will also appear in the film, in the supporting role of Oz’s mother.

“The film shooting is set to take place on several sensitive streets close to synagogues and yeshivas, and the scenes being filmed should have been examined first to make sure they don’t offend anybody’s sensitivities,” the letter from residents to the municipality reads. They also complain that authorities didn’t inform them about the shoot, and should have consulted the community before giving Portman’s production free reign.

In response, the municipality promised residents that all of the actors involved in production would dress modestly while in the neighborhood, in accordance with local customs.

“There is a constant tension between the desire to celebrate diverse and interesting Jerusalem and the attempts by extremist groups to prevent this,” Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Rachel Azaria said. “The attraction of the city, its unique architecture and the efforts of the film and television industry will triumph.”

In a word of support for Portman, she added: “And the cinematic growth we’ve seen in Jerusalem in recent years will continue to flourish also tomorrow with Natalie Portman in Nahlaot.”

A Tale of Love and Darkness is produced by Portman’s own Handsomecharlie Films banner. The company received about $450,000 from the Jerusalem Development Authority to shoot the film in the capital.

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  posted on Feb 13, 2014
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Natalie Portman joins Israeli initiative to help Syrian women and children

 

Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman has decided to use her wealth to help those less fortunate.

The award-winning actress is donating clothes and money to Syrian refugees through an Israel based organization, Operation Human Warmth, meant to “aid noncombatant women and children in Syria” according to their website.

“When I heard about Operation Human Warmth I felt deeply moved and compelled to get involved,” Portman said in a statement.

“In the middle of a brutal winter, these children have no shelter and their lives are in serious jeopardy from the cold. I am proud to take part in an operation where Israeli youth of all backgrounds are taking action to help out those whom need it most.”

The initiative is being led by Israeli youth group Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed, educational group Dror-Israel, and humanitarian organization Israeli Flying Aid.

Portman and her husband, Benjamin Millipied, who is in the process of converting to Judaism, and their son Aleph, are living in Israel while she films her directorial debut, ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness.’

“When we see the situation in Syria right now, we feel compelled to act. We feel that this operation is an expression of the Israeli public’s willingness to help those who need it most,” Dror Israel international director Gilad Perry said.

He added that over 20,000 items have been donated thus far.

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  posted on Feb 10, 2014
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Why Thor star Natalie Portman says she loves working with Australian men

 

SHE’S starred alongside many Hollywood hunks but Natalie Portman says she’d prefer to be cast next to an Australian man who knows how to be exactly that – a man.

The 32-year-old Oscar winning actor said unlike American men, Aussie blokes had a “manliness” about them but also a warmth and openness that make them so attractive to work with.

Portman, speaking in London after having just finished shooting the American western drama Jane Got a Gun alongside Sydney born Joel Edgerton, said her many trips to Australia, to film the Star Wars three-part prequel, also gave her an appreciation for Australians.

“I’ve worked so much in Australia, a lot, so I know, I just love them,” Portman said.

“This is a generalisation but in my experience working with Australian actors is just that they’re really open, warm, friendly and fun, don’t take things too seriously and are really good at what they do.

“And the masculinity I think is also part of the reason why we (Hollywood) import so many because there is a manliness to these guys that is lacking in a lot of American actors.”

Portman worked with Edgerton on Star Wars and also starred alongside Australian Eric Bana in The Other Boleyn Girl.

But she described Chris Hemsworth, whom she starred alongside in the Marvel Studio’s Thor movies, as the epitome of an Aussie.

“Chris is just the dearest, I have a really … it’s hard to explain,” she said.

“He’s astonishingly talented and beautiful and kind and smart and fun but he is just regular and you can just sit and talk to him. And he asks a question and can listen to the answer which is how things should be, but not how things often are.

“So he’s just a real person and a great family man, really professional, I don’t think you could find anyone to say anything negative about him. He is like that guy, he’s just great, super fun. I’d love to find something to do with him to work together (again).”

Portman has just moved to France with her son and French ballet dancer and choreographer and husband, Paris Opera Ballet director Benjamin Millepied.

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  posted on Dec 26, 2013
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