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NATALIE PORTMAN SHINES AT DIOR REOPENING CELEBRATION

Posted in Natalie Portman on December 9, 2010 by fadedblog

Natalie Portman adores Dior.

The 29-year-old actress showed off her love for the French high-fashion company as she attended the reopening of Dior’s 57th Street Boutique cocktail party at LVMH Tower Magic Room in New York City on Wednesday (December 8).

Joined by fellow fashionistas Liv Tyler, Karolina Kurkova, Amy Adams and Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester, Natalie spent the evening rubbing elbows with designer John Galliano while checking out the new store.

Natalie’s appearance at the star-studded event comes as no surprise as Dior just announced that Natalie, who was named the new face of their fragrances back in June, will star in the forthcoming Miss Dior Cherie campaign, which is slated to hit TV and print this coming March.

Tim Walker will shoot the print ads, and Sofia Coppola will direct the video commercials, just as they did for the former Miss Dior Cherie ads that starred Maryna Linchuk back in 2008.

Natalie will also have a hunky co-star, who is yet unnamed but apparently young enough to make her feel “like a big old cougar,” she said.

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NICOLE KIDMAN, NATALIE PORTMAN AND MORE DO ‘THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’

Posted in Helena Bonham Carter, Hilary Swank, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman on November 2, 2010 by fadedblog

Trade publication The Hollywood Reporter is getting a makeover with a new glossy format and weekly distribution.

The first issue in the new publication features a roundtable discussion with award-nominated actors of all ages.

Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Hilary Swank, Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter and Annette Bening all grace the cover, and an hour-long discussion about what it’s like to be a lady in the biz.

A few highlights:

On How some roles change their perspective
Natalie: “Oh definitely. I definitely see skinny people as sad now. It’s so sad to be skinny. (Laughs)”
Annette: “I didn’t think you were going to say that. (Laughs)”
Natalie: “I used to be like, ‘Oh, wow, I want to look like a model too,’ and now I’m like, ‘They’re sad.'”

On losing roles
Hilary: “There was a script I fell in love with back in August that was sent to me…I went in and I didn’t get it.”
Annette: “Who did?”
Hilary: “Do you really want to know?”
Annette: “Amy, you got it, didn’t you?”
(Laughter)
Hilary (to Amy): “Did you read it? Did you like it?”
Amy: “I’m not getting into this!” (Thunderous laughter)
Hilary: “Amy got the role! Amy will be playing the role that I wanted!” (Laughs)
Amy: “Let me just say, I’m not doing it. We don’t normally talk about this!”

Helena on working with Tim Burton
Helena: “It’s very different. I did do a film with him before I slept with him, and it’s very different. We went through a really bad time on Sweeney Todd. … I didn’t get one compliment (from Burton). He really had this whole thing, like he didn’t want to seem as if he was favouring me. So he’d go in the opposite direction. And Tim and Johnny (Depp), they have their lovely relationship, you know, they get on so well. So that was a difficult one. … I really didn’t think he’d ever want to work with me again. On Alice (in Wonderland), I said there were going to be rules. … I listed the Ten Commandments of how to work together.”

NATALIE PORTMAN BRINGS ‘BLACK SWAN’ TO THE TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

Posted in Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Winona Ryder on September 14, 2010 by fadedblog

It was all eyes on Natalie Portman as she attended the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Black Swan at Roy Thomson Hall on Monday night (September 13).

Joined by co-stars Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel as well as director Darren Aronofsky and his wife Rachel Weisz, the 29-year-old actress was on hand to debut her new pyschological thriller to Canadian audiences.

To prepare for the role of Nina, Natalie (already tagged as Oscar bait) reportedly studied ballet for ten months.

She stars as an insecure, self-mutilating prima ballerina who becomes unravelled as she gets her big break—a chance to play both the White Swan and the Black Swan in an adventurous production of Swan Lake.

The movie has been called a ballet answer to The Wrestler. Mostly due to the fact that it comes from the same director.

NATALIE PORTMAN: LADY IN RED AT ‘BLACK SWAN’ PREMIERE

Posted in Natalie Portman on September 1, 2010 by fadedblog

Natalie Portman was a vision in red as she attended the opening ceremony of the 67th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy today (September 1).

Joined by actor Vince Cassel and director Darren Aronofsky, the inaugural event also marked the premiere of their highly-anticipated psychological thriller, Black Swan.

Meanwhile, Oscar buzz is already building for the movie as well as its stars.

In the flick, Natalie plays Nina, a ballerina whose all-consuming passion for performing costs her something of a mental breakdown. All critics seem to agree the role is outside of Natalie’s traditional comfort zone, but she pulls it off.

A few highlights from various reviews:

Variety:

Centerstage stands Natalie Portman, whose courageous turn lays bare the myriad insecurities genuinely dedicated performers face when testing their limits, revealing shades of the actress never before seen on film.

In Contention:

Portman has never been so cannily cast, nor so cunningly exposed, on screen … [L]ong a lissome, delicate screen presence, she has sometimes struggled with conveying intensity or purposefulness. Here, the role cleverly forces the actress into her most pinched, peaky mannerisms — even her little-girl voice is piched an octave higher than usual — only to undercut them as the character gradually loses her self-awareness; the resulting performance is as dangerous, and oddly touching, as Portman has ever allowed herself to be.

NATALIE PORTMAN: VETERINARY VIXEN

Posted in Natalie Portman on August 26, 2010 by fadedblog

Natalie Portman was spotted taking her dog to a Los Angeles veterinarian for a check up today (August 26).

The big sceen beauty was joined by her longtime boyfriend Benjamin Millepied as she tended to her doggy duty.

Meanwhile, in her upcoming film Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, Natalie shares an onscreen lesbian kiss with her co-star Mila Kunis.

She has previously admitted she was “terrified” about locking lips with Mila.

“I was terrified,” she said. “At the moment I lived in a state of inner terror.”

Natalie has done nude scenes in the past. According to her, “Nudity is something absolutely natural and I’m not prudish — but in a film it can be distracting. Doing Black Swan I couldn’t say no. The project is a huge opportunity for me to show a new me. I can’t always play the nice mothers. My other problem is that single pictures are being taken out of context and put on the internet.”

NATALIE PORTMAN NOT HAPPY TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Posted in Natalie Portman on August 24, 2010 by fadedblog

Natalie Portman was seen making her way to Judy’s Deli in Beverly Hills today (August 24).

The Black Swan actress was not in any mood to be photographed in her every day life style and even let the photographers know exactly what she was feeling as she passed calling him an “assh*le” while covering her face with her hand.

Meanwhile, Natalie is among the stars expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival starting September 9.

The festival announced a list today with a galaxy of stars expected to attend, and also released its official film schedule.

Also expect appearances from Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve Bruce Springsteen, funnymen Bill Murray, Will Ferrell and Jay Baruchel.

TIFF runs September 9 to 19 in Toronto.