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A First Look at Natalie Portman in Black Swan

A First Look at Natalie Portman in Black Swan

The first photos of a quite striking Natalie Portman, from director Darren Aronofsky’s new film, “Black Swan,” have been released,” evoking the mystery at the heart of the psychological thriller.

In the first photo, Portman’s ghost-white face is contrasted by blood-red lipstick and strange, almost cat-like contacts. (Her dramatically well-powdered complexion is coincidentally reminiscent of her Padme Amidala character in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”) In the second image, Portman, wearing the same dark eye makeup, lunges forward in a black tutu.

“Swan” is the story of a New York City ballerina, Nina (played by Portman), who is cast in a production of “Swan Lake,” navigating the opposing forces of her mother (Barbara Hershey), her demanding dance instructor (Vincent Cassel), and the enigmatic, seductive rival (Mila Kunis) who leads her down a dark path.

“Black Swan” will premiere on September 1, as the opening selection of the Venice International Film Festival. This marks Aronofsky’s first film since the critically hailed “The Wrestler,” which won the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice festival and garnered Mickey Rourke a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Aronofsky released a statement about the honor of opening at Venice, saying, “The cast and crew of Black Swan are both excited and humbled by the selection committee’s invitation. It is an honor to walk the great red carpet on the Lido, and we are excited to premiere our film to the wonderful audiences in Venice.”

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Natalie Portman Career Milestones

Natalie Portman Career Milestones

Birth Name: Natalie Hershlag
Birth Date: June 9, 1981
Birth Place: Jerusalem, Israel

Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, the only child of a doctor father (from Israel) and an artist mother (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie’s agent. She left Israel for Washington, D.C., when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard.

She was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of 11. She was pushed towards a career in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting. She was featured in many live performances, but she made her powerful film debut in the movie Léon (1994) (aka “Léon”). Following this role Natalie won roles in such films as Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), and Mars Attacks! (1996).

It wasn’t until 1999 that Natalie received worldwide fame as Queen Amidala in the highly anticipated US$431 million-grossing prequel Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). She then she starred in two critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Anywhere But Here (1999) and Where the Heart Is (2000), followed by Closer (2004/I), for which she received an Oscar nomination.

Natalie Portman most recently received her second Academy Award nomination and first Best Actress win for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed film, “Black Swan.” For her role, Portman also received a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics Choice Award.

Upcoming, Portman will be seen in David Gordon Green’s “Your Highness,” co-starring with Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel. The story focuses on an arrogant, lazy prince who must complete a quest to save his father’s kingdom, with Portman as his love interest. The Universal Pictures film is set for release April 8, 2011. Following “Thor,” she will be seen in Spencer Susser’s “Hesher,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson. The film, which Portman also produced, is slated for release on May 13, 2011 by Wrekin Hill / Newmarket Films.

On screen, Portman has starred in over 25 films. She made her debut in Luc Besson’s 1994 film, “The Professional,” and went on to star in “Heat,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Anywhere But Here” (Golden Globe nomination), “Where the Heart Is,” “Cold Mountain,” “Garden State,” “Closer” (Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe Award), “Free Zone,” “V for Vendetta,” “Paris je t’aime,” “Goya’s Ghosts,” “My Blueberry Nights,” “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “New York, I Love You,” “Brothers” and “No Strings Attached.” Additionally, she starred in George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones,” and “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.” The prequels to the wildly popular “Star Wars” trilogy of the ‘70s and ‘80s rank among the top-grossing films ever produced worldwide.

On stage, Portman starred in Mike Nichol’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Seagull,” opposite Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman; as well as in James Lapine’s Broadway production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Behind the lens, Portman has taken turns writing, directing and producing. Her credits include “Eve,” which she wrote and directed, telling the story of a young woman who ends up on her grandmother’s date. The film debuted at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and stars Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara and Olivia Thirlby. She also wrote and directed a short film for “New York, I Love You,” about a day in the life of a father and daughter in Central Park. The film showcases 12 filmmakers who each directed a vignette illustrating the universal theme of love within the five boroughs of New York City. Additionally, she executive-produced and starred in Don Roos’ adaptation of Ayelet Waldman’s novel “The Other Woman,” opposite Scott Cohen and Charlie Tahan. The film revolves around a young woman who tries to recover her marriage through her relationship with her stepson.

Portman is currently developing film projects through her production company, HandsomeCharlie Films. Together with producer Annette Savitch, the company is focused on finding intelligent, accessible films across varied genres, as well as female-driven comedies. Upcoming projects include The New York Times bestselling novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which is set up at Lionsgate with a script by David O. Russell, and they are partnered with Plan B at Paramount to produce “Important Artifacts,” based on the book by Leanne Shapton, with Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman attached to star, and Greg Mottola to write. Completed films include “No Strings Attached,” starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, and directed by Ivan Reitman; and “Hesher,” starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson, and directed by Spencer Susser.

Portman became the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, an international village banking microfinance program providing small loans and savings programs to the world’s poorest families so they may create their own jobs, raise household incomes, and improve their standard of living, thereby reducing poverty worldwide. As the Ambassador of Hope, Portman has proved to be a globally aware and dedicated individual who supports the work of FINCA through her advocacy and visits to FINCA International programs in countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda. She has also met with high-level United States Members of Congress to lobby for support of international microfinance funding.

A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she learned Arabic and Hebrew, and studied the anthropology of violence and Israeli history.

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Star Wars: Padme Amidala Character Poster

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Padmé Amidala (born Padmé Naberrie) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, appearing in the prequel trilogy portrayed by actress Natalie Portman. She served as the Princess of Theed and later Queen of Naboo. After her reign, she becomes a senator in the Galactic Senate. She is the secret wife of Anakin Skywalker, the mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa and the grandmother of Kylo Ren.

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Padmé Amidala (born Padmé Naberrie) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, appearing in the prequel trilogy portrayed by actress Natalie Portman. She served as the Princess of Theed and later Queen of Naboo. After her reign, she becomes a senator in the Galactic Senate. She is the secret wife of Anakin Skywalker, the mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa and the grandmother of Kylo Ren.

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Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala in Star Wars

Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala in Star Wars

Padmé Amidala (born Padmé Naberrie) is a fictional character in the Star Wars science fiction franchise. She first appeared on film in the 1999 feature film, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as the young queen of the planet Naboo. In subsequent prequel trilogy films, Padmé represents Naboo in the Galactic Senate. She is featured in the animated miniseries Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003–2005), Star Wars: The Clone Wars and in Star Wars literature. Padmé is the secret wife of Anakin Skywalker and mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa.

Born in a mountain village on Naboo 46 years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Padmé Naberrie became known successively by her Name of State as Princess Amidala of Theed, later becoming Queen Amidala of Naboo and Senator Amidala of the Galactic Republic, who adheres to the principles of democracy and rule of law.

Initial drafts of Star Wars written by Lucas in the 1970s do not explain the role which the mother of Luke and Leia plays in the saga. Vague references are made to her in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), but the character was not fully realized until the prequel trilogy of films that were released between 1999 and 2005. Padmé Amidala was portrayed by actress Natalie Portman in the trilogy. An elaborate wardrobe was tailored for the character by costume designer Trisha Biggar.

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Natalie Portman responds to allegations on Black Swan

Natalie Portman responds to allegations on Black Swan

Suddenly everything is coming up Natalie Portman, who is. First, she won an Oscar for “Black Swan”. Then she teamed with Oscar-nominated and Oscar disastrous host James Franco in a bid to appear very strange, “Your Highness”. Note the last word in the title because this sword and sorcery film is very high on something other than a queen or princess.

Of course, the real meat of the matter Portman is the accusation against him by Sarah Lane. The advertising campaign and pushing for Portman Oscar, you will recall, was based largely on the fact that Portman has learned to dance ballet, so it is rarely needed to be doubled to end the illusion that she was a ballerina prima donna. The problem is that it is looking increasingly like that is less and less a reality. Shortly after Portman accepted her gold Oscar for Best Actress, Lane came forward to announce that it has up to 95% of dance credited Portman in “Black Swan”.

In the wake of “Your Highness” to be released in theaters, Portman has finally made a public comment on the controversy. The meat of the question, Portman has not directly responded to Lane’s remarks, but said she will always be the proud owner of the work she did in “Black Swan” without nasty gossip going around. In other words, Portman has failed to clarify the issue.

Another quote from “Your Highness” seems much more interesting compared to the whole controversy ballerina. Portman announced that it has been a big fan of stoner movies, including “Your Highness” is certainly one of the strangest representatives. But it’s not the interesting quote. What is interesting is Portman admitted to smoking marijuana at university, but assures her fans that she is too old and matronly to engage in such foolishness now.

Portman has until the controversial “Black Swan” dance managed to maintain a rather creaky clean, free from any form of intrusion of the ugly reality ala Mel Gibson. Thus, it seems rather strange that she choose this moment in time to announce it just sorta had acted a little less squeaky clean. Some Portman fan club members are probably surprised by this admission, while others are probably much more suspicious of the assertion that his days smoking weed are everywhere.

Certainly, assuming that you smoked marijuana in the university is not enough to get you busted ala Robert Mitchum these days and hardly fair with public collapses experienced by Gibson and, more recently, Charlie Sheen. But the fact remains that the controllers movie stars tend to derive their right to hair of their head to comments like those made by Portman.

Unless, of course, these observations were designed for the express purpose of taking attention away from Natalie’s company much more unpleasant to prove she was not involved in the bald face lied when she been on the press junket for “Black Swan” and investigators say it does much more than just 5% of the dance itself. At the very least, one would think that Portman degree in psychology would have been enough to alert her to the fact that Sarah Lane is a recognition of the daily demand for its efforts.

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‘No Strings’ attaches to top box-office spot

'No Strings' attaches to top box-office spot

Audiences weren’t afraid of committing to “No Strings Attached,” making it the No. 1 movie at the box office in its opening weekend. The romantic comedy from Paramount Pictures earned an estimated $20.3 million, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman star as friends who try to maintain a purely sexual relationship with each other, even as they find they’re falling in love. The strong supporting cast includes Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Lake Bell and Kevin Kline.

No Strings Attached is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. Written by Elizabeth Meriwether, the film is about two friends who decide to make a pact to have “no strings attached” casual sex without falling in love with each other. The film was released in the United States and Canada on January 21, 2011.

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The Social Network wins big at Golden Globes

The Social Network wins big at Golden Globes

The Facebook film takes home awards for best drama, director, score, and screenplay.

The Facebook tale “The Social Network” won top honors Sunday at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director, solidifying its prospects as an Academy Awards favorite.

Winning the dramatic lead-acting prizes were Colin Firth for the British monarchy saga “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman for the psychosexual thriller “Black Swan.”

Lead-acting honors for the Globes’ musical or comedy categories went to Annette Bening for the lesbian-family story “The Kids Are All Right” and Paul Giamatti for the curmudgeon tale “Barney’s Version.”

The boxing drama “The Fighter” earned both supporting actor Globes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

David Fincher, directing winner for “The Social Network,” said he thought it was strange when “The Social Network” script came to him, since he usually makes dark character studies about misanthropes or films about serial killers. His films include the murder tales “Seven” and “Zodiac.”

“I’m personally loath to acknowledge the kind of wonderful response this film has received for fear of becoming addicted to it, so suffice it to say, it’s been really nice,” said Fincher, whose film also won the Globes for screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and musical score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Sorkin, creator of TV’s “The West Wing,” had kind words for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network.”

“Mark Zuckerberg, if you’re watching, Rooney Mara makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie. She was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a great visionary and an incredible altruist,” Sorkin said.

The win by Portman for her role as a ballerina coming unhinged amid a production of “Swan Lake” sets her up for a two-woman showdown for best actress at the Feb, 27 Oscars with Bening, who won for her role as a stern lesbian mom in “The Kids Are All Right,” which also won for best musical or comedy film.

It’s familiar territory for Bening. She won the same prize at the Globes 11 years ago for “American Beauty” and went in as the best-actress favorite at the Oscars, where she lost to Globe dramatic actress winner Hilary Swank for “Boys Don’t Cry.”

Portman thanked the film’s choreographer, her fiance Benjamin Millepied, with whom she’s expecting a child. He also appears in the movie, and his character doesn’t want to sleep with hers. “He’s the best actor! It’s not true, he totally wants to sleep with me,” Portman said, giggling.

Related Link: The Social Network Full Production Notes

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