After taking some much-deserved time off following her Best Actress Oscar win for Black Swan and the birth of her child, Natalie is beginning to line up a slate of upcoming projects. She’s set to star in two new Terrence Malick films and she’ll return for Thor 2, and now she’s attached herself to star in and produce a wildly interesting project called Jane Got a Gun. Natalie will play a woman whose outlaw husband returns home to the farm with eight bullets in him, and barely alive. To save her farm and her children, Jane must reach out to an ex-lover she hasn’t seen in years, so that she is ready when her husband’s gang tracks him there. They want to finish him off.
Natalie visited the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House on Friday (May 4) in Hackensack, New Jersey. She was joined by Audrey’s son Sean Ferrer for the event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the location’s opening. Natalie serves as an honorary godmother and an advisory board member for the charity, which helps abused and neglected children.
When Bart’s love life heats up again on The Simpsons, it will involve an old flame or two. Actually, make that five. Not only will Zooey Deschanel guest-star on the animated comedy by reprising her role as Mary Spuckler — that adorable hillbilly daughter of Cleetus whom Bart nearly married in season 19 — four other former girlfriends, voiced by Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Sarah Silverman, make cameos in the same episode.
Early in the episode, ex-girlfriends from the last decade such as Gina (Gellar, season 15), Darcy (Portman, season 18), Jenny (Hathaway, season 20), and Nikki (Silverman, season 21) pop up briefly. But when Bart learns that Mary has relocated to New York, he decides that she’s the one that got away and embarks on a mission to track her down.
The episode is scheduled to air on Fox in the fall as part of the show’s 24th season, which will also feature vocal contributions from Steve Carell, Jennifer Tilly, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein.
Natalie took the stage in Washington, D.C. to speak during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2012 Elie Wiesel National Tribute Dinner. The actress showed support for her Jewish faith by stepping up to the podium to honour this year’s tribute recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi, praising the non-violent activist’s work to rescue Burmese refugees. Natalie also addressed the need to continue educating younger generations of the genocide in an effort to stomp out hate across the world.
Having already teamed up last year on a Free the Children project, Natalie is back for an encore — this time as an ambassador for the charity.
“As a mother and the organization’s newest ambassador, I am grateful to Free the Children for giving me the opportunity to channel my passion and love of children into meaningful action that furthers the education and leadership of young women for years to come,” Natalie said in a statement. “I hope others join me in supporting this important cause.”
It was also announced that Natalie has partnered with Dior — she’s currently the face of the brand’s Miss Dior Cherie fragrance campaign — with proceeds from the sale of the company’s newest Rouge Dior lipstick to go to Free the Children in support of its Scholarships for Girls’ Secondary Education in Kenya program.