New York City Ballet announced today that its 2012 Spring Gala on Thursday, May 10 will feature two World Premiere ballets, one by NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to a score by the French composer Marc-André Dalbavie; and one by French-born choreographer and former NYCB Principal Dancer Benjamin Millepied to a commissioned score by Nico Muhly.
Natalie will serve as the Honorary Chairman for the gala evening, with Emily and Len Blavatnik, Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg, and Marie-Nugent Head and James C. Marlas as the gala’s Chairmen. The entire evening, which will take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, is sponsored by Christian Dior and Swarovski.
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Natalie will be presenting at the 84th Academy Awards, Oscar show producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced on Thursday. The winners of last year’s Academy Awards in the best performance category will present this year’s winners. Last year’s lead-acting prize went to Natalie for “Black Swan” and Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech.” Hollywood’s biggest night is this Sunday, February 26 live from the Kodak Theatre!
Natalie attended the Rodarte fashion presentation during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday (February 14) at Center 548 in New York City. She was seen catching up with Dakota Fanning in the front row.
Natalie is a huge fan of the Mulleavy sisters’ designs and has worn dresses from their collection to the Academy Awards, premieres, and other celebrations. She also wore their custom made costumes for her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan.
Deadline exclusively confirms that Natalie has committed to her first two movie roles since winning the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan and taking maternity leave. Natalie is joining the casts of the Terrence Malick films Knight Of The Cups, and Lawless. Portman will join Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas in Knight of the Cups, which shoots this summer. She will follow by starring with Ryan Gosling, Bale, Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett in Lawless, the film Malick shoots in the fall. It will be Natalie’s first time working with Malick, whose The Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.
ABC gave the go-ahead on Monday to adapt Scruples, the 1978 novel by Judith Krantz, into a possible drama series.
The author’s son, Tony — a former CAA agent turned successful producer and director – will shepherd the pilot with Natalie Portman, who will also serve as an executive producer on the project. This is the actress’ first attempt at producing a series.
The book was a bestseller and follows the life of Wilhelmina Hunnewell Winthrop, aka Billy, a previously plump woman who loses weight, becomes fabulously cool, and survives a very rich (and very old) first husband. She ends up opening up a Beverly Hills clothing boutique called “Scruples.”
The script is from Bob Brush and Mel Harris and will be produced through Warner Bros. TV, which has the rights to Scruples after making the 1980 miniseries that starred Lindsay Wagner.
Becoming an increasingly well-known name both in the UK and across the Atlantic, Tom Hiddleston will soon be returning to the big screen to reprise his role as Loki from Thor in Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Avengers. Hiddleston has been speaking to the Belfast Telegraph and has said that the sequel to last year’s Thor will be going before cameras a little earlier than expected, and will start shooting this spring rather than the summer.
Just after Christmas, we heard that Marvel had finally found its director in Alan Taylor, best known for his work handling directing duties on Game of Thrones, and it looks like they’ll be ready to press on with the film very soon.
There is a Thor 2. It’s been green-lit, and I think it will start shooting in London in the spring. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are coming back. I haven’t seen the script. This is where I feel the Marvel snipers are waiting and watching across the street…
Excellent news. Though the search for the director has been a complicated one, with Patty Jenkins exiting from the job over creative differences late last year, the project is clearly well underway with Taylor now on board, and it sounds like things should be starting up in the UK very soon. If you’re living in London, keep your eyes peeled for catching Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, or Tom Hiddleston walking down the street. You’ll be able to spot Hemsworth especially on account of the awesome hammer he’ll be wielding.