February 06, 2009   ||No CommentsFiled Under: Gallery Additions, Other Projects

While both actresses could likely command top dollar for an on-screen catfight, both Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman are lending their claws for the sake of high art. The stars, along with controversial film director Roman Polanski, have collaborated with Francesco Vezzoli, an Italian artist who specializes in faux advertising campaigns. This time around, Vezzoli is making commentary on dramatic fragrance ads that feature stylized short films with A-list actors and directors (like Nicole Kidman for Chanel and Charlize Theron for Dior.) Portman and Williams star in Greed, which tells the tale of a villainous blonde Williams coveting raven-haired Portman’s precious bottled scent, resulting in romp on a hotel suite floor. In released stills, we can see the Academy Award-winning Polanski directing Williams on a stealth entrance and Portman on the perfect angle at which to rip out the Brokeback Mountain star’s hair. The film, is supposed to be screened on February 6th at Rome’s Gagosian Galler. Reps for the gallery have been contacted to confirm that the stars and director will attend. Thanks to CeleBuzz for this info!

February 03, 2009   ||No CommentsFiled Under: News & Gossip

British actress Emma Watson looks up to Natalie Portman – because she managed to pursue a university education whilst starring in movies. The Harry Potter star is keen to gain a degree and has applied to a number of colleges, both in the U.K. and America, to start her studies this year, while continuing her role in the wizard film franchise. And the 18-year-old hopes to emulate Portman’s academic success – she achieved a degree in psychology at Harvard College while she was working on the Star Wars films. Watson tells Britain’s Daily Express, “I actually think going to university will make me a better actress. Look at Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep – they all educated themselves. It’s really important.” Streep won a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Drama at Vassar College, New York in 1971, while Foster earned a B.A. in literature and graduated from Yale University, Connecticut in 1985.

January 31, 2009   ||No CommentsFiled Under: Movie News

FirstShowing has word that The International director Tom Tykwer is adapting the David Mitchell novel titled Cloud Atlas for The Wachowski Brothers. Written in 2004, the novel went on to win the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award. The book is comprised of six seperate but loosely connected stories that take us from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to the far future after a nuclear apocalypse. Each tale is told from the point of view from the the main character in the next. It’s unclear if Tykwer is focusing on one, a couple or all of the stories. I cant imagine that a film adaptation would feature all six stories as the narrative would become too episodic. And each story is a vastly different genre than the next, spanning post-apocalyptic sci-fi to modern comedy. The author has said that the book’s theme is predacity — individuals prey on individuals, groups on groups, nations on nations. Funny thing, I received an email tip a few months ago that claimed that Natalie Portman was somehow involved in a big screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas, Read the rest of this entry »

January 28, 2009   ||No CommentsFiled Under: Alerts, News & Gossip

Former President Bill Clinton is bringing his Global Initiative University to the University of Texas next month. Clinton plus celebrities including Matthew McConaughey and Natalie Portman will convene nearly 1,000 college students, about 100 university presidents as well as nonprofit and youth leaders and social entrepreneurs to address global issues and brainstorm ways to make a difference. The three-day meeting, from Feb. 13-15, will be held at locations including the UT Alumni Center and Gregory Gym, the Austin Convention Center and Rosewood Park and Recreation Center. The first such event was last March at Tulane University.

January 25, 2009   ||No CommentsFiled Under: Gallery Additions, News & Gossip

Natalie Portman and a gal pal brave the rain as they take Nat’s dog for a walk in Los Angeles on January 23. Slate recently honored Natalie with a “Social Egalitarian Oscar” for attending one of the Barack Obama inauguration parties and not isolating herself in one of the designated VIP areas. “I assume it’s some of the celebrities themselves who demand protection from annoyingly non-famous invitees,” Slate says. “The system is to blame, I tell you.” Thanks to JustJared for this info!