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!

January 22, 2009   ||No CommentsFiled Under: Gallery Additions, Movie News

Natalie Portman (in Citizens of Humanity Straight Leg jeans) shot new scenes for her upcoming movie 17 Photos of Isabel aka Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, in downtown Manhattan back in December 2008. The 27-year-old actress plays the protagonist in the film and is filling in for Jennifer Lopez, who abruptly left the project. The movie, which is a Don Roos-directed adaptation of an Ayelet Waldman novel, is about a young woman who finds the key to recovering her marriage in her relationship with her precocious stepson. Also pictured: Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow, Scott Cohen and Charlie Tahan (the boy). Thanks to JustJared for this info!