Here’s Your First Look at Natalie Portman as a Pop Star in ‘Vox Lux’

 

Word has come that Natalie Portman is playing a pop star, singing original songs by Sia, in a film premiering at the Venice Film Festival this year.

Von Lux follows Portman’s character as she survives a shooting and goes on to become an international sensation over the next 15 years. She’s joined in the cast by Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle and Stacy Martin.

It’s directed by Brady Corbet, who got his start as an actor before directing 2015’s The Childhood of A Leader, which won awards in Venice’s Horizons sidebar.

It does not yet have a theatrical distributor.

 

Courtesy Venice Film Festival

 

Natalie Portman Stars as Jackie Kennedy: 5 of the Actress’s Chicest Looks

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As Hollywood announces that Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy in a forthcoming biopic, we’re taking a look back at some of Portman’s best looks. Pairing one of Dior’s favorite fashion plates with an incredible style icon can only mean a stunner of a costume department.

Natalie Portman at the 2013 Guggenheim International Gala made possible by Dior

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Natalie Portman at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 2012

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Natalie Portman at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2013

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Natalie Portman at the 2013 Los Angeles Dance Project Benefit

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Natalie Portman at the Woodstock Film Festival & Cointreau Pre Awards Dinner 2014

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Who’s Your Best Dressed? Our Most Stylish Party Goers of the Week

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This week in parties, an Orange is the New Black star thinks black is actually the new black at the Alexander Wang X H&M launch, and Blake Lively properly shows off her baby bump with class. New York played host to a plethora of fabulous soirées with even more fabulous attendees. Which #stunning girl gets your vote as best dressed?

1. Natasha Lyonne at the Alexander Wang X H&M Launch in New YorkBilly-FarrellPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

2. Sara Sampaio at the Alexander Wang X H&M Launch in New YorkALEXANDER WANG x H&M Launch EventPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com 

3. Natalie Portman at Woodstock Film Festival & Cointreau Pre-Awards Dinner in New YorkBen-RosserPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

4. Cynthia Frank Hosting a Dinner with Elle Décor in New YorkELLE DECOR Dinner Hosted by CYNTHIA FRANKPhoto: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

5. TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann at & Other Stories Store Opening in New York& OTHER STORIES OPENS FIRST U.S. STOREPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

6. Katie Lee at T Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in New YorkBilly-Farrell-5Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

7. Blake Lively at God’s Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Hearts Awards in New YorkGODS LOVE WE DELIVER 2014 GOLDEN HEART AWARDS CELEBRATION HONORING LESLIE MOONVES, ANNA WINTOUR AND RICHARD E. FELDMANPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

8. Daria Strokous at God’s Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Heart Awards in New YorkGODS LOVE WE DELIVER 2014 GOLDEN HEART AWARDS CELEBRATION HONORING LESLIE MOONVES, ANNA WINTOUR AND RICHARD E. FELDMANPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

9. Jamie King at God’s Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Hearts Awards in New YorkGODS LOVE WE DELIVER 2014 GOLDEN HEART AWARDS CELEBRATION HONORING LESLIE MOONVES, ANNA WINTOUR AND RICHARD E. FELDMANPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

10. Halle Berry at God’s Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Hearts Awards in New YorkGODS LOVE WE DELIVER 2014 GOLDEN HEART AWARDS CELEBRATION HONORING LESLIE MOONVES, ANNA WINTOUR AND RICHARD E. FELDMANPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

Taking a Look Back at the Films of Darren Aronofsky on His 45th Birthday

Darren Aronofsky once said, “I’m Godless. I’ve had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking.” And in the church of cinema, for many, the 45-year-old director ranks high on the list of worship. As one of the most psychologically enticing and visually minded filmmakers working today, he creates haunting worlds full of desperate and passionate characters clinging to intangible ideals. As intelligent as he is artistic, Aronofsky’s films come alive through his wonderful knowledge of how to tell a story through dialogue and images, but also characterized by the his ear for music and the help of composer Clint Mansell.

And as today marks the 45th birthday of Aronofsky and his famous petit mustache, let’s take a look back on some of his best work with behind-the-scenes clips and favorites from his amazing soundtracks.

Behind the Scenes: Requiem for a Dream

Aronofsky’s nerve-wracking and chilling sophomore feature about the mutual existence of addiction and psychosis and how love crumbs in its wake. Brilliantly directed, shot, edited, acted, and scored, the film takes us through four leading characters as they fall prey to delusion and reckless desperation. With music that feeds its way through your veins, there are few films who possess such cohesion of sight and sound. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for her frightening performance as a amphetamine-addicted, lonely older women who becomes obsessed with the idea of appearing on a daytime talk show.

Soundtrack: Requiem for a Dream

Behind the Scenes: Black Swan

Aronofsky’s beautifully dark and sensual psycho-erotic horror thriller. Revolving around a production of Techaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the haunting doppleganger tale is told through a ballet dancer who loses her mind after gaining the lead role of the delicate White Swan. Aronfsky saw the film as a companion to The Wrestler, both surrounding demanding physical performances in various forms of art.  The film won Natalie Portman a Golden Globe and Academy Award with nominations for Best Director, Editing, Cinematography, and Best Picture.

Soundtrack: Black Swan

Behind the Scenes: The Wrestler

Aronofsky’s gritty and painful film of desperation and redemption. A deeply moving portrait of a man at his last end, the film tells the story of an aging wrestler attempting to cling to his past success and failing health while trying to mend a stain relationship with his daughter. Mickey Rourke took home a Golden Globe for his immersive performance as did Bruce Springsteen for his heartbreaking original song.

Soundtrack: The Wrestler

Behind the Scenes: The Fountain

Aronofsky’s romantic fantasy drama that serves as an amalgam of history, religion, and science fiction. Compromising of three story lines, we see the actors play different sets of characters entwined in themes of love and mortality. The visually stunning and hallucinatory film that spans over a thousand years won Clint Mansell a Golden Globe nomination for his stunning and encompassing score.

Soundtrack: The Fountain

Soundtrack: Pi

Aronofsky’s surrealist debut feature, the psychological black and white thriller first introduced him to audiences as visual and narrative force. Centering around a man whose obsessive pursuit of an idea leads him into a spiral of self-destructive behavior, paranoia carries the film as he searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. The film won Aronofsky a Gotham, Independent Spirit, and Sundance award.

Natalie Portman’s Stylist Kate Young Named Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylist

Remember when Oprah was removed from the daytime talk show category at the Emmy’s because she kept winning? That’s kind of like what has happened to Rachel Zoe and the various awards for celebrity stylists. After all, now that she’s a legitimate fashion designer, she has her eye on new prizes. As Zoe bows out as Hollywood’s top red carpet magic-marker, another must step in—but who? 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s Natalie Portman and Michelle Wiliams’ go-to, Kate Young. Although receiving the #1 spot on THR’s annual 25 Most Powerful Stylists list definitely means that the pressure is on for Young, we doubt she’ll fumble, given the top-notch choices she made for both Williams and Portman throughout awards season. 

As for the runners up on the list, the top four are Leslie Fremar (styles Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon), Petra Flannery (she styles Emma Stone and Zoe Saldana), Elizabeth Steward (she styles Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence), and Kemal Harris and Karla Wench, who styles Hailee Steinfeld.

See the First Official Still From Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’

Well, after To the Wonder premiered last month to a devise set of reviews—either raving that it was a symphonic ballet of emotion and beauty or a shallow and two-dimension story that looked stunning but lacked feeling—we’re all wondering just where the other features he’s been working on will fall on the Terrence Malick scale of greatness. And next up, before his Austin-set music film is Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett. And with the Cannes Film Festival kicking off today, foreign distributor’s will get their first taste of the film when FilmNation debuts footage at the festival. But for us, The Hollywood Reporter has now released the first time from the film—and it’s truly shocking.

I jest. No, the image features Bale and Portman in a wistful moment barefoot in shallow water, which, has certainly become typical Malick fare. But hey, I’m not complaining. Although little is known about the picture, the film is apparently about "celebrity, temptation, and excess," I’m sure with a dash of ethereal meditation of the divine presence of love and virtue. Currently in post-production, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O’Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman have all been featured in set photos yet will doubtfully all make the final cut. Lest we forget Michael Shannon spent a day grazing through wheat fields with Ben Affleck shooting To the Wonder.
 
Knight of Cups is said to be "more accessible" than the last, which doesn’t mean that it will be any better or worse or less beautiful but with To the Wonder as his most abstract poem of images yet, perhaps he felt the need to reign it in a little with this one. Either way, stay tuned for more news on the film as Cannes begins and more starts rolling in. 
 
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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ Looks Like The Scariest Thing Ever

Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón’s new sci-fi chiller, a follow-up to the ambitious dystopian fable Children of Men, stars Sandra Bullock. Also George Clooney, and some pretty special effects, but mostly Sandra Bullock. Apparently the role—which both Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman backed out of—involves floating in space alone for much of the film’s run time. Embrace your dread of the cosmic beyond with a heart-stopping new trailer below.

Perhaps since it’s such an unusual premise—no aliens, just astronauts dealing with the physics of the universe under exceedingly bad conditions—Warner Bros. has been a bit cagey about this film, which looked in danger of not getting made several times, moving the release from last fall to this October. But for all the rarified plot mechanics it promises, Gravity doesn’t look like it’s made for the academic. Just because the opening take is 17 minutes long doesn’t mean it won’t scare you silly with its balletic grace.  
 
 
An accident hundreds of miles above the planet, and the fight to survive thereafter. Could it be 2001: A Space Odyssey for the adrenaline junkie generation? Or just Open Water among the ring of debris orbiting earth? Either way, we’ve learned to trust Cuarón’s masterful instincts, wherever in the solar system they take us.

Without Warning, Lynne Ramsay Exits ‘Jane Got a Gun’ On the First Day of Production

Hey Lynne Ramsay, where’d you go? The acclaimed director of Ratcatcher and last year’s brutal drama We Need to Talk About Kevin has suddenly exited her latest project—dramatically. Jane Got a Gun, the story of a woman whose outlaw husband who turns to an ex-lover to help defend her husband and farm, was all ready to start rolling yesterday, with cast and crew down in Santa Fe, when Ramsay was nowhere to be found.

And Deadline has reported that the director has apparently taken her name off the project, and aside from recent cast changes, there seems to be no clear reason as to her motives. Michael Fassbinder was originally set to star in the film alongside Natalie Portman but was replaced by Joel Edgerton last week (after walking away from the project), with Jude Law rounding out the cast—but now it looks like the three will have to carry on without the Scottish filmmaker at the helm. And although she has made her swift and costly exit, this is not the end for the project.

Producer Scott Steindorff told Deadline that Ramsay has a pay or play deal and, "I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast…I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up. It is insane somebody would do this to other people. I feel more for the crew and their families, but we are keeping the show going on, directors are flying in, and a replacement is imminent."

So the next big question is who will replace Ramsay for the Brian Duffield-penned film? We’ll be keeping you updated on this one.

It’s Not a Country Western Dance Party Without Terrence Malick

Prior to this year Terrence Malick was notoriously one of the most enigmatic directors in Hollywood. And although still a mystery and total bizzaro genius, it feels as though we’re seeing more of him than ever. From his current film, To the Wonder, which looks to be released in the US this April, to whatever he’s doing with Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara, and that other thing with Christain Bale and Natalie Portman—or is that the same thing? Too confusing. Either way, the man is going non-stop. And now, he’s taking it to the dance floor! (Where else?) This clip may be brief but it is obviously integral to your day’s viewings. Also, check out this wonderful piece in which we find out that, "Malick is said to be such a fan of Zoolander, the 2001 send-up of the fashion world, that colleagues say he watches it regularly and likes to quote it. Ben Stiller, the star of the film, once dressed up in character and recorded him a special birthday video message." Good.