Natalie Portman (born Natalie Hershlag, 9.6.1981) Natalie Portman is an Israeli - American actress, who first came into the public eye with her role as a child actress in Léon.
Childhood: Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Avner Hershlag, her Israeli father, is a doctor and her American mother, Shelley Stevens, is now Natalie's agent.
When Natalie was three years old, the family moved to the United States, from Israel and her father continued his medical training there. Whilst the family resided in Washington, D.C., Natalie attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. However, the family relocated briefly to Connecticut and then settles in Long Island, New York when their daughter was nine.
Natalie Portman famously missed the premiere showing of Star Wars: Episode I in order to study for her exams, to graduate from Syosset High School. She later studied at Harvard College and graduated with a psychology degree.
Acting Career: Natalie Portman took up dance classes aged four years old. When she was 10, she was invited to become a child model, by an agent of Revlon. However, Natalie turned down the offer because she wanted to concentrate on dancing and acting.
At the age of 13, Natalie Portman auditioned for the role of the young girl in Léon and got the role, starring in the film alongside Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.
Amongst her smaller roles of the 1990s, Natalie Portman appeared in Everyone Says I Love You, Mars Attacks! and Heat. The producers of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet turned her down for the role of Juliet, arguing that she was too young.
Portman starred as Anne Frank in the Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank in 1997. In 1999, she also appeared in Anywhere But Here. She initially turned down the offer of the role, as the script contained a sex scene for her character Ann August. However, Susan Sarandon demanded a re-write of the script. Portman was eventually nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film.
Natalie Portman's biggest break came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Following on from this, she starred in the romantic drama Where The Heart Is, before continuing her education at Harvard University. The filming of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones took place in Portman's summer holiday in 2000. The next year, she starred alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a New York City Public Theatre production of Chekhov's The Seagull.
In 2004, Natalie Portman featured in Garden State, opposite Zach Braff, who is famous for his role in the sitcom Scrubs. She also appeared in another independent film, Closer, which won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as well as an Oscar nomination for the same title.
The final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005. Natalie Portman attended the premieres for the film with a shaved head. She had had to shave her hair off for her role in the adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.
In 2005, Milos Forman cast Natalie Portman in Goya's Ghosts without having seen her work, on the basis that she looked like a Goya painting. The next year, she portrayed Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl, alongside Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson.
In 2007, Natalie Portman could be seen in the children's movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, opposite Robin Williams.
Natalie Portman lent her voice to the character of Darcy, Bart Simpson's first girlfriend, in the 18th series of The Simpsons.
Portman's first nude scene came when she starred in Wes Anderson's Hotel Chevalier, alongside Jason Schwartzman.
Personal Life: Natalie Portman has been romantically linked with a number of male actors, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Gael Garcia Bernal and the musician Adam Levine. She also started dating Devendra Banhart after appearing in the video for 'Carmencita.'
The movie, shot at Austin City Limits, will make an impact at the city's other big event.
The new music drama from Terrence Malick, 'Song To Song' starring Michael Fassbender, is set to premiere on the opening night of the 2017 SXSW Festival this weekend, celebrating the Austin music aesthetic that the movie is all about and setting the course for a phenomenal event.
Austin, Texas is one of the greatest cities for music in the world, playing host to two major music festivals each year; SXSW and Austin City Limits. It so happens that filmmaker Terrence Malick shot his latest movie 'Song To Song' at the latter in 2012, and they are bringing it back to Austin with a screening at the 24th edition of SXSW today (March 10th 2017).
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Terrence Malick is set to release his latest movie 'Song to Song'; a musical drama that was partially shot at Austin City Limits musical festival back in 2012. Producers Sarah Green and Ken Kao, music supervisor Lauren Marie Mikus, Cole Alexander from Black Lips, singer-songwriter Lykke Li, and stars Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender open up about getting to work on extraordinary film at an even more extraordinary festival in a short featurette.
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The actress was paid three times less than Ashton Kutcher.
Natalie Portman might be one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but even she's been victim of sexism in her 23 year career. The 'Jackie' star has revealed that her co-star on 'No Strings Attached', Ashton Kutcher, was paid a lot more than her for the same job.
Natalie Portman wasn't paid as much as Ashton Kutcher
The actress revealed the news in an interview recently, but admitted that while it is true she was paid less, it's not something she feels comfortable complaining about when the figure was still a lot higher than most people's. Plus, given how much Ashton was paid in the past, he was in some way worth a lot more at the time.
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Movie reviewer Rich Cline lists his top films of 2016
While several franchise films took a tumble this year, there were plenty of great movies that showed true originality, from big blockbusters and foreign award-winners to micro-indies and inventive docs...
10. Rogue One - The first spin-off Star Wars story is refreshingly grown-up, unafraid to take some very bold plot turns as it generates big thrills from its war-movie action and intricate characters.
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For Natalie Portman's foray into directing, she's decided to turn Amos Oz's autobiographic book A Tale of Love and Darkness into a movie. The novel released in 2004 is Israel's the best selling novel of all time. Like (the original version of) the book Portman decided that for the film version of the story to work, she had to keep the script in Hebrew.
As well as directing, Natalie also plays the role of Fania Mussman Klausner, Amos' mother, though the actress and director (who has born in Jerusalem) could already speak Hebrew, she took great care to master the language. Speaking about why she chose this novel, she said the choice was very easy as she always felt a connection to the story: "The book is really moving and beautifully written and so many of the stories sounded familiar. I had heard many stories about my grandparents and their relationship to books and learning and to language and to Europe and Israel - it felt familiar and something I was interested in exploring."
The story is based on Amos' life as a youngster from 1945 and follows him - and his family - into adulthood. Producer Ram Bergman best explains the film as such: "It's a love story for a language and a country and the people, and of course, for his mother."
With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp the genre in intriguing ways. The first-rate cast adds plenty of depth to the usual roles, including a strong female point-of-view from Natalie Portman, who also produced the film. But some rather simplistic thematic touches undermine the originality, and the film never quite cracks through the surface to become something meaningful.
It's set in 1871 New Mexico, where Jane (Portman) lives on a hidden ranch with her outlaw husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) and their young daughter. But Bill's been badly injured, and the notorious scoundrel Bishop (Ewan McGregor) has vowed to track him down. For help Jane turns to her ex-fiance Dan (Joel Edgerton), an angry gunslinger who has never got over being abandoned by Jane all those years ago. He agrees to help her, and of course Bill isn't too happy about this, but he's too injured to protest. And Jane is so fiercely independent that she refuses to let her history with these two men define her future.
The premise is packed with all kinds of intriguing layers, but the script continually over-explains everything with a series of flashbacks to Jane's earlier encounters with Dan, Bishop, Bishop's hotheaded brother (Boyd Holbrook) and a particularly brutal desperado (Rodrigo Santoro). Not one of these people has even a hint of morality about them, which gives the actors a chance to inject a lot of complex texture into their performances. These are tough-minded men who never stop to think about the rule of law. And Portman's Jane is steelier than all of them, a woman who makes her own hard decisions in a place that doesn't let anyone off easily. Portman is terrific in the role, even if director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) undermines her with his rather straightforward approach. Even so, her scenes with Edgerton and McGregor crackle with subtext.
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Here’s what you need to know about Natalie Portman’s new film, ‘Jane Got A Gun’.
Natalie Portman is taking on a whole new genre with her latest film, Jane Got a Gun. The trailer for the upcoming movie was released earlier this week and it bears all the hallmarks of an epic Western including gun slinging, shoot outs and a torrid but ultimately ill-fated romance.
Natalie Portman at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May 2015.
Natalie Portman is to play Jackie Kennedy.
Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is to play Jackie Kennedy in Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming movie about the aftermath of the JFK assassination. Aronofsky will produce 'Jackie', whoile the Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain will direct.
Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy in a movie produced by Darren Aronofsky
The film is being pitched to investors at the Cannes Film Festival and is unlikely to be ignored with Portman attached. Her last collaboration with Aronofsky - Black Swan - won Portman the Oscar for Best Actress.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A trade dispute on the planet Naboo has led to a full-scale invasion of the planet. Two members of the of the honourable Jedi Order, Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) travel to the Trade Federation flagship to negotiate an end to the blockade. While they are there, however, they uncover a secret invasion of the entire planet which threatens to endanger millions of lives. Their quest to save the planet and keep the peace will lead them to a young boy with incredible potential. And the fate of the entire galaxy will be thrown into danger.
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After five long years, the Clone Wars are still raging across the galaxy. Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), the Separatist leader and his minion, General Grievous, have captured the Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) are tasked with his rescue. Once the chancellor is saved and Dooku is defeated, the location of General Grievous is discovered. If the Jedi can send a strike force to capture or kill Grievous, then they will be able to end the war entirely. But there is a darkness growing within Anakin, and the Jedi Order are slowly starting to become aware of it. But as the power of the Chancellor continues to grow, and his hold over Anakin grows too, leading to a revelation which will forever change the galaxy, and lead to a greater, more destructive war.
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Date of birth
9th June, 1981
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