Posts Tagged Natalie Portman

PETA Features Vegetarian/Vegan Celebs on Stamps


–PETA has launched a limited-edition sheet of U.S. postage PhotoStampsTM featuring famous vegetarians throughout history.

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Stella McCartney: “[Vegetarianism is] a philosophy of how you conduct your life and time on the planet. … One of the things I was taught growing up was, ‘Do unto others as you would have done to yourself.’”

Sarah Silverman: “When I was 9 or 10 years old, my dad took me over to a neighboring farm to help get stuff for the meal. The farmer, Vic, told me to look at all the turkeys and pick one out. I saw a cute one with a silly walk and cried, ‘Him!’ Before my pointing finger had even dropped to my side, Vic had grabbed the turkey by the neck and slit [the animal’s] throat. Blood and feathers went flying. I had sentenced that turkey to death! Up until then, I didn’t know where meat came from—and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.”

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Bob Barker: “The answer to enjoying life is nutrition. I recommend that you become a vegetarian and exercise if you want to enjoy the golden years. … I became a vegetarian about 25 years ago, and I did it out of concern for animals. But I immediately began having more energy and feeling better.”

Edie Falco: “Once you’ve seen [the undercover factory-farming footage], you can’t pretend you didn’t. It’s over. The stamp is in my brain, and the idea that we commit such atrocities against animals—it will be our fatal flaw as humans, I think, to not bring the situation to light and stop it.”


Natalie Portman: “Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”


Sir Paul McCartney: “If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”


Morrissey: “I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There’s no difference.” Morrissey’s stringent views on vegetarianism inspired his album with The Smiths’ titled Meat is Murder.




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Natalie Portman on Marie Claire NOVEMBER cover


the Jewish thing

She gets offered a lot of Jewish roles even though Scarlett Johansson’s also Jewish: “every Jewish role comes to me. I look more Jewish than Scarlett [Johansson].”


“I don’t like confrontation, but I’m probably less afraid of it now. I wouldn’t say I’m confrontational. But I say my opinion. I realize how much my non-confrontation was about trying to have everyone like me.”


Natalie stars in the upcoming Thor sequel

She has great parents.

“They made me feel that they would drop anything at any time to help me. I never felt like there was anything more important than me. Which I know can probably create an assh*le, too. It gives you a deep sense of security and safety to feel that your parents will love you no matter what.”

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Feminist artists speaking OUT — Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry and Natalie Portman

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Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry wrote a column in the Guardian about online misogyny. She spoke about the ease in which people feel it’s okay to write messages calling her a slut, threatening to rape her and pick her appearance and intelligence apart due to her gender.

In the piece she states:

“I should note here that I have never said that men – in the public eye or otherwise – do not receive such comments. I can, however, only speak of what I know, which is that the number of offensive messages directed towards me, “the girl singer,” compared to my bandmates is undeniably higher. I should also clarify that this has nothing to do with hating men, as some have suggested. I identify as a feminist but subscribe to the pretty basic definition of a feminist as “someone who seeks equality between the sexes”. I am now, and have always been, in bands with smart, supportive guys, and have many amazing men in my life as family and friends. For that I am incredibly grateful.

“Of my numerous personal failings (perpetual lateness; a tendency towards anxiety; a complete inability to bake anything, ever), naivety is not one. I am often cynical about aspects of the music industry and the media, and was sure from the off that this band would need to avoid doing certain things in order for us to be taken seriously as musicians – myself in particular. We have thus far been lucky enough to do things our own way and make a pretty decent job of our band without conforming to the “push the girl to the front” blueprint often relied upon by labels and management in a tragic attempt to sell records which has little to do with the music itself.”


super-feminist Natalie Portman spoke about feminism with Thor co-star Tom Hiddleston for the November issue of ELLE UK:

“I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathise with.”

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Entertainment News: books to film


Casting for The Fault in Our Stars

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Shailene Woodley stars as Hazel Grace while Ansel Elgort plays Augustus Waters. Laura Dern will play Hazel Grace’s mom.

The Fault in Our Stars focuses on two cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.

Filming begins next month in Pittsburgh and is slated for a 2015 theatrical release.

The film will be scored by Bright Eyes members Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott.

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Gone Girl Casting


This book was a tough one with very unsympathetic, unlikeable characters particularly Amy Dunne. She will be played by Rosamund Pike [Jack Reacher]. Ben Affleck will play Nick. David Fincher directs, author Gillian Flynn adapted the screenplay and Reese Witherspoon will produce the adaptation.

A Tale of Love and Darkness– Amos Oz memoir


Natalie Portman received a grant from the Jerusalem Film Fund to write, direct and star in an adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Oz’s memoir takes place in the 1940s and 1950s in war torn Jerusalem.

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HAPPY WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY: Celebrity Vegans and Vegetarians [a select list]

Alanis Morissette

Alan Cumming

Alicia Silverstone, vegan

Alison Lohman

Amber Valletta

Angela Bassett

Anna Paquin

Anne Hathaway

Rosario Dawson

Betty White

Bryce Dallas Howard, vegan


Carrie Underwood, vegan

Casey Affleck, vegan

Christian Bale

Sarah Cracknell (St Etienne)

David Duchovny

Kate Moss

Chris Walla, guitarist, Death Cab for Cutie

Daman Albarn

Christina Applegate

Daryl Hannah, vegan

Tobey Maguire, vegan

Natalie Portman, vegan

Dianna Agron

Olivia Wilde, vegan

Conor Oberst (Bright eyes)

Phylicia Rashad

Jared Leto, vegan

Mayim Bialik, vegan

Usher, vegan

Morrissey, vegan

Fran Drescher, vegan

Eddie Vedder

Erykah Badu, vegan

Ellen DeGeneres, vegan

Julianna Margulies

Kal Penn

Fiona Apple, vegan

Gillian Anderson

Kevin Nealon, vegan

Emily Deschanel, vegan

Michelle Pfieffer, vegan

Woody Harrelson, vegan

Michael Imperioli, vegan

Moby, vegan

Jessica Chastain, vegan

Johnny Marr, guitarist, vegan

Juliana Hatfield, vegan

Kristen Bell, vegan

Lisa Edelstein, vegan

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CELEBS: Natalie Portman carries “book-bag” to BLACK SWAN screening

here are the Olympia Le-Tan book-bags

The Harvard graduate is carrying a Lolita book-bag. Her role in Beautiful Girls, where her character flirted with an older Timothy Hutton, was Lolita-esque.

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film review: The Other Boleyn Girl

She’s educated and for what? So she may be traded like cattle for the advancement and amusement of men?–Lady Elizabeth Boleyn

At its core, The Other Boleyn Girl is about sibling rivalry. Two beautiful sisters who have been very loyal confidantes find themselves vying for the King of England’s affections. Fascinating in its details. Everyone knows how the story ends: the beheading of Anne Boleyn. The Boleyn family is very ambitious. The father and uncle are members of the court and want much more power and have a plan in mind. When Queen Katharine continues to have trouble providing the King with a male heir, they see this as their time to swoop in. As Mary is already married, Anne is introduced to the King but an accident while fox hunting, quickly derails that plan. The King takes notice of Mary and requests that she be called to court to be in service to the Queen. Mary is reluctant to go. She had planned on a quiet life in the country with her husband. Anne is mad and jealous. Mary wants love and Anne wants power. Mary is charmed and seduced by the King enough that she falls in love with him. He tires of her of course as he bounces from woman to woman and after she gives birth to a son, he has already moved on to her sister Anne, who has just returned from France and the Queen’s court there. She is a completely new person, having learned a thing or two from the French and the King takes notice and is genuinely smitten by her.

The film adaptation works beautifully but is sometimes a bit too staid and should either be more serious or campier. Philippa Gregory’s novel certainly has its over-the-top moments. It’s a long, detailed historical novel. At some points The Other Boleyn Girl becomes a real life harlequin romance novel—the initial sex scenes between Mary [Scarlett Johansson] and King Henry VIII [Eric Bana] and then when Henry confronts Anne [Natalie Portman] after she has rejected his numerous gifts, is smoldering. There’s palpable chemistry between Portman and Bana.

While I cannot imagine any other actors in the roles of Anne and Mary Boleyn at this time, are there no British women to play the leads? Two American women [Johansson and Portman] and an Australian man [the sumptuous Bana] have the leading roles in The Other Boleyn Girl. BBC Films is part of the production of the film directed by a Brit, based on a novel by a Brit, and with Brits comprising the supporting cast. So that’s curious.

This is a layered role for Scarlett and her films with Woody Allen [Match Point] surely have prepped her for this challenge because The Other Boleyn Girl certainly has more scope than The Nanny Diaries. Mary is light and the honesty and innocence of her character remain constant in Scarlett’s beautiful, glowing visage. Anne is darker and has mysterious motives for which Natalie possesses the range: the scheming, the jealousy, the confidence, the charms, the madness, the desperation. It’s quite the juicy role and if you liked her performance in Closer, you will enjoy this as well. Kristin Scott Thomas is bold and admirable as Lady Elizabeth Boleyn. Jim Sturgess [Across the Universe] plays it sweet and comforting as the girls devoted brother. After directing Bleak House for Masterpiece Theatre, Justin Chadwick deftly contrasts intimacy and pomp to showcase the Tudor era—several years are covered in two hours. And while a bit choppy, it never jars. There’s a lot of material to get through. The sets and costuming are ornate, colorful and detailed just like everything in the Tudor era. It is much better than Showtime’s The Tudors which I find excruciatingly dull with little charisma. Bana has the chops to play a King. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, not so much. Bana broods, rants and can steam up the screen if need be. Remember how good his was in Munich?

The Other Boleyn Girl is a must-see for anyone who loves a juicy based-in-fact story. Yes, I know that it’s not completely accurate but who cares? The main facts are in there. There’s sex, intrigue, and beheadings. And if Scarlett, Natalie and Eric don’t do it for you, there are exquisite gowns in vivid colors. And plenty of horses.


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