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Photos: “Queen & Slim” Premiere at AFI Fest + SAP Select Berlin

Photos: “Queen & Slim” Premiere at AFI Fest + SAP Select Berlin

Last night Natalie attended the premiere of “Queen & Slim” at AFI Fest. Photos from the premiere, as well as photos of her recently speaking at the SAP Select event in Berlin have been added to the gallery.

Press: Natalie Portman Weighs in on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’s’ Possible Breast Cancer Storyline

Press: Natalie Portman Weighs in on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’s’ Possible Breast Cancer Storyline

Natalie Portman doesn’t know if “Thor: Love and Thunder” will include a breast cancer storyline for her character Jane Foster, but she’s definitely intrigued by the possibility.

“It’s just very rare that these kinds of big entertainment films look at more serious, real-life issues,” she told Variety at L.A. Dance Project’s 8th annual fundraising gala at downtown gallery space Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel on Saturday night. “I really don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen anything, but I’ve heard the same rumors as you have, and it’s exciting to think about.”

Portman is set to reprise her MCU role in the fourth installment of the superhero franchise, in which Jane becomes Thor. Director Taika Waititi first told Variety’s Marc Malkin earlier this month that the movie could include the cancer storyline, which appears in the “Thor” comics.

“I think that’s a really powerful part of the books. I think it’s really cool that she’s fighting this thing and there’s two battles going on. Personally I really love that storyline,” he said. “But whether it ends up in the film is yet to be seen.”

Meanwhile, Portman gushed over Brie Larson’s work in the standalone “Captain Marvel” movie. Although she was unable to attend the dance gala, Larson was a co-chair of the evening.

“I was actually really inspired by her training for ‘Captain Marvel,’” she said. “It was so incredible what she was able to do.”

The big picture behind these future blockbusters — an opportunity to make the Marvel world less male-dominated — isn’t lost on Portman.

“It’s pretty awesome, and I’m grateful to be around someone inspiring like her,” she said of Larson. Portman hopes they might spend more time together in the future, specifically on the set of “Captain Marvel 2” or “Thor 4: Love and Thunder.”

“I love the cross-pollination of all the [Marvel] movies,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons it becomes so powerful: All of the supporting players in each movie — you’ve seen movies where they’re the leading players. So you really relate to all of the characters in such a deep way.”

Source: Variety

Press: Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Will ‘Support’ Kids If They’re Interested in Show Business

Press: Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Will ‘Support’ Kids If They’re Interested in Show Business

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied will back their children no matter what career they choose.

“They’ll do whatever they want,” the choreographer, 42, told Us Weekly exclusively at the L.A. Dance Project Gala on Saturday, October 19. “I’m always there to support them and guide them with all the experience that I have now without being [pushy]. I didn’t have a pushy mother as a dancer, and I would be the same. Hopefully, [I’ll] give them the best foundation to succeed, to be happy.”

The actress, 38, who shares Aleph, 8, and Amalia, 2, with the dancer, went on to tell Us, “I feel so lucky that [Benjamin and I] … found our passions so young. That’s the best thing that you could hope, is for any child to have a passion for something and know it and be able to follow it so clearly. I think that’s a dream.”

She and Millepied tied the knot in 2012, one year after welcoming their son. When it comes to keeping the romance alive in their relationship while balancing two kids and successful careers, Portman admitted that carving out time can be “challenging.”

“Sometimes it doesn’t happen,” the Oscar winner told Us. “Sometimes you go weeks without having that time together. Sometimes you’re able to find the extra time and it’s a battle. I need tips on it as well. It’s something that everyone who’s in that cross-section of work and life understands. There’s no easy solution!”

When all four family members are together, Portman told Us exclusively in June 2018 that mealtimes are sometimes complicated since she’s vegan and her husband is not.
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“My son has asked [Benjamin], ‘Why do you eat that and mommy doesn’t?’” the No Strings Attached star explained at the time. “And I talked to him about it. I think it’s very natural for children to relate to that stuff […] We tend to eat vegan and vegetarian food in the house [because I] make one thing that everyone eats for dinner. It becomes, like, normal stuff that kids get used to.”

Source: US Weekly

Press: Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied Help Raise Over $1 Million For L.A. Dance Project

Press: Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied Help Raise Over $1 Million For L.A. Dance Project

Natalie Portman may be joining Chris Hemsworth in Marvel’s “Thor 4: Love and Thunder,” but as the petite, Dior-clad actress struck a range of poses on the carpet inside downtown Los Angeles gallery space Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel on Saturday night, it was impossible to imagine her wielding an enormous hammer. But then, the Oscar winner has made a career out of surprising cinematic transformations — Jackie O, anyone?

Portman, she served as co-chair of L.A. Dance Project’s eighth annual gala, wasn’t focused on embodying the female Thor. Instead, she wanted to shine a spotlight on the work of her husband. Benjamin Millepied, who founded LADP. “I’m so proud of him for realizing his dream,” she told Variety. And Millepied dreamed big: “You know, I remember eight years ago he was saying, ‘I want to have a dance company in L.A., I want to have our own space and I want to have like 15 dancers.’ And now we’re here and he did all of those things.”

Did Portman respond like a supportive spouse or give her husband a reality check at the time? “Well, I believe in him, and I believe in dreams, and it’s a beautiful dream,” she said with a smile, perhaps proving that opposites — pragmatists and dreamers, in this case — really do attract. “I also understand how challenging it is to finance in this hyper-capitalist life,” Portman added. “It’s hard to create new arts institutions in any town. And in this day and age, especially with an art like dance, which is not easily commodified. You can buy a painting or buy a recording of music but you can’t take a dance home with you. There’s no way to sell it in a flashy way.”

That may be true, but this lavish soiree in the center of the thriving Arts District seemed like the epitome of flash. The evening kicked off with alfresco toasts of Dom served in a courtyard, ended with a locally sourced seated dinner and in between guests shuffled into a studio space for intimate musical (composer Nicholas Britell played his scores for “Moonlight” and “Succession” ) and dance performances. The latter featured resident artists and the LADP company but students from the Gabriella Foundation — a charter school for girls from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods that incorporates dance into its curriculum — proved to be an emotional highlight for the audience.

Not surprisingly, the benefit attracted a diverse array of luminaries including Andie MacDowell, LL Cool J and Lawrence Bender, and over $1 million had been raised for the dance company by the end of the night.

“I started out as a ballet dancer, then became an actor, then became a movie producer,” Bender told Variety. “I love Benjamin’s choreography and his style and I want to support him. [Modern] dance is an important part of a thriving city for someone who loves the arts.”

Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins shared a different perspective on Los Angeles. “I think this is a very strange city” he told Variety. “The more ways we can interpret the culture of the city, the spirit of the city, the better. Dance is a very rich form, so it’s a match made in heaven.”

Jenkins is not just a fan of the form — there’s a move tie-in, too: “I’m going to do Alvin Ailey with Fox Searchlight, so my life and dance is starting to merge.” The project is still a work-in-progress at this point. “It’s not quite a biopic but maybe it’s a biopic,” said Jenkins. “I still haven’t figured it out myself.”

Just as one director is getting into dance, Millepied is about to make his directorial debut (a modern-day reimagining of “Carmen” that begins shooting in January) now that LADP’s foundation seems solid.

“I’m particularly proud of this year,” he said. “To see the growing community that’s supporting the company, the fact that we now have a space and perform regularly, and people are actually showing up and enjoying the art we create is really rewarding. We also travel internationally. I feel like after eight years, we are getting places.”

Source: Variety

Press: Natalie Portman Weighs in on Scorsese Marvel Comments: “There’s Room for All Types of Cinema”

Press: Natalie Portman Weighs in on Scorsese Marvel Comments: “There’s Room for All Types of Cinema”

The actress and Los Angeles Dance Project co-chair will return to the MCU and reprise her role as Jane Foster in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder.’

Natalie Portman now joins a group of fellow directors and actors giving their two cents about Martin Scorsese’s controversial statements about Marvel movies.

“I think there’s room for all types of cinema,” she told The Hollywood Reporter at the 6th annual Los Angeles Dance Project Gala on Saturday at downtown Los Angeles’ Hauser & Wirth. “There’s not one way to make art.”

The actress and LADP co-chair arrived alongside LADP founder and husband Benjamin Millepied. Portman is set to reprise her role as Jane Foster when she returns to the MCU in 2021 for Thor: Love and Thunder.

She defended the comic book adaptations, asserting that the pics allow viewers a form of escape from their day-to-day lives.

“I think that Marvel films are so popular because they’re really entertaining and people desire entertainment when they have their special time after work, after dealing with their hardships in real life,” said Portman.

Earlier in the month, Scorsese spoke with Empire about his views towards the Marvel movies, expressing that he regards them as “not cinema” and likens them to “theme parks.”

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” the filmmaker told the magazine. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Since his initial remarks, Scorsese doubled down on his comments at the BFI London Film Festival. Ahead of a screening for his Netflix film The Irishman, the Oscar-winning helmer repeated the “theme parks” analogy.

“Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good, but don’t invade everything else in that sense,” he said. “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.”

Other stars and directors who have responded to Scorsese’s statements include Karen Gillan, James Gunn, Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter