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Check out Natalie Portman's original audition tape for Luc Besson's "Leon: The Professional." In the video, an 11-year-old Portman reads a number of the lines that she would eventually say in the 1994 film as Mathilda, the pre-teen taken in by assassin Leon (Jean Reno) after the murder of her family in a police raid. Watch below. Hat tip: The Playlist. »
- Beth Hanna
Remember ten years ago when you would be in HMV looking at a DVD box set of something like The West Wing and then unfolding the twenty pound note in your pocket and wondering whether to part with all that cash for something you had never seen? You had just heard that someone somewhere liked it, but for that £30 you could get two films like Bad Boys 2 and Kill Bill volume 1!
These were difficult times my friends, and more often than not £30 would go down the drain and you would watch three episodes of whatever series it was and decide it wasn’t for you. Well thanks to modern technology and its mission to kill DVD, Blu-Ray and whatever other physical media dinosaur you prefer, this dilemma is a thing of the past.
Nowadays you can go onto Lovefilm, Netflix, BT Vision or whatever else and stream whole seasons of TV for almost nothing. »
- Chris Holt
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- Kevin P. Sullivan
Even at her youngest and most inexperienced, you could tell Natalie Portman would eventually go on to some great things. Here she is at 11 years old auditioning for what would become her first big-screen role opposite Jean Reno in Luc Besson's Léon: The Professional, about a professional assassin who rescues a chain-smoking teenage girl named Mathilda after her parents are killed in a police raid. The audition itself is pretty routine, and while Portman does seem a little rough around the edges, you can't take your eyes off her, well, eyes. They evoke a striking determination, and we wouldn't be surprised if they hired her based on those eyes alone. As Mathilda, Portman brought a little bit of everything to the role. She's innocent and sexy and...
- Erik Davis
Before she was an Academy Award-winning actress, A-list star and mother, Natalie Portman was just like any other kid trying to make it in the business. Except, she was far more self-aware of her talent and dreams than most. The story goes she turned down a child modelling gig with Revlon to focus on her acting and well, the gambit worked. Her first feature film appearance managed to be the kind of breakthrough most only dream of, landing the key co-starring role in Luc Besson's assassin tale "Leon: The Professional." She matched Jean Reno every step of the way and gave the movie it's emotional heart, and now you see why the filmmakers believed in her talent. Her audition tape has been floating around for a while, but we hadn't seen it before and, thanks to Filmmaker Iq pointing us in the direction, you can see it below. And yeah, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Any Natalie Portman fan knows that the Oscar winning actress stunned audiences with her debut role in The Professional, or Leon for the non-American fans. Her role as Mathilda is the central role to Jean Reno's character going from cold-blooded cleaner to a father figure to the young girl. The Professional is one of my favorite movies and I don't think I have met anyone who dislikes it. In an interesting find, Natalie Portman's audition reel for The Professional has been found online and »
- Alex Maidy
For a huge portion of the human race, the only thing worse than the pun I used in title of this article is the fact that Tom Hiddleston will not be returning for The Avengers 2. Joss Whedon confirmed the news during an Empire Movie Podcast to discuss his latest offering, the retelling of Shakespeare’s (Google him) Much Ado About Nothing. Speaking of the superhero blockbuster sequel’s progress, Whedon commented:
I’ve turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody’s very much on board with the exact movie I’m trying to make which is what worked the first time.
But when pressed for a bit more information Whedon said:
Immitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things.
So there you have it. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Welcome back to Thn’s Top Ten Former Child Stars That You Now Totally Would. Yesterday we had numbers 10 – 6, which you can view here. Now it’s time to get your voyeurism on as we check out the Top Five. Is it appropriate? Not really. Is it justifiable? That’s for the courts to decide.
Child star? What were they in?
He cut his teeth on various TV shows including Roseanne, Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman, Quantum Leap and even Murder She Wrote. But we all remember him best as little Tommy Solomon in the terrific 3rd Rock From The Sun. He also got an ice hockey boot through the face in Halloween: H20 (1998) and was juuuuuuust about legal in the brilliant 10 Things I Hate About You. Though it may not feel like it, you can totally ogle him in that film, guilt free. Go ahead. I’ll wait. »
- John Sharp
• Idris Elba (Prometheus) is in talks to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in the action flick The Gunman. Taken’s Pierre Morel is set to direct the project about what happens when an international operative is betrayed by his organization. Elba’s being considered for the role of Dupont, vaguely described as a “mysterious operative.” The story is based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
What is Casting Couch? A column full of casting news that today includes stories on Emma Watson, Adam Sandler, Idris Elba, Liam Hemsworth, and Christina Hendricks. How’s that for an eclectic crew? Hopefully by the time the ubiquitous and centuries long ad campaign for The Heat finally draws to a close, the world won’t be too sick of Melissa McCarthy to go see anymore of her movies. She really is a versatile talent, so it would be a shame to see Hollywood wear out her welcome by shoving her down our throats in the crude loudmouth role until we retch from it. But perhaps her taking a voice acting role in an animated movie could help cleanse the palate. Deadline is reporting that she’s just signed on to talk into a microphone for Dreamworks’ B.O.O (Bureau of Otherworldy Operations), joining Seth Rogen as one of the leads. They »
- Nathan Adams
Is there any villain more terrifying than a head cheerleader? Any battlefield more brutal than high school? Megan Abbott’s crime thriller novel Dare Me explores these questions and more as it narrates the turmoil, and death, that befalls a group of cheerleaders after they are assigned a new coach who is determined to push them into becoming their very best – even if it means turning them against one another.
The novel was published last year to generally very positive reviews and was optioned for a screen adaptation by Fox 2000 as early as August 2012. Now it appears that the gears of progress are turning on this sordid tale of backstabbing ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Grey Gardens and The Vow director Michael Sucsy will enter the dark world of high school cheerleading for an adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel Dare Me. The story is described as Heathers meets Fight Club. Two popular girls rule the school and their competitive cheer squad, but their new coach draws the young women into her world, leaving one desperate to get back on top. A suicide rocks the squad, but the investigation leads to dangerous territory. Natalie Portman is being courted to star in the movie — as the coach, we hope. There could be shades of Black Swan happening here. If we don't see her leading the squad, there's always her appearances in Thor: The Dark World, out later this year, and the troubled Jane Got a Gun to look forward to. In the Cut...
- Alison Nastasi
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Rumor has it Natalie Portman is in talks to star in the cheerleader film Dare Me. The movie is an adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel, described as "Heathers meets Fight Club, with teenage cheerleaders." Portman can borrow my pom poms.
- Bridget McManus
While Fox 2000 has announced that one of their latest projects Dare Me now has Grey Gardens and The Vow’s Michael Sucsy set to direct, the attention seems to be on who the studio are trying to get on board to star. It is thought that they are chasing Natalie Portman for the lead role in the novel that has been described as a cross between Heathers and Fight Club.
If she is cast, Dare Me follows a cheerleader named Addy who tries to claim her title of head girl back after a cool young coach joins to work with with the team. But when there is a suicide in the squad, Addy discovers the truth behind the death. Author Megan Abbott also adapted the book for the screen.
Sucsy might have a couple of films to his name, but he is attached to some big projects coming soon, including Straight No Chaser, »
- Lucy Cave
Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode star in this “darkly wicked, beautifully executed mystery” (Los Angeles Times) by critically acclaimed filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy).
Following the tragic death of her father on her eighteenth birthday, India Stoker (Wasikowska) meets Charlie (Goode), her charismatic uncle, whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother (Kidman), both are drawn to his charming and calming demeanor. But it soon becomes clear that Charlie’s arrival was no coincidence, and that the shocking secrets of his past could affect India’s future…or shatter it completely.
Part innocent teen, part mysterious seductress, »
- Robert Greenberger
In terms of red carpet favorites, it doesn't get any bigger than Zac Posen.
Known for gorgeous dresses in opulent colors with expert tailoring -- not to mention his tight celebrity friends who wear his intricate designs with pride -- it's also refreshing to know that Posen remains one of the nicest guys in the business.
ETonline recently talked to Posen about everything from his most memorable red carpet moments, what it's like dressing his A-list friends/clients, his stint on Project Runway as well as his new decadent partnership with Magnum Ice Cream, for which he created a stunning 24-karat gold dress. Read on to find out what goes on in the mind of one of fashion's biggest names!
ETonline: You recently walked the Cfda Fashion Awards red carpet with Juliette Lewis, and it's well-known that you have a lot of close celebrity friends. When you have a relationship already with the person you're dressing, is it »
Natalie Portman could be headed for a sassy lead role in the freshly announced adaptation of Megan Abbott's popular 2012 novel "Dare Me."
Deadline.com reports that Michael Sucsy, who helmed the Emmy-winning HBO movie "Grey Gardens" and the critically reviled romance "The Vow," will direct. "Dare Me" centers on a high school cheerleading squad whose competitive backstabbing is interrupted when a suicide prompts a police investigation into the team and its coach.
There's no word yet on which character Portman will portray. At 32, she seems a bit old to play one of the teenage cheerleaders, although stranger age disparities have taken place in film (namely, a 34-year-old Stockard Channing playing high school senior Betty Rizzo in "Grease").
Abbott's novel was well received upon its release last July, making its mark on best-of-summer lists found in Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and more. Deadline.com describes the project as "'Heathers' meets 'Fight Club, »
- Matthew Jacobs
All of a sudden, Michael Sucsy's name is everywhere and with good reason. After helming the critically acclaimed Grey Gardens for HBO, Sucsy followed it up with The Vow, a surprisingly affective romantic drama starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Now he's juggling multiple projects, and Deadline is attaching him to yet another.
Sucsy, according to reports, is circling an adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel Dare Me, which the site is describing as Heathers meets Fight Club, set in the world of teenage cheerleading. Even better, Deadline says that Fox 2000 is courting Natalie Portman for a lead role. Portman, of course, has been off the radar for some time, having just had a baby. But she.ll reprise her role of Jane in Thor: The Dark World later this year, and has been busy filming the troubled Jane Got a Gun (no relation to Marvel) for Warrior »
The Vow director Michael Sucsy is now set to helm Fox 2000's adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel Dare Me and Deadline is reporting that the studio is courting Natalie Portman to headline. The book, published last year, is officially described as follows: Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are the varsity cheerleaders all the other girls fear and admire, the unchallenged rulers of their high school kingdom. But everything changes when the new coach arrives. Cool and commanding, Coach French seems perfect in every way, a charismatic presence who overturns the girls' established pecking order and still manages to gain their fierce allegiance in the process. Then a shocking event upends their fragile peace, and a police investigation begins circling in on the coach and her squad. As »
Nice to see that Black Swan star is back in business. We’ve just learned that Natalie Portman is set to star in Dare Me, an upcoming big screen adaptation of Megan Abbott‘s novel of the same name! Another great news is that Michael Sucsy, man behind last year’s The Vow is set to direct the whole thing. What could possibly go wrong? So, at this moment we know that Sucsy will direct this high school drama from Abbott’s own script which revolves around the arrival of Coach French, who upsets varsity cheerleaders Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy’s domination of the school. Still nothing about Portman’s »
- Jeanne Standal
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