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Ashton Kutcher on His First Kiss With Mila Kunis: "She Was Like My Little Sister"

19 hours ago | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

If you're having a hard time naming a cuter couple than Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, we don't blame you. The pair first met on the set of That '70s Show in 1998, when Ashton was 19 and Mila was 14. At the time, Ashton was not romantically attracted to Mila and only viewed her as his "little sister." During an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday, the actor revealed what it was really like to kiss Mila back then. "I did her chemistry homework for her," Ashton explained. "I think I was her first kiss on the show. We have our first kiss like memorialized on the TV show . . . It was really weird. I was like, 'Isn't this illegal?' It was really awkward. She was 14! She was like my little sister." RelatedAshton Kutcher Reveals the Key to His Marriage: "Everything Mila Says Is Right" While Mila previously told Howard that she wasn't attracted to Ashton when she was a teenager, her husband believes otherwise. "She has a journal, like a diary of when she was a kid that she wrote . . . she thought I was cute," Ashton said. "At first I think she thought that I was good looking. Shortly thereafter, I was just annoying to her because I was like a big brother." Ashton and Mila kept in touch after That '70s Show ended, and years later, they reconnected at a party, where they shared their second kiss. "She's like, 'You're not ready to be in a relationship' and I'm like, 'I"m not ready to be a in a relationship,'" Ashton confessed. "It was funny because I'd just done this movie called No Strings Attached and she just did a movie called Friends with Benefits and we legitimately lived out our movies, which was virtually the same movie." According to Ashton, both he and Mila were aware of the sparks that were flying at the time. "I was smoking cigarettes at the time and I was still a smoker and she had quit smoking and she wanted me to like shotgun cigarette smoke so she could breathe it in. And I was like, 'Well alright.' And so I started doing this and gradually through the night, it got closer and closer and closer," he said. "I think it was pretty mutual - it was kind of obvious that things were happening." Fast-forward to present day, and Ashton and Mila are married and have two kids together, 2-year-old daughter Wyatt and nearly 1-year-old son Dimitri. Funny how life works, right? »

- Monica Sisavat

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Video Essay. Greta Moves

22 June 2017 5:02 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

There are a few actors whose prowess stems in equal measure from their training or innate talent, and from their physiognomy. In the past we had Humphrey Bogart and Anna Karina. Today, Denis Lavant is one of those actors. Adam Driver also comes to mind. Greta Gerwig, with her lanky figure and mesmerizing expression, belongs to a category all her own.There’s a particular quality that comes to life when she moves. The movement might be as slight as bend in the lips, or as large as a star-figured jump in the air. Both are, in equal measure, unmistakably hers. Throughout her career, Gerwig has worked with directors who’ve captured her physicality by letting the film run long enough to capture the uniqueness of her movement. It took Joe Swanberg the entirety of Lol (2006) and 20 minutes of Hannah takes the Stairs (2007) to ask Gerwig to dance in front of the camera. This can only be explained by the director’s inexperience at the time. Noah Baumbach never made the same mistake, filming her twisting, twirling, and swirling, or just slightly bobbing for 17 seconds, to the tune of Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Uncle Albert”. Even for her small role in No Strings Attached (2011), Ivan Reitman had the good sense to shoot two scenes where Greta’s dancing held center stage. In Greta Moves, I endeavored to find patterns in the movements throughout her filmography, interweaving them with an abundance of match cuts. To create a dance tapestry that heightened those connections, the piece of music was fundamental. The inspiration for that choice—as well as the structure of the video essay—came from Wim Wender’s Pina (2011). The work was built almost entirely around the second performance in the movie and the lovely melody of Jun Miyake, “The Here and After”.  »

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Ashton Kutcher Dishes About First On and Off-Screen Kisses with Mila Kunis: ‘It Was Obvious Things Were Happening’

21 June 2017 5:32 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ashton Kutcher vividly remembers both of his first kisses with wife Mila Kunis.

The actor starred on That ’70s Show opposite Kunis when he was 19 and she was 14, years before they would begin dating and later marry. At the time, Kutcher wasn’t attracted to Kunis romantically, but rather he viewed her like a little sister.

“I did her chemistry homework for her,” Kutcher, 39, told Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show radio program on Wednesday. “I think I was her first kiss on the show. We have our first kiss like memorialized on the TV show.”

Reflecting on the first time they locked lips, »

- Natalie Stone

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“Criminal Minds’” Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Succeed in Fight for Pay Parity

14 June 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness in “Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds” actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook’s recent push for pay parity has been resolved. According to Deadline, the duo have signed new deals and received raises “that put them essentially on par” with co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. This news comes after last month’s reports of an “impasse” in contract negotiations between the actresses and CBS. Vangsness and Cook had been holding out for the same pay as Gubler and Joe Mantegna.

Deadline doesn’t provide an update on whether the actresses are receiving the same salary as Mantegna. But judging from past reports, it seems that he and Gubler are of a similar pay grade, so presumably all four leads are being paid approximately the same now.

Vangsness and Cook, who respectively portray Penelope and J.J. on CBS’ long-running procedural, were in a similar position in 2013. They were earning less than half of co-stars Gubler and Shemar Moore’s paychecks and insisted on better agreements with ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios, and CBS.

Both actresses have appeared on “Criminal Minds” since its first season in 2005. Cook has been a series regular during its entire run, with the exception of Season 6. That was the year CBS dropped Cook and co-star Paget Brewster, leaving Vangsness as the only regular female character. Vangsness started as a recurring character in Season 1 and became a series regular soon after.

We’re thrilled that Vangsness and Cook’s push for equal pay was ultimately successful. However, pay parity is anything but a given for most women in Hollywood. In March “The Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch held out for equal pay before re-upping their contracts. The actresses were earning about $200,000 per episode on the sitcom, as compared to the $1 million their co-stars were making. Natalie Portman told Marie Claire UK that she made a third of Ashton Kutcher’s pay on “No Strings Attached.” Emmy Rossum, who plays the main character on “Shameless,” demanded a raise in December. She and the rest of the cast had been paid less than co-star William H. Macy from the get-go.

In Hollywood women are often hesitant to go forward when they are paid less than men. In an industry this sexist, actresses may develop a bad reputation simply for demanding what they are entitled to. Plus, they are already making more money than some people will ever see in a lifetime, so actresses may fear that their concerns won’t be taken seriously, or they’ll be dismissed as being overpaid in the first place. But this isn’t about a certain profession’s pay grade; it’s about gender equality within the profession. As Jessica Chastain recently told Variety, “What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do.” The “Zookeeper’s Wife” star added, “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”

Season 13 of “Criminal Minds” will air Wednesdays this fall on CBS.

Criminal Minds’” Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Succeed in Fight for Pay Parity was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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‘Nashville’ Casts Katrina Norman; Tim Griffin Takes A ‘Chance’

1 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Katrina Norman (No Strings Attached) has booked a recurring role on Season 5b of Cmt’s hit country music drama Nashville. Norman will play Polly, a stunning, authentic and confident road manager for a popular musician. Season 5B picks up ten weeks after the midseason finale with Maddie's (Lennon Stella) career starting to take off, as Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) struggles; Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is pregnant and uncertain of the identity of the father, while Deacon… »

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“Criminal Minds” Actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Push for Equal Pay

23 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook in “Criminal Minds”: CBS

Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook of Criminal Minds” are fighting for equal pay. The duo are seeking parity with co-stars Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler for the CBS procedural’s 13th season and are currently at an “impasse” in contract negotiations. Deadline broke the story.

The source reports that the actresses are “willing to walk” if they do not receive the pay they deserve. This is completely understandable, especially since this is not the first time the duo have had this battle. Vangsness and Cook were in a similar situation in 2013. They were earning less than half of co-stars Gubler and Shemar Moore’s paychecks and held out for better agreements with ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios, and CBS.

It’s only right that Vangsness and Cook fight for what they deserve, but it’s sickening that this is the second time in four years they’ve had to do so. Also, CBS just went through a similar situation with Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were earning significantly less than their co-stars on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Vangsness and Cook have appeared on “Criminal Minds” since its first season in 2005. Cook has been a series regular during its entire run, with the exception of Season 6. That was the year CBS dropped Cook and co-star Paget Brewster, leaving Vangsness as the only regular female character. Vangsness started as a recurring character in Season 1 and became a series regular soon after.

Unfortunately, pay parity is anything but a given for actresses. The aforementioned “Big Bang Theory” situation saw stars Bialik and Rauch hold out for equal pay before re-upping their contracts for two more seasons. The actresses were earning about $200,000 per episode, as compared to the $1 million their co-stars were making. Natalie Portman told Marie Claire UK that she made a third of Ashton Kutcher’s pay on “No Strings Attached.” Emmy Rossum, the main character of “Shameless,” demanded a raise in December. She and the rest of the cast had been paid less than co-star William H. Macy from the get-go. In May 2016 Robin Wright revealed her fight for better pay on “House of Cards.” “Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time,” she said. “So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”

In Hollywood women are often hesitant to go forward when they are paid less than men. In an industry this sexist, actresses may develop a bad reputation simply for demanding what they are entitled to. Plus, they are already making more money than some people will ever see in a lifetime, so actresses may fear that their concerns won’t be taken seriously, or they’ll be dismissed as being overpaid in the first place. But this isn’t about a certain profession’s pay grade; it’s about gender equality within the profession. As Jessica Chastain recently told Variety, “What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do.” The “Zookeeper’s Wife” star added, “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”

Criminal Minds” Actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Push for Equal Pay was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Exclusive: Natalie Portman Makes a Hilarious and Unexpected Appearance on ‘Angie Tribeca’

28 April 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

While best known for her award-winning dramatic roles, Natalie Portman is actually quite funny -- a side of her she’s only rarely showcased onscreen while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2006 or in the 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached. Lucky for us, she’s flexing her funny bone in an upcoming (and unexpected) guest role on Angie Tribeca.

In an all-new episode airing May 8, Portman joins the TBS comedy as head of Nasa mission control Christine Craft -- and Et has your exclusive first look!

More: Natalie Portman Is Very Pregnant in James Blake's Music Video

On the police procedural satire starring Rashida Jones as the titular detective, the authorities turn to Christine when their latest investigation leads them to Nasa, which seems to have literally not changed since 1963. And sadly for this no-nonsense professional, that means putting up with a male-dominated culture, where drinking martinis and smacking girls on the butt is par for the course »

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Jessica Chastain Speaks Out Against Pay Inequality In Hollywood

18 April 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over the past year, we’ve seen Hollywood’s deeply embedded gender inequality get called out by several high-profile actors. Last November, Mila Kunis published an op-ed in A Plus that described an instance where being called “Ashton’s wife and baby momma” in an email from a producer caused her to pull out of a project. In January, Natalie Portman admitted in an interview with Reuters that the pay gap between actors and actresses was “crazy,” noting that she had been paid three times less than costar Kutcher for her role in the 2011 comedy “No Strings Attached.” Both instances garnered widespread public support, with other actresses and creatives sharing their own experiences as a result.

Continue reading Jessica Chastain Speaks Out Against Pay Inequality In Hollywood at The Playlist. »

- Matthew Monagle

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‘Tommy’s Honour’ Exclusive Clip: Birth of Modern Golf Makes for One Riveting Movie Drama — Watch

13 April 2017 2:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Golf biopic “Tommy’s Honour,” which premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, is ready for its theatrical release this Friday, April 14. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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Based on Kevin Cook’s 2007 novel of the same name, “Tommy’s Honour” tells the real-life tale of “Old” Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and “Young” Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), the father-son team regarded as “the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.” As their fame rose during the 1860s-70s, their relationship deteriorated. Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments in the sport.

Read More: 2017 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, ‘Twin Peaks’ and More

Actor-turned-director Jason Connery (“The Devil’s Tomb,” “Philly Kid”) helms the film from a screenplay by newcomers Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook. »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Natalie Portman to Play Bull Rider in ‘The Fits’ Director Anna Rose Holmer’s New Film

28 March 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week, Natalie Portman made news when she starred in the new music video for James Blake’s “My Willing Heart.” The black-and-white video was helmed by Anna Rose Holmer, the breakout director of “The Fits,” and features a very pregnant Portman connecting with her unborn child. Now, after giving birth to her daughter on February 22, the actress is already gearing up for a new project, which will reunite her with Holmer.

Read More: Natalie Portman: Ashton Kutcher Was Paid Three Times My Salary for ‘No Strings Attached

According to Deadline, Portman and Holmer are teaming up for “Bronco Belle,” which follows a bull rider (Portman) as she tries to make her mark in a male-dominated sport. Khurram Longi is handling the script. The project is being shopped around, and “interest is already there.”

Read More: Pablo Larraín and Natalie Portman’s ‘Jackie’ Sets the High Bar for Historical »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Interview: Dale Robinette, on His Iconic Photo From ‘La La Land’

23 February 2017 6:15 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.

“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »

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Could This Be The End Of Hollywood’s Pay Imbalance?

15 January 2017 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at the inequality in what men and women get paid for movies…

There has been much made recently of the disparity in pay between men and women across all industries, and a story this week brought the issue in Hollywood into sharp relief when Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid only a third of the salary her co-star, Ashton Kutcher received for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached.

Portman isn’t the first big name female star to make her feelings known about the imbalance in Hollywood pay; with the 2014 Sony hack exposing the pay gap between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars in American Hustle. I don’t know about you, but for me paying Jeremy Renner more for that film than Lawrence is nothing short of bizarre; the memorable moments of that movie all belong to her.

There’s a free market »

- Neil Calloway

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The Oscar Week: Who was the Mvp of Phase 1?

13 January 2017 12:47 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In this weekly feature from Murtada we follow Oscar contender appearances and interviews. With Oscar balloting closing today, who did we enjoy on the campaign trail.

This was the last week of campaigning and contenders did not disappoint. Some got a boost from the Golden Globes, while everybody continued to cram in appearances. Amy Adams got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Natalie Portman made headlines about gender wage disparity, for No Strings Attached of all her films. Many sang “I Will Survive”.

Today ends what is termed as Phase 1 in Oscar campaigning, the nomination portion. This phase started on Labor Day Weekend as films were unspooled at the Venice and Telluride festivals. So who made it through almost 5 months of interviews, appearances and came out on the other side surprising, charming and endearing to those of us who follow these things closely? Here are our favorites »

- Murtada Elfadl

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Ashton Kutcher Says He's 'So Proud' of Natalie Portman for Speaking Out About 'No Strings Attached' Wage Gap

11 January 2017 5:25 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ashton Kutcher may have made three times as much as Natalie Portman for the pair's 2011 romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, but he's proud of her for bringing the disparity to the spotlight.

The 38-year-old actor took to Twitter on Wednesday to support Portman's claim, praising her for speaking out on the gender wage gap in Hollywood.

Watch: Natalie Portman Says Ashton Kutcher Was Paid Three Times More Than Her for 'No Strings Attached'

"So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!" he tweeted.

Related: Felicity Jones Opens Up About Feminism, Pay Equality and ‘Star Wars: Rogue One

Portman, 35, revealed the disparity during a recent interview with Marie Claire.

"I knew and I went along with it, because there's this thing with 'quotes' in Hollywood," she explained. "His was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more."

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Ashton Kutcher ‘So Proud’ of Natalie Portman for Shining a Light on Gender Pay Gap

11 January 2017 3:56 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ashton Kutcher is applauding Natalie Portman for taking a stand on the gender pay gap.

After the actress revealed he made triple her salary when they costarred together in the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached, Kutcher took to Twitter to applaud her for having the courage to speak up.

“So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!” Kutcher tweeted on Wednesday.

So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap! https://t.co/AV1uYY6KIe

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 11, 2017

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Natalie Portman Reveals Ashton Kutcher Made ‘Three Times’ More Than Her On ‘No Strings Attached’, Kutcher Applauds Her For Speaking Out

11 January 2017 3:55 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Natalie Portman says she was only paid a fraction of what co-star Ashton Kutcher earned when they co-starred in 2011’s “No Strings Attached”. Related: Natalie Portman Reacts To Hilarious Video Of Her Nine-Year-Old Self The “Jackie” actress revealed the news in the February 2017 issue of Marie Claire U.K.: “Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as […] »

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Ashton Kutcher Is ''So Proud'' of Natalie Portman for Speaking Out Against Gender Wage Gap

11 January 2017 2:49 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Ashton Kutcher is on Natalie Portman's side. In a recent interview with Marie Claire U.K., the actress revealed she earned three times less than her male co-star in the 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached.  "I wasn't as pissed as I should have been," the Jackie star told the mag. "I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy."  Kutcher has since spoken out on Twitter, sharing a message of support for Portman and gender equality. "So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!" the actor wrote online Wednesday, also sharing a link to the interview.  In Natalie's »

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Natalie Portman Reveals Extent Of The Gender Pay Gap In Hollywood

11 January 2017 12:28 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Natalie Portman is arguably one of the most respected actresses working in film today. Aside from having the giant franchises of both Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe on her resume, she has a lengthy list of impressive titles whose cast lists bear name – beginning with the remarkable Leon back in 1994, when she was just 11 years of age. So, as she promotes her latest project – the award-winning Jackie – we pay close attention when Portman draws back the curtain to reveal the reality about the gender pay gap, using her 2011 film No Strings Attached as an example.

“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood. His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, »

- Sarah Myles

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Newswire: Natalie Portman’s No Strings Attached salary was three times less than Ashton Kutcher’s

11 January 2017 11:02 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Is Ashton Kutcher three times as famous as Natalie Portman? Or is it maybe that she’s only one-third as talented as him? That doesn’t seem right. So, unless Hollywood salaries are decided by height, it seems pretty indefensible that Kutcher was paid three times as much as Portman (who really is quite tiny) for their dual leading roles in 2011’s No Strings Attached. The 35-year-old Academy Award winner revealed the gross financial asymmetry in a recent interview with Marie Claire.

“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she explained. “His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been.” And before a battalion of intentionally obtuse alt-right types storm Twitter to balk at Portman’s complaint at not being quite ...

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- Dennis DiClaudio

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Natalie Portman Reveals Male Co-Star Was Paid Three Times More Than Her

11 January 2017 10:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a new interview, Natalie Portman said she was paid a third of what one of her male co-stars earned.

As part of an interview for her cover story with Marie Claire U.K., Portman said that she knew about the pay gap during her time working with Ashton Kutcher on the 2011 film “No Strings Attached,” but revealed that she wasn’t as troubled about the issue as she now believes she should have been.

“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” Portman told the magazine. “His [quote] was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more.”

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http://variety.com/2016/film/news/natalie-portman-michelle-williams-actors-on-actors-1201928248/

No Strings Attached” was released in January 2011, just before Portman won an Oscar for her performance in “Black Swan.” At that point she had already been nominated for an Academy Award »

- Sarah Ahern

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