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Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’
Natalie Portman was only 11 years old when she auditioned for and won the role of Mathilda in Luc Besson’s “Léon: The Professional,” and after more than two decades making moves in Hollywood and abroad she has her own share of harassment and sexism stories. During a conversation at Vulture Fest in Los Angeles, Portman was asked about the many sexual harassment and abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood, to which she got incredibly candid about her own experiences facing similar issues.

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

“When I heard everything coming out, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky that I haven’t had this.’ And then, on reflection, I was like okay, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way,
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Movie News: 'Shazam!' Villain Touted; Natalie Portman to Produce, Lend Voice to Animated 'Foxy Trotter'

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Shazam!: Zach Levi has been confirmed to star in DC's Shazam!, but every superhero needs a villain, so Mark Strong (above as a villain in Green Lantern) is in talks to join the cast as archenemy Doctor Sivana. Also, Grace Fulton is in negotiations to play a friend of Billy Batson, the young man who can transform into a superhero by uttering a single word. Fulton worked with director David F. Sandberg recently on the horror hit Annabelle: Creation. [The Wrap/Variety]   Foxy Trotter: Natalie Portman (Song to Song, above) will produce and voice a role in the animated movie Foxy Trotter. Director Chris Prynoski describes it as "a wild mix of Barbarella meets Sausage Party meets Easy Rider," following a rock and roll photographer in the early 1970s who rides a...

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Where to Stream the Best Films of 2017

As 2017 winds down, like most cinephiles, we’re looking to get our hands on the titles that may have slipped under the radar or simply gone unseen. With the proliferation of streaming options, it’s thankfully easier than ever to play catch-up, and to assist with the process, we’re bringing you a rundown of the best titles of the year available to watch.

Curated from the Best Films of 2017 So Far list we published for the first half of the year, it also includes films we’ve enjoyed the past few months and some we’ve recently caught up on. This is far from a be-all, end-all year-end feature (that will come at the end of the year), but rather something that will hopefully be a helpful tool for readers to have a chance to seek out notable, perhaps underseen, titles from the year.

Note that we’re going by U.
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Can Michael Fassbender survive his year of flops?

The Snowman is melting at the box office. It only continues what Assassin’s Creed and Song to Song started, threatening to ruin this actor’s previously sparkling career

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The Snowman is a turkey. Everyone saw it coming, and now it’s happened. Audiences simply did not want to see Michael Fassbender play a man called Harry Hole in a film that was released before it was finished and marketed by a drawing of a Snowman who calls everyone “Mister Police”, like some sort of cut-price children’s entertainer. Lessons have been learned and everyone will move on.

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‘The Snowman’: First Reviews Are Chilly For Michael Fassbender’s Thriller

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Michael Fassbender has been going through a bit of a rough, cinematic patch since “Steve Jobs.” The blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse” wasn’t what fans were looking for, Disney pretty much gave up on the (underrated) “The Light Between Oceans,” the indie “Trespass Against Us” didn’t connect, Terrence Malick fatigue hit (the also underrated) “Song To Song,” while “Alien: Covenant” underwhelmed.

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New to Streaming: ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘Marjorie Prime,’ ‘Lady Macbeth,’ ‘Landline,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Abundant Acreage Available (Angus MacLachlan)

Faith-based cinema is as diverse a genre as there is, from the extreme, often violent portraits of devotion from established directors like Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson, to the attacks on logic in the God’s Not Dead and Left Behind pictures. Angus MacLachlan, a great storyteller of the not-too-deep south, offers a nuanced example of what this genre can bring, returning with the moving Abundant Acreage Available.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars
The good news about “Blade Runner 2049,” which Warner Bros. and Alcon have been showing gingerly to thin slivers of press, is that it’s a gorgeous cinematic spectacle that more than lives up to its advance hype. What are they so worried about?

Well, the epic sequel set 30 years after the brilliant Ridley Scott 1982 original looks a lot more expensive than its $150 million official budget, and the original movie — which this builds and expands upon with care and finesse — was a critically hailed succès d’estime that failed at the box office. Scott’s influential future noir, which inspired generations of subsequent cinematic dystopias and came remarkably close to predicting what big-scale megalopolises like Los Angeles and Beijing look like today, has built its cult cred over decades.

Read More:Denis Villeneuve Is Eyeing ‘Cleopatra’ Remake After Conquering ‘Blade Runner 2049’

So following up that accomplishment with another one
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars
The good news about “Blade Runner 2049,” which Warner Bros. and Alcon have been showing gingerly to thin slivers of press, is that it’s a gorgeous cinematic spectacle that more than lives up to its advance hype. What are they so worried about?

Well, the epic sequel set 30 years after the brilliant Ridley Scott 1982 original looks a lot more expensive than its $150 million official budget, and the original movie — which this builds and expands upon with care and finesse — was a critically hailed succès d’estime that failed at the box office. Scott’s influential future noir, which inspired generations of subsequent cinematic dystopias and came remarkably close to predicting what big-scale megalopolises like Los Angeles and Beijing look like today, has built its cult cred over decades.

Read More:Denis Villeneuve Is Eyeing ‘Cleopatra’ Remake After Conquering ‘Blade Runner 2049’

So following up that accomplishment with another one
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Win Song to Song starring Ryan Gosling on DVD

Studiocanal is pleased to announce that from cinematic master Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, To The Wonder), comes Song To Song – a story of a lyrical love triangle – that will be available on DVD and Digital Download from 25th September 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away a DVD to two lucky winners!

Bv (Ryan Gosling) and Faye (Rooney Mara) are a song-writing couple trying to forge their way in the Austin music scene. However, their relationship grows complicated when they fall into the orbit of a big-shot producer (Michael Fassbender) and his waitress muse (Natalie Portman).

With cameos from music scene stars including Florence Welch, Iggy Pop and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a soundtrack including Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, Song To Song a vibrant and alluring exploration into music, love and the turbulent Texan rock and roll scene.

Check out this clip of Actress Natalie Portman
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One More Trailer for Alien Invasion Thriller 'Revolt' Starring Lee Pace

"The machines are hunting everyone down. Machines programmed to kill." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled a new official Us trailer for the sci-fi indie film titled Revolt, from director Joe Miale making his feature debut. The film stars Lee Pace as a Us soldier in Africa attempting to fight back against a brutal alien invasion. This kind of seems a bit like a mash-up between District 9 and Transformers, with robot-like alien creatures taking over. Also starring Bérénice Marlohe (who was also in the sci-fi Kill Switch, as well as Skyfall and Song to Song), plus Jason Flemyng, Alan Santini, and Tom Fairfoot. I'm actually very curious about this, might be pretty cool. I dig the machines' designs, different than most other alien designs. Here's the official Us trailer for Joe Miale's sci-fi Revolt, direct from YouTube (via Tmb): You can also still watch the first international trailer for Revolt here,
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Paul Schrader Received a Visit From the Department of Homeland Security for a Facebook Post About Donald Trump

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Paul Schrader Received a Visit From the Department of Homeland Security for a Facebook Post About Donald Trump
As tends to be the case with Paul Schrader movies, “First Reformed” doesn’t sound like it’s for the faint of heart. Ethan Hawke stars as a grief-stricken ex-military chaplain, with Amanda Seyfried as a member of his church coping with the recent suicide of her husband. It’s currently making the festival rounds at Venice and Toronto, prompting the “Taxi Driver” screenwriter to talk about his latest project — and that time he was visited by the Dhs earlier this year.

Read More:‘First Reformed’ Review: Ethan Hawke Is Better Than Ever in Paul Schrader’s Tense Eco-Thriller

“I did get visited by Homeland Security this year because I posted something on Facebook about Donald Trump and the John Brown moment we are now in,” Schrader tells Variety. “So they came and visited me to ascertain whether I am a threat to the president’s life. I am not — except in theory.
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Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Photo: Intriguing New Look at Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in Venice Drama

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Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Photo: Intriguing New Look at Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in Venice Drama
Lauded filmmaker Paul Schrader is back on the festival circuit with his “First Reformed,” a spiritual drama that he’s been working towards for, by his own admission, the last fifty years. Featuring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in what appear to be a pair of revelatory performances, the film follows a troubled minister who must counsel a mismatched couple with a major life change headed their way. But what else is the film hiding?

Read More:Paul Schrader Writes an Anatomical Review of Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song,’ and It Doesn’t Involve Thumbs

Per the film’s official synopsis: “‘First Reformed’ is a film about spiritual life starring Ethan Hawke as the minister of a small, historical and empty church. An ex-military chaplain, Toller (Hawke) is tortured by the loss of a son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces. As Toller struggles with his faith,
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Wish Upon Coming to Home Media This October, Including Director’s Unrated Cut Blu-ray

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When our own Heather Wixson spoke with Wish Upon director John R. Leonetti, he mentioned that a more extreme version of the PG-13 film would be released on home media. If you were excited about the announcement, then your wish is about to come true, because Broad Green Pictures has now announced an October 10th home media release of the supernatural horror film (read Heather's review here), including a Director's Unrated Cut with all-new footage not seen in theaters:

Press Release: Los Angeles (August 21, 2017) – Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence, “Fargo”) must be careful what she wishes for in the terrifying thriller Wish Upon, also starring Ryan Phillippe (Crash, “Shooter”), Emmy® nominee Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things”), Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runnerfranchise, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Mitchell Slaggert (Moss), Alice Lee (“Gap Year”), Sidney Park (“Instant Mom”), Kevin Hanchard (“Orphan Black”), Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”) and Elisabeth Rohm (American Hustle, “Law & Order
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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Show Rare Pda During Adorable Disneyland Date: Pics!

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Show Rare Pda During Adorable Disneyland Date: Pics!
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes look more in love than ever.

The couple was spotted at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Sunday night, holding hands at the happiest place on Earth. Gosling wore a hat and a blue sweater, while Mendes glowed in an off-the-shoulder black top and a Chicago Bulls hat. They were joined by another couple and two bodyguards, and rode the Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and It's a Small World amid other rides, and even shopped for a few souvenirs.

Check out Mendes' radiant smile.

News: Ryan Gosling Gushes About 'Dream Mother' Eva Mendes and Reveals Harrison Ford Punched Him in the Face

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It's safe to say Disneyland holds a special place in the couple's heart. News broke that 43-year-old Mendes and 36-year-old Gosling were dating when they were snapped holding hands at the amusement park back in September 2011, after starring together in The Place Beyond the Pines. The two also
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Exclusive: David Lowery talks the ghost in a sheet, the film’s secrecy and shooting the film during his Pete’s Dragon “vacation”

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Author: Scott Davis

After months of amazing word of mouth and a few awards, Sundance 2017 darling A Ghost Story finally makes its way to UK shores this weekend and we couldn’t recommend the film more – check out our glowing 5* review here – so we felt privileged and excited to sit down with its writer/director David Lowery to chat about his unforgettable film.

For those of you who don’t know much about the film, which stars Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Academy Award Nominee Rooney Mara (Song to Song), you should very much keep it that way for the less you know the better. As you may have guessed from the poster’s and trailers this is indeed about a ghost-in-a-sheet story but it is so much more than that but Lowery says the idea was, on paper at least, first mentioned as a little bit of a joke,
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Natalie Portman in talks to star as aspiring bull rider in Bronco Belle

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Natalie Portman has entered into talks to play an aspiring bull rider in Bronco Belle, a tale doused in female empowerment from My Life as a Poppat scribe Khurram Longi.

Sony Pictures, TriStar are also in early talks to finance and distribute the project, which also has Anna Rose Holmer in talks to take the helm. Portman and Holmer have been attached to the picture since March, which looks set to go into production next year.

The story focuses on a waitress, Raylene Jackson, she dreams of becoming a champion steer rider with the help of an ornery veteran mentor. She is not welcomed as she infiltrates the male-dominated rodeo circuit, but the film takes on a Rocky-esque tone because even though she seems overmatched by the beasts she rides, but she keeps fighting for her dream, overcoming all hurdles placed in her way.

Portman seems to
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Broad Green shutters production department

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Broad Green shutters production department
Hammond brothers let go of approximately 20% of workforce.

Broad Green co-founders Gabriel and Daniel Hammond have closed their production department and laid off 15 of the 75-strong staff following a string of under-performing films.

Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, who serve as CEO and chief creative officer respectively, plan to reconfigure Broad Green’s operations and find a new way to source films.

The acquisitions team is expected to be on the ground in Toronto and other festivals, and the company has scheduled a November 22 release for Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones caper film Villa Capri.

Around 50 development projects have gone into turnaround. Gabriel Hammond, a former Wall Street wunderkind who along with his brother used their own money to fund Broad Green, confirmed the development on Wednesday in a remarkably frank interview with Deadline Hollywood in which he said the brothers accepted all blame for failure.

The news comes in the wake of the latest sub-par box office
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Broad Green: How Wall Street Wealth, A-List Talent, and Brash Decisions Made an Indie Player Implode

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It takes guts to join the indie distribution fray, especially when the market is challenged by big buyers like Netflix and Amazon Studios (which, along with Annapurna, is optimistically taking over its own theatrical distribution) and television is chasing down the hottest indie talent. Even one-time high-flyer The Weinstein Co., which once knew better than anyone how to play the indie game, is evolving to survive during these changing times.

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 38, and his brother, Daniel, 34, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures three summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical. It was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now, after trying to use arcane algorithms to determine what movies to make, Gabriel has decided to pull the plug on production. The breaking point was the July 14 release of John Leonetti’s “Wish Upon,” which grossed $13.2 million on a $12 million budget. (Theaters return about half of the take to the distributor,
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