Natalie Portman is the first millennial to win an Oscar. She’s the first profile we’ve done on a member of the Star Wars ensemble. She’s been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing Jane Foster in the first two Thor films. She was born in Israel in 1981 and started her acting career at 11. Despite being around since the early 1990’s, the actress is still several years short of 40, and after going trough a slump for a few years (which spawned the famous “Star Wars ruined my career” rant), recent outstanding performances like last year’s Jackie indicate she’s back on track as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. I actually think there is a little something to the Star Wars rant in that her best films are generally before or during her time playing Padme Amidala during Star Wars Episodes I-III. I think it was only after she won her Oscar for the twisted ballet drama Black Swan that she transitioned into taking the kind of adult roles that suit her now the way things like Leon, Heat, and Garden State did at those times in her life. I’m excited about her next project for 2017, and I think Portman is heading into a new golden phase of her career.
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Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. December 2nd is a really odd release date in that only one movie is really coming out (there are some limited releases), and most theaters won’t even pick it up….so I hope you didn’t do what I did and saw everything over Thanksgiving. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (12/2/2016) – Jackie
A second trailer is out for the post-assassination look at former First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Starring Natalie Portman, Jackie, has been getting stellar advance reviews, and the role seems tailor made to deliver another Oscar nomination for Portman. Jackie also stars Peter Sarsgaard, John Carroll Lynch, Max Casella, John Hurt, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. Jackie opens in theaters on December 2, 2016.
Natalie Portman looks like she’s got another Oscar-level role upcoming in Jackie. The biopic will focus on Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination in 1964. This seems a perfect fit for Portman, and she bears a striking resemblance to the former First Lady. The film also stars Peter Sarsgaard, John Carroll Lynch, Max Casella, John Hurt, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. Jackie opens in theaters on December 2, 2016.