Cate Blanchett divulges her favourite Marvel movie

Cate Blanchett has named Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as her favourite Marvel movie.Larson played Carol Danvers in this year’s blockbuster, with the plot following the pilot as she discovers she’s one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes and is …

Cate Blanchett has named Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as her favourite Marvel movie.

Larson played Carol Danvers in this year’s blockbuster, with the plot following the pilot as she discovers she’s one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes and is caught in an intergalactic war between two alien races.  

The movie made more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Blanchett picked the female-driven film as her number one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), despite playing Asgardian goddess of death Hela in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok back in 2017.  

“I really, really loved Captain Marvel. No offence, Taika, but it was probably my favourite,” she told the publication.

And Blanchett is also keen to see Natalie Portman become The Mighty Thor and wield the Norse god’s hammer Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.  

“I’m so, so excited. I’m so looking forward to seeing it, because I absolutely loved seeing them all with my kids,” the 50-year-old shared. “To know that Natalie is going to have such a pivotal role is really exciting.” 

Blanchett was full of praise for the increasing gender equality in the MCU too, and credited Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso with making that happen.

“She has been an incredible advocate for feminising that universe. It’s right and true that those franchises should be actually cutting-edge, because that’s traditionally what (comics) have done,” she added.

The upcoming female-driven projects in the MCU include Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, The Eternals, starring Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Olsen’s joint leading role alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

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Natalie Portman likes to try out ‘wild experiences’ on film

Natalie Portman has been deliberately choosing film roles which are completely different from her own life.The Black Swan star’s recent film roles have included Annihilation, in which she played a scientist investigating a mysterious quarantine zone,…

Natalie Portman has been deliberately choosing film roles which are completely different from her own life.

The Black Swan star’s recent film roles have included Annihilation, in which she played a scientist investigating a mysterious quarantine zone, Vox Lux, in which she portrayed a troubled popstar, and the upcoming Lucy in the Sky, in which she plays an astronaut who returns home after a transcendent experience in space and begins to lose touch with reality.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Natalie, who is mother to eight-year-old son Aleph and two-year-old daughter Amalia, explained she has been making a conscious effort to select parts that are far removed from her real life.

“I just feel weird if I’m at work pretending to be a mom to some kid who’s not my kid,” she said. “So, I’ve been trying out wild experiences like being an astronaut or a popstar.”

Natalie made her feature directorial debut in 2015 with A Tale of Love and Darkness and is keen to get behind the camera once again.

She is also in the early stages of writing a screenplay, and she tries to set aside time to work on the script once her children are asleep and she’s completed household tasks.

“I’ve been working a little bit, you know, I get the kids to bed, do the dishes, do the laundry, and then write for an hour,” the Oscar-winning actress explained.

In keeping with her desire to have “wild experiences”, it was recently announced that the 38-year-old would be playing the female Thor in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. She told her Instagram followers she was going to get “jacked” to reprise the role of Jane Foster.

Lucy in the Sky, which also stars Jon Hamm and Dan Stevens, is due to be released later this year.

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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Natalie Portman reflects on ‘ephemeral’ nature of beauty

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010. However, Natalie ha…

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.

The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010.

However, Natalie has now shared in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. that she finds it frustrating whenever she’s judged only on her looks.

“As a woman, you are constantly fighting against only being valued for your looks, because it becomes a very tenuous thing, to be defined by the gaze of others, the opinion of others,” the 38-year-old commented. “And beauty is, by definition, ephemeral, it’s a thing that you can’t trap in time, it’s a butterfly, it lives for a second. So to make a lifetime worthwhile and have meaning cannot rest on beauty…”

In spite of her stance, Natalie did emphasise that while she’s aware of political and social unrest across the world, she takes comfort in focusing on herself from time to time, to escape the world around her. One way she does this is by dressing up in beautiful clothes.

“I love beauty and I love glamour, and they can be part of the sweetness of life in the face of really dark things – and that has great worth,” the mother-of-two shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Natalie revealed that she is hugely impressed with the work Maria Grazia Chiuri is doing at Dior, having been tapped as the luxury label’s first female artistic director in 2016.

“It’s wonderful to have a woman designing for other women, someone who understands us, and knows that maybe we might want to wear a T-shirt with a skirt and flats, or have pockets in our dresses,” Natalie gushed, before adding that the designer’s comfortable creations are almost political. “If a woman can’t breathe in her dress, what does that mean? It’s the most literal symbol of oppression that you could possibly have – it’s so political.”

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Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to return for Thor 4

Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to reprise her role as Jane Foster for Thor 4.The fourth movie in the saga, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, was officially announced earlier this month, with the director confirmi…

Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to reprise her role as Jane Foster for Thor 4.

The fourth movie in the saga, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, was officially announced earlier this month, with the director confirming he would be returning following his huge success with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and Portman to be taking on the mantle of Thor and wielding the hammer Mjolnir in the film, entitled Thor: Love and Thunder.

When asked how they managed to convince the Oscar winner to return to Marvel, after she last appeared in Thor: The Dark World back in 2013, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has now confessed it was all down to Waititi, who was in discussions to direct Thor 4 while making Thor: Ragnarok.

“I think when he agreed to come back and do another Thor, he was like, ‘How do we…?’ This is a very big movie that’ll be folding in a lot of elements. That is a huge important part of it. He pitched it to us, and we were totally in. We loved it,” he told CNN. “We’d been in touch with Natalie. She’s part of the MCU family and we put she and Taika together. It took one meeting and she agreed to do it.”

According to editors at CinemaBlend, the New Zealand-born filmmaker convinced Portman with just one brief meeting and had her signed up as soon as he pitched his idea.

Her character Foster was written out of the subsequent Marvel movies after her turn in the Thor: The Dark World, and she also did not appear in any of the four Avengers movies, with her absence blamed on the physicist breaking up with the hunky Norse god.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released in 2021.

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Natalie Portman preparing to get ‘jacked’ to play first-ever female Thor

Natalie Portman has joked she’ll be getting “jacked” as she prepares to play the first-ever female Thor.During Marvel’s epic presentation on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were stunned when not only was it revealed that her character, astrophysi…

Natalie Portman has joked she’ll be getting “jacked” as she prepares to play the first-ever female Thor.

During Marvel’s epic presentation on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were stunned when not only was it revealed that her character, astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, would be returning for director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, but she would take on the mantle of the Norse God of Thunder.

Portman later shared snaps on Instagram of herself wearing a strapless dress and wielding Thor’s powerful hammer Mjolnir as she appeared onstage besides Waititi and her co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson during the announcement.

In a cheeky nod to her former onscreen love interest, she joked that she would be transforming her lithe figure into that of a bulked-up superhero, just like Australian hunk Hemsworth.

“So thrilled to share the news with you today at #sdcc2019 that I’ll be returning to the @marvel #mcu as female Thor with legends @taikawaititi @tessamaethompson and @chrishemsworth. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked),” the 38-year-old wrote.

The New Zealand-born filmmaker, who previously directed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, explained on Saturday that Thor 4 would be based on a 2014 comic book storyline where Thor loses his abilities, with Dr. Foster wielding his power – and hammer – instead. He also clarified that her name would be Mighty Thor.

In Avengers: Endgame, it was revealed that Thor had become a depressed and overweight alcoholic, and concluded with him passing on the mantle of ruling New Asgard to Valkyrie, played by Thompson.

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in November 2021.

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Natalie Portman: ‘There’s a revolution occurring in beauty industry’

Natalie Portman is adamant make-up can play a part in the female-led revolution occurring in Hollywood.The Oscar-winning actress is a staunch political activist and has been involved in the U.S. Women’s March equal rights organisation and the developme…

Natalie Portman is adamant make-up can play a part in the female-led revolution occurring in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actress is a staunch political activist and has been involved in the U.S. Women’s March equal rights organisation and the development of the #MeToo movement.

And in a new interview with Marie Claire, Portman explained how she feels cosmetics and a woman’s beauty can be revolutionary.

“I think everyone now feels free to use beauty products as much or as little as they want, and the relaxing of those constraints is a revolution in itself,” she shared. “It allows you to reveal who you are but also to protect by masking yourself. Sometimes you want a bold lipstick, and sometimes no make-up at all. No matter what you decide, it doesn’t dictate who you are.”

The Black Swan star is keen to use as many natural products as possible in her beauty routine, after being inspired by the make-up artist on the set of her first film Leon: The Professional back in 1994.

“For my first role, the make-up artist on set used beet juice mixed with rose water for my character’s cheeks, and it always made me want to use the most natural products possible,” the 38-year-old shared.

The actress, who is the face of Dior’s hugely successful fragrance Miss Dior, also revealed that one of her favourite scents is jasmine, as it transports her back to Morocco where she travelled extensively during her twenties.

“Smell is the most emotional of the senses. It’s one of the earliest to develop, so scents hit you at your core and can take you back to a particular place and time,” Portman explained.

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Tessa Thompson demanded better pay deal on Men In Black: International

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better pay deal on her latest movie, Men in Black: International. The 35-year-old actress shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth in the sci-fi action block…

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better pay deal on her latest movie, Men in Black: International.

The 35-year-old actress shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth in the sci-fi action blockbuster, so when it came to contract negotiations with studio officials, she felt empowered by her involvement in the 2018 campaign to end sexual misconduct and push for equal rights in the workplace to make her wage demands heard.

“(Time’s Up) allowed me to say things I’m not sure I would have said a year ago,” she explained to Marie Claire magazine. “The truth is, the system where you assess international value is inherently sexist and racist because we haven’t had those opportunities. The only way to disrupt that is to create new models.”

Tessa told movie officials that while she was aware of the popularity and fame of Australian hunk Chris, she deserved to get a better deal than what they were offering.

“When we were having the conversation around how we structure our deals, I said, ‘I understand who Chris Hemsworth is and who I am not relative to him, globally and otherwise. But in the success of the film, that changes. In success, I want equity. Because then you can’t make the same argument,'” she shared.

And when asked if she got what she wanted, Tessa coyly replied: “Let’s just say we’re all happy.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the star shared her frustration with Hollywood’s continued lack of diversity, and called for more equality for women of colour.

“When we talk about issues of pay equity, that means something different to Natalie Portman than it does to me,” she said. “Women who are not of colour are talking about pay equity with men. (We) are so far away from that.”

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Tessa Thompson inspired by Time’s Up movement to push for better deal on Men In Black: International

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better deal on her new movie, Men in Black: International.The 35-year-old stars as Agent M in the film and shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth, and candi…

Tessa Thompson was inspired by the Time’s Up movement to push for a better deal on her new movie, Men in Black: International.

The 35-year-old stars as Agent M in the film and shares top billing with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth, and candidly opened up about her contract negotiations in an interview with Marie Claire magazine.

Tessa confessed that it was her involvement in the Time’s Up movement, which was founded last year by Hollywood celebrities in response to the sexual harassment scandal, that prompted her to push for equality.

“(Time’s Up) allowed me to say things I’m not sure I would have said a year ago,” she explained. “The truth is, the system where you assess international value is inherently sexist and racist because we haven’t had those opportunities. The only way to disrupt that is to create new models.”

Tessa then told studio bosses that while she was aware of the popularity and fame of Australian hunk Chris, she deserved to get a better deal than what they were offering.

“When we were having the conversation around how we structure our deals, I said, ‘I understand who Chris Hemsworth is and who I am not relative to him, globally and otherwise. But in the success of the film, that changes. In success, I want equity. Because then you can’t make the same argument,'” she shared.

And when asked if she got what she wanted, Tessa coyly replied: “Let’s just say we’re all happy.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she opened up about her frustration that Hollywood is still lacking diversity, and wants more equality for women of colour.

“When we talk about issues of pay equity, that means something different to Natalie Portman than it does to me. Women who are not of colour are talking about pay equity with men. (We) are so far away from that.”

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Rodarte designers: ‘Natalie Portman’s 2011 Oscars look was a special moment’

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers. The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their…

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers.

The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their favourite celebrity dresses for a new Harper’s Bazaar U.S. feature, and selected the purple off-the-shoulder gown Natalie wore when she appeared at the 2011 Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for Black Swan.

The Mulleavys had designed the costumes for the psychological thriller as well as all the red carpet outfits for it, so having Natalie, who was pregnant with her first child Aleph the time, take home the trophy while dressed in Rodarte was the perfect end to that project.

“Making the gown for Natalie’s Academy Award appearance for Black Swan was a pinnacle moment in a two-year journey we took with her,” said Laura. “From making the ballet costumes for the film, to making the principle character costumes for her character, to making dresses and gowns for the premiere events for the film, and being a friend we were able to create an Oscar gown that celebrated her iconic and brilliant performance.”

Kate added, “Seeing her nominated and winning at the Oscars was one of the most special moments of our career.”

For the feature, the siblings also picked a few designs that hit the red carpet earlier this year, such as Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s orange Golden Globes dress, Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio’s Oscars gown, and Brie Larson’s star-studded dress for the premiere of Captain Marvel.

“It was so thrilling to create a custom gown for our friend’s premiere,” commented Kate of Brie’s look. “Brie worked tirelessly to create this character and seeing the culmination of all her hard work and diligence on opening night was overwhelming.”

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