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Natalie Portman’s newest film, the Western “Jane Got a Gun,” has been making headlines – but for all the wrong reasons. In a seemingly unprecedented period of bad luck, the movie lost its director as well as both leading men.
Director Lynne Ramsay quit after a dispute over delays, particularly in regards to her contract, and then Jude Law followed suit and abandoned “Jane,” citing Ramsay as the reason he’d signed on. Finally, to top it off, Michael Fassbender was forced to withdraw due to time conflicts with his upcoming “X-Men” sequel.
The “Star Wars” prequel trilogy and “V for Vendetta” leading lady Portman is set to both star in and co-produce “Jane.” The movie now features Joel Edgerton taking over the role of her co-star and Bradley Cooper as the villain. And within 24 hours of Ramsay’s departure, director Gavin O’Connor also stepped in to helm the project.
Portman, meanwhile, just finished up filming for “Thor 2: The Dark World”; the comic book sequel should appear in theaters this November.
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Born Natalie Hershlag, Portman holds dual citizenship with the United States and Israel, her place of birth. She is the only child of Avner and Shelley Hershlag (who now works as her agent), and her paternal great-grandparents died in Auschwitz during WWII, while her maternal great-grandmother served as a spy during the war.
Rogen Pulls an April Fool’s Prank
Seth Rogen – of “Knocked Up” and “50/50” fame – excited fans with the release of a trailer advertised as “Pineapple Express 2,” a supposed sequel to his 2008 hit which he both starred in and co-wrote. But then we checked the date: April 1.
The prank “Pineapple” reunion of Rogen with James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and writing partner Evan Goldberg turned out to be a home-movie style promo for the group’s upcoming movie, “This is the End.”
The clip bills the film as the “most anticipated sequel in human history,” but the clip shows some of comedy’s biggest names goofing off with fake weapons in poorly staged action sequences.
Of course, the actual film isn’t much more serious: “This is the End” begins with Franco’s character hosting a party which goes awry thanks to the arrival of a global apocalypse. The actors will all play fictional versions of themselves.
Rogen began his stand-up career at 12, performing for bar mitzvahs and other gatherings. He grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia with his parents Sandy and Mark Rogen – the two of whom met at an Israeli kibbutz.
Goldberg and Rogen’s own friendship began while attending bar mitzvah classes together before Rogen relocated to L.A. for his “Freaks and Geeks” TV role at ripe age of 16.