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  1. Who Wants to See Anne Hathaway Sing Broadway Versions of Rap Songs? [VIDEO]

    You do? Well you're in luck, 'cause that's just what she did on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show recently. Now seems like a good time to rewatch that rap Natalie Portman did on Saturday Night Live a few years back. No reason. It's behind the jump for your viewing pleasure.

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  2. Lightning, Thunderclouds, Thor 2

    Review

    These are dark times. Dark and gritty times. Or so it would seem from our choices at the box office, where trends kicked up (but hardly established) by the Nolanverse Batman films continue to cloud every superhero franchise for miles around. This is a land where wonderment is traded for plot expedience, story pacing replaced by gorgeous, if rampant, CGI. Thor: The Dark World is no exception, being as dark as its title suggests. Fun to watch, but ultimately only slightly more substantial than its predecessor, T:TDW suffers from being the middle chapter of its series, if not a smaller piece in the giant puzzle that is the MCU. Its visual clout may be mighty, but its story lacks punch. Engage at your peril, for through this ethereal portal lie SPOILERS.

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  3. Natalie Portman Explains The Ramp She Needed To Act With Chris Hemsworth In Thor [VIDEO]

    This Makes Sense

    This video clip from the Graham Norton Show is magical. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  4. Natalie Portman Has Serious Science Cred Going into Partnership With Disney to Get Girls Involved With STEM

    Lest you foolishly doubt her science cred, we have the two papers she coauthored.

    Natalie Portman and Marvel have teamed up to offer girls a chance to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the Ultimate Mentor Adventure. Portman is more than just a face on the campaign, she has a legitimate science background and was the coauthor on two papers. We tracked them down. Take a look.

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  5. Natalie Portman Lays Down A Truth Bomb About Female Characters

    Supergirly

    "I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad - human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you're making a 'feminist' story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That's not feminist, that's macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with."Natalie Portman makes a spot-on observation in Elle magazine about a hurdle female characters often face—namely, that if you're not an ass-kicking, fearless warrior princess then you get some of your feminist points taken away. Remember, folks, the "strong" in "strong female character" doesn't—or shouldn't, anyway—mean "strong" in a physical or emotional sense. A strong female character is one who's strongly written, with her own personality, agency, motivations, fears, and goals, whatever those happen to be. Because female characters, like all characters, should be written as complex human beings (except when they're not human). Imagine that. (via: Digital Spy) Previously in the women of Marvel know what's up

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  6. Asgard, Tom Hiddleston Look Gorgeous In New Images From Thor: The Dark World

    old gods do new jobs

    These new images from Thor: The Dark World confirm what we knew from the trailers: that things are really dire this time around and everybody's hair has gotten longer. Also, Asgard is really, really pretty.

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  7. Marvel and Natalie Portman Announce Mentoring Program for Girls Interested in STEM Fields

    she blinded me with science

    Marvel has announced the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, part mentor program, part contest, that gives American girls in grades 9-12 the resources to find and interview professional women in science, technology, engineering, and math, and then rewards them for doing it.

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  8. Natalie Portman Might Know Something We Don’t Know About a Female-Led Marvel Movie

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Let's play a game of "Does this actress have insider knowledge or is she working off the same rumors as the rest of us?"

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  9. Natalie Portman Reveals She Actually Punched Tom Hiddleston

    Excelsior!

    Comic Book Movie's recent interview with Natalie Portman contains a number of hopeful tidbits about Thor: The Dark World for folks who like their ladies in superhero films. And who like seeing villains get their comeuppance.

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  10. A New Thor: The Dark World Trailer Has Arrived From Asgard (Okay, From YouTube)

    Excelsior!

    The new trailer for Thor: The Dark World is packed with action, magical prison cells, Idris Elba, Frigga battling the Dark Elf Malekith, and the expected number of threatening voice overs. Based on descriptions we heard last month it seems to be the same trailer that aired at Comic-Con, but for those of us who weren't there it's certainly worth a watch. The new trailer provides more insight into the battles and major conflict of the movie, while the last trailer focused a bit more on the state of Thor and Jane Foster's relationship, and, of course, Loki's hair. Thor: The Dark World is set to release on November 8th of this year. (via ComingSoon.net) Previously in Thor: The Dark World

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  11. Natalie Portman’s Audition Tape for Léon: The Professional

    i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

    Start your morning with a teeny tiny Natalie Portman auditioning to be a teeny tiny hitwoman. And don't forget to drink your milk and put the plant in the window. (via Movies.com.)

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  12. Heathers meets Fight Club” Movie Dare Me Might Star Natalie Portman

    I'll Allow It

    Natalie Portman is being pursued by Fox 2000 to star in the film adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel Dare Me, a story involving high school cheerleaders, suicide, mystery, and presumably lots of drama.  The film will center around two high school seniors, Beth Cassidy and Addy Hanlon, who have a Heather Chandler/ Veronica Sawyer type relationship, and how their world changes for the more mysterious once a new, young cheerleading coach enters the mix.

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  13. Things We Saw Today: Wolverine’s Back In New Days of Future Past Set Photo

    Things We Saw Today

    Tweeted by director Bryan Singer. What did you think I meant? (MTV)

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  14. Watch the Thor: The Dark World Teaser That Broke Tumblr

    old gods do new jobs

    Okay, so this didn't literally break Tumblr. The site didn't go down, but... Well, we'll talk more about that later. I'm prepared to enjoy this teaser with one reservation. Thor is still an affable lunkhead who'll just zip his girlfriend off to another dimension without much warning; Sif is still a badass; and the opening image of the trailer, which, while minor, I don't want to spoil, is conceptually fascinating. I do wish this teaser didn't make such a damsel out of Jane Foster as it appears to. For now, in the absence of more evidence, I'll trust that her character's role has been necessarily diminished by the contraints of making a snappy trailer, especially considering Natalie Portman's efforts to shake up the behind the scenes gender imbalance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which Marvel has apparently made "concessions" towards. Also, I may have been distracted by Loki. You'll understand what I mean when you watch it.

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  15. Natalie Portman Is A “Fish Out Of Water” In Thor: The Dark World

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    Even though Natalie Portman may not have been thrilled to return for Thor: The Dark World, her character Jane is going on quite the adventure. Hit the jump for the official plot synopsis as well as a few details on Jane's journey to Asgard.

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  16. Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart Top Forbes’ List of Most Bankable Actors

    Oh Hollywood

    Like them or not, Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart have one good thing going for them, at least as far as the production side of making movies is concerned: According to Forbes' annual list of "Hollywood's Best Actors For The Buck," they're the two most bankable stars around.

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  17. Rumors That Natalie Portman had to be ‘Forced’ Back for Thor 2 Not Really Surprising

    Fact From the Vapor of Nuance

    With the news that Hugo Weaving isn't particularly attached to his role as Red Skull, or superhero movies in general, and is not angling to get let back into the Captain America franchise, comes an offhand reference by TGDaily that Natalie Portman was recently 'forced' to adhere to her multi-movie contract as the titular god's love interest for Thor 2. It's a bit of a flimsy piece of evidence of strain between the actor and the movie studio, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least. It's been almost a year since we visited this story, but Portman was known to not really be enthusiastic about filming Thor 2, and especially not after the studio fired her recommended choice for director, Patty Jenkins, who would have been the first woman to direct a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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  18. Natalie Portman Will Produce and Star in a Western Directed by Lynn Ramsay

    i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

    Adding another notch on her producer's belt, Natalie Portman is set to produce and star in the Western Jane Got a Gun, which will be directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin). The story follows a woman with an "outlaw husband" on the run from some nasties, and it's her job to stop them from murdering him. So, a western being produced and directed by women, starring a woman who doesn't need to be saved. We're listening, Ms. Portman and Ms. Ramsay. You have our attention.

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  19. Alan Taylor Will Replace Patty Jenkins to Direct Thor 2

    Officially Official

    Marvel has found someone with epic credentials to direct Thor 2 -- Alan Taylor, best known for directing episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones, will take over for Patty Jenkins, who departed the project earlier this month. Taylor was one of two directors in the final running to take over the superhero sequel, ultimately beating out Daniel Minahan, who also directed episodes of Game of Thrones. But what the world is surely going to wonder now is whether or not this will please Natalie Portman.

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  20. Natalie Portman Furious at the Dismissal of Patty Jenkins from Thor 2

    Insidery

    Seems we're not the only ones upset at the firing of Patty Jenkins from the set of Thor 2. According to the reliable Hollywood Reporter, star Natalie Portman is giving Marvel a piece of her mind. So much so that even though she's contractually obligated to the movie, Marvel is making concessions "Marvel is now said to be working overtime to smooth over the situation by including her in discussions about whom to hire as a replacement." Why so serious, Natalie? Well, it turns out Portman pushed for Jenkins' hiring in the first place as a feature that would keep her enthusiastically in the production.

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