Category: Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman reveals baby's name: Aleph Portman-Millepied

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied's baby son finally has a name -- or more specifically, the world finally knows the name that Natalie Portman and fiancé Benjamin Millepied gave their new baby son.

The little man has been dubbed Aleph Portman-Millepied, according to People.

"Aleph" is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and has possible meanings including "leader" and "the oneness of God." Closer to its religious roots in Judaic Kabbalah, it translates to "primordial one that contains all numbers."

News of Aleph's arrival came in mid-June. No word on when his parents will tie the knot, but we hope it's soon -- if only for a possible peek at a newborn-size tuxedo.


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Photo: A then-pregnant Natalie Portman with fiancé Benjamin Millepied at the 2011 Academy Awards. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images


Natalie Portman welcomes baby boy with Benjamin Millepied

Natalie Portman has a baby boy

Congratulations to new mom Natalie Portman, who has finally welcomed her baby boy with fiance Benjamin Millepied.

Details are few, but People reports that Portman, who met choreographer-dancer Millipied while filming "Black Swan," has delivered. The winning actress had been rocking a major baby bump around New York City of late, running errands and walking her dog.

Portman's pregnancy and her engagement to Millipied went public in December, shortly after she was nominated for the best actress Golden Globe, which she won along with the Independent Spirit, BAFTA, Critics Choice and Academy awards.

Portman, who has been laying low since award season, surfaced in PSA form last week to promote her cause FINCA, which lends economic support for self-sustaining women in impoverished countries.


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Photos: A pregnant Natalie Portman was dolled up for award shows and award-show events. Credits, from left: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images; Mario Anzuoni / Reuters; Jason Merritt / Getty Images; Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.

'Thor' movie premiere: Chris Hemsworth, Kenneth Branagh, Kat Dennings enjoy the moment [Video]

Chris Hemsworth with fans at the Thor premiere "Thor" hasn't hit theaters yet, but star Chris Hemsworth and director Kenneth Branagh hit the El Capitan Theatre with gusto Monday night for the Hollywood premiere of the big-budget studio tentpole film that many are predicting will spawn a new franchise.

Paramount, the studio releasing the movie based on a Marvel comic book, pulled out all the stops, shutting down a portion of Hollywood Boulevard to accomodate the glut of stars -- among them Kat Dennings, who plays the goofy sidekick to Natalie Portman's character in the film -- who walked the "Thor" red carpet. A faux-gold throne was erected in front of the theater.

Click the pics above and below for a photo gallery of red carpet arrivals in Hollywood and Down Under.

Most of the "Thor" cast members said they were so swept up in the evening's festivities that they hadn't even paid mind to the possibility of a sequel.

"The moment you start thinking, 'What should I do with "Thor 2" or "[Thor] 3"?' I think it's over," Branagh said.

"Sometimes people talk about saving stuff for movies. I wouldn't do that. Put it all in the first one," he joked.

Thor-premiere-pictures It also will take the film's producers a few months to absorb how "Thor" is received, Branagh said.

"And then I think it's during that time that I guess one would figure out whether Marvel is prepared to write the check and whether we're ready to write the stories."

Hemsworth, who stars as the Norse god in the movie, said that when he signed on to "Thor" he wasn't bothered by the possibility of being locked into a popular franchise for a number of years.

"For me, I was happy to get a job. I fell in amongst Anthony Hopkins and Kenneth Branagh and Natalie Portman and a film like this, it was a dream," he said. "It wasn't much hesitation. It was, 'Sign me up.' "

Dennings echoed that sentiment. "The thing is, it’s kind of the dream project, so if I'm needed in any sequels, I’d be more than happy to sign my life away."


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Photos, from top: Chris Hemsworth signs autographs at the premiere of "Thor" at the El Capitan Theatre; Rapper M.C. Hammer arrives at the premiere. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters; Gabriel Buoys / AFP/Getty Images

'Your Highness' star Danny McBride and wife are expecting a baby

"Your Highness" star and co-writer Danny McBride has announced that he and his wife Gia Ruiz are expecting a baby.

"I got married last October," McBride said on Conan O'Brien's show Wednesday. "I wasted zero time. Three months later I knocked my wife up. It happened very quickly."

That would make his wife about three months pregnant, according to super-rudimentary Ministry calculations.

"I had never impregnated anyone before," the 34-year-old actor quipped. "So I didn't really realize that what they teach you in health class is actually true. That's all it takes."

When Coco asked the sex of the baby, the "Eastbound and Down" star suggested in his own humorous way that it's a boy.

"We've been told that it's either a three-legged girl or ... we either have a marathon runner or a porn star," he joked.

When this Ministry writer offered McBride congratulations during a Hero Complex live chat Thursday, he joked, "Nardine! Thank you ... we will name the baby after you." (This Ministry writer is now considering alternate careers as a marathon runner or porn star.)

'Your Highness' premiere photos: Danny McBride and James Franco McBride, who plays retired baseball player-turned high school coach Kenny Powers in the HBO comedy "Eastbound and Down," stars in the upcoming stoner comedy with James Franco and Natalie Portman. It is directed by McBride's film school buddy David Gordon Green who with McBride came up with the concept for the film.

"The idea for the movie honestly started out as a joke," he told O'Brien. "We would come up with just titles of movies and we'd quickly figure out what the movie was and if the movie wasn't good you had a drink or something like that. And 'Your Highness' was born that way ... It's about a prince who gets stoned and fights dragons. And 10 years later we have Natalie Portman and James Franco -- Oscar-nominated and winning actors."

Click the pic for more photos from the premiere.

Green said the movie was influenced by various '80s genre films including "Barbarian Queen," "Hawk the Slayer," "Labyrinth," "The Sword and the Sorcerer" "Fire and Ice" and "Barbarians" among others.

But McBride told O'Brien he had a different idea for the film.

"We could make this look like it was 'Lord of the Rings' and make it look beautiful but at the end of the day it's just one giant ... joke."

"Your Highness" hits theaters Friday.


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Photo: Danny McBride and James Franco pose together on the red carpet at the "Your Highness" premiere Friday. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Natalie Portman's body double: accusations, accounting and Aronofsky

natalie portman's body double said she did most of the dancing, not Natalie. Natalie Portman can't catch a break -- or, to hear her body double Sarah Lane tell it, caught a lot of them during the filming of "Black Swan."

Over the weekend, Lane dished to about anyone who would listen that the Oscar-winning Portman didn't do nearly as much hoofing as we've been told -- specifically that about 5% of the footwork we see on screen is the real Natalie.

It all started last week when our sister blog Culture Monster published an interview with Portman's fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, who addressed a few rumblings that Portman didn't do the majority of the dancing in the thriller.

"[Reports are] making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio. Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie," said Millepied. 

Millepied, apparently, cut into the wrong Lane.

"I should specify the actual percentage of dancing that Natalie did,” Lane told the Wall Street Journal in an email. “They are saying that it was 85-90% of the dancing but I can tell you honestly that it was about 5% of the on-screen dancing.”

Portman's director Darren Aronofsky remained silent in the wings but on Monday revealed that he requested the film's editor to physically count the number of scenes from the final prodcut that featured Natalie dancing on her own.

"There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 80% Natalie Portman," he said in a statement. "... Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.”

Talk about ruffled feathers.


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Phot: Natalie Portman as embattled ballerina Nina in "Black Swan." Credit: Fox Searchlight  

Mike Huckabee on pregnant-out-of-wedlock Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman Nothing like a little sound-bite tango to take the edge off of an Oscar win -- Mike Huckabee made headlines this last week for comments about actress Natalie Portman, specifically regarding her and fiance Benjamin Millepied getting pregnant while unwed.

On Monday, the will-he-or-won't-he 2012 presidential prospect went on Mike Medved's radio program to discuss his new book, and used Portman as a reference in discussing single mothers in the United States.

"People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, 'We're not married but we're having these children and they're doing just fine. ... I think it gives a distorted image. It's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children," Huckabee said.

The former Arkansas governor's book leads off with a chapter titled "The Most Important Form of Government is a Father, Mother, and Children."

In the days after that interview, Huckabee learned what happens when you say stuff about Natalie Portman.

The comments went wide, almost universally perceived as a diss, prompting Huckabee to post some follow-up remarks on his website Friday.

"Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not 'slam' or 'attack' Natalie Portman," he wrote.

"My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."

(For the record, the Christian Science Monitor notes, statistics show that while families headed by a single mom have a higher poverty rate than families headed by a single dad or a married couple, the majority of single-mom households do not fall below the poverty level.)

Portman remained mum. We'd love your thoughts, and can we just say -- how about a week of peace for the best actress Oscar winners after they take the prize?

Let us not forget that Sandra Bullock had only a precious few days with her gold statue before, well, you know


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Photo: Natalie Portman clutches her Oscar, and shows off her baby bump, at the 2011 Governors Ball following the Academy Awards. Credit: Getty Images

John Galliano fired by Dior in wake of 'I love Hitler' video

Dior designer John Galliano has been fired.

Designer John Galliano went from suspended to fired at fashion house Dior after a 2010 video in which he said "I love Hitler" went public Monday, and Oscar winner Natalie Portman later declared herself "shocked and disgusted" by his words.

"In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish," Portman said in a statement Tuesday, "I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way." The "Black Swan" star is the face of the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance.

Natalie Portman "disgusted" by John Galliano's behavior "People like you would be dead," the designer slurred to patrons at a neighboring table in the video, posted on the Sun website. "Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be ... gassed and ... dead." He also told those who made the video -- who were French and Italian, not Jewish, the Sun said -- that he had a problem with them because they were ugly. 

The Tuesday firing comes only days ahead of Friday's Dior show during Paris Fashion Week.

"In light of the deeply offensive statements and conduct by John Galliano [in that video], Christian Dior has commenced termination procedures against him," the company said in a statement, also quoting Chief Executive Sidney Toledano: "We unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano which are in total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior."

The British designer had been suspended by the company after he was questioned and released by police Thursday for allegedly making anti-Semitic and anti-Asian statements to a woman and man in Paris' La Perle restaurant and threatening to kill the man. Prosecutors and police said Friday that Galliano's blood alcohol levels were high.

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Oscars: Darren Aronofsky on 'Black Swan,' Aaron Sorkin on ... Facebook?

Darren Aronofsky at the Academy Awards With Natalie Portman a heavy favorite to take the lead actress Oscar, director Darren Aronofsky reflected Sunday on how unlikely it was that any of them were on the Academy Awards red carpet -- given that "Black Swan" almost didn't get made.

"It's not just about that," said the best director nominee. "This is a genre film, and the academy doesn't look at genre films the same way."

And what if the film's only Oscar -- it is nominated in five categories, including best picture -- goes to Portman?

"We never thought we'd get anything," Aronofsky said. "Then we started shooting and we thought,'Well, maybe Natalie will get some attention.' So, if it's her up there on the stage respresenting the movie, that's plenty for me."

"Black Swan" was also nominated in four categories at Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. "It's kind of nice to straddle both worlds ... ," said Aronofsky, who won a first-screenplay Spirit Award for his 1998 debut film, "Pi."  "It felt a little like a homecoming."

Meanwhile, "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin was coming from an underdog stance as well.  "You know what," he said, "it's just such an honor to be here tonight."

As he walked away, however, he told a reporter, "I'm joining Facebook, just stay in contact with me."

Um, joining? About time, some would say.

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Photo: "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 27, 2011. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Natalie Portman likes Ashton Kutcher's parenting skills

Natalie Portman No Strings Attached Natalie Portman says she'd take parenting advice from "No Strings Attached" costar Ashton Kutcher.

The newly knocked-up actress told MTV News that Kutcher would come to their movie set with sweet stories about advice he gave his stepdaughters, which showed her that he was a committed parent to Demi Moore's kids.

Did we mention that everyone's all up in Portman's business these days?

Recently engaged to choreographer Benjamin Millepied, she oh-so-ungraciously included mention of their sex life in her Golden Globes acceptance speech.

The once-private starlet is basking in the limelight thanks to critical acclaim for playing a psycho-ballerina in "Black Swan." Honestly, we think awards should go to the actors who take on roles where they have to naturally pack on the pounds, then shed them by award season. Hear that, George Clooney, Jake Gyllenhaal and Matt Damon?

Pounds or no pounds, she's likely getting more awards if "Strings" doesn't ruin her chances, as "Norbit" did for Eddie Murphy. Her laugh has also taken on a life of its own.

"The weird thing is people knowing about something that's so private," she told MTV about her pregnancy. "But I mean, you get used to it. It's just wild to walk down the street and have a complete stranger be like, 'Congratulations!'"

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Golden Globes: Serious glamour from Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Renner at InStyle bash

Anne Hathaway and Zac Braff at the InStyle Golden Globes party

Natalie Portman at the InStyle Golden Globes party Golden Globes parties can look like fun, but when it came to fashion at Sunday night's InStyle and Warner Bros. party, no one was playing around.

Anne Hathaway made a stunning show in her amber Armani number, leaning back in a private booth so casually you'd think she was in jeans. The upcoming Academy Awards host lounged amid the likes of "Inception" director Christopher Nolan, Malin Akerman, "Desperate Housewives" diva Vanessa Williams and Molly Sims.

Pregnant ladies Natalie Portman and Jane Krakowski crossed paths, both chatting with InStyle magazine editor Ariel Foxman before heading to their respective studio parties. "Black Swan" beauty Mila Kunis floated in and immediately hit the bar -- for java.

The brunet sipped from a coffee cup for the better part of an hour, deep in conversation with "The Town" star Jeremy Renner.

We spotted Lea Michele of "Glee" with her costar Amber Riley -- and can only hope the multi-talented Michele said hello to "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, as they have something of a history.

Steinfeld looked adequately starstruck but took age-appropriate texting breaks at the event, which boasted a serious Godiva chocolate bar. It also boasted Tilda Swinton, very fashion forward in Jil Sander, chatting up W magazine editor Lynn Hirschberg.

Christina Aguilera had a coming out of sorts -- she's been quietly dating "Burlesque" production assistant Matt Rutler, but the pair made their official debut last night, holding hands and kissing for photographers.

Click the pics for more party photos from the Golden Globe Awards


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Upper photo: Anne Hathaway and Zac Braff at the InStyle and Warner Bros. party after the Golden Globe Awards. Credit: Alexandra Wyman / Getty Images

Lower photo: Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman arrives at the InStyle party. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images



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