Natalie Portman attends the opening night performance of L.A. Dance Project on Saturday, Sept. 22.
By Us Weekly
Blonde Swan! Newlywed Natalie Portman made headline hair news over the weekend when the normally brunette beauty, 31, debuted sunny blonde hair at the Van Cleef & Arpels Dinner for L.A. Dance Project on Saturday.
The Oscar-winning actress -- who hung out with husband Benjamin Millepied and Robert Pattinson at the bash -- told fellow revelers that the startling-but-stunning new look is for a film role, although she didn't elaborate.
A-list colorist Tracey Cunningham did the honors for Portman, who's the face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance.
"Natalie makes a beautiful blonde!" Cunningham tells Us Weekly. "She needed to make the change for an upcoming movie role, and using Redken's Blonde Dimensions we achieved a gorgeous, multi-dimensional golden blonde."
The last time fans saw Portman go blonde, the star briefly wore a blonde bob wig playing a stripper who seduces Jude Law in "Closer."
She and French-born dancer-choreographer Millepied, 35, are parents to son Aleph, 15 months, and they tied the know in Big Sur, Calif., last month. Although Portman new 'do confirms she's continuing to work, she's also relishing motherhood, a source recently told Us.
"She has this glow about her these days. ... There's been a change in her since the little man arrived. She and Benjamin are so content."
Democratic National Convention managers released their own list of "surprise" celebrity speakers Wednesday -- but don't expect any of them to bring furniture onstage.
Before President Barack Obama goes to the microphone Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., he will be preceded by Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington, according to a list of last-minute speakers provided to CNN by the DNC.
Not only are the Democrats' most prominent celebrity speakers women, but their collective age barely equals Clint Eastwood's. It's another striking statement about the difference between the audiences the two conventions were meant to address.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Mazel tov! Six months after very quietly debuting wedding bands at the 2012 Oscars, Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied exchanged marital vows in a Jewish ceremony at a private home near Big Sur, Calif., on Saturday, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm. The 8 p.m. wedding took place beneath a chuppah -- and in the dark! No other details were immediately available.
The Oscar-winning actress, 31, and French-born dancer-choreographer Millepied, 35, are parents to a 13-month-old son, Aleph.
After meeting on the set of 2010's "Black Swan" (Millepied was choreographer and had a small role in the film that won Portman a best actress Oscar), the stunning couple announced their engagement and pregnancy in December 2010. (A set source told Us it was "seductive to watch" to couple fall fall for one another . . . There was no way the attraction could be missed.)
During her acceptance speech in February 2011, an emotional Portman called Millepied "my beautiful love," and thanked him for giving her "the most important role of my life (motherhood)." Aleph was born that June.
The couple returned to the Academy Awards in February of this year and, amidst affectionate red carpet shots together, sported apparent wedding bands. Although the resolutely private couple wouldn't comment, jeweler Jamie Wolf confirmed to Us: "I designed the rings worn by Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman . . . They were made with recycled platinum and conflict free diamonds."
If you're a big fan of Johnny Depp or Natalie Portman or Michael J. Fox, you might know that they all share a birthday today, June 9. I happen to know this because I share it with them. Yay, me!
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Johnny Depp (49), Natalie Portman (31) and Michael J. Fox (51) were all born on June 9.
It's not a big deal to share a birthday with a famous person. There are a lot of us and a few handfuls of them. Someone you know out there is always blowing out candles on the same day as someone you don't know but wish you did.
I did some digging around on June 9 birthdays for selfish reasons and found out that beyond Depp, Portman and Fox, I've got a big list of invites to make for the greatest party ever.
Looking past dozens of composers and soccer players I've never heard of, the list includes some impressive dead and living souls.
The Russian ruler Peter the Great was born on this date in 1672. He'll probably want to be in charge of the party seating chart. And the menu. And the coat check. And valet.
The bandleader Fred Waring (b. 1900) provided financial backing for the first electric blendor which holds his name to this day. Put that guy behind the bar.
Long before the transit of Venus this past week, German astronomer Johann Galle (b. 1812) was staring into space. He's credited with knowing what Neptune was before anyone else. If he leaves the table, look for him outside.
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You like rock 'n' roll? You can thank Les Paul for inventing the solid body electric guitar.
The party will need a little music, of course. Let's see what composer Cole Porter (b. 1891), electric guitar god Les Paul (b. 1915) and Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy (b. 1978) can come up with. And feel free to ask Bellamy about his kid with Kate Hudson.
Looking for a little deep conversation at the party table? Saddle up next to Robert McNamara (b. 1916) and discuss Vietnam War startegy with the former secretary of defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. But go watch "Fog of War" first, a top-notch documentary for sure.
Comedian Jackie Mason (b. 1936) is probably good for a few jokes. But if you'd rather talk sports, particularly basketball, you'll want to get some Q.T. with Dick Vitale (b. 1939), baby! You'll be a P.T. player by June 10.
Step away from the party and head to the TV room for a break. You'll find Donald Duck (b. 1934) cartoon reruns playing. June 9 is officially recognized as the character's birthday by Disney.
Speaking of cartoons, maybe Abraham Groening (b. 1991) can handle the invites. He's the son of "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening.
Depp (b. 1963), Portman (b. 1981) and Fox (b. 1961) will certainly command much of the attention at the party. But it's my party too, so you can talk to Depp only about "Edward Scissorhands." Ask Portman about "Hotel Chevalier." And Michael J. Fox can say whatever he wants about "Back to the Future." As long as he doesn't hand out these.
For his new music video “My Valentine,” Paul McCartney enlisted the aid of Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp to interpret the lyrics of his song through sign language. However, some in the sign-language community are now claiming the actors botched the effort.
The video, released on April 13, came in three editions: one with Portman, one with Depp, and one splicing the two together. According to UK tabloid The Sun, both actors signed the word “tampon” instead of "appear," and Depp additionally signed "enemy" while attempting “valentine.”
A spokesperson for the British Deaf Association told the Sun, “The sign for tampon does seem to come up from both Johnny and Natalie, which causes some confusion, especially as American and British sign languages are different.”
But in an interview with TODAY.com, Jami Fisher, ASL Program Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, explained that while there may have been inconsistencies, the video is “not as scandalous” as reports are claiming.
“[The video] is not literally English to ASL, it’s conceptually interpreted, and appropriately so,” Fisher says. “For me, the biggest error was when Johnny Depp signed ‘valentine’ at the end. His middle finger should have been reversed, so it looks like he’s giving the middle finger. It doesn’t mean ‘enemy’ though.”
As for the “tampon” blunder, Fisher believes that’s a difference of interpretation.
“'Tampon' doesn't have its own sign; in context, it uses a classifier predicate to mean 'an object of that shape is inserted,' she told TODAY.com. "The video uses a similar classifier predicate with the same handshapes to mean that (s)he 'appeared.' They have similar conceptual representations … but actual meaning is made based on context.”
Fisher does agree with the Brits that using a proper interpreter instead of celebrities would have been nice, but both applaud McCartney’s effort to bring more attention to the language.
Adds Fisher, “The disconnect between British and American sign language is probably coming from the British audience, not the American. That’s my perspective. For a signer to watch this, they’d probably say, ‘Oh these people just learned sign language for the video.’”
And judging by other responses, she may be correct.
Christine, a nationally certified ASL interpreter, wrote on MTV News, “British sign language and American sign language are two completely different languages. They signed this in American Sign Language and while it wasn't perfect, they did not sign the gaffes mentioned in this article. I just think it's pretty cool that Paul McCartney thought this would be artistically and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Good on Natalie and Johnny for their work on this. It may get more people interested in learning ASL, since these are three very popular artists.”
Adds Victoria, “This just proves that most people would rather point out the flaws of others instead of actually enjoying the performance.”
Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney at the world premiere for his new "My Valentine" video.
By Merle Ginsberg, The Hollywood Reporter
There aren't a lot of parties where you can see giants of the music, film, television and fashion worlds come together and act like old friends -- which some of them actually are. But at Stella McCartney's L.A. boutique on Friday night April 13, you could see Quincy Jones mingling with Gwyneth Paltrow; Gwen Stefani chatting casually with Woody Harrelson; and Dave Grohl and Chris Martin having a conversation together. There were more stars in the store and the outdoor tented garden -- with video screen -- than non-stars on hand.
But for the debut of Sir Paul McCartney's new self-directed video "My Valentine," the A-list turned up -- and more. How often does one receive an invitation from Paul and Stella McCartney? The father/daughter duo don't do a lot of press opps together, but this was a lot more than that. The black-and-white video, with cinematography from Wally Pfister ("The Dark Knight," "Inception"), was shown in three versions: one starring Johnny Depp, one with Natalie Portman (who appeared in McCartney's 2007 video for the song "Dance Tonight") and a version that cuts footage of the two actors together. (Speaking of which, why haven't these two starred in a movie together yet? They look amazing together.)
In the McCartney-directed Depp version, the actor plays guitar and does sign language to the song -- all in one long shot. Portman also performs sign language to the haunting love song, but also mimed the lyrics. The third version, with the two stars cut into one video, seemed to be a crowd favorite. The videos are all strikingly simple and strikingly intimate -- full eye contact with the actors, close-ups -- and heart-tugging emotion, "emo" being a Paul McCartney signature.
There was even a red carpet where actresses could show off their Stella McCartney looks: Paltrow sported Stella's sky high vegan booties with grey jeans and a black blazer, and didn't do the carpet with husband Martin, but greeted friends with him inside. Ginnifer Goodwin, stepping out with new boyfriend and co-star Josh Dallas, wore the evening's best look: a color block Stella dress that matched black and white print with peach and grey tones. Model Liberty Ross and Rumer Willis both donned versions of McCartney's hit spring dress, a red-and-white small print with an S-curve running through the body. Stella McCartney donned a simple black shirt and black well-cut trousers. She's notoriously simple in her dress. She also looked to have not a spot of makeup on her freshly scrubbed English rose skin.
Reese Witherspoon, pregnant and glowing, stepped out without husband Jim Toth, in a black dress with lace sleeves and a lace hem that was really flattering, Stefani, who spent most of the night with No Doubt's Tony Kanal, wore a jumpsuit in black that had sheer panels running all the way up the sides. "How can she wear underwear in that look?" asked one guest. A Hollywood stylist standing nearby quickly ended the mystery: "She isn't." The girl can work a look, that's for sure.
Paul McCartney welcomed guests with new wife Nancy Shevell at his side constantly -- their hands were never far away from each other -- and it's clear who inspired "My Valentine." At the end of the night, the couple was deep in conversation with Paltrow and Martin.
Also on hand were Zooey Deschanel, in a strapless white lace dress and big black ribbon, Amy Smart, Jordana Brewster, Jane Fonda and boyfriend Richard Perry, stylists Tanya Gill and George Kotsiopolous, Jason Lewis and little Kristen Stewart, in a cobalt short skirt, black jacket and flat black pointed toe creeper shoes -- who spent most of the night hiding in a corner, looking like she felt very out of place.
Natalie Portman, left and Benjamin Millepied arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26 in West Hollywood, Calif.
By Us Weekly
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Millepied! As suspected, Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied were indeed sporting wedding bands when they attended Sunday's Academy Awards in Hollywood, jeweler Jaime Wolf confirms to Us Weekly.
After falling in love on the set of "Black Swan," Portman and Millepied announced in late December 2010 that they were engaged and expecting. Millepied was Portman's constant companion on the 2011 awards circuit, where she picked up a bevy of statues (including the Best Actress Oscar) for her portrayal in "Black Swan."
The resolutely private -- but affectionate! -- couple returned at the 2012 Academy Awards, and quietly debuted new wedding bands.
During her emotional 2011 Oscar speech, Portman called the Frenchman "my beautiful love" and thanked him for giving her "my most important role of my life." They welcomed son Aleph in June 2010.
A "Black Swan" set source told Us it was "seductive to watch" Portman and Millepied fall for one another. "There was no way the attraction could be missed. I don't think he could help himself -- she's dazzling!"