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IGN Interviews Natalie Portman 256

feller writes "IGN FilmForce has posted an interview with Natalie Portman from yesterday's Comic Con regarding her new film, V For Vendetta (written by Andy and Larry Wachowski, creators of The Matrix trilogy) and also covering everything from misguided fans, to what merits the use of violence, to Portman's own opinions about graphic novels. From the interview: 'Most of the Q&A session was dominated with questions for Natalie Portman, the star of the film. While the questions leveled at her ranged from weird to repetitive, one confused young man asked if starring in movies like Mighty Ducks was different than starring in films like V for Vendetta. Problem is, Ms. Portman never starred in Mighty Ducks. '"
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IGN Interviews Natalie Portman

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  • Hot grits? (Score:5, Funny)

    by aussie_a ( 778472 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:34AM (#13085397) Journal
    Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.

    Damn! I was hoping for some hot grits too!
  • news for nerds? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ErichTheWebGuy ( 745925 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:36AM (#13085405) Homepage
    I really thought this was a "news for nerds, stuff that maters" site... I would wager that the majority of the rest of the Slashdot readership is asking themselves the same thing I am:


    If I wanted to see fluff garbage from some Hollywood celeb trash, I would turn on the E! channel, like the wife does every 20 minutes... Now I gota see it on Slashdot. Damn!
    • Hey, if this isn't news for horny nerds, I don't know what would.
    • Re:news for nerds? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by 91degrees ( 207121 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @03:35AM (#13085547) Journal
      It's Natalie Portman, man! Have you no sense of history?

      That, Hot Grits, and Beowulf clusters are the only things that matter!

    • Seconded. NO interest in Natalie Portman, here. Can anyone recommend an IT news site that sticks to IT news (preferably with discussion board attached).
    • I care...because my hot grits have been waiting for such a long time. Shoot, I gotta reheat them.
    • I feel your pain. Tomorrow, will there be a headline touting an interview with the head of Quaker's grits division.

      Quite sad.

    • Read up on your history [wikipedia.org], asshole.

      This has been stuff that matters since around 1999. And by "stuff that matters", it generally is up to the editors, not the "majority".
  • Bring it on (Score:5, Funny)

    by ottffssent ( 18387 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:36AM (#13085406)
    Hot grits and all. We can take it. Let's hear from the old-school trolls.

    Come on, now's your chance. It's on-topic, even!

    I want to wake up this morning with 50 hot grits replies to this comment. I know you can do it, guys.

    Bring it on!
  • No offense to Portman, but have I been reading wrong graphic novels?
    Hyper-intellectual? WTF?

    And here I thought reading Joe Sacco's series and Maus gave me the right to wear a monnocle!

    • by 91degrees ( 207121 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @03:44AM (#13085576) Journal
      No offense to Portman, but have I been reading wrong graphic novels?

      Dunno. Have you read V for Vendetta? There are a lot of historical and literary references ranging from Homer and Shakespeare to the Rolling Stones. Maybe Hyper-intellectual is a bit of an exaggeration, but they're certainly intellectual.

      Alan Moore is quite clearly trying to turn the comic book into a recognised an artform in its own right.
  • by aussie_a ( 778472 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:40AM (#13085421) Journal
    written by Andy and Larry Wachowski, creators of The Matrix trilogy

    More like the plagarisers of the matrix [wikipedia.org].

    I should clarify that. I believe they did write the Matrix 2 and 3. But I believe Sophia Stewart's claim that they stole her idea (especially for the first movie). The second and third movies are so pathetic, that it's obvious to anyone who has seen the movies that they weren't written by the same people.
    • by incom ( 570967 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @03:17AM (#13085508)
      "The case also targets the producers of the Terminator franchise."

      With the date difference between the matrix and the terminator, I'd say she just wrote a script about governing computer mainframes and machines in the 70's, submitted it to a bunch of people, noticed some story similarities, and obsessively thought they stole her work...lawyers...profit!!!
      • With the date difference between the matrix and the terminator, I'd say she just wrote a script about governing computer mainframes and machines in the 70's, submitted it to a bunch of people, noticed some story similarities, and obsessively thought they stole her work...lawyers...profit!!!

        It's not quite that simple. If you read [playahata.com] about what she's actually claiming, it kind of makes sense. Now please note that I'm not claiming she's right. I don't know if she is. Just that what she's claiming makes sense

    • She's also sueing the Terminator for the same script. Seeing as how the only overlap between the Terminator and the Matrix is the sentient computer I gather that's what the lawsuit is about. And seeing as how a three year old playing an X-Box could have thought up this idea, I have as much or more of a right to call her a litigious bitchy arsehole trying to legally steal other peoples money as you have calling Andy and Larry Wachowski plagerisers.
    • I would need more convincing to say that either Cameron's or the Wachowski Brothers' movies had anything at all to do with this lady's work. I read the parts of her manuscript I could find, and the ideas that overlap with "The Terminator" or "The Matrix" are really generally sci-fi fodder. I mean, part of her evidence was a character called "The One". I guess she should go after George Lucas next.
    • There is part of an interview [playahata.com] with Sophia Stewart (linked from the wikipedia article) that helps understand the similarities a bit better.

      She sounds a little hysterical in the first two questions, but her illustration of the differences between the movies is quite interesting ... especially that Arnie quote ;)

      I would like to read that book of hers though...

      • In the interview [playahata.com], Sophia Stewart claims she sent the Wachowski Brothers her manuscript for "Third Eye" in or around 1986. The Terminator (the original movie) was released in 1984 according to the IMDB entry [imdb.com] (and thus must have been in production since at least 1982, movies don't get made overnight ya know).

        My first thought was, did she then send her manuscript back in time by 4 years? Okay, so I dismissed her initially too. But then she does say her manuscript was written by 1981, so there is at least a
    • The third was wasn't original either. In episode 6 of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the fourth Angel drills down to NERV HQ with a device that looks mysteriously like the one used in Revolutions. Of course, as in Evangelion, only one man could save the day!
    • The second and third movies are so pathetic, that it's obvious to anyone who has seen the movies that they weren't written by the same people.

      You know something, I could say that about Jurassic Park as well. Or Star Wars. But that doesn't make it the correct assumption. People like to believe someone who has done good movies will never do bad ones, but that's really not how it works. The best creative minds in the world write crap sometimes, and the worst can still occasionally come up with something

    • You know who they REALLY plagerized the Matrix from? The New Twilight Zone, specifically an episode from the first season, called "Dreams for Sale". See Here [wikipedia.org].

      The story includes a person not knowing they are in a matrix, and waking up in a giant hive of reality creating machines, that looks suspisciously like the ones in the Matrix movies, except it's all white instead of all black. She even sees things repeating, just like the cat glitch in the first Matrix.

      Except that this episode was shown in 1985..
  • by noewun ( 591275 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:40AM (#13085424) Journal
    Jeff Gannon asked Scott McClellan more interesting questions.
  • I might as well ask, what the story behind her and hot Grits?
  • by Nomihn0 ( 739701 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:42AM (#13085426)
    Please, no more grits. She's a nice, Northeastern, Jewish girl who deserves better. I propose matzoh meal.

    Natalie Portman petrified in hot matzoh meal. . .

    Has a nice ring to it, neh?
  • Lovely IGN (Score:5, Funny)

    by aaron_ds ( 711489 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:42AM (#13085428)
    I'm so happy that the International Grits Network is interviewing its biggest star!
    • Worst part is, IGN's ads. They finally stopped popping up actual new windows, so now they pop up an ad in the same window, on top of the content of the second page, that won't be moved.

      I'm using Mozilla 1.7.8. Is anyone else having this problem?

      I think it's high time that Slashdot boycott IGN. I know I personally will throw in a proxy rule for that very purpose. Who's with me?

      If we can't flood their bandwidth, the least we can do is starve their ad revenues.
  • hot grits? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by 5n3ak3rp1mp ( 305814 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:42AM (#13085429) Homepage
    soon after i started reading slashdot ages ago, i saw references to portman and hot grits and never got a clue what the heck kind of slashdot cultural reference that was. can someone bother to enlighten me?

    but hey, all I am is a guy who had a guy in his fraternity date some gal named Tisch who was one of portman's (not her real name, though the actual name escapes me) good friends.
  • by DanThe1Man ( 46872 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:42AM (#13085430)
    Portman stared in a lot of porn movies too.
  • by Dionysus ( 12737 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:49AM (#13085443) Homepage
    Usually, Alan Moore, who wrote the graphic novels, doesn't comment on the quality of the movies that are made based on his stories. This is the first movie he actually slammed, and the reason we won't see any more Hollywood movies based on his stories (nor will he work with DC Comics again)

    source [comicbookresources.com]
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Did you even read the article you linked to? Alan Moore doesn't want to be associated with that movie because they attempted to use his name as a selling point for the movie. He hasn't even seen the movie, let alone have an opinion on it.

      Granted, I haven't got high hopes for V. I don't see a movie about the violent overthrowing of a totalitarian Western government going over too well in this political climate. Might be too close to comfort for some producers.
  • While everyone's all "wah, what is slashdot coming to, why do I need to know what some so-called actress says", I'd like to remind you that Ms. Portman has long been a geekboy fantasy, and as such is entitled to a place of honor in good'ole Slashdot.

    Plus, I challenge any red-blooded geek to see the film Garden State [imdb.com] and not fall in love with the woman. I mean it; you really should check out that movie, the quirky, original script alone makes it worth it.
  • by spaceorb ( 125782 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @02:58AM (#13085462)
    What, no one remembers this line?
  • "It's about time we moved in on them."

    Wow.. Just wow. WTF?
  • As a Natalie Portman fan I was extremely disappointed with that interview. It didn't seem like it delved much into the graphic novel, and Natalie wasn't asked any interesting questions. Plus, there was no picture of her on the interview page. That was a major minus.

  • She was quite good in The Professional, I haven't seen or recognized her in anything that was worthwhile watching since then.
  • by Weaselmancer ( 533834 ) on Sunday July 17, 2005 @03:42AM (#13085568)

    ...it's as if a million kittens cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

  • You know (Score:2, Funny)

    You know, a karma whore like me should probably not be participating in any discussion involving Natalie Portman. At the same time, it will probably be about 5 years before I get another chance. So ere goes.

    Far, far in teh future, in a petrified forest just outside the ruins of Philadelphia, stands a naked, marbelized corpse with an expression of fear and angst across it's face. Scientists of the day, doing research into the decline and fall of mankind hundreds and thousands of years earlier, use temporal
  • Actually, "Revenge of the Sith" was originally written with Padme taking part in the final battle on Mustafar, a planet covered in flowing red-hot grits. Things ende up re-written later, however.
  • ...why she's destroying her nose with bad plastic surgery [awfulplasticsurgery.com].
  • IGNFF: Do you feel like you would ever give your life for a stranger or an ideal?
    PORTMAN: No.

    What a piece of trash. If her nation was being invaded by Nazis, she wouldn't give her life to protect it? If she saw a child inside a burning building, she wouldn't go in?

    Either she's incredibly stupid because she didn't think before she spoke, or she's incredibly self-centered. Or more likely, both.

  • To all who object to this article, as an old timer, I say to you "You must be new here"!

    Anyone who has been here for a while knows that many Slashdotters have a fetish about Natalie Portman, Hot grits [wikipedia.org], naked and petrified [wikipedia.org].

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