Friday, January 07, 2005

PORTMAN: ISRAELI FILM ROLE

Two of my regular sources reported this news first. (Hat tip: Miriam first, because alphabetically in my RSS feed reader, Bloghead comes before the View From Here. Sorry, Harry.)

Miriam provides the link to Israeli director Amos Gitai's website; Americans may remember his Kadosh, which played here to some success a while ago. (I saw it at Makor, but I think it was also at some of the arty theaters.)

Harry, a married blogger who lives in Modi'in and writes long-winded synopses about stupid Israeli reality shows, predicts: "She'll play an American-Jewish girl in Israel who falls in love with a married blogger who lives in Modi'in and writes long-winded synopses about stupid Israeli reality shows." (That's okay, Harry. We all have our delusions. Since you're a Buffy fan-- read in a magazine that she's intentionally looking to marry a non-Jew.

Any theories from the peanut gallery? If you were casting Natalie in a Jewish-themed movie, what would it be? The best scenario gets a personal meeting with Harvey Weinstein and a contract at Miramax.*


*Note from the My Urban Kvetch legal team:
This blog post does not construe a promise of a meeting with Mr. Weinstein, a contract or even an in-person glance at Miramax Studios, regardless of the submission of a potentially winning scenario. Any such implication that submission will lead to a prize involving Miramax Studios is null and void--any party of the first, second or third part expecting to win such a prize from this weblog will experience disappointment. Best of luck to all applicants.

6 Comments:

At 12:41 PM, January 07, 2005, Blogger Bronco Buddha said...

This is easy. I would cast Natalie opposite myself, of course. The only problem is that the movie might not have much of a plot and would more likely be produced by Vivid Video than Miramax. I guess I could tone it down a bit for an NC-17 Miramax version. As long as Natalie understood that I am a method actor so it would be important for me to really feel what my character was feeling, etc. :-)

 
At 3:50 PM, January 07, 2005, Blogger Melissa said...

I'd cast her as a girl trapped between the secular world and the observant world, trying to grow with or despite the various pressures put on her. I'd also make sure she ends up with a Jewish guy in the end. In most movies and books these days, there is too much intermarriage (except in Orthodox themed books). That shows it as being something positive to strive for in the real world. I'd like to see a really good Jewish-themed movie about a Jewish girl who meets a Jewish boy, they fall in love, and they get married. How difficult is that for Hollywood to conceive?

 
At 6:57 PM, January 08, 2005, Blogger Gatsby said...

I'd cast her as a witty, insightful and eloquent Jewish blog writer hoping for a big break in the big apple. Then, she writes a Pulizer prize winning story exposing the secret connections between Madonna, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Jon Stewart, and her Bubbie. She amasses a large fortune, marries Stewart and is loved by all.
Oh, and there are song and dance numbers.

 
At 8:49 PM, January 10, 2005, Blogger Yaron said...

A younger version of that other famous Israeli, Dr. Ruth.

(Do I win?)

 
At 6:00 PM, January 11, 2005, Blogger B2 said...

I'd cast her in Garden State, but make her chracter Jewish, and give her and the Zach Braff character a real chance at happiness.

 
At 6:17 PM, January 12, 2005, Blogger PepGiraffe said...

Natalie Portman leads a Birthright tour. From there, I have two ideas.
1) She meets her Israeli double in Tzahal and they learn about each other's cultures. (Boring, but a tiny bit intriguing.)
2) She has wacky adventures with a fellow madrich. At first, they get along like oil and water, but they end up falling in love while leading kids through the Israeli countryside. Not the most innovative of plots, but you gotta love Natalie either way.

 

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Friday, January 07, 2005

PORTMAN: ISRAELI FILM ROLE

Two of my regular sources reported this news first. (Hat tip: Miriam first, because alphabetically in my RSS feed reader, Bloghead comes before the View From Here. Sorry, Harry.)

Miriam provides the link to Israeli director Amos Gitai's website; Americans may remember his Kadosh, which played here to some success a while ago. (I saw it at Makor, but I think it was also at some of the arty theaters.)

Harry, a married blogger who lives in Modi'in and writes long-winded synopses about stupid Israeli reality shows, predicts: "She'll play an American-Jewish girl in Israel who falls in love with a married blogger who lives in Modi'in and writes long-winded synopses about stupid Israeli reality shows." (That's okay, Harry. We all have our delusions. Since you're a Buffy fan-- read in a magazine that she's intentionally looking to marry a non-Jew.

Any theories from the peanut gallery? If you were casting Natalie in a Jewish-themed movie, what would it be? The best scenario gets a personal meeting with Harvey Weinstein and a contract at Miramax.*


*Note from the My Urban Kvetch legal team:
This blog post does not construe a promise of a meeting with Mr. Weinstein, a contract or even an in-person glance at Miramax Studios, regardless of the submission of a potentially winning scenario. Any such implication that submission will lead to a prize involving Miramax Studios is null and void--any party of the first, second or third part expecting to win such a prize from this weblog will experience disappointment. Best of luck to all applicants.

6 Comments:

At 12:41 PM, January 07, 2005, Blogger Bronco Buddha said...

This is easy. I would cast Natalie opposite myself, of course. The only problem is that the movie might not have much of a plot and would more likely be produced by Vivid Video than Miramax. I guess I could tone it down a bit for an NC-17 Miramax version. As long as Natalie understood that I am a method actor so it would be important for me to really feel what my character was feeling, etc. :-)

 
At 3:50 PM, January 07, 2005, Blogger Melissa said...

I'd cast her as a girl trapped between the secular world and the observant world, trying to grow with or despite the various pressures put on her. I'd also make sure she ends up with a Jewish guy in the end. In most movies and books these days, there is too much intermarriage (except in Orthodox themed books). That shows it as being something positive to strive for in the real world. I'd like to see a really good Jewish-themed movie about a Jewish girl who meets a Jewish boy, they fall in love, and they get married. How difficult is that for Hollywood to conceive?

 
At 6:57 PM, January 08, 2005, Blogger Gatsby said...

I'd cast her as a witty, insightful and eloquent Jewish blog writer hoping for a big break in the big apple. Then, she writes a Pulizer prize winning story exposing the secret connections between Madonna, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Jon Stewart, and her Bubbie. She amasses a large fortune, marries Stewart and is loved by all.
Oh, and there are song and dance numbers.

 
At 8:49 PM, January 10, 2005, Blogger Yaron said...

A younger version of that other famous Israeli, Dr. Ruth.

(Do I win?)

 
At 6:00 PM, January 11, 2005, Blogger B2 said...

I'd cast her in Garden State, but make her chracter Jewish, and give her and the Zach Braff character a real chance at happiness.

 
At 6:17 PM, January 12, 2005, Blogger PepGiraffe said...

Natalie Portman leads a Birthright tour. From there, I have two ideas.
1) She meets her Israeli double in Tzahal and they learn about each other's cultures. (Boring, but a tiny bit intriguing.)
2) She has wacky adventures with a fellow madrich. At first, they get along like oil and water, but they end up falling in love while leading kids through the Israeli countryside. Not the most innovative of plots, but you gotta love Natalie either way.

 

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