Portman bares all over that nude scene
NATALIE PORTMAN IS still feeling troubled over a naked scene she shot for her last movie Goya’s Ghost (which wasn’t even used in the final version). The stunning actress admits she has regrets getting her kit off. “I’m really sorry I didn’t listen to my intuition. There was a scene that felt inappropriate for me, but I didn’t want to make waves. So I let myself get talked into it, even though it shook me up. From now on, I’m going to trust my gut more. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is say no.” Which means that her nude scene in the upcoming short, Hotel Chevalier, is likely to be her last. No?
Fresh from playing the Virgin Queen in Elizabeth The Golden Age, Cate Blanchett is moving on to a very different role — that of Bob Dylan. The Australian star is one of seven actors attempting to portray the veteran rock legend in the movie I’m Not There. She spoke to me about her concern over transforming into such a different character. “I’ve got to learn guitar, to sing, to inhabit this strange, extraordinary person.” Strangely, she failed to mention any worries about playing a man.
The Halloween episode of Uri Geller’s US reality show Phenomenon turned scary when an angered wannabe illusionist went for fellow expert panelist, Criss Angel. Angel had responded to the contestant’s act by saying: “I just think it’s comical, quite frankly.” Geller and the show’s host, Tim Vincent, had to break up the row before the show went to a commercial break, allowing security to step in. Magic viewing, I would have thought.
Jerry Seinfeld admits to proudly comparing his success to that of other celebrities. He won’t name them, but seems to enjoy measuring up his own achievements next to those of others at a similar professional level but who, unlike him, have never got round to settling down and having a family. He told The Guardian: “There’s certain celebrities… I see where they’re at, and I know how old they are, and I know what they’re doing, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, what are you going to do now, potato head?’” As one half of the Little Britain comedy duo, Matt Lucas is one of the most successful comedians around. But he has admitted that, as a boy, his family were not convinced by his abilities. He has said he used to record audio tapes of himself doing comedy and impressions when he was about five or six, but added: “I remember thinking at the time how witty and talented I was. Then you hear a relative saying: ‘He’s just showing off!’ That really deflated me, even now as an adult.”
Rock star Lenny Kravitz (son of Jewish NBC news producer Sy Kravitz) is about to make his debut appearance in a feature film, playing a nurse. The movie is called Push and is based on the bestselling novel about an overweight and illiterate AfricanAmerican teen growing up in Harlem. Sharon Osbourne is left with only one surviving act under her wing in The X Factor following the shocking departure of teenage Emily Nakanda, who was forced to quit after the release of a video showing her bullying another girl. Osbourne’s hopes of one of the artists she has mentored winning the X Factor title now rely on Alisha Bennett. “It’s just you and me now,” announced Osbourne when Bennett’s survival in the show
was confirmed last week. Lara Lewington is the Five News showbusiness and
Natalie Portman: determined to say no to