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“jackie” movie review


Sorry, Amy Adams, Emma Stone and Emily Blunt, but this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress is pretty much guaranteed to go to Natalie Portman for her stunning portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie.

Not only does she channel the First Lady’s look, mannerisms and, oh, that distinctive voice, but she transforms herself into a woman we all thought we knew so well and reveals a whole other side of her. Her performance is haunting. [Read more…]

Might Know/Should Know: Natalie Portman

You might know that Natalie Portman:

* won an Academy Award for her amazing performance in Black Swan

* graduated from Harvard

* just gave birth to a baby boy



You should know that Natalie Portman:

* was named the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International and is co-chair of the Village Banking Campaign, for which she was nominated for an MTV “Do Something” Award. As Natalie explained at the launch of the campaign in 2007, “FINCA’s Village Banking Campaign offers small loans and savings programs to the world’s most underprivileged people. It is transformational. Small loans can transform lives, especially the lives of women and children. The poor can become empowered instead of disenfranchised. Homes can be built, jobs can be created, businesses can be launched, and individuals can feel a sense of worth again. Over 70% of FINCA’s clients are women determined to lift their families out of poverty, and, remarkably, the first thing these women spend their earnings on, is education for their children.”