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As his daughter preps to have a baby, Natalie Portman's dad writes a pregnancy thriller

Apr. 6, 2011by: Mike Sampson
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Natalie Portman is due to give birth to her first child sometime this spring, right around the same time her father hopes to release his first book...all about having a baby. Avner Hershlag, Portman's father (yes, Hershlag is her given name), is the Director of Donor Egg Program, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), and Laboratory Services and North Shore LIJ Hospital in Long Island, so he knows a thing or two about having babies and he's taken that knowledge and written himself a pregnancy thriller.

"Misconception" (catchy title Avner!) follows a fertility specialist who delivers a grossly deformed baby and must figure out how the child was conceived. As you might imagine, there's a lot more to the story as she uncovers conspiracies and cover-ups and craziness.

Hershlag apparently wrote the book as a lark, never thinking much would come of it. But as he showed it to friends, including presumably his daughter, who encouraged him to shop it to publishers.

There's no word on who's ready to publish the script just yet but I'll bet once a deal is done, there'll be a certain actress ready to option the screen rights. You can also read an excerpt from the story online if you're so inclined...

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4:12PM on 04/06/2011
This sounds like if Micheal Bay remade Eraserhead.
This sounds like if Micheal Bay remade Eraserhead.
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1:56PM on 04/06/2011

The book is out already!

And it's got some pretty good reviews. My friend did the art for the cover: [link]
And it's got some pretty good reviews. My friend did the art for the cover: [link]
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1:38PM on 04/06/2011

Good call Soloist

I can see this guy shopping it around and being shown the door...but he does have a little card in his back pocket that says OSCAR WINNER'S FATHER. Should get picked up pretty quickly. And I might have a good idea who's going to star in this movie. Just a hunch though.
I can see this guy shopping it around and being shown the door...but he does have a little card in his back pocket that says OSCAR WINNER'S FATHER. Should get picked up pretty quickly. And I might have a good idea who's going to star in this movie. Just a hunch though.
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12:03PM on 04/06/2011

Why is there still a Jewish stigma?

The Daily Show with Jon Leibowitz. Black Swan starring Natalie Hershlag. And everybody's favorite "Friend" Jennifer Anastassakis. Is it the culture or does Portman, Stewart and Aniston just roll off the tongue better. At least Steven Spielberg isn't Steven Allan.
The Daily Show with Jon Leibowitz. Black Swan starring Natalie Hershlag. And everybody's favorite "Friend" Jennifer Anastassakis. Is it the culture or does Portman, Stewart and Aniston just roll off the tongue better. At least Steven Spielberg isn't Steven Allan.
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3:03PM on 04/06/2011
Anastassakis is a Greek name. So you're implying John Stamos is also Jewish. Anyway, Jennifer was born Aniston, since her father changed his lastname before Jen was born.
Anastassakis is a Greek name. So you're implying John Stamos is also Jewish. Anyway, Jennifer was born Aniston, since her father changed his lastname before Jen was born.
11:36AM on 04/06/2011
I have a feeling this is only maybe getting made because of the fact that Natalie Portman is his daughter.
I have a feeling this is only maybe getting made because of the fact that Natalie Portman is his daughter.
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