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Natalie Portman writes herself a raunchy sex comedy

11.12.2010

Natalie Portman is a frontrunner to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in BLACK SWAN and she's an actress in demand for just about every high-profile project in Hollywood (including, apparently, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), so what does she want to do next? If you answered, "Star in a raunchy SUPERBAD-style comedy that she co-wrote," you win!

It may seem like an unlikely move for the A-list actress but perhaps now is the time to take such the risk, when you've got the clout to get the film made. Or does she? Portman and college friend Laura Moses have been shopping the script they wrote together, BYO ("Bring Your Own"), around Hollywood but have surprisingly found no suitors. In fact, a number of studios have already passed on the project. This is despite the fact Anne Hathaway is attached to co-star with Portman in the film.

As mentioned above, the project is described as a female-driven SUPERBAD, which follows two young women who throw a party for their female friends where each attendee is required to bring one eligible bachelor.

It certainly seems a lot more interesting than half the crap released so why is it being passed up? It could be that the script, written by Portman and Moses who don't have a feature writing credit to their name, isn't very good. But then, why not just pick up the project and have a screenwriter work on a polish with Portman's supervision?

Somewhat more concerning is that studios may be passing on the film because it's a female-lead sex comedy. Male sex comedies - both funny and unfunny - seem to get greenlit with relative ease. So why not a female-driven comedy with two popular and talented female leads? We often complain about how female films are watered down and banal efforts in tedium, so why not take a risk on this film? It's unfortunately just the latest female comedy (not of the rom-com variety) that has found itself languishing.

It's still possible the film could get made at a studio and possibly even more likely it could work on independent financing and work the festival circuit.

Extra Tidbit: Look at how cute she is. How could you turn that face down?
Source: LA Times

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12:58PM on 11/13/2010
Ill watch it. Especially if she does sex scenes in a man-com style
Ill watch it. Especially if she does sex scenes in a man-com style
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8:30PM on 11/12/2010
A raunchy sex comedy with Portman and Hathaway... FUCKIN' A! Count me in! What the hell is wrong with Hollywood? Greenlight this shit now!
A raunchy sex comedy with Portman and Hathaway... FUCKIN' A! Count me in! What the hell is wrong with Hollywood? Greenlight this shit now!
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7:04PM on 11/12/2010
This sounds much better than No Strings Attached, but I'm not surprised it is getting turned down despite Portman's involvement. Sex comedies the last few years haven't been good, and certainly haven't been sucessful (I don't really consider Superbad a sex comedy). But the plot description is kind of vague. Is this suppose to be like Sex in the City with younger actresses?
This sounds much better than No Strings Attached, but I'm not surprised it is getting turned down despite Portman's involvement. Sex comedies the last few years haven't been good, and certainly haven't been sucessful (I don't really consider Superbad a sex comedy). But the plot description is kind of vague. Is this suppose to be like Sex in the City with younger actresses?
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1:00AM on 11/13/2010
superbad sucked, mclovin would have never gotten laid in real life and no cops are that cool
superbad sucked, mclovin would have never gotten laid in real life and no cops are that cool
4:29PM on 11/12/2010
I would love to see this shizzz!!!!
I would love to see this shizzz!!!!
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3:44PM on 11/12/2010
I guarantee the script would be good, it definitly is getting turned down because its a female driven sex romp. Fucking Hollywood they probably wanna water it down and have Katherine Heigl in the lead. Maybe once Portman wins the oscar for Black Swan they'll have a change of heart.
I guarantee the script would be good, it definitly is getting turned down because its a female driven sex romp. Fucking Hollywood they probably wanna water it down and have Katherine Heigl in the lead. Maybe once Portman wins the oscar for Black Swan they'll have a change of heart.
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2:54PM on 11/12/2010
Portman and Hathaway in a raunchy sex romp and studios are passing? Can you spell MORON?
Portman and Hathaway in a raunchy sex romp and studios are passing? Can you spell MORON?
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2:12PM on 11/12/2010

GEEZ

Portman and Hathaway looking for a place to shoot a sex romp film? How about my house say 8:00 on Saturday? I'll fund your script if you allow me a few re-writes.
Portman and Hathaway looking for a place to shoot a sex romp film? How about my house say 8:00 on Saturday? I'll fund your script if you allow me a few re-writes.
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2:12PM on 11/12/2010

GEEZ

Portman and Hathaway looking for a place to shoot a sex romp film? How about my house say 8:00 on Saturday? I'll fund your script if you allow me a few re-writes.
Portman and Hathaway looking for a place to shoot a sex romp film? How about my house say 8:00 on Saturday? I'll fund your script if you allow me a few re-writes.
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2:04PM on 11/12/2010
Extra Tidbit: She does look good in that pic, but sometimes she looks like a 10 year old boy, so yeah, there's better.

This movie sounds interesting to me though.
Extra Tidbit: She does look good in that pic, but sometimes she looks like a 10 year old boy, so yeah, there's better.

This movie sounds interesting to me though.
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2:02PM on 11/12/2010

love this woman

how do I impregnate her?
how do I impregnate her?
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5:55PM on 11/12/2010
Mommy will tell you how all that works in a few years, pumpkin.
Mommy will tell you how all that works in a few years, pumpkin.
1:07PM on 11/12/2010
If Portman and Hathaway's fame translated directly to dollar signs, this would be a slam-dunk. But I don't think either of them are quite there yet. Now, if Natalie wins at Oscar time, or her Ashton Kutcher collaboration is a success, things might change. But on top of the sexism (most of those POS rom-coms are written by guys), this is just a bit risky for big studios.

They ought to get independent financing and just make the damn thing. She's got all kinds of indie clout. I think that's
If Portman and Hathaway's fame translated directly to dollar signs, this would be a slam-dunk. But I don't think either of them are quite there yet. Now, if Natalie wins at Oscar time, or her Ashton Kutcher collaboration is a success, things might change. But on top of the sexism (most of those POS rom-coms are written by guys), this is just a bit risky for big studios.

They ought to get independent financing and just make the damn thing. She's got all kinds of indie clout. I think that's the problem. If she had that sort of influence in the big leagues, she wouldn't be starring in a Kutcher vehicle.
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1:03PM on 11/12/2010
I LOVE Natalie. One of my favorites. But seriously, she was way cooler when she wasn't in absolutely everything.
I LOVE Natalie. One of my favorites. But seriously, she was way cooler when she wasn't in absolutely everything.
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1:02PM on 11/12/2010
I just want to lick her teeth in that picture above.
I just want to lick her teeth in that picture above.
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12:51PM on 11/12/2010
Meh! She wants to be sexy but she isn't. Just watch "closer" if you don't believe me. And her college humor videos were embarassing. She may be cute but to me she is neither sexy nor funny. I'll pass...
Meh! She wants to be sexy but she isn't. Just watch "closer" if you don't believe me. And her college humor videos were embarassing. She may be cute but to me she is neither sexy nor funny. I'll pass...
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5:59PM on 11/12/2010
Your username pretty much tells us all we need to know about your taste in women.
Your username pretty much tells us all we need to know about your taste in women.
12:45PM on 11/12/2010

Sexism surprises you?

I don't recall 'The Sweetest Thing' doing that well, even though it's freaking hilarious (and one of Thomas Jane's best roles). Christina Applegate positively owns that movie.
I don't recall 'The Sweetest Thing' doing that well, even though it's freaking hilarious (and one of Thomas Jane's best roles). Christina Applegate positively owns that movie.
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12:30PM on 11/12/2010
How could this possibly be bad?
How could this possibly be bad?
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10:50AM on 11/12/2010
I prefer this to a stupid romcom with Ashton bloody Kutcher.
I prefer this to a stupid romcom with Ashton bloody Kutcher.
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10:36AM on 11/12/2010

maybe people are passing cuz of hathaway. she's a dick.

it's a shame cuz portman somehow achieves being both incredibly adorable and super hot. usually, it's one or the other.
it's a shame cuz portman somehow achieves being both incredibly adorable and super hot. usually, it's one or the other.
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10:20AM on 11/12/2010

Portman+Hathaway+Rated R = yummy fun!

Sounds much more promising than the movie she did with Ashton Kutcher.
Sounds much more promising than the movie she did with Ashton Kutcher.
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11:51AM on 11/12/2010
NC-17, please . . .
NC-17, please . . .
9:58AM on 11/12/2010
I say go for it Natalie. Break out of the shell.
I say go for it Natalie. Break out of the shell.
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9:42AM on 11/12/2010
I don't know, maybe it's because studios bank on Natalie Portman for being somewhat of a 'good girl'? Think about it...the reason people get so hyped about her being in a lesbian scene or even a regular sex scene is because Portman has created this image of herself that doesn't always scream 'sex', which in every way only gets people more interested when she does bare the goods in certain selected films. Her being in a raunchy Superbad-style flick would tarnish that. Then again, I could be
I don't know, maybe it's because studios bank on Natalie Portman for being somewhat of a 'good girl'? Think about it...the reason people get so hyped about her being in a lesbian scene or even a regular sex scene is because Portman has created this image of herself that doesn't always scream 'sex', which in every way only gets people more interested when she does bare the goods in certain selected films. Her being in a raunchy Superbad-style flick would tarnish that. Then again, I could be wrong, but it seems to be the only sensible reason any studio would turn down "sex, beautiful women, raunchy, Natalie Portman" in the same context.
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