Oatly, vegan food brand backed by Oprah, is planning to IPO this year, sources say
Vegan milk brand Oatly is planning a 2021 initial public offering that could raise $1 billion, sources familiar said. The company, which is backed by Blackstone, Oprah Winfrey and Natalie Portman, has hired Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse to manage the offering, sources said. Oatly's valuation will depend on the status of the economy in the face of the uncertain Covid pandemic, the sources said. The company declined to comment.cnbc.com
Bookish: Natalie Portman to chair National Library Week
NEW YORK – Natalie Portman's latest role is on behalf of the country's libraries. The Oscar-winning actress will serve as honorary chair of National Library Week, the American Library Association announced Monday. National Library Week runs next April 4-10. Portman will help promote the role libraries have played in their communities during the pandemic. “I’m delighted to join ALA and libraries everywhere in celebrating National Library Week,” Portman said in a statement.
Natalie Portman releases children's book of inclusive fables
Natalie Portman participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film "Lucy in the Sky" in New York on Oct. 2, 2019, left, and the cover of "Natalie Portman's Fables," a book of popular children's fables with a friendlier, more gender inclusive twist. (AP Photo, left, Feiwel & Friends via AP)NEW YORK – Natalie Portman is putting her body through the paces to get into fighting shape for her next Marvel movie. Motherhood is what makes her latest project, “Natalie Portman’s Fables,” so close to her heart. “Children’s books have this very special place in our lives because we read them over and over and over again like no other books," the 39-year-old actress said. For her next writing project, Portman is hoping to tackle something in her son's comfort zone, perhaps a graphic novel.
Laila Ali salutes social activism of athletes with awards
NEW YORK – Laila Ali is applauding athletes who speak out about social issues. Ali was to host the virtual Women’s Sports Foundation awards on Wednesday night, recognizing athletes and leaders working toward social justice and racial equality. “I think all people should take a stand,” Ali told The Associated Press. What are your thoughts on athletes taking a stand on social justice issues? I think my dad would definitely have something positive to say about the athletes that are taking a stand.
Natalie Portman's Oscar outfit honors snubbed female directors
This year's Academy Awards yet again stirred controversy over the lack of diversity in its nomination pool and Natalie Portman made sure nobody forgot. However, on closer inspection, the star had the names of several female directors who were not nominated this year embroidered on her cape. GettyU.S.-Israeli actress Natalie Portman arrives for the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9, 2020. GettyPortman has previously been outspoken about the lack of female representation in the best director category. During Sunday's opening performance, Janelle Mone also took a moment to acknowledge female directors.cbsnews.com
Hanks, Fonda and more stars amuse at Oscars rehearsals
(AP Photo/John Locher)LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are standing on the Oscars stage performing some hilarious material for a few dozen people who are in stitches watching the two comedians. Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell are just a few of the stars who circulated in and out of the Dolby Theatre to rehearse Saturday, including Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda and Mahershala Ali. But the stars weren’t always confined to the stage, especially if they arrived a little early. Makeup artists Antonio Rael has been standing in for big stars for 34 years. Rael was talking about the stand-ins but that doesn’t mean some of the stars aren’t anxious as well.
Natalie Portman loved the 'Baby-Sitters Club' books, too
Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(CNN) - Natalie Portman just proved she's an '80s baby. The "Thor" actress basically lost her mind when she received a signed "Baby-Sitters Club" book, with a special note written by the author herself, Ann M. Martin. "I read every single Babysitter's Club book when I was a kid. Once when I was 9, I waited in line for hours at my local bookstore to meet Ann M Martin. As for her inscription, Martin wrote, "For Natalie Portman - BSC 4-ever!
New Movie Asks Whether Astronauts Lose Touch With Reality After Going Into Space
Do astronauts lose touch with reality after going into space? "Lucy in the Sky" follows a female astronaut as she struggles to adjust back to life on Earth. Though Nowak's arrest caused a sensation, former astronaut Marsha Ivins attacked the new movie, saying, "The field of space psychology is well-developed. The movie is attracting attention amid what are perhaps the first allegations of a crime committed in space. 5,000 Rockets Launched to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission to SpaceThe First Christmas in Space: How Astronauts Aboard Apollo 8 Celebrated Among the Stars
Portman will bring the hammer as a female Thor in 'Love and Thunder'
Natalie Portman is making a comeback to the MCU's "Thor" franchise, but this time she gets her own shot at swinging the hammer. That's right, Lady Thor is here, and she's ready to bring the thunder. Marvel announced Saturday at Comic-Con International in San Diego that Portman would play a female Thor in the fourth installment of the franchise, titled "Thor: Love and Thunder." Portman previously romanced Hemsworth as astrophysicist Jane Foster in 2011's "Thor" and 2013's "Thor: The Dark World," although she did not appear in 2017's "Thor: Ragnarok." "I've always had hammer envy," Portman joked, according to Variety.