Owen Pallett Scores 14 Mini-Films Starring Tilda Swinton, James Franco, Natalie Portman

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Often, when we mention the New York Times, it’s to go on at length about one of their ridiculous faux trend pieces. But even we have to admit that, for the Times magazine’s upcoming Hollywood Issue, they’ve put together something totally awesome. “14 Actors Acting” is a video gallery of the year’s most fascinating thespians doing what they do best. The roughly minute-long, black-and-white clips, shot by Norse photographer Solve Sundsbo and scored by the inimitable Owen Pallett, show the actors doing silent, solo scenes with minimal props. In one video, a glammed-up Natalie Portman disrobes (not completely — don’t get excited) after a night on the town; in another, Jesse Eisenberg pulls out a gun and, well, you’ll see. Tilda Swinton, James Franco, Javier Bardem, and Chloë Moretz are among the other actors featured. Watch the clips here.