1. While filming "V for Vendetta" (2005), Natalie Portman became completely immersed in David Mitchell's novel, "Cloud Atlas." The Oscar winning actress gave the book to "V" co-producer and writer, Lana Wachowski, who is best known for making "The Matrix" trilogy with her brother Andy. Lana loved the novel and immediately shared it with Andy. Soon after, the Wachowskis implored writer/director Tom Twyker to read Mitchell's tome, as the siblings had wanted to work with Twyker since falling in love with his Independent Spirit Award winner "Run Lola Run" (1998). Twyker took the book with him on vacation, read it in a "stressed and inspired" frenzy, and called Lana in the middle of the night to sign on to co-direct, write, and produce alongside the Wachowskis.