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Indonesia Is Latest Nation To Ban Biblical Epic 'Noah'

3/25/2014 1:33pm EDT
Indonesia Is Latest Nation To Ban Biblical Epic 'Noah'
Indonesia is the latest country to ban Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic "Noah," which stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

The nation is the latest in a growing list of Muslim countries refusing to show the film on the grounds that Noah was a prophet, and Islamic culture forbids the depiction of prophets in film and imagery.

Numerous Middle Eastern countries have already banned the film, including Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Indonesia's censorship board voted unanimously to ban the film, which tells the story of the Great Flood and hits theaters on Friday.

"We rej...

Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky Visit The Vatican

3/19/2014 7:03pm EDT
Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky, from the upcoming Noah, headed to The Vatican to meet with Pope Francis and receive his blessing for the Biblical epic.

Crowe took to Twitter to share photos from his visit to the holy site, writing, "What a privilege, attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex."

What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day.

— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 19, 2014

It had been previously reported The Vatican cancelled the meeting between the filmmakers and the head ...

The Most Anticipated Films Of 2014, Part One

1/1/2014 9:03am EST
Dumb and Dumber
No more new films will be released in 2013 - but there's no need to fret! Check out why we're hyped (and why we're worried) for these highly-anticipated 2014 films:

Dumb And Dumber To

Why We’re Hyped: The Farrelly Brothers, Jim Carey, and Jeff Daniels would only do the film if everyone was involved.

Why We’re Worried: When’s the last time the Farrelly Brothers made a good movie? Will Jim Carrey alienate half of his audience on Twitter – again?

The Expendables 3

Why We’re Hyped: Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammer join the ridiculous cast for another go at...

The First Trailer For Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic 'Noah' Has Arrived

11/14/2013 10:31pm EST
The first trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah has arrived.

The film, based on the story of the Great Flood from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, stars Russell Crowe in the lead role. Noah is told by God to build an Ark big enough to hold two of each animal in the world -- even snakes as co-star Jennifer Connelly points out in the trailer. But some locals aren't too happy with what Noah is doing, and a confrontation ensues.

Ironically, the Oyster Bay, Long Island, set, which includes a full size Ark measuring 450 feet long, 45 feet wide and 75 feet tall and took thre...

Q&A: 'Flying Lessons' Director Derek Magyar

12/2/2011 11:15am EST
Derek Magyar
Many actors aspire to direct; great directors like Ron Howard and Jon Favreau were actors first. That's the same career path that Derek Magyar is on. Still a working actor, he directed and produced the film Flying Lessons, which arrives in select theaters today.

The film has an intriguing cast - near-legend Hal Holbrook, Academy Award winner Christine Lahti, Cary Elwes (Glory, The Princess Bride, The X-Files), and Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) at the top - that brings to life the story of Sophie (Grace)'s return home to the messy relationships of her past. As she tries to put the pieces ...

Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Secretly Marry

6/26/2011 12:00pm EDT
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
James Bond star Daniel Craig has married British actress Rachel Weisz in a secret ceremony in New York.

The couple, who reportedly began dating after meeting on the set of upcoming movie Dream House, exchanged vows on Wednesday in an intimate ceremony only attended by Craig's teenage daughter Ella, Weisz's five-year-old son Henry, and two family friends, according to Sky News.

Craig's publicist Robin Baun, of Slate PR, confirmed the news to the Associated Press, but didn't reveal any more details.

The Mummy star Weisz split from her long term partner and father of her son, Darren Aronofs...

Stuart Brazell Sits Down With 'Black Swan's' Sarah Lane (Video)

6/21/2011 9:59am EDT
Sarah Lane became a name that just about everyone who follows movies and pop culture became familiar with right around the time Natalie Portman won her Oscar for Best Actress for playing the role of Nina Sayers in Black Swan.

Miss Lane spoke out to share with the world that actually she did most of the dancing in the film, not Natalie Portman. Then a big backlash erupted with different parties taking sides and the director Darren Aronofosky and the choreographer (and Natalie Portman's fiance) Benjamin Millepied standing strong behind Natalie claiming she did 85% of the dancing. We'll n...

Dancer Feels 'Degraded' Over 'Black Swan' Controversy

4/18/2011 8:46am EDT
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Ballet star Sarah Lane's allegations that she, not Natalie Portman, was the star of hit film "Black Swan" appear to ring true if new face replacement footage on the DVD is to be believed.

The American Ballet Theater star was hired to perform the most complex Swan Lake dance scenes in the film, but whereas Portman has claimed she performed 75 percent of what is seen in the movie, Lane insists all the dancing in the film was her, and the actress only featured in five per cent of the ballet sequences..

The dancer caused controversy when she first came forward with her claims and she's not ba...

Natalie Portman Breaks Her Silence Over 'Black Swan' Controversy

4/7/2011 2:31pm EDT
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman has broken her silence over the Black Swan ballet double controversy, insisting she won't "give in" to the gossip that is threatening to ruin the magic of the film.

The actress' role as a troubled dancer has come under increasing scrutiny since she won the 2011 Best Actress Academy Award in February, with critics claiming her dancing double, American Ballet Theatre star Sarah Lane - and not Portman - deserves the credit for the film's most breathtaking sequences.

In a Wall Street Journal essay on her movie experience, Lane insists Portman only performed five per cent of ...

Mila Kunis: Natalie Portman Did 'Every Ounce Of Every One Of Her Dances' In Black Swan

3/29/2011 11:29am EDT
Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman | Photo Credits: Fox Searchlight
Mila Kunis is the latest to come to Natalie Portman's defense against her dance double's claims that the Oscar winner only did a small portion of the dancing in Black Swan.

"Natalie danced her a-- off," Kunis tells Entertainment Weekly. "I think it's unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention ...

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'Black Swan' Director Darren Aronofsky Defends Natalie Portman

3/29/2011 9:46am EDT
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Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has waded in to defend Natalie Portman amid allegations she relied on a dance double to perform most of her complex ballet moves in the Oscar-winning film.

The star, who won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role as a troubled dancer, has faced growing criticism following claims a stand-in was used to complete most of the film's spectacular sequences.

The body double - American Ballet Theatre star Sarah Lane - boosted the speculation by insisting only "five per cent" of the ballet scenes were acted out by Portman. Portman's fiance - and the film's...

Director Darren Aronofsky Quits 'Wolverine' Sequel

3/17/2011 1:52pm EDT
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Darren Aronofsky is bowing out of directing 20th Century Fox’s sequel The Wolverine, saying the project would keep him out of the country for too long.

Fox and Hugh Jackman - who is set to return in the title role - said they remain fully committed to making Wolverine and will move aggressively to find a new director.

Fox hadn’t yet greenlit the sequel. A significant portion of the movie will be shot overseas (there had been plans to shoot in Japan).

"As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of ...

Natalie Portman: 'It's Really Soft To Kiss A Girl'

3/8/2011 9:04am EST
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is pals with her Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis after they shared an onscreen kiss in the ballet thriller.

She explained, "She is such a great girl and a great friend, too. We had such fun working together and now I call her Sweet Lips. It is really soft to kiss a girl."

New York City ballet dancer Nina (Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in the supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky.

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Happy 40th Birthday, Rachel Weisz!

3/7/2011 8:19am EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz proves she's still a yummy mummy after four decades - the British beauty turns 40 on Monday.

Starting her career in the drama department of Britain's posh Cambridge university, Weisz soon caught the eyes of casting directors around the world and has become one of the U.K. most glamorous exports.

From action queen to indie dream, Weisz has fought ancient enemies in "The Mummy" films, proved her comic timing in Fred Claus and provided an Oscar-winning turn in "The Constant Gardner."

And as the actress moves into her forties, we have come up with 10 terrific facts to quench you...

2011 Oscars: Candid Backstage and Governors Ball Photos

2/28/2011 2:00pm EST
Natalie Portman backstage 83rd Annual Academy Awards Awards
For those of you that still haven't gotten your fill of the Oscars, here is one last look at the 83rd Academy Awards from backstage and at the after party from the Governors Ball where some 1500 guests attended. We would like to thank the Academy for supplying such great candid photos. Enjoy.

Natalie Portman, Oscar® winner for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role in “Black Swan” backstage during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Iain Canning (2nd f...

'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

2/28/2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...

'Black Swan,' Natalie Portman Win Big at Independent Spirit Awards

2/27/2011 6:45pm EST
Natalie Portman
Black Swan continued to dance all over its competition at Saturday's 26th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards after picking up four top honors.

Oscar favorite Natalie Portman, whose portrayal of a troubled and dedicated ballet dancer in the film has won her global acclaim, was named Best Actress, while Black Swan also picked up Best Feature, Best Director for Darren Aronofsky and Best Cinematography.

James Franco's performance in 127 Hours made him the surprise winner of the Best Actor prize, beating the seemingly unstoppable Colin Firth, who has swept the board for his role in The King...

Hugh Jackman Is Bulking Up Like Mike Tyson For New 'X-Men' Film

2/4/2011 11:00am EST
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is guzzling down over 6,000 calories a day in a bid to bulk up to play "X-Men" mutant Wolverine again.

"Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky has called on the Aussie to look big for his new movie - and Jackman admits his new diet is "rough."

He tells the Los Angeles Times, "I don't know how much I want to give away about it, but Darren said with the last one (film), 'Hey, you looked great, but you're so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that's not Wolverine...' (I have to be) powerful, stocky... short and thick."

And Jackman insists h...

2011 SAG Awards List Of Winners

1/31/2011 8:15am EST
Colin Firth

Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and the cast of The King's Speech took the top prizes at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

Firth won Best Actor for his role in the British monarchy drama, which also took the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Meanwhile Portman claimed the Best Actress award for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama Black Swan. The Fighter was also a big winner, with cast mates Christian Bale and Melissa Leo earning honors for Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.

Elsewhere, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Em...

'Black Swan,' Black Dress - Natalie Portman Was Radiant At The DGA Awards

1/30/2011 9:10pm EST
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman showed up to the 63rd Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Saturday night looking radiant in a long black dress.

The star's latest film, Black Swan, was nominated for an award for director Darren Aronofsky but was beat out by Tom Hooper, who helmed heavy Oscar favorite The King's Speech for the ceremony's top honor.

Hooper was presented with the outstanding directorial achievement by his peers for his story of stuttering British monarch King George VI.

The DGA Awards are thought to be the best indicato...

'The King's Speech' Gets Massive 14 Nominations For BAFTA Awards

1/18/2011 9:51am EST
The Kings Speech
Critically-acclaimed "The King's Speech" is set to dominate the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month, after scoring a massive 14 nominations.

The Tom Hooper movie, about stammering British monarch King George VI, has picked up nods in the Best Film and Best Director categories, while Colin Firth is tipped for Best Actor and his co-star Helena Bonham Carter will compete for the Best Supporting Actress prize.

The picture is facing a challenge from Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, which has picked up 12 nominations, including nods for its star Natalie Portman, ...

'Green Hornet' Takes Top Spot At Box Office

1/17/2011 9:16am EST
Green Hornet
Seth Rogen's superhero film "The Green Hornet" stung competition at the box office this weekend after taking profits of $34 million.

Director Michel Gondry's big-screen adaptation about a richboy-turned-masked vigilante opened at the top spot, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ron Howard's new comedy "The Dilemma," starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, opened at number two with $17.4 million in earnings.

The Coen brothers' western "True Grit" slipped from one to three with $11.2 million.

Rounding out the top five are "The King's Speech" and Darren Aronofsky's...

'Black Swan' Dancer Left Thumbprint Scars On Mila Kunis' Back

1/13/2011 12:43pm EST
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis has a lasting reminder of her gruelling ballerina training for acclaimed new thriller "Black Swan," she still has her dance partner's thumb marks imprinted on her skin.

The actress plays a professional ballet star opposite Natalie Portman in the Darren Aronofsky movie, which tells the story of a gifted dancer who cracks under pressure after landing a leading role.

Kunis and Portman trained for months before they began shooting, and both dropped a huge amount of weight to look like real ballerinas.

The "Family Guy" star has now revealed the tough preparation has left her facing...

DGA Nominations: Are Coen Bros. Doomed At Oscars?

1/11/2011 10:35am EST
The Directors Guild of America announced is nominees for Best Director yesterday, and there was only one major surprise: the omission of Joel and Ethan Coen for ‘True Grit.’ They were edged out by these nominees:

David Fincher for ‘The Social Network’

Tom Hooper for ‘The King’s Speech’

David O. Russell for ‘The Fighter’

Christopher Nolan for ‘Inception’

Darren Aronofsky for ‘Black Swan’

The Coens still have a shot at being nominated at the Oscars, but it means edging out one of these nominees, probably Russell or Nolan. All five of the movies nominated at the DGA stand an extremely ...

Natalie Portman: 'It's The Greatest Gift He Ever Gave Me'

1/11/2011 10:17am EST
Natalie Portman
Pregnant actress Natalie Portman has credited Darren Aronofsky with her current happiness - insisting the director gave her the "greatest gift" by introducing her to fiancé Benjamin Millepied on the set of Black Swan.

The Closer actress announced last month she and choreographer Millepied are engaged and expecting their first child, and she subsequently revealed she is "indescribably happy".

The couple met during the filming of Aronofsky's ballet movie Black Swan, and Portman admits she has forgiven the moviemaker for forcing her to lose weight for the role, because he is responsible fo...

'Black Swan' Dominates Online Film Critics Nominations

12/28/2010 1:55pm EST
Natalie Portman
Pregnant actress Natalie Portman has yet another reason to celebrate this week - her new movie Black Swan has picked up seven nominations from the Online Film Critics Society.

Portman announced on Monday she is expecting her first child and also confirmed her engagement to choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who she met on the set of Black Swan.

The movie has already picked up a number of important awards nominations, including nods at the upcoming Golden Globes, and now it is now set to lead the Online Film Critics Society 2010 prize-giving.

Portman is nominated in the Best Actress cat...

2011 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; 'King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' & 'Social Network' Lead The Pack

12/14/2010 9:47am EST
The Kings Speech
The King's Speech is leading the charge for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards after landing seven nominations.

The cinematic tale about the British monarchy is heading up the main categories with nominations for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush have all received acting nods.

Boxing film The Fighter and Facebook-inspired movie The Social Network trailed with six nominations apiece, including mentions in the Best Picture (Drama) category, which also saw nods to ballet movie Black Swan and sci-fi blockbuster Inception...

Reese Witherspoon Talks About Her Break From Acting & Her Love Life

12/10/2010 12:20am EST
Reese Witherspoon
It's been two years since Reese Witherspoon, who won a Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for Walk the Line, has graced a movie, unless you count her voicing a nearly 50-foot-tall animated woman in Monsters vs. Aliens. But while moviegoers may feel like she's been away for a while, Witherspoon has shot three movies that will hit theaters over the next year. In How Do You Know (rated PG-13, opening Dec. 17), she's an Olympic-caliber softball player whose career has hit a wall and who finds herself caught romantically between a rakish star pitcher (Owen Wilson) and a broke businessman (Paul Rudd). It...

Hugh Jackman Getting Fitness Tips From Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

12/9/2010 12:00am EST
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman has been taking tips from former wrestler Dwayne Johnson as he struggles to bulk up for his latest Wolverine movie.

The Australian actor is bringing his X-Men character back for a second solo outing and director Darren Aronofsky has ordered him to hit the gym and make sure he is even more muscled for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel.

Jackman admits he's finding it tough to put on 25 pounds of muscle for the role as the clawed mutant before filming begins early next year, so he called The Rock for advice.

He tells, "(Twenty five pounds) is more than I ever have (put...

British Ballerina Slams 'Black Swan'

12/7/2010 11:24am EST
Black Swan
Leading ballet star Gillian Murphy has criticized Natalie Portman's new movie Black Swan as "shocking" and "disturbing" for its dark portrayal of the dance world.

The film, which is tipped for success at the 2011 Academy Awards, tells the story of an emotionally-disturbed dancer who descends into madness as she vies for roles within a highly-competitive company.

However, British ballerina Murphy, who is a principal dancer at New York's American Ballet Theatre, was horrified by director Darren Aronofsky's harsh portrayal of the industry and insists the film is far removed from reality.