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'Black Swan' Blends Frightening Hallucination Seamlessly with Reality

December 7th, 2010 12:21am EST
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There is no doubt that the immense pressure to succeed in the world of professional ballet can be crippling for those who chose it as their calling. Parents and instructors are intrusive enough with their expectations; however an even larger source of stress is rivalry with other dancers for the top slots in stage productions.

Nina (Natalie Portman), the main character in Darren Aronofsky’s intense psychological thriller “Black Swan,” has to deal with all of this external drama, none of which compares though to the mess she has cooked up in her own head. This is because Nina literall...
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Mila Kunis Says Kissing Natalie Portman Was Easy

December 2nd, 2010 11:00am EST
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Black Swan is becoming one of the most talked about movies of the year. There’s Oscar buzz for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, an abstract film open to many different interpretations, and a racy love scene between the two stars. Kunis plays the ambitious understudy to a prima ballerina (Portman), and in one scene seduces her.

“Any time that you do any intimate scene on film it's going to be a little uncomfortable whether it's the same sex or opposite sex,” Kunis said. “I think the great thing about this was that Natalie and I were actually lucky enough to be friends prior to production whi...
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Mila Kunis' Dad Banned From Watching 'Black Swan' Sex Scene

December 1st, 2010 8:19am EST
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Mila Kunis ordered her father to leave a screening of new thriller Black Swan so he would miss her explicit lesbian sex scene with Natalie Portman.

The 27 year old plays a ballet dancer named Lily in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky movie, which sees the actress engage in a raunchy love scene with co-star Portman.

Kunis' dad admitted he was uncomfortable with the risqué plot, so she advised him to leave the room when the sequence was shown.

She tells MTV.com, "He was like, 'I don't think I should see the movie.' I was like, 'See the movie. There's going to be a point; get up and leave.' ...
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Winona Ryder Apologized To Natalie Portman Over 'Black Swan' Character

December 1st, 2010 12:14am EST
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Winona Ryder presented Natalie Portman with a small gift after they finished filming Black Swan to apologize for the "horrible" lines she had to deliver as her on-screen rival.

Ryder plays a prima ballerina who is replaced by Portman's younger dancer character in a production of Swan Lake in the dark drama - and insists she felt guilty for making so many cruel jibes.

She tells Britain's Total Film magazine, "I wrote (to) Natalie and I got her something when I had finished filming, saying, 'I'm so sorry I had to say all those horrible things.'"

But Ryder admits the movie's script resonate...
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Celebrities Who Lost A Lot Weight For Their Roles

November 30th, 2010 4:00pm EST
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Some actors and actresses are completely dedicated to their craft - just look at Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, who both shed some serious weight for their roles as rival ballerinas in Black Swan. However, they are just a few of many stars that lost pounds to perfect their characters.

Mila Kunis dropped to 95 pounds, and Natalie Portman was beginning to scare Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky with her thin looks. Mila said at the time, "I could see why this industry is so f**ked up, because at 95 pounds, I would literally look at myself in the mirror and I was like, 'Oh my God!"

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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Black Swan,' 'All Good Things,' & More

November 30th, 2010 9:33am EST
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I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving filled with good food and excellent company. As part of a tradition in my family, we watched the movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” starring John Candy and Steve Martin. This road trip comedy which no doubt influenced this year’s “Due Date,” tells the story of a man (Martin) racing home to Chicago for Thanksgiving with his family.

His journey is terrorized by an obnoxious stranger (Candy) he can’t seem to shake. The odd couple is forced to travel together, enduring a comical series of catastrophes, while unwittingly forming a frien...
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Natalie Portman 'Dislocated Rib' On 'Black Swan' Set

November 23rd, 2010 11:29am EST
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Natalie Portman was left in agony after she "dislocated a rib" on the set of new movie Black Swan - because producers couldn't afford an on-site medic.

The 29-year-old actress, who plays a ballerina in the Darren Aronofsky film, spent up to eight hours a day in dance training to make her portrayal believable. Portman appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night, revealing the sidesplitting pain she suffered after a lift went wrong.

She said, "I injured a rib, I like dislocated a rib, it sort of went under another one, when you get lifted it just sort of went under."

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Mila Kunis' Mom 'Freaked Out' Over 'Black Swan' Weight Loss

November 17th, 2010 12:50pm EST
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Mila Kunis sparked fears for her health when her weight plummeted for her role in Black Swan - her family "freaked out" and "started panicking".

The petite actress slimmed down to less than 95 pounds to portray a ballerina in the upcoming drama, opposite Natalie Portman. Director Darren Aronofsky recently admitted he became so worried about Portman's weight loss, he begged the skinny actress to eat. And now Kunis has revealed her own shrinking figure alarmed her relatives.

She tells E Online, "My mom freaked out. Everybody started panicking. She was like, 'You have to promise me this is...
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'Black Swan' Director Worried About Natalie Portman Losing Too Much Weight

November 14th, 2010 4:00pm EST
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Director Darren Aronofsky became so worried about Natalie Portman's weight loss on the set of new movie "Black Swan" he begged the skinny actress to "start eating" and filled her trailer with food.

The actress spent months training for the role of a troubled ballerina in the upcoming drama and she slimmed right down as she attempted to gain a dancer's slender frame.

Aronofsky admits he was terrified when he saw Portman's drastic weight loss and spent the shoot encouraging her to eat.

He tells Access Hollywood, "(Portman) took (the role) very seriously. These dancers get really, really sk...
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Mark Wahlberg: 'I Believed In This Movie'

November 12th, 2010 6:33pm EST
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Mark Wahlberg has no regrets about sacrificing a large pay packet to ensure his latest film The Fighter went ahead - because the movie "had to get made."

The actor plays boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward in the biopic, but the project suffered a series of setbacks when co-star Matt Damon and director Darren Aronofsky dropped out, while negotiations to sign up Brad Pitt also fell through. The film also went from being a big budget movie to a smaller independent film, meaning Wahlberg to reportedly forego most of his salary to keep the project afloat.

However, Wahlberg is adamant he made the right...
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Rachel Weisz And Darren Aronofsky Split

November 9th, 2010 7:43am EST
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British actress Rachel Weisz has split from Darren Aronofsky after eight years together.

The Mummy star began dating The Wrestler director in 2002 and the pair became engaged in 2005. The couple, who share a four-year-old son, Henry, separated "some months" ago, according to the stars' representative.

A spokesperson tells TMZ.com, "Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky have been separated for some months. They remain close friends and are committed to raising their son together in NYC (New York City)."

They are reportedly seeking joint custody of their son.

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'Black Swan' Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Have A Happy Halloween With 'Masterpiece' 'Black Swan' (Video)

October 29th, 2010 9:59am EDT
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'Black Swan' directed by Darren Aronofsky, simply put, is a masterpiece. Natalie Portman, in the performance of her career. Portman portrays Nina, a beautiful, fragile ballerina with The New York City Ballet. Like all great artists, Nina is obsessed with perfection. When she gets the chance to to dance the lead in a new ballet created by the artistic director, the wonderful Vincent Cassel, this obsession takes her and the audience on a journey into a dark, nightmarish world. Aronofsky has cast this film perfectly. Barbara Hershey portrays Nina's controlling, suffocating mother, Mila K...
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Dad Bothered By Natalie Portman's Degrading 'Black Swan' Lesbian Love Scene

October 25th, 2010 8:15am EDT
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Natalie Portman has reportedly upset her father with her portrayal of a lesbian ballerina in new thriller "Black Swan" because he deems the explicit sex scenes as "degrading."

The "Star Wars" beauty plays troubled dancer Nina in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky movie, which sees the actress engage in raunchy love scenes with co-star Mila Kunis.

But the same-sex romance has driven a wedge between Portman and her conservative father, Dr. Avner Hershlag, who disapproves of her latest career move, according to Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.

A source tells the publication, "Natalie is a ver...
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Mila Kunis Wears Black Leather To 'Black Swan' Premiere

October 22nd, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis opted for black and white at the "Black Swan" photocall in London today. Simple, yet sexy. What do you think?

In the film, New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie 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. The supernatural-flavored psychological thriller is from director Darren Aronofsky.

The film has been creating buzz, particularly since Mila and Natalie share a lesbian sex scene.

See more photos of Mila here!
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10 Reasons Darren Aronofsky Should Direct The New ‘Wolverine’ Movie

October 19th, 2010 10:08am EDT
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Chances are that by the time you read this, an official announcement will be made as to whether or not indie genius Darren Aronofsky will be directing the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Either way, here are the Top 10 reasons the director should choose the “Wolverine” franchise as his first foray into big budget filmmaking.

10. The story of “Wolverine 2,” which is being scripted by Christopher McQuarrie who also wrote the mind-bogglingly good “The Usual Suspects,” will involve Logan/Wolverine travelling to Japan to study the way of the samurai. Assumedly, this story will be much mor...
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Darren Aronofsky In Talks For The Next 'Wolverine' Movie

October 6th, 2010 11:14am EDT
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Yesterday, Vulture reported that Darren Aronofsky is currently in talks to direct 20th Century Fox’s untitled ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ sequel. According to the piece, Aronofsky was the favored man to take on the new ‘Superman’ movie but Warner Bros. needs the project to start production in 2011 and with reported script issues, they decided to offer the project to Zack Snyder, thinking he would get the project moving much faster in order to avoid any lawsuits. I don’t know why Aronofsky is all of a sudden the go to guy for super hero movies and sequels. He hasn’t made a huge tent pole a...
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Zack Snyder Is Directing The Next 'Superman' Installment

October 5th, 2010 9:56am EDT
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Finally some movement on the long turmoiled 'Superman' movie! There has been a lot of speculation and rumors surrounding the next ‘Superman’ installment and what they can do to breathe some fresh air into the franchise. We’ve heard talk of Darren Aronofsky directing, Natalie Portman as Lois Lane and Brandon Routh returning as the Man of Steel again and we know the villain is going to be General Zod but none of the actors have been cast thus far. Well we finally have official word on a least one aspect and maybe the most important one. Yesterday, Zack Snyder ('300' 'Watchmen' 'Sucker Pun...
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Natalie Portman: The Best Actress Of Her Generation?

October 1st, 2010 10:10am EDT
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Since her intense breakout role in 1994’s “The Professional,” Natalie Portman has been one of the most respected and versatile actors working in Hollywood. Her filmography spans over 15 years but is as impressive and solid as Audrey Hepburn’s or Meryl Streep’s, two actresses to whom she has rightfully been compared.

It makes sense that Portman has become one of the most talented performers in Hollywood considering the amazing list of directors with whom she’s worked:

Luc Besson (“The Professional”)

Michael Mann (“Heat”)

Ted Demme (“Beautiful Girls”)

Woody Allen (“Everyone Says I Love Y...
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Fall Movie Preview Part 4: December

September 14th, 2010 12:29pm EDT
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This December will provide moviegoers with a very eclectic and abundant selection of films to choose from. Regardless of your preferred genre or style of filmmaking, chances are there are at least a couple of movies you’ll be looking forward to.

The most-talked about and most highly anticipated release is unarguably “Black Swan” from director Darren Aronofsky. Speculation about the film’s plot as well as star Natalie Portman’s performance has been building for months. Aronofsky has described “Swan” as a sort of companion piece to his 2008 film “The Wrestler” in terms of the focus on the ph...
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Watch The 'Black Swan' Trailer Starring Natalie Portman & Mila Kunis

August 18th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
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In the supernatural-flavored psychological thriller "Black Swan" from director Darren Aronofsky, New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight.

The actresses reportedly engaged in an explicit sex scene for the film, which is hinted at in the trailer.

Last year a source revealed the racy scene is "not just nice sweet innocent sex," adding that it's "ecstasy-induced hungry aggressive angry sex."

Take a look at the trailer, and tell us what y...
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'Robocop' Is Kaput!

July 26th, 2010 11:49am EDT
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Darren Aronofsky's troubled Robocop reboot will never make it to the big screen - the project has been cancelled.

The Wrestler director had planned to remake the 1987 sci-fi film, which starred Peter Weller, but the project was put on hold earlier this year amid ongoing financial troubles at the MGM film studio.

The company was put up for sale in 2009 after falling heavily into debt and failure to secure the firm's future has disrupted production on a number of movie projects including the next Bond film and Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit. Now RoboCop has become the latest victi...
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Katie Holmes' Glamorous Grey Dress - Hot Or Not?

June 14th, 2010 2:19pm EDT
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We spotted a glamorous Katie Holmes leaving her New York City apartment on Sunday on her way to the Tony Awards. We think she looks lovely in the gray strapless gown and Chanel sandals. What do you think?

Tom Cruise's wife just signed on to play Jackie Kennedy in a new TV mini series. The actress will play the wife of assassinated President John F. Kennedy in an upcoming eight-hour drama chronicling one of America's most famous families.

In related news, Rachel Weisz will play the former First Lady in a new biopic titled "Jackie," which will be directed by her fiance Darren Aronofsky.

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Rachel Weisz Is Apprehensive About Playing Jackie Kennedy

May 19th, 2010 10:01pm EDT
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Actress Rachel Weisz is already feeling the huge responsibility of playing Jackie Kennedy in husband Darren Aronofsky's new film - because she's a Brit portraying an American icon.

"The Lovely Bones" star will lead the cast in Jackie, which follows the beloved former U.S. First Lady as she copes with the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963.

And, although she can't wait to get started on research for the role, she's also a little anxious about how America will accept her as Jackie.

She tells WENN, "It's a recent project so the script is being developed and it'...
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Rachel Weisz Not Competing With Katie Holmes Over Jackie Kennedy Role

May 10th, 2010 12:03pm EDT
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Rachel Weisz is adamant there will be no "competition" with Katie Holmes when they both play Jackie Kennedy in separate projects - insisting her younger rival will be "fabulous" in the role.

Weisz will play America's former First Lady in a new biopic, titled Jackie, which will be directed by her fiance Darren Aronofsky, while Holmes will star in an eight-part TV mini-series, The Kennedys, chronicling the famous family.

However, the 40-year-old British actress doesn't feel any rivalry with 31-year-old Holmes - because the two portrayals will be very different.

She tells People.com, "Sh...
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Olivia Munn's Anti-Circus PETA Billboard

April 27th, 2010 10:37am EDT
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Actor and G4 host Olivia Munn is targeting the circus in a sexy new billboard for PETA. The Attack of the Show! host posed au naturel for the ad, which features a backdrop of elephants in their native environment alongside the words, "As Nature Intended, Let Elephants Be Free. Boycott the Circus." The billboard, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Hama Sanders, is located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Munn feels especially passionate about this issue. In an exclusive PETA interview, she explains, "I had seen a video online about the mistreatment and abus...
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Rachel Weisz To Play Jackie Kennedy

April 14th, 2010 11:40am EDT
Rachel Weisz & Jackie Kennedy
Rachel Weisz is teaming up with her fiancé Darren Aronofsky for a second big screen project - the couple is set to make a movie based on the life of America's former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

The couple, engaged since 2005 and parents to a three-year-old son, both worked on 2006 film The Fountain, with Weisz playing the leading woman and Aronofsky directing the project.

And now Weisz is set to work alongside her partner again - she will play Kennedy in a biopic directed by Aronofsky.

The film, titled Jackie, will follow the First Lady as she copes with the assassination of husband Pr...
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Rachel Weisz Wants Botox Banned

February 25th, 2010 10:22pm EST
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Rachel Weisz is calling on movie bosses to ban Botox for actors, comparing the popular age-defying injections to illegal "steroids for sportsmen".

"The Mummy" star will turn 40 on Oscar night (March 7th) but she still refuses to follow the Hollywood trend.

And Weisz is appealing for her fellow stars to stop the cosmetic procedure and start accepting their real age and wrinkles if they want to give award-winning performances.

She tells Life & Style magazine, "It should be banned for actors as steroids are for sportsmen... Acting is all about expression."

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Q&A: Brett Ratner On 'Beverly Hills Cop IV,' 'The Shooter Series,' And What He Thinks Of Comic Book Fans

September 9th, 2009 12:01pm EDT
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Is Brett Ratner misunderstood? The "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" director thinks that's quite possible.

His new retrospective DVD series, "The Shooter Series," (to be released September 15) paints the some may call party-boy director in a different light. Contemporaries such as Quentin Tarantino share their experiences about working with Ratner; and the director's early student films, commercials, and music videos are also chronicled.

Ratner also doesn't parse words about his feelings toward the vocal online community who criticized his work on "X-Men: The Last Stand," and h...
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Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

January 21st, 2009 10:46am EST
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The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...
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2009 Early Oscar Nomination Predictions

December 23rd, 2008 12:10pm EST
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The first major precursor award nominations were handed out this morning as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their 15th set of nominations.

This marks the end point of the first phase of the Oscar race as many of the critics awards have been handed out and the more reliable industry awards are starting to trickle in.

This is a perfect time to take a look at the locks, likely nominees, longshots and losers of the Oscar season thus far.

Best Picture

The Locks:

Slumdog Millionaire is the most certain nominee in this category after sweeping through the critics awards, p...
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