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'Black Swan' director Darren Aronofsky defends Natalie Portman in body-double controversy

Responding to claims that Black Swan star Natalie Portman didn’t do the majority of her on-screen dancing in her Oscar-winning role, director Darren Aronofsky released the following statement through studio Fox Searchlight:

“Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. READ FULL STORY

'Black Swan' controversy: 'Natalie herself did most of the dancing,' insist filmmakers

A claim by Natalie Portman’s ballet double from the movie Black Swan alleging that the Oscar-winning actress did not perform the majority of that film’s dance sequences has quickly been challenged. Sarah Lane, the American Ballet Theatre soloist who doubled for Portman during some of that film’s most difficult dance sequences, told Entertainment Weekly that the Oscar-winning actress did only 5 percent “of the full body shots” in the film. But the filmmakers insist that simply isn’t the case, saying in a joint statement released by Fox Searchlight, “We were fortunate to have Sarah there to cover the more complicated dance sequences and we have nothing but praise for the hard work she did. However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film.” READ FULL STORY

'Black Swan' double claims Natalie Portman only did '5 percent' of full-body dance shots in the movie

The ballerina who served as a dancing double for Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winnning role in Black Swan tells EW she has been the victim of a “cover-up” to mislead the public about how much dancing Portman actually did in the film. “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie,” says Sarah Lane, 27, an American Ballet Theatre soloist who performed many of the film’s complicated dance sequences, allowing Portman’s face to be digitally grafted onto her body. “All the other shots are me.” READ FULL STORY

'Your Highness' red band trailer takes booby trap literally

Another red band trailer for Your Highness, the medieval marijuana comedy starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman has hit the Web, and… it’s still raunchy. And funny. Even if you’re sober. Watch it below.  READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2011: Backstage with Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, and more

Natalie-Portman-OscarImage Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesThe Academy Awards press room is a fascinating microcosm of the movie industry, and the press that covers it. Having just been tasked with the challenge of delivering a succinct acceptance speech in front of a bazillion people, the Oscar winners are then whisked backstage and bombarded with questions. Being the professionals that they are, they generally handle these queries with ease.

Then you have the 300 or 400 press members in the room — a vibrant spectrum of media representing multiple countries, varying levels of experience (college-newspaper reporters rub elbows with esteemed veterans), and different interests. There are always one or two reporters who ask a question so groan-inducing that, well, most of the room groans. But for the most part, it was a pleasant and insightful affair, during which Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, and others were given the opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and reiterate their gratitude. Here’s the best of who said what: READ FULL STORY

Independent Spirit Awards: 'Black Swan,' Natalie Portman, James Franco among the winners

black-swanImage Credit: Niko TaverniseBlack Swan‘s Natalie Portman and Oscar nominee (and host) James Franco walked away with the top acting honors at the 2011 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards. The Joel McHale-hosted indie film kudosfest — which took place this afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif. — will be broadcast tonight at 10 p.m. on IFC. Black Swan won all four of its nominations, including Best Feature, beating out Winter’s Bone, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Greenberg. John Hawkes and Dale Dickey — both from Winter’s Bone – won the supporting male and female trophies, respectively. The full list of winners:  READ FULL STORY

Oscars Luncheon: James Franco, Nicole Kidman and other nominees prep for the main event

jesse-eisenbergImage Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.comOnce a year for the last 30, the current crop of Academy Awards nominees come together to break grilled shrimp on focaccia bread at the Beverly Hilton, smile for the class photo, and turn a deaf ear to demands for 45-second acceptance speeches and promises of a three-hour running time. But before the 151 contenders  (out of 190, which is a nominees luncheon record) could eat, drink and be merry yesterday, the most recognizable of their ranks fielded questions in the interview room, which yielded the following pearls of Oscar race wisdom.

“When I was 13, I had to go to bar mitzvahs every weekend and this is the same feeling. I have to put a suit on every weekend to go meet with a lot of Jews. The alternative where no one likes your movie is worse. I’ve experienced both and this is better.” — Jesse Eisenberg, Best Actor nominee, The Social Network READ FULL STORY

Natalie Portman on girly rom-com cliches: 'That stuff offends me' -- EXCLUSIVE

Natalie-PortmanImage Credit: David Gabber/PR PhotosNatalie Portman has starred in sci-fi epics (Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace), indie films (Garden State), and even the odd kid pic (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium). But there’s one type of movie she’s avoided until now: The romantic comedy. “I’ve always wanted to do one,” says the newly pregnant star, who’s finally jumping into the genre with this week’s No Strings Attached, co-starring Ashton Kutcher. “But the girls are always in fashion, and it’s always about their clothes. They always want to get married at the end. There’s some kind of makeover scene. That stuff offends me.”

Makeovers and fashion montages are nowhere to be found in No Strings Attached, the story of a doctor (Portman) and a TV writer (Kutcher) who decide to have a sex-only relationship. READ FULL STORY

'Black Swan': Why it's the swoon-for-it-or-not movie of the season. And where do you stand?

black-swanImage Credit: Niko TaverniseA true love-it-or-hate-it movie only comes along every once in a while (Moulin Rouge was one; so was The Blair Witch Project), and by that standard Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky’s lurid and voluptuous agony-of-dance horror film, doesn’t qualify. It’s not a movie that anyone I’ve talked to genuinely dislikes. And why would they? Aronofsky, a sizzling craftsman, keeps the thrills and the hallucinations, the mirrored twists, the whole sexy-masochistic high-maintenance kinkiness of the ballet world — or, at least, this tony pulp version of it — at full boil. He keeps the movie pulsing and the audience watching. Yet if Black Swan doesn’t qualify as a love-it-or-hate it movie, I still think it’s a drama that divides people into two wildly divergent camps. There are those who swoon for it…and those who don’t. Those who experience this sensationalistic riff on the perils of artistic performance as, itself, a work of art — and those who, like me, enjoy the movie with a certain basic qualification, who consume it as primitive, almost trashy fun (these are the viewers you hear in megaplexes giggling at some of the dialogue) but who never really take the leap of connecting to it as a daredevil feat of imagination. READ FULL STORY

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