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Fox Searchlight calls 'Black Swan' lawsuit 'meritless,' 'opportunistic'

Fox Searchlight Pictures responded dismissively to the lawsuit brought by two unpaid interns who worked on Black Swan, claiming that the accusations are meritless because the plaintiffs never officially worked for them. Alex Footman and Eric Glatt had filed a lawsuit in Manhattan last week, claiming that Fox Searchlight had violated work laws with the not-uncommon industry practice of unpaid internships. According to their lawsuit, as reported in the New York Times, labor rules required that unpaid interns receive hands-on educational experience, not the menial tasks — such as fetching coffee and taking out the trash — that interns are routinely assigned. “The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities,” Footman, 24, told the Times. “Black Swan had more than $300 million in revenues. If they paid us, it wouldn’t make a big difference to them, but it would make a huge difference to us.”

Fox Searchlight didn’t address the specific workplace charges since their stance is essentially, “It has nothing to do with us.” In a statement, the studio said: READ FULL STORY

Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' double on '20/20': Filmmakers are 'completely lying'

The Black Swan controversy keeps on spinning. In an interview with ABC’s 20/20 that aired Friday, Sarah Lane — the dance double who has contended Portman did “5 percent” of the full-body dancing in the film — said that the filmmakers who have come to Portman’s defense are “completely lying.” Director Darren Aronofsky said in a statement last month that, of the 139 dance shots in the film, 111 are of Portman “untouched,” while 28 are of Lane: “If you do the math, that’s 80 percent Natalie Portman.”

“I’m not speaking because I feel like I should be heralded,” Lane said to 20/20‘s Elizabeth Vargas. “I’m speaking because [the filmmakers] are completely lying about the amount of dancing Natalie did in the movie. When those incorrect things are coming out, and they threaten the entire principle of ballet, then I feel like I need to say something.” Lane also said she “expected” Portman not to thank her in her Oscar acceptance speech, and that she doesn’t feel “all disgruntled” by the omission. You can watch a clip of the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Natalie Portman on 'Black Swan' controversy: 'I know what went on.'

When ballerina Sarah Lane claimed last month that she had done 95 percent of the dancing in Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning Black Swan performance, Portman’s supporters — including co-star Mila Kunis and director Darren Aronofsky —  were quick to defend their star. But Portman herself has stayed mum on the topic — until now. “I know what went on,” Portman told E! News’ Ashlan Gorse during a press junket for the new comedy Your Highness. READ FULL STORY

Natalie Portman loves stoner comedies, but not getting stoned -- EXCLUSIVE

Black Swan star Natalie Portman makes her first post-Oscar movie appearance this Friday in the stoner comedy Your Highness. She’s also developing Best Buds, a buddy comedy about a marijuana-laced road trip, with her production company Handsomecharlie Films. But just because Portman is taking the high road in her work doesn’t mean she’s doing so in real life, too.

“I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven’t smoked in years,” Portman told EW in December, a few weeks before announcing her pregnancy. “I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now. I’m in bed by 10 p.m. I can’t do that anymore.” READ FULL STORY

'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

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

Costume Design Guild honors 'The King's Speech,' 'Black Swan,' 'Alice in Wonderland'

kings-speechImage Credit: Laurie SparhamThe 13th Annual Costume Design Guild Awards were held last night, and Black Swan‘s Amy Westcott and The King’s Speech‘s Jenny Beavan were honored for excellence in contemporary film and period film, respectively. Alice in Wonderland‘s Colleen Atwood took home the prize for excellence in fantasy film. Beavan and Atwood are also nominees at this Sunday’s Oscars. In the TV categories, winners were Glee‘s Lou Eyrich, Boardwalk Empire‘s John Dunn and Lisa Padovani, and Temple Grandin‘s Cindy Evans. Aude Bronson-Howard was also recognized for excellence in commercial costume design for “Chanel — Bleu de Chanel.” Previously announced honorees included Halle Berry (Lacoste Spotlight Award), Joel Schumacher (Distinguished Collaborator Award), Julie Weiss (Disaronno Career Achievement in Film & Television Award), and Michael Dennison (Hall of Fame Award).

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