Empire Online reports that Mila Kunis (That '70s Show, Family Guy) has signed on for Black Swan, the next movie from director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream).
The "supernatural thriller" will star Natalie Portman as a veteran ballerina who develops a rivalry with Kunis' character, a dancer who may or may not be a product of the veteran's imagination. The movie is being produced by Phoenix Pictures and Aronfosky's own Protozoa Pictures.
John MacLaughlin wrote the original script, which was later revised by Protozoa's Mark Heyman. The movie will likely begin shooting this year, although there's no official word.
Aronofsky also planned a remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi action hit RoboCop, but the future of that project is in doubt now that Black Swan is moving forward.
Variety reports that director Darren Aronofsky will direct and produce a movie based on the robbery committed at the Securitas Depot in England three years ago. The crime, which was covered extensively by the BBC, ended up representing the largest amount of currency stolen in a single heist in Britain's history.
This represents yet another intriguing addition to Aronofsky's resume, which already includes a wildly eclectic variety of movies. He started off with sensory shock-flicks Pi and Requiem for a Dream, both of which had a hyperactivity reminiscent of graphic novels. Then there was the pseudo-spiritual weepie The Fountain, which had a more restrained style and a more melodramatic core. And last year, of course, he helmed the intimate character drama The Wrestler, which earned Mickey Rourke an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win.
Now, it appears Aronofsky is attracted to the idea of doing a heist flick, so we imagine he'll return to the more fast-paced, sensory-overload style of Pi and Requiem. No information was given regarding a production schedule or release date.
We imagine that is, in part, because Aronofsky is currently at work on a project in yet another genre. The supernatural thriller Black Swan will star Natalie Portman as a veteran ballerina who develops a rivalry with another dancer (played by Mila Kunis) who may or may not be a product of Portman's imagination.
As if that weren't enough, Aronofsky also planned a remake of RoboCop, but we seriously doubt that will happen anytime soon.
Since 2002's Mr. Deeds (and an incident with shoplifting), Winona Ryder kept herself quietly busy with indie fare like Sex and Death 101 and The Informers — until she played Spock's mother in Star Trek.
Now Ryder has signed on to star in Darren Aronofsky's supernatural thriller Black Swan, according to THR. Set in the world of New York's ballet scene, Black Swan follows a dancer (Natalie Portman) whose rival (Mila Kunis) may be a figment of the her imagination. Ryder will play an older dancer. Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassell are also joining the cast in unspecified roles.
Black Swan, which starts production in New York at the end of the year, has a script by Aronofsky and Mark Heyman. Fox Searchlight, who distributed Aronofsky's The Wrestler, is negotiating to co-finance and distribute the movie.
Ryder can be seen next in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which opens in limited release later this month.
Acclaimed director Jim Sheridan's (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father) new movie opens this week. Brothers tells the story of a soldier who returns home from captivity in Afghanistan to discover that his wife turned to his brother for comfort while he was presumed dead. Tobey Maguire plays Sam Cahill, the solider who tries to reintegrate with his family while coping with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Natalie Portman plays Sam's wife, Grace, a role that she told Parade she was eager to play.
It was such a fantastic opportunity because so many parts written for females my age are just, like, the cute, girlish love interest. To get to play a real woman who's really strong and a good mother was really a great opportunity.
To prepare for his role, Maguire met with soldiers who suffer from PTSD. To play Grace, Portman said that she spoke with military wives to help give her insight into the "strength" that it takes to be the wife of a soldier fighting overseas.
They have to be tough, too. I think that women are remarkably able to deal with bad times and just sort of take control when it needs to happen. They have a great survival mechanism. In the history of warfare, while the men were away, the women were taking care of everything at home. They show this incredible capacity to sort of rise to the occasion.
Portman is currently filming Black Swan, a supernatural thriller from director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). After Black Swan, Portman will jump right into the role of Jane Foster in director Kenneth Branagh's production of Thor, which is expected to begin filming in January. Portman told Parade that the Thor production is wrapped in very elaborate security measures to protect against people who want to "scam" information.
It's like you don't get a script anymore that doesn't have watermarks that would identify you if you ever tried to leak anything. The Thor script is hard to read because it's on some weird colored paper and they have your name in huge letters across every page. And any time you get a phone call from Marvel, it doesn't come up as a normal number, it's like a five digit code. I've never seen that before. I've had phone calls from people in the government and they don't have that. Marvel's like some like crazy underground world.
It seems Darren Aronofsky will have to wait a little longer to resurrect the Robocop franchise, if he ever gets a chance at all. Moviehole reports that Aronfsky's reimagining has been nixed by MGM in the midst of the studio's financial woes.
The info comes from one of the writers for Robocop Archive, who explained in writing some other reasons for the project's momentary freezing.
I've spoken with Phoenix Pictures [and] asked them about the status of Robocop ... they told me that the project is on hold. The problem is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, wants a 3-D movie for the new Robocop. But, as you know, Darren Aronofsky is a real artist and he's not interested in Gimmicks like 3-D, CGI, Filming digital. He wants to do everything as real (organic) as possible just like The Fountain.
With the success of Avatar, it's unlikely that public lust for 3-D will subside anytime soon, so that's bad news for Aronofsky, if he sticks to his guns. It's too bad, because Aronfosky's plans for the movie did not sound similar to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 movie in any way, but seemed like a brand new imagining of the story in a completely different setting.
In the meantime, Aronofsky is busy shooting Black Swan, which stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Winona Ryder, and is due out sometime later this year. He will also direct and produce a movie based on the robbery committed at the Securitas Depot in England three years ago. The crime, which was covered extensively by the BBC, ended up representing the largest amount of currency stolen in a single heist in Britain's history.
The supernatural thriller Black Swan has been in the works for close to 10 years. That fact, alone, is enough to draw excitement for the release of the first photos. They came along with news that the movie was chosen to open the 67th Venice International Film Festival, an honor bestowed on "awards contenders."
Black Swan follows a New York ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) who finds herself in an increasingly high-stakes rivalry with a new arrival (Mila Kunis) to her competitive dance company. So where's the supernatural element? Turns out Kunis might just be a figment of Portman's imagination.
The first photos from award-winning director Darren Aronofsky's follow up to The Wrestler, Black Swan, were recently released and now the first trippy trailer for the movie has debuted online. In development for nearly a decade, Black Swan is a psychological thriller set in the highly competitive world of professional ballet. Academy Award-nominated actress Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a dedicated ballerina who finally gets elevated to Prima ballerina of her ballet company's production of Swan Lake. When a promising young ballerina named Lily (Mila Kunis) joins the company, Nina initially befriends her, but soon begins to feel threatened by her and increasingly paranoid that Lily is out to destroy her big opportunity.
In the upcoming supernatural thriller Black Swan, Natalie Portman plays a dancer who finds herself in a competitive rivalry when she's elevated to prima ballerina for her company's production of Swan Lake. The movie is generating Oscar buzz for Portman after its showing at the Tororonto International Film Festival. She spoke with Flicks and Bits about reaction to the movie and working with director Darren Aronofsky.
Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is looking to tease potential audiences with a new website for his upcoming Natalie Portman vehicle. IJustWantToBePerfect.com, launched this week, aims to ratchet up the paranoia and dive users headlong into the spiraling world of Nina. Along with ambiguous imagery and creepy audio, users can return each day to a calendar that reveals hidden clips.
A creepy new website for acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky's new thriller about the disturbingly competitive hidden side of professional ballet, Black Swan, was recently launched, and now four stylish playbill-style posters have also been released to promote the movie. Academy Award–nominated actress Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a driven ballerina desperate for the lead role in her ballet company's new production of Swan Lake after the artistic director (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace Beth (Winona Ryder) as Prima Ballerina. Nina appears to be a shoe-in for the role until a promising newcomer named Lily (Mila Kunis) also begins to attract the director's attention, which sends Nina into a paranoia spiral that threatens to destroy everything she's worked so hard to achieve. Barbara Hershey and Sebastian Stan also star.
The first TV spot for acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky's (The Wrestler) new psychological thriller, Black Swan, recently aired and now it is available for viewing online. Set in the competetive world of professional ballet, Black Swan stars Academy Award-nominated actress Natalie Portman as Nina, a talented ballerina who is a shoe-in to replace Beth (Winona Ryder) as Prima Ballerina in her company's new production of Swan Lake until Lily (Mila Kunis) shows up and begins to attract the attention of the artistic director (Vincent Cassel). As the competition for the lead intensifies, Nina begins to lose her tenuous grip on reality. Barbara Hershey and Sebastian Stan also star.
The first clip from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky's (The Wrestler) new psychological thriller, Black Swan. In it, we see the fragile mental state of the protagonist, Nina (Academy Award-nominee Natalie Portman), a talented ballerina who is next in line to replace her ballet company's Prima Ballerina, Beth (Winona Ryder), in the upcoming production of Swan Lake. While being fitted for the show, Nina has a frightening hallucination, but it pales in comparison to the horror she feels at discovering that the newcomer to the company, Lily (Mila Kunis), has just been made her alternate.
Natalie Portman on the "Devotional, Ritualistic, Religious" Aspects of Ballet and Her Training for Black SwanPosted on 2010-11-29 by BrentJS
Acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to The Wrestler, Black Swan, is a psychological thriller that explores the secret world of profesional ballet and one dancer's (Academy Award-nominee Natalie Portman) struggle to land the Prima Ballerina position in her company's new production of Swan Lake while attempting to maintain her tenuous grip on reality. During a recent press conference for the movie, Portman, who had danced as a young girl, described ballet as "an expression without words" and said that she "always wanted to do a film relating to dance." Portman said that the complex role she plays in the movie was one of the few that benefited from the hiatus she took from acting to study psychology at Harvard.
Acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky's (The Wrestler) new psychological thriller, Black Swan, is set in the competetive world of professional ballet, so it's only fitting that the latest clips from the movie showcase the dancing skills of the lead actress, Academy Award-nominee Natalie Portman. Portman plays Nina, next in line to become her ballet company's Prima Ballerina in the upcoming production of Swan Lake. But, when a new dancer (Mila Kunis) catches the eye of the director (Vincent Cassel), Nina begins a downward spiral into paranoia and delusion that threatens to shatter her dreams.
Britney Spears Tells Tabloids and "Liars" Off; "The Godfather House" for Sale; Black Swan Kiss 2010's Best?Posted on 2010-12-03 by reelz
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As Britney Spears heads off for a romantic birthday weekend with beau Jason Trawick, she tweeted a message to anyone who claims Trawick "beat" on her: "Star Magazine, Radar Online, Jason Alexander and the rest of you liars, Ya'll can kiss my lily white southern Louisiana ass!"
The Natalie Portman–Mila Kunis mouth-on-mouth kiss — pictured in this space yesterday — continues to attract interest as Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky tells MTV News he'd like to see it nomitated for the network's "Best Kiss" award, primarily because he'd like to see it happen again.
Last night James Franco told Jimmy Kimmel he agreed to host the Oscars because it would take the "pressure off," since no one has hosted the Oscars and won an award on the same night. But there's is a first time for everything, and Franco's our pick to win Best Actor.
"The Godfather House" is for sale. The eight-bedroom, three-bathroom Staten Island house used as the Corleone family estate is listed for $2.9M. Anything north of about $2.8M is an offer they probably can't refuse.
What sacrifices must be made for art? What if itâ€™s all just an illusion anyhow, a fantasy made up to cope with the difficulties of reality? Is there a way that these issues can be dramatized with a steamy lesbian love scene? These are questions being asked by Darren Aronofskyâ€™s Black Swan, but theyâ€™re also part of the equally trippy Mulholland Drive, David Lynchâ€™s intense psychosexual drama now streaming on Netflix.
As December rolls into January, we like to look back at the year's movies — those that inspired us, awed us, or made us groan. Thankfully, YouTube user genrocks has done all of the heavy lifting for our walk down memory lane by putting together this expertly edited and mixed "Filmography 2010" video compilation of 270 of 2010's movies, including clips from Black Swan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Social Network, Despicable Me, Kick-Ass, Jackass 3D and many, many more great movie moments. Enjoy!
Tonight, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hosted the 68th Annual Golden Globes. The big award winners were Glee and Boardwalk Empire on the television side; The Social Network, The Kids Are All Right, and The Fighter on the big screen. Robert De Niro received the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Early next Tuesday morning — 5:30 AM ET on January 25 — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for its 83rd annual awards. If you don't plan to be up at that time, we'll have a complete list posted shortly after the announcement on our site.
Who will make the Academy's cut. We bravely posted our predictions for the 10 Best Picture nominees back in November. Today, our Richard Roeper weighs in with his movie predictions, as well as those for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director.
The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced this morning. Nominated for Best Picture are:
The Social Network
The King's Speech
Toy Story 3
The Kids are All Right
How did we do in the Oscar predictions we made back in September 2010?
Now that the Academy has expanded the number of Best Picture nominees to 10, and the other main Actor/Actress nominations include five other movies, it's nearly impossible to keep up without working concessions at a multiplex. Especially when there's a new Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, and The Bachelor. Every. Damn. Week. So when that Oscar party invite comes in the mail, don't panic. We've created a cheat sheet of top talking points.
No surprise, we love the Oscars. But ... well, even we have to admit that the show always goes on too long and you can really only count on one good joke per hour. Enter our annual Oscar Bingo Cards, a sure way to get you through the duller moments. Or to help ignore that blowhard at the party who you know only saw Iron Man 2 and Inception, yet somehow has an opinion on every award.
This year we've put together a set of 10 Cards — one for each of the movies up for Best Picture. (Hint: Check out the FREE SPACE icons.) While we can't guarantee every one of these events will happen, we're pretty confident a game of Blackout Bingo will prove possible with several of the cards in the mix.
We're coming to the end of awards season with the Oscars airing this Sunday and, to be honest, there haven't been that many surprises. Heck, the Academy even snubbed Christopher Nolan again, this time failing to nominate the director for helming Inception. So, amidst the obvious and unoriginal, we consulted our friends at Ask Deadpool for a truly fresh take on the Academy Awards — what could the night look like if Deadpool took a stab (ahem) at hosting the Oscars?
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the 83rd Academy Awaaaards! With your hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaw--
Wait wait waaaait jus' a minute there, announcer-dude, yer kiddin' me, right? Bob got th' call last week askin' me ta host this fancy shindig. So here, read my intro; an get that curly-haired dude outta here! ...The hot chick c'n stay if she wants, though...
Lindsay Lohan Won't Wear Little White Dress in Court; Royal Wedding Details Emerge; Jennifer Aniston Follows Bieber's Lead With New 'DoPosted on 2011-02-23 by reelz
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Lindsay Lohan will be back in court today and the jury's out on whether she will accept a plea deal that may include a little jail time, or if she's willing to risk going to trial to clear her name. Meanwhile, LiLo's mom Dina Lohan tells E! News that Lindsay will not be wearing the Basic Instinct dress or anything like it, and told Lindsay to wear a black pantsuit.
Details of the April 29 Royal Wedding are beginning to emerge, with Kate Middleton planning to arrive at Westminster Abbey via car, not the traditional carriage. More importantly, details of Prince William's bachelor party have been revealed, and it involves water skiing, high-speed boat racing, and a low-speed boat pubcrawl.
WikiLeaks cables offer a look into the bizarre world of the Muammar el-Qaddafi clan. The senior Qaddafi apparently is an avid fan of horse racing and flamenco dancing who dubbed himself "King of Culture," and is accompanied everywhere by a "voluptuous blonde," who's the senior member of his posse of Ukrainian nurses. The cables also claim son Seif paid Mariah Carey $1M to sing four songs at a 2009 New Year's Eve party in St. Barts.
One day after Justin Beiber got his hair cut, Jennifer Aniston showed off a new bob while promoting Just Go With It in Spain, and Gerard Butler has ditched the hair dye and let the grey roots come through.
Specifics surrounding the fatal loud popcorn eating incident at a Latvian screening of Black Swan are still emerging, with an eyewitness claiming it was the shooter who was eating popcorn too loudly, and when confronted, shot the complaining man dead. Police are investigating.
In response to a recent interview the L.A. Times conducted with Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied — aka Natalie Portman's fiancÃ© and her baby bump's daddy — in which Millepied claimed that the actress who earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of a psychologically distraught ballet dancer actually performed "85%" of her scenes in the movie, Portman's body double, Sarah Lane claims that her participation in the movie is being downplayed and that "of the full body shots" only "5 percent are Natalie." The 27-year-old American Ballet Theatre soloist claims that she is the victim of a "cover-up" and wants to set the record straight.
Fox Searchlight has leapt to Natalie Portman's defense after Black Swan dancing double Sarah Lane claimed that only 5% of the full body shots are of Portman, saying in a statement that "Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film." Lane had wondered aloud, "Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you're a movie star?" and added, "she (Portman) doesn't look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she can't dance in pointe shoes. And she can't move her body, she's very stiff."
Britney Spears did all her own dancing at a San Francisco concert on Sunday, which will air on Good Morning America on Tuesday. One has to wonder if her cheeky performance is appropriate for network morning news.
Having caught the first glimpse of Jersey Shore, Italian commentators are up in arms about the cast with Rome's New Notizie writing, "They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized." Season 4 of Jersey Shore is to be partially shot in Italy.
Reports that Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo Of Truth" tour is sold out are debunked by CNBC's Jane Wells as she was able to get two seats on the main floor for opening night at the Fox Theater in Detroit on ticketmaster.com. The secondary market is also flooded, with StubHub having 1,320 tickets available for a venue that seats 5,049 people, with prices below face value.
Reese Witherspoon and agent Jim Toth were married at her ranch in Ojai, California Saturday evening. The A-guest-list included RenÃ©e Zellwegger, Gwyneth Paltrow, husband Chris Martin, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alyssa Milano, Salma Hayek, Robert Downey Jr, and Tobey Maguire.
Like a scene straight out of, well, Black Swan, ballerina and Black Swan dance double Sarah Lane recently claimed that she was a victim of a "cover-up" since she performed "85 percent" of the dancing scenes in Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning performance.
Entertainment Weekly, the outlet that first revealed Lane's conspiracy theory, reports that Portman's Black Swan director, Darren Aronofsky, defended Portman's dancing work in his movie through a statement from Black Swan's studio, Fox Searchlight.
The MTV Movie Award nomination were announced yesterday, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse garnered the most nods. Eclipse received eight nominations within twelve categories, including being nominated twice for the categories of Best Male Performance (for Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, of course) and Best Kiss (for Kristen Stewart's smooches with the aforementioned Best Male Performance nominees).
Inception received a total of seven nominations, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 following right behind with six. Inception was the only one of the top three nominated movies to get noticed for the unconventional categories of Best Jaw-Dropping Moment, Biggest Badass Star, and Best Scared-As-Sh-- Performance. Deathly Hallows was the only one of the three to be singled out for Best Villain, but surprisingly, not for Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort, but instead for Draco Malfoy played by Tom Felton.
Though there has been a lot of talk lately about the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, the movie still has no director and no cast — our interactive reader polls have Ian Somerhalder, Emmy Rossum and Michelle Pfeiffer playing the lead roles — so it's going to be some time before we're going to be able to see the BDSM-charged romance between Christian Grey & Ana Steele play out on the big screen. But, there are still plenty of sexy, steamy movies on home video that somehow managed to sneak by with an R-rating to tide you over until Fifty Shades of Grey debuts. Put down your copy of Fifty Shades Freed for a minute and help us select the Top 10 Kinky R-Rated Movies.
"Oh, them. They're the dance people."
Movies have a way of affecting us, both mind and body: dramas that touch a nerve will make us cry; comedies that tickle our funny bones will make us laugh; horror movies that give us the heebie-jeebies will make us gasp and cringe; and dance movies with the right rhythm will make us tap our toes and wiggle in our seats. There's not always a great story to be told in dance movies, but as long as the actors can dance and dance well, we'll typically forgive a weak plot. Put on your dancing shoes and help us rate the movies that really make you want to shake your groove thing.
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