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Wednesday
Dec212011

Natalie Portman Was the Most Viewed Celeb on IMDB in 2011

Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Natalie Portman was a popular celebrity on IMDB this year. The IMDB page of the Black Swan star received the most views of any celebrity page on the website in 2011. IMDB didn't disclose the total number of views tallied by Portman's page. She won an Oscar this year for her performance in Black Swan as a tormented ballerina.

Portman's Black Swan co-star, Mila Kunis, ranked second, followed by Johnny Depp, Emma Stone and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth.

Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for Winter's Bone and will appear in the highly anticipated film The Hunger Games next spring, is IMDB's highest-ranked actor or actress making his or her debut on IMDB's top 100 list. She placed seventh.

This is the first year since 2007 that a Twilight cast member failed to make the top 10. Kristen Stewart ranks the highest, at number 12. She ranked second last year.

Here are IMDB's top 10 stars of 2011:

1. Natalie Portman
2. Mila Kunis
3. Johnny Depp
4. Emma Stone
5. Chris Hemsworth
6. Olivia Wilde
7. Jennifer Lawrence
8. George Clooney
9. Ryan Gosling
10. Christian Bale

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Thursday
Sep292011

'Black Swan' Unpaid Interns File Lawsuit Against Fox Searchlight

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two men who interned for the film Black Swan have filed a class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight on behalf of hundreds of unpaid interns, taking aim at a long-accepted practice in the entertainment industry.

The lawsuit alleges that the film production company violated federal and state labor laws by using unpaid interns.

"This is a widespread practice and most of the time it's unlawful," said Elizabeth Wagoner, one of the attorneys representing the interns. "I haven't seen other suits like this, at least not on this scale. I hope their example will make others feel they can come forward and that they're owed wages for their work."

The Black Swan interns are Alex Footman, 24, and Eric Glatt, 42.

Footman interned for full five-day weeks of at least 40 hours as a production intern on the film in New York from October 2009 to February 2010.

His responsibilities included preparing coffee for the production office and making sure the coffee pot was full, taking and distributing lunch orders, taking out the trash, cleaning the office and collecting receipts for expense reports, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.

"With this lawsuit, I hope that we can help interns and former interns throughout the entertainment industry who should have been paid wages under the law," Footman said in a news release from Outten and Golden, the law firm representing the interns.

The film cost $13 million to produce and grossed more than $300 million worldwide. The lawsuit alleges that Fox Searchlight has been able to reduce its production costs "by employing a steady stream of unpaid interns."

While Wagoner does not know the exact number of interns involved and cannot yet comment on the amount of money being sought, she estimated that hundreds of interns were involved.

"This is not a symbolic lawsuit," Wagoner said. "They certainly have a right to be paid."

The lawsuit alleges that Fox Searchlight's practices violate the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Laws. The U.S. Department of Labor has criteria to determine whether someone is a trainee or an employee, but the rules are rarely enforced.

A person is a trainee if he or she receives training similar to what he or she would receive in an academic setting. In order for a person to be a trainee, an employer cannot derive any immediate advantage from him or her. In other words, an unpaid intern cannot do the work of a regular employee, which is what the lawsuit alleges happened at Fox Searchlight.

Fox Searchlight did not respond to requests for comment.

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Thursday
Jul142011

Lindsay Lohan Wanted Starring Role in 'Black Swan'?

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Lindsay Lohan apparently was not impressed by Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan.

A journalist is claiming that the Mean Girls star told her that she should've starred in the film instead of Portman.

According to Britain's Daily Mail, Lohan made the comments in an interview with writer Jacquelynn Powers for Plum Miami magazine, for which Lohan did a photo shoot.  Powers wrote an article about Lohan anyway, claiming she told her she "took ballet until she was 19 and was indignant that she was not considered for the movie Black Swan."

Lohan is portrayed as a petulant and easily annoyed woman in the article.  For example, Powers writes that during the photo shoot, "[She was] constantly looking for drama, whether it was picking a fight with her younger sister...or freaking out over a lost pair of Zanotti heels."

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Monday
Apr182011

Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' Ballet Double Insists Producers Are Lying

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Natalie Portman's ballet double in Black Swan won't back down from her claim that she performed the majority of the dancing for the Oscar-winner's character in the film. Though director Darren Aronofsky and studio Fox Searchlight have both denied Sarah Lane's accusations, Lane tells ABC's 20/20, "I'm just speaking because they're completely lying about the amount of dancing that Natalie did in the movie."

Lane, who says she didn't ask for onscreen credit for her participation in the film, was bothered by the fact that producers asked her before the Oscars to not take part in interviews until after the ceremony in order to protect their star.  She argues again that Portman couldn't have become as skilled at ballet during her training as Lane is. She says, "I've been doing this for 22 years, and to say that someone trained for a year and a half and did what I did is degrading not only to me but to the entire ballet world."

Black Swan editor Andy Weisblum has weighed in on the controversy now, telling 20/20 that there are about 35 full-body dance shots in the movie, only 12 of which depict Portman -- the rest are of Lane. However, he adds, "But over the overall film, Natalie did a lot more than that. I mean, she did most of the other shots. It was sometimes hard for me to tell the difference as the editor, it was so close."

Portman herself didn't directly address the accusations in a recent interview with E!, saying, "I had the chance to make something beautiful with this film and I don't want to give in to gossip."

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Actress Mila Kunis Defends Natalie Portman

PRNewsFoto/Platinum Guild International(LOS ANGELES) -- Black Swan actress Mila Kunis joins the ranks of Natalie Portman defenders after dance-double Sarah Lane claimed that she did most of the fancy footwork in the movie.

"Natalie danced her [bleep] off," Kunis told Entertainment Weekly. "I think it's unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got. It was more like a safety net. If Nat wasn't able to do something, you'd have a safety net. The same thing that I had -- I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it."

Kunis, who co-starred with Portman in the movie, has come out in support of Portma, along with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. Portman won an Oscar for her performance.

"Here is the reality," Aronofsky said in a statement released Monday through studio Fox Searchlight. "I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film -- 111 are Natalie Portman untouched, 28 are her dance-double Sarah Lane. If you do the math, that's 80 percent Natalie Portman."

Aronofsky went on to talk about the amount of time both were on screen. "The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second," he said. "There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement [for]. Even so, if we were judging by time, over 90 percent would be Natalie Portman."

Lane, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, told Entertainment Weekly Friday that the public had been misled about how much twirling Portman did in the film. She told The Wall Street Journal that she made $6,000 for about six weeks of work. The move has grossed $281.6 million worldwide.

"On the full-body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie," Lane said. "I mean, from a professional dancer's standpoint, she 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."

Aronofsky took issue with Lane's comment on pointe shoes.

"To be clear, Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes," the director said of the classical ballet technique calling for dancers to stay on the tips of their toes. "If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe. That is completely her without any digital magic."

Lane's comments were in response to an interview that Portman's fiance and choreographer Benjamin Millepied gave to the Los Angeles Times.

"There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work but, really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettes [whipping movements], and one diagonal in the studio," Millepied said. "Honestly, 85 percent of that movie was Natalie."

Portman has kept quiet since the war of words began last week, although she was candid about using a dance-double for the complicated routines in interviews before the Oscars.

Aronofsky, however, decided to speak up. "I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor," he said. "Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance.

"And I don't want anyone to think that's not her they are watching. It is."

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Monday
Mar282011

'Black Swan' Director Defends Natalie Portman

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has come out in support of star actress Natalie Portman after her dance-double, Sarah Lane, said she did most of the on-screen moves. 

"Here is the reality," Aronofsky said in a statement released Monday through studio Fox Searchlight. "I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that's 80 percent Natalie Portman."

He went on to talk about the amount of time both were on screen. "The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second," he said. "There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90 percent would be Natalie Portman."

Lane, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, told Entertainment Weekly Friday that the public has been misled about how much twirling Portman did in the film.

"On the full-body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie," Lane said. "I mean, from a professional dancer's standpoint, she 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."

Aronofsky took issue with Lane's comment on pointe shoes.

"To be clear, Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes," the director said of the classical ballet technique calling for dancers to stay on the tips of their toes. "If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe. That is completely her without any digital magic."

Lane's comments were in response to an interview that Portman's fiance and choreographer Benjamin Millepied gave to the Los Angeles Times.

"There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work but, really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettes, and one diagonal in the studio," Millepied said. "Honestly, 85 percent of that movie was Natalie."

Portman has kept quiet since the war of words began last week, although she was candid about using a dance-double for the complicated routines in interviews before the Oscars.

Aronofsky, however, decided to speak up. "I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor," he said. "Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance.

"And I don't want anyone to think that's not her they are watching. It is."

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Sunday
Mar272011

'Black Swan' Dancer Slams Natalie Portman's Dancing

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Natalie Portman's dancing double for Black Swan, Sarah Lane, is setting the record straight.

Lane told Entertainment Weekly in an interview on Friday that the public has been mislead about Portman's dancing in the film.
 
"Of the full body shots, I would say five percent are Natalie," Lane said. "I mean, from a professional dancer's standpoint, she 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."

Portman, whose performance in the film earned her an Oscar for best actress -- her first Academy Award -- has said in interviews that she used a body double for certain scenes.

Her fiancé and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied recently responded to criticism regarding Portman's alleged lack of dancing in the film.
 
"There are articles now talking about her dance double [Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work," Millepied told the L.A. Times. "Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie."

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Monday
Feb282011

'The King's Speech' Emerges as Big Winner at Oscars

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards turned out to be The King's Speech, as the movie took home four awards on the night, including the award for best picture.

Natalie Portman won her first Oscar Sunday night, taking best actress honors for her role in Black Swan, while Colin Firth contributed to the tally for The King's Speech by winning the award for best actor.

In a self-deprecating and emotional speech, Firth joked, "I have a feeling my career has just peaked." With his typical British reserve, he said he was "experiencing stirrings" that were "threatening to turn into dance moves."

Firth thanked his wife, Livia, for the award and "everything good in my life," while the pregnant Portman thanked "my love," her fiancee and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millipied for giving "me my most important role of my life."

Tom Hooper, the director of The King's Speech, pulled off a surprising win over The Social Network director David Fincher. Speech, which led the number of nominations with 12, also won the award for best original screenplay, while The Social Network grabbed the gold statue for best adapted screenplay.

The Fighter co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were among the early winners, receiving Oscars for best supporting actress and best supporting actor.

Leo got the night off to a raucous beginning, when she dropped the F-bomb during her speech. When Bale accepted his award, he told the audience, "I'm not going to drop the F-bomb, like she did. I've done that plenty before." Both were expected to win after taking home the same awards at the Golden Globes. But some doubt had been cast on Leo, after the ads she took out in the Hollywood trades promoting herself backfired. Still, Leo pulled off the win in the end.

"This has been an extraordinary journey," Leo said about the award season. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting the work."

Among those thanked by Bale in his acceptance speech was Dicky Ecklund, the washed-up fighter he played in The Fighter.

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the Oscars. During an introduction for best song, he cited "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca as his favorite movie theme song.

Later in the telecast, Randy Newman, who has been nominated 20 times and won once previously, received the Oscar for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took home the first Oscar for art direction. Cinematographer Wally Pfister won his first Oscar for Inception, and gave credit to Christopher Nolan, who was snubbed for a best director nomination. Inception took home several technical awards, for sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects. Pfister beat out perpetual nominee Roger Deakins, the cinematographer on True Grit. Deakins has yet to win an Oscar.

Toy Story 3, which was also nominated for best picture, won best animated feature.

The following is a list of Sunday night's winners:

Best Picture: The King's Speech.
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech 
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter 
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter 
Best Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech 
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Cinematography: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Sound Editing: Inception
Original Score: The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Original Song: "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More
Film Editing: The Social Network
Makeup: The Wolfman
Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
Live Action Short Film: God of Love
Visual Effects: Inception

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Wednesday
Feb232011

'Black Swan' Producer Confident of Film's Oscar Chances

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A producer of the Oscar-nominated Natalie Portman film Black Swan is confident heading into this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Producer Mike Medavoy says he believes his film has a "good chance" of winning best picture, despite the fact that The King's Speech is the frontrunner in the category.

Win or lose, Medavoy credits director Darren Aronofsky for the film's success. He says Aronofsky was set to work on a Robocop reboot but shelved the project due to issues with the studio. Medavoy says it was also Aronofsky's idea to have Black Swan focus on the world of ballet. He says, "It somewhat reminded me of All About Eve, y'know, what happens to actors and actresses when they really want...a role. And it was Darren who actually had had conversations with Natalie about switching it to the ballet world. And when he suggested it I said, 'Yeah, why not?'"

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Monday
Jan172011

'The Social Network' and First-Time Winners Dominate Golden Globes

Photo Courtesy - Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Award shows can sometimes become set in their ways when it comes to honoring the same folks year after year, but that wasn't the case at Sunday night's 68th annual Golden Globe Awards.

First-time winners dominated in many of the categories, among them Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for The Fighter; Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch for Glee, as well as the show itself; Boardwalk Empire and its star, Steve Buscemi; Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory; and Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy.  Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor also won his first Golden Globe for Best Original Score for The Social Network.

The Social Network was the night's big winner, scooping four prizes, including Best Drama and Best Director for David Fincher.  But the movie, about the founding of Facebook, didn't score any acting prizes.  The big winners there were Colin Firth and Natalie Portman, Best Actor and Actress in a Drama respectively, for The King's Speech and Black Swan, and Annette Bening and Paul Giamatti, Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy or Musical respectively, for The Kids are All Right and Barney's Version.

The Kids are All Right was also named Best Comedy or Musical Film, while Toy Story 3 was named Best Animated Feature.

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