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Coffee-Making Interns Didn't Work for Us: Fox

Statement insists 'Black Swan' lawsuit is invalid

(Newser) - Remember those Black Swan interns suing Fox Searchlight for not paying them to make coffee? Turns out they may not have actually worked for Fox Searchlight. The interns were employed by Darren Aronofsky’s production company, which made Black Swan, "well before Fox Searchlight even acquired its rights in... More »

Black Swan Interns Sue Over Having to Make Coffee

They should have been paid for non-educational tasks, they argue

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom states that being an unpaid intern means making an awful lot of coffee, but two such interns decided not to take that sort of treatment lying down. Alex Footman and Eric Glatt are suing Fox Searchlight Pictures over their Black Swan internships, claiming that the production company violated... More »

Black Swan Drama: How Much Did Natalie Really Dance?

Natalie Portman 'can't move,' squawks dancer-double Sarah Lane

(Newser) - Uh-oh. The black swan is emerging in the ballet dancer who doubled for actress Natalie Portman. Sarah Lane, a performer with the American Ballet Theatre, now says she performed some 95% of the "full body shot" dances in Black Swan. "I would say 5% are Natalie," says... More »

Huckabee: I Didn't 'Attack' Natalie Portman

He's just very happy about her pending nuptials

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee will have you know that he didn't diss Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy— contrary to what you might have read in the "Hollywood media" —nor, for that matter, "did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country," reports Politico. He is, however, really glad... More »

Huckabee Rips Natalie Portman's Pregnancy

He slams 'glorifying' children out of wedlock

(Newser) - Possible presidential contender Mike Huckabee isn't taking on birthers, but he is grousing about a birth. He has slammed Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman for being pregnant out of wedlock. It's "troubling" to see people like "Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, we're... More »

The King's Speech Takes Top Honors

The heartwarming film wins the day at Academy Awards

(Newser) - And they're off! After an opening montage involving all of the best picture nominees—and, uh, Back to the Future—the Oscars are in full swing. The montage was "enjoyably silly," writes David Edelstein in New York , featuring a trip inside the mind of Alec Baldwin, Inception-style. As... More »

Who Should Win an Oscar ...and Who Will

Expect a lot of love for 'The King's Speech'

(Newser) - It's Academy Awards weekend, so in anticipation of Sunday's ceremony, Claudia Puig offers up her choices for who should win—and who actually will win—in USA Today :
  • Best Picture: "Despite its superb performances, brilliant direction, sharp writing, and exquisitely complex, if not always likable, lead character," The
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Movie Fan Killed for Eating Popcorn Too Loudly

Gunman goes round the bend during Black Swan

(Newser) - Don't mess with Black Swan fans. A moviegoer was shot dead in Latvia on Saturday night for eating popcorn too loudly during the film, according to witnesses. A 27-year-old Latvian was busted in the fatal shooting of the 42-year-old victim. The conflict erupted as the credits rolled, reports the Telegraph... More »

King’s Speech Wins Big at BAFTAs

Film snags top honor, as well as lead actor trophy for Colin Firth

(Newser) - Yet more awards season love for The King’s Speech: The heartwarming film about stammering King George VI won best film at the British Academy Film Awards. Lead actor Colin Firth also took home the best actor trophy at the BAFTAs, the UK’s equivalent to the Oscars, Bloomberg reports.... More »

King's Speech Takes Top Prize at SAG Awards

Colin Firth, Natalie Portman take top acting honors

(Newser) - The King's Speech took top prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards, giving the Oscars front-runner added momentum after it took top honors at the Directors Guild awards Saturday night. The British royals drama won the trophy for outstanding cast, the SAG equivalent of Best Picture, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Portman: I Thought Black Swan Would Kill Me

Grueling regimen just a taste of what real dancers go through

(Newser) - With her punishing schedule, 8-hour daily rehearsals, and 20-pound weight loss on an almonds-and-carrots diet, Natalie Portman feared her training for the critically acclaimed ballet film Black Swan might kill her, reports the Independent . "There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die," says... More »

Natalie Portman Engaged ... and Pregnant

Set to marry Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed 'Black Swan'

(Newser) - Looks like Natalie Portman is taking her work home with her : The actress is engaged to choreographer/New York City Ballet principal dancer Benjamin Millepied, her reps confirm—and she's having his baby. The two met during the filming of Black Swan. As for the due date, People reports the very... More »

Winona: I Saw Drunk Mel Gibson Rip on Gays, Jews

He said something about 'oven dodgers'...

(Newser) - GQ admits, right off the bat, to having an eternal crush on Winona Ryder. But there's one person out there who probably doesn't echo that sentiment: Mel Gibson. In an interview with Alex Pappademas, the 39-year-old actress tells the tale of a 15-year-old encounter with Mel at a Hollywood... More »

Ballerina to New York Times: I Am Not Fat

Blogosphere dumps on 'vicious' reviewer

(Newser) - A New York Nutcracker ballerina is ready to stuff a tray of Christmas cookies down the throat of one rude New York Times reviewer who thinks she's tutu chubby to be on stage. Lincoln Center's Sugarplum fairy Jenifer Ringer, 37, has eaten "one too many sugar plums," snarkily... More »

127 Hours, Black Swan, Glee Among AFI's Faves

Honors will be doled out Jan. 14

(Newser) - The American Film Institute bestowed its annual honors on the 10 best US movies and TV programs of the year. The best films include Black Swan , Inception , 127 Hours , The Social Network , and Toy Story 3 . Top TV programs include The Big C , Boardwalk Empire , Glee , Mad Men , and Modern ... More »

Black Swan Inspires Pro-Anorexia Sites

Natalie Portman blasts pressure on dancers to be thin

(Newser) - While the ballerina movie Black Swan is winning rave reviews for actress Natalie Portman it's also providing deadly inspiration for dangerous "pro-anorexia" web sites. The film underscores the grueling life of a ballerina, complete with bitter rivalries, bone-crunching pain, anorexia and bulimia, causing one blogger to call it "... More »

Similar Sex Scenes Earn Different Ratings

MPAA under fire again after lesbian encounter gets tamer 'R'

(Newser) - Hollywood's rating system is coming under fire again after two Oscar contenders, Black Swan and Blue Valentine, received R and NC-17 ratings, respectively. Debate is raging because both films depict oral sex scenes in essentially the same way, for the same time and with no nudity, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Natalie Portman Dazzles in Black Swan

Critics love 'dementedly entertaining' film

(Newser) - Nearly all the critics were dazzled by Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller starring Natalie Portman as a dancer who falls into madness:
  • "One of the best movies of the year," declares Andrew O'Hehir on Salon . Expect Oscar nominations for Portman, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, and a number
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'Angry, Aggressive' Lesbian Sex on Tap for Portman

(Newser) - After one look at the script for Natalie Portman’s next project, Black Swan “is already on the must-see list of 2010,” Carson Reeves blogs for ScriptShadow. Why? “Ecstasy-induced hungry aggressive angry sex” with fellow hottie Mila Kunis, that’s why. Darren Aronofsky, of The Wrestler, directs,... More »

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