Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Did Natalie Portman really do the dancing in Black Swan? Short answer, who cares. Long answer, below.
The Double's take:
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.”
Lane’s claim follows a March 23 L.A. Times article in which Portman’s fiancé and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied said Lane’s work in the film was far less significant. “There are articles now talking about her dance double [American Ballet Theatre dancer Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio,” he said. “Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.”
Lane disagrees. “The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie,” she says. “But that doesn’t show the actual dancing.” Lane admits that she was never promised a particular title for her six weeks of work on the film, though she was disappointed to see that she is credited only as as “Hand Model,” “Stunt Double,” and “Lady in the Lane” (a brief walk-on role).
Lane also says that Black Swan producer Ari Handel specifically told her not to talk about her work to the press, even though she claims there was no such stipulation in her contract. “They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar,” says Lane. “It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years…. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”
The Director's take:
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. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 80% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman.
And to be clear Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. 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. I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. 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.”
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"Chris Brown exploded in rage behind the scenes at "Good Morning America" this morning ... smashing a window and storming out without a shirt ... sources tell TMZ ... and it was triggered by on-air questions about the Rihanna incident. ABC sources tell TMZ ... Brown performed and was interviewed by Robin Roberts live from the Times Square studio when she began asking about the infamous incident. Brown tried to redirect the questions to focus on his album - but Roberts continued to ask about Brown's legal issues stemming from the Rihanna incident. We're told after the interview, Brown freaked out, storming into his dressing room and screaming so loud, the people in hair and makeup became alarmed and called security. We're told Brown was out of control, and one source present tells us he smashed a window in his dressing room, and the glass shattered and some shards fell onto 43rd and Broadway. We're told by the time security rushed the area, Brown had ripped off his shirt and left the building, blowing off another performance he was supposed to do for the ABC website. And sources say ... on his way out of the building, Brown confronted a segment producer, got in his face and stared him down. People from the show got in between Chris and the producer to diffuse the situation. Remember - Brown is on probation for the felony beating and he's required to obey all laws."
UPDATE: Brown just tweeted, "I'm so over people bringing this past s**t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t."
UPDATE: Brown has already deleted the previous tweet ... and added a new one that reads, "All my fans!!! This album is for you and only you!!! I'm so tired of everyone else!! Honestly!! I love team breezy!!"
Monday, March 21, 2011
Kiefer Sutherland told the women of The View this morning that the much-anticipated release of the 24 movie will be in (drumroll please) … 2012.
Hey, there’s no reason NOT to believe Sutherland (who was on the show to promote his Broadway play That Championship Season). Still, EW hears that the movie has yet to find a director and has no start date. I guess we should stay tuned.
Sutherland told EW earlier this year that he remains committed to a big-screen version of the Fox drama and, in fact, hopes to begin production within a year. Though Fox ultimately nixed a script by Billy Ray (State of Play), the movie remains “the little engine that could.” He acknowledged that 20th Century Fox has been working with director/producer Tony Scott (Man on Fire, The Good Wife) on the project. “Billy did a fantastic job and there are aspects of that story [that will remain],” the actor says. “I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Randy Moss wants back in.
The vagabond wide receiver left the New England Patriots amid less-than-desirable circumstances last season, but seems to have discovered he never had it better.
"If you're asking me where my heart and where I'm happy is, I love playing with Tom Brady. I love being coached by Bill Belichick," Moss said Wednesday on KFAN 1130-AM in Minneapolis.
Moss joined guest host and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson to chat about a wild 2010 season. Moss started out in New England, passed quietly through Minnesota and concluded with the Tennessee Titans.
Moss' combined stats were a lackluster 28 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns. He will be a free agent once a new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated.
He also said he'd love to return to the Vikings and seemed to randomly add he would play for the Cleveland Browns or Seattle Seahawks if they wanted him.
"Wherever it is, I just want somebody to respect what I do," Moss said. "The loyalty that I believe in, man, I think that teams that I play for ... I just like loyalty, and I want that around me. Whoever wants me, that's where I'm going to play at."
But he stressed his affection for the Patriots in particular.
"I think that just the success as a wide receiver and everything that the New England Patriots stand for, you know, I'm a big fan of Bill Belichick's," Moss said. "I really am, and not just on the field. I'm a fan of his off the field because, you know, the little grouchy man that you see on-camera is not what you see off-camera.
"And people say 'Well, Moss, you got traded to Minnesota from New England!' Well, I just told y'all this is a business, man. People have to understand the nature of the business. It's not just a sport. The sport comes along with the business. If you really don't think it's a business, then why they sitting there, fighting over $9 billion?"
Should the Patriots consider signing Moss?
They do need an outside threat who can stretch a defense. But Moss turned 34 last month, and the Patriots went 11-1 without him, winning another AFC East title.
Moss also might need to mend fences with New England's coaching staff before anything can happen. ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reported a verbal altercation between Moss and playcaller Bill O'Brien at halftime of their Week 4 victory over the Miami Dolphins marked Moss' last game for the Patriots.
The driver, who bought the second-hand car in Qingdao for 1,900,000 yuan ($284,124 Cdn), became enraged after the engine failed to start last November.
Further troubles ensued after the Qingdao Lamborghini dealership damaged the bumper and chassis while towing the lame car to the garage.
To top it all off, the garage failed to fix the malfunctioning engine and the dealership refused to take responsibility for any damages.
The driver reportedly tried reaching out to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann. But after receiving no response to his appeals for help he decided to take matters into his own hands by hiring a demolition crew to dish out some public revenge on the Italian beauty.
The man said he hoped the car’s ugly death by sledgehammer would send a message to carmakers that better after-sales service in China, especially for luxury cars, is desperately needed.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Michaela Wallace, 14, has co-written the tween new girl anthem: a bubbly, Hanson "Mmmmbop"-esque song called "Justin Bieber's Girlfriend." The video for the song depicts Wallace receiving Bieber concert tickets in the mail and then attending his meet-and-greet and concert. It has received more than 1 million plays on YouTube.
Though Wallace is a fan of Bieber she says that she does not really want to be his girlfriend--she just wanted to write a song for all his fans.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
But seriously, what was Fox thinking? To date, they've released some fun and interesting still images, a terrific trailer... but now they completely drop the ball with two ridiculously amateurish one sheets depicting Magneto and Professor X and the faded visages of the men they once were? Gah.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Here we see New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Gisele enjoying themselves at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Tom's hair has been the subject of much discussion over the past year. Randy Moss told him he looked like a girl, Justin Bieber asked that he stop ripping off the Bieb's style, and Tom's response was, "Hey, my lady likes it that way." Tom has ignored all the critics and taken things to the next level, going all the way to a ponytail now.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
National Geographic Magazine released a video clip, below, showing the most "typical" human face on the planet as part of its series on the human race called "Population 7 billion."
The researchers conclude that a male, 28-year-old Han Chinese man is the most typical person on the planet. There are 9 million of them.
Don't get used to the results, however. Within 20 years, the most typical person will reside in India.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Ten-year-old Canadian YouTube star Maria Aragon says she can't wait to join Lady Gaga onstage tonight in Toronto.
And then she'd like to have her life get back to normal, at least just a little bit.
A little over two weeks ago, Winnipeg-native Aragon posted a cover of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" to YouTube, one of dozens of videos she's put online.
But this one exploded in popularity after Lady Gaga herself saw the video and posted a link on Twitter. Aragon has been on a whirlwind media tour ever since and her video now has more than 17 million views.
She hit The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America and on Thursday visited the studio of Toronto's 99.9 Virgin Radio to talk about being invited by Lady Gaga to perform at the Air Canada Centre.
Surprisingly, the poised and precocious musical talent says her most exciting moment so far has not been appearing on TV. She was most thrilled to return home to Winnipeg to share her recent success with friends.
She says she's looking forward to getting settled back in Winnipeg, although she hopes to make the most of Thursday night's big moment.
"Back at home I got to spend a lot of time with my friends and now I rarely see them, but this is my chance, I really want to be a musician in my life and this is a great opportunity for me."
Aragon hasn't felt the need to overdo preparing for the concert — "I sang it about three times last night but I haven't been practising a lot," she says — and is trying to avoid getting the jitters.
"I feel very excited and a little nervous, but not much," she says.
"I haven't experienced a big crowd so I don't know what to expect but I'm just expecting a good time, that's one thing I'm expecting, because Lady Gaga is really fun."Via
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The "dramatically faster" iPad 2 boasts a dual-core A5 "system on a chip" processor under the hood, said Jobs, good for twice the CPU power and nine times the graphics performance of the original while maintaining the same 10-hour battery life.
Also new: dual cameras (at last), including a front-facing camera for VGA-quality video chat, while the rear camera will be good for 720p video capture. (Apple hasn't listed specific megapixel counts for the iPad 2's cameras yet.)As predicted, the 9.7-inch display on the iPad 2 has the same resolution as that on the original: 1,024 by 768, to be exact, disappointing news for anyone hoping that the new iPad would boast an improved "retina"-style display.
Measuring 9.5 by 7.3 by 0.34 inches, the iPad 2 is slightly shorter and narrower than the original, with the listed weight of 1.33 pounds (or 1.35 for the 3G-enabled iPad 2) a bit lighter than the iPad 1.
As with the first iPad, the iPad 2 comes with Apple's proprietary 30-pin dock connector for syncing and charging, along with a 3.5mm headset jack. Missing in action, however, is a slot for SD (or microSD) memory cards.
A white version of the iPad will be available on "Day One," promised Jobs, with Apple probably hoping to avoid last year's debacle of the white iPhone that never quite arrived.
Jobs also announced a new "Smart Cover" to go along with the iPad 2—one with magnetic clasps that either wakes up the iPad or puts it to sleep depending on whether it's being attached or removed. The polyurethane version of the case will sell for $39, while a pricier leather one goes for $69.
Another new accessory is a $39 HDMI video-out cable that's capable of 1080p video mirroring. The cable works with all iPad apps, Jobs said, and it'll charge your iPad when plugged into a power source.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
It’s not so easy topping a lightning rod like Bristol Palin so ABC decided to steer clear of politics with the new cast of Dancing With the Stars. It’s doubtful this round of amateur hoofers will rally the Tea Partiers to park their butts in front of the TV but hey, stranger things have happened on the ABC competition show that returns March 21.
Here’s the full cast:
Ralph Macchio, 49, the baby-faced star of three Karate Kid movies and My Cousin Vinny
Kirstie Alley, 60, starred in Fat Actress, Veronica’s Closet, and, of course, Cheers
Petra Nemcova, 31, a Czech model who’s been linked to James Blunt and Sean Penn
Wendy Williams, 46, a frank talk-show host
Sugar Ray Leonard, 54, the Olympic gold-medal-winning boxer who, as a pro, famously claimed world titles in five weight divisions
Psycho Mike, a.k.a. Michael Catherwood, 31, a popular deejay for KROQ in Los Angeles
Chelsea Kane, 22, best known for playing Stella on Disney Channel’s Jonas L.A.
Romeo, 21, once known as Lil Romeo, is a rapper, actor, and son of past DWTS participant Master P
Kendra Wilkinson, 25, the former star of E!’s The Girls Next Door and the current star of her own eponymous reality show
Chris Jericho, 40, a pro wrestler who won 23 championships in the WWE
Hines Ward, 34, an NFL Pro Bowler from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the third wide receiver to appear on DWTS