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Aronofsky Comments on BLACK SWAN Controversy

Posted in Movies, Photos, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by ghostradioworld

How much dancing did Natalie Portman do?  This has been a question circling around Black Swan since the Oscar nominations came out.  We covered it here.  The controversy died down after Portman won the Oscar.    Well, it’s heated up again thanks to dancing double Sarah Lane telling the Wall Street Journal that she did “basically all the dancing”.    The studio stands behind Portman.  But no one ever believes a studio.  However now someone has spoken up that people are likely to believe.

Director Darren Aronofsky has given this exclusive to E! Online on the controversy:

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 percent 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.

We think this should end the controversy.   It’s hard to believe that Aronofsky would make such specific claims (which could be easily countered) if they weren’t true.


Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by ghostradioworld

On the eve of the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards were held in sunny Santa Monica.  And psychological horror film Black Swan took most of the major awards,  winning Best Film, Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Actress (Natalie Portman) and Best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique).  This is a great sign for low budget genre cinema.  And a reminder to filmmakers that you don’t need a big budget to make a big impact.

BLACK SWAN Special Effects Controversy

Posted in Movies, Photos, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2011 by ghostradioworld

So a while back,  a special effect reel from Black Swan started appearing on the web.  It created a bit of controversy because it showed that Natalie Portman’s face had been put on another dancer’s body in some of the dancing sequences.  We didn’t think much of this.  She couldn’t dance en pointe.  No big deal.  What actress can?

But now the studio has not only removed many of these videos from the web.  But they’ve allowed ones to remain that have the face and head replacements indications edited out.   Like this one here.   Or this one.  And we think that is rather a big deal.

The stills accompanying this article are all from the original effects reel.  We managed to snag a copy before it got removed.

Snyder on SUPERMAN, Aronofsky on WOLVERINE 2

Posted in Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Warner Bros. announced today that Zack Snyder will helm their latest attempt to reboot the Superman franchise.  The plot, cribbed from Mark Waid‘s Superman:  Birthright, follows the adventures of Clark Kent traveling the globe, trying to decide whether or not to become Superman.

Is this really the best they can come up with?  “Smallville” has done ten years of Clark Kent trying to decide whether or not to become Superman.  Do we really need another two hours?

More superhero movie news after the jump …

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Aronofsky Off ROBOCOP Remake?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by ghostradioworld


Well, maybe not yet … but it looks to be heading in that direction.   Or at least that’s what an article at CHUD is suggesting.


It seems MGM wants Robocop as their big tent-pole release for 2011.  But they’re chafing at Darren Aronofsky’s interest in making this a hard R-rated film with a mega-budget.  MGM honchos don’t want a Watchmen style release, i.e. critical plaudits and weak box office.

CHUD thinks that the movie will get its R-rating, but perhaps without Aronofsky on board.  We doubt both and expect to see a non-Aronofsky PG-13 Robocop in 2011, accompanied by the usual geek grumbling.

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