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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.

Japanese Virtual Girl Friends Get Real Vacations!

Posted in Games, Weird News with tags , , , , , , , on September 3, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Yup, this is another story highlighting the bizarre activities of players of Konami’s dating simulation game LovePlus+.   But this story points out not only the odd behavior of the players of this game, but the way a small resort town is catering to them.

The town is Atami, located on the eastern end of the Shizuoka Prefecture.  It was once a popular tourist spot.  Renowned for its hot springs.  But these days it seems tourists are more interested in trips overseas than visiting the natural wonders of Atami.  However, they became aware that Atami is one of the locations feature in the game LovePlus+, and that gave local business people an idea.  Why not create real vacation packages based on the virtual ones in the game.

More after the jump.

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