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February 24, 2011
A censorship board has reversed a decision to forbid theaters in Barbados from showing "Black Swan" because of its sexual and violent content. The Cinematograph Film Censorship Board reviewed its decision after a theater filed an appeal. The board announced Wednesday that the movie would be shown under an "R" rating, as it has been in the U.S. Hundreds of people signed an online petition asking the Caribbean nation's board to reverse its decision. Hundreds more joined a Facebook page titled "For Freedom of Thought and Expression in Barbados.
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Melvin Mar's entrée to Hollywood was far from glamorous. As an unpaid intern for "Platoon" producer Arnold Kopelson, Mar was responsible for fetching his boss' lunch of matzo ball soup every day. Mar calculated to the minute how long it would take to walk from the production company's Century City offices to the Stage Deli nearby, buy the soup and decant it into a bowl on Kopelson's desk, still piping hot, at precisely 1 p.m. Mar parlayed...
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Without a dance double in sight, Natalie Portman appeared to be using her "Black Swan" ballet training during a recent shoot for a Christian Dior fragrance ad in Paris. The 31-year-old actress strikes pointed poses in the fountain at Jardins du Palais Royal while wearing a strapless silk couture gown that looks like a longer version of the black tutu she donned in the final scenes of "Black Swan. " Portman trained eight hours a day and lost 20 pounds for her Oscar-winning role as a troubled prima ballerina in the 2010 film.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's not only biblical prophets who have visions, movie directors have them too. And when a filmmaker like Darren Aronofsky bring his very personal perspective to the ancient story of Noah and the flood, moviegoers will have to hang on tight to avoid getting washed overboard. Grandiose, improbable, outlandish and overwrought, "Noah" is the kind of simultaneously preposterous and dead serious movie that has become Aronofsky's specialty. As much a fantasia inspired by the Old Testament as a literal retelling of that tale, "Noah" manages to blend the expected with the unexpected and does it with so much gusto and cinematic energy you won't want to divert your eyes from the screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2011
'Swan' flies high "Black Swan" has danced past the $300-million mark at the global box office, a feat few independent films are able to accomplish. The film, which earned star Natalie Portman an Academy Award for lead actress earlier this year, has quietly continued to roll out overseas. This weekend, the movie finally opened in Japanese theaters, where it collected $6.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Fox Searchlight. That was enough to push its international total to $198.4 million, and its worldwide tally to $305 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2010
'Black Swan' MPAA rating: R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes Playing: At ArcLight, Hollywood; Landmark, West L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
You won't be having a lot of fun at "Black Swan," but the less seriously you take this wildly melodramatic, unashamedly pulpy look at the blood sport that is New York City ballet, the better your chances are of enjoying yourself even a little. This tale of feathered ambition starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as dueling ballerinas is not just any kind of trash, it's high-art trash, a kind of "When Tutu Goes Psycho" that so prizes hysteria over sanity that it's worth your life to tell when its characters are hallucinating and when they're not. In fact, the only problem with calling "Black Swan" sensationalistic and over the top is that it makes this shameless shotgun marriage of "The Red Shoes" and Roger Corman sound like more fun than it is. The director here is the earnest Darren Aronofsky, and his trademark sledgehammer style makes any kind of enjoyment difficult.
HEALTH
February 14, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
The premise Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) dances for a New York City ballet company that is preparing for a production of "Swan Lake. " Stressed out by the competition to be the Swan Queen and smothered by a controlling mother (Barbara Hershey), Nina starts scratching and pulling off chunks of her own skin. She suffers from growing paranoia and startling delusions, including violent and erotic hallucinations involving her competitor Lily (Mila Kunis). On stage, Nina gives stirring performances as both the white swan and the evil seductress black swan.
IMAGE
December 5, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
"Black Swan," director Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller set in the world of professional ballet, is a stylish treat. Not only does the film, which opened this weekend, boast exquisite, Rodarte-designed ballet costumes, it also showcases some striking makeup artistry by award-winning makeup designer Judy Chin. Chin has worked on dozens of films, including "The Tempest," which also opens this month, as well as "Frida," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Requiem for a Dream" and the "Sex and the City" films.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
It was just before 10 p.m. on a Wednesday night in Los Feliz, and the assorted filmgoers that had gathered to see "Black Swan" sounded as if they were attending different movies. Nas Moinee, 23, had come for the dancing and the costumes and was dreading the film's scares. Peter Garcia, a longhaired, ball-cap-wearing 12-year-old attending with his mother, said he was looking forward to jumping out of his seat at the movie's spooky scenes. And while Shawna Joplin, 28, had bought a ticket because she heard about a bravura performance from star Natalie Portman, her companion, Greg Richmond, 32, came because his friends told him about an explicit sex scene between Portman and costar Mila Kunis.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - It was easy to get lost on Darren Aronofsky's ark. Inside a converted Brooklyn armory in late 2012, Aronofsky was shooting "Noah" on a massive vessel that matched the biblical dimensions of the boat, its rough beams lashed together and the hull sealed with pitch. In every corner of the three-story structure rested packs of ersatz animals - insects on one level, snakes and turtles in another corner and, around the bend, lions quite literally lying with lambs. "Animals are fragile.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Poor Charlie Sheen! In the opening of "Scary Movie V," no sooner does he bed Lindsay Lohan - both barely convincing playing themselves - than a ghost kills him and kidnaps his three kids. (Legal troubles aside, Lohan is fine.) Three months later, Snoop Dogg finds the now-crabwalking moppets in a haunted cabin in Humboldt County and delivers them and their new ghost mom back to civilization. Three months is auspicious. "Scary Movie V" lifts its plot from Jessica Chastain's surprise horror hit "Mama," released in January, and if you think three months is an impossible amount of time to write and produce a feature film, well, it is. In the Oscar nominee's role is former Disney star Ashley Tisdale, here seen having her way with a microwave.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013
Darren Aronofsky's movies like "Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream" get much of their creepy edge from Clint Mansell's spine-tingling, dissonant yet ethereal scores. At this rare show, he'll perform from a big swath of his work with Aronofsky and his career as a pop musician and producer. The Orpheum, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $30-$48. laorpheum.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Foreign auteurs tend to enjoy a good metaphoric image or three. And few like them more than Chan-wook Park, the South Korean filmmaker behind violent cult hits such as "Oldboy. " In "Stoker," Park's English-language debut starring Nicole Kidman that opened in Los Angeles last weekend, there are a number of memorable images. They're all there for a reason. "Stoker" centers on the loner India (Mia Wasikowska), her aloof and at times rivalrous mother (Kidman) and India's affectionate but mysterious uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode)
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
It's not unusual for a specialty film label to juggle multiple contenders going into awards season. But it's pretty rare to be pushing the majority of your releases in a single year. That's the situation Fox Searchlight is in as four of its seven 2012 releases are considered serious players for top Oscar, Golden Globe and guild nominations: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "The Sessions" and "Hitchcock. " It's quicker to count this year's Fox Searchlight movies that won't be getting "for your consideration" ads ("Sound of My Voice," "Lola Versus" and "Ruby Sparks")
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2012 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Who exactly is Benjamin Millepied as a choreographer? Hard to tell. Lots of us have seen his forceful neoclassic inventions for actresses and their dance doubles in the film "Black Swan. " Before that, he showed Southern California audiences an astute, compassionate piece (in several versions) for and about Mikhail Baryshnikov. More recently, he unveiled three relentlessly frothy, unmusical showcases for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. On Thursday, as a kind of fanfare for his upcoming L.A. Dance Project performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall - a September event that appears to have little "L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2011 | By Jean Lenihan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dancer Benjamin Millepied, 33, comes off as a bit of a highbrow pawn in "Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky's award-winning ballet-horror film. One imagines his character's pale hands, lifting Natalie Portman, as dull and mean and clammy. Off-screen, however, Millepied has the world in a wide, warm embrace. Even before "Black Swan" launched his career as a film choreographer-actor and set in motion a whirlwind romance and engagement with Portman, he was gaining international renown for his dancing and his stylish, architectural choreography at New York City Ballet and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2010
Dancing before sold-out crowds "Black Swan" is looking like more than an art-house hit. Fox Searchlight expanded the ballet drama starring Natalie Portman to 90 theaters from 18 on its second weekend and took in a phenomenal $3.3 million. Despite playing on so few screens, it was the nation's No. 6 movie. "Black Swan" sold out most shows, not only in urban theaters that regularly play offbeat indie films but also in cities such as Burbank and Huntington Beach that often favor more mainstream fare.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Without a dance double in sight, Natalie Portman appeared to be using her "Black Swan" ballet training during a recent shoot for a Christian Dior fragrance ad in Paris. The 31-year-old actress strikes pointed poses in the fountain at Jardins du Palais Royal while wearing a strapless silk couture gown that looks like a longer version of the black tutu she donned in the final scenes of "Black Swan. " Portman trained eight hours a day and lost 20 pounds for her Oscar-winning role as a troubled prima ballerina in the 2010 film.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Moscow's mighty Bolshoi Ballet, the brash and emotionally outsized one of Russia'stwo historic companies, inspired a déjà vu experience of bittersweet intensity with its return Thursday to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Onstage was Yuri Grigorovich's "Swan Lake," closing out this season's Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series (through Sunday). Grigorovich ruled the Bolshoi as director and chief choreographer for 30 long years, finally stepping down from the top position in 1995.
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