Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here is still making waves, and most movie reviewers are still scratching their heads. Phoenix scored plenty of huge headlines when he purportedly walked away from his acting career to pursue rap, but it was his David Letterman appearance that really got people talking.
Ben Stiller famously impersonated Phoenix at the Oscars, appearing on stage in a full beard to poke fun at Joaquin’s rugged look. But Phoenix says that Stiller, along with several others who appeared in the pseudo-documentary, was in on the joke.
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Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman did not, despite the rumors, drink tequila to loosen up for their sex scene in Black Swan. Kunis says the rumor is “false.”
“There was no tequila!” She exclaimed when People caught up to her during an event held last week. “I don’t think we could have done that scene if we were intoxicated.”
Doing the scene was difficult for the actresses, who are friends off-camera. Mila Kunis says that sex scenes are “never comfortable, same sex, opposite sex, it’s never comfortable.”
Kunis began preparing for her role in Black Swan a year ahead of time, undergoing rigorous ballet training. She lost twenty pounds, which made her look “like Gollum from Lord of the Rings!” But it’s unlikely the male viewers who see her in the film will find cause for complaint.
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Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis play rival ballerinas in Black Swan, but this film isn’t made for little girls.
The dark thriller revolves around a New York ballet company which is staging a performance of Swan Lake. Portman’s character is picked to dance the lead role, but the arrival of a new dancer (Kunis) creates new tension and competition.
Kunis stretches her villain chops in the flick, which will be released December 1.
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The Wrestler‘s Darren Aronofsky focuses his sights on a completely different stage for his upcoming film Black Swan.
In this thriller from Fox Searchlight, Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a prima ballerina in New York who has been chosen to star in a production of Swan Lake. The pressures of the role plus the arrival of a new dancer (Mila Kunis) lead to the film’s psychological twists and turns.
Swan - also starring Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel - has just been selected to open the Venice Film Festival. It will debut in the US later this year.
You can see another pic of Portman in character after the jump.
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-Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon officially announced at Comic-Con that he will be directing The Avengers. The superhero film is scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.
-According to Will Arnett and show creator Mitch Hurwitz, the Arrested Development movie is still going to happen. I guess I’ll believe it when I see it?
-Lionsgate finally blinked. Saw 3D, originally scheduled to debut on Oct. 22, has been pushed to Oct. 29 - one week after Paranormal Activity 2 premieres.
-A Hobbit-less Guillermo del Toro is focusing on his next project. He is now planning to produce, write and possibly direct a scary version of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.
-Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, has been chosen to open the 67th Venice Film Festival. The festival opens September 1.
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Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options today:
- The African Queen: DVD, Blu-ray
- Bigger Than Life: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Blind Side: DVD, Blu-ray
- Brothers: DVD, Blu-ray
- Damage: DVD
- Days of Heaven: Blu-ray
- Fantastic Mr. Fox: DVD, Blu-ray
- Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Men Who Stare at Goats: DVD, Blu-ray
- Red Cliff: DVD, Blu-ray
- The T.A.M.I. Show (Collector’s Edition): DVD
- Toy Story (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
- Toy Story 2 (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
- Yojimbo & Sanjuro: Blu-ray
Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.
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Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this Tuesday:
- Adam: DVD
- Amadeus (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
- Amelia: DVD, Blu-ray
- An American in Paris: Blu-ray
- Casablanca: Blu-ray
- The Departed: Blu-ray
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Blu-ray
- Gangs of New York (Remastered): Blu-ray
- Gigi: Blu-ray
- The Godfather (Coppola Restoration): Blu-ray
- The Godfather Part II (Coppola Restoration): Blu-ray
- The Last King of Scotland: Blu-ray
- Love Happens: DVD, Blu-ray
- Maid in Manhattan: Blu-ray
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, Disney, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Biopics, Drama, Family, Music, Remakes, Science Fiction, Sequels, Comedy, Sports, Box Office, Lists
How big could Avatar‘s debut really been? Thanks to a blizzard, we may never know. James Cameron’s first feature in 12 years pulled in approximately $77 million this weekend, enough to win first place but slightly lower than expectations. The movie, which was produced for around $310 million, never reached its full potential due to weather conditions on the East Coast.
As it was, the movie came in behind 2007’s I Am Legend for the best December opener ever. (The Will Smith film debuted to $77.2 million.) The 3D entry also ranked sixth - behind Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and New Moon - for domestic debuts this year.
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Disney’s latest entry might not have produced Pixar-like numbers, but it was definitely not a frog.
The Princess and the Frog, featuring the first black Disney princess, finally opened wide this weekend to the tune of $24.2 million. Despite having been available in limited release for two weeks, the 2D-film had the best premiere ever for an animated feature in the month of December.
Meawhile, Invictus - Clint Eastwood’s next possible Oscar contender - unfolded with a $8.6 million debut and a third place finish. Although the Nelson Mandela drama came in behind box office vet The Blind Side, the director’s films tend to generate more buzz (and money) as the awards seasons progress.
Read More | Variety
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The third time was a charm for Sandra Bullock.
After two weeks of second place finishes, The Blind Side emerged from New Moon‘s shadow to take sole possession of first place. The movie, which added another $20 million to its $100+ million total, has now given Bullock her second chart topper of the year. (And, no—All About Steve is not the other film I was referring to.)
Despite several new wide release entries, the football players and the vampires strongly defended their hold on the top two spots. Brothers - starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman - came in third place with only a $9.5 million take. Meanwhile, Everybody’s Fine with Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore did a less than fine $3.8 million.
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