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Darren Aronofsky Loves Reality TV And Thinks It’s An Extension Of Documentary

Darren Aronofsky Loves Reality TV And Thinks It's An Extension Of Documentary

It’s difficult to imagine Darren Aronofsky, who’s brought us to terrifying emotional depths with Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, as a consumer of something so unclassy as reality TV. But while chatting with the New York Times’ Art Beat about the upcoming Margaret Mead Film Festival, he revealed — completely of his own accord — his belief that reality TV is a medium to be respected in the same realm as documentary. More »

Darren Aronofsky Made Some Way-Too Stylish Anti-Meth PSAs

Darren Aronofsky Made Some Way-Too Stylish Anti-Meth PSAs

“What do you know about meth?” That the drug makes for a pretty artsy ad campaign. Darren Aronofsky has directed a series of videos for The Meth Project aimed at keeping teenagers off the drug. They feature young folk in various states of amphetamine-induced stress: there’s a suicide attempt, prostitution, psychosis and child abuse, all rendered in Darren’s signature grungy-stylish aesthetic. More »

Gallery: 7 Divorced Celebrity Couples Who Got Remarried (or Re-Engaged) Really Fast

Gallery: 7 Divorced Celebrity Couples Who Got Remarried (or Re-Engaged) Really Fast

LeAnn Rimes‘ ex-husband Dean Sheremet just got remarried — but doesn’t it seem like just last month that LeAnn left him for Eddie Cibrian? And wait, didn’t she just get married to Eddie? Wait until the ink dries on the divorce papers, guys!

For some reason, celebrity couples who get divorced seem super-eager to tie the knot with their next boyfriend/girlfriend — here are seven divorces where at least one party was walking down the aisle within a year. More »

4 Old Testament Lessons That Will Make Christian Bale a Good Noah

4 Old Testament Lessons That Will Make Christian Bale a Good Noah

After dropping out of the running for the new Wolverine movie, Darren Aronofsky wants to make Noah, an edgy retelling of the Bible story. This isn’t the first time that Aronofsky has stepped back in the past: His 2006 film The Fountain, a meditation on faith and reincarnation, spends some time in the 16th century. And the star that Aronofsky wants has even played Jesus Christ at one point in his career: Christian Bale. More »

The ‘Black Swan’ Dance Double Controversy By the Numbers

The 'Black Swan' Dance Double Controversy By the Numbers

What’s more interesting than the grueling details of an actor’s process of getting into character? Discovering that that Oscar-winning performance may not have been as difficult as previously thought. Once Sarah Lane, Natalie Portman‘s dance double for Black Swan, brought to light the fact that she wasn’t properly credited for her extensive work in the film, defenders and opponents rose up on both sides to argue her claims. As Dlisted points out, it’s become something of a numbers game. More »

Darren Aronofsky Denies ‘Black Swan’ Body-Double Controversy

Darren Aronofsky Denies 'Black Swan' Body-Double Controversy

Last week a minor controversy rose up around Black Swan, when Natalie Portman‘s body double Sarah Lane claimed that Fox Searchlight had prohibited her from doing interviews before the Oscars so that voters would believe that Portman had done the majority of her dancing in the film. Portman’s fiance/baby-daddy Benjamin Millepied responded to the original article, claiming that the Academy Award winner had done “85%” of her dancing. Now, director Darren Aronofsky has issued a statement defending his star and himself. More »

Eat Puke Dance: Black Swan’s Unhealthy Relationship With Food

Eat Puke Dance: Black Swan's Unhealthy Relationship With Food

Darren Aronofsky‘s much anticipated film Black Swan opens tomorrow night. And if you have the stomach for many bloody, aggressive, and violently visceral scenes involving ballerinas, it is an impressively powerful, disturbing movie worth checking out. But after watching the movie earlier this week, I haven’t been able to shake the film’s weird relationship with food and eating disorders.

The world of highly competitive ballet is a scary place. And Black Swan ups the voltage to 11. Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a talented ballerina who pushes herself into dangerous physical and mental territory with a quest for balletic perfection. But the film’s stars also pushed themselves to dangerous limits to get in shape for the film, and that’s something that is hard to overlook while watching. More »

Interview: The Cast Of ‘Black Swan’ At Their NY Premiere

Interview: The Cast Of 'Black Swan' At Their NY Premiere

Darren Aronofsky‘s intense ballet thriller Black Swan held its New York premiere last night, and we scored a spot on the red carpet. Our first impressions? Unsurprisingly, Natalie Portman is out of control radiant, Winona Ryder looked impossibly cool in a suit and Darren’s mustache is so much less creepy in person! Like, he wouldn’t even need to lure you into his white van because you’d get in willingly.

We knew that Natalie trained notoriously hard for the ballerina role, working five to eight hours a day for a year — but she’s apparently been in hardcore ballet mode for much, much longer. She told us: “Darren first started talking to me about the film ten years ago, so I kept trying to take dance classes in between in case he got financing at some point. And it took ten years. I had to start [training] really seriously the year before filming.” More »

Video Gallery: The Best Of Awesome Ballerinas

Video Gallery: The Best Of Awesome Ballerinas

Kanye West has been killing it on the dancer front lately. In his VMAs performance of “Runaway,” the singer offered both a toast for the douchebags and a trio of ballerinas. Then, on SNL, Mr. West brought the petite pretties back. Kanye’s performances couldn’t keep us from thinking about Black Swan, the Darren Aronofsky directed thriller about a pair of ballet dancers. What’s with all the ballerina action lately? We’re not sure, but we aren’t complaining. Check out our video gallery of some of the most awesome ballerinas ever. More »