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Black Swan nails grand jete, grossing 76M domestically. Print E-mail
Written by Peter Jobst   


Black Swan reaches $76,628,084 Domestic as of January 19th 2011.

After opening to select theaters in December 2010 Black Swan opened wide and nailed grand jete by becoming one of the years best performances.



The story line of the movie is Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.



Natalie Portman has already won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. Additionally the film is expected to be nominated at the Academy Awards, which will help boost the films ticket sales even further.


With then exceptional cast members like Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel and the haunting vision of director Darren Aronofsky this film is sure to fill theater seats and entertain audiences for a long time to come.

Black Swan Nominated for 4 Golden Globes Print E-mail
Written by Kara Warner - Josh Horowitz   
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 18:00

'Black Swan' Duo Call Golden Globe Nominations 'Huge'

Reactions to Tuesday morning's (December 14) Golden Globe nominationsare coming in fast and furious, with a mix of pleasant surprise and full-on jubilation from the nominees. Two of those happy campers are "Black Swan" Best Director nominee Darren Aronofsky and Best Supporting Actress honoree Mila Kunis.

MTV News was lucky enough to catch Aronofsky and Kunis on the phone for brief chats about their big news.

"I'm in Paris bouncing around doing press," Aronofsky said. "I got an e-mail last night from Scott [Franklin], my producer, and he was like, 'The announcements come out tomorrow.' That was the first I heard of it," he admitted. "It's always exciting. It means so much for these smaller films to get this type of recognition. It really helped us on 'The Wrestler,' and I'd imagine it'll help us this time as well."

Aronofsky's much-buzzed-about supporting star Kunis was similarly out of the loop with the nomination news.

"I'm in L.A. I genuinely didn't know. I was happily asleep," Kunis revealed. "I kind of just forgot. I went to sleep at midnight or 1 and all happy to sleep in till 10 a.m., and then my phone wouldn't stop ringing at, like, 5:30 a.m. I was half-asleep, and I was like, 'What the f---happened?' I was like, 'Somebody must have died.' That's how I found out."

Aronofsky said he and "Black Swan" actor Vincent Cassell already had plans to go out to dinner on Tuesday night, but now that dinner might include a celebratory bottle of champagne. Kunis, meanwhile, has some errands to run.

"I have to take my dogs to the vet. And then I have to go do ADR for a film," she said, referring to automated dialogue replacement, a process used by movies in post-production to have actors dub in lines that need to be tweaked or added to the finished film. "Maybe tonight. Maybe I'll have some champagne. Is that what people do when they celebrate? Sloppy joes?"

Kunis jokingly added that she'll be making plans to take out the competition. "One person at a time. That's the only way to do it, right?" she joked. "Are you kidding me? Being nominated is a huge thing for me."

Aronofsky went on to say that he is just plain excited — both for the film's recognition and for its wider release and reception nationwide. "It's working well in all the cities we've been in. I think there's a lot of buzz," he said. "The fear at the beginning when we were trying to raise the money was, who is this film for? It's erotic. It's ballet. It's a horror film. Everyone thought it would fall through the cracks, and I just kept telling people, 'Hey, we're just trying to entertain people and have fun,' and to get that back from the audience is the biggest thrill you can get."

Speaking of thrills, Kunis said this is about as good as it gets, and she won't even think about Oscar talk.

"No. I could never even allow myself to think about [an Oscar nomination]," she said. "I wouldn't know what to do. I am so not a part of this world. For me to be nominated in any awards show is such a shock. I come from such a small town in the Ukraine! It wasn't like at the age of 9 I said this is where I'd be at 27. This is not where I thought I'd be. I never thought this would happen, let alone at 27!"

Aronofsky and Kunis' other partner in crime, Best Actress nominee Natalie Portman, released a statement after hearing the news: "I'm very honored by the HFPA nomination, and to be included in this group of actresses I so admire. The experience of filming 'Black Swan' with [director] Darren Aronofsky and our incredible crew is already the most fulfilling experience of my career. The audience appreciation of the film is only furthering how grateful and proud I am to be part of the film."

Phoenix Sets Laffer With Monty Python's Terry Jones And Daily Show's John Oliver Print E-mail
Written by MIKE FLEMING   
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 13:38

jones-150x150EXCLUSIVE: Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy, David Thwaites, and Brad Fischer are in Toronto to fan the Oscar buzz for the ultra-serious film Black Swan. But they’ve set as the next Phoenix project a comedy that will be directed by former Monty Python troupe member Terry Jones. They'll produce Absolutely Anything, from an original script Jones wrote with Gavin Scott. While circumspect about logline, they tell me it involves "aliens, a goofy Brit, a talking dog and buckets of silliness."


Auteur Aronofsky: 'Black Swan,' in Theaters Print E-mail

Auteur Aronofsky: 'Black Swan,' in Theaters


When I saw "Pi," Darren Aronofsky's (above) feature debut, I walked out of the theater feeling like I had fallen out of the weird tree and hit every branch on the way down. But I climbed back up for "Requiem for a Dream" and for every movie since. Because getting mentally battered is best when it's done by a master.

Aronofsky's filmic S&M continues with "Black Swan." The story of an obsessive ballet dancer, played by Natalie Portman in what isn't so much Oscar bait as a giant neon arrow-shaped sign flashing "INSERT AWARD HERE," "Black Swan," while imperfect, is as intense a movie experience as I can remember.

After the somewhat-respite of "The Wrestler," Aronofsky has returned to his signature style. It's visually loud — every frame is packed, and the camera is rarely still. Add in that he likes to crank the volume to 11, and you leave the theater feeling like every sense has ridden a roller coaster that was built in hell, driven by The Stig, and with the Mad Hatter checking the seat belts. There were stretches in "Black Swan" when I forgot to breathe because I was too busy paying attention. For a movie that is nominally about, hello, ballet (and "Pi" was about MATH), that takes some skill.

It's getting harder to find directors with a signature style; it's a pleasure to find that Aronofsky not only still has his but uses it to inflict just the right kind of pain on his audience.

'Black Swan' Variety Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 12:00

Black Swan

'Black Swan'
Natalie Portman stars in director Darren Aronofsky's ballet-thriller 'Black Swan.'

A Fox Searchlight release and presentation of a Protozoa, Phoenix Pictures production in association with Cross Creek Pictures, Dune Entertainment. Produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin. Executive producers, Bradley J. Fischer, Ari Handel, Tyler Thompson, Peter Fruchtman, Rick Schwartz, David Thwaites, Jennifer Roth. Co-producers, Joseph Reidy, Gerald Fruchtman. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Screenplay, Mark Heyman, Andrew Heinz, John McLaughlin; story, Heinz.

Nina Sayers/ The Swan Queen - Natalie Portman
Lily/The Black Swan - Mila Kunis
Thomas Leroy/ The Gentleman - Vincent Cassel
Erica Sayers/The Queen - Barbara Hershey
Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan - Winona Ryder
David/The Prince - Benjamin Millepied
A wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating study of a young dancer's all-consuming ambition, "Black Swan" serves as a fascinating complement to Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," trading the grungy world of a broken-down fighter for the more upscale but no less brutal sphere of professional ballet. Centerstage stands Natalie Portman, whose courageous turn lays bare the myriad insecurities genuinely dedicated performers face when testing their limits, revealing shades of the actress never before seen on film. As with "The Wrestler," Fox Searchlight faces formidable marketing challenges, likely exploiting the psychosexual thriller's racier elements to eke out a similarly modest score.

Once again, Aronofsky is drawn to the irresistible force that drives certain personality types to chase the spotlight, except in this case, the impulse doesn't seem born of some deep-seated egotism, but is simply programmed from childhood by a controlling mother (a creepy but far from one-note Barbara Hershey). Portman plays Nina, a virginal young ballerina who comes across as an incomplete soul, her single-minded interest in dance eclipsing all other aspects of her being.

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