For the first time in his career, Darren Aronofsky directed a hit film. All the more strange, he did it with a tale about a ballet dancer. Black Swan stars Natalie Portman – who won an Oscar for her efforts – as Nina Sayers, the dancer picked for the lead role in Swan Lake. The director (Vincent Cassel) knows she can play the more innocent white swan, but does she have the passion/evil/freedom/aggression to play the black swan, the evil doppelganger? Perhaps with some help from the more sexually suggestive dancer Lily (Mila Kunis). Hit the jump for my review of Black Swan on Blu-ray.
Fox Seachlight has released a new Black Swan featurette that focuses on director Darren Aronofsky and it’s loaded with behind the scenes footage and interviews with Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder.
While everyone is talking about The King’s Speech and The Social Network as the best film of 2010, I think Black Swan should also be part of the discussion, as Aronofsky crafted a brilliant psychological thriller that has one of the best performances by an actor in years. I’m of course talking about Natalie Portman. If you haven’t yet seen Black Swan, I strongly suggest checking it out as soon as you can. Hit the jump for the new featurette:
Great news for those who don’t live in any of the 18 major cities where Black Swan is currently playing. The film, which had a limited release on December 3, will be expanded to more than 1,000 theaters nationwide by December 22 (find out where on Foxsearchlight.com). But at least American moviegoers won’t have to wait until next year, as is the case in France where the movie is set for February 9.
Almost two months ahead of its release, Darren Aronofsky attended a special press screening last night at the MK2 Bibliothèque, on the right bank of the Seine. Flanked by a moderator and translator, the director took the stage at the end to discuss the film, reveal his drunken evening with Natalie Portman and how he has “always wanted to remake Godzilla.” What, you ask? More details after the jump.
Sometimes I wish I got a second viewing of a film before I wrote the review. Black Swan throws so much at you with its layers of symbolism, psychosexual metaphors, and rich thematic undertones. And instead of furiously scribbling notes, I let myself become lost in Matthew Libatique’s gorgeous cinematography, Clint Mansell rich score, and Natalie Portman’s phenomenal performance. I wanted to pick apart and analyze Black Swan but director Darren Aronofsky had to go and create another brilliant movie that I wanted to see again as soon as the end credits began to roll.
If you’ve been looking forward to Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, you’re about to be very happy. That’s because we’ve been provided with 9 clips and you can check them all out after the jump. As I’ve said a number of times, Black Swan is one of the best films of the year and Natalie Portman is absolutely getting nominated for an Oscar for her amazing work. In fact, I think she’ll win.
And while Portman is phenomenal, credit has to be given to Aronofsky has taking everything he’s learned over the past few years and created what might be his best work. While I love to nitpick movies, I wouldn’t change a thing about Black Swan. Hit the jump for the clips. The film opens this weekend in limited release.
A music video for Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming drama/thriller Black Swan is now available online. Beginning with the film’s fantastic trailer, followed-up by some very cool international posters, and now with this borderline insane, quick-hitting video, everything I’ve seen from the film thus far has successfully upped my anticipation for its release. Maybe it’s just me, but the club sequences in this most recent video are bringing to mind visuals from 1990′s Jacob’s Ladder. In my opinion, this is definitely a good thing.
Briefly, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as dancers vying for the lead in a production of Swan Lake. In addition to Portman and Kunis, Black Swan also stars Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, and Barbara Hershey. The film hits U.S. theaters on December 3rd. Hit the jump to check out the music video as well as a synopsis for the film.
Four limited edition International teaser posters for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan have landed online. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and Winona Ryder, the thriller tells the story of a ballerina (Portman) whose hopes of landing the lead in Swan Lake may or may not be making her crazy. In case the film’s amazing trailer wasn’t enough to get you interested, perhaps these four disturbingly beautiful pieces of work can do the trick. I’ll admit, after checking these out, I feel silly for not realizing earlier the type of godless killing machines swans really are.
Black Swan opens in the U.S. on December 1st and in the UK in February 2011. To check out the posters in all of their creepily-awesome glory, hit the jump.
Vincent Cassel cuts a menacing yet charismatic figure as the notorious Jacques Mesrine and proves once again he knows how to play a tough guy like no other. His bold choice of roles throughout his career and the fearless way in which he inhabits his characters made him the perfect choice. The award winning European actor’s latest performance in Jean-Francois Richet’s two-part thriller biopic, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, is one of his best. Shot on location in France, Spain, Algeria, Canada and the U.S., the films’ visual style and dark vibe take their inspiration from iconic 1970s action and gangster films. Adapted by Abdel Raouf Dafri from Mesrine’s autobiography, the exciting double bill splits the story into two parts to explore the man behind the icon and chart the outlaw odyssey of the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces.
We sat down with Vincent Cassel to ask him what it was like to portray one of history’s most infamous gangsters. The actor who garnered international acclaim as a Russian thug in Eastern Promises told us what he did to prepare for the physically demanding role, how it took seven years to get the film made, and why he considers Mesrine a wannabe who became what he wanted to be. He also updated us on his upcoming projects including the Darren Aronofsky psychological thriller Black Swan, Romain Gavras’s Our Day Will Come, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, The Monk and Fantomas.
The trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan has gone online and it is wonderfully terrifying. After the uplifting tragedies of The Fountain and The Wrestler, it looks like Aronofsky is returning to the hardcore psychological horror he explored in Pi and Requiem for a Dream. I have very high expectations for Black Swan and this trailer makes it look like Aronofsky is easily going to exceed them.
Hit the jump to see the trailer and hit the jump to see the poster and read the official synopsis. Black Swan will be screening at this year’s Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. It opens domestically on December 1st.
The fall movie season keeps getting better. Darren Aronofsky’s ballet-thriller Black Swan is due out in limited release on December 1st. Fox Searchlight is clearly setting the film up as a serious Oscar contender. Swan is set to play at both the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals and a December 1st limited release is just how potential Oscar-nominees roll. Here’s the just released official synopsis.
A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Portman), 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 retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona 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 with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
And now to begin the excruciating four-month wait.
With Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) at the helm, and an excellent cast led by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, we’ve been anticipating the psychological ballet thriller Black Swan for some time now. Fox Searchlight has Swan slated for release sometime later in the year, but it turns out we’re just over a month away from the official unveiling. The Venice International Film Festival has selected Black Swan to kick things off as the opening film on September 1st. Hit the jump for the official announcement, plus new photos from the film.
Writer-Director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) is in negotiations with new Regency to pick up his new script I’m Mortal. According to Heat Vision, the film, which Niccol will also direct, “is set in the not-too-distant future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. The protagonist is a poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as “time keepers.” Because time is the commodity, parents in the film can end up looking as young as their children.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the premise as well a refresher on Niccol’s other projects.
Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor, Christoph Waltz has bowed out of David Cronenberg’s The Talking Cure. According to Deadline, He’ll be replaced by frequent Cronenberg collaborator, Viggo Mortensen. Mortensen will step into the role of famed psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, opposite Waltz’s Inglourious Basterds co-star Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung. The film is about a rumored feud between the two famed mind-menders over a patient, played by Keira Knightley. Waltz dropped out of the film to concentrate on his role in Francis Lawrence’s Water For Elephants,which is about a love triangle in a circus during the Great Depression. The film will co-stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.
Considering Mortensen has successfully collaborated with Cronenberg before, on Eastern Promises and A History of Violence, and that his biggest role was also as a fill in (for Stuart Townsend in The Lord of the Rings) this seems like another winning combo from the great actor and director. [Update: French Distributors Mars Films announced via their Facebook page (via ThePlaylist) that Vincent Cassel is also in the film]
I thought casting on Darren Aronfosky’s upcoming film, “Black Swan” was finished. You had Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballet dancers. Audiences wouldn’t mind seeing the two of those women in leotards for two hours so why waste money hiring other actors. I mean, sure the story might demand other characters but I think that’s overkill. But if more actors have to come on board, you could do far worse than Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey who have now joined the cast. Hit the jump for details.