Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky‘s film about rival ballet dancers Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, premiered last night in New York. The film marks a turning point for Kunis, who up until now has generally made lighter, more comedic films. We haven’t seen the movie yet but we can say for sure that Kunis, who plays the titular Black Swan in the film, stole the show on the red carpet last night—she’s clearly making the transition to serious films flawlessly. Her co-star Portman also looked amazing, although we’re wondering why she chose to carry a copy of Lolita around with her all night—is this some hollow-book-as-purse Etsy trend we’re unaware of, or does she just love the book that much?
Check out all the stars—including the return of Winona Ryder!—in our gallery below.
The third installment of the popular bloodsucking series kicks off with some explosive developments. Chaste Edward (dreamy Robert Pattinson) finally proposes to Bella (lip-biting Kristen Stewart). It looks like the toothsome teens are set to begin a life of undead bliss together, but the flame-haired Victoria still has a wooden stake to grind. She assembles an army of vampires to guarantee Bella sulks her last sulk. Reinforcements are called in, meaning Edward must team up with lovesick hairball Jacob (a Herculean Taylor Lautner). The film never rises above the artistic level of an episode of Seventh Heaven and the dialogue would shame a greeting card, but the three leads do their best to invest the material with a necessary heartbeat. When Bella asserts her right not to choose between her ying-yang twins, Twilight shows its real strength. It’s a definitive primer into the teen-male mentality, but with an intensely romantic worldview. Whether snuggling up to prevent hypothermia or giving blood to insure the dead live on, these kids really love each other. Eclipse finally makes The Notebook look like a Katherine Heigl comedy—and it boasts more shirtless dudes than a gay Tumblr feed. Get out your handkerchiefs.
Extras: Lovebirds Pattinson and Stewart contribute a commentary track, as does Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. There’s also a six-part making of doc, deleted scenes, and playback features tailored so Team Edward and Team Jacob can sigh at their heroes.
With Disney removing everything that isn’t Captain Sparrow from the next Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, you can’t blame Johnny Depp for preening a little. In Depp’s interview with pal Patti Smith in the new Vanity Fair—yeah, we feel like we already read it, too—the actor admits that Mickey & Co. wasn’t initially behind his flamboyant performance. “They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him,” he crows. “I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.'” Guess Eisner was more of an Orlando Bloom man.
“Upper-echelon Disney-ites [were] going, ‘What’s wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?’… And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite… ‘But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?’ Which really made her nervous.” Hey, those Disney-ites cut your checks, bud! We’d probably be a little more generous—a man can’t survive on Tim Burton movies and Hunter S. Thompson tributes alone (alright, you can survive quite nicely on those). Not that it matters: judging from quotes like these and “I’ve had the honor and the pleasure and gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years,” it sounds like Johnny doesn’t give a damn what we—Disney-ite or not—think anyway.
You may have missed it while you were gorging on Thanksgiving dinner last week, but Twilight: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon posted a photo to his Twitter account last Thursday that confirms a detail of the movie we’ve been curious about. For those of you interested, it looks like Edward Cullen’s sexual fetish of biting a pillow to bits while he ravishes his new bride, Bella, will be captured on film. For the uninitiated, vampire Edward is so violent in his lust for Bella that the only way he can prevent himself from killing her, mid-coitus, is to instead focus on tearing a luxurious down pillow apart with his teeth. Obvs. Of course, it’s not the feathers you’re likely to focus on while Robsten (photos) are doing it on screen.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is divorcing director Noah Baumbach after five years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. They didn’t disagree on film projects, though—Leigh starred in both his 2007 film Margot At The Wedding (which earned her an Independent Spirit Award) and Greenberg, released last March. Also released in March was their infant son Rohmer (named after French director Eric Rohmer, of course), whom Leigh will be seeking primary custody of. If Greenberg winds up with some nods this trophy season, things could get just a little awkward.
Eight years ago, Jeremy Renner was an obscure actor in his thirties earning arthouse attention for his portrayal of a repressed cannibal in Dahmer. And now, nearly 40, he’s a superhero who just picked up a blockbuster franchise. The Hurt Locker star confirmed to MTV News that he’s set to take over the Mission: Impossible series from Tom Cruise. “It’s a franchise to potentially take over,” he admits. “I can’t predict the future and what they want, but that’s certainly the idea.” The pair are currently at work on the fourth, M:I film, currently titled Ghost Protocol. That sounds like a movie about Goldie Hawn teaming up with a dead Bill Cosby to us, but we may have seen too many ’80s comedies.
Renner—who will play super-archer Hawkeye in the upcoming Avengers film—is naturally staying on Cruise’s good side. “The stunts have been insane,” he said about the shoot. “Tom has been doing loads. He’s crazy, that guy. It’s unbelievable. He’s fearless. He’s great to watch. He inspires me to want to be better. I’m training in the gym and working out and fighting and doing everything I can to try and keep up…I need to look like I know what I’m doing!” You’re definitely doing something right, Jeremy!
Sorry, The Crow fans, Marky Mark does not feel your vibrations. Academy Award nominee (and former Funky Bunch participant) Mark Wahlberg has denied rumors that he might don eyeliner to star in a remake of the ’90s cult thriller. “They talked to me about it and there was a director attached who I was a fan of, and he’s no longer doing it,” he told Cinematical. “We just thought about it – ‘is there something cool to be done there?’ But we’re not committed to making the movie.” Whew! After the hell that was Max Payne, we figured it was clear to everyone that brooding goth action is not his forte. You have to let him be sassy!
While he has yet to apologize for that doozy, Wahlberg did just fess up to another turkey while promoting his new movie, The Fighter. Apparentlyco-star Amy Adams almost starred with him in The Happening, and…well, we’ll let him explain. “The Happening. F— it. It is what it is. F—ing trees, man. The plants. F— it.” So why did he sign up to run from deadly tree farts alongside Zooey Deschanel? “You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.” But you’re such a good cop, Mark! Maybe you can find a bad-ass, cocky science teacher role next time. A bad-ass, cocky science teacher in a film not directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
When ordinary people do strange things for no reason, it’s a David Lynch movie. When Julia Roberts does strange things for no reason, it’s Eat Pray Love. In this travelogue/rom-com, she walks out on both handsome Billy Crudup and sexy James Franco to go through the title’s three steps. It’s a journey that takes her across the parts of Italy, India and Bali most often seen in postcards. Some viewers may wonder what happened to reality—especially when her lithe Swedish companion complains about carrying a non-existent “muffin top.” Most, however, will swoon at the gorgeous locations and Roberts’s affecting way of swallowing her emotions. For those looking for pure escapist fare, it’s a satisfying feast. The guys who watch with them will thank Shiva for both Richard Jenkins and Javier Bardem, who contribute fine supporting turns as the men trying to thaw Roberts’s sphinx-like cool. Viewers seeking for a bit more testosterone this Thanksgiving may enjoy The Winning Season, a smart comedy starring Sam Rockwell as a drunkard coaching a girls’ varsity basketball team. Rockwell is terrific as a soak truly in love with hoops, but mystified by anything in a skirt—including star player Emma Roberts (Julia’s niece). The action skillfully evades cliché to wrap up in an unexpected comic finale. Right down to the final buzzer and without shameless cheerleading, The Winning Season proves itself to be a great movie about both sports and girls.
Extras:EPL contains an extended cut and commentary from director/Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
A film adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy is slowly being figured out in Hollywood, but the series has some really intense fans, ourselves included, who just can’t wait for these movies. To the point where we’re dying to know who will star in the films and we’re not shy about throwing our own Hunger Games cast picks out there. (Let us know if you agree with our choices!) But some fans are even more intense, going so far as to film scenes and trailers for the non-existent films. And some of these fan-made videos are pretty awesome. The video above is hands-down our favorite, since it contains one of the most moving scenes from the first book, featuring the narrator, Katniss Everdeen, and her fellow fight-to-the-death competitor, Rue. Not only is it amazingly shot, but these unknown actors are fantastic and we think they deserve an audition for the real film. Spoilers abound, so be warned if you haven’t read the books yet! For more impressive fan videos, click ahead.
In the summer of 2009, I was completely unfamiliar with the world of Harry Potter but decided it was my pop-cultural duty to read the entire series and then watch the films. I accomplished this in four months. (That’s what happens when you rely on your local library which for some reason has a dozen copies of Goblet of Fire and only one of The Half-Blood Prince – your pop-culture duty is at the mercy of book-renewing 10-year-olds.) In the year between finishing the books and watching Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I this week, I’ve been obsessed with the world J.K. Rowling created, and sought a replacement to fill the Harry-shaped hole in my heart. In that time, I read The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, knowing that I set an exceedingly high bar for them. I found out thousands of pages and one half-vampire baby later that there is nothing that can compare to Harry Potter.