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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Paul McCartney’s Ballet Premiere Draws A Star Studded Crowd

Here at The FAB Life, they don’t come much bigger than one of the original fabs, Paul McCartney! The legend added a new notch to his musical resume last night with the New York City premiere of his ballet composition, Ocean’s Kingdom. It was certainly a family affair, as Paul was joined in Lincoln Center by his fashionista daughter Stella, musician son James, and rumored fiancee Nancy Shevell. But even more stars turned out by the galaxy-load to watch the unveiling of the work for themselves. Sarah Jessica Parker turned up in what appeared to be a lace tablecloth, while the lovely Liv Tyler shown in a see-through black gown. A very trim Alec Baldwin kept things classy in a tux, while Jon Bon Jovi and Little Stevie Van Zandt kept the rock ‘n’ roll flag flying high.  And Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees made an appearance to up the WTF factor. He’s had an opening in his calender since 1969.

On the way to the theater, the-still-pretty-cute Beatle admitted to feeling “quietly confident and nervous” about how his work would go down with the crowd of famous faces. “I’d seen the great traditional ballets like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, but I had a very limited knowledge of ballet,” he told the Press Association. “Since this project I’ve obviously started to take notice.” But don’t except him to pirouette for us anytime soon. “I went to see Giselle recently in London and was bowled over by the sheer athleticism of the dancers,” he said. “The next day I tried to do one of the steps and failed dismally.” Although our idolization of him is so intense, we’d gladly pay big bucks for a show called Paul McCartney Fails At Dancing For Two Hours. Plus it would remind us of our prom. Check out more from last night in the gallery below!

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by (@missmuttoo)

Elle Fanning, The Biker Ballerina!


We here at the FABLife have made no secret of our love for Dakota Fanning. She is so adorable, well-dressed and, basically, the anti-thesis of Lindsay Lohan and company. Therefore, when her little sister, Elle Fanning, came along, equally well dressed, well adjusted and well behaved, our admiration extended to include both siblings. This picture of Elle leaving a a ballet class in Studio City, California pretty much seals the deal. Check out our gallery to see the whole outfit, because Elle’s wearing biker boots with her tunic and totally pulling it off! She may be getting into her car, but doesn’t she look she’s practicing on a barre? That sort of elegance at only age 13 should be made illegal!

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by (@missmuttoo)

Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Dancing Slammed, Fiance Defends Her

The fact that she won an Oscar for her role still hasn’t convinced people she’s capable. Natalie Portman has of late been criticized about her dancing in Black Swan, with naysayers suggesting she didn’t give as much credit as she should have to her dance double, Sarah Lane. Lane even told ONTD, “They were trying to create this façade that she had become a ballerina in a year and a half. So I knew they didn’t want to publicize anything about me.” The denunciation has been steady even though Natalie repeatedly spoke about her grueling preparation for the role, even saying that at some points, she thought she, “literally was going to die.”

Her fiance-babydaddy-choreographer Benjamin Millepied has come to Natalie’s defense saying, “Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie”. He dismisses all the rumors of her not putting in the work, telling LA Times, “There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the  fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio.” He even admits that he had to choreograph pieces to make the dancing more “fluid and less complicated. By getting more movement going, which in turn added to the camera movement — that is basically what I did.”

That makes sense to us. When we read the countless interviews that Portman gave, it didn’t sound like she had turned into an expert. It sounded like she could barely keep up! In fact, Natalie’s “evil” body-dance double Kimberly Prosa defended Natalie’s dancing saying, “She definitely put her work in. Just in a couple of months, she looked credible — all the dancers on the set were really impressed at how well she pulled that off — it was pretty amazing.”  So is all this fuss about Natalie’s integrity warranted or not?

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