The trailer for one of the most anticipated films of the year is finally here. Darren Aronofsky has made some of the best films of the previous decade with Requiem For a Dream, The Fountain and The Wrestler. Kicking off this new decade with a supernatural ballerina thriller, Black Swan, he looks to continue his greatness.
The film stars Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder. Check it out trailer:
Synopsis: 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.
A host of celebs are stepping out to celebrate the career of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard.
Vaughn, Ryder, Kevin James and Jennifer Connelly – the stars of Howard’s upcoming comedy ‘Cheaters,’ due out next January — and Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer will help celebrate the ‘Angels & Demons’ director’s career achievement award at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival’s annual summer gala this Saturday.
“The Chicago International Film Festival’s Summer Gala is the most anticipated event of the year, with all proceeds to benefit the year-round programs of Cinema/Chicago,” said managing director Vivian Teng. “We’re thrilled to have Ron Howard as this year’s honoree.”
Source: ET Online
I got an email this week from Nigel Goodall, he’s author of “Winona Ryder: The Biography” which was the first British biography of Winona to be published in paperback in 1998. If you don’t know, this book is source for several major TV documentaries transmitted in the UK, USA and Canada.
“The book reads as though it is an authorised biography written with Ryder’s co-operation. By liberally using quotes from other sources, Goodall makes the book read as through he interviewed the actress, who comes across as an intelligent, talented and sensitive young woman.”
– Chris Samson, Petaluma Argus-Courier
Also, be sure to join at the Facebook group done for the ebook, here.
In 1989, the Hallmark Hall of Fame television series told the story of the man who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous. James Woods won an Emmy playing Bill Wilson in “My Name Is Bill W.” JoBeth Williams played his long-suffering wife, Lois, and James Garner was AA co-founder “Dr. Bob” Smith.
This new Hallmark Hall of Fame focuses on “Bill W.’s” wife, Lois, played skillfully by Winona Ryder, who blames herself for her inability to keep her husband sober. As Bill W., Barry Pepper gives the role all he’s got. Their performances are reason enough to see the movie, which, despite some powerful moments, seems disjointed and too familiar.
Read more:Post Gazette.com
The gallery was updated with some pictures I was missing, including “When Love Is Not Enough” on set, and the photoshoot for Elle UK done last year. Unfortunately, the photoshoot is tagged, but let’s hope I find it untagged soon. You can check all pics on the links below, or simply view all of them here
Bottom Line: The glass is half-full thanks to beautiful detailing mixed with a stiff shot of talent.
Behind every great man there stands an equally great woman, or so they say. In the case of Bill and Lois Wilson, behind one very drunk man there stood a sober, suffering wife.
Fortunately, the sober, suffering wife of CBS’ Hallmark Hall of Fame film “When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story” is played by Winona Ryder, recalling the period winsomeness and inner steel she displayed in “The Age of Innocence.” Lois, the educated, older wife of “country boy” Bill (Barry Pepper) was not the first co-dependent married to a drunk, but she proved to be the pillar of strength that allowed him to get sober and conjure Alcoholics Anonymous, after which she became the matriarch of Al-Anon.
“Love” is a standardly structured tale with the occasional dud line — “I guess being sober has its own challenges” — but that flatness is easily offset by the fine production values (come on, it is Hallmark). The period design, always a challenge on a television budget, is detailed and warm, the costumes true and textured. The hats alone deserve special recognition.