Academy Awards Film Series: 'Visceral' Portman in Aronofsky's 'Most Mature' Effort

'Black Swan' movie with Natalie Portman. 'Black Swan' movie review: Darren Aronofsky's 'most mature' effort Darren Aronofsky has one of the most amazing talents for not only crafting impeccable works of fiction, but also for framing these works against the backdrop of worlds the average person will never be a part of. In Requiem for a Dream, he took a stylized and brutal eye to the dangerous world of drug addiction. In The Wrestler, he gave us a brilliant and tragic human story set in the world of professional wrestling. In Black Swan, he gives us the fascinating story of one person's psychological downward spiral within the world of professional ballet. Black Swan, arguably Aronofsky's best effort, was surely his most mature to date. 'Black Swan': Nina and her 'ballet mother' Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin's screenplay tells the story of Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman
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200 Greatest Horror Films (80-71)

Special Mention: Spirits Of The Dead (Histoires extraordinaires)

Written and directed by Federico Fellini (segment “Toby Dammit”), Louis Malle (segment “William Wilson”), Roger Vadim (segment “Metzengerstein”)

France, 1968

The first thing you should notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim. Secondly, take notice of the cast, which includes Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, James Robertson Justice, Françoise Prévost and Marlène Alexandre. Spirits Of The Dead is an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories, one of which demands to be seen.

The first segment of the film, Vadim’s “Metzgengerstein”, is unfortunately the least impressive, but is still great in its own right, and features a marvelous performance by Jane Fonda. Malle’s segment, which is the second of the three, turns Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 story into an engrossing study in cruelty and sadism. This episode is an engaging enough entry,
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International Online Film Critics Poll unveil nominees

Established in 2007, the International Online Film Critics Poll allows critics from the United Kingdom, Italy, United States and other countries to recognize movie excellence every two years in 15 categories. The 3rd Edition is dominated by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and The Master (2012) which both have 9 nominations. Other notable contenders are two Academy Award Best Picture-winners The King's Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011) as well as the latest offering from Steven Spielberg, Lincoln (2012).

Best Film – Motion Picture

The Artist

The King’s Speech


The Master

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Director

Ben AffleckArgo

Tomas AlfredsonTinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Paul Thomas AndersonThe Master

Terrence MalickThe Tree of Life

Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Jean DujardinThe Artist

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Joaquin PhoenixThe Master

Gary OldmanTinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Elizabeth Holsen
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100 Greatest Horror Movies (pt.5): 50-26

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


50: Thundercrack!

Directed by Curt McDowell

Written by George Kuchar

1975, USA

Thunderstruck! is by far the most obscure film you will find on this list. It is without a doubt one of the true landmarks of Underground cinema. With a screenplay by veteran underground film maker George Kuchar (story and characters by Mark Ellinger) and directed Curt McDowell (than student of Kuchar),

Thundercrack! is a work of a crazed genius.
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Lionsgate Purchases ‘Xoxo’ From Black Swan Writer Mark Heyman

Mark Heyman’s script for Xoxo has been described as “Fatal Attraction for the digital age,” and after months of negotiating, Lionsgate has purchased the rights to it, reports Variety. The film also has Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, Kelly Mullen, and Michael London of Sideways to produce.

The story focuses on a young engaged man to begins to interact with an attractive woman on Facebook. But their the electronic relationship proves to be a deadly one as the woman begins to stalk her online lover.

Like Lionsgate’s own 2005 thriller “Hard Candy,” “Xoxo” explores misleading digital identities, as the film also makes use of streaming video and other social-media platforms. These online interactions will be made more cinematic by employing stylized visual sequences, though no director has been brought on board yet.

While his first script was for the Black Swan, he didn’t write it on his own,
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Lionsgate Buys ‘Black Swan’ Writer Mark Heyman’s ‘Xoxo’

Lionsgate Buys ‘Black Swan’ Writer Mark Heyman’s ‘Xoxo’
[1] It's been months since Black Swan co-writer Mark Heyman began shopping [2] his upscale thriller Xoxo, but the project has finally found a home at Lionsgate. After months of negotiation, the studio has just finalized a deal to acquire Heyman's spec script, described as "Fatal Attraction for the digital age." As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) are set to produce, along with Kelly Mullen. More details after the jump. Xoxo centers around a young up-and-coming who indulges in online flirtation despite being engaged to be married. He meets an attractive woman on Facebook, but their digital relationship proves to have deadly real-world consequences when she begins stalking him. Xoxo will incorporate stylized visual sequences to show the characters interacting, as well as streaming video and other social media platforms. It's unclear at this point what those scenes will look like, exactly, but they're bound to be more interesting
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Blu-Ray Review: Oscar-Winning ‘Black Swan’ Demands Repeat Viewing

Chicago – Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-winning “Black Swan” was one of the most ambitious films of 2010, a piece of psychological drama that, despite an incredibly stupid recent backlash of the kind that always comes eventually with a project this highly-acclaimed, will absolutely stand the test of time. It doesn’t just reward repeat viewing as much as anything from 2010, it practically demands it. You can’t fully appreciate any of the accomplishments if you see them only once.

And I mean Any of them. I’ve seen “Black Swan” multiple times, more than any film from 2010, and I’m flabbergasted at how well it holds up. There’s always something new to admire, like a symphony performance in which you hear a different instrument every time. Of course, Natalie Portman’s spectacular work stands out the first time, as it should. Portman gives a physically and emotionally draining turn that earned her a well-deserved Oscar.
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Interview: Mark Heyman (Co-writer of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan)

People say you don’t go to film school just for the education, that the connections are sometimes even more important. For Mark Heyman, that was definitely the case. Sure, he’s proven himself a skilled producer, a great development executive, and now screenwriter, but had he not been forced to hang around class late one day, he’d never have met the reigning national champ of filmmaking Darren Aronofsky. Yes, I do believe that the really good people out there will succeed in this business with or without the right partnerships, but Heyman’s serendipitous beginnings with Aronofsky cannot be ignored when it comes to discussing his career. In less than 10 years, Heyman has gone from unpaid personal assistant to the director, to producer and writer of what should be considered not only the finest film of Aronofsky’s career, but best of this decade (despite this decade being really young,
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Four Us Cities to Hold The Black Swan Experience: Midnight Screenings

Still haven't seen the multiple award-winning Black Swan yet? Well, if you live in one of the four cities hosting interactive midnight screenings of "The Black Swan Experience" on Saturday, April 2nd, you now have your chance -- for Free!

Lucky folks in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago need only visit to RSVP for one of the special screenings. The theatres where the screenings will be held are listed below. Please note that reservations on a first-come/first-served basis.

Official Synopsis:

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
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Black Swan Sweeps Up Four Major Film Independent Spirit Awards

Now this is some award show news we are definitely happy to report! Black Swan took home four major prizes from the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Fox Searchlight's Black Swan won awards for best picture, best actress for Natalie Portman, best director for Darren Aronofsky, and best cinematography for Matthew Libatique. Aronofsky said he has been blessed with fearless actors in all of his films and had some special praise for his star: "To have this incredible performer give you everything she's got and then train for a year. I'll always be in debt to Miss Natalie Portman."

Other winners include James Franco for best actor in 127 Hours and Exit Through the Gift Shop for best documentary. Sadly, the elusive Banksy was a no-show. For the full list of winners visit the official Spirit Awards website.

Official Synopsis:

Set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina,
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37th Annual Saturn Award Nominations

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for The 37th Annual Saturn Awards. Among others, Director Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic, Inception leads the pack with 9 nominations. Director Joseph Kosinski‘s long-awaited Tron: Legacy pulled in 7 nominations, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 earned 5 nominations.

Check out all the nominees below!

The 37th Annual Saturn Award Nominees

Best Science Fiction Film:

Hereafter (Warner Bros.)

Inception (Warner Bros.)

Iron Man 2 (Paramount/Marvel)

Never Let Me Go (Fox Searchlight)

Splice (Warner Bros.)

Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Fantasy Film:

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Studios)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (20th Century Fox)

Clash of the Titans (Warner Bros.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Warner Bros.)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Universal)

Twilight: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)

Best Horror/Thriller Film:

The American (Focus)

Black Swan
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37th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations

Well it is awards season, and the Annual Saturn Awards have announced their nominees. For those playing at home the Saturn Awards are ‘The Academy Of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films‘ aka the stuff we love here at Killer Film! The winners get announced in June, so take a look at the nominee’s.


Best Science Fiction Film



Iron Man 2

Never Let Me Go


Tron: Legacy

Best Fantasy Film

Alice in Wonderland

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Clash of the Titans

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Best Horror/Thriller Film

The American

Black Swan


Let Me In

Shutter Island

The Wolfman

Best Action/Adventure Film

The Expendables

The Green Hornet


Robin Hood


True Grit


Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, Tron: Legacy

George Clooney, The American

Leonardo DiCaprio,
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2011 Saturn Award Nominees Announced

It's that time of year again: The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for its 37th Annual Saturn Awards.

From the Press Release:

Leading the charge is Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending sci-fi thriller “Inception” with 9 nominations. Overture/Relativity Media’s “Let Me In” and Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” downloaded 7 nominations apiece; Clint Eastwood’s thought-provoking “Hereafter” received 6; while “Alice in Wonderland,” “Black Swan,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Shutter Island” earned 5 nominations each.

In the television categories, Frank Darabont’s zombie-drama “The Walking Dead” (AMC) came to life with 6 nominations. “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Lost” (ABC) and “Fringe” (Fox) tied with 5 nominations. “Leverage” (TNT) and “True Blood” (HBO) earned 4 apiece, followed by “Dexter” (Showtime) and “V” (ABC) with 3 and “The Closer” (TNT), “Smallville” (CW) and “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (Starz) with 2.

The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted
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The Saturn Award Nominations are In, Inception and The Walking Dead Rule the Nominations

The full list of award nominations have been unleashed for The 37 Annual Saturn Awards. Inception rules the nomination list with nine, Let Me In and Tron: Legacy also took seven nominations each. As for TV The Walking Dead it ended up walking away with the most nominations with six, and Breaking Bad, Lost and Fringe got five noms each. This is an award ceremony all of us geeks can get behind.

The 37th annual Saturn Awards take place in June in Burbank. Heres the complete list of film and TV nominations below:


Best Science Fiction Film



Iron Man 2

Never Let Me Go


Tron: Legacy

Best Fantasy Film

Alice in Wonderland

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Clash of the Titans

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Best Horror/Thriller Film
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Saturn Award Nominations Include 'Inception,' 'Let Me In' And 'Tron: Legacy'

Saturn Award Nominations Include 'Inception,' 'Let Me In' And 'Tron: Legacy'
"The King's Speech" is likely to dominate the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday (February 27), but if zombies, aliens, vampires and dream hijackers are more your speed, just hang tight until June.

The Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Films have announced the nominations for the 37th Annual Saturn Awards, which honor excellence in all things gruesome, awesome and everything in between for both movies and television.

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" leads the pack in the film categories with nine nominations (one more than its outstanding Oscar nom total), including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Writing and Best Director for Nolan. He'll square off against directors Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), Clint Eastwood ("Hereafter"), Matt Reeves ("Let Me In"), Martin Scorsese ("Shutter Island") and David Yates ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1").

"Inception" will also vie for Best Special Effects, Best Writing (Nolan), Best Music (Hans Zimmer
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Saturn Award 2011 Nominations

I love Saturn Awards! Of course, if you’re fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror film, you love them too.

So, you’ll be glad to hear that Saturn Awards nominations for the 37th Annual Saturn Awards were announced this Wednesday by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror and that we already have a leader!

And it’s Christopher Nolan‘s Inception that led with nine nominations, including best sci-fi pic, as well as Let Me In, Tron: Legacy,Hereafter, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 which all garnered multiple nominations also.

On the other hand, AMC’s The Walking Dead led all TV series with 6 nominations, while Breaking Bad, Fringe, and Lost with 5 each.

When it comes to actors, we’re not surprised to see that Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr. and Ryan Reynolds gained their nominations for Best Actor,
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Know Your Oscar Films: Black Swan

Natalie Portman descends into madness in director Darren Aronofsky's twisted tale.

The Set Up:

Ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is at the top of her game.  Recently chosen to be the Swan Queen in her companies performance of Swan Lake, Nina strives for perfection in her role.  Although perfect as The White Swan, her director (Vincent Cassell) belives she is to timid for the role of the Black Swan.  But as Nina tries to perfect her Black Swan, she comes face to face with fellow ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis) in addition to her slowly deterorating mental state.

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell, Winona Rider, and Barbera Hershey

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Written by: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John J. McLaughlin

What is it nomintated for?

Best Picture, Best Lead Actress (Natalie Portman), Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Editing (Andrew Weisblum), Best Cinematography (Matthew Labatique)

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Baftas Film Awards 2011 Winners

Full winners list is below for the Baftas 2011 arwards. The big winner of the night was 'The King's Speech' which took home both Best Film and Best British Film, as well as Best Actor for Colin Firth his second consecutive win following his performance in a 'A Single Man' last year and both Best Supporting awards.

Best Director went to David Fincher for 'The Social Network,' which also landed Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin's script and Best Editing, making it the runner-up with 'Inception' winning three prizes, for Best Sound, Best Production Design and Special Visual Effects.

Best Film:

Black Swan


The King’S Speech - Winner

The Social Network

True Grit

Outstanding British Film:

127 Hours

Another Year

Four Lions

The King’S Speech - Winner

Made In Dagenham

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer

The Arbor
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The King's Speech victorious at BAFTA's 64th British Academy Film Awards but David Fincher claims Best Director

The stars (well, some of them anyway) descended on the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden tonight for the biggest event in the British film calendar - BAFTA's 64th annual Orange British Academy Film Awards, which honoured outstanding cinematic achievement from 2010.

Historical drama The King's Speech led the way in terms of nominations with fourteen and was successful in seven categories, winning Best Film, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score and Outstanding British Film.

David Fincher collected the Best Director gong for The Social Network, which was also recognised with the awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Inception won three awards (Sound, Production Design and Special Visual Effects) and Alice in Wonderland two (Make-up and Hair, Costume Design), while there were also honours for True Grit, Black Swan, Four Lions, Toy Story 3
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Triumphant "King's Speech" Tops BAFTA Awards! Check Out Full List of Winners!

As expected, Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the Orange British Film Awards winning seven BAFTAs including Best Film, Leading Actor for Colin Firth, Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush and Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.

Natalie Portman took home the Leading Actress trophy for "Black Swan." Early awards season favorite, "The Social Network" won three BAFTAs including Best Director for David Finchers, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Editing for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter.

"Inception" also took home three trophies including Best Production Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.

Christopher Lee received the ighest accolade which the Academy can bestow, the Fellowship, while the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was given to Jk Rowling and David Heyman for the "Harry Potter" films.

Here's the complete list of the winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2011 Orange British Film Awards. Check out Awards Avenue for winners
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