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Black Swan Natalie Portman Ballerina psychologically fracturedBlack Swan definition: Sleeper blockbuster starring Natalie Portman as a psychologically fractured ballerina.

‘Black Swan’ definition: Sleeper blockbuster as Natalie Portman drama passes $200 million mark

Darren Aronofsky’s $13 million-budget psychological thriller Black Swan, which stars Best Actress Oscar nominee Natalie Portman, passed the $200 million milestone worldwide on Feb. 23. To date, Black Swan – surely one of the biggest sleeper hits in history – has collected $102.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and $101.69 million internationally. Grand total: $204.29 million.

According to country figures found at, the biggest international markets for Black Swan are the United Kingdom ($23.21 million), Germany ($13.47 million), Australia ($10.86 million), and France ($10.54 million)*. Totals are off by a week in a number of countries, and by two weeks in Brazil ($1.33 million in the first three days), Denmark, and Peru.

Besides Natalie Portman, the cast features Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Toby Hemingway, Sebastian Stan, Janet Montgomery, and Kristina Anapau.

Natalie Portman: Best Actress Oscar 2011

Natalie Portman is the runaway favorite to take home the 2011 Best Actress Oscar. Her competitors are:

Box office update

Update: As found at Box Office Mojo, Black Swan ended its run with a staggering $329.39 million worldwide: $106.95 million in North America; $222.44 million internationally.

With $27.4 million, Japan turned out to be the top international market for Darren Aronofsky’s darker reboot of sorts of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Red Shoes. Next in line were the U.K. with $26.01 million, France with $23.92 million, Germany with $21.44 million, Australia with $14.83 million, and Spain with $14.46 million.

* “France” also includes Algeria, Monaco, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Image of ballerina Natalie Portman in Black Swan: Fox Searchlight.

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‘Black Swan’ passes $100 million at domestic box office

Feb. 17 update: The North American box office was down across the board on Wed., Feb. 16. On this low-key day, the – quite remarkable – success story belonged to the movie on the chart’s no. 13 slot: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman.

As found at Box Office Mojo, the $13 million psychological thriller passed the $100 million mark in the U.S. and Canada after earning $174,000 at 1,069 locations. Total after 76 days out: $100,022,903.

Also of note, Black Swan‘s (modest) $163 per-theater average was actually higher than those of seven films among the Top Twelve. Overseas, Black Swan has pulled in more than $72 million.

Besides Natalie Portman, the cast includes:

Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady, 1996).

Two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (supporting for The Age of Innocence, 1993; lead for Little Women, 1994).

Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied. Ksenia Solo. Kristina Anapau. Janet Montgomery.

Sebastian Stan. Sergio Torrado. Toby Hemingway. Mark Margolis. Tina Sloan. Shaun O’Hagan. Chris Gartin.

Natalie Portman Black Swan poster image: Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight.

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Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher: ‘The Iron Lady’ Oscar bait

Two-time Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Meryl Streep is currently filming The Iron Lady in England, under the guidance of her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd. Does she look like the former right-wing British prime minister Margaret Thatcher? More like Meryl Thatcher, perhaps.

Emma Thompson and Helen Mirren could have been two other possibilities for the role, but Streep has proven that she can come up with flawless British accents, e.g., Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, and Fred Schepisi’s box office disappointment Plenty (1985).

Released by Pathé U.K., the above Meryl as Margaret image is the very first one to come out of The Iron Lady.

‘The Iron Lady’ cast

Besides Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady also features Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Anthony Head, and Richard E. Grant.

As per the film’s press release, Streep – whose political views are hardly similar to Thatcher’s – was quoted as saying the following:

The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge. I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own!

Bear in mind that “said” and “quoted as saying” are two quite different things. Press releases are notorious for creating statements that were never actually either uttered or written by the “quotee.” (Of course, these are usually approved by the individual in question.)

Meryl Streep The Iron Lady quote via

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Oscar winner Marion Cotillard joins ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ cast

Marion Cotillard, one of the stars in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, has officially joined the cast of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien.

A few weeks ago, Cotillard, who won a Best Actress Oscar for Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose in early 2008, had been announced as one of the leads in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, to star Robert Pattinson. She dropped out of the project in late January 2011.*

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ cast

In The Dark Knight Rises, Marion Cotillard will join Christian Bale – the star of both Batman Begins and The Dark KnightAnne Hathaway (as Catwoman), Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and her fellow Inception players Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Michael Caine.

It’s unclear whether Cotillard will play some sort of superheroine or Batman’s (human-like) romantic interest. Or perhaps a combination of both.

‘TDKR’ filming locations

Filming on The Dark Knight Rises should begin in mid-June 2011 at London’s Elstree Studios. The production will move to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles in the summer, and to New York in the fall.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to open in North America in July 2012.

Marion Cotillard movies

Besides La Vie en Rose and Inception, Marion Cotillard movies, whether featuring the Oscar winner in lead or supporting roles, include the following:

  • A Very Long Engagement / Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004).
    Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
    Cast: Audrey Tautou. Gaspard Ulliel. Dominique Pinon. Chantal Neuwirth. André Dussollier. Jodie Foster. Denis Lavant.
  • The Last Flight / Le dernier vol (2009).
    Director: Karim Dridi.
    Cast: Guillaume Canet. Guillaume Marquet.
  • Little White Lies / Les petits mouchoirs (2010).
    Director: Guillaume Canet.
    Cast: François Cluzet. Benoît Magimel. Gilles Lellouche. Jean Dujardin.

Marion Cotillard’s next release is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, which kicks off the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 11.

* Marion Cotillard’s Cosmopolis replacement turned out to be Juliette Binoche.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard Inception image: Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.

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