Posts Tagged ‘Oscar’

Sleeper hit and Oscar Best Picture nominee, Black Swan, is still ruffling feathers three months after its theatrical release. Squawking began after the leak of a Visual Effects Reel showing an impressive CGI head replacement on Swan actress, Natalie Portman. Fox has since pulled nearly all leaked versions (available here, for now) and uploaded an official version to its own YouTube channel (seen here). This official version leaves out the head-replacement scene in question.

Black Swan dancer and choreographer (and Portman’s fiancé), Benjamin Millepied, recently told the LA times, “Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie.” This set off a wave of backlash from Portman’s body double in the film, a 27 year-old American Ballet Theater soloist. Sarah Lane claims, “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie.” Lane notes in a recent interview with EW that all of the shots of just her face and arms are indeed Natalie, but many of the full dancing shots are not.

Lane holds no grudges with Portman, calling her “an amazing actress, for sure,” but remains disappointed that Fox Searchlight only credited her six weeks of work as “Hand Model,” and “Stunt Double.” Lane goes on to note, “They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar… it is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years… can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”

Black Swan director, Darren Aronofsky, and Fox Searchlight have since come forth to further defend Portman, crediting her with “most of the dancing featured in the final film.” Portman, recently awarded with the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film, does not hide the fact that a double was used. She has yet to make a peep on the recent controversy.

– Jake Hebert

If you don’t know who Tim Schafer is, or the games he’s made, I suppose that’s acceptable. However, if you don’t know what Sesame Street is, that’s sad.  You have clearly missed out on a fantastic childhood filled with Oscar, Elmo, Big Bird, and the rest of the crew.
That aside, Tim Schafer, the genius behind the Monkey Island series, Grim Fandango, and Psychonauts, has announced that he will develop a Sesame Street video game for the Xbox 360.
Currently known as Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, the game will feature classic characters such as Elmo and Cookie Monster.  In addition, Tim Schafer plans to utilize the Kinect technology to help create an interactive “storybook” style gameplay.
I may be a little biased here, but I think that everything that’s come out of the mind of Tim Schafer is genius.  Despite that, some of his games have had some mature content, so I’m a little worried about what Tim might bring to the table here (see Grim Fandango and Brutal Legend).  But based on his past successes though, I am confident that Tim Schafer will hit home rather than scare kids and their families.
Depending on how the game looks, I may decide to give it a shot to re-live my childhood and experience another Tim Schafer game.  Expect Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster to hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of this year (IGN).

– Mike Thal