Natalie Portman's Fiance Defends Her Use Of A Dance Double In Black Swan

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Earlier this month, Sarah Lane, Natalie Portman's dance double in Black Swan complained in an interview that Natalie tried to make everyone think she did her own dancing and never thanked her in an acceptance speech. "They were trying to create this facade that she had become a ballerina in a year and a half. So I knew they didn't want to publicize anything about me," said Lane. Now Benjamin Millepied has defended his fiancee, saying, "It was so believable, it was fantastic, that beautiful movement quality. 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. Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie." [DListed, E!]

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Elizabeth Taylor was buried at Forest Lawn today, the same cemetery where Michael Jackson was laid to rest. [TMZ]

  • At a concert in Pittsburgh, Elton John dedicated the song "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" to Elizabeth Taylor and said, "She was not just a movie star, although she was a huge movie star and there will never be anyone like her again…She was without a doubt one of the greatest people I've ever met in my life. She stood up when no one was prepared to stand up and be counted against AIDS. She supported everybody in that with 1,000 percent of her body and her fiber. But most of all she loved people. She fought for the underdog. She was an incredible woman and I was privileged to have known her." [E!]
    On Friday night at 8 p.m., Broadway theaters will dim their lights for one minute in honor of Taylor. [The Wrap]

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Jersey Shore creator and co-executive producer Sally Ann Salsano says of Sammi and Ronnie's disturbing relationship, "They've seen [their behavior] on TV, Sammi saw him in Miami, they show up in Seaside, the same stuff is going down - at some point you say, ‘All right, she likes this.'" [N.Y. Mag]


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Kristen Bell Tweeted a picture of fiance Dax Shepard and wrote, "My adorable husband, @daxshepard1 voting 4 his favorite american idol. Over and over again." Her rep says they aren't secretly married, she just calls him her husband sometimes. [People]


  • Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler are not hooking up, they're just filming a movie together (not that this has ever stopped the tabloids). "They have never had dinner alone," says an insider. "They are always in a crew of people on the film." [E!]
  • Robert Kardashian had an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday night and is said to be "fine and doing well." [Us]
  • Snoop Dogg has been promoting a new caffeinated alcoholic beverage called Blast, but it may be banned before it even comes out because the liquor/soft drink combo is similar to Four Loko. [Rolling Stone]
  • Wendy Williams is being sued by a concert promoter who claims she was hired to host an event in Atlantic City, but she left early and her behavior "was best described as ... ungrateful." [TMZ]
  • A source says of Reese Witherspoon's wedding, "It's not going to be a traditional and big Hollywood wedding... intimate, private and quiet with only Reese and Jim's close friends and family." [Radar]
  • The Real Housewives of D.C. is officially dunzo, but a source says, "The DC housewives were meant to be starting shooting their second season now and they haven't heard a peep from Bravo. No one from the cast has been contacted yet and told that the show is cancelled." [Radar]
  • In an interview former CNN anchor Aaron Brown bashed Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Keith Olbermann, and said of Anderson Cooper, "I know the difference between journalism and a slogan. 'Keeping them honest' is a slogan." [N.Y. Mag]
  • Do you want to watch Matthew Morrison perform a song in an old Damon Wayans movie? No? Okay, nevermind. [Perez]
  • Nick Cannon Tweeted, "I am probably going to faint in the delivery room! I need to man up! Or maybe I should say WOMAN UP since they are the ones that have to be the strongest in the whole ordeal! I am in awe of my wife!" [Us]
  • David Arquette says of his recent car accident, "It was shocking. I'm still sort of in pain. I wasn't wearing my seatbelt, which is just a big knucklehead move, and the airbag deployed and I banged my head on the thing." [Access Hollywood]
  • After Donald Trump said it was a mistake for Brooke Mueller to marry Charlie Sheen, Charlie's mom Janet Templeton sent out an email that said, "The Donald is spreading such vicious lies about Charlie, is there anyway to stop him? Brooke had been to 13 rehabs before meeting Charlie. She drank and drugged during pregnancy and had such a party girl rep before she met him." Brooke's step-father responded, "It's a shame that she would blame a family member for her son's demise. He is an adult and is responsible for himself." A lot of Sheen/Estevez family members have weighed in on Charlie's situation, but we're still wondering what does Renée Estevez think of all this?! [Radar]

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1. Thank you, Diva Elton, for you've made me crumple into a snotty ball of tears for the second time today. Such poignantly heartbreaking words about Queen Liz and the fact that you're dedicating one of my favorite songs of mine to her... it's just too much for me right now.

2. I see the phrase a broken clock is right twice a day applies to Sally-Ann Salsano. Because while she's dead-on about Sammi loving the dysfunction that is/was her relationship with the Italiarican Ike Turner, that sure as shit didn't stop her from pimping the hell out of that mess for 2.5 seasons. So, she really needs to sit down and shut the fuck up with her bullshit justifications and keep on cheesing over the fact that Sammi/Ronnie's drama made her pockets fatter.

3. I've mentioned this before and I'll mention it again: I never thought there'd ever be a day where I'd say that Dax Shephard is a main reason why I tune into a Tuesday night drama. Well played, sir.

4. Thank Zeus that RHoDC was canned because that shit was as compelling as watching white bread toast in a toaster oven. I can only hope that RHoMiami is next on the chopping block.

4a. Is this the first Real Housewives to ever get cancelled?

5. Something tells me that you'll be a-OK, Mr. Cannon, once your butterfly-spangled twins are introduced to the world. I, for one, cannot wait for you and Mrs. Cannon to introduce us to your little charmbracelets.