Home Movies Madonna Goes to See “Black Swan” in Hamptons; “King’s Speech” Wins

Madonna–perhaps in the middle of editing her feature film, “W.E”–surprised the Hamptons Film Festival audience and went to see Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” Sunday night. She turned up at the 9:15pm screening at the East Hampton UA Theater. Harvey Weinstein, James Franco, and Bob and Lynn Balaban were also supposedly in the room. “Black Swan” stars Natalie Portman. Madonna is supposedly interested in working with Aronofsky on something…

Tom Hooper‘s “The King’s Speech” continues to be the film of the season. It won the audience award at the Hamptons Film Festival. That’s the second audience award it’s picked up this fall–the first was in Toronto. The audience on Friday night was gob-smacked by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter‘s extraordinary performances. This was the third time I’ve seen the film and this time took notice of two supporting players–Clare Bloom as the regal Mary, mother of George VI (known as Mary of Teck) and Anthony Andrews as Stanley Baldwin, the prime minister of England before Neville Chamberlain (1935-37). The boyish Andrews was famously known to American audiences as Sebastian in “Brideshead Revisited” some 30 odd years ago. He is now an astonishing 62 years young…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. its almost “coincidental” that I bought my mother whom is over 70 ballet slippers which were cruelty free from Cynthia King dance studio’s, a few years back. I searched over New York for the purest of ballet slippers, I bought them for her with little money as a gift……she had always wanted to become a ballerina, but my grandmother told her she would never succeed, so she became a nurse, instead. Her dream as a child not fulfilled due to “her” mothers lack of confidence. Whats terrible is my mother has hated my art career and wanted me to quit and become “more practical” and work a 9-5…I ignored her demands and make art/music instead. The truly horrific part is last year, while my mother whom is over 70, was recruited by a Christian organization to do missionary work in Africa, she went over sea’s to give medical care to the sick people with no facilities or medicine in Africa, after a couple days there, both her arms were broken “in a car accident”, she left Africa early and incapacitated, and flew back from Africa 30 hours to the U.S. with two broken arms, and received no medical care until reaching the states-, and her aging bones have problems now.
    Cynthia King Dance studios sent me adverts and endorsements for this film with Natalie Portman via email today, stating what a fantastic year its been for them, with all the publicity. Actually it was I who brought fliers from the Cynthia King studio for their slippers to the Joffery Ballet on Avenue of America’s in Manhattan, as I felt like helping her business. My poor mother has broken arms now, but if she keeps on her toes, maybe she can think about dancing with the stars. No lie- do some fact checking. Its true, I liked the film by the way, it induced a sense of allure and intrigue. Where did those cracking sounds come from? It sounded so realistic…..were they pre-recorded?

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