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Golden Globes seen by almost 17 million viewers

Golden Globes seen by almost 17 million viewers

The Nielsen Co. says Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony was seen by 16.8 million TV viewers. It beat all network competition in its time period but dipped slightly from last year’s audience for the film and TV awards show.

According to time zone-adjusted Nielsen “fast national” figures released Monday, the Globes finished within 1 percent of the 17 million viewers who tuned in to the 2011 broadcast.

Carried by NBC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time, the program aired live in every time zone. Some western markets also carried an encore telecast immediately following the live coverage.

British comedian-actor Ricky Gervais returned for his third go as host, lampooning many of the nominees, presenters and even the sponsoring Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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Natalie Portman responds to allegations on Black Swan

Natalie Portman responds to allegations on Black Swan

Suddenly everything is coming up Natalie Portman, who is. First, she won an Oscar for “Black Swan”. Then she teamed with Oscar-nominated and Oscar disastrous host James Franco in a bid to appear very strange, “Your Highness”. Note the last word in the title because this sword and sorcery film is very high on something other than a queen or princess.

Of course, the real meat of the matter Portman is the accusation against him by Sarah Lane. The advertising campaign and pushing for Portman Oscar, you will recall, was based largely on the fact that Portman has learned to dance ballet, so it is rarely needed to be doubled to end the illusion that she was a ballerina prima donna. The problem is that it is looking increasingly like that is less and less a reality. Shortly after Portman accepted her gold Oscar for Best Actress, Lane came forward to announce that it has up to 95% of dance credited Portman in “Black Swan”.

In the wake of “Your Highness” to be released in theaters, Portman has finally made a public comment on the controversy. The meat of the question, Portman has not directly responded to Lane’s remarks, but said she will always be the proud owner of the work she did in “Black Swan” without nasty gossip going around. In other words, Portman has failed to clarify the issue.

Another quote from “Your Highness” seems much more interesting compared to the whole controversy ballerina. Portman announced that it has been a big fan of stoner movies, including “Your Highness” is certainly one of the strangest representatives. But it’s not the interesting quote. What is interesting is Portman admitted to smoking marijuana at university, but assures her fans that she is too old and matronly to engage in such foolishness now.

Portman has until the controversial “Black Swan” dance managed to maintain a rather creaky clean, free from any form of intrusion of the ugly reality ala Mel Gibson. Thus, it seems rather strange that she choose this moment in time to announce it just sorta had acted a little less squeaky clean. Some Portman fan club members are probably surprised by this admission, while others are probably much more suspicious of the assertion that his days smoking weed are everywhere.

Certainly, assuming that you smoked marijuana in the university is not enough to get you busted ala Robert Mitchum these days and hardly fair with public collapses experienced by Gibson and, more recently, Charlie Sheen. But the fact remains that the controllers movie stars tend to derive their right to hair of their head to comments like those made by Portman.

Unless, of course, these observations were designed for the express purpose of taking attention away from Natalie’s company much more unpleasant to prove she was not involved in the bald face lied when she been on the press junket for “Black Swan” and investigators say it does much more than just 5% of the dance itself. At the very least, one would think that Portman degree in psychology would have been enough to alert her to the fact that Sarah Lane is a recognition of the daily demand for its efforts.

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The Social Network wins big at Golden Globes

The Social Network wins big at Golden Globes

The Facebook film takes home awards for best drama, director, score, and screenplay.

The Facebook tale “The Social Network” won top honors Sunday at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director, solidifying its prospects as an Academy Awards favorite.

Winning the dramatic lead-acting prizes were Colin Firth for the British monarchy saga “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman for the psychosexual thriller “Black Swan.”

Lead-acting honors for the Globes’ musical or comedy categories went to Annette Bening for the lesbian-family story “The Kids Are All Right” and Paul Giamatti for the curmudgeon tale “Barney’s Version.”

The boxing drama “The Fighter” earned both supporting actor Globes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

David Fincher, directing winner for “The Social Network,” said he thought it was strange when “The Social Network” script came to him, since he usually makes dark character studies about misanthropes or films about serial killers. His films include the murder tales “Seven” and “Zodiac.”

“I’m personally loath to acknowledge the kind of wonderful response this film has received for fear of becoming addicted to it, so suffice it to say, it’s been really nice,” said Fincher, whose film also won the Globes for screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and musical score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Sorkin, creator of TV’s “The West Wing,” had kind words for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network.”

“Mark Zuckerberg, if you’re watching, Rooney Mara makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie. She was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a great visionary and an incredible altruist,” Sorkin said.

The win by Portman for her role as a ballerina coming unhinged amid a production of “Swan Lake” sets her up for a two-woman showdown for best actress at the Feb, 27 Oscars with Bening, who won for her role as a stern lesbian mom in “The Kids Are All Right,” which also won for best musical or comedy film.

It’s familiar territory for Bening. She won the same prize at the Globes 11 years ago for “American Beauty” and went in as the best-actress favorite at the Oscars, where she lost to Globe dramatic actress winner Hilary Swank for “Boys Don’t Cry.”

Portman thanked the film’s choreographer, her fiance Benjamin Millepied, with whom she’s expecting a child. He also appears in the movie, and his character doesn’t want to sleep with hers. “He’s the best actor! It’s not true, he totally wants to sleep with me,” Portman said, giggling.

Related Link: The Social Network Full Production Notes

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