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'Black Swan' actress Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin split

Its finally over between Black Swan actress Mila Kunis and her longtime boyfriend and 'Home Alone' star Macaulay Culkin.

'Black Swan' leads with 12 Choice nods

Los Angeles -- The ballet drama "Black Swan" led with 12 nods for Critics' Choice Awards in the U.S. Broadcast Film Critics Association's announcement of its nominees Monday.

The 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards are to be handed out Jan. 14 at the Hollywood Palladium.

This is the fourth year in a row VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network and the first year the show will also be broadcast internationally.

"Black Swan" received an unprecedented 12 nominations Monday, the group said. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score.

'Bone,' 'Kids' earn Spirit Award nods

Los Angeles -- "127 Hours," "Black Swan" and "Winter's Bone" were nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for best feature in Los Angeles Tuesday.

"Greenberg" and "The Kids Are All Right" also earned nods for the top film prize.

In the running for the best director title are Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," Danny Boyle for "127 Hours," Lisa Cholodenko for "The Kids Are All Right," Debra Granik for "Winter's Bone" and John Cameron Mitchell for "Rabbit Hole."

Nominated for the best first feature prize are "Everything Strange and New," "Get Low," "The Last Exorcism," "Night Catches Us" and "Tiny Furniture."

'Swan,' 'Valentine' up for Gotham Awards

New York -- "Black Swan," "Blue Valentine," "The Kids Are All Right," "Let Me In" and "Winter's Bone" were nominated for best picture at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The casts of "The Kids Are All Right," "Winter's Bone," "Life During Wartime," "Please Give" and "Tiny Furniture" were nominated for best ensemble performance.
The Independent Filmmaker Project announced the nominees Monday.

The Gotham Awards' 20th anniversary ceremony will be held Nov. 29 at Manhattan's Cipriani Wall Street.

In addition to the competitive awards, actors Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank, director Darren Aronofsky and Focus Features Chief Executive Officer James Schamus will each be presented with a career tribute.

'Black Swan' named Venice fest opener

Venice, Italy -- "Black Swan," a psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman and Winona Ryder, has been selected to open the Venice film festival, organizers said.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie is about the rivalry between two dancers at a competitive ballet company in New York.

"The cast and crew of 'Black Swan' are both excited and humbled by the selection committee's invitation," the BBC quoted Aronofsky as saying in a statement. "It is an honor to walk the great red carpet on the Lido, and we are excited to premiere our film to the wonderful audiences in Venice."

The festival is to run from Sept. 1-11.

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Portman set for 'Black Swan' role

Los Angeles -- Actress Natalie Portman is attached to play the lead in Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller "Black Swan," The Hollywood Reporter said.

Portman would play a veteran ballerina locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer who could be real, a supernatural apparition or a hallucination, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

If negotiations go well, Aronofsky could start shooting "Swan" with Portman as early as this year, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Aronofsky previously directed "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain" and "The Wrestler."

Portman's film credits include "The Other Boleyn Girl," "V for Vendetta" and "Garden State."

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