Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' to feature porn body doubles for Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and others The director plans to digitally graft the top halves of A-list actors onto their stunt doppelgangers in the racy drama set for release later this year.
Lars von Trier wants his hardcore erotic film "Nymphomaniac" to be gritty and realistic … but not that realistic.
Despite reports from actor Shia LaBeouf that the upcoming flick would feature un-simulated sex scenes between actors, producer Louise Vesth confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that von Trier would be using body doubles after all.
"We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two," Vesth said. "So above the waist it will be the star and below the waist it will be the doubles."
Vesth refutes previous rumors about the production, which had von Trier taking an even more unorthodox approach.
LaBeouf, who stars in the film alongside Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgard and Charlotte Gainsbourg, told MTV News in December that he and his castmates would be "doing it for real."
"Anything that is 'illegal' will be shot in blurred images," LaBeouf explained. "It's going to be a wild movie, man. It's going to be a wild movie."
Nonetheless, Vesth assured The Hollywood Reporter that the experimental film would still have groundbreaking elements.
"Lars has thrown everything in this one. It's about religion, about God, about philosophy," Vesth said. "There's so much to talk about with this movie."
"Rumored use of Michael Jackson body doubles could be raised in trial, sources say
In the months before and after Michael Jackson's sudden death in 2009, rumors ran rampant that body doubles were being used in an effort to disguise the King of Pop’s ailing health. Now sources connected to the ongoing $40 billion wrongful death suit filed by the Jackson family against AEG tell FOX411’s Pop Tarts column the body double reports will likely be dug back up as the case heads to trial.
An insider tells FOX411 that Jackson had strong incentive to ensure he fulfilled his commitments to AEG, as he agreed to do the “This Is It” tour “out of sheer desperation” for fresh funds. Jackson knew if he didn’t fulfill his contractual obligations, he would be forced to pay back the $30 million in advance money and possibly forfeit his share of his prized Beatles catalogue, the source said.
Speculation over just how able he was to take the stage first surfaced in March 2009, with some speculating he was so far from ready, a body double was needed in his place.
About three months before his death, several spectators and critics started to question whether the jittery figure donning aviator shades and a sparkly jacket while appearing before the masses at the massive tour announcement press conference inside London’s O2 Arena was Jackson, or an impersonator.
“It just didn’t seem to be Michael. He was very thin, yet this ‘Michael’ was stronger, had a bigger head and always wore a wig. This London version of Michael also had much bigger hands,” a source connected to the Jackson family said, based on her personal knowledge of the entertainer.
Similar questions over Jackson’s health and real identity raced across the Internet, with many also suggesting that the awkward, almost macho stride of Jackson heading into the arena was a far cry from his normally soft-footed walk, and that even his chin looked off.
“In my opinion, the man in the clip isn’t Michael Jackson; it’s a man posing as Michael Jackson. The (apparent) body double’s walk is cockier and had more bounce than MJ’s typical stride,” explained Bianca Cobb, a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute. “Michael had a less confident walk with smaller strides and less pep. He also tended to walk with his head down, and deflected attention. The seemingly double spoke more confidently by projecting his voice more and was also a bit deeper. Michael tended to have a softer and lower tone of voice which didn’t project across the room.”
Cobb also pointed out that Jackson had straighter teeth than what was evident during the conference, and the alleged double’s chin – although containing a cleft – was overall more tapered, and that Michael’s upper lip didn’t elevate as much as the alleged double’s upper lip at full smile.
“The apparent double’s smile had a lift on the side which is the commisures,” she told us. (The commisures is where the upper and lower lip meet.) “MJ’s smile was flatter than the (person at the conference) as their smile was more arched.”
Another source, who worked closely with the star across his career, wasn’t convinced it was him, but wasn’t convinced it wasn’t him either.
“There are inflections in his voice that sound true to me. His lower voice I have not heard and yet, within them, I recognize his voice. But this is not an easy call,” the insider said. “The walk is something I have never experienced. His lower voice I have not heard yet, so these things make me wonder.”
Officials at the arena, as well as the Jackson camp, vehemently denied that it was anybody but the real deal at that conference, and another source close to Jackson assured us it was him. Well, at least him on something.
“There is no question it was Michael. The gangster walk was really him. The problem is that he was heavily intoxicated during this press conference, which ironically, is one of the things I believe will be an exhibit during this trial,” said the insider. “He was drinking heavily and extremely high on at least a couple of substances. Even when Joseph (Jackson, father) saw the press conference he became concerned. In fact, that was about the same time Michael began calling his dad again seeking ‘protection.”
And by “protection” we’re told Michael kept saying that people were “after him” and his catalogue he was paranoid that everyone he came in contact with was trying to kill him.
And these aren't the only body double allegations potentially slated to be raised during the trial. Just four months after Jackson’s passing, the rumors resurfaced when Columbia Pictures released the “This Is It” documentary, chronicling the King of Pop’s rehearsals for the sold-out “This is It” tour, which was scheduled to begin just a few weeks after he died. Many speculated that Jackson doubles – a dime in a dozen in Hollywood – were used to fill gaps in the film. Such claims were only perpetuated after Joe Jackson declared that it was “mostly body doubles.” However, the film’s distributor was quick to shoot down the widespread accusations.
“This story is pure garbage and there are no body doubles… Every time they see the King of Pop they will know that every frame is unquestionably and undeniably Michael as he rehearses and prepares for the London concerts that were to have begun this past summer,” stated Steve Elzer, Senior Vice President of Media Relations at Sony Pictures, at the time.
Others close to the star aren’t quite so confident.
“The doubles or stand-ins were used in rehearsal footage we saw in ‘This is It,’” argued a Jackson insider. “Look specifically at the performances of ‘Human Nature’ and ‘Thriller’ in the film, there are others too... The lips are off with the words and the real person doing the dancing requires much too much effort. MJ was effort-less and this stand in was obviously good, but not MJ good by any stretch.”
And don’t expect either side to play nice in this intense trial, which comes almost four years after Jackson’s death.
“AEG is coming in with guns blazing. They are intent on bringing up everything including the child molestation, and will attempt to embarrass Michael and the Jackson family,” added our source.
Lawyers for AEG and the Jackson family did not respond to a request for comment."
"Natalie Portman: That wasn’t me kissing Chris Hemsworth in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ scene
Actress reveals to Daily News exclusively that Hemsworth's real-life wife, actress Elsa Pataky, performed end credits scene in a wig when Portman couldn't make it back to Marvel Studios film in time for reshoots.
f it looked like Chris Hemsworth wasn’t just acting during his passionate kiss at the end of the credits on “Thor: The Dark World” - it’s because he wasn’t.
Co-star Natalie Portman revealed to the Daily News that due to a scheduling conflict she couldn’t reprise her role as Thor’s mortal girlfriend in time to film the scene. So a special stunt double filled in - Hemsworth’s real-life wife, "Fast & Furious 6" actress Elsa Pataky.
“It was for reshoots (after the film was finished) and he was working in Hong Kong and I couldn't get there because I was working on my own film,” Portman told the News.
“And so they put his wife in my wig and costume, that's why it was so passionate.”
The Spanish-born Pataky, who has been married to Hemsworth since 2010 and is now pregnant with their second child, had been traveling with her demi-God and their daughter India at the time anyway.
With the assistance of a few trick camera angles, moviegoers were none the wiser.
“It was such a perfect solution, wasn’t it,” said Portman."
Legendary Football Player Pelé Sues Samsung Over Ad
Uh-oh, Samsung is in big trouble. This Wednesday, it came to light that Brazilian football legend, Pelé, is suing the South Korean tech company for improperly using a lookalike in one of its advertisements.
The South Korean tech firm’s continuing luck of releasing its phones in China along with the VR streaming of the NCAA is now being threatened with a complaint by 75-year-old Pelé, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
He is known by many as the best player of all time and has played for Brazil’s victorious World Cup winning teams in 1958 and 1970. He was also in the squad that won in 1962. BBC also reports that the legendary football player became the face of soccer in the U.S. during the later part of his career.
The case allegedly revolves around a Samsung advertisement that was ran after breaking off negotiations in 2013 to use Pelé’s image to promote its products. The ad, which doesn’t name the football player, included a facial photo of a man that looks similar to him.
The complaint also states that it also has a small picture of a footballer making a “modified bicycle or scissors-kick, perfected and famously used by Pele.” The football star is claiming least $30 million USD or 21 million GBP in the legal papers lodged in the District Court in Chicago. The lawsuit filed by Pele IP Ownership LLC, which owns Pelé’s trademark and publicity rights, is dated March 16.
Fortune reports that the complaint also says that Pelé mostly relies on endorsements for his income, and the said ad will hurt the value of his endorsement rights, confusing consumers into believing that he endorses Samsung products.
Pelé’s lawyer, Frederick Sperling, said in a phone interview that “the goal is to obtain fair compensation for the unauthorized use of Pele’s identity, and to prevent future unauthorized uses.” Meanwhile, according to NBC News, Samsung spokeswoman Danielle Meister Cohen said in an email that the South Korean company has no comment regarding the issue.
Does Hillary Clinton have a body double? Earlier today, Clinton set the news cycle on fire by experiencing some sort of “medical episode” while attending a ceremony for the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Very little video has surfaced showing Clinton’s medical episode from today. The video below shows Clinton waiting for her vehicle and beginning to shake.
What exactly happened has been being debated on social media. CNN is reporting that Clinton was feeling overheated. Clinton then decided she was going to go to her daughter’s apartment. Clinton spokesperson, Nick Merrill released a statement about Clinton’s medical mishap.