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A pair of acting heavyweights celebrate birthdays today.

First, Captain Jack Sparrow himself turns 48. Arguably the greatest actor of his generation - aka The Anti-Jennifer Love Hewitt - Johnny Depp most recently anchored Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and will next be seen in The Rum Diary.

Natalie Portman, meanwhile, turns 30. The reigning Best Actress starred in Thor this summer and does not have a new film in production.

Send in your best birthday wishes to these A-listers now!

  • Johnny Depp in Cannes
  • Natalie Portman at the Academy Awards

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Sarah Lane is at it again.

The professional dancer, who served as a body double for Natalie Portman in Black Swan and has said she was on camera for a major of dance scenes, spoke to 20/20 last night and said producers told her to remain quiet about her role.

"They were trying to create this image, this facade, really, that Natalie had done something extraordinary. Something that is pretty much impossible... to become a professional ballerina in a year and half," said Lane. "Even with as hard as she worked, it takes so much more."

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Mila Kunis has joined Darren Aronofsky in the corner of Natalie Portman.

In response to accusations that the Oscar winner scarcely took part in any of the choreography depicted in the movie, Kunis tells Entertainment Weekly: “Natalie danced her ass off. I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got.”

It's also coming out the week Black Swan comes to DVD, which, ironically, will likely drive interest in the film.

Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman

Kunis adds that she and Portman have been open about the help they received from experienced dancers such as Sarah Lane, who has accused filmmakers of covering up her role.

"She did do every ounce of every one of her dances,” Kunis says of her co-star. “[Lane] wasn’t used for everything. It was more like a safety net. If Nat wasn’t able to do something, you’d have a safety net. The same thing that I had - I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it.”

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Natalie Portman has been accused of contributing to a cover-up involving her participating in Black Swan.

Sarah Lane, the classically-trained dancer who served as Portman's double in this Oscar-winning film, says she appeared in 95 percent of the full body shots throughout the movie, creating an uproar that director Darren Aronofsky is out to quell.

Natalie Portman at the Oscars

In a statement he released to Fox Searchlight, Aronofsky comes to his star's specific defense, writing:

"Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that's 80% Natalie Portman... Even so, if we were judging by time, over 90% would be Natalie Portman."

In the end, the director is seeking to put an end to any controversy, concluding: "Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance."

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Natalie Portman won an Oscar for role in Black Swan, but now the star's body double is claiming the actress was featured in the film far less than has been advertised.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Sarah Lane -  an American Ballet Theatre soloist who perfected many of the movie's complicated dance sequences - said: “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me.”

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Lane spoke out in response to comments a couple days earlier by Portman's fiance, choreographer Benjamin Millepied. He told the L.A. Times that "85 percent of that movie is Natalie.”

However, Lane says that only applies to shots which are "just her face with arms... that doesn’t show the actual dancing.”

Saying she's the victim of a "cover up," Lane adds that Black Swan producer Ari Handel told her to remain quiet about these facts, yet she's going on record now because "it is demeaning to the profession... I’ve been doing this for 22 years... Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”

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Yes, Mike Huckabee said he was "troubled" by Natalie Portman's pregnancy this week.

And, yes, he accused the Oscar winner of boasting about her unmarried, expecting state; and, yes, he said the actress is setting a "distorted image" for girls across the country.

But the likely 2012 Presidential nominee has an explanation for these seemingly random, misguided allegations: it's the fault of the damn mainstream media!

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  • Pregnant Natalie Portman

How dare Natalie Portman glamorize pregnancy by... being pregnant!

"These people should read my book and they would know what I said instead of what some left-wing partisans are attempting to put forth," the politician said in a statement.  "I do appreciate the attention to the book as it is sparking interest in it dramatically."

Hey, any way we can help, you hypocritical, pandering, judgmental jackass.

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has made it clear: he has an issue with unmarried, unashamed, wealthy women who tell the world about their pregnancy.

It's clear to whom he's referring, right? Incredibly, no.

The likely 2012 Presidential candidate went on Michael Medved's radio show Monday and somehow called out Natalie Portman, not a certain daughter of a certain reality star who has raked in seven figures by posing on tabloid covers with her child.

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"People see a Natalie Portman who boasts*, 'We're not married but we're having these children and they're doing just fine," Huckabee said. "I think it gives a distorted image. It's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children."

(*Note: Portman has never said this. She has, however, had the gall to appear on stage with a baby bump and tell the world she loves her fiancee, Benjamin Millepied.)

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Natalie Portman has released a statement regarding the shockingly abrasive remarks made by designer John Galliano late last week.

The Dior Creative Designer was caught on camera over the weekend, blatantly saying he loves Hitler and telling a Jewish woman she would have "been gassed" if the former dictator was still in power.

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  • Natalie Portman at the Oscars

Said Portman, who has worked with Galliano over the years: "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.

"I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."

In light the aforementioned incident, Dior has fired Galliano. Said Chairman and CEO Sidney Toledano: "I unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano, which are in total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior."

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Halle Berry and Natalie Portman belong to an exclusive club.

No, we aren't referring to Best Actress winners, although Portman did take home that trophy at last night's Academy Awards and Berry did the same in 2001.

But those honors are nothing compared to the inclusion of these beauties in a THG Fashion Face-Off. Below, we've posted photos of both Halle and Natalie on the red carpet. Whose dress do you prefer? Who pulled off her look better?

Don't be afraid to vote, people. Berry is likely just happy we're talking about something other than her custody battle...

Fashion Face-Off!

It's a match-up of Best Actress winners! Compare the looks of Halle Berry and Natalie Portman in this THG Fashion Face-Off. View Poll »

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Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman squared off in Black Swan. Below, we've pitted them against each other in a different arena: THG's Fashion Face-Off!

Portman was among the SAG Award winners last night for her role in the acclaimed movie. Will her gorgeous dress carry her to victory here as well?

We'd have to call her the favorite. Adorably showing off her baby bump, Nat's dress is paired with a simple clutch ... and $2 million in Tiffany jewels.

After Mila unexpectedly trounced Natalie when we broke down their Golden Globe fashion two weeks ago, is Portman ready for some revenge? Vote:

Fashion Face-Off!

Who looked ebtter at the SAG Awards, Mila Kunis or Natalie Portman? Which Black Swan star's style reigned supreme? Cast your vote and decide! View Poll »

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