NOAH Review

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Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite filmmakers.  It’s been rewarding to watch him develop over the course of his five feature films (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan) and how he’s matured in approach to certain themes—namely, obsession and death.  His latest feature, Noah, should be dripping with these two themes as it’s the story of a man directed by God and willing to let the rest of the world die.  While it does provide some intriguing departure from those themes, Noah feels like a series of compromises that soften the impact of the themes as Aronofsky gets bogged down in explanations that feel like excuses, and then struggles to return to the fascinating and complex moral drama at the center of the story.  Although he has his frequent collaborators providing the picture with grandeur and majesty, and the filmmaker’s trademark earnestness remains, his style begins to work against him as Noah veers between gritty reality and difficult humanism.

30 New Images from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Featuring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and More

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Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new images from director Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Biblical epic Noah.  The film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the titular role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film drew strong if somewhat polarizing reactions from its world premiere, and it has already encountered its share of controversy throughout development.  Hopefully the finished product reflects Aronofsky’s full, uncompromised vision, which is sure to result in a wholly original take on this well-known story.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  Noah opens in theaters on March 28th.

11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson

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Paramount has released 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah.  Aronofsky’s adaptation will take the familiar story about Noah (Russell Crowe) building the ark to survive the flood, but provide the director’s unique take on the material.  Those who saw the premiere last week applauded the film, but acknowledged that it’s likely to be divisive, which is shocking because everyone agrees on everything from the Bible.  This footage goes into Aronofsky directing his talented cast as well as the work that went into building the ark, so it’s worth checking out.

Hit the jump to check out the footage.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Anthony HopkinsNoah opens in theaters on March 28th.

NOAH Featurette Reveals the Building of the Ark with Commentary from Darren Aronofsky, Russell Crowe, and Emma Watson

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There has been much debate throughout history about the Biblical ark, if it ever really existed, and just how it would have been (intelligently) designed.  Luckily, this new featurette for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah puts that question to rest, in the cinematic world at least.  This behind-the-scenes look at ark design, construction, and functionality gives us just the briefest of introductions into the approach the filmmakers had in adapting the Biblical tale, and it looks to be one epic journey that’s actually worthy of the modifier.  If nothing else, you’ll learn just what a cubit is.

Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, and Logan Lerman,  Noah opens March 28.  Watch the featurette after the jump, click here for Matt’s report from the set, and click here for his interview with Crowe.

Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan and More Set for LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT; Emma Watson Joins Ethan Hawke in Thriller REGRESSION

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to address today.  First up, it was announced that Ewan McGregor will lead the cast of writer/director Rodrigo Garcia’s (Albert Nobbs) new drama Last Days in the Desert.  McGregor will be joined by Ciaran Hinds (Harry Potter), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), and the young Tye Sheridan (Mud) in the pic, which follows a holy man and a demon on a journey through the desert.  McGregor will play both the holy man and the demon, and the story finds the former encountering a family struggling to survive in the harsh environment that forces the man to confront his own fate.  Production is currently underway in the Southern California desert with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, The Tree of Life) lensing the film.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Harry Potter alum Emma Watson tackling the thriller genre and for the full press release for Last Days in the Desert.

Watch Super Bowl Spot for Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Starring Russell Crowe

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Paramount has released the Super Bowl spot for Noah online ahead of the Sunday ad extravaganza.  The tagline that punctuates the clip is a bit silly—”Witness the untold story of the world’s most epic event”—but gets to the point of what I’m looking forward to in Noah: A darker version of a very familiar story that would naturally be horrific in the moment, told by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) in his biggest sandbox to date.  The 35-second clip is packed with big moments, including a brief shot of celestial beings hurtling toward Earth.

Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, and Logan Lerman star.  Noah opens March 28.  Watch the spot after the break.

First 2 Trailers for Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Starring Russell Crowe

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah, and it looks exactly like a Darren Aronofsky version of the Great Flood story.  The visuals here are quite stunning, and the production’s decision to shoot in Iceland looks to be more than warranted.  How refreshing it is to see a film with real backgrounds and landscapes as opposed to CG-created everything (ahem Maleficent).  What I’m most excited about, though, is the human element, as Aronofsky has a knack for telling wonderfully intimate stories that are extremely character-focused.  Combined with the expansive visuals of the Great Flood, this has the makings to be quite the event film.  Whatever quarrels are going on about the current edit of the feature, I sincerely hope Aronofsky’s signature style isn’t lost in the final cut.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, Mark Margolis, and Anthony HopkinsNoah opens on March 28, 2014. [Update: Paramount has also released an entirely different international trailer, which is also included after the jump.]

THE BLING RING Blu-ray Review

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With such films as Marie Antoinette and Somewhere, writer/director Sofia Coppola has carved a niche for herself as cinema’s premiere chronicler of privileged ennui.  However, in her latest cinematic offering, The Bling Ring, Coppola steps outside of the insular world of the wealthy and bored to focus her lens on characters desperate to get inside it.  My review after the jump.

THIS IS THE END Blu-ray Review

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Seth Rogen made a bold decision in his directorial debut This is the End (which he co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg) that could have just as easily blown up in his face.  He stars as himself, as do his friends/co-stars Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in this comedy about what happens when actors survive the rapture.  My review of the Blu-ray of This is the End follows after the jump.

Emma Watson to Reteam with PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Director Stephen Chbosky on WHILE WE’RE YOUNG

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Emma Watson is poised to reteam with The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer/director Stephen Chbosky on another adaptation.  While Chbosky adapted Perks from his own novel, Deadline reports that the director has now signed on to helm an adaptation of Adena Halpern’s book 29, which will be titled While We’re Young.  The book revolves around a young-at-heart 75-year-old named Ellie who feels she has more in common with her 29-year-old granddaughter Lucy than her 55-year-old daughter Barbara.  On her birthday, Ellie wishes she could be 29 again for just one day, and is surprised to find that the wish magically comes true.  The story explores three generations of women and how one day changes everything they know about each other.

While the premise sounds a tad saccharine, so did the logline for Perks and Chbosky crafted that film into a mature, emotional, and honest look at young life; he’s more than earned the benefit of the doubt.  Hit the jump for more. 

Emma Watson Rejoins YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD; Francesca Gregorini to Direct

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The lead casting for Your Voice in My Head has come full circle.  The adaptation of the Emma Forrest memoir was initially set to mark the next project for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates, and he quickly signed Emma Watson to star.  The film offers up a meaty lead role as it chronicles Forrest’s troublesome and self-harming behavior, as well as her relationship with her psychiatrist.  Yates subsequently dropped out of the project as a result of scheduling issues, and then Watson was replaced by Emily Blunt earlier this year.

Now it has been announced that Watson has rejoined the project in the lead role, with Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall) onboard to direct.  Stanley Tucci was previously in talks for the coveted male lead, but it appears that he is no longer involved with the project.  Production is now finally set to begin on November 4th with a script by Forrest.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Still Set for March 28, 2014 Release [UPDATED]

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[Update: Paramount has reached out to inform us that Noah has not moved off its March date after all, and a mixup on their website led to the confusion.  Our original story follows below, but Noah will still be hitting theaters on March 28, 2014.  As you were.]

It looks like we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to see director Darren Aronofsky’s iteration of the Great Flood.  Paramount announced today that the Black Swan director’s biblical epic Noah has been delayed from its March 28, 2014 release date to an undisclosed summer date.  The push is likely due to the film’s extensive visual effects, as Aronofsky’s vision of the tale involves 11-foot-tall fallen angels called Watchers.  It’s also possible that Paramount feels the tentpole will do better in the midst of the summer movie season.  Whatever the case, I’m really looking forward to this one.

Wes Bentley Joins INTERSTELLAR; Newcomer Taron Egerton Boards SECRET SERVICE with Michael Caine and Emma Watson Eyed for Roles

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Director Christopher Nolan has completed casting on his next film, the secretive sci-fi pic Interstellar.  The folks over at Heat Vision report that Wes Bentley is the last piece of the casting puzzle, which now includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee Chalamet.  As expected, details regarding Bentley’s role are nonexistent, but it is described as “a meaty supporting role.”  The story centers on “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” and is based on a script written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan NolanInterstellar opens in theaters on November 7, 2014.

Hit the jump for plenty of casting news for X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s next film The Secret Service, including which actresses are being eyed for the female lead and which A-listers have already passed on the villain role.

New Images from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Starring Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and More

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New promo images have been released for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah.  The adaptation will expand on the biblical tale, and take a closer look at the details of the story.  For example, while the ark is usually portrayed as a ship, in Aronofsky’s film, it’s literally an ark designed simply to withstand the flood rather than something that’s designed for travel.  As you’ll see from these images, the dress is also far rougher than the cheesy biblical version of robes and sandals.  And when it comes to the character, lead actor Russell Crowe says that this Noah isn’t a benevolent figure, but “a guy who can get the job done.”  It’s going to be a new take on an old story, and I can’t wait to see what Aronofsky has in store.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Mark MargolisNoah opens March 28, 2014.

THE BLING RING Review

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When I’m in line at the supermarket, I see the covers of celebrity magazines, and I wonder, “Who buys this stuff?  What compels them to be so interested in the lives of strangers?”  We have an artificial familiarity with celebrities based on the entertainment we consume.  Today, “celebrity” has even become a profession whereas it used to be you had to have some kind of tangible skill usually relating to public performance before you were constantly in the public eye.  Even though celebrity worship has become engrained in our society arguably since Clara Bow became “The It Girl”, media saturation has brought us to critical mass.  Despite the fascinating origins of this obsession, Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring skips over the interesting, unexplored aspects, and heads straight to pedestrian observations of celebrity fixation.  While it’s certainly spot-on and is peppered with humorous moments, audiences can gleam the same observations from a plot synopsis.  Moreover, Coppola’s criticisms fall flat when the existence of her film plays into the celebrity culture she aims to critique.

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