I finally got the chance to check out Thor: The Dark World earlier this week and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did its 2011 predecessor, I had a good time with the movie and want to take a few lines here to share my impressions. First and foremost, it’s funny. As you might expect, Kat Dennings is great as Darcy. That said, it’s odd to label her as the comic relief given all of the levity provided by other characters throughout the film when she is nowhere to be found. Also, as you’re probably even more inclined to expect, Tom Hiddleston is fantastic as Loki and chews up virtually every second of screen time that he’s allotted. On the other hand, what the film had in humor it lacked in drama, conflict, tension, and/or just answers in general. Who are the Dark Elves and why do they insist on everyone living in darkness? What is the Aether and why is it a death sentence for some and a source of all-encompassing power for others? It’s like I walked into the movie 15 minutes late although I’m sure I was seated in time and watched the entire thing. In other words, see Thor: The Dark World for the 112 minute escape that it is and you should be fine. Expect to come out of it with some idea of how and why everything happened outside of just pure coincidence and you’re setting yourself up for frustration.
My one paragraph review aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailers for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, our visit to the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a series of Super Mario Bros. short films that you may love or that may leave you scratching your head, the first teaser trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, and the uplifting story of BatKid fighting crime in San Francisco. As is routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
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 Hopkins. Noah opens on March 28, 2014. [Update: Paramount has also released an entirely different international trailer, which is also included after the jump.]
At long last, the first footage from director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah has landed online. The film is, of course, an adaptation of the Bible’s Great Flood story, but with an Aronofsky twist. Production on this one began back in 2011 and Aronofsky has been busy with a heavy amount of visual effects in the meantime, including creating all of the animals with CGI. This first footage means a proper trailer should be on the way shortly, but it definitely teases a stylized take on Noah’s story and Russell Crowe seems a swell fit to play the titular character. Reports have swirled that early test screenings have been “worrisome” as Aronofsky and Paramount are at odds over striking a balance between the director’s sensibilities and a wide audience appeal, but hopefully a happy medium can be struck in the next few months.
Hit the jump to watch the first footage from the film. The pic also stars Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Mark Margolis. Noah opens March 28, 2014. [Update: The first official UK poster has now also landed online along with two more short teases of footage.]
Darren Aronofsky is not what one would call a “commercial” filmmaker. The director has crafted plenty of excellent features, from Requiem for a Dream to The Wrestler to Black Swan, but he tends to march to the beat of his own drum without worrying about delivering blockbuster box office results. With his latest film, though, Aronfosky is tackling the epic Biblical story of the Great Flood on his largest scale yet, and with a big movie comes big expectations. Noah involves extensive visual effects and carries a hefty budget, and now Aronofsky is deep in post-production on the Paramount Pictures film.
However, it appears that Aronofsky’s independent sensibilities are having a hard time mixing with Paramount’s eye for widespread appeal, as the director and the studio are reportedly at odds over the final cut of Noah after multiple test screenings have delivered disappointing results. Hit the jump for more.
Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families. The families of Montague and the Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever. Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville.
At the film’s press day, actor Douglas Booth spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being excited for the challenge of tackling Shakespeare, having to fight for the role of Romeo, screen testing with Hailee Steinfeld, getting to work with both a younger and more veteran cast, and taking his time to wrap his head around the language. He also talked about the experience of working on Noah with director Darren Aronofsky, and just how wild The Wachowskis next film, Jupiter Ascending, will be. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah has already become epic behind the scenes. The story will focus on the familiar story of Noah and his ark, but with a more realistic bent that eschews the typical “guy in robe and sandals stands at the head of a boat flanked by zoo animals”. The movie will have tons of special effects, and Aronofksy recently told DGA that he feels he has more control over Noah than any of his previous movies. “Increasingly, the images are coming out of a computer,” says Aronofsky, “but that means you can change anything and have more control.” However, he added that a large amount of preparation was required because “[you] have faith that your collaborators are going to breathe life into what you aren’t photographing. You have to trust that down the road things are going to come alive.”
Hit the jump for more including Aronofsky’s “badge of honor” when it came to creating some of the more complicated effects. The film stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Mark Margolis. Noah opens March 28, 2014.
[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.
We have seen several nice tight shots of Noah stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, and Anthony Hopkins in costume. The production was stationed in Iceland, and as seen in a new batch of images, director Darren Aronofsky zooms out enough to let the vast and beautiful landscapes speak to his vision for the Biblical epic. I like the look and scope of everything we have seen from the production so far—I am eager to see what Aronofsky will bring to the classic story.
Douglas Booth, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Mark Margolis also star. Noah opens March 28, 2014. [Update: We have removed these images at the request of the studio.]
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 Margolis. Noah opens March 28, 2014.
Logan Lerman is set to return as the demigod Percy Jackson in the Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Our early look at the film suggests the sequel will hit closer to the Rick Riordan books and has plenty of laughs to go along with the action. In this recent interview, Lerman talked about stepping back into Percy’s shoes, what has happened to the character since the first movie and where he’ll go in the sequel, reuniting with his former cast members and working with a new cast and director. Lerman also commented on his experience filming Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming picture, Noah.
Also starring Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Douglas Smith, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th. Hit the jump for the video interview with Lerman.
In not exactly shocking news, longtime collaborator Clint Mansell will be composing Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming biblical epic Noah. Mansell has scored all of Aronofsky’s films to date, so his involvement with Noah was assumed. Nevertheless, speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival (via The Playlist), Aronofsky confirmed that Mansell will be handling music duties:
“We’re about to start [on Noah] and I’m actually getting texts right now and I know it’s from [Mansell], complaining about something. But he’s a genius too and he cares, he puts his heart and soul and his love into everything. And he’s unique – different from everyone else out there working. He’s able to boil down the thematic of a film into a melody, into two or three notes. He captures the whole essence of a film in two or three notes.”
You can hear the next new Mansell score when director Park Chan-wook’s promising drama Stoker hits theaters this coming March. Noah is due out nearly a year later, on March 28, 2014.
As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Northeast, a somewhat odd twist has occurred regarding an upcoming film. As we’ve previously reported, Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, based on the biblical story, is filming in Oyster Bay, New York. It’s not a bad location, and one that makes sense since hurricanes almost never hit the Northeast, and certainly not at this time of year. Aronofsky built his ark to the measurements outlined in the bible in terms of the height and width, but the L.A. Times is reporting that the ark has been partially dismantled as a precautionary measure. The ark, which is outdoors, is “450 feet long and 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide, was not intended to be seaworthy,” and let’s be fair: authenticity should only have to go so far. The Times continues that if the storm hits the set, flood repairs may have to be organized.
The irony of the situation was not lost on Aronofsky, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, or stars Russell Crowe and Emma Watson, according to her Twitter. God could not be reached for comment. Noah opens on March 14, 2014.
We’ve seen a number of images from the set of director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah thus far, giving us peeks at Russell Crowe as the titular hero and Logan Lerman in his period garb, but we’ve yet to see the film’s antagonist, Ray Winstone. That changes today, as the first images of Winstone’s character have landed online. We don’t know much about the role other than it’s that of Noah’s nemesis, but Winstone’s sporting some fairly bloody wounds so it appears that he gets into a skirmish of sorts at some point in the film. Liam Neeson and Liev Schreiber were reportedly considered for the role early on, but I think Winstone will make for a suitable baddie opposite Crowe.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas and Mark Margolis. Noah opens March 28, 2014. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images from the article.]
How does one dress for a mass exodus onto a giant wooden ark that will be surrounded by rising flood waters for an indefinite period of time? Why, with homemade t-shirts, head wraps and fashionable boots! At least that’s what the cast of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah was wearing in these recent set photos. The images show off Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson in costume on their way to/from set, along with titular star Russell Crowe short-sleeved and bearded. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out an image of the finished ark here; drafty!
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars also stars Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas and Mark Margolis. Noah opens March 28, 2014. [Update: We’ve removed the unofficial images.
We had previously seen an image of an under-construction ark from Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, but now we can see what the completed structure looks like. The photo was taken at Oyster Bay’s Planting Fields Arboretum by Dan Wagner for New York Magazine. As you may notice, it’s not boat-like, but that makes sense. The ark wasn’t built to go anywhere; it was built to withstand the deluge. Additionally, Wagner says “The set decorator brought in tree stumps that weren’t there before, to give the effect that the ark was made with local lumber. And there’s no way Noah and his sons could have built such an enormous structure themselves. That would have taken 500 years.” In all fairness, what else did they have to do with their time?
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Mark Margolis. Noah opens March 28, 2014.