Watch Darren Aronofsky Talk About About the Power of Myth

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I quite liked Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.  It’s not the type of film I’ll likely return to again and again like some of his other work, but I was surprised the strength of vision his Bible pic possessed.  It was also interesting to note the reaction of a few über religious people with whom I was sharing the theater, getting upset because “that’s not the way it really happened.”  I don’t think Aronofsky was attempting to rattle their feathers, I actually think he was trying to retrofit a popular story with elements that are significant to our current civilization as we teeter upon the edge of environmental disaster.

Myths and the narrative framework in which we view our lives are often necessary constructs to impart meaning and significance upon events.  Darren Aronofsky gets that, so it’s a pleasure seeing him speak at some length regarding it.  Hit the jump for a clip of him talking about the value if myth in storytelling.

Visual Effects Supervisor Ben Snow Talks NOAH, the Film’s Biggest Creative Challenges, the Evolution of VFX, and More

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The visually stunning global hit Noah, from director Darren Aronofsky, is now available on Blu-ray/DVD.  The film is an action spectacular with impressive visuals that could have only been brought to life through a collaboration between the visionary filmmaker and Industrial Light & Magic.

Visual effects supervisor Ben Snow (who’s also worked on King Kong, Terminator Salvation, Iron Man 1 and 2, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and is currently working on Avengers: Age of Ultron) recently spoke to Collider for this exclusive phone interview about how daunting it was to take on the visual effects for a movie as epic as Noah, bringing the Bible to life in a respectful way, working on effects that are specific to the personality of each individual character, the biggest creative challenges on the film, how visual effects have most advanced in the last few years, and how difficult it is to distance yourself from the final product enough to really enjoy it when it’s all put together.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: NOAH, TWIN PEAKS: The Entire Mystery, THE BIG CHILL Criterion Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the definitive, remastered Twin Peaks box set, a Biblical epic from Darren Aronofsky, a salsa dancing comedy, a new Criterion Collection addition with a killer soundtrack, a Werner Herzog box set, and more.  Briefly:

NOAH Blu-ray Review

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The sign of a good religious picture is the controversy surrounding it.  Whenever a movie asks you to seriously grapple with theological issues, it’s bound to rile those who like their religion safe and comforting.  Noah certainly prompted its share of screeching op-ed pieces, along with the smug indifference of the secular crowd.  In truth, director Darren Aronofsky has punk’d them all: creating a serious, thoughtful and unbearably intense study of our relationship to God in the context of a giant Hollywood blockbuster.  Hit the jump for my full Noah Blu-ray review.

Darren Aronofsky Makes Movie Rain History In Exclusive NOAH Digital HD Clip

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When you’re making a movie inspired by the story of Noah’s Ark, you’re probably prepared to get wet, but 5,000 gallons of water per minute?  That’s exactly what special effects first unit foreman David Poole was dropping right on top of the cast of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.  Using a rain machine, Poole and his team even managed to pump enough water from hydrants to their tanks and out through their rain machine to break a record; they dumped more rain in a single take than any other movie in history.

Noah will be available digitally on Tuesday, July 15th and Blu-ray on July 29th with over an hour of behind-the-scenes special features.  However, we’ve got a little something you can check out right now.  Hit the jump to catch our exclusive Noah Blu-ray clip showing how this elaborate rain machine works.  The clip is from the special features available on the digital HD release.  It will also be available on the Blu-ray in two weeks.

Watch “The Story of Creation” Clip from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH

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Noah was a bit of a surprise hit (I thought it would tank because religious audiences would be upset because it was too liberal of an interpretation, and non-religious audiences would assume the movie was too original), and while I had mixed feelings on the movie, I’m glad people turned out to see it.  Darren Aronofsky made an interesting movie with big ideas, and while they didn’t always click together or were sometimes slightly spoon-fed or softened, they all existed within a memorable landscape.  One of the film’s most striking scenes is Noah (Russell Crowe) telling the story of creation, which allows Aronofsky to blend the biblical with the scientific to form a beautiful and vibrant composition.

Hit the jump to watch the “Creation” clip from Noah.

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims Top Spot, Easter Weekend Boosts Religious Films

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While the top five remains unchanged from yesterday’s box office report, the real items of interest are the religious films that populated the top ten.  (An argument can also be made for just how poor a showing Wally Pfister’s Transcendence has had.)  While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 were once again the only competition for the top spot, newcomer Heaven Is for Real made a real push into the top three, nearly bumping the animated family-friendly sequel from its perch.  Though they dropped off from their position’s in last week’s box office, God’s Not Dead and Noah managed to hang in the top ten, perhaps helped by the holiday weekend.  Take a look at the top ten box office estimates below:

Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $26,200,000  $201.0
2.  Rio 2  $22,700,000  $75.6
3.  Heaven is for Real  $22,200,000  $29.3
4.  Transcendence  $11,000,000  $11.0
5.  A Haunted House 2  $8,800,000  $8.8
6.  Divergent  $5,900,000  $134.1
7.  Draft Day  $5,890,000  $19.5
8.  Oculus  $5,200,000  $21.2
9.  God’s Not Dead  $4,800,000  $48.3
10.  Bears  $4,800,000  $4.8
 Noah  $4,800,000  $93.3

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Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims New Record with $96.2 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set a new opening weekend record for April with its estimated debut of $96.2 million.  That tops the opening of Thor: The Dark World, last November, and beats Captain America: The First Avenger by 48%.  For proof of how dominant Captain America was this weekend, just take a look at the difference between first and second place: poor, poor Noah.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000 $96.2
2.  Noah $17,000,000 $72.3
3.  Divergent $13,000,000 $114
4.  God’s Not Dead $7,726,000 $32.5
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000 $33.3
6.  Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000 $42.1
7.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman $5,300,000 $102.2
8.  Sabotage $1,908,000 $8.7
9.  Need for Speed $1,836,000 $40.8
10.  Non-Stop $1,827,000 $88.1

Full story after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 81 – NOAH and Religion in Film

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by contributing writer Jason Barr.  During our discussion, we talk about Noah, the filmography of director Darren Aronofsky, religion in film, the success of films like Son of God that appeal to a specific and devoted audience, the rarity of crossover appeal for films dealing directly with religion, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Divergent“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Ray Winstone Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, the Ark, THE GUNMAN with Sean Penn, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma Watson, Sir Anthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Winstone.  He talked about working with Aronofsky, how he got involved in the project, what it was like seeing the Ark for the first time, how he likes to prepare for a role, working with Sean Penn in The Gunman, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sir Anthony Hopkins Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, Filming in Iceland, If He Knows When He’s Playing Odin Next, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma Watson, Sir Anthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Sir Anthony Hopkins.  He talked about working with Aronofsky, how he got involved in the project, what it was like filming in Iceland, if he knows when he’ll be playing Odin in another Marvel movie again, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: NOAH Launches with $44 Million; SABOTAGE Falls Flat

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A storm of controversy didn’t keep Noah from taking first place at this weekend’s box office.  The biblical disaster tale took in an estimated $44 million from 3,567 locations to give Russell Crowe the best openings of his career.  Fellow newcomer Sabotage was drowned in Noah’s wake, giving Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the worst openings of his career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Noah $44,000,000 $44
2.  Divergent $26,500,000 $95.2
3.  Muppets Most Wanted $11,373,000 $33.3
4.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman $9,500,000 $94.9
5.  God’s Not Dead $9,075,000 $22
6.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $8,875,000 $24.4
7.  Sabotage $5,300,000 $5.3
8.  Need for Speed $4,335,000 $37.7
9.  300: Rise of an Empire $4,300,000 $101.1
10.  Non-Stop $4,087,000 $85.1

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TOP 5: First Teaser Trailer for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, NOAH, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, SABOTAGE, CinemaCon Coverage

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I’ve decided to use this weekend’s release of Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah as an opportunity to reflect on the director’s most soul crushing work to date: his adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, Requiem for a Dream. While I’d list Black Swan as my favorite Aronofsky film, Requiem stands alone as a devastating look at the nature of addiction that, by its end credits, will assure you that nothing decent will ever happen to you again. The film netted the great Ellen Burstyn her sixth Academy Award nod while Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans provided equally powerful performances as heroin addicts whose trajectories only bend downwards. While its story and characters offer little to be optimistic about, Requiem all but cemented Aronofsky’s place among the most skilled and uncompromising filmmakers of his generation. If you haven’t already, check out the film on Amazon Instant Video where it’s available to stream. Just be sure you’re not already in an emotionally fragile state or else you’re in for a long night.

Aronofsky reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first teaser trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, interviews for and Matt’s review of Noah, the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sabotage interviews and Matt’s review, and Steve’s coverage of CinemaCon from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: NOAH Keeps It’s Head Above Water with $15.2 Million Opening

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This weekend will not be a wash for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.  The controversial biblical epic opened with $15.2 million from 3,500 locations yesterday, including $1.6 million from Thursday pm previews.  That puts Noah on course for close to $44 million through Sunday – well above the $33 million Paramount said it was expecting.  Anything above $43.5 million would also give Russell Crowe the best opening of his career (outside of his supporting turn in Man of Steel).

The weekend’s second major release should also mark a career milestone for star Arnold Schwarzenegger, though not the kind stars typically strive for.  Sabotage – Arnie’s third major release since January 2013 – could end up as his worst debut since Red Sonja, in 1985.  From its 2,486 locations, Sabotage brought in $1.82 million on Friday, which suggests an opening weekend in the $5-$6 million range.  Finally, after two weeks in limited release, director Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel expanded to almost 1,000 locations on Friday, making it into the domestic top five with just under $2.4 million.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Noah $15,238,000 $15.2
2.  Divergent $8,100,000 $76.8
3.  Muppets Most Wanted $2,626,000 $24.4
4.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $2,375,000 $18
5.  God’s Not Dead $2,353,000 $15.3

Jennifer Connelly Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky, Filming in Iceland, the Size of the Ark, Paul Bettany’s SHELTER, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage30 imagesa featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Connelly.  She talked about working with Aronofsky again and what he was like on set, how quickly she agreed to be in the project, what it was like filming in Iceland, seeing the Ark for the first time, and she talked about working with her husband Paul Bettany on Shelter.  Hit the jump to watch.

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