During a break in filming on Darren Aronofsky‘s biblical epic, Noah, Russell Crowe, who plays the eponymous figure, stops by for a chat with me and my fellow journalists who are visiting the set. In one of the many ways the film will defy expectations, he’s not wearing a robe and sandals. He’s dressed in scraps of leather, furs, and something that doesn’t resemble any particular time period, but conveys the pre-history of the tale. As Crowe tells us, eschewing the traditional representation of the biblical story is one of the reasons he wanted to be a part of the project.
During our conversation, we also talked about spending so much time in the rain, what else about Aronofsky’s vision that attracted him to the project, what he learned in his research, shooting in Iceland, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview, click here to read my full set visit report, and click here to check out a new featurette. Noah opens March 28th.
The world is about to drown. It is the middle of the night on October 3, 2012 and I’m on the set of Darren Aronofsky‘s biblical epic, Noah. No one is a stranger to the name of the man who built an ark to save the creatures of the world after God decided to cleanse the Earth of sin by having it rain forty days and forty nights. There is no story of Noah without his ark, and I along with a group of other movie journalists have come to see the ark and watch the 400 extras who are clamoring to come on board. Unfortunately for those poor souls, they’ll never be able to get past the giants.
Giants, an ark, a deluge, and a human tale at the center—there’s a lot going on with Noah, and none of it has to do with a guy at the bow of the ship flanked by zoo animals. Hit the jump for my full report from the set, click here for my interview with star Russell Crowe, and click here for a behind-the-scenes featurette about the ark.
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.
In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, Warner Bros. has sent over us 6 movie clips from the film. The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love. These new clips give a great look at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.
Winter’s Tale also stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, we have 30 new images from the film to share with you. The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love. These new images give great looks at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.
Also starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th. Hit the jump to view all the images.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut Winter’s Tale. Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin, the story takes place in a mythic New York City and spans more than a century, revolving around a thief (Colin Farrell) whose love appears to transcend time. As opposed to some of the time-bending TV spots that have been playing recently, this new trailer smartly focuses on the love story aspect between Farrell and the character played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey). We also get plenty of Russell Crowe’s villain and his goofy accent.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.
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.
Ahead of its big Super Bowl spot on Sunday, Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah. The film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, and as we can see in this new poster, the filmmaker is going heavy on the “epic” portion of the tale. Russell Crowe sports a pretty gnarly beard while holding a small axe in one hand, as if to suggest that the film will find Noah battling more than just heavy rain and flood waters. Aronofsky has been passionate about bringing Noah to the screen for years, so I’m interested to see what his vision for the pic entails. From what we’ve seen so far, Noah looks to be the filmmaker’s most “commercial” work yet, but time will tell if that’s just Paramount trying to appeal to the widest possible audience. I’m hopeful for some Aronofsky weirdness.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, and Anthony Hopkins. Noah opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 28th.
Paramount Pictures has released a couple of new high-resolution images from director Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Biblical epic Noah. The film is, of course, an adaptation of the Bible’s Great Flood story, but with an Aronofsky twist. These new images give us a look at the practical ark that was built for the production as well as Russell Crowe’s titular character embracing his wife, played by Jennifer Connelly. The first two trailers for the pic promised plenty of gorgeous imagery and a literal boat load of CGI animals, and I’m eager to see what else Aronofsky has up his sleeve in the full film.
Hit the jump to take a look at the new images. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, and Anthony Hopkins. Noah opens March 28, 2014.
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.]
The first trailer for writer-director Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale adaptation. Based on the Mark Helprin novel, Goldsman’s directorial debut centers on a a thief (Colin Farrell) who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and ends up falling in love with her. Russell Crowe stars as Pearly Soames, a violent crime lord and leader of the Short Tail gang who is after the thieving protagonist. In charge of tracking him down is Romeo Tan (Kevin Corrigan), Soames’ ruthless right-hand man who acts as his boss’s enforcer in 1916 New York.
Also starring Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig has settled on the “female James Bond” pic Susan Cooper as his next project, and he’s assembling a little Bridesmaids reunion in the process. Melissa McCarthy is already set to lead the film in the title role, and now The Wrap reports that Rose Byrne is in early talks to sign on. Feig penned the script for the potential franchise starter, which will begin filming next spring while McCarthy is on hiatus from her CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Byrne will be seen early next year opposite Seth Rogen in the comedy Neighbors.
Additionally, in a Les Miserables reunion Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried has been set to play Russell Crowe’s daughter in director Gabriele Muccino’s (Seven Pounds) drama Fathers and Daughters. The film takes place in two time periods: one in the 1980s where Crowe’s famous novelist and widower character struggles with mental illness while he raises his 5-year-old daughter, and another in present day New York where the grown up daughter battles her childhood demons.
[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.