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Read More: What Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky Think of Netflix and Other Streaming Services He Made His Debut About the Biggest Themes in the UniverseA lot of first-time directors make their debut feature a relatively small-scare venture that's heavy on emotions and human characters, but that wasn't the case for Aronofsky, who opted instead for "Pi," a surrealist narrative that attempts to theorize on everything from religion to identity, psychology, mysticism and mathematics. Not exactly the most accessible material, though Aronofsky succeeds in making it so. Understanding the complexities of number theories and how they relate to the Jewish religion isn't a problem for the viewer but for the protagonist Max, as the film follows him through an exploration of the titular number theory and its relationship to, well, just about everything in the universe. The way Aronofsky uses numbers to make grand statements about religion and human »
- Zack Sharf and Bryn Gelbart
“You Are Responsible”
‘Home Again’ is a parable about how we deal with our garbage. It births this metaphor via a gooey canal, giving us a garbage golem who kills to protect the homeless, or at least to punish those who oppress them, and a bluntly mirrored plot centered on Scully’s struggle to accept her mother’s death and puzzle out the reasoning behind her final words. It’s not, to put it bluntly, a great hour of television. The dialogue’s reach exceeds its grasp, constantly fumbling with quasi-clever moments like Mulder’s befuddling quip about Cutler’s remains belonging in the recycling. I refuse to believe that Mulder, an adult human man, doesn’t know how to dispose of organic matter. The camera, in between paying a shrug-inducing homage to Darren Aronofsky and jittering around a couple of eerie basements, mostly just drifts listlessly like an unmoored dinghy. »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
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George Miller will preside the Jury of the 69th Festival de Cannes.
You Must Remember This podcast returns with a series on The Hollywood Blacklist:
The decision was made this week after the Catholic traditionalist group Promouvoir had pushed for the film to be reclassified in order to prevent all under-18s from being able to see it. The film had previously held a 16 rating, which allowed anyone over that age to legally see it.
The certificate has now been removed and the film will be banned fom cinemas, TV and »
- TFS Staff
Paris — In the wake of France’s decision to increase the rate on its Tax Rebate for International Productions (Trip) rebate scheme from 20% to 30%, effective from the start of this year, a series of high-profile foreign productions have booked shoots in Gaul in 2016, including Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” lensing in Northern France in May, Neil Jordan’s 10-part Cote d’Azur-based TV crime series “Riviera,” and a yet undisclosed major U.S. TV Series expected to start production in the Fall.
France’s domestic tax rebate scheme, for official French productions, has also increased from 20% to 30%.
“The increase to 30% is a huge change,” says line producer John Bernard of Peninsula Film. “It’s been further amplified by the rising value of the dollar. It’s been absolutely essential.”
“30% is a wonderful new development,” says line producer Raphael Benoliel, of Firstep. »
- Martin Dale
Between her formative years spent training as a fine artist and her increasingly ambitious and experimental forays into the world of music, there isn’t much that Illinois-born multihyphenate Laurie Anderson can’t do. Her latest film, “Heart of a Dog,” chronicles the real and imagined life of her beloved (and unfortunately now deceased) dog Lolabelle — the film was warmly received at both Venice and Telluride, and has been lauded as another peculiar and lyrical entry in Anderson’s increasingly unique body of work. Read More: Telluride Review: Laurie Anderson's 'Heart Of A Dog' In addition to her growing list of talents and disciplines, turns out Anderson’s actually a pretty decent conversationalist too, as evidenced by a new talk with “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky recorded after a recent screening of “Heart Of A Dog” for The Talkhouse. Aside from a shared heart-on-the-sleeve emotional style, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
Scoot McNairy ("Monsters," "Argo") has joined the Jody Hill comedy "The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter" alongside Josh Brolin and Danny McBride. McBride, Hill, Scott Rudin and David Gordon Green are producing.
The story follows a sixth-grade boy who is supposed to be bonding with his father on a hunting trip, but is far from interested. McNairy will film that and the Darren Aronofsky-produced, Arnold Schwarzenegger-led thriller "478" before he shoots the third season of AMC's "Halt And Catch Fire". [Source: Deadline]
Daniel Dimaggio ("A Tiger's Tale," "Divide & Conquer") is set to play an adolescent version of Kal-El (Superman) in the February 8th episode of CBS's "Supergirl" series". Young Kal-El will be introduced via a string of flashbacks to establish the bond between him and Kara.
In the episode, a parasitic alien attaches itself to Kara and traps her in a dream world »
- Garth Franklin
Maggie Grace has booked a lead in Lionsgate’s “478,” the revenge thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Scoot McNairy. The film, directed by Elliott Lester and produced by Darren Aronofsky‘s Protozoa Pictures, follows a man (Schwarzenegger) who loses his wife and children in a plane crash. The air traffic controller (McNairy) responsible for the disaster becomes the grieving man’s target. Grace will play the controller’s wife. The American Film Market title is currently in production in Ohio. Scott Franklin and Eric Watson join Aronofsky as producers. Emmett Furla Oasis Films is on board as financier. Also Read: Paramount to Release Jennifer Lawrence, »
- Matt Donnelly
David O. Russell’s Joy may not have hit the dizzying hits of, say, Silver Linings Playbook or even American Hustle, but that hasn’t quelled Jennifer Lawrence’s enthusiasm to continue working with the director’s creative team.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that The Hunger Games star is in line to take on the title role in Marita. Pitched by American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer, the project has set up shop at Sony Pictures, and it’s understood the studio is eager to set the wheels in motion as soon as possible.
It’s a role that’ll have Lawrence portray another real-life woman following her turn as famed entrepreneur Joy Mangano, only this time swapping out novel domestic inventions for a daring CIA mission. Headlining the feature as Marita Lorenz, the actress is attached to the role of the German-born mistress of Fidel Castro, »
- Michael Briers
Sony has acquired Lorenz’s life rights. The studio acquired a pitch from Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle”) that was developed with a quartet of producers — Lawrence, Scott Mednick, Andre Rouleau and Matt Tolmach.
Lawrence received her fourth Academy Award nomination last week for “Joy” after winning a Golden Globe for the role. She won the best supporting actress Oscar for Sony’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and received nominations for “American Hustle” and “Winter’s Bone.”
Sony won a bidding war for the Lorenz rights against Universal, Warner Bros., Fox, Paramount and Lionsgate.
Lorenz, a native of Germany, was incarcerated at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II. After she had an affair at the age of 19 with Castro, »
- Dave McNary
Sam Raimi, the writer/director whose credits include the "Evil Dead" franchise (including current Starz original series "Ash vs. Evil Dead"), "The Hudsucker Proxy," three "Spider-Man" movies, and the sterling modern noir "A Simple Plan," will receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Filmmaker Award at this year's Golden Reel Awards ceremony, to be held February 27 in Los Angeles. Read More: "15 Must-See Modern Noirs (Clips)" Past recipients of the Mpse Filmmaker Award include Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, and Gale Anne Hurd. The nominees for this year's Golden Reel Awards will be announced January 26; the five finalists for the Oscar in sound editing are "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian," "The Revenant," "Sicario," and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." »
- Matt Brennan
The Motion Picture Sound Editors has selected Sam Raimi as this year’s recipient of its annual filmmaker award.
He will receive the award at the Mpse Golden Reel Awards ceremony on Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. Raimi is best known for directing the first three “Spider-Man” movies.
Mpse President Frank Morrone said Raimi embodies the spirit of filmmaking.
“Sam Raimi has been the creative force behind some of the most popular, entertaining and scariest films of our time,” Morrone said. “He has been a major influence on other filmmakers the world over. We are very pleased to honor his work and many contributions to the entertainment industry.”
“My career as a director began with a low-budget horror picture that relied heavily on sound to »
- Dave McNary
Director Sam Raimi will receive this year's Filmmaker Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors. The director of the Spider-Man and Evil Dead franchises, Raimi is being honored for his "outstanding contributions to the art of cinema." Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Clint Eastwood, Ang Lee, Gale Anne Hurd, Brian Grazer, Michael Bay, and Darren Aronofsky. The Mpse's Golden Reel Awards are February 27 in Los Angeles. "Sam Raimi has been the… »
Meryl Streep is the reigning queen of the Oscars, with a record 19 nominations under her esteemed belt. But another actress is on a hot streak that may soon threaten the thespian: Jennifer Lawrence just landed her fourth Academy Award nomination, for "Joy," and with it, the distinction of being the youngest person ever to nab that many Oscar nods.
Lawrence, 25, had previously set a record with her nomination for "American Hustle" two years ago, in which she became the youngest person (at 23) to earn three nominations from the Academy. (Her first two came for 2010's "Winter's Bone" and 2012's "Silver Linings Playbook"; she took home the latter Best Actress trophy.) But the actress keeps besting herself, and at the rate she's going -- four nominations in six years -- it seems plausible that she could surpass Streep's hallowed tally.
For one thing, Lawrence got an earlier start than Streep in »
- Katie Roberts
It’s always great to hear that supremely talented directors will soon be working with just as skilled actors and actresses. So the news that Darren Aronofsky will directing both Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in an upcoming project should have cinephiles rejoicing in celebration. And it now sounds as though the proposed film has found a home with Paramount Pictures, even though we’re still none the wiser about what it will actually be called. Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky decided to pair together for the film a couple of months back, while Variety’s sources have confirmed that Javier Bardem is now currently in discussions to join the project and co-star alongside Lawrence. Representatives for Paramount, Aronofsky, and Bardem refused to confirm these talks, but the idea of the director of Requiem For A Dream working with the Oscar winning talent of No Country »
World War Z 2: Director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) has departed the sequel to Brad Pitt's zombie epic World War Z 2. Scheduling issues are to blame; Bayona is still finishing his next movie, A Monster Calls, while Paramount wants to start production on their sequel this summer, aiming for theatrical release on June 9, 2017. [Deadline] Darren Aronofsky: Jennifer Lawrence (above in Joy) will star in the next movie from Darren Aronofsky (Noah), confirming reports that first circulated three months ago. The untitled project will revolve around a couple who must deal with uninvited guests disrupting their tranquil home. Javier Bardem is in talks to co-star; the movie is scheduled for release sometime next year. [Variety] Pacific Rim 2: Guillermo...
- Peter Martin
According to Variety, Javier Bardem is in talks to join Joy star and reporter scolder Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky's new movie. Apparently Bardem was always Aronofsky's top choice for the role, and the director offered him the part once Lawrence officially signed on after dropping out of The Rosie Project. The site has also learned that Paramount Pictures will distribute the... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
World War Z 2: Director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) has departed the sequel to Brad Pitt's zombie epic World War Z. Scheduling issues are to blame; Bayona is still finishing his next movie, A Monster Calls, while Paramount wants to start production on its sequel this summer, aiming for theatrical release on June 9, 2017. [Deadline] Darren Aronofsky: Jennifer Lawrence (above in Joy) will star in the next movie from Darren Aronofsky (Noah), confirming reports...
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Darren Aronofsky has laid low since the mixed reception for his Biblical epic Noah, but now he’s ready to kick into high gear once more. His untitled next project is moving full speed ahead, with Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence on board to star and Paramount set to distribute. Variety reports Bardem is in talks to co-star with Lawrence, […]
- Angie Han
Darren Aronofsky‘s next project, one which he’ll write, produce and direct, is beginning to pick up speed after finding a home at Paramount. Not only that, but according to Variety, the untitled 2017 release looks to have cast Javier Bardem opposite Jennifer Lawrence, though representatives for the former declined to confirm the casting coup at this time.
Though it’s still shrouded in mystery, the outlet notes that the director’s latest creative venture will revolve around “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence,” with Lawrence and Bardem presumably in contention to topline the drama as the troubled pairing.
Eyeing a spring start date for the project, Aronofsky will produce the feature in collaboration with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. Indeed, the film set up shop at Paramount after New Regency – where Darren Aronofsky holds a first-look deal – opted »
- Michael Briers
Darren Aronofsky will return for the first time since the divisive "Noah" (2014) with his untitled 2017 relationship drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Javier Bardem is in talks to co-star. Produced under the writer/director's own Protozoa Pictures label with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel, the project was passed over by New Regency, with whom Aronofsky has a first-look deal. The film will be the rather deliberate filmmaker's seventh feature since he debuted "Pi" in 1998, including "Black Swan" (2010), for which he received his sole Oscar nomination. (Aronofsky, whose filmography is defined by challenging, jet-black examinations of characters experiencing physical and psychological, has been better received by the Indie Spirits, from which he's landed five nominations and three wins.) The new project, planned for release in 2017, "centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at »
- Matt Brennan
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