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The film industry is a largely secular area, but that trend has waned in recent years with the multiple religious-based movies coming down the pipeline. Now it appears that it’s Lionsgates turn to hop on the bandwagon as they’ve announced a new project that their working on, titled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Despite the title, the movie might not paint Jesus as the Son of God like other films have. Reza Aslan, a Muslim religious scholar, wrote the book with the intention of exploring Jesus and his life in a historical, humanistic context. That doesn’t mean that the film won’t feature any of the man’s many miracles (raising the dead, walking on water), but Aslan’s intention is to portray Jesus in a “Humanisitic, as opposed to religious, context,” which might have some up in arms.
“Reza Aslan has written »
- Christopher Sheridan
As the Icelandic Film Fund is battling proposed government cuts of 40% for 2014, a group of filmmakers has signed a statement of support for the Icelandic industry.
As Screen previously reported, more than 200 jobs could be lost because of the proposed cuts. In its 2014 budget, the Icelandic government is proposing a 40% cut to the Icelandic Film Fund, the organisation that supports Icelandic filmmaking through screenwriting, development and production grants. This is the second time in recent years that the Icelandic government has planned to deliver such a blow to local industry — In 2010 the government had proposed a 35% cut to the fund, but eventually enacted 25%.
The second round of budget talks will be held on Dec 13 (Friday) with the final bill to be voted on next week.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
A Boston native living between Tangier and New York, Sean Gullette, the star of Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi,” made a bold directorial debut with “Traitors,” a suspense-packed thriller starring promising newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha as the leader of a punk rock band who becomes a drug mule.
While in Marrakech to present “Traitors” in competition over last weekend, Gullette sat down to discuss his experience shooting in Morocco and revealed details on his sophomore project, “Tangier,” which will star Kristin Scott Thomas and Jeremy Irons. Sold by Paris-based Rezo, “Traitors” world-preemed at Venice and played at Stockholm.
Variety: How did you get the idea for “Traitors”? It’s a pretty unusual pitch.
Gullette: It started out with a 30-minute short film I made in 2010 about this character of Malika, the leader of a punk rock band in Tangier who has a strong vision of herself and her world. It was »
- Elsa Keslassy
Can the Wachowskis take the space opera format to the next level? Watch the trailer here and tell us what you think
If the Wachowski siblings' latest sci-fi fantasy extravaganza, Jupiter Ascending, had arrived soon after their Matrix trilogy, one imagines it might have got pretty short shrift from the critics. The debut trailer, which hit the web today, has borrowed so many tropes and archetypes from their earlier saga that few would be surprised if stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum were to begin fighting in bullet time or spouting sub-Lewis Carroll homilies.
There's the downtrodden ingenue – Kunis's Russian cleaner stepping in for Keanu Reeves's bored computer programmer – who suddenly finds the layers of reality peeled back to reveal a whole new world at which he or she inexplicably sits at the apex. There's the charismatic, cyberpunky warrior type (Tatum's feisty Caine subbing for Carrie-Anne Moss's slinky »
- Ben Child
Harry Potter's Emma Watson spotted ragged out in new 'Noah' Bible story movie pic. Yay! So,it's time to see what else former Harry Potter starlet, Emma Watson, has been up to with this new movie pic from the new drama flick, "Noah," based on the popular Bible story. The pic shows Emma Watson, looking pretty ragged out in old Bible days clothes,playing one of the adopted daughters of Noah,played by Russell Crowe. Emma's character is named ILa, according to IMDb. The movie stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth ,and Anthony Hopkins. The new flick is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Darren Aronofsky and »
Sneak Peek more new images, plus all the footage released to date from director Darren Aronofsky's upcoming feature "Noah", starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
"......in a world ravaged by human sin, 'Noah' is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood..."
Screenplay is by Aronofsky, Ari Handel and John Logan. Producers are Scott Franklin, Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures and Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment.Executive producers are Handel, Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham.
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- Michael Stevens
Paramount has released a handful of photos showcasing this film, based on the graphic novel "Noah" by Darren Aronofsky, based on the Biblical story of Noah, based on the epic of Gilgamesh. But something about this re-telling of the fall of the cradle of civilization — aka Mesopotamia aka the Middle East — seems amiss. But what could it be?! Could it be the copious amounts of deciduous trees in what should be an arid, almost desert-like climate? Copyright Paramount Pictures No that's not it. After all, maybe Noah cutting down every tree in the known world is what turned the »
- Donna Dickens
Noah: The trailers for Darren Aronofsky's Noah have showed off its impressive scale, and now new images provide us with closer looks at the characters and action. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins star; the movie floods into theaters on March 28, 2014. [The Playlist] Warcraft: Ben Foster, who makes a very strong impression in this month's Lone Survivor, will star alongside Dominic Cooper in the fantasy adventure Warcraft. Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is directing the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game; Foster and Cooper join Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton. The movie is scheduled for release on March 11, 2016. [The Wrap] The Jungle Book: Even as Disney prepares a new, family-friendly...
- Peter Martin
There was a lot of buzz for Noah when the first trailer was released last month, and now several new images from Darren Aronofsky's highly anticipated film have landed online, courtesy of Heck Yeah Russell Crowe. There's a little bit of everything in these new pictures: Russell Crowe running around like a mad man in the rain, Darren Aronofsky showing Crowe something on his camera, Emma Watson playing with grass by a stream and Jennifer Connelly looking like she's »
- Jesse Giroux
2014 may well be the year of the ancient action epic. In addition to the two Hercules-centric action-adventures (Kellan Lutz’s The Legend of Hercules and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars) set to storm theaters, we’re also expecting highly-anticipated midquel 300: Rise of an Empire, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Ridley Scott’s Exodus and, of course, historical disaster flick Pompeii.
The final trailer for that aforementioned film, directed by Resident Evil helmer Paul W.S. Anderson, recently premiered online. Focusing heavily on the considerable special effects in the movie, the preview also finds time to highlight its leading man, Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington, and more specifically, his washboard abs.
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I’m hesitant to say that I’m excited for Pompeii, particularly given Anderson’s reputation for delivering second-rate action flicks (the Resident Evils, The Three Musketeers), but the special effects and cast both look surprisingly solid. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Another international trailer and brand new stills have surfaced for Darren Aronofsky’s spiritual adaptation of Noah, which offers a new look at the story of Noah’s Ark. Russell Crowe takes the title role during a time when the world ravaged by human sin as he is given a divine mission by the Lord to build an Ark and save creation from the coming flood.
Noah is the first of a number of forthcoming films set to breath new life into the ‘Biblical epic’. Others in the pipeline include Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale; Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur and Christopher Spencer’s Son Of God.
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- Craig Hunter
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- Justin Vactor
What’s it take to outrace the end of the world? Well, if the end of the world happens to come in the form of a world-destroying flood, then building your own giant boat will sure help. That’s what Russell Crowe’s Noah character does in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”. It’s supposedly based on a bestselling book or sumthin’. I dunno, I don’t read, cause reading’s hard. Check out four new images from the film. I wonder what Russell’s doing running in the rain with his mouth open? Trying to catch water, perhaps? Maybe he’s thirsty… The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, Sami Gayle, Douglas Booth, Mark Margolis, Kevin Durand, Dakota Goyo, and Ray Winstone. The rain falls next »
The waters will rise, and God will unleash his furious vengeance next spring....at least at a multiplex near you. Darren Aronofsky is bringing "Noah" to the big screen and numerous (slightly varying) international trailers have surfaced in the past few weeks. And today, a few more images have washed ashore for the Biblical epic. The new pics center on Russell Crowe's titular Noah and Emma Watson's Ila, who plays the love interest of Shem (Logan Lerman), Noah's son. But if the trailers are anything to go by (though they could just be putting a famous face into the marketing) her role is a bit more central to the story, but we'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, the new pics also show a brief bit of action, and Jennifer Connelly as Noah's very understanding wife. The film will welcome audiences in pairs on March 28, 2014. [Heck Yeah Russell Crowe/Emma Watson Photos] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Noah is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo). Scott Franklin and Aronofsky of Protozoa Pictures, along with Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment, will produce the film. The film will be executive produced by Ari Handel (Black Swan), Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham (Inception, Argo). Noah is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins. It hits theaters March 28th, 2014. »
Noah is an adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. Subject to divine visions foretelling the end of the world, Noah attempts to tell his people to cease their mistreatment of the earth in order to be saved. No one listens to his warnings, and Noah and his family are cast out to fend for themselves in the wilderness. Noah approaches a race of giant six-armed angels known as the Watchers to rally them to his cause. The screenplay for Noah was written by director Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan. Also starring Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Kevin Durand, Douglas Booth »
- Pietro Filipponi
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
When Darren Aronofsky built his own ark for Noah, he actually made it bigger than the original Biblical specifications. If the footage that we’ve seen so far is any indication, then the film itself also seems to elaborate on the Biblical story of a man, a flood, and a whole boatload of animals.
Today sees the release of a new international trailer for Noah, which is geared specifically for the Japanese market, and includes some Japanese voiceover and subtitles that I presume properly translates the platitudes being howled by Russell Crowe and his arch-nemesis Ray Winstone.
Beyond the requisite visions of death and destruction, Noah also has to deal with a number of angry heathens (I think), sweeping earthly destruction, and the logistics of getting all those animals onto that little bitty ark. While this trailer is largely composed of scenes that we already saw with the first domestic trailer, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After seeing a vision from God of a massive flood that could destroy the Earth, Noah (Russell Crowe) goes on an epic quest in the latest international trailer. Although you will have to be fluent in Japanese to understand the narration, this video shows new footage of director Darren Aronofsky's adventure, co-starring Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone.
Noah comes to theaters March 28th, 2014 and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky. »
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We’d love to shout through the streets like good patriots, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” The problem is that these 13 British celebrities were so sexy, so talented and so charming that we kind of totally surrendered to them in 2013.
2013 was a banner year for British entertainers in the United States. Not only did the 13 celebs on our list manage to cross the pond, but they also conquered our hearts. Emma Watson reinvented herself from Hogwarts sweetheart to Hollywood starlet by starring in The Bling Ring, Benedict Cumberbatch was seemingly everywhere, and One Direction not only didn’t fall into a slump–they solidified themselves as a veritable pop phenomenon.
- Meghan O'Keefe
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