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Darren Aronofsky the director of The Fountain

1 December 2006 12:55 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Darren Aronofsky is not your normal Hollywood director, if there is such a thing. In 1998 he came out with “Pi,” a low-budget film about the over-analyzing of numbers. In 2000 Aronofsky directed Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans and Ellen Burstyn in the dark, disturbing “Requiem for a Dream.” It remains one of the best cinematic showcases of destruction drug addictions. “The Fountain” is Aronofsky’s latest, but it has taken awhile to get the film to theaters. Originally, Brad Pitt was signed on and the budget was much bigger. But now with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz (Aronofsky’s girlfriend) and a budget of $35 million, “The Fountain” is set to release Wednesday, Nov. 22. The easiest way to describe the film is to say it’s a love story, adventure, drama and »

- Jeff Bayer

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'Feet,' 'Casino' keep hold; 'Deja Vu' settles in 3rd

28 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. Pictures' Happy Feet and Sony Pictures' Casino Royale were the toppers of the boxoffice for a second week in a row, reaping $37 million and $30.7 million, respectively, over the three-day weekend of the five-day holiday frame. The two pics dominated the Thanksgiving holiday frame, beating out newcomers by a wide margin. They also held on remarkably well, falling 11% and 25%, respectively.

However, the weekend wasn't all full of good cheer as the total grosses for the frame marked a down weekend compared with last year at this time. In fact, the boxoffice was down 2.2% for the three-day period compared with last Thanksgiving, when "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" pulled in $54.7 million, $80 million over the five-day frame.

Of the new releases, the Denzel Washington starrer Deja Vu was the highest-grossing film, pulling in $20.5 million for the three-day frame and a third-place finish in the boxoffice ranking. The PG-13 actioner, directed by Tony Scott, outgrossed 20th Century Fox's Deck the Halls by a sizable $8 million. Halls marked one of two releases from production company Regency Enterprises. The other film, Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, released by Warner Bros., wasn't much of an audience pleaser either. »

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A bountiful Thanksgiving spread

21 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With four wide releases bowing this Thanksgiving holiday frame and three strong holdovers looking for business, the North American boxoffice is going to be extremely crowded, and it remains to be seen whether that's a good thing.

Buena Vista Pictures is looking for action with its Tony Scott-directed Deja Vu, while New Line Cinema is enthusiastic about Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny. 20th Century Fox will unveil Deck the Halls, while Warner Bros. Pictures bows Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. The question is: Will audiences be so fatigued by the glut of product -- and movie advertising -- that they stay away from the theaters altogether?

Warners is likely to win the frame with the second week of Happy Feet. The animated penguin movie that has scored with critics and audiences will dominate this family-friendly frame, leaving the new releases scrambling against the strong holdovers of Sony Pictures' Bond hit Casino Royale and Fox's comedic romp Borat.

Casino and Deja Vu are likely to battle for second place; both are targeting a primarily male audience, which will make things interesting.

Deja Vu stars Denzel Washington as an ATF agent who is introduced to a secret government agency in an effort to prevent the crime he's working on from ever happening. »

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Sitges fest lures notable fantasy filmmakers

5 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Guillermo Del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Verhoeven and Brad Anderson are among the notable directors participating this year in what has become an essential international gathering for fantasy filmmakers, the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia. Sitges, which kicks off Friday, boasts an extensive list of world premieres of genre films, original sidebars and retrospectives and has elbowed its way into the big league, overcoming critics' reluctance to deem a festival dedicated to fantasy film a serious event. "We have unraveled the idea that genre movies are frivolous or freaky filmmaking and replaced it with serious, quality and important films that demand respect and attention," Sitges director Angel Sala explained. »

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'Fountain,' 'Empire' set for AFI

4 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain and David Lynch's Inland Empire will be featured as Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest 2006. In addition, the fest said Tuesday, it will present An Evening With Ed Zwick, with the director showing footage from his upcoming film, Blood Diamond. AFI Fest, which opens with Emilio Estevez's Bobby, runs Nov. 1-12 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. Inland Empire, starring Laura Dern in a dual role, will screen Nov. 3. Fountain, a time-travel love story, will screen Nov. 11 at Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre. As previously announced, Pedro Almodovar's Volver also will receive a gala screening Nov. 2. Zwick will speak about his career Nov. 8. »

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Hamptons sets lineup, honors

28 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 19-22, has unveiled its lineup of 53 features, a conversation with Robert Altman, career achievement awards for Ellen Burstyn and Ted Hope and festival panels with Christine Vachon and Darren Aronofsky. The fest opens with Philip Haas' Iraq war drama The Situation and closes with the Polish brothers' sci-fi drama The Astronaut. Between those films are six features in the Golden Starfish Feature competition and five in the Golden Starfish Documentary race. Narrative features vying for more than $190,000 in goods and in-kind services to be used toward the filmmakers' next feature are Brad Gann's coming-of-age drama Black Irish; Jens Lien's existential Norwegian feature, The Bothersome Man; Sven Taddicken's German romance, Emma's Bliss; Guy Moshe's slavery study, Holly; Dina Zvi-Riklis' intergenerational Israeli saga, Three Mothers; and Rajnesh Domalpalli's exploration of class divisions, Vanaja. »

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Hamptons sets lineup, honors

27 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 19-22, has unveiled its lineup of 53 features, a conversation with Robert Altman, career achievement awards for Ellen Burstyn and Ted Hope and festival panels with Christine Vachon and Darren Aronofsky. The fest opens with Philip Haas' Iraq war drama The Situation and closes with the Polish brothers' sci-fi drama The Astronaut. Between those films are six features in the Golden Starfish Feature competition and five in the Golden Starfish Documentary race. Narrative features vying for more than $190,000 in goods and in-kind services to be used toward the filmmakers' next feature are Brad Gann's coming-of-age drama Black Irish; Jens Lien's existential Norwegian feature, The Bothersome Man; Sven Taddicken's German romance, Emma's Bliss; Guy Moshe's slavery study, Holly; Dina Zvi-Riklis' intergenerational Israeli saga, Three Mothers; and Rajnesh Domalpalli's exploration of class divisions, Vanaja. »

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Hamptons gives Sloan nod to 'Fountain'

26 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Hamptons International Film Festival has given its $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award to writer/director Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, a $35 million sci-fi epic from Warner Bros. Pictures and Regency Enterprises. Now in its seventh year, the Sloan award goes to a feature that explores science and technology in new and realistic ways. The Fountain examines a man's quest to cure cancer in the woman he loves in a story set over several centuries. Aronofsky will accept the award at the fest, which runs from Oct. 18-22. »

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The Fountain

5 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

VENICE, Italy -- Early in The Fountain, writer-director Darren Aronofsky's flatulent dissertation on the benefits of dying, someone says, Death is the path to awe. Aw, shucks, isn't that what suicide bombers are led to believe?

Terrorism isn't on the filmmaker's mind, though. Aronofsky wants us to believe in a story about seeking the fountain of youth that covers three incarnations from the days of Spanish conquistadors to the present day and forward to the 26th century.

It has big names in Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn; fantastical sets featuring Mayan warriors, the tree of life and a bubble space ship that travels amid the stars; and a frame of reference that draws from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There's a biblical puzzle that needs deciphering, so if Warner Bros. Pictures in the U.S. and 20th Century Fox internationally can somehow tie a Da Vinci Code reference into their marketing, they might snag a quick boxoffice return. Otherwise, Zardoz anyone?

It might all be the fevered imagination of a medical researcher named Tommy (Jackman), whose gorgeous wife, Izzy (Weisz), has terminal brain cancer. He doesn't want her to die, naturally enough, and he thinks he might be able to prevent it if he can just get the right treatment for her.

He and his team are working on curing brain tumors, so he's in with a chance. Their work is on chimpanzees, though, which means he can just about get away with using an untested compound on an old chimp named Donovan, whereas he wouldn't be allowed to do that with his wife.

The compound has been brought back from the rain forest where in a previous life Tomas was a Spanish soldier trying to save Queen Isabella from wicked inquisitors. The Inquisition held that most people were sinners and headed straight for hell anyway, which lacks awe in any helpful sense.

When he's not being Tommy or Tomas, Jackman morphs into the future as Tom, an astronaut who resembles David Carradine in Kung Fu but without the pigtail. He wafts about in a bubble space ship and loiters near a large tree, the sap of which he hopes will save not only Queen Isabella but also Izzy.

His wife, meanwhile, has written a book (in perfect handwriting with no mistakes) about the Mayan connection between the tree of life and a nebula in space that, when it dies, brings about all kinds of new life.

The thing is, Izzy has come to accept that she's dying and is rather looking forward to it. There's lots of sonorous violin music to underline the wisdom of this, though it doesn't keep Tom from poncing about doing tai chi and yoga in a desperate attempt to find her a cure.

Jackman does everything required of him, and his range is quite admirable, while Weisz, who has nothing to prove, does looking gorgeous very nicely.

There seems to have been a missed opportunity with Donovan the chimp, who recovers nicely from his tumor. No awe in death for him. Pity they don't let him sing Mellow Yellow, though.

THE FOUNTAIN

Warner Bros. Pictures

A Protozoa Pictures/New Regency production

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Darren Aronofsky

Based on a story by: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel

Producers: Eric Watson, Arnon Milchan, Iain Smith

Executive producer: Nick Wechsler

Director of photography: Matthew Libatique

Production designer: James Chinlund

Music: Clint Mansell

Editor: Jay Rabinowitz

Cast:

Tomas, Tommy, Tom Creo: Hugh Jackman

Queen Isabella, Izzy Creo: Rachel Weisz

Dr. Lillian Guzetti: Ellen Burstyn.

MPAA rating R

Running time -- 96 minutes »

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Aronofsky's 'Fountain' at Sitges

5 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Darren Aronofsky will present his latest work, The Fountain, at the Sitges International Film Festival in the Fantastic Premiere Official Category on Oct. 11, organizers announced Tuesday as they unveiled four new titles for the section. The film will run out of competition, but ahead of its December release in Spain, qualifying it for the Premiere section. Roland Joffe's Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert with screenplay by Larry Cohen will get its worldwide debut at Sitges in the section, organizers said. »

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'Fountain' Booed at Venice

4 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British movie star Rachel Weisz was stunned when her new movie The Fountain was booed at its premiere at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. The film, directed by her fiance Darren Aronofsky, left the audience confused and disappointed - even though Weisz insists it is important to have something "different" on screen. The $35 million flop was snubbed repeatedly by movie studios until Warner Brothers decided to back it. The story spans 1,000 years and stars Hugh Jackman as a 16th century Spanish explorer, 21st century scientist and 26th century astronaut searching for the Fountain of Youth. Weisz, whose presence at the festival marked her first official public appearance since the birth of son Henry Chance in May, says, "I think it's wonderful that this film is so different. I would love to work with Darren again." »

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Paramount Swats at 'Flies' with Soprano Scribe

14 August 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > Black Flies > Darren Aronofsky > Todd A. Kessler > The Fountain > Requiem for a Dream The world behind the world. Those lives that we all see, but never experience. The pain that is reserved for the broken, the downtrodden, the lost. There seems to be a resurgence in interest in Hollywood for the seedier underbelly of our society and the heroes that reach into it to try to pluck life out without their sanity being drug down. Todd A. Kessler, formerly a scribe for the HBO hit 'Sopranos' has been tapped to pen Black Flies based on the unpublished memoirs of Shannon Burke, a former Emergency Medical Technician in Harlem. The story follows a young man who takes a job as an emergency medical technician on his path to entering medical school. While on the beat, he comes across an array of crises and misadventures. He also becomes close with his mentor, »

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Full 'Fountain' Trailer

24 July 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > The Fountain > Darren Aronofsky > Hugh Jackman > Rachel Weisz > View Full Trailer > Official Website > Buy Graphic Novel Its been a while since we'd seen footage from this film, but we all knew that after the release of it's poster last week the full length trailer for The Fountain couldn't be far behind. So head on over to Apple and treat yourself. Feels like a breath of fresh air is around the corner. For more info on this film read the following Synopsis or check out our Quick links to your left. Synopsis: The Fountain is an odyssey about one man’s thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th century Spain, where conquistador Tomas Creo (Hugh Jackman) commences his search for the Tree of Life, the legendary entity believed to grant eternal life to those who drink of its sap. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo, »

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Take a Sip from "The Fountain"!

14 July 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > The Fountain > Darren Aronofsky > Hugh Jackman > Rachel Weisz > View Larger Poster > View Trailer > Buy Graphic Novel It takes a long time to grow a long beard. It takes me 2 weeks before my stubble is thick enough to cover my skin so imagine how long it took Brad Pitt to grow his for the first attempt at making "The Fountain". Pretty long right? So when I say that Brad growing that beard was but the tiniest fraction of the time it took to concieve of and delevop the film, twice, you start to get a sense of how relieving it must be for the director to finally be within spitting distance of the films release. It now stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. The trailer we've seen looks super cool, we've got a graphic novel out on the shelves, which again, is super cool, and is apparently based »

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It's a Boy for Weisz

2 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is celebrating after giving birth to her first child on Wednesday. The English movie beauty, 35, and her American director fiance Darren Aronofsky welcomed a baby boy in a New York City hospital, near the couple's Manhattan home. The Constant Gardener star's spokeswoman Kelly Bush declined to give the baby's name or weight, but declared mother and baby were "happy, healthy, wonderful." Weisz started dating 37-year-old Aronofsky in 2001 and moved from her native London to live with him in New York. They announced their engagement last year. Weisz, who won an Academy Award in March for her performance in The Constant Gardener, stars in Aronofsky's forthcoming sci-fi drama The Fountain. »

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'Hole' wins Tropfest short film prize

1 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Matt Dillon and Naomi Watts presented the first Tropfest@Tribeca short film award to Matthew Bonifacio's drama The Watering Hole on Friday. The program, created by the Tribeca Film Festival and director John Polson's popular Australian shorts fest Tropfest, gave Bonifacio $2,500 and Apple Final Cut Pro filmmaking software. Five thousand viewers at the Tribeca Drive In viewed the eight competing shorts created especially for the event, hosted by Ed Helms of The Daily Show, along with eight shorts selected from the Aussie fest. "The turnout tonight at the first Tropfest@Tribeca exceeded my expectations," said Polson. "I think everyone had a fantastic time watching the work of these eight filmmakers with the Hudson River in the background. It couldn't have been any better." The award jury also included Darren Aronofsky, Caroline Baron, Famke Janssen, Anthony LaPaglia and Charles Randolph. »

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Tribeca Photo Diary: Tropfest@Tribeca

29 April 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Tropfest@Tribeca New York, NY April 29, 2006 – The Tribeca Film Festival and John Polson, director (Swimfan, Hide & Seek) and founder of Tropfest, announced today the winner of the first ever Tropfest@Tribeca. The Daily Show’s Ed Helms hosted the evening and a jury of seven judges including Darren Aronofsky, Caroline Baron, Matt Dillon, Famke Janssen, Anthony Lapaglia, Charles Randolph, and Naomi Watts screened the films and chose the winner. Festival creator director John Polson Jury: Actor Matt Dillion Jury: Actor: Anthony Lapaglia Jury: Actress Naomi Watts (Liev Schreiber on shoulder) Jury: Actress Famke Janssen Matt Dillon and Naomi Watts announced Matthew Bonifacio’s The Watering Hole, as the winner in front of 5000 people at the Tribeca Drive In at the World Financial Center. The Watering Hole tells the story of a young girl who makes the ultimate sacrifice to stop her father's downward spiral into depression and alcoholism »

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Uni bags Sussman 'Hunt' pitch

17 April 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal Pictures has pre-emptively acquired Lucas Sussman's pitch The Hunt. The studio paid mid- against high-six figures for the horror thriller for Darren Aronofsky and Eric Watson to produce through their Universal-based Protozoa Pictures shingle. SekretAgent Prods.' Dooma Wendschuh and Corey May also are set to produce. The supernatural adventure centers on the world's greatest hunter, who sets out to capture the ultimate beast: the devil himself. »

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Aronofsky inks first-look deal with Uni family

16 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Darren Aronofsky has signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures. The deal calls for Aronofsky, producer partner Eric Watson and their Protozoa Pictures to not only develop and produce pictures for Universal but also for sister companies Focus Features and Rogue Pictures. "Darren and Eric are truly gifted filmmakers and have a voice that is distinct, daring, and uniquely their own," Universal president of production Jon Gordon said. "I have wanted to be in business with these guys for a long time so being able to have them call the Universal family home makes me very proud." Protozoa has no projects yet at Universal but an announcement is expected soon. »

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Aronofsky inks first-look deal with Uni family

16 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Darren Aronofsky has signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures. The deal calls for Aronofsky, producer partner Eric Watson and their Protozoa Pictures to not only develop and produce pictures for Universal but also for sister companies Focus Features and Rogue Pictures. "Darren and Eric are truly gifted filmmakers and have a voice that is distinct, daring, and uniquely their own," Universal president of production Jon Gordon said. "I have wanted to be in business with these guys for a long time so being able to have them call the Universal family home makes me very proud." Protozoa has no projects yet at Universal but an announcement is expected soon. »

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