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Marlon Wayans' career is shockingly diverse, considering he's been in everything from "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" and "Mo' Money" to "Requiem for a Dream" and "The Ladykillers." But he's back to his old insane comic stylings in "A Haunted House 2," a spoof of horror movies like "The Conjuring," and that means he's plenty vulgar, plenty weird, and plenty naked, actually. We caught up with Wayans (who is only 41 even though he's been famous for 20+ years) to discuss making child actors say vulgar things, writing nude scenes for himself, and why dramatic movies are much easier to film than comedies. »
- Louis Virtel
Actor/writer Marlon Wayans is best known for his frequent collaborations with his older brothers Keenan, Damon, and Shawn in successful comedies such as Scary Movie, White Chicks (where he dressed as a Caucasian female), and Little Man (as a baby with Marlon Wayan’s head) and The Wayans Bros TV show. Marlon has had the opportunity to flex his acting chops in roles for more acclaimed directors such as Darren Aranofsky in Requiem For A Dream and the Cohen Brothers in The Lady Killers. He’s even tried his hand at action stardom with GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Last year Wayans wrote, produced, and starred in the spoof A Haunted House which cost just 2 ½ million dollars and grossed over 40 million. A Haunted House 2 opens nationwide this Friday, April 18th. Wayans was in St. Louis promoting the sequel and hosted a screening here on March 16th. I »
- Tom Stockman
There's an insane parody of kids' rainy-day activity books making the rounds this week that lets you color scenes from some well-known movies – which doesn't seem at all unusual until you discover that the scenes depicted within its pages aren't taken from the latest Disney/Pixar blockbuster, but from some of the darkest, least kid-friendly classic movies ever made. Images © Todd Spence Mock-up pages from the aptly titled Bleak Movies Coloring Book by Todd Spence are currently posted at Break.com... and although a full book doesn't actually exist yet, one flip through these samples convinced me that I'd gladly fork over the cash for the real deal, then grab a carton of Crayolas and go to town. Images © Todd Spence No child's delicate psyche is left un-mangled after browsing through line-drawn panels depicting scenes from The Exorcist, The Shining, Se7en, The Fly, Reservoir Dogs and Requiem for a Dream. »
- Gregory Burkart
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world.
This is a film review. I’ve not read The Bible, I’m not a religious person in the slightest although I have no issue in any way, shape or form with those who are. If you watch Noah because you have even the vaguest interest in the Bible story on which it is based, and wish to discuss, argue, or debate the merits of the film based on this, that is entirely your prerogative. I, however, watched it solely because it is the latest film from director Darren Aronofsky, a film maker I admire greatly, »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
Boy do I love me some crazy. I’m such a fan of enormous, garish spectacles. Movies like David Lynch’s Dune that are just so wildly over the top that you wonder how they ever came to be. In the final scenes when Kyle MacLachlan if riding a giant worm into battle to a smooth rock soundtrack provided by Toto, you just marvel at all the insanity you watch unfolding in front of you. Or any of the big budget works from the warped mind of Terry Gilliam. I could watch The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen or Time Bandits a thousand times. We are given »
- Gary Collinson
If you’ve been anywhere near the internet these past few days, you’ll have heard something about Noah, the new film from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. The film has opened in America to generally positive reviews, and generated a fair amount of controversy surrounding its relationship to the original Biblical narrative of the Flood. Suffice to say, opinions vary throughout the Christian church, and the dialogue thus created has done nothing but improve the film’s chances of commercial success.
As a Christian, I do take an interest in the way that films and other media portray Biblical stories and characters – but I’m not going to talk about that today. Because in amongst that potential fire-storm of abuse, we have Jennifer Connelly reuniting with the two men who were there at the peak of her career – Aronofsky, who directed her in Requiem for a Dream, »
- Daniel Mumby
Noah review: Is the Biblical epic movie gold?
After a flood of stories around battles over the final cut and religious controversy, Darren Aronofsky's Noah sailed to the top of the Us box office with impressive opening weekend takings of $44 million.
Digital Spy sat down with actors Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone to discuss the psychologically and visually stunning take on the Biblical story of one man tasked with preserving a pair of every species on the planet...
"It's not going to be the story that you think you know," explained Russell Crowe, who plays the titular character facing a horrendous moral conflict. "Most people that you talk to, literally their understanding of 'Noah' is from children's books, not from The Bible."
"Any piece of art that can make people willingly go into a conversation about our stewardship of the Earth, our relationship to animals and what is spirituality… »
The key to interviewing a formidably talented individual, whose work you have greatly admired your entire adult life, is to not think about the specifics of that work while you’re talking to them. In the case of Clint Mansell, for example, don’t think about the haunting strings of Requiem For A Dream’s ‘Lux Aeterna,’ or the perfect guitar riffs of Smokin’ Aces. Definitely don’t think about that scene in Moon either, where Gerty explains to Sam that, in reality, he has no meaningful existence – and your tears are 50% Sam Rockwell’s heart-breaking performance, and 50% Clint Mansell’s mournful piano melodies.
Thankfully, Mr. Mansell is an interviewee that would put even the most nervous interviewer at ease – as he was ready and willing to engage, with thoughtful and passionate insights about his career and experiences. Speaking on the eve of the Us release of his latest film, »
- Sarah Myles
Easily one of the most talked about new releases of the moment is Noah. The film directed by Darren Aronofsky, the brilliant mind behind Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler and Pi, has been eating up the column inches, thanks mainly to the films controversial biblical subject matter.
Everyone knows the story of honest man Noah who is set a mission to create an ark by God; playing Noah in the film is Russell Crowe. The trailer promises a lot of epic destruction, and a battle of wits between Crowe’s Noah and Ray Winstone, the leader of the ‘bad’ humans that God has chosen to forsake. The rest of Noah’s family is made up with the likes of Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.
Biblical names have always been popular choices,;Hollywood is littered with Johns, Michaels and Davids, yet Noah – easily one of the more memorable characters from the book, »
- Kat Smith
I suppose you can’t make a movie about a global flood and a man building an ark to store all of the animals of the world without people drawing the comparison to the story of Noah from the bible. That’s a shame though because there’s an interesting movie in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah that might never get it’s due because it is so divorced from the story we’ve all heard a million times that I fear it’ll never get a chance. This is a story everyone knows and changing the answer to questions like “Why did God flood the earth?” or “How many people were on the ark?” or even “How many rock monsters are in this story?”
- Arthur Tebbel
The term "visionary" is bandied around all-too-frequently, but in the case of Aronofsky he really does fit the bill. Frequently tackling men and women plunging into psychological turmoil, the filmmaker has cemented himself as one of the top American directors across just six features.
Whether he's exploring a mathematician with a power drill pointed at his head in Pi or life, death and rebirth through The Fountain, Aronofsky always delivers a unique movie-going experience. With Noah in cinemas this week, Digital Spy takes a look at six draw-dropping scenes from Aronofsky's back catalogue...
A screeching soundtrack and some dynamic visual imagery (thanks to Aronofsky's pioneering "Snorricam" technique) heighten the pressure and paranoia on number cruncher Max Cohen as he »
So, why should you tune in to the second season of Inside Amy Schumer, which premieres Tuesday night on Comedy Central? Simple: “You’ll laugh for 30 minutes,” Schumer tells EW. “I would say only watch it if you enjoy laughing.”
Point taken. When pressed, though, the sketch show’s creator and star did come up with a few more specific highlights — including season 2′s greatest guest stars (Paul Giamatti!), targets (Aaron Sorkin!), interviewees (a phone sex operator!), and, perhaps most importantly, its effect on Schumer’s own desirability. (Though clearly, that’s not the word she uses.)
1. It might save »
- Hillary Busis
A new film from director Darren Aronofsky seems to automatically conjure the word “controversy”, along with the thrilling prospect of aligning yourself with one side or the other, or perhaps the sour feeling that all the lecturing and critiquing comes at the expense of the actual art. The appalling depiction of an ugly humanity in Requiem for a Dream (2000) caused just as much head-scratching as the more obviously oblique efforts Pi (1998) and The Fountain (2006); Black Swan (2010) ignited an uncomfortably public debate (read: infantile insult-exchange) between Aronofsky and New York Press critic Armond White. The announcement that Aronofsky’s next film would be Noah, a big-budget retelling of the biblical flood and the famous ark, seemed an invitation for controversy to reappear, this time riding through the open floodgates on a valiant wave of religious fervor.
And some critics tried – really hard – to take this promise of controversy and »
- Matt Hannigan
Thank God (seriously) for Darren Aronofsky.
In his flawed, fascinating and altogether extraordinary “Noah,” this ever-audacious filmmaker has given us a bold and singular vision of Old Testament times — a picture that dares to handle a sacred text not with the clunky messages and stiff pieties we’ve come to expect from so much so-called “Christian cinema,” but rather with a thrilling sense of personal investment and artistic risk. Crucially, Aronofsky approaches Scripture not with a purist’s reverence but with a provocateur’s respect, teasing out the hard, soul-searching questions that the Word of God, if you take it as such (and I do), was always meant to inspire. He has made a gravely powerful, fully committed, sometimes blisteringly angry film that will fit few Christians’ preconceptions of what a biblical epic should look, sound or feel like, and believe me when I say that this is cause not for condemnation, »
- Justin Chang
Review Ryan Lambie 31 Mar 2014 - 06:32
From the moment an army of angels crashes to Earth from heaven, only to emerge from the loam as stone-clad giants, it’s clear that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is no ordinary Hollywood epic. This is a Biblical film for the Game Of Thrones generation, a myth for viewers more familiar with the books of Tolkien than the Book of Genesis.
Russell Crowe stars as a battle-ready Noah, who scratches out a grim existence in a pre-flood world that’s part Sunday school story, part Mad Max; the soil is barren, food is scarce, and humanity has descended into feral madness. The planet is overrun by the sons of Cain, the first murderer, and his descendants - led by a seething Ray Winstone as Tubal-Cain - have stripped the landscape of its resources. »
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 »
- Jason Barr
Having made movies about obsessive characters looking for God — or something like Him — in the numerology of the Kabbalah (“Pi”), at the end of a heroin needle (“Requiem for a Dream”), and in the outer reaches of the galaxy (“The Fountain”), surely it was only a matter of time before Darren Aronofsky got to making one about a man with a direct line to the Creator. And so we have “Noah,” in which the world’s most famous shipwright becomes neither the Marvel-sized savior suggested by the posters nor the “environmentalist wacko” prophesied by some test-screening Cassandras, but rather a humble servant driven to the edge of madness in his effort to do the Lord’s bidding. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but by no means sacrilegious, Aronofsky’s uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale will surely polarize critics and audiences while riding a »
- Variety Staff
It's been nearly a decade since director Darren Aronofsky first announced plans for his own take of the biblical myth of "Noah" and his famous ark. But according to "The Fountain" and "Requiem for a Dream" director, it wasn't until the project had a cast in place that the vision for the film really started to gel. "The day we cast Russell Crowe, it all changed," Aronofsky told MTV News during the L.A. Junket for ...
By Charles Webb »
After years of appearing in a succession of truly terrible movies from How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days to Failure to Launch to Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey has done an amazing job of reinventing himself in the public imagination as a hugely talented and in-demand actor. Finally fulfilling the promise he showed in the early days of Dazed and Confused, McConaughey’s run of films involving Killer Joe, Mud and Magic Mike resulted in an Oscar last month for Dallas Buyers Club.
This so-called “McConaissance” has generated plenty of column inches and enormous amounts of media discussion, but the Interstellar star is not the only actor to have hit a rich vein of form of late after years of uninspiring films. While critics and the Academy have been falling over themselves to shower McConaughey in praise, these six actors have been quietly enjoying their own career renaissances. »
- Jack Gann
Controversy has been swirling, like so many storm clouds, around "Noah," the new biblical epic by "Black Swan" filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Any time Hollywood tackles the bible, feathers are going to be ruffled (get it?), and that was certainly the case this time around. Things were certainly strained throughout production, with Aronofsky and the studio going back and forth between which version would be released in theaters (the director now claims the movie is "98%" his).
Well, despite some objections, "Noah" is now upon us, in all of its glory. Russell Crowe plays the titular ark builder, with Jennifer Connelly playing his wife, Anthony Hopkins playing his grandfather, and Emma Watson playing his adopted daughter (also there are people like Frank Langella and Nick Nolte who contribute vocal performances). Even if you think you know the story, Aronofsky manages to spice things up, for sure.
But will this biblical epic sink or float to the surface? »
- Drew Taylor
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