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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
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Captain Picard in a festive holiday mood; the ultimate Christmas movie super cut; Ron Burgundy interviews Peyton Manning; and Dave Chen from /Film explains Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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The Ultimate Christmas Movie Supercut
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- Justin Vactor
Noah has released a second international trailer.
The trailer centres around Noah's dreams of the oncoming flood and his confrontation with his fellow humans destined to die in the cataclysm.
The film has caused controversy during test screenings with predominantly Jewish and Christian audiences, and Aronofsky has reportedly been resistant to the changes suggested by Paramount Pictures.
Noah will be released on March 28, 2014. »
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah began making waves (pun!) from the moment the filmmaker announced his intention to see the project through to the end. However, this version of the Noah’s Ark story isn’t so much a purist adaptation of the tale as presented in the Bible (or even other ancient flood myths), but a cinematic treatment of the graphic novel that Aronofsky co-wrote with Ari Handel – his collaborator on The Fountain comic book (and subsequent movie adaptation) – based on Aronofsky’s older script draft.
Noah takes place in a brutal and savage world, one where the surviving remnants of the human race are constantly at war and much of the land has been devastated. Indeed, it’s not altogether clear when the film takes place, as costar Emma Watson (Harry Potter) has even argued in the past that (with ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Fighting, dying, hoping, hating … great sports films are about far more than sport itself. Here Guardian and Observer critics pick their 10 best
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Lindsay Anderson brought to bear on his adaptation of David Storey's first novel, all the poetic-realist instincts he had been honing for the previous decade as a documentarian in the Humphrey Jennings mould. (Anderson had won the 1953 best doc Oscar for Thursday's Children.) Filmed partly in Halifax and Leeds, but mainly in and around Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Club, one of its incidental attractions is its record of a northern, working-class sports culture that would change out of all recognition over the next couple of decades.
The story of Frank Machin, a miner who becomes a star on the rugby field, »
Where aren’t you Hugh? TNT has announced that its annual Christmas in Washington special will be hosted by Hugh Jackman. The holiday concert special will air on December 20th at 8:00 p.m. (Et/Pt), and will feature some very special performers, including: Anna Kendrick, Sheryl Crow, Backstreet Boys, and more.
This has long been one of my favorite holiday traditions, and has offered up some of the most entertaining performers, and all-around enjoyable evenings for years.
That tradition continues (well, quite frankly, I’m not a fan of Backstreet Boys) this year with not only some great performances, but you can’t go wrong with Hugh Jackman running your show, whatever it is. Right? I can’t wait for Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick is a surprisingly awesome singer, and you don’t want to miss Pat Monahan.
Catch all the info below, and let me know if you’ll be tuning in. »
- Marc Eastman
"You could be brilliant, but you're a coward" – Thomas
Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan won an Oscar. It won awards at the Venice film festival, the Screen Actors Guild awards and the New York Film Critics Circle. It won a Golden Globe and a Bafta. It won two Teen Choice awards. If that wasn't enough, it was also one of the 20 biggest grossing movies of 2010, taking almost $330m worldwide. To put that into perspective, a deliberately obtuse thriller about a mentally ill ballerina took $25m more than the last Die Hard film. Black Swan was a critical and commercial sensation.
Three years have passed since Black Swan was released. All the heat and hype and context »
- Stuart Heritage
You will find few more passionate advocates for Darren Aronofsky's work online than me. One of the first times I was quoted in a campaign for a film was for "The Fountain," and I couldn't have been more excited about it. I knew that movie was a hard-sell, but I also felt like it was something special, and anything I could do to help was my genuine pleasure. Both "The Wrestler" and "Black Swan" topped my list of the year's best films when they came out, and they felt like a huge step for Aronofsky, movies that tapped some nerve with »
- Drew McWeeny
Ja from Mnpp here, taking a look at the first trailer for Darren Aronofsky's bible-epic Noah, giving us the titular tale of one man, one god, two of every animal, and a whole bunch of water. There have been whispers of a battle between the studio and the director over the film's tone - they want it to play straight for the church crowds and that Passion of the Christ money, while Darren Aronofsky, well, is Darren Aronofsky, and I think he probably doesn't have a lot of interest in not complicating Ye Olde Tale a little bit. Well now we've got an inkling, two and a half minutes of inkling, what's what. .
. So let's break that sucker down into Nat's patented three-tiered system.
-- Darren Aronofsky, of course - I might be more pro-Aronofsky than a lot of you, so perhaps you should take my opinion on »
Russell Crowe takes centre stage as the eponymous figure, and if you had any concerns that Aronofsky would have trouble creating a scope worthy of the tale of the Flood, then this trailer should definitely put those worries to bed. Visually, it looks to be every bit as epic as you’d hope.
Jennifer Connelly heads up a very promising supporting cast as Crowe’s on-screen wife, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Kevin Durand, Marton Csokas, Mark Margolis, and Dakota Goyo.
- Kenji Lloyd
The first trailer for Noah has been released.
Darren Aronofsky's upcoming biblical epic retells the story of Noah, an ordinary man who has a divine vision foretelling the apocalypse, and tries to warn people to cease their mistreatment of the Earth.
Noah (Russell Crowe), his wife (Jennifer Connelly), his grandfather (Anthony Hopkins) and his children (Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Emma Watson) become the sole survivors of a titanic flood, and are left to fend for themselves in the wilderness.
The film has sparked controversy during test screenings with predominantly Jewish and Christian audiences, and Aronofsky is reportedly resistant to the changes suggested by studio Paramount.
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"My father said that one day, if man continued in his ways, the creator would annihilate this world." Following yesterday's tease and first poster, the amazing first full trailer for Noah from The Fountain and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has arrived. The film shows just how the story of Noah (Russell Crowe) building an ark to survive an enormous flood has been expanded, complete with Ray Winstone and an army of savages opposed to his plan handed down from God. We get a good glimpse at Anthony Hopkins as Noah's father along with Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and all record-setting Ilm created animals boarding the ship. This looks gorgeous, intense and just plain spectacular! Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, originally from Apple: And here's another awesome international trailer for Noah with more footage direct from Paramount: In Darren Aronofsky's take on the Biblical tale, »
- Ethan Anderton
Paramount has released the first trailer for Noah, the new film from Darren Aronofsky starring Russell Crowe as Noah, based on the Biblical story of Noah's Ark. Aronofsky co-wrote the screenplay with Ari Handel, whom he collaborated with on The Fountain, and it was later revised by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo). In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah (Crowe) is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The film co-stars Finn Wittrock, Douglas Booth, Dakota Goyo, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Kevin Durand, Marton Csokas, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly. Check out the first look directly below. Noah is set for a March 28 release date. Check out the trailer directly below. Domestic Trailer International Trailer »
- Brad Brevet
It's been reported recently that director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount have been clashing over the final cut of his forthcoming biblical epic/environmentalist action movie "Noah," particularly following some troubling test screenings in New York, Arizona and California. But very little of that matters after watching the new trailer (you can watch the domestic version above and an international cut, with slightly different footage and a much better font, below); it's going to be a jaw-dropper.
In the movie, Russell Crowe plays Noah, Anthony Hopkins is his father Methuselah, Jennifer Connolly is Naameh, Noah's foxy wife, and Emma Watson is Ila, Noah's foxy adopted daughter. The word "foxy daughter" is actually straight out of the bible, so I'm not being sacrilegious here. Ray Winstone plays Tubal-cain, Noah's nemesis and the seeming leader of all of those earthly folks who would rather not die in a cataclysmic flood. »
- Drew Taylor
“It was the film I wanted to make. Of all my movies, to the people that are fans, it’s almost like a cult religion, they get tattoos and I’m constantly getting long letters from people saying it helped them come to terms with something.” Seven years after the lukewarm theatrical release of “The Fountain,” director Darren Aronofsky looks upon his passion project starring Hugh Jackman as a fulfilling endeavor, but no doubt remains that its path to existence was enormously difficult. Surviving cast and budget changes over many years before it began production, the sci-fi drama retains a backstory to match its ambitious scope—one that filmmaker/photographer Niko Tavernise has put online for interested parties. A friend and collaborator of Aronofsky’s since the director’s first feature, “Pi,” Tavernise has attained a comfortable role and unique, in-depth perspective on the behind-the-scenes workings of each film since then. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
In existentialism, the most basic idea is that the individual is solely responsible for applying meaning in his or her own life, coming to terms with the material world, and living as authentically as possible. With this article, it’s my intent to dissect five films by Darren Aronofsky in exploring theme and focusing on how each protagonist is responsible for both finding and applying meaning in their own lives. Very rarely in cinema are we allowed to truly explore the psyche of our protagonists, and that’s part of what makes Aronofsky’s films so honest. Regarding tone, all five films carry a certain gravitas about them that can feel suffocating. It’s in these claustrophobic moments that the struggle for authenticity, for meaning, are traversed and analyzed.
- Sergio Bravo Jr.
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
With Noah, director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain) has apparently made what can best be described as a "Darren Aronofsky movie". Word surrounding the pic suggests he's taken the Biblical character and turned him into something of an extreme environmentalist. Aronofsky has said as much in the past, saying "Noah was the first environmentalist" and adding, "Hopefully they'll let me make it." Well, they did, and apparently some aspects aren't going over so well in certain circles as test screenings have started to take place. A major piece of contention seems to be the film's third act, which The Hollywood Reporter says may have the potential of alienating the huge Christian audience while screenings in New York (for a largely Jewish audience), in Arizona (Christians) and in Orange County, Calif. (general public) have all "generated troubling reactions". I hadn't heard of it until now, but apparently faith-based »
- Brad Brevet
Mixed reactions at test screenings for key demographics credited for wrangle over final cut of Biblical epic starring Russell Crowe as the ark-man
With a high-profile cast including Russell Crowe as everybody's favourite antediluvian patriarch, it has been billed as a blockbuster fantasy spectacular to resurrect the biblical epic for the 21st century. But Darren Aronofsky's Noah looks to be running into trouble after it emerged that the American auteur director of Black Swan and The Wrestler is embroiled in a fight for control of his ambitious new film with studio Paramount.
The problem, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is that the two key demographics identified by producers as critical to the box office office success of the film have both reacted negatively at test screenings. Christian viewers in Arizona did not much like it, possibly because the movie plays fast and loose with its biblical subject matter, and »
- Ben Child
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