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Believe it or not, Aronofsky's Noah got an award nomination this morning. It didn't land a nod in any of the major categories, but it did receive a nomination for Best Song for Patti Smith's "Mercy Is." That's probably the biggest honor the film will receive (perhaps it could get an Oscar nomination in the same category), but that film is in the past for director Darren Aronofsky now, and the filmmaker behind The Fountain and Black Swan is lining up new projects. He's already working on an adaptation of the MaddAddam trilogy at HBO, but Tracking Board reports his company Protozoa is adapting the book The Good Nurse. Read on! Update! We've been informed by publicity that Aronofsky is attached to produce with first refusal to direct, so the project is still early in development and there is no assurance that Aronofsky is actually going to direct, but he might. »
- Ethan Anderton
Darren Aronofsky is one of the most unique filmmakers working today. None of his films are alike and whether the material be melodrama (Black Swan), Biblical epic (Noah), or fantastical drama (The Fountain), he always finds a way to innovate the medium of film. With multiple projects in development, including the HBO series Maddaddam, the question still remains as to what his seventh directorial effort will be. The Tracking Board has posted their full 2014 Hit List which mentions the film »
- Alex Maidy
Back in the days of “Ben-Hur” and “The Ten Commandments,” a widescreen epic was expected to be accompanied by a lavish symphonic score and, just as often, a heavenly choir.
Is that still true for today’s epics, with all the trappings from extensive CGI and 3D to 7.1 Dolby Atmos Surround sound?
Yes, for the most part, say the composers of historical, religious and fantasy films including “Noah,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” along with the author of a new book on the subject.
“Big, massed orchestral sounds, alternating with very nuanced, soloistic use of strings and winds. That’s what comes into my ear when I think of the epic style,” says Stephen C. Meyer, author of “Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films,” which examines the music of such classics as “Quo Vadis,” “The Robe” and “Ben-Hur.”
- Jon Burlingame
Production Design James ChinlundThough today's film culture is as as overun with franchises as the decaying cities of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are with unchecked vegetation, franchise movies do have a few beautiful unique pleasures all their own. Chief among those, we'd argue, is the sheer scale of imaginative spectacle they can provide when the right people are hired behind the scenes.
James Chinlund, the award winning production designer behind the fantastic world-building in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of those people. Though his filmography was once mostly the domain of scrappy ambitious auteur indies, he's recently experienced a sort of super-size me effect. He credits Marvel's gamble in hiring him to design their biggest blockbuster The Avengers with reinvigorating his film career. This led directly to Dawn of the Apes, one of 2014's most acclaimed giant-sized hits. Though Chinlund undoubtedly has his »
- NATHANIEL R
I gotta say, I'm a bit surprised to learn director Darren Aronofsky ("The Fountain") has been doing a lot of press over the past few weeks trying to drum up interest in Noah for awards consideration. I'm not gonna debate if the film should or should not be considered for such and such award in such and such category. My point is, I never thought of Aronofsky as a director that would be concerned with how many nominations one of his films receives. Maybe this new "Everything Wrong With Noah" video from Cinema Sins will make Aronofsky rethink his aggressive campaign strategy. 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 »
Though we won’t see any new episodes of The Walking Dead until February, news related to the show’s universe hasn’t stopped coming in. Earlier this week we reported that the first two actors had been cast for AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, aka Cobalt, and now another actor has signed on to the series, one who is likely playing the male lead.
Deadline reports that Cliff Curtis has signed on to play what is most likely the male lead of The Walking Dead companion series. Curtis will portray the role of a divorced teacher trying hard to help those close to him. These details gel with the previously released information for the character of Sean Cabrera, who is described as “a Latino male in his early 40s… a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” It’s likely, however, that the »
- Derek Anderson
Fox has announced their winter premiere dates for new and returning shows -- season three of MasterChef Junior (Tuesday, January 6th), American Idol (Wednesday, January 7th), Glee (Friday, January 9th), World's Funniest Fails (Friday, January 16th), Backstrom (Thursday, January 22nd), The Last Man on Earth (Sunday, March 1st), The Following (Monday, March 2nd), Hell's Kitchen (Tuesday, March 3rd), and Weird Loners (Tuesday, March 31st).
In addition, they're revealed that the two-hour series finale of Glee will air on Friday, March 20th.
Here's the press release:
Fox Announces Additional Winter Premiere Dates, Including "Glee's" Final 13-episode Season
New Unscripted Series "World's Funniest Fails" (working title) Debuts Friday, January 16
What becomes a legend most? Not the biopics we see each year at the movies, Patti Smith suggests to me. We were meeting to talk about her first Original Song for a film, "Mercy Is" from this spring's $100 million hit Noah when the conversation veered into her own status as a showbiz legend, the godmother of punk. She shudders when I wonder aloud if anyone will make ever make a movie of her best-selling memoir "Just Kids" which recounts her storied relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Though she's undoubtedly been interviewed thousands of times by now in her forty years of stardom, and she questions (indirectly) the whole point of the star profile and the interviewing process -- 'if you really want to know me, it's all there in the work' -- she is a patient and warm interview. She instantly recalls the old massive paraphenalia that journalists used »
- NATHANIEL R
Most awards buzz centers on fourth-quarter films, but many earlier 2014 works deserve to be remembered. For example, “Noah.” Paramount debuted the film back in March, but long after the release, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was enthused about talking with his collaborators on the film, which scored an impressive $362 million globally.
Cinematography, Matthew Libatique
We wanted to reinvent the biblical epic. The edict was no robes, no long beards, no sandals, no Middle East deserts. The Noah story is prehistorical. Everything was new, everything was a miracle — like the first rainbow. So we wanted to create a universe unto itself. We did a lot of research, but much of the look and lighting was dictated by Iceland. We chose Iceland because it’s the newest piece of earth on the planet. We wanted to go to the true primordial place on the map. The lighting there is unique and Matty had huge challenges, »
- Tim Gray
Prepping for its Feb. 5, 2015 opening night, the Berlin Film Festival has named Darren Aronofsky its jury President. Despite never having a film play the Berlinale, the "Noah" director rides the good graces of Venice, Toronto, and Sundance to the head of the German fest’s table. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema," said Berlin chief Dieter Kosslick in a statement. "In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015." Aronofksy has earned critical praise and box office success for his part work, including "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan," and this year’s "Noah." The jury position adds Aronofsky to the ranks of recent Presidents, including Isabella Rossellini, Mike Leigh, Wong Kar Wei, and James Schamus. "At the Berlinale, »
- Matt Patches
The 65th Berlin Film Festival kicks off on February 5 next year with Darren Aronofsky atop the jury. Contrary to many recent Berlinale jury presidents, the Noah helmer has never had a movie in the official selection. He’s no stranger to the festival circuit, however, having made his feature debut with Sundance entry Pi in 1988. His 2000 follow-up, Requiem For A Dream, premiered out of competition in Cannes. The Fountain later premiered in Venice where in 2008 his The Wrestler won the Golden Lion. Berlin chief Dieter Kosslick said today, “Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015.” Aronofsky added, “At the Berlinale, the cinema is always exciting and fascinating. I am looking forward to watching the latest »
- Nancy Tartaglione
London — American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin Intl. Film Festival.
“Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as jury president of the Berlinale 2015,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.
Aronofsky made his feature film debut in 1998 with “Pi,” which won the award for best director at the Sundance Film Festival and script at the Independent Spirit Awards. He presented his cinematic adaptation “Requiem for a Dream” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, and the cult film “The Fountain” at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.
- Leo Barraclough
Aronofsky, whose most recent feature was biblical epic Noah, is to head the main jury of the Berlinale, which is set to run Feb 5-15, 2015.
The filmmaker said: “At the Berlinale, the cinema is always exciting and fascinating. I am looking forward to watching the latest from the greatest in one of the great cities on the planet.”
Aronofsky’s feature debut was Pi in 1998, for which he won best director at the Sundance Film Festival.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron »
- Greg Cwik
Ubiquitous character actor Stephen McHattie is always a pleasure to see up on the big screen. From supporting roles in Hollywood films like The Fountain, Watchmen and A History of Violence, to central performances in indie Canadian productions like the criminally underrated Pontypool, and now John Geddes' Hellmouth. At 67, there are entire lifetimes written on his face, even as the rest of him remains lean and spry. McHattie is a conundrum, seemingly young and ancient at the same time, and is perfect here as the reluctant Charlie Baker, caretaker of his own personal abyss. Given more than three quarters of the script to himself in the film, his quivering yet authoritative gravelly voice is beyond reproach. If all of the artifice in the green...
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Clint Mansell is a long ways away from his days as frontman of alt. rock band Pop Will Eat Itself. Since his first stab at it on Darren Aronofsky's "Pi," he has forged a singular career as a film composer, working on productions as varied as "Knockaround Guys," "Sahara," Moon" and "Stoker." But it seems whenever he comes back to the table with Aronofsky, that's when something magical happens. Mansell has worked with Aronofsky on each of the director's features — "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan" and now "Noah" — and you can tell talking to Mansell that the creative rapport they've managed to sustain is rare. Mansell is pretty straight-forward about what he wants out of this gig, and Aronofsky has always come across the same way. So it certainly makes sense that they would keep coming back to the well. We talked for »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Y The Last Man movie adaptation is officially dead, once again. Almost-director Dan Trachtenberg was asked about the project on Twitter and said the following: “Not happening. But it’s in trusted hands (the creators).” Most people figured as much, considering Tranchtenberg is currently prepping his Bad Robot film Valencia, but this was the first […]
- Germain Lussier
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
Cliff Curtis won’t talk about his new movie. He’ll write notes about it. Type on his laptop. Make elaborate, affirmative gestures in response to a question. But talking? No. Not right now. The New Zealand native, who gives a career-making performance in Kiwi director James Napier Robertson’s “The Dark Horse” (now playing the Toronto International Film Festival), is serious about his craft. So serious, in fact, that for the role of Robertson’s real-life Genesis Potini – chess savant, teacher and bi-polar Maori – he put on 30 kg, or about 66 pounds. How? “Beer. Carbs. Carbs. Carbs,” Curtis wrote. Why the silence? Because Curtis, who played the bad guy in an earlier Maori-themed hit (“Once Were Warriors”) and has appeared in such disparate features as “Runaway Jury,” “The Fountain” and “Live Free or Die Hard,” is currently shooting Kevin Reynold’s new film “Clavius,” which takes place in the days following Christ’s crucifixion. »
- John Anderson
After starring in the lighthearted summer comedy Tammy, Susan Sarandon takes on the thriller genre in a new international trailer for The Calling. The actress stars as Detective Inspector Hazel Micaleff in Fort Dundas, Ontario, a sleepy town where not much happens, until one day when Hazel discovers the corpse of an elderly woman who was brutally murdered.
Despite a bad back, a reliance on painkillers and the occasional drink to take the edge off, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, Best Actress, Dead Men Walking, 1995; Cloud Atlas, The Big Wedding, Snitch) leads a tranquil existence sharing a home with her elderly mother, Emily (Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, Best Actress, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1974; The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream), in Fort Dundas, »
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