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‘Barbershop’s’ Sean Patrick Thomas Joins James Wan’s Horror Film ‘The Children’

11 October 2017 1:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barbershop” actor Sean Patrick Thomas will co-star with Linda Cardellini in New Line’s upcoming horror film “The Children.”

Michael Chaves is directing from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. James Wan will produce through his Atomic Monster production banner, along with Gary Dauberman and Emile Gladstone. Michael Clear is exec producing.

The story follows a social worker who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children, discovers her own family might also be in jeopardy.

New Line has been on a horror win streak with its most recent film, the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It,” breaking numerous box office records worldwide. The movie is the highest grossing horror film of all time with more than $600 million at the worldwide box office and major international markets yet to open. “Annabelle: Creation,” an August release that is a part of Wan’s “Conjuring” universe, has earned $298 million-plus worldwide.

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- Justin Kroll

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Darren Aronofsky Tapped as Keynote Speaker at SXSW

10 October 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has been selected as a keynote speaker for March’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals.

Featured speakers added to the programming lineup including musician Keith Urban, Luvvie Ajayi, W. Kamau Bell, investor Steve Ballmer, Yiying Lu and Stefan Blom.

“A provocative and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “He’s been an original since his first independent work, and we know it will be a blast for our passionate SXSW audiences to hear his story.”

Aronofsky’s latest film “Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film was not a strong box office performer with $39 million in worldwide grosses since its Sept. 15 debut. His 2010 film “Black Swan” grossed $340 million worldwide. His other films have included “The Wrestler,” “The Fountain,” “Requiem for a Dream,” and “Pi.”

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- Dave McNary

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Mother! Review – Selling The Emperor Clothes With Style And Daring

29 September 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

There aren’t that many films that make you take a serious look at the medium itself, and in that respect Mother! is some sort of accomplishment. Darren Aronofsky is no stranger to messing with the boundaries and potential of both film and storytelling, but letting pure daring run wild is a method that is bound to result in hits and misses. For every Black Swan, you’re going to get a Noah or The Fountain.

In Mother!, Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in a house that she is rebuilding after it was destroyed by fire. It’s the house where Him (Javier Bardem) grew up, and Mother is just trying to make things nice so that the couple can have an idyllic life in the midst of their field of green. Him is a writer suffering from blank page syndrome, and when his fans show up he has trouble not succumbing to the attention, »

- Marc Eastman

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A ‘mother!’ of a Vicious Commentary

20 September 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

There’s no easy way to describe Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, the appropriately titled mother! (appropriate once the pieces start crashing into place). It’s oppressively heavy on symbolism, it’s profoundly unsettling, it’s guaranteed to piss off practically audience member in one way or another. To be blunt: it’s pure Aronofsky and, if its reception from both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to the scathingly polarizing reaction its had in its first weekend of release are any indicator, it’s going to cement itself with ease as one of the most thoroughly debated experiences of the 21st century. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

In a beautiful countryside manor amidst lush fields and the warmest sunsets (all beautifully brought to life by regular Aronofsky Dp Matthew Libatique and production designer Philip Messina)  lives a couple – given no names in the story, »

- William Coffey

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‘mother!’ is the Smartest Comedy of 2017

20 September 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Reviews for “mother!” have called it everything from “sickening” to “a berserk feast of filth,” but the most shocking thing about Darren Aronofsky’s wildly divisive new movie is that it’s hilarious. You wouldn’t expect to laugh so much during a movie that includes more disturbing Wtf moments than you can count, but “mother!” shatters expectations. As A.O. Scott puts in his review for the New York Times: “Don’t listen to anyone who natters on about how intense or disturbing it is; it’s a hoot!”

Aronofsky is the farthest thing from a comedic filmmaker. Take one look at “Requiem for a Dream” or “Black Swan” and you’re more likely to recoil from shock and discomfort than crack up. “mother!’s” grand statements on the history of humanity and its relationship to the Earth make it a successor to “The Fountain” and “Noah,” but Aronofsky’s »

- Zack Sharf

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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings

18 September 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When did Paramount know that “mother!” was a problem? Nothing about the film should have been a surprise to the studio; Aronofsky sold the $30-million movie to late studio chairman Brad Grey on a pitch, running through the audacious allegorical concept beat by beat. Maybe the studio concentrated on the Jennifer Lawrence of it all, until tracking showed the numbers wouldn’t support the long haul of a platform release. So Paramount moved the date up by a month, to come on the heels of the film’s festival debuts.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky convinced Paramount to skip preview screenings; this left the studio anxiously urging the director to explain the movie, off the record, to the press corps. After a strong reaction at its Venice debut, the “mother!” team started to discuss the film in more detail on the record at the Toronto Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and »

- Anne Thompson

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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings

18 September 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When did Paramount know that “mother!” was a problem? Nothing about the film should have been a surprise to the studio; Aronofsky sold the $30-million movie to late studio chairman Brad Grey on a pitch, running through the audacious allegorical concept beat by beat. Maybe the studio concentrated on the Jennifer Lawrence of it all, until tracking showed the numbers wouldn’t support the long haul of a platform release. So Paramount moved the date up by a month, to come on the heels of the film’s festival debuts.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky convinced Paramount to skip preview screenings; this left the studio anxiously urging the director to explain the movie, off the record, to the press corps. After a strong reaction at its Venice debut, the “mother!” team started to discuss the film in more detail on the record at the Toronto Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and »

- Anne Thompson

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‘It’ Lives Again, ‘mother!’ Dies at Box Office

17 September 2017 12:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stephen King’s mighty “It” is single-handedly reviving box office totals after a bleak late summer. It is rare for the second weekend of a hit film to provide the majority of the gross for the time period, but that’s what Warner Bros. achieved on the horror flick’s second weekend. While not as dominant as it was in its September record initial three days, $60 million represented barely more than a 50 per cent drop. Not bad.

With almost $219 million in the till so far and a strong hold, forget $300 million as an ultimate domestic total — $350 million now looks possible. “It” is already the third-biggest modern-day September release ever after only ten days. It will soar past “Rush Hour” by next weekend, and end up almost certain behind “Crocodile Dundee” (adjusted to current ticket prices, at about $410 million) as best for the month in the era of wide initial releases. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Mother! review – a complicated labour for Jennifer Lawrence…

17 September 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Darren Aronofsky’s darkly comic blend of home-invasion nightmare and eco-parable takes some digesting – but it’s worth it

“Nothing is ever enough – I couldn’t create if it was!” You have to admire writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s almost religious devotion to the parable-like possibilities of hyperventilating, surrealist cinema. Having caught critics’ attention with the cult low-budget sci-fi oddity Pi and proved his gritty mettle with Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky gave us time-straddling cosmic madness in The Fountain, combined ballet with metamorphic fantasy in Black Swan, and conjured gigantic rock-monsters in the quasi-biblical babble-fest Noah. Now with Mother!, a paranoid nightmare that starts out like Polanski’s Repulsion and winds up closer to Apocalypse Now, he has stretched the envelope of outrageous mainstream cinema to breaking point – and beyond.

We start and end in flames, with an image of a fiery face giving way to a mysterious crystal, which »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Joshua Reviews Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! [Theatrical Review]

15 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Darren Aronofsky is a fascinating film figure. Launching his career with then-beloved indie efforts Pi and Requiem For A Dream, the maximalist auteur has not only seen his style evolve from MTV-style fast edits and intense close ups to something more resembling a surreal-tinged neo-realism but also his critical stock plummet the way few filmmakers have. Be it the relative lukewarm response to his perplexing-yet-fascinating Noah or a revisionist distaste among critics for his early films heightened style, Aronofsky is a filmmaker that in many ways defies description.

And speaking of defying description, trying to describe Aronofsky’s latest film is about as hard as it gets.

Entitled mother!, Aronofsky turns from the biblical of his last film to the domestic space, introducing us to a character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, simply named Mother (never let it be said that Darren is a subtle filmmaker), the significant other of a »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Darren Aronofsky Initially Thought It Was A “Waste” To Talk to Jennifer Lawrence For ‘Mother!’ [Interview]

15 September 2017 7:09 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” isn’t really the thriller it’s been sold as. Paramount Pictures clearly want a return on their investment – it is the movie business obviously – but the filmmaker’s latest is perhaps his most artistic film since “The Fountain” and, in many ways, his least commercial.

From this writer’s perspective “Mother!” is clearly a metaphor for the circle of life and Jennifer Lawrence is playing the embodiment of Mother Earth as it experiences the intrusion of humanity on its existence.

Continue reading Darren Aronofsky Initially Thought It Was A “Waste” To Talk to Jennifer Lawrence For ‘Mother!’ [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘mother!’ reviews: Jennifer Lawrence is ‘extraordinary’ and the film is ‘insanity’

15 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Critics are calling ‘mother!’ a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them. It’s the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, who made intense, fever-dream movies like “Pi” (1998), “Requiem for a Dream” (2000), and “The Fountain” (2006) before earning a Best Director Oscar nomination for the equally hallucinatory “Black Swan” (2010). He followed that […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Directors' Trademarks: Darren Aronofsky

14 September 2017 8:28 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. In this installment, with the release of Mother!, we’re looking at the trademark style and calling signs of Darren Aronofsky as director.

Darren Aronofsky trained as a field botanist after high school. As part of his studies, he embarked on a backpacking trip across Europe and the Middle East. This inspired him, and he decided to attend Harvard, eventually graduating with a degree in film studies. He then went on to the American Film Institute to study directing. In 1997, he released his first feature film, the low-budget Pi. This film was well received by critics, and Aronofsky won the best director award at Sundance. Due to the success of his debut, he was offered the opportunity to make another film with a larger budget. That film became Requiem for a Dream, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best

14 September 2017 7:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Darren Aronofsky is back. The polarizing Oscar nominee is causing a quite a stir with his latest movie, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “mother!,” but anyone familiar with Aronofsky’s six previous features knows he’s always been a filmmaker who forces a strong reaction out of people. He’s been pushing the boundaries of his own filmmaking voice ever since “Pi” caused a frenzy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, and “mother!” proves he has no signs of stopping.

With “mother!” opening in theaters nationwide, we put all seven Aronofsky features against one another for the ultimate director ranking.

Read More:‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film 7. “Noah” (2014)

Noah” is unquestionably Aronofsky’s weakest film, but that doesn’t mean it’s a total disaster. The biggest misstep the director makes in this $125 million Biblical epic is turning the odyssey of Noah into a sword-and-sandals showdown, »

- Zack Sharf

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The Preview Reel: Mother and American Assassin

13 September 2017 9:05 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at this week’s upcoming wide-release movies. It was the “it” movie last week as it debuted with a stunning $123 million, smashing numerous fall and horror movie records. There is no doubt it will stay number one this week, but there are two intriguing releases – Darren Aronofsky’s latest mind-bending thriller, Mother!, and a Michael Keaton spy thriller, American Assassin – that it will need to fend off to stay on top. There are a lot of thrills to be had at the Cineplex this weekend, but which one should you see?

Mother!

What we are excited about: Darren Aronofsky is one of the most unique filmmakers working today. Movies like Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010) show that when his crazy vision works, it works very well. When it’s off, however, like in Pi (1998) or The Fountain (2006), it’s “really” off. »

- Scott Davis

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‘mother!’ and ‘The Shape of Water’: 2 Strong, Strange Oscar Movies, But One Will Be a Harder Sell

11 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Artists create worlds that are extreme visions of our own. This fall, several films accomplish this with varying degrees of success; Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is the most accomplished. Del Toro builds, brick by brick, an immersive fantasy world (shot in Toronto around the venerable Elgin Theatre) inspired by the ’60s melodramas of Douglas Sirk and the horror classic “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” that could only come from his prodigious imagination.

Cinephiles will fall happily into this fairy-tale romance that matches lonely mute laboratory cleaning woman Eliza Esposito (incandescent Sally Hawkins, who will be nominated for her sensual, powerful performance) with a well-muscled captive merman (Doug Jones). They see beauty and sensuality in each other where others see abhorrent aberration.

You can argue that Michael Shannon is typecast as the heartless government villain who tortures the gorgeous aquatic creature he calls “the asset,” but »

- Anne Thompson

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‘mother!’ and ‘The Shape of Water’: 2 Strong, Strange Oscar Movies, But One Will Be a Harder Sell

11 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Artists create worlds that are extreme visions of our own. This fall, several films accomplish this with varying degrees of success; Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is the most accomplished. Del Toro builds, brick by brick, an immersive fantasy world (shot in Toronto around the venerable Elgin Theatre) inspired by the ’60s melodramas of Douglas Sirk and the horror classic “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” that could only come from his prodigious imagination.

Cinephiles will fall happily into this fairy-tale romance that matches lonely mute laboratory cleaning woman Eliza Esposito (incandescent Sally Hawkins, who will be nominated for her sensual, powerful performance) with a well-muscled captive merman (Doug Jones). They see beauty and sensuality in each other where others see abhorrent aberration.

You can argue that Michael Shannon is typecast as the heartless government villain who tortures the gorgeous aquatic creature he calls “the asset,” but »

- Anne Thompson

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Darren Aronofsky Introduces His New Film 'mother!' at Deauville

9 September 2017 4:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Presenting his latest film, mother! at the Deauville Film Festival, Darren Aronofsky made it keenly aware he knows what a difficult film he is serving up, and warned the audience in advance.

“I just want to apologize for what’s about to happen. Everyone’s laughing and really liking me right now, but you will not remember a word of this in two hours,” the director told the packed house and gave them advance warning to leave.

He spoke about bringing The Fountain to Deauville after it had been “deeply misunderstood” in Venice, where mother! also had its world premiere, and thanked »

- Rhonda Richford

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Darren Aronofsky’s Outrageous ‘Mother!’ Throws Awards Voters a Curveball

6 September 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice — Every good film festival needs a firestarter: a big, bold auteur film intended to split and disquiet audiences, whereupon the critical reaction winds up consuming as many analytical column inches as the movie itself. Yesterday, after a quiet but consistently respectable start — with the likes of “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri” premiering to warm consensus — Venice finally got its incendiary opinion-divider a week into the festival, as Darren Aronofsky’s aggressive, terrifying, deeply personal fever-dream “Mother!” was sprung on audiences.

For the first time at Venice this year, fierce boos reverberated around the Sala Darsena as the closing credits rolled — any European festival crowd’s favored way to express artistic disapproval, to the consternation of more temperate Americans and Brits. But the noise didn’t speak for the entire room: seconds later, Twitter made it clear that Aronofsky’s thorny provocation had as many exhilarated admirers as it did incensed detractors »

- Guy Lodge

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Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence Talk ‘mother!’ Which Divides Venice

5 September 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice, Italy — Darren Aronofsky on Tuesday surprised the Venice Film Festival press corps who reacted with a mix of cheers and boos to his bold horror tale “mother!” which is centred on a creepy submissive, and explosive, dynamic between Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the title character, and her poet husband called Him, played by Javier Bardem.

The film certainly marks a novelty for the edgy U.S. director who is a Lido aficionado. His “The Wrestler” won the 2008 Golden Lion, “Black Swan” also premiered in Venice, as did “The Fountain.” And Aronofsky headed the festival’s main jury in 2011.

“It was a a strange experience: most of my films take many many years to come to life — ‘Black Swan’ was 10 years, ‘Noah’ was 20 years — and this film happened in five days,” he said.

“It came out of living on this planet and sort of seeing what’s happening around us and not being able to do anything »

- Nick Vivarelli

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