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Most Shocking: Dexter Season 4 Finale, Or Michael C. Hall's New Look?

14 December 2009 6:46 AM, PST | | See recent news »

First of all, regardless of how shocking the Dexter Season 4 finale was (and it was very shocking indeed), it was in the next to last episode that Dexter embedded itself in television history.  I think John Lithgow uttering the words "Hello, Dexter Morgan" will live on the top ten of great television moments for all time.

Dexter returning home from dispatching the vile Trinity killer to find his wife dead, a very close second. A serial killer affirming his sense of humanity, only to have that slashed away – chilling.

Perhaps the strangest moment for me came in the minutes following the finale.  Showtime aired part of the clip I'll present below, of Dexter Season 4 stars Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow discussing the season.  It's great stuff, and I don't want to diminish it at all… but what the heck is up with Michael C. Hall's new look?  All »

- Jon Lachonis

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If Nolan Doesn't Direct 'Batman 3' Who Would You Like to See Take Over?

17 November 2009 4:14 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Batman On Film posted a short story last week saying "there's some scuttlebutt that in early 2010, Warner Bros. and Chris Nolan will finalize the plan for Batman 3." While many sites are running with the story and saying there will be an announcement of sorts, Batman On Film clearly states whether there will be an announcement or not remains to be seen, but the question of Nolan's involvement as director remains in the air.

I guess one would have to assume WB and Nolan would be smart to get things sorted out by at least June of 2010 so interviews for Nolan's new film Inception won't be bogged down with conversation asking about the next Batman feature, or at least kept to a minimum.

Will Nolan be back? My gut tells me yes he will be, but I could also see how the death of Heath Ledger and perhaps the expectation The »

- Brad Brevet

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Directors of the Decade: Darren Aronofsky

5 November 2009 7:19 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here, continuing my series of the directors that shaped the past 10 years. Last week I wrote about a “love him” or “hate him” director that turned out to be mostly loved. So having promised such a man I feel like I let you down. I think I can do better with this week’s subject: Darren Aronofsky

Number of Films: Three.

Modern Masterpieces: Two. Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain (this is called baiting the hook.)

Total Disasters: None.

Better than you remember: Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain if applicable.

Awards: Requiem and The Wrestler receive Oscar Nominations for acting. The Wrestler gets the Spirit Award for Best Picture. The Fountain goes mostly overlooked (because The Academy has no idea what a good movie score sounds like).

Box Office: The Wrestler is tops with over 23 mil. The Fountain tops 10 mil. Requiem in very limited release (thank »

- Robert

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Top Ten Working American Directors

7 October 2009 2:18 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top Ten Working American Directors

A list like this is tricky to the point of madness. However, I'm going to save you the trouble by saying it right here, right now: Most of the choices on this list are obvious. There's a reason why certain names continually pop up whenever conversation drifts toward great American films. So there. I said it.

Yet, how do you weigh the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, a genius who delivered some of the all-time greatest films, but fizzled out 25 or so years ago, against a filmmaker like Woody Allen who has worked consistently for decades churning out both brilliant gems and disposable time wasters? How do you compare either of these directors against an auteur such as Spike Jonze who has only opened two films so far, but both are masterpieces?

In the end I just went with my gut. I knew there were »

- David Frank

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Hollywood goes remake crazy - but which is the most pointless?

1 October 2009 11:54 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

With the endless stream of talent shows on TV, it shouldn't really be a shock to any of us that the new Fame remake - a classic tale of the quest for stardom - shot to the top of the UK box office last weekend.

It's among an avalanche of remakes coming our way so get ready to relive the 80s - and several other decades.

Also in the musicals genre, there's a new version of Footloose in the pipeline, with Chace Crawford apparently set to take on the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original.

There are also plenty of film do-overs in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventure and horror which are more within the remit of The Geek Files. I've gathered some of them in a poll on the right of the page, where you can vote for those you believe are the most unnecessary. »

- David Bentley

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Darren Aronofsky Stages A Heist

22 September 2009 12:23 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Darren Aronofsky's next project may be set in exotic Tonbridge, if the trades are to be believed this morning. According to Variety, the director of The Wrestler and The Fountain is planning to follow The Black Swan with an indie drama based on the Securitas depot robbery, which took place in 2006.Armed robbers in latex masks made off with £53m, in a plan that involved kidnapping the wife and daughter of the depot manager. They were forced to leave behind a further £150m because it wouldn't fit in their van! Depot staff were left locked in cages after the hour long ordeal, and apparently one of the thieves flipped a "thankyou for your cooperation" on his way out. Which reminds us: what's happened to Aronofsky's Robocop? Some of the gang were convicted at the start of last year, and the story was widely covered worldwide. And that's where production »

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Aronofsky Taking on Heist Pic

21 September 2009 5:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct an indie heist thriller for Xyz Films and Time Inc. Studios.  At least the guy is still working, right?  This news comes just a few, short months after MGM reps at the San Diego Comic Con were giving the “neither confirm nor deny” spiel about Aronofsky still being attached to the ‘Robocop’ remake in any sense.  This news also comes amidst casting and pre-production work on Aronofsky’s passion project, ‘Black Swan.’

According to Variety, the heist pic will surround the true story of the 2006 theft of $85 million.  The people involved in what would be known as the largest cash robbery in Britain took the manager of a depot and his family hostage and threatened to kill them if the manager didn’t help them get into the compound.  Kerry Williamson (’Fork in the Road’) is set to pen the screenplay.

Protozoa Pictures »

- Kirk

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Aronofsky's big Heist

21 September 2009 4:11 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Judging by his increasingly busy schedule, it looks like filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's planned Robocop remake may have tromped off to Ocp's storage vault for the time being. Aronofsky is already working on his babe-filled supernatural thriller Black Swan (starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis), and is now also eyeballing a gritty heist movie. The story is based on the Tonbridge Securitas robbery, which took place outside of London in February 2006 and resulted in a haul worth $85 million. »

- Dave Davis

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Darren Aronofsky to Direct Story of Real-Life Robbery

21 September 2009 1:45 PM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Variety reports that director Darren Aronofsky will direct and produce a movie based on the robbery committed at the Securitas Depot in England three years ago. The crime, which was covered extensively by the BBC, ended up representing the largest amount of currency stolen in a single heist in Britain's history.

This represents yet another intriguing addition to Aronofsky's resume, which already includes a wildly eclectic variety of movies. He started off with sensory shock-flicks Pi and Requiem for a Dream, both of which had a hyperactivity reminiscent of graphic novels. Then there was the pseudo-spiritual weepie The Fountain, which had a more restrained style and a more melodramatic core. And last year, of course, he helmed the intimate character drama The Wrestler, which earned Mickey Rourke an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win.

Now, it appears Aronofsky is attracted to the idea of doing a heist flick, so »

- Rich Z Zwelling

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Robocop Love Chicken!

7 September 2009 10:08 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Remember that Simpsons episode where Homer finds out that a Japanese company is using his face in an advertisement? So he travels to Japan to figure it out what the deal is, and it turns out that (spoiler!) he just looks a whole lot like a fish and a light bulb. Imagine if that happened in real life. Not possible, right? Well, we may never get to see Darren Aronofsky.s Robocop, but we will get to see Korea.s. Review St. Louis has uncovered a commercial from the 1980s that has Robocop enjoying some fried chicken so much that he decides to partake in burglary. I imagine this was some odd movie tie-in to go along with the release of the Robocop in Korea, but this is one of the most bizarre uses of a character seen in awhile. Check it out for yourself below: »

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Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan Starts Shooting in November

24 August 2009 5:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It looks like Black Swan is Darren Aronofsky's official follow-up to The Wrestler; RoboCop will have to wait another few years. A few updates on Black Swan have been floating around the web recently, including an early script review that I decided not to get into so I don't ruin the experience for myself (or anyone else). However, Collider recently interviewed actress Mila Kunis, who co-stars in the upcoming film with Natalie Portman, and got some good spoiler-free details out of her. She does confirm that shooting stars in November and that she's been doing extensive ballet training for months - and it's physically exhausting. "Yes, it is a go," she revealed. "I'm starting production in November and for the past -- we started a month ago with the ballet training and I have two more months of training before choreography begins and we start actual production in New York City. »

- Alex Billington

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Mila Kunis joins Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’

27 July 2009 9:44 AM, PDT | | See recent Reel Loop news »

As Darren Aronofsky’s Robocop continues to flounder (Rumor: MGM has started looking for a new director), his supernatural drama, Black Swan, moves into pre-production and is ready to start this autumn in New York.

Hot stuff Mila Kunis has joined the cast and will play ballet dancer, Lilly, who “torments rival Natalie Portman as a big performance draws nearer.”

Black Swan focuses on a veteran New York City ballet dancer (Portman) who finds herself in an intensely competitive situation with a rival (Kunis), who might be a ghost or figment of Portman’s chracter’s imagination.

The lovely Ms. Kunis has had a busy schedule with duties on Denzel Washington’s The Book of Eli, the Tina Fey/Steve Carell comedy Date Night and Mike Judge’s Extract.

Because it has to be said, anytime we can see Kunis and Portman in tights is A-ok. <thumbs up>

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- Erik Buckman

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Mila Kunis Rides A Black Swan

27 July 2009 1:14 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Mila Kunis has joined Darren Aronofsky's supernatural drama Black Swan, currently in pre-production and ready to start shooting in New York this autumn.Kunis will play Lilly, a dancer with the New York City Ballet who torments rival Natalie Portman as a big performance draws nearer. But is she real or just a figment of Portman's imagination? As intriguing - and well-cast - as Black Swan sounds, it does leave Aronofsky's even more intriguing RoboCop reboot on the backburner. The Hollywood Reporter suggests that MGM has started looking for a new director for the return of the cyborg law enforcer.No such problems for the versatile Kunis, meanwhile, who's juggling a variety of projects, with upcoming roles in Mike Judge's Extract, as Denzel Washington's assassin-turned-ally in The Book Of Eli and alongside Tina Fey and Steve Carell in comedy romance Date Night.  »

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Masters Of The Web Panel - Comic-Con 2009

23 July 2009 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

At this morning&#8217;s Masters Of The Web Panel at Comic-Con, Robert Sanchez (IESB), George Roush (Latino Reviwe), Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Paul Christensen (MovieWeb), Vic Holtreman (Screen Rant), Ryan Rotten (Shock Till YOu Drop), Drew McWeeny (HitFix), Devin Faraci (Chud), Mike Sampson (Jo Blo), Jeremy Smith (AICN) & Brad Miska (Bloody Disgusting) gathered to discuss the ins and outs of writing for movie sites.

Kevin Munroe (Director Dead of Night) moderated the panel and in the second half of the panel, Brandon Routh and Anita Briem joined in on the fun.


Everyone on the panel wore their &#8220;favorite&#8221; Twilight t-shirts and while the crowd was assembling they seemed confused, trying to figure out if the panelists were making a statement or a joke.

Robert Sanchez started it up and asked if anyone in audience wanted to know anything from the guys on panel about the online community and that got the ball rolling. »

- Bruce Simmons

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'Black Swan' Threatens Aronofsky.s 'Robocop'

15 July 2009 9:15 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Darren Aronofsky’s next project could be the supernatural thriller Black Swan. If so, it might as well be named 'Requiem for a Robocop', at least as far as the director is concerned.

For months, Aronofsky has been mentioned in connection with both pictures, but deals for financing and distribution of Black Swan have fallen into place, Risky Biz Blog reports. Indie financier Groundswell Productions will be supplying some cash, and Fox Searchlight, which distributed Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, will be monitoring pre-production and may pitch in later.

Black Swan revolves around a dancer in the New York City ballet who is locked in a high-stakes competition with a rival. However, as a major showdown approaches, she starts to suspect this other dancer could be a supernatural apparition or a figment of her mind.

Natalie Portman has signed on to star in Black Swan, and the John McLaughlin screenplay »

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New director for Robocop?

15 July 2009 6:05 PM, PDT | | See recent Filmonic news »

Last month we heard that director Darren Aronofsky and screenwriter David Self were still working on the Robocop script, no casting had been completed and MGM were aiming for a 2011 release. However, Aronofsky&#8217;s Black Swan is edging closer to being made, and that could cause some timing conflicts with MGM&#8217;s Robocop plans. From Risky [...] »

- Liam

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Darren Aronofsky Update: RoboCop Delays, Black Swan Update

15 July 2009 5:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog ran an article earlier today about filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and what he might be up to next. As we announced back in June, Aronofsky is attached to direct a ballet thriller called Black Swan with Natalie Portman attached to star. In addition to providing some updated details on the financing and development of that project, THR's Steven Zeitchik tries to figure out what's going on with the RoboCop reboot that Aronofsky has also been attached to since last year. With Black Swan potentially going into production later this year, RoboCop could get delayed or worse - Aronofsky could be replaced. First off, Black Swan is still trying to get the funding it needs to even get made, which is shocking to hear considering how much acclaim The Wrestler received. Fox Searchlight will likely be the studio who ends up financing the project, but "a few »

- Alex Billington

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MGM Looking For A New Robocop Director? Searchlight Wants Aronofsky’s Black Swan

15 July 2009 9:36 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Risky Business says that Fox Searchlight is close to grabbing Darren Aronofsky's new genre-thriller Black Swan. The only hitch is the budget, which Searchlight has been trying to work out in recent months. Searchlight makes the most sense as they did a great job with Aronofsky's previous film The Wrestler. In June it was reported that Darren Aronofsky was shopping around a project titled Black Swan with Natalie Portman signed on to star as a veteran ballerina who finds herself "locked in to a competitive showdown with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance." But it isn't as simple as that -- the big twist is that Portman's character is not sure whether her rival is a supernatural apparition or if she is having delusions. And what does this mean for the Aronofsky-helmed Robocop remake/re-imagining? If Black Swan went into production this Fall, »

- Peter Sciretta

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Aronofsky to make Black Swan First, Robocop Reboot Delayed

15 July 2009 8:49 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

With a leading lady (Natalie Portman) already signed up for his &#8220;passion project&#8221;, a little supernatural thriller called &#8220;Black Swan&#8221;, and the script for that much-discussed &#8220;Robocop&#8221; reboot still in the, er, not-quite-finished-and-probably-never-will-be stages, I don&#8217;t think anyone should be surprised to learn that director Darren Aronofsky will likely make &#8220;Swan&#8221; his next film post-&#8221;The Wrestler&#8221;. So what does this mean for MGM&#8217;s 2011 target date for &#8220;Robocop&#8221;? Maybe a Aronofsky-less &#8220;Robocop&#8221; reboot, perhaps? According to THR&#8217;s Risky Biz Blog, MGM may not wait for Aronofsky, and rumor has the studio already sending out feelers for a replacement director. I&#8217;ve always found the idea of Aronofsky directing a movie like &#8220;Robocop&#8221; to be, well, sort of unnatural. Mind you, not that I don&#8217;t think Aronofsky is incapable, but it just never felt right to me, and the fact that Aronofsky has been bashing on the »

- Nix

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Aronofsky Could Be Moving Away From ‘Robocop’

15 July 2009 7:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Production going ahead on one of Darren Aronofsky&#8217;s passion projects could, potentially, cause issues with the director helming the &#8216;Robocop&#8217; remake.  Sources for The Hollywood Reporter&#8217;s Risky Biz Blog claim that deals are still being ironed out, but &#8216;Black Swan,&#8217; the supernatural thriller Aronofsky was planning on shooting next, could be closer to production than previously thought.&#8216;Black Swan,&#8217; which already has Natalie Portman attached as a New York ballerina who begins to have visions, could begin production as early as this Fall.  If that occurs, &#8216;Robocop&#8217; could be delayed until mid-2010.  This could still be done with MGM still hitting their planned 2011 release date.  However, the studio could also move on from Aronofsky if they decide production on &#8216;Robocop&#8217; needs to begin sooner.

Insiders are claiming the studio is &#8220;putting out feelers&#8221; for other directors to possibly come on board if an agreement with Aronofsky is not met. »

- Kirk

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