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A trend that’s taking over Hollywood as of late is the rise of the biblical epic. In the last year alone, we’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s take on the infamous arc builder in Noah, and soon Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings will land in theatres. Now, Warner Bros. are keen to get in on the sandal action, as the studio is making headway on their property Methuselah.
Together with producer David Heyman, who brought us the first and last Harry Potter instalments and Gravity, their plan is to bring the Bible character to the big screen for his own pic. The story of Methuselah is one that’s tantamount to a superhero origin tale, as the story is set to follow “a man who ages slowly and has used his time to develop an incredible set of survival skills.”
If the name sounds familiar, that’s »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Where Noah failed, Moses is trying to get past Egyptian censors. Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings might be facing a tough fight with Egypt’s highest religious authority Al-Azhar to get approved ahead of the film’s planned December release in the Arab world’s most populous country, but help could be at hand from an unlikely ally.
Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour is leading the charge to ensure that the film is released in Egyptian cinemas despite objections from religious authorities. A well-respected critic and professor of Arabic literature, Asfour was appointed minister in June. He had served as Culture Minister for one week during the 2011 Egyptian revolution before resigning for health reasons.
Asfour’s support for passing Exodus is being seen as a key test of whether the minister can impose a more liberal agenda on the country’s conservative religious establishment.
“The minister wants »
- Ali Jaafar
We have a look at the seven looks that solidified Oscar de la Renta's place among fashion royalty.
Here are seven looks that solidified the fashion designer's place among fashion royalty:
News: Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82
#7 -- Amy Adams for the cool, dove grey gown she wore to the Oscars in 2013. Lucky Magazine editor-in-chief Eva Chen called the dress "classic Oscar."
Lucky magazine editor-in-chief Eva Chen called the dress "classic Oscar."
"It's feminine. It's beautiful. There's a little bit of a ballet or dance inspiration to it, and it just looks like a dream," said Chen.
News: 12 Stars That Wore Oscar de la Renta This Year
#5 -- Cameron Diaz, who stunned »
When Darren Aronofsky decided to use the Bible as the source of inspiration for his follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Black Swan, many suspected Noah would be the kind of biblical epic that could well sweep the Oscars in 2015. But reviews for Noah have been mixed. And when it comes to the brewing Oscar talk, the title's largely been left out. Still, there is one award that Noah's been given that few may have predicted. The Humane Society of the United States recently announced that Darren Aronofsky will be honored with their inaugural Humane Filmmaker award at the organization's "To the Rescue! New York 2014" benefit gala on Friday, November 21 at Cipriani in New York City. How did Aronofsky get singled out for this history-making award? By choosing to fill Noah's ark with CGI animals in lieu of live ones. The Human Society has decided that this showed leadership in »
Darren Aronofsky, who opted to use CGI animals rather than film live ones in Noah, will receive the Humane Society of the United States's first Humane Filmmaker Award at the organization's Nov. 21 "To the Rescue! New York" benefit. According to a press release, the award was "created to recognize Aronofsky’s leadership and commitment to animal protection and welfare." Back in March, the Humane Society hailed Aronofsky's Noah for not using live animals in its depiction of those boarding Noah's ark, and named him the recipient of the inaugural Humane Filmmaker prize. In a statement, Aronofsky said that it became »
- Esther Zuckerman
- Sasha Stone
Remember when animal wranglers involved with “The Hobbit” movies revealed that Peter Jackson’s production resulted in the death of 27 animals? That did not sit well with the zoological protection organizations! If the Humane Society ran its own version of The Razzies, 2012’s “Unexpected Journey” would have picked up the award. Lucky for Team Hobbit, it doesn’t. In fact, after several recent cases of animal mistreatment (the death of three horses on the set of HBO’s “Lucky” comes to mind) the Humane Society turn the other cheek in 2014 and praise the people of Hollywood who are getting it right. The Wrap reports that Darren Aronofsky will be the first recipient of the the organization’s Filmmaker Award, for the “compassionate decision” to use CG animals in his March tentpole “Noah.” Aronofsky will earn his award at the Humane Society’s “To The Rescue! New York,” set for Nov. »
- Matt Patches
The Wrap reports that Darren Aronofsky will receive the Humane Society’s first-ever filmmaker award, for his “compassionate decision” to use CGI instead of real animals on the set of Noah. “When I started working on Noah, an early question was how to express the vastness and complexity of the animal kingdom on the big screen,” said Aronofsky in a statement. “It was quickly apparent that working with live animals would be dangerous for them. It was also morally ambiguous considering we were making a film about the first naturalist, Noah, who saved and cared for all the varied species on the planet.” Kudos to Aronofsky for doing Noah proud and respecting all of God's creatures, even the giant rock monsters. Especially the giant rock monsters. »
- Anna Silman
“Noah” director Darren Aronofsky will earn honors from the Humane Society of the United States at their “To The Rescue! New York” event on November 21. The animal actor on the invitation to the bash at Cipriani's 42nd St. is worth the price of admission alone (top). The hotspot will be cooking up vegan meals on the Friday before the traditionally un-vegan Thanksgiving holiday. See photos: TheWrap's 2014 ShortList Film Fest Rocks YouTube Space La (Photos) “When I started working on ‘Noah,’ an early question was how to express the vastness and complexity of the animal kingdom on the big screen,” Aronofsky said. »
- Mikey Glazer
Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees. »
- Gerard Kennedy
I always find it a bit strange when studios pre-screen random clips from upcoming movies, but with the racially insensitive hubbub currently surrounding Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings, any talk about the actual movie could do absolutely no harm. There’s the age old saying that “there is no such thing as bad publicity,” and the worst case scenario after screening some clips only involves a few negative articles running on random entertainment sites – at least people might forget about the race card, right?
I attended the last New York City pre-screening of the Exodus: Gods And Kings footage preview, expecting nothing more than a slew of clips in the vein of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Everyone knows the story of Moses, Rhamses, and the ten plagues, and everyone knows actors like Sigourney Weaver and Christian Bale, so what could go wrong when there’s a budget worth millions and millions of dollars? »
- Matt Donato
David Ayer's "Fury" rumbles into theaters today. We've talked to Ayer, we've talked to composer Steven Price and now, one of the stand-outs from the cast, Logan Lerman. Lerman has been carving an interesting path for himself ever since he started in this business as a young boy. He debuted alongside Mel Gibson in 2000's "The Patriot," though most probably sat up and took notice in TV's "Jack & Bobby" or James Mangold's "3:10 to Yuma" remake. He's dabbled in franchise ("Percy Jackson") and sparked on the indie scene ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower"). This year he's in a pair of epic productions from Ayer and Darren Aronofsky ("Noah"). In "Fury," his character is very much the eyes through which the audience experiences the world of the film and he's a great anchor throughout. In "Noah," meanwhile, he's paired with Russell Crowe again after working with him in »
- Kristopher Tapley
The lineup for the daylong gathering at Time Warner Center also includes Q&A seshes with Harvey Weinstein, James Schamus and Jake Gyllenhaal plus a host of panels and mentoring roundtables with industry insiders.
The PGA’s annual confab is expanding with a Gotham edition this year after launching in Los Angeles in 2010.
- Variety Staff
The series of clips shown went from massive battles to small, intimate character moments that really tried to give you a sense of the grand scale the film is trying to work on as well as the personal story it’s trying to tell beneath it. Bible stories seem to be the new avenue for filmmakers to go down these days, and though Darren Aronofsky’s Noah left a little to be desired it looks like Ridley Scott is embracing his usual overblown sword and sandals method to tell this timeless biblical tale of Moses and Ramses.
- Sean Hutchinson
The Producers Guild of America named director Darren Aronofsky and producer Scott Franklin as featured speakers at the inaugural Produced By: New York conference on Oct. 25 at the Time Warner Center. See photos: Inside TheWrap's Sundance Industry Panel (Photos) The discussion with the filmmaker behind “Noah” and “Black Swan” will be led by moderator PGA President Gary Lucchesi. The conference schedule also added Jon Kilik (“The Hunger Games” “Foxcatcher”) to its roster of panelists. Also read: ‘Noah’ Directors on Transcending Their $300 Budget: TheWrap's Shortlist Quickie The schedule already has several big names from Hollywood, including Jake Gyllenhaal, James Schamus, Harvey Weinstein, »
- Gina Hall
The Producers Guild has set Noah and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and his Protozoa partner Scott Franklin to speak at the first Produced By: New York conference on October 25 at the Time Warner Center in NYC. Others on the roster are Jon Kilik, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Schamus, Harvey Weinstein, Donna Gigliotti, Mark Gordon, Hawk Koch, Jenni Konner, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Peter Saraf, Morgan Spurlock and Terence Winter.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Darren Aronofsky and producer Scott Franklin, principals of the production company Protozoa Pictures, have been added as featured speakers at the inaugural Produced By: New York conference. The conference, taking place Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Time Warner Center in NYC, has also added The Hunger Games and Foxcatcher producer Jon Kilik to the roster of panelists. PGA president Gary Lucchesi will lead the discussion with Aronofsky and Franklin, whose latest film, Noah, starring Russell Crowe, earned $359.2 million worldwide. The event, featuring 12 full conference sessions and panel discussions, will also include previously announced guests Jake Gyllenhaal, James
- Rebecca Ford
Selma, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, has confirmed a 6th February release date for 2015. Next year also marks the historic 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Us Civil Rights Movement.
With a great cast that includes the ever-impressive Brit actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., the film tracks a dangerous and terrifying three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. which culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting Africa-Americans’ right to vote.
Directed by the Middle Of Nowhere’s Ava DuVernay, the film co-stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson; Carmen Ejogo as Coretta King; Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace; and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma’s screenplay was »
- Dan Bullock
By Anjelica Oswald
The best original song category at the Oscars is a difficult category to find patterns in. The number of best original song nominees can vary each year, and since 2000, the genre of the winning song has ranged from rap to show tunes.
The official Oscar rules state that the top five songs will receive nominations, but if there are 25 or fewer qualified works submitted, nominations may be limited to three, and if there are nine or fewer, than no awards may be given that year.
When it comes down to picking nominees, the Music Branch Executive Committee picks the top choices for the music categories (including original score and original musical). The winner is chosen by all Academy members.
- Anjelica Oswald
Kris Tapley asks if Paramount will be able to bring spring release "Noah" starring Russell Crowe back into the Oscar discussion. They are especially hoping to rekindle voter support for the below-the-line technical categories of the Darren Aronofsky film. Composer Clint Mansell and songwriter Patti Smith have been making the circuits along with cinematographer Matthew Libatique and sound mixers Craig Henighan and Skip Lievsay. The studio has had a recent miss with "Men Women and Children" but also has "Interstellar," "Selma," "The Gambler," and "Top Five" in the mix. HitFix -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Sasha Stone discusses why the Oscar race discussions are continually "dominated by men." Are the female-related films truly not "good enough" and is there "always something wrong with them"? She says that movies »
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