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The Humane Society of the United States is proud to announce 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.
Filmmakers nowadays are finding that it’s pretty hard to get their dream-films off the ground. But it’s always been this way for directors. Even some of the greatest men to ever set foot behind the camera have struggled to find funding for their passion movies, and this includes the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Chaplin, both of whom wanted to make biopics on Napoleon Bonaparte, Orson Welles, and, ahem, Mel Gibson.
Noah was one of the most divisive films of the year. In fact, the reason that it depicted a prophet led several countries, including Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Indonesia, to ban the biblical blockbuster from being released.
Of course, this is not the first time Aronofsky has backed away from a superhero project. He probably takes meetings all over town for these things, even though it doesn't seem like he ever has any intention of making one, despite his praise for the Man Of Steel gig.
Early on, Paramount and Aronofsky agreed to market to those of Christian faith without pandering or making excuses, urging them to open their minds to an unusual interpretation to a beloved story. Instead, Paramount did not consult with the director and honored the wishes of the National Religious Broadcasters by labeling ads and promotional material with this message.
Aronofsky’s movies have always been powerful and confrontational, though it was only a matter of time before he surrendered to the threat of test screenings. Separate versions of the film were shown to audiences, with incomplete effects and music that he felt, and while Aronofsky felt he and the studio hit a “rough patch,” Paramount fully supports his vision.
With his biblical epic Noah now in postproduction, celebrated director Darren Aronofsky is readying for a follow-up, but the 20th Century Fox spy thriller Red Sparrow has been dropped from his dance card.
Directors like Clint Eastwood, Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick, and producers like David Beniof, Chris Newman, G. Mac Brown, and Beau Marks have all signed a petition that declares they side " “with the entire film community in Iceland, in their efforts to maintain the current levels of government support for filmmaking.”
Following up on yesterday’s preview of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah comes the full length trailer for the movie — watch it in HD over at, which stars Russell Crowe as the biblical Noah, a man tasked to take a great leap of faith when God chooses him to prepare for an apocalyptic flood, which will destroy the world.
I challenge you to resist the temptation to click on the video above anyway, because even in this context, Noah looks phenomenal. And the Entertainment Tonight push means we're that much closer to getting a proper look at it.
While the trade doesn't have any first person reactions from the screenings in New York, Arizona and Orange County, California, sources have told them that the showings "generated troubling reactions" (though its not exactly clear what that means). When reached for comment Aronofsky and his camp did not respond, but Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore told THR that the movie is undergoing a "normal review process" that they hope will produce "one version of the movie that Darren is overseeing."
“There are fantastical creatures, fantastical events,” Aronofsky said in a recent interview. “There’s a huge deluge. What you’re photographing is often not the thing that will appear on screen—that’s the underpinning. There will be a huge amount of visual architecture placed on top of that, and that sort of makes it a different job. Sometimes only the actor’s face will be in the final image.”
The novel was only published last June, but with a sexy female spy at its center, it’s easy to understand what attracted Fox to the property, snatching it up in a seven-figure deal after a heated bidding war. The “Red Sparrow” that the book is named for is one Dominika Egorova, a strong-willed, gorgeous Russian ballerina turned spy who works within President Vladimir Putin’s contemporary Russia with its suffocating bureaucracy.
Science is effectively altering definitions for what it means to be human. Medical advancements like pacemakers and hearing aids are commonplace now, but what of limb transplants that are completely robotic, or the future of gene modification’s effect on lifespans and personality traits?
Thanks to Real Steel, we know that Dakota Goyo knows how to dance with a robot, but how is he at playing biblical characters? It looks like we're going to find out as he's joining the already solid looking cast of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, playing a younger version of Russell Crowe's character in the film.
While details about the plot are still vague, it's expected that the movie will follow Noah's path as he is instructed by God to build an ark for two of every animal and Noah's family in preparation for a great flood that will erase life on Earth. Aronofsky wrote the script along with John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator) and they have lined up an impressive cast that includes Russell Crowe as Noah...
For as long as Darren Aronofsky's Noah has been in the casting stage, which began when Russell Crowe signed on to star, we've heard whispers about the Oscar-nominated director wanting Jennifer Connelly to play his female lead. While performers such as Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth have signed on to the movie since, Connelly has remained a question mark in connection to the film. Today the fog has begun to clear.
The story, of course, tells the biblical tale of a man who gets word from god that the reset button is being hit with a great flood. God then commands Noah to build a giant arc that will house two of every animal on the planet as well as his family. It is unknown at this time how a human antagonist will play a role in the story, but details should be revealed as the project heads closer to production.
Jennifer Connelly might not be taking the role of Noah's wife, as has been widely reported. Julianne Moore is apparently also in consideration for that part, though given that she has neither the track record with Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) or Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) that Connelly does, her casting doesn't seem quite as intuitive
Darren Aronofsky has been trying to make his version of the biblical tale of Noah for years now, and is finally getting it done. After finding financing from Paramount and New Regency, the project's wheels finally began to spin and the director was even successfully able to nab Russell Crowe as his star. But now, after a few months of waiting things seem to be really in motion as just days after the signing of Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth, Noah has found one of its female leads.
Those familiar with the story of Noah's ark know that it wasn't just Noah and two of every animal aboard the giant ship. When God sent the message, he told the titular hero to also take his family. Obviously this is a good element to have for film version of the story, as it gives Noah somebody to talk to other than some zebras and a porcupine, but it also means that actors need to be found for the other parts.
Earlier this month, we learned that Paramount had set the release date for Darren Aronofsky's Noah for March 2014. The lengthy wait for the adaptation of the classic Old Testament story will likely give us plenty of time to wrap our minds around the idea of a bible-focused Aronofsky story. In the meantime, some interesting new details have emerged about the project, including cast additions and the film's targeted rating.
The script was written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage and Aronofsky is also signed on to produce. It should be noted that while Paramount is in talks now, should things not work out with the studio in the next few days the project could go to another company interested in backing the movie.
Darren Aronofsky is likely known for the darker tone of his movies, with films like Requiem For a Dream, and more recently Black Swan among his directing credits. This causes me to wonder what we might expect from Paramount Pictures and New Regency’s Noah, which Aronosky is set to direct.
It’s the hope of Aronofsky’s producing partners at Arnon Milchan’s New Regency that Noah can represent a return to edgier, more-character-driven dramas like the studio used to put its name on. As Deadline notes, Milchan’s influence helped make Fight Club, Heat and the outstanding L.A. Confidential with Crowe.