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Darren Aronofsky has proven throughout his career that he is capable of stunning visuals and unique storytelling. The director needed both when pursuing the massive movie project, Noah, a story about a biblical flood and thousand of creatures sheltered by one family during the darkest of times.
This week, we're halfway through 2014, and the sounds of the year have made their presence known. I've decided to parse through the year's offerings and find my five favorite scores, the one I've been listening to all year, the ones that both enhance the films they accompany, but also stand on their own wonderfully.
Beck has his audience, for sure. The bigger question will be whether he can connect with an audience outside of his core – and become a hit as big as, ironically, Aronofsky’s Noah, which has grossed $248 million worldwide to date.
The most vocal of Noah's detractors have been conservatives on television. So, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the titular host called out these critics, pointing out how flawed and flat-out misinformed some of their arguments are. You can watch his argument in full above.Surprisingly, the matter of rock monster angels never comes up.
A couple of weekends ago, Darren Aronofsky's unique biblical epic Noah took theaters by storm in the U.S., brewing up an impressive $43 million to top the box office. Then, this past weekend Noah was unleashed on the United Kingdom, where one theater unexpectedly offered a splash zone of its own.
Audiences didn't exactly flood into theaters to see Darren Aronofsky's latest offering, Noah, but the much discussed Biblical adaptation made a solid opening, snagging a clear number on with $44 million. That's by far the largest opening for an Aronofsky film, but Noah also represents his biggest budget to date.
Looking to Divergent, Nymphomaniac and Noah for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted YA dramas, steamy tales of love and sex, and inventive interpretations of bible stories.
Just when I’m overdoing it a bit with my t-shirt out on the deck this past weekend because the temperature had finally climbed above 55 degrees, I hear it’s going to snow this week! Come on world. At least there are some decent flicks starting to pop up to offer some relief. This week we’ve got floods and drug cartels.
It all started with Variety running a story with the now-changed headline “Pope Cancels Noah Meeting With Russell Crowe” - with the magic word “Tentatively” put in later. Feeling slighted, Paramount voiced their concern by saying this wasn’t exactly true, as their initial request for a meeting was cancelled immediately, not “tentatively on the calendar for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday” as Variety claimed.
A certain segment of Christians might be upset about Noah’s message allegedly straying a bit from the holy source material, but that outrage is apparently nothing compared to the pushback so far in the Middle East. Prior to its release date, the movie has already been banned in several countries and analysts are predicting it will suffer the same censored fate in much of the region.
Noah might be full of rain, but the Paramount Pictures project didn't make it rain for Look Effects, the VFX company behind the movie's epic flood scenes. The ambitious project pushed Look Effects into so much more work than anticipated, that they are now struggling to stay afloat!
Many of the exteriors in Noah were filmed in Iceland, which gives the film the unmistakable look immediately familiar in all of the trailers. But in September of 2012-- just a few weeks before Hurricane Sandy blew through--Aronofsky had come home, erecting a giant version of the ark in a park in Long Island, an hour outside New York City.
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.
There's a barrage of high-profile projects coming out in the next 10 months that can qualify for the Academy Awards, but which 10 features do we feel are fighting fit for Oscar?
Russell Crowe made an unexpected request to someone who curries even more favor than an A-lister. He reached out to the Pope, asking him to see Crowe's upcoming epic Noah.