Darren Aronofsky’s bold biblical epic Noah is sure to get different types of people talking for different reasons. The Black Swan director faithfully follows the message of the slim biblical text in the Book of Genesis, but he fills the gaps with spectacular CG effects, Tolkien-esque creatures, and a daring 21st-century point of view on evolution and environmentalism. Some parts of the world have already blanched at the film, presumably for the liberties Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel take with the sacred tale, but secular audiences and even some religious types might find themselves simply thinking… “Cool.” READ FULL STORY
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In the much-hyped build-up to Passion of the Christ in 2004, Mel Gibson screened the polarizing film for Pope John Paul II, who may or may not have endorsed it by saying, “It is as it was.” The Pope later met with actor Jim Caviezel and blessed him in a priceless photo op that helped promote the movie.
Paramount and the team behind Noah were likely hoping for a similar boost this week, with the film having its Italian premiere on Tuesday. Russell Crowe, who plays the Bible figure as action-hero, had been tweeting Pope Francis in recent weeks, urging him to screen Darren Aronofsky’s $130 million movie about the great flood. It’s unclear whether the pontiff has seen the film, but a planned meeting between the film’s star and Francis was canceled after the Vatican reportedly grew concerned that Crowe’s celebrity would turn the Pope’s dignified weekly general-audience meet-and-greet into a media frenzy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount dropped its plan once news of Crowe’s possible appearance became public.
Though it must feel like a missed opportunity for the film, Crowe can take solace in knowing that the Vatican apparently considers him a bigger star than Caviezel.
Casting Net: Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington back for 'Avatar' sequels; Plus, Michael Pena for 'Ant-Man', more
• Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington have finalized deals to reprise their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully in the three upcoming Avatar sequels for director James Cameron. News of their “expected” return was first reported in August. Stephen Lang is also returning as Marine Colonel Quaritch. The three follow ups will be shot back to back and are rolling out to theaters in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018. [THR]
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Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s big-budget biblical epic, doesn’t arrive in theaters until next March, but the Oscar-nominated director and Paramount reportedly are already feeling the winds of a brewing storm. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has generated unfavorable reactions in early test screenings, and the studio is leaning on Aronofsky to make changes — changes that the Black Swan director apparently is resisting. “Darren is not made for studio films,” The Reporter quotes a talent rep close to the movie as saying. “He’s very dismissive. He doesn’t care about [Paramount's] opinion.”
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What does it take to build an ark big enough to hold two of every animal? A sharp mind, a sturdy set of hands… and, apparently, a rugged coat made of leather and burlap.
Paramount has just released the first photo of Russell Crowe as the titular character in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of the Old Testament’s soggiest story. (Missed it by that much, Jonah.) The Oscar winner and his worried squint seem like a natural fit for a tale of Biblical proportions — though his getup seems more appropriate for temperate Sherwood Forest than scorching Mesopotamia. Click through for a larger look at Crowe in costume.
The Internet got all sorts of excited last week when rumors began to surface that Emma Watson was in talks for the role of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Not so fast, says Watson. “I haven’t read the book, I haven’t a read a script, nothing,” Watson tells EW. “There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call. It was the same way with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — I never even saw a script!”
Watson is plenty busy: she has The Perks of Being a Wallflower in theaters this fall; she recently wrapped Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and is currently working on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. She adds that even some friends and family asked her about Grey since so many different items linking her to the film have popped up online. “I told them just because there are 60 articles on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s any less true than if there are three or four.”
And a word to the wise for those who believe everything that they read about the actress: “The thing is I’m not going to go out there every time someone attaches me to a film to say no or release a statement.”
And it certainly seems like Noah director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) is subscribing to the go big or go home philosophy. He tweeted a picture of the building of the ark, along with the message, “I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it’s a reality. Genesis 6:14″”
Genesis 6:14 reads “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay join new Woody Allen film. Plus: Ashley Tisdale, Elijah Wood, Johnny Galecki
• Here’s something you don’t see every day. Director Woody Allen announced today that he’s cast comedians Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay in his latest, untitled film, which will be shot in New York and San Francisco. The stand-ups will join Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Emerson, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard.
• Frankly, it’s surprising it took this long for a High School Musical alum to do a movie like this. Ashley Tisdale will play the lead in the horror flick parody Scary Movie 5. Malcolm D. Lee (Soul Men) will direct. [Deadline]
• A small town pawn shop in the American South will be the nexus for the impressive ensemble cast writer-director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared) has assembled for his black comedy Pawn Shop Chronicles. Joining actor-producer Paul Walker: Matt Dillon, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Vincent D’Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Norman Reedus, Ashlee Simpson, Lukas Haas, Chi McBride, DJ Qualls, Michael Cudlitz, Pell James, and Kevin Rankin. Phew! [Deadline]
• The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, and actress Mickey Sumner (The Borgias) have all joined CBGB, about the renown New York punk rock club. Galecki will play band manager Terry Ork; Hawkins will play Iggy Pop; and Sumner will play Patti Smith. They join Alan Rickman (as club owner Hilly Crystal), Malin Akerman (as Debbie Harry), and Rupert Grint (as guitarist Cheetah Chrome). Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) will direct. [Deadline, THR, Variety]
• Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) have been cast in director Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah as Noah’s sons Ham and Shem, respectively. Russell Crowe will play the famed ark builder. [Deadline]
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He already played one famed seafarer in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and now Russell Crowe is set to play the best known sailor of them all. The Oscar-winning actor has signed on for the title role in Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s film of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, Paramount and New Regency announced today.
The announcement also included a telling detail, noting that Aronofsky’s film — penned by the Black Swan director and Ari Handel (The Fountain), with a polish by John Logan (Gladiator) — will be a “close adaptation” of the well-known tale from the Book of Genesis. (No word yet on how the animals saved by Noah will be organized, but hopefully not alphabetically.)
Paramount will release the film on March 28, 2014.
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