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Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Greenlit With July Start Date, Russell Crowe Locked In To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2012 8:01 AM
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It's easy to forget that Darren Aronofsky has never made a film with a truly significant budget. He's come close a few times -- he's been attached to comic-book-type properties like "Batman: Year One," "Ronin," "Robocop" and "The Wolverine," and was in pre-production on an early version of "The Fountain," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, that would have costed about $70 million, but ended up making the film for half that. And everything else, even his megahit "Black Swan," cost under $15 million.

Discuss: Why Are There So Few Reliable Leading Men, And Who Might Yet Become One?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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The box office is up in 2012, but of the ten biggest grossers of the year so far, only one, "Safe House" was sold on the back of an established A-list star, namely Denzel Washington. The rest, for the most part, featured total unknowns, or in the case of "Act of Valor," active Navy SEALs, rather than actors. This is not, it should be said, a new trend. From "Avatar" to "Star Trek," big movies have been shunning established names in the favor of new faces for quite a while. But it is indicative of a problem that Hollywood has been facing lately: a distinct lack of new leading men.

Are Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio & Vanessa Redgrave Headed For The Oscars? Predicting Best Supporting Actor & Actress 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2012 12:59 PM
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When it came to our super-early Oscar predictions last year, we weren't too far off when it came to Best Picture, or even the lead acting categories. But Supporting Actor & Actress? That was something of a disaster. Ok, so we called Christopher Plummer's victory, but aside from that, we were way off.

Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, Bella Heathcote & Jessica Brown Findlay Testing For Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 29, 2012 10:25 AM
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While he may draw the critical scorn of fanboys everywhere with even the mention of his name, and rightfully so after penning the screenplays for the weak “Batman Forever” and disastrous “Batman & Robin,” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman still holds a lot of clout in Hollywood. That’s what one earns when they write behemoth blockbusters that span multiple genres, such as “I Am Legend” or “A Beautiful Mind,” as well as help usher in franchises with the likes of “The Da Vinci Code.” It was reported all the way back in February of 2011 that Goldsman would be lensing his directorial debut “Winter’s Tale," but at the beginning of this month it looked as if Goldsman called in some favors to his famous friends after the production hit some budgetary speed bumps, landing “I Am Legend” star Will Smith and “A Beautiful Mind” actor Russell Crowe in supporting roles. About $20 million was shaved off the budget and the project gained some much needed steam, so it pays to have friends in high places.

Russell Crowe Now Officially Negotiating To Board The Ark For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 5:08 PM
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First rumored at the beginning of the month alongside Liam Neeson as a potential star for the film, and then confirming via Twitter that he was eyeing the gig, Variety reports that Russell Crowe has now formally entered negotiations to topline Darren Aronofsky's "Noah."

Russell Crowe, Alex Proyas, David Michod, Anthony LaPaglia, Toni Collette & More To Direct 'Sydney Unplugged'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 20, 2012 9:43 AM
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Anthology films are back in vogue after the relative success of the "Cities of Love" project which spawned "Paris, je t'aime" and "New York, I Love You," while there are plans for similar films in Rio, Shanghai, Jerusalem and Berlin. While the finished products are almost always (and perhaps inevitably) a mixed bag, it's easy to see why these projects appeal to filmmakers. The process is fairly brief, it guarantees their short film distribution (unless you're Scarlett Johansson that is), attracts high-profile talent at a cut price, and allows them to pay tribute to a city they have a special connection to.

Russell Crowe May Take The Lead In Jaume Collet-Serra's Dracula Reimagining 'Harker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 11:34 AM
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It's good to have options. Last year, when director Jaume Collet-Serra was riding high off the heat of "Unknown," he took a look at a few projects including the long developing remake of "Le Cercle Rouge," he got shortlisted to directed blockbuster sequels "300: Battle Of Artemisia" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," he took on the vampire flick "Harker" and he wound up in the seat for "Akira." Well, with Warner Bros. recently putting that project on hold, they're turning their eye back to "Harker" and have a big star in talks to the lead.

Russell Crowe Takes To Twitter To Confirm He's Eyeing Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'; Denies Involvement With 'RoboCop'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 7, 2012 10:16 AM
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Just last week, it was revealed that veterans Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson were in fact circling Darren Aronofsky's bibical epic "Noah" as the titular character and a villain, respectively. This was exciting enough, however, Variety writer Jeff Sneider soon tweeted that this wasn't the only big role Crowe was up for and that he may be starring in Jose Padilha's upcoming "RoboCop" reboot. Now, it looks like Crowe himself has taken to Twitter to respond to the news, single-handedly confirming his potential involvement with "Noah" and, at the same time, denying anything to do with "RoboCop."

Russell Crowe Being Eyed For MGM's 'RoboCop' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 9:14 AM
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Oh, the trades. In their eternal pissing match to shout "first!" or "toldja!" some irritating practices have come into play of late which finds them making sure they toss every little morsel of info they have out there -- even it means burying it in other stories -- or hitting Twitter with their "news," all so they can trumpet that they were there before everyone else. At any rate, it seems Jeff Sneider at Variety was feeling a little burned that Deadline got the news that Liam Neeson and Russell Crowe were being eyed for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" so late last night he tweeted that the latter was also in the mix for a big franchise reboot.

Russell Crowe & Liam Neeson Circle Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic 'Noah'

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 1, 2012 11:21 PM
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First it was Christian Bale, but then he got preoccupied with two Terrence Malick films (not bad work if you can get it. Then the idea of Michael Fassbender was floated around, but as much as we love Fassy, we know in the eyes of studios he can’t float a $130 million dollar ambitious epic – not a quote unquote star yet. So it comes as not much of a surprise that director Darren Aronofsky is looking elsewhere to cast the lead of his ambitious biblical epic, “Noah.”

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