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Darren Aronofsky Explains Why He Didn’t Direct ‘The Wolverine’ & ‘Man Of Steel’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 31, 2014 3:36 PM
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Darren Aronofsky, The Wolverine, ‘Man Of Steel
After years of being a celebrated indie, relatively non-mainstream filmmaker, director Darren Aronofsky has the number one movie in the country with his biblical epic “Noah” (and it should be noted it’s a pretty dark, non-mainstreamy tentpole). And while he’s flirted with many super hero movies over the years, perhaps the Russell Crowe-starring movie will finally get him there. “In reality, our original super heroes were characters the Bible so these were the original super hero stories. People have forgotten how amazing these stories were,” Aronofsky said in a recent EPK interview.

Read: Poem Darren Aronofsky Wrote In Seventh Grade That Inspired 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 10:03 AM
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Noah, Darren Aronofsky
Opening at number one this weekend, and doing solid business overseas, despite a slightly rocky production, Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" looks like it might come out of it okay. Whether or not it reaches the $320 million "Black Swan" notched worldwide remains to been (it doesn't look likely), this is perhaps the best outcome anyone could've asked for, with a take on the Bible story that is more about the burden of failing God, and his palpable absence in times of need, rather than gathering animals for the flood. Yeah, it's a bit heavy but it's also something the director has been thinking about for a long time.

Review: Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 27, 2014 11:09 AM
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Noah, Russell Crowe
Only a few pages long and with the barest of details, the Genesis tale of Noah’s Ark is one the original peaks of brevity. A succinct story of an apocalypse and its aftermath, one can easily see why the themes of death and rebirth attracted Darren Aronofsky to a film adaptation. But “Noah” is no mere second attempt at “The Fountain." It is instead a grounded journey outwards on ideas of regret, mercy, and revenge, and at 139 minutes the film makes every attempt, coherent or not, to thoroughly address each one.

12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2014 2:24 PM
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Noah, Russell Crowe, Aronofsky
This week sees the release of “Noah,” and it’s notable for a number of reasons. For one, it’s that it’s a relatively rare Biblical movie not aimed principally at religious audiences (which may or may not pay off). For another, it’s the latest film from “Requiem For A Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. But perhaps more than anything else, it’s a movie that costs $125 million, almost four times as much as the director’s most expensive previous film, “The Fountain,” the helmer having been given the keys to Paramount’s war chest after the surprise smash success of “Black Swan,” which made nearly $300 million worldwide.

Listen: Clint Mansell's Full Score For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Plus New Clip And Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 4:46 PM
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Noah
In just a few more days, Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" will dock in theatres and Paramount is in the final stretch to make this Biblical tale a mainstream hit. And today comes a few more pieces of promo which takes audiences visually and aurally into the Old Testament world being conjured up on screen.

The 6 Best Performances In The Films Of Darren Aronofsky

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 24, 2014 3:06 PM
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There are few filmmakers whose work is as instantly recognizable as Darren Aronofsky's. His subject matter has differed wildly, from Kabbalistic mathematical conspiracies to drug addiction to high-class ballet to Biblical apocalypse in this weekend's "Noah." But his heart-on-its-sleeve, unsubtle (that's not a knock, necessarily), highly cinematic, uniquely stylized films couldn't possibly be mistaken for anyone else's, even as their content proves ever-surprising.

Early Buzz: First Reviews For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Are Decidedly Soggy & Mixed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2014 9:00 AM
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Noah, Russell Crowe
The floodgates have opened. Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" has started rolling out internationally before it bows stateside next week, and the first reviews of the movie have arrived two by two online, and it's not a shock that the troubled film has had decided mixed results with critics. Some have been bowled over by his epic take on the story of the ark, while most others find his movie messy and ill-conceived, with the result not quite coming together like it should.

Watch: Climb Aboard Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' With Featurette About The Ark And Lots Of New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 9:39 AM
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Noah
Great visionaries and the studio system don't always see eye to eye, so perhaps it wasn't a surprise that reports surfaced in the past few months that Darren Aronofsky and Paramount weren't on the same page when it came to "Noah." But ultimately, it's Aronofsky's movie we'll be seeing, and his intended cut, and next week it rains down in theaters. And that means the marketing department is doing their best to get people on the ark (so to speak).

20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Double and Doppelgangers feature
In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible even, exemplified by the belief shared by some native tribes in the early days of photography, that it could take away your soul. Or perhaps they were just being super cautious about ownership of their brand image.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Noah' As Darren Aronofsky Talks Final Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2014 12:47 PM
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Noah
"They won't connect emotionally with the main character because it betrays the essence of the biblical character, and the payoff just isn't good enough," radio critic Mario P. Szekely said following the Mexico City premiere of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." Indeed, early word on the movie coming from a select group of folks allowed to see the movie early, is that it's like "The Fountain," in that it's not going to be one easily embraced by the mainstream. That's probably not what Paramount wants to hear as they get set to launch the Biblical epic worldwide, so they're putting a different face on it.

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