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Darren Aronofsky (And Lots Of Other Directors) Eyeballing Sci-Fi 'Moonfall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 3:56 PM
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Noah
So, having kicked make-an-ambitious-Biblical-movie-with-major-studio-money off his bucket list, what will Darren Aronofsky do next? Well, over at HBO he's adapting Margaret Atwood's "MaddAddam," which he might helm as well, but it appears he's still keeping his on possible feature gigs.

Darren Aronofsky Adapting & Possibly Directing Margaret Atwood's 'MaddAddam' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2014 6:17 PM
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The critics may have been split, and reports of a slight troubled production earned some ink, the bottom line is that the final numbers on "Noah" were actually pretty good. The movie has earned $345 million worldwide, the director's most successful to date (though domestically, "Black Swan" still beats it). So for his next trick? The lure of the small screen is callling, with a project that somewhat continues the thread Aronofsky began unraveling with "Noah."

Watch: 1-Hour Extensive Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Making Of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 21, 2014 11:36 AM
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Black Swan
Anyone who paid attention to the behind the scenes rumblings of Darren Aronofsky’s recent “Noah” knows the type of passion evident in the director’s work, and photographer/filmmaker Niko Tavernise, superbly and consistently, has provided a insightful peek into that creative process. Part of Aronofsky’s close circle since “Pi," Tavernise has already crafted extended making-of docs on “The Wrestler” and “The Fountain” (which we’ve already highlighted), and now he’s turned his familiar gaze onto Aronofsky’s striking 2008 psychological thriller.

Watch: Memorable, Stunning 3-Minute Creation Sequence From Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 12, 2014 10:20 AM
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Noah
It’s hard to believe “Noah” came out less than two months ago, perhaps because we have since delved deep into the summer blockbuster season, but that is indeed the case. After much anticipation from film fans everywhere, and a strong opening weekend, “Noah” is quietly limping out of theater screens across America as we speak. While it mostly received a lukewarm reception with critics, with audiences even more mixed on it, there’s no denying that Darren Aronofsky’s film had some truly beautiful moments. One such moment can be seen in a clip below.

Watch: 5-Minute Video Essay On The Narratives Of Darren Aronofsky

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 11:08 AM
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There are many common thematic threads woven throughout the filmography of Darren Aronofsky. Faith has played a role in his movies to varying degrees, and so too has physical and emotional turmoil, but video editor extraordinaire Nelson Carvajal has taken a different approach that has yielded some fascinating results.

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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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.

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