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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.

Watch: First Clip & New Featurette For 'Noah,' Darren Aronofsky Talks Controversy And Final Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 1:05 PM
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Noah
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is riding a rough sea to the box office, with Paramount trying to court and not offend religious audiences, all while Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have banned the film, with Egypt taking that move under consideration (per THR). But despite the grabby headline that makes, Paramount knew those countries—generally more sensitive to religious films—might pose a problem, and the director himself is not worried about any talk about "controversy" surrounding his picture.

New Images, Motion Poster, TV Spot & More For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2014 9:05 AM
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Noah
As Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" prepares to ride the multiplex seas in a few short weeks, Paramount is still figuring out how to market the movie, in particular to religious groups. They want the all important Christian audiences to spend their money on the Biblical tale, but they also don't want to offend them with Aronofsky's take that doesn't stick to the scrubbed clean Sunday School version. And all of this has to led to rather curious amendment to the trailers for the the upcoming movie.

Darren Aronofsky Says His Cut Of 'Noah' Is Hitting Theaters And Wasn't Screen Tested

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 12:32 PM
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For a brief moment there, it looked like "Noah" was headed into some choppy waters. Reports surfaced last fall that Paramount and director Darren Aronofsky were clashing over the cut of the movie, with the studio concerned that the faith-based audiences they're aiming to bring out to the multiplex weren't responding at test screenings. But the waters have calmed, and with the movie washing ashore next month, Aronofsky's vision has won out.

New Character Posters For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' Patti Smith Contributing Song To The Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2014 12:34 PM
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"Noah" is coming with all of God's watery fury next month, and we presume the floodgates of images and clips will soon be opening up too. But until then, it's still small servings as Darren Aronofsky puts the finishing touches on the film.

Watch: 2 International TV Spots, New Pics & Poster For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' As It Goes 3D Overseas

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 6, 2014 11:09 AM
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Noah
The one-two punch of the 3D juggernauts that were “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” convinced Hollywood to go all in on the 3D craze. 2011 saw a record number of 39 films released in (mostly post-converted) 3D, but by then many speculated that the public’s appetite for 3D had already reached its maximum potential, with the late Roger Ebert even declaring the stereoscopic format dead. Three years later and while not exactly dead, 3D’s best times appear to be behind it.

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