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Watch: New International Trailer For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Rides The Waves

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 9:25 AM
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While variations of the Noah myth can be found in a handful of faiths, we'd reckon that over in Japan it might not be as familiar as it might be in the West. But no matter, a movie about the end of the world is still a movie about the end of the world, and the waters still rise in this new international spot for "Noah."

Watch: First Trailer For Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic 'Noah' Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 10:48 AM
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"In the Bible the story is only a couple of pages, and the perception we have of it in the West is more as a children’s toy—an old man with a long beard and animals two by two on the boat. And there’s so much more to the story than that…there’s a lot of clues there about what the story means. So it was about trying to create a world where the story of Noah could be truthful and could take place, and make it something that could connect to a modern audience," director Darren Aronofsky told us last year, just two weeks after he had wrapped filming. With the time since spent working on the extensive special effects and whatever issues might be happening behind-the-scenes, reportedly battling the studio over final cut (it's still test screening), it looks like everyone involved is satisfied that all will be resolved as the first trailer has washed ashore.

Watch: First Footage & Poster For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' Test Screenings Still Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 8:03 AM
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The last time we talked about Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic "Noah," the conversation was all about the battle that was/is going on behind the scenes over the final cut. The issues seem to surround the third act, with it being described as "a major challenge" and the studio worried about the reception from Christian audiences after a series of test screenings. And unlike the brouhaha surrounding "World War Z," Paramount and the filmmaker have both remained mum about whatever troubles are going on this time around. Why? Well, there's a $125 million movie to market.

Watch: Extensive Behind-The-Scenes Docs About The Making Of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Fountain’ & 'The Wrestler'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 8, 2013 11:48 AM
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“It was the film I wanted to make. Of all my movies, to the people that are fans, it’s almost like a cult religion, they get tattoos and I’m constantly getting long letters from people saying it helped them come to terms with something.” Seven years after the lukewarm theatrical release of “The Fountain,” director Darren Aronofsky looks upon his passion project starring Hugh Jackman as a fulfilling endeavor, but no doubt remains that its path to existence was enormously difficult. Surviving cast and budget changes over many years before it began production, the sci-fi drama retains a backstory to match its ambitious scope—one that filmmaker/photographer Niko Tavernise has put online for interested parties.

15 Weird & Disturbing Sex Scenes That Have Scarred Your Memory

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 23, 2013 4:19 PM
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15 Weird & Disturbing Sex Scenes
Let’s get this out of the way, right off the bat: there will be mild spoilers here—but these spoilers have already been posted online and not by us. Got that? I mean, we all read the Internetz, so… Anyhow, Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” opens in theaters this weekend. Written by venerable American author Cormac McCarthy, “The Counselor” stars Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt as its principal cast. The picture is a morality drama about a greedy lawyer (Fassbender), who finds himself in over his head when he decides to delve into the dark world of drug trafficking. Shit backfires and things go way south for said attorney.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks '12 Years A Slave', Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 22, 2013 3:08 PM
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On this latest episode, host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an overarching theme looking at some modern day auteurs. There's Wes Anderson and the trailer for his latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; the controversy surrounding Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"; whether or not Steve McQueen has made another endurance test with his "12 Years a Slave"; and Kimberly Peirce's remake of "Carrie."

Darren Aronofsky Battling Paramount Over Final Cut Of 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 11:30 PM
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Darren Aronofsky is pushing himself in more ways than one with "Noah." It's his first big budget studio film ("The Fountain" for Fox cost a mere $35 million). And it's certainly the grandest production he's ever put together and arguably the most ambitious project of his career. With a $125 million price tag, the film is a fantastical retelling of the Biblical story, one that doesn't adhere to the story you were told in Sunday School, and has what has recently been described as the most complicated shot in the history of Industry Light & Magic, the company working on the extensive visual effects. And it seems Paramount is now getting nervous.

Darren Aronofsky Originally Wanted A More Hip-Hop Score For 'Requiem For A Dream'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 4:21 PM
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While we patiently await Darren Aronofsky's epic "Noah," let's take a trip back in time to an era when the director was still an untested indie filmmaker. He had made waves with his low-budget, paranoid thriller "Pi," and raised the stakes for his sophomore effort, "Requiem For A Dream." The adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel was a grim look at addiction, earning an NC-17 rating for its tough content and graphic sex scene. But that couldn't stop the support for the film, which drew critical raves for its performances (earning Ellen Burstyn an Oscar nomination), Aronofsky's direction and the score by Clint Mansell, who at the time, was just working on his second film (his first was 'Pi'). And as he tells it, Aronofsky originally had a different vision for the soundtrack.

Darren Aronofsky Says 'Noah' Has The Most Complicated Effects Shot In ILM's History

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 11:18 AM
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With a spring release date slated, Darren Aronofsky's fantastical take on the Biblical story of "Noah" still remains intriguingly under wraps. Aside from some select early stills, not much has been shown from the movie yet, unless you were lucky enough to be in the faith-based audience that got a special preview a couple months back. But the director is beginning to open up about the film, and he's promising a visual feast, and likely the most digital effects he's ever used on a picture. Starting with the animals, all of which were digitally rendered, albeit with a twist.

Update: Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Gets A Title

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 4:18 PM
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While our heads are currently focused on the fall festival season that's about to kick off, some updates have arrived on a couple of blockbuster pics on the watery horizon, so let's get right to it...

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