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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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Noah Darren Aronofsky
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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Requiem For A Dream Jennifer Connelly
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...

Darren Aronofsky Flies Toward Spy Flick 'Red Sparrow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 2:07 PM
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While nerds lament what could have been with "The Wolverine" had Darren Aronofsky directed, contemplate what he might have done with "Man Of Steel" (he was apparently a finalist to helm the movie) and shed a tear for HBO's "Hobgoblin" which the network dropped, it looks like there's some news that doesn't involve him not doing something. With "Noah" presumably heading into its last leg before hitting theaters next spring, the filmmaker seems to be lining up some new gigs and we may get to see Aronofsky take a stab at the spy genre.

Stream This: 'Mud,' Hugh Jackman In 'The Fountain,' Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose Of Cairo' & More on VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Hello streamers, and welcome back to our weekly search for the best of what's available to watch on the World Wide Web. The home entertainment system reigns supreme for another day, as two late summer flicks appear on VOD before their big screen release and a well-received picture, fresh off its theatrical run, hits the streaming services in advance of its DVD debut. Of course, there's plenty going on at the cinema too—this is blockbuster season, after all. Observing the premier of "The Wolverine," we have a much better alternative: an early-ish Hugh Jackman film, you know, before all the singing and all the muscles. And with the newest Woody Allen movie in theaters, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett, we have celebrations of both artists. It could be that two-for-one which put us over, but with so many good VOD choices, we decided to forgo a Criterion selection for this week. Hulu Plus remains, however, and that section will be back next time, we promise. Now, let's get to the picks.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

Sam Taylor-Johnson To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey,' Armie Hammer Not Interested In "Mommy Porn" Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2013 3:59 PM
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Well, the long, hot, sweaty, kinky, naughty wait is over and a director has been found to tie up audiences cinematically and bring them to Pleasure Town in the big screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades Of Grey." Nope, it's not more interesting choices like Gus Van Sant or Joe Wright, but instead it's Aaron Taylor-Johnson's better half.

HBO Drop Michael Chabon's 'Hobgoblin' Pilot, Darren Aronofsky Moves On, FX May Pick It Up

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 19, 2013 9:45 AM
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It’s hard to imagine that anyone would pass up on a show that has magicians and conmen battling Nazis, but HBO has done the unthinkable. After months of development, the cable network has decided to pass on the period piece drama “Hobgoblin.”

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