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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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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.

Box Office: 'Noah' Rides To #1, 'Sabotage' Bombs & 'Frozen' Becomes Highest Grossing Animated Pic Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2014 12:05 PM
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There were concerns about whether or not the crucial faith-based audience would buy tickets, and Paramount was choosy about who got to see Darren Aronofsky's grim, dark and bleak "Noah" in advance, but there's no doubt ticket buyers were curious, with the biblical tale taking in over $40 million this weekend. It's easily the director's best opening of his career, and a decent shot in the arm for the reported $125 million movie, which is also doing solid business overseas (it has already earned $51 million abroad). But still questionable are the legs it will have over the next few weeks, and the signs aren't that good.

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.

Watch: New Clip From 'Noah' Plus 7-Minute Featurette Explores Film's Approach To The Biblical Tale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 12:37 PM
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It might not be the size of the ark, but Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is his biggest undertaking to date, a big-budget studio movie telling the story of the man who rode out the destruction of humanity of God's command. And that sounds like a darker way to summarize the story of Noah's ark, that's just the starting point on this take of the Bible story, which is rolling into theatres soon and already proving somewhat divisive.

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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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).

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