For months there were rumors that Liam Neeson might end up playing the villain in Darren Aronofsky‘s unique take on the Biblical epic Noah. But one of the last news breaks we had on the film informed us that Neeson was out of the running and Aronofsky would have to look for someone else to oppose the ark-building efforts of Noah (Russell Crowe).
Now Ray Winstone, who was just treated rather shabbily as one of the dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman, has been offered the villain role. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
During the tail end of the Harry Potter series, we began to wonder what would happen to the young leads once the last movie wrapped. Hollywood, after all, is full of one-time kid stars who were never able to replicate their early success, or worse, who fall off the rails altogether. But so far, it seems like we have nothing to worry about from that cast.
Emma Watson in particular seems to be transitioning out of Hogwarts with ease. Her first post-Potter job was a supporting part in My Week with Marilyn, and over the next couple of years we’ll also see her in the YA adaptation The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. But her newest role sounds like it could be the most intriguing yet. Watson has entered talks to board Darron Aronofsky‘s biblical passion project Noah, joining Russell Crowe, Douglas Booth, and her Wallflower co-star Logan Lerman. More details after the jump.
UPDATE: After posting this story, we also got wind of some new names being eyed. Hit the jump to find out who.
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Thirty-five. That’s how many movies Ridley Scott is developing according to the IMDB and that doesn’t even count a potential Prometheus sequel, Blade Runner prequel or his next movie, The Counselor. Admittedly, the IMDB is mostly unreliable when it comes to upcoming projects and most of these movies are now dead or will never get off the ground but, even if you cut out 80% of them, you’re still looking at seven movies. Which is insane for one man. And now, in an interview discussing his latest film Prometheus, he let it slip that he has another one for the list.
Scott told Esquire Magazine that he’s been quietly developing a film based on the life story of Moses and that “it’s going to happen.” Read his quote and some other speculation after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is no longer opening next month, thanks to a late-in-the-game decision to post-convert it to 3D, we’ve got another ten months to keep talking about it. After the jump, read director Jon Chu‘s earlier comments on the decision to shoot in 2D. Also:
- Get a look at Shaquille O’Neal on the Grown Ups 2 set
- Passion of the Christ sorta-prequel Mary Mother of Christ gets a director
- Star Trek 2 is heading to Iceland for second unit shooting
- Jonathan Frakes talks about his visit to the Star Trek set
- Uncharted actor Nolan North will be in Trek 2, but chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won’t
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In my opinion, director Paul Thomas Anderson is responsible for writing and directing the best performance of Tom Cruise‘s career. The character of sex expert Frank TJ Mackey in Magnolia was perfectly conceived and executed with a confident exterior, seedy interior and hilarious dialogue. It marked Cruise’s third (and most recent) Oscar nomination and helped start a friendship with the director that lives on to this day. Or does it?
Cruise is a well-known and very vocal Scientologist. So when the news broke that Anderson’s latest film, The Master, was about that very subject (no matter what anyone says) many wondered what the actor would think of his friend shining what might be a negative light on Cruise’s views.
According to The Wrap, Anderson screened the movie for Cruise with that in mind. What happened? Read after the jump.
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Here’s a pretty minor update on Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah. Just as we get word that The Wolverine, the film Aronofsky was previously set to direct, will shoot in Australia rather than Japan, we’ve now got basic details on the locations for Noah. The movie, which tells a version of the biblical tale of Noah and his mission to preserve humans and animals against God’s cleansing flood, will have location work done in Iceland and New York, with studio work likely done in the latter.
We’ve seen Iceland used as a location recently for projects like Prometheus, Batman Begins and Game of Thrones, and the country is certainly wonderful for providing a landscape that looks beautiful and slightly alien. Cross reference some of the photos linked there with the art seen in the graphic novel version of Noah and you’ll quickly see the appeal of Iceland as a location.
A press release went out yesterday announcing the finalization of deals to have Russell Crowe star in the film, but there is no other cast mentioned. Liam Neeson has been rumored for months, but we’ll have to wait for more casting news. You can read that press release below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: We have been told that there is no truth to this rumor. Original story follows.
The last time we saw Jennifer Connelly in a Darren Aronofsky movie, she was curled up in the fetal position after having hit rock bottom at the end of 2000′s Requiem for a Dream. But in real life, of course, that movie had a much happier conclusion, with Connelly drawing raves for her fearless performance. Now Connelly and Aronofsky may be headed back to work together a second time, for his upcoming Biblical epic Noah. The project would also reunite her with Russell Crowe, who starred with her in 2001′s A Beautiful Mind.
Meanwhile, the project also appears to be reaching out to the younger generation, as Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) is reportedly being eyed for a supporting role. More details after the jump.
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One of the great mysteries of the 2012 movie calendar is whether or not Paul Thomas Anderson‘s highly anticipated film, The Master, would be released this year. The Weinstein Company will handle domestic distribution and, as was once again evidenced a few weeks back, they’re masters at Oscar campaigning. Anderson’s film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, screams “award season contender” but there had been no formal announcement. Just assumptions about a release window.
There still hasn’t been an official release date announced but one of the film’s primary producers, Megan Ellison, took to Twitter to give us a hint. Check it out after the jump. Read More »