Darren Aronofsky MaddAddam

Two years ago, director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) began developing author Margaret Atwood‘s MaddAddam trilogy as an HBO series. Aronofsky bringing his talents to HBO was great news, but he’ll have to find a new home for the speculative fiction series. The cable network is no longer involved with the series, which he plans to produce and direct.

Below, learn more about the Darren Aronofsky MaddAddam adaptation.

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Jackie early buzz

Director Pablo Larraín‘s (The ClubJackie left more than a favorable impression at the Venice Film Festival. Larraín’s English language debut about the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) scored rave reviews, with critics praising the filmmaker’s unconventional approach to the biopic and a potential career best performance from Portman. So far, the reviews are almost nothing but effusive.

Below, check out the early buzz from the first Jackie reviews.

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Aronofsky batman movie

Frank Miller has been one of the most fascinating people in the comic industry for over thirty years now, writing and drawing stories that have left a profound impact on how we view the medium. He’s also created his fair share of controversial material, work that forces you to confront his earlier comics in a new light. He’s not the kind of artist who you simply embrace. To appreciate Frank Miller is to struggle with Frank Miller and the giant thumbprint he’s left on superhero comics.

And he’s impacted few characters quite like how he’s impacted Batman. In fascinating new interview, Miller speaks about his work, his politics, whether or not he watches movies influences by his work, and, most fascinatingly, the work he did with director Darren Aronofsky on an unmade Batman film.

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Darren Aronofsky directing Noah

Darren Aronofsky has laid low since the mixed reception for his Biblical epic Noah, but now he’s ready to kick into high gear once more. His untitled next project is moving full speed ahead, with Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence on board to star and Paramount set to distribute.  Read More »

First Look: Natalie Portman As Jackie Kennedy

Jackie, featuring Natalie Portman as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy

Protozoa Pictures has released the first photo of Natalie Portman in Jackie, a film about first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who fights to define her husband President John F. Kennedy’s, legacy in the seven days immediately following his assassination. Hit the jump to see the full Natalie Portman Jackie Kennedy photo.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan) and action superstar/former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are two names I never expected to share a movie project together. But the movie 478 seems to be moving forward with the project closing 19 international territories at the American Film Market.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay 1 Jennifer Lawrence

Lots of big directors want to work with Jennifer Lawrence, and who could blame them? She’s a star as beloved by critics as she is by fans, who attracts blockbuster grosses as well as Oscar buzz. But there’s still only one of her to go around, and that means she can’t take every promising gig thrown her way.

As such, Lawrence has just dropped out of The Rosie Project, to be directed by Richard Linklater. But on the bright side, she’s just picked up an untitled film by Darren Aronofsky. Get (a very few) more details on the Jennifer Lawrence Darren Aronofsky movie after the jump.  Read More »

‘I Lost It At The Video Store’ Trailer

I Lost it at the Video Store trailer
I’m old. When I wanted to see a movie I used to visit a store to rent movies on a cassette tape. It sounds like an old archaic system, but the experience was rather magical. And while the quality wasn’t even standard definition, far below the 4K High Definition resolutions of today, it didn’t seem to matter. Don’t get me wrong, you’d have to pry my AppleTV from my cold dead hands — I love the instant availability and quality that the digital age affords us — but there was something magical about that video store.

Tom Roston has written a new book titled “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era” which is a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and others, who came of age during the reign of video rentals. The book “constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.”

I haven’t read this book yet, but some of my favorite film books are compilations like this, filmmakers and screenwriters talking about either their favorite movies, their favorite lesser-known films, or the making of their first movie. After the jump you can watch a I Lost it at the Video Store trailer, and find more information about the book.

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Evel Knievel biopic

Evel Knievel was the prototype stuntman for the current age, a media-savvy showman who rode a devil-may-care attitude (and a willingness to endure pain) to fame and fortune. His rise and fall story is unique in its specifics, and woefully pedestrian in its arc of human foibles.

Who else has attempted to ride a steam-powered “rocket cycle” across a mile-wide canyon? And who cares if he made it? Knievel’s failures did as much myth-building as his successes. He was also a jerk who let his appetites run away with him. He cheated on his wife more times than anyone can count, and attacked his former promoter with a baseball bat, effectively braining his own career in the process.

Channing Tatum is obsessed with Evel Knievel, and he and his creative partner Reid Carolin are producing a biopic about the late stuntman which Tatum may star in as well. Now the film is reportedly courting a new director, who might be perfect for Knievel’s story of obsession and mental and physical intensity: Darren Aronofsky. Read More »

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Natalie Portman playing Jackie O

Earlier this week we heard that Natalie Portman would play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a film called On the Basis of Sex. Now she’s set to play another major figure in US history: Jacqueline Kennedy, in a film that will take place during the four days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film is called Jackie, and it counts Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky as a producer. Read More »