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When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.

As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »

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the Good Nurse movie adaptation

What will Darren Aronofsky do to follow Noah? What does one do after releasing the film they’ve been dreaming about, in some form, for much of their life? The writer/director has a couple things developing, such as an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam for HBO. Now he’s connected to The Good Nurse movie adaptation, based on the novel by Charles Graeber which follows the true story of a nurse who was also a nightmarishly prolific serial killer, implicated in the deaths of hundreds of people.

Update: Aronofsky’s reps say that his company Protozoa Pictures is developing the project, but that Aronofsky is not currently attached to direct in any formal manner. That could change — given that this is at Protozoa he could take up the project — but as of now the situation is that Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures is attached to produce The Good Nurse.

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Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy

You love Guardians of the Galaxy, we love Guardians of the Galaxy, pretty much everyone loves Guardians of the Galaxy. After a massive, massive opening weekend to go along with stellar reviews (currently 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), the Guardians of the Galaxy have officially become a piece of popular culture. How do you cement that? You get celebrities behind the film.

Dozens and dozens of comedians, directors and various other famous people took to Twitter over the weekend to praise James Gunn‘s film and you can check out a bunch of their wildly positive Guardians of the Galaxy celebrity tweets below. Read More »

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David Weil wrote a science fiction spec script titled Moonfall which has attracted a lot of interest around Hollywood this week. The Wrap is reporting that “several top filmmakers including producer Darren Aronofsky” are interested in making Moonfall, which has been described as a Fargo-like thriller set on the moon. The moon and a Fargo-like thriller? I’m in. Find out more about the potential Moonfall movie, after the jump.

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Darren Aronofsky's Noah behind the scenes

Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah hits home video on July 29th 2014 (preorder it here) and Paramount has released a bunch of video clips from the making of documentary on the blu-ray release. I really liked the film, and its always great to see real clips of Darren Aronofsky directing a film. These clips go to show just how much cast and crew it takes to bring this tale to the big screen. One of the clips shows the elaborate rig which creates the rain at the beginning of the flood sequence. Watch the Noah behind the scenes video clips after the jump.
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Noah Aronofsky 2

The lines between film and TV blur constantly these days, with major filmmakers making TV shows and TV creators heading into movies. But the biggest yet example has just been revealed. Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler, Black Swan and Noah, has just begun developing a sci-fi book trilogy as an HBO series.

The series is by Margaret Atwood and is called the MaddAddam trilogy. It centers on a futuristic world where corporations rule and a “waterless flood” wipes out most of humanity. Read More »

Darren Aronofsky's The Story of Creation From Noah

My favorite sequence from Noah is Darren Aronofsky‘s adaptation of the story of creation from the book of Genesis. In my review for the film, I said:

One of my favorite parts of the film is Aronofsky’s beautiful retelling of the beginning of Genesis, which will please pro-science and will likely piss off creationists. Its this kind of passionate visual storytelling that mixes bible verse with science fact to present one of the most well-known stories in existence in a completely new light. For me, the beauty contained in the construction of this segment is worth the ticket price alone.

Now you don’t need to go to the movie theater to see this incredible sequence, as Protozoa Pictures has made it available online for free. But if you like this three and a half minute clip, do your self a favor and go see the film. Watch Darren Aronofsky’s the story of creation embedded after the jump.

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‘Noah’ and the Inscrutable God

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[The following contains SPOILERS for Darren Aronofsky's Noah. You can listen to our podcast review of Noah here.]

I once had a conversation with a friend of mine who has a Ph.D in Theology. We were discussing the nature of God, and I remember him saying to me, “I’m not sure if God exists. But if He does, He has a lot to answer for.”

“Like what?” I asked.

“Well, for one thing, He’s not a very good communicator.”

As a person who was raised in the Christian faith, one of the most challenging things for me to accept is God’s inscrutability. If there’s a being who can speak the universe into existence, surely He could make it crystal clear what his commands are? Surely, He could make clear to us the actual truth of His existence? Surely, He could stop untold amounts of suffering and killing by just dropping some truth on us every once in awhile? This tension – between God’s silence and His power – is a dynamic on full display in Noahout in theaters right now.
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