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We’ve wondered for months which cut of Darren Aronosfky‘s Noah would land in theaters when the film opens in March. Reports of numerous test screenings have floated around for quite a while, and gossip around LA has whispered stories of different editors working on various cuts of the film at Paramount’s bequest. With industry talk of a schism between Paramount and Aronofsky when it came for a vision for the film, there was reason to wonder if we would see the director’s version, not when we would see it.

And while Aronofsky now says “there was a rough patch,” the current word is that none of the Paramount cuts tested any better than execs thought the director’s own version would d.,Paramount has now accepted, and even embraced Aronofsky’s Noah for what it is, and will release the director’s cut. Read More »

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Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah will be sweeping across the screen in 3D this year — but only if you’re watching from outside the U.S. Paramount is prepping an upconverted version of the film to be released exclusively in foreign markets, in an attempt to lure audiences with snazzy effects. Get more details after the jump.

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‘Noah’ Super Bowl Spot Features a Hint of Angels

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That rain-soaked poster for Noah we saw yesterday was just the first hint of a marketing deluge that will be well underway before the film opens in March. Now we’ve got the next wave: the ad for the film that will run during the Super Bowl on Sunday. There’s not much new footage here — we’ve seen almost all of this before. But there is a shot that hints at an army of angels defending upon Earth.  Read More »

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We talk all the time here about new projects for our favorite directors, but today we’re going to talk about two films that have just been dropped by their respective helmers.

According to new reports, Darren Aronofsky has walked away from the thriller Red Sparrow, after circling the picture for months. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone is kicking off his MLK weekend by announcing that he is no longer making an MLK biopic. Hit the jump for updates on both projects.

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Nick Nolte Boards Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

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It’s not surprising that Darren Aronofsky has managed to put together an excellent cast for his Biblical epic Noah. What is surprising is that he’s still adding to it, just two and a half months before the film’s premiere.

The director revealed this morning that he had added Nick Nolte in the role of Samyaza, which was previously associated with recurring Aronofsky player Mark Margolis (a.k.a. Hector Salamanca from Breaking Bad). Hit the jump to see what Aronofsky had to say about the casting.

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Briefly: Darren Aronofsky and New Regency have had a good relationship; the director made The Fountain under an old first-look deal with New Regency, and they worked together to produce Noah, which New Regency financed with Paramount. And while there’s been talk of difficulties with Paramount and Noah, it seems like Aronofsky and New Regency are working together well enough to sign a new deal.

Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures signed a new three-year first-look deal with New Regency for feature development, at the same time as Protozoa has signed a similar deal with HBO to develop shows for Aronofsky to direct for television.

“It is a thrill to be re-teaming with my old friends at New Regency,” Aronofsky said. “Arnon [Milchan] has been a great supporter since we made The Fountain together. It is a golden age for the small screen and moving into that realm with HBO as partners is a dream come true. I am excited to see Protozoa’s output explode over the next few years.” [Deadline]

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When Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain was released in 2006, didn’t perform very well commercially or critically. But in the intervening years, the film has become somewhat of a cult hit, thriving on DVD and online streaming as more people have discovered it and attempted to plumb its depths.

I remember my first experience seeing the film in theaters. I was blown away by the raw performances, the gorgeous space/cell imagery, and the way Aronofsky seamlessly blended these three parallel storylines together. But many things also confused me. In my attempts to figure out what was actually going on, I realized that people actually had multiple interpretations of the film, several of which I just didn’t buy due to the evidence in the movie.

What follows is a video essay that represents my best attempt at explaining the events of the film. Find it after the jump and share your own theories in the comments.
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We’re fascinated with Noah, from Darren Aronofsky. The filmmaker has merged the sacred and the profane before, but never on this scale, and rarely for the sort of wide audience that a biblical epic like Noah is likely to draw. And we’re still trying to get a sense of what the film really is — as is Paramount, if reports are any indication. So the trailers so far have been strange, with spatters of character clues and a good hint of spectacle, but I feel like we’re really only seeing a small part of what the film will be.

Below, there’s a new Japanese trailer for Noah, and despite the fact that it is cut for an audience that might not approach the film in the same way a conservative American audience might (and that’s an audience that Paramount very much wants and needs for this movie) it still treads along a path very similar to what’s been used of the domestic sales pitch.

But there’s some new footage here, including a hint or two that the voyage through the flood is particularly rough. Read More »

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