Briefly: Paramount let Michael Bay make his “little movie” Pain and Gain, based on a wild and very messed-up, violent story of bodybuilders who get into kidnapping, torture, and murder, and now the studio has set a April 26, 2013 as the release date for the picture. That puts Bay’s film up against only romcom The Big Wedding, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon. Pain and Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson as the core kidnappers/crazy people, with support from Anthony MackieEd Harris, Rob CorddryKen JeongTony Shalhoub, and Bar Paly.

Deadline also briefly reported that Paramount had set March 28, 2014 as the release date for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah. That original article has been pulled, so we’ll see if that date sticks or changes. (Edit: looking around more, I realized that date has been around for a while, so the reason Deadline pulled was likely a technical issue on their end. Pay attention only to the crazy bodybuilders, please.)


Coming off the Oscar-winning Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky could have done anything, so after dropping The Wolverine, he decided to build an ark. He’s currently shooting Noah, the Biblical tale of a man who builds an ark to save life on Earth after receiving a message from God. Russell Crowe plays the title role but he’s joined by Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins. It’s scheduled for release March 28, 2014 and after the jump you can see some new set photos. Read More »

Director Darren Aronofsky joined Twitter in January, and since the start of production on his current film Noah, which stars Russell Crowe as the biblical character who builds a massive ark, he’s been sending out guarded glimpses of the Iceland shoot. Recently he tweeted that the first real look at Noah was coming up, and now in an article about, appropriately, his use of Twitter, we’ve got the first shot of Crowe in the film.

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Paramount’s official synopsis for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah is pretty vague, referring to it as “a close adaptation” and giving only the barest outline of the classic Biblical tale. But if you’re really curious about what approach Aronofsky plans to take, it’s not hard to dig up some pretty potent clues. A few lucky folks have already gotten a glimpse at the actual script, and for a more visual reference we can turn to Aronofsky’s own comic books based on that script.

Not surprisingly, Aronofsky’s version is a far cry from the simple religious tale you may vaguely recall from Sunday school. For starters, his Noah is a Mad Max-style warrior dealing with “eleven-foot-tall fallen angels with six arms and no wings.” Really. More details after the jump. More details after the jump.

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Director Darren Aronofsky joined Twitter not long ago, and has been sending the occasional short missive from Iceland as he shoots Noah. The film stars Russell Crowe as the title figure, and also features Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, and Douglas Booth.

Now Aronofsky has announced that Sir Anthony Hopkins will appear in the movie, and suggests that he is playing Methuselah. Read More »

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Jennifer Connelly was one of the earliest names being rumored for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, with The Tracking Board preemptively announcing her casting as Naameh, wife of Noah (Russell Crowe) all the way back in April. However, while a slew of other names including Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson, and Ray Winstone have boarded the cast over the past several weeks, her status has remained uncertain. As of several days ago, we were even hearing that Julianne Moore was in consideration for the role originally said to Connelly’s.

But sometimes even apparently unfounded rumors turn out to have some truth to them, and this is one of those times. Various outlets are now reporting that Connelly has finally received an official offer, and is now in negotiations to join Aronofsky’s Biblical epic. More details after the jump.

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Ray Winstone May Be ‘Noah’ Villain

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 »

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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As Darren Aronofsky moves toward a shoot start for his new film Noah, the film’s cast is coming together. The film already has Russell Crowe set to play the title character, a version of the Biblical figure from the story of the ark and the flood that you may remember.

We’d heard at one point that Liam Neeson was being eyed to play another significant role, but that is reportedly not happening. We do have news on Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman signing on, however. That’s not quite a ‘no Neeson’ consolation prize, but in Aronofsky we’ll trust. Read More »

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 »