Water Diviner trailer

With The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe steps behind the camera to direct his first feature. He also stars in the film, which is set in the dats after World War I, as a man whose sons are missing after the battle of Gallipoli. He goes to Istanbul in search of the young men. Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yilmaz and Yilmaz Erdogan all co-star in the film written by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight. The Weinstein Company will release the film in the US at some point; you can see The Water Diviner trailer below. Read More »

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Nice Guys release date

The last time writer/director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver worked together, the result was the very funny neo-noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which helped re-launch the career of Robert Downey, Jr. After festival appearances the film was given a low-profile fall rollout by Warner Bros., and it flew under the radar of most moviegoers.

Back and Silver’s next film, The Nice Guys, will probably fare a bit different. Warner Bros. also has the distribution rights to the new picture, and it has locked Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as stars to play a private detective and muscle-for hire, respectively, who are drawn into a massive conspiracy while tackling seemingly separate cases. Now the film has a summer 2016 release date, which means it is really on. Read More »

Ryan Gosling Shane Black Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling may get another chance at a modern take on an LA-set crime film (to offset Gangster Squad) thanks to Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. In the wake of last year’s huge Iron Man success, Black has been taking time to get his next film off the ground. While his Doc Savage film continues to simmer at Sony, his next now looks like it could be The Nice Guys. This one is a 1970s noir Black wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi.

Black is trying to get Gosling and Russell Crowe to sign on for the film, which is being produced by Joel Silver. 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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Dave Perillo - Captain America header

After a few days off, Superhero Bits is back! How can you get this exclusive Captain America poster by Dave Perillo? Want to see Cap’s new suit from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron? What new details have been revealed from Guardians of the Galaxy? Is there a new Quicksilver photo from X-Men: Days of Future Past? Do babies play a part in Amazing Spider-Man 2? Will Russell Crowe return for Batman vs. Superman? Could Captain America: The Winter Soldier break $100 million this weekend? Want to see Patton Oswalt in Agents of S.H.I.E.L..D? Will Chadwick Boseman play Black Panther? Read about all this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

‘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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‘Noah’ Trailer: Now With More Emma Watson

Emma Watson in Noah

Most of the earlier promos for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah have (quite reasonably) focused on three elements: Noah, his ark, and the flood. But there’s a whole great supporting cast behind those main focal points, and the latest Noah trailer focuses on one of them.

The promo is introduced by Emma Watson, in an adorably flustered fashion, and features tons of new footage of the Harry Potter actress. Fans of hers will be happy to see she gets all sorts of things to do in the movie. It’s not just standing behind Russell Crowe looking vaguely concerned. Watch the new Noah trailer after the jump.

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Noah

Considering that Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah centers on a flood of literally Biblical proportions, it seemed a bit ironic that our Noah set visit in October 2012 was delayed several hours by some routine autumn drizzle. But once we finally arrived on the Long Island set, it quickly became clear that the trip would be worth the wait.

Rising out of the nighttime fog was a massive cube-like structure — the famed ark. It was sitting in the middle of a field surrounded by trees, and though I wasn’t more than an hour’s drive from my own apartment, seeing it made me feel like I’d been transported to another time and place entirely. Aronofsky’s films have never been short on ambition, and Noah obviously wasn’t going to be an exception.

Over the course of that evening, we got to speak with Aronofsky and star Russell Crowe to learn just how this stunning passion project had come together over the course of many, many years. Hit the jump to find out what we learned.

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