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Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah is scheduled for release March 28, 2014, which means the marketing should start fairly soon. Case in point, the director showed an early cut of the trailer on Thursday to an audience at the Echo Conference, a church-based conference in Texas for “artists, geeks and storytellers.” He sent a video introduction and then showed the trailer.

We don’t have the trailer just yet, but we have the video introduction and some reactions, all of which were positive. Read More »

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Leave it to the literate and persistently perverse musician/lyricist/screenwriter Nick Cave to totally upend the basic idea of a Hollywood sequel. (This is the man who, for instance, incarnated his fascination with violent folk songs by tossing out all subtlety on the album Murder Ballads, which among other tunes contains an almost shockingly profane revamp of the song ‘Stagger Lee.’)

You may or may not have heard that Russell Crowe once called up Cave to hire him as a screenwriter for Gladiator 2. Cave had written only one other script at the time, Ghosts… Of the Civil Dead; he’s since written The Proposition and Lawless, among other unproduced scripts. ”Hey Russell, didn’t you die in Gladiator?” asked Cave. Crowe’s response: “Yeah, you sort that out.”

The basic news of Cave writing a Gladiator sequel script surfaced years back, and in fact the script itself has done the internet rounds. (It’s embedded below, and after reading the leadup to it, you’ll want to give it a spin.) Cave recently appeared on Marc Maron’s podcast, and talked at length about that project. That’s the source of the quotes above, and just wait ’till you hear how he sorted things out. Hint: Cave’s solution involved a blend of Roman and Christian religions for a story he wanted to call Christ Killer. Yeah, wonder why that didn’t get made? Read More »

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Would Russell Crowe do a Man of Steel prequel? Have the Guardians of the Galaxy villains been revealed? How do superheroes take selfies? Is a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series in the works? Which incarnation of Superman is the latest cast into plastic by Hot Toys? Which details about the Deadpool script did Ryan Reynolds reveal? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Darren Aronofsky‘s telling of the great Biblical flood, which will hit theater screens as Noah, has gone quiet in the past few months. The film shot last year, with Russell Crowe in the lead, and Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins rounding out the primary supporting cast.

Now in post-production, it’s been a while since we saw any new peeks at Aronofsky’s realization of the story, which promises to be a rather different one from any we’ve seen on screen so far. But a few new images have surfaced, all appearing to be shots of the cast from actual scenes rather than set pics, even if they’re not in great resolution. Could these be clipped from a forthcoming footage release? We’ll see, but for now you can check out the shots below. Read More »

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Russell Crowe is on a hot streak of high-profile roles right now, between last year’s Les Misérables, this month’s Man of Steel, and next year’s Winter’s Tale and Noah. So the fact that he’s booked yet another splashy turn isn’t much of a surprise, but this gig’s a little different. For the first time in his career, Crowe will lead the charge both in front of and behind the camera.

The Oscar-winning actor has just entered negotiations to helm and star in The Water Diviner. The historical drama was scripted by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, both of whom come from Australian TV. Hit the jump for plot and schedule details.

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‘Man of Steel’ – What Did You Think?

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There’s little question that Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel is, at least on the surface, the movie that fans have been asking for. It has a solid performance from Henry Cavill in the lead role, a few great talents orbiting him in important supporting roles (notably Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon), and the biggest, hardest-hitting depiction of super-powered action ever to hit a movie screen.

For some people, that — along with a detailed, wild vision of Krypton, and a revision of Superman’s origin — is probably enough to lock this as one of the best screen incarnations of the character. There’s a lot more than that to talk about in Man of Steel, however. So weigh in below, and tell us what you think of the film. Spoilers are encouraged below.

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Man of Steel opens in just over a week. After years of waiting, a brand new, ass-kicking Superman movie is right around the corner. Next week, we’ll be able to share our thoughts. If you don’t have your tickets yet, you may want to secure those now.

And if you’re still on the fence, maybe one final trailer will convince you. Nokia has teamed up with the team to release a new trailer that really hinges on director Zack Snyder‘s visuals and composer Hans Zimmer‘s score. There’s some dialogue in there too, mostly from Jor-El (Russell Crowe) but this trailer is poetry and the perfect, final piece of marketing to watch before June 14. Read More »

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Briefly: The movie-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer have been assembling has gone through a few revisions. At this point, it stands as a one-film deal financed by Media Rights Capital, with Russell Crowe starring as Roland the gunslinger. If that film does well, MRC could move forward on more movies.

But things have become a bit more complicated. Grazer now says that there’s a new financing offer on the table, which would allow the original plan of three movies and two limited TV series to be shot. Which deal will they take?

Grazer told Deadline that “a Silicon Valley investor” has come forward with a proposal to finance The Dark Tower as it was originally planned. If there are two funding possibilities out there, the situation probably also has factors we can’t guess. (For starters, MRC is well-established, while this new investor might not have much media experience.) So there’s no point to assuming that this will go one way or the other. Could MRC and the new investor work together? Regardless, for those who’ve hoped to see the bigger Dark Tower, there’s a glimmer of hope.

 

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