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 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 »
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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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 »
[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 Noah, out in theaters right now.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Winter’s Tale doesn’t lack for sincerity. It’s genuinely invested in the idea of eternal love, and the notion that everything happens for a reason, and the possibility that miracles are happening around us every day, and it tries its very hardest to sell us on these pleasant beliefs. What Winter’s Tale lacks is sense.
Akiva Goldsman‘s directorial debut is thought-provoking in that it raises lots and lots of questions, but they aren’t of the deep, meaningful, existential variety. Rather, they range from the amusingly trivial (why is Satan wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt in 1915 Manhattan?) to the thoroughly confounding. (Seriously, what is the point of this supposedly epic battle between good and evil?) By the time it was all over, the magical flying horse-slash-guardian angel felt like the most comprehensible thing I’d seen in the past two hours.
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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 »
Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
After decades spent writing and producing, Akiva Goldsman is finally trying his hand at feature directing. His first effort is Winter’s Tale, an epic fantasy romance based on Mark Helprin‘s novel of the same title.
Colin Farrell stars as Peter Lake, a thief attempting to rob a mansion in turn of the century New York. Once inside the home, however, he discovers a charming young woman named Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay) who is dying of consumption. The two develop a love powerful enough to span across the ages and maybe even overcome death.
Also starring are Jennifer Connelly as a modern-day woman who gets wrapped up in Peter’s tale, and Russell Crowe as a disgruntled gang boss who’s out to get Peter. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.
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