We end a very soft news day with the initial unofficial photo grabs from the set of Darren Aronfsky’s Noah. Courtesy of Splash, audiences get to see a grizzly-looking Russell Crowe set to act in the biblical epic. The actor’s shaved head and grey, bushy beard is transformative to say the least, and might just be one of the most brazen ‘for-film’ makeovers of the year. Let’s be honest though, it is still not as crazy as Matthew McConaughey’s drastic weight loss for his upcoming indie. Continue Reading
It is almost hard to imagine that Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah will not hit theaters until 2014. The movie has been in production for a while now and it is so far along that today we are receiving the first picture of the title character: Russell Crowe as Noah. It shows nothing much at all, but at least it is something other than the incomplete ark (above) that was previously shown to us all by the film’s director.
Aronofsky’s follow-up to The Black Swan has recruited quite a cast list in recent months. Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah to name a few. It is fair to say that expectations are riding high for what promises to be the first entry in a new wave of old testament-style blockbusters that both Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott are keen on joining. Continue Reading
It has been confirmed today that the reunion of the leads from Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind will be happening. Continue Reading
More news today has come to light in regards to Darren Aronofsky’s biblical take on Noah’s Ark. Continue Reading
Remember that upcoming Noah’s Ark movie from Darren Aronofsky? Well, today it received its release date: March 28, 2014. The reason there is so much buzz around this feature is perhaps the casting of Russell Crowe. The Gladiator actor has not been in a whole lot of period features as of late outside of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, but he’s still the man when it comes to dramas from the past in the eyes of many.
Also, let’s not forget that Aronofsky is a great director who is responsible for the gem that put Natalie Portman on top of the Oscar heap, The Black Swan. The movie managed to gross over $300 million at the low, low cost of only $13 million. One could reasonably expect though that Noah will sport a significantly larger budget.
For those of you wondering why this project is still two years away despite being announced sometime ago, chalk that up to a busy schedule for Crowe who is set to star in several movies within the next few years including the heavily anticipated Les Miserables.
Probably the biggest news of the day is confirmation from Russell Crowe on the rumors reported recently that he could end up starring in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah’s Arc adaptation, Noah. The actor took to Twitter and mentioned that both he and Liam Neeson are both “eyeing” the film at the moment.
Steve Martin is a novelist in case you did not know, and the actor published a book called An Object of Beauty back in 2010. Well, that book is getting made into a movie now, and Amy Adams is set to both star in and produce the film. Her role will be that of an ambitious art doyenne who goes from assistant to gallery owner over the course of a decade and a half.
There is also some James Franco news to report today via Show Biz 411. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes actor is currently starring in and directing Child of God which is an indie filmed based on a Cormac McCarthy novel by the same name. The movie is about a violent man who lives a life that is best described as a disastrous attempt to exist outside the typical social order.
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Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man has cast quite an actor today in Philip Seymour Hoffman who is currently in final negotiations to join the thriller. The movie has been adapted from a spy novel by John le Carré which is about an illegal immigrate who gets caught up in the war on terror. Hoffman will play a rogue chief of a spy unit who tries to put together the mystery. The backdrop for this feature is Germany.
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NBC looks like they have a hit in the making as they have just announced that Allison Janney (Juno) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) have both been cast in the pilot episode of Friday Night Dinner. This is a comedy based on a British show that features a quirky family that eats dinners together every Friday night, and thus the title.
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Deadline is reporting that 500 Days of the Summer’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt is preparing to make his feature film directing debut in a film that stars Scarlett Johansson. The Dark Knight Rises actor will be pulling double duty as he plans to co-star alongside the actress as well in this comedy about a modern-day Don Juan who is on a quest to become less of a “selfish dick.”
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Another report originating from Deadline is surfacing. This one casts Denzel Washington alongside Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns–a film based on a graphic novel from Boom! Studios. The feature will be a reunion for director Baltasar Kormakur and Wahlberg as Kormakur pulled behind-the-camera duty on Contraband.
Deadline is reporting tonight that Darren Aronofsky is gearing up for his epic Noah’s Ark movie, and the director has quite the ideal cast list. He presumably will get what he wants as his last two efforts were Black Swan and The Wrestler which are both critical gems, so that is why when he drops names like Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson people pay attention. The director wants Crowe for the title role in Noah and Neeson to play another part. In other words, this biblical epic could very well end up with one hell of a cast.