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1:00 PM on 10.01.2014

Russel Crowe's The Water Diviner gets trailer and poster

Russell Crowe is finally making the jump to director, because that's what actors do it seems. His debut film is The Water Diviner, a WWI period piece about an Australian man who goes searching for his lost boys after the war...

Matthew Razak

Review: Noah photo
Review: Noah
by Matthew Razak

To preface this review I'd like to point you towards this article, which explains how I, as a DC film critic, finally got to see Noah ahead of time. Basically, Paramount for some reason thought it would be grand to screen the film for only religious critics, and when they got called on their crap threw the company that does the screenings under the bus. On the plus side they did arrange a screening so I got to see Noah ahead of time for this review (which was embargoed until today despite opening last night).

But that really has nothing to do with Darren Aronofky's biggest movie yet. At $130 million dollars this isn't the small budget fare we're use to seeing from him. Instead it is an epic in the most biblical sense of the word. It's a daunting task to retell a story about faith in a increasingly secular industry, and the way Aronofsky goes about that is very interesting.

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First trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Noah gets biblical photo
First trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Noah gets biblical
by Nick Valdez

I'm not the most religious person. I have my beliefs and other folks have theirs, but there's no reason that I can't enjoy a film depicting one of the more famous stories from the Bible, Noah's Ark. This first trailer for Darren Aronofsky's take on the story (starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins) looks surprisingly gorgeous.

It's such a refreshing change of pace to get actual landscapes and sets rather than overt CG backgrounds. Sure each piece of animal fur is meticulously crafted and the budget is bloated, but when it looks this good, it's hard to care about that stuff. As for the actual content, I reeeeally like the trailer up until folks starting attacking the ship.

If it stays a story about a man who believes in some unseen force that leaves hints about the apocalypse, Noah could be very interesting. Keep it from becoming a generic action movie.  Noah rains action into theaters March 28th next year. You can watch the international trailer for the film after the jump too!

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12:00 PM on 11.07.2013

First trailer for Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale is based off the book of same name and is the directorial debut of Oscar winning screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman. I have no rightly idea what's going on in the trailer (other than the fact it takes place in Olde N...

Nick Valdez

Cast/character portraits from Darren Aronofsky's Noah photo
Cast/character portraits from Darren Aronofsky's Noah
by Hubert Vigilla

It's been a little while since we've heard about Noah, Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic (by way of Mad Max with 11-foot-tall fallen angels). We previously had a picture of Noah's ark looking very ark-like, but now we have our first glimpses of the cast members in character, which you can check out in the gallery.

Russell Crowe is Noah, with Ray Winstone as the villain of the film (though not God or water). Anthony Hopkins is in the movie as well as Methuselah. Rounding out the cast are Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Logan Lerman. Something about these costumes seems less Old Testament and more Dark Ages or Middle Ages. It's the kind of stuff that wouldn't be out of place in a pseudo-medieval fantasy film.

Noah should be out by 2014, and hopefully an English translation of Aronofsky's graphic novel version of Noah will be out some time next year as well.

What do you think of these character pics?

[Fotogramas via Bleeding Cool]

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9:00 AM on 01.31.2013

Man of Steel action figures for Zod and Jor-El

[UPDATE: Additional pics of Superman action figures, a Superman vinyl figure, and the Lego box added to the gallery.] We've been getting a lot of pics of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, but we've yet t...

Hubert Vigilla

Five new uncut clips from Les Miserables are worrying photo
Five new uncut clips from Les Miserables are worrying
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

After the release of the last trailer for Tom Hooper's upcoming adaptation of the brilliant Les Miserables, my excitement was somewhat diminished. I didn't like the way the trailer cut up, and I wanted some unbroken songs to really get a sense of how the music was going to play out.

Well, I got my wish, but it has only worried me more. Five clips from various songs in the film ("A Heart Full of Love," "Who Am I?," "On My Own," "Look Down," and "At the End of the Day") have been released, and the quality is kind of all over the place. Particularly notable is Russell Crowe's performance as Javert (above), which didn't sound particularly great in the last trailer, but I hoped it was just a function of the way the way the trailer was done.

Nope. Not only is his vocal performance subpar, his timing is absolutely bizarre. The fact that it's different than the way previous versions have done is fine; the way things are generally being played allows for that kind of thing, but here it seems like Russell Crowe just doesn't know where to start singing, because it feels like he's off beat for basically every one of his lines. It doesn't sound good. It really, really doesn't.

Also, his lines are different. What is that about? His lines are supposed to be, "No, it means you get your yellow ticket of leave" not "Blardy blar blar blar excess words that don't make this better." Grumble grumble...

The other clips are a bit more heartening, but even those are a bit strange. Tom Hooper's directorial hand is extremely clear, and all of the songs are shot in a weirdly similar way that I don't entirely appreciate. Wide-angle medium closeups are awesome and everything, but those shots are in need of some serious variety. 

I have lots of other feelings, but I'll leave them for another time. For the moment, you can find the other four clips can be found below. Christmas Day is going to be interesting.

[Via The Film Stage]

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6:00 PM on 11.26.2012

New international (French) Les Misérables poster

Now that we're well on our way out of November, we enter into the legitimate beginnings of the Holiday season; that is to say, that time of year that some people love while others despise it wholeheartedly. What can we do to ...

Thor Latham

2:00 PM on 11.13.2012

Les Miserables cast photos by Annie Leibovitz

Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables is just over a month away. To help build the hype, noted photographer Annie Leibovitz took a number of stunning cast photos for Vogue. They're much better than the chintzy Disney pics...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 10.05.2012

Trailer: Broken City

Corruption, intrigue, action, bad hair, a trailer that give away most of the movie and all the best lines. These are things that you should expect when watching the trailer for Broken City a movie about a city that is b...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 09.19.2012

New images from The Man With The Iron Fists

Music producer and Wu Tang Clan leader RZA is as much of a movie nerd as Quentin Tarantino, particularly when it comes to wushu, aka Chinese martial arts movies. Anyone who enjoyed Kill Bill - which should be everyone - shoul...

Xander Markham

WB decides on Dark Tower in two weeks, Crowe attached photo
WB decides on Dark Tower in two weeks, Crowe attached
by Matthew Razak

After reading through the entire Dark Tower series because I thought that it was actually, finally going to be made into a movie/TV series I was pretty much crushed when production halted. But never keep a rambling, all-over-the-place epic down as we've got new news on whatever the project turns out to be. First off is that Russell Crowe is in talks to play the books' protagonist, gunslinger Roland Deschain.

But wait, you ask. Wasn't the whole thing pretty much DOA? Not quite. The property moved over to Warner Bros. after Universal dropped it and they're going to decide in two weeks if they're going to do anything with it. This has been triggered by a new screenplay turned in and Crowe's involvement with the film. He definitely brings a name to the project (though it's had plenty of names before and not got off the ground).

As far as the project itself goes, WB is still looking to have Ron Howard direct and the idea is still to make the series into three movies and two limited-run TV shows. As far as Crow goes, he doesn't quite fit the bill for Roland, but he's done cowboy before and if the trailer for Man with the Iron Fists is any indication he still has it.

[via Deadline]

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12:00 PM on 07.23.2012

Russell Crowe is directing a Bill Hicks biopic

Russell Crowe, acclaimed star of Wine Drunk at the Villa and Fightin' Round the World, will be directing a film based on the life of legendary comedian Bill Hicks, who died of cancer at the age of thirty-two. At present,...

Alex Katz

Russell Crowe to star in Aronofsky's Noah photo
Russell Crowe to star in Aronofsky's Noah
by Jason Savior

Prior talks culminated today as it was confirmed by Paramount and New Regency that Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming Biblical epic Noah has found its titular lead. While the fable famously features a raven and a dove, the film will do one better and add a crow.

A Russell Crowe, that is.

Crowe brings to the Noah role experience as not only a tested captain at sea, but also as a subject of schizophrenic delusion. The screenplay is a collaboration between Aronofsky and Ari Handel, who is co-credited for the story in The Fountain. John Logan, most recently Oscar-nominated for Hugo, revised. The movie begins shooting in July, with a projected March 2014 release, in New York and Iceland. Expect more CGI animals than the Madagascar films and a plot of roughly the same perspicacity.

[via Collider]

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10:00 AM on 03.21.2012

Russell Crowe takes lead role in Darren Aronofky's Noah

Last month there was word that Russell "Master & Motherf*cking Commander" Crowe was in talks for the lead role in Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Now we have official confirmation that the Crowester will indeed star in...

Andres Bolivar

6:00 PM on 02.29.2012

Russell Crowe in talks for Darren Aronofsky's Noah

Darren Aronofsky's Noah has been in gestation for a long time - if in a pretentious mood, you might say it's positively antediluvian at this point - but it looks as though the project finally setting sail with confirmation th...

Xander Markham

8:00 PM on 02.02.2012

[UPDATE] Russell Crowe cast as the new Robocop?

[UPDATE: Well, looks like it's the week of the police cyborg known as Robocop. Just the other day, we told you that Nick Schenk was hired on to write the Robocop remake for the big screen. Today we're reporting that Russel Cr...

Jamie R Stone

2:00 PM on 02.02.2012

Will Smith and Russell Crowe join Winter's Tale

Akiva Goldsman has long struggled to secure financing for his directorial debut, Winter's Tale, which is surprising considering it is a magic-themed gangster story (adapted from a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin) from the man who ...

Xander Markham

7:34 AM on 12.08.2010

Russell Crowe wants Fox to make Master and Commander sequel?

Russell Crowe quizzically Tweeted yesterday "If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts." It feels odd that he'd push for this movie when Gladiator seemed...

Tom Fronczak