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"The Noah story belongs to all of us - every religion, every culture, every citizen of planet Earth. Now it is your turn: the story is yours to envision." At a gallery in SoHo on a cold March night in New York, Darren Aronofsky debuted a grand collection of art created by his friends and colleagues inspired by the Book of Genesis and the Story of Noah. This event celebrated the opening of the "Noah Art Show", organized in promotion for Aronofsky's latest movie, Noah, in theaters at the end of this month. The show is officially titled "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and we've previewed it already, but with the opening tonight we were invited to take a look inside this spectacular gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind art.
After piloting a giant robot in Pacific Rim, fighting Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World and fighting apartheid in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, British actor Idris Elba is heading into the jungle. Deadline has word that Elba is in final talks to take on the role of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It is said that Elba will "perform the role and provide the voice" so it sounds like there will be some motion capture used on this film to have human actors play the animals, much like Andy Serkis has done Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong.
At the South by Southwest Film Festival this year, Jon Favreau is getting back to his indie roots with Chef, the story of a talented cook who loses his job at a big restaurant in Los Angeles and tries to start his career anew while trying to get his estranged family back together. In order to hype the film at the festival in Austin, Favreau had his good friend and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. use his graphic artist skills to design some bright and colorful posters that they will be putting around town. And keep an eye out, because it looks like some of these posters will be signed by Downey himself. See the unveiling of the posters below!
Briefly: After getting picked up about a year and a half ago by The Weinstein Company, and getting jockeyed around with 20 minutes being cut from the film and a new edit being tested and shot down in favor of director Bong Joon-ho's original cut, Snowpiercer is finally coming to the United States. Last month we learned the director's cut of the film will see release, and Radius-TWC has just given the film a limited theatrical release on June 27th, and if the distribution arm follows suit, the film will likely hit VOD the same day. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming in April, it's a good year for Chris Evans.
The building block game Minecraft just got picked up for film treatment, and now the hit Playstation 3 video game The Last of Us is poised to hit the big screen as well. Deadline has word that Screen Gems, the company behind the Resident Evil franchise, will distribute a live-action adaptation of the pandemic ravaged open world game with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner producing. The game studio Naughty Dog will have their co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra working as the "creative architects" along with the game's creative director Neil Druckmann and director Bruce Straley.
Though the first batch of trailers and most recent "We're Doing a Sequel" musical number seem to promise a great sequel in Muppets Most Wanted, we wish there were some parody trailers in the same vein as the promotions for The Muppets. Those trailers took aim at Green Lantern, The Hunger Games and other popular films of the time with all the fun of The Muppets. Well, now we get a small taste of that parody style with some posters from across that pond that have blended Kermit the Frog with a couple James Bond posters and other action/spy thrillers. They're pretty awesome, and we wish there were more of them. Look!
"That there is a dame to kill for." Some recent first look photos popped up showing off the return of Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, not to mention a glimpse of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we get to see more of them and a much better look into the sequel, including the first looks at Ray Liotta, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, and Dennis Haysbert stepping in for Michael Clarke Duncan. As expected, the visuals are gorgeous, and this looks like the Sin City sequel we've all been waiting for from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. It's short and sweet, but that's all we need now. Watch!
This spring, Johnny Depp will become one with a computer in Transcendence, and the second trailer for the directorial debut from cinematographer Wally Pfister certainly showed off the scale of this technological thriller. The film isn't too far away from hitting theaters, and now the hype machine is getting a little more generic and safe in trying to get audiences interested. A new poster has just arrived and it makes full use of Depp's handsome face, but almost as if the poster was accessed by dial-up, half of the image is pixelated. I still think this film feels like a 90s thriller with contemporary technology, but we'll see.
He's a one-of-a-kind filmmaker and artist, known and beloved for his quirks and style, and a genuinely interesting person to talk with. In theaters this weekend is the eighth film from Wes Anderson, known for an impressive oeuvre of work so far, from Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic to The Darjeeling Limited to Fantastic Mr. Fox to Moonrise Kingdom. His latest is The Grand Budapest Hotel, which I was lucky enough to catch at the Berlin Film Festival world premiere (my review) a few weeks ago. I met up with Wes in New York recently to chat about the film, his career, Hollywood, and a few other things. It was an odd interview, to say the least, not exactly how I expected it to go, but fascinating none-the-less.
Can Tom Hardy make driving in a car for an hour and a half compelling? If the quotes in this first domestic trailer for the real-time thriller Locke are to be believed, then then answer is affirmative. While the trailer does seem a bit silly since it uses quick cuts to Hardy driving a car from different angles and in various states of distress, it does sounds like his character is dealing with a lot of pressure from several different angles. Taking the isolated setting and single-character style of Buried and adding an actor like Hardy into the mix is what truly makes this seem like a promising film, but we'll find out this spring. Watch!
After playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch!
Later this year we'll see Anton Corbijn's recent adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, featuring one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (read my review from Sundance here). But right now the director is working on a much different project, focusing on the real-life relationship of James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) in the film Life. Now we have a first look photo of the two young stars in the film that follows Stock as he meets Dean, shooting photos of him around the country, and slowly coming out of depression due to regret for being an estranged father.
"Movies don't really build things like this anymore." While much of the talk about Noah after the film hits theaters will likely and pointlessly revolved around the film's accuracy to The Bible and various other religious qualms, some attention should be paid to its achievement in filmmaking. And one such impressive element is the constructions of the ark at the center of the film. The first featurette for Darren Aronofsky's epic focuses on how they made part of this giant ship a reality, taking one year to design and six months to build it. Visual effects complete the ark, but this practical set piece is awesome. Watch below!
We just recently saw a cool featurette showing Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture work to play the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now another look behind the scenes has popped up looking at the somewhat silly, but impressive dwarf barrel escape sequence from the sequel that feels almost straight out of a Steven Spielberg film. Peter Jackson pops up on set as this featurette shows a combination of the footage shot and the visual effects that came together to make this fun sequence work on the big screen. It's a short featurette, but it shows just how much went into this small part of the film.