Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah). His best films are unforgiving explorations of artistic ambition (Black Swan), addiction (Requiem for a Dream) or mortality (The Wrestler), admittedly big themes. But this bonkers family horror movie perhaps has more in common with his ambitious existential sci-fi epic The Fountain: this is a resolutely symbolic movie that's impossible to take literally. And yet it still freaks us out.
It's set in a huge isolated house, which a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) has been restoring for her older poet husband (Javier Bardem) after it burned down. Just as it's beginning to look good, and she starts thinking about starting a family, the husband invites a stranger (Ed Harris) to stay, and he encroaches on their hospitality by inviting his pushy wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their bickering sons (real-life brothers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson). After causing some chaos, they finally leave, the wife falls pregnant and the husband's writers' block finally breaks. But his new book inspires so much adulation from his fans that their happiness is in jeopardy.
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The director isn't at all shocked by the reactions to his latest flick.
Rarely does a movie come out to such differing opinions as 'mother!' has done this past month, from director and writer Darren Aronofsky. Though the premise of the film doesn't sound all too alarming - a couple's relationship put to the test when they get unwanted and uninvited guests at their home - the extravaganza that awaits those brave enough to watch is truly horrifying and unique.
Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem at the 'mother!' premiere
Some critics love 'mother!', whilst others absolutely hate it. There seems to be no middle ground for those who go and see the thriller, and we imagine that this is something Aronofsky was aiming for when he made the film.
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He doesn't care if he freaks people out.
Never one to make a safe movie, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky wasn't surprised when his latest film Mother! was both cheered and booed when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last week. As the dust settles, it's being tipped as an Oscar frontrunner.
Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Barden star in 'Mother!'
"Most people, after they see the film, they don't even want to look at me," Aronofsky laughs. "But I don't care if they cheer or they freaking boo, as long as they react. This film is like tossing a hand grenade into pop culture! It's a cruise missile shooting into a wall. Surrealism is very rare nowadays, and it's interesting how many people don't remember that all movies are living, waking dreams."
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A young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) and her older husband (Javier Bardem) have the most perfect solitary life, spending all their time together in their beautiful and peaceful country home. But their paradise is about to be threatened with the arrival of an older couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer), who appear to mistake their home for a bed and breakfast. The young woman's husband is accommodating to them despite their mistake and her serious reservations about letting strangers sleep in their house. Pretty soon this union of two couples turns into a bloody tale of fear, insanity and a whole load of weirdness - more people arrive at the sanctuary and the young woman's husband seems to be somebody else completely. Now it's a game of survival - God help you.
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Another HBO classic, on the way. Thanks.
HBO’s penchant for daring adaptations doesn’t show any signs of abating; the premium cable channel is ready to pump its creative juices into a TV version of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy and have installed White Swan and Noah helmsman Darren Aronofsky to direct the project.
Darren Aronofsky will direct 'Maddaddam' for HBO [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Neilson Barnard]
The trilogy isn’t unfamiliar territory for Aronofsky; the novel follows the author's "Oryx and Crake" and "Year of the Flood" in a reimagining of Earth after a horrific flood. Oryx and Crake , The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam would be made by his Protozoa Pictures deal with HBO.
The 'Noah' actress and unexpected yogi sees a future for herself away from blockbusters.
Emma Watson has been doing a lot of pondering on the next stage of her life. The Noah actress is now on the brink of graduating in English Literature from Brown University and is looking forward to life as a graduate and devoting more time to her passions rather than starring in blockbusters and studying.
Emma Watson Says She's Looking Forward To Yoga, Art & Theatre After Graduating.
She said: ''When I finish my degree, I will have a lot more time to pursue other passions, and I want to figure out what those will be. I love having something completely unrelated to the film industry. I want to find something that will let me use my brain in another way. I like connecting people who aren't part of that industry," via Wonderland Magazine.
Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic 'Noah' has topped the box office after dividing critics.
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has experimented with most genres over the course of his career, from brainy freak-out ('Pi') to gritty self-discovery ('The Wrestler') by way of intense drama ('Requiem for a Dream'), personal sci-fi odyssey ('The Fountain') and psychological horror ('Black Swan'). We've learned long ago to stop expecting what he'd tackle next, but no one saw the biblical epic on his to-do list.
Russell Crowe Plays The Titular Ark-Builder In Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic.
Indeed, Noah isn't the usual biblical epic. Aronofsky has completely jettisoned the style of more reverential films for something much darker and more complex. It has understandably divided critics; some find it bloated and uneven, while others see something deep and provocative. But the one group that seems unsure what to make of it is America's notoriously powerful religious subculture.
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Darren Aronofsky continues to ambitiously experiment with genres in this Old Testament blockbuster, but this is his first real misstep as a filmmaker, as the impressive parts simply don't add up. Still, there are flashes of genius as the epic struggle between good and evil is echoed both in the grand spectacle and within the characters themselves.
It starts with the original sin, which divides Adam and Eve's sons - brutal killer Cain and peaceful caretaker Seth - into warring factions. A few generations later, all that's left of Seth's righteous line is Noah (Russell Crowe), his wife (Jennifer Connelly) and three sons (Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Leo McHugh Carroll), plus an adopted daughter (Emma Watson). After he has a vision that God is planning to cleanse mankind with a flood, Noah consults his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) and builds an ark to save his family and all of earth's animals. He also gets help from the Watchers, rock-encrusted fallen angels who previously assisted Cain's descendant Tubal (Ray Winstone), who goes into battle mode to stop Noah.
All of this is inventively set in a post-apocalyptic landscape left in ruins after generations of fighting. And Noah is the last true believer tending to creation, refusing to eat meat (although he wears leather accessories) and ruling over his family like a tyrant. This of course creates various carefully scripted conflicts for his family over the months they're stuck in the ark. But the moralising is never as deep as it pretends to be.
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For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' the prophecy has been fulfilled.
Noah has swept to success in its debut weekend, having opened in the USA. Darren Aronofsky's controversial new biblical epic took a massive $44 million over the weekend, which sent the film sailing past last week's number one movie, Divergent, according to Box Office Mojo. Russell Crowe takes the titular lead in this big budget hard-hitter, starring alongside Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Douglas Booth.
New Russell Crowe Epic 'Noah' Has Swept To Success In Its Opening Weekend.
It hasn't all been plain sailing for the latest movie from the Black Swan director. Noah has faced religious opposition and subsequent bans in certain Middle Eastern countries due to the fear of religious provocation. What's more, early reviewers simply weren't fussed by Aronofsky's lengthy epic, yet this negativity seems to have been turned around since more Noah reviews have flooded in, sending the movie's Rotten Tomatoes rating skywards.
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Russell Crowe and Emma Watson are on the road promoting Noah, while Anne Hathaway hits Miami for Rio 2 and Michael Fassbender shoots Macbeth in rural England. Elizabeth Banks takes the Walk of Shame in a new trailer, and we see the future in The Giver, The Signal and Jupiter Ascending...
As Darren Aronofsky's ambitious retelling of the biblical tale of Noah opens in America this weekend, Russell Crowe continues his world tour, premiering the film in cities on every continent. This Saturday alone he'll attend three premieres: in Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Meanwhile, Emma Watson was photographed this week greeting fans as in New York she attended David Letterman's chat show to talk about the movie. The film hits UK and Irish cinemas next week. Watch a smartly dressed Emma Watson greeting over-eager fans outside 'Letterman' studios.
The voice cast of Rio 2 enjoyed a sunny premiere in Miami Beach this week, attended by Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez. A series of clips of the event shows the stars talking about the film and enjoying a youth choir singing hits with a Latin-infused beat. Watch Anne Hathaway celebrate 'Rio 2' release at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach premiere. Or take a look at the cast of 'Rio 2' enjoying the upbeat Choir at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach premiere.
Clint Eastwood, Jane Rosenthal, Darren Aronofsky and Richard Schickel - 2013 Tribeca Film Festival 'The Untold Story' World Premiere - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 27th April 2013
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