Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history, this film centres on just a few days in her life to offer some telling insights not only into the woman in question but also the culture of celebrity and the nature of political legacies. Yes, it's a complex, provocative film, artfully directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Neruda) and anchored by a riveting performance from Natalie Portman.
The story is set in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, as Jackie (Portman) retreats to her seaside home in Massachusetts to make plans for her future. She is visited by a journalist (Billy Crudup), who asks her about her experience in the days after her husband (Caspar Phillipson) was shot while sitting next to her in the back of a car. During these days, she has been faced with some big questions. Who is she arranging the funeral for? Herself? Her children? The American public? The future generations who will remember her husband? The only people she can confide in are her brother-in-law Bobby (Peter Sarsgaard), her assistant Nancy (Greta Gerwig) and a straight-talking priest (John Hurt). Her husband may have been a relentless philanderer, but Jackie is consumed by grief and unsure where her life will go now.
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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.
Continue reading: 'Noah' Storms Debut Box Office, Riding Wave Of Controversy To No.1
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.
Things are looking sunnier for Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic after early hiccups.
Box office prospects are beginning to look brighter for Noah, Darren Aronofsky's new biblical epic. Opening in the USA today, the Russell Crowe-starring blockbuster's commercial success fell into doubt after several Middle Eastern countries raced to ban the Genesis story and early critics issued a collective non-committal shrug. Noah was initially rated in the low 70's on Rotten Tomatoes but this number has climbed to 77% today, indicating a rising interest in the film now that the waters have calmed.
Things Are Looking Up For 'Noah' Upon The Release Of The New Russell Crowe Film.
Aronofsky's movie has been banned in Middle Eastern countries, including The UAE, Qatar and Bahrain, because of a fear of religious provocation as the film breaks the Islamic taboo of depicting a prophet. Speaking at the Noah press call this week, Crowe branded the film's controversy "irrational" whilst co-star Emma Watson, who plays the wife of Noah's son, said she wasn't surprised by the uproar: "To be honest, I expected there to be controversy, I think all Biblical adaptations carry the weight of that because it is something that is so personal to people," she said.
Continue reading: 'Noah' Basks In Warmer Ratings After Early Flood Of Critical Scorn
The usually polished actress revealed how she got that coveted Bible look for new movie 'Noah.'
Want that unwashed, straight-outta-Genesis fieldworker look but not sure how you can attain such physical degradation? Well your favourite actress, Emma Watson, is here to tell you how to look Bible on a budget thanks to the cheeky style tips she snagged whilst filming for Darren Aronofsky's latest epic, Noah.
During The 'Noah' Press Call, Emma Watson Revealed how She Honed Her Character's Bible Look.
Speaking at the recent press call for the movie, Emma made sure to answer the question on everyone's lips after seeing the English actress' scenes in the film: how to get her look for less. "[I was] a bit greasy, didn't shower too much," Watson revealed when MTV News asked her about her Noah look, in Los Angeles.
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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