Fact: NOAH director Darren Aronofsky has replaced Peter Berg as the director of a new EVEL KNIEVEL biopic. Online reports suggest the filmmaker has picked up the reins of the project, which will feature Channing Tatum as the late stuntman.
Quote: "I said, 'Er, it's terrible, Darren' - because it was, really bad. However, it turned out I'd been sent a script that was two years out of date. So they sent me the latest one and it was... blinding." Ray Winstone was disappointed with the first Noah script he read after director Darren Aronofsky accidentally gave him an earlier draft.
Fact: Darren Aronofsky is set to interview Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood about the art of directing at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month (Apr13). The chat, part of a series of industry discussions during the annual event, will take place at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on 27 April (13) following the premiere of documentary, Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. Others taking part in the festival series include Ben Stiller and Jay Roach, and Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and his Before Sunrise co-star Julie Delpy.
Fact: Darren Aronofsky is set to receive the John Huston Prize at the inaugural First Time Fest. The Black Swan director will be honoured for his career achievements in March (13), when the four-day movie event for inexperienced moviemakers kicks off in New York.
Quote: "He is really into science and batteries and magnets and how things work. He is just finding his own way, but he has so many people around him in the arts that he will probably rebel and become a banker. I don't push him towards anything. I just let him be." Actress Rachel Weisz reveals her son Henry, with ex-partner Darren Aronofsky, is more interested in science than drama.
Fact: Actor Michael Fassbender is in talks to replace Christian Bale as Biblical hero Noah in Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky's new movie. Bale reportedly dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts and now Inglourious Basterds star Fassbender is discussing the role with the moviemaker.
Fact: Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is to head the jury at New York City's 35th annual Margaret Mead Film Festival. The four-day event, which celebrates documentaries, begins on Thursday (10Nov11) at the American Museum of Natural History.
Fact: Black Swan moviemaker Darren Aronofsky has been commissioned to direct Lou Reed and Metallica's video for their collaborative track Iced Honey.
Fact: Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will chair the jury at this year's (11) Venice Film Festival in Italy. The annual event will take place between 31 August and 10 September (11).
Quote: "Natalie Portman - just complete professional relationship. Open up the door, she walks in, does the work. No issues. No hand-holding. She’s just fully prepared. Mickey Rourke... I’d say 90 per cent therapy." Moviemaker Darren Aronofsky on the differences between his stars in Black Swan and The Wrestler.
Quote: "He'd say, 'Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She's so much better than you.'" Natalie Portman's BLACK SWAN director Darren Aronofsky motivated the actress to carry on with ballet training by pitting her against co-star Mila Kunis.
Quote: "It was definitely awkward. Darren was helpful in just saying, 'You know, if you guys just commit to it, then you're not going to have to do it again. Just do it, get it done. If you're shy and try and be giggly and embarrassed all day, you're going to have to do it over and over and over.'" Natalie Portman credits director Darren Aronofsky with helping her through a sex scene with Mila Kunis in BLACK SWAN.
Quote: "Some people call wrestling the lowest of art forms, and some call ballet the highest of art forms, yet there is something elementally the same. Mickey Rourke as a wrestler was going through something very similar to Natalie Portman as a ballerina." Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky likens his new release BLACK SWAN to Rourke's THE WRESTLER movie, drawing similarities between the intense training and self-punishment involved in the two careers.
Quote: "I'm incredibly messy which drives Darren mad. There's always stuff lying around my room everywhere. I don't have a good homemaking instinct. I'm working hard on it - especially now I'm a mum. It's getting a little better - but it's just not me to be honest." The Mummy star Rachel Weisz infuriates her partner Darren Aronofsky with her messy habits.
Quote: "Funnily enough, just recently I suddenly felt like I really would like to (get married). It’s just a feeling - I know it’s a funny thing.” British actress Rachel Weisz is beginning to make wedding plans with fiance Darren Aronofsky.
Quote: "Some actors take drugs, drink, and act crazy to light a fire within them; others take drugs, drink, and act oddly to put out the fire in them. Mickey is one of those actors." Director Darren Aronofsky is a big admirer of Mickey Rourke, who stars in his new movie THE WRESTLER.