March 30, 2014 |
Moviegoers were not afraid to hop on Noah's ark this weekend -- and share their opinions after the credits rolled. Director Darren Aronofsky's “Noah” met studio expectations, generating an estimated $44 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to Paramount Pictures, which released the film. Though moviegoers gave "Noah" an average grade of C, according to polling firm CinemaScore, the audience in one packed AMC theater in Santa Monica gave the film a standing ovation at the end. “At first I thought maybe we walked into the wrong movie -- it was a little cheesy of a start,” said Astacia Christenson, 36. “But it worked out because you got into the characters, there was some good acting and the story picked up and got more interesting.
March 14, 2014 |
Emma Watson is traveling the globe touting her new movie "Noah," the biblical epic starring Russell Crowe as the title character. On Thursday she attended the European premiere in Berlin wearing a navy and black tulle chiffon gown by Wes Gordon. [E!] Watson is also on the cover of April's Elle and inside, the actress who famously put her acting career on hold to attend Brown University after finding fame as a child playing Hermione in the "Harry Potter" series talks about needing a personal life separate from her career: "I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor wrote.
March 28, 2014 |
Whenever Hollywood makes a movie from a well-loved story or saga - Batman, Tolkien, "50 Shades of Grey" - there's usually a period of ... well ... let's call it adjustment , along with a "spirited" give-and-take among fans over such things as casting, content and approach. Usually, though, the material's devotees don't believe the filmmakers will burn in hell if their ideas are ignored. (OK ... maybe the Dark Knight crowd does. We all know they can get a little intense.) But that's precisely the belief with "Noah," Darren Aronofsky's $130-million retelling of the Old Testament account of apocalyptic deluge and a floating ark that opens on March 28. The same people who gripe that Hollywood never makes any faith-based movies are complaining because Hollywood has gone and made a religious movie, albeit one that might not be as literal-minded as they'd like.
April 16, 2014 |
Whether or not you embrace director Darren Aronofsky's fierce biblical vision in "Noah," it's worth seeing the film for the remarkably moving performance by Russell Crowe in the title role. The actor seems to do his best work in period pieces, the more centuries away from the present the better. Crowe's very good Roman soldier in "Gladiator" won him an Oscar in 2001, and his swashbuckling ship captain in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" greatly buoyed that film. It's not that Crowe can't thrive in more contemporary eras - his other Oscar nominations were for portraying Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" and a big-tobacco whistle blower in Michael Mann's "The Insider.
March 19, 2014 |
Following days of conflicting reports whether Russell Crowe would get his wish to meet with Pope Francis, the "Noah" star did make the pontiff's acquaintance on Wednesday, albeit briefly, at Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Also joining Crowe were "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, according to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets. The group met with the pope at the "udienza generale," which is open to the public and can draw thousands of faithful.
April 3, 2014 |
Sometime between "Harry Potter" and her current film "Noah," actress Emma Watson, 23, found time to qualify as a meditation and yoga instructor, she tells Elle Australia . The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has mounted a new exhibition extolling Italian style, “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014.” The opening-night cocktail party and dinner Tuesday included guests Rita Ora, Elizabeth McGovern, Tom Ford ...