November 14, 2013 |
Easiest way to describe “Noah”? Judging from its new - and not bootlegged - trailer, consider it a cross between the Old Testament and “Gladiator.” The new preview for writer-director Darren Aronofsky's cinematic retelling of the biblical flood features more battle scenes than you might have expected, as an army led by Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) tries to storm Noah's vessel, as Hopkins yells, “Take the ark!” Looking a bit like the buff Maximus in “Gladiator,” Crowe basically tells Methuselah to find another boat - or die trying to take his. PHOTOS: Extreme celebrity weight transformations for roles The early peek at the film's visual effects are impressive, as all creatures great and small crowd into the ark as Noah warns, “A great flood is coming.” The cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
October 16, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before dreading another argument with my bank. The Skinny: My bank thinks my account has been compromised. I think I know what happened but finding someone to explain it to is making me feel like Kafka. Most annoying. Today's headlines include a list of the highest paid TV stars and creative differences over a movie about Noah's Ark. Also a profile of 20th Century Fox Television toppers Gary Newman and Dana Walden. Daily Dose: The controversy over the name Redskins shows no signs of slowing down and some reporters won't even use the name anymore.
October 16, 2013 |
Making a big studio movie when you're the strong-willed independent sort can run you into a lot of sand traps. Filmmakers in that position think studio execs are a bunch of philistines and marketing-minded meddlers, while the execs thinks a director is a stubborn, out-of-touch mule who's never had to sell a ticket in his life. (Both may be slightly right.) Darren Aronofsky and Paramount appear to be enacting that time-honored saga anew. A Hollywood Reporter story says that the director is skirmishing with Paramount over "Noah," the new Russell Crowe-starring biblical epic set for March.
August 27, 2013 |
Michael Buble is probably doing a moondance right about now. The "It's a Beautiful Day" singer and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, have welcomed a baby boy. "Overjoyed and filled with gratitude at the arrival of our son Noah Buble," the crooner said Tuesday, making the announcement with an Instagram photo of himself, his wife and their new son at a Vancouver hospital. Daddy is wearing a surgical cap and scrubs in the photo, while the plump-lipped tot sleeps on his mother's chest.
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July 18, 2013 |
An animal shelter set up for the massive Mountain fire has morphed into a "Noah's Ark" as people fleeing the flames have dropped off a colorful collection of pets, officials said Thursday evening. The animals at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus include two pygmy goats, a tree frog, an African Grey Parrot, two show horses and about 60 cats and dogs. There are also chickens that laid two blue eggs, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. "It's kind of like a Noah's Ark," department spokesman John Welsh told The Times. The shelter, at 581 S. Grand Ave. in San Jacinto, has been operating around the clock since evacuation orders were issued.
May 22, 2013 |
A delightful summer quirk can be found in the new comic drama "Frances Ha. " Shot in black and white and filled with nuance, the film is directed with great affection by Noah Baumbach, who wrote it with his star - actress Greta Gerwig. Frances is a few years past college and still trying to make her way in New York. She's already struggling to afford the apartment in trendy Brooklyn when her best friend and roommate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) announces she's moving out. While Frances' fortunes take a nose-dive, Gerwig makes it all rather charming.