Screen Junkies » Darren Aronofsky http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:23:31 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Directors Are Clamoring Over A Script That Is Described As ‘Fargo On The Moon’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/directors-are-clamoring-over-a-script-that-is-described-as-fargo-on-the-moon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/directors-are-clamoring-over-a-script-that-is-described-as-fargo-on-the-moon/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:36:22 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263197 Wait. What?

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One of the hottest scripts going around Hollywood these days is perhaps one of its more farfaetched. David Weil has written and is now shopping Moonfall, a script that he refers to as a “Fargo-like thriller set on the moon.” Uh…yes, please.

The Wrap is reporting that many big names in directing are vying for the project, but the only name they specifically call out is Darren Aronofsky of Black Swan and, recently, Noah fame.

We don’t have much more on the details of the script, and frankly, we don’t want them. You had us at “Fargo on the moon.” Anything else related to this film is just a distraction.

The pieces should be falling into place shortly here, and then we can get some insight into cast, premise, etc. Bu for right now, let’s just imagine how much better this scene would be if it was lunar, rather than dumb ole’ terrestrial.

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Darren Aronofsky’s Next Dystopia Will Happen On HBO http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/darren-aronofskys-next-dystopia-will-happen-on-hbo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/darren-aronofskys-next-dystopia-will-happen-on-hbo/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:34:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262031 This guy loves floods all of a sudden.

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HBO has announced its next show that book readers can spoil for their friends and it sounds like a good one. Noah director Darren Aronofsky is teaming with the network to adapt the apocalyptic MaddAddam trilogy. Based on the novels by Margaret Atwood, the story takes place in a near future where corporations are in control and centers on events that take place before and after the Waterless Flood that killed off most of the world’s population. It will feature a large cast of characters, including those who brought on the apocalypse and the victims.

So pretty much Treme without horns. (Deadline)

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Darren Aronofsky Will Not Direct ‘Red Sparrow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-will-not-director-red-sparrow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-will-not-director-red-sparrow/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:32:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258776 He has enough colored birds on his resume.

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Having enough colored birds on his resume, Darren Aronofsky has opted out of directing Red Sparrow. Aronofsky had been in negotiations to direct the adaptation of veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews’ spy thriller since the fall, but has decided to move on to his yet-to-be-confirmed next project.

The project remains a priority for 20th Century Fox so there next step is to find a writer to put together the script. And they can’t just copy and paste from the book because that’s cheating. How are they supposed to learn if somebody else does it for them? (THR)

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It was teased previously that Paramount is unhappy with the creative direction Darren Aronofsky took with his Bible epic Noah. Whatever problems the film might have are not present in this trailer and I applaud Aronofsky’s restraint in avoiding use of Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” when the action picks up toward the end.

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First Look At Russell Crowe In Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’: Is He Bible-y Enough? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-russell-crowe-in-aronofskys-noah-is-he-bible-y-enough/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-russell-crowe-in-aronofskys-noah-is-he-bible-y-enough/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:11:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250276 Radical departure from the groundwork set by 'Evan Almighty'.

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Just because Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah won’t surf into theaters for close to two years from now isn’t any reason why we shouldn’t see Russell Crowe dressed like a homeless man. USA Today has released the first look at Crowe in Aronofsky’s epic telling of the life of the Patriarch who saved horses and tigers and honey pot ants from extinction.

Unfortunately, this first look only shows Crowe glaring off-camera, and doesn’t feature the wingless demons (!) and giants (!!) that the film is also reported to feature. He’s probably looking over his shoulder at a Perfect Storm-style wave or two zebras doing it or Brownie Bites on the craft services table. We’ll have to wait a long time to find out. (via The Playlist)

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Ray Winstone Wins ‘Noah’ Fat Bad Guy Role http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ray-winstone-wins-noah-fat-bad-guy-role/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ray-winstone-wins-noah-fat-bad-guy-role/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:31:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249201 Kevin James was previously booked.

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Admittedly, I’m not as up on the Bible as others but were you aware that the Patriarch Noah had a nemesis? Apparently it is so because that’s the direction Darren Aronofsky is going with his epic film, Noah. And doughy, British tough guy Ray Winstone has got the part.

Originally, Liam Neeson and Val Kilmer were being considered for the role because Aronofsky wanted someone with “grit and size to be convincing as he goes head to head against [Russell] Crowe’s Noah character.” So… fat guys wrestling? That does sound epic. Though nothing more is known about this nemesis, let’s hope that Aronofsky doesn’t intend for this rivalry to lead to the bedroom as it did in Black Swan. Do not want. (Deadline)

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Russell Crowe Confirms Interest In Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/russell-crowe-confirms-interest-in-darren-aronofskys-noah/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/russell-crowe-confirms-interest-in-darren-aronofskys-noah/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:00:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244814 And he totally hates 'Robocop'.

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Last week there was news that Darren Aronofsky was interested in casting Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson for his wet n’ wild Bible epic, Noah. Now, Crowe has confirmed that but in order to impress Darren, he’s had to deny any involvement with the remake of Robocop. Poor Officer Murphy. Hasn’t he been shot down enough?

Crowe got on the Twitter to respond to a MovieWeb tweet that Aronofsky was “eyeing” him for the role with a “eyeing him right back…Liam’s eyeing both of us…and Paramount are eyeing us all, including you. Whole lot of eyeing.” Jeez. Get a room, you three.

Now that you’ve had time to wipe the image of a Neeson-Aronofsky-Crowe menage out of your minds, we can get on to Roboc — need another minute? ….

Okay, now we can get back to Robocop. Despite reports, Crowe denied any involvement with that project after flatly answering no to inquiries from fans. You may remember that Aronofsky was once attached to the remake but the deal didn’t pan out. Too bad too. Would be pretty awesome to see Aronofsky, Crowe, Neeson, and Robocop all get into bed together. (ComicBookMovie)

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Are Russell Crowe And Liam Neeson Boarding Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/are-russell-crowe-and-liam-neeson-boarding-aronofskys-noah/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/are-russell-crowe-and-liam-neeson-boarding-aronofskys-noah/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:10:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244347 Earth's last two wolves had best watch their backs.

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Darren Aronofsky’s bible epic, Noah, got off the ground in large part by the casting of Christian Bale in the lead role. Then, he was wooed away by the opportunity to stare wistfully into the distance in two Terrence Malick films. With Bale out, attention next turned to Michael Fassbender but given that his penis couldn’t fit on Noah‘s Ark, he was ruled out.

That left Aronofsky needing someone of star caliber who could carry such an expensive film, which means he might get Russell Crowe. Though this has the danger of off-setting Crowe’s adaptation of the 1980′s TV show The Equalizer. It’s going to be a tough choice for Russell, I’m sure. Another popular name being floated for the film is Liam Neeson. It’s not known if he’s being eyed to play Noah himself or the film’s major villain. I say go with the villain. The Ark has wolves. Liam Neeson punches wolves. It’s simple math. Take the rest of the day off, Hollywood. (Deadline)

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Paramount And New Regency To Foot The Bill For Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paramount-and-new-regency-to-foot-the-bill-for-aronofskys-noah/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paramount-and-new-regency-to-foot-the-bill-for-aronofskys-noah/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:23:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231053 Darren Aronofsky won't have to look under the couch cushions after all.

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Darren Aronofsky won’t need to look under the couch cushions after all. Paramount and New Regency have agreed to partner and provide funding for his biblical epic Noah. The deal came to be after Paramount beat 20th Century Fox in a bidding war to team with New Regency on the project.

No casting has been announced, but Christian Bale‘s name has been floated previously, and the deal was seemingly predicated upon his involvement. In light of this, it remains to be seen how schedules will work out and whether or not Batman will have the time for the project, though we can definitely see him doing a great job with the material. Otherwise, it’s doubtful this will get off the ground without an A-lister, so we’ll need to wait and see who snags the role. Ryan Gosling‘s beard watch begins…. now. (Deadline)

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The 9 Most Depressing Movies Of The Past 9 Years http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-9-most-depressing-movies-of-the-last-9-years/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-9-most-depressing-movies-of-the-last-9-years/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2011 13:00:47 +0000 Gabriel O'Friday http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227272 Because you can’t trust someone who is smiling all the time...

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Movies come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes you’re just in the mood for something with a little more edge than My Big Fa Greek Wedding or Spy Kids 3. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good fairytale ending as much as the next guy. But there are times you just want to sit back with some razor blades and a bottle of cheap whiskey and knock that high-and-mighty self-esteem of yours down a few pegs. After all, you really can’t trust someone who is smiling all the time. It’s science.

So, with that in mind, here are the nine most depressing films of the past nine years.

9. The Dead Girl

A dead body is found in a field one quiet morning, and we are thrust headfirst into the excellent but deeply soul-shattering film, The Dead Girl. This character study examines not only the events leading up to the girl’s death, but how her demise affects the people in her life as well as other people in the community, including the killer himself. The cast is fantastic, and the movie is very well-written and directed. It just leaves you feeling perfectly empty inside. Watching it will make you parents out there give your daughters that extra kiss on the forehead when you tuck them in to bed at night.

8. Antichrist

Start with a child falling out of the window of a building and end with a woman committing such depraved acts of violence against her husband that blood spurts out of his penis, and you’ve got one of the nine most depressing films of the last nine years. Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist is another bizarre accomplishment by the kooky Danish director. It deals with the grieving process, guilt, misogyny, and self-destruction that spins out of control and into full-on horror mode by film’s end. Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg give awesome performances as a couple who retreat to a cabin in the woods as they attempt to recover from the accidental death of their son. What was supposed to consist of a little R&R and some soul-searching instead becomes a living hell of depravity and biblical archetypes. Oh, and there’s a talking fox in it, which isn’t at all depressing, but I simply could not discuss this movie without mentioning that it contains a talking fox.

7. Winter’s Bone

Do you like movies about meth-cooking fathers who abandon their families, leaving them to fend off poverty and the local hillbilly gangsters for themselves? Then Winter’s Bone is the movie for you! As you can probably gather from the above description, this movie is full of sunshine and flowers and hugs. It does not include any scenes of domestic violence, and certainly at no point in the film is the heroine forced to sever the hands of her father’s corpse with a chainsaw. Nope, none of that here. It’s just happy times all around.

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‘Black Swan’ Writer Exposes The Scary Side Of Facebook With ‘XOXO’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/black-swan-writer-exposes-the-scary-side-of-facebook-with-xoxo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/black-swan-writer-exposes-the-scary-side-of-facebook-with-xoxo/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:54:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217960 Like 'Swimfan' but newer.

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There are many things to fear about Facebook besides your mom creeping on your page. Say that you meet a girl and leave a flirty message on her wall and she leaves one on yours. Then you start poking one another, and it’s all good. Eventually you grow bored and stop writing back. Then, you awake to find a reminder that it’s your turn in Scrabble written on the bathroom mirror in lipstick. That’s when you know you have a Facebook stalker.

Black Swan writer Mark Heyman is tapping into this fear in his new script XOXO. Currently shopping around town with Darren Aronofsky having accepted the friend request to produce, story centers on “a twentysomething man who meets a female contemporary on Facebook and begins a digital relationship with her, only to find the object of his affections take the relationship to an obsessed and stalker-y place.” So, like Swimfan but newer. (24 Frames)

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Darren Aronofsky Directing Michael Chabon’s ‘Hobgoblin’ For HBO http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-directing-michael-chabons-hobgoblin-for-hbo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-directing-michael-chabons-hobgoblin-for-hbo/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 13:27:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216627 Magicians versus Hitler. I'm there, dude.

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Darren Aronofsky has wrapped the scarf that is his name around the neck of an HBO pilot. He’s signed on to direct “Hobgoblin,” a drama series written by Michael Chabon and his tenderoni Ayelet Waldman. The story follows a group of magicians and con men who team up to help defeat Hitler during World War II. Wait, really? That’s awesome.

Of course, Aronofsky is still shopping around Noah — you know what? Screw Noah. This is a show about MAGICIANS VERSUS NAZIS. That’s amazing. I’m picturing the magician fighting Hitler and his bodyguards and they keep disappearing in columns of smoke and reappearing in front of Nazis to punch them. But then Hitler gets away through a trap-door but the head magician chases him. Now it’s just the two of them in the basement of an old Dresden theater and there are bombers fucking up the city and rubble is falling all around them. And Head Magician is all like, “End of the line, Fuhrer. I’m going to saw you in half.” But then Hitler reveals his own dark powers and splits into two Hitlers and they both run off in opposite directions. So now the Head Magician can only kill one of them and spends the rest of his days trying to track down the second Hitler because what if he killed the fake? This show is a headtrip, you guys. Makes you think.

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Christian Bale In Talks To Yell At Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Cinematographer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/christian-bale-in-talks-to-yell-at-darren-aronofskys-noah-cinematographer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/christian-bale-in-talks-to-yell-at-darren-aronofskys-noah-cinematographer/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:11:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216011 Will the bears from 'The Zookeeper' be next?

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Darren Aronofsky has been busy working the corners to drum up funding for his Biblical epic Noah, but pimping ain’t easy. The Black Swan director already got New Regency to put up half the cost of the $130 million budget, and now funding seems like a lock with the news that Christian Bale is in talks to star.

Since Bale is like sugar to foreign markets (England loves screaming), it’s expected that bringing him aboard will cause Summit, Paramount, and Fox to get into a rake-fight over the chance to pick up the remaining costs. Cinematographer Matthew Libatique commented in a statement I just made up, “I’m very excited for the opportunity to be cursed out by Bale in front of a full crew. It’s always been a dream of mine to be belittled by Batman. No further questions.” (Vulture)

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‘Wolverine’ Is Not Mark Romanek’s Kind Of Thing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-wolverine-is-not-mark-romaneks-kind-of-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-wolverine-is-not-mark-romaneks-kind-of-thing/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:27:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215670 Dude's anti-mutant.

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2 photosInternational ‘X-Men: First Class’ Posters Reflect Upon The Future

Mark Romanek never got his chance to make The Wolfman so we were excited when he was put on the short list for another movie about a hairy guy with claws… Weston Coppola The Wolverine. But, alas, Romanek will not be stepping into the flowy directing scarf left vacant by Darren Aronofsky. Here’s the straight dope from Romanek:

“That’s just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing. That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about.”

That leaves us with Jose Padilha, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor, James Mangold (Knight and Day) and Gary Shore as potentials. I think Liman or Mangold could turn in an interesting film, but you just know it’s going to be Justin Lin. If we get another two X-Men films back-to-back the moon will shift into alignment and then we’ll have Cthulhu to deal with. (Digital Spy)

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Darren Aronofsky Wants To Direct An Epic And Edgy Version Of Noah’s Ark http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-wants-to-direct-an-epic-and-edgy-version-of-noahs-ark/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-wants-to-direct-an-epic-and-edgy-version-of-noahs-ark/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:04:04 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215262 And if nobody mentions 'The Fountain' he might just get to do it.

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Darren Aronofsky is in high demand after Black Swan‘s $12 million budget spun into $315 million at the box office. Suffice it to say, he can have any project he wants. Or drop out of any Wolverine-based project that he wants.

Right now, Hollywood is abuzz because of a package he’s sent around for Noah, the edgy retelling of Noah‘s Ark. John Logan is rewriting the original script by Aronofsky and New Regency is looking to take a co-financier role. And anyone else not scared off by the memory of Evan Almighty is welcome to throw in. He’s looking for a budget of $130 million for the project which would be so much easier to get had The Fountain never happened.

Plot details are scarce but I’m guessing that Noah gets addicted to diet pills and a pair of giraffes scissor one another. And then a lion fed up with his fall from celebrity punches a deli slicer. Again, these plot details are unconfirmed. (Deadline)

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FOX ‘Narrows Down’ Potential ‘Wolverine’ Directors To 8 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-narrows-down-potential-wolverine-directors-to-8/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-narrows-down-potential-wolverine-directors-to-8/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 16:57:53 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213721 Does it even count as 'narrowing down' if there are still 8 names left?

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Ever since Darren Aronofsky ditched The Wolverine, it’s only been a question of who will step up to take his place. And now, in a truly newsworthy development, we know exactly who it will be – one of these eight guys: Jose Padilha, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor, James Mangold (Knight and Day) and Gary Shore.

It’s possible that all these names aren’t familiar to you. For one, Gary Shore is mostly a commercial director. The rest are directors of a blend of relatively anonymous action movies like Knight and Day, and art films like Never Let Me Go. It remains to be seen which direction FOX will go in – but no matter which way they go, it’ll probably be better than the first Wolverine movie. (Variety)

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Aronofsky Wanted For Un-Aronofsky Projects: ‘Maleficent’, ‘Moses’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-wanted-for-un-aronofsky-projects-maleficent-moses/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-wanted-for-un-aronofsky-projects-maleficent-moses/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 22:34:04 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213101 Warner Bros and Disney vie for Darren Aronofsky's attention, while Wolverine heals his broken, mutant heart.

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I’ve got to pull myself together. It’s been how many weeks – months? – since director Darren Aronofsky turned down The Wolverine? I haven’t shaved, I’ve been drinking… a lot. Then smashing the bottles against the floor and screaming “why?” Needless to say, I haven’ taken the news well.

However, Aronofsky has moved on, and is looking at proposals from Warner Bros and Disney. The Mouse House wants the Black Swan helmer for Maleficent, now that Tim Burton has dropped out. It’s Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective, with Angelina Jolie set to star, so if you love Wicked, you are morally obliged to buy a ticket.

That glass slipper doesn’t sound like a perfect fit for Aronofsky, and neither does Warner’s Moses project, about the biblical hero leading the Jews through the desert. It’s one of two being developed in Hollywood, because there always has to be a competing movie, with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) set to produce. I think if he directed either of these, I’d bring a few X-Men action figures and start sobbing half way through.

But really though, I’m fine. (Badass News)

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Aronofsky And Clooney Team-Up For Non-’Wolverine’ Movie? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-and-george-clooney-team-up-for-non-wolverine-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-and-george-clooney-team-up-for-non-wolverine-movie/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 23:01:38 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211212 'Human Nature' is about people becoming pets. We'd better get awesome litter boxes.

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When last we heard from Darren Aronofsky, he refused to direct The Wolverine, in order to piss me off that day. Now he’s circling around a new project that – I’m sorry to say – has nothing to do with Wolverine, X-Men or even Marvel Comics. That Pi Guy is really trying my patience.

For his follow-up to Black Swan, Aronofsky is considering a film by screenwriter Jeff Welch called Human Nature. It’s a science fiction story about a dude who gets cryogenically frozen and wakes up in a future where humans are pets to another species. Sounds Planet of the Apes-ish to me, and that’s all the rage these days. Unfortunately, I doubt the other species is a race of badass mutants who have claws on their hands, but there’s some good news: George Clooney might attach himself to the project as the lead. That makes me think this whole nightmare scenario happens in the script because of a Republican president or something liberally.

Producer Akiva Goldsman is currently working on a budget for the film. (Vulture)

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Jackman Will Find “Better” Aronofsky For ‘Wolverine 2′, Bub http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-will-find-better-aronofsky-for-wolverine-2-bub/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-will-find-better-aronofsky-for-wolverine-2-bub/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 02:51:16 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204414 Hugh Jackman made a statement at CinemaCon today, in an effort to slice up the evil villain Malaise-O, who has kidnapped the film's production since director Aronofsky's departure.

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Remember how terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine was? Then remember getting excited because Darren Aronofsky was in talks to direct The Wolverine, so there was a possibility of it being awesome? Then remember how Aronofsky said he’d rather spend time with his precious family (baww!) than direct a sequel to a movie about a guy with claw hands who’s been alive since forever? And then the devastating tsunami tore through Japan, which is where the Marvel movie was supposed to shoot, and that’s when I gave up all hope… *Cries Into Pillow*

Wait a second, bubs and bubbettes. Hugh Jackman made the following statement at CinemaCon today, in an effort to slice up the evil villain Malaise-O, who has kidnapped the film’s production since Aronofsky’s departure:

“We’re not going to settle. We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good. Everyone is still pushing forward to getting it done.”

I’m gonna personally hold him to that promise, because Origins was so bad and they would not return my money or beloved childhood memories of Wolverine at the box office. With a script by talented Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), they should be able to get someone good, but Fox has a reputation for being very controlling. That might be the real reason why Aronofsky didn’t stick around, and it might be hard to find an auteur who’s eager for notes like, “could we make this samurai story less Japanese somehow?” (ScreenRant)

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Darren Aronofsky Uses Math To Defend Natalie Portman’s Ballet Cred http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-uses-math-to-defend-natalie-portmans-ballet-cred/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-uses-math-to-defend-natalie-portmans-ballet-cred/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:13:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204060 Numbers don't lie, Black Swan dance double. Numbers don't lie.

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A hullabaloo went kablooey last week when the Oscar winner’s Black Swan dance double claimed Natalie Portman‘s actual dance time in the film is around 5%. Though he won’t be setting foot in Japan, Darren Aronofsky will definitely step in to defend Portman.

In a defense statement, he had his editor go through the film to analyze each shot featuring Portman with ants in her pants.

“111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 80% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.”

This calls into question the reports from earlier today that Portman used a butt double on Your Highness. Will David Gordon Green step in to defend Portman’s turd-cutter? If not, I’d say we need to get Portman and the alleged butt double in here for a comparison. While we wait, I’ll close the blinds and make sure we’ve got all the supplies needed for a spank test. (EW)

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Natalie Portman: Black Swan, White Swan or No-Dancing Liar Swan? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/natalie-portman-white-swan-black-swan-or-no-dancing-liar-swan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/natalie-portman-white-swan-black-swan-or-no-dancing-liar-swan/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2011 05:17:44 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203870 You know who's super angry these days? Academy Award winner Natalie Portman's dancing double for 'Black Swan'. She's one pissed off pirouetter.

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You know who’s super angry these days? Academy Award winner Natalie Portman‘s dancing double for Black Swan. She’s one pissed off pirouetter.

According to Portman’s husband, Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied (who’s also the father of that baby she’s so into carrying around these days), “85% of that movie is Natalie.” It’s probably unwise to think a husband is an entirely unbiased source for information on his wife. If Millepied didn’t say nice things about her in public, Portman might high-kick him in the face when he got home. Of course, Portman’s body double Sarah Lane says she probably could not do that.

In a recent interview, Lane put the “Natalie Portman is actually dancing in this shot” ratio at 5%. Yikes. Lane does admit that all the close-up shots of Portman stiffly holding her hand up in the air while looking pensive were 100% Natalie. How kind. She goes on:

They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar…It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years…. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?

Like Portman’s husband, I’m not entirely sure we can completely trust the word of a girl who wasn’t thanked in any Oscar speeches lately. However, a special effects demo reel did show full body dancing scenes where Portman’s head was painted onto Lane’s body. Could it be that Portman’s dancing prowess has been greatly exaggerated? Or are these the bitter words of an overlooked artist, upset that a lifetime of ballet doesn’t lead to parts in great movies like”No Strings Attached?”

I guess all that stuff in Darren Aronofsky’s movie about ballerinas being super competitive and kinda bitchy is true. Does that mean these girls often imagine themselves turning into birds, too? I hope so. That’d be awesome. (Entertainment Weekly)

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Aronofsky Peaces Out Of ‘Wolverine’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-peaces-out-of-wolverine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-peaces-out-of-wolverine/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:26:42 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202152 The director refuses to be away from his family for so long. And no one tells a scarved man what to do.

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Well, it had to happen: Darren Aronofsky is out of the director’s chair for the new Wolverine movie. There’s an old saying in Hollywood that you’d all be smart to start living by: Not even adamantium claws can separate Darren Aronofsky and his family. The majority of the film, starring Hugh Jackman, was to be shot overseas, and the actor had always stated that that would be something of a dealbreaker for him:

“As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became
clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the
country for almost a year,” Aronofsky said in a joint statement with
Fox.

“I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of
time I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through, as it is
a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my
friend, Hugh Jackman, again,” he continued.

Aw man! It’s undeniable that Aronofsky’s involvement gave the film instant cred it wouldn’t have had otherwise, but it looks like that’s not on the table anymore. Perhaps he and Jackman can collaborate again on The Fountain 2: Metaphysical Time And Space Boogaloo. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Darren Aronofsky Back In The Drug Game http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-back-in-the-drug-game/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-back-in-the-drug-game/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:09:00 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201166 Darren Aronofsky doesn't like the drugs, but the drugs like him.

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Director Darren Aronofsky got the attention of everyone in Hollywood with his second movie Requiem for a Dream, which provided a harrowing portrait of drug addiction (“it was about drugs,” in case you don’t speak blurb). Now Aronofsky is going back to that well, but as a producer instead of a director.

The project is called Intricate, based on a true story about a college basketball recruit who becomes involved in the 1990s New York drug trade. The film already has a director too, in Brad Furman of the upcoming The Lincoln Lawyer. I wouldn’t get my hopes up for any “ass to ass” scenes, but you never know.

This sounds like it would be pretty good to me – the last movie I saw that Aronofsky produced was The Fighter, and that was one of the best movies of last year. Also, I’m a sucker for one-word titles. (via LA Times)

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Spirit Award Winners Last Oscars Indicator That Isn’t The Oscars http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-2011-spirit-award-winners-last-oscars-indicator-that-isnt-the-oscars-themselves/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-2011-spirit-award-winners-last-oscars-indicator-that-isnt-the-oscars-themselves/#comments Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:36:52 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30543 More awards, more gift baskets, more crying losers.

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The Independent Spirit Awards are designed to shed light on the lesser, more independent films that are released each year – so of course it makes sense that they also serve as a predictor of the most mainstream awards ceremony in all of Hollywood. Or does it? It could be that since the requirements to be considered an “independent film” are somewhat stringent (see the decreased number of nominated films compared to the Oscars as an example), this isn’t any better a predictor than tea leaves or fortune cookies. Anyway, here’s a list of the major winners:

Best Feature: Black Swan

Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Male Lead: James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone

Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Interesting stuff — we’ll see if these three movies can do anywhere near as well at the Oscars, given that they have so much more competition. You can get a complete list of all the winners over at IMDb.

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Man Literally Murdered For Chewing Popcorn Too Loudly http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/man-literally-murdered-for-chewing-popcorn-too-loudly/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/man-literally-murdered-for-chewing-popcorn-too-loudly/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:01:31 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29029 News that might make you rethink your plans for a summer trip to Latvia.

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In news that might make you rethink your plans for a summer trip to Latvia, a moviegoer during a Latvian showing of Black Swan was shot and killed for chewing his popcorn too loudly. According to reports, a 27 year-old man shot a 42 year-old during the credits of a Saturday night showing of Darren Aronofsky‘s Oscar-nominated film, and he later died from the gunshot wounds.

This is why I’ve always advocated less-chewy popcorn in movie theaters. That crunching sound can drive some people crazy. How many more people, popcorn makers of the world? How many more people have to die? (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Road To The Oscars: Best Director Showdown http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-the-oscars-best-director-showdown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-the-oscars-best-director-showdown/#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 19:25:58 +0000 Ronnie Pudding http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27555 This week we shackle our Best Director contenders together by the ankles, slather them in honey, toss them in the bear cage with an 800 pound grizzly and a pair of bolt cutters to see who among them has the will to survive.

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This week we shackle our Best Director contenders together by the ankles, slather them in honey, toss them in the bear cage with an 800 pound grizzly and a pair of bolt cutters to see who among them has the will to survive. Wait… did I say directors or hobos? I meant hobos. But this article’s not about the bear game. No, this article’s about the Academy’s Best Director nominees, an impressive list containing some of American cinema’s most lauded directors. We have David “Fight Club” Fincher, Darren “ass-to-ass” Aronofsky, Joel and Ethan “that movie where Peter Stormare puts Steve Buscemi in a wood chipper” Cohen, David “O” Russell… and some British dude. I’d be honored to have any one of these talented white males helm my breakdancing videos (PopNLockNRonnie @ Youtube). But which of these white males deserves the Shiny Gold Dude?

FRONTRUNNERS

DAVID FINCHER

PRO: David Fincher is one America’s most acclaimed directors, possessing a unique visual style that sets his work apart from his peers. He boasts an impressive track record — Alien 3 notwithstanding — and despite working primarily within the studio system has managed to make a career of exploring the darker realms of the human psyche. While The Social Network bears Fincher’s stamp it is also his most accessible and critically acclaimed film to date, a one-two punch that makes him an easy choice for Academy voters.

CON: Fincher’s renowned for tackling bile-black subject matter; he’s made films about serial killers, psychopaths, serial killers, serial killers and serial killers. And while The Social Network’s backstabbing billionaire protagonist does have his dark side, it’s not like he’s cutting off anyone’s head and mailing it to their sweetheart (that we know of, anyway). In comparison to Fincher’s back catalog, The Social Network might seem to some Academy voters like a bit of a trifle.

TOM HOOPER

PRO: Tom Hooper is the least known of our nominees, but he does have buzz on his side. The King’s Speech received the lion’s share of nominations in the major categories and thanks to the slick campaigning of the baby-devourin brothers Weinstein, seems to be gaining momentum as Oscar night draws near. Hooper is also this year’s safest choice; his resume boasts period pieces and costume dramas but none of the dark, violent, controversial work that his fellow nominees are known for. He’s never cut off Gwyneth Paltrow’s head (unfortunately), shoved a double-dong up Jennifer Connelly’s pudding pipe (unfortunately), thrown anyone into a wood chipper (unfortunately) or tried to strangle George Clooney (ibid). He’s the Postum of best director nominees; a rich and tasty beverage that is inoffensively flavorful and harmlessly healthful.

CON: Tom who? Hooper is what my WoW clan members would call a “noob.” Also he’s British, and we should never forget how the British betrayed us during World War 2 by aligning themselves with the Nazis.  Or perhaps that was the Italians. Eh, British, Italian, same thing.

DARK HORSE

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

PRO: I know he wasn’t nominated, but if any director could find a way to win despite not being on the ballot, it’s Nolan. Perhaps I’m only dreaming he wasn’t nominated and when I wake up he’ll be on the Best Director short list. But then what if when I wake up I find out that’s just a dream, too? And what if that dream’s a dream within a dream within a dream, and it isn’t even MY dream but someone else’s dream? These are the kinds of things I think about when I’ve been huffing air freshener.

CON: After examining the list of past Best Director winners it seems that exactly 0% were people who weren’t officially nominated. Why I don’t know. I guess for the same reason that ZZ Top didn’t win the 1984 Presidential election as write-ins, in spite of spending months on the campaign trail in a roadster called Eliminator, telling every voting-age citizen in every one horse town about the virtues of sharp dressed men and knowing how to use legs when you have them. Or perhaps ZZ Top DID win the 1984 presidential election and I’m only dreaming they didn’t? Whoa. Just blew my own mind.

LONG SHOTS

DARREN ARONOFSKY

If it was the award for MOST directing, Aronofsky would be a shoo-in. Black Swan was a masterstroke of technique, but like a Yngwie Malmsteen guitar solo it rings a little short on soul in spite of its technical impressiveness. Also, Aronofsky has been left in the shadow of his film’s leading yummy-mummy-to-be Natalie Portman, who is widely favored (and was my pick) to win Best Actress.  Darren Aronofsky’s a highly talented filmmaker and I have no doubt that he’ll eventually get his due, but I don’t foresee him taking the Shiny Gold Dude in 2011.

DAVID O. RUSSELL

If this article was about the bear game, David O. Russell would be a shoo-in. If anyone on this list has it in him to tear out a bear’s throat with his teeth while his fellow directors bleed to death it’s Russell. Unfortunately this award’s being given for directing not bear-fighting. And while Russell has made some wonderful films – The Fighter included — I still don’t think the Academy voters will be willing to overlook his volatile disposition, especially given the fact that he essentially tried to murder Oscar darling George Clooney on the set of Three Kings. George Clooney’s farts have been nominated for Oscars. For the love of God, don’t fuck with George Clooney.

JOEL AND ETHAN COHEN

The Cohen Brothers are kind of like Pixar for grown-ups; all they have to do is make a film to get Oscar nominations. Which in a way works against them. When you’re prolific and talented enough to be on the ballot every year Academy voters are forced to be a bit more discerning. True Grit was an amazing film, but was it an amazing Cohen Brothers film? Back to the Pixar analogy, it wasn’t a Cars but it probably wasn’t a Toy Story either. I’d consider it a solid Monsters, Inc.

ADVANTAGE: David Fincher. Any of the nominees would be deserving and it’s still going to be a shoot-out. But while buzz is on Tom Hooper’s side I believe the Academy voters will honor the more experienced Fincher. Give that man a Shiny Gold Dude!

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Jackman Pumped About Wolverine Movie, Might Be The Supplements Talking http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-pumped-about-wolverine-movie-might-be-the-supplements-talking/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-pumped-about-wolverine-movie-might-be-the-supplements-talking/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:18:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23851 Hugh Jackman is sooooo stoked about this new Wolverine. You think you know how stoked he is, but, bro...you have no idea.

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Hugh Jackman is sooooo stoked about this new Wolverine. You think you know how stoked he is, but, bro…you have no idea. Jackman is pumped about bulking up so he can resemble both Mike Tyson AND a bulldog, but definitely not Clint Eastwood. He’s also sickly jazzed about possibly having a heart attack while bulking up, which should give Jackman‘s policyholders some cause for concern. And if you think that the Jack-Man is not fired up about having all the requisite backstory in place to move forward the saga of the character that is Wolverine, then, apologies, Broseph McCarthy, but you’re way off. He IS fired up about that.

Of course, that’s just my interpretation of his comments. It may not have helped that I imagined him spouting these quotes off really quickly and with a sweaty face, but it sure made reading them more fun. (Via /Film)

Regarding the ability to explore new territory in this installment:

I sort of even wanted to do that in the third X-Men movie at first, but we thought, no, we really need to establish who he is at first, and we did that [with X-Men Origins: Wolverine], and now this is sort of the cherry on top, to finally do it and have Darren Aronofsky direct it.

Regarding getting super-huge to play the new, stockier Wolverine:

I don’t know how much I want to give away about it, but Darren said with the last one, ‘Hey you looked great, but you’re so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that’s not Wolverine.’

I always think of Mike Tyson when he first came on the scene. Sometimes, he was a full foot shorter than his opponents and bent over [with this] massive build. There’s real power. You said bulldog, and that’s it exactly. Exactly. That’s what I’m going for, and if I have  a massive heart attack first, well, you tell everyone what I was going for.

Jackman has been consuming 6,000 calories a day (possibly in stem cells) to add weight, so let’s all say a quiet, dignified prayer that the Hugh-go-naut will keep the weight on long enough that we can see a stocky, roid-ed out behemoth smiling and singing show tunes at the next Academy Awards.

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Road To The Oscars: ‘Black Swan’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-the-oscars-black-swan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-the-oscars-black-swan/#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:29:31 +0000 Ronnie Pudding http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23104 It was visually stunning and contained ballet sequences impressive enough that I can say so without having to punch something lest my masculinity be called into question.

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Tuesday morning at the crack of dawn, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their list of Oscar nominees, forcing West Coast film biz journos such as myself to hole up in seedy Palm Desert motels smoking crystal meth all night with toothless call girls named Charlene so we wouldn’t miss a second of the festivities.  Sure, I could’ve set my alarm to wake up early — or just Tivoed the ceremony to watch it at a less ungodly hour — but I’m a professional who is dedicated to his craft. As I sat there trying to scratch away the imaginary bugs crawling under my skin I dutifully took mental notes. There were a few high profile snubs — Chris Nolan, Julianne Moore and a Funky Bunch-less Marky Mark were left high n’ dry — but no big surprises in the Best Picture category. If there was anything noteworthy about the Best Picture nominees it was that out of the ten, not a single film seemed undeserving.  This was a far cry from last year, when the dearth of good pictures forced the academy to nominate Jim Cameron’s 3D Smurf adventure Avatar and the posthumous straight-to-video release Ernest Goes to Gitmo.  Charlene agreed with my observation, or at least humored me so I ‘d stop screaming, adding that she was going to have a hard time filling out her own Oscar ballot this year. She grabbed the keys to my Honda and headed out the door, leaving me on that dirty mattress to soak in a puddle of my own tweaker sweat and ruminate the Oscar odds for the subject of this week’s column, ballerina thriller Black Swan.

At the very least Darren Aronofsky deserves a lifetime achievement award from the Institute of Cinematic Spankolgists for convincing two of Hollywood’s most boner-inducing young actresses to scissor fight on film. Yet as hot as the idea of Mila Kunis playing Kumbaya on Natalie Portman’s vertical harmonica looks on paper (hell, I’m at half mast just from typing it) — and as eager as my penis and I were to see the scene in question — I must painfully admit that it didn’t quite live up to our expectations. Perhaps my penis and I had built it up a bit too much in our heads, because while the Sapphic pairing was titillating, it still spank-ranks below the lesbian love scenes in Henry and June, Wild Things and Bound. So unfortunately for Darren Aronofsky (and my penis), we must judge Black Swan solely by its artistic virtues.

This is not to say that Black Swan is an unremarkable film.  It was visually stunning and contained ballet sequences impressive enough that I can say so without having to punch something lest my masculinity be called into question.  But it didn’t blow me away. Until recently, Darren Aronofsky made two types of films: Those that I loved (Pi, The Wrestler) and those that I hated (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain). With Black Swan he bridged the gap for me. Was it art? Certainly. Was it enjoyable? Without question. But something about it rang a little hollow; it lacked a bit of that intangible quality that we in the biz call “soul.” Basically it was the cinematic equivalent of Arcade Fire’s last record, and the fact that I’m able to compare it to an Arcade Fire record should tell you everything you need to know.

Still, this is just one man’s opinion, and Oscar winners are not left up to me (or my penis) alone. So let us now scrutinize Black Swan’s Best Picture chances using our scientifically-vetted ranking categories.

RETARD STRENGTH (4/5): It’s hard not to love Natalie Portman; she’s beautiful, brainy, Jewish (it’s a fetish, sue me) and has that adorable nails-on-a-chalkboard laugh.  She’s also a genuine good person: I mean she’s nice enough to have that gay man’s baby, right? However with the exception of her work in Leon (I’m sure I’m not the only “To Catch a Predator” alum to list that film in his Top 5), she’d never really impressed me with her actressing, that is until Black Swan.  Her turn as the schizophrenia-tarded ballerina whose quest for perfection drives her past the edge of sanity was definitely the performance of her career, making her a favorite to take the Shiny Gold Dude for Best Actress. The retard is strong with this one.

SOCIAL RELEVANCE (2/5): Does Black Swan have a message? Perhaps that if we smother our children and make them surrogate vessels for our own unrealized dreams, they’ll end up as self-mutilating, bulimic, obsessive loonies who fantasize about having gay sex with “That 70s Show” cast members. And while I think that’s a lesson certain parents could stand to learn (looking at you, Dad!), I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “socially relevant.” (Call me, Ashton!)

EPICOSITY (3/5): Visually speaking, it was my favorite Aronofsky film yet, combining the verité style he employed in The Wrester with the more bombastic, bells-and-whistles approach of Requiem and The Fountain. And the ballet scenes were outstanding… er, I mean… Hot chicksSuperbowl! UFC! Pick-up truck! I wouldn’t go so far as to call Black Swan “epic,” but like Natalie Portman’s ubiquitous nipple hard-ons, it sure was nice to look at.

UPLIFT (0/5): As heartwarming as an overdose on sleeping pills. Euthanizing a leukemia kid’s puppy would be more uplifting.

TOTAL POWER RANKING (2.25/5): Black Swan is a film Darren Aronofsky can be proud of, and it certainly earned him a high five from anyone who’s ever wondered what it’d be like to see Mila Kunis go down on Natalie Portman (meaning, everyone). But if it’s a Shiny Gold Dude he’s hoping to take home, he should ease up on the bleak and throw in a bit more heart.

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Eat It, Michael Bay: Arnofsky’s ‘Swan’ Reveals Its Special Effects http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/eat-it-michael-bay-arnofskys-swan-reveals-its-special-effects/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/eat-it-michael-bay-arnofskys-swan-reveals-its-special-effects/#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:24:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=22908 It took a lot of complicated effects to make this movie look so simple.

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While Black Swan appears to be a pretty straightforward film with minimal special effects (webbed toes, feathers), the truth is that it take a lot of special effects to make it look so stark. I mean, who really thought it was Natalie Portman doing all that dancing? Besides me, of course. Arnofsky did what mean big-budget directors can’t – make the audience unaware of special effects.

This demo reel reveals many of the techniques that went into makin Black Swan such an understated yet striking film. Reflections of cameramen were removed from dance studi mirrors, lots of “head replacements” took place, and animated tattoos were placed on Mila Kunis‘ back while she “kissed” Ms. Portman. Also, Vincent Cassel died 17 days into filming and they had to use a CGI representation of him. Just kidding. I think. (/Film)

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Darren Aronofsky To Sell Cologne Instead http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/darren-aronofsky-to-sell-cologne-instead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/darren-aronofsky-to-sell-cologne-instead/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:40:51 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22721 Darren Aronofsky, hot off of Black Swan, is re-teaming with one of the highlights of that movie, Vincent Cassel.

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Director Darren Aronofsky, hot off of Black Swan, is re-teaming with one of the highlights of that movie, Vincent Cassel. That’s the good news. The bad news it’s to make a commercial for a men’s fragrance called “La Nuit de L’Homme.” My French is a little rusty, but I think that roughly translates to “The So Ugly As To Be Attractive Night.” The plot of this TV commercial (holy shit, I’m about to describe the plot of a TV commercial) is “Cassel playing the ultimate ladies’ man attempting to seduce multiple women across the French city, all in one night.” Cool, so it’s an AXE commercial in French.

The ad is set to premiere in Europe in March, and the US a few months after that. (via The Playlist)

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