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Paramount Pictures has unleashed this latest set of character posters for Darren Aronofsky’s epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story, ‘Noah.’ Set for a March 28th release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK, Ray Winstone will play the role of the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s eponymous hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Nick Nolte and Madison Davenport co-star.
Darren Aronofsky is the man behind some of my favorite films of the last twelve years in ‘The Wrestler,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘Pi’ and ‘Black Swan’ – fingers crossed ‘Noah’ adds to that list. ‘Noah’ is Aronofsky’s follow up effort to the Oscar-nominated and hugely profitable ‘Black Swan,’ which grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. The synopsis for ‘Noah’ is as follows: “NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.”
Four Los Angeles singles get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today’s dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to his loud-mouthed best friend Bernie (Kevin Hart), kind-eyed Danny (Michael Ealy) meets Debbie (Joy Bryant), a beautiful, smart and successful woman who is as skittish about relationships as he is. When the chemistry proves to be undeniable, they end up falling into bed together that night …then another night, and another night.
Against the advice and warnings of Bernie, not to mention Debbie’s precocious best friend Joan (Regina Hall), Dan and Debbie make an attempt to navigate life as a couple. What these starry-eyed lovers soon find is that despite their good intentions and genuine feelings for each other, what started out as a casual and intoxicating intimacy quickly falls prey to the usual trappings of togetherness and monogamy. ‘About Last Night’ arrives in US cinemas on February 14th and in UK from March 21st.
What was is it about these four lead characters that really grabbed you in the script, and especially the nuts relationship between Bernie and Joan, who are equals in feistiness and sexual appetite….?
Kevin Hart: They are pretty nuts, but aren’t we all to some degree (laughs). For me, both main stories are relevant. You don’t lose focus on one and gain more interest in another. I feel like they have a solid ground throughout the whole script – and both stories are interesting, you know? I had a certain level of care and I wanted to know what was going to happen next… and next and next. There’s great development in the characters and I feel like there’s growth throughout in each character. There’s depth to each of them and everyone has something to play with, nobody has just one beat that they’re playing. They all evolve. And it presses buttons and pushes the envelope. You’re dealing with two different couples. One couple is about that potential of love and being in bliss, where the other couple is just unorthodox. It’s all over the place, but I feel that couple exists. I’ve been a part of that relationship.
UK Trailer For The Japanese Remake Of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ (‘Yurusarezaru Mono’) – Starring Ken Watanabe
Warner Bros has revealed this UK trailer for the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ (‘Yurusarezaru mono’). Lee Sang-il, the acclaimed director of ’Hula Girlsand Villain’ (Akunin), helmed the film. The action is now set in late 1800′s Hokkaido with the lead actor Ken Watanabe playing a long retired samurai drawn back into action by the combination of poverty and a large bounty, at a time when Japan largely abandons the old ways to adopt a more modern stance.
‘Yurusarezaru mono’ also stars Koichi Sato as Gene Hackman’s character and Akira Emoto as Morgan Freeman’s character. The likes of Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna co-star. Pencilled in for a February 28th release in the UK , expect to hear a US date for the film shortly. Ken Watanabe starred in Clint Eastwood’s 2005 Oscar nominee ‘Letters from Iwo Jima.’
According to THR, Sony Pictures is in talk to pick up the remake rights of Norwegian thriller ‘Pioneer’ for an adaptation to be produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov and their Smokehouse banner. The duo are coming off the opening of their latest pic, ‘The Monuments Men.’ Clooney, who directed ’The Monuments Men,’ is not attached to direct at this stage. The studio and producers will now look to hire a writer to write the English-language remake.
‘Pioneer’ is a conspiracy thriller set in the early 1980s during Norway’s oil boom and centered on a man who, along with his brother, is laying pipeline in the North Sea, diving deeper than anyone else had before. When a tragic accident strikes, he tries to get to the bottom of it, and realizes he’s in way over his head and that his life is in danger.The Monuments MenThe movie was directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and released in Norway about the same time it had a special screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It starred Aksel Hennie and also featured Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang.
New Line has unveiled this first trailer from the upcoming road trip comedy ‘Tammy,’ which is lead by Melissa McCarthy (who also co-wrote the film with her husband and first-time director Ben Falcone) and Susan Sarandon as the titular Tammy and her grandmother, Pearl. Set for July 2nd, ‘Tammy’ also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates.
Tammy is having a bad day. She’s totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl, is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs.
THR have caught wind that Sony Pictures Classics is striking a deal to pre-buy U.S. rights to Zhang Yimou’s ‘Coming Home,’ a love story reuniting the director with actress Gong Li. Wild Bunch has been shopping the movie to buyers at the European Film Market, where it has reportedly sparked keen interest. Zhang recently finished shooting the film, which is loosely based on Yan Geling’s ‘The Criminal Lu Yanshi,’ about Chinese dissidents living in the last century.
Sony Classics has longtime ties to Zhang Yimou, having distributed many of his films in the U.S., including ‘House of the Flying Daggers’ and ‘Curse of the Golden Flower.’ ‘Coming Home,’ starring Gong Li opposite Chen Damoing, is hoping to make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Zhang and Gong last worked together seven years ago on ‘Curse of the Golden Flower.’