Jennifer Connelly

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Is a Bold, Weird, Magnificent Mess

There are scenes and images in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah as astonishing as any in recent memory, surrealistic flashes that inspire immediate awe and reverberate long afterwards. And there are moments so goofy and tone-deaf that you wonder if the gifted and visionary filmmaker was asleep at the wheel. It’s as odd and schizophrenic a picture as you’re likely to see in the focus-grouped, play-it-safe moviemaking climate of the moment, and the fact that it exists at all is sort of a (ha ha) miracle. The fact that it takes itself so very seriously will, no doubt, lead its more cynical viewers to dub it an unintentional laugh riot — and you can choose to laugh at it. But you can also choose to wrestle with it, to engage as fully as Aronofsky has. … Read More

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Aronofsky’s Embattled ‘Noah’ and the Impossibility of Making Great Religious Films

Well, here’s a filmmaker/studio clash we’d never have seen coming: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount and director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) are butting heads over Noah, the forthcoming $125 million biblical adaptation starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. THR reports that test screenings for a mostly Jewish audience in New York, a Christian audience in Arizona, and a general audience in California have produced vague-sounding “troubling reactions” and “worrisome results,” and it’s “not clear” whether the filmmaker has retained his right to final cut. Why, it’s almost like an idiosyncratic filmmaker tackling a Bible story with a massive budget was a tricky proposition to begin with, eh? … Read More

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New Images from Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s version of Noah’s Ark, won’t come out until next spring, but new pictures give us a closer… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in June

Well kids, summer blockbuster is in full swing, and though we love a good blow-‘em-up as much as the next moviegoer, it’s easy — particularly in this season — to overlook the smaller and more challenging flicks that are rolling into your local multiplexes and arthouses. So it’s time for another installment in our new monthly feature here at Flavorwire, where we take a look at some of the exciting indies of the month to a come, and a few smaller titles from previous weeks that you might’ve missed. Check them out after the jump! … Read More

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This Week in Trailers: Meryl, Medea, "Mansome" and More!

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got seven new ones for you this week — including a couple of titles from that festival, plus new stuff from Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Robert Pattinson, and Tyler Perry. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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Watch Jennifer Connelly’s ‘Labyrinth’ Audition

David Bowie tends to get all the attention for Labyrinth, but he was roughly two decades into his career by the time it was released. His co-star Jennifer Connelly, however, had only appeared in a few films, and the role of Sarah Williams was her breakthrough. So, how’d she get the part? See for yourself in this audition tape, shot when the actress was only 14 and recently unearthed from the Jim Henson Company archives. Connelly’s character is already recognizable as the wholesome, naïve daydreamer we remember from the film, and she does an excellent job pantomiming in a scene that requires a lot of props. Make sure to watch until the end to see her exchange some friendly shop talk with none other than Jim Henson himself. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Art Inspired by Jim Henson’s Labyrinth

We’re suckers for those sublime moments when high art meets pop culture. Also, we love anything involving David Bowie. That should explain why we were nothing short of ecstatic to hear about Dance Magic Dance, a group art show inspired by Jim Henson’s 1986 masterpiece (that’s right, we said it) Labyrinth. The exhibition kicks off Friday at Los Angeles’ R&R gallery, but we’ve got an exclusive preview of images that range from a Guernica-inspired scene to Bowie and Jennifer Connelly reimagined as cartoon cats to an action shot of one artist painting the Goblin King’s generously endowed codpiece. Locals who hope to see these works in person should take note: The show closes July 17, which means you only have a little over a week to get your Jareth on. … Read More

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