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Must Watch: The Baffling Trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

I’m going to try not to be snarky here. It’s difficult, but I’m going to try. How can I judge a movie based on the trailer, right? I like Darren Aronofsky. He seems like a cool dude. I thought “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” were fun, and I can get down with the puff-puff-pass philosophy of “The Fountain.” But man, I’m really struggling with this one. Have you seen the trailer for Aronofsky’s new film, “Noah”? Watch it, please. You’ll see what I mean. I don’t even know what to say. I mean, it’s not like I was expecting much. I’ve learned never to expect much from a movie starring Russell Crowe. I have sort of a grudge against him ever since I was forced to listen to an album by his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. But that’s another story. I’m meandering. I have a headache. And I’ve only watched the trailer. I think if I watch the whole film my head will explode. (more…)

In Five: Jennifer Lawrence Goes “East of Eden,” De Niro Heads to HBO, and More Culture News

1.  It’s being reported that Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in an adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s “East of Eden,” which, of course, was already made into a film in 1955 co-starring James Dean. Gary Ross, who directed the first “Hunger Games” film, will be behind the camera for the new adaptation, and is reportedly planning to tell the epic story over two films. Considering this and the reported adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck is currently in vogue among Hollywood studios. [Deadline] (more…)

In Five: Nicole Kidman Won’t Win an Oscar, M.I.A Responds to the NFL, and More Culture News

1. “Grace of Monaco,” the movie that was supposed to earn Nicole Kidman her latest Academy Award nomination, has been pushed back until the spring, making in ineligible for the awards this year. Usually, when a movie is being touted as an awards contender before suddenly being pushed to a season where studios typically dump movies, means it stinks. Based on the recently released trailer, we’d say that’s the case here. [Hollywood Reporter] (more…)

In Five: Matthew Weiner Bummed About Final Season of “Mad Men,” WikiLeaks Protests “The Fifth Estate,” and More Culture News

1. Remember last week when it was reported that the final season of “Mad Men” would be split into two? You know how bummed out you felt, learning that you’d have to wait an extra year to find out what happens at the end of the show? Well, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner kind of feels the same way. “It’s a strategy from the network and I was told about it,” he told reporters at an event for the Emmy Awards last week. “I found a way to work with it. That’s all I can say.” Good move, AMC. [Hollywood Reporter] (more…)

In Five: Spike Lee Wins Gish Prize, “Mad Men” Split in Two, and More Culture News

1. Spike Lee is having a lot of good luck. After successfully raising the money via Kickstarter for his Brooklyn-based vampire sex film, the filmmaker was recently awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which comes with a cash award of $300,000. The prize was created by famous actress Lillian Gish, and is given annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” What do you think Spike will do with the money? [Indiewire] (more…)

In Five: Chiwetel Ejiofor Does “A Season in the Congo,” Planned “Walking Dead” Spinoff, and More Culture News

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is receiving rave reviews for his lead role in Steve McQueen‘s “12 Years a Slave” (which won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival this week), has an extensive stage career. One of those plays is now being turned into a movie. “A Season in the Congo,” set to be directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), concerns “the rise and fall of Congo’s first democratically elected leader Patrice Lumumba.” The play was staged at the Young Vic this past summer, where it received great reviews. [Guardian] (more…)

In Five: Werner Herzog Replaces His “Queen of the Desert,” Kim Gordon Writing a Memoir, and More Culture News

1. Naomi Watts, recently of the Lusty Moms movie, has dropped out of Wener Herzog‘s “Queen of the Desert,” a film about early 20th-century explorer Gertrude BellNicole Kidman is set to replace her, and she’ll star opposite James Franco, who replaced Jude Law earlier this year, and Robert Pattinson. “Bell is the iconic explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century,” according to reports. In an interesting bit of news, Watts has joined the cast of “Holland, Michigan,” a narrative film from documentarian (and good friend of Herzog) Errol Morris. That film is “a thriller centering on a woman who suspects her husband is cheating,” who then “begins an affair of her own, eventually discovering that her husband is a serial killer.” [Deadline/Hollywood Reporter] (more…)

In Five: Leonardo Dicaprio’s Island of Man-Animals, BFFs RZA and Yoko Ono, and More Culture News

1. If you’ve ever had to sit through the remake of “The Island of Dr. Moreau” starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, this news will not be pleasant. Leonardo DiCaprio, through his production company Appian Way, has commissioned Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy (“Hemlock Grove”) to adapt the classic novel by H.G. Wells. Is DiCaprio getting ready to play the titular doctor? Or will he plan on playing one of the story’s crazy man-animals? Second thought, this film might be amazing! [Deadline] (more…)

Must Watch: Lost in Space With the Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”

Alfonso Cuaron‘s  long in the works “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts stuck in space, finally hit screens last week at the Venice International Film Festival, where it received positive reviews. Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter called it “a film that will have buffs and casual fans alike gaping and wondering, ‘How did they do that?’ and returning for multiple viewings just to imbibe the sheer virtuosity of it all,” while Variety’s Justin Chang said Cuaron was “the rare virtuoso capable of steering us through vividly imagined worlds and into deep recesses of human feeling.” Others have compared the film to Stanley Kubrick‘s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which is some seriously daunting praise. How can the film ever live up to the hype? Today, we get our first glimpse via the nausating trailer, which sets the mood for what appears to be a frightening look at what happens when you’re lost in space. Can you deal with things flying around the screen and Bullock panting and screaming throughout? Watch the trailer below. (more…)

In Five: Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children,” Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” Trailer, and More Culture News

1. Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) is at the Toronto Film Festival with “Labor Day,” his adaptation of the novel by Joyce Maynard (who herself is having quite a week due to her role in the “Salinger” documentary). While up in the cold country, Reitman is pushing his next film, an adaptation of “Men, Women and Children,” the novel by Chad Kultgen. Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, and Rosemarie DeWitt are reportdly lined up for the lead roles, with a rumor that Cameron Diaz might be eyeing a role in the film as well. The novel “focuses on a family with junior high school students and deals with the navigation of sexual awakenings in a digital age where the Internet has made pornography, blogs and social networking just a few clicks away.” Are Sandler, Garner, DeWitt, and Diaz playing teenagers? That’s a film I’d actually go see. [Deadline]