Paramount Pictures released the first official image from Darren Aronofsky's new adaptation of the biblical epic "Noah" today and, well, Russell Crowe looks weathered and concerned. And yet, wouldn't you if God was sending a massive flood to cleanse the world of all its sinners?
Aronofsky's first film since the best picture nominated "Black Swan," "Noah" also stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah and Jennifer Connelly Naameh.
The best-of package will be the first since 2000’s “Whitney: The Greatest Hits.” That set has soared in sales since the Grammy-winning singer’s death on Feb. 11, selling nearly 850,000 copies following her passing, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total sales are 2.6 million units.
The new set will focus primarily on the radio version of singles, according to the Los Angeles Times, as opposed to dance remixes featured on the two-CD “The Greatest Hits.” The compilation is also expected to include songs from her last studio album, 2009’s “I Look To You.”
No word on whether the new collection will also include material from “Sparkle.” The movie musical, Houston’s last film, features the singer performing both “Celebrate,” a duet with Jordin Sparks, and her stirring rendition of “His Eye is On the Sparrow.” The soundtrack came out on RCA, Houston’s label. As we previously reported, Sparks is working on her third album.
What songs would you like to see on Houston's new greatest hits set?
After lying low in TV-land for a few years following the damp squib that was "Miracle at St. Anna," Spike Lee seems to be all over the place this month. His latest feature "Red Hook Summer" -- a loose follow-up to "Do the Right Thing," which Kris partially saw in Sundance, and rather liked -- opens Stateside today to mixed, if not unsympathetic, reviews.
In a few weeks, he'll be unveiling his new documentary about Michael Jackson, "Bad 25," at the Venice Film Festival -- where he'll also be receiving a career achievement award. Finally, his long-mooted remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy" is moving forward, with shooting set to begin in New Orleans this autumn, and Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley attached to star.
On another note, he's also jumped on the list-making bandwagon we've all been on since Sight & Sound's poll results last week, revealing his own Top 15 Films Of All Time -- not via Sight & Sound (he didn't participate in the 2002 poll, and doesn't appear to be involved with this year's either), but through an iTunes playlist of sorts. What a time it is to be alive, folks.
We're almost to the end of our summer rewatch of David Milch's epic HBO Western "Deadwood." As mentioned last week, I've dropped the duplicate reviews for veterans and newbies, since the newbies didn't seem to be commenting, and can avoid being spoiled by simply not reading the comments.
A review of episode 11, "The Whores Can Come," coming up just as soon as I buy myself a bum's rush...
Every year, without fail, we hit this cycle in pre-awards seasons discussion. it's a bit early to really dive into the possible contenders (even though most studios know what they have and what they don't) and the Academy is usually doing its best to lock down a producer. So, when news leaked last week that Jimmy Fallon was in negotiations to host the Academy Awards it appeared the Academy was trying to lock down the highly-turned down job earlier rather than later. This was also the idea last year when Brett Ratner convinced Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars on Sept. 6. Both hires lasted an amazing two months as Brian Grazer and Don Misher soon found themselves picking up the pieces late in the game. Thankfully, Billy Crystal - who had embarrassingly campaigned to return earlier that spring - returned for one last go around.
Okay, buckle up, "PR" fans -- this is apparently the episode that gets all hella lotta crazy, as Heidi Klum promised while promoting the season. Apparently Andrea's nighttime exodus is only the beginning of the melting down this season. I'm not sure if means we're in for lots of drama or just more stealth exiting from the show, which isn't dramatic so much as it's annoying. When you have clothes in your closet that are older than the designers calling you "immature," maybe that's a sign you blew it big time. Talking to you, Andrea.
I'm still confused at what Danielle did on Wednesday (August 8) night's "Big Brother." It was either brilliant or stupid. Well, it wasn't brilliant, I don't suppose. But it needn't necessarily have been stupid. But if we're being honest, what are the chances that anything Danielle does in this game isn't at least somewhat scatterbrained?
So Danielle and The Quack Pack made nice with Mike Boogie, at least somewhat, and seemingly targeted Janelle for eviction this week, though 21st Century William Katt Frank remains a candidate for eviction of Mike Boogie slips up and behaves suspiciously around the core alliance, which seems somehow unlikely given that once you're willing to believe a word Mike Boogie says, you've pretty much committed to being his dupe.
Seriously. Who trusts Mike Boogie? About anything? At any time?
Click through to see if Mike Boogie gets his way, or if his bromance with Frank is put on ice...
Robert Lopuski "got the call" from Kanye West and Jay-Z to shoot behind-the-scenes footage of the pair as they recorded "Watch the Throne" over 2010 and 2011. The result is an 11-minute "documentary" of the "making-of."
"I had to drop everything to fly out to Sydney. I didn’t have any equipment with me. So I asked Kanye’s team if it was cool to put in a rental order– like, could you guys get some stuff down there for me? I wrote up a list: I need a camera, a mic, a stand, the simple abc’s, and they said don’t worry, we got it," Lopuski told Paradigm. "A few days later, I show up and none of it is there. So I went on a crazy four-hour tear around Sydney, finding whatever pieces of equipment I could get my hands on."
Yeah. And it kinda shows. The result is very low-lit, and it's got bad sound, and very little is revealed about the actual "creative process" of the "Throne." There's a good scene of Jay-Z running over his rhymes for "Why I Love You," and I'll never fight a scene of Beyonce in jeans walking slowly around a lawn looking out the sea. But otherwise, it's a pretty restricted "look" at two of hip-hops biggest names ever.
I would say to the handlers that there were certain things that I needed to do: turn on lights, get slightly better access, possibly stage a better setup photographically.
They said ‘no, we can’t do that.’ Could I sit down? Could I put lavs on them? I know you guys are recording the album, but could I record their conversations? ‘No, you can’t do that.’ Can I set mics up in the room to record the room? ‘No.’ Do you think while I’m here, I can do sit-down interviews with them…maybe get something that I can at least use audio wise? ‘No. They don’t feel like doing interviews,’" Lopuski said. "The job was challenging professionally because you’re thrust immediately into the inner circle yet not allowed to capture the inner workings properly."
Watching it is challenging too. Russell Crowe makes a cameo and drinks the Kings' wine, because he's mentioned in Kanye's lyrics.
Lopuski knows this crew in part because he worked on visual effects for "Cadillac Records," in which Beyonce starred.
Jordin Sparks, whose feature film debut comes Aug. 17 with “Sparkle,” is already looking ahead to her next album.
The singer, who won “American Idol” season six when she was only 17 in 2007, has seven songs already collected for the project. She tells Billboard that she is also writing for the album. “It’s going to be different from what my fans have heard before,” she says of the project. “I’m going for more of the R&B side now.”
Among the producers she has worked with are Harmony Samuels, Da Internz, and Pop Wansel & Oak. On her wish list is Harvey Mason Jr., with whom she worked on the “Sparkle” soundtrack.
Sparks' last album, “Battlefield,” came out in 2009, but she admits that fans may have to wait a little longer for the follow-up. She is now shooting a new film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in New York. The film also stars fellow "AI" alum Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie; Alicia Keys is an executive producer.
I interviewed Sparks along with her “Sparkle” co-stars last week and we will be posting that video closer to the movie’s release. During our chat, Sparks talked about her lasting memories of working with Whitney Houston, who would have turned 49 today.
Last night we were treated to a double-episode debut of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on TLC. And, as expected, plenty of people panned the show before it even aired, railing against it as a sign of the coming apocalypse or a new low bar set in television. But now that at least some of you have seen the show, what did you think?
When we look back at the career of Will Ferrell eventually, it will be important to discuss the work he does with Adam McKay as a distinct chapter of his filmography.
Sure, Jay Roach directed "The Campaign," and it's certainly got his fingerprints all over it, but there is also something new at play here that we haven't seen from Roach before, and there's no mistaking the gleeful insanity that's at play in the way things escalate within scenes and over the course of the movie. That is one of the signatures of the films that Ferrell and McKay make together, this examination of the way total idiots will dig in on a situation and make things worse and worse simply by force of personality. "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights," "The Other Guys," "Step Brothers"… even the short film "The Landlord"… all play off the comedy inherent to the escalation between two equally ludicrous parties.