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Darren Aronofsky Reflects on Audience Reactions to ‘mother!’: ‘Laughing and Crying Are the Same Thing’

2 October 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

mother!” has proven to be the most polarizing movie in recent memory, with most who’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s latest film either loving or hating it. The writer/director himself appears to have taken this divisiveness in stride, as evidenced by a visit he paid to to the American Film Institute. Aronofsky attended the AFI Conservatory himself, making his conversation a homecoming of sorts.

In response to a question about whether viewers are meant to laugh at the film, Aronofsky said that the Italians didn’t laugh in Venice (where “mother!” premiered) but “the British laughed nonstop.” He then goes on to call his film a comedy of manners in its own way, explaining that people simply react to things differently: “Laughing and crying are the same thing, »

- Michael Nordine

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Paramount Responds to Mother! Backlash: ‘Everyone Celebrates Netflix When They Tell a Story No One Wants to Tell’

18 September 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the words of the prophet Beyoncé, Paramount Pictures ain’t sorry. If Mother!’s mania wasn’t for you, then … maybe there’s a sleepy showing of Tulip Fever you could slip into? The studio is standing behind Darren Aronofsky’s controversial film and its “F” CinemaScore rating. (To be fair, The Emoji Movie has a “B” rating, so maybe take this with a grain of salt.) Paramount’s worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan released a statement addressing the critics and audiences who were disgusted that the studio would release such a gruesome movie. »

- Hunter Harris

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Darren Aronofsky Was Working On A Kids Movie Before ‘mother!’

18 September 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For the few moviegoers who braved “mother!,” they’re likely spending the day still unpacking Darren Aronofsky‘s madhouse thriller. No matter what side of the fence you’re sitting on with regards to the film, there’s no doubt that it’s packed with ideas, and unafraid to provoke. However, what might surprise you is that before the writer/director turned his creative attention to a movie about the Biblical creation, toxic masculinity, and god knows what else, he was working on something far tamer.

Continue reading Darren Aronofsky Was Working On A Kids Movie Before ‘mother!’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office: ‘Mother!’ Crumbles With $7.5 Million, ‘It’ Repeats No. 1

17 September 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It” continues to post terrifyingly huge numbers, while “Mother!” opens with a thud.

“It,” from Warner Bros. and New Line, expects to finish its second weekend with $60 million from 4,103 locations. That would make its domestic gross so far $218.7 million — a record for the highest earning September release ever. The old record-holder was 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee” with $174.8 million. Broken down by day this weekend, “It” earned $19.4 million on Friday and $26.2 million on Saturday. Sunday’s take is estimated to be about $14.5 million. 389 Imax screens are expected to account for just over $3 million of the film’s take in North America this weekend.

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Overseas, “It” is pulling in an additional $60.3 million in 56 markets. That raises its international total to $152.6 million and the worldwide tally to $371.3 million.

Based on Stephen King’s novel, “It” opened last weekend with an enormous domestic pull of $123.4 million. The R-rated title, reportedly »

- Seth Kelley

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‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office

16 September 2017 9:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

mother!” has accomplished a rare feat: the dreaded “F” CinemaScore. Darren Aronofsky’s new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem has earned largely positive reviews from critics, but its failing grade suggests that multiplex audiences might not take to its oddity as well — especially given that the film is in nearly 2,400 theaters.

Based in Las Vegas, CinemaScore surveys audiences every weekend to gauge their reactions to new movies and see what effect that might have on box-office returns; ballots have six questions. Other movies to earn the rare distinction are Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris” remake, Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” William Friedkin’s “Bug,” and “I Know Who Killed Me” — so not exactly crowd-pleasers.

Still, it might not be so bad. »

- Michael Nordine

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Box Office: ‘It’ Stays Strong as ‘Mother!’ Struggles

16 September 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Horror blockbuster “It” is showing plenty of staying power at the domestic box office, with an estimated $59 million at 4,103 sites in its second weekend.

“It” is dwarfing a pair of newcomers — action-thriller “American Assassin” is heading for a distant second with an opening weekend around $15.5 million at 3,154 locations. The success of “It” was horrifying news for Jennifer Lawrence starrer “Mother!,” which is underperforming forecasts and should take in about $8 million at 2,368 venues.

“It” took in an impressive $19.2 million on Friday while “American Assassin” grossed $5.8 million and “Mother!” grossed $3.1 million. If “It” makes it to $60 million, it will become the 21st movie to top that figure in its second weekend. “Guardians of the Galaxy” posted the top second weekend of 2017 with $65.3 million followed by “Wonder Woman” at $58.5 million.

“It” will become the eighth-highest grosser of 2017 on Saturday, surpassing “Dunkirk” at $184 million, and wind up on Sunday with a sensational 10-day total of at least $215 million.

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- Dave McNary

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‘Mother!’ Cinematographer Used Color, Focus to Create Scary Mood

14 September 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viewers of “Mother!” may feel unsettled as they watch the movie unfold. In fact, their discomfort may remind them of other films created by the director-cinematographer team of Darren Aronofsky and Matthew Libatique, including “Requiem for a Dream” (2000) and “Black Swan” (2010).

Their sixth feature, set for release by Paramount on Sept. 15, stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple living a private life until unexpected visitors (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive, changing everything in a very disturbing way.

“Most of our conversation leading up to production was about camera language,” says Libatique. As they did for “Swan” and “Pi” (1998), Aronofsky and Libatique filmed on Super 16mm and stylistically restricted compositions to close-ups, over-the-shoulder and point-of-view shots to intimately connect the audience to the narrative. Handheld cameras were used, and framing was informed by each character’s needs.

These strict aesthetics were applied during a three-month rehearsal in Brooklyn, where »

- Daron James

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‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film

11 September 2017 6:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Darren Aronofsky introduced “mother!” to a crowd of insiders at the Metrograph in New York, he took pains to explain the movie’s allegory before it started. A week later, after the movie had screened for audiences in Venice and Toronto, he still wasn’t sure if that had been the right decision. “mother!” has been shrouded in secrecy for the better part of the year, with its eerie premise suggesting a visceral horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby,” when the truth is something far harder to describe.

Fortunately, nothing Aronofsky could say will actually spoil the experience of watching “mother!”, a bracing visceral experience about a married couple (Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence) and the unexpected visitors who arrive at their remote country home. The movie is an abstract psychological thriller with the most intangible twists since his 1999 debut “Pi,” with virtually every moment designed »

- Eric Kohn

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Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence Talk ‘mother!’ Which Divides Venice

5 September 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice, Italy — Darren Aronofsky on Tuesday surprised the Venice Film Festival press corps who reacted with a mix of cheers and boos to his bold horror tale “mother!” which is centred on a creepy submissive, and explosive, dynamic between Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the title character, and her poet husband called Him, played by Javier Bardem.

The film certainly marks a novelty for the edgy U.S. director who is a Lido aficionado. His “The Wrestler” won the 2008 Golden Lion, “Black Swan” also premiered in Venice, as did “The Fountain.” And Aronofsky headed the festival’s main jury in 2011.

“It was a a strange experience: most of my films take many many years to come to life — ‘Black Swan’ was 10 years, ‘Noah’ was 20 years — and this film happened in five days,” he said.

“It came out of living on this planet and sort of seeing what’s happening around us and not being able to do anything »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Michelle Pfeiffer Harasses Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Mother!’ Clip (Watch)

30 August 2017 9:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures has released a new clip from Darren Aronofsky’s enigmatic horror film “Mother!

In it, Michelle Pfeiffer’s creepy character badgers Jennifer Lawrence about motherhood.

“Why don’t you want to have kids?” Pfeiffer asks. “I know what it’s like when you’re just starting out and you think you have all the time in the world. You’re not going to be so young forever. Have kids. Then you’ll be creating something together.”

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Lawrence says nothing but Pfeiffer then asserts, “Oh, you do want them.”

The cryptic film was announced in October of last year and Aronofsky released an alarming teaser poster on Mother’s Day featuring a colorfully illustrated Lawrence holding her heart in her hands.

A previously released teaser revealed little about the plot of the film, besides hinting that Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple »

- Dave McNary

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Jennifer Lawrence Says She Hyperventilated, Dislocated a Rib While Filming ‘Mother!’

9 August 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While the trailer for “Mother!”, which debuted earlier this week,” left a mark on us, filming the Darren Aronofsky movie also left a mark on lead actress Jennifer Lawrence. In an interview with Vogue, the Oscar winner said that filming got so intense on the thriller that she hyperventilated and dislocated a rib. “I ended up getting on oxygen,” she said. “I have oxygen tubes in my nostrils, and Darren’s like, ‘It was out of focus; we’ve got to do it again.’ And I was just like, ‘Go f— yourself.'” »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Watch Jennifer Lawrence in the Official Trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’

7 August 2017 9:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jennifer Lawrence’s new film “Mother!,” directed by Darren Aronofsky, finally has a full-length trailer.

In the trailer, which seems to depart from the tropes of a traditional horror film, Lawrence appears obsessed with a brick wall, which is at one point dripping with blood. In another flash, it looks to conceal a tunnel. Lawrence’s character also is alarmed at one point by a hoard of people approaching in a field.

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Watch Jennifer Lawrence in Ominous First Teaser for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’

The cryptic film was announced in October of last year and Aronofsky released an alarming teaser poster on Mother’s Day featuring a colorfully illustrated Lawrence holding her heart in her hands.

A previously released teaser revealed little about the plot of the film, besides hinting that Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple living in an isolated home whose lives are interrupted by visitors. The »

- Erin Nyren and Seth Kelley

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Venice Lineup: Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ Lands on the Lido, Plus Films by Clooney, Del Toro, Kechiche

27 July 2017 3:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Darren Aronofsky’s horror thriller “Mother!” and new films by George Clooney and Guillermo del Toro will world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, along with hotly anticipated titles from directors such as France’s Abdellatif Kechiche.

Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, had not been expected on the Lido. The horror film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on Sept. 15.

As previously reported by Variety, Clooney’s “Suburbicon” (pictured), a black comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac, will launch from the Lido. The film is one of three Paramount titles destined for Venice, along with “Mother!” and festival opener “Downsizing” by Alexander Payne. All three movies will also screen in Toronto.

In “Suburbicon,” Damon plays the father in a well-to-do suburban family that finds itself caught in a violent spiral. The actor also stars in “Downsizing,” a social satire in which his character agrees to have »

- Nick Vivarelli

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George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' Release Date Moved Up

21 July 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount has moved up the release dates of mother! and Suburbicon, positioning both films for a longer awards run.

Darren Aronofsky's horror film mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, will get a wide release on Sept. 15, opposite the wide releases of Open Road's Blake Lively drama All I See is You and Lionsgate's Michael Keaton actioner American Assassin, as well as the Annapurna comedy Brad's Status directed by Mike White, IFC's J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye from Danny Strong and the A24 thriller Woodshock, starring Kirsten Dunst. It was previously scheduled to open on Oct. 13.

George Clooney's Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, will bow »

- Ashley Lee

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Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mother!’ Moves Forward to September Release

20 July 2017 6:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures has moved its Jennifer Lawrence thriller “Mother!” forward by a month to Sept. 15 from its previous Oct. 13 release date.

The studio confirmed the date change Thursday but did not elaborate. It’s possible that “Mother!” could be premiered at the Telluride Film Festival or Venice Film Festivals — both which open on Aug. 30 — or even at the Toronto Film Festival, which opens Sept. 7.

“Mother!” is directed and produced by Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner along with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. It co-stars Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kristin Wiig, Domnhall Gleeson, and Ed Harris, in addition to Lawrence.

Lawrence and Bardem portray a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

“Mother!” will open against Open Road’s Blake Lively drama “All I See Is You” and Lionsgate’s actioner “American Assassin,” starring »

- Dave McNary

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Darren Aronofsky’s Next Movie is An Artificial Intelligence Courtroom Drama

18 July 2017 6:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We’re still three months away from the release of Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror-thriller “mother!,” but the filmmaker isn’t wasting anytime in setting up his next project. Paramount has purchased an untitled script by Joe Epstein for Aronofsky to direct, according to The Tracking Board. Aronofsky has worked with the studio on previous efforts “mother!” and “Noah.”

Read More: ‘mother!’ Poster: Darren Aronofsky Reveals a Heart-Rending Look at Jennifer Lawrence

Details about the script are scarce, but both Tracking Board and Deadline confirm it’s a courtroom drama that involves artificial intelligence. Aronofsky will also produce under his Protozoa Pictures production banner. This is the second movie Aronofsky will have in development now. He’s a producer on the upcoming Yann Demange crime drama “White Boy Rick,” starring Matthew McConaughey. Protozoa was also behind last year’s Oscar nominee “Jackie.”

“mother!” marks Aronofsky’s return to the big »

- Zack Sharf

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That Mysterious Jennifer Lawrence-Darren Aronofsky Movie is a Horror-Thriller, You Guys

31 March 2017 1:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The plot of Darren Aronofsky’s next film has largely been under wraps since it was announced — but this week’s CinemaCon convention, and an individual close to project that spoke to TheWrap, revealed the director is going back to “Black Swan” territory with his latest. Aronofsky’s “mother!” will be a horror-thriller, and a star-studded one at that. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem lead a cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig. At this week’s annual convention of movie exhibitors, Paramount Domestic Distribution chief Kyle Davies let the cat out of the bag, »

- Matt Donnelly

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Darren Aronofsky’s Jennifer Lawrence-headlined Mother! gets October release date

7 February 2017 12:45 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Darren Aronofsky’s new film Mother! has been scheduled for an October release date. The film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer, will be released on October 27th via Paramount Pictures as reported by Deadline Hollywood.

That release slot was originally taken by the Friday the 13th reboot but Mother!, which is a mystery thriller, has now moved into its place.

Mother!’s synopsis simply reads:

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

The film will also star Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Domhnall Gleeson.

An Aronofsky film is always an event for film lovers, and with the cast and premise for Mother! fans of his work should be in for quite the treat. With his visual flair and off the beaten path sensibilities, this flick will likely be high on many a person’s radar come awards season. »

- Samuel Brace

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Darren Aronofsky Drama Starring Jennifer Lawrence Gets Awards-Friendly Release Date

6 February 2017 4:54 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bad news, sequel and/or reboot fans: Paramount has removed both “World War Z 2” and the latest “Friday the 13th” remake from its schedule, leaving both projects’ futures uncertain for now. In their place is Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence and is being released on October 13.

Read More: Darren Aronofsky on His Private Writing Process, Fighting Financiers and His Mysterious New Film

According to Deadline, “mother!” concerns “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.” Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson co-star in the film, whose autumnal release date suggests Paramount could be aiming for a premiere at one of the seasonal festivals (Telluride, Toronto, Venice and New York) and planning an awards push.

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“World War »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Big Little Lies’: Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Twisty Foray Into Television

31 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Blame it on the weather. It was unseasonably cold in Monterey, Calif., when, deep into the 88-day shoot for “Big Little Lies” — after 10 straight days of late nights — the unthinkable happened: The usually unflappable Reese Witherspoon lost her temper. Faced with a difficult emotional scene, she yelled at director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Recalling the incident a few months later over tea at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, the two — who share an easy, effortless camaraderie — laugh at the memory. “I’m so sorry!” she tells him, sheepishly hiding her face in her hands. In his French-accented lilt, Vallée says, “I felt so sad because I knew it wasn’t her.”

But back in that fraught moment on the set, he turned to her and said, “Great! Let’s do it,” pushing her to channel her frustration into her performance. Vallée reports that Witherspoon — perfectly cast as the fast-talking, multitasking mother of two, Madeline »

- Debra Birnbaum

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