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Darren Aronofsky talks about how he put together the biblical epic Noah with Russell Crowe, Paramount and producer Arnon Milchan. Despite push-back from test audiences -- causing the studio to cut alternate versions --  the movie that has been released is entirely Aronofsky's. So far it's made over $100 million world-wide and he stands by it.

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Hollywood News Banter 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Kim Masters and John Horn discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

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- The expert statisticians at fivethirtyeight.com have crunched the numbers and found that movies passing the Bechdel test for women characters are good box office -- contrary to popular Hollywood belief.
- David Letterman will retire in 2015 for a long career in late night.

 

 
 

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Darren Aronofsky on Making 'Noah' 20 MIN, 59 SEC

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's Noah was never going to be a Sunday School version of the famous flood. The auteur director behind Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream approached the biblical epic as a mystical tale of one man at the center of an apocalypse. It was by far the largest budget Aronofsky had ever worked with. As is its practice on $125 million films, Paramount showed the unfinished movie to test audiences. The visual effects appeared as cartoons and the audiences didn't get it. So the studio re-cut alternate versions and tested those. None fared better with audiences than Aronofsky's, so Parmount released his version. The filmmaker talks about the process, saying he was scared but had faith in his vision.

 

Guests:
Darren Aronofsky, filmmaker (@DarrenAronofsky)

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