FROM Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky on Making 'Noah' 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.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.