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Christian Bale Passes On Noah
Next target? Michael Fassbender

30 November 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Christian Bale Passes On Noah

After a long time spent courting their number one choice, sending flowers and special boat-themed presents to Christian Bale, Darren Aronofsky and studio backers Paramount are heartbroken as he’s decided to pass on the lead in Biblical epic Noah. But never fear! For there is a new possibility in the frame! Give us an “F”! Give us an “A”! Give us an “S”… Look, it’ll take far too long to spell his name out that way: it’s Michael Fassbender.

Bale has apparently had to give up the chance to play the boat-building bloke because of his busy schedule, largely dominated by two new Terrence Malick films, Lawless and Knight Of Cups, plus any press he’ll need to do for The Dark Knight Rises.

And while you might think Fassbender would be even more in demand than Sir Good For You, he’s actually only got one active project on his radar right now – another playdate with best pal Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave. He had been looking at real-life spy drama Londongrad, but that has come to a grinding halt now Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt has dropped the project.

So while there’s not even a formal offer in place for Fassbender, he has apparently chatted to Aronofsky about taking on the film, which the director originally co-wrote with Ari Handel. With a freshly polished script in hand courtesy of Hugo's John Logan, Aronofsky hopes to sail the production seas this coming spring.


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Fuck me, is this STILL going??? Just because a film says something, doesn't mean it's absolutely so, regardless of what the source material is. Most films are not documentaries. They are ENTERTAINMENT!!!!! Taking recent, history, for instance. I know that the B-17F 44-124485 "Memphis Belle" was touted as the first B-17 to complete 25 missions and go home. The 1990 film of the same name is a story, based around that aircraft, but more importantly, the crews and aircraft of the 8th More

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No, I agree with Engle, he is totally 85% right. Only today did I discover that Prince of Egypt wasn't facts and that Clash of the Titans wasn't a true story. He's right, a film about Noah will totally brainwash kids into religion. However he's only 85% right, as this film won't be Christian or Islamic propaganda but another piece of Jewish propaganda in the same vein of Prince of Egypt and A Serious Man, there to make children think that stories from the Bereshit and Shemot are 100% fact and f More

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L: jonson This is the most bizarre threads I have read in some time. Personally, I think Noah is one of the better stories in the Bible, and also one of the stories that I would accept as based on some kind of factual event. remember this much furoure when Evan Almighty was released. remember it flooding the message boards........... t me coat. More

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Hey everyone, I just wanna apologise. I'm new round here. as you can see I'm a ninja in training. I have 2 stars. I probably haven't done myself any favours in making friends in the empire forums but I hope that will change in the future as we discuss the nuances of upcoming films. I know, I said some harsh things at times but I assure you, it was all in the spirit of the debate. If you corner a wild animal it will lash out in its defence. I now see clearly that I was that cornered More

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L: Englebertnightingale L: Spaldron Ok, this ^ has made my day! DIT: The mad scientist, not shool. ote] I don't mind being called 'the mad scientist' at all and fitting too as I am beginning to feel a little mad as no-one in here can see how ridiculous the story of Noah's Ark is. It's ridiculous. It's only that it has been around for so long that we accept it. Think of RIcky Gervais and his take on nursery rhymes. (be sure to youtube it if you haven't seen it.) He talk More

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I was merely pointing out the historical aspects. Those historical aspects that you chose to completely ignore. Call it "waffling" if you like, however it would be wise to be sure of all of your facts before you try to argue a case otherwise you're coming across as a total idiot. The fact that you blithely (see, there's that basic English word you don't understand again) choose to ignore absolute historical basics (yeah, I remember "I prefer Beatles records to Roman ones) doesn't exactly giv More

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L: Spaldron Ok, this ^ has made my day! DIT: The mad scientist, not shool. ote] I don't mind being called 'the mad scientist' at all and fitting too as I am beginning to feel a little mad as no-one in here can see how ridiculous the story of Noah's Ark is. It's ridiculous. It's only that it has been around for so long that we accept it. Think of RIcky Gervais and his take on nursery rhymes. (be sure to youtube it if you haven't seen it.) He talks about how ridiculous Humpty Dum More

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lise don't you that Jobloffski is actually arguing in FAVOUR of the film that you so abhoraybe. I want a good debate and at least he is talking about the film and it's implications and not waffling on about 'Hittites'. me taking a leaf out of his book, in what way? I'm really not getting that at all. y staying focused on the debate at hand, and creating inventive arguments. tad concerning that as a teacher you don't understand basic English.eally? why are you criticizing my hist More

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ski (1) quote: ' Given all the current 'rising sea levels' stuff that is the end of the world/tax raising scenario (take your pick) du jour, isn't it more likely than not that the 'parable for the ages' nature of the story is the most important for the film, and therefore in tune with the 'save the animals' attitude of TODAY that it be in tune with/be propaganda for (take your pick)?' Finally someone with a level-headed perspective and fresh ideas. Funkyrae could do with taking a More

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Apologies for dropping out of the debate. But I needed some sleep. I have now returned and am looking forward to debating with you, and wow what a debate it is. A prickly and multifaceted one concerning Hollywood, a divisive director, religion, and a war of ideologies about where we came from. I will begin with rebuttals because boy did I get attacked last night. y (1)uote]' the Bible contains some bloody good stories! Personally I'd like to see this.' e] Personally, I'm looking More

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Well, not true.  Clean animals and Birds went on the Ark in Sevens. So Cattle and Chicken he had one spare, after the flood he made an offering of them in burnt offerings on an alter.  Maccy Ds for definite. More

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L: Spaldron L: shool L: Timon L: Englebertnightingale What I am contending is the animal migration via Noah's Ark. I am contending the popularising of this myth because it steals the thunder of the beautiful and real story. s that what the story of Noah's Ark does? I was under the impression he took them from Point A to Point B on a mountain top... then they all went their separate ways. I don't think he dropped particular species off on particular conti More

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L: Spaldron L: shool L: Spaldron L: shool L: Timon L: Englebertnightingale What I am contending is the animal migration via Noah's Ark. I am contending the popularising of this myth because it steals the thunder of the beautiful and real story. s that what the story of Noah's Ark does? I was under the impression he took them from Point A to Point B on a mountain top... then they all went their separate ways. I don't think he dropped particular species of More

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Well, he tends to make films involving people on a downward spiral into mental, physical or mental AND physical destruction/self destruction (even the fountain has that kind of thing, but via a cautionary tale to prevent Jackman's character ending up becoming destroyed by grief). Addiction/madness, obsession/madness, perfectionism/madness, skewed self image/madness, continuing down a path even though it will almost certainly lead to debilitating injury or death/madness are his playground. More

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I've never seen a Darren Aronofsky film but if this has a big scope and lots of FX i'll see it! More

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Er... Given all the current 'rising sea levels' stuff that is the end of the world/tax raising scenario (take your pick) du jour, isn't it more likely than not that the 'parable for the ages' nature of the story is the most important for the film, and therefore in tune with the 'save the animals' attitude of TODAY that it be in tune with/be propaganda for (take your pick)? And I am not in the least surprised Bale didn't want a part of this, the 'YOU'RE A NICE GUY' rant still hasn't g More

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your explanation about the Hittites. I thank you for that bit of information. You seem to enjoy history, or dare I say, are passionate about history. That's how I feel about animals. If you're so passionate about history then why are we arguing? You should be slamming the Bible for making false historical claims, which it does. Noah and the Ark is a case in point. Dogma! nice one. I'm taking notes I really am. Unfortunately like Prince of Egypt, it's pre 9/11. A time when as I stated earlier, t More

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L: shool L: Spaldron L: shool L: Timon L: Englebertnightingale What I am contending is the animal migration via Noah's Ark. I am contending the popularising of this myth because it steals the thunder of the beautiful and real story. s that what the story of Noah's Ark does? I was under the impression he took them from Point A to Point B on a mountain top... then they all went their separate ways. I don't think he dropped particular species off o More

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L: Spaldron L: shool L: Timon L: Englebertnightingale What I am contending is the animal migration via Noah's Ark. I am contending the popularising of this myth because it steals the thunder of the beautiful and real story. s that what the story of Noah's Ark does? I was under the impression he took them from Point A to Point B on a mountain top... then they all went their separate ways. I don't think he dropped particular species off on particular conti More

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And about the location of where the animals were dropped off - remember when this story was written. China hadn't really been encountered. No one knew the existance of America, or Down Under. For them, repopulation of the world with animals from the boat wasn't a difficult concept - because their world was limited by the boundaries of their own experience and knowledge. More

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L: shool L: Timon L: Englebertnightingale What I am contending is the animal migration via Noah's Ark. I am contending the popularising of this myth because it steals the thunder of the beautiful and real story. s that what the story of Noah's Ark does? I was under the impression he took them from Point A to Point B on a mountain top... then they all went their separate ways. I don't think he dropped particular species off on particular continents. Or did he More

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L: Timon L: Englebertnightingale What I am contending is the animal migration via Noah's Ark. I am contending the popularising of this myth because it steals the thunder of the beautiful and real story. s that what the story of Noah's Ark does? I was under the impression he took them from Point A to Point B on a mountain top... then they all went their separate ways. I don't think he dropped particular species off on particular continents. Or did he? ot in my bible More

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L: Englebertnightingale What I am contending is the animal migration via Noah's Ark. I am contending the popularising of this myth because it steals the thunder of the beautiful and real story. s that what the story of Noah's Ark does? I was under the impression he took them from Point A to Point B on a mountain top... then they all went their separate ways. I don't think he dropped particular species off on particular continents. Or did he? More

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L: Rgirvan44 L: Englebertnightingale a document that informs us about history all the more reason to remain objective about it and to evaluate its messages and most certainly to challenge and question critically its scientific claims. I don't dispute a flood. Floods happen all the time. There was a big one last year in Australia. What I am contending is that animals are where they are in the world because of a bearded man in a boat. this is something that doesn't happen all More

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L: Rgirvan44 And the Flood myth appears in just about every religion - so either something did happen, or this is an example of the collective myth building at work. Certain ideas and images repeat themselves. his. The Egyptians, the Greeks, the Chinese, the Druids of Britain, the Polynesians, the Eskimos and Greenlanders, the Africans, the Hindus, and the American Indians all have Flood stories. With regards to this being religious propaganda. Dont you think we should wait unt More

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L: Englebertnightingale a document that informs us about history all the more reason to remain objective about it and to evaluate its messages and most certainly to challenge and question critically its scientific claims. I don't dispute a flood. Floods happen all the time. There was a big one last year in Australia. What I am contending is that animals are where they are in the world because of a bearded man in a boat. this is something that doesn't happen all the time. ou don't t More

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a document that informs us about history all the more reason to remain objective about it and to evaluate its messages and most certainly to challenge and question critically its scientific claims. I don't dispute a flood. Floods happen all the time. There was a big one last year in Australia. What I am contending is that animals are where they are in the world because of a bearded man in a boat. this is something that doesn't happen all the time. More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 15:22 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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L: Rgirvan44 The Bible isn't a histroical document, but rather a document that informs us about history. And the Flood myth appears in just about every religion - so either something did happen, is an example of the collective myth building at work. Certain ideas and images repeat themselves. /quote] Like how Star Wars is just repeating Lord Of The Rings, but in space!!! More

Posted by Spaldron at 15:17 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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The Bible isn't a histroical document, but rather a document that informs us about history. And the Flood myth appears in just about every religion - so either something did happen, or this is an example of the collective myth building at work. Certain ideas and images repeat themselves. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 15:16 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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]Seriously, if you're only going to believe in recent historical events because there's still a living connection to them then you have major problems mate. You're banging on about creationism and assuming that this will be the intention of the film which has already been stated it won't, yet refusing point blank to see anything past your own, and people around you, timeline. As for the Hittites, again, seriously?! A bronze age people in Anatolia that had a vast empire, spoke an Indo-Euro More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 15:11 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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There are pointless debates and there are pointless debates........ And then there's this. More

Posted by Spaldron at 15:10 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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y, a call-out. Haven't had one of those in a while. A couple of things. A) This film hasn't even entered production yet. You're basing your assumptions of 'religious propaganda' based on the twin ideas that "people are stupid" and "Hollywood is a big cabal of Christian propagandists advancing a nefarious agenda". Given Aronofsky's history with filmmaking that, while making overtures towards specific religions, generally focuses on spirituality and its effects on people, and given the fact More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 14:56 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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L: Englebertnightingale nt - you ignore those historians. It makes you so much more credible. In the meanwhile, why not try denying the holocaust or pretending that Hiroshima didn't happen or maybe, I know, forget that there was ever a ship called The Titanic. Or, better still and this is a groovy one, forget that the Hittites, Sumerians and Babylonians ever existed and helped to create the written word because you know, that's just history. Again, just so as you know, those particul More

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Another couple just off the top of my head: Paul Angels & Demons More

Posted by Funkyrae at 14:52 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
L: Funkyrae Seriously, if you're only going to believe in recent historical events because there's still a living connection to them then you have major problems mate. You're banging on about creationism and assuming that this will be the intention of the film which has already been stated it won't, yet refusing point blank to see anything past your own, and people around you, timeline. As for the Hittites, again, seriously?! A bronze age people in Anatolia that had a vast empire More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 14:48 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
L: Englebertnightingale nt - you ignore those historians. It makes you so much more credible. In the meanwhile, why not try denying the holocaust or pretending that Hiroshima didn't happen or maybe, I know, forget that there was ever a ship called The Titanic. Or, better still and this is a groovy one, forget that the Hittites, Sumerians and Babylonians ever existed and helped to create the written word because you know, that's just history. Again, just so as you know, those particu More

Posted by Timon at 14:45 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
Seriously, if you're only going to believe in recent historical events because there's still a living connection to them then you have major problems mate. You're banging on about creationism and assuming that this will be the intention of the film which has already been stated it won't, yet refusing point blank to see anything past your own, and people around you, timeline. As for the Hittites, again, seriously?! A bronze age people in Anatolia that had a vast empire, spoke an Indo-Eu More

Posted by Funkyrae at 14:44 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
nt - you ignore those historians. It makes you so much more credible. In the meanwhile, why not try denying the holocaust or pretending that Hiroshima didn't happen or maybe, I know, forget that there was ever a ship called The Titanic. Or, better still and this is a groovy one, forget that the Hittites, Sumerians and Babylonians ever existed and helped to create the written word because you know, that's just history. Again, just so as you know, those particular Roman records that you're More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 14:31 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
Ti, this is someone who can blithely ignore historical evidence. What on earth makes you think he's going to understand the difference? More

Posted by Funkyrae at 14:19 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
L: Englebertnightingale , did you just say that Christians are a huge target audience for Scientific Journals? es I did. Here is a link that I do not endorse. http://www.csmonitor.com/ igh. Yes, the CSM and Science Daily are exactly the same. One is a resource for articles and press releases from unis and scientific institutes, the other is a NEWSPAPER. More

Posted by Timon at 14:17 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
, did you just say that Christians are a huge target audience for Scientific Journals? es I did. Here is a link that I do not endorse. http://www.csmonitor.com/ More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 14:10 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
L: elab49 Science student by the way. Although, for my sins, I do now have a History degree too. h well done BTW - I didn't realise you'd finished! More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 14:04 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
L: Englebertnightingale d you said that - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/0709071509 31.htm Science Daily hey. Looks like a pretty hodgepodge html site. There are a lot of speculative noahs ark articles written in newspapers, and non reputable science journals often science journals written by Christians. The reason being, It sells. Christians are a huge target audience. Noah's ark is a Creationists wet dream. Of course, that's not proof of an Ark. More

Posted by Timon at 14:00 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
d you said that - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/0709071509 31.htm Science Daily hey. Looks like a pretty hodgepodge html site. There are a lot of speculative noahs ark articles written in newspapers, and non reputable science journals often science journals written by Christians. The reason being, It sells. Christians are a huge target audience. Noah's ark is a Creationists wet dream. Of course, that's not proof of an Ark... but maybe, just maybe... it's More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 13:58 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
L: Englebertnightingale I was a bit harsh on Jim. TV's not my strong suite. CBS is that the Christian Broadcasting Station ou are a biting wit sir More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 13:52 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
It's not that he ignores historians Funky - I don't think he perhaps understands 'historiography'. Science student by the way. Although, for my sins, I do now have a History degree too. Also dyed in the wool atheist of decades standing  More

Posted by elab49 at 13:51 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
my god I found this interview with two seconds of fucking Googling) now that's good googling. You're a good googler, nay, in fact a great one. More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 13:46 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hey Pigeon Army! I like pigeons too.
L: Pigeon Army You're getting livid with Arts students on an internet forum because we don't believe that a film made by a filmmaker with a proven track record in dealing with spirituality without condoning or promoting religion will make a film promoting religion. HEY! I am a Arts GRADUATE (Social and Economic History - University of Liverpool, thanks for asking). Thankyouohsoverymuchy. More

Posted by Timon at 13:45 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Funkyrae... welcome!
L: Englebertnightingale e Darren will be losing sleep. ae, I don't care what Darrens doing as long as he's not making unverified scientific claims about animal migration. owever love my history and Roman records have proven that there was a prophet (i.e. the people who spread the doom and gloom messages on the street corners) named Jesus who was crucified. The Romans treated him in exactly the same way they treated every other insurgent 'm glad you enjoy those Roman recor More

Posted by Funkyrae at 13:45 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hey Pigeon Army! I like pigeons too.
L: Timon He's not doing Genesis: The Movie. hank fuck for that. The music is bad enough. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 13:44 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
you're implying that Britain has no Christians in it? Granted we're not as religious as the US, but the UK is not as militantly atheist as you believe. I never implied there were no Christians in Britain. But you don't need to be a Christian to be elected the Prime Minister of the U.K. That's a very important distinction. No atheist or non Christian could be sworn into the US presidency. That's a very dangerous religious atmosphere. Plus you don't even know how the director will po More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 13:44 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Funkyrae... welcome!
L: Englebertnightingale I'm glad you enjoy those Roman records, I prefer Beatles records myself and something else called scientific evidence. I find it much more useful than historical records written by historiographers who may or may not have religious persuasions. I'll take a fossil over a Roman record any day. I'm glad you said that - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/0709071509 31.htm Of course, that's not proof of an Ark... but maybe, just maybe... it's a More

Posted by Timon at 13:43 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hey Pigeon Army! I like pigeons too.
Some people believe in God.   Some people don't.   THE END. More

Posted by jcthefirst at 13:43 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hey Pigeon Army! I like pigeons too.
L: Englebertnightingale Oh, thank you for enlightening me. Now I understand. He's really open minded about all these religions and how their bogus stories overlap. That's so profound, yet not new to me as a man of science. If only religious people could all see what Aronofsky sees. but they so often choose not to see things in that way and stick by the one religion they were most likely indoctrinated into by their parents and communities. Are we forgetting someone though? Oh that's rig More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 13:41 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Funkyrae... welcome!
I'm slightly confused now. Are all films now documentaries? What's this fiction thing? More

Posted by elab49 at 13:41 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Funkyrae... welcome!
DAWKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by jcthefirst at 13:37 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

Funkyrae... welcome!
e Darren will be losing sleep. ae, I don't care what Darrens doing as long as he's not making unverified scientific claims about animal migration. owever love my history and Roman records have proven that there was a prophet (i.e. the people who spread the doom and gloom messages on the street corners) named Jesus who was crucified. The Romans treated him in exactly the same way they treated every other insurgent 'm glad you enjoy those Roman records, I prefer Beatles records myse More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 13:36 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hey Pigeon Army! I like pigeons too.
not doing Genesis: The Movie. hank goodness for that. Phil Collins' acting is dire! More

Posted by Funkyrae at 13:35 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hey Pigeon Army! I like pigeons too.
L: Englebertnightingale As if it's not enough to screw over the ecology of this planet we have to go further and lie about the origin of all living things in a completely human-centric way. e's not doing Genesis: The Movie. reationist god put them there in the first place, he's probably slowly erasing them too right? All part of a grand plan? Well this plan sucks. or all we know, Aronfosky's Noah will think the same. I honestly be surprised if God showed up in this More

Posted by Timon at 13:33 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
Ixnay on the Istcray. More

Posted by jcthefirst at 13:29 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
You i] say that, JC More

Posted by UTB at 13:28 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
This is great reading. More

Posted by jcthefirst at 13:21 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Religious Propaganda
I'd prefer to see Roland Emmerich do it. But then, I'd probably prefer not to watch it at all. More

Posted by UTB at 13:20 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Prince of Egypt... Touche!
L: Englebertnightingale Prince of Egypt. Ace up your sleeve. Hmmm. Ambiguous title really isn't it? Doesn't really shout pro religious Biblical epic like the Passion of The Christ. I wonder if it's marketing campaign utilized the myriad of christian media channels. They would have made 200 million in no time. 1998 though, that's pre 9/11. We weren't yet reminded of the dangers of religious claims. his is getting religulous. Quite literally Doesn't shout pro religious Biblical e More

Posted by Timon at 13:18 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Religious Propaganda
L: Englebertnightingale The very action of making this movie, is propaganda. There was never such an event as ridiculous as Noah and the Ark. There is no evidence for such an event and on the contrary there is evidence to the contrary. I can't believe we think we live in a democracy. This is religious propaganda. I hereby declare to never watch another Aronofsky film. I'm sure Darren will be losing sleep. L: Englebertnightingale Yes I agree. The old Chinese whispers t More

Posted by Funkyrae at 13:10 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Jim Caviezel that's right? How's he doing?
described your first film, “Pi,” as being about “God, math, Kabbalah, and paranoia,” and you cited the Bible as part of the inspiration for “The Fountain.” What’s your own religious background? Culturally, I am Jewish. I was raised slightly Jewish, with respect for my culture and my ancestry, but with an open mind to the connectivity of people. How much of a role does that play in your filmmaking? There are a lot of different religions represented in “The Fountain.” It start More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 13:09 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Jim Caviezel that's right? How's he doing?
But now you're implying that Britain has no Christians in it? Granted we're not as religious as the US, but the UK is not as militantly atheist as you believe. Plus you don't even know how the director will portray the 'legend/myth/story/ It could just be an Old Testament apocalyptic movie. All I'm saying is that with the little facts we do have, you are working yourself into quite a state. Oh and Caviezel has a hit show on CBS (Person of Interest). More

Posted by Timon at 13:06 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I dare you to give me a modern example
L: Englebertnightingale The actors you use are all of a different time when religion wasn't a dirty word and biblical epics were popcorn films. Give me a modern example and make this a convincing debate. k. I can play this game (I take it I'm not allowed to use the record breaking Passion of the Christ?) The Prince of Egypt - 1998 Dreamwork's first major animated film, not only features a Old Testament story but features the likes of Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes (British), Patric More

Posted by Timon at 12:52 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I dare you to give me a modern example
L: Englebertnightingale The actors you use are all of a different time when religion wasn't a dirty word and biblical epics were popcorn films. Give me a modern example and make this a convincing debate. No A list actor working today will touch biblical epics. What was the name of the guy who played Christ in Mel Gibsons film? we can't remember can we? im Cavizel. More

Posted by Timon at 12:49 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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