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The One-Sheet For Aronofsky's FOUNTAIN Is Online Now!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

And it is a thing of beauty. I want one of these. I want an oversized one that I can cover a wall with. I’ve seen the film now, but I can’t write about it just yet. As a result, I’m busting to talk about it. First, the poster, which first showed up online over at

Without breaking embargo, I can say that the poster goes a long way toward summing up the mood of the film without really ruining anything. It’s an exquisite image for an exquisite film. If I was going to try to give you a hint of what I’ll eventually write, I’d say this...

Acts of faith. Acts of devotion. Acts of love. In Darren Aronofsky's THE FOUNTAIN, these are all the same thing, the acts that connect his characters to something larger. The greatest miracle of this beautiful, human science-fiction story is that he's managed to make a film about infinity that pays full service to the subject while managing to only run 98 minutes. Not many films can blow your mind and break your heart at the same time, but this one will.

Hopefully I’ll have my full review for you soon. In the meantime, I’ve got a ton of pre-ComicCon stuff for you next week, including articles on 300 and STARDUST and Alan Moore’s latest work. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • July 15, 2006, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to hear back on this

    by Bean_

    Looks to be an excellent film, would you say Oscar worthy? And that poster is damn cool!

  • July 15, 2006, 2:39 a.m. CST

    This movie is going to be sooooo sweet

    by Rainbow Cotton

    Hurry up and release it guys! It is about time a true classic was released in our times.

  • July 15, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    So many cool posters, so little room on the wall

    by Ribbons

    I'm pretty curious about this movie. I wouldn't necessarily call myself a fan of Aronofsky's, though I like 'Pi' a whole lot and think he's got an interesting outlook on life. But I've been keeping tabs on this projekt almost as long as I've been keeping tabs on AICN, so I've sort of grown fond of it by proxy. The awesome teaser they released this past winter didn't hurt.

  • July 15, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Possibly a good movie on the way? Hooray!

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 15, 2006, 2:47 a.m. CST

    #1 Movie I'm most excited about

    by masticators

  • July 15, 2006, 2:47 a.m. CST

    So if you throw a penny in, do you get a wish???

    by Shermdawg

    You know, I don't think my mall even has one of those fountains where you throw your change in anymore. *ponders* They must of got rid of that around the time they ditched the arcade.

  • July 15, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    #1 Movie I'm most excited about....

    by masticators

    Brad Pitt--who backed out of the starring role--is gonna feel like a complete and utter douche when he sees just how awesome this movie is. Oh well. Maybe Angelina will at least throw him a pity-fuck afterwards.

  • July 15, 2006, 2:56 a.m. CST

    What's with Hugh getting all of these backout roles?

    by Shermdawg

    First Wolvie, now this.

  • July 15, 2006, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by Windfola

    Can't wait for this movie!

  • July 15, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST

    98 minutes?

    by malaria codes

    Damn, I'm impressed. It's nice to see a film maker who will stop when his story is over and not embellish it. Sometimes it's better that way.

  • July 15, 2006, 3:20 a.m. CST

    sweet ass pounding action!

    by peopleintrees

    remember that last scene with the two chicks in Requim. that was pretty sweet.

  • July 15, 2006, 3:31 a.m. CST

    McWeenie - You're So Mysterious. Ooooh, Aaaahh...

    by hipcheck13

    ...but they already reviewed the film, in detail, at CHUD.

  • July 15, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST

    the only movie sites i read are

    by capitol f

    this one and darkhorizons. so do people on other webpage talkback's always point out which site had it first, or is it only the obnoxious Tb'ers here? do us all a favor naysayers, either stick to whatever site had it days ago, or shut the fuck up!

  • July 15, 2006, 4:08 a.m. CST

    I felt that one right in the balls...

    by Rearden

    I must see this movie. I must see this movie now.

  • July 15, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Message to Aronofsky:

    by Rearden

    Please bring this movie to Austin ... like yesterday. We need a big premiere at the Paramount with 1200 geeks present. We will treat you kindly and give you great Mexican food.

  • July 15, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Here's the international Poster

    by teutoneer

    A couple a days ago, I posted the international Poster on my Website It's from the CineExpo in Amsterdam and it's distributed by Fox! Here's the link. Watch out for the new CASINO ROYALE, GHOST RIDER, SPIDER-MAN 3 and ERAGON Banners! I send them to AICN, but somehow, they didn't care that much! GreekGeek!

  • July 15, 2006, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Off topic..Does Nicholson see money from Batman Begins?

    by Zartan

    I've been hearing the rumor for years that his contract for the 89 film entitled him to a small piece of all subsequent Batfilms in perpetuity. I thought there would have been a loophole being they relaunched the franchise. Does anyone know the actual scoop? Anyone? Thanks.

  • July 15, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Curious but not sold.

    by stargirl

    I need more to really get hot for this.

  • July 15, 2006, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Mori's seen this?

    by Hamish

    I hate you! Well, okay, I don't, but I am insanely jealous. I can't imagine how long this is gonna take to get released here in NZ.

  • July 15, 2006, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Is the secret that he actually lives in a giant bubble?

    by newc0253

    if so, then the movie is ruined for me.

  • July 15, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Has this movie been reviewed?

    by Nabster

    Pi had a interesting concept, but the movie was very much amateurish. The imagery and symbolism had zero tact (poking at a brain?). Ultimately it did not have enough story, but was interesting nontheless. I really hope this movie lives up, the poster is most excellent, although.

  • July 15, 2006, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Military Propaganda

    by Lev_Harris

    So... Michael Bay hopes this movie can be used for recruiting purposes? Brilliant. Personally, I think Megatron and Osama are in cahoots, but that

  • July 15, 2006, 6:06 a.m. CST


    by Lev_Harris

    wrong thread :-/

  • July 15, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST

    I live in dunlaoghaire

    by emeraldboy

    The eragone banners have been up for the past three weeks. looks cool. last week saw the trailer for the Gaurdian with Costner and Kutcher. Water, swimming pools and Ocean Rescue and male bonding, wow thats gonna light up bo for sure. Today its Supes... later.

  • July 15, 2006, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Kidman and Bettany to join golden compass cast

    by emeraldboy

    Nicole Kidman to play mrs Coulter. Bettany to play lord Asriel.

  • July 15, 2006, 6:47 a.m. CST

    STARDUST script quality

    by pirandello

    I bumped into a member of Stardust's post production team. They said the problem with Mrs. Ross's script is that it isn't any good. Anyone who is interested in San Diego should quiz her on the subject.

  • July 15, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Looks awesome!

    by moviemaniac-7

    CHUD has a review of it and gives it a 9.8 - says it's the best movie of the year. I surely hope so. Aranosky hasn't let me down yet. Now, hopefully Southland Tales will also rock (despite Cannes) and my movie year might be complete.

  • July 15, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    looks like a 70s movie poster

    by PeteBogs

    which is why I like it... those two look like they're dressed for Beneath the Planet of the Apes...

  • July 15, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Oh wow. I want that poster.

    by Veraxus

    Anyone know somewhere to buy one?

  • July 15, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by Eaglet1138

    Wow, that's an amazing poster. I so hope the film is good, because I want that thing on my wall. Best poster in recent memory for sure.

  • July 15, 2006, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Oh my fucking God! Is the world burning in Hell?

    by DOGSOUP I just don't realize it?!?! No really I'm FREAKING OUT here. A movie. Is coming soon. And just about EVERY TalkBacker. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!!!! Oh shit! Low flying pig!! We all get along!!1 Revelations is upon us!!!!

  • July 15, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by JohnGalt06

    Why can't you write about the movie? Some contractual obligation? BS. The guy over at CHUD wrote a review and came all over this movie and called it one of the best he's ever seen. I AM DYING TO SEE THIS. Please, Mori, write a spoiler-free review. You can write ten reviews, one a week til it comes out, who cares....could this really be as good as 2001??? A new bench-mark for sci-fi? Damn you, Mori, I can't believe you already saw this. Hope it lives up to expectations...

  • July 15, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    This is quite the build up.

    by casinoskunk

    after all this gushing, this movie had better be the greatest film of all time!

  • July 15, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by Veraxus

    That honor belongs to Snakes on a Plane, for sure!

  • July 15, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    This is #1 on my anticipation list too

    by Rupee88

    I have no doubts it won't live up to the anticipation, but it does look very quirky and cool. The little short teaser was very fun and this poster looks great.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Cool, but didn't need the tag line...

    by Big Bad Clone

    or at least one that doesn't sound it would be entoned by a commercial for a greasy vampire movie on Sci Fi.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST

    So wait...does the same guy live 1000 years?

    by JohnGalt06

    I thought it was three different characters all played by Jackman who were sort-of connected thematically or spiritually or whatever. Are all 3 the same guy?

  • July 15, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST



    I really wish this didn't have so much October competition but I really can't wait to see this...

  • July 15, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    JohnGalt06 they already made that movie...

    by DOGSOUP

    ...and called it 'Being Human' with Robin Williams.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Devin at CHUD loved this flick? Seriously?

    by Leto III


  • July 15, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Please don't let this be like BEING HUMAN...

    by JohnGalt06

    or SOLARIS (at least the Clooney version) because those movies sucked donkey balls.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Mori, a screenplay credit question

    by Zeke25:17

    Here's something I've always wondered: if a guy adapts a screenplay and directs a movie, can't they just put "Written for the Screen and Directed By" whoever it is, which sums the whole thing up nice and tidy? Or is there some obligation that the dude's name appears three times in succession? Story by Joe Schmoe/Screenplay by Joe Schmoe/Directed by Joe Schmoe. See what I mean? Always wondered about the way, the movie sounds cool; and I liked Solaris very much!

  • July 15, 2006, 11:37 a.m. CST

    That International Poster ...

    by godoffireinhell

    is absolute SHIT!! But thanks for posting the link anyway, teutoneer. I cannot believe that for once the American artwork is a million times better and the European version is the kind of generic Photoshop crap that is usually reserved for American DVD covers. If I dig the flick I'm so buying the US poster.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Umm, I like the international poster...

    by JohnGalt06

    Makes it look more like a full-blown period piece but still, not that bad.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    thats cool

    by modlight

  • July 15, 2006, noon CST

    I CANT #!@$ING WAIT!!! best film of 2006 for certain

    by wolack22

    I am jiving to see this... too bad i quit smoking weed or I'd go in stoned for sure.

  • July 15, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Traumnovelle

    I'm not feeling it a hundred percent. It shoulda just been the tree, maybe? Jackman and Weisz look kind of silly standing there. Whatever. It's cool, I guess.

  • July 15, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Yackbacker's right though... Solaris numbers maybe

    by wolack22

    Solaris I thought was a very underrated film by critics and audiences. I thought it was totally cool. One of George Clooney's best. As long as they market this film as 'by the director who brought you Requiem for a dream comes ....' splashed throughout all the commercials from here on in people should flood the theatres... I dont think I've met one person who hasn't seen that movie and remarked on how great it was.

  • July 15, 2006, 12:08 p.m. CST

    oh....and one MO thang...

    by Traumnovelle

    This site blows my mind. Most posters here are so quick damn a movie because of the slightest, most trivial pred-production shot (Optimus Prime) but then can turn around immediately and describe a movie, of which they've seen ONE teaser trailer and ONE poster, as Oscar worthy. I mean...Aronofsky is killer, I know. He knows what he's doing. I can't wait to see this movie. Most likely it will be really, really good. But the blind faith some of you have. I dont know. These days I just hope a movie doesn't SUCK, is all.

  • July 15, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    it'll be good

    by reckni

    and it'll do much better than Solaris . . . I never thought Solaris would ever be mentioned again . .

  • July 15, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    AICN hyped V FOR VENDETTA too

    by McGsStepson

    And I liked V FOR VENDETTA A LOT. But AICN was throwing comparisons to A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and other sci-fi greats. It was NOT that good. And if continue to hear 2001 comparisons from fanboy websites like CHUD and AICN for this, well I will wait and see.

  • July 15, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST

    hahaahah, when i saw this movie i picked this as the...

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    poster! hahahaahah, i was greatly amused to see that i was correct. amazing film btw.

  • July 15, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Wow, this is going to be great

    by The Specksynder

    And I think it will get low box office numbers but I feel it will be higher grossing than Solaris just because I think it will do quite well with critics.

  • July 15, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by The Heathen

    I've read The Fountain graphic novel written by Aronofsky, and if the movie is even half as engaging, romantic and visually stunning, then those comparisons may actually hold some weight. I guess will both wait and see, but I don't need AICN or CHUD to know that this is going to be something uniquely different. And to those who are already talking about box office - c'mon, does it really matter? Were not going to get the Fountain 2: Running Water. As long as Aronofsky makes enough off this movie to continue making movies, or hell, just makes a movie that's good, don't we all win? Nobody with any sense say's, "Oh, I didn't like this movie because it only made $23 million domestically, unlike the Godzilla remake, that killed!" Can't wait for October.

  • July 15, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I loved Solaris.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Seriosuly, am I THAT alone in the world?

  • July 15, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I loved Solaris

    by Gwai Lo

    The original though, not the Clooney remake. Clooney's version was watchable but it really doesn't compare. As soon as I heard an Insane Clown Posse song on the soundtrack I knew that it wasn't going to come anywhere close to the original. The Fountain looks awesome.

  • July 15, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    I loved Solaris too... want to see this movie so bad...

    by Russman

    and I'm so happy that I haven't read any of the test screening reviews that were up a couple months ago - although I did hit up some LA bookstores in search of the graphic novel - no one has it. Anyway, I want to see this blind and I won't be watching any TV spots or movie trailers... Hopefully it'll be at the Arclight.

  • July 15, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Great poster

    by neonist

    I'm needing one of those. This movie is rocksauce.

  • July 15, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by mtoast

    What a scoop! You give this headline TWO exclamation points? Seriously, get some perspective dude. Whoop-de-fucking-do!

  • July 15, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    The Fountain promo

    by Sasha Nein

    James Jean's site has two versions of an awesome painting which seems to have been commissioned by Darren Aranofsky. Not sure if it was ever used or will be used as a promo for the movie, but it's great art nonetheless.

  • July 15, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    GalleryChappe, t'es relou...

    by DocPazuzu

    C'est rien que de la merde. Le cerveau il etait en option chez toi, non? Ta mere suce des ours dans la foret. Baise-toi.

  • July 15, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST

    well that's what i call a poster

    by Deadwood Dan

    snootchy bootchy bitches!

  • July 15, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Looks Baby Shit Yellow to me, not my favorite poster

    by Drath

    Sorry, but if it's any consolation I think the Eragon poster looks good even though I think the book was crap and am sure the movie won't be any better. Posters rarely speak to me anymore. Sorry, I can't get worked up over this one. I don't like the color scheme, in case that wasn't clear.

  • July 15, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    This movie is a complete waste of time.

    by Darth Borgnine

    I saw it earlier this year. The poster is a good hint towards what you're in store for: the new age ramblings of a pseudo-intellectual who has made a movie that makes absolutely no sense unless you are well versed in the study of metatphysics and eastern spirituality. This movie is going to sink faster than Poseidon. Warner Bros. must be very excited.

  • July 15, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Solaris remake

    by Mattapooh

    I thought it was quite beautiful and affecting, that one scene where Clooney is forcing himself to realize that the person there isn't really his dead wife and sends her off in the escape pod is just brutal. I loved the message (you don't ever actually know a real person, they're just a perception)and still consider it one of my all-time favorite flicks, but apparently I'm alone with this one.... actually, I think Ebert was a fan. Anyways, I'll be there with the girlfriend for The Fountain based on digging all of Aronofsky's stuff (aside from his god-awful Batman reboot) and the subject matter.

  • July 15, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    i rather liked solaris

    by aestheticity

    thought it was somewhat unique and haunting. beautiful imagery too. i haven't seen the original so i can't whinge about it comparing badly...

  • July 15, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST

    yeah CHUD is calling this one gold

    by white owl

    pretty much.. in contrast to the other shit that's being released lately. The trailers are awesome and everything I hear about it is good. I soooooo want this to be a Oscar winner, so a sci-fi can kick everyone else's ass for once.

  • July 15, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    You have to head over to CHUD and check out...

    by JohnGalt06

    the epic catfight that erupted b/w Devin, Moriarty and Harry about embargoes on reviews for this movie in the message board for Devin's review. It's pretty petty...and funny.

  • July 15, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Wait, Solaris had beautiful imagery?

    by JohnGalt06

    Cause if you are talking about the Soderbergh version, I think we saw two different movies. The one I saw looked like it was shot on a barely functioning home video camera... painful to look at.

  • July 15, 2006, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... it's not an "epic catfight," and it's not petty. I simply corrected someone's entirely inaccurate assumption that we break studio embargoes on a regular basis. Considering no one called anyone a name, something which seems beyond hope in our own talkbacks, I would say you're overselling the nature of the exchange.

  • July 15, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Mori, petty on the part of Devin...

    by JohnGalt06

    I'm not trying to sound like a suck-up but you were dead-right about him being the one to break the embargo and then bitching that you guys do it. It was funny to me because of the passion of the posts. The issue of embargoes seems very silly to me, at least with respect to how studios use them, especially when your review will of course be so overwhelmingly positive.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    The idea of waiting...

    by Veraxus

    three more months to see this film just eats me up inside. I've give my left nut to attend some kind of early test screening. What if I get in an accident and die - not having seen this? My soul would never find peace, wandering the Hollywood Arclight until the end of days.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:24 p.m. CST

    moriarty answer me this

    by white owl

    Why can I not for the life of me find out when this is coming out? Been following the production for a while yet weirdly enough I never discovered a release date.

  • July 15, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST

    if this were a typical forum I'd have deleted that...

    by white owl

    thanks scrivener btw. I'll go be sheepish and huddle. Oh yeah and hiccups blow sheep!!

  • July 16, 2006, 12:22 a.m. CST

    The Fountain MUST deliver

    by acorvey

    It's been quite some time since Darren Aronofsky has been in the game, which is interesting considering the potential he had following both PI and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. I personally considered him one of the most promising filmmakers of his generation, the "one to watch," hoping his career would mirror that of David Fincher or Paul Thomas Anderson. I saw both PI and REQUIEM just before I went to film school, and I remember them having a tremendous artistic impact on me. They were both so raw and powerful, full of life and bursting with cinematic genius. I find it hard to believe that I've graduated from film school and he's just NOW releasing his follow up. Hopefully THE FOUNTAIN will be his triumphant return, delivering on the promise his work hinted at all those years ago.

  • July 16, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Between this and Snakes on a Plane

    by RezE11even

    This is going to be the best year for films, ever. But seriously- this is without a doubt going to be his best film, and his other two films are already better than like every other film. So there you go.

  • July 16, 2006, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... yeah, I agree that embargoes are a pain in the ass. Mainly, they're to minimize damage when a film is terrible. I'm sure Warner will let me write about this soon, and when they do... hoooooooooo, boy... I've got a lot to say.

  • July 16, 2006, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I'm going to go insane, Mori

    by Eaglet1138

    That last post makes it sound like you hated it. But, you wouldn't make it sound like you hated it if you're under an embargo. So I can clearly not choose the glass in front of me. *now you're stalling* I'm just getting started!

  • July 16, 2006, 3 a.m. CST

    I Won't Type Your ID Out...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... but I suspect you're very, very wrong. This is not only an immediately accessible movie, it's an emotionally piercing one. And the only reason I've ever been excited is because I read the script, and this film started out great on the page. Of course I'm excited to see how it turned out, but that's because I've been well aware of what the film was trying to do, and my excitement now is a result of what I believe it accomplished. At least I have something to base my opinion on, unlike you just trying to be negative to prove how "cool" you are.

  • July 16, 2006, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Ooooo. heheehehe.

    by AwesomeBillFunk

    Must control my giddy state. This movie is getting me excited in a way that no other movie due out this year has been able to. Gonna try avoid all reviews so I can go in fresh. Hey Mori, if you are still about, can be bothered answering my question and this doesn't brake your embargo thing; do you think Jackman as the central character worked, or do you think the movie would have been better with Aranofski's first choice: Pitt?

  • July 16, 2006, 3:56 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... I'm pretty darn sure I never reviewed the XXX2 script. As I said, my interest in THE FOUNTAIN began with the script, and continued through a set-visit and then has culminated in actually seeing the film. I'm not a "raving fanboy" for anything. I judge each thing on its own merits, and THE FOUNTAIN will be readily embraced by mainstream and cult film fans alike. I'm confident of that.

  • July 16, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... I can't really get into performances. Simply put, I'm glad Hugh was cast.

  • July 16, 2006, 4:19 a.m. CST

    CHUD, Moriarty, embargoes, respect, payoff

    by Say10

    >---First off, good vibes to all you maniacs! : ) long time lurker/reader from '96 breaking the talkback cherry again. I think Moriarty and Harry, just based on how they respected the embargo, solidified AICN even moreso as being reliable and trustworthy in the eyes of the studio world. Karma's always a bitch! It may not get us the well-written Mori review we all want to chew on as fast as a CHUD one, but it will pay off for them (and us as AICN readers, geeks and lovers of film) in other ways down the line.

  • July 16, 2006, 4:47 a.m. CST

    AICN has Hyped bad Films Time

    by Nabster

    and again, there word is not what gets me excited about a movie. And Devin is a pretentious fat mook, who has been couped up in a basement the better part of his whole life.

  • July 16, 2006, 6:51 a.m. CST

    But will it be as good as the Real Cancun, Mori?

    by newc0253

    ah, you think we had forgotten. you see, we never forget.

  • July 16, 2006, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Every critic has batshit reviews that make no sense

    by JohnGalt06

    Remember when Mori flipped for BAD BOYS 2 aka One of the Worst Movies Ever Made? Sometimes, judgment is impaired for reasons unknown... still looking forward to THE FOUNTAIN though.

  • July 16, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Why Brad Pitt left the Fountain

    by esbern

    I have a gay USC film student friend (everybody has to have one of those prententious pricks) who states the Pitt left due to fights with Aronofsky over the script. Apparently Pitt brings script doctors or whatever you call them to rewrite his lines in the way he wants. Aronofsky wouldn't have it, fought with Pitt, and Pitt left.

  • July 16, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST

    "Reliable and Trustworthy?"

    by droog

    Hilarious. Say10, if you genuinely believe that adhering to a few review embargoes makes Harry and Drew "reliable and trustworthy in the eyes of the studio world", well... you obviously have no idea what actually occurs in the "studio world", because nothing could be further from the truth. Sites like this are tolerated and utilized, a relationship solely of necessity on the studio part. But then, 99% of Talkbackers clearly have absolutely no realistic perspective on anything involving the filmmaking process, so that shouldn't come as a surprise.

  • July 16, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    If that is the case, Esbern

    by JohnGalt06

    I hope Pitt stays far, far away from "The Fountainhead" (not to be confused with "The Fountain"). Angelina Jolie, sure she can play Dagney Taggart but please keep Pitt away. Oh and get Christopher Nolan to direct it.

  • July 16, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Aronofsky is unproven

    by Nabster

    so far. So I see no reason to go bat shit like the idiotic Devin. I agree with the other person who claims he has been overhyping this movie since the conception, which roots from his love of Aronofsky. I seriously doubt this movie will hit home with the mainstream and or even a majority of the critics. Chud is pathetic, the forums are full of posters who are kissing Devins ass even though he is rude as hell towards them all. Its ridiculous all these little fucks wanting recognition from a fat sweaty geek.

  • July 16, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Solaris was very cool

    by Rupee88

    This is similar to Solaris from a marketing perspective although maybe George Clooney was bigger than Hugh Jackman (but not by much). I hope this film does succeed at the box office, but it will have a tough time as most people don't like sci-fi unless it is SW and then that is more sci-fi/fantasy than pure sci-fi.

  • July 16, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Kubrick at the Right Hand of the Father

    by Jumping Windows

    Usually I come to this site to wisecrack like saying "The Hardest Button to Button" in memoriam to Red Buttons, but I'm riding high onsome vikes right now and I'm in a transcendental space rock mood. That poster enhanced, bro. This movie has the potential to be this generation's 2001. In fact, I need it to be. Hugh Jackman just fits in so many ways. I guess that is the mark of a star. He visits you for a moment and you feel like you've known him all your life. He's the kind of actor who's like an old pair of shoes. You feel safe when he's in a movie cuz you know the guy's got the range. The other day I truly realized why Jackman is so familiar to me. His singular raised eyebrow ala Lee Majors, the deep resonance of his voice, etc. I had experienced this before. My favorite show when I was a kid was The Incredible Hulk, and I'm sorry but Hugh Jackman is a buff Bill Bixby. That's a great thing. Already to me, just because of that connection, Hugh Jackman's performances are able to go deeper than most actors because it touches upon the childhood experience of being enveloped in Bixby's charisma every Friday night. Nothing can touch nostalgia. Now couple the Bixby charisma with a Kubrickian mindfuck adventure, and we may very well have a movie that brings us closer to God than we've ever been in a church. I want this movie to fucking haunt me. I want it to inhabit my mind and possess me like 2001 did. With Aronofsky and Jackman, I will certainly open up my heart to accept the spirit emanating from this film---Call me George the 7th Cricket!

  • July 16, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Just STOP comparing it to 2001

    by McGsStepson

    Its absurd as a literary circle saying, "geez I really, really hope [insert book here] is this generation's MOBY DICK." 2001 and MOBY DICK were not works for generations but for history. And even if THE FOUNTAIN comes out and is universally praised, wins a dozen Academy Awards, and makes $450 million domestic, it will be at least 10-15 years (time and perspective might help more than box-office dollars and Academy Awards) before we can begin to compare it to 2001.

  • July 16, 2006, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Where does Hugh Jackman find time for all these movies?

    by JohnGalt06

    Just this year he's in X3, THE FOUNTAIN, THE PRESTIGE, and SCOOP. Who does he think he is... Jude Law?

  • July 16, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I've figured it out...

    by PeteBogs

    I said it looks like a 70s movie poster... actually, with that font and layout it looks like the cover of a 70s movie novelization (minus the credits)... still cool...

  • July 16, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Mori, a bit off topic:

    by Orbots Commander

    You seem to be plugged in with regards to some of the internal goings on over at WB. Can you say anything about the fall-out, if any, to the BO performance of Superman Returns? Are people getting the ax?

  • July 16, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    One weekend with Rachel Weisz

    by Colonel Kane

    and I would go monk. Who dares to disagree!?

  • July 17, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    The Last Man


    We've been waiting 6 years for this...I really can't wait to see it. I hope it's everything i've been expecting!

  • July 17, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by AskaniSon2001

    wow- that's amazing. it's beautiful- while being epic- while being classy and the FONT is GOOD! it's an amazing poster that actually gets me even more excited if i wasn't excited enough. i'm glad they paid attention to details like the years changing at the bottom of the poster and made the font simplistic. it's a nice combination of chaos and control. so, good job? ha peace.

  • July 17, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Pretty Amazing poster

    by DannyOcean01

    Shame I'm going to be in Thailand for the October release. Anyone know when it's coming out in New Zealand or Oz?

  • July 17, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Looks trippy.

    by lotharius3rd

    I know practically nothing about this movie and I hope to God it's good.

  • July 17, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I like "Solaris" too.

    by lotharius3rd

    I don't like Soderbergh. I think he is incredibly overrated, but I thought "Solaris" was terrific. Haunting, beautiful to look at, and thoughtful. I thought Clooney did a good job and I've always loved Natasha McElhone. I never saw the original Russian movie so I don't think my movie experience of the remake was sullied by comparison.

  • July 17, 2006, 2:43 p.m. CST

    OT - Golden Compass

    by punseez

    Hmmm - glad to see Kidman on board, I 'm in agreement with many fans that she's perfect for the role. Bettany's not exactly a bad choice but ironicaly enough I've always thought Jackman would be an ideal Lord Asriel, that voice, the physical presence, that charisma and the ability to convey both aristocratic arrogance and animalistic ferocity...damn. Ah well, I'm feeling pessimistic about the film adaptation anyway.

  • July 17, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    This movie cannot fail at the BO...

    by JohnGalt06

    Because no one is expecting it to be a hit. In fact, if it manages to make over $20 mil domestic, it will probably be viewed as a huge success.

  • July 17, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    This looks very interesting but...

    by quadrupletree

    I really wish I had more information on this movie. AICN has had a hard-on for this movie for a while. I remember when they posted the link to the "official" website and it's nothing more than a glorified screen saver (!??). I just checked it again and nothing much has changed. And what the hell is an "embargo"? I just would like some more information on this movie than what the teaser trailer gives me. I really don't understand how some movies can be so poorly marketed.

  • July 17, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    My experiment with this movie...

    by Turd Furgusen

    I know I will sound like a dork about this, but who cares. I decided to pick a film and see it without any spoilers. That includes pics, reviews, etc. I wanted to see if I liked the film any better. Kind of like I did when I was a kid and didn't have the internet to tell me everything. I noticed that Mori was excited about this movie from the get-go and I tend to like the same stuff he does. I have peeked at some artwork, pics, and read some stuff, but only things that I could have seen if they had been placed in a magazine article. So far I only know the basic premise, who is in it and the artwork. I really like this poster BTW. Very cool visual. Anyway, I have to admit, I am getting more excited for this movie then I thought I would. It's kind of fun. I recommend sll of you fellow geeks try this. After I read what Mori had to say, I am really looking forward to his review. Spoiler-free, of course.

  • July 19, 2006, 5:03 a.m. CST

    online film writing

    by drjones

    I've never quite understood that whole embargo thing. davinci code didn't have an embargo and recieved horrible reviews...people still went out to see it like crazy. ok, the fountain doesn't have tom hanks in it but still... i don't get it. then it would be interesting to find out what the differences in the committing chud/aicn readership and community members are. basically i think that besides all internet typical pseudo hatred expressions of distinction a lot of wise geeks ;) are loving both sited for their individual share of film writing and celebrating, for their respective voice. in my mind it's important -as chud AND aicn are at this time the most innovative sites with the strongest communites- that both "communites" stick together to continue the great tradition of online film writing / celebration and giving an UNBIASED (yeah, sometimes that seems hard), unpretentious look on the art form we all love so much. so...after all the blahblahblah....i hope that there'll be a rather growing alliance between CHUD and AICN in the future. i really like devin's writing but most recently he wrote about how fragile and weak online writing was indeed. this piece was provocativ and interesting but for me online writing is damn important because of it's honesty ... i wouldn't want to miss that. it's important because it let's our appreciation for films grow deeper and gives us more insight on how things work. i think of many of those film geeks here and there as multiplicators who try to communicate their love for the medium by making films themselves, talking or writing about it. i'd find it interesting to start a discussion about the whole embargo thing in general and how the world of studios regarding online journalism and potential spying has changed and how sites such as aicn and chud should react in that situation. i think it would help to thematize it openly... maybe reader would also get more informed about how the whole thing works. this post may sound exaggerated and idiotic but it's how i see it. just had to write that down.