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Jennifer Connelly and Saoirse Ronan Spice Up Cast Of Aronofsky's 'Noah'

Saoirse Ronan/Photo: <a href=CC/JoelMeadows1/Flickr" />
Saoirse Ronan/Photo: CC/JoelMeadows1/Flickr

The plot thickens for Darren Aronofsky's quasi-biblical epic "Noah," which will now also star Jennifer Connelly and Saoirse Ronan. Connelly is an old-school Aronofsky alum ("Requiem for a Dream") so there will be no complaints out of her. This may be a huge departure for Ronan, who otherwise has played only creepy/dead/murderous people. For the longest time the only name attached to this film has been Russell Crowe, so this is welcome news indeed.

Critic extraordinaire Roger Ebert rethinks his top ten greatest movies of all time in order to make room for one more. What does he ditch and what does he add? Pshh, you don't make it anywhere in this biz by posting spoilers.

The NY Times Magazine has written a glowing profile of Samuel L. Jackson, heralding him as an actor who "became his own genre." Jackson's been in nearly 150 films since he started working in 1972, and he usually does about four a year. For people my age, it was his role as Arnold in the Jurassic Park adaptation that first caught our eye. Leave it to a line like "Hold on to your butts" to leave a lasting impression!

Let this be known as the week of the incredibly mixed reviews for "The Raven," the new action/mystery tribute to Edgar Allan Poe (with John Cusack starring as the depressive himself). The movie seems to be not quite as good as I dared hope, but nowhere near as bad as I might have dreaded. The AVClub even managed to work in a pithy quote: "Poe was a flawed figure, but his greatest strength was in avoiding convention, or reinterpreting it to create something new. 'The Raven' aspires to both, but abandons those ambitions to lie limply on the floor -- only this, and nothing more." Tell me, when will they do one of these kinds of movies about Emily Dickinson? Get on it, Guy Ritchie!

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