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Paramount in Face-Off With Darren Aronofsky Over Final Cut of 'Noah'

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Editor's Note: We're not only catching up on Darren Aronofsky's latest today; we're also keeping an eye to 'Carrie,' Brad Pitt in Britain, and an Ellen Greene throwback.

Darren Aronofsky's quasi-biblical epic "Noah" is almost finished, and -- surprise, surprise -- Paramount is panicking over the reactions they're getting from (conservative and/or elderly) audiences in test screenings. Aronofsky has the right to his final cut, but with about $60 million invested in the project, Paramount can make things very difficult for him if they don't like the finished product. As someone who found great value in "The Fountain" -- the director's biggest budget up to this point, which was still a paltry $35M -- I hope he holds his ground.

The website io9 is using the latest movie adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie as a springboard into a discussion about the philosophical baggage behind the oft-quoted "They're all going to laugh at you." (Let's not forget Adam Sandler's role in introducing a new generation to that line.)

An update on that battle Brad Pitt's been re-enacting out in the British countryside for the film "Fury":  things got a little too real this week when a stuntman got stabbed in the shoulder while filming a rehearsed action sequence. Nothing fatal -- it sounds like he's already laughing it off.  I guess timing's crucial in more than just comedy.

Remember Ellen Greene's touching rendition of "Somewhere That's Green" in the musical "Little Shop of Horrors"? Someone has dug up a rare clip of Greene flawlessly performing the song for a London awards show in 1983. (You might have seen her more recently on "Pushing Daisies.") Watch below!

 

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