Noah video round-up: a new clip, a new music video, and soundbites from faith leaders and filmmakers alike

The movie officially comes out in North America on Friday, but plenty of theatres will be showing it Thursday night. So with three days to go until the film comes out, the studio has released another clip from Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. You can check it out below the jump, along with a new (and possibly unauthorized) music video for the theme song that Patti Smith wrote for the film, as well as some interview clips with the filmmakers and with “faith leaders” who have endorsed the film.

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Noah news round-up: complete soundtrack listing, the Berlin premiere, the meaning of the story, and more

After having its world premiere in Mexico City last Monday, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah went to Berlin for its European premiere last night. You can see photos from the premiere here, a two-minute video with soundbites from Emma Watson, Douglas Booth and Darren Aronofsky on the red carpet here, and a 17-minute live chat featuring Watson, Booth and Logan Lerman here.

In the latter video, one of the questions that comes up, around the 2-minute mark, is what motivated the actors to work on the film, and whether they are “religious”; the only actor who answers the latter question is Booth, who identifies as agnostic.

In other news, the BBC reports that Pakistan and Tunisia may join the other mostly Muslim territories that have already banned the film for religious reasons. A theatre in the Palestinian West Bank hopes to be able to show the film, however.

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Noah news round-up: Mexico City interviews, an Egyptian debate, a Christian op-ed piece, new profiles, and more

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah was scheduled to have its world premiere in Mexico City tonight, but apparently the director popped down there a day early to speak to the public.

It’s not clear from the reports in Milenio and El Universal whether the actual film was shown yesterday, but apparently Aronofsky told the crowd that he chose Mexico City for the film’s premiere because he visits that country all the time.

Amateur videos of Mexican interviews with Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman, who play two of Noah’s sons, have already popped up on YouTube.

I have not yet found any interviews of Aronofsky himself from Mexico, though NY1 did just post this profile of the director, which looks at his life and career and includes a few video clips that are, alas, available only to Time Warner Cable subscribers.

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Noah: a new graphic novel cover, and seven new posters

Yes, this is my fourth Noah-themed post in 24 hours. What can I say, things are ramping up.

The latest item is an Entertainment Weekly article in which Darren Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel discuss the graphic novel that comes out March 18 (the same day as the two novelizations). Along with a few quotes from both writers, Entertainment Weekly also has the North American cover art for the graphic novel, which is just slightly different from the cover art that accompanied the Image Comics announcement last month.

One thing Aronofsky mentions in the article is that he actually started developing Noah with a movie studio (which he doesn’t identify) over a decade ago, and the project even started to “pick up steam around 2006” — but then a regime change at the studio scuttled everyone’s plans. (Although he doesn’t mention it, the fact that Aronofsky’s The Fountain stalled at the box office around that time, and that Universal was preparing its own Noah-themed Evan Almighty for release in 2007, might have also contributed to the studio’s cold feet.)

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Noah interview round-up: Emma Watson on the film’s length, Darren Aronofsky on the film’s use of CGI animals

Just one more Noah-themed post before I go to bed.

The Harry Potter fansite Snitchseeker has posted excerpts of an interview with Emma Watson and Douglas Booth (who play Ila and Shem in Noah) that recently appeared in Wonderland magazine.

Watson and Booth don’t say much about the content of the film; their conversation is limited mostly to discussing the shooting conditions, the filmmakers’ reliance upon practical effects (instead of digital effects) wherever possible, director Darren Aronofsky’s insistence that the crew not drink bottled water because of the film’s environmental emphasis, and so on.

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The Noah trailers: a shot-by-shot analysis

It can be fascinating to see how the same movie is marketed to different audiences. Is Noah a family man of prayer, as the trailers that have played at various church conferences suggest? Or is he an action hero who wields weapons in self-defense, as the just-released international trailer suggests? Well, in Darren Aronofsky’s hands, he appears to be both — and that’s just one of several fascinating ways in which the trailers for Noah are sending different signals to their various markets.

What follows is a shot-by-shot analysis of the two trailers that were released today, focusing primarily on the North American trailer, but continuing with some screen-caps from the international trailer and a note about the elements in the church-conference trailers that were not included in these new trailers.

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