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Neil Calloway speaks on the ‘Comic Book Guy’ mindset of some cinema-goes with film errors…
They’re out there, waiting. They’ve watched and dissected the trailer, they’ve worked out which opening day screening they’re going to, and they may even have booked their ticket. Then, the big day comes. They see the film. They power up their smartphone before they’re out of the multiplex. Straight away they’re onto a messageboard to complain about something.
The lead character’s hair changes between shots. The chase sequence starts in daylight but ends at night. The International Space Station is not in the same orbit as the Hubble telescope.
It would perhaps be obvious to compare them to The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy, and also be cruel, but he’s such a good character because these people exist. They’re not watching the film, they’re just looking »
- Oli Davis
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Interstellar still has fans talking two weeks after first hitting theaters, with many continuing to overthink the ending. During an interview with The Daily Beast, the filmmaker shed some light on a pivotal scene.
There will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
One of the biggest surprises for audiences was the reveal that Matt Damon portrays Dr. Mann, one of the original astronauts sent out during the Lazarus missions to find a new home for humanity. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and the rest of the Endurance crew head to Mann's planet because the data from beacon readings were promising, but they come to realize that Mann faked the data so he could be rescued. Mann ultimately attacks Cooper and leaves him to die, leaving to set up "Plan B" on Edmunds' planet.
When asked about Mann's motivations for this actions, Christopher Nolan had this to say. »
Al Pacino returns to the big screen as a washed up rock star in the first trailer and poster for Danny Collins, which doesn't have a release date set at this time.
Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.
Screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Last Vegas, Crazy Stupid Love) makes his directorial debut with this indie drama, co-starring Bobby Cannavale, Annette Bening, Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner. Check out the new trailer and one-sheet, and stay tuned to find out when Danny Collins will hit theaters.
Whether you love him or hate him, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has continued to find new ways to challenge his audience, and paradigms of filmmaking as a whole, throughout his remarkable career. His breakout hit Memento shattered audiences' expectations of a traditional narrative story, while The Dark Knight trilogy redefined the superhero genre in ways nobody even knew they wanted, until they saw it with their very eyes. Inception proved that one does not need to induce hallucinogenic drugs to get the head trip of a lifetime, and even his more straight-forward films like Insomnia and The Prestige are exceptionally bold. Regardless of what you might think of his latest offering Interstellar, most will likely agree that Christopher Nolan has outdone himself, offering truly outstanding visuals coupled with a mind-shattering narrative that still has filmgoers talking weeks after opening day.
With all that being said, Interstellar, all 169 minutes of it, isn't »
I was a last-minute stand-in for an ill guest at David Tang’s 60th-birthday party on Tuesday at the Dorchester Hotel, where he is also the proprietor of the restaurant China Tang. It was a celebrity smorgasbord I was not prepared for, and let me report, swinging London is as swinging as ever. Kate Moss, Michael Caine, Tom Jones, the Goldsmith clan, Christiane Amanpour — I kept turning my head sideways trying to determine who she was, the only guest who seemed out of context. There should be a Shazam app to recognize people.There was the duchess of York, who neither confirmed nor denied to me that she will enter the art world, perhaps with her daughter Eugenie at Paddle 8; Jeremy Clarkson, the Howard Stern of car journalists, who actually became famous from being a petrol-head; and even former prime minister Tony Blair, taking a break from the lecture circuit. »
- Kenny Schachter
The filmmaker exited the 20th Century Fox project in favour of Kingsman: The Secret Service.
"Then I was working on Days of Future Past, and I'd finished the treatment," he told IGN. "Then the [Kingsman] script fell out of me - just one of those things.
"I remember Fox going, 'What are you talking about?' because the two scripts came in at the same time. I was like, 'Aw, s**t'. It was a really tough decision whether to do Days of Future Past or do this.
"But then I was like, 'F**k, somebody else is going to wake up and do a fun spy movie. Then I will have written a bloody »
• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline] • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, »
- C. Molly Smith
Paramount has pacted with Google Play to promote space thriller “Interstellar,” with the companies launching a website soliciting contributions from fans about what they’d want to preserve from human civilization for future generations.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
At the Google-operated website, users are invited to submit photos and videos of memorable events. Some of those submissions will be selected to be part of a short film made and produced by filmmakers David Brodie (“The Witness,” “Survivors”) and Angus Wall (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”) and curated by Christopher Nolan, who directed “Interstellar.”
“Interstellar,” which opened widely Nov. 7 in the U.S., has rocketed above $300 million at the box office worldwide.
Google Play’s “Interstellar” website is accepting user submissions through Dec. 15. The time-capsule project with Paramount is Google’s first on a film that features initiatives spanning the Internet giant’s multiple platforms, »
- Todd Spangler
It took Zach Braff 10 years to get back behind the camera for his directorial effort Wish I Was Here, but it sounds like he's not waiting that long to do it again. Variety has word that the "Scrubs" star who has starred in both of his own films is looking to be at the helm of Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name starring George Burns. The project is set up at New Line, and Braff would replace Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) as director on the project if a deal can be solidified. Since I wasn't super impressed with his sophomore film, I'm not as excited for a new Braff film, but the cast certainly grabs my attention. Read on! Dustin Hoffman is currently in talks to join the already cast Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in the film about three retired men who decide »
- Ethan Anderton
Going in Style: Dustin Hoffman is in talks to join Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a remake of the gentle 1979 comedy Going in Style. The original starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as retired friends who decide to rob a bank; Zach Braff is in talks to direct the remake. [Variety/TheWrap] Tinker Bell: Melissa McCarthy will play the fairy heroine Tinker Bell in a new comedy-adventure to be directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel). Levy came up with the idea and developed it further with McCarthy; Nicholas Stoller (Muppets Most Wanted) has been hired to write the screenplay. [Deadline] Big Eyes: New photos from Tim Burton's upcoming true-life drama Big Eyes showcase dramatic moments for married couple Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Also...
- Peter Martin
From cave paintings and hieroglyphics, to folk tales and film, mankind has always passed along stories to preserve the past, and in that tradition, the time capsule project asks this generation to take its turn by submitting the memorable and inspiring moments of today to give future generations a way to remember where they came from.  Submissions will be selected to then be part of a short film made and produced by award-winning filmmakers David Brodie (The Witness, Survivors) and Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) and curated by Christopher Nolan.
Whether it's a favorite photo, a music performance, a diary entry or a dance, this effort calls upon the public to submit videos, photos, sounds, poetry »
Though he turned to crowd-funding website Kickstarter for his previous project, Wish I Was Here, Deadline is reporting the Zach Braff is following a more traditional route to his next film, after the actor-cum-director has entered talks to helm New Line’s remake of heist caper Going in Style. This follows Theodore Melfi’s decision to exit the project, though we understand that the St. Vincent director will still be onboard for script duties of the upcoming retelling.
Released back in 1979, the original film starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, three geriatrics who become so tired with the mundane nature of living out the rest of their days that they decide to rob a bank — because daytime TV really can be a bitch. However, their escapades are soon spoiled by overbearing cops and health problems, but not before the unlikely crew enjoy their share of the limelight.
- Michael Briers
After a long and exciting built-up to the release of Christopher Nolan’s first flick since the controversial Batman finale The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar – starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain – blasted off, launched itself into the depths of space, disappeared through a wormhole and has… found itself met with middling reviews? Surely not?
At least, there has been a noticeable lack of “super positive” reviews; a lot less than Nolan fans presumably expected, what with even the movie’s most adamant fans – critics inducing – citing plot holes and a confusing ending amongst the many reasons why Interstellar failed to provide movie-goers with the totally immersive and modern day 2001: A Space Odyssey they’d desperately hoped for.
Which means that a lot of the coverage on Interstellar over the course of the past two weeks has focused on the negative aspects – the things »
- Sam Hill
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
From cave paintings and hieroglyphics, to folk tales and film, mankind has always passed along stories to preserve the past, and in that tradition, the time capsule project asks this generation to take its turn by submitting the memorable and inspiring moments of today to give future generations a way to remember where they came from. Submissions will be selected to then be part of a short film made and produced by award-winning filmmakers David Brodie (The Witness, Survivors) and Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) and curated by Christopher Nolan.
Whether it’s a favorite photo, a music performance, a diary entry or a dance, this effort calls upon the public to submit videos, photos, sounds, »
- Michelle McCue
As reported yesterday, Zach Braff is being to potentially direct the project. Braff would take over from the previously attached Ted Melfi who also penned the script, however negotiations with Braff are currently not in progress.
Filming aims to begin in the spring. Donald De Line is producing.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The 1979 pic also starred Art Carney and Lee Strasberg and followed three retirees who wear Groucho Marx glasses to execute a bank heist. Directed by Martin Brest, the film was a solid performer for Warners with $30 million at the box office.
- Dave McNary
New Line's remake of the 1979 George Burns comedy Going In Style already has Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine attached to star. Now the final member of the lead trio may have arrived. Dustin Hoffman is in talks to make up the third piece of the puzzle.The original film starred Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as bored Brooklyn senior citizens who hatch a plan to rob a bank. They pull off the caper wearing Groucho Marx disguises and then significantly increase their earnings with some casino luck. Their story becomes a media cause célèbre, but ill health and killjoy cops but a dampener on their adventures.Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) was originally lined up to direct, but has apparently moved on, although we still seem to be talking about his screenplay. Oddly, Variety reports that New Line are looking at Zach Braff (Garden State, Wish I Was Here) as his replacement, »
It took a decade for Zach Braff to direct his second feature film after 2004’s Garden State, but it appears that he’s eager to jump back into the director’s chair much more quickly this time around. Deadline reports that Braff is in talks to take the helm of the Going in Style remake that New Line Cinema has been developing for a few years now, positioning the film as the follow-up to his Kickstarter-funded drama Wish I Was Here, which opened in theaters this summer. The 1979 caper comedy Going in Style revolved around a trio of elderly friends—played by George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg—who decide to rob a bank out of boredom. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Braff is in negotiations to direct Going in Style as his next film. The project has had a few different directors attached, first with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’s Don Scardino, »
- Adam Chitwood
Have you seen the video of Benedict Cumberbatch doing impressions of 11 celebrities in under 60 seconds? Of course you have. As our pal Alexander Huls pointed out on Twitter, “What do we love more than celebrities? Celebrities imitating Other celebrities!” It is a strange phenomenon, and maybe we have Jimmy Fallon and his talk show to blame. Ellen DeGeneres is guilty, too. And much of it has to do with Saturday Night Live lately, I bet. But really it’s just always been a thing for comedians to do, and then some of those comedians become celebrities themselves (many of them are the butt of other people’s impressions). What’s not quite as common as the talk show appearances, and therefore more interesting, are the celebrity impressions that wind up in movies. They too are performed by celebrities, but in the context of the movies it’s the characters they’re playing that are technically doing the »
- Christopher Campbell
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