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Christopher Nolan Gets Candid on the State of Movies, Rise of TV and Spielberg’s Influence

Christopher Nolan Gets Candid on the State of Movies, Rise of TV and Spielberg’s Influence
There have been extensive doom-and-gloom scenarios about the demise of movies lately, but writer-director Christopher Nolan isn’t among those sounding the death knell. Last summer, as the box office and attendance careened toward their lowest levels in decades, Nolan put his artistry where his optimism was — delivering a jolt of pure cinema with “Dunkirk.”

The picture thrusts viewers into one of the turning points of World War II, recounting a moment when British forces faced total annihilation at the hands of the Nazis. Shot with Imax cameras and presented in 70mm, it also serves as a potent reminder that some things are best delivered on the widest screens possible. “Dunkirk” not only garnered massive critical acclaim, but audiences around the globe flocked to see the film, which grossed $524 million worldwide.

“At a time when there’s all kinds of storytelling around, movies that gravitate toward things that only movies can do carve out a place for themselves
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Exclusive Interview: The Tick cast and executive producer talk improvisation, Wally Pfister and more

The past three decades have seen The Tick taking on many forms, starting off as a comic book series and subsequently transitioning into an animated series and short-lived live-action series, but now, the property has found a new home on Amazon Prime Video. The rebooted, Peter Serafinowicz-led Tick series officially debuted on the streaming service last August (after its pilot debuted in August 2016), and it has been making a splash with both critics and general audiences ever since.

Stars Scott Speiser (Overkill), Brendan Hines (Superian) and Yara Martinez (Miss Lint) and executive producer Barry Josephson answered a few questions about working with Amazon, the on-set environment and more during a New York Comic Con interview with Flickering Myth.

How much improv is allowed on set? Scott, I know you have a [Groundlings] background, so are you allowed to draw upon that in scenes?

Scott Speiser: It took me a
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Behind The Scenes Photos From The Dark Knight That Every Fan Should See

Often, what you see on a screen when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters is not at all what the initial footage looked like. Whether it’s CGI, practical effects, models, costumes, make-up or any of the other numerous tactics employed to create movie magic, the finished product is almost always enhanced in some manner, especially when it comes to big budget films.

Thankfully, nearly every major blockbuster has its production recorded and documented by photographers and over the years, some truly incredible, exciting and often hilarious behind the scenes photos have made their way online. And so, on that note, join us today as we settle into another edition of our weekly column, where we’ll be exploring Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

Not only is this the best superhero movie of all time, but it’s also one of cinema’s greatest accomplishments. When critics consider the best films ever made,
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Amazon unveils new poster and trailer for The Tick

Coinciding with its panel at New York Comic-Con, Amazon revealed a new poster and trailer for the second half of The Tick’s first season which is set to return to the streaming service in February; check them out here…

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.

The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund.

The Tick season
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Amazon releases character promo images and descriptions for The Tick reboot

Ahead of its arrival on Amazon next month, seven character promo images and descriptions have been released for the upcoming live-action reboot of The Tick which includes the titular big blue superhero alongside Arthur, Superian, Ramses IV, Overkill, Miss Lint, and Dot Everest.

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Tick here

This “humble, blue avenger” is a big riddle to everyone who meets him—and sometimes to himself. He’s here to fight for justice, but isn’t always sure how. The Tick sees a hero in Arthur—a sidekick with the brains he needs to make his brawn effective.

Arthur lost his father as a child, and courageously tries to keep his fears from getting the best of him. Enter The Tick, who shows Arthur he will never be “normal”—because he’s extraordinary.

He’s the most famous superhero in the world, who made a crater out of The Terror,
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‘Dunkirk’: Why Christopher Nolan’s War Epic Is a Certain Oscar Contender

‘Dunkirk’: Why Christopher Nolan’s War Epic Is a Certain Oscar Contender
Christopher Nolan and the Oscars have a love-hate relationship. He’s been nominated for only three Oscars, two for Original Screenplay: “Memento” in 2000 and big-scale epic “Inception” in 2010. That year, he was also nominated as a producer of “Inception,” which followed the surprising omission of “The Dark Knight” for Best Picture contention in 2009. That pushed the Academy to change its rules to allow more Best Picture slots, which might encourage more people around the world to watch the Oscars.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

Nolan’s films have mostly cleaned up in the technical realm. Cinematographer Wally Pfister was nominated for “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” and “Inception,” which landed eight nominations and four wins (for Pfister, sound editing and mixing, and VFX) . The Academy voters punished sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” with no nominations at all. And
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‘Dunkirk’: Why Christopher Nolan’s War Epic Is a Certain Oscar Contender

‘Dunkirk’: Why Christopher Nolan’s War Epic Is a Certain Oscar Contender
Christopher Nolan and the Oscars have a love-hate relationship. He’s been nominated for only three Oscars, two for Original Screenplay: “Memento” in 2000 and big-scale epic “Inception” in 2010. That year, he was also nominated as a producer of “Inception,” which followed the surprising omission of “The Dark Knight” for Best Picture contention in 2009. That pushed the Academy to change its rules to allow more Best Picture slots, which might encourage more people around the world to watch the Oscars.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

Nolan’s films have mostly cleaned up in the technical realm. Cinematographer Wally Pfister was nominated for “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” and “Inception,” which landed eight nominations and four wins (for Pfister, sound editing and mixing, and VFX) . The Academy voters punished sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” with no nominations at all. And
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Is the First Slam-Dunk Oscar Contender of 2017

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Is the First Slam-Dunk Oscar Contender of 2017
It was shocking.

Warner Bros. had played all the right notes with “Inception.” A summer blockbuster that quickly took on a prestige sheen, Christopher Nolan’s mind-warping actioner was easily one of the year’s best films. With overwhelming critical, popular and industry approval, it was instantly set on a crash-course for a best picture Oscar nomination.

A director bid, meanwhile, seemed a foregone conclusion, particularly in the wake of Nolan’s 2008 “The Dark Knight,” which came up short in the major categories and, in part, led to the film Academy’s decision to expand the best picture field to better accommodate movies of its ilk. But “Inception” was a step above in this regard, bravura filmmaking, the kind of entertainment directors only dream of conjuring (no pun intended). Nolan was secure.

Then: the nominations. Not only was Nolan passed over for directing, but somehow, a film built on its structure and editorial prowess was ignored by
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Watch the First Trailer for Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ Reboot

Watch the First Trailer for Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ Reboot
Amazon Prime Video released a first look at its superhero live-action comedy series “The Tick.” Part one of the first season will be available on Friday, Aug. 25.

The trailer promises “an epic tale ripe with destiny, adventure, blood loss, and good against evil,” as the new Amazon original centers on Arthur Everest, an underdog accountant with zero powers. Upon learning his city is owned by a long-thought dead global super villain, he falls in league with a blue superhero, The Tick.

English actor Peter Serafinowicz stars as The Tick, alongside the ensemble cast including Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry, Jackie Earle Haley, Yara Martinez, Brendan Hines, Scott Speiser, and Michael Cerveris. Creator and executive producer Ben Edlund is joining the cast for a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21.

Edlund created the fictional superhero for a newsletter mascot as a spoof of American comic book superheros in 1986. “The Tick” was previously adapted as an animated series in
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‘The Tick’ Trailer: TV’s Funniest Superhero Plummets Into Action in New Amazon Series

‘The Tick’ Trailer: TV’s Funniest Superhero Plummets Into Action in New Amazon Series
There’s a new superhero insect in town. And he’s picking up where he left off.

Amazon has released their first full trailer for “The Tick,” the latest TV venture for the crimefighting character originally created in 1986 by Ben Edlund.

As Liz Shannon Miller wrote in her review of the Wally Pfister-directed pilot (which you can watch right now online for free), “The Tick” takes place in “a reality where it makes perfect sense that good faces off against evil while wearing tights — but a reality where it also makes sense for Whoopi Goldberg (as herself) to host a talk show called ‘Whoop.'”

Read More: ‘The Tick’ First Look: Amazon Releases New Photos For Upcoming Superhero Series

A far cry from the heroes from the Marvel and DC TV universes, this trailer shows how the series is tapping into the same comedy/parody vein as the 1994 animated
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‘The Tick’ Trailer: TV’s Funniest Superhero Plummets Into Action in New Amazon Series

‘The Tick’ Trailer: TV’s Funniest Superhero Plummets Into Action in New Amazon Series
There’s a new superhero insect in town. And he’s picking up where he left off.

Amazon has released their first full trailer for “The Tick,” the latest TV venture for the crimefighting character originally created in 1986 by Ben Edlund.

As Liz Shannon Miller wrote in her review of the Wally Pfister-directed pilot (which you can watch right now online for free), “The Tick” takes place in “a reality where it makes perfect sense that good faces off against evil while wearing tights — but a reality where it also makes sense for Whoopi Goldberg (as herself) to host a talk show called ‘Whoop.'”

Read More: ‘The Tick’ First Look: Amazon Releases New Photos For Upcoming Superhero Series

A far cry from the heroes from the Marvel and DC TV universes, this trailer shows how the series is tapping into the same comedy/parody vein as the 1994 animated
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Weekend Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Takes Top Spot Over ‘The Mummy’

How many of you remember seeing Inception in theaters? It was great, right? As much as I have my issues with how Christopher Nolan structures his movies and avoids truly lacerating emotions, his abilities as a visual artist are not easy to deny. Inception is almost impressively dull and surprisingly predictable as written by Nolan but is also given ample dazzle by the filmmaker's vision, shaped in concert with his work with the talented Dp Wally Pfister. It was original in premise, looked excellent, and made lots of money at the box office, and yet every studio suit who …
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Cinematographers and the Films that made them great

Author: Dave Roper

So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.

Darius KhondjiSeven

Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven
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The Tick reboot gets a teaser and premiere date

Amazon has released the first brief teaser for its upcoming TV series The Tick starring Peter Serafinowicz as the big blue superhero, which reveals an August 25th premiere date for the reboot; check it out here…

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.

The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund.
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Variety’s Mentor of the Year, Bradley Battersby, Takes Experimental Approach to Teaching Film

When Bradley Battersby was hired to head the undergraduate film department at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2009, the program was so small fellow professors on campus didn’t even know that it existed.

“We were pretty nimble, we had a new curriculum and it was a little bland,” says Battersby, who is being honored by Variety as Mentor of the Year, of those nascent days at the Sarasota school. “We had just gone through accreditation, and we had to change everything. I had to get the word out about it, the college didn’t even know we had a film program. They had tried before to get momentum, they had gone through two other department heads, but it was tough.

“Ringling was out in front in terms of making art with computers — in particular, its animation program grew up literally alongside Pixar — so they had tasted success and
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AFI to honour cinematographer Frederick Elmes

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AFI to honour cinematographer Frederick Elmes
1972 alumnus has worked with David Lynch, John Cassavetes, Ang Lee, Jim Jarmusch.

Cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the AFI’s 2017 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The honour recognises the “extraordinary creative talents of an AFI alumnus or alumna who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.”

Elmes’s credits include Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, The Ice Storm, Broken Flowers, and River’s Edge, among others.

The presentation will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton in Hollywood on June 8.

Elmes collaborated with Keaton on her 1987 directorial debut Heaven and has earned a Primetime Emmy nomination, two Film Independent Spirit Awards and a New York Film Critics Circle Award, among other accolades.

Prior recipients of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal include Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Homeland director Lesli Link Glatter, Wonder Woman director
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AFI to Honor ‘Blue Velvet’ Cinematographer Frederick Elmes

AFI to Honor ‘Blue Velvet’ Cinematographer Frederick Elmes
The American Film Institute has selected “Blue Velvet” cinematographer Frederick Elmes as this year’s recipient of its Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni medal.

The award is presented to an AFI alumnus who embodies the qualities of Schaffner — “talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.” Schaffner earned 28 Academy Award nominations during his 40-year career.

Elmes graduated from AFI in 1972 and received his first credit on David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” in 1977. He went on to work on Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” in 1986 and “Wild at Heart” in 1990. He won Independent Spirit Awards back to back years for “Wild at Heart” and Jim Jarmush’s “Night on Earth.”

Elmes won the National Society of Film Critics award for “Blue Velvet” and was nominated for a primetime Emmy for “In the Gloaming.”

Other credits include Tim Hunter’s “River’s Edge” (1986), Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm (1997) and “Ride with the Devil
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‘True Detective’ Isn’t Back Yet, But When It is, David Milch is Coming with It.

The ‘Deadwood’ creator comes aboard a potential third season.

It’s been a long, strange trip to be sure, and we’re not exactly there yet, but it would seem that the dark spot of gritty storytelling on the horizon could just be the long-awaited and thought-ill-fated third season of the HBO series True Detective.

Following abysmal second season ratings and response, Nic Pizzolatto’s crime-centric character study seemed destined for the televisual graveyard. Since season two bowed, there’s been no word either way as to the fate of True Detective, it’s just been sitting there in our cultural cloud, suspended in network ether. Most folks, myself included, have considered the show dead for at least a year of its two-year hiatus; Pizzolatto signing an additional development deal with HBO in 2016 seemed to be the final nail in the coffin, but then out of pretty much nowhere EW today dropped a pair of exclusive bombshells
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Amazon unveils updated costume for The Tick TV series

With production now underway on Amazon’s reboot of The Tick, the official Twitter page has released a new image of Peter Serafinowicz as the titular blue superhero, complete with an updated costume from the one we saw in the pilot episode; take a look here…

See Also: New images from Amazon’s reboot of The Tick

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.

The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by
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