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What's new at the cinema

2 hours ago | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

It's just Johnny's imagination Johnny Depp challenges our imagination in Transcendence as a scientist who has to upload his consciousness into an artificial intelligence system as his enemies close in. Christopher Nolan's regular cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directing debut with a futuristic thriller that aims to dazzle both the eye and the mind. In The Other Woman, cheated gals Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann join feminist forces to take revenge on loose trousered romeo Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. »

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Transcendence Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

23 April 2014 4:36 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

When renowned scientist Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is targeted by a terrorist group, his wife and best friend (Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany) upload his consciousness into an artificial intelligence system to save his life. But Caster takes his new-found power too far and his friends must unite to defeat him. Christopher Nolan's regular cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directing debut with a futuristic thriller that aims to dazzle both the eye and the mind. »

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Thn’s Top 5 Cinematographers Who Became Directors

23 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence opening on April 25th this is the perfect time to take a look at some of the best cinematographers in movie history who’ve become successful directors.

Pfister has been working with Christopher Nolan since Memento (2000) and the two were inseparable up until this point, with Pfister being Nolan’s Director of Photography on Insominia (2002), The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight (2005- 2012) Trilogy. He even found time for Moneyball (2011) and music documentary Marley (2012).

Transcendence is his first foray into the world of feature-film directing and he’s supported by an impressive cast that includes Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara, plus Batman-alumni Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman. The film centres on terminally ill scientist Will Caster (Depp), who decides to upload his mind into a computer. Once achieved, it gives him power beyond his wildest expectations but then events »

- Dan Bullock

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Transcendence review: Johnny Depp stars in clunky sci-fi fable

23 April 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Wally Pfister Screenwriter Jack Paglen; Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara Running time: 119 mins; Certificate: 12A

In the hotly-awaited directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's longtime bravura cinematographer Wally Pfister, a pioneering scientist (Johnny Depp) has his consciousness digitally replicated. The preserved version of Will Castor looks like him, talks like him, thinks like him, and yet there is something fundamentally wrong with this avatar. He makes the wrong decisions, behaves in ways that the old Will never would – all the constituent parts are there, but the soul is gone. Sound familiar, Depp fans?

The ponderous and clunky Transcendence, already a commercial and critical flop in the Us, marks the lowest point yet in what has been a depressing career downslide for Depp. While The Lone Ranger and The Rum Diary had their issues, Depp himself remained an engaging (and engaged) presence - in Transcendence, »

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Transcendence Review: 10 Reasons It Sucks

22 April 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

Transcendence seems to have a lot going for it on paper – directed by a Christopher Nolan-backed Wally Pfister, it wrestles with philosophical quandaries like human nature, self-aware AI, the relentless march of technology and the philosophy of the mind. It’s acted out by an all-star cast featuring Johnny Depp, the perennially underrated Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Morgan goddamn Freeman. The Jack Paglen-written script had featured on the Hollywood Black List, cementing its place as one of the hottest un-produced properties in Tinseltown, then Warner Bros. swooped in and threw $100 million at it. It’s as close to a sure thing as any film’s going to get, right?

Sadly, no.

So what went wrong? Well, Transcendence isn’t the film you want it to be. In fact, it’s nowhere close – what we wanted was a cerebral epic, and what »

- Edward Owen

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‘The Machine’ Review: A Little Something for Wally Pfister to Add to His Netflix Queue

22 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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The Turing test, created by and named for famed WWII code-breaker Alan Turing, is designed to test a computer’s level of artificial intelligence by having someone engage it in conversation with the intention of determining if they’re talking with a computer or another person. The machine is considered to have passed the test if it’s able to convince people (or leave them uncertain) at least thirty percent of the time. It’s a real-world challenge that’s been »

- Rob Hunter

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Winner Announced! Giveaway: Win a prize pack from Transcendence!

22 April 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Winner Announced: We have a winner for the Transcendence giveway and it goes to Seth C Faulder of Hagerstown MD. You've got 48 hours to claim your prize, so check your e-mail and hit us back. Thanks to everyone for entering the contest. We'll have more giveaways soon, so keep your eyes peeled! "We are not an enemy to our world…we are the ones who will save it." Director Wally Pfister is making his directorial debut with Transcendence, the »

- Paul Shirey

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Transcendence review

22 April 2014 12:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Ryan Lambie 22 Apr 2014 - 08:14

Johnny Depp stars in Walter Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence. Here’s Ryan’s review of a much-anticipated sci-fi film...

Could future technology set us free, or enslave us? This question forms the basis of more science fiction stories than we’d care to count, and it’s one that provides the core of the $100m genre thriller, Transcendence. The much-anticipated (not least by us) debut from director Wally Pfister, it's both a star-laden Hollywood spectacle and an ambivalent meditation on the subject of artificial intelligence.

Johnny Depp stars as Dr Will Caster, a scientist who plans to make the first sentient computer. Shot and terminally injured by a member of an extremist ‘neo-Luddite’ group who want to derail any attempt to create a thinking machine, Caster’s fragile consciousness is uploaded into the virtual realm by his grief-stricken wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and »

- ryanlambie

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Alcon’s Johnny Depp Failure ‘Transcendence;’ What The Hell Happened?

21 April 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Movies open every weekend. Some soar, some fail. Every once in a while a flop comes along that is so unexpected and devastating that everyone in town is left saying, “How the hell did that happen?” Recent examples include John Carter, The Lone Ranger and maybe even Pompeii or The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, even if the latter two sank without making much of a ripple. The $100 million Transcendence, the Johnny Depp-Morgan Freeman starrer that marked the directing debut of Chris Nolan’s vaunted cinematographer Wally Pfister, is one of those what-the-hell-happened films. Consider it grossed just $10.8 million domestic for its opening weekend, about half of Heaven Is For Real, a starless movie whose $12 million budget was likely less than Depp’s Transcendence salary. Heaven If For Real has grossed $30 million so far domestically and looks like a breakout sleeper hit. Related: Intl Bo: ‘Spider-Man 2′ Spins »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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‘Transcendence’ – Sr Underground Ep. 140

21 April 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode one-hundred forty of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.

Join host Ben Kendrick, fellow Sr editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw as we review Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, discuss the possibility of an X-Men/Amazing Spider-Man movie crossover, and offer ideas for Mrs. Doubtfire 2.

Screen Rant Underground is available on the iTunes Music Store or Stitcher Radio but if you’re not near your home computer, check out our latest episode in the player below.

Also, Screen Rant Underground is an Explicit podcast. We don’t go out of our way to say controversial things or use explicit language but it does happen – so use discretion when playing the podcast at work and around young, or sensitive, ears.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 140 - Transcendence

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- Ben Kendrick

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Transcendence Director Explains The Twist Ending

21 April 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The new science-fiction thriller Transcendence asks a lot of big questions. Is it morally right to upload a consciousness into a computer? Does something define its own sentience? Given the power of a god, would human nature reveal itself to be a positive force, or Hobbesian-esque evil? It.s a lot to take on for a filmmaker, particularly one that has never directed a feature before, but it was something that Wally Pfister put a great deal of thought into while making the new movie. Before Transcendence arrived in theaters this past weekend, I had to great opportunity to sit down one-on-one with the director to talk all about the philosophy and filmmaking behind his directorial debut. He had a lot of fascinating things to say about the movie, so read on! Warning: The following feature has a good number of spoilers for Transcendence, so if you haven.t seen »

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This Spoilery Chat With Transcendence Director Wally Pfister Has All The Answers

21 April 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The new science-fiction thriller Transcendence asks a lot of big questions. Is it morally right to upload a consciousness into a computer? Does something define its own sentience? Given the power of a god, would human nature reveal itself to be a positive force, or Hobbesian-esque evil? It.s a lot to take on for a filmmaker, particularly one that has never directed a feature before, but it was something that Wally Pfister put a great deal of thought into while making the new movie. Before Transcendence arrived in theaters this past weekend, I had to great opportunity to sit down one-on-one with the director to talk all about the philosophy and filmmaking behind his directorial debut. He had a lot of fascinating things to say about the movie, so read on! Warning: The following feature has a good number of spoilers for Transcendence, so if you haven.t seen »

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Does Johnny Depp Need A Career Face Lift?

21 April 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Mondays are no fun for anybody, and this week is the rare one where that sentiment also applies to Johnny Depp. That's because the box office returns on the star's latest effort, the Wally Pfister-directed "Transcendence," are back, and they aren't pretty. The sci-fi thriller came in fourth place, making only $11.15 million on a $100 million budget. "Transcendence" is now the latest in a recent string of box office disappointments for Depp, whose name ...

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Tgb Episode 193: The Role of Cinematographer (Guest: Dp Laurie Rose)

21 April 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and plenty more on this special episode. For the main topic of the night the guys talk with cinematographer Laurie Rose, of Ben Wheatley's Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England. The topic was loosely based around Wally Pfister's Transcendence, and the guys wanted to talk about cinematography with a man who works in it. Laurie shares some of his favorite Dp's working today, his own background of getting into the craft and his working relationship with Ben Wheatley. Enjoy! Download #193 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP193.mp3" title="The Role of Cinematographer (Guest: Laurie Rose)"]The Golden Briefcase #193[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: A Discussion - In Regards to Religion in Movies Our Guest: Laurie Rose: @Laurie_Rose / IMDb Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Dgg's Joe / Wolf Creek 2 »

- Tim Buel

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Review: Transcendence

21 April 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

There is an abundance of big questions and thought-worthy theories proposed in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut. An exceptional director of photography for many of Christopher Nolan’s films, Pfister guides the wayward science fiction film Transcendence in a few different directions, unfortunately leading it into a position of narrative confusion that it can’t escape from.

Genius scientist Will Castor (Johnny Depp) has advanced the field of artificial intelligence, landing him in a loved and hated position amongst the scientific community. Will has created a super computer called Pinn that has prospect of expanding the once “impossibilities” of science into reality. However, an anti-technology terrorist organization coordinates an assault on the scientists working on this project, fatally wounding Will in the attack. Will’s wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), a scientist who wants to use technology to protect the world, tries to save Will’s life by any means possible. »

- Monte Yazzie

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Skipped 'Transcendence'c Don't Worry, There's Another Marvel Movie in August

21 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Transcendence opened and you'd hardly know it given the estimated $11.2 million opening weekend total. Critics slammed it, resulting in a 20% at RottenTomatoes and opening night audiences awarded it a "C+" CinemaScore. At least, however, those people went to see it. For all the bitching and moaning I see online over the number of reboots, sequels and remakes in cinemas it's a little disappointing to see an original sci-fi idea so easily dismissed (and I'm sure some of you just stopped reading to rushing to the comments to tell me how unoriginal it is, though I'll argue with you until I'm blue in the face). I thought these were the films the audience wanted, but based on the box office receipts it seems the general population is more than satisfied with more Marvel movies, animated sequels, young adult adaptations and religious pics. In fact, look at the success of films such as Noah, »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Breakdown: Captain America is Still Going Strong

21 April 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

This past weekend at the box office saw the release of Wally Pfister's Transcendence, but even the star pull of Johnny Depp wasn't enough to bring in the crowds, and the battle for the top spot once again fell between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2.  The end result being that Marvel's powerhouse superhero retains the top spot for the third weekend in a row.  Come inside to check out the full breakdown!

Poor, poor Transcendence.  There's been a lot of talk surrounding this movie, being the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister.  It had star power and a big time studio budget...yet it's muddling plot kept it from hitting it's mark.  As a result, it only reached number 4 on the weekend's box office list, and I suspect it'll barely register in the top ten next weekend.  As such, Captain America retained »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Box Office: Why Did Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' Flop?

21 April 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who owns his own island. Still, poor Johnny Depp. His sci-fi thriller "Transcendence" should have been one of the biggest hits of the spring... but then the reviews came in.

Pundits lowered their expectations for its debut, from the 30s to between $18 and $25 million. And then, when the smoke cleared this weekend, the $100-million movie opened with just an estimated $11.2 million, debuting in fourth place behind a three-week-old superhero sequel, a two-week-old cartoon sequel, and a Christian-themed movie starring Greg Kinnear. That's gotta hurt.

How did "Transcendence" go from sure-thing blockbuster to limping into a fourth-place debut? Here are some reasons, and unlike the ageless Depp, they ain't pretty.

Making a brainy blockbuster is harder than it sounds. Remember, it's been just 15 years since the Wachowskis first proved it could be done, with "The Matrix," and even they couldn't keep it up (with their two windy sequels, »

- Gary Susman

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'Captain' Three-peats, 'Heaven' Rises Over Easter Weekend

20 April 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Among new releases, faith-based drama Heaven is for Real destroyed Johnny Depp's Transcendence this weekend. Still, it couldn't match Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which held on to first place for the third weekend in a row.The Marvel sequel added $26.6 million this weekend, which represents a light 36 percent decline. It reached $200 million on Sunday, and should pass Thor: The Dark World in the next few days.Rio 2 repeated in second place with $22.5 million. Its 43 percent drop was much steeper than the first Rio's 33 percent dip on the exact same weekend in 2011. Through 10 days, the animated sequel has grossed $75.4 million.Playing at 2,417 locations, Heaven is for Real earned an excellent $21.5 million this weekend. Add in its Wednesday and Thursday grosses, and the faith-based true story has already grossed $28.5 million.Along with Son of God and God's Not Dead, this is the third faith-based hit in 2014 so far (you could include Noah as well, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box office report: 'Captain America' crosses $200 million in its third week

20 April 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It’s a great day to be a Marvel superhero: Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the No. 1 spot for the third weekend in a row, earning $26.61 million this holiday weekend, allowing it to cross that magical $200 million finish line. For comparison’s sake, this sequel — directed by Anthony and Joe Russo — has already outearned 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger, which ended its run with $176.65 million.

What’s the real takeaway from all this? That for all the idle chatter of audience superhero fatigue, no one is going to be putting away the spandex just yet. It will be »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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