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Sure, we've had our disappointments in movies, TV, and music this year, but we also have plenty to be thankful for. In this episode of The Snap, I remind you what to cherish about pop culture just in time for your big tryptophan binge. Check out the abbreviated episode above or the full episode right here. Be sure to check out past episodes of The Snap: Ep. #35: A Salute to the Classic Women of Video Games Ep. #34: Here's Why the '90s Sucked Ep. #33: Why Anne Hathaway Rules Ep. #32: The Sexiest Psychos in Movie History Ep. #31: Why Horror Classics are Still Scary Ep. #30: Everything You Don't Know About Taylor Swift Ep. #29: 5 Unanswered Questions About 'Gone Girl' Ep. #28: 19 Beautiful Things That Look Like Donald Trump Ep. #27: 20 Reasons Fall is the Worst Season Ep. #26: Everything Wrong with Urban Outfitters Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
Take another look @ images, plus footage of 'Catwoman' actress Anne Hathaway in the November 2014 issue of "Elle" (UK) magazine:
Following several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series "Get Real". She came to prominence after playing 'Mia Thermopolis' in the Disney film "The Princess Diaries" (2001) and in its 2004 sequel.
In 2008, she won several awards for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married", also earning an Academy Award nomination for 'Best Actress'. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits "Valentine's Day", "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland", and "Love and Other Drugs", winning an Emmy Award for her voice-over performance on "The Simpsons".
- Michael Stevens
This is the Pure Movies review of Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. Interstellar needs to be three hours. The wonderful Nolan touch of making the incredible credible is here, making the fantastic mundane (The Dark Knight was less comic book than believable psychological drama, with no fait accompli supervillains, but character development [or disintegration] worthy of Cassavetes). He gives us the sense of entrapment and doom by taking the time to linger, helpless, as the earth begins to expire. We also get the slog of galactic travel, the time in distant space that feels like we’ve been somewhere remote and mostly boring. Distant planets are not immune to ennui. Matthew McConaughy’s Cooper (like his namesake) is an American he-man, a cowboy with The Right Stuff, bucking at the bridle, as all he-men do, itching to get back in the saddle, »
- Dr. Garth Twa
Michael Stevens for 'The Good':
Taking his cue from Kubrick, director Christopher Nolan's jump into deep space has some great new VFX, including an ominous tidal wave sequence...
...new planetary adventures, a breakneck drive through a country cornfield and several plot twists to make this space thriller worth exploring.
Matthew McConaughey gives a laid-back performance as 'Cooper' an interplanetary pilot, grounded by his responsibilities as a single father.
The camera loves Jessica Chastain as Cooper's adult daughter 'Murph', refreshing and luminous in every scene...
...while Anne Hathaway pours her heart into a teary-eyed performance.
The boxy robot 'Tars' also makes his film debut here in some great and unexpected action sequences.
Being the sentimentalist I am, I admit »
- Michael Stevens
Sometimes the media join the scene. Who could resist an invite to ex-Bond Pierce Brosnan's Malibu manse (complete with Impressionist paintings), adjacent to Steven Spielberg's, right on the Pacific Ocean? It turns out he's pals with Rory Kennedy, who also lives in Malibu, and was happy to give her excellent "Last Days in Vietnam" a boost, just as the doc branch was heading for the November 21 deadline for submitting their tallies for the shortlist of fifteen, which the Academy will reveal on December 2 or 3. Monday brought a lunch party at Spago in Beverly Hills for "Interstellar," hosted by Paramount chief Brad Grey, who chatted up director Christopher Nolan, who has been hands-on throughout the process of releasing "Interstellar" at a studio that does not market films in the same way as did his long-time home studio Warner Bros. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain also turned on »
- Anne Thompson
We really shouldn't be having this conversation. It's just too soon. Isn't it? When Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award for "The Iron Lady," the collective media mindset was that the acting icon had finally joined the three-timer club and any other nominations from that point on would be icing on the cake. A fourth Oscar win? Considering how many times she'd been overlooked since winning no. 2 for "Sophie's Choice" in 1982, it just didn't seem realistic that it would happen anytime soon or at all. Even after landing another Best Actress nod for "August: Osage County," the concept of Streep conceivably winning another statue just didn't register. That is, until now. To say that Streep is the standout in Rob Marshall's "Into the Woods" is somewhat of an understatement. Chris Pine does steal almost every scene he's in as the Prince (more on that in a moment), but »
- Gregory Ellwood
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s dystopian space odyssey starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, is in many ways the Nolan movie we’ve had coming since the director first stepped into the realm of blockbuster filmmaking. It’s ambitious, loud, unapologetically intellectual, occasionally awe-inspiring and narratively twisty, and confidently, proudly so on all counts.
It’s also po-faced, ham-fisted, over-long and pretty much hollow. These are aspects that represent the worst of Nolan, and they’ve never been as prominent as they are in Interstellar. The film has some great features: there’s a wonderful score from Hans Zimmer and his church organ, an achingly emotive performance from McConaughey in the lead role, and a collection of space sequences to rival those of last year’s Gravity. It’s also probably Nolan’s most personal film.
The positives in the film are challenged, however, by »
- Brogan Morris
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" isn't quite keeping the first two films in the series at the box office, but is nonetheless on its way to a massive opening weekend. Powered by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, "Mockingjay" soared to $55 million on Friday, making it the biggest Friday opening of the year. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earned $41.9 million on its first Friday. "Mockingjay" will likely earn around $130 million for the weekend, again topping "Age of Extinction's" $100 million weekend debut. However, "Mockingjay" is doing much slower business that last year's "Catching Fire," which opened to a staggering $158.1 million last year, as well as the first "Hunger Games," which bowed to $152 million in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. The threequel -- the first part of the two-part finale -- will have to make up some ground next week »
- Dave Lewis
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. »
Los Angeles traffic is the woooooooorst.
And there’s only so much you can do to pass the time while you’re sitting on the 405 (we don’t have unlimited episodes of “Serial” to listen to). L.A. comedian Lauren O’Brien found another way to entertain herself: Celebrity impressions.
And thus, #CelebritiesStuckInTraffic was born.
Photos: More stolen styles! Which celeb wore these outfits best?
Here is Lauren’s Miley Cyrus:
A video posted by Lauren O'Brien (@thelaurenobrien) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:24pm Pdt
Here is Lauren’s Sofia Vergara:
A video posted by Lauren O'Brien (@thelaurenobrien) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:18pm Pst
And here is Lauren as both Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen:
A video posted by Lauren O'Brien (@thelaurenobrien) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:58pm Pdt
But our favorite is her Angelina Jolie. She nailed the Angelina face.
A video posted by Lauren O'Brien (@thelaurenobrien) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:22am Pdt
Watch: You need »
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 »
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
Even as video games add more nuanced and interesting female characters to their narratives, one sad fact cannot be undone: There are seriously fewer than 10 superstar female characters in classic video games. Ugh. But they are extraordinary ladies nonetheless! In this edition of The Snap, we salute the classic women of video games. Above is the shortened version of The Snap; below, check out the full version. Be sure to check out every damn episode of The Snap: Ep. #34: Here's Why the '90s Sucked Ep. #33: Why Anne Hathaway Rules Ep. #32: The Sexiest Psychos in Movie History Ep. #31: Why Horror Classics are Still Scary Ep. #30: Everything You Don't Know About Taylor Swift Ep. #29: 5 Unanswered Questions About 'Gone Girl' Ep. #28: 19 Beautiful Things That Look Like Donald Trump Ep. #27: 20 Reasons Fall is the Worst Season Ep. #26: Everything Wrong with Urban Outfitters Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
Learning to hold a brush like Britain’s most revered landscape artist could be considered the easiest way to embody the role of J.M.W. Turner. But for Timothy Spall, who stars as the titular “Mr. Turner,” perfecting the artist’s signature grip was merely the first step in his quest to paint like a master.
“The job really was to get as much knowledge about the practicalities of the painter, try and understand what he was doing,” Spall says. “Basically, we were trying to make it look like I was familiar with a brush, like it was something that grew organically out of my whole being.”
The actor trained with watercolorist Tim Wright off and on for two years before he began shooting Mike Leigh’s look at the last 25 years of Turner’s life and prolific career. After a rigorous examination of the basics, Spall punctuated his »
- Christy Grosz
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 »
We have added a set pictures from the event Matthew McConaughey Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 17, 2014. Guests included Anne Hathaway, Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey and Vida McConaughey. Photos are copyright by Billy Bennight / PR Photos. Anne Hathaway, Camila Alves and Matthew McConaugheyas Matthew McConaughey is Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 17, 2014 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, USA. Photo is copyright by Billy Bennight / PR Photos. »
- James Wray
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
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
After weeks of wearing her hair down on the red carpet, Reese Witherspoon switched up her style with an elegant updo for the L.A. premiere of her new film, Wild. Looking slim and radiant in a strapless Zac Posen dress and Harry Winston jewelry, Witherspoon, 38, rocked a '60s-inspired bun, courtesy of celeb hairstylist Adir Abergel. "The look was modern yet classic and accented with a simple chic bun in the back," he tells Us Weekly. To begin, Abergel, who also works with Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence, made [...] »
**Spoilers Ahead** No, we still don't know what happened to the spinning top at the end of "Inception," and if you're expecting Christopher Nolan to dish about what he believes lay ahead for Coop (Matthew McConaughey) and Brand (Anne Hathaway) at the end of "Interstellar"… well, he's not telling you. “No way, man!” he tells The Daily Beast. “You’re just going to have to go back and see it again. It’s there for you to make what you make of it. People do always have radically different interpretations of things I put in there, but I know what I think and I don’t like it to have any more validity than the experience you have watching it.” And we certainly won't argue with that —for all the complaints that Nolan's films have too much exposition, it's ironic that the director is asked continually to explain his movies. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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