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Film Review: 'Transcendence'

1 hour ago | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Helmed by Christopher Nolan's longtime DoP Wally Pfister and packing an all-star cast, there were plenty of reasons to be excited about Transcendence (2014). Sadly, the end result is a disappointing mess of a movie which fails to deliver on its strong premise. Transcendence follows Will Caster (Johnny Depp), one of the leading minds in artificial intelligence research along with his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall). That makes them the target of anti-tech extremists, and an assassination attempt leaves Will wounded and dying from a radioactive bullet. With time running out, Evelyn and colleague Max (Paul Bettany) hatch a desperate plan to upload Will's consciousness into an experimental A.I.

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- CineVue UK

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'The Dark Knight'

3 hours ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There’s before The Dark Knight, and there’s after The Dark Knight. Before The Dark Knight, superhero movies were big for Hollywood and Christopher Nolan was a culty stylist and everyone loved Batman. After The Dark Knight, superhero movies were the defining Hollywood product and Christopher Nolan was everyone’s favorite Hollywood director and everyone really loved Batman.

You can try to explain The Dark Knight’s success by looking at the underlying factors of where we were at at the time — “we” as a nation, “we” as a global moviegoing public, “we” as a geekifying popular culture. A brutal election year faced America. »

- Darren Franich

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Cs Video: Tom Hardy's Performance Drives Steven Knight's Locke

9 hours ago | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Just when you thought you knew everything that actor Tom Hardy was capable of from the six or seven roles since breaking out on these shores as Nicolas Refn's Bronson --most will of course know him for his role as Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises --he finds new ways to surprise us with his role as Ivan Locke in Steven Knight's new movie, Locke . Some may know Knight's name from his Oscar-nominated screenplay for David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises or before that from his screenplay for Dirty Pretty Things , directed by Stephen Frears. Many of Knight's previous films have involved elements of the London underworld, but Ivan Locke is actually a construction site manager who, on the eve of laying the foundation for a brand new building, is called away by a »

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What's new at the cinema

10 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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Let's get ready to mumble! 14 amazingly incoherent performances

12 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

1. Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Let's get ready to mumble! 14 amazingly incoherent performances

12 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

1. Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Let's get ready to mumble: 13 incoherent performances

12 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Let's get ready to mumble: 13 incoherent performances

12 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Eh? What did he say?

Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.

Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.

Bane - Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)

Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »

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Jessica Chastain Will Go 'Blonde' for Andrew Dominik as Marilyn Monroe: What's Next?

23 April 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has a most busy year coming up. This fall, we'll see her in Christopher Nolan's ambitious sci-fi "Interstellar" (November 7) and, hopefully on the festival circuit at least, in director Liv Ullman's Strindberg adaptation "Miss Julie." Also in post-production is director Jc Chandor's "A Most Violent Year," a gritty urban thriller set in the '80s and starring Chastain, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks, from A24. What's more? "Killing Them Softly" director Andrew Dominik has found his Marilyn Monroe. Chastain will play her in Dominik's "Blonde," adapted from Joyce Carol Oates' tome about Monroe's first life as Norma Jeane Baker. Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce, and Dominik has adapted the screenplay himself. The script is said to be locked, but the film is still without a start date. Currently, Chastain is in the midst of filming auteur Guillermo del Toro's domestic horror film "Crimson Peak, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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7 reasons to axe Supernatural after season nine

23 April 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was somewhat synonymous for its quotable dialogue (among a number of other things).  Most importantly though, it perfectly demonstrated the role of the protagonist and the strife of the hero, a bond that was, for all its darkness, somewhat morbid. However, no one character epitomised this more than Mr. Harvey Dent, the charismatic politician turned bittered villain Two-Face. And yet, before his untimely demise, Mr. Dent ushered one of the most powerful lines of modern film history (well, in this writer's humble opinion at least):

“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”.

Of course, in this instance Mr. Dent was addressing the issue of Julius Caesar’s famous betrayal at the hands of his own people, but the quote in itself is poignant enough to extend across almost any discipline or genre; and, while it pains me to say so, »

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Marvelous Da7e #43: The Red, White and Blues

23 April 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

TheMarvelousDa7e43

Welcome to Issue 43 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’

Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.

This week:Man of Steel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Red, White and Blue hero.

We have a character in red, white and blue at the forefront of our big franchises right now (sorry, X-Verse, but your characters are outcasts). Somewhere in middle America, a Superman costume hangs in a trailer. Henry Cavill’s skin color is probably the white there, which isn’t the best example to start on, but you can’t think about Superman without thinking of the Red, White and Blue (Caps), at least I can’t. Truth, justice and the American Way, until Superman Returns, and even then, Superman ended up being Jesus Resurrected on a baseball field. »

- Da7e

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Marvelous Da7e #43: The Red, White and Blues

23 April 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome to Issue 43 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’

Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.

This week: Man of Steel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Red, White and Blue hero.

We have a character in red, white and blue at the forefront of our big franchises right now (sorry, X-Verse, but your characters are outcasts). Somewhere in middle America, a Superman costume hangs in a trailer. Henry Cavill’s skin color is probably the white there, which isn’t the best example to start on, but you can’t think about Superman without thinking of the Red, White and Blue (Caps), at least I can’t. Truth, justice and the American Way, until Superman Returns, and even then, Superman ended up being Jesus Resurrected on a baseball field. »

- Da7e

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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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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Insomnia (1997)

22 April 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Stellan Skarsgård loses sleep and pursues a killer in Insomnia.

The elegantly unsettling 1997 murder mystery Insomnia is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg.

In the film, Stellan Skarsgård (Breaking the Waves) plays an enigmatic Swedish detective with a checkered past who arrives in a small town in northern Norway to investigate the death of a teenage girl. As he digs deeper into the heinous killing, his own demons and the tyrannical midnight sun—always shining, always penetrating—begin to take a toll.

Remade in the U.S. in 2002 by Christopher Nolan (Inception) and starring Al Pacino (Carlito’s Way), Skjoldbjærg’s chilling original crime procedural anticipated the international hunger for Scandinavian noirs and serial killer fictions, and features one of Skarsgård’s greatest performances.

Presented in Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles, Criterion’s new  Blu-ray/DVD Combo »

- Laurence

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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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10 Batsuits we’d like to see in Batman Vs. Superman and Beyond

22 April 2014 3:19 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With The Dark Knight, the majority of fans agree that Christopher Nolan perfected the big screen Batsuit. Batman Begins was certainly a step in the right direction (especially after the hard to forget Bat-nipples in Batman & Robin), but streamlining the suit and giving the Caped Crusader the ability to actually turn his head would ultimately make a world of difference.

Of course, Christian Bale’s time as Batman came to an end with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, and we’re now all anxiously waiting to see what Ben Affleck will look like in the iconic costume. Rumour has it that a first look at “Batfleck” is on the way, so we thought that now would be a good time to look ahead to the designs which Batman Vs. Superman director Zack Snyder will have hopefully looked at for inspiration.

We’ve also listed a number of other takes on »

- Josh Wilding

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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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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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