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Comic-Con fans may want to spin a top to make sure they’re not dreaming: The man behind Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy, Christopher Nolan, made his first-ever appearance at the San Diego fan convention Thursday to show off his upcoming sci-fi epic Interstellar.
Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean introduced the film’s leading man, Matthew McConaughey, to the crowd of more than 6,000 con-goers packed into the event’s fabled Hall H—the biggest venue at the biggest entertainment gathering of the year. Then the Oscar winner welcomed Nolan to the stage.
Interstellar, which hits theaters Nov. 7, was inspired »
- Anthony Breznican
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in Ned Benson's Eleanor Rigby Us stars Will Ferrell and actress Jessica Chastain, along with filmmaker James Cameron, will pack their suitcases shortly for the 40th anniversary edition of the Deauville Festival of American Cinema from September 5-14.
Deauville Film Festival director Bruno Barde Bruno Barde, the event's director, described Ferrell of Anchorman and Stepbrothers fame as being akin to one of France’s favourite American comedians – Jerry Lewis, a choice that many find perplexing.
“Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top, he is all that and more – a pure delight for the audience ... he is a king of comedy,” said Barde.
The other tribute to two-time Oscar nominee Chastain represented “a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient”.
- Richard Mowe
“Gotham” executive producer Danny Cannon and creator/Ep Bruno Heller spent the better part of Sunday still trying to convince media that their Fox show is not a Batman show. “I was relieved when I found out there was no Batman, I don't want to stand shoulder to shoulder with Chris Nolan,” Cannon told TheWrap. “Chris Nolan's masterpiece and on a TV budget? I really don't want to do that.” TheWrap sat down with Cannon and Heller following their Television Critics Association panel this past weekend to try to make a little more sense about what the superhero prequel is about. »
- Tony Maglio
Legendary actor Michael Cain will star alongside Vin Diesel in Lionsgate's supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. I never thought I'd ever see those two actors star in a movie together. It's just an interesting team up.
The film is being directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), and it also stars Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie. According to THR, the story centers on "an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity."
This could be a fun movie, as I'm usually a fan of the films that both Diesel and Caine are involved with. Eisner is also a talented director. There's no information on who Caine will play in the story, but he will next be seen in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. »
- Joey Paur
As Batman celebrates his 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment’s co-publisher Jim Lee, who has frequently drawn the Caped Crusader for covers and notable comicbooks like “Hush,” is attending his 27th Comic-Con in San Diego this week.
What’s the lure of Batman?
“There’s a primal element to the character. He’s obviously a human being without super powers. Underneath it all he’s like the knight personified. He’s the personification of justice, the crusader against crime, a normal man that’s pushed himself everywhere possible to become the best crime fighter ever. That’s very aspirational. The fact he’s this guy without superpowers and can hold his own against Darkseid and Superman shows that one can accomplish what one is driven to achieve.”
What’s your favorite part of Batman to draw?
“Running across the rooftops is a classic Batman activity. There’s something very cool seeing »
- Marc Graser
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star in the pilot episode of Westworld, based on the 1973 movie starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan are serving as executive producers for the proposed HBO series. Nolan, who has cowritten The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with his brother, director Christopher Nolan, also created the successful TV show Person of Interest. He has written the script for the Westworld pilot with his wife, Lisa Joy, herself a TV veteran (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice) and will direct the episode. Novelist Michael Crichton made his feature film debut as a writer and director with the original movie, which was set in an elaborate theme park for adults that featured three...
- Peter Martin
Believe it or not it has been 75 years since Batman was first launched onto the comic book market by Bob Kane and the brilliantly-named Bill Finger. Whether you see him as The Caped Crusader, The Dark Knight, The Bat Man or just plain “Batsy”, this uniquely dark, quirky creation has racked up close to a century of action-packed adventures and the cunning folks at HalloweenCostumes.com have come up with the perfect way to celebrate… a journey through nipple territory with the iconic Bat Symbol through the ages. Here’s the flap-tastic video they’ve produced in honour of today’s “Batman Day” festivities…
He’s undergone many changes of image over the decades and none more noticeably so than at the cinema. 1943′s Batman had Lewis Wilson as a spongy-cowled hero and the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has Ben Affleck looking like an astonishing cross between »
- Steve Palace
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, dear readers. By which we mean that today is Batman Day, the one 24-hour period in this whole year of celebrations where we honour the Caped Crusader, who celebrates his 75th anniversary in 2014. That’s pretty old for a guy to be running around in his underpants, wrestling clowns and the like. That’s old enough to know better. Whatever, the Dark Knight is still a total champ in our book, even if he does regularly endanger the lives of civilians, orphans and rubber sharks. To do all that and still flourish – seven decades after he was originally introduced! – means he must be doing something right.
So we thought, why not do right by Batman, too? What with this being his special day, and with us wanting to give thanks for Bruce Wayne and his 75 years of loyal service »
- Tom Baker
The first few pages of Frank Miller's script for the shelved Batman: Year One have a disturbed Bruce Wayne waking up from chronic nightmares, some nameless prostitutes being slapped around by their pimp, and Jim Gordon putting a gun in his mouth.
You can see why Warner Bros didn't ultimately go for the project, which was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky and would have rewritten the Bat mythology even more radically than Miller already had in his comic book arc of the same name.
"Our take was to infuse the Batman franchise with a dose of reality," Aronofsky has said, citing The French Connection and Taxi Driver among his influences. "We tried to ask that eternal question, 'What does it take for a real man to put on tights and fight crime?'" It's an approach not far from the one ultimately taken by Christopher Nolan in Batman Begins, »
Today (July 23) is officially 'Batman Day', with DC Comics handing out free copies of Detective Comics #27 to mark the Caped Crusader's 75th anniversary.
What is it about Batman that makes him special? Digital Spy quizzed a few of the movie franchise's key players to find out why the character has an enduring appeal.
A trio of stars from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy - Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Maggie Gyllenhaal - and even Akiva Goldsman (he of Batman & Robin infamy) offer up their insightful thoughts on Batman in the video above.
What's the best Batman movie? A definitive ranking from worst to best
Why has Batman lasted 75 years? History of the Dark Knight in 7 minutes
Batman 75th anniversary: An A-z of The Dark Knight
A / B / C / D / E / F / G / H / I / J / K / L / M
N / O / P / Q / R / S / T / U / V / W / X »
We should have seen it coming. The questioning of Anne Hathaway’s casting as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises may not have reached the heights of Batfleck, but there were certainly people out there who questioned whether Princess Mia really was the perfect person to play Batman’s femme fatale thief. But, just as with 10 Things I Hate About You’s Heath Ledger and his appointment as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, we needn’t have worried. Director Christopher Nolan knew exactly what he was doing.
Hathaway’s Selina Kyle proved to be one the best things about Nolan’s trilogy ender, at all times both smart and seductive, desirable and deadly. Some may have baulked at her role in (spoiler, if you haven’t seen this two year old movie) Bane’s death and that she (second spoiler) ultimately ran off to live the quiet life with Bruce Wayne, »
- Alex Leadbeater
People were a little surprised at the choice of villain for the final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The previous installment in the latest series of Batman films had made a (sadly posthumous) star of Heath Ledger, who delivered a barnstorming performance as psychotic supervillain The Joker, whose chaotic cunning and lack of limits placed Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne on the back foot from the off. Rumour had it that, with Ledger passing away between films, the third movie would see a similarly cerebral, psychological bad guy take his place.
When Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast, the scuttlebutt is he would be playing The Riddler, who has some similarities with the Clown Prince Of Crime. Nobody was expecting the announcement that followed Jgl’s addition to the ensemble: that fellow Inception star Tom Hardy was on board, and would take the part of lead antagonist Bane. »
- Tom Baker
There will be no shortage of iconic, villainous characters when Gotham kicks off Season 1 on Monday, September 22. Series regulars include Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Clare Foley ll as Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy and Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/The Riddler. While promoting the series at the TCA Summer Tour, series creator Bruno Heller revealed that two other familiar faces will be popping up this year, Hugo Strange and Harvey Dent, while the infamous Gotham prison Arkham Asylum will also be featured.
Hugo Strange will be featured in the series to show how Arkham Asylum was first built, according to Bruno Heller.
"Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we're going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It's a Season 1 thing because in our »
The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy is getting an Ultimate Collectors Edition Lego set! The Lego Tumbler was announced on USA Today, it includes 1,869 pieces and will cost you $199. It will go on sale September. You'll also be able to check it out at Comic-Con if you're going this week because it will be on display.
Here are the specs from the Lego website:
Take on the challenge of building The Tumbler, an amazingly cool Lego® model of the iconic vehicle from the Batman™ The Dark Knight Trilogy. Construct this black armored vehicle highlighted with new color Lego® elements and brand new Lego front wheels. Check out the cool, detailed interior and adjustable top wings. Includes 2 new and exclusive minifigures: Batman™ and The Joker.
Includes 2 minifigures: Batman and The Joker.Features an armored exterior, adjustable top wings, detailed interior and huge rubber-tread racing tires.Batman and The »
- Joey Paur
Transcendence Blu-ray With numerous high profile actors, a script that made the Blacklist in 2012 and a pretty high budget, Transcendence had all of the makings of a blockbuster success story. In fact, due to director Wally Pfister.s prominent past working on Christopher Nolan.s well-received films, Nolan even signed on to executive produce the story. Unfortunately, the final product doesn.t completely work. It.s more of a letdown than an actual failure, though. It.s a high concept story filled with images meant to inspire wonderment and performances meant to capture a variety of emotions, neither of which fully accomplish the goals. First time director Wally Pfister is a man with a vision. Transcendence shuffles between stark footage of nature and intricate footage of the nanotechnology that makes up the heart of the film. It looks especially crisp on Blu-ray. It.s very full of pretty bells and »
This morning the first wave of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup was announced and so far it's an impressive list of films including films from Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam, David Dobkin and many others. One surprising detail is there was no announcement of an opening film so along with everything below there is still at least one biggie on the way, and while they say it has nothing to do with their "premiere" mandate, I wouldn't be surprised if it might be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and they're waiting to see if it will be the North American premiere. Then again, could Birdman open both Toronto and Venicec But what else could it bec Maybe David Ayer's Furyc No chance for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar... or is therec Probably the films announced so far »
- Brad Brevet
It was smart choices that led Matthew McConaughey's McConaissance, and he's going to keep going down that path. We'll see him on the big screen later this year in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," he's gearing up to shoot Gus Van Sant's "Sea Of Tress" and now it appears he's lining up "The Company Man." The Black List script by Andrew Cypiot tells the true story of CIA agent Edwin Wilson who "went behind enemy lines to secure a weapons contract and report information back to the CIA shortly after the Cold War. He had a meteoric rise until company policies changed and he was unceremoniously fired. Even after, he continued to operate as a man without a country and became public enemy No. 1 to the U.S. Attorney’s office." This project is in the process of finding a director, before it will be shopped around, so it's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lego fans and Dark Knight fans rejoice for the kings of the plastic brick have joined together with Warner Bros. to bring you one of their best creations yet, The Dark Knight Lego Tumbler. As seen in the Christopher Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy of movies, Lego have spent four months creating a 2Kg, 1869 brick Tumbler that is ‘as close to the Christopher Nolan’ design as possible. A brand new tyre has been created for the set and inside it’s as close to the movie design as possible with a seat for Batman, for Rachel, a special steering wheel and controls. It also has the red gear lever to push the Tumbler over the jumps as seen in the movie. You’ll also get two special characters which are only available in this set – The (Heath Ledger) Joker and Batman.
The set which has the exact title ‘76023 – The Tumbler’ goes »
- David Sztypuljak
In a shocking and dispiriting turn of events, Wally Pfister, the talented cinematographer of Inception, The Dark Knight and practically every other Christopher Nolan film, chose Transcendence, surely one of the most jaw-droppingly brainless sci-fi movies in years, as his first directing gig. And Pfister will hopefully get out just about unscathed from this agonizing trainwreck, because his consistently stylish and visually pleasing direction is the only reason Transcendence should get any stars.
But I still must ask, what was he thinking? How is it possible that an Academy Award winner who worked on one of the best and most thoughtful sci-fi films of the last decade could have looked at the story of Transcendence and thought, “Yup, sounds good”? I can’t think of a wannabe blockbuster in recent memory that has ever been as gruesomely mauled to death by its script as Transcendence – after learning that screenwriter Jack Paglen »
- Isaac Feldberg
The legendary Michael Caine has joined the cast of Lionsgate's The Last Witch Hunter which also stars Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Diesel is also producing the film alongside Mark Canton and Bernie Goldman.
The Last Witch Hunter is a supernatural action film, it tells the story of an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) having to team up with his enemy, a witch (Leslie), to prevent the witch covens of New York City from unleashing a deadly plague on all of humanity.
- email@example.com (Kelly McInerney)
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