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Over a year ago, I did an interview with Chicago-based filmmaker Christopher Nolen (as I said back then, not to be confused with that other Christopher Nolan with an "a'), which you can read here. Nolen is in a different market altogether, making his own independently-financed feature films entirely in Chicago, with familiar name actors, being quite successful it at too. He's a great example of the many independent black filmmakers who struggle and still succeed in making their films totally outside the Hollywood studio system. Last year, he released his fifth feature film, "72 Hours," starring Harry Lennix, Cynda Williams ("Mo’ Better Blues," "One False »
In recent months, we've heard word that George Miller's been in discussions with Warner Bros about the possibility of directing a future movie in the DC universe.
Miller himself admitted as much in an interview with this very site, confirming our sources' suggestion that Miller's involvement in a DC superhero movie depended a great deal on his interest in the stories he's presented with.
"There have been conversations, yes," Miller confirmed to us last week, "but in amongst many other things too. I've got a fairly full dance card and I've just got to figure out... well, basically it's the stories that tell me. Something will take a hold."
DC movies aside, Miller has since revealed to Yahoo that Warner had offered him another high-profile project in the »
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, the legendary Australian director told them:
“There was talk of it,” he said, “But I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything.”
Miller also debunked rumours that Fury Road itself was, in fact, based on Akira.
“I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of anime and the precision of that and to some degree Manga, even though I don’t read Japanese, but just the aesthetic of it. So Akira might have been one of the many movies but it certainly wasn’t »
- Paul Heath
After directing Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller has become an insanely hot property. He’s been linked to practically every DC superhero movie without a director (from Justice League Dark to Man of Steel 2), and he’s now revealed yet another project that was offered to him – a live-action remake of seminal anime movie Akira.
“There was talk of it,” the director told Yahoo! Movies. “But I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything.”
Akira might seem like a good fit for car-chase expert Miller – a dystopian biker gang Manga that involves telekinetic superbeings – but the director claims the 1988 original had no influence over his Mad Max series.
“I’m a huge fan of anime and the precision of that and to some degree Manga, even though I don’t read Japanese, but just the aesthetic of it. »
- Oli Davis
After numerous stops and starts over the years, we recently found out that the long-in-developmen,t live-action adaptation of classic manga/anime Akira was back on at Warner Bros. – but this time they’re said to be envisioning a trilogy. There are rumors that Christopher Nolan could be involved in some capacity, but no directors have been mentioned in connection with it so far. However, we now know one man that the studio evidently went to about taking the gig: Mad Max: Fury Road‘s George Miller.
While promoting the home release of the superb Fury Road, Miller confirmed to Yahoo! that he was indeed approached to helm Akira (we don’t know if it was just the first instalment or all 3), but simply couldn’t find the time. The Cyberpunk saga was said to be a big influence on his latest Mad Max flick, but Miller also downplays that »
- Mark Cassidy
Has the curse of Mars movies been broken? It sure looks that way, box office wise, thanks to the terrific opening of Ridley Scott’s optimistic, crowd-pleasing “The Martian” starring Matt Damon which brought in a terrific $54.3 million this weekend. And October seems to be a great launching pad for action dramas set in outer space. “The Martian” fell just shy of the $55.7 million opening Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” the current highest-grossing October film record holder, but between the success of these two films and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” it feels like space exploration is hitting its stride on the big screen of late with audiences. An A- Cineimscore likely means “The Martian” will keep packing them in for weeks to come. Globally, the film had a $100 million-plus weekend and it still has big markets like China, Japan and Russia to open in. After a few stumbles, Matt Damon has »
- Rodrigo Perez
“There’ve been so many incarnations of the film, and a lot of fairytales have been turned into live-action films lately. I thought, ‘Is the world ready for another one’? Then I read the ‘Pan’ script and it was so fun and different,” Hedlund, 31, told Variety at the film’s U.S. premiere at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday afternoon. “It also affected me emotionally. I laughed, I cried and I knew why the movie was being made. Because of [director] Joe Wright’s unique vision, the movie is very ambitious, has lot of action, and [is] wonderfully colorful. I hope people will like the movie as much as I do.”
Hedlund may not have to worry. He and his costars Hugh Jackman, »
- Paul Chi
Ridley Scott's 3D space epic The Martian rocketed to a $55 million opening in North America, coming in ahead of expectations and almost beating Gravity to nab the top October opening of all time, according to Sunday estimates. The Martian, from 20th Century Fox, continues Hollywood's love affair with space, and comes exactly two years after Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity opened to a record $55.8 million. Last November, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar debuted just north of $47 million. If The Martian does better than expected Sunday, it could beat Gravity and become the new October record-holder. Overseas, The Martian also
- Pamela McClintock
The 20th Century Fox release, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, proved moviegoers remain drawn by the gravitational pull of space adventures. The estimated North American opening of "The Martian" surpassed that of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" and virtually equaled the debut of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."
Last week's box-office champ, "Hotel Transylvania 2," slid to second with an estimated $33 million.
- The Associated Press
'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life after being left behind all alone on Mars, opened with an estimated $18 million on Friday, Sept. 30, '15, at 3,831 North American theaters, about two thirds of which in 3D. Bear in mind that the Friday estimate includes $2.5 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings. Directed by eventual Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Warner Bros.' Gravity, another extremely well-received space movie about a pioneering American fearlessly kicking death's ass while stranded in a – literally – alien realm, collected $17.48 million over the same weekend back in 2013. Sandra Bullock starred as the lost-in-space astronaut and middle-American Mom struggling to »
- Zac Gille
20th Century Fox
Sir Ridley Scott finally makes a welcome return-to-form with The Martian; the brilliant, expansive and immersive sci-fi blockbuster aided by a remarkable ensemble cast. After underwhelming consistently with his recent outputs (Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Counselor, Prometheus), the Matt Damon vehicle sees the legendary auteur’s most robust and coherent release since Gladiator.
Hollywood has now mastered the art of space imagery and is truly able to transport their audiences to planets and galaxies far, far away, but despite exceptional visuals and dramatic advances in filmmaking technologies, the principals of great cinema will forever rely upon storytelling and realised characters.
Last year, fanboys across the globe were left stunned and speechless by Christopher Nolan’s operatic and sprawling Interstellar, and clearly enraptured in a haze of Hans Zimmer-Hoyte van Hoytema wonder, forgot that it’s actually an incredibly mediocre movie.
The Martian on the other hand, »
- Chris Haydon
Read More: Christopher Nolan Joins Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation Martin Scorsese is not only one of our most important living directors, but he also may be the world’s biggest cinephile. With a famously encyclopedic knowledge of film and an unparalleled love for cinema, the director has committed himself to making movies, as well as to preserving some of the best films of the 20th century. Through the Film Foundation, he has helped to restore over 700 films, which are now available to the public once again through festivals, museums and educational institutions. Taking the stage at the New York Film Festival following a revival screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1943 classic, "Heaven Can Wait," Scorsese discussed the origins of the Film Foundation and the importance of film preservation. Check out the highlights from his discussion below. Thank Marilyn Monroe for Scorsese's interest in film preservationWhen asked when he began to take an interest in film. »
- Wil Barlow
“Is that a gun in your pants, or are you jus- oh, nope, it’s definitely a gun.”
October this year doesn’t just include Hallowe’en. It includes a new James Bond movie, too. Spectre – estimated to be the most expensive 007 movie ever – will be released in the UK on 23rd October and 6th November in the States. After decades of getting movies months after their release in the Us, the Atlantic’s tide is shifting in Britain’s favour.
For the First Time Ever (‘ever’ being ‘two weeks’), Oli Davis is joined in the studio for Flickering Myth Daily by another human being – Flickering Myth Podcast co-host Scott J. Davis (no relation). In a preview of Spectre, the two talk:
-Whether Sam Mendes will return to direct the next 007 movie.
-If not, who could replace him *cough* Christopher Nolan *cough*
-And once Daniel Craig »
- Oli Davis
The Martian, 2015.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
The Martian is a 142 minute movie that opens up with the above mentioned failed Nasa mission that ends up deserting team botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on Mars thanks to a hailstorm. It’s a decision by director Ridley Scott (whose movies are all over the map in terms of quality lately) that pays »
- Robert Kojder
As anyone who's seen a Christopher Nolan movie will tell you, clear and understandable dialogue is as important to a film as a crisp and discernible image. But you'd be surprised how long an actor can spend on re-recording their lines, as Tom Hanks has given us a figure that even we're surprised about. During his current spree of answering random Reddit posts, Hanks found himself looking at the question, "What is a little known fact about your job?" Seeing as he's more than a little knowledgeable in the field of acting, the legendary actor provided the poster with some of that Reddit magic we sometimes hear about. So how long does it take for a seasoned vet like Tom Hanks to get his lines in the can? His answer was the following: A single line can take 2 hours to get right. For me, I have to put in about »
Ridley Scott's 3D space epic The Martian has successfully blasted off at the North American box office, where it grossed a stellar $18 million Friday for a projected $53 million weekend. The Martian, from 20th Century Fox, will easily best the $47.5 million debut of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar last November and, at least on Friday, edged out the opening day of Gravity ($17.5 million) thanks to glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore. Launching on the same weekend in 2013, Gravity remains the record-holder for the top October debut of all time ($55.8 million), not accounting for
- Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
Seemingly taking their cue from a certain Mr. Christopher Nolan, Cork based production company El Diablo tackle the super hero genre with short film Bad Guy, injecting a bit of film noir into proceedings at the same time. Telling the tale of street level thugs coming face to face with the type of villain you’d find in a comic book, it’s a well constructed and grounded take on the genre, and wraps everything up with one hell of an ending. I highly recommend you take thirteen minutes out of your day, and check it out below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Christopher Nolan loves IMAX. Renowned as a strong advocate of film over digital, the blockbuster king/new Kubrick (take your pick) has been pushing the vision-dominating format for years now. And, it seems, he’s not going to change his ways any time soon.
There was a special IMAX With Laser event at Empire Leicester Square this morning and, along with some exciting scoops about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Spectre, we also learnt that Nolan, who is a key player in the company’s blockbuster advances, is planning “several” movies in the format.
That Nolan is wanting to use IMAX isn’t that surprising – from The Dark Knight onwards he’s been shooting more and more on IMAX – but that he’s got several projects lined up is certainly interesting. He’s a director who famously doesn’t like »
- Alex Leadbeater
Aside from his small role in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," it has been quite a few years since Matt Damon had a big blockbuster hit at the multiplex. You'd probably have to go back to 2011's "Contagion," which even by the standards of smash hits, was fairly modest. But this weekend he arrives in theaters with Ridley Scott's big piece of sci-fi spectacle, "The Martian," and the actor will follow it up next summer with his yet-to-be-titled fourth adventure as Jason Bourne. But he's playing it cautious with the series that cemented his bankability and proved he could be an action star. "I don't want to take that for granted," Damon told THR about 'Bourne,' and on the possibility of doing more movies beyond the next one, he remains reserved. "I always just did one at a time. Even on the first one, they suggested me signing up for three, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ridley Scott's film version of The Martian, adapted by Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, is now upon us, and it boasts an impressive cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, and more. While the supporting cast are excellent performers, this article will focus on Matt Damon, who plays the lead role.
(Sadly, The Martian is not about DC's Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz, the noble, telepathic, shape-shifting member of the Justice League. If it were, Matt Damon would be cast against type—as he always is—but is chameleonic enough as an actor to be able to pull it off anyway—as he always does. A more obvious casting choice would be someone like Blair Underwood (The Event, Marvel's Agents of Shield), who exudes both gravitas and humanity.)
While one might assume that The Martian will be the first time we've seen Jason Bourne in space, »
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