Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is state of the art, yet old-fashioned: He filmed in L.A. as much as possible, prefers physical sets to greenscreen and watches the rushes in 35mm. Audiences like the results: The film has passed $620 million so far at the global box office. Here, Nolan talked with Variety about his unique process with production designer Nathan Crowley, working with longtime collaborators, and the “weird” surprise he gave Hans Zimmer.
Production design, Nathan Crowley
“He’s one of my most closest and inspiring creative collaborators. Often when I’m finishing a script, before we have anybody on board, he’ll come on — and in my garage, we will start throwing ideas around, doing sketches, building models; we noodle around, just as a pure fun time. There are no mouths to feed at that point, there are no big departments needing to know what to build, how much »
- Tim Gray
Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
It was bound to happen, and is probably the first of what will be a handful of attempts, but Terrence Malick's "Knight Of Cups" has been reconfigured for the world of Batman in this trailer mashup. It's a decent attempt, but there's lots of room for improvement. Ulitizing the voiceover from the "Knight Of Cups," this 90-second re-edit cuts together footage from both Malick's upcoming film and Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' series, but leans pretty heavily on the former. We'd think a more interesting approach would be to keep the voiceover but only use footage from the Nolan films and see what could be pulled together. Nothing says lost souls and love like the pained life and exploits of Bruce Wayne, so get cracking, mashup artists! For now, check out the below. »
- Edward Davis
In a new interview, Dumb and Dumber To star Jim Carrey answered a question about whether or not he'd want to reprise the role of the Riddler in a future Batman film. While he admits that his iteration of the character probably wouldn't fit in the world that the upcoming slate of DC films is building, he does say he'd be up to give it a go again if asked. Carrey also touches on his desire to work with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) again after their Howard Hughes-biopic failed to see the light of day. Check out the interview below! The Dark Knight is back on the big screen for the third feature in the blockbuster Batman series ... now battling two supervillains simultaneously--but this time joined by his protégé, Robin, to protect Gotham City. Jim Carrey stars as criminal genius, The Riddler, and Tommy Lee Jones plays Two-Face. »
What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics’ poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a single vote for his turn in the loudest movie of the year, Christopher Nolan’s tears-in-space effort Interstellar, which has tied with the unprescient Transcendence as 2014’s worst film. (Transcendence dreamed that Johnny Depp’s character would take over every screen in the world — that didn’t happen.) But his margin of victory lives on, this year in the form of Marion Cotillard, who wins best actress twice: first for the Dardenne brothers’ vote-gathering drama Two Days, One Night, then besting second-place Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) with her turn in Ja »
With our Sound and Visions series, Vulture explores the future of movies and the movie industry. We hope you’ll plug us directly into your cerebral cortex. The speed with which digital cinema took over the world has been nothing short of astonishing. Back in 2007, researchers forecasted that around 50 percent of the world’s movie screens would be digital by 2013 — which seemed like a pretty sci-fi prognostication at the time. In fact, by the end of 2013, the figure was closer to 90 percent. Last month, Christopher Nolan made news by actually daring to release Interstellar early to some theaters on 35mm (and 70mm) film. Within a few years, photochemical film has gone from an industry standard to a novelty act. Progress, right? Digital files, as we’ve been told over and over again, don’t decay and fade and damage the way celluloid film does. The movie looks exactly »
- Bilge Ebiri
In some respects, Tim Burton is the godfather of this current superhero movie craze. Burton, along with Richard Donner, succeeded in making comic book movies of substance, and the success of Burton.s Batman films (as well as Donner.s Superman) planted the seed of what potentially could be accomplished by a major studio. Christopher Nolan might have escalated the process, but Burton laid the foundation. So now that he.s critiquing the formula, it.s interesting to see how (and if) contemporary filmmakers might react. Tim Burton has shifted genres multiple times since directing Batman, dabbling in the macabre . as usual . but also attempting musicals (Sweeney Todd), sci-fi epics (Planet of the Apes) and unusual kiddie fare (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). While out promoting a new biopic, Big Eyes, Burton spoke with Yahoo UK about the Marvel movies, and the director was less than impressed, »
No matter how much people lauded Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy or how good Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice turns out to be, Tim Burton's 1989 Batman will forever have a place in film history. It was the first true superhero movie since Superman: The Movie but also the first to give us a damaged comic book story translated perfectly for the big screen. Fast-forward 25 years and the world is flooded with all sorts of superhero movies, all inhabiting shared cinematic »
- Alex Maidy
Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. With only a few major releases before the year’s end, we are now being inundated with Best/Worst of the Year lists (including our own), and also a whole bunch of supercuts highlighting the year in cinema. It’s been quite a ride, we must say. 2014 will always be the year that America collectively fell in love with a sentient, talking tree and his trigger-happy raccoon sidekick, as well as the year a young boy’s twelve-year journey into maturity captured the imaginations of moviegoers the world over. It was a year when intimate, reserved dramas like Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” rubbed shoulders with massive, far-reaching works of spectacle such as Christopher Nolan’s divisive “Interstellar.” It was the year that there was both a Lego and a Transformers movie, although »
- Nicholas Laskin
Today's story brought to you courtesy of the "Guardians of Peace", aka the anonymous group that hacked Sony, brings news surrounding Sony's new Ghostbusters film with details peppered throughout a variety of reports. As you probably know, Paul Fieg (Bridesmaids) is attempting to put together an all-female team of ghost hunters, but we'll get to the ladies in just one second as today's story begins with a seemingly abandoned idea from a couple of rising Hollywood actors as well as an actor interested in starring in the reboot. Michael De Luca, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, told Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, news that Ryan Gosling was interested in the project while also adding Feig wants Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone for the project. In addition to that, The Daily Beast reports Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan have also shown interest in what is described as »
- Brad Brevet
When Interstellar’s credits rolled, I felt satisfied and relieved – not only because I enjoyed the stunning but imperfect film, but because the very experience of seeing the film on film went smoothly. In a packed house at an Indianapolis IMAX theater late on a rainy midweek opening night, all sub-three hours (and an unfathomable number of feet) of 70mm film cycled through the light of the projector without incident. I had heard stories of disastrous projection experiences at advance screenings from London to San Francisco, and the theater’s manager didn’t assuage my concerns about the volatility of the epic undertaking when he announced, via microphone, how full the plate of 70mm film is, and how Nolan’s 168-minute work could not be a minute longer without the celluloid literally falling off. Even though the 70mm projector and all its needs were invisible to us, Interstellar was not the only spectacle on display that evening »
- Landon Palmer
Following the news yesterday’ that it had crossed the $600 million mark worldwide, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar also joins a very lucrative club now that it has passed $100 million from IMAX screenings alone.
Interstellar is still being screened in IMAX until the end of the year, but the movie has now joined Avatar, Gravity and The Dark Knight Rises (also directed by Nolan) to pass $100 from IMAX screenings alone.
More than an hour of Interstellar was shot specifically for IMAX.
Featuring in the cast of Interstellar are Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream »
- Luke Owen
Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed film Interstellar has surpassed $100 million in IMAX Theatres worldwide since its release on November 5, marking the fourth time an IMAX film has crossed the $100 million threshold.
While Interstellar concluded its circuit-wide domestic run in IMAX theaters on December 14, the film will continue to play through at least the weekend of December 19 in the following North American IMAX 70mm film locations:
Austin, TX IMAX Theater Austin Branson, Mo Elite Cinema 3/Ozark IMAX Chantilly, Va Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Dearborn, Mi Henry Ford IMAX Des Moines, Ia Sci IMAX Dome Theater Huntsville, Al Spacedome IMAX Theater Indianapolis, In White River IMAX Philadelphia, Pa Tuttleman IMAX – Franklin Institute San Jose, CA Hackworth IMAX Seattle, Wa Boeing IMAX – Pacific Science Center Tampa, Fl Museum of Science and Industry Washington, D.C. Lockheed Martin IMAX Theatre
Continuing the legacy begun by »
- Michelle McCue
2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The milestone has only been achieved on three other films — “Avatar,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Gravity.”
Warner Bros. is handling the international release and Paramount is handling domestic, where the Imax run concluded on Sunday except for 12 locations. New Line’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will open at Imax locations on Friday.
Nolan used Imax cameras for more than an hour of “Interstellar” and sequences shot in 35mm film have been digitally re-mastered with Imax technology.
“Interstellar” has grossed more than $621 million at the worldwide box office with $166 million domestically and $455 million internationally.
- Dave McNary
Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar continues to soar on the big screen, becoming the fourth film ever to surpass $100 million worldwide in Imax theaters. The film, released Nov. 5, has earned more than $621 million worldwide to date. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, the Paramount and Warner Bros. film concluded its domestic run in Imax theaters Dec. 14, but will continue to play through at least the weekend of Dec. 19 in some Imax 70mm film locations around the nation. Nolan shot parts of Interstellar — more than an hour of it — with Imax cameras.
- Rebecca Ford
Earlier today, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (or Bfca) let loose the nominations for their 20th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards. As has been the case most of the precursor season, Birdman led the field, with Boyhood also enjoying a fine haul. The most interesting thing to me though about the nods today is that The Grand Budapest Hotel also really racked up the noms. That film is climbing the charts quickly and almost assuredly will be in my Best Picture field when I again update my Oscar predictions at the end of the week. What movie it’s going to knock out is a question I’ll try to answer then, but it’s becoming clear that The Grand Budapest Hotel is a force to be reckoned with. Not on the level of Birdman or Boyhood of course (or even The Imitation Game or Selma), but it’s something »
- Joey Magidson
Last week, leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed that actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan have all expressed interest in starring in the studio's all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Today, more emails have leaked that reveal Sony is also working on a spinoff that will star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. Both actors worked together on the indie comedy 10 Years, which Channing Tatum also produced as a starring vehile for his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Here's an excerpt of Channing Tatum's email to Sony's Amy Pascal, where he compares the project to Batman Begins.
"Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a Huge Batman Begins Movie. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. Come Oonnnn!!!"
The next day, Sony's production president Hannah Minghella sent an »
Alejandro González Iñárritu's innovative Birdman soars highest on the newly unveiled nomination list for the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 20th annual Critics' Choice Awards, racking up 13 total nods. Wes Anderson's sprawling comedy-caper The Grand Budapest Hotel follows with 11, and Richard Linklater's adolescence-spanning drama Boyhood has eight.
Birdman is nominated for Best Picture, and the cast – collectively recognized for Best Acting Ensemble – dominates in almost every possible area: Michael Keaton is up for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy (two separate categories), Edward Norton for Best Supporting »
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