Friday Am Update: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay*Part 1 opened to an estimated $17 million on Thursday night. While that's easily the biggest Thursday night debut of the year so far, it is significantly lower than Catching Fire's $25 million opening on the same weekend last year.It's also off from the first Hunger Games movie, which took in $19.7 million from midnight-only showings back in 2012. This is a concerning statistic*with showtimes starting at 8 p.m., Mockingjay absolutely should have earned more than this.Overall, the $17 million debut ranks 13th all-time for Thursday/midnight launches. If Mockingjay follows Catching Fire's pattern from here, it will end the weekend with $106 million. That would be a stunning drop; for now, let's assume that fans simply decided to wait to see the movie on Friday or Saturday. Even with that assumption, though, this late night debut essentially rules out a $150 million weekend.Forecast: »
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Christopher Nolan.s epic end of the world space drama has got everyone talking. The film is undisputedly gorgeous with characters faced with truly challenging and compelling moral dilemmas While there have been complaints about Nolan.s "unique" choices in mixing the film.s sound, the film has gotten a pretty positive review from one of America.s favorite scientific minds, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. One of America.s other favorite scientific minds, Bill Nye the Science Guy, had a few problems with the film. Check out what he had to say: It.s worth noting that Nye hadn.t actually seen Nolan.s film when he made his comments (as it says in the video description). His critiques were merely based off of his knowledge of the film.s concept, the plot, and some of the script. The gist of his critique? Travelling through space and using wormholes as a »
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
The number of wide releases this year that were shot on film amounts to but a handful, and despite heavy advocacy from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the format has become an outlier in contrast to the near-universal use of digital. Digital is not inherently a bad format, and some filmmakers like David Fincher are able to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, but the fear is that the choice over whether a director can shoot on film or digital may be disappearing. That could very well be the case in the near future, but today some relief arrived in the form of news that two highly anticipated upcoming projects will be shooting on film, keeping the format alive for a bit longer: Bond 24 and the new season of Twin Peaks. More after the jump. We’ll start with Bond 24, which marks a curious »
- Adam Chitwood
Hoyte van Hoytema has shot up through the ranks since his career has shifted over to the states. He caught most people's attention with "Let the Right One In," which hit theaters the same year as Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." Now the fruits of his own collaboration with the blockbuster filmmaker, "Interstellar," finds itself in theaters. It's a notable change of personnel for Nolan, who until this time has always worked with Dp Wally Pfister. With Pfister transitioning to a career of directing, Nolan smartly tapped one of the most exciting talents in the business. And others continue to catch on, too. As we exclusively reported last month, Sam Mendes tapped Van Hoytema to replace Roger Deakins on his next installment of the James Bond franchise. But what Nolan and Van Hoytema have accomplished with "Interstellar" is a very different beast than the work Nolan has done with Pfister. »
- Kristopher Tapley
These days, Christopher Nolan is known for his big-budget, tentpole spectacles. “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Inception.” "Interstellar.” But we can’t forget the director’s much smaller, more indie pedigree. While Nolan’s first film, “Following” didn’t do much business at all, it put him on the map, and he seized the opportunity with “Memento." Told “backwards,” the film stars Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man with no short-term memory on a quest to find his wife’s murderer. To keep track of the clues he unearths, he tattoos vital information on his body. The film bucked convention, jumping chronologically, alternating black and white with color, and depicting many scenes in reverse, so that audiences saw the end first, and then watched events unfold that led there. If you're a fan of the film, this Sundance Channel "Anatomy Of A Scene" documentary on the making of the movie is worth a watch. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Topher Grace’s backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show’s opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who’s currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, is also producing.
Diggs will play Malcolm, a flamboyant member of the production. Diggs of course got his start originating the character of Benny in 1996′s Tony-winning Rent, a role he reprised in 2005 when the musical was adapted into a film by Sony and Chris Columbus. By then he was well into a film and TV career with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, The Best Man, and a run »
- Jen Yamato
A few days ago we posted an interview in which director Christopher Nolan discussed the sound of Interstellar and how everything he did with it was intentional. It was really eye-opening to learn why he did what he did with it. I know a lot of people didn't care for the crazy loud sound in the movie, but after seeing it a couple of time,s I really love what they did.
Today we bring you an incredibly interesting new video from SoundWorks Collection, and in it they talk to Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King about the extensive work that was don on the mind-blowing sci-fi space exploration epic. They offer up some great insight on the sound design and how they came up with the sounds that were used in the film. A lot of you might find this fascinating, and it's a must watch for anyone who enjoyed the movie. »
- Joey Paur
The tagline for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” In all the discussions about the film post release, that idea has kind of been left in the dust (pun intended). The environmental issues in the film have been overshadowed by the science of the space […]
- Germain Lussier
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
Inspired by the new film Interstellar, Paramount Pictures and Google Play will develop a time capsule short film documentary capturing our most precious moments of life on earth. From cave paintings and hieroglyphics, to folktales 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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
Google Play and Paramount Pictures want you to tell the next generation what it’s like on Earth in the present. The two media companies are collaborating on a time capsule-style documentary created from fan submissions and inspired by the recent Christopher Nolan film Interstellar. Google and Paramount understand mankind’s history of storytelling, all the way from cave paintings to modern-day technology. So, according to a release, “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.” People from around the world are able to submit their favorite videos, photos, art, poetry, and more to the project, which will be curated by Nolan himself. The final documentary will be produced by award-winning filmmakers David Brodie (Stand Up to Cancer's Survivors) and Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, »
- Bree Brouwer
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
As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in the cinemas and that means that we've reached the beginning of the end. With the climactic novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy split into two movies, this first part will take eager audiences into the end game and start to detail a denouement that, frustratingly, we'll have to wait until next autumn to finally witness.
I have no idea what's going to happen because I haven't read the books. (It's keeping the movies surprising, I guess.) Still, what I do know is that things are building up in Panem and that Mockingjay will up the stakes and drama several notches in what has already been a gripping series. We have rebellion against the Capitol! We have heartrending separations! We »
Spoilers: This article contains Interstellar details some readers may wish to avoid.
Matt Damon features in the film as marooned astronaut Dr Mann, who attempts to sabotage Matthew McConaughey's mission in order to save himself. The Oscar-winner was absent from all Interstellar trailers and publicity rounds, and also didn't appear in the credits for the film.
Nolan revealed that he liked "the idea that people are surprised by who he is when we get there".
"'Mann' is a weighty name, definitely. But once I christened him that, I felt I had to go for it," Nolan told The Daily Beast. "I did apologise to Michael Mann, too. I told him, 'It's not intended as an affront!'"
Of the antagonist's motivations, he added: "It's very straightforward: selfishness and cowardice. It's very human, and I love what Matt did »
I stumbled out of the haze that is Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" this afternoon and I didn't know which way was up. This is immersion of the highest order, a seductive ride that pulls you in if you're willing to go with it and not try to put the pieces together (I'm convinced the narrative makes sense, but I admit I failed to make sense of it, and I couldn't care less). And though it could in all likelihood hit a brick wall with the Academy (as has been the word on it for months, dating back to pre-nyff), there are a few elements that I absolutely demand receive attention. If I may… The Cinematography We've already talked to cinematographer Robert Elswit about capturing a unique shade of Los Angeles with both this film (not to mention his previous work with PTA) and Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal. »
- Kristopher Tapley
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