One of the most hotly debated things about Christopher Nolan's latest film Interstellar is the science behind it. Is it scientifically accuratec Is it notc What liberties do they takec And so on and so forth. Personally, I come down on the side of "Who caresc" I am not going to a Nolan film for a science lesson. I am going for the story, the characters, and the spectacle. As long as they make the science seem plausible in the context of the film, I am fine with whatever they want to do. However, a lot of people want to be pedantic and pick apart what is accurate and inaccurate. If that is fun for you, then by all means. amz asin="0393351378" size="small"Because of this highly publicized debate on the scientific accuracy of Interstellar, Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne, who was a scientific consultant on the film »
- Mike Shutt
Christopher Nolan is what I like to call a “puzzle director.” He’s into recursive realities, prismatic narratives and events and characters that double back on themselves, and then back again until they become something else entirely. He’s more of a technician than a dreammaker, but he’s one of the most clever Hollywood filmmakers at work today (see his excellent “Interstellar” for evidence of what he’s capable of at the peak of his abilities) and he’s deftly managed to make some very good, very profitable films from within the black soul of the Hollywood machine. One of the British auteur’s most divisive films remains 2010’s mind-heist movie “Inception,” a cool, cerebral head trip of a movie played in Nolan’s signature minor key. Some folks dug Nolan’s pastiche of shifting realities and exposition-heavy action sequences, others thought his attempt at a Hollywood art flick was pure fooey. »
- Nicholas Laskin
In a new interview with “Interstellar” director Christopher Nolan and his scientific consultant and co-producer on the film, Kip Thorne, the artistic visionary and the decorated theoretical physicist sit down to discuss their partnership and how they worked through challenges like being unable to justify characters moving faster than the speed of light. (Apparently Nolan was attached to the idea.) Thorne is the author of “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy,” and a leading expert on the theory of relativity. He is largely to thank for the impressive verisimilitude of “Interstellar” that you’ve likely heard so much about. The movie might have made you cringe with its clichéd dialogue and melodramatic existentialism, but Nolan was commendably ambitious, and faithful to the science to boot. To really hammer home the Discovery Channel-esque angle, Thorne also published a book -- “The Science of Interstellar,” with a foreword by Nolan, »
- Tess Hofmann
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has stormed to the top of the UK box office in its first weekend of release.
The latest instalment in the franchise, based on the dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins, has earned £12,654,109 since its release on Friday.
Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game held second place in its second week of release, with earnings of £2,129,053.
Last week's box office topper, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar, falls to number three this week with takings of £1,895,368, while family comedy Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? drops one place to number four with £1,544,804 taken over the weekend.
Mr. Turner drops to number five in its fourth week of release, taking £356,743.
Chaar Sahibzaade makes its UK box office debut at number 10, taking in £129,328.
The UK box office top ten in full is as follows:
1. (-) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - £12,654,109
2. (2) The Imitation Game - £2,129,053
3. (1) Interstellar - £1,895,368
4. (3) Nativity 3: Dude, »
Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar edged closer to the $100 million mark in the world's second-biggest film market, taking $41.45 million in its first full week of release in China. As reported, the film brought in more than $30 million in China over the weekend alone. Chinese research firm Entgroup put the film's cume after the weekend at $84.6 million, while Warner has reported a cume of $82.7 million. The movie notched up 187,932 screenings and 7 million admissions during the week. Interstellar has been playing in China for less than two weeks. Read more
- Clifford Coonan
If we go back before the huge success of The Dark Knight (2008) and the media-hyped excitement of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), there still lives a pure gem from Christopher Nolan in the shape of Batman Begins (2005).
Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) brought our cave and mansion dwelling hero to the big screen in a way no-one had ever expected and those two movies, very specifically, still stand up to the endlessly changeable tests of time. When Joel Schumacher took up the reigns for the likes of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), none of us ever thought that the Bat-man would make such an ambitious return some years later when Christopher Nolan turned up with an absolute game-changer for both his back catalogue and the superhero film industry.
Batman Begins remains one of the best of the last 11 years with a truly tremendous origin story that’s swathed in truth, »
- Dan Bullock
The roster of actors who have played Batman on the big screen is a short one. Christian Bale knocked it out of the park as the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan's trilogy to the point that there were rumors Bale was a candidate for the role once again in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. While that part eventually went to Ben Affleck, fans still clamored over the potential of having Nolan's Dark Knight in the shared DC Cinematic Universe. We are »
- Alex Maidy
In a new interview with Empire, Bale – arguably one of the best Batman portrayers – admitted to being "jealous" of Affleck's casting in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled for a March 25, 2016 release.
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"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on … Let's do another,'" Bale said in the interview, excerpted by Comic Book Movie. "So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."
More than a year after Affleck landed the role, Bale seems to finally be coming to terms with the fact that his days as the Dark Knight are behind him. (He »
5th Update, Monday 6:05 Pm Pt: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend’s big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of Ya rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual adjustments. Next week, we’ll see Penguins Of Madagascar expand beyond the Middle Kingdom as well as the Horrible Bosses 2 crew conspiring in several major markets. Also of note, Paddington will steam into the UK on the heels of strong reviews and a little bit of controversy to add heft to this fuzzy bear of a family film (see below the original posts for more).
Numbers have been updated below on the »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The wide screen format’s commitment to play the science fiction film until “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” hits theaters on Dec. 17 meant that it could not show “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ when it debuted last weekend. That required the company to miss out on the year’s biggest opening.
Keeping “Interstellar” on its large screens, which charge at least $3 more than the average movie ticket, has made it the preferred destination for moviegoers to experience wormholes, distant planets and Matthew McConaughey on the biggest possible canvas. The result: “Interstellar” has earned more than a quarter of its domestic gross from 360 Imax locations in the U.S. and roughly 11% of its international haul from the format. If that U.S. percentage holds, it will be the first film in Imax history »
- Brent Lang
Michael Stevens for 'The Good':
Taking his cue from Kubrick, director Christopher Nolan's jump into deep space has some great new VFX, including an ominous tidal wave sequence...
...new planetary adventures, a breakneck drive through a country cornfield and several plot twists to make this space thriller worth exploring.
Matthew McConaughey gives a laid-back performance as 'Cooper' an interplanetary pilot, grounded by his responsibilities as a single father.
The camera loves Jessica Chastain as Cooper's adult daughter 'Murph', refreshing and luminous in every scene...
...while Anne Hathaway pours her heart into a teary-eyed performance.
The boxy robot 'Tars' also makes his film debut here in some great and unexpected action sequences.
Being the sentimentalist I am, I admit »
- Michael Stevens
"...and he's using your Tumbler to drive Jennifer Garner's kids to nursery school, Master Bruce."
Now that his days as the Dark Knight are behind him, Christian Bale can look back fondly at what it was like to be Batman for a whole new generation of fans. As his trilogy of films came to a close with Christopher Nolan, there was an overarching sense of finality to his time in the role. He was ready to hang up the cowl and move on. He was so ready to move on that he even reportedly turned down all sorts of lucrative offers from Warner Bros to return for their current slate of Justice League-related films.
Something funny happened, though, when his formal replacement in the iconic role was announced last year. He realized there was a part of him that had, indeed, kept the possibility of a return alive and, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
One question that often arises among Batman fans — and frequently leads to a heated debate in the process — is who played the best version of The Caped Crusader? More than likely, such a debate boils down to either Adam West, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton, and it’s often the latter actor that takes home the proverbial mantle. But coupled with Christopher Nolan’s M.O., Bale’s rendition of Bruce Wayne can’t be under overstated, and it turns out the actor wanted to continue his run as Gotham’s watchful protector beyond the planned trilogy.
In fact, in a recent interview with Empire, the British actor spoke candidly about Ben Affleck’s involvement in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and how he was initially jealous of someone taking up the coveted cape and cowl so soon after he hung it up.
“I’ve got to admit initially, »
- Michael Briers
Bale, who played the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, revealed in a recent interview with Empire Magazine (transcribed by ComicBookMovie.com) that he was shocked by the announcement of Affleck's casting in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" follow-up, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" -- and thought that perhaps he would one day don the character's cowl again.
"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on... Let's do another,'" Bale told Empire. "So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."
Still, the actor noted »
- Katie Roberts
There was a lot of shock factor with the fashion statements for the 2014 American Music Awards Sunday night. Best dressed on the red carpet were Selena Gomez in an elegant Armani Prive gown, Fergie in a Halston Heritage gown, actress Kate Beckinsale in Kaufmanfranco, and Jordin Sparks in Halston Heritage. Among the worst dressed were Zendaya, Heidi Klum ("Project Runway"), actress Olivia Munn ("The Newsroom"), and Bleona Qereti. E! Online -Break- "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" conquers the weekend box office with this year's best opening number of $123 million. The Jennifer Lawrence film was below the debuts of both prior "Hunger Games" movies but also brought in over $152 million overseas. Disney's animated "Big Hero 6" was in second place with $20 million. The Christopher Nolan space epic "Interstellar" was in the third spot with $15.1 million. The Wrap Related News Nuggets: Will 'Hun...' »
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. In the 90's, Batman's big screen outings seemed to be all style no substance (in Joel Schumacher's case, too much style). Sure they were entertaining as hell, but they weren't that faithful to the comics, instead possessing an increasingly goofy tone cribbed from Adam West's 60's portrayal. It seems that it wasn't till Christopher Nolan took over that we got the grounded tone more in keeping with the Dark Knight comic book exploits. But we would be wrong in thinking that, because Christmas Day 1993 brought the release of the animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Spinning off from Batman: The Animated Series, itself a spin off of Batman Returns, Mask of the Phantasm was the first really faithful adaption of Batman to hit the big screen. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The sudden loss of Mike Nichols last week shook Hollywood. The filmmaker, comic, writer, and producer was not only a hugely influential presence at the movies, on television, and on the stage, he was widely regarded as simply one of the finest people around. And in addition to the many notices last week, the remembrances for Nichols will likely keep arriving in the weeks to come. And THR, during their recent directors' roundtable, asked the assembled filmmakers for their reflections on Nichols. Christopher Nolan revealed that he's a huge "Working Girl" fan (huh), while Richard Linklater and Angelina Jolie both remarked on the artistry and heart of Nichols' work. But it was Bennett Miller who was clearly most affected by Nichols' death. The filmmaker was close to him, and had even emailed Nichols the day prior to his death, and the emotions are still very much raw when he shares what Nichols meant to him. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nobody ever wants to hear that their ex has found another lover. But we all react to said news differently. When it comes to actors and their former roles, the connection can be equally intimate . and equally tough to get over. Just ask Christian Bale about the time he he found out someone else was stepping into Batman.s cape and cowl. It wasn.t pretty. Christian Bale, of course, played Bruce Wayne and Batman for three movies with Christopher Nolan. They brought their trilogy to a close with The Dark Knight Rises, even though Bale admitted to Empire Magazine recently (via ComicBookMovie) that he kind of wanted to "do another." Still, it wasn.t meant to be, and Warner Bros. tapped Ben Affleck to step into the iconic role for Zack Snyder.s world-building Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And how did Bale react when he heard the »
For much of the past decade, the name Batman has been synonymous with one man - Christian Bale. Having played Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader for all three films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy, Bale was the rock on which that entire franchise was built and often doesn't get enough credit for the job he did.
Now, Bale is out there doing press rounds for Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and during his first interviews he was asked about the next man to take on the cape and the cowl - Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". He tells Empire (via Cbm) that when he first heard the news of them doing another Batman, he was a bit taken aback at first that he didn't get to play Batman again:
"I've got to admit initially, even though I »
- Garth Franklin
During our recent webcam chat (watch below), cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema admitted that “Interstellar,” which was shot in 70mm IMAX, marks his most ambitious film work to date. “It’s wonderful to be able to design your work to play on the biggest canvas possible.” He quickly credits Christopher Nolan for giving him a chance to work on such a large-scale project. “Chris has always been a big supporter of the 70mm format. So it was just for me to educate myself and get familiar with the medium, because I had never shot IMAX before." -Break- Despite the fantastical nature of the story, which sees Matthew McConaughey traveling through space and time in a desperate attempt to save mankind, van Hoytema chose to employ a more realistic – or classical – approach to the visual style. “It’s really, really way out there,” he explains, “and we’re exploring worlds that we »
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