Just a little over a year ago, Matthew McConaughey was a has-been in Hollywood. Despite the recent success of The Lincoln Lawyer and some critical acclaim for Mud, but his successly rebirth as a top tier leading man thanks to Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective was just on the cusp of becoming a reality. Back then, McConaughey was still relegated to being a romantic comedy leading man rather than considered the type of actor who would go on to star in Christopher Nolan's »
- Alex Maidy
There was been a lot of talk lately —particularly in light of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" on the horizon— about movies that must be seen on the big screen. But there are few that can lay that claim with as much confidence as Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." And now for lucky folks in the UK, his sci-fi masterpiece is returning to cinemas and a terrific new trailer has arrived. The director's brain-bender was a must-see event back in 1968, and that's no less true now. The film, shot on 65mm, is a visual wonder that still needs the all enveloping theatrical experience to truly appreciate its scope and scale, taking viewers from the dawn of man, to the edge of the universe and beyond. It's ambitious, beautiful and bold even more than four decades later. Check out the new, theatrical re-release trailer below, and for even more check »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Michael Keaton, on the awards circuit for “Birdman,” will be honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 31 with the Modern Master Award. The 30th edition of the festival runs January 27-February 7.
The highest honor presented by the festival, it has previously been awarded to figures including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Will Smith, Clint Eastwood and James Cameron.
“There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in ‘Birdman’ is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience,” exec director Roger Durling said in a statement.
- Variety Staff
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the first of this year's many award recipients for the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the event. They've kicked things off with their most prestigious honor, the Modern Master Award, and hey — when you've got a guy like Michael Keaton in the thick of an Oscar hunt, who better to receive such an accolade? The "Birdman" star will be honored with one of the festival's patented evening tributes on Jan. 31, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre. These are always wonderful affairs, deep dives into an artist's career with clip packages and the whole spiel. It's a stark contrast to other events that aim to get as much talent on and off the stage during a given event as possible, and with Keaton, there will be so much to chew on. Keaton's performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest "is tremendous, showing the range of decades-long experience, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »
- Anne Thompson
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The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar was extremely evocative. The story itself and the spectacular visuals play a large part in that, obviously, but Thomas Bergersen’s stirring track “Final Frontier,” which is used heavily throughout the trailer, deserves much of the credit as well. You could pretty much cut anything to that song and make grown men shed a tear or two. The Unusual Suspect does just that with this Interstellar-style trailer for Space Balls. It makes Mel Brooks’ hilarious 1987 Star Wars parody look like an exceptionally epic space adventure. Essentially it’s the exact opposite strategy George Lucas took with the actual Star Wars films when making the prequels.
The Unusual Suspect is the same guy that brought us Harry Potter (Scott Pilgrim Style), which is a much watch mashup if you haven’t already seen it.
H/T: Dorkly »
- Eli Reyes
Tim League is pretty awesome. Yes, he makes awkward video introductions to trailers, such as the one currently running before trailers for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), but what he has done with the Alamo Drafthouse is something every theater should aspire to and why I am there at least once a week. There is a strict no talking, texting, or arriving late policy. Yes, I have kicked people out of the theater when seeing movies there. They have terrific food and drink service. They also have preserved film projectors in their theaters while this huge digital transition has been going on. This is the subject of Tim League's open letter to theater owners about the early 35mm and 70mm screenings for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. You see, theater owners who have made the complete transition over to digital are not too pleased that Interstellar will be »
- Mike Shutt
Final Update, 1:32 Pm: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and Qed, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX’s The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will have some playtime again over the next two weekends as no new offerings are in the family zone until Big Hero 6 bows from Disney on November 7. The other newbie, Relativity’s The Best Of Me, was soft with $10M. Gone Girl is now sitting pretty at $106.7M after three weeks in release for Fox and New Regency.
The more exciting news was really in the specialty »
- Anita Busch
Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees. »
- Gerard Kennedy
We're only a few weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will be opening four days early in film only (35mm/70mm projection). The announcement caused quite a stir in the cinema community, as the response from some movie theater chains was not unexpected. Many of them got upset, many of them were pissed off that they weren't a part of this deal, the big reason being that they just gave up their 35mm projectors to transform to digital and now they're missing out on some of the best money of the year. So they blame the studios, and the filmmakers, but never themselves. In response to all of this, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League (who owns a handful of theaters himself) wrote a passionate essay/response and published it on Deadline. It's brilliant, it gets everything right, and at the end of it all, it's inspiring too. »
- Alex Billington
With less than three weeks to go until Christopher Nolan takes us on a journey through the wormhole, three new TV spots for the sci-fi epic Interstellar have arrived online, which we’ve got for you below after the official synopsis…
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Interstellar stars 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), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Matt Damon »
- Gary Collinson
The past few years have seen the movie industry caught up in a tidal wave towards digital, but filmmakers who prefer analog are fighting back. Quentin Tarantino is already making plans for his western "The Hateful Eight" to have the widest 70mm release in twenty years, while next month, Christopher Nolan is dropping "Interstellar" into theaters with 35mm and 70mm projection two days early. That latter bit of news hasn't made theater owners, who have invested heavily in switching to digital projection at the behest of studios, very happy. But according to Alamo Drafthouse head Tim League, theater owners are in business to serve the needs of filmmakers. "I share that pain," League wrote in an op-ed for Deadline about the financial strain of converting to digital, but he makes it clear what his stance is. "I ask all cinema owners, what is our relationship to filmmakers? I consider myself »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It looks like Suicide Squad isn't the only comic book movie that Tom Hardy is up for. According to The Wrap, the British actor is also up for the role of the villain Apocalypse in director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse!
At one point Hardy was rumored to be up for the role of Doctor Strange, but it seems like that ship has sailed, and he's not on it. One thing for sure is, it looks like he's going to be attached to another comic book project in the near future. This wouldn't be the first time either, as he also played Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
I think Hardy would be great in both Suicide Squad and X-Men: Apocalypse. But if I had to choose to see him in one of those it would have to be as Apocalypse, because he would freakin' be awesome in that role! »
- Joey Paur
There’s no doubting the influence that Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga has had on blockbuster cinema as a whole: his dark, gritty style has been adopted by numerous high-profile films, perhaps most obviously Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, which was about as Batman as a James Bond film could ever be short of kitting Daniel Craig out in a Batsuit. With a mountain of critical acclaim and an even bigger pile of money generated from Nolan’s franchise, the series is about as entertaining as Hollywood blockbusters can get, but even so, that doesn’t mean the films aren’t without their issues and gaping flaws that simply have to be accepted in order to still enjoy the movies.
Plot holes and dubious logic are highly abundant throughout all three films, as well as some unfortunate technical issues, while Nolan’s cold, “detached” directorial approach is also a bit of a problem, »
- Jack Pooley
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released in IMAX® and 35mm theaters »
Superman will appear at least three times in movies in the next five years. But will any of them be a standalone Man Of Steel adventure?
A further, potentially important casting rumour for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice landed over the weekend, which you can read about - with appropriate spoiler pre-warning - here. The bottom line remains of Zack Snyder's March 2016 movie is this: it's going to have an awful lot of DC characters in it.
Originally mooted as the follow-up to 2013's Man Of Steel, the film is said to pick up from where that movie left things, but also add a whole host of new faces. It's already well known that Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are on board. But rumours suggest we might also get an appearance from Aquaman (as played by Jason Momoa), whilst Jesse Eisenberg joins as »
Well, Tom Hardy is a man with a few decisions to make. Already known for one major villain in the world of comic book movies thanks to his work as Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, he's got offers for two or three more to wade through it seems.
Hardy has been linked with playing Doctor Strange for Marvel, and it was also reported at the end of last week that he had been offered one of the key roles in the DC movie, Suicide Squad (that Fury helmer David Ayer is directing). But just to throw a proverbial spanner into the works, it turns out he might just be the choice to play Apocalypse in the next X-Men movie too. »
Godzilla is a movie that everyone has heard about, even if they have never seen it. There have been so many manifestations of Godzilla in cinema, from the original 1954 version, to his battles with Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Hedorah, to the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version, to this one, 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Monsters director Gareth Edwards.
I was excited about this film since first hearing about it last year, and have been following its progression over the past few months as casting and further details were announced. When the first trailer arrived on the scene a few months ago I was further intrigued, and by the time the film was released this week, I was thoroughly anticipating the re-emergence of one of cinemas most famous monsters. »
- Chris Cummings
I like Christopher Nolan. Of all the British born but partly raised in America directors who are currently working in the sci-fi/fantasy genre he is definitely in the top two. Yes, his films may be like a house of cards that look great but only stand up to the slightest scrutiny, but for those couple of hours I’m in the cinema watching his films he has me all the way. Eschewing a second unit director, everything you see in his films he shot, which is impressive. He uses more practical effects than you probably imagine, too. I walk through Gotham Courthouse on the way to work every morning, which is never not exciting.
There is something admirable, also, about his refusal to join the 21st Century. Famously, he does not own a »
- Oliver Davis
Colin Farrell is apparently the latest actor added to the mix when it comes to those being considered for the title role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. He joins names that include Benedict Cumberbatch, Keanu Reeves, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux. Scott Derrickson is directing for a July 8, 2016 release. The Wrap In a new interview director Guillermo del Toro says the first draft of Pacific Rim 2 is completed with an eye to start shooting around November next year. He also adds, "Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies.' So some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one." Collider Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered $10 million to star in the Rupert Sanders-directed adaptation of the Japanese »
- Brad Brevet
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