Lost was a necessary sacrifice. Much like how we suffered through the total mess of Batman And Robin to get the gritty reboot of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, or how your town will sacrifice a virginal Catholic police man in a giant wicker effigy to ensure a good harvest in the coming year, Lost died on its feet so that many more could live. But at least it burnt brightly and loudly before then.
Ultimately, nobody was particularly happy with how Lost turned out. Fans who had been tuning into ABC’s hit mystery series from the very beginning didn’t get all the answers they wanted, and the few they were granted access to were far from satisfying. By that point they’d gone through so many plot twists and time travel shenanigans that they were few and dedicated compared to the blockbuster viewership it had at the start. »
- Tom Baker
Last year, we heard that Warner Bros. wanted Christopher Nolan to be at the helm of their adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Ready Player One. But coincidentally enough, it will be the director who was once supposed to be at the helm of Interstellar behind the camera for the anticipated project. Deadline has learned that none other than iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to direct the film based on the novel of the same name by Ernie Cline that follows a teenager on an elaborate digital treasure hunt in 2044 to win the fortune left behind in the will of the creator of his favorite virtual reality game, Oasis. This is awesome! In the story, the boy faces unique challenges as there are powerful corporations and other competitors out on the hunt, and they're ruthless in pursuing the ultimate prize. But perhaps the inheritance turns out to be something »
- Ethan Anderton
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the adaptation Ready Player One for Warner Bros. Back in December, we reported that Warner Bros. was courting a number of high-profile directors, such as Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn to take on this adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, but Steven Spielberg wasn't mentioned in that report. Deadline reports that this project will likely be the director's next movie, after he finishes his Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, which is slated for release next July.
Ready Player One centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes obsessed with a virtual reality world known as Oasis, that allows players to live out their fantasies. After the game's creator suddenly dies, an elaborate treasure hunt is held within the Oasis world, with the winner emerging to take control of the entire company. This »
Warner Bros. has been trying to get an adaptation of Ready Player One off the ground for a little bit, and most recently Christopher Nolan was rumored to be taking the property by the helm, but it looks like master filmmaker Steven Spielberg will be taking over instead. Come inside for the full story!
Well this is some unexpected, yet incredibly awesome, news! Ernest Cline's popular book, Ready Player One, has been practically begging for a movie adaptation since it's release, and for a while now, Warner Bros. has been trying to make that happen. Today, the project took one big step closer to happening as Deadline reports WB have hired Steven Spielberg to direct the film:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Fans of Ernest Cline's 80s-nostalgic video game adventure story Ready Player One have been waiting for word on movement of the anticipated feature adaptation, which has been in development for quite a while now. Today, a major update to the film has been made in the form of confirmation that the movie will be directed by Steven Spielberg. THR posted the news, stating that Spielberg is set to helm the Ready Player One movie after he finishes up with the adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. Back in June of 2014, we learned that Zak Penn was adapting Ernest Cline's novel for Warner Bros. planned adaptation. From there, updates weren't frequent. But a few months back, there was talk of Christopher Nolan possibly directing the film. And that's the last we heard until today's update, which attaches Spielberg to the project. Steven Spielberg has two projects standing between »
Ready Player One is an entertaining book that would make for a terrific film if not for licensing headaches. The story takes place in 2044 and revolves around the poverty-stricken Wade Watts, who’s only escape is trying to solve a decades old game from the late James Halliday creator of the worldwide, virtual reality space, Oasis. Working along the lines of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if Wade can progress through the Vr game, he gets to own Oasis, which is pretty much the equivalent of owning the Internet. The trick to beating the game is to figure out how to decipher the clues that are rooted in Halliday’s love of 1980s pop culture. And that’s where a movie gets tricky. In his book, author Ernest Cline could pack in 80s references to his heart’s content (sometimes to the detriment of the story; at points it »
- Matt Goldberg
Ernest Cline penned the popular sci-fi novel, an adaptation of which the studio has been trying to get off the ground for some time with everyone from Robert Zemeckis to Christopher Nolan showing interest at one time or another.
Zak Penn wrote the script.
The novel, published in 2011, is set in a not-too-distant future where advanced Internet, gaming and virtual reality technologies have changed the world as we know it and led to the creation of the Oasis, a virtual reality universe that people live in and value more than the real world.
“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to »
- Justin Kroll
The story follows a teenager named Wade Watts who becomes immersed in a virtual reality world known as Oasis which enables users to live out their dream lives. When the game's creator suddenly dies, Wade enters an elaborate treasure hunt, where the winner will take control of the entire company.
The teenager soon finds himself up against corporate entities who will do anything to take over the company. Various 1980s pop culture references feature heavily in the work and are expected to be carried over to the film. Zak Penn wrote the script.
Back in December last year the likes of Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Edgar Wright were all said to be in the mix as a potential director of the film adaptation. »
- Garth Franklin
After speculation that Christopher Nolan would direct the popular novel Ready Player One, we now have confirmation that the movie will be helmed by none other than Steven Spielberg. Spielberg is set to direct the adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel after he completes production on The Bfg and it would mark the filmmaker's first project at Warner Bros in fourteen years. There are some hurdles that still need to be cleared in making Ready Player One happen, namely the need for »
- Alex Maidy
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For me, the stamp of a great movie is how much your excitement, or self-induced hype, matches positively with the final product and in the case of Interstellar, it captures those desires with absolute assurance.
Love or dislike Nolan’s increasingly extensive films, you’ve got to accept that original work on such an expansive level to a worldwide audience is a Hollywood rarity these days. There’s definitely a growing universe of independent projects being backed by the offshoots of large movie corporations but Nolan and his brother have managed once again, like Inception, to pull off one hell of »
- Dan Bullock
'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo "Desperate times. Desperate measures," says Tom Cruise aka Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer aka the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, that particular line could be read in a number of ways: Tom Cruise's superstardom is in the doldrums – at least that's what we hear from those who see reality only through U.S.-focused lenses – and he needs all the box-office help he can get. Hence, MI5. Hollywood is in dire need of a mammoth domestic blockbuster following a year of mediocre-performing tentpoles at the U.S. box office. Hence, MI5. The world's socioeconomic fabric is about to unravel. Hence, MI5 – so humankind can go with a bang. Not only with a bang, but with mirth as well. »
- Andre Soares
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met Tuesday to debate various things, including the ideal number of Best Picture Oscar nominees. We will soon know if they stick with from five to ten or return to just five. The thing to remember is that six years ago, ten was a number that was designed to please Oscar broadcaster ABC by boosting Oscar ratings with more films appealing to a larger global demographic. It was about getting people to tune into an Oscars promoting not only the best art films ("The Hurt Locker," "The Artist," "Birdman") but Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," which did not make the Top Five, and Sandra Bullock vehicle, "The Blind Side," which slipped into the Top Ten. Truth is, movies like "Titanic" (1998 ratings topper) and "The Lord of the Rings" lure viewers, not Oscar hosts. Having ten best picture Oscar candidates, »
- Anne Thompson
What do Simon Pegg and Clint Eastwood have in common, other than handsome looks? Both actors have had the pleasure and privilege of saying something cool and clever before knocking off a bad guy. A new supercut from Plot Point Productions — via Live For Films — serves up the cool pre-mortem lines in a nice digestible five-minute chunk. Split into two halves, the supercut gives equal weight to both the line spouted by the heroes and the carnage that happens directly after. Some actors show up multiple times, like Kurt Russell and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even a filmmaker like Christopher Nolan has two entries on the list. It goes to show you that no matter how cerebral you are, it’s hard to escape the allure of saying something cool right before killing off a villain. Watch “Supercut: The Pre-Mortem One-Liner” below and let us know what your second-favorite one-liner is, »
- Cain Rodriguez
John Hughes wasn’t much of a name yet in 1985 when The Breakfast Club was released, but it was already clear that he was one to watch. His scripts for Mr. Mom and National Lampoon’s Vacation had resulted in box-office hits, and while his own directorial debut — Sixteen Candles — wasn’t as immediately beloved it showed the mash-up of affection and wit that would become his trademark. The Breakfast Club has its detractors, but for most viewers the film offers even a minor glimpse back to their teen years. Not everyone fit into these specific five molds — the athlete (Emilio Estevez), the princess (Molly Ringwald), the criminal (Judd Nelson), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall) and the basket case (Ally Sheedy) — but there’s an honesty here even within the characterizations. The film was re-released onto Blu-ray earlier this month with a remastered picture and additional extras including a previous commentary track with Nelson and Hall. The »
- Rob Hunter
Contrary to popular belief, Christopher Nolan was not the first Nolan involved with Interstellar. Before the Dark Knight helmer came aboard, Steven Spielberg was mulling taking the reins and would have worked from a script by Jonathan Nolan. Of course, that didn’t happen, and viewers ended up with a visually jaw-dropping and narratively ambitious (if not entirely successful) space epic that explored universal themes of time, love and the human drive to survive. The Christopher Nolan touch made the pic soar in some ways and fall short in others, but now it has come out that if Jonathan Nolan had his way, Interstellar would have been a very, very different film altogether.
Promoting the movie’s upcoming Blu-Ray release, the younger Nolan recently let slip that his original ending for Interstellar would have divided public opinion even more than the final one.
Interstellar ends with a bit »
- Isaac Feldberg
Attention science nerds: This just-revealed original ending to Interstellar is going to make you very happy. For everyone else, well, it might make you really sad. In honor of the movie's upcoming DVD release, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan (who wrote the first version of the script before brother Christopher took over) talked to a packed house at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Labratory about the making of the film, and he revealed some never-before-heard details. According to Nerdist, Christopher Nolan made some big changes to the movie's ending before it began filming—and the original was, well, way more depressing. As Interstellar fans will recall, the flick concluded (spoiler alert!), in a »
Last year's blockbuster Interstellar performed quite well at the box office, taking in over $672 million worldwide. But the sprawling and ambitious sci-fi epic had many fans scratching their heads when it came to the ending, which was so complex we even broke it down at length back in November. Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and producer/science adviser Kip Thorne attended a media event at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab to promote the release on Blu-ray and DVD, arriving from Paramount on March 31, where Jonathan Nolan revealed that the original ending was "much more straight-forward." If you haven't seen Interstellar yet, there will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
At the end of Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey's Cooper launches himself into the black hole known as Gargantua, in hopes of sending the data compiled on the signularity of gravity back to Earth. He ends up in "the 5th dimension, »
There's been much debate about the quality of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," with the film's third act in particular coming under fire for abandoning its more grounded science fiction tropes in favor of straight-up fantasy (and overly sentimental fantasy at that). But it turns out Jonathan Nolan's original script had not just a more straight forward and believable ending, but one with slightly darker and more bleak overtones.
Speaking about the original script ending during interviews for the film's release on DVD, VOD and Blu-ray, Nolan tells The Nerdist that originally the ending saw the wormhole collapse when Cooper tries to send the data back.
As a result the film would've had no tesseract and no return home, Anne Hathaway’s character would be left on her own, Matthew McConaughey's character would've been crushed like a bug in the black hole, and we wouldn't be sure if the »
- Garth Franklin
If you left Interstellar confused and without understanding of what happened near the end, you may of wanted director Christopher Nolan’s brother (who co-wrote the script) to handle the ending rather than The Dark Knight director (which ended up being the ending used).
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
At the end of the film, we see Matthew McConaughey’s character jettison himself into the singularity of the black hole Gargantua. He makes the deadly journey in the hopes of characterizing gravity acting at the smallest scales inside, and to send that data back to Earth. He survives the descent, but then finds himself inside a 5th-dimensional “tesseract,” which he uses to peruse the timeline of his life and contact his daughter’s younger self.
According to Jonathan Nolan while speaking with the Nerdist on Thursday, his originally planned ending was more steeped in science and would’ve been more straightforward.
- Zach Dennis
If there’s one consistent sticking point throughout Christopher Nolan’s entire filmography, it’s that his endings certainly give the audience something to talk about. His most recent opus, Interstellar, is definitely no exception to that rule; especially considering how deep the ending reaches into the bag of tricks that is quantum mechanics and storytelling. Yet after all of the debate that’s been had over what exactly happened at the end of the film, there’s still some life in the argument yet, thanks to some remarks his brother and co-writer Jonathan made a couple of days ago. Fair warning, the ending to Interstellar is about to be dissected. If you haven’t seen the film, bookmark this page and come back after you’ve witnessed its glory. The Nerdist recently covered an event at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion lab »
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