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Next year HBO will be breaking every ratings record known to man when its flagship series, Game Of Thrones, returns to our screens. However, their next show that’s aiming to woo viewers with its dystopian sci-fi madness is their retread of Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie, Westworld. With a cast and crew that boasts some of the industry’s finest pioneers, it’s the production ensemble of Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub that lends this adaptation hefty clout.
The former – brother of Christopher Nolan – has now spoken out (via EW) about what we can expect from the series. For those who are unfamiliar with Crichton’s film, the story revolves around a high-tech theme park in the future where androids are installed to fulfil every sordid human whim.
“It’s a place where you can be whoever you want to be and there are no consequences—no rules, »
- Gem Seddon
Viewers saw the wild, wild West get a high-tech twist in 1973’s Westworld, the late Michael Crichton’s directorial debut that takes place in an adult amusement park populated by androids, and next year HBO is bringing us back to the park with their series reimagining of Crichton’s cautionary technology tale. Giving us a glimpse into the show is a photo of Ingrid Bolsø Berdal’s character taking aim with a rifle.
“A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”, Westworld is a drama series comprised of one-hour episodes that will premiere on HBO in 2015. The show is executive produced, written, and directed by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest creator) and also written/executive produced by Lisa Joy.
- Derek Anderson
Earlier today we got our first very brief look at one of the most anticipated new HBO series coming in the New Year, and now the first official Westworld TV show image has landed online as well. Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, the sci-fi series revolves around androids that run amuck in a high-tech tourist destination—a theme park, to be exact. The Dark Knight and Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan created the series, which finds Anthony Hopkins playing the park’s creative visionary and Ed Harris taking on the role of the robot gunslinger played by Yul Brynner in the film. Check out the first Westworld TV show image after the jump along with some exciting comments from Nolan himself on what he aims to be a “fucked up” series. Westworld will debut on HBO sometime in 2015. Speaking with EW, Nolan described the allure of »
- Adam Chitwood
Combine the obsessive detail of Disneyland, the populated virtual immersion of World of Warcraft, and the sinful catering of Las Vegas and you're still nowhere close to the anything-goes theme park in HBO’s new sci-fi series Westworld. Based on visionary author Michael Crichton’s classic 1973 film about androids run amuck in a high-tech tourist destination, the show’s producers—including Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk —have lured marquee stars (Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and Ed Harris) with a dark look at the consequences of our exponentially advancing technology. »
- James Hibberd
One of the most anticipated TV shows of 2015 has to be HBO's new sci-fi series Westworld. It's based on Michael Crichton's classic 1979 film about androids run amuck in a high-tech tourist destination, and touts some pretty great talent in-front of and behind the camera. The show's producers include Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), and the cast includes stars like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Ed Harris just to »
- Graham McMorrow
HBO has unveiled the first photo from its all-star TV series remake/reimagining of Michael Crichton's classic 1973 sci-fi feature "Westworld" in the latest issue of EW (via Film Divider). The original is set in an amusement park where visitors can live out their wildest fantasies with the help of androids, but things go awry when the creations malfunction.
Series creator Jonathan Nolan tell the magazine: "It's a place where you can be whoever you want, and there are no consequences - no rules, no limitations. What happens in Westworld, stays in Westworld. What we can tell you is that we intend to make the most ambitious, subversive, f---ed up television series. The things that keep you up at night, any of those things that trouble you, that is exactly what the show is about."
The photo features actress Ingrid Bolso Berdal who stars in the sci-fi western alongside Anthony Hopkins, »
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly (via Dread Central), we’ve got our first look at HBO’s upcoming Westworld TV series, with the latest issue of the magazine offering up an image featuring Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules)…
Based upon the 1977 film of the same name, Westworld is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, with Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) co-writing and directing the pilot. Also featuring in the cast of the series are James Marsden (X-Men), Eddie Rouse (American Gangster), Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette), Currie Graham (Murder in the First), Lena Georgas (Ray Donovan), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V), Timothy Lee DePriest (With the Angels), Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Game: Mockingjay), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Angela Sarafyan (The Immigrant), and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside).
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- Gary Collinson
Directors Edgar Wright and Cary Fukunaga and actress Winona Ryder are among the jurors selected for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The trio will serve on the U.S. Dramatic jury, while screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and actress Brit Marling are part of the group that will award the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for the depiction of science in film. Read more Sundance: Premieres Lineup Courts Controversy The festival, which runs Jan. 22-Feb. 1, named the members of its six juries, which will award prizes at the annual indie film pilgrimage to Park City, Utah. Comedian Tig Notaro will host
- Tatiana Siegel
Cinematographer Lance Acord, film editor Sarah Flack, “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, actress Winona Ryder and “The World’s End” director Edgar Wright have been named as the dramatic feature jury members for next month’s Sundance Film Festival.
The Sundance Institute announced Thursday the members of the six juries. Tig Notaro will host the festival’s feature film awards ceremony on Jan. 31 in Park City.
Notaro exec produced the documentary “Tig,” about her life, which will have its world premiere in the Documentary Premieres section.
The U.S. documentary jury includes Eugene Hernandez, deputy director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center; cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson; NPR host Michele Norris; producer Gordon Quinn; and Roger Ross Williams, director of “God Loves Uganda.”
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- Dave McNary
After fighting alongside Dwayne Johnson in this year's big-budget action-thriller Hercules, actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal takes aim in the first photo from Westworld. The image comes from Entertainment Weekly's 2015 preview issue that arrived earlier today, although nothing is revealed about the actress' character. However, series creators Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) offered a few new details about the series.
The show is based on the 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which centers on an amusement park where visitors can live out their wildest fantasies, with the help of androids. Anthony Hopkins is playing Yul Brynner's role from the film, the eccentric park owner, with a supporting cast that includes Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood. Lisa Joy revealed that the series is a mix of the sci-fi and Western genres, while Jonathan Nolan added that Westworld is a place where anything can happen. Take a »
The juries for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have been announced, and there are some really talented people set to preside over the upcoming fest. Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder, and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga are among those set for the U.S. Dramatic Jury, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and Another Earth co-writer Brit Marling have been tapped to join the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognizes science in film. Other notable jurors include Mia Hansen-Løve on the World Cinema Dramatic Jury and NPR correspondent Michele Norris on the U.S. Documentary Jury. This is quite a lineup to match what’s already shaping up to be a very promising slate of films that will premiere and screen in Utah in January. Check out the full lists of jurors for the various categories after the jump, and stay tuned to Collider in January for our full coverage from the festival. »
- Adam Chitwood
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
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
We now have an even 20 screenplays available for download as Walt Disney Pictures has released the script for James Lapine's adaptation of his and Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods. As of right now I have this screenplay just below the bubble line in my Adapted Screenplay predictions and I almost moved it into the field of nominees considering how little I think of Unbroken and still can't believe it's a screenplay the Coen brothers had any hand in crafting. For the most part that fifth slot is wide open right now, but I think my top four of The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl and Wild feel like safe calls for nominations. (By the way, all four of those scripts are available below as well.) Give Lapine's Into the Woods script a once over and see what you think, the film hits theaters on Christmas Day. »
- Brad Brevet
Christmas is fast approaching, and the Digital Spy movies team has scoured high and low to find some cool gifts for those who love everything silver screen-related.
All prices are current as of December 10, but may change between now and Christmas Day.
1. Stanley Kubrick: 8-Film Masterpiece Collection - £92.30
Here's a box set for true cinephiles. Like a toppled Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, this collection includes eight of Stanley Kubrick's very best films from a career spanning more than forty years. From the jet-black comedy of Dr Strangelove to the erotica of Eyes Wide Shut, this dips in to let you re-live the legendary filmmaker's best work.
2. Interstellar: Beyond Time And Space - £20.39
Update: Get the most updated list of Oscar contending screenplays available for download here. This year the screenplays are coming slow, but steady, as A24 has now added another new one to the list by releasing J.C. Chandor's script for his '80s-set drama A Most Violent Year, which recently won Best Film from the National Board of Review as long as a Best Actor award for Oscar Isaac and a Best Supporting Actress award for Jessica Chastain, though so far that's the only org that has shown it much attention other than a Gotham nomination for Isaac. A Most Violent Year doesn't begin hitting theaters nationwide until January so this is a chance to get in on the script early and see what you think. Happy downloading and stay tuned, I'm sure there will be more soon. 20th Century Fox The Fault in Our Stars (Download the Script »
- Brad Brevet
Update: Get the most updated list of Oscar contending screenplays available for download here. The list of movies from the last few months I've still not seen isn't confined to just one or two, but one that I have not seen that I really do want to see is Justin Simien's Dear White People and someone must have had a chat with the Roadside Attractions crew alerting them that this is a film people are interested in and one that has captured the attention of more than just the indie crowd. After premiering at Sundance where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize, Simien went on to pick up the Futurewave Youth Jury Award at the Seattle Film Festival and the film itself has done quite well in a limited number of theaters, bringing in $4.1 million since its October 17 release. Along with Simien, Tessa Thompson is getting a lot »
- Brad Brevet
Update: Get the most updated list of Oscar contending screenplays available for download here. We're up to 17 screenplays available for download as The Weinstein Co. bring us Graham Moore's adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski's original screenplay for Big Eyes, while A24 drops their first screenplay of the year, that being Stephen Knight's excellent original script for the single location feature Locke. Moore's Imitation Game screenplay currently sits atop my Best Adapted Screenplay predictions and I would love to see the Locke screenplay get some attention, but we'll see how things play out. Happy downloading and stay tuned, I'm sure there will be more soon. 20th Century Fox The Fault in Our Stars (Download the Script) Gone Girl (Download the Script) A24 Locke (Download the Script) Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Download the Script) Focus Features The BoxTrolls (Download »
- Brad Brevet
One of the staples of the movie awards season over the past few years has been The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable series, which takes individuals in a common profession, all of whom worked on a variety of well-regarded features, and seats them down for a candid discussion of their jobs, the industry, and whatever other topics might come up. With this year’s award-worthy movies beginning to make their way to the public, The Hollywood Reporter has once again begun their Roundtable sessions, having released four full sessions already. The Roundtables can be seen below.
The first Roundtable session is the THR Writers Roundtable, featuring Chef‘s Jon Favreau, Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn, The Theory of Everything‘s Anthony McCarten, The Imitation Game‘s Graham Moore, Interstellar‘s Jonathan Nolan, and Top Five‘s Chris Rock.
Next up is the THR Executive Roundtable, featuring 20 Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
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