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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
HBO has given an official series order to J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi series Westworld. The show is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, and it was adapted for the small screen by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
The story is set at an amusement park called Westworld, and it’s described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Harris will play one of the central leads in the story known as The Man in Black, "the distillation of pure villainy into one man." Marsden is will play a character named Teddy Flood, "a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a »
- Joey Paur
Matthew McConaughey, Morse code, a book shelf, and a spaceship traveling through a spherical worm hole… What do those things have in common? Nothing, really. That is, unless, you’ve seen Interstellar, where all of those things are significant elements in Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s spectacular sci-fi story. Artist Edgar Ascensão’s simple looking, mostly black and white posters inspired by the movie are deceivingly complex and layered with those important objects and imagery from the film. There are a few more things incorporated/hidden in the posters, but that would take us into heavy spoiler territory. Don't worry, I won't leave you hanging like the Nolans so expertly and joyfully do. I'll point them out below the bottom poster.
A couple other things Ascensão worked into the poster at the very top are the colored lines representing the fifth dimension, which Cooper (McConaughey) is able to navigate through in the film's climax. »
- Eli Reyes
Whether you love him or hate him, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has continued to find new ways to challenge his audience, and paradigms of filmmaking as a whole, throughout his remarkable career. His breakout hit Memento shattered audiences' expectations of a traditional narrative story, while The Dark Knight trilogy redefined the superhero genre in ways nobody even knew they wanted, until they saw it with their very eyes. Inception proved that one does not need to induce hallucinogenic drugs to get the head trip of a lifetime, and even his more straight-forward films like Insomnia and The Prestige are exceptionally bold. Regardless of what you might think of his latest offering Interstellar, most will likely agree that Christopher Nolan has outdone himself, offering truly outstanding visuals coupled with a mind-shattering narrative that still has filmgoers talking weeks after opening day.
With all that being said, Interstellar, all 169 minutes of it, isn't »
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
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
I have to assume this is one that will get a lot of people excited as Fox Searchlight has now made available the script for Alejandro G. Gonzalez's Birdman, written by Gonzalez, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. This one is competing in a packed Original Screenplay category against the likes of Richard Linklater's Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner, A Most Violent Year, Selma and Nightcrawler just to name a few, though only a few of those are available for download below. We are now up to fourteen screenplays freely available for download and among that bunch we also have Gillian Flynn's adaptation of her own novel, Gone Girl, Nick Hornby's adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, The Theory of Everything, The Fault in Our Stars, Get On Up and several more and hopefully even more on the way soon. »
- Brad Brevet
‘Birdman” deserves kudos for the technical coup of seeming to have been filmed in one, uninterrupted two-hour take. But its quartet of scripters can take a bow for the film’s own coup: That single take encompasses three days and nights. So seamlessly are events arranged, the viewer may not even notice the time manipulation.
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s magic-realism fantasy is only one of a host of 2014 screenplays playing fast and loose with chronology. Challenging leaps, elisions and parallel narratives are becoming serious cinema’s norm, rather than the exception.
On one level, this was to be expected. Every art form dominated by straight narrative eventually fractures. Joyce, Proust and Faulkner broke apart the novel; Eliot, Pound and Yeats did the same to poetry. As Picasso and Braque were chopping portrait painting into unrecognizable shapes, Schoenberg and Stravinsky were infusing symphonic music with 12-tone atonality. Who can be surprised »
- Bob Verini
Long before Interstellar (2014) sought inspiration from the works of American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, a former Harvard Medical School graduate made a name for himself by creating scientific thrillers that dealt with illegal organ transplants and the resurrection of extinct species from DNA samples. Not surprisingly Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay for the epic space adventure starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by his brother Christopher Nolan, has found Michael Crichton to be a person of interest.
Jonathan Nolan will be serving as an executive producer, writer and director for the small screen version of Westworld (1973) which revolves around an adult resort divided into three theme worlds populated by androids that malfunction and execute their human guests. Nolan will be partnering with production companies Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Kilter Films and Warner Bros. Television to produce a full season for the specialty channel responsible for Game of Thrones. »
- Trevor Hogg
Update: Get the most updated list of Oscar contending screenplays available for download here. It's a good day when I can bring you more screenplays to download and today we have seven new scripts added to the mix, including one of the year's most talked about movies with Richard Linklater's screenplay for Boyhood. Twelve years in the making and now you can peruse the 181-page screenplay for what many believe to be the current Best Picture frontrunner. Adding to that, Dreamworks Animation has made available the screenplay for their animation hopeful How to Train Your Dragon 2, written by Dean DeBlois and inspired by the novels by Cressida Cowell. Focus has also added one more to their list by offering Peter Landesman's script for Kill the Messenger. Finally, Fox Searchlight has released a mother-load, bringing us screenplays for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, John Michael McDonagh's script for Calvary, »
- Brad Brevet
Wired has dubbed the seven-page, Interstellar prequel comic book from director Christopher Nolan and award-winning comic book artist Sean Gordon Murphy, The Lost Interstellar Chapter. It's a fitting title. Check out what happened to "the best" of The Lazarus Project's space explorers below. Click To Enlarge Click The Link To Read The Full Comic Book On Issuu 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 »
HBO has decided to fully enter Westworld. The network announced yesterday that it has officially ordered the sci-fi drama, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, to series. Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, in his first-ever series regular television role, as an inventor who creates and runs an adult amusement park filled with “lifelike robots.” James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Miranda Otto, and Jeffrey Wright make up the rest of the cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources tell them that the show’s androids—all characters played by Marsden, Wood, and Newton—”can be killed off and return with completely different personas, allowing actors to play many characters.” This storytelling device was apparently very appealing to the show’s actors and helped Westworld attract and assemble its star-studded cast. However, don’t let the fact that characters can be »
- Chris King
HBO has officially given a series order for its one-hour drama series reinvention of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature "Westworld" and announced the news via a rather strange Vine posting that you can see below.
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro and Shannon Woodward star in the series which is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Jonathan Nolan is attached as executive producer, writer and director on the series. Lisa Nolan will also serve as a writer and executive producer, and J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk will executive produce.
- Garth Franklin
HBO has ordered an adaptation of Westworld, the 1974 cult classic about an adult-style theme park where robots go nuts and shoot everybody.
Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the reboot comes courtesy of Jj Abrams production company Bad Robot with Jonathan Nolan directing. Let's hope they do Futureworld next.
HBO released this intriguing Vine when announcing the project:
Here's the trailer for the original:
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Given the brains trust and producing power behind it – Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub among them – and the high profile cast it had secured, we were fairly confident that the new, HBO-based take on Michael Crichton’s Westworld would make it past the pilot stage. So it has come to pass, with the American cable channel announcing via Twitter and Vine that the show will hit screens next year.Westworld, of course, promises a new spin on Crichton’s old-school high concept of artificial intelligence in a Wild West-themed adult amusement park going awry when some of the ‘bots become more human than the others.Anthony Hopkins is playing Dr. Robert Ford, the park’s big boss who has plenty of creative vision for the place, but isn’t above using unorthodox means to make sure it succeeds. Then there’s Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), one of the artificial »
The creator of the crime drama series Person of Interest and co-writer of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, officially has another show coming in 2015. HBO announced today that it has ordered Jonathan Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolves around the controlled environment of an amusement park that goes awry when the exhibits starts killing off the park’s visitors. Nolan co-wrote the pilot with his wife, Lisa Joy, and also directed the first episode with an amazing cast led by Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Rodrigo Santoro. Westworld also marks Bad Robot’s first major cable sale, and one of HBO’s largest pilot commitments in years. Watch HBO’s first Vine teaser below, and tell us what you think.
The official logline for the HBO series is as follows:
The big screen to small screen adaptation craze is cooking up its most interesting concoction to date; a series based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, Westworld. Headed up by Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the show has been percolating since last year and this summer, the futuristic tale bagged a massive cast. Word has been remarkably quiet since August, and that might possibly be because the pilot went into production. Or Nolan and Abrams did a little “teaser” filming. Either way, whatever they did worked because HBO has now issued Westworld with a full series order.
In a Vine posted via HBO’s official Twitter, the network confirmed the news and further revealed a 2015 broadcast date:
You are correct. @CaptainAutism @JillPantozzi @vqnerdballs #Westworld https://t.co/MsoAfh4OXA
— HBO (@HBO) November 17, 2014
For fans of the movie, there’s a series of changes in store for the transition to the small screen. »
- Gem Seddon
“Some of our creatures have been misbehaving.” Fans of writer/director Michael Crichton’s Westworld may not have looked at amusement parks or their robot residents the same way after watching the 1973 film, and now a new generation of viewers can see what happens when artificial intelligence goes haywire, as HBO has put in a series order for a reimagining of Crichton’s directorial debut.
“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.
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
Joining Nolan and Joy »
- Derek Anderson
HBO has picked up its star-studded "Westworld" pilot to series, an entirely unsurprising development given the creative talent on both sides of the camera. "Inspired by" the 1973 film from writer-director Michael Crichton, HBO's "Westworld" was written and directed by "Person of Interest" creator Jonathan Nolan, co-written by Lisa Joy and will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub. The deceptively simple logline for the one-hour says, "Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." The original, of course, focused on an American West-themed amusement park sometime in the near future. The park is populated by androids programmed to serve and entertain the guests. The androids begin going haywire due to a mechanical virus of some sort and robot-on-human violence ensues. Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO's Michael Lombardo shied away from direct comparisons between the properties. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jonathan Nolan officially has another show on the air. HBO announced today (via Twitter, obviously) that is has ordered to series Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park. The official, cryptic logline for this HBO series is as follows: Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Nolan, of course, is the brother of Christopher Nolan and has co-written the screenplays for films like The Dark Knight and Interstellar, but he also acts as the creator/executive producer of the CBS series Person of Interest and is developing another potential HBO show in the form of an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi series Foundation. Hit the jump for more on the Westworld TV show and to watch the first brief teaser trailer for the series, »
- Adam Chitwood
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