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Call it the Tsujihara Doctrine.
Soon after Kevin Tsujihara took over as Warner Bros. chairman-ceo, he made the decision to break with protocol from the previous regime — a change that would have a profound effect on the studio. At an early strategy session, senior execs recall him issuing a new edict: DC Entertainment is open for business across the lot.
Tsujihara made it clear that the vast archive of comic-book characters in the DC vault would no longer be under the tight control of Warner Bros.’ film division. WB’s television and interactive units would have new flexibility to develop projects derived from the properties, even if they were concurrently being eyed for movie projects.
He established the studio’s equivalent of the Justice League. Every two weeks, top execs including DC Entertainment’s Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Sue Kroll and Greg Silverman and Warner Bros. »
- Cynthia Littleton
What a difference 15 years can make. At the turn of the millennium, Christopher Nolan had just shot his second feature, Memento, and was struggling to find a studio willing to distribute it in America. It was too confusing, they said. I mean, really: who wants to watch a movie told backwards?
Lots of people as it turned out. Once it finally found a distributor, Memento not only far exceeded its tiny $5m investment in its small-scale theatrical run, but also proved to be the making of Nolan's career. It marked him out as an individual filmmaker in full control of his craft, and over the next decade, he proceeded to make a string of hits: Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception. »
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — news of an impending film remake isn’t bad news. Not only are there dozens of fantastic remakes already in existence, but there’s also the surprising fact that a remake in no way negates the existence or quality of the original. Crazy, but true. That said, remakes are typically unnecessary and it can still be disappointing to learn that talented filmmakers and actors are spending time on what amounts to an unwanted film instead of focusing on something original. Today’s announcement that Ambi Pictures is planning to move forward on a remake of Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film, Memento, features no attached talent on either side of the camera, but the outrage was immediate and deafening all the same. Check out their full news release below, and then keep reading to see why I think fans’ anger is just as unnecessary as the remake itself »
- Rob Hunter
Less than 15 years after its U.S. theatrical release, Christopher Nolan's Memento is already being eyed for a remake. The film's remake rights were acquired when Exclusive Media Group's extensive film library was sold to Ambi Pictures in September, and among Ambi's first orders of business is to remake Nolan's Oscar-nominated, mind-bending thriller, Variety reports.
"Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade," Ambi chief investor Andrea Iervolino said in a statement. "People who've seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. »
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan's iconic, twist-laden film Memento. Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled "Memento Mori", and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. Ambi took ownership of Memento remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which housed Memento, as well as 400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as Begin Again, Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, »
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted “Memento” from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled "Memento Mori", and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, “Memento” was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award™ nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Ambi took ownership of “Memento” remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which housed “Memento,” as well as 400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Ambi Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Memento, the plot-twisting pic that put a young director named Christopher Nolan on the map. This is the first project to be mined from the Exclusive Media Group film library, which Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Group acquired in September. Nolan adapted the noir thriller from his brother Jonathan Nolan’s short story and Summit released the movie in 2000. Nolan went on to direct the Dark Knight Batman trilogy… »
Christopher Nolan directed “Memento” from his own script, adapted from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori.” The film, starring Guy Pearce as an amnesiac, was presented in a series of black-and-white scenes shown chronologically, and color sequences shown in reverse order.
“Memento” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was a solid box office performer with nearly $40 million. It also received Oscar nominations for best original screenplay and best film editing.
Ambi took ownership of “Memento” remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library in September.
Ambi announced a new $200 million film fund last week. Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino are anchor investors in the fund along with New York-based private equity firm Raven Capital Management, leading to greenlighting “Memento” as its newest feature production. »
- Dave McNary
When GLAAD released its latest hand count of the Lgbt characters currently populating the TV landscape, both Person of Interest‘s Root and Shaw made the list — for the first time ever.
“As they should,” co-showrunner Jonah Nolan observed when speaking to TVLine at the CBS series’ 100th-episode party. “It’s firmly established in canon.”
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What is Person of Interest’s Team Machine squabbling over now? What makes Arrow’s Damien Darhk do horrible things? Does Castle‘s Kate have a plan? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
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Is Person of Interest’s Mr. Finch going to make any ethical changes to The Machine when rebuilding it? –Kaan
That issue is very ripe for debate when(ever) the CBS series returns, with Finch and Root taking very opposite sides. “Root is still [The Machine’s] No. »
A decade has passed since Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" hit cinemas, launching The Dark Knight trilogy, and marking a new era of superhero filmmaking. However, it's easy to forget how much was riding on his movie at the time. Warner Bros. had seen the public perception of the property circle drain thanks to Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin." So, to alleviate fans and moviegoers that "Batman Begins" would be a bold new take, the first teaser for the movie had to shoulder not just the expectations that were weighing on the film, but also establish the moody tone Nolan would pursue. And the minute long promo didn't disappoint, with Christian Bale's voiceover monologue plus footage from "Batman Begins" promising something much different and more modern than had been seen before. However, the dialogue from the trailer didn't appear again. So what gives? Well, Jonathan Nolan explains. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A year prior to its release, Warner Bros released a moody, minute-long teaser trailer to prove to fans that this was nothing like the campy Joel Schumacher incarnation of the character.
But one mystery remained: why didn't Christian Bale's voiceover feature in the final movie?
Well, now we have an answer to this long-standing question thanks to screenwriter Jonathan Nolan.
Jonathan, who later went on to write The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises, revealed that he penned the dialogue in a recent Reddit thread about the promo.
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"I wrote this in a couple hours in my brother's trailer while he was shooting the scene in which Bruce is arrested for stealing »
Christopher and Jonathan Nolan went into their interpretation of the Batman mythos with a vision. Yet for all of its visionary greatness, there was one monologue written for Batman Begins that was so good, yet so out of place with the film, it could have only been featured in a teaser trailer. IGN picked up on a Reddit thread that's been circulating the internet, in which Jonathan Nolan commented on a random post containing the teaser trailer for Batman Begins. Unprompted, he revealed this little tidbit about the now famous dialogue that gave the world its first taste of the then new Batman: I wrote this in a couple hours in my brother.s trailer while he was shooting the scene in which Bruce is arrested for stealing Wayne corp supplies on his 'journey.' Remains some of my favorite writing from these films. Was written specifically for the trailer. »
A very long time ago, Warner Bros. released a teaser trailer for Batman Begins which made it clear that Christopher Nolan's reboot was going to be unlike anything that had preceeded it. As you can see by rewatching it below, it included a monologue from Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne which didn't make it into the movie and has never been found in any of the movie's deleted or extended scenes. So, why wasn't it in Batman Begins? Addressing fan questions on Reddit (via IGN) today, Jonathan Nolan finally provided an answer. "I wrote this in a couple hours in my brother’s trailer while he was shooting the scene in which Bruce is arrested for stealing Wayne corp supplies on his 'journey,'" he confirmed. "Remains some of my favorite writing from these films. Was written specifically for the trailer. Wouldn’t have worked in the film." So, »
Back in 2004, the last time Batman had been on the big screen was the camp silliness of "Batman and Robin". At the time a British filmmaker named Chris Nolan, who had a few promising films under his belt, was enlisted to do something that was still a quite uncommon thing at the time - to reboot the franchise.
The result was 2005's "Batman Begins," a film that remains the text book case of how to do both a reboot and an origin story right. Long before its release, our first glimpse at the movie was an enigmatic teaser which had no shots of Batman whatsoever aside from a still at the very end. Instead it was a moody piece boasting a dark monologue by Christian Bale, a speech that actually didn't end up in the final film.
Jonathan Nolan, Chris' brother, participated in a Reddit thread recently where he revealed »
- Garth Franklin
SAG-aftra has announced HBO has moved into compliance with union rules — following allegations that the premium cabler’s upcoming “Westworld” violated those regulations by requiring extras to be nude and participate in “graphic sexual situations.”
A SAG-aftra spokesperson issued the statement Wednesday afternoon after HBO announced it was rectifying the document signed by background actors.
“SAG-aftra sent the consent form to HBO yesterday afternoon and requested that the document be changed to more accurately reflect the contractual provisions,” the statement said. “HBO had every opportunity to rectify this situation and it was only after their direct refusal to remedy this that we posted the notice on our website. The union is very pleased to hear that HBO is doing the right thing now but it is disappointing that we had to take such public measures to ensure compliance with our contracts and protect our background actors.”
Neither side has disclosed »
- Dave McNary
HBO has long been known for pushing the envelope with their TV series, most notably Game of Thrones, which has come under fire several times for its depictions of lurid sex acts and several characters being forcibly raped. The pay cable network will seemingly continue this tradition with Westworld, as Business Insider reveals a document from Central Casting, which details some of the sexual acts that extras are being asked to perform on the upcoming sci-fi series. Here's an excerpt from the document.
"This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project Assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form »
In an unusual move, SAG-aftra has notified members that they have the right to withdraw from scenes requiring nudity or participation in “graphic sexual situations” on the set of HBO’s “Westworld.”
The union, in a member alert posted on its website early Wednesday, said it had become aware that background actors employed on the production had been required to sign a document agreeing to possibly “perform genital-to-genital touching.”
“The SAG-aftra Agreement provides that consent to appear in scenes requiring nudity or sex acts may be withdrawn at any time (consent may not be withdrawn as to scenes already shot),” SAG-aftra said. “The Agreement further provides that the set must be closed to anyone not having business with the production and that no still photography may be authorized without the consent of the background actor.”
The union said that it will have a representative on the set Wednesday to answer questions. »
- Dave McNary
Ellie Bamber ("Pride And Prejudice And Zombies") has joined the cast of the Tom Ford drama "Nocturnal Animals" at Focus Features. Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson also star.
The two-part story follows a woman (Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second part revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent. Bamber will play Gyllenhaal's daughter. [Source: Variety]
Huston's character will be a new friend of Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) and could return for a third season as she says the pair have "palpable chemistry". [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
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