11 items from 2014
Nolan's first film since The Dark Knight Rises stars McConaughey as a man who travels across the universe through a newly-created wormhole in space.
"It's the most ambitious thing he's ever done," McConaughey told Variety. "And he's done some ambitious stuff."
The Warner Bros and Paramount co-production has previously been described as "a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding".
Interstellar will open on November 7. »
2013 was the year of science-fiction.
We had movies like Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity dominating the box-office and grabbing a hatful of Oscar nominations. Spectacles like Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and Star Trek: Into Darkness providing plenty of entertainment but dividing audiences and critics. And then we had After Earth, starring a Will Smith so wooden lumberjacks were preparing to chop him down.
2014 is set to offer another meaty plate of the futuristic. Yes we have the Marvel vehicles, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, but let’s face it – they’re throwing this stuff at us from all angles. Transcendence is due out in the coming months, with Wally Pfister transforming Johnny Depp into the world’s first human Usb stick. Jupiter Ascending – the Wachowskis’ follow up to the under-appreciated Cloud Atlas – has been making some noise as of late, and we »
- Dale Barham
Person of Interest took a shocking turn when the beloved character, Carter, was killed. After struggling to deal with her death, Finch and his team have just begun to move on.
At the CBS Television Critics Association Winter Tour, I sat down and spoke with Executive Producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman about replacing the heart that Carter brought to the show, the characters upcoming journeys and the possibility of more machines out there. »
The CBS drama series Person of Interest is not your typical procedural. Sure, its characters have cases to solve every week, but there is also an ongoing mythology, character development you can really invest in, and major character deaths that affect everyone. While at the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers/writers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about when they felt they really hit their stride with the show, that they do consider the show to be a procedural that also happens to have a variety of other elements to it, how equal thought went into both the recent episode where they killed off a main character and the episode immediately following it with its aftermath, where things are headed for the rest of this season, and how they will be focusing on artificial intelligence as a commodity and the possibility of another Machine. »
- Christina Radish
It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. The Dark Knight Rises was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. The cast included: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, »
Fox is heading into comic-book territory with its new drama "Gotham." The new series follows the life of Detective Jim Gordon before he becomes commissioner, and includes the character of a young Bruce Wayne.
Fox head Kevin Reilly revealed at TCA winter press tour that "all the classic Batman characters" including the Riddler, the Penguin and the Joker will show up, and many of the show's episodes will just be about having origin stories for those villains. (Fingers crossed for a "The Killing Joke" nod in the Joker one.)
Some viewers might wonder why Fox isn't going full-out with a Batman series. After all, "Gotham" has the makings of a superhero show, but is telling its superhero's story before he picked up the cape and cowl.
An interesting fold in the ongoing drama surrounding Carter's death on "Person of Interest" has been revealed. It turns out that in addition to Taraji P. Henson's character's story arc running its course, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman wanted to give room for their "Catwoman" character, Sarah Shahi's Shaw, to come into the fray.
"Jonah Nolan came in last year and said to us that he was going to kill Carter. I almost killed myself," CBS President of Entertainment Nina Tassler tells critics at the TCA 2014 winter press tour. "And we talk about how things change. Years ago, you would never, ever kill a major character. And the rule was if it ain't broken, don't fix it. But Jonah, to his credit, came in and said, 'Look, I love my cast. Taraji is an extraordinary actress. But sort of the role that she plays in terms of »
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage. Not surprisingly, today’s freewheeling TCA panel of showrunners from CBS dramas echoed entertainment president Nina Tassler’s defense of traditional network television at her executive session earlier in the morning. On the panel were Rob Doherty (Elementary); Gary Glasberg (NCIS); Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) and Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman (Person Of Interest). Glasberg said you just can’t argue with the wider-than-cable exposure a network show can bring. “We have 18 million Facebook followers. It’s crazy,” the producer said. After a career mostly in feature film, Nolan said he appreciates the immediacy of TV. Still, he noted that the producers had joked backstage about the pressure of producing 22-24 episodes rather than cable’s usually smaller series orders. “It’s very difficult. The [number of episodes] is probably calibrated not to the length of the season but to the »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
"Person of Interest" returns from its fall break on Tuesday (Jan. 7) and launches into a new story arc for the CBS drama. Following the death of Carter and reveal of Control, the series is poised to head in a brand new direction.
Zap2it spoke with Kevin Chapman about what's next for Detective Lionel Fusco. He showed his best side in the aftermath of Carter's death, but Chapman is unsure if the changed Fusco will stick around forever.
"One of the things I would like to see is I would like to see Fusco be morally challenged. He was in the past, but he's kind of had someone looking over his shoulder. That element is no longer," he explains. "It was really nice to see, when he had the confrontation with Simmons, that speech about what Carter meant to him and that she showed him that he could be good »
The first half of Person of Interest Season 3 did some heavy lifting. The battle with Hr hit a fever pitch, ultimately costing Detective Carter her life. New light was shed on Mr. Finch’s past, and we got a glimpse at Shaw’s own backstory. Root warned of a larger fight to come. And as the CBS drama entered the break, the mysterious Control was revealed — as was the possible existence of a second Machine.
And mind you, the worst is yet to come for Team Machine.
Preview | Winter TV Spoiler-palooza! Your Guide to NCIS, NCIS: La and 29 Other Returning »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
New Person Of Interest season 3 second half spoilers revealed by Producers. Recently, "Person Of Interest" executive producers, Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman , hit up TV Line to give them the new spoiler skinny on what's going down on the show when the 2nd half of season 3 starts back up. It turns out that we're going to see a cluster F of villains. Various entities will battle for control of The Machine, causing Root to start looking to take matters into her own hands, and more. In their spoiler reveal, they said: "As Ep Jonah Nolan puts it, no less that "a clusterf—k of villains" will target Team Machine in Episode 12, including but not limited to Control and Vigilance. Describing the theme for the second half as "escalation," Nolan says, "As taxing, difficult and ultimately lethal as the battle with Hr was, that was just the beginning of the challenges »
11 items from 2014
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