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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. Next year HBO is bringing us back to the park with their series reimagining of Crichton’s cautionary technology tale, and now the first photo of Ed Harris as the villainous Man in Black has been released.
EW unveiled the first image of Ed Harris as The Man in Black, a character described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” Last month, a photo of Ingrid Bolsø Berdal’s character taking aim with a rifle was also released.
“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 »
- Derek Anderson
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a new image from HBO’s upcoming Westworld TV adaptation, featuring Ed Harris as The Man in Black, a character described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man”…
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is produced by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), and will see Harris joined in the cast by the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), James Marsden (X-Men), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), 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), 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 »
- Gary Collinson
Given the people behind the cameras – producers Jonah Nolan, Lisa Joy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, and some of those who will appear before them (Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood to name but three), it’s hardly surprising that HBO would push the new version of Westworld into series production as quickly as it did. With a new image of Ed Harris from the show online, Entertainment Weekly has talked to Nolan and Joy about their vision for the show.This being a co-production of a Nolan and Abrams, they’re careful not to give away too much. But they do explain the appeal of taking on a concept originated by Michael “Jurassic Park” Crichton four decades ago. “What you feel in the film is there’s this larger world that he barely has time to explore. It leaves you breathless. Westworld goes from one fucking massive idea to the next, »
One of the most intriguing new series set to screen this year is HBO's remake of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature "Westworld" about a futuristic theme park where visitors interact with lifelike androids who one day fight back.
It's a familiar story, but series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy tell EW that by doing it as a much darker and more adult TV series, they get to explore a lot more nuance than the film ever did:
"The glory of doing it as a series is that you get to kind of dance in the little spaces that were left unexplored. In a film, you only have a finite amount of time, and you're so concerned with saying what happened and making it a gripping short story with a satisfying ending.
But in a TV series, you can really take a novelistic approach and explore characters that you wouldn't ordinarily see, »
- Garth Franklin
One of the most highly-anticipated shows coming to the small screen this year is HBO's Westworld, based on the 1973 film of the same name which marked the directorial debut of author/filmmaker Michael Crichton. Following the first two photos from the series released last month, Entertainment Weekly has yet another new photo that showcases a different look at Ed Harris as the robotic Gunslinger, originally played by Yul Brynner in the Westworld movie.
Entertainment Weekly also spoke with series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who offered details on the show, which doesn't have a premiere date set at this time. Westworld is set in a futuristic theme park where visitors interact with lifelike android robots, until one day when the robots strike back against the humans. When asked how they went about converting a single movie into a weekly TV series, Lisa Joy had this to say.
"The glory »
Hailed as “the most exhilarating film this century”, director Christopher Nolan’s “must-see masterpiece” (New York Post) Interstellar makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand March 31, 2015, from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD March 17, 2015.
A breathtaking filmmaking achievement, Interstellar has been named one of the Top Ten movies of the year by Rolling Stone, Esquire, theNew York Post and more, and has received five Academy Award nominations including Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Score. Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey1 stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. The film also stars Academy Award-winners Anne Hathaway2 and Michael Caine3 and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain4 and »
- Michelle McCue
Here's what you already know: HBO's upcoming Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 film written and directed by visionary author Michael Crichton. Like the author's best-known work, Jurassic Park, it's about a theme park where rather unique attractions (in Westworld's case, lifelike androids) break from their assigned roles and kill the guests. HBO's series version is from Interstellar and The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan (brother of director Christopher) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), along with mega-producer J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. It boasts an impressive cast led by Anthony Hopkins (in his first TV series regular role), James Marsden, »
- James Hibberd
Has a S.H.I.E.L.D. romance been shot down for good? Why should Grey’s fans liquor up? Will Castle leave you hanging? Which Arrow pairing has been postponed? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans needs some SkyeWard hope after a certain shot(s) heard round the world in the winter finale. Got anything on their future? –Brooke
It would seem that any last shred of affection ‘tween the two took its hits as well. As Brett Dalton tells me, “Ward had a hell of a time »
By Anjelica Oswald
With a number of critically and commercially successful films to their names, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson have their admirers, those who assume they could do no wrong. But there are those who are divided in their opinions. Nolan’s Interstellar and Fincher’s Gone Girl topped the domestic box office when they were released and currently hold the No. 15 and No. 17 spots, respectively, for the highest-grossing films in the domestic box office for 2014; however, the films received mixed reviews from Academy members and critics. Anderson’s Inherent Vice expanded nationwide Jan. 9, and while some loved the drug-fueled dark comedy, others were lost in the haze.
The question surrounding these three directors is can these men land Oscar nominations Thursday despite the divisive response their films collected?
Well, both Fincher and Anderson have received Oscar nominations for directing in past years.
- Anjelica Oswald
Because, they tell TVLine, the CBS drama had been looking to off a major character this season. “We’re not making that show” where “nothing happens,” showrunner Jonah Nolan explains.
On the heels of Shahi sharing her own story about how her pregnant pause gave birth to a shocking twist, Nolan and co-showrunner Greg Plageman here discuss the team “turmoil” ahead for Shaw’s teammates, that pair of unexpected liplocks, »
It took Sony Classics long enough this year, but they have finally made available several of their award contending screenplays available for download and I also have the screenplay for Open Road's Nightcrawler, Universal's Unbroken and Paramount Pictures offers up The Gambler, which means we are now up to 30 screenplays available for download. That's a lot of reading material. As for the Sony Classics offerings, they include Damien Chazelle's much talked about screenplay for Whiplash, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman's Foxcatcher, the raucous Wild Tales and Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner among others. Of course, also below are all the previously available screenplays including Boyhood, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel and so on and so on. Happy downloading! 20th Century Fox The Fault in Our Stars (Download the Script) Gone Girl (Download the Script) A24 Locke (Download the Script) A Most Violent Year (Download the Script »
- Brad Brevet
[Spoiler Alert! This article contains an interview about a major character exit on Person of Interest.] Catch your breath, Poi fans — answers have arrived! Tuesday’s shocking episode claimed Samaritan’s latest victim: Shaw, who went out in a blaze of glory by sacrificing herself so the rest of Team Machine could escape. It’s a bold, dynamic move for Shaw, and a bittersweet one for actress Sarah Shahi (who spoke with EW about her decision to leave the series—she’s pregnant!). EW caught up with executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman to talk about that big twist and the much-anticipated kiss between the show’s electrifying women. »
- Marc Snetiker
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
A version of this story appears in the The Hollywood Reporter’s January awards issue.
Christopher Nolan is responsible for many of the most critically and/or commercially successful films of the 21st century: Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and, in 2014, the epic inter-planetary/inter-dimensional sci-fi drama Interstellar, which he co-wrote with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, and directed alongside his longtime producer and wife of 17 years, Emma Thomas.
The much discussed and debated Interstellar cost $165 million to make and has thus far grossed more than $650 million worldwide, making it the only title among 2014’s top 10 worldwide earners that is not a remake, sequel, reboot or adaptation, but rather an entirely original film, something that is increasingly rare among the output of the big studios. While some have taken issues with elements of its plot and sound mixing, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Interstellar is still playing in Us theaters and has currently accumulated $650 M Usd at the global box office. If you're a fan of Nolan and want to learn how the director views shooting action, VFX and editing footage, check out the clip below. Related Content: Christopher Nolan Says No To A Justice League Movie Bond Producer Says There Is Strong Interest In Christohper Nolan Christopher Nolan Next Movie After Interstellar Is Ready Player One? Christopher Nolan Wrote An Interstellar Comic Book 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 »
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