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It seems Christopher Nolan has a knack of letting everyone -- the audience and his collaborators -- know only what he wants them to know when it comes to his movies before what he determines to be the right time. In the case of Interstellar we still don't know too much even though an old draft of the screenplay is floating around and the fact we know it's about wormholes and a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass, what the synopsis calls, the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Got thatc Well, that may or may not be more information than Nolan gave his Inception composer, Hans Zimmer, before he began work on the film's score. Speaking with British GQ (via Wdef), Zimmer said, "All I will say is this: before I began, last January, »
- Brad Brevet
Christopher Nolan was in Las Vegas today to show off his latest sci-fi epic to theater owners at CinemaCon. While those in attendance expected to find out something new about the movie, the director remained tight-lipped about Interstellar and its storyline. He did, however, issue a stern warning to those in attendence about its presentation in theaters later this year.
Paramount will release the movie on November 7th. And Christopher Nolan hopes that theaters are extremely diligent in showing the movie in the way it was meant to be seen, claiming that it's presentation will be more important than any film he has ever done.
""We shot quite a lot of the film in IMAX, more than we had ever done in the past. There will be some really beautiful IMAX film prints that will be in certain key locations. And we are really maximizing the various technical capabilities out there, »
Cute in Court: Bears and Mice Controversially Live In Harmony
We are not for lack of anthropomorphized mice nor bears, from all the way back to Mickey through Ratatouille‘s Remy, to Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear and Jungle Book‘s Baloo, yet Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner’s loving adaptation of Gabrielle Vincent’s charmingly subdued children’s book series Ernest & Celestine most recalls that of another beloved bear – Winnie the Pooh. While Vincent’s original works utilized a somewhat scribbly watercolor look, the adapting filmmakers have acclimated Vincent’s style to the animated form, and in doing, have produced an earthy but elegant hand drawn effect that closely resembles Disney’s watercolored take on Alan Alexander Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood. Though bumbling and forever as hungry as Pooh bear, Ernest inhibits an allegorical microcosm far less innocent and far more socially critical than his honey-crazed counterpart. »
- Jordan M. Smith
If you're only mildly curious about the Oscar-nominated (Best Animated Film) "Ernest & Celestine," then we can all but guarantee that you'll be scrambling to see it after you watch this gorgeous exclusive preview. (We liken it to watching a million watercolor paintings come to life, but you can come up with your own simile once the initial wave of child-like wonder wears off.)
Based on the beloved book by French author Gabrielle Vincent, "Ernest & Celestine" tells the tale of an unexpected friendship between an orphaned mouse (Celestine, voiced by Mackenzie Foy) and a down-and-out bear (Ernest, voiced by Forest Whitaker). How adorable is that?! Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright also lend their voices to the movie.
In our preview, we follow the impossibly cute Celestine as she makes her way through the bustling underground village she calls home. There's a mouse in a boat, »
- Tim Hayne
Might be the most ridiculously cute movie I’ve ever seen, in a way that transforms adorableness into something honest and wise and deeply satisfying. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This might be the most ridiculously cute movie I’ve ever seen. Not cute in a schmalty, sappy, insipid way, but in a way that transforms adorableness into something honest and wise and deeply satisfying, like how the best children’s picture books do. (Indeed, this is based on the series of books by Gabrielle Vincent.) An ineffable sweetness arises as if by accident from this simple story of a mouse, Celestine (the voice of Pauline Brunner), and a bear, Ernest (the voice of Lambert Wilson: Flawless), who overcome the “natural” animosity between their kind to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Taboo friendship is one of the many resonant themes in the sweetly strange and delicately animated “Ernest & Celestine,” which is up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and is co-directed by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner. The French film is based on a series of twenty children’s books by Gabrielle Vincent, which follows the ongoing adventures of a bear and mouse, illustrating both literally and figuratively that odd couples can endure over time.Celestine (voiced by Pauline Brunner in the French version; Mackenzie Foy in the American dubbed version) is a young mouse with aspirations of being an artist, but forced into dental school. (The head mouse at the dental office where she studies waxes poetic on the importance of the incisor to the greater mouse civilization.) The best way to procure extra incisors for beleaguered mice missing teeth is for the students to steal them from »
- Beth Hanna
We're about a week away from Hollywood's biggest night, which means it's time for me to share my first picks to win Oscar gold. First up, my selections for animated feature, documentary feature, cinematography, adapted screenplay and original screenplay: • Best Documentary Oscar prognosticators are split between the fiendishly talented backup singers in 20 Feet from Stardom and the stomach-churning "gangsters" in The Act of Killing, and so am I. Still, I have to tip the scale toward The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer's gut-punch of a film about the men who carried out the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Oppenheimer and his crew »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Christopher Nolan’s mysterious flick Interstellar has been one of my favorite movies to cover over the past several months because everyone on the project has been really tight lipped. No major plot details have been released. In fact, the teaser that we posted (and have reposted at the bottom) is also completely void of plot points.
In a recent interview with Variety, star of Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey talked a tiny bit about the movie and that it had even just wrapped filming, and wrapped early. Check out what he said about Interstellar in that interview below, followed by the teaser.
[H]e will be seen this November in Christopher Nolan’s top-secret sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” While he can’t divulge anything about the plot, McConaughey does say: “Here’s what I can tell you,” before slipping into the third person. “It’s the most ambitious thing he’s ever done. »
- Jess Orso
Interstellar may not be much of a departure for director Christopher Nolan, who gave us the sci-fi blockbuster Inception between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, but it certainly is a big step for Matthew McConaughey. The actor is in the midst of a career renaissance, fresh off his Oscar-nominated turn in Dallas Buyers Club, returning to big-budget fare with this outer space thriller, which hits theaters November 7. There is still much we don't know about Interstellar, but the actor revealed that this project is the director's most ambitious to date, in a recent interview.
The story centers on a group of explorers who use newly-discovered wormholes to expand our knowledge on space travel, science and technology. While Matthew McConaughey wouldn't divulge any specific plot details, he teased that it is by far the biggest project the filmmaker has ever done.
"Here's what I can tell you. It's »
Matthew McConaughey's career has enjoyed a huge resurgence over the past few years, and could culminate with an Academy Award next month for his acclaimed role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. And the actor is showing little signs of slowing down; along with the hit HBO series True Detective, his next film will see him venturing to the far reaches of space as part of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar. During an interview with Variety, McConaughey has spoken about the upcoming film, stating that it's Nolan's "most ambitious" project to date - no small feat when you consider his past films include the likes of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception.
"Here’s what I can tell you," states McConaughey. "It's the most ambitious thing [Nolan] has ever done. And he’s done some ambitious stuff. He came up to me and said, ‘Mud. »
- Gary Collinson
Inspired by the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, the toon follows the adventures of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a journey across a world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.
Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon produced with Luxembourg’s Melusine Prods., Belgium’s The Big Farm, Denmark »
- Elsa Keslassy
Fresh off the film’s Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination, GKids has released a U.S. trailer for the French animated film Ernest & Celestine. Directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, and Stéphane Aubier, the story revolves around a young artistic mouse named Celestine (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) who strikes up a friendly relationship with a bear named Ernest (voiced by Forest Whitaker), despite the fact that her fellow mice live in fear of being eaten by bears. This trailer highlights the delightfully charming relationship between the titular duo and the adventurous spirit of the pic as a whole, which finds Ernest and Celestine on the run and getting into various hijinks. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The U.S. release also features the voices of Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright. Ernest & Celestine opens stateside in limited release on February 28th. »
- Adam Chitwood
Here's a friendly reminder that when it comes to animated films, you have options outside the usual Hollywood stuff from Pixar, Fox and DreamWorks, that are no less creative and charming. A new trailer for the Oscar nominated "Ernest & Celestine" is here, and it'll send some warm vibes your way. Building buzz on the festival circuit last year with stops in Cannes and Tiff among other places, the story follows the unlikely bond forged between artist, dreamer and mouse Celestine and a musician/poet bear named Ernest. Their friendship goes against the rules of the world around them where mice and bears don't interact, with the film offering a charming parable about prejudice. It really does look like good-hearted fare, and the English voice cast (the original film is in French) is pretty top shelf with the unmistakable Lauren Bacall joined by Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I named Ernest & Celestine as the Best Animated Film of 2013 in my 2013 RopeofSilicon Awards and yet it hasn't even hit theaters here in the States yet outside of an Oscar-qualifying run late last year. Directed by A Town Called Panic helmers Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar along with Benjamin Renner, the film has been granted an English dubbing for its Us release as it will open in Los Angeles on February 28 and New York on March 14 followed by national expansion to all major Us markets over the subsequent weekends. The story follows the two title characters, a mouse named Celestine and a bear named Ernest. In this story, based on the book by Gabrielle Vincent, the bears live above ground while the mice live below. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. »
- Brad Brevet
Though it's mostly American animated films that made up the nominees for Best Animated Feature from the 86th Academy Award nominations, France got their film Ernest & Celestine nominated alongside The Croods, Frozen, Despicable Me 2 and The Wind Rises. Now the film is poised to get a release in the United States with a more familiar cast providing the voices for the English dubbed version. The Us release of the film has the voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright. Now the first trailer featuring their voices is here. Watch! The Us trailer for Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier's Ernest & Celestine from Apple: Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an »
- Ethan Anderton
Walt Disney Animation's Frozen took top honors as Best Animated Feature at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA's Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to Chipotle Scarecrow (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios); Best Animated Short Subject Get a Horse (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial Despicable Me 2 (Cinemark-Illumination Entertainment/Universal); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children Disney Sofia the First (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children's Audience Adventure Time (Cartoon Network Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Futurama (20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game The Last of Us (Naughty Dog); and Best Student Film Wedding Cake (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg - Viola Baier, Iris Frisch).
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in »
Walt Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen’ took top honors as Best Animated Feature at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘Chipotle Scarecrow’ (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios); Best Animated Short Subject ‘Get A Horse!’ (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Despicable Me 2’ (Cinemark-Illumination Entertainment/Universal); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Disney Sofia the First’ (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience ‘Adventure Time’ (Cartoon Network Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production ‘Futurama’ (20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game ‘The Last of Us’ (Naughty Dog); and Best Student Film ‘Wedding Cake’ (Filmakademie Baden- Wuerttemberg – Viola Baier, Iris Frisch). Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as »
- Josh Abraham
Walt Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen’ took top honors as Best Animated Feature at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘Chipotle Scarecrow’ (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios); Best Animated Short Subject ‘Get A Horse!’ (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Despicable Me 2′ (Cinemark-Illumination Entertainment/Universal); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Disney Sofia the First’ (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience ‘Adventure Time’(Cartoon Network Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production ‘Futurama’ (20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game ‘The Last of Us’ (Naughty Dog); and Best Student Film ‘Wedding Cake’(Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg - Viola Baier, Iris Frisch).
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as »
- Michelle McCue
Take another look @ set footage and images from "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan's upcoming science fiction feature "Interstellar", starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.
The new film intends to "...travel the globe to bring to the screen 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.
"'Interstellar' details the toll climate change has taken on agriculture, with corn the last crop to be cultivated. The scientists embark on a journey through a worm hole into other dimensions in search of somewhere other crops can be grown...".
- Michael Stevens
With the wait for Oscar nominations to be announced now over, the wait for information regarding many films we still know very little about, has begun. One of these in particular is Ernest & Celestine, directed by Benjamin Renner, Stephanie Aubier and Vincent Patar which received a nomination for Best Animated Feature. The film is being premièred for the first time in its English language version this week at Sundance Film Festival, and with that comes several new posters celebrating the film's release.
Little is known about the film's narrative, other than the fact it revolves around a relationship between a mouse and a bear, and the inherent differences that they both have. The English voice cast is very solid, featuring such talents as Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright. Ernest & Celestine will be facing off against The Croods, Frozen, »
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