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It's not often you see a movie on the cover of Time, but here it is. All eyes are on "Interstellar" for the next few weeks. In the cover story, director Christopher Nolan and Oscar contenders Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain and co-star Anne Hathaway talk about the smart science behind the soon-to-be Hollywood blockbuster (go behind-the-scenes of the shoot). "Interstellar" opens Tuesday night, November 4, in 70mm, IMAX and 35mm screens: 4k digital and regular digital will play wide Friday, November 7. Read our Toh! review plus six reasons why the movie isn't a best picture slam dunk here. Our Q&A with Nolan, who reveals that he set out to make a modern-day "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," is here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
'Interstellar' movie review: 'Ravishing, but overextended mind-bender' (photo: Anne Hathaway in 'Interstellar') There are many intriguing questions raised in director Christopher Nolan's ravishing, overextended mind-bender Interstellar. One of the first: has a theoretical physicist ever received an executive producer credit on a nine-figure, studio movie? Probably not, but if 74-year old Caltech professor Kip Thorne were to find any director willing to tap his intellect for an above-the-line credit, it would be Nolan. His movies are puzzle boxes of plot and theme that have become grander in scope as they've become more opaque in effect. At this point, every Nolan film contains the moment when we ask ourselves if the director himself has completely thought everything through. That's certainly true of Interstellar, where the London-born director and his screenwriter brother Jonathan utilize Thorne's theories on relativity and gravitational physics to bandy about questions as deep »
- Mark Keizer
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
The wait is finally over. The veil over one of the year’s most anticipated films has been lifted. So is Interstellar going to be a blockbuster hit? A major Oscar contender? A good movie?
The answer is all three. The film started screening in earnest last week with a Wednesday night “tastemaker” showing at the California Science Center IMAX that was heavily attended by Oscar voters (just as it had been in NYC a couple of nights earlier). But Paramount, as has been the case with all Christopher Nolan films, kept the movie shrouded in secrecy and had put a strict embargo on reviews and plot discussion until this morning (one online trade posted a spoiler-heavy piece after that Wednesday screening, but much of it mysteriously disappeared once the studio saw it in the morning.) There have been numerous screenings since, including a couple for the SAG nominating committee »
- Pete Hammond
Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sci-fi film Interstellar was recently screened for members of the press, and the reviews are mostly positive. Many of the reviews praise the incredible looking visuals of the film and technical direction, but it seems like the emotional core of the story didn't hit with everyone. I try to stay away from reviews for movies like this until after I see it, but I couldn't help myself this time around. I had to read them! The movie is set to be released in theaters a week from tomorrow, and I already have my tickets to watch it in 70mm IMAX.
I included several excerpts from certain interviews below for you to read. You can click on the links to read the full interviews for each one. Look them over if you want and let us know if they sway your excitement for the movie in any way. »
- Joey Paur
Variety's Scott Foundas on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: "As visually and conceptually audacious as anything Nolan has yet done, the director’s ninth feature also proves more emotionally accessible than his coolly cerebral thrillers and Batman movies, touching on such eternal themes as the sacrifices parents make for their children (and vice versa) and the world we will leave for the next generation to inherit. An enormous undertaking that, like all the director’s best work, manages to feel handcrafted and intensely personal, Interstellar reaffirms Nolan as the premier big-canvas storyteller of his generation, more than earning its place alongside The Wizard of Oz, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Gravity in the canon of Hollywood’s visionary sci-fi head trips." We're collecting reviews along with related video. » - David Hudson »
To infinity and beyond goes “Interstellar,” an exhilarating slalom through the wormholes of Christopher Nolan’s vast imagination that is at once a science-geek fever dream and a formidable consideration of what makes us human. As visually and conceptually audacious as anything Nolan has yet done, the director’s ninth feature also proves more emotionally accessible than his coolly cerebral thrillers and Batman movies, touching on such eternal themes as the sacrifices parents make for their children (and vice versa) and the world we will leave for the next generation to inherit. An enormous undertaking that, like all the director’s best work, manages to feel handcrafted and intensely personal, “Interstellar” reaffirms Nolan as the premier big-canvas storyteller of his generation, more than earning its place alongside “The Wizard of Oz,” “2001,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Gravity” in the canon of Hollywood’s visionary sci-fi head trips. Global »
- Scott Foundas
They say we don't go to outer space anymore. But Christopher Nolan is doing a pretty good job of faking it. It's October 2013, and we are on the set of code name Flora's Letter, a.k.a. Interstellar, an epic sci-fi adventure that represents the beginning of the director's post-Batman life. Working on the same soundstage where he once built a dank batty cave for Christian Bale to skulk in, the British-American helmer has constructed a starship to take Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway across the universe to find salvation for the human race. On screen that ship, the Endurance, »
- Jeff Jensen
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Two time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon turns 75 today. Since we don't like any major actresses to totally fade from public consciousness when they stop working, let's look back. Though her last working year was 2007 her most recent high profile gig goes back much further to a SAG nomination as part of the ensemble of Magnolia (1999, pictured left) in which she played wife and mother to Phillip Baker Hall and Melora Walters.
Though she'd been working for a decade before it in small parts (TV guest gigs and improvisational comedy) her first real claim-to-fame came as "Memphis Sue" Woody Guthrie's wife in the Best Picture nominated bio Bound for Glory (1976). She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Acting Debut" (a now long defunct category) even though it wasn't her debut. Dillon's breakout led to bigger parts and two well-regarded Oscar nominations though curiously the Globes, who had first honored her, »
- NATHANIEL R
There's no getting around it. Science fiction provides the bedrock for pretty much all of the biggest blockbusters Hollywood is producing at the moment.
Sci-fi moved quickly as Hollywood developed new visual effects to tell vastly different stories. From the transcendent 2001: A Space Odyssey to the galaxy-hopping soap opera of Star Wars, right through to horror Alien and the thrill-ride of Gravity, the genre has proved to be more malleable than any other.
Just this year, we've seen Marvel infuse the superhero movie with a dose of sci-fi in Guardians of the Galaxy - a movie that currently sits on top of the 2014 worldwide box office with a staggering $650 million in ticket sales.
The BFI are also launching »
Lately, it seems like filmmakers have been taking inspiration from Steven Spielberg's classic "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind." Christopher Nolan recently cited it as an influence on his upcoming "Interstellar," and it looks like the movie will also have some fingerprints on Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland." "Another big influence for Jeff Jensen and I when we first started talking about this story was 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind,' ” screenwriter Damon Lindelof told EW. “Somehow it was able to do what no modern movies are able to do, which is tell a story that doesn’t have a bad guy who is trying to blow up the planet, or giant robots fighting, or lots of karate —though who doesn’t love karate? It was so not plot driven. It was just a pure discovery movie. It was pure what-if. Just that idea of what’s going on here? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brad Bird's sci-fi/fantasy adventure pic Tomorrowland has remained a great mystery, until now. A few photos have surfaced online, showcasing George Clooney and Britt Robertson (Under The Dome), as well as some great story details, which don't actually reveal too much of the plot, but do prepare us for what's in store.
Entertainment Weekly revealed two first photos, some stunning concept art of Tomorrowland itself, and the new details. The film will revolve around Robertson's Casey Newton, a teenage girl from Florida who stumbles upon a mysterious pin that "reveals a vision of a place that may not be a different world but simple a better one." It seems her job is to find this place (without the pin maybe?), and that's where Clooney comes in. He plays a "hermit and failed inventor" who can help the teen get to where she wants to go.
When describing the idea of the film, »
- Laura Frances
Fans attending New York Comic-Con tomorrow will get their first look at Disney's highly-anticipated and mysterious adventure Tomorrowland during Disney's panel, but today, Entertainment Weekly has released the first photos and concept art, featuring stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson.
The plot centers on a young Florida girl named Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), an optimistic and perpetually-curious teenager who discovers a pin that gives her a unique vision of the future every time she touches it, which can be seen in the concept art below. This vision sends her on a quest with a disillusioned genius named Frank Walker (George Clooney) to find the magical world of Tomorrowland.
Director Brad Bird revealed that the movie begins by asking questions about the good and bad aspects of the future.
"We begin our movie asking what did [the future] used to be? What's good about the future and what's scary about it? And we »
Though the esteemed director flirted with the opportunity of helming Star Wars: Episode VII, Brad Bird chose to follow up Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with a wholly new sci-fi project, Tomorrowland. Ever since Disney pushed the film from its planned 2014 release, the project has remained shrouded in mystery — until now, at least.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at the George Clooney-led production, including some wonderful futuristic concept art courtesy of Syd Mead (which you can check out in full below).
And while we know next to nothing about the plot, it’s understood that Tomorrowland will orbit around Britt Robertson’s Casey Newtown, a young girl living near Cape Carnveral who happens across a mysterious pin-like object. That pin essentially acts as a conduit, transporting her to a time and place in the far future.
As the plot unravels, Robertson’s character encounters Frank Walker »
- Michael Briers
It never was, but is always near, can never be seen, but will always show up—although it disappears the moment it arrives... The solution to this old riddle is simple: Tomorrow. But for those awaiting a glimpse of Disney's upcoming sci-fi/fantasy adventure Tomorrowland, the answer is not so elusive. Here's an exclusive preview of what's-to-come from the deeply shrouded new Brad Bird film. "We begin our movie asking what did used to be?" Bird says. "What’s good about the future and what’s scary about it? And we wrestle with those things in a slightly mythical way. »
- Anthony Breznican
Review: Adam Wing. Any film that opens with a conversation between Jesus Christ and a room full of bald children has to be worth watching, right? The Visitor combines stunning imagery with devilish set-pieces, alongside a top-notch cast including John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero as Jesus. That's right, Jesus! Who could ask for more? The first exchange is priceless. When Jesus asks a mysterious stranger (The Visitor), "Has it happened again?" The Visitor replies, "Her name is Katy Collins and she will be eight years old". Then, quite brilliantly, an overzealous soundtrack kicks in, rocking the TV speakers for all their worth. Be warned. It won't be the last time this happens. A bizarre mix of The Exorcist, The Omen and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Visitor certainly has its fair share of haters, humorously dubbed by critics as ‘a turkey made of cement »
"It's not straight action and it's not straight thriller," director Christopher Nolan told Empire when discussing the tone of his new movie Interstellar. "I do liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid. A lot of them by Steven Spielberg. I don't like talking about Spielberg too much because he was the director on the project before me and I don't want to keep coming back to that, but the truth is, there's a great spirit to films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven't seen it in a very long time." These are the kinds of words I love hearing, particularly that "I haven't seen it in a very long time" bit as Nolan recognizes the change in the cinematic landscape and wants to bring audiences closer to what he experienced with movies when he was younger. »
- Brad Brevet
Christopher Nolan's Intertellar has unveiled its final trailer.
Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon and Michael Caine are all in the supporting cast for the film, which is based on scientific theories from physicist Kip Thorne and a screenplay penned by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan.
Interstellar will open in cinemas worldwide on November 7. »
It's time to play Spot The Influence. With Christopher Nolan citing "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "Jaws" and "The Right Stuff" as reference points for his upcoming "Interstellar," a promo has arrived from Down Under with all kinds of new footage, and perhaps you can see where those movies fit in. Running a minute long, this trailer/TV spot features a batch of intriguing new bits of scenes. Of course, nothing is spoiled about the plot, other than what we know — Matthew McConaughey has to travel really far to save the planet and humanity, and he'll be landing on distant planets. If there is any vibe we're getting off this, at least visually, it's '2001' though of course, once more of the story is revealed, so too will we get a better sense of the texture. "Interstellar" arrives on November 7th. Check out the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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