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By Anjelica Oswald
Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is hoping to join Guardians of the Galaxy, another space-related film, at the top of the box office after it opens Nov. 5 and could garner a best picture Oscar nomination. In the trailer, Matthew McConaughey‘s character says, “We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars; now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt,” so one wonders how often the Academy looks skyward for best picture nominees and if voting members have set a precedent for space films to do well at the Oscars. Though many of the voting members came of age when President John F. Kennedy said we were going to put the first man on the moon, only six space-related films have been nominated for best picture: Gravity (2013), District 9 (2009), Avatar (2009), Apollo 13 (1995), The Right Stuff »
- Anjelica Oswald
In co-writer and director Christopher Nolan’s vision of the future, it’s not the death of our planet’s vegetation that poses the greatest threat to humanity, but a lack of ambition. As crops fail and the Earth shrivels into a dust bowl, its inhabitants have stopped looking up at the stars with hope, and instead face their fate with a gloomy resignation. “We don’t need engineers,” a teacher tells Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper, a test pilot turned farmer, “we ran out of food.”
Nolan’s latest magnum opus, arguably his riskiest so far, is a grand meditation on exploration, loneliness, love and self-sacrifice. In the tradition of such weighty genre classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris, this feels like the director’s own attempt to make what Arthur »
Matthew McConaughey stars in the movie alongside Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy, which is based on scientific theories from physicist Kip Thorne and a screenplay penned by Christopher and his brother Jonathan.
Digital Spy rounds up the critical reactions to the highly-anticipated film from across the media.
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
"After a muted initial hour, Interstellar delivers visually spectacular and exhilarating action once it gets out into deep space, with Hans Zimmer's organ-heavy score soaring alongside other moments of perfect silence. Nolan has described the film as a mirror image of Inception, and the comparison certainly comes to mind during a climactic set piece on a snowy planet, the emotional stakes heightened here by a small-but-pivotal turn from Matt Damon.
"Interstellar is a spine-tingling blend of brains and heart, »
The stars aligned for the Hollywood premiere of “Interstellar” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 26. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and others joined Christopher Nolan to unveil Paramount’s highly anticipated (and closely guarded) sci-fi film, opening Nov. 5 in select theaters and nationwide on November 7.
Famously press-shy, director/producer/co-writer Nolan took photos and gave a few quotes on the red carpet before ducking into the theater with his wife Emma Thomas, also a producer on the film, letting his cast and collaborators do most of the talking.
Hathaway said people should expect to “have their minds bent and their hearts opened.”
In the film, Hathaway joins Matthew McConaughey’s character, Cooper, on an unprecedented mission with the bravest men and women alive in the hopes of saving humanity after Earth has become uninhabitable. But in order to do so, they must leave their families behind, unsure »
- Angie Romero
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
The Wrap: "Launches Perfectly, Crumbles Upon Landing" "The universe-spanning saga — starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain — is challenging, provocative, and gorgeous. Until it isn't. To paraphrase Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight,” we don't get the prestige filmmakers we need, we get the ones we deserve. And one of the ones we seemingly deserve is Nolan himself, a filmmaker with a keen visual sense but also one who undercuts the big, challenging ideas of his movies with unnecessarily tidy resolutions." - Alonso Duralde The Playlist: "Winds up fitting into a fairly narrow and deeply tired sub-genre" "After all the jaw-dropping cinematography and carefully-buffed CGI, in fact, "Interstellar" winds up fitting into a fairly narrow and deeply tired sub-genre alongside films like "Frequency," "Contact," and even "Field of Dreams": Dad Issues from Dimension X. It's impossible to not admire the technical achievements of "Interstellar," but as Michael Bay »
The single greatest moment in human history, that particular kernel of time in which all of our best nature triumphed over all of our worst, was when we first set foot on the moon. The idea that we started as basic tool users at some point in our past, looked up into the sky, pointed at that thing overhead and said, "We are going there," is completely insane, and yet, we did that. One of the primary themes of Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated new film "Interstellar" is that we are in danger as a species when we lose our drive to explore. The film is set in a future where we have had to give our full attention to survival, when the idea of space travel is off the table completely. And while that seems extreme, considering the way the world felt when I was a kid living two hours »
- Drew McWeeny
Snowpiercer will be available on Blu-ray and DVD October 21, 2014. Visionary director Bong Joon Ho’s “enormously ambitious and visually stunning,” (Scott Foundas, Variety) film has been widely praised as “a superb masterpiece of science fiction” (MTV).
Wamg is giving away prizepacks to celebrate the film’s Blu-ray/DVD release.
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- Movie Geeks
Three weeks; that’s all that’s remaining between now and the release of Christopher Nolan’s hotly-anticipated sci-fi flick, Interstellar. We’ve been treated with trailer after trailer for the film, and for those of you that like to abstain from marketing material in order to go into the theater with a clean slate, you’ll be pleased to know that more than one hour of Interstellar was filmed on IMAX.
Getting back to the topic at hand, though, and Entertainment Weekly has published an extensive spread on Nolan’s latest, showcasing some behind-the-scenes stills from the set.
Speaking with the magazine, lead actor Matthew McConaughey — who plays Joesph Cooper in the film — also hinted that Nolan’s latest work harbours an emotional core and is, perhaps, his most inspiring work to date.
“Nobody is able to put more scope, scale, awe on screen than Chris. But I think »
- Michael Briers
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
By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue
“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”
On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.
Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition »
- Movie Geeks
By the time Season 1 ended, we were pretty disappointed in Syfy's "Helix," but some casting news for Season 2 has come in along with a few more details of what's ahead for the members of the Cdc so we thought we'd pass it on.
From the Press Release:
The second season of "Helix" finds the doctors of the Centers for Disease Control, still haunted by the Narvik outbreak and the events that took place in Arctic Biosystems, investigating a deadly outbreak of a new disease on a Windjammer cruise ship. Their investigation leads them to a mysterious island inhabited by a cult with the hope of creating a utopian society.
Filming for the series’ 13-episode second season is currently under way in Montreal, »
- Debi Moore
"There are more unmade movies than there are made movies," says Frank Pavich, director of Jodorowsky's Dune, the documentary chronicling director Alejandro Jodorowsky's efforts to adapt Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel for the big screen. His effort began almost a decade before the generally unsatisfying David Lynch version hit theatres in 1984.
Back in the mid 70s, widely credited as the creator of the Midnight Film genre with the release of El Topo (which caused a riot during its viewing at a film festival in Mexico), and fresh from the success of The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky was given his choice of subject for his next movie. He elected to adapt Dune, even though he had never even read the book.
"Dune will be the coming of a god, »
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
Today an animated Gif of the staircase shot from Contact hit the front page of Reddit. And that's great, because if you're a regular reader, you may remember that we've already explained why Contact is the best science fiction movie no one talks about. Well, today people are talking about it, so I wanted to join in and further explain the deeper meaning of this shot. First, the technical explanation, and then the thematic explanation that kicks everything to the next level. It's a very clever cinematography trick accomplished by filming three different shots and blending them together. Shot A is Jena Malone running up the stairs. Shot B is the opening of a medicine cabinet with a blue screen where the mirror would be. Shot C (not included in the Gif below...
- Peter Hall
To mark the release of Helix Season 1 on 30th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.
Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (TV’s “Battlestar Galactica”), Steven Maeda (TV’s “Lost,” “CSI: Miami,” “The X-Files”), who also serves as showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact), Helix was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and stars an ensemble cast, including Billy Campbell (TV’s “The Killing”), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Kyra Zagorsky (TV’s “Motive”), Mark Ghanimé (TV’s “The Hunters”), Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Cat Lemieux (White House Down »
Astrophysicist and host of "Cosmos" Neil deGrasse Tyson has been very vocal about how inaccurate "Gravity" is. So during a recent interview with La Times, he decided to present his list of top ten (plus one) favorite sci-fi films. Check out his list and reviews below. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): The story was so strong and compelling that the film did not require heavy special effects or monsters or violence to be simultaneously hopeful and terrifying. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Perhaps the first film to be all about the discovery of alien intelligence yet not show what it looks like, knowing that our imagination could surely do a better job than Hollywood. In any case, it was a visual orgy of space travel and space exploration that we remain far from achieving, even 13 years after the 33 years-in-the-future it portrayed. Planet of the Apes (1968): Saw this »
Matthew McConaughey hosted a movie night with the Washington Redskins last night ... where 6 players screened their favorite movies -- And No One Picked A McConaughey Flick!!!The event was a fundraiser at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn, Va yesterday -- 6 players in 6 theaters treated fans to one of their favorite movies. For the record, the event raised money for the NFL's "Play 60" program and Matt's "Just Keep Livin" foundation ... tickets were $200-a-pop. As for »
- TMZ Staff
Looking for a handy list of the science fiction films still to look forward to this year? Then here's the post for you...
The year's nearly half over, and we've already experienced a range of genre movies, some great, some less so.
But with the summer season finally here and about six months left before the terrifying prospect of 2015 hoves into view, there are still plenty more science fiction offerings to be found in a cinema near you.
Here's a pick of 11 of our favourites, plus a selection of honourable mentions at the end, which includes films that don't yet have a firm release date in the Us or UK.
In terms of sheer entertainment value, Edge Of Tomorrow could be this summer's dark horse. That it's based on a relatively obscure Japanese novel (All You Need Is Kill - the film's original, far less »
We've become so used to trailers for expensive mainstream films to be accompanied by big honking horns and eye-popping special effects, the first full promo for Interstellar almost came as a shock. While we weren't expecting Christopher Nolan to bring anything as bombastic as, say, Inception (whose trailers helped make honking horns fashionable), the trailer for Interstellar is decidedly coy, even by the director's standards.
The online reaction to Interstellar's first full trailer has been somewhat mixed. While most responded warmly to its low-key approach, others were left either dissatisfied or even slightly irked by its lack of detail; of the trailer's two-minutes-and-change duration, only around 30 seconds of it contains anything in the way of space exploration and astronauts.
A closer look at the trailer, »
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