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"The Master" and "Inherent Vice" helmer Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted "Junun," a 54 minute documentary about Anderson's regular musical collaborator Jonny Greenwood as he travels to India to record a record with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.
The pair were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur and the album was recorded in a 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort with a large number of famed musicians from the region.
"Junun" is slated to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October, but as for an eventual public release - no word on that as yet.
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- Garth Franklin
We're huge fans of animators Timothy and Stephen Quay around these parts. The filmmakers have been creating haunting stop motion films since the 80's. Their work, as curated by Christopher Nolan, is headed on tour and presented in 35mm film. Films being presented include Absentia (2000), The Comb (1991) and Streets of Crocodiles (1986),
Following a New York run, The Quay Brothers in 35mm will travel to 10 cities including Dallas (Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 9/3-7), Los Angeles (Cinefamily, 9/4-10 with appearances by Nolan), Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, 9/12-13), Austin (Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 9/17), Cleveland (Cleveland Cinematheque, 9/24-27), Boston (Brat [Continued ...] »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this magnificent Monday? Batman attacks the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, fans can watch what Ant-Man would have looked like with Werner Herzog directing and a breakdown of everything that went wrong with the new Fantastic Four reboot. We also have a wonderful mashup of Game of Thrones and Parks and Recreation. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
What Went Wrong With Fantastic Four?
Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new video where he explains what went wrong with 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four, which only earned $26.2 million at the box office this weekend and suffered from overwhelmingly negative reviews. This eight-minute video sifts through rumors and news »
It's no secret that Heath Ledger completely immersed himself in playing The Joker for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight - in fact some believe he may have taken things too far, resulting in drug abuse and depression which ultimately led to his death. We'll probably never know if that was the case, but the following clip from the Heath Ledger: Too Young To Die documentary does at least seem to prove that he may have been taking his research for the role to some unhealthy places. Following various writing excerpts and images of the likes of Alex from A Clockwork Orange, the final page of his diary reveals the words "bye bye". A portent of the tragedy to come, perhaps? He only lived to be 28 years old. The news of Heath Ledger's death spread like wildfire. The first major Hollywood star to have died so young in »
James Holmes: 'The Dark Knight Rises' shooter 'The Dark Knight Rises' mass shooter James Holmes gets life in prison James Holmes, the man who killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a July 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, in the Greater Denver area, has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Some had been expecting that Holmes would get the death penalty. According to Mother Jones, the jury deliberated for less than seven hours. The Aurora tragedy is one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. As of Feb. '15, pre-trial expenses in the case against James Holmes cost state taxpayers $5.5 million. The trial itself was expected to cost several million dollars more. Following the verdict, Colorado Democratic Rep. Jovan Melton tweeted about the jury's decision and the death penalty in his state: Today's verdict proves again that the Death Penalty is arbitrary. »
- Zac Gille
An auteur of nine ambitious and distinct films, Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker of singular vision as this new video tribute highlights. Featuring clips from his first film "Following," juxtaposed with some memorable scenes from Nolan’s "The Dark Knight" trilogy, and revisiting the ambitious and unforgettable "Memento" (also my personal favorite). Of course, there are just-as-honorable mentions for "The Prestige" (winner of the best cameo ever award, with David Bowie as Nikola Tesla), "Insomnia," the unforgettably pulsating "Inception" and his most recent love affair with outer space, "Interstellar." Read More: Christopher Nolan Talks "Bleak Future" Of Cinema & How Studios Will "Relearn" The Value Of The Theatrical Experience This intricate and expeditious mashup was created by Nikita Malko. These memorable scenes and moments like Michael Caine reading Dylan Thomas; »
- Samantha Vacca
The next Christopher Nolan film has been announced - but it's very different from the blockbusters we're used to seeing from him.
Titled Quay, the documentary centres on Stephen and Timothy Quay, as viewers will get an insight into the "inner workings of the brothers' studio".
If there’s a reason Miguel Branco’s Christopher Nolan supercut strikes you as epic, it’s because that’s exactly what most of the British filmmaker’s movies are. Ambitious in terms of scope, concept, and often runtime, Christopher Nolan’s films have grossed well over $4 billion worldwide, and Branco pays modest and genuine tribute to the visionary writer-director in his not quite three-and-a-half-minute video. The 206-second supercut spans the world, as well as dreamt worlds, and the galaxies. It witnesses the rise and fall of heroes and their villains. And it features gorgeous music from Hans Zimmer, including “A Watchful Guardian” from “The Dark Knight,” which he wrote with James Newton Howard. Of course, for those whose first introduction to Nolan came in the form of either a “Dark Knight” film, “Inception,” or “Interstellar,” it’s forgivable to forget the helmer’s first features were more humble. “Following »
- Zach Hollwedel
Following Joel Schumacher’s 1997 franchise killer Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. launched several attempts to reboot the Dark Knight prior to Christopher Nolan’s successful resurrection of the series with Batman Begins.
In August 2000, while Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller were devloping an adaptation of Miller’s Batman: Year One, the studio enlisted director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) to work alongside Paul Dini and Alan Burnett on a live-action adaptation of the animated series Batman Beyond, and now Yakin has shared some details on the ultimately aborted project during an interview with IGN.
“I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an independent film after I make a studio film. I spoke to my agent, and he said, ‘I think you need to do another studio movie before you do that.’ I was just basically like, ‘Well, if I’m »
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company (TWC) will release Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" in 70mm on Christmas day followed by an exclusive two-week roadshow opening in 70mm in select theaters nationwide, the company announced today. Following this two-week period, the film will open nationally with a theatrical digital release on January 8, 2016, while it continues to be shown in 70mm. Read More: Quentin Tarantino Blasts Digital Projection at Cannes This will mark the widest 70mm release in over 20 years, according to TWC. In 2012, TWC distributed Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" in 70mm. The format, known for its wide-scope and high-resolution image quality, captures nearly twice the landscape of 35mm and digital styles. Tarantino, along with Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams and other top directors recently urged the major Hollywood studios to negotiate a deal with Kodak to continue production of 70mm and other film formats. "Our long relationship with Quentin »
- Paula Bernstein
Earlier in the week it was revealed that Warner Bros. is planning a big Hall H panel at Comic-Con for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, along with Wonder Woman and Justice League Part One, and now the studio has revealed its television line-up for San Diego, and there’s plenty more for DC fans to get excited about – and even if you’re not a superhero fan, there’s still plenty on offer! Here’s the full line-up, via Comic Book…
Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Wednesday, July 8
6:00–10:00 p.m. The first time is always the best time. Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015–16 television season — Supergirl, Blindspot, Containment and Lucifer — as well as a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! »
- Gary Collinson
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Warner Bros. Television will have a strong presence at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. In addition to screening the Lucifer pilot, Wbtv will have panels for iZombie, Supernatural, the aforementioned fallen angel series, and many more shows.
Press Release: "Burbank, Calif. (June 10, 2015) — Good luck keeping your popsicles and ice cream from melting with the amount of heat that Warner Bros. Television Group (Wbtvg) is bringing to Comic-Con International: San Diego. The Studio returns to the world’s leading pop-culture convention in 2015 with 18 series, including 13 returning fan-favorite shows and five programs making their much-anticipated Comic-Con debut. Following an at-capacity event last year, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment are once again joining forces for another epic Saturday night event in Hall on July 11, featuring super heroes, Super-Villains, screenings and special appearances from returning favorites Arrow, The Flash and Gotham, plus highly anticipated series Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. Television is bringing a cavalcade of shows to San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, with 13 returning series and five freshman entries being featured at this year’s event, including a Saturday night lineup featuring DC Entertainment properties “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham” and upcoming series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Supergirl” and digital series “Vixen.”
Other Comic-Con mainstays including “The Big Bang Theory,” “Supernatural,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Person of Interest” will be on hand, in addition to premiere screenings of upcoming Wbtv series including “Blindspot,” “Containment” and “Lucifer.” Comic-Con runs from July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.
See Wbtv’s full Comic-Con lineup below:
Friday, July 10
10:00–11:00 a.m. The Big Bang Theory (Season 9 Premieres September 21, Mondays 8/7c on CBS): The Big Bang Theory writers are returning to San Diego, to once again solve the comedy equation and take you behind the scenes of TV’s #1 comedy! »
- Laura Prudom
Among the series returning to the pop culture extravaganza are Arrow, The Flash, The Originals, Gotham, Person of Interest, The Big Bang Theory, The 100, iZombie and more. Additionally, newbies DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Containment, Lucifer and Blindspot will make their first trek to the event.
Check out Wbtv’s full lineup below*:
Wednesday, July 8
Preview Night features the world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes for CBS’ Supergirl, »
Grammy nominated producer and composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie Xl is launching a new YouTube tutorial series “Studio Time with Junkie Xl.” The series will give aspiring composers, producers, and musicians a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Hollywood composer.
The tutorial topics will range from technical advice, such as string and drum arrangements, to programming tips and advice on how to channel your musical influences. “Studio Time with Junkie Xl” launches today (Tuesday, May 26) at youtube.com/junkiexlofficial.
In addition to music, teaching has always been one of Holkenborg’s passions. He was an associate professor at Artez, the Dutch music conservatorium where he developed and taught a four year music program based on all of the elements of his career. His latest teaching endeavor is an online video series that will allow him to reach a broad audience directly from his home studio and share his knowledge of composing. »
- Michelle McCue
Following yesterday's ABC deluge of trailers and fall schedule announcement, CBS has set their line-up for the 2015-2016 Fall primetime season. Unlike ABC, however, who have been simply crushing it in key demographics, CBS is doing some switching around with the introduction of a handful of new programs. One thing that sticks out is the general lack of comedies in CBS's schedule, with only Thursday nights really providing a home for a few chuckles amongst all the grisly murders and death talk that populate a great deal of their dramatic programming, though the introduction of Supergirl and supernatural thriller Limitless into the schedule may offer just the hint of variety that has been escaping CBS for so very long. [caption id="attachment_421559" align="alignright" width="309"] Image via CBS[/caption] Indeed, CBS is going as far to put Supergirl into the post-football Monday-night 8 p.m. slot, meaning it will directly face off with Fox's Gotham, when the »
- Chris Cabin
Has being the director of a film in a major franchise become a high-stakes gamble? Ryan looks at the pressures faced by modern filmmakers.
The process of making the behemoth that is Avengers: Age Of Ultron has clearly taken its toll on Joss Whedon. In each successive interview with the press, he’s talked with surprising openness about the process of making the superhero sequel and his battles to places an individual stamp on it; this culminated in a recent podcast with Empire, in which he described the “really, really unpleasant” fight to keep certain scenes in the film.
For an established writer and director like Whedon, who’s been working in TV and film since the 90s, taking on a project as huge and loaded with expectation as a Marvel film is evidently punishing, both physically and psychologically. Imagine how difficult it must be, then, to make the jump »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
As an interview subject, Christopher Nolan is an expert diplomat: He’s great at sounding forthright while not saying anything particularly revealing. But, holding forth on his career in an hour-long conversation with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, the Dark Knight and Inception director did open up at a couple of points. Maybe it was the fact that he was talking shop with a fellow filmmaker, but Nolan seemed refreshingly reflective, particularly as he discussed some of the opportunities he’d been given in his career.“If there’s one thing that I’ve been fortunate in, in my development as a filmmaker, it’s that I’ve always worked at a comfortable scale,” Nolan said. “I started very very small [with the no-budget feature Following]. Then, after I had done Following … I was able to show people the script for Memento, and it had a similarly nonlinear structure. »
- Bilge Ebiri
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