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Watch: Christopher Nolan Tribute Video Journeys Through His Filmography in 15 Minutes

13 April 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Christopher Nolan is one of the most successful filmmakers working today. In fact, he’s one of very few directors (maybe the only one) that basically have carte blanche when it comes to choosing projects and getting them made without any fuss. He makes massive, ambitious original films like Inception and Interstellar, and audiences turn out on a scale normally reserved for superhero movies or the next Transformers sequel. It’s an impressive feat, and it’s no wonder that he’s able to assemble such impressive ensembles in front of the camera. While everyone’s waiting to hear what Nolan will do next, a new video tribute to the filmmaker has landed online that runs through his entire filmography, from his feature debut Following to last year’s Interstellar and everything in between. It’s a serviceable ode to Nolan, and while a few of the cuts are a bit jarring, »

- Adam Chitwood

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2000Ad Prog 1924 – Comic Book Review

7 April 2015 5:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1924…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets! It’s all change this Prog, with five spanking-new stories beginning. Well, they’re kinda new. Four of them are just the latest chapters in long-running strips. Handily, though, the editors have included a ‘catch-up’ page for each, which makes for some entertaingly bonkers reading. 2000Ad, it seems, is where comic book writers’ imaginations go to take drugs.

These narratives make perfect sense when told over time, but appear most strange when condenscened into two paragraphs. The best of these is the catch-up for Strontium Dog, the long-running strip from Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Mutant turned bounty hunter turned freedom fighter, once-dead-but-returned-to-life Johnny Alpha seemed “blown to smithereens” last time we saw him. Turns out he was saved by the government he fought against to face a greater foe. Personally, Alpha has never done it for me. It »

- Oli Davis

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Week in Review: Christopher Nolan leads charge to save celluloid

13 March 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Film and celluloid is going the way of vinyl. The shift from tactile mediums to ones and zeroes has happened so quickly that for a while it had looked like these records and film strips that we had used to record our artistic history for the entire 20th century would suddenly become obsolete and erased forever. While vinyl has experienced a resurgence among those who truly love music, the already struggling movie theaters and multiplexes have all but done away with film in place of digital projection. Kodak’s film sales have dropped 96 percent in the last decade.

In fact, you can almost count on two hands the number of major filmmakers still actively using film when making studio pictures today: Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams (who is making Star Wars: Episode VII on film), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Christopher Nolan.

Nolan this week spoke at an »

- Brian Welk

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Christopher Nolan Rallies the Troops to Save Celluloid Film

11 March 2015 1:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There was no Bat-Signal shining in the skies over the Getty Museum last Sunday, but the distress call being sent by filmmaker Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean was unmistakable — a beacon that said, in effect, “Save Our Celluloid.”

Heeding the call were some 30 representatives of the nation’s leading film archives, labs and presenting institutions, who accepted Dean and Nolan’s combined invitation to participate in an informal summit entitled “Reframing the Future of Film.” The two-part event sponsored by the Getty Research Institute (where Dean is currently an artist-in-residence) consisted of a private roundtable session in the morning, followed by a public afternoon event at which Dean and Nolan appeared in conversation with Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ planned Wilshire Boulevard museum (scheduled to open in 2017).

While the Getty gathering was hardly the first-ever symposium devoted to the sustainability of film in the digital era, »

- Scott Foundas

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Beyond Fright Review: Pioneer

9 March 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I’m a huge fan of Insomnia, both the Erik Skjoldbjærg-directed 1997 original version and the Christopher Nolan directed remake in 2002.It was a solid story, and a mystery that really kept you guessing throughout the entire film, a talent that Skjoldbjærg has been able to carry over into his subsequent films following that great mystery thriller. With the newly released Pioneer, Skjoldbjærg tells a very gripping and enthralling tragic tale of an accident that happens to divers trying to complete an oil tunnel underwater.

Following Petter, a commercial diver who, along with his brother Knut, joins a team mixed with both Norwegians and Americans, working together to dive deep into the ocean (deeper than ever attempted) to build a tunnel that will serve as a gas pipe, bringing oil through it and making people rich. There’s an instant disconnect between the Norwegian and American teams (Wes Bentley does a great job as Mike, »

- Jerry Smith

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Wild Orchid | Blu-ray Review

3 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Well before the mainstream fascination with the soft-core sexual sensibilities of Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the more notable alums of such boundary pushing was American filmmaker Zalman King. After producing the infamous sensation that was Adrian Lyne’s 9 ½ Weeks, King moved into filmmaking himself, debuting in 1988 with Two Moon Junction, before collaborating with his wife Patricia Louisiana Knopp on what stands as his most high profile title with Wild Orchid in 1989, reuniting him with Weeks stars Mickey Rourke. As is often the case with cinema seriously interested in exploring eroticism and titillation, the title suffers from a lot of misplaced energy. Character development and its semblance of a narrative appear to be roughly hewn afterthoughts, its most pronounced moments revolving around extremely stylized sexual congress between several different characters (and stylized in the vein of what we see on display in Verhoeven’s Showgirls).

Emily (Carre Otis) has »

- Nicholas Bell

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Examining the Christopher Nolan backlash

23 February 2015 10:33 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Another Oscars season, and Christopher Nolan is overlooked again. With Interstellar getting a mixed reaction, we look at the Nolan backlash.

This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.

In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?

This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »

- simonbrew

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Christopher Nolan Teaming With Zeitgeist For Blu-ray Releases Of Films By Andrey Zvyagintsev, Quay Brothers, More

20 February 2015 8:22 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Christopher Nolan, in addition to being perhaps the most cerebral director of blockbuster action flicks currently working, clearly cares a lot about the culture of preserving and appreciating film. He’s one of the most vocal advocates of for Kodak Film, along with his chums Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams, and he’s recently branched out into yet another previously uncharted realm, if you’ll forgive the vaguely galactic pun. Variety has recently reported that Syncopy – the production company co-owned by Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas – is planning a joint venture with New York-based independent film distributor Zeitgeist Films whereby the two companies will oversee and curate Blu-Ray releases for Zeitgeist’s prestige titles. And Nolan has good reason to trust Zeitgeist: they handled the release of his assured debut “Following,” a moody, minimal thriller about obsession and paranoia that led to the funding and release of his breakout picture, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Christopher Nolan’s Syncopy Teaming With Zeitgeist on Blu-ray Releases (Exclusive)

19 February 2015 4:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zeitgeist Films has formed a joint venture with Syncopy, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’ production company, to release Blu-ray editions of Zeitgeist’s prestige titles.

Nolan and Thomas have been friends of Zeitgeist since the independent distributor handled Nolan’s first feature film, “Following,” in 1998.

The first title in the partnership is “Elena,” from “Leviathan” director Andrey Zvyagintsev. “Elena,” which won the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, is a modern noir thriller in which 60ish spouses uneasily share a palatial Moscow apartment.

Elena” stars Nedezhda Markina in the title role and features Hitchcockian music by Philip Glass. Zeitgeist has set an Aug. 4 release.

“We are excited to be able to release this beautiful film on Blu-ray for the first time,” said Zeitgeist co-presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo. “This is a dream project for us and we’re grateful to Chris and Emma for their support in making it possible. »

- Dave McNary

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Listen to Rian Johnson Interview Christopher Nolan for 'Interstellar'

17 February 2015 7:29 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ Nab Top Honors

15 February 2015 9:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With only a week to go until the Oscars, the sound mixers of “Birdman” and “Big Hero 6″ were feeling the love on Valentine’s Day as they scored motion picture mixing honors at the 51st annual Cinema Audio Society Awards.

Birdman” won for sound mixing in a live-action film while Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ picked up the award for mixing in an animated pic.

The event, held Saturday night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, also awarded prizes to “Sherlock: His Last Vow” in the TV movies and mini-series category as well as “Game of Thrones: The Children” for hourlong skein and half-hour winner “Modern Family: Australia.” “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Los Angeles” won nonfiction television kudos.

Following an introduction by host Doug McIntyre, who made jabs at Brian Williams and Amy Pascal as well as the lengthy nature of the ceremony, »

- Andrea Seikaly

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Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ Nab Top Honors

15 February 2015 9:28 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With only a week to go until the Oscars, the sound mixers of “Birdman” and “Big Hero 6″ were feeling the love on Valentine’s Day as they scored motion picture mixing honors at the 51st annual Cinema Audio Society Awards.

Birdman” won for sound mixing in a live-action film while Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ picked up the award for mixing in an animated pic.

The event, held Saturday night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, also awarded prizes to “Sherlock: His Last Vow” in the TV movies and mini-series category as well as “Game of Thrones: The Children” for hourlong skein and half-hour winner “Modern Family: Australia.” “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Los Angeles” won nonfiction television kudos.

Following an introduction by host Doug McIntyre, who made jabs at Brian Williams and Amy Pascal as well as the lengthy nature of the ceremony, »

- Andrea Seikaly

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Berlin: Christian Bale Finds More Spontaneity Making Indie Movies

13 February 2015 7:41 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 41, Christian Bale has had the kind of career you'd expect from someone twice his age. Between his breakthrough with Steven Spielberg, his award-winning collaboration with David O. Russell, his work on the Christopher Nolan-helmed Batman trilogy and his latest feature with Terrence Malick, Bale has experienced it all.  Read More: Berlin: Natalie Portman on What Terrence Malick Taught Her and Returning to Acting Following the much-anticipated Berlinale premiere of Terrence Malick's latest, "Knight of Cups," Indiewire sat down with the British actor to discuss his second collaboration with Malick as well as some other career highs. "Knight of Cups" marks Bale's second film with Malick in a decade, with the first being a minor role in the 2005 drama "The New World." In a roundtable discussion, the actor gave some insight on his long relationship with "Terry," who he first met in 2003, and how the filmmaker's unconventional style has. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Remembering Actress Simon Part 2 - Deadly Sex Kitten Romanced Real-Life James Bond 'Inspiration'

5 February 2015 7:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939).[11] This thematic and »

- Andre Soares

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Diary of a Slamdance Festival Juror

2 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Founded by a group of friends in 1995, Slamdance is one of many premiere festivals with a reputation for screening truly independent films without distribution. In the case of Slamdance alone, that means films made for under $1 million. It might sound strange now, but filmmakers whose work has matched that criteria include "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan, whose debut "Following" premiered at Slamdance in 1999. Other filmmakers who first gained notice at Slamdance include Lena Dunham, Jeremy Saulnier, Lynn Shelton, Benh Zeitlin and Marc Forster, among many others. Read More: How the Slamdance Film Festival Survived 20 Years of Counter-programming Mayhem Of course, Slamdance can't take full credit for their extraordinary successes. But the festival not only takes chances on new talent; it also pushes the boundaries of cinematic content. The programmers screen things that honestly make me squirm and turn away; I don't see this at most festivals. They »

- Josh Leake

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'Westworld' Photo Features Ed Harris as the Gunslinger

23 January 2015 5:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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Sign Language Film ‘The Tribe’ Features In 44th New Directors/New Films Series

21 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced the first nine films in the long-lived showcase for new work. They include Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s winner of the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes, which is set in a Ukrainian school for deaf and mute coeds and is told entirely in sign language, with no subtitles. The Tribe is one of four films that will make their way to Manhattan from Park City, Utah, where they’re also on the Sundance roster: Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again, about a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman; Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, a follow-up to The Comedy, about a broken-down comedian doing stand-up across the Mojave Desert and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes about a dog’s journey back to its owner after being abandoned in the city.

Representing 11 countries from around the world, »

- The Deadline Team

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Are Golden Globe Movie Winners Headed For Oscar Glory Too?

12 January 2015 2:41 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

When I caught up with them as they exited the Warner Bros/In Style party Sunday night, the big Boyhood Golden Globe winners — including producers Jonathan Sehring and John Sloss — could not have sported broader smiles. Best Director and Best Picture winner Richard Linklater told me it was a bit of a surreal experience to win as just as he got up there it seemed the time was flashing 14 seconds to finish his acceptance speech.

Welcome back to the real world of awards shows, Rick. It may have taken 12 years to finish your film, but you are only going to get less than a minute to thank people for the gaggle of trophies you are about to receive.

With its three Globes, Boyhood, the indie IFC movie-that-could, would appear to be on a major roll. Following one critics’ group honor after another, it picked up three Globes (including Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, »

- Pete Hammond

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Ranked: How superhero stars fared after giving up the cape

10 January 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.

Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.

Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.

20. Billy Zane

The suave American actor looked set for big things in the '90s thanks to impressive roles in Dead Calm and Tombstone, but his time in the purple Phantom »

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