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Following up on the artwork for Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Poster Posse has published an array of stunning artwork to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic, Alien.
The beloved 1979 masterpiece may have spawned an entire universe across different mediums but, much like The Creative Assembly’s recent survival horror title, Alien Isolation, Poster Posse’s latest work returns to a film that changed a genre and, ultimately, created two stars in the making in Ellen Ripley and the deadly Xenomorph.
The artwork is truly impressive, and renders Scott’s vision in a wholly unique way 35 years after the film first terrified audiences the world over. Whether it’s the alien’s head portrayed in the shape of the number 35 or the Nostromo suspended in the blackness of space over a cluster of galaxies that resemble the Xenomorph itself, »
- Michael Briers
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
Following the news yesterday’ that it had crossed the $600 million mark worldwide, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar also joins a very lucrative club now that it has passed $100 million from IMAX screenings alone.
Interstellar is still being screened in IMAX until the end of the year, but the movie has now joined Avatar, Gravity and The Dark Knight Rises (also directed by Nolan) to pass $100 from IMAX screenings alone.
More than an hour of Interstellar was shot specifically for IMAX.
Featuring in the cast of Interstellar are Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream »
- Luke Owen
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster from Psychophonia, casting and production details from Tales of Halloween, a trailer for The Sugar Skull Girls, and more:
Psychophonia First Details and Poster: “Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Lony Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the new film will be helmed by Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.
Psychophonia stars Vedette Lim (Chicago Fire, True Blood) in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast; Andrew W. Walker (The Torturer, 2 Bedroom One Bath), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, The Soul Man) Adam Rose (Up In The Air, The Bounty Hunter), Daniel Quinn (Fetish Factory, Wrong Cops »
- Tamika Jones
Christopher Nolan will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the Adg's 19th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Comedian Owen Benjamin will host the starry black-tie ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31, 2015. The Cinematic Imagery Award honors a filmmaker whose body of work has enhanced the visuality of moviegoing. Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are among past honorees. Before he was a blockbuster filmmaker, the British-American Nolan burst onto the indie scene in 1998 with his black-and-white first feature "Following," followed by his brain-boggling sophomore thriller "Memento." And now, well, the rest is history. "Interstellar" has already grossed over $540 million worldwide since opening November 5. The Adg honor should boost the film's award season profile, which has been fairly low-key so far. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Following the somewhat lower than expected opening of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1" last weekend there was some thought that one of Thanksgiving's new releases could overtake the global franchise to win the holiday frame. While "Mockingjay" certainly won't hit "Catching Fire's" historic heights, it safely kept the no. 1 movie in America crown. The third "Hunger Games" installment pulled in $56 million over the three day and $82.6 million over the five-day frame for a new total take of $225.6 million. That five-day Thanksgiving tally is actually the third highest ever behind "Catching Fire" and "Frozen." With no serious competition opening this coming week, "Mockingjay" should hold onto the box office crown at least until the weekend of Dec. 12 when "Exodus: Gods and Kings" hits theaters. Landing at no. 2 was DreamWorks Animation's "Penguins of Madagascar." The "Madagascar" spin-off earned $25.8 million over the weekend and $36 million since its Wednesday debut. That »
- Gregory Ellwood
Take another look @ images, plus footage of 'Catwoman' actress Anne Hathaway in the November 2014 issue of "Elle" (UK) magazine:
Following several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series "Get Real". She came to prominence after playing 'Mia Thermopolis' in the Disney film "The Princess Diaries" (2001) and in its 2004 sequel.
In 2008, she won several awards for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married", also earning an Academy Award nomination for 'Best Actress'. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits "Valentine's Day", "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland", and "Love and Other Drugs", winning an Emmy Award for her voice-over performance on "The Simpsons".
- Michael Stevens
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
As with many of the best film discoveries in my life, I went in to see Dredd with low expectations. I’d been invited and figured I might as well go, but the idea of another cinematic crack at the Judge? The scaled-down, rubbery-looking costumes and the prospect of an eyeball-squeezing 3D presentation weren’t enough to attract my interest. Once the lights went down, that all changed. I found myself sealed into a greasy and violent world that lives on in my scorched brainpan to this day. It may not be the greatest movie ever made, but of its type Dredd is a minor classic, evoking the spirit of the book in a way Stallone couldn’t manage whilst building its own gritty, low budget vibe. Of everything I’ve seen at the pictures over the last decade or so, this is the one that surprised and inspired me more than any other. »
- Steve Palace
‘Starry Eyes’: The feel disturbed movie of the year
This film is at its very core a success story. A very demented, gory, horrifying and darkly comical success story – one with tinges of satanic cult horror wrapped in psychological terror. The plot follows a young aspiring actress, Sarah, as she is called back to audition for a horror film that is being produced by a mysterious production company that pushes her to her limits – a dark exchange for fame and fortune… click here to read the article.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I’ is all prologue
In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded orPirates of »
These days, Christopher Nolan is known for his big-budget, tentpole spectacles. “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Inception.” "Interstellar.” But we can’t forget the director’s much smaller, more indie pedigree. While Nolan’s first film, “Following” didn’t do much business at all, it put him on the map, and he seized the opportunity with “Memento." Told “backwards,” the film stars Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man with no short-term memory on a quest to find his wife’s murderer. To keep track of the clues he unearths, he tattoos vital information on his body. The film bucked convention, jumping chronologically, alternating black and white with color, and depicting many scenes in reverse, so that audiences saw the end first, and then watched events unfold that led there. If you're a fan of the film, this Sundance Channel "Anatomy Of A Scene" documentary on the making of the movie is worth a watch. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the esteemed director confirmed that the creative team made the conscious decision to mix the sound in a specific way in order to impose a sense of realism on the space-faring adventure.
“I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue,” he said. “Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal… picture and sound.”
One scene in particular that seemed to draw the most criticism from moviegoers was the one in which Michael Caine is delivering an important message to Jessica Chastain’s Murph, with the soundtrack overpowering and even drowning out the crucial dialogue. But for Nolan, the ability »
- Michael Briers
Gavin Logan on what’s next for Christopher Nolan…
Last weekend saw the worldwide release of Christopher Nolan’s latest and perhaps one of his most widely anticipated movies to date Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey as a former Nasa pilot turned corn farmer who is tasked with helping to save the human race from extinction. Like most Nolan movies it was met with an explicit reaction and critical dissection from critics and fans alike. The one word that kept popping up in various reviews and opinion pieces was “ambitious”, and I can see why. It’s the perfect way to describe Interstellar.
This isn’t a review (you can read those here and here) so I won’t go into the laborious and intricate details of the movie or why it did or didn’t work for me but one thing is for sure, you can’t go any bigger »
- Gavin Logan
Though there are plenty of people out there who have some discrepancies with Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar, one of the more unanimous points of praise has been for the block robot Tars and his colleague Case, both of which assist Matthew McConaughey on his mission to save the planet. The robots are fitted with incredible artificial intelligence which allows them to have a sense of humor and even a judge of how honest to be (though it's all regulated by the astronauts themselves). Well, Vulture liked the robots so much that they imagined what it might be like if Tars was a movie star, and it's great. Look now! Here are the posters for some of the biggest movies Tars has starred in before Interstellar: See a couple more of these faux movie posters starring Tars over at Vulture right here. Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
If the science of Interstellar left you scratching your head and wanting to learn more about black holes, wormholes, relativity and more that was on display, then The Discovery Channel has just the remedy for you. They debuted an hour-long special (that's about 45 minutes without commercials) called "The Science of Interstellar," and it's easy for anyone to follow, even if you don't know anything about physics or space. It doesn't explain any of the plot holes people seem to have problems with, even though there are some out there that should just be forgiven based on the time travel material, but it's still a cool special, and it's all narrated by the film's leading man Matthew McConaughey. All right, all right, all right? Watch below! Here's The Discovery Channel special "The Science of Interstellar" from YouTube: Be sure to check out our spoiler-filled discussion about Interstellar right here too. Interstellar »
- Ethan Anderton
If Christopher Nolan is not the most popular, talented, influential or even interesting director working today, then he is certainly the most important.
The release of a Christopher Nolan movie, even one that “underperforms” at the box office like this week’s Interstellar, is by far the most fervently talked about work of art for several news cycles. Even in the face of constant barrages of Taylor Swift headlines, Nolan’s work is intensely debated and scrutinized in a way no other filmmaker receives for even one film, let alone all of them.
In fact, the wild, ranting, nitpick-y plot hole posts that were previously confined to IMDb message boards have this week migrated to real entertainment news sites. This one found 21 things that didn’t make sense about Interstellar, this one made objections to the science and plot on the whole, and this one found only 13. For whatever reason, »
- Brian Welk
If you went to see Interstellar this weekend, chances are you didn't know much about the movie beyond "Matthew McConaughey in space." That's intentional—Christopher Nolan is famously tight-lipped about his films, and the trailers that accompany them are pretty good about leaving large chunks of the plot untouched. This makes Nolan something of a unicorn: an Internet-Age blockbuster director who actively strives to preserve of the filmgoing experience as he can. But he's not alone in this, either—which probably makes him less of a unicorn. (Maybe he's more like a white antelope.) J.J. Abrams, Hollywood's biggest sci-fi steward, »
- Joshua Rivera
Following his much talked about critical tweets on Gravity, astrophysicist/TV personality Neil DeGrasse Tyson has emerged as a top authority on big-budget Hollywood movies set in space. While he insists he is not a critic and doesn’t do movie reviews, DeGrasse gave Chris Nolan’s saga as thorough science examination as he did on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity with a slew of tweets Sunday. Whether or not the participation of Caltech physics professor Kip Thorne as consultant and executive producer played a part, Interstellar got high marks from Tyson in the scientific accuracy department. (Or he may have been more measured in his response following the backlash to his criticism of Gravity.) Here are some of his tweets:
In #Interstellar: Experience Einstein’s Relativity of Time as no other feature film has shown.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2014
In #Interstellar: Experience Einstein's Curvature of Space as »
- Nellie Andreeva
I’ll admit I got sucked into the #Hathahate in late 2012 when Anne Hathaway was in the middle of an Oscar campaign for her heart-wrenching performance as Fantine in Les Misérables. From the moment the actress started racking up wins — she’s one of the few people to win an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice for the same role — and making her way from one red carpet to the next TV interview, the haters started to hate, hate, hate. And it was contagious.
By the time Hathaway walked up to the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to accept her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a pink Valentino gown with darts over her nipples — a dress she switched into at the last minute following media speculation that she didn’t want to wear a similar Alexander McQueen dress as then »
- Stacy Lambe
Following outstanding reviews Disney’s Big Hero 6 has claimed the number one spot at the Us box office on its opening weekend; taking the lead over the hugely anticipated Christopher Nolan helmed Interstellar, which also opened in Us cinemas this week. On course to generate over $56 million of box office in just 3 days, Big Hero 6 is the latest success for Walt Disney Studios Animation following the phenomenal performance of last year’s Frozenwhich is the biggest animation of all time. Big Hero 6, inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name and featuring stand out comic-book style action, stars the adorable inflatable robot Baymax and hits Irish cinemas on January 30th 2015. The film has received audience and critical acclaim with an A cinema score in the Us and glowing global reviews following its world premiere at the Tokyo Film Festival. 'Disney's most visually extravagant animation ever'- Robbie Collin, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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