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We don't officially have a category for "swag", but this falls into that classification. As a big space nerd and sci-fi lover, I can't help but share this nifty bit of swag from Comic-Con that I picked up today. During the Paramount panel yesterday, where they surprised fans in Hall H by bringing out Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey (read our full recap of that panel), the studio handed out tickets to be redeemed for a "prize". That prize? The mission patch from Interstellar, for the "Endurance" Space Exploration mission. It's small piece of swag, it's nerdy, but it's also kind of awesome. In full below. Here's the mission patch that was handed as a prize for those who were at Paramount's Comic-Con panel. Recap our coverage of Interstellar at Comic-Con here, including quotes from Nolan and McConaughey. Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, »
- Alex Billington
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
Following in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan's breakout thriller Memento, and, oddly enough, the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates, Nicole Kidman plays the latest victim of anterograde amnesia in the first trailer for Before I Go to Sleep. Nicole Kidman stars as Christine Lucas, a woman who had a terrifying accident in her past, resulting in anterograde amnesia, where her mind is wiped clean each day, remembering nothing from her past life. Colin Firth plays her husband Ben, who must remind Christine who she is every day of her life, with Mark Strong starring as the mysterious Dr. Nash, who is trying to help Christine get her memory back. Written and directed by Rowan Joffe, based on the international best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep hits theaters on September 12.
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
The makers of Universal's upcoming "Dracula Untold" are, unsurprisingly, taking their marketing approach right out of the playbook of the film that's still used today as the textbook example of how to do a rebooted origin story right - 2005's "Batman Begins".
Following the international poster release earlier this morning, two versions of the domestic poster have just dropped and again there's a distinct resemblance to the artwork for the first Chris Nolan Dark Knight outing almost a decade ago now. Even so, they're stylish nonetheless.
- Garth Franklin
Following on from last week’s trailer, the first official images from Christopher Nolan’s hotly-anticipated sci-fi Interstellar have arrived online, giving us a look at the director alongside his IMAX camera, as well as leading man Matthew McConaughey….
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
The film is set for release on November 7th, with a cast that also includes 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 »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
Christopher Nolan's low-budget indie roots include "Following," which had a budget of only $6,000, and 2000's "Memento," which came from a screenplay based on a short story by his brother Jonathan. But that was before he began working on some of the biggest budgeted and most successful blockbusters in the world. Read More: Christopher Nolan Reflects on 'Memento' After the psychological thriller "Insomnia," in 2002, he jumped to the big league with "Batman Begins" and hasn't stopped since. Check out this new trailer for "Interstellar," which stars Matthew McConaughey as a man who discovers that to save the world, he must leave it. »
- Casey Cipriani
"We're not meant to save the world. We're meant to leave it." If you caught Godzilla last night, or you're heading out this weekend to see the King of Monsters on the big screen, then you might have already caught the spectacular theatrical trailer for Christopher Nolan's latest film Interstellar. Now the trailer is available online for you to watch over and over again, and it's truly a stunning tease of the film. This is only adding to our great anticipation to see the film this fall. Could we be looking at another Oscar nomination for Matthew McConaughey and a potential Best Picture contender? Only time will tell. Watch below! Here's the full trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar from Warner Bros. Pictures: You can also listen to the gorgeous music from the trailer right here: Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, »
- Ethan Anderton
Please excuse me as my hands are shaking. Maybe I should go outside and vent quickly.
Arrrggghhhhh New Batman!
Okay I think that’s got it out for now.
Following on from yesterday’s partial reveal of Batman vs. Superman’s Batmobile by Zack Snyder, we were all waiting to see it in all its glory. We didn’t quite get that, but we’ve been given so much more. The first image of Ben Affleck in the new Batsuit.
Here it is…
Breathe. Settle down.
From first impressions this is by far the most faithful representation of Batman on film. The colours (presumably), the fins on the gauntlets, and how the cowl attaches to the suit. Even a belt with lots of pouches! It’s all there and reminds me a lot of Jim Lee’s iconic take on the character. Oh, I forgot to say that Affleck looks Huge. »
- Chris Cooper
Star Ben McKenzie, who plays a young Jim Gordon — the city’s future police commissioner — in the Batman-universe prequel, tweeted the pic on Friday. Gary Oldman depicted an older Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.
First official image of #gotham … pic.twitter.com/zyt2NVMc8y
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) May 9, 2014
His character is just learning the ropes and coming face-to-face with Gotham’s infamous villains when he’s assigned a case that will change his life: the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents.
Fox picked up the drama for at least 13 episodes for the 2014-15 season. It will premiere this fall.
The network released the first “Gotham” trailer after announcing the series order on Monday.
- Maane Khatchatourian
In just over a week, the second official trailer for Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sci-fi drama Interstellar will arrive with Warner Bros. and Legendary's release of Godzilla. The first teaser poster just debuted with the provoking tagline of, "Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here." And now we have the first official still from the film featuring Matthew McConaughey holding a model of the lunar lander used to leave our mark on the moon. In the foreground are co-stars Timothée Chalamet and Mackenzie Foy. We can't imagine how much the online world will be buzzing after this new trailer hits. Here's the first photo from Christopher Nolan's Interstellar from EW's iPad edition (via IMDb): 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. »
- Ethan Anderton
Hollywood can be a beast for anyone looking to establish a business.
Movies and TV shows frequently fail. Financing can dry up instantly. And the outsized egos and conflicting agendas of insecure executives can drive anyone mad. So the long odds overcome by an outsider like Thomas Tull in transforming his love for genre fare, comicbooks, toys and videogames into a brand for fanboys are somewhat astonishing.
Tull, who started his career running Laundromats in his hometown of Binghamton, New York, spent eight years building Legendary Entertainment on the back of co-financing deals for Warner Bros.’ superhero films featuring Batman and Superman, adaptations of graphic novels like “300″ and “Watchmen,” remakes of “Clash of the Titans,” and R-rated comedy franchise “The Hangover.” Lately, he has been digging deeper into his own wallet to take more control of the movies that bear his company’s name.
Last year, Legendary bankrolled 75% of the »
- Marc Graser
Wally Pfister recently made the move from Dp to Director, with his sci-fi film Transcendence. As Cinematographer, he has notched up an impressive body of work, shooting Christopher Nolan’s entire output (apart from Following) as well as the rightly admired Moneyball and Transcendence is beautifully shot, if nothing else.
But directorial debuts can be a tricky business, even where the director in question has plenty of background in film-making. Take David Goyer for example – fantastic writer, but steps into the director’s chair for Blade Trinity and kills the franchise stone dead. Jan De Bont, by comparison, shot Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October and Black Rain, before directing Speed to pretty much universal acclaim. Sure, his follow up efforts have tanked, but his debut was a corker.
Here are six of the best directorial debuts.
1. Charles Laughton – Night of the Hunter
It is an enduring mystery and »
- Dave Roper
Following the reveal two weeks ago that Mark Millar's Superior was headed for the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that his upcoming series Mph will also be making that journey as producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has bought the rights to the series. The search is on now for a screenwriter for the property, which will then be shopped around to studios. "(Lorenzo's) one of the few real moguls in the industry, having hired Chris Nolan for Batman and bought the rights to the Harry Potter books when he was head of Warner Bros. and then of course he's the guy behind the Transformers movies," Millar told the publication. " So he's a guy who really knows how to make huge pictures and »
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“Transcendence” has appealed to older demographics through partnerships with established tech firms like Ibm and through takeovers on technology websites like The Verge and news sites like the Huffington Post, attempting to sell fans on the intelligent, sci-fi plot. To reach younger males, “Transcendence” has been featured heavily on video games site IGN in an attempt to »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Written by Jack Paglen
Directed by Wally Pfister
United Kingdom, China, and USA, 2014
It’s been more than a decade since Johnny Depp moved from being a bundle of quirky nerves in the body of a heartthrob to a full-fledged movie star, and it may be the worst thing that happened to his career. Depp’s Mvp-like turn as the louche Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was stunning to audiences worldwide; he managed to appear in a big-budget blockbuster based on a theme-park attraction without seemingly selling out, crafting an utterly daffy and instantly iconic character. And in many ways, it has been Depp’s creative undoing. He’s able to choose whatever projects he wants now, as many of his bigger films are prone to grossing a billion dollars at the box office, even the garish Alice in Wonderland. »
- Josh Spiegel
Wally Pfister made a name for himself as one of the top cinematographers in Hollywood over the past decade, shooting Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon," and the films of Christopher Nolan, culminating with his Oscar win for "Inception." But with "Interstellar," Nolan has to do without Pfister for the first time since his debut, "Following," as his regular Dp has greater ambitions. Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence" hits theaters on April 17. It's a highly ambitious, fascinating concept, but it remains to be seen whether Pfister has a shot at a long-term career as a director. In anticipation for that project, here are fifteen major cinematographers who tried their hand at directing, with varying results. [Just a quick note: this list doesn't include directors who serve as their own cinematographers, such as Steven Soderbergh or Robert Rodriguez.] Mario Bava Cinematography Background: Bava got his start working with none other than Italian »
- Max O'Connell
Though director Zack Snyder’s Superman redo Man of Steel proved to be a slightly divisive film, one of the highlights that most can agree on is composer Hans Zimmer’s score. Following in the footsteps of John Williams’ iconic Superman theme was no easy task, but Zimmer succeeded in crafting something wholly separate from the 1978 classic that helped reinvent Superman for our modern age. It also marked a shift for Snyder, who had collaborated with composer Tyler Bates on all of his previous features save for Legend of the Guardians. As Snyder is knee-deep in pre-production on his Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), many have been wondering whether Zimmer would return. As Zimmer already reinvented the Batman character less than a decade ago with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, we were curious to see if he’d be up for the challenge of »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s a half-hearted pun that many have made since last August, when the title and basic premise of Nolan’s latest film was first announced. With a November release date set, and only the most teasing of teaser trailers put forward, little is known of the project beyond its startlingly starry cast. Anticipation couldn’t be more feverish, an indicator just how much the English filmmaker has grown in the 14 years since Memento, his first cinematic effort and instant classic. In many ways, he has replaced the listless Ridley Scott as one of the movie business’ most exciting exponents, his every release dripping in not just hype but substantial promise.
He may have lost essential and trusted cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has enjoyed Transcendence into the realms of directing himself (another half hearted word play), but this has not diminished Nolan as a force. »
- Scott Patterson
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