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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
2014 is crammed with highly-anticipated science-fiction blockbusters, from Transcendence to Godzilla to X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the one that I’m unquestionably most excited for is Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Interstellar.
The film, which will soar into theaters next November, boasts an intriguing premise and an all-star cast (Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine). In case you haven’t been keeping up, the first official plot synopsis reads as follows:
Interstellar focuses on 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.
Nolan previously brought us the excellent mind-benders Memento and Inception, but he’s never before applied his singularly twisty and ambitious directorial style to the final frontier, so the potential for Interstellar to »
- Isaac Feldberg
To celebrate the release of Season 5 of Sons Of Anarchy on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, we are giving three lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a copy of the season on Blu-Ray.
Take a seat at the head of the table with Jax in the most illicit and violent season to date, when TV’s darkest and adrenalised drama returns for its brutal fifth season. Relentless and utterly addictive, Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 has now powered onto Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
From the creative genius of Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy is a dark and gritty thriller with comedic undertones. The hit Us thriller tells the story of Samcro, a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business, »
- Simon Gallagher
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
Strangerland will follow a couple whose teenage children go missing in the Outback, Variety reports.
Kidman will next be seen in the 2014 biopic Grace of Monaco. The film's release was bumped last month.
Watch Nicole Kidman in the Grace of Monaco trailer below: »
They're bold. They're daring. And, according to iTunes, they're rebel, renegade directors. The iTunes store lists 12 "Rebel, and Renegade Directors" as part of their "iTunes Essentials: Independent Films." We recently wrote about the 10 Directors to Watch according to iTunes and that list was much more diverse than this one (are there no rebellious, renegade women directors?). Check out the list below (along with the film that landed them on the list): 1. Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") 2. Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") 3. Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") 4. Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") 5. Christopher Nolan ("Memento") 6. David O. Russell ("Flirting with Disaster") 7. Gus Van Sant ("Drugstore Cowboy") 8. David Lynch ("Blue Velvet") 9. Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich") 10. Alex Cox ("Repo Man") 11. Gregg Araki ("Mysterious Skin") 12. David Cronenberg ("Videodrome") No Jane Campion, Catherine Hardwicke, Andrea Arnold, Sofia Coppola, Mary Harron, »
- Paula Bernstein
With the recent release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, fans were treated to a special sneak peek of one of Marvel’s most anticipated upcoming releases through Jarvis: A Marvel Second Screen Experience App.
Check out the video below.
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at hisenemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, »
- Michelle McCue
Recently Flickering Myth had the privilege to speak with Person of Interest’s Kevin Chapman aka Detective Lionel Fusco. As I eagerly await the second season of Person of Interest, the sound of Lionel’s… Sorry Kevin’s voice on the other end of the phone line was a source of comfort that took me back to happier days, when each week was adorned with a new episode, in which Reese would shoot someone in the kneecap. Oh, happy days.
Kevin spoke to us about discovering acting late in life, working with Clint Eastwood and Sean Penn, the award winning television series Brotherhood, the lessons learned behind the camera as well as and of course talking Lionel Fusco and Person of Interest…
Paul Risker: Why a career in acting? Was there that one singular moment when you decided to pursue a career as an actor? »
- Gary Collinson
Chicago – Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a unique dichotomy. Part independent and part mainstream film actor, he’s managed to succeed as both. And with this Friday’s release of “Don Jon,” add to that list a first-time writer and director. But none of it could have been without Christopher Nolan.
Nolan – who made his worldwide mark with “Memento,” “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises” – is credited with making Joseph Gordon-Levitt mainstream.
Jgl – as I’ll hereafter refer to him because 20 characters is too many and it’s almost as cool as Neil Patrick Harris’ Nph – has been mentored heavily by Nolan. Jgl starred in Nolan’s “Inception” (his mainstream breakout role) and then “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Entirely of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, only 32 years old and from Los Angeles, this 5-foot-9 “Regular Joe” turned once again to Nolan when he decided to embark on his own project. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Do you remember when Christopher Nolan was first announced as the director for a new Batman movie? How about when Christian Bale was cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne? At the time, I couldn't have been a happier movie nerd. Nolan's Memento was what essentially turned me into a movie geek and I loved Bale due to his performance in American Psycho. The Dark Knight might get the most love and The Dark Knight Rises is generally considered the weakest film in the trilogy, but it all »
- Jesse Giroux
Cinematographer Wally Pfister, in the midst of filming his feature directorial debut, “Transcendence,” enjoys some distinct advantages in his new role: One of his executive producers is Christopher Nolan, with whom he has collaborated exclusively, dating back to the director’s breakthrough film “Memento”; the star of his sci-fi movie is worldwide box office magnet Johnny Depp; Pfister’s picture will be released by Hollywood’s biggest studio, Warner Bros., and he was empowered with the kind of budget — approximately $100 million — few first-timers are afforded.
But those advantages are freighted with the expectations and pressures that come with such a large-scale endeavor. Besides, remarkably few directors of photography have successfully made a longterm transition to helming features. Among those, a mere handful — George Stevens, Barry Sonnenfeld and Jan de Bont among them — have enjoyed critical and commercial success. And only one, Nicolas Roeg, could be seen as a unique stylist whose creative stamp is unmistakable. »
- Steve Chagollan
Get The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers on DVD September 3rd!
There are 20 films included in this collection.
1. The Public Enemy (1931)
2. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
3. The Big Sleep (1946)
4. Strangers on a Train (1951)
5. North by Northwest (1959)
6. Dirty Harry (1971)
7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
8. Lethal Weapon: Director’s Cut (1987)
9. Batman (1989)
10. Goodfellas (1990)
11. The Fugitive (1993)
12. Natural Born Killers: The Director’s Cut (1994)
13. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
14. Seven (1995)
15. Heat (1995)
16. L.A. Confidential (1997)
17. American History X (1998)
18. The Dark Knight (2008)
19. Inception (2010)
20. The Town (2010)
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Running Time: 2 hr 28 mins
Do dreams matter? Most of us have already made up our mind’s with that question. But here’s a better question: Do movie dreams matter? Almost all of the time, the answer is no. They’re used as a gimmick, a joke, a shock, but otherwise they don’t serve much of a purpose. »
- Jeff Bayer
At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audiences in Telluride and Toronto (read our review here). But if “Prisoners” is the grimmest studio film you’ve seen since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” then “Enemy”—chronologically their first collaboration—is the equally dark but more experimental and arty cousin. And a terrifically haunting one at that. Imagine the Paul Thomas Anderson of “There Will Be Blood” making a Brian De Palma movie, or Claire Denis directing Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” While those superlatives do give you a taste of the striking, sensual disposition simmering in the French-Canadian filmmaker’s engrossing and provocative psychological thriller, it actually does a disservice to Villeneuve’s superb craft and »
- Rodrigo Perez
SciScreen All-Nighter | Britten centenary | More London free festival | Dark Side Of San Francisco
SciScreen All-Nighter, Newcastle upon Tyne
If you're the sort of cinemagoer who enjoys attending all-night film shows but has a nagging suspicion that your time could be better spent doing something useful – assisting scientific research, say – then help is at hand. As part of the British Science festival 2013, the Tyneside Cinema is hosting a high-calibre all-nighter during which attendees will be assessed between films to see how their bodies are responding to sleeplessness. Doctors from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University will conduct experiments in the Tyneside bar, while sleep expert Dr Kirstie Anderson will offer tips for the night ahead. You don't have to stay for the full 12 hours, but with movies including The Man With Two Brains, Christopher Nolan's back-to-front mind mess Memento and cult smash Re-Animator, why wouldn't you?
Tyneside Cinema, Sat
Britten centenary, »
- Ryan Gilbey
As the young boy kneels over his mother and father’s fallen bodies, he listens intently to the patriarch’s final words, “Bruce, itʼs okay. Donʼt be afraid.” We know in this instance that the young Bruce Wayne would never be the same.
In 2005, Christopher Nolan released the first of what would become The Dark Knight Trilogy – Batman Begins. The feature was groundbreaking in its portrayal of the comic book super hero, as Nolan had subverted the image of Batman as a camp, pantomime-type protagonist that had featured in the previous two films, Joel Schumacherʼs 1995 film Batman Forever and the disastrous 1997 film Batman & Robin.
The image of Batman had been one of variety in the near-seventy years since the character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939; at the time, he was born out of the popularity of fellow DC superhero Superman.
Different interpretations on screen had suited a changing society; from the melodramatic, »
- Stu Whittaker
It says a lot about Philip French that after 50 years as the Observer's film critic – five decades in which he has watched more than 2,500 movies, written six books on the subject and received an OBE for his services to film – he is nervous enough about this interview to have researched his answers in advance.
When I arrive at his house in Tufnell Park, north London, I find French poring over a thick reference book at the kitchen table. A cup of coffee is left to cool as he thumbs through the relevant footnotes, anxious to get the facts absolutely right. He will turn 80 in a couple of weeks and says that he occasionally struggles to remember names of directors or actors. »
- Elizabeth Day
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Rewind to 1998 and Pi was only a suggestion of the potential of the then 29 year old writer-director Darren Aronofsky. In the 15 years that have elapsed since the release of Pi, Aronofsky has directed five feature films, three of those of which he has penned, a tad short of the eight of his contemporary Christopher Nolan, who in 1998 wrote and directed his first noir thriller The Following. Now fast forward two years later when these two young phenoms would follow-up their impressive debut features with the equally impressive Requiem for a Dream and Memento, therein sidestepping the risk of being as Aronofsky called it a "one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump.”
Whilst Nolan’s masterful imagining of the Batman myth »
- Flickering Myth
Foyle's War: one of the most highly acclaimed British TV shows of all time.
Silver Spring, MD; August 15, 2013 – Rlj Entertainment’s (Nasdaq: Rlje) Acorn TV, the first streaming service focused on the best of British TV in North America, announces more exclusive U.S. premieres as well as tripling its available content. Available at www.Acorn.TV and via its popular Roku app, Acorn TV brings many of the best British mysteries, comedies, and dramas, as well as select Australian, U.S. and Canadian series, to the increasing number of consumers who prefer to stream content. Previously, Acorn TV streamed a full season of 18 rotating series; moving forward, Acorn TV will add at least six new and classic series each month, as well as offering a catalog of 65 series for catch-up viewing and discovery of new series, with no set end dates. Acorn TV also continues to offer a free 30-day trial. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Christopher Nolan has begun production in Canada for his upcoming film Interstellar. Up until now, plot details have been kept under wraps but thanks to a recent press release from the studio, we now know a bit more about what the film will involve.
Words like “wormholes” and “interstellar voyages” keep popping up but now, we finally have something more concrete to go on. Apparently, the story will chronicle 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.”
All signs point to Interstellar being a winner. Not only does it have Nolan at the helm and an intriguing plot, »
- Matt Joseph
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