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If you’re a loyal reader of SlashFilm, then you’re likely already very well acquainted with Stephen Tobolowsky. He’s a very gifted character actor who has been in over 200 movies and TV shows, with some of his recognizable roles being Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and Sammy Jankis in Memento, not to mention recurring roles […]
- Ethan Anderton
The sci-fi director’s new documentary investigates the animator Quay twins. Here, they reveal how British weather, maths and lizards help to create their films
“So, on that last one. What was your inspiration?” By the third time the moderator uses this generic, parody-of-a-bad-interview question, one could only smile.
This is no ordinary Q&A. This is a session with a man, usually hammered by fanboy-ish questions, getting a chance to do a little geeking out. Christopher Nolan, director of Memento, The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar and the Dark Knight Trilogy is using some of his considerable industry clout to promote a programme of newly scrubbed-up 35mm short films by stop-motion animators the Brothers Quay. In addition to In Absentia (2000), The Comb (1991) and Street of Crocodiles (1986), the collection includes Quay, an eight-minute mini-documentary of the brothers in their cramped, magical London studio filled with decaying doll parts, screws, wigs chewed by bugs and old cameras. »
- Jordan Hoffman
Let Me Make You a Martyr, the upcoming, harrowing new crime movie about an abusive father, is set to reunite Sons of Anarchy's Mark Boone Junior with shock rocker and erstwhile Sons actor Marilyn Manson. While the film won't arrive until next year, check out an exclusive trailer featuring Manson as a Native American hit man.
Boone plays Larry Glass, a character whom the movie's producers describe as "a drug dealer, pimp and all-around scumbag," who hires Manson's character Pope, a hit man (or "bogeyman," as Manson describes it »
Christopher Nolan recently announced a new project entitled Quay, a documentary short about two British stop-motion animators. Set to premiere next week, it’s a far cry from Nolan’s blockbusters in both scope and subject matter. Yet it’s clearly a personal project, with Nolan using his clout and money to promote two obscure filmmakers.
Every artist – director, star, screenwriter – has some project that they want to make above all. A deeply personal, original idea; an autobiographical story; a favored story or hero they wish to celebrate. If a filmmaker is successful or lucky enough, they get a chance to produce them. Yet sometimes the reaction isn’t what they expect.
Francis Ford Coppola started his career directing exploitation films for Roger Corman, notably the horror film Dementia 13 (1963). Then he toiled as screenwriter and occasional director, helming the musical Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and the more personal The Rain People »
- Christopher Saunders
Why can't Hollywood seem to get the "Fantastic Four" right?
The reboot endured months of bad press, culminating in director Josh Trank's disavowal (later hastily retracted) of his own film on the eve of its release on Friday. Even so, the familiarity of Marvel's First Family -- and the new, grounded take on the characters -- was expected to carry the feature to a $45 million opening weekend.
Instead, "Fantastic Four" debuted with an estimated $26.2 million, failing to unseat week-old "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation" from the top spot. (The Tom Cruise thriller fell 47 percent from last weekend and still came in first with an estimated $29.4 million.) "F4" is the the first comic book movie based on Marvel characters since 2011's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" not to open at number one.
There's already lots of speculation over whose fault this is, and what it means for the Marvel brand. Are »
- Gary Susman
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
Based on Susannah Cahalan’s New York Times bestselling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, the award-tipped drama will center on Susannah (Moretz), a rising journalist at The New York Post who inexplicably falls victim to an unknown illness that causes her to hear voices, hallucinate and become violent. Terrified but unable to prevent herself from descending further into insanity, Susannah faces the possibility that she’ll never recover – until one doctor provides a diagnosis that may hold the key to a cure.
Perry is set to take on the supporting role of Richard, who oversees Susannah at The New York Post and shocked to see her condition transform her.
- Isaac Feldberg
Well, if this hyper-charged spot wasn’t just made for Comic-Con, then I don’t know what is. The ominous techno music throbs hard and the stares are steely and humorless in this new action-packed trailer for “Blindspot,” a new series from “Stargate: Atlantis” producer Martin Gero, and by the looks of it, this new hour-long drama may very well share some of that earlier show’s fanboy-friendly DNA. Jamie Alexander, loaded with enough high-caliber weaponry for a dozen David Ayer flicks and covered in “don’t touch me” tattoos, plays our badass heroine Jane Doe. The trailer voiceover promises that Jane comes equipped with a special set of “skills,” making her sound eerily similar to the protagonist of a certain lucrative action franchise. Sullivan Stapleton will play a tough-as-nails fed whose primary task is to decipher the riddle that Jane’s tattoos may pose, and if they point to some larger criminal conspiracy. »
- Nicholas Laskin
"I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing... I like to shake that up." If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you already know that I am outspoken fan of filmmaker Christopher Nolan. I think he's one of the best filmmakers working today, and his movies are incomparable in their grandeur and intelligent design. Not everyone agrees, but we all have our own opinions of course. Criticisms aside, Nolan has made some very intelligent, very bold films - including Memento and The Prestige. He has a style and storytelling technique that is refined and sleek, yet still cinematic and engaging. This extended but excellent video tribute made by a fellow fan (found via The Playlist) highlights many of his themes and tricks. And it makes me love his work even more. Enjoy! From the Vimeo description: "Hello everyone, I »
- Alex Billington
It’s not surprising that a recurring element of the pilot for Blindspot is the looking over of the tattoos that cover the body of Jane Doe (Thor’s Jaimie Alexander), the mysterious woman that is found in a duffel bag in Times Square with no memories. The mural of inked images, numbers, and symbols that take up most of the woman’s body is both the obvious hook and only really fascinating element of NBC’s new action-mystery series, which combines elements of The Bourne Identity, Memento, and a handful of procedural shows (NCIS and CSI, primarily) into a competent but hugely derivative and predictable bit of intrigue. Unlike Christopher Nolan’s film or, say, David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, the tattoos are not expressions of a tormented inner self and personal, cultural history but rather a map of crimes that will ploddingly lead the audience toward a criminal »
- Chris Cabin
Guy Pearce (born October 5, 1967) is a British-Australian actor and musician. Pearce is well-known for his work on both film and television. In Australia, his breakout performances came in the series Neighbours and the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. International audiences recognize him from L.A. Confidential, Memento, The Hurt Locker, […]
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- Ryan McDonnell
Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.
Dakota Fanning (Night Moves) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) have replaced Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Robert Pattinson (Twilight), respectively, in Martin Koolhoven’s thriller Brimstone, which is now underway in Europe.
The story follows a young woman (Fanning) who goes on the run and is chased by a diabolical preacher known as The Reverend (Pearce).
Producer Els Vandevorst issued the following statement to Screen about the cast changes: “Mia Wasikowska left the film due to unforeseen personal circumstances and Dakota Fanning immediately jumped into the leading starring role. Kit Harington was so consistently passionate about the script that his enthusiasm and total creative commitment made him a must for the role which »
The film, which is written and directed by Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”), stars Dakota Fanning (“Night Moves,” “The Runaways” and the upcoming “Franny”), Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “Lawless”) and Carice van Houten (“Black Book,” “Valkyrie”). Fanning stars as Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and chased by Pearce’s character, the diabolical Preacher. The movie is described as “a vivid and powerful epic of one woman’s defiant resistance.”
Els Vandevorst (“Winter in Wartime,” “The Surprise,” “Dogville”) of Holland’s N279 Entertainment produces, alongside Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) of X-Filme. Antonino Lombardo of Belgium’s Prime Time, »
- Leo Barraclough
We've all been there - waiting impatiently at the ticket office queue, glancing up anxiously at the clock and hoping that the trailers are playing for even longer than usual, because otherwise you've got no chance of making it for the start of the film.
In most cases you can piece together what you missed in the first few minutes; but sometimes it's essential to catch the film from the very start, whether for crucial plot details, later call-backs, or simply because it's the best part.
Here's our pick of 11 films you can't afford to miss the start of.
It takes a hardened soul not to well up watching Carl Fredricksen lose his beloved wife Ellie to a sudden illness in the opening montage of Up.
Not only is it probably the best sequence in the film, but it makes the crotchety Carl immediately sympathetic by showing his softer »
Writer/director Andrew Bujalski ("Computer Chess”) is making his bones quickly. He's only made four independently financed feature films, and his fourth is his biggest and best yet. A dynamite cast helps, but Bujalski's tentative move towards the mainstream doesn't tamp down his funny and observational sensibilities. His latest, "Results," stars the criminally underused Kevin Corrigan ("Pineapple Express"), Guy Pearce ("Memento"), Cobie Smulders “(“The Avengers"), Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Michael Hall in the weirdest role you will ever see him in. “Results” is centered on the culture of self-improvement. The comedy focuses on two mismatched personal trainers, self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders), whose lives are upended by the actions of a wealthy client (Corrigan). As their three lives become inextricably knotted, the plot go from complicated to super messy, and as our »
- Chase Whale
Photo: Warner Bros. / Lionsgate / Paramount Christopher Nolan was asked, during a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, to choose which sequence from his films he considers his favorite. The log chase scene in Insomniac The semi-flip in The Dark Knightc The docking sequence in Interstellarc Every single one of themc Nope. The director answered as some may have expected, with the opening scene from The Dark Knight Rises, often discussed as his most impressive stunt sequence thus far in his directorial career. Call it the prologue scene, call it the airplane hijacking scene, call it what you want, Nolan is proud of it no matter what title you give it. "It took us about two days in Scotland," he told host Bennett Miller and the crowd. He continued: "It was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of »
- Jordan Benesh
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 »
Interstellar and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was on hand at this year's Tribeca Film Festival for a conversation with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, and their chat covered a number of different topics -- from Nolan's first influences (Star Wars) to his massive success as a filmmaker (“I do attribute a lot of it to luck"). What else is going on inside the nerdy mind of the guy who gave us Inception and Memento? Here are three Christopher Nolan fun facts to break out at your next movie party 1. His favorite movie of 2014 “I really loved Whiplash last year. I thought that was an incredible piece of work. That was the kind of film where when you see it, it’s very precisely put together and you’re very...
- Erik Davis
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