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Wally Pfister has worked with the great Christopher Nolan as his director of photography in movies like .The Prestige,. .The Dark Knight Rises,. Memento,. and much more -- pretty much in all of Nolan movies. But now, the Oscar-winning cinematographer from .Inception. is branching out and making his debut as a director in .Transcendence. starring Johnny Depp.
The film explores the possibility of sentient computers, able to perceive and feel. In this interview, we talked about his interest in making the movie, research, and his talented cast.
Since their first partnership on 2000’s “Memento," the work of Oscar-winning Dp Wally Pfister has helped shape and define the trademark style of Christopher Nolan and his output. His influence has proved so pronounced that Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar” will mark an unclear break in DNA, it being “The Dark Knight” director’s first outing in 14 years without his usual collaborator. Not that bad blood had anything to do with the split, however. Instead, Pfister harnessed the years of working alongside Nolan into his first directorial effort, “Transcendence," starring Johnny Depp. An ambitious cyber-thriller in the vein of “The Lawnmower Man," the film still boasts a lineup of familiar faces to any fan of Nolan’s work, but in a recent Los Angeles press conference, members of the massive cast, along with Pfister and screenwriter Jack Paglen, set about discussing the unique aspects to the cautionary tale. “Technology is probably »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The third Sundance London Film and Music Festival hits the capital from April 25th-27th, bringing in a variety of great independent films, as well as live music, panel discussions, and special anniversary screenings to the capital’s O2 Arena.
As well as the 21 feature films and 18 shorts, the festival will be hosting special screenings of three films highlighted in the past at Sundance: Grand Jury Prize winner Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Quentin Tarantino’s heist classic Reservoir Dogs; and Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Memento. These three screenings are being shown as a joint celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Empire Magazine.
Highlights of the festival include the following:
An offbeat comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Domnhall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall, directed by Adam and Paul helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Joining an avant-garde rock band, an aspiring musician »
- Katie Wong
We are a couple of weeks away from the Sundance London film and music festival hitting the O2 arena in the capital. The full lineup of panels, music events and films was announced last week and we’ve decided to dive in and surface here with our picks of the festival.
As you’ll see we have chosen a number of films to keep an eye on, noted a couple of the panels and highlighted an event or two. You can find more information on all of these events right here at the Sundance London homepage or keep an eye here on HeyUGuys as we’ll be bringing you the best coverage of one of our favourite festivals.
Film – Frank
It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to see Michael Fassbender take on one of the oddest figures in the last thirty years of British popular culture. Papier Mâché »
- Jon Lyus
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
To misquote Ned Stark completely: Summer is coming! And summer brings us so many things. Heat. Sunlight. A complete absence of teachers, who reportedly spend the season hibernating inside their coffins in the North Pole. Most of all, summer brings Summer Blockbusters. Raucous comedies. Huge-budget action movies. Low-budget wonders. Fun-for-the-whole-family animated adventures. The rare-but-potent Serious Film that grabs big audiences with big themes. And as we anxiously await the beginning of Hollywood’s Summer 2014, EW has come up with a list of the twenty best Summer Blockbusters ever.
This deep into Hollywood’s decadent period, it can sometimes feel like »
- Darren Franich
Writer-director Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Inception") isn't convinced that digital formats can compare to 35 mm film and he wasn't shy about telling the crowd of exhibitors at CinemaCon his belief that film is the "best" way to project an image. "I’m a fan of any technological innovation, but for me, it's going to have to exceed what came before -- and it hasn’t yet," Nolan told attendees yesterday at the industry conference, according to The Los Angeles Times. Despite the industry's conversion to digital projection, Nolan insists on shooting on film. Paramount Pictures will make an exception from its commitment to digital projection by releasing Nolan's upcoming "Interstellar" in both film and digital. Nolan also made it clear that he isn't a fan of 3-D. "It’s not the best thing if you’re looking at a shared audience experience," he said, although he praised Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby, »
- Paula Bernstein
Christopher Nolan is without question one of the biggest directors in modern Hollywood. First breaking out at the turn of the century with Memento, the filmmaker has spent the last 14 years making epic, thought provoking movies on various scales and has earned both critical and box office love. In addition to being a fantastic filmmaker, however, he is also a tremendously interesting individual, as I learned listening to him speak for nearly a full hour this afternoon. Earlier today, the filmmaker took part in a special luncheon at CinemaCon called "From Passion To The Big Screen: The Work of Christopher Nolan" where he spoke with The Hollywood Reporter.s Todd McCarthy about not only his entire body of work up to this point, but also about his upcoming science-fiction epic Interstellar. The interview was packed with all kinds of fascinating info, so read on to discover what we found out! »
Sundance has revealed its programme of films and panel discussions for the third Sundance London film and music festival (April 25-27), held at the O2.
The festival will include 21 feature films and 18 short films across five sections. A total of 23 films will make their world, international, European or UK premieres and seven are by first-time feature filmmakers.
The films collectively received 12 awards when they premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and filmmakers expected to attend are Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and Arrested Development star David Cross, who brings his directorial debut Hits.
Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi will bring the international premiere of her latest feature, The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — As the lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival is unveiled, Variety talks to John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming, about the selection (see below for full lineup).
Sundance London, which runs April 25-27, will include 21 feature films and 18 shorts across five sections, as well as live performances by a number of musical acts, which will be linked to movies screening at the fest, and a series of panel discussions.
Cooper says that when Robert Redford and the Sundance team set up the London event, one of their motivations was to give added exposure to U.S. indie films in the international market.
“We realized that the international life of an American independent film was crucial to its success,” he says. The London fest’s creation was partly driven by an impulse to do “anything we »
- Leo Barraclough
The examples of actors who have gone on to direct films are presumably rather widely known. You have your Afflecks, your Eastwoods, your Jolies and numerous others. Screenwriters may be somewhat less famous when they try their hands at directing their own features, but there are many of these too, such as Charlie Kaufman, Shane Black, and Paul Schrader, to name but a few.
Cinematographers seem less likely to make the jump from shooting a film to directing one, and I won’t even hazard a guess as to why this may be. Actors-turned-directors are commonplace by now, and screenwriters are always presumed to be wannabe directors in some way or another, but it seems as though cinematographers are perceived as talented eyes with little aptitude for complete storytelling. This is surely false when you think about it for a moment—the visual identity of a film is as intrinsic »
- Darren Ruecker
After such an active SXSW schedule, it's understandable if you need take a few days to recuperate. It will be another week or so before specialty screenings are back at full speed, but there are still a few standout titles to let you know about. Also, two of the biggest SXSW premieres from this week are hitting area theaters. For those of you who got shut out of those, you should have more luck now.
The Marchesa just spent its first year as a SXSW venue, so the Austin Film Society will be springing back to action again this week with some cool events. They've got the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Square as an area premiere on Tuesday night. Richard Linklater is back on Wednesday with Melvin And Howard, a 1980 selection from Johnathan Demme for his "Jewels In The Wasteland" series, and Essential Cinema has the 1997 Arabic film Destiny on Thursday. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Now that Johnny Depp has returned to the mob drama Black Mass as infamous Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, and Joel Edgerton is locked in as the childhood friend turned FBI agent who pursued him while also helping him stay at large, the rest of the cast is starting to fill out. Variety has word that Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3) is in talks to play Depp's brother, though it's not clear how integral the character is in the real-life story about the criminal turned FBI informant, who used the opportunity as a way to get rid of his competition before getting double-crossed by the agency and forced to go on the run. More below! The project had some trouble awhile ago when the budget was reduced, and could no longer afford Depp's fee for the film. Shortly thereafter, Barry Levinson fell out of the director's chair. But then »
- Ethan Anderton
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. 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 Kafka-eque mindfuck »
- Rodrigo Perez
Guy Pearce ( Memento , Iron Man 3 ) has joined the cast of Black Mass , the Scott Cooper-directed drama about Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger, for Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media, Variety reports. He'll play one of two brothers to Johnny Depp's Bulger. Black Mass tells the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish street punk in Boston with a penchant for rape and robbery, who spent much of his early life incarcerated. When released from Alcatraz, Whitey returned to his thug lifestyle and rose to power in organized crime by using his FBI informant status to bring down the Italian mafia in New England. He and his fellow hood Steve Flemmi, fed incriminating information on the Italian mob to FBI agents John J. Connolly Jr. and Dick Morris, »
It’s been a long-time established fact that the Sundance Film Festival has acted as a career springboard for a number of now firmly-established directors, and throughout the years, has brought attention to many well-loved feature which may have otherwise slipped through the net. Having conquered Hollywood with his updating of the Batman myth, it’s easy to forget that Christopher Nolan’s first route into that world was due to distribution being acquired after his mind-bending thriller Memento was shown at the festival. Outside of the screening programme, the Sundance Institute even formed a training grounds of sorts for one Quentin Tarantino, who work-shopped his script for debut Reservoir Dogs there, under the tutelage of directors Terry Gilliam and Monte Hellman. Films and filmmakers have found success at Sundance through many different avenues and in unexpected ways.
- Adam Lowes
You might not recognize Stephen Tobolowsky by name, but you know his face and voice from his performances in Glee, Memento, Groundhog Day, Heroes, and Californication, just to name a few. And if you check out his new Kickstarter film project, you'll get to know a lot more of his story as well. Based on the podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, created by David Chen, the planned film version seeks to bring the long-time character actor's stories to an ever broader audience. But they need your help to make this dream a reality. Hit the jump for today's Indie Spotlight on The Primary Instinct: A Stephen Tobolowsky Storytelling Film. Watch Chen and Tobolowsky talk about the film below, including one fine example of stories from Tobolowsky's life. Then head on over to their Kickstarter page to help contribute. More on the film and your Kickstarter donations from Chen: Stephen's stories have »
- Dave Trumbore
Three titles originally championed by the Sundance Film Festival to return to the big screen.
The features are part of the Sundance Collection, a film preservation programme established in 1997 devoted to independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported by Sundance Institute, which has grown to nearly 1,000 titles.
Winter’s Bone, from director Debra Granik, featured a breakout role from Jennifer Lawrence who was nominated for her performance at the 2011 Oscars, while the film picked up the Us Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Sundance London is to screen three of the most celebrated films to come from the Sundance Film Festival in its 30-year history.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: "Independent film is constantly evolving and looking to what's next, and the films shown at the Sundance Film Festival during the course of our 30-year history are prime examples of that.
"Showing three of our most celebrated films at Sundance London allows us to reflect on the incredible potential of independent film to endure and to inspire countless other filmmakers for generations to come."
The three films are as follows:
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The film that catapulted Quentin Tarantino to fame. Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and Michael Madsen are among the stars of this crime thriller that tells the story of a diamond robbery gone awry. Now considered a must-watch film, it got its critical acclaim after premiering at the »
Exciting news from the Sundance London people this morning as their eagerly anticipated 2014 programme begins in style with a season of screenings of films integral to the festival’s prestigious history.
It was announced this morning that the screenings, comprising of Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone, will take place at the festival at the O2 from the 25th of April to the 27th.
There are a number of films synonymous with the festival, and there are directors who own their careers to Sundance. The breakout hit of Sundance London has undoubtedly been Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed which led directly to his latest directing venture with Steven Spielberg on Jurassic World.
Sundance London is now in its third year and has already proved itself to be an essential part of the film calendar. Its focus on emerging talent »
- Jon Lyus
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