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Christopher Nolan Discusses Cinematic Storytelling at AFI

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Christopher Nolan appeared at AFI fest this past Sunday to discuss his opinion on cinematic storytelling and his latest film Dunkirk. Guests watched Dunkirk on 70mm before the discussion, which was a gift in itself. The film is equally incredible when viewed on film than in an IMAX.

Christopher Nolan sums up Dunkirk perfectly by calling it an “intimate epic.” The script is only 76 pages long and film tells the story of soldiers of England, Belgium, and France surrounded by the German army in World War II and the struggle to be evacuated. Instead of creating a film in a traditional three-act story, Christopher Nolan uses a different approach and essentially dives right into the action, skipping character introductions and exposition. The film is broken into three different stories that eventualy intertwine into each other: one story about a group of soldiers on land which takes place in a week,
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Christopher Nolan Gets Candid on the State of Movies, Rise of TV and Spielberg’s Influence

Christopher Nolan Gets Candid on the State of Movies, Rise of TV and Spielberg’s Influence
There have been extensive doom-and-gloom scenarios about the demise of movies lately, but writer-director Christopher Nolan isn’t among those sounding the death knell. Last summer, as the box office and attendance careened toward their lowest levels in decades, Nolan put his artistry where his optimism was — delivering a jolt of pure cinema with “Dunkirk.”

The picture thrusts viewers into one of the turning points of World War II, recounting a moment when British forces faced total annihilation at the hands of the Nazis. Shot with Imax cameras and presented in 70mm, it also serves as a potent reminder that some things are best delivered on the widest screens possible. “Dunkirk” not only garnered massive critical acclaim, but audiences around the globe flocked to see the film, which grossed $524 million worldwide.

“At a time when there’s all kinds of storytelling around, movies that gravitate toward things that only movies can do carve out a place for themselves
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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew

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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, ranked among the popcorn cinema elite in fan polls as one of the best movies ever. The penultimate chapter of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy saw Christian Bale's Batman go up against the Joker, portrayed with haunting villainy by the late Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for the role. Ledger's commitment to the character is the stuff of legend. But there were plenty of other cool facts behind the scenes, as well.

Katie Holmes skipped the sequel to make a terrible comedy.

Memento filmmaker Christopher Nolan rescued the World's Greatest Detective from the train wreck of glossy camp that was Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin with 2005's Batman Begins, a serious minded reboot adored by fans and critics. Katie Holmes co-starred as Bruce Wayne love interest Rachel Dawes, but the Dawson's Creek
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Joe Manganiello Teases Battle-Scarred Deathstroke For Upcoming Movie

This week brought with it the news that DC are adding yet another movie onto their slate – Joe Manganiello will be starring as Slade Wilson in a Deathstroke solo film from director Gareth Evans. This is no doubt encouraging to hear for fans of the popular supervillain, as the character’s future in the Dceu had been in doubt for the past few months. It’s even better news for Manganiello, though, and it looks like the actor can’t wait to don the character’s orange/black helmet in his own film.

In the wake of the solo movie’s announcement, he took to Twitter to share a very cryptic tease. Without a caption, the Magic Mike star simply posted a close-up snap of the assassin’s helmet, which has seemingly sustained a lot of damage around the eye.

Manganiello was originally cast in the role last year, with
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Director Shane Abbess on the Nostalgic and Collaborative Framework Behind ‘The Osiris Child’

It’s been almost one full year since Shane AbbessScience Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child made its world premiere at Fantastic Fest late September 2016. We recently caught up with Shane to talk about his film. We discussed everything from production design to music to the economy of the film, notably the team’s efforts getting shots both done in budget in a timely manner. However, aside from a handful of scenes, you’d expect that he had the luxury of resources to build this fascinating world.

Culled from favorite childhood experiences/films, cherry-picked tropes from specific genres, and aimed at giving the audience things they’ve never seen before , the result of Abbess’ work is one of the most impressive sci-fi films this year. A long time coming for those of you who missed it on the festival circuit, but the ambitious sci-if gem that is The Osiris Child
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Rellik: yet another gritty crime drama, only back to front

Using every cliche in the serial-killer manual, the new BBC show fancies itself as the next Scandi murder-mystery

Such is the ubiquity of crime dramas nowadays that, were I to come across a blood-spattered corpse while walking the dog, I would be more inclined to look around for the attendant film crew than call the police. So how to breathe new life into serial killer series? If you’re Rellik (11 September, 9pm, BBC1), you look to Christopher Nolan’s Memento or Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible for inspiration, and tell the story backwards. If only Midsomer Murders had thought of this.

Rellik (it’s “killer” backwards – geddit?) tells the tale of a murder investigation in reverse chronology. Thus, after seeing the apparent perpetrator cornered, the action spools back in time, pressing play at crucial points to dump great big slabs of exposition into the story while wilfully upending our understanding of
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Today in Movie Culture: A Western Filmed During the Eclipse, Marvel's 'The Defenders' Easter Eggs and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Short Film of the Day: The short film Western Sol was filmed and broadcast live during today's solar eclipse. You can watch the finished product here:   Film History of the Day: And in honor of today's solor eclipse, Birth.Movies.Death presented a history of eclipses in the movies and on TV:   Easter Eggs of the Day: You've had the whole weekend to watch all of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix, so here's Mr. Sunday Movies with all the Easter eggs in the series:   Vintage Image of the Day: Carrie-Anne Moss, who turns 50 today, receives direction from Christopher Nolan on the set of Memento in...

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First look at Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots

Following a first look at Saoirse Ronan as the title character in the upcoming historical drama Mary, Queen of Scots [check it out here], we now have a first look at Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I; take a look here courtesy of Yahoo! Movies…

First Look: New photo of Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I in #MaryQueenofScots https://t.co/G64PR5om2z pic.twitter.com/ZbBNvCd6EC

— Yahoo Movies (@YahooMovies) August 21, 2017

Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.
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Here’s Your First Look At Saoirse Ronan In ‘Mary, Queen Of Scots’

Filming has officially started on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. See Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots below.

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots – The film is now in-production

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography ‘My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.’

Joining the cast are Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, Line of Duty) and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey,
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First Look at Saoirse Ronan in Mary, Queen of Scots

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First Look at Saoirse Ronan in Mary, Queen of Scots
Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the Us and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.

The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Mis&#233rables.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy's acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.
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First look at Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots

With principal photography now underway, Focus Features has released a first look image of Saoirse Ronan in the title role in Working Title Films’ Mary, Queen of Scots.

Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
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First Look Image of Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots released as filming commences

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Author: Zehra Phelan

As filming begins on Josie Rourke’s Mary, Queen of Scots, a first look image of Saoirse Ronan as the fated Queen of Scotland has been released.

The adaptation of John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. Will see Ronan joined by Suicide Squad’s Margot Robbie as Mary’s cousin and murderer, Elizabeth I. Joining the ladies on the cast are Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, “Line of Duty”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”, Me Before You). Also featuring in the cast are David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Broadchurch”) and Guy Pearce (Memento, La Confidential, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France
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Mary, Queen Of Scots First Look Photo From Film Starring Saoirse Ronan And Margot Robbie

photograph by John Mathieson

Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I.

Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the Us and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.

The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Misérables.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for “House of Cards”, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My
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Great Films Unfairly Forgotten in Time

Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…

Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.

However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or
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The Dark Tower review – interminable Stephen King adaptation a uniquely flavorless slog

It’s rare a film so convoluted manages to be so determinedly boring. Lucky for you it vanishes from the mind as soon as it ends

Anterograde amnesia, best known as the affliction Guy Pearce suffers from in Memento, is defined as a mental disorder that blocks the formation of new memories. Known causes include blunt-force trauma and The Dark Tower, a film that is not only forgettable but militantly memory-proof.

While sitting through this uniquely flavorless slog, a viewer jolts out of a waking sleep every five minutes or so to realize that they have not internalized a thing. Nikolaj Arcel’s efforts to translate and condense Stephen King’s long-running series of densely mythologized novels amount to being a western without the majesty of the west, a fantasy without anything even coming close to being fantastic.

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck producing City on a Hill pilot for Showtime

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are reuniting to executive produce City on a Hill, a new drama pilot for Showtime, which is being directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) from a script by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler). James Mangold (Logan) and Jennifer Todd (Memento).

Variety reports that City on a Hill is a fictional account of the ‘Boston Miracle’; taking place in Boston in the early 90s, it follows an African-American district attorney looking to put an end to corruption and racism, who forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran invested in maintaining the status quo. Together, the two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.

“Chuck wrote a pressure-cooker of a script steeped in the tribal codes of a Shakespeare play — family, blood, betrayal, honor,” said O’Connor. “His take on
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s City on a Hill pilot given the green light by Showtime

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Ben Affleck and his long time buddy Matt Damon have been given the green light to produce a pilot for their story, City on a Hill, for Showtime.

Affleck and Damon will executive produce the drama which sees Affleck team up with The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor once again as he takes the helm on the pilot. O’Connor will also serve as executive producer alongside Logan’s James Mangold and Memento’s Jennifer Todd.

Credit: Miramax/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism were the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet
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Showtime Orders Boston-Set Drama Pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

Showtime Orders Boston-Set Drama Pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are bringing their Boston pride to Showtime.

The cabler has picked up a drama pilot “City on a Hill” from the Oscar winners, who will executive produce the project.

Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. The two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.

The pilot will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant”), who will serve as executive producer along with James Mangold (“Logan”) and Jennifer Todd (“Memento
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Oscar Beat: Is ‘Dunkirk’ a Major Contender?

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Given that he’s one of the most successful and talented directors working today, it’s surprising that Christopher Nolan has still yet to score a Best Director Oscar nomination. He received a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for Memento, the film that kicked off his career, and he was all but guaranteed a slot for the critically acclaimed The Dark Knight. But the morning the Oscar nominations came, Nolan’s name was nowhere to be found. Surely Inception would be the one right? Critical acclaim, huge box office, and the Dark Knight snub on everyone’s minds would do …
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Christopher Nolan Easter Eggs: The 7 Best Hidden Gems in ‘Inception,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ and More

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Christopher Nolan Easter Eggs: The 7 Best Hidden Gems in ‘Inception,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ and More
Christopher Nolan loves a good easter egg. Whether it’s a sly bit of casting, the use of subliminal imagery, or a line of dialogue with deeper implications then you may realize, Nolan often hides clues and secret messages in his films that are just waiting to be discovered. Of course the internet has devoted a ton of time searching for Nolan’s best easter eggs over the years, and we’ve rounded up 7 of the best hidden gems to look for in his filmography.

Read More: ‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

Nolan is currently riding high off the success of “Dunkirk,” his WWII drama that exceeded expectations at the box office by opening to $50.5 million this weekend. The film should enjoy a healthy run thanks to strong word of mouth and critical acclaim. IndieWire named “Dunkirk” the best
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