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Reports are surfacing that the epic Dark Knight and Inception director is in talks with Bond chiefs Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to tackle where the suave super spy goes next. He’s certainly been a fan choice for some time, not only as the next outing, but previous to Mendes.
Nolan’s a fine British filmmaker and has yet to put a foot wrong on his career ladder. Making a fine debut with Following, impressing with head-twisiting thrillers Memento and Insomnia before dropping jaws with his Batman reboot and their subsequent spectacular sequels. Not forgetting his other starry mind-bender sci-fi thriller, Inception, sandwiched in-between.
- Craig Hunter
It's been rumored for a while, but it looks like it's actually happening, per Deadline: Al Pacino and David Gordon Green are teaming up. As reported a while back, the unlikely duo are pairing up on "Manglehorn," which will see Pacino as "an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life." While Pacino's been doing some solid work on HBO, it's a full decade since his last great big screen performance (in Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia"), so the team up with Gordon Green couldn't have come soon enough, especially as we're hearing good buzz on "Joe," his next film, with Nicolas Cage. Photography will get underway in October Meanwhile, Zach Braff doesn't just have his Kickstarter funding, he now has $10 million in other financing for his "Garden State" follow-up "Wish I Was Here," and is coasting towards production. »
- Cain Rodriguez
If you don't know the work of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, you will very soon. Not only has a U.S. adaptation of his wacky thriller Headhunters (already adapted quite well in Norway by Morten Tyldum) been confirmed, but a U.S. version of The Snowman, featuring his recurring detective Harry Hole is also in development, though sadly no longer with Martin Scorsese directing as previously reported. And now, news has broken that Nesbø's work is coming to the small screen as well. Erik Skoldbjaerg, director of Insomnia (the one Christopher Nolan remade) will be working with the Swedish production house responsible for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films to create a ten-episode series called Occupied, based on an original idea by Nesbø. Here's the pitch,...
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“The whole thing is irredeemably dreadful” cries the Guardian. “It’s a shamelessly broad, deliberately lowest-common-denominator sitcom” it continues, barely unable to contain their vitriolic anger. “It should be thrown on a pile of dung and set ablaze with a thousand gypsy women dancing and singing folk songs of yore around it” it doesn’t add. But it should. Then again that’s probably why I don’t write for the Guardian. And what is the target of this focused fury and bile?
I do think it’s pretty funny that we live in a society where unbridled anger can be unleashed so masterfully at a mass market sitcom. But it is anger from a place of regret at what this once dynamic comic has become. This man who was once the staple of 80’s political satire is now reduced to BBC »
- Sean Keating
Sometimes, it takes a familiar face to put a face on a problem ... even one that is international in scope.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is no stranger to championing social causes, and she takes up another as she and "My Left Foot" Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn play the title roles in the HBO drama movie "Mary and Martha" Saturday, April 20. Written by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "Four Weddings and a Funeral") and filmed largely in South Africa, the BBC and NBC Universal co-production tells the story of two very different women who unite to crusade against malaria after both lose sons to the illness.
Mary (Swank) is an American who takes her child (Lux Haney-Jardine, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") away from bullying classmates for an "adventure" abroad, and Martha (Blethyn) is an Englishwoman whose son (Sam Claflin, "Snow White and the Huntsman") volunteers at an African orphanage. After both »
Over the last few years, Christopher Nolan has rapidly established himself as one of Hollywood’s finest directors, despite his comparatively young age (42) in relation to many of his counterparts.
His career began in 1998 when his first feature, Following, generated a significant amount of buzz on the festival circuit, prompting the funding of his next film, Memento, which more than quadrupled its budget. A 2002 remake of the Norwegian film Insomnia (arguably Al Pacino’s last good film) then led to him being handed the reins to the Batman franchise, which was in tatters after the critical mauling that Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin had received.
The rest is, as they say, history. Batman Begins, released in 2005, rebooted the character in a dark and gritty fashion, spawning two sequels which both grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. All three received significant critical acclaim, with The Dark Knight even winning an Oscar »
- Alex Antliff
Tribeca’s 12th annual festival, running from April 17-28, recently announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Midnight sections. According to Tribeca’s website, “The Spotlight section features 33 films — 21 narratives and 12 documentaries — that blur the lines of independent and mainstream filmmaking. Twenty-three films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival, a record number for the section.” See below for the official press release of this year’s lineup in all four categories.
2013 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Selections
For Spotlight, Midnight And New Storyscapes Sections, And Special Screenings
First-ever Storyscapes Section Showcases Innovative New Media Projects with Cross-platform Approaches to Storytelling
The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff) announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Midnight sections, projects in the new Storyscapes section and Special Screenings. The 12th edition of the Festival will take place from April 17 to April 28 in New York City.
The Spotlight »
- Christopher Clemente
If you watched the HBO movie "Phil Spector" last night, you saw Al Pacino at his Al Pacinoiest, spewing out David Mamet's dialogue with the abandon of a rabid, frothing feral animal. But isn't that why we love him so?
Nelson Carvajal made this supercut of a careers worth of Al Pacino growling with an insanity that you just have to admire -- and thank your lucky stars that you aren't on the receiving end. Check out the clip above for over 6 minutes of Pacino going ballistic in movies like "Any Given Sunday," "...And Justice For All," "Insomnia," "Heat" and, um, "Gigli."
(h/t Indiewire) »
- Ross Luippold
The artwork and specs for 13 Eerie's home video release have arrived, and it's very successful at evoking that Friday the 13th feeling. Though that may have something to do with the giant 13 and Friday's font being on the cover.
From the Press Release
Six ambitious forensic undergrads are pitted against one another on a scientific expedition to a remote island, vying to win an esteemed trainee position with the FBI. Unbeknownst to everyone, the site was formerly used as an illegal biological testing ground for life-term criminals who were left for dead. Now, before the undergrads even begin their experiments, the zombie criminal convicts are systematically hunting them down, and what started as a fight for an esteemed career in the FBI has become each student’s fight for his very life.
- Uncle Creepy
O Canada, you guys are in for it now. All across your beautiful nation Cineplex Entertainment and Raven Banner are preparing to launch a monthly horror series. Say hello to Sinister Cinema ya hosers. (Sorry, had to do it).
Films currently scheduled to be screened through Sinister Cinema are John Dies at the End, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, American Mary and No One Lives. Read on for the details and participating theaters.
From the Press Release
Cineplex Entertainment's Front Row Centre Events and Raven Banner announce the launch of Sinister Cinema, a cutting-edge series of art house quality genre cinema. Sinister Cinema will bring a series of independent horror films to twenty-five Cineplex theatres across Canada. The films will include unique content, and in some cases, special appearances, including live question and answer sessions with directors, pre-recorded interviews and more.
"It’s a real honor for us to work with Cineplex, »
- Doctor Gash
Though we've been talking about Norwegian star Aksel Hennie for years here at Twitch, for many his first real exposure came through international hit Headhunters. So how do we greet the news that Hennie has reunited with the producers of that film along with the director of the original Insomnia - later remade by Christopher Nolan - for the upcoming thriller Pioneer? With a great deal of excitement, of course.Pioneer is set in the early 80's, at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea...
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A recent press release from Paramount and Warner Bros. says that Christopher Nolan will release his new scf-fi film “Interstellar” through both Paramount Pictures (domestically) and Warner Bros. (Internationally) starting November 7th, 2014. It will be released in theaters and IMAX.
Hot off the Press-release:
“Directed and written by Academy Award-nominee Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), “Interstellar” is based on a script by Jonathan Nolan. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan of Syncopy Films and Obst of Lynda Obst Productions. Kip Thorne will executive produce.
The film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.”
Nolan is so hot that the two production titans are willing to co-produce and co-distribute it. However, Legendary films, Warner Bros’ financial partner for Nolan’s Inception and Batman Trilogy did not get a piece the action.
Nolan hasn’t made a bad film »
- Alex Corey
The Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of its movie slate today with a lineup that includes Emma Roberts in Adult World, Zac Efron in racing-cum-farming drama At Any Price, and Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. The releases are in the following categories, which make up the second half of the festival’s feature list: Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Storyscapes, a new category this year to recognize work in transmedia — films the incorporate web-based and cross-platform elements.
- Adam Carlson
Rebecca Hall has joined the cast of Wally Pfister's Transcendence where she'll play the wife of Johnny Depp's character. She beat out the likes of Emily Blunt and Rooney Mara for the role in the film which marks Pfister's feature directorial debut after working for years as a cinematographer, most notably on Christopher Nolan's films including Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. Hall, who co-starred in Nolan's The Prestige, joins Depp who plays a scientist whose brain is uploaded into the supercomputer he created with the intent on having it think for itself. Paul Bettany is also a member of the cast. Filming is set to begin in April in Los Angeles for an April 25, 2014 release. Next comes word Harrison Ford is the latest to join the cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues where he'll play what The »
- Brad Brevet
I get the impression most expect Wally Pfister will share some sort of connection with Christopher Nolan, with whom he served as director of photography on Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. Considering Pfister's first outing as a feature director is a sci-fi film involving a scientist (Johnny Depp) whose brain is uploaded into the supercomputer he created with the intent on having it think for itself, there is a suggestion they, at least, share the same interests. Then again, this could also become something of a Johnny Mneumonic 2 (remember Robert Longo?) and Pfister could be laughed out the building. I think we are all hoping (and expecting) something different, but will expectations be too high? Ironically enough, I asked the same of Inception back in 2010. The film I'm referring to is Transcendence and Depp will co-star alongside Paul Bettany and now Deadline reveals Warner Bros. »
- Brad Brevet
While for most cinemagoers the first people they probably look at are the actors and actresses starring in a picture, often a far more interesting personality lies behind the camera, in the director themselves.
Through their sheer nature of their job, they often have a very singular, tireless mindset which they will not shift for anyone, and this is precisely how masterpiece are made, as well as how directors gain reputations for being difficult, and in more extreme cases, flat-out insane.
These 10 characters (yes, they’re characters alright) have done things life-threatening, hilarious, cruel and totally ridiculous, all in the name of trying to make a great movie.
Whether they succeeded or not, there’s no denying that, for better or worse, these directors are nearly as (and in one case, perhaps more) famous than the films they actually make. Demanding, meticulous, misguided, ambitious, violent and troubled, here are 10 directors who are certifiably insane… »
- Shaun Munro
The story is based on John Wagner and Arthur Ranson's graphic novel about a group of millionaires who play a dangerous game for fun, where they set their own hired guns against one another. The plot follows Harry Exton, one of the pawns in this game who decides he's had enough. He soon realizes that he not only will have to kill his fellow contestants, but the wealthy men pulling all the strings to get out alive.
Hillary Seitz (Insomnia, Eagle Eye) and Barry Levy (Paranoia, Vantage Point) previously worked on the screenplay. Roger Kass, Josh Braun, Mark Sourian and Michael De Luca, Mark Sourian, and Michael De Luca are producing.
Matt Cook made the Black List in »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Oscar votes are in, so there are only a few days left to learn everything you can about this year’s nominated films before the winners are named.
In this episode of ABC’s “Behind the Ballot” interview series, EW’s Geoff Boucher chats with a panel of experts about Sound Mixing and Sound Editing
“The sound editor would be the person who gathers the elements and presents them to the mixer to organize, as a cinematographer would hand their shots to the editor to compile into a completed film,” said Mark Mangini, who worked on Star Trek, The Fifth Element »
- Amanda Taylor
Today in Berlin, TrustNordisk and Magnolia Pictures announced that Magnolia has bought the Us distribution rights to Erik Skjoldbærg's Norwegian thriller "Pioneer." Set at the beginning of the 1980s oil boom in Norway, "Pioneer" follows a deep sea diver, Petter, who has the confidence to do the undersea work to bring the oil ashore. When he gets to work, though, things get more complicated than he anticipated. Skjoldbær is best known for making the film "Insomnia," which was latar remade by American auteur Christopher Nolan, with Al Pacino in the lead role. Magnolia cited their success with 2011's "Headhunters," another Norwegian film with similar producers, as one of the things that drew them to the "Pioneer" deal. Magnolia bought the film after its first screening for buyers at the European Film Market. The deal was negotiated between Magnolia's Svp of Acquisitions, Dori Begley »
- Bryce J. Renninger
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