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As many of you know studios have begun pushing out more shared universes and Franchises to varying degress of success and if you are one of those worried about the recent influx then don't worry you are not alone. In a Facebook post titled “Carts Before Horses & Hollywood’s New Love of Shared Universes.” James Gunn voices his skepticism saying studios are“trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes.” "Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. But I'm a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from - or in some cases, No base film to grow from. Star Wars had the original Star Wars, the Marvel Universe had the original Iron Man, the Dark Knight series had Batman Begins, even movies like Transformers and Twilight - »
Over the past decade, Lee Smith has worked alongside Christopher Nolan as the director has climbed to the highest peaks of Hollywood, with "Batman Begins," "The Prestige," "The Dark Knight," "Inception," and "The Dark Knight Rises." I recently had the chance to speak to Smith about his approach to editing, Nolan, their relationship, and their change of pace (both literal and figurative) that is "Interstellar." Coming from an Australian family deeply involved in the film industry, Smith started his career working in sound. In the editing realm, he cut his teeth on genre films like "The Howling III" and "RoboCop 2" and soon began a collaboration with Peter Weir on titles such as "Fearless," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination). While working in Hollywood on "Master," Smith was first asked if he was interested in meeting Nolan, »
- Gerard Kennedy
There’s always a lot of back n’ forth’ing going on between film and video games. Most of the time it’s the latter imitating the best feelings the former can provide by making you dictate everything from character choices to general camera placement – but occasionally all it takes is a push in the right direction for video games to go that extra mile.
Getting action right in film is something many directors struggle with, as you need only think of how something like Batman Begins’ overly-frenetic combat sequences were shot to get an idea of what not to do.
In games the whole process is seamless, as not only can programmers craft intricate camera movements and tracking shots literally impossible in the real world, but most of the time it’s going to be you who’s landing that knockout blow, disarming the bomb at the »
- Scott Tailford
Looks like the wheels are churning once again over at Summit Entertainment on their long-gestating Highlander reboot/remake, in that reports have come in now that the filmmakers are hoping to court Tom Cruise to play the mentor role of Ramirez, previously brought to life by Sean Connery. Come inside for the details!
The Highlander reboot over on Summit Entertainment has been in the works for a Long time. Sadly, after changing directors a few times, it still hasn't seen much movement in a while. So imagine my surprise when last night, The Wrap dropped a scoop last night pertaining to Highlander:
At this point, the interest appears to be one-sided, as Cruise has been busy shooting “Mission: Impossible 5” and isn't focused on future projects at the moment. Should Cruise decide to engage with the project, it's possible that the mentor role could be beefed up to accommodate a star of his magnitude. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Comic books fans have never had it so good.
After Joel Shumacher turned the Dark Knight into tacky trite, it looked like superhero movies had been killed off forever, that there was no place left for them in a world where films like Titanic and Men In Black ruled the box office. However, like a phoenix from the ashes, X-Men arrived a few short years later to prove that comic book movies still had potential and that rubber nipples were no longer necessary to keep the genre afloat. In 2005, Batman Begins took superheroes to a darker place, where gruff shouty voices and batmobile killing sprees were all the rage, but it wasn’t until Marvel released Iron Man that the comic book renaissance got into full swing.
Never before had a company meticulously planned out their release schedule quite like Marvel Studios, who gradually built up their cinematic universe with each release. »
- David Opie
We got our first glimpse of Gotham’s coin-flipping mildly-psychotic Harvey Dent this week. Here’s Rob’s review…
This review contains spoilers.
1.9 Harvey Dent
Holy elaborate plan to steal explosives, Batman! This week’s Gotham was of the disappointing variety, failing to do much with the aftermath of Bullock’s game-changing rallying-the-troops moment from last week. While we had our hopes up for the newly-invigorated Gcpd to start properly digging into the Wayne murder case, instead we got a disjointed selection of narrative strands that didn’t really settle into a cohesive whole.
Things didn’t exactly get off to a dynamite start, when convicted-explosives-expert-turned-plot-device Ian Hargrove enacted the most predictable in-transit break-out of all time. The revelation that someone else other than Hargrove was causing trouble was incredibly tame, and anyone who tuned into that segment with no prior Gotham knowledge would surely have thought the show was »
Walk down the wrong alleyway in Gotham City and you're in for a nasty shock. Nobody has found this out more frequently (or violently) than Thomas and Martha Wayne, the most murdered people in all of film and television history apart from Sean Bean.
This event proves to be a formative moment in the life of a young Bruce Wayne, the turning point that spurs him on to a life of fighting crime as a masked vigilante.
The first big screen depiction of the Waynes' death happened in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster. Here there's a twist in the tale as it's not Joe Chill but Jack Napier (later reborn as The Joker) who ambushes the millionaires.
Though there are plenty of people out there who have some discrepancies with Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar, one of the more unanimous points of praise has been for the block robot Tars and his colleague Case, both of which assist Matthew McConaughey on his mission to save the planet. The robots are fitted with incredible artificial intelligence which allows them to have a sense of humor and even a judge of how honest to be (though it's all regulated by the astronauts themselves). Well, Vulture liked the robots so much that they imagined what it might be like if Tars was a movie star, and it's great. Look now! Here are the posters for some of the biggest movies Tars has starred in before Interstellar: See a couple more of these faux movie posters starring Tars over at Vulture right here. Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
The death of Thomas and Martha Wayne at the hands of a gunman in an alley and in front of their young son Bruce Wayne is so iconic that many who've never picked up a "Batman" comic are well aware of it. On screen it has been portrayed numerous times from 1989's "Batman" and 2005's "Batman Begins" to the various animated series and movies, video games, and this year's "Gotham".
Now, reports and video from the Chicago set of Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" indicate that a version of the famed scene has been shot for the movie. Not only that, it has been done in IMAX as well.
An IMAX spokeswoman has confirmed to Variety that at least some of the film will be shot with IMAX cameras, the first time Snyder has worked in the format.
A glimpse of the filming of the scene is available below. »
- Garth Franklin
If Christopher Nolan is not the most popular, talented, influential or even interesting director working today, then he is certainly the most important.
The release of a Christopher Nolan movie, even one that “underperforms” at the box office like this week’s Interstellar, is by far the most fervently talked about work of art for several news cycles. Even in the face of constant barrages of Taylor Swift headlines, Nolan’s work is intensely debated and scrutinized in a way no other filmmaker receives for even one film, let alone all of them.
In fact, the wild, ranting, nitpick-y plot hole posts that were previously confined to IMDb message boards have this week migrated to real entertainment news sites. This one found 21 things that didn’t make sense about Interstellar, this one made objections to the science and plot on the whole, and this one found only 13. For whatever reason, »
- Brian Welk
Batman had his origin story in Batman Begins, and Gotham has its origin story in... Gotham. But what happened on the streets of Bruce Wayne's city even before Gotham? A new parody trailer from The Warp Zone highlights just how silly the idea of a prequel series can seem. While Gotham has done reasonably well, the initial idea was met with skepticism, and some of that skepticism has been warranted. To prove why a prequel series can be so problematic when trying to set up so many beloved characters and relationships, The Warp Zone has put together a trailer for »
- Jonathon Dornbush
If you went to see Interstellar this weekend, chances are you didn't know much about the movie beyond "Matthew McConaughey in space." That's intentional—Christopher Nolan is famously tight-lipped about his films, and the trailers that accompany them are pretty good about leaving large chunks of the plot untouched. This makes Nolan something of a unicorn: an Internet-Age blockbuster director who actively strives to preserve of the filmgoing experience as he can. But he's not alone in this, either—which probably makes him less of a unicorn. (Maybe he's more like a white antelope.) J.J. Abrams, Hollywood's biggest sci-fi steward, »
- Joshua Rivera
"Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader 'Moses' (Bale)...
"...as he rises up against the Egyptian 'Pharaoh Ramses' (Joel Edgerton)...
"...setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Exodus: Gods and Kings"...
- Michael Stevens
Heading into last weekend’s box-office battle royale, the big new movies in wide release arrived as heavyweight contenders from opposing ends of the pop-cultural spectrum. In one corner, you had Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s $165 million sci-fi mind-trip—a 169-minute movie freighted with Big Ideas, serious actors, and sky-high commercial expectations thanks to months of mounting buzz. In the other corner: Big Hero 6. The CG-animated film, based on an obscure Marvel comic book, hit theaters with less name-brand recognition but substantially bolstered by its Disney pedigree—drafting on the blockbuster success of the studio’s 2013 smash Frozen. One film was family-skewing, »
- Chris Lee
Christopher Nolan made Memento, but he also made The Dark Knight Rises. Great filmmakers can make bad movies: This is not a particularly complicated equation. And Nolan's new space melodrama Interstellar is not a particularly complicated movie. The science is elaborate and insane, but the emotional stakes are simple: Father loves daughter, father saves humanity. But Nolan is one of our plottiest filmmakers. (Most films have three acts; Nolan's movies usually have at least six, usually out of order and/or overlapping.) I attempted to explain the plot of Interstellar, but even I ran up against some impenetrable cosmo-logic. Some »
- Darren Franich
Opening to over $130 million worldwide this weekend, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" wasn't quite a smash hit (the $50 million domestic haul is his lowest since "Batman Begins"), but it still has left lots for folks to talk about. From the experience of watching the movie on print vs. digital, to the actual content of the movie, in which love traverses space and time, "Interstellar" isn't your average blockbuster. And according to screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, who has been with the project since the days when Steven Spielberg was set to direct, the original draft had some significant differences (warning, spoilers ahead). "The original script featured more interaction with alien life, but I think Chris’ focus on the humanity at the heart of the film was important," Nolan told Movies. "My job is to come up with a lot of great ideas and pack them all into a completely unfilmable script, and then »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Your Us box office report for 7th – 9th November 2014…
It was rumoured earlier in the week that Disney’s latest animated movie Big Hero 6 would top the Us box office, despite claims to the contrary from fans of Christopher Nolan. But not only did Big Hero 6 win the weekend, it won so defiantly. Based on a Marvel comic, Big Hero 6 took a whopping $56 .2 million over the weekend domestically and an extra $23 million worldwide. But even with this big of a weekend opening, it falls behind live action counterparts Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. »
- Luke Owen
It's been more than nine years, but Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins still remains the gold standard for would-be franchise starters. Saying a film will try to be like Batman Begins has become shorthand for "this superhero project is going to take the material seriously and treat it with respect." Don't believe us? Here are six times that people claimed they were making "the Batman Begins" of their respective property. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Read more Into the Wormhole: A Conversation With Christopher Nolan Oh, X-Men Origins. We all had such high hopes — especially Hugh Jackman, who
- Aaron Couch
Ranking Christopher Nolan's filmography is a daunting task: the conspicuous absence of any genuinely bad movies means that you're grading on a much narrower scale than would be the case with many directors.
But with Interstellar released worldwide today (November 7), a film which sees Nolan with a new cinematographer and a newly emotional focus, the time felt right to look back on all nine of his features to date.
Below is our definitive* ranking of Nolan's movies from worst through to best. (*Not in any way definitive, so much as subjective and based on the opinion of this writer alone.)
9. Insomnia (2002)
It's easy to forget that Nolan directed Insomnia at all, and even easier to forget that it was his third film. It feels like the work of a director still in search of a voice, whereas in fact Nolan had made the spectacularly confident, tonally distinctive indie Memento two years prior, »
Robert Kojder on Interstellar…
Whether you love or hate Christopher Nolan, it is undeniable that he is crafting some of the most stimulating and thought-provoking films out there today; the icing on the cake is that they also happen to be highly lucrative Hollywood blockbusters. Outside of possibly Quentin Tarantino, no other director working in American cinema today has the complete freedom and control over their work than Christopher Nolan. Granted, the minimal studio interference should largely be chalked up to the fact that he is a phenomenal director, often telling mind-bending stories, but just think of what others could be capable of if Hollywood just stopped interfering and left the curators to their work.
- Robert Kojder
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