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What a difference 15 years can make. At the turn of the millennium, Christopher Nolan had just shot his second feature, Memento, and was struggling to find a studio willing to distribute it in America. It was too confusing, they said. I mean, really: who wants to watch a movie told backwards?
Lots of people as it turned out. Once it finally found a distributor, Memento not only far exceeded its tiny $5m investment in its small-scale theatrical run, but also proved to be the making of Nolan's career. It marked him out as an individual filmmaker in full control of his craft, and over the next decade, he proceeded to make a string of hits: Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception. »
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Tilda Swinton, a short video portrait of the actress (and Shanghai) by cinematographer-turned-director Christopher Doyle.Over at Empire, mediocre director Sam Mendes sends questions and gets answers from directors far more talented than himself, including David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola and more.Speaking of mediocre directors, scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson have posted online their analysis of The Prestige, probably the best film by Christopher Nolan.Above: a tantalizing picture of Jean-Pierre Léaud in costume on the set of Albert Serra's new film, Last Days of Louis Xiv. Via Cineuropa.We can't say there's much newly revealed in this interview at the New York Times by Bret Easton Ellis of Quentin Tarantino, by why not give it a try regardless?If you want really good interviews, »
David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson's analysis of sound in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige grew too large to be included in the latest edition of Film Art: An Introduction, so they've made it freely available online. Also in today's lineup: David Lynch announces a forthcoming "hybrid memoir-biography," a review of a new Woody Allen biography, J. Hoberman on Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon and Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York, Albert Serra wraps Last Days of Louis Xiv with Jean-Pierre Léaud, Rachel Weisz replaces Kate Winslet in Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite, Sally Potter's at work on three projects—and more. » - David Hudson »
Ridley Scott's film version of The Martian, adapted by Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, is now upon us, and it boasts an impressive cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, and more. While the supporting cast are excellent performers, this article will focus on Matt Damon, who plays the lead role.
(Sadly, The Martian is not about DC's Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz, the noble, telepathic, shape-shifting member of the Justice League. If it were, Matt Damon would be cast against type—as he always is—but is chameleonic enough as an actor to be able to pull it off anyway—as he always does. A more obvious casting choice would be someone like Blair Underwood (The Event, Marvel's Agents of Shield), who exudes both gravitas and humanity.)
While one might assume that The Martian will be the first time we've seen Jason Bourne in space, »
Rock legend David Bowie is no stranger to movies. In fact, he’s acted in quite a few: they range from campy cult favorites like “The Labyrinth” to Tony Scott’s underrated vampire flick “The Hunger.” He’s also made appearances in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” (as Pontius Pilate), Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” (as inventor Nikola Tesla), in addition to popping up randomly in everything from “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” to a cheeky cameo in “Zoolander,” where he plays himself. With his gaunt, skeletal physique and otherworldly aura, it’s not a surprise that filmmakers remain attracted to him as a visual subject (one day, someone will cast Tilda Swinton in a biopic of the singer… mark my words). And yet it is Bowie’s unknowable, alluring alien nature that remains his chief quality as an entertainer and a pop culture icon. This »
- Nicholas Laskin
Christopher Nolan: Next movie has release date. Next Christopher Nolan movie release date Warner Bros. will release the first post-Interstellar Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, '17. The film has yet to be baptized. Warners, which began its days as the Rin Tin Tin studio, also released Nolan's Batman trilogy movies, which collected $2.463 billion worldwide. Besides, the studio handled the sorta sci-fier Inception (2010), which took in $825.53 million, in addition to earning a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. The outright sci-fier Interstellar, which received mixed-to-unenthusiastic reviews in North America, opened in Nov. 2014. The film went on to gross $675.02 million worldwide, $188.02 million of which in the U.S. and Canada. Paramount handled the domestic release, while Warners took care of the international distribution. Mystery Movie As for Nolan's upcoming effort, in case there is a screenplay (or a blueprint of one) or any prospective cast members, no details have been given out so far. »
- Zac Gille
Writer-director Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros have a special relationship. Having made the self-funded short film Doodlebug in 1997, Nolan went on to make Following and Memento – both to critical acclaim, and both for smaller, independent companies. But, it was 2002’s Insomnia that set the filmmaker on a path to Warner Bros studios, leading to a multi-billion dollar superhero movie franchise, and the birth of a specifically designed DC cinematic and television universe. Just 13 years on from the release of that initial collaboration, Warner Bros has announced its intention to deliver Christopher Nolan’s next feature film, on July 21st 2017 – and the news of what that film will be is still top secret.
It’s an impressive marketing ploy – to begin to build interest in a film so far ahead of its release – and with such tight control on information, it is unlikely to result in the kind of advertising fatigue »
- Sarah Myles
We'd sign up for breaking news alerts on what Christopher Nolan had for breakfast each morning, so obviously we're two inches from the computer screen at the news that the "Interstellar" and "The Dark Knight" director has a new movie coming out ... on July 21, 2017. Mark your calendars now!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan is making his next movie for longtime studio partner Warner Bros. What's the movie about? Who'll be in it? No clue. It wouldn't be a Chris Nolan movie if we knew this far in advance. All we really need to know is that it's coming. And "Pitch Perfect 3" and Luc Besson's "Valerian" should know that it's coming on the same release date, which is also a week before the new "Spider-Man." Who will win that summer box office? We'll know two years from now, but not a moment sooner.
One thing we're pretty sure about »
- Gina Carbone
Although all other details are being kept under wraps, a new report from Variety confirms that Warner Bros. has set Christopher Nolan’s next film for release on July 21, 2017. The as-yet-untitled film will be Nolan’s first since last year’s Interstellar and his tenth overall feature.
The film’s release date puts it up against Pitch Perfect 3, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and an untitled animated project. Additionally, Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man film will be hitting theaters a week after and War of the Planet of the Apes a week before.
Ever since 2006’s The Prestige, Nolan has been releasing one film every two years, following that with 2008’s The Dark Knight, 2010’s Inception, 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises and 2014’s Interstellar, so the director’s 2017 film will break that pattern.
Nolan recently helmed a documentary short titled Quay, which focused on the work »
- Justin Cook
Warner Bros. announced today that they are distributing a new Untitled Movie from heralded filmmaker Christopher Nolan, handing out a July 21, 2017 release date for the mystery project. The movie will go up against Universal's Pitch Perfect 3 and an untitled animated movie from 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation and BlueSky Studios. The project will also come just one week after 20th Century Fox's War of the Planet of the Apes on June 14, 2017 and a week before Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man reboot on July 28, 2017.
No plot details have been given at this time, but this deal continues Christopher Nolan's long tradition of working with Warner Bros. The studio has had a hand in all of the filmmaker's movies since 2002's Insomnia, including the blockbuster Batman trilogy Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises, and the 2010 hit Inception. Warner Bros. also co-distributed the filmmaker's The Prestige with Disney's Buena Vista Pictures, »
It’s his first feature since “Interstellar,” which opened last November and scored worldwide grosses of $673 million, with Paramount handling the domestic release and Warners on the international rollout.
Warner Bros. has all rights on the new project but gave no details. The dating announcement was the first news of the project.
The studio handled all three films in Nolan’s Dark Knight series — “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” — along with his 2010 sci-fi hit “Inception.” The trilogy grossed $2.45 billion worldwide, while “Inception” took in over $800 million.
- Dave McNary
As the ending to one of the best films ever says, "Nobody's perfect", and the same goes for cinema, as these 12 great movies with bad endings prove.
Spoiler avoiders, beware, however: there will be in-depth discussion of several twisty movies below, so if you're of a nervous moviegoing disposition, click away now.
What went right: There's a lot to love in Jedi: one of the best lightsaber battles in the series, the Jabba's palace break-out sequence, top notch SFX – the speeder bikes alone – and finally, victory for the good guys. And yes, Princess Leia's bikini, if you're into that sort of thing.
What went wrong: George Lucas. In fiddling with the ending again and again, it's hard to work out what is the "definitive" version is, but however it officially ends – goodbye old Darth Vader, hello young Darth Vader – the final minutes »
“Jurassic World,” now the third biggest movie in history, had its fair share of references to its source material, Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park,” but in a parallel universe, there’s a version that had even more to reference. Though almost twenty years have passed without much word leaking out, it turns out that in the aftermath of the film’s blockbuster success (at the time, it was the top-grossing film ever), an animated spin-off was planned, one that ultimately never came to pass. Concept artist William Stout, whose credits include “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Prestige” and “The Myth,” has revealed on his website that in the 1990s, he was recruited to help work on a cartoon spin-off of the blockbuster hit. “This was not going to be a kiddy show,” Stout wrote. “They wanted the show to be a mature prime time series with top writers and state-of-the-art »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
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
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Despite the fact that many modern forms of magic appear to have evolved from simple tricks, like those featured in the Royal Vegas Rabbit in the hat game into ridiculous feats of stupidity or endurance, there is still a rich history of real magical performance and style. Of course magic is always a great concept to delve into and the perfect fodder for movie goers to enjoy as well. Magicians and magic have featured in a number of popular, and not so popular, movies throughout the years each tackling certain aspects of the industry whether it’s going behind the scenes or directly trying to outwit and trick the audience themselves. We take a look at just a few examples of this magical sub-genre.
The Prestige (2006)
This brilliantly conceived mystery thriller about rival magicians attempting to upstage each other using various techniques of trickery comes from renowned director Christopher Nolan. »
- Gary Collinson
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".
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