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We are obsessed with technology. This much is true. Between our cell phones and tablets and home computers and whatever else we have in our home that whirs, beeps, or produces faint electromagnetic waves, it sometimes feels like we have a more intimate relationship with our things than the people in our lives. And this has long been the realm of speculative science fiction, which wonders what would happen if that love affair with technology turned really, really dark.
The latest example of this is Warner Bros' new sci-fi epic "Transcendence," which is about the nature of humanity and all of the cumbersome fleshiness that goes with it, and concerns a mad scientist (Johnny Depp) who, after getting poisoned by a radioactive bullet (don't ask) has his consciousness uploaded to a computer which results, of course, in some unintended consequences.
- Drew Taylor
“Transcendence” is a most curious name for a movie that never shakes free from those hoary old cliches about the evils of technology and the danger by which man plays at becoming a god. The man in question here is Johnny Depp, whose listless lead performance as a brilliant scientist in the field of artificial intelligence does little to aid this overplotted, dramatically undernourished debut feature from longtime Christopher Nolan d.p. Wally Pfister. Arriving at a crowded spring box office, the pic will test Depp’s drawing power outside of the Disney franchise factory, before weak word of mouth and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” send it packing.
One of the manifold pleasures of Spike Jonze’s “Her” was how elegantly it shrugged off decades of speculative fiction in which technological progress correlated to a loss of human individualism. In its place was the delightful suggestion that, rather than battling us for domination, »
- Scott Foundas
More casting news has come in for the latest comic book adaptation headed our way! Read on for an update on the feature adaptation of Alterna Comics' The Chair, which is to be directed by Dread Central favorite Chad Ferrin.
From the Press Release
More fan favorite actors have been attached to The Chair, based on the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name.
Zach Galligan (Gremlins, Hatchet III) and Kyle Hester (The Book of Daniel, Burden of Freedom) have been cast as prison guards Riley and Bowen, respectively. Ezra Buzzington (Crossbones, The Prestige), rumored before to play the part of the insane and rambling inmate Tudley, has also been attached to the cast. And rounding out these latest additions, Kin Shriner (the voice of Green Arrow in the Justice League animated series) has been cast as Officer Oliver, the officer who arrests main character, Richard Sullivan.
Producer, co-writer, »
- Steve Barton
After decades of working as a director of photography, Wally Pfister is at long last making his directorial debut with Transcendence. Perhaps it was all his working with Christopher Nolan on such big concept features as The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception that inspired him, but for Pfister's first film, he has taken on a very complicated concept. Transcendence tackles how the evolution of Artificial Intelligence might lead to a form of immortality for mankind. This possibility is a lot to take in. And so Warner Bros is attempting to acclimate audiences with a pair of featurettes that diligently answer, "What is transcendence?" What if your thought processes could be uploaded onto a computer? If we are our minds, then it would follow that even the death of our bodies wouldn't mean our end, if such a step could be taken. In Transcendence, Johnny Depp stars as Dr. Will »
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
Jesse Eisenberg takes on his most challenging role since Mark Zuckerberg in Richard Ayoade's The Double, playing a lonely everyman whose life is gradually destroyed by the arrival of a charismatic doppelgänger.
Inspired by Eisenberg's powerhouse dual performance, Digital Spy has taken a look back over 9 more actors who excelled at doubling up.
Had Duncan Jones not found exactly the right leading man in Sam Rockwell, his remarkable debut feature would likely never have worked. Astronaut Sam Bell is nearing the end of his three-year work contract on the moon, but everything he believed about his mission begins to change when he discovers an unconscious doppelgänger outside his base. It's both a top-notch sci-fi drama and a compelling exploration of loneliness, and Rockwell grounds all of the film's twists in emotional reality.
Jeremy Irons as Beverly Mantle and Elliot Mantle »
Set in a not-too-distant future, Transcendence explores the very real possibility that humans—in our attempts to create a better, more efficient, more self-sustaining world through technology—can go too far. For emotions are not always positive: doesn’t a machine that has the capacity for kindness also have the capacity for menace?
Wally Pfister, a renowned cinematographer making his feature directorial debut on the film, states, “I was struck by the power and the weight of the ideas in this story, which I think are very much on people’s minds right now.”
“Transcendence” proposes that we can achieve what’s been called singularity. Pfister comments, “As we define it for the film, singularity is basically the uploading of the human brain into a super computer: the duplication of every synapse, every neuron…every bit of activity in the brain goes into a machine, which then becomes sentient.”
- Michelle McCue
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
Sneak Peek footage of actor Hugh Jackman, noted for his role as Marvel's 'Wolverine', appearing on BBC Radio One's "The Matt Edmondson Show", singing a scripted musical piece from "Wolverine: The Musical":
Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is known for his long-running role as 'Wolverine' in the "X-Men" film series, as well as for his leads in "Kate & Leopold", "Van Helsing", "The Prestige", "Australia", "Real Steel", "Les Misérables" and "Prisoners".
His work in "Les Misérables" earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013. He is also a singer, dancer, and actor in stage musicals, winning a Tony Award for his role in "The Boy from Oz" and an Emmy Award for hosting the awards show.
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- Michael Stevens
Sources have revealed that the 'Batman' star, who had worked with Pfister in 'The Prestige', 'Memento' and 'The Batman' series, had fall-out during the negotiation stage and the role eventually went to Deep who is getting an enormous paycheck for the part.
According to Mvp India, Bale had bonded with the director earlier but things didn't turn the way they were supposed to and the part was finally given to his former 'Public Enemies' co-star. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
• Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer attached to star as the scrappy Florida beach bum Travis McGee in the big-screen adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-by (the first in a 21-book series). Though it was being developed for DiCaprio, who earned an Academy nod for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, the actor decided to exit due to scheduling conflicts. Still, the project does seem to be moving forward for 20th Century Fox: It was just announced that Wolverine’s James Mangold is in negotiations to direct, and Mystic River’s Dennis Lehane penned the »
- Lindsey Bahr
(Cbr) Tom Hardy, the man behind Bane, is taking a cue from his "Dark Knight Rises" co-star Christian Bale, who played twin brothers in the magician-thriller "The Prestige". Screen Daily reports the actor is under consideration to join writer-director Brian Helgeland’s upcoming movie, "Legend". If he joins the project, Hardy would play identical twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, real-life gangsters who ruled London crime during the 1960s. The brothers were sentenced to life in prison in 1968. The film will reportedly center more on Reginald and his attempts to control Ronald’s psychotic tendencies. (via Slash Film) »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
The Transcendence trailer may give you a look at a Johnny Depp that you never imagined. The curious sci-fi effort puts Depp in the role of transferred consciousness, and sets him against a group trying to make sure no one ever… does what he already did.
This is a different-looking film, and it showcases the cast awfully well, even if it may have some trouble selling you on what’s going on. One of the coolest parts of the trailer is how it runs toward the weird, possibly starts losing you with the pure oddity of what it shows, and then pulls Morgan Freeman out of the wings, and leaves you thinking, “Oh, well, I guess it’s fine then.”
Whatever your take on the trailer, this is going to be an interesting film.
Check out all the info below, and let me know what you think of this one. »
- Marc Eastman
This sci-fi drama is about a group of scientists developing an artificial intelligence that will transcend human intelligence, basically bringing on the singularity. When Will (Depp) is shot by a representative of a radical anti-technology group, his work/love partner Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) convinces the other scientists to "upload his consciousness." While the group known as Rift (Revolutionary Independence From Technology) works to stop what Will and the other scientists have come to call transcendence, things definitely take a turn for the worse when Will starts demanding more and more power. Is this AI even Will any more? Can Evelyn let go of her dead lover before he wreaks havoc on the world?
- Jenni Miller
Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam will attend the première of his new film, The Zero Theorem, in Glasgow later this month, it was announced today. The Glasgow Film Festival has announced several big name guests who will be present at this year's events, including Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Priestley for Cas & Dylan and Thomas Imbach for Mary, Queen Of Scots. Japanese director Sang-il Lee will introduce Unforgiven, his adaptation of the Clint Eastwood classic, and Jean-Paul Salomé will discuss Playing Dead.
Alongside this international line-up will be Scottish talent including Paul Brannigan, star of The Angels' Share, and David Mackenzie, who directed Perfect Sense and will be introducing his new film Starred Up. There will also be a chance to meet Ricky Jay, the celebrated stage magician whose work has appeared in everything from Boogie Nights to The Prestige.
You can read our full coverage of the festival <a »
- Jennie Kermode
Upstaged though he was at times by his own hairpiece, Christian Bale made a welcome return to our screens last month as Irving Rosenfeld, the ambitious con artist at the centre of David O Russell's American Hustle.
Having been on an extended hiatus since The Dark Knight Rises, Bale now has a packed slate of completed projects: he stars as a blue-collar worker seeking vengeance in this week's Out of the Furnace, will be seen later this year in Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, and just wrapped playing Moses for Ridley Scott.
To celebrate, we've selected our five highlights from Bale's CV to date.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
A 13-year-old Bale played his first starring role in Steven Spielberg's under-appreciated coming of age drama, which chronicles a young boy's experiences during World War II. After losing his parents in Shanghai, Bale's Jamie goes from a sheltered life of »
Feature Robert Zak 24 Jan 2014 - 06:16
Christian Bale's performance in American Hustle sets him up for a future in which he can become screen legend, but for a while it seemed like we may never see the scope of his unique gifts as a character actor.
From the moment he fire-axed his way onto the Hollywood A-list with American Psycho in 2000, Christian Bale became a cult film icon. His character, murderous banking executive Patrick Bateman went on to become one of the most quotable film characters ever, as evidenced by the sheer amount of internet memes and YouTube clips dedicated to him. Bale set the bar high for himself with a performance that hit the extremes of darkness and hilarity, if not exactly emotional complexity. We »
To celebrate the release of Rush later this month, we though we’d check out some of the most memorable movie rivalries in recent memory…
World heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) comes up with the idea of allowing a local underdog a shot at his title when his opponent drops out of the championship due to an injured hand. Selecting Rocky Balboa when he takes an interest in his nickname (‘The Italian Stallion’), what occurs is a rivalry of the most professional kind. The film culminates in the fight to end all fights, with the two clashing in a monumental battle – the winner? If you’ve not seen it, I’m not going to spoil it for you here.
Woody v. Buzz Lightyear - Toy Story (1995)
It’s actually pretty difficult to recall a time when Woody and Buzz Lightyear weren’t each other’s favourite deputies. »
- Phil Wheat
Reminding us that its slate of films and filmmakers is a wealth of talent waiting to be mined, the Slamdance Film Festival has announced that its first-ever Founder's Award will be granted to Christopher Nolan. Photos: The Top 11 Oscar Snubs Before reinventing the Batman franchise for Warner Bros. and brewing original ideas like Memento, Inception, The Prestige and the upcoming Interstellar, Nolan screened Following, his first film shot for a mere $6,000, at the 1999 festival. Nolan will be honored at the Slamdance Film Festival headquarters, in the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City. "Throughout his incredible successes,
- Matt Patches
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