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“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".
While CBS is known to most television fans for their comedies, which includes The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls, the channel has also, over the years, developed its roster of dramas, which now include The Good Wife, Elementary, and Madam Secretary. It also includes the science fiction drama Person of Interest. Created by The Prestige and The Dark Knight scribe Jonathan Nolan, the series has gained commercial and critical acclaim over its four season run, and has been confirmed by the channel to be returning for a fifth season.
At the San Diego Comic-Con, a highlight reel for the series was unveiled, which included a brief teaser for the upcoming fifth season. Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, and Kevin Chapman are all poised to return for the new season. A premiere date, however, has yet to be announced by the channel. The highlight reel can be seen below, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
"I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing... I like to shake that up." If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you already know that I am outspoken fan of filmmaker Christopher Nolan. I think he's one of the best filmmakers working today, and his movies are incomparable in their grandeur and intelligent design. Not everyone agrees, but we all have our own opinions of course. Criticisms aside, Nolan has made some very intelligent, very bold films - including Memento and The Prestige. He has a style and storytelling technique that is refined and sleek, yet still cinematic and engaging. This extended but excellent video tribute made by a fellow fan (found via The Playlist) highlights many of his themes and tricks. And it makes me love his work even more. Enjoy! From the Vimeo description: "Hello everyone, I »
- Alex Billington
If there’s a thriller to be found in international travel regulations, this is not it. Makes a mockery of the unsung heroes it’s meant to celebrate. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Not even from Milla Jovovich (The Three Musketeers, Stone). She’s a badass security consultant — that’s a thing, it seems — riding a desk at the U.S. embassy in London, and she is on the lookout for suspicious physician and pharmaceutical types trying to travel to the United States, because bombs can be made from stuff you find in the Or . I’m sure that’s true… »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3,” “The Town”), Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“Man of Steel) and Ben Foster (“Lone Survivor”) will co-star in mystery film “State Like Sleep.” The film is to be written and directed by Meredith Danluck (“North Of South, West Of East”).
“Sleep” is the story of a woman (Hall) whose celebrity husband commits suicide. She discovers his double life and struggles with the truth to unanswered questions.
Fortitude International is handling foreign sales and is presenting the project to buyers at the Cannes Market.
Fortitude co-founder Nadine de Barros is supported by a sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of international and Samantha Peel, director of international sales and marketing. ICM Partners, which represents Danluck, packaged the film and will represent domestic North American rights.
Hall burst onto »
- Patrick Frater
Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale at the Oscars Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Eventual Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale are seen above on the Red Carpet of the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Welsh-born Bale took home the Oscar statuette for his performance as a boxer turned coach and junkie in David O. Russell's boxing drama and sleeper hit The Fighter. His co-stars were Mark Wahlberg (who also co-produced the film), Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams. Christian Bale movies The Fighter was Christian Bale's first Academy Award nomination. Among his other movie credits are: The Dark Knight (2008). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Aaron Eckhart. The Prestige (2006). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Hugh Jackman. »
- D. Zhea
Yesterday, Hugh Jackman dropped the bombshell that following his third solo outing as The Wolverine in 2017, he will be hanging up the mutton chops for good and moving on to pastures new. Speaking with the Dr. Oz show regarding the upcoming Wolverine solo movie, Jackman confirmed ‘This will be my last one’, explaining that, ‘It just felt like it was the right time to do it.’
While we at Thn of course appreciate that Jackman is an immensely talented actor (and reportedly an absolute sweetheart to boot) and wish him all the best with all of his future endeavours, we can’t help but shed a tear to think that we’ll no longer get to see the Huge Jacked Man be the best at what he does – even if what he does isn’t all that nice.
After an astonishing seven performances as Weapon X (eight if you include »
- Nick Martin
Photo: Warner Bros. / Lionsgate / Paramount Christopher Nolan was asked, during a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, to choose which sequence from his films he considers his favorite. The log chase scene in Insomniac The semi-flip in The Dark Knightc The docking sequence in Interstellarc Every single one of themc Nope. The director answered as some may have expected, with the opening scene from The Dark Knight Rises, often discussed as his most impressive stunt sequence thus far in his directorial career. Call it the prologue scene, call it the airplane hijacking scene, call it what you want, Nolan is proud of it no matter what title you give it. "It took us about two days in Scotland," he told host Bennett Miller and the crowd. He continued: "It was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of »
- Jordan Benesh
Has being the director of a film in a major franchise become a high-stakes gamble? Ryan looks at the pressures faced by modern filmmakers.
The process of making the behemoth that is Avengers: Age Of Ultron has clearly taken its toll on Joss Whedon. In each successive interview with the press, he’s talked with surprising openness about the process of making the superhero sequel and his battles to places an individual stamp on it; this culminated in a recent podcast with Empire, in which he described the “really, really unpleasant” fight to keep certain scenes in the film.
For an established writer and director like Whedon, who’s been working in TV and film since the 90s, taking on a project as huge and loaded with expectation as a Marvel film is evidently punishing, both physically and psychologically. Imagine how difficult it must be, then, to make the jump »
Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas on the Oscars' Red Carpet Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas at the Academy Awards A very blasé-looking Christopher Nolan, shortlisted as one of the producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Inception and as the writer of the film's original screenplay, arrives with his wife and fellow Inception producer Emma Thomas at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, Christopher Nolan also directed Inception, but he was not included in the Academy's Best Director shortlist. Instead, nominated were: David Fincher for The Social Network. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. David O. Russell for The Fighter. Tom Hooper, the eventual winner, for The King's Speech. In case the incredibly successful British filmmaker was disappointed, angered, or downright outraged at being bypassed one more time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts »
- D. Zhea
While the mechanics of Christopher Nolan's films can be divisive, there's no denying that he's is one of the best at enacting spectacle on the big screen —his achievements as such include the docking sequence in his most recent "Interstellar" to the sleight-of-hand in "The Prestige" to the tilted hallway fight of the mind-bending "Inception." During a talk last night at the Tribeca Film Festival hosted by Bennett Miller, Nolan was asked to choose which of his blockbuster sequences was his favorite. And he selected the pretty terrific opening airplane kidnapping scene from "The Dark Knight Rises." “It took us about two days in Scotland," he explained about the sequence, which you can watch below. "And it was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of the team who worked for months rehearsing these parachute jumps and wind walking, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For a time during the early 2000s, Josh Hartnett was one of Hollywood's It Boys, starring in Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, and 40 Days and 40 Nights. However, his acting output has been noticeably slim over the last decade, a fact Hartnett attributes in a new interview with Playboy (via Variety) to turning down the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. Yeah, that'll do the trick. In lieu of his decision, Hartnett made some smaller movies, and then he stopped working for a while because, as he tells Playboy, "I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family." Looking back, however, Hartnett wishes he'd have reconsidered his decision to turn down the cape and cowl. "I've definitely said no to some of the wrong people." He further elaborates: "I learned my lesson when Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn't for me. »
- Jordan Benesh
"I've definitely said no to some of the wrong people. I said no because I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family. That's frowned upon in this industry," Hartnett said.
"People don't like being told no. I don't like it. I learned my lesson when Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn't for me.
"Then he didn't want to put me in The Prestige. They not only hired their Batman for it, they also hired my girlfriend [Scarlett Johansson] at the time."
Of seeing Bale and Johansson in The Prestige, »
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