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Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me is currently open in the Us, and opens in the UK on July 3rd. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson as a team of magicians that perform in Las Vegas, wowing audiences whilst simultaneously robbing banks, sharing the proceeds with their audience. Whilst there have been numerous movies about witches, wizards and other fantasy magicians, there have been surprisingly few set around theatrical magicians.
Now You See Me isn’t the year’s first, though. Oz: The Great and Powerful featured Oz as a shady stage magician who had to use these skills to defeat an evil witch. There was more stage magic in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a comedy telling the story of a duo of performing magicians who have a falling out. Whilst originally the tricks involved were going to be outrageous, impossible stunts, in the end David Copperfield »
- Barry Steele
A Blockbuster is a film that is full of spectacle and visual wonder that constantly takes your breath away. Sure they cost upwards of $150 million, but with these directors at the helm they make sure they squeeze every single cent out of that and throw it up on the screen.
A good blockbuster is a film that can take the visceral and visual thrill of cinema, mix in a good cast, a solid set piece or three and make sure that you have a damn good time for your £10. They should generally also avoid a third act that consists entirely of robots hitting each other.
So here are the five recent directors who have managed to craft elegant behemoths that have stormed not only the box office but have left the audience satisfied. A quick side note, these are recent directors that I’m looking at, so no hate mail »
- James Thomson
Veteran character actor Bill Irwin is set to reteam with his "Rachel Getting Married" co-star Anne Hathaway on Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," TheWrap has learned. Paramount, which is co-producing with Warner Bros., had no comment. "Interstellar" stars Matthew McConaughey, Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Nolan favorite Michael Caine, who previously worked with the director on "Inception," "The Prestige" and the "Dark Knight" trilogy. Story follows a heroic group of explorers who travel through a wormhole and into another dimension. Like the other actors, details of Irwin's role are being kept under wraps, as Nolan is famously »
- Jeff Sneider
Warner Bros. has distributed almost every Christopher Nolan film, working with his production company Syncopy on Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. So when Paramount acquired the rights to Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar, Warner Bros. was understandably miffed at losing their lucrative filmmaker. So what’s a studio to do? Barter! In order to get [...]
- Andrew Shuster
Everyone wants to be in the Christopher Nolan business. Given that the writer-director jump-started the Batman franchise with 2005′s Batman Begins, followed it up with two critically and commercially successful sequels, (while delivering The Prestige and Inception between them), that’s hardly a surprise.
After helping shape Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, Nolan is stepping into the realm of hard sci-fi with Interstellar, a project originally set-up at Paramount from a script by his brother Jonathan and meant for Steven Spielberg. The Lincoln director set it aside to make Robopocalypse, which paved the way for Nolan to take the helm and rewrite the script.
- Anthony Vieira
Hans Zimmer is, hands down, one of the greatest film composers of all time, with a slew of amazing film scores to his name. His work on The Dark Knight Trilogy is amongst the most memorable of all films in recent years, and Zimmer has officially revealed that he’ll be partnering with Christopher Nolan once more for the writer-director’s next feature, Interstellar.
Whilst doing an interview for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel, Zimmer’s score for which we are very much excited to hear in full, he revealed to Collider that he has in fact already begun work on Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster.
“I wrote something, and I’m writing that. So yes, we have started.”
- Kenji Lloyd
Christopher Nolan fans who prefer Inception to the Dark Knight trilogy or The Prestige are no doubt excited by the director’s decision to jump into the sci-fi genre with both feet for his next film. Interstellar is based on the theories of famed theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, and will explore the fertile storytelling depths of wormhole theory, time travel, and alternate dimensions.
Casting for the film is already quite far along, with Matthew McConaughey confirmed to play the male lead, Anne Hathaway in line to play the female lead, and Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine in other roles. There’s still a big question mark as to what kind of characters they”ll ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
An original script from The Dark Knight and The Prestige writer Jonathan Nolan (albeit based on scientific theories by Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne), Interstellar will follow a group of explorers who go through a wormhole and will deal with time travel and alternate dimensions.
The official plot synopsis we have so far;
The film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.
At CinemaCon, it was revealed by Greg Foster (Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment) that »
- Matt Holmes
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
The last time M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at a big-budget “Man vs. Wild” episode, with 2008’s “The Happening,” the unseen villainess was none other than Mother Nature herself. In the decided non-happening that is Shyamalan’s latest, “After Earth,” the threats lurking on a post-apocalyptic blue planet include baboons, predatory birds and a giant alien beastie that looks like a rejected prototype from H.R. Giger’s workshop. (At least there are no Tom Cruise clones.) But it’s Shyamalan’s career, and that of producer-director Will Smith, that seem to be struggling for survival in this listless sci-fi wilderness adventure — a grim hodgepodge of “Avatar,” “The Hunger Games” and “Life of Pi” that won’t come anywhere near equaling those juggernauts with the ticketbuying public. »
- Variety Staff
The tricks are as flashy as the plotting is flimsy in “Now You See Me,” an illusion-filled caper from director Louis Leterrier that poses no serious challenge to Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” or David Mamet’s “The Spanish Prisoner” in the pantheon of cinematic sleight-of-hand. Thanks to some accomplished hocus pocus and an appealing cast, this would-be “Ocean’s Eleven” of the magic world remains watchable throughout, even as it plods along without ever quite fulfilling its potential. Pic’s title portends its fortunes at a crowded summer box office, with considerably more robust ancillary prospects in store. Indeed, “Now You See Me” feels like nothing so much as a passable time-filler stumbled across by chance on latenight cable.
A jaunty pre-credits sequence introduces us to four illusionist protags: cocky prestidigitator J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg); escape artist Henley (Isla Fisher), who was once Atlas’ assistant; hypnotist/mentalist Merritt »
- Scott Foundas
Directed by: Louis Letterier
Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Plot: An FBI agent (Ruffalo) investigates an elusive magician quartet called The Four Horsemen (Eisenberg, Fisher, Franco, Harrelson) who use their elaborate shows to rob banks.
Who’S It For? If you like scripts that can keep your attention occupied, but don’t mind an underwhelming payoff, then Now You See Me isn’t the worst of summer matinee choices. And considering how much my parents enjoyed the Ocean’s Eleven movies, I can recommend this magician heist to them without much hesitation.
Expectations: I was compelled that this was a movie from Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Letterier. But most of all, I was intrigued by a log line that seemed irresistible, one »
- Nick Allen
Directed by Louis Leterrier
“Some things are better left unexplained,” a character intones at one point in Now You See Me, a wise lesson that the film’s trio of screenwriters should’ve taken to heart. This heist film, in which a quartet of magicians are highly intelligent thieves (or are they?), becomes more nonsensical and inexplicable the more we learn about how these tricksters have robbed banks (or have they?) and sent federal agents on various wild-goose chases (or were…well, you get the idea). Before we find out the answers to a number of pressing mysteries in the film, that knowledge is all we crave. Once Now You See Me reveals all, we’re left questioning the shreds of logic this film adheres to, having been swindled out of an enjoyable moviegoing experience.
- Josh Spiegel
Playing like The Prestige wrapped in slick Italian Job styling, Now You See Me offers a glitzy caper flick that quite literally challenges us to keep up. Whether you enjoy trying to figure out how the trick is done or simply prefer to bask in its glorious effect, if magic intrigues you even a little, you’re in for a treat.
Here we meet four master practitioners, each gifted with a trademark talent: illusionist J. Daniel Atlas (Jessie Eisenberg), mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and sleight-of-hand trickster Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). As individuals they impress (or infuriate, if you’re the often-unfortunate subject), but they are about to dazzle.
Summoned to a secret meeting (by the requisite mysterious hooded figure), they fall quickly into petty professional bickering. This promptly gives way to astonishment, however, as before them unfolds instruction for a trick the likes »
- Lisa Elin
I wasn't expecting much from Now You See Me. I read the synopsis and expected a magician's version of the Robin Hood tale and in some ways I was right and other ways not so much. Where I hit the nail on the head was in the expectation department. This isn't a great movie, but a serviceable one that traffics largely in sleight of hand entertainment and "how'd they do that?" more than anything else. Together with the "How?" also comes the "Why?" and by the end I'd say the journey is enjoyable enough to warrant a last minute matinee or home viewing. Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk), the film centers on the teaming of four solo act magicians by a mysterious benefactor to carry off a three-act series of heists. The team consists of magician J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), illusionist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher »
- Brad Brevet
Actor Morgan Freeman fell asleep and drifted off into the Wormhole during a live TV interview. The 75-year-old Oscar winner was paired with costar Michael Caine, 80, and both men had to listen to local Fox affiliate struggle to come up with relevant questions that were of any interest. Seattle's Q13 Fox News morning crew were supposed to be asking about their new film, Now You See Me, but questions veered off topic and the strain of relentless press junkets took its toll on Freeman. When you watch the clip, you'll see Freeman nodding off a couple of times as his fellow acting legend talked about his work in older film "The Prestige" and David Copperfield. A little ways »
- April Neale
Daily Mail writer Baz Bamigboye says Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are in talks with Christopher Nolan and his people for the 24th installment in the James Bond series. While it's still very early, Nolan might have a conflict issue as he is set to be filming his next big film Interstellar soon. That being said Nolan had no problem in directing both The Prestige and Inception between installments of his Dark Knight franchise. Speaking of Inception, Nolan was actually quoted in an article back in 2011 as saying the Bond films were a huge influence on the film and even went on to say this:
I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film. »
- Mick Joest
He’s a director that has been established as a visionary from as far back as his second full-length feature Memento, and proved again and again with his Batman trilogy that he had many tricks up his sleeve. And though I’ve somewhat tarnished my personal view of the infallibility of Inception, I can’t escape that it’s a visual bravado of a film. And if you’ll notice, there are a few recurring motifs in Nolan’s writing that just make him perfect for the James Bond franchise. And, though it’s well-documented on the Internet, Nolan’s not been afraid to be vocal about his love for James Bond.
“I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film. »
- Cameron Carpenter
Exclusive: Beatrice Springborn has joined Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment as President of television development and production. Springborn, who starts today and reports to Zadan and Meron, has been hired under Storyline’s first-look deal with Universal TV and NBCUniversal’s international TV production division to produce series and specials for both the U.S. and international markets. Springborn also has been tasked with expanding the company’s footprint into genre and book-based series. Additionally, she will shepherd Storyline’s current series, which currently include Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime and Smash on NBC. For the past two and a half years, Springborn was Svp for Caryn Mandabach Prods. where she oversaw development genre- and book-based series for the worldwide marketplace. She previously was Evp of TV and film production and development at Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures (The Walking Dead). Springborn started her executive career is features, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Matthew McConaughey was the first to be announced back in the spring, followed swiftly by Anne Hathaway last month. And we heard last week that Jessica Chastain is set to join the blockbuster as well.
And following on the hells of news of Chastain’s involvement, Deadline are reporting that Michael Caine has joined the cast alongside them.
The actor is, of course, no stranger to Nolan’s movies, with the two becoming frequent collaborators over the years.
Caine first worked with Nolan back in 2005 on Batman Begins. He then reunited with Nolan and Christian Bale for The Prestige the following year, and returned to the fold for The Dark Knight in 2008. Nolan’s Inception marked their fourth time working together in 2010, and Caine of course »
- Kenji Lloyd
He will reunite with director Christopher Nolan for their sixth project together, Deadline reports.
Details of Interstellar have been kept closely under wraps. It will centre around an epic journey to the farthest reaches of scientific knowledge. Caine's role in the movie is also unknown at this stage.
Steven Spielberg originally conceived the project. Jonathan Nolan wrote the first draft of the script, with his director brother performing a re-write and incorporating some of his own ideas into the film.
Interstellar is scheduled for »
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