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Magic and Magicians in the movies

31 July 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Christopher Nolan's next film has been revealed (and it's totally unexpected)

28 July 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The next Christopher Nolan film has been announced - but it's very different from the blockbusters we're used to seeing from him.

Nolan, who has directed movies such as Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises, will next release a short film about two stop-motion animators.

Titled Quay, the documentary centres on Stephen and Timothy Quay, as viewers will get an insight into the "inner workings of the brothers' studio".

It will be shown alongside three films the Quays worked on - In Absentia (2000), The Comb (1991) and Street of Crocodiles (1986) - at the Film Forum in New York City on August 19.

Following the screening, Nolan and the Quay brothers will participate in a Q&A session.

Nolan's previous works also include Inception, The Prestige and Memento.

Find out the behind-the-scenes secrets of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar in the video below: »

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Sdcc 2015: Watch the highlight reel for the CBS series ‘Person of Interest’

11 July 2015 10:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Watch: Extended Video Tribute to Christopher Nolan's Filmography

9 July 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"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

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Survivor movie review: security theater

4 June 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

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)

If there’s a thriller to be forged out of the bureaucracy of international travel regulations, Survivor is not it. Not even from the guy — James McTeigue — who brought us V for Vendetta.

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

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Cannes: Rebecca Hall To Star In Mystery ‘State Like Sleep’

13 May 2015 4:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

The film will begin production in July. Production is by Eddie Vaisman (“Big Sur,” “In A World”.)

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

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Time Machine: Oscar Winner-to-Be Bale with Wife on Red Carpet

9 May 2015 10:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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What Does the Future Hold For The Wolverine?

9 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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From 'Interstellar' to 'Memento': Six Awesome Sequences from Christopher Nolan's Films

7 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Joss Whedon, Josh Trank and the pressures on directors

6 May 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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 »

- ryanlambie

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Time Machine: Nolan and Producer-Wife Following 'Inception' 'Snub'

24 April 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Christopher Nolan's Favorite Sequence From His Movies Is The Airplane Kidnapping Scene From 'The Dark Knight Rises'

21 April 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Josh Hartnett Regrets Not Playing the Dark Knight in Nolan's 'Batman' Films

17 April 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Josh Hartnett regrets turning down Christopher Nolan's Batman

17 April 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Josh Hartnett has said that he regrets turning down the chance to play Batman in Christopher Nolan's successful reboot of the series.

The actor told Playboy that saying no to the role in Batman Begins, which eventually went to Christian Bale, meant that he missed out on working with Nolan on The Prestige.

"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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Josh Hartnett Says He Regrets Turning Down Batman Offer From Christopher Nolan

16 April 2015 5:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even the biggest movie stars have career regrets. At least, that’s what Josh Hartnett revealed in an interview with Playboy when he admitted that he turned down an offer from Christopher Nolan to play Batman in his superhero reboot.

“I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong people,” Hartnett told the magazine. “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.”

Hartnett went on to explain that he didn’t reject the offer due to any beef with Nolan, whom he describes as “incredibly cool and very talented,” but that his decision was a result of his resistance to being boxed in as only a blockbuster star. The »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Disney to co-produce Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, full cast announced

14 April 2015 1:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With production underway in Vancouver, Walt Disney Studios has announced that it will co-produce and co-finance The Bfg, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book.

Three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (The Gunmen) will play the title character, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill cast as Sophie, but today with the Disney deal comes news of the rest of the cast for the film.

Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins) and Jemaine Clement (What We Do in the Shadows) are the bigger names in the cast, as well as Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), who will play The Queen and The Queen’s maid, Mary, in the film.

Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson have also joined the cast as giants, while The Hobbit star Martin Freeman may also have a role, but his »

- Scott J. Davis

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Misinterpreted Film: The Prestige

13 April 2015 3:27 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Prestige is about magicians, who specialize in tricking the mind as a form of entertainment. Like it’s subject matter, the film itself fittingly accomplishes the same thing. Join us as we discuss the subtle complications of this intriguing film and how they are often misunderstood by general audiences.  

Not every movie is meant to be a form of mind-numbing entertainment. Sometimes things get complicated. Christopher Nolan's The Prestige is one of these movies. Not only is the subject matter itself tricky, but the way the story is told and the way characters are developed is not straight-forward. The Prestige is one of those films which allows the audience to come up with their own conclusions about the events that take place. While this leaves much of the importance of the film open to interpretation based on personal perspective, it also provides an opportunity for misunderstanding. This article »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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First trailer for The Gift starring Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall

2 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have debuted the first trailer for new psychological thriller The Gift, which you can watch below…

Starring Exodus’ Joel Edgerton (who also writes and directs), Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), the film tells the story of young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance encounter with a creepy acquaintance from Bateman’s character’s high school, sends their world into a tailspin.

The Gift is one of three big projects from the newly formed Stx, which started business last year, alongside Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), and The Secret in Their Eyes featuring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The Gift opens in the Us on July 31st.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Exclusive Interview With Jonathan Nolan On Interstellar

31 March 2015 5:24 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jonathan Nolan is one of the most in-demand screenwriters in Hollywood today. His first four screenplays, which he co-wrote with brother Christopher Nolan, are among the top #100 most-loved films according to the Internet Movie Database (The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and, now, Interstellar). You could even count a fifth title in that grouping if you include his story credit for Memento, for which he received an Oscar nomination.

Still, Nolan is not just a potent creative collaborator of one of the world’s biggest directors. He has branched off to become a creative force on the small screen, too. He created the hit CBS drama Person of Interest, which draws in around 10 million viewers a week, and is also hard at work on Westworld, an HBO sci-fi drama set to air later this year based on Michael Crichton’s novel. With an ensemble cast including Anthony Hopkins, »

- Jordan Adler

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The Prestige Ending Explained: Here's What Actually Happened

17 February 2015 1:31 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

What is it with Christopher Nolan and his endings? The celebrated director frequently drops a dénouement that forces the audience to continue the conversation long after the lights have come up and the crowd has shuffled into the parking lot. What did Alfred (Michael Caine) really see in that Italian café at the end of The Dark Knight Rises? What does the spinning top mean at the conclusion of Inception? Where was Matthew McConaughey going as Interstellar wrapped? And seriously, what the hell happened at the end of The Prestige? Nolan.s 2006 standoff between rival magicians, The Prestige, is the film I widely consider his masterpiece . and revisiting it again for the benefit of this column did nothing to sway that opinion. Nolan loves creating intricate screenplays with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, and we usually don.t have the complete story until the final piece of the story has »

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