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Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s dystopian space odyssey starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, is in many ways the Nolan movie we’ve had coming since the director first stepped into the realm of blockbuster filmmaking. It’s ambitious, loud, unapologetically intellectual, occasionally awe-inspiring and narratively twisty, and confidently, proudly so on all counts.
It’s also po-faced, ham-fisted, over-long and pretty much hollow. These are aspects that represent the worst of Nolan, and they’ve never been as prominent as they are in Interstellar. The film has some great features: there’s a wonderful score from Hans Zimmer and his church organ, an achingly emotive performance from McConaughey in the lead role, and a collection of space sequences to rival those of last year’s Gravity. It’s also probably Nolan’s most personal film.
The positives in the film are challenged, however, by »
- Brogan Morris
X-Men: Apocalypse – director Bryan Singer’s hotly anticipated follow-up to this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past – won’t hit theaters until summer 2016, but with production expected to start sometime early next year we’re already getting a wave of potential new casting information. This past week we received word that Singer was looking at a handful of actors for younger versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey, and now we’ve got an update on who may play the titular villain himself.
Last we heard, 20th Century Fox was looking at The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy for the role of Apocalypse, an ancient, immortal mutant with powers that definitely suit his name, but a new report suggests that that may not be the case. According to TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider, he’s hearing three names tossed around for the role, and Hardy isn’t one of them. »
- James Garcia
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There's not a lot to this -- just a fan-favourite actress revealing that she really likes a fan-favourite character. Lawrence tells IGN that Batman is the on-screen hero she likes best, and while she seems to adore Christopher Nolan's middle film in his trilogy, she found The Dark Knight Rises to be "ehh". Still, I think many of us can relate to her reaction upon leaving the theatre having seen The Dark Knight for the first time (the machine-gun hands thing, not the underwear thing). The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson »
After a long and exciting built-up to the release of Christopher Nolan’s first flick since the controversial Batman finale The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar – starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain – blasted off, launched itself into the depths of space, disappeared through a wormhole and has… found itself met with middling reviews? Surely not?
At least, there has been a noticeable lack of “super positive” reviews; a lot less than Nolan fans presumably expected, what with even the movie’s most adamant fans – critics inducing – citing plot holes and a confusing ending amongst the many reasons why Interstellar failed to provide movie-goers with the totally immersive and modern day 2001: A Space Odyssey they’d desperately hoped for.
Which means that a lot of the coverage on Interstellar over the course of the past two weeks has focused on the negative aspects – the things »
- Sam Hill
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently revealed that had Chris Pratt turned down the role of Star-Lord, he and Marvel would have made an offer to Glenn Howerton. At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone turning down Marvel for any reason except other contractual obligations or scheduing conflicts. Said Gunn, "Glenn came along a little bit later, but there was a good chance that, if I didn't cast Chris, that I would've cast Glenn Howerton in the role." That's interesting considering the long, Long, Long list of candidates initially in the running for the role. To be exact, Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises »
Thanks to Wired, a seven-page prequel comic to Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar has arrived online for our reading pleasure. Entitled ‘Absolute Zero’, the the “lost chapter” has been written by Nolan with art from Sean Gordon Murphy and explore’s Dr. Mann’s earlier Lazarus mission to find a hospitable planet for humanity…
Read the full comic over at Wired.
Interstellar is out now, with a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Matt Damon (Elysium).
Check out our reviews of Interstellar here and »
- Gary Collinson
By the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's trilogy "The Dark Knight Rises," Bruce Wayne came to understand the power of the mythology of the Batman, extending beyond his actions as a masked vigilante cleaning up the streets and enduring as a symbol of justice. As long as the bat signal flashed across the nighttime skies of Gotham, citizens knew there was someone maintaining order with no allegiances except to fairness and integrity. But Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) could never have it so easy. Having survived the 74th Hunger Games, escaped the Quarter Quell as a pawn in the rebellion, and now entering "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," Katniss finds herself pulled between doing all she can to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) or using the currency she has as the source of the uprising's hope to change Panem forever and serve the greater good. And the result is a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
FX has landed American distribution for the BBC One drama "Taboo" starring Tom Hardy. Set to begin production in the UK in mid-to-late 2015, "Taboo" won't actually premiere on FX until mid-2016, which is the kind of long-term planning you have to do when you're dealing with the star of "The Dark Knight Rises," "Bronson" and "Locke." Speaking of "Locke," which earned some of the year's best reviews, "Taboo" was created by "Locke" writer-director Steven Knight ("Dirty Pretty Things"), based on an idea from Hardy and his father Chips Hardy. Hardy will play a "rogue adventurer" named James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa with 14 diamonds and a desire to avenge the death of his father. Oh and the series begins in 1813, with Delaney's biggest adversary being none other than the Dutch East India Trading Company. "Taboo" will be produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Films and the actor's production shingle Hardy Son & Baker. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Before watching Katniss Everdeen take the Capitol by storm in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1,” movie theater chains are allowing fans to sip on “Mockingjay” cocktails, win prizes and shoot a bow and arrow. It’s only laser tag, but the interactive game available at Alamo Drafthouse locations illustrates the lengths multiplexes are going to differentiate the cinema experience from videogames, TV and VOD.
“We want to make this as special as possible,” said Sarah Pitre, director of programming and promotions at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. “We’re not just showing a movie. It’s about creating an experience. It’s so easy to stay home and watch films at home, so we want to make sure to go the extra mile.”
Other theater chains are hosting costume contests and serving appetizers inspired by Suzanne Collins’ hit book series. They’re stopping short of gladiatorial matches — for now.
- Brent Lang
FX has given a series order to a new drama starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as an adventurer in Africa. Titled Taboo, the series is set in 1813 and follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), "a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game." »
- James Hibberd
One resurrected member of the Original family definitely will, stick around.
The CW series has promoted Yusuf Gatewood, who plays Mikaelson brother Finn (in the body of Vincent), to series regular for Season 2, EW.com reports.
We’re guessing those shackles from last night’s episode don’t stay on for long, then?
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to Difficult People, a half-hour comedy from executive producer Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and the team behind Billy on the Street, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, who star as best friends living in New York City. »
In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) visits Wayne Enterprises to inquire about funding being cut to an orphanage. Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) uses the opportunity to show Bruce a new flying vehicle that he has created. Fox calls it. "The Bat." In the background you can see the camouflage tumblers (aka the Batmobile). Later in the film, they're stolen by Bane (Tom Hardy) by setting off explosives underneath the Applied Sciences division. It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the »
Hong Kong — “Interstellar” topped the Chinese box office with big numbers for the Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller. But honors also went to Johnnie To’s romantic comedy sequel “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2,” and to “The Penguins of Madagascar.”
Over its five day Wednesday to Sunday trajectory “Interstellar” clocked up $42.3 million from 7.14 million admissions, according to data from local agency Ent Group.
Warner Bros.’ confirmed figures for the film’s five day run were Rmb 255.05m ($41.7m) from 7,743 screens. The studio said that put the film 144% ahead of director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” and 4% ahead of “The Dark Knight Rises.” It was also Warner’s all time highest opening 2D title in China and its second biggest opening weekend of all time behind “Pacific Rim” which played in 3D.
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2” and “Penguins of Madagascar” were both examples of counter-programming, with the Hong Kong comedy »
- Patrick Frater
The creator of the crime drama series Person of Interest and co-writer of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, officially has another show coming in 2015. HBO announced today that it has ordered Jonathan Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolves around the controlled environment of an amusement park that goes awry when the exhibits starts killing off the park’s visitors. Nolan co-wrote the pilot with his wife, Lisa Joy, and also directed the first episode with an amazing cast led by Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Rodrigo Santoro. Westworld also marks Bad Robot’s first major cable sale, and one of HBO’s largest pilot commitments in years. Watch HBO’s first Vine teaser below, and tell us what you think.
The official logline for the HBO series is as follows:
Now that Interstellar has been in theaters for over a week, the film is getting talked about more openly. But before it even started screening for the public, there were more than a few complaints about the sound mix that was reportedly meticulously overseen by Christopher Nolan. This wouldn't be the first time Nolan had problems with sound as we all remember how difficult it was to understand Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises teaser scene that played before Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but there have been various issues surrounding the presentation of sound in the film, and Nolan has just responded. SlashFilm rounded up some of the more common complaints and sound issues some had at their screenings, and many of them were from the 35mm and 70mm showings, from sync issues to overpowering score and sound effects making dialogue hard to hear. However, Nolan »
- Ethan Anderton
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the esteemed director confirmed that the creative team made the conscious decision to mix the sound in a specific way in order to impose a sense of realism on the space-faring adventure.
“I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue,” he said. “Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal… picture and sound.”
One scene in particular that seemed to draw the most criticism from moviegoers was the one in which Michael Caine is delivering an important message to Jessica Chastain’s Murph, with the soundtrack overpowering and even drowning out the crucial dialogue. But for Nolan, the ability »
- Michael Briers
Your Us Box Office Report for 14th – 16th November 2014…
After a blockbuster weekend last week with the top two movies taking over $50 million each, things were a touch quieter this week. But the new boy in town beat out last week’s super hits with Dumb and Dumber To taking the number one spot.
The comedy sequel, which sees Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles from 20 years ago, took an impressive $38 million from 3,154 screens – an average of $12k per screening. Even adjusted for inflation, Dumb and Dumber To has taken $7 million more than its predecessor despite a lot of trepidation about its release and middling reviews. But the release success of this story is that Dumb and Dumber To was shown on less screens than both the second and third spots.
Having opened to a whopping $56 million last week, Disney’s Big Hero 6 dropped just 35% to take »
- Luke Owen
"Divergent" star Shailene Woodley is about to get political. The actress is reportedly in talks to join Open Road's untitled drama based on Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, from director Oliver Stone ("JFK," "Platoon," "Savages") Woodley is in talks to play the girlfriend of Snowden, who will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Looper") according to The Hollywood Reporter. The controversial Snowden dominated the news cycle over the last year or so, after leaking classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013, and is currently living in asylum in Russia. The film will be based on Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files" and the upcoming "Time of the Octopus," written by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden is also the subject of the acclaimed new documentary "Citezenfour." After starring in this year's "The Fault in Our Stars," Woodley can currently be seen in Gregg Araki's »
- Dave Lewis
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