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 »
French actress Marion Cotillard, known to western audiences for movies like The Dark Knight Rises or Inception, joins Michael Fassbender in video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed. According to Deadline Marion Cotillard has signed on to star alongside Michael Fassbender in the Ubisoft and New Regency produced adaptation of the popular video game series Assassin’s Creed. […]
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Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
Marion Cotillard doesn't do blockbusters very often. She's done a couple with Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Inception") and Steven Soderbergh ("Contagion"), and had a bit of fun popping up briefly in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," but for the most part she doesn't step into big expensive pieces of entertainment, unless she has a good reason. And she seems to have found them for "Assassin's Creed." The actress will re-team with her "Macbeth" co-star Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel for the video game adaptation — one of many that are on the way — that follows Desmond Miles, a bartender kidnapped by a corporation and forced to use a machine called the Animus, which allows him to relive the memories of his ancestor Altair, who was an Assassin in the Middle East during the Crusades. No word yet on Cotillard's role, but of course, if the movie is a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Marion Cotillard is set to reteam with her “Macbeth” co-star Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel on the video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” an individual familiar with the 20th Century Fox project has told TheWrap. New Regency and Ubisoft are behind the film, which is slated to start production this fall in advance of its Dec. 21, 2016 release. Also Read: ‘Two Days, One Night’ Review: Marion Cotillard Gives a Face to Economic Desperation Cotillard is no stranger to fanboy-friendly, action-heavy tentpoles, having co-starred in “The Dark Knight Rises.” While details of her role are being kept under wraps, her character is expected. »
- Jeff Sneider
According to Deadline, the brilliant Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) will join Michael Fassbender in the big-screen adaptation of video game series, Assassin's Creed. Her role is apparently under wraps, but if recent rumors are to be believed, she could well be playing a female assassin named Lara who gives Fassbender's character a helping blade. Speaking of which, the X-Men: Days Of Future Past actor is rumored to be playing two roles: a death row inmate named Michael Lynch in present day, and an assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. None of that has been confirmed however. Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) will direct, with a script from Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Assassin's Creed is scheduled to be released in 3D on December 21, 2016. »
As we await the arrival of Mad Max: Fury Road, DC Comics imprint Vertigo has announced the release of the hardcover book Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists, which includes art influenced by George Miller’s seminal post-apocalyptic action series, along with four character-centric prequel comics. Check out the front and back cover to Inspired Artists, Nux and Immortan Joe #1 here courtesy of Slash Film…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… »
- Gary Collinson
Despite being pushed to next year, Assassin's Creed is not in development hell. After landing Michael Fassbender as star and producer, the video game adaptation has been bouncing around a bit. But, a second cast-member has joined the production. Marion Cotillard will appear opposite Fassbender in the film, a reunion for the pair who worked together on the upcoming MacBeth. Cotillard is best known for her roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception as well as her Oscar-winning turn in La »
- Alex Maidy
Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose, The Dark Knight Rises) will re-team with her MacBeth co-star Michael Fassbender in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed video game. The film, which is being planned as the first in a series, tells of the century old secret war between Assassins and Templars, who in modern times have learned how to utilize the DNA of a person to relive their ancestor's memories. Michael Fassbender (X-men: Days Of Future Past, 12 Years A Slave) is set to star in and produce the film under video game developer Ubisoft's new motion pictures banner and partner New Regency. Like Fassbender's role (which has yet to be revealed), Cotillard's will span across multiple films. No other story details have been made available. »
- Pietro Filipponi
If the EventCinemas theater chain is to be believed, than the hotly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron boasts a fairly lengthy runtime of 2 hours and 40 minutes. They are advertising the runtime as such here.
Correct or not, with a spectacle this large in scope that must also set the stage for the next Marvel Cinematic Universe phase, it’s not a stretch to envision the film flirting with the 3 hour mark. Especially since recent superhero movies such as The Dark Knight Rises and Watchmen also both hit 160 minutes.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April 23rd and North America on May 1st, with Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson »
- Robert Kojder
In an interview to promote their new movie Focus, Suicide Squad cast members Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Will Smith (Deadshot) were asked about Hardy leaving the project and how the project is going without a replacement for him.
“We’ve still got to get it right,” Smith told USA Today.
“This happens all the time,” Robbie added. “People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies.”
When asked why it’s taken so long to find a replacement, Smith theorizes that its due to David Ayer handing in his script just before Christmas. “What happens is Hollywood shuts down,” Smith says. “But he was still working and he wanted to [start shooting] April 13th. »
- Luke Owen
The cast of Suicide Squad is undoubtedly amazing, but fans were dealt a blow when it was revealed that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) had decided to depart the project. Rick Flagg may not be an A-List character like The Joker, but losing the British actor still hurt! Talking to USA Today to promote their upcoming movie Focus, Will Smith and Margot Robbie were asked what's taking so long to find a new leader for the villainous team. "We've still got to get it right," Smith said. Robbie meanwhile, added: "This happens all the time. People act like, 'Oh my god, the movie must be ending!' It's just the deal with movies." Not to mention "a lot of the characters haven't been portrayed before so it's a pretty big undertaking. And it's a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, »
Today, an 11-minute video has surfaced which brings together all of those different versions of the character in a wonderful retrospective look, which includes versions from the 1940s, the 1966 version with Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton’s 1989 revival and the subsequent films that followed through the 1990s, right up to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, the culmination of director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.
Edited by Jacob T. Swinney, The Evolution of Batman In Cinema, is a wonderful, exhaustive look at the Dark Knight incarnations, and just how different each version has impacted the mythology of the character over the years. Check it out… »
- Scott J. Davis
There’s no point denying the influence and impact of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed box office behemoth that is The Dark Knight Trilogy. It cemented the director’s stature as one of Hollywood’s most talented filmmakers, and reinvented Batman for a whole new generation, while at the same time distancing fans from their painful memories of Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. As far as blockbusters go, there are few that meld style and substance so well, but as they say, nobody’s perfect.
As entertaining and thoughtful as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are, however, they’re not without their flaws, as evidenced by these 15 irksome subplots which simply drag each film down several pegs and detract from the fun. Batman Begins certainly feels like the most narratively water-tight of the three films in many regards, and hence doesn’t show up much on this list, »
- Jack Pooley
While the final specifications and features are yet to be confirmed (a new interview with Mel Gibson will be included), the newly commissioned cover art has been revealed, which will also feature the film’s original theatrical poster on a reversible sleeve.
Official synopsis: “In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge.”
Mad Max: Collector’s »
- Scott J. Davis
Now that these damn Grammys are out of the way, we can focus on the only meaningless award that matters: the Oscar. The Best Supporting Actor category has a varied and interesting past, and if you check out Netflix right now, you can drink in these legendary performances that picked up a trophy. George Sanders in "All About Eve" This is my personal pick for the best win in the Supporting Actor category. George Sanders plays the deadly droll Addison DeWitt, a theater critic whose snipes make or break thespian careers. He's enchanted (but not fooled) by the manipulative sociopath Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), who sets out to supplant veteran actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis) as the reigning doyenne of the New York stage. Though Sanders is hilarious throughout "All About Eve," he rather poetically articulates the pleasure of theater (and, in doing so, sums up "Birdman") during his finest »
- Louis Virtel
“We’re not bad people,” promises Kyle Chandler’s John Rayburn at the end of the first full trailer for Netflix’s new drama, Bloodline, “but we did a bad thing.” And since that sentence appears to be the dark and ominous slogan for the series, I’m guessing John is going to be a much different and, potentially, a much dangerous character than Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights. Although Chandler is the headlining star, the cast of Bloodline features many familiar names and faces, including Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life), Jamie McShane (Sons of Anarchy), Jacinda Barrett (Suits) and Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace). The series was created and is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (Damages) and takes place in the Florida Keys, »
- Chris King
Here is your first look at clean cut Keanu Reeves in Gee Malik Linton`s feature debut, the thriller Daughter of God. Starring with Reeves is his Knock Knock co-star, Cuban actress Ana de Armas. A detective searches for the truth behind his partner's death as mysterious occurrences begin to affect a local woman who claims to have witnessed a miracle.Interesting tid-bit here. Linton was Reeves` physical trainer for John Wick. He also trained Di Caprio during The Departed, Toby Maguire during Spider-Man and Anne Hathaway during The Dark Knight Rises. We salute Mr. Linton for his work during The Dark Knight Rises. Daughter of God is currently being sold by Fortitude International at Efm. ...
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Just as the film bludgeoned me almost immediately over the head with its insipid nature, I’m going to just jump right into the plot of Seventh Son, or at least what I can make of it. It’s hard to decipher exactly what Jeff Bridges is saying under his accent that sounds like a cross between Gandalf and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises but I’ll do my best. A young Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) locks up a powerful witch that goes by the name Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) in a cave atop a mountain as the film begins. She remains restrained until a “Blood Moon” rises – something that happens once every century – which then causes her to transform into a dragon and escape her slumber. In those years that have passed, Gregory has continued to become a powerful “spook” (think wizard/witch-slayer). Malkin’s return though results »
- Michael Haffner
Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939). This thematic and »
- Andre Soares
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