If Christopher Nolan’s emotional plots don’t strike you, his elaborate design choices will on some level. He’s a guy who decided he needed to build all of Gotham City’s "The Narrows" on a stage, thought to put a ornate hotel hallway on a gimbal, and built a full-scale spaceship with windows displaying actual scenic black hole shots. He’s a crazyman when it comes to realizing his vision, and for that, the Art Directors Guild is praising him this awards season. The Art Directors Guild (Adg) announced late Wednesday that Christopher Nolan will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the at its 19th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Comedian Owen Benjamin will host the ceremony, set for January 31, 2015. According to the Adg’s, the Cinematic Imagery Award is "given to those whose body of work in the film industry has »
- Matt Patches
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Big Hero 6 and Interstellar led the way in November, but their collective strength wasn't enough to take the month to record levels.During the second-to-last month of the year, aggregate domestic box office totaled $965 million, which is off 10 percent from last year. It's also down from the 2012 record ($1.09 billion).The year-to-year drop can be attributed to a weaker late-month line-up. While Mockingjay earned a massive $225.7 million during November, that's significantly lower than Catching Fire's $282 million last year. Also, the Thanksgiving openers (Horrible Bosses 2, Penguins of Madagascar) combined for just $58.2 million over the five-day frame, while Frozen alone grossed $78.4 million over the last four days of November in 2013.At the end of November, year-to-date box office was down four percent to $9.45 billion. Even if December box office is above-average*likely, but not a guarantee*the best-case scenario is that 2014 winds up around $10.6 billion, »
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Christopher Nolan will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award at the guild’s 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, to be held January 31 at the Beverly Hilton. The honor is given to those whose body of work has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the moviegoing experience.
Nolan has emerged as the creative force behind a series of blockbusters, writing, producing and directing Interstellar, Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy. He joins previous recipients Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Blake Edwards.
“Christopher Nolan’s body of work reflects a clear appreciation for the contribution production design brings to the stories he brings to life,” the guild said. “His creative legacy is quite remarkable and it demonstrates a great love and respect for our visual medium. The teams of designers and craftspeople that he continues to bring »
- David Robb
One of my favorite things to do as I’ve gotten older is to take naps. I am an expert nap-taker, even a better nap-taker than sleeper most nights. I never understood why children fight them so much, considering they have been a hobby of mine since college. Four years ago, Christopher Nolan made one of the highest-profile films about sleeping. In the summer of 2010, Inception did more for dreaming than films like 1985’s Dreamscape ever did. Like his most recent film Interstellar, Nolan also brought to life on the big screen some concepts and possible misconceptions about dreaming. One of these was the idea that there is a sort of time dilation in dreams. As the character of Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) points out rather succinctly in the film: “Five minutes in the real world gives you an hour in the dream.” In other words, it’s a bit like the opposite of what happens to Matthew McConaughey »
- Kevin Carr
Nolan will be presented the award at the organization’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.
The award is given to those whose body of work has “richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Blake Edwards.
“Christopher Nolan.’s body of work reflects a clear appreciation for the contribution Production Design brings to the stories he brings to life,” said Adg Council Chairman John Shaffner and Awards Producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly.
“His creative legacy is quite remarkable and it demonstrates a great love and respect for our visual medium. The teams of designers and craftspeople that he continues to bring »
- Dave McNary
Brad Anderson took viewers on a mind-bending tour through a vacant mental asylum in 2001’s hauntingly atmospheric horror film, Session 9. The director heads to a another institution for the mentally unstable in Stonehearst Asylum. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether”, Stonehearst Asylum will come out on home media in time for the holidays.
“Los Angeles, CA (November 26, 2014) — Millennium Entertainment is proud to announce that audiences can take home the gothic thriller, Stonehearst Asylum, on DVD and Blu-Ray™ December 16, 2014. Directed by Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist, The Call), the haunting film features the all-star cast of Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor, Underworld series, Total Recall (2012)), Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe, 21, One Day, »
- Derek Anderson
Despite being the first Christopher Nolan film since 2002’s Insomnia not to take top spot at the box office in the States, the sci-fi epic Interstellar is enjoying a solid run around the world, with the filming crossing the half billion barrier this past weekend. Having grossed $147.1 million domestically and $395.2 million from international markets, Interstellar is currently sitting on $542.3 million worldwide, making it Nolan’s fourth biggest hit behind The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Inception.
Featuring in the cast of Interstellar are Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), 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 »
- Gary Collinson
Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman fused poetic animation with brutal reality in his breakout 2008 film Waltz With Bashir, a personal account of the Lebanese conflict of the early 1980s. The Congress, based on the book The Futurological Congress by Solaris author Stanislaw Lem, is an altogether different animal, though it treads a similar line between dreamlike animation and unvarnished reality.
Robin Wright plays a 40-something Hollywood actress (loosely based on her own career) whose advancing years and capricious nature have made new jobs increasingly difficult to come by. Pressured by both her agent (Harvey Keitel) and a shark-like executive (Danny Huston) at Tinseltown studio Miramount, Wright agrees to have her likeness scanned into a computer. Afterwards, the younger, idealised CG version of Robin will appear in movies (but not science fiction, »
Travel with us into the black hole that is odd hit-and-miss reactions to the ambitious emotional Interstellar. We also discuss The Imitation Game and the controversy over its presentation of its gay protagonist. Starring: Nick Davis, Joe Reid, Katey Rich, and your host Nathaniel R.
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After working with him on four films (the "Batman" trilogy, "Inception") Hans Zimmer says he had such faith in director Christopher Nolan that he agree to compose the score for "Interstellar" sight unseen. He recounted their initial conversation about the project during our recent webcam chat (watch below). -Break- “He said, ‘Look, I’m not going to tell you what the movie is about, but if I gave you one page about it, would you write me something? He presented me with a beautifully typewritten page that really told nothing about the movie other than it was the story of a father and his child. He was pressing all the buttons that he knew about me. I am a father. It was very much about my relationship to my children. So I wrote this very intimate, very personal musical love letter to my children.” The composer then invited the director »
Christopher Nolan is what I like to call a “puzzle director.” He’s into recursive realities, prismatic narratives and events and characters that double back on themselves, and then back again until they become something else entirely. He’s more of a technician than a dreammaker, but he’s one of the most clever Hollywood filmmakers at work today (see his excellent “Interstellar” for evidence of what he’s capable of at the peak of his abilities) and he’s deftly managed to make some very good, very profitable films from within the black soul of the Hollywood machine. One of the British auteur’s most divisive films remains 2010’s mind-heist movie “Inception,” a cool, cerebral head trip of a movie played in Nolan’s signature minor key. Some folks dug Nolan’s pastiche of shifting realities and exposition-heavy action sequences, others thought his attempt at a Hollywood art flick was pure fooey. »
- Nicholas Laskin
5th Update, Monday 6:05 Pm Pt: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend’s big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of Ya rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual adjustments. Next week, we’ll see Penguins Of Madagascar expand beyond the Middle Kingdom as well as the Horrible Bosses 2 crew conspiring in several major markets. Also of note, Paddington will steam into the UK on the heels of strong reviews and a little bit of controversy to add heft to this fuzzy bear of a family film (see below the original posts for more).
Numbers have been updated below on the »
- Nancy Tartaglione
What kind of world do we live in where a $50 million opening for “Interstellar” is considered a disappointment? Or where a “The Hunger Games” sequel can open above $120 million and still be viewed as a letdown? Well, one with a tough reality, frankly. Yes, Christopher Nolan’s film has grossed $335 million worldwide and is doing quite well overseas, and after three weeks has just crossed the $120 million mark domestically. But it is underperforming by Christopher Nolan standards Stateside. Benchmark comparison is everything in the movie industry, so consider that in 2010 “Inception” had made almost $200 million in three weeks ($193.3 mil to be exact). The same is true for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” which had a phenomenal weekend by most standards, but still disappointed next to its predecessors. $55 million from Friday night grosses, those are spectacular numbers, no? Yes, but comparatively they are the lowest of the series (and below the penultimate broken-up final. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
Variety’s Maane Khatchatourian covers James Gunn’s Facebook comments regarding shared movie universe building:
“The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. “But these days studios are trying to grow trees without a strong seed,” he wrote. “Execs and producers and sometimes even directors are focused on the big picture, without perfecting the task directly in front of them — making a great movie.”
Read Gunn’s full comments here.
It is interesting how James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has criticised the one thing that ensured the success of his film. Of course, had Guardians of the Galaxy been produced by a different studio without the connections to the Marvel universe, »
- Simon Columb
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" isn't quite keeping the first two films in the series at the box office, but is nonetheless on its way to a massive opening weekend. Powered by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, "Mockingjay" soared to $55 million on Friday, making it the biggest Friday opening of the year. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earned $41.9 million on its first Friday. "Mockingjay" will likely earn around $130 million for the weekend, again topping "Age of Extinction's" $100 million weekend debut. However, "Mockingjay" is doing much slower business that last year's "Catching Fire," which opened to a staggering $158.1 million last year, as well as the first "Hunger Games," which bowed to $152 million in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. The threequel -- the first part of the two-part finale -- will have to make up some ground next week »
- Dave Lewis
Over the past decade, Lee Smith has worked alongside Christopher Nolan as the director has climbed to the highest peaks of Hollywood, with "Batman Begins," "The Prestige," "The Dark Knight," "Inception," and "The Dark Knight Rises." I recently had the chance to speak to Smith about his approach to editing, Nolan, their relationship, and their change of pace (both literal and figurative) that is "Interstellar." Coming from an Australian family deeply involved in the film industry, Smith started his career working in sound. In the editing realm, he cut his teeth on genre films like "The Howling III" and "RoboCop 2" and soon began a collaboration with Peter Weir on titles such as "Fearless," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination). While working in Hollywood on "Master," Smith was first asked if he was interested in meeting Nolan, »
- Gerard Kennedy
Marion Cotillard has had what can only be described as a remarkable seven years. Truly. Since winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "La Vie en Rose" she's starred in Woody Allen's best film this century ("Midnight in Paris"), Christopher Nolan's Best Picture nominee ("Inception"), worked with Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), smartly joined a Steven Soderbergh ensemble ("Contagion"), headlined a massive French-language hit ("Little White Lies"), was already robbed of a second Best Actress Oscar nomination ("Rust and Bone") and was the center of an acclaimed drama already well on its way to cinephile cult film status ("The Immigrant"). Throw in one flick for her life partner ("Blood Ties"), a paycheck too hard to turn down ("The Dark Knight Rise") and a musical that just didn't work ("Nine") and Cotillard is already well on her way to living legend status. Now, get ready to add "Two Days, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Whether you love him or hate him, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has continued to find new ways to challenge his audience, and paradigms of filmmaking as a whole, throughout his remarkable career. His breakout hit Memento shattered audiences' expectations of a traditional narrative story, while The Dark Knight trilogy redefined the superhero genre in ways nobody even knew they wanted, until they saw it with their very eyes. Inception proved that one does not need to induce hallucinogenic drugs to get the head trip of a lifetime, and even his more straight-forward films like Insomnia and The Prestige are exceptionally bold. Regardless of what you might think of his latest offering Interstellar, most will likely agree that Christopher Nolan has outdone himself, offering truly outstanding visuals coupled with a mind-shattering narrative that still has filmgoers talking weeks after opening day.
With all that being said, Interstellar, all 169 minutes of it, isn't »
While Matthew McConaughey bends space-time in the black hole to get back home in "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan bends the sci-fi genre to create his own visceral film about love and science. The experimental director encouraged his crew to push boundaries and take risks, with provocative results. Take the exceptional sound design overseen by multiple Oscar-winning sound editor Richard King ("Inception"): The dynamic range is powerful in IMAX and you can feel the extreme low-end frequency in the pit of your stomach when the interior of the Ranger rattles and bangs in space and travels through the wormhole and black hole. It almost makes you nauseous, which is what Nolan intended. However, the sound mix has become more controversial for stepping on the dialogue, with the swell of Hans Zimmer's organ-laden score and other sonic pressure levels. Nolan admits that it was intentional to better experience the roller coaster ride with McConaughey. »
- Bill Desowitz
I was watching this movie from the 80s called Rustlers Rhapsody. It’s a parody on westerns that follows a singing cowboy, Tom Berenger (Inception), who travels from town to town. Each town is a living cliche - a town drunk, a hooker with a heart of gold, a crooked mayor. In fact, these towns are so familiar, the hero predicts what’s going to happen because events unfold the same way everywhere he goes. It always ends with a showdown with the villain and the hero riding off victorious. It’s a funny film. I’d seen it before but something stood out on this viewing. You see, when Berenger’s character, Rex O’Herlihan, is forced to draw his guns, he doesn’t shoot the bad guys. He shoots the guns out of their hands. Rex isn’t out to kill them…because he’s the good guy. »
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