Christopher Nolan (born Christopher Jonathon James Nolan 30.07.1970)
Christopher Nolan is an English born British-American film maker specialising in directing, screenwriting and producing, best known for his high budget, box office hits such as the 'The Dark Knight Trilogy' and 'Inception'.
Childhood Christopher Nolan was born in London to an English Father who worked as an Advertising copywriter and American mother who worked as a flight attendant. As a duel-citizen, Nolan grew up between Chicago and London. At the young age of seven Christopher was taken to Leicester Square by his father to view '2001: A Space Odyssey' in a move that would ultimately inspire him to get into the movie-making business. After meeting Academy Award nominated documentary director Roko Belic in Chicago, Nolan began collaborating on an 8mm short film, 'Tarantella' (1989) which was shown at an independent film and video showcase. Nolan was educated at British independent school Haileybury and Imperial Service College in Hertfordshire before going to read English Literature at University College London (UCL) which later became a landmark to be included in many of his film scenes. Christopher Nolan chose UCL due to its notable filmmaking facilities, as it supplied 16 mm cameras for students to work on and had its own Steenbeck editing suit. Nolan realised that reading literature also allowed him to manipulate and utilize author's narrative freedom for filmmaking. Whilst Nolan stayed at the university he was appointed president of the Union's Film Society (one of the oldest and most prestigious film societies in England). He would screen 35mm feature films during the school year and would use any money he earned to film 16mm films during the summers. Upon graduating he was announced an Honorary Fellow of UCL for his contribution and distinction in the arts. Nolan directed corporate videos and industry films before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a script reader.
Career: Nolan began his career in film making with a series of short films, which he, himself funded with equipment supplied by his film society. 'Larceny' (1995) consisted of restricted cast, crew and equipment and was shot over a period of a single weekend and was displayed at Cambridge Film Festival in 1996. It has been considered one of the best shorts produced by UCL in recent generations. Nolan wrote, directed, co-produced, edited and photographed 'Doodlebug', a short film about a single mans attempt to kill a 'bug' with a shoe in 1997. Nolan directed his first feature film, 'Following', in 1998 starring Jeremy Theobald who had previously been involved in 'Doodlebug'. The film was made on a small £3000 budget and shot over weekends as to not disrupt the cast and crews day jobs. Nolan was primarily working with friends whom he had met through the film society at UCL including film composer David Julyan who would later go on to work for Christopher Nolan on Memento, Insomnia and the Prestige. The film was shot in black and white in order to reduce costing of lighting. Due to the success of Following, Nolan was offered the opportunity to make 'Memento': an original film based on Christopher Nolan's brothers (Jonathon) short story about an individual (played by Guy Pierce) who suffers from anterograde amnesia, and therefore must use notes and his body tattoos to find his wife's killer. Following the success of 'Memento', Nolan went onto direct 'Insomnia' (recommended by Steven Soderbergh to Warner Brothers): a psychological thriller based on a Norwegian film of the same name, with major plot and character changes. The film obtained $113 million worldwide and became Nolan's first commercial success for Warner Brothers. In 2005 Nolan co-wrote and directed the fifth Batman reboot, 'Batman Begins' starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman and co-starring Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. Nolan and David S. Goyer convinced Warner Brothers to allow a commercially unknown director to direct the re-boot. The film relied on its realistic, human characteristics in the dark setting which Nolan understood and had previous success with. The film used stunt doubles and practical effects, aiming to avoid computer generated visual effects. The film received commercial and critical recognition becoming the 9th highest grossing film of 2009 and praise from previous Batman directors, Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher. Wally Pfister was nominated for an Academy Award for best Cinematography for whilst the film achieved five BAFTA nominations. Nolan co-wrote, directed and co-produced 'The Prestige', starring Batman Begins stars Michael Caine and Christian Bale. The cast also included Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson and was based on a novel written by Christopher Priest about two rivalling magicians in the 19th century. Like Nolan's other films the narrative was carefully constructed into three stages to correspond with the film. The film achieved two Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Nolan returned to his Batman franchise in 2008 with the release of 'The Dark Knight' written by Christopher and his brother, based on a story devised by Christopher and Goyer. Heath Ledger co-starred alongside Christian Bale as the new villain, The Joker and won an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Ledger died 6 months before the release of the film due to a toxic combination of prescribed drugs which affected Warner Brothers marketing scheme out of respect for the actor. The film was nominated for another seven Oscars, which it also won best sound. The film achieved an impressive worldwide gross of $1,004,558,444. After the success of The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers signed Nolan on to direct 'Inception' for a seven figure salary. Nolan co-wrote, directed and co-produced 'Inception' which starred Leonardo DiCaprio alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy (whom Nolan had previously worked with in both the Batman films). The film grossed over $800 million worldwide and won four Oscars out of the eight it was nominated for including best cinematography. Nolan returned to the Batman franchise to direct the third and final Batman instalment. 'The Dark Knight Rises' starred Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine as well as 'Inception' stars Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt being added to the cast. Like the previous films in the series the film achieved notable, critical and public success becoming the thirteenth film to achieve over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Nolan teamed up with Goyer to Produce 'Man of Steel': a Superman reboot to follow the same human approach to superheroes as the Batman franchise did. Zack Snyder was announced as director and was personally recommended by Nolan due to his visual and character style in '300' and 'Watchmen'. 'Man of Steel' performed well at the box-office, yet divided critics due to the reworking of the character and plot details. When director Steven Spielberg dropped out of the 'Interstellar' project, Nolan stepped in. The film starred Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, yet despite a good box-office turn-out and strong critical praise, the film was criticised for its scripting and direction. Nolan announced that he was serving as an executive producer on 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice': a sequel to 'Man of Steel', set for release in 2016.
Personal Life: In 1997 Nolan married long-time girlfriend who he met at UCL and long time working producer who owns shares Syncopy productions with him. Nolan has acknowledged that he does not see the requirements with mobile phones or e-mail addresses nor the need for computer visually effects and therefore avoids them if possible in his films.
Christopher Nolan made some sweet cash from 'Interstellar'.
Christopher Nolan grew 300 acres of corn for his sci-fi epic Interstellar before selling it on for a profit. In trying to create the dust bowl setting for the movie, Nolan poached an idea from Clark Kent's upbringing in Man of Steel - which he also produced.
Christopher Nolan grew 500 acres of corn for his movie Interstellar
Nolan said he phoned Superman director Zack Synder and asked about the specifics of growing a field full of corn.
The ‘Penny Dreadful’ star has spoken to Playboy about the roles he turned down in Hollywood.
Back in the late 90s and early 2000s Josh Hartnett was the man of the moment, after starring in blockbusters Pearl Harbour and Black Hawk Down. But by the mid-2000s the teen heartthrob seemed to disappear from the Hollywood mainstream, after turning down a number of high profile gigs.
Josh Hartnett turned down the chance to play Batman
Now Hartnett is back in the spotlight, starring in Showtime series ‘Penny Dreadful’, which begins its second season next month. Speaking to Playboy, the now 36 year old opened up about the early years of his career and if he had any regrets about the roles he turned down.
Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan - A host of stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the Jameson Empire Film Awards 2015 which were held at Grosvenor House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th March 2015
John Pritchett, Tricia Linklater, Richard Linklater and Christopher Nolan - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the 51st Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards Gala which were held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 14th February 2015
'Interstellar' was the second best film of the year according to Metacritic users. Oh, and also the most overrated.
Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar, which divided critics earlier this year though won acclaim for its innovative techniques, has been voted 2014's most overrated movie by users on review aggregating website Metacritic. For the fifth straight year, the website invited users to list their favourite movies, games, TV shows, albums and songs of the past calendar year.
Matthew McConaughey [L] and Anne Hathaway [R] star in Interstellar
Richard Linklater's Oscar-frontrunner Boyhood was the highest scoring new movie in Metacritic history, while Nolan's Interstellar finished second (but more on that later). Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and horror hit The Babadook closed out the Top 10.
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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' has topped the US Box Office over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, earning more than $56 million.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has remained at the top of the US Box Office, for the second week in a row, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (27th-30th November).
Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay - Part 1.
Christopher Nolan is fleshing out the story to 'Interstellar' as the movie continues to pull in strong numbers in international territories.
Christopher Nolan has written a new comic book that centers on Dr Mann - the character played by Matt Damon in the British filmmaker's latest movie Interstellar. Absolute Zero focuses on the personal journey taken by the doctor before he is introduced in the film.
Matthew McConaughey [L] and Anne Hathaway [centre] in Interstellar
The seven-page comic will be featured in the upcoming issue of Wired - which Nolan is guest-editing - though can also be read in full on Wired.com. Generally, Nolan has avoided releasing deleted scenes from his movie so Absolute Zero acts as a rare companion to fill in the gaps in the complex sci-fi epic. In a further helping hand for fans of the movie, Nolan's science advisor on Interstellar, Kip Thorne, has authored a book titled The Science of Interstellar. That book does not address plot themes and is more science based. The Christopher Nolan edited issue of Wired hits newsstands on November 25, 2014.
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'Interstellar' has come in for criticism for its sound mix, but Christopher Nolan says its intentional.
Interstellar is a big hit for Paramount. Make no mistake about it. Despite mixed reviews, very few have disagreed with the opinion that the sci-fi epic is Christopher Nolan's most visually impressive project to date and the box-office numbers have been strong. However, not everyone has been so enamoured with all of the technical achievements of this blockbuster.
'Interstellar' has been another success for Nolan, though some audiences have complained about the sound quality in certain scenes
Last week, one cinema in New York posted a notice confirming that its equipment was in fully working order after some complaints regarding the sound mix. In particular, viewers struggled to hear dialogue featuring Michael Caine revealing key information to Jessica Chastain's from his hospital bed.
Christopher Nolan’s latest movie Interstellar has been earning big bucks at the box office and generating considerable Oscar buzz since it’s release last weekend. But its success doesn't mean the director would be willing to have a go at taking on an established 'space franchise'. Of course, by that we mean the ultimate space saga, Star Wars.
Nolan's Interstellar has generated considerable Oscar buzz
Interstellar holds a big New York premiere while Tarantino treats his Hateful Eight cast to dinner in L.A., Dumb and Dumber To makes its bow, and we get new glimpses of Paul Walker's last film, Alex Garland's directing debut, the Despicable Me spin-off and a Kiwi vampire comedy...
After earlier permieres in L.A. And London, Interstellar held a week-of-release premiere on Monday in New York, attended by Christopher Nolan and his wife producer Emma Thomas and cast members including Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Bill Irwin. The film hits cinemas this weekend.
Photos - New York Premiere of 'Interstellar'
What happens when Christopher Nolan moves away from his usual thriller genre to make a sci-fi? 'Interstellar'; that's what.
Over the past 15 years, Christopher Nolan has proven himself as a master of intelligent filmmaking, generally sticking to the psychological thriller genre while mixing in action and brain-bending flourishes. And now with Interstellar he has left the confines of Earth's gravity to head into science-fiction for the first time.
Intriguingly, Nolan has still maintained his commitment to in-camera effects even in this genre, refusing to indulge in flashy digital trickery just because he can. Like his last few films, he has also shot portions of the film in Imax, massive screen imagery photographed on film, not digitally, which gives the entire movie an earthy texture that's intriguingly realistic. This also focusses even the most existential and scientific discussions squarely on the characters.
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Brainy blockbuster maestro Christopher Nolan heads into deep space with this epic adventure, which is packed with thoughtful ideas and big emotions even if the plot wobbles badly in the middle. But although it ultimately feels somewhat forced, the film is still a mesmerising exploration of parenthood and survival, bending time and gravity in ways that keep our brains spinning. And the seamless visual effects combine with some wrenching performances to make it unmissable.
It opens in a future America where a desperation for food has overtaken the need for technology and innovation. Which is a problem for Nasa pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who is now working a massive corn farm that he runs with his father (John Lithgow). Then Cooper and his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) discover a gravitational anomaly that leads them to a secret base run by father and daughter scientists Brand and Amelia (Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway), who are looking for a new home planet for humanity since Earth is dying. So Cooper joins up and heads through a wormhole with Amelia and crew (Wes Bentley and David Gyasi). Meanwhile, Murph (who grows up to be Jessica Chastain) gets involved in the project back on earth, wondering if her dad will ever return home as he promised.
The first act of the story is a beautiful depiction of yearning for discovery, that innate curiosity that drives people to do crazy things in the hopes of pushing the humanity forward (or in this case, saving it). Nolan directs this section beautifully, with sharp editing propelling the story out into space with real energy and passion. But once they begin visiting other planets, there are some extended episodes that feel oddly contrived, including an encounter that leads to unexplained violence, explosions and melodrama. These kinds of things undermine the characters' motivations to the point where the audience just has to take Nolan's word for it and ride it out, even as the underlying ideas begin to lose their weightiness.
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'Interstellar' took $1.5 million from a handful of screens. It expands to 3,500 locations this weekend.
If there was any debate as to whether Interstellar or Big Hero 6 would find itself top of the box-office come Monday morning, it may have been extinguished after Christopher Nolan's took $1.5 million from a limited number of screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday night (November 5, 2014).
Matthew McConaughey [L] and Anne Hathaway [Centre] star in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic 'Interstellar'
The space odyssey pulled in a huge gross from a combination or regular and IMAX screenings, which began at 8pm Paramount Pictures released the movie on 240 theatres across the U.S, with the distributor selecting specific venues that favour traditional film projectors, rather than digital.
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