Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated movies for release in 2017.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but hopefully they'll be better than 2016's lacklustre batch. (Release dates are subject to change.)
Star Wars: Episode Viii - Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill continue the saga (Dec). More sci-fi sequels worth waiting for: the gang reteams for more space antics in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (May), Michael Fassbender returns for Alien: Covenant (May), and Harrison Ford is back for Blade Runner 2049 (Oct).
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Styles has landed a role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Dunkirk movie.
Harry Styles will reportedly be swapping his plush celebrity lifestyle, for life onboard an old Navy ship, where there is no access to any electricity or running water. The One Direction star is said to be joining fellow cast and crew members of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk movie to live onboard the ship, in preparation for his first big Hollywood role.
Harry Styles is reportedly set spend time living at sea.
A source told The Sun: "Harry is used to living the life of luxury so this will be a very interesting experience. He knows this boot camp at sea is a big part of the job and is keen to get stuck in. But this will be tough and producers are trying to make life on board as realistic as possible.”
Continue reading: Harry Styles To 'Live At Sea' In Preparation For First Movie Role
Following 'Interstellar', Christopher Nolan may be tackling a true story next.
Director Christopher Nolan’s next film will reportedly be a World War II drama, centring on the 1940 operation to rescue thousands of Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. The director’s next film has already been set for release on 21 July 2017, but no other details about the project are known.
Christopher Nolan is said to be working on a World War II drama.
French newspaper La Voix Du Nord reports that Nolan is currently working on the drama in France. The report matches up with recent comments by Patrice Vergriete, the mayor of Dunkirk, who announced that “the filming of an American blockbuster” in June 2016 by a “world-famous director” was taking place in the city.
Continue reading: Christopher Nolan Linked To World War II Dunkirk Drama
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.
Continue reading: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Comic Will Explain Things, A Little
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.
Continue reading: Interstellar Is A New Genre For Nolan
'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.
Continue reading: 'Interstellar' Takes $1.5 Million From Handful Of Limited Screenings
But it's unlikely to stop audiences flocking to see it
The New York premiere of Christopher Nolan’s eagerly-awaited survivalist space epic, Interstellar, attracted a wealth of fabulously dressed celebrities on Monday night including its main stars, Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. It also gave itself open to the critics before its big nationwide release on November, 7.
The main star, Matthew McConaughy, at the New York premiere of Interstellar
So what did they think about this potentially brilliant masterpiece by one of the most sought-after directors featuring one of the most popular actors of the moment? Could it ever live up to the hype? Or has its build up inevitably led to an unfortunate downfall? And, most importantly perhaps, should you go and see it?
Continue reading: Interstellar - Nolan's "Flawless Masterpiece"
Christopher Nolan doesn't even have an email address. So don't try and mail him.
So we all got pretty excited when we found out that Bill Murray doesn't have an agent, and that, should you want to pitch the movie legend a part, you have to find his secret number (which nobody knows) and leave your idea on his answering machine. This week, we learned that Christopher Nolan - one of the world's most innovative movie directors - doesn't have an email address.
Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' has scored excellent reviews
In a wide ranging profile in the New York Times Magazine, we learned that the filmmaker responsible for Memento, The Prestige and The Dark Knight trilogy doesn't own an email address and so gets his assistant to print out important memos for him.
Continue reading: Obviously Interstellar's Christopher Nolan Doesn't Have An Email Address
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar holds two blue carpet premieres, as Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple joke about Horns. Filming gets underway on London Has Fallen and Demolition, and extended clips offer more from the musical Into the Woods, the comedy-adventure Paddington and next year's Avengers sequel...
Christopher Nolan's hotly anticipated sci-fi epic Interstellar held its world premiere in Los Angeles this week, followed by a European premiere in London. The blue carpet events brought out Nolan and his cast, including Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and David Oyelowo. The film opens next week everywhere, and early buzz has been strong.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Interstellar Premieres In L.A. And London, Radcliffe Talks Horns, Film Crews Hit The Streets In London And New York, Longer Trailers For Into The Woods, Paddington And Avengers 2
Paramount have employed a crafty marketing campaign for 'Interstellar'.
We're now just weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar -the most anticipated movie, certainly of 2014, perhaps of the last few years. Paramount has employed a clever marketing campaign for this, in that, they haven't really done any marketing. Plot details have been kept under wraps, trailers have offered little insight into what will unfold and the studio have let word-of-mouth and natural buzz lead the way.
One thing we do know is that Interstellar concerns black holes. They're the place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can't get out. It can often happen when a star is dying, though because light can't get out - nobody can see black holes. They're invisible. As in the Muse song - the largest black holes are the "supermassive" kind. They're said to be the size of 1 million suns together and scientists have proven that every large galaxy contains a supermassive black hole.
Continue reading: 'Interstellar' Is Coming: But What Is A Black Hole, Exactly?
New York Film Festival premieres Gone Girl, Maps to the Stars and more, while Mission: Impossible 5 films in London. A much more detailed trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar arrives, plus first glimpses of big new films with Joaquin Phoenix, Liam Neeson and Chris Hemsworth...
A week before it arrived in cinemas, the anxiously awaited thriller Gone Girl had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, where Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and more turned up to walk the red carpet.
The Hall H audience at Comic-Con were treated to an Interstellar surprise
In the first real Comic-Con surprise, Matthew McConaughey managed to spring up on stage and shock fans with his patented “Alright, alright alright,” before delivering some new information on Christopher Nolan’s new film, ‘Interstellar’.
So far, we’ve only been treated to cryptic trailers surrounding the sci-fi(?) epic, and the Nolan-McConaughey duo expanded on what we already know with a few valuable morsels, some of which we’d already inferred, like the fact the film surrounds space travel.
Watch the expansive trailer below
Matthew Mcconaughey’s hot streak will either rank up the degrees or grow cold like Wilfred’s Snowpiercer when Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ hits town in November. The sci-fi drama sees the Dallas Buyers Club star step into the lead role once more in what looks like another space-based Oscar contender.
But we have to be careful with that kind of talk, don’t we? Nolan’s first film since The Dark Knight trilogy is showing immense prospect. In the trailer we see McConaughey as a skilled engineer and trained pilot; except the world doesn’t need any more engineers – it’s running out of food.
Seems like critics haven't been bowled over by new sci-fi thriller, 'Transcendence.'
Johnny Depp's new science fiction thriller Transcendence isn't even out yet in most countries but box office prospects are looking shaky for its upcoming debut weekend. With its intriguing premise and dark moral message, the film was supposed to be simultaneously Depp's comeback after the critically trashed Lone Ranger and first foray into leading a sci-fi film but has unfortunately failed to ignite reviewers' imaginations so far.
Depp Undergoes An Eerie Cyber Transformation In 'Transcendence.'
Transcendence sees Depp star as scientist Dr. Will Caster, a computer genius at the forefront of artificial intelligence research before he is taken out by an anti-technology activist. Determined not to die, the scientist and his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) rush to find a way to upload his consciousness so that he can communicate even beyond the grave. However, not everybody is certain of what will happen if they succeed, especially as Carter's mind begins to evolve and become more powerful than he could have ever dreamed.
Christopher Nolan may be keeping 'Interstellar' under wraps, but we've managed to dig out a few details about the upcoming sci-fi film.
The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan is notorious for keeping details about his films closely guarded until they’re finally released, which is extremely frustrating for us impatient Nolan fans. Particularly when we know that he's got something special in the works. To tide us over we’ve managed to scrape together whatever information we can about his intriguing new sci-fi project, Interstellar.
Christopher Nolan is frustratingly good at keeping details about his movies under wraps
At a recent ComicCon lunch which had been held in Nolan’s honor (a day in the life of a famous director, eh?), the director described the upcoming movie as “using interstellar travel to go to other places you couldn’t reach beyond space travel.” Interesting, we often wonder what it’s like outside of our galaxy, it will be interesting to see what Nolan comes up with. We’ve certainly not been disappointed by his offerings in the past, so we’re expecting great things from Interstellar. He’s definitely adept at creating spectacular and in-depth settings, Inception and The Dark Knight are testaments to that.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'
What have we learnt at CinemaCon? A lot
Every year the big Hollywood studios invade Las Vegas for the annual CinemaCon event, a showcase of what movie fans can expect over the next year and beyond. So far this year the event has been pretty spectacular, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’, are just some of the films that we got to know a little more about at the event. So here’s our low down on what you need to know from CinemaCon so far.
Mark Wahlberg in 'Transformers Age of Extinction '
Kicking off Cinema Con on Monday was Paramount who debuted footage of ‘Transformers:Age of Extinction’, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘Hercules’. The ‘Hercules’ presentation featured Dwayne Johnson and showed the new trailer which has since been released online. Those eager to get a better idea of what to expect from the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ reboot were given their first real look at the film when a teaser trailer was shown. While not too much was given away, the trailer looked more at the Turtles origins and the battles they would face. Shredder (William Fichtner) provided the voice over, which showed how the city had become overrun with violence as Megan Fox, playing April, looks on at the destruction. ‘Heroes are not born -- they're created’, was the main tagline to come out of the footage , which ended with the Turtles scaring April as they appeared in front of her in an alley causing her to faint. The teaser didn't really give a proper look at the turtles as they weren't seen in action, but word is they're pretty huge.
Continue reading: Dumb & Dumber, Interstellar, Transformers: Things We Learnt At CinemaCon
The British filmmaker attempted to use practical locations rather than CGI whenever possible because it makes the final product "a much higher quality."
Director Christopher Nolan as usual is making a conscious effort to keep any information about his next project under wraps.
However, the 43 year-old filmmaker recently opened up about his upcoming futuristic thriller 'Interstellar'.
While onstage at CinemaCon on Wednesday (March 26th) Nolan revealed, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, that the film will involve wormhole travel.
His time to shine is now, and an Oscar/Emmy double is far from off the table
A great deal has been written about Matthew Mcconaughey’s ‘career turnaround’ from perennial topless rom-com actor to indie film maestro and small screen true detective. And since the Texas-born 44-year-old started eschewing the mainstream offers to focus on some indie projects, he hasn’t looked back, despite the diminutive paycheques.
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, for which they both earned Oscar nominations
His change of pace has seen critical acclaim come his way, along with the respect of his peers, which, manifestly, have result in a fruitful haul from the past year’s awards season. Still to come, the big one: Best Actor in a Leading Role at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony on March 2nd.
The high-powered casts of August: Osage County and American Hustle show off their Oscar red carpet credentials, while Justin Bieber premieres his new doc and we get first glimpses of Nolan's Interstellar and Dawn of the Apes...
Two big premieres this week were more about raising awards-worthy awareness than launching a movie. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin and Juliette Lewis were all on hand for the August: Osage County premiere in Los Angeles. Meanwhile in New York, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner were all dressed up for American Hustle. Both films are scooping up awards and nominations at the moment. Watch Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale arrive at 'American Hustle' NY Premiere and here's another video showing Amy Adams as she dazzles on the red carpet.
Justin Bieber won't be chasing awards for his latest behind-the-scenes doc Believe, which held its much-hyped world premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday. He was joined on the red carpet by director Jon M Chu, who also directed two Step Up movies, the last G.I. Joe blockbuster and Bieber's previous doc, 2011's Never Say Never. You can watch the trailer for Justin Bieber: Believe here.
The Dark Knight trilogy actor will not be reprising his role as Batman in the planned Justice League movie
The Dark Knight trilogy has been lauded as the greatest comic book adaption series ever committed to film and has re-written the way Hollywood sees superhero movies, but Christian Bale has decided that when it comes to wearing the famed black mask and cape; three times is enough. The Oscar-winning actor told Entertainment Weekly that although he cherishes the time he had making the movies, he thinks it better to leave things as they are and not tamper with Christopher Nolan's astounding vision.
Bale wont be returning as Batman/Bruce Wayne
"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That's enough. Let's not get greedy," said the Batman/Bruce Wayne actor during the interview to promote his new film, Out of the Furnace, adding; "Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time and we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying 'We're about to make the third.' We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well."
Continue reading: Christian Bale Wont Be Doning His Black Cape For The Justice League Film
Warner Bros. is aiming high with Man of Steel, but so far the film's earnings justify expectations.
The new Superman reboot “Man of Steel” is doing remarkably well at the box office this weekend. Shocking! Who could have assumed that people would want to see a new Superman flick, and one of the most hiped up movies of the year at that? The Zack Snyder-directed flick pulled in earnings of $113 million over the weekend, which puts it at the second earning spot this year, after Disney’s Iron Man 3, Bloomberg reports.
Watch the "Man of Steel" trailer below.
The cast and crew of 'Man Of Steel' including stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adam, Antje Traue and Russell Crowe, screenwriter David S. Goyer, director Zack Snyder, composer Hans Zimmer and co-producer Christopher Nolan are interviewed on the red carpet at the UK premiere by TV's Alex Zane.
Superman gets the Dark Knight treatment, as Christopher Nolan offers a much grittier, more intensely personal look at the biggest superhero of them all. It's a flawed film that feels far too violent for its own good, but the pungent story holds us in its grip all the way through, cleverly weaving the character's back-story into a series of emotive flashbacks along with massively thrilling action sequences. And along the way there are resonant ethical dilemmas, family issues and pointed political drama.
Some 30 years ago, scientist Jor-El (Crowe) packed his infant son Kal-El into a pod and sent him to Earth to escape certain doom as the planet Krypton imploded after centuries of ecological abuse. This enrages the viciously tenacious General Zod (Shannon) who spends three decades searching for the child. Meanwhile, Kal-El (Cavill) was raised as Clark in Smallville, Kansas, by the Kents (Lane and Costner), who taught him to keep his powers in check. But when he activates a downed Kryptonian ship, he alerts Zod to his whereabouts. And just as nosey journalist Lois Lane (Adams) learns Clark's secret, Zod arrives to launch a full-on attack.
This is a film about internal conflicts, and everyone has to face up to their own desires and responsibilities. Even Zod, whose dedication to his people means that he is willing to wipe out humanity in order to recreate Krypton on Earth. So Kal-El is caught between protecting his adopted planet and being loyal to his birth species. Lois is struggling with keeping a big secret or reporting the news. All of this provides plenty of gristle for the actors to chew on, even if the dilemmas aren't actually that difficult. And even though they sometimes seem consumed by the elaborate sets and costumes.
Continue reading: Man Of Steel Review
Finally, it's here! Well, in two days at least
After months and months of anticipation, of dreading or cheering on the new Superman, it’s finally here: Man of Steel hits theatres across America in two days – that’s June 14, if you want to save the date – and most critics already seem to have an opinion on it.
Continue reading: "Man Of Steel" Might Just Be The Superman Movie We've Been Waiting For
The composer has already begun working on the film, which is due to be released in November 2014
Han Zimmer and Christopher Nolan seem to go together like Steven Spielberg and John Williams or Tim Burton and Danny Elfman nowadays, with the director and film score-writer hooking up yet again for Nolan's next movie, Interstellar. The German-born composer has even began writing the music for the project too, which is expected to reach cinemas in fall 2014.
Zimmer told Collider on Saturday (June 1) that following an exceptionally successful collaborative run over the Dark Knighttrilogy and Inception, he is eager to work with the British director once again on his sci-fi epic. As well as having Zimmer on board, Nolan is writing the script with his brother Jonathan, based on the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain will star.
The composer only revealed his own participation in the movie, neglecting to mention anything else about the upcoming project that is being helmed by the notoriously secretive Nolan. Zimmer's revelation doesn't exactly come as a surprise, however the news that he is already working on the score more than a year before the release of the film gives some indication of the ambition and scale of the project. He said, “I wrote something…and I’m writing that. So, yes, we have started.”
The new game appears to take inspiration from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, the Legends of the Dark Knight comic book series, Tim Burton's 1989 movie and even Batman Returns.
Batman: Arkham Origins captures a "rawer, scarier Batman" more akin to Christopher Nolan's movie franchise than previous games in the series. The new game - set for release on October 25 - is set five years before the events on 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum, on a New York Christmas Eve where many of Gotham's inhabitants still consider the caped crusader to be a myth.
Senior producer Ben Mattes and creative director Eric Holmes were in Los Angeles last week to showcase scenes from the game, which includes new weapons, a new voice cast and enhanced detective abilities for Batman, according to the Los Angeles Times. Mattes said the primary inspiration behind the new game was the 'Legends of the Dark Knight' comic series, launched after Tim Burton's 1989 movie. The emphasis on Batman's earlier days means Origins is more likely to mirror Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy. "That's the time in his career we loved, and we believe it dovetailed very appropriately with being a player in a video game - that feeling of raw empowerment that comes from knowing the people you're fighting in the world are scared of you," Mattes told Hero Complex. "They are genuinely worried about what happens when you get your hands on them. That creates a very strong feeling of power that we want to put in the hands of the players.
Continue reading: 'Batman: Arkham Origins' Features Bane And The Joker
The Dark Knight Rises director is being lined up to take over from Sam Mendes, who had to drop out of the project due to prior arrangements.
According to a report published in the Daily Mail today (May 17), British director Christopher Nolan is being eyed up by MGM executives as the man they want to direct the next James Bond film. The Inception director is atop the list of potential directors being lined up to direct the follow-up to the massively successful Skyfall, with the next film being the 24th film in the long-running series.
Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who did an excellent job it must be noted, has already voiced his desire to remain on board and direct the follow-up to the film, however the Oscar-winning director has been forced to dropped out of the project because of his theatre commitments Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear (a joint effort with Simon Russell Beale) at the National Theatre on London's West End.
Christopher Nolan is in contention to be the next Bond director
Continue reading: Has Christopher Nolan Been Chosen To Direct The Next Bond Movie?
Everyone getting all excited about the forthcoming Justice League film just hold onto your hats – the movie might not even be getting made.
A recent report by Variety assesses the future of Warners studios and pinpoints that the Henry Cavill-starring Superman film Man Of Steel is the key target for them this year with regards commercial success. This much we already knew; what we didn’t know is the suggestion that the success of that film could impact plans further down the line – namely the production of the Justice League film. If the film tanks it’s unlikely that that film would then happen – disappointing news for all those who’ve reported on rumored directors, actors, plots and characters so vehemently. As Variety points out, Warners hasn’t been able to fully exploit its DC Comic titles that well – Christopher Nolan’s Batman films aside – with Green Lantern most notably struggling at the box office.
The studio has of course been prospering elsewhere, with the likes of the Harry Potter films, The Hobbit, and The Hangover franchise all doing well in recent years, as well as Batman. Yet in turbulent economic times, even the biggest movie companies know that the collapse of their fan base could always be just one bad film around the corner, and so the suggestion that The Justice League is being treated cautiously is a sensible, if not slightly disappointing, decision.
Continue reading: Have Warners Cancelled The 'Justice League' Film Project?
Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to the celebrated Dark Knight trilogy was released in the summer of 2012, with many critics agreeing that it was already a viable contender for Oscar season, but of the 24 categories on offer, The Dark Knight Rises didn't receive a single nod.
Everyone seems to be up in arms over Ben Affleck's omission from the Best Director category, or over Skyfall's similarly unanimous snub (although, rightly so, it has been given the nod for Best Cinematography as well as nominations for its soundtrack and editing), but it does come as quite a surprise to see so few remarks about the lack of Batman at The Oscars.
Ok, we all agree that the film maybe wasn't overall as good as its predecessor The Dark Knight, but it was still one hell of a show (and how was Tom Hardy supposed to compete with Heath Ledger's Joker). From the colossal set designs (Bane's sewer-based lair), the quite brilliant costumes on show (Catwoman and Bane's mask) and the film's deep underlying messages reflecting our own world, raising questions about class, wealth and power, has a more deserving and appropriate for our time film been made this year? You'd have to say no, not really.
Continue reading: No Love For The Dark Knight Rises At This Year's Oscars
Ok, so the headline's probably a little unfair. We're pretty sure Christopher Nolan has all but given up trying to squeeze any golden statuettes out of the Academy. We should probably accept that the Batman director isn't going to win Best Director and Best Picture anytime soon, though his movies will no doubt continue to thrill for many, many years.
Anyway, the progressive filmmaker's latest project is likely to be sci-fi drama Interstellar, written by his brother and long-time collaborator Jonathan Nolan. According to multiple sources who spoke with the Hollywood Reporter, Nolan has set his sights on the big-budget project which - surprise, surprise - involves time travel and alternate dimensions. The details are sketchy, though it's thought the movie will follow a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole. The script is actually based on the real-life scientific theories of Kip Throne, a theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist.
Interstellar has already found a home at Paramount, though would be made in collaboration with Warner Brothers, where Nolan made his three Batman movies, as well as Insomnia and Inception. Steven Spielberg was originally attached to the project, though it's unclear whether he will remain involved in some capacity. On Wednesday, the Lincoln director's forthcoming project Robopocalypse was delayed indefinitely. On Thursday, Nolan's Dark Knight Rises was snubbed entirely in the Oscar nominations.
There was disappointment for The Dark Knight Rises as it missed out on a nomination for Best Picture – in fact, scratch that, it missed out on a nomination everywhere.
Largely thanks to the stellar performance of the late Heath Ledger, its predecessor had taken a grand total of eight nominations at the 2009 Academy Awards, and with another strong critical showing upon its release last year, there were no doubt hopes that the sequel would feature in the reckoning today (January 10, 2013). However, alongside another blockbuster franchise in James Bond, it managed to miss out on all the major categories in a massive snub to director Christopher Nolan, who must have previously thought he’d taken the one much-dated Batman character back towards something approaching artistic relevance.
At least the Bond franchise has something to look forward to on Oscar’s night; Skyfall might have missed out but there will be a tribute to the series reaching its 50th anniversary (although that may well stick in the craw); for Nolan it means a disappointing end to his trilogy directing the caped crusader. It’s hard to say what it was that’s halted The Dark Knight Rises momentum, an unfortunate reason may well be that the shootings at the Aurora Theater during a midnight screening of the film last summer quickly overshadowed the film itself, although commercially it remained strong thereafter. Either way, it’s a pity that Nolan will be bowing out from the franchise with a whimper.
Continue reading: Total Snub: No Dark Knight Rises Oscar Nominations
With Christopher Nolan categorically insisting that he won't helm another entry into the already finished Batman trilogy, minds are wondering as to what his next project will be.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, his next venture could be a leap into time travel with Interstellar. Like Looper and Inception before it, the plot is thought to be an incredibly complex one, as is based on scientific theories developed by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at Caltech. The deal has been allegedly negotiated for months now, and like the plot, is also very complex. Back in November (2012), Nolan insisted that he has no intention of making another Batman movie. He said at the time (via NME): "For me, The Dark Knight Rises is specifically and definitely the end of the Batman story as I wanted to tell it, and the open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol."
Spielberg was mooted to be involved in the project, but this latest revelation questions his involvement in the film. He'll be turning his head towards the Oscar Nominations announcement, which, barring a huge surprise, will see Lincoln nominated for best picture, himself up for best director, and his lead, Daniel Day Lewis in the running for best male lead.
Continue reading: Christoper Nolan's New Movie, Interstellar?
Man of Steel, the newest Superman franchise reboot, is looking pretty good from the latest movie still.
The shot shows Clark Kent, sporting the classic Superman suit and cape and staring into the distance in classic pensive superhero fashion. Unfortunately, as far as costume reveals go, this one isn’t the most exciting. We only get to see Henry Cavill’s back in this one, which is great as far as backs go, but doesn’t really give away much in terms of changes to the suit. Fans don’t get a good look in the trailers that have been released so far either, but they do, at least, give us a feel for the movie itself.
As origin stories go, this one will be pretty dark it seems, going for sleekness and style, which has been the trend these days, but with Christopher Nolan producing, is anyone really surprised. Nolan has set the bar high with The Dark Knight trilogy and there’s no question that comic book geeks and casual fans alike will be going into the theatres with high expectations. The flick will also be competing with Thor 2, which comes out later in 2013. Looks like it’s going to be a good year for superheros.
Continue reading: New Man Of Steel Movie Still Reveals Little About Superman's New Look
It's easy to think of Superman as nothing more than 'super', a man with unfathomable strength who can fly and with the power to repeatedly save the world. But we often seem to neglect the fact that he's ultimately fallible, not only because of his allergy to kryptonite, but also because despite being from another planet, his wholesome Kansas upbringing has imbued within him a strong set of morals which make him painfully human.
It is these more complex attributes that Man of Steel seems to be exploring, as implied by the newest trailer released today. We see a young Clark Kent, struggling to cope with his powers, and being told by his father to keep them hidden. He rescues his classmates from almost certain death using his strength, but his father chastises him. "What was I supposed to do, just let them die?" Clark asks. "Maybe." His father replies.
This initial notion of sacrifice seems to be resurface later in the trailer as Superman asks whether he'll be accepted and is then seen handcuffed. "My father was convinced I wouldn't be accepted..." He says, "What do you think?"
The American Film Institute have announced their Top 10 movies of 2012. It’s been a record-breaking year for blockbuster movies, with the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and The Hunger Games all having a significant impact on US Box office takings. Ticket sales don’t always guarantee you a place in the AFI Top 10 though, as you’ll see here.
Here’s the list, in alphabetical order, you can watch trailers for all of AFI’s favourite movies of 2012 on our site:
In the run up to The Oscars, as awards season is in full swing, a mention by The American Film Institute in their top 10 films of the year represents a confidence boost for the respective directors and actors hoping to pick up that much coveted gold statue.
One of these films in the last instalment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy: The Dark Knight Rises, which isn't totally void of Oscar buzz, but is very much considered to be an outsider. Being selected in the list doesn't guarantee anything, but it certainly revitalises the flame for films that were released earlier in the year.
Given the stellar list of movies, it's hard to see how Dark Knight... will prevail. Even if it's nominated, it'll more than likely face stiff competition from Life of Pi, Lincoln and Ben Affleck's Argo.
Continue reading: Batman The Dark Knight Rises Lands Spot On AFI Best Film List
The wait is over. The Dark Knight Rises is finally available on DVD, and it's already flying off the shelves. The Ultraviolet Digital Copy is currently No.1 on Amazon.com's bestseller list, while The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises) sits at No.2.
Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie grossed over $1.08 billion worldwide, while receiving a slew of positive reviews. It's currently the seventh highest grossing film of all time and the second highest grossing film of 2012. The film boasted an all-star cast including Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman and British star Michael Caine, who recently spoke to the Huffington Post about his Oscars chances. The actor - who plays Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred - already has two Best Supporting Actor gongs, though could he get a nomination in 2013? "You don't think about getting nominated. They either do it or you don't. There's nothing you could do. I'm looking for people I could pay off, but I can't find any. [Laughs] So you just wait," he joked. It's unlikely the movie itself will compete for Best Picture, though the likes of Caine could land a nomination. He added, "You just leave it in the lap of the members. I'm one of the members, so I'm voting for me. I'll tell you that."
Caine recently completed shooting the forthcoming thriller Now You See Me, about FBI agents who track down a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances. The film hits cinemas in the U.S. on June 7, 2012.
Continue reading: The Dark Knight Rises DVD Hits Stores: But Can The Movie Win An Oscar?
It looks as though those rumors about Joseph Gordon Levitt becoming the new Batman may have had some substance to them, after all! According to Hitfix.com, it’s no coincidence that the ending of Dark Knight Rises hints at the potential for continuity for Batman’s story and DC and Warner Bros may well have plans in the pipeline for the character.
Christopher Nolan may have finished with the franchise but it looks as though Gordon-Levitt may be closer than previously thought to inking a deal that will see him slipping into that Batman suit before long. The story’s based partly on fact and partly on speculation but it certainly seems likely that JGL could be the next bat-suited hero to hit the big screen. There’s a suggestion that Batman’s character might be introduced to the end of Man of Steel, the new Superman movie, as Warner Bros have “been studying the way Marvel handled their build-up to "The Avengers," and once they've made the decision they've apparently made, why not start laying the groundwork as soon as possible?”
Joseph Gordon Levitt is clearly the man of the moment, he’s wowed the critics recently with Looper and makes an appearance in the Oscar-tipped Lincoln, too, so Warner Bros would be daft not to snap him up and get him involved in their plans for one of their favourite superheroes.
Daniel Craig’s already signed up for two more Bond films, though that hasn’t stopped Bond fanatics pondering who might eventually replace the gruff English gent when he eventually grows tired of being 007. A bit of digging around by The Huffington Post reveals that one such actor mooted for a possible Bond role has been Idris Elba, star of The Wire and Prometheus.
The news of Elba’s possible future involvement was slipped out by Skyfall star Naomie Harris, who said “I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli [James Bond producer],” Harris explained, “It does seem like a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond.” It’d certainly be a heck of a change in direction for the Bond character, but one that would work as Elba’s brasher personality would be a fresh change unexplored over previous films.
And who might replace Sam Mendes? There’ve been discussions apparently about the possibility of Christopher Nolan possibly getting involved in the future. Gregg Wilson, associate producer of Skyfall had this to say on the matter: “We would of course be interested to have a discussion with him. We would like to do the same type of movie. It would be a dream to be with Nolan. But we always have an open mind when it comes to directors.”
With his upcoming film, Cloud Atlas ready for release later this month, one of the film’s stars, Tom Hanks, has alluded to the deep plotline that runs through the book adaptation and said that the film is as “risky as Inception” was when it was release in 2010.
Hanks was plugging his new film during a chat with Canadian paper The Montreal Gazette, when he brought up the Christopher Nolan film, suggesting that it was the closest thing to compare to his latest movie outing. Cloud Atlas follows the intertwining lives of a massive cast that drifts between centuries both past and present, examining the impact of fate on good and bad behaviour.
In his discussion, he not only had praises to sing for Brit-director Nolan, but also his three “bold” directors for the upcoming project; Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski. And if three directors were a lot to take on board, then the number of characters the actors have to transform themselves into throughout the film will take some effort to get your heads round too, with Hanks alone taking on 6 different roles.
Continue reading: Cloud Atlas Is As Risky As Inception, Says Tom Hanks
Warner Bros. have been fighting for its rights to Superman and the hugely lucrative franchise that has come with the classic superhero character for years. The film production company that has been responsible for a wide variety of superheroes over the years, has held a large stake in Superman but their relationship with Superman has been rocked by the sister of Joe Schuster, who was the co-creator behind the character. Schuster's sister claims she has rights over the royalties of the character because she is the recipient of her late brother's estate, which she thinks includes Superman.
According to the Hollywood Reporter this all regards an agreement made in 1992, which “precludes the estate's attempt to terminate a copyright grant” with Warner Bros. Four years ago one judge confirmed the validity of the termination notice. And on Wednesday (17th Oct. 2012) the judge ruled "that the 1992 Agreement, which represented the Shuster heirs’ opportunity to renegotiate the prior grants of Joe Shuster’s copyrights, superseded and replaced all prior grants of the Superman copyrights. The 1992 Agreement thus represents the parties’ operative agreement and, as a post-1978 grant, it is not subject to termination."
Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan are currently working extra hard on a massive budget Warner Bros. film, 'Man of Steel'. We're sure everyone on set can breathe a sigh of relief after the judge's ruling. Hopefully Superman may continue unhindered by this kind of judicious kryptonite in the future.
James Holmes’ charges are likely to increase from 142 counts, following his US theatre rampage that killed 12 in one of the worst mass shootings in the country’s history. Prosecutors are seeking more charges against Holmes, though have dropped their efforts to get access to a notebook, thought to contain details of a violent attack.
According to The Guardian, documents filed in court this week show that 10 more counts have been requests against Holmes, though a gagging order has been placed on the release of further information. The suspect has already been charged with 142 counts, including murder and attempted murder, in the June 20 attack on a midnight screening of the latest Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, by Christopher Nolan. 58 people were wounded in the incident, as the gunman roamed around a darkened theatre shooting indiscriminately until police arrived. Defence attorneys maintain that Holmes is mentally ill, though after an initial hearing in which he appeared confused and distant, the suspect was more animated on Thursday. He regularly smiled and glanced around the courtroom, clearly aware of his situation.
Holmes was a student in the neuroscience program at the University of Colorado, though pulled out after performing poorly on a key exam. His apartment was found to be booby-trapped after the shooting.
It's eight years later, and Commissioner Gordon (Oldman) has allowed the press to create a myth that Batman was a villain. Badly injured, Bruce Wayne (Bale) has become a recluse, tended to by his butler Alfred (Caine). Then a new baddie arrives: Bane (Hardy) is part of the League of Shadows, trained by Bruce's old nemesis Ra's al Ghul (Neeson) to purge the world of human decadence. So Bruce turns to Wayne company boss Lucius (Freeman) to get back in fighting shape, deciding to trust a slippery cat burglar (Hathaway) and a rookie cop (Gordon-Levitt).
Continue reading: The Dark Knight Rises Review
Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after eight years in The Dark Knight Rises, his alias Batman nursing a sore reputation after the last film, The Dark Knight, where he assumed responsibility for the attorney Harvey Dent's crimes in order to protect Dent's name after he loses his life during The Joker's assault on the city. This time he intends to defend Gotham City from a new villain: the virtually indestructible Bane who, as discovered by Commissioner Gordon, is plotting the obliteration of the entire city from the inside.
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It has been eight years since Harvey Dent was killed, during the Joker's killing spree. Billionaire Bruce Wayne accepted responsibility for Dent's death and left Gotham. The city has now recovered from the shocking events and is living in peace.
Continue: Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer
Cobb (DiCaprio) invades people's dreams for a living, stealing ideas with the help of his sidekick Arthur (Gordon-Levitt). But a new client (Watanabe) wants him to try inception instead: implanting an idea in the mind of media heir Fischer (Murphy). So Cobb hires a new architect (Page) and two other skilled experts (Hardy and Rao) to create an elaborately layered dreamworld for the reverse heist. The problem is that Cobb's wife (Cotillard) is lurking in this alternate reality and could bring the whole plan crashing down around them.
Continue reading: Inception Review
I almost missed this off-the-cuff joke -- it's spray-painted on the side of a semi as the Joker (Heath Ledger) descends on a police convoy hustling doomed district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) beneath the streets of Gotham. But it beautifully captures the balancing act director Christopher Nolan attempts in The Dark Knight, an anticipated blockbuster that seems capable at any point of plunging headlong into hilarity or insanity, moral stability or absolute chaos.
Continue reading: The Dark Knight Review
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