Christopher Nolan Vetoed a MAN OF STEEL Post-Credits Scene

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As director Zack Snyder’s superhero pic Man of Steel approached release, there was a high level of both anticipation and curiosity in the air.  The previous year, Marvel Studios had capped off its Phase One of interconnected superhero movies with The Avengers, which enjoyed both critical and commercial success to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Their experiment worked, and they would continue building out their MCU for years to come.  With Warner Bros., though, Man of Steel was seen as possibly the first piece of a larger puzzle that could lead to the studio’s own interconnected universe of DC Comics adaptations.  How would Man of Steel compare to Marvel’s approach?  Would there be many similarities?

The finished film, it turns out, was actually quite different from Marvel’s output.  It maintained the same dramatic tone of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy even though the films weren’t connected, and there weren’t too many nods to other DC characters.  But the film almost had one big similarity to Marvel’s approach: a post-credits stinger. However, when WB brought up the prospect of adding a coda, Nolan (a producer on the film) reportedly nixed the idea quite strongly.  More after the jump.

INTERSTELLAR Review

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“Except Christopher Nolan“.  That’s the cinephile’s refrain for a blockbuster marketplace that won’t accept any bold, original ideas.  No one gets to make a blockbuster film unless it’s based on a pre-existing material…Except Christopher Nolan.  Inception embodied this ideal, and following the conclusion of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Nolan was free to travel to anywhere he wanted to go.

His latest destination is Interstellar, a film that certainly breaks away from the traditional blockbuster in the sense of its visuals and turning scientific concepts like relativity, gravity, and time distortion into understandable dramatic plot points.  Unfortunately, for all of the movie’s grandeur, the voyage is constantly beset with clunky exposition, stilted dialogue, maudlin sentiment, and thinly-drawn characters.  Nolan has the power to go wherever he wants, but he leaves the most valuable parts of his story in the dust.

5 New INTERSTELLAR Featurettes Highlight Christopher Nolan’s Preference for Practical Effects; Plus 2 TV Spots

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It’s almost time.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm IMAX tomorrow and then everywhere else on November 7th.  There are some questionable story components, but overall, Interstellar is wildly engaging and entertaining, and goes above and beyond in many respects, like with its visuals.  You want to feel like you’re visiting planets in another galaxy?  Interstellar can do that for you and it’s probably because of Christopher Nolan’s dedication to creating authentic atmospheres on set and doing as much in camera as possible.

Five new Interstellar featurettes just surfaced offering up a behind-the-scenes peek at how Nolan made his stars feel like they’re trapped in a dust storm, zipping through space, traversing icy planets and more.  Hit the jump to check those out and two new TV spots as well.  Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine and John Lithgow.

Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Rule Out Another Superhero Movie; Warner Bros. Pressed Him to Produce JUSTICE LEAGUE and a BATMAN Reboot

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If Marvel Studios and Iron Man is responsible for influencing one half of the current superhero movie climate, then Christopher Nolan and Batman Begins can take credit for the other half.  How many times have you heard “gritty reboot” and Batman Begins name-checked when describing a potential new project or an updated take on an existing property?  Nolan brought a grounded and serious tone to the superhero genre with his Dark Knight trilogy, specifically The Dark Knight, and many imitators have surfaced in his wake.  Nolan closed out his Batman adaptation with The Dark Knight Rises, but many fans of the franchise would no doubt love to see Nolan put his spin on another superhero.

So what does Nolan think about returning to the superhero genre?  Well he’s not particularly crazy about it, but he won’t entirely rule it out either.  Hit the jump for more, including how Nolan figured into Warner Bros.’ delay in getting its DC Movie Universe off the ground.

Early Reviews for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR: A Winning Epic, But Far From Perfect

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Interstellar’s November 7th release date is fast approaching and the early reviews are pouring in.  The highly anticipated Christopher Nolan film stars Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, a former NASA test pilot who is asked to join the Lazarus mission and leave Earth behind to find a new life-sustaining planet for mankind.

There’s been talk of Interstellar being an Oscar contender and while there is high praise for the film all-around, it also seems as though “hokey contrivances” and “a ruptured script” could keep it from earning Nolan his first Academy Award win, or another nomination for that matter.  Hit the jump for snippets from the early Interstellar reviews in circulation right now.  The film also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet and Matt Damon.

The Nolans Are Not Involved in the Upcoming DC Universe

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While there is an inherent rivalry between the Marvel film adaptations and the DC film adaptations, Warner Bros. has taken a few major pages out of Marvel Studios’ book when it comes to crafting its own DC universe.  It has the big team-up movie planned with a two-part Justice League event, it announced a full slate of superhero films that includes standalone features and sequels to existing properties, and its entire slate will exist within one singular universe.  Something Warner Bros. doesn’t have, though, is a Kevin Feige.  As the President of Marvel Studios, Feige produces every single one of Marvel’s films and is essentially the glue that holds the entire universe together.  He takes point on plotting out where the overall arc for the MCU will go, and ensures that there is strong connective tissue in each movie.

It’s not that Warner Bros. hasn’t tried to install its own Feige-type creative head, as the studio would’ve loved to have had Christopher Nolan stick around after the Dark Knight Trilogy and oversee the subsequent DC films, but Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan—who penned the script for The Dark Knight and co-wrote The Dark Knight Rises—recently confirmed that he and his brother have nothing to do with the upcoming DC Movie Universe.  More after the jump.

Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey Talk INTERSTELLAR Secrets, Sci-Fi Ambitions, and CG Hurdles in Lengthy Interview

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The release of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar is finally within arm’s reach, and as the date looms closer we’re starting to hear much more from Nolan himself and his impressive cast about how the project came together, the experience of making it, and the extent to which Nolan grounded the space-centered film in reality.  All of this and more is touched on during a lengthy roundtable interview with Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway in the latest issue of THR, and we’ve taken the liberty of gathering up some of the highlights from the fascinating and somewhat revealing conversation.

Hit the jump to see what they had to say about Nolan’s long-standing fascination with sci-fi, his first meeting with McConaughey, tackling large-scale CG effects, and more.  The film opens in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

Brad Bird and Edgar Wright Endorse Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Every Christopher Nolan film nowadays comes with high expectations, but the anticipation for Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar is, shall we say, outta this world (I’m so sorry).  Interest is at a fever pitch for the film, which promises astonishing visuals, scientifically grounded inter-dimensional travel, and strong performances from Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, etc.  As with all Christopher Nolan films, though, Interstellar has been shrouded in secrecy, so refreshingly we still know very little about the kind of movie we’ll be seeing.  However, the film is now fully complete and private screenings have started to take place.

While there’s no doubt some kind of embargo placed on Interstellar reactions for the time being (critics see it very soon), two highly talented and trusted filmmakers have weighed in with their thoughts: Brad Bird and Edgar Wright.  See what they had to say about the film after the jump.

Head to Space with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in 7 New INTERSTELLAR Images

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A collection of new Interstellar images from director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi epic have landed online, hot on the heels of some pretty interesting comments from Nolan himself saying the film marks a specifically unique entry in his filmography.  Nolan wrote the screenplay for Interstellar based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), and the story finds a crew of astronauts led by Matthew McConaughey setting off into deep space in order to find a new planet that might be habitable.  There seems to be plenty of culturally relevant themes at play here, as Interstellar’s Earth is one that has been rendered uninhabitable after years of pollution and destruction at the hands of, well, us.  Most interestingly, though, is the fact that Nolan is essentially telling a father/daughter story, and I’m curious to see how he grounds the film with this strong emotional center.

Hit the jump to take a look a these new Interstellar images, which thankfully don’t reveal too much.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentlyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

Christopher Nolan Compares the INTERSTELLAR Experience to the BATMAN Movies, 2001, and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

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We are less than a month away from the release of Interstellar, the new Christopher Nolan sci-fi adventure led by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.  Entertainment Weekly has an Interstellar cover story and managed to get a few quotes from Nolan on his objective in making the movie.  Nolan contrasted his new movie with his previous work:

“This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience.  You would think that’s the case with Batman movies but it’s not; they’re more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen.”

Nolan instead likens the experience to 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  Hit the jump for the full quotes, and click here for 7 new images from the film.

Producer Charles Roven Says Ben Affleck Was the First Choice to Play Batman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN; Wanted Someone Who Could “Tower Over” Superman

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Producer Charles Roven recently took part in an extended interview at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, and his comments with regards to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are quite interesting.  We already shared what he had to say about Wonder Woman’s origin story earlier today, but more of the interview has now surfaced online, offering up even more revealing tidbits about director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up.  Roven says that Ben Affleck was the first actor they approached to play Batman in the pic, adding that they were looking for someone who could physically tower over Superman and play a “very, very, very rough” version of Batman.

Additionally, Roven talked a bit about Christopher Nolan’s involvement in Batman v Superman, saying he’s acting in an “advisory capacity” on the film.  Much more after the jump.

Christopher Nolan and Kip Thorne Discuss the Rules of INTERSTELLAR in New Featurette

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Have you had your fill of Interstellar goodness yet today?  Of course not.  After you’ve watched the final trailer and found out where you can see the film two days early in 70mm IMAX or 35mm, check out this short new Interstellar featurette in which director Christopher Nolan and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne talk about bringing a scientific approach to the intergalactic travel seen in the film.  Years ago when Interstellar was first being developed, it was based on Thorne’s theories of black holes.  It appears that Nolan kept Thorne very much in the loop when he took over the film, and as seen in this new featurette, the two worked together to develop the visual representation of Thorne’s work.

Watch the Interstellar featurette after the jump.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentlyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet, and Matt DamonInterstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

Find Out Where You Can See INTERSTELLAR in 70mm IMAX and 35mm

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It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan is a very big proponent of film as opposed to digital.  His preference goes beyond the shooting of the movie to the actual projection, and not unlike Quentin Tarantino, Nolan very much prefers that you see his movies projected on film.  Today, Paramount released the final trailer for Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar and also confirmed what we heard last night, which is that the film will be opening two days early on 75mm IMAX and 35mm screens.  That means if your local theater has converted to digital projectors both in their regular theaters and IMAX, you’ll have to wait two more days to see the film.  It’s kind of a shame since most theaters across the country have converted to digital—especially in the middle of the country, where digital projection is cheaper to maintain—but it’s nice to see that Nolan is doing everything he can to advocate for film projection.

If you’d like to find out where your nearest 70mm or 35mm projection theater is, Paramount has put together a handy list that reveals all of the locations for every format available.  Check it out after the jump.  Interstellar will be released on film on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

New INTERSTELLAR Trailer Says Goodbye to Our Solar System

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We’ve been loading up on Interstellar promotional material lately and Paramount just topped it all off with an especially riveting new trailer.  Matthew McConaughey recently described the film as “the grandest adventure I think any of us will ever see on film,” and based on what we get in this promo, I’m inclined to agree.  We’ve been trying to put the pieces of the narrative together since day one and even though this trailer answers more questions and reveals more story information than ever, it winds up sparking so much more curiosity and intrigue in the process.  We caught a glimpse of it in one of those new TV spots, but the detail that still catches my eye is that robot walking around the planet with McConaughey’s character and his team.

Hit the jump to check it out for yourself in the brand new Interstellar trailer.  The film arrives in theaters in 35mm and 70mm IMAX on November 5th (click here to find out your closest film projection location) and everywhere else on November 7th, and also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet and Matt Damon.

INTERSTELLAR to Screen in Select Theaters Three Days Early?

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until Friday, November 7th, but apparently some folks will be seeing it three days early because there are theaters in Los Angeles that are selling tickets to IMAX screenings beginning at 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 4th.

It’d make sense for Paramount to hold midnight showings the night before the big debut, but three days early is another story.  If this is the real deal, it’s surprising the studio hasn’t made an official announcement about this yet.  Hit the jump for more on these Interstellar early showings.  The film stars Matthew McConaugheyAnne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet and Matt Damon.

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