First Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar.  The sci-fi pic stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”  Though this teaser trailer features very, very little footage from the still in-production film, it’s a surprisingly moving piece that draws on the human spirit’s drive to keep moving forward.  I’ll say no more and let you experience the teaser for yourself, but the prospect of seeing Nolan further explore these themes in the full film is definitely exciting.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser Interstellar trailer.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, Timothée Chalamet, and Matt DamonInterstellar opens November 7, 2014.

Take to the Stars with the Logo for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Presumably for the graphic design nerds out there, Warner Bros. and Paramount have released the logo for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar.  Details are scarce beyond the cryptic logline, “a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage”, and the story might involve corn, a thought that tickles me to no end.  I have no opinion on this logo because sometimes it’s okay not to have an opinion on everything.  Honestly, it’s good to have this in our image gallery for future stories about the movie.

The image is from the just launched website, and remember the first trailer might be attached to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  If so, it will also be online in the near future.  Interstellar opens November 7, 2014, and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine.

TOP 5: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, OUT OF THE FURNACE Set Visit, Nolan Straps an IMAX Camera to a Learjet, DELIVERY MAN, NYMPHOMANIAC Trailer

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Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.

My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

Christopher Nolan Straps an IMAX Camera to the Front of a Learjet for INTERSTELLAR

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Christopher Nolan loves using the IMAX camera, and we love him for using it.  It gets amazing footage, but it’s tough to wield.  The camera is bulky, noisy, and there aren’t many of them in the world, so you have to be careful.  Strapping an IMAX camera to the front of a Learjet may not be the most cautious use of the expensive equipment, but Nolan’s probably going to get some amazing footage out of it for his new movie, Interstellar.  Plot details are unsurprisingly scarce (“a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage”; the story might also involve corn), but it’s good to know that Nolan is finding new ways to utilize the IMAX camera.

Hit the jump to check out a couple images of the rig.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael CaineInterstellar opens November 7, 2014.

Hans Zimmer Talks Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR and the Influence of the DARK KNIGHT Trilogy Score on Blockbuster Filmmaking

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After first teaming up on Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer have now worked together a total of four times (five counting Man of Steel, which Nolan produced), and the two are set to reteam once again for Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi film Interstellar.  Unsurprisingly, very little is known about Interstellar at this point.  We know that the film has an absolutely stacked cast and follows a group of space explorers journeying through a wormhole, but the rest is under lock and key until the film hits theaters next November.

Steve recently visited Hans Zimmer in his studio for an extended interview, and while the composer was tight-lipped about story details for Interstellar, he did reveal that he wrote a theme back in January while Nolan was writing the script.  He said the two are trying to tell the story in a way that nobody has ever done, which includes throwing out all the hallmarks of their previous collaborations.  Additionally, Zimmer addressed the influence of his Dark Knight trilogy score on the current blockbuster climate and talked about whether he will score The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Hit the jump to read on. 

Watch Christian Bale and Cillian Murphy Audition to Play Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY Blu-ray Extra

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In a little under two years, we will have a new Batman onscreen by way of Ben Affleck.  It’s a very short turnaround considering that Christopher Nolan just finished his Dark Knight Trilogy last year, but Warner Bros. clearly wants to keep the momentum it gained with Man of Steel, and bringing Batman back into the fold appears to be part of that plan.  Let’s not forget, though, that Nolan’s new vision for Batman with Batman Begins was a complete 180 from any Batman iteration—or superhero movie in general—that we had seen before, and the process of casting the caped crusader was the most important piece of the puzzle.

The new Blu-ray set The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition went on sale earlier this week, and one of the many new extras found on the set is a retrospective look at casting the Batman, featuring interviews with everyone from Nolan to Damon Lindelof.  A portion of that feature has made its way online, and after the jump you can watch Christian BaleCillian Murphy, and Eion Bailey (Band of Brothers) audition for the lead role and Nolan himself discuss the lengthy casting process.

New Rumors Abound as Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Films in Iceland

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We previously posted some corny news related to rumors on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, a sci-fi picture that follows a group of space explorers journeying through a wormhole.  Today, we’ve got something that could prove to be a little more substantial as it comes from the Icelandic set of the film where Nolan has constructed some reportedly massive practical fixtures.  We’ll save those details until after the jump.

Starring Matthew McConaugheyAnne HathawayJessica Chastain,Matt DamonBill IrwinJohn LithgowCasey AffleckDavid GyasiWes BentleyMackenzie FoyTimothée ChalametTopher GraceDavid OyelowoEllen Burstyn, and Michael Caine, Interstellar opens November 7, 2014. [Possible spoilers ahead]

TOP 5: ENDER’S GAME Set Visit, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Trailer, Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor, DIVERGENT Trailer, INTERSTELLAR Plot Info

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After weeks of deliberation, last night I made the decision to resume my Netflix subscription. Today, after having watched the pilot episode of its original series Orange is the New Black, I can say with confidence that was $7.99 well spent. Only one episode in and I can absolutely see myself spending the rest of this Labor Day weekend devouring the remaining 12 episodes with ease. While you’ve likely read some of the show’s rave reviews elsewhere already, I’ll lend my own endorsement by saying that the pilot offers a near-perfect balance of humor and drama. Moreover, the pace is never slowed by consistent cutting between Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) past transgressions and present consequences. If anything, it serves to heighten the depressing reality of the situation we find Chapman in. All said, I give the pilot high marks all around and myself a disappointed facepalm for not having got in on the series sooner.

My reintroduction to Netflix aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights part one of our Ender’s Game set visit, the first trailer for Dallas Buyers Club, an editorial by Matt imploring all of us to stop asking for Bryan Cranston to play Lex Luthor, the first trailer for Divergent, and a little bit of extra plot info regarding Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to everything I just mentioned can be found after the jump.

Superman and Batman Join Forces in MAN OF STEEL Sequel Set for 2015 Release; Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill Expected to Return

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This was inevitable, but sooner than I anticipated: Superman and Batman will team up in a live-action movie in 2015!  Warner Bros. will develop the project as a sequel to Man of Steel, so Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman.  Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, the director/writer team behind Man of Steel, are expected to reprise their roles for the follow-up.  Christopher Nolan is also expected to return as a producer, though it is unclear how involved he will be this time around.

This raises many questions.  Does this put the Justice League movie on hold indefinitely?  [Update: No.  WB is also planning for Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.  Details here.]  After all, why force Green Lantern in there when you have the two biggest superheroes in the world in the forefront?  Christian Bale has no plans to return to Batman, so who will star opposite Cavill?  Is this where Joseph Gordon-Levitt steps in?  Luckily, Warner Bros. plans to announce the project at their Comic-Con panel that starts in about 10 minutes.  Check back soon for our full recap of the panel for more details. [Update 2: We added the press release after the jump with more details.  Click here for our description of the panel announcement.]

TOP 5: Possible Casting Breakdown for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, PACIFIC RIM Set Visit, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Trailer, RIDDICK Set Visit, MAN OF STEEL

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In anticipation of checking out Monsters University later today, my wife and I and two of our nephews rewatched Monsters, Inc. last night. It had been probably 10 years or so since I last watched Inc. and all I can say is shame on me for forgetting how good it is. Within the first 15 minutes of the film, during which I had already laughed no fewer than five times, I was reminded why Pixar (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Brendan’s Pixar by the Numbers editorial) is held to such a high standard: because they set that standard for themselves first and, in doing so, conditioned us to expect nothing less than spectacular. Do I prefer it when the studio introduces new characters, stories, and worlds over sequels and spin-offs? Sure. Still yet, they could never release another movie I care about (which won’t happen) and would still have done enough for the medium to deserve my eternal appreciation and respect.

Now that I’m finished vouching for a studio that requires zero support from me in order to stay relevant, I can get to the reason we’re all here. In this week’s Top 5 you can find a possible casting breakdown for Star Wars: Episode VII, our Pacific Rim set visit, the excellent first trailer for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, our Riddick set visit recap, and what may very well be the final appearance that Man of Steel ever makes in this weekly feature (no promises, though). Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Early MAN OF STEEL Script Treatment Is Significantly Different from Finished Film [UPDATED]

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Though Warner Bros. Superman reboot Man of Steel most definitely opened bit at the box office, the pic proved to be one of the more divisive releases of the year.  Reactions were all over the map, and you’re just as likely to find someone that was down on director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer’s iteration of the character as you are someone that adored the new approach.  Love it or hate it, though, you can’t deny that the film took some big risks with its departures from comic book lore, and now an early treatment of the script credited to Snyder, Goyer, and producer Christopher Nolan reveals that Man of Steel could have ended up being very, very different than the film that we saw in theaters.

Hit the jump for a rundown of how this early treatment differs from the final film. [UPDATE: Hitfix has updated their story to report that the treatment is fan-fiction.  "I bought it because I wanted to buy it," reporter Drew McWeeny said in his honest explanation of why they ran the story.  It happens to the best of us, and McWeeny is one of the most trusted names in the film reporting business.  If you still want to read some fairly convincing fan-fic (especially when compared to the finished film), you can read a summation after the jump].

Exclusive: Hans Zimmer is Scoring Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR; Reveals He’s Already Started Writing the Music!

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I think we can all agree Hans Zimmer is one of the best composers in Hollywood.  If you look over his incredible thirty-year resume on IMDb, you’ll see a wide variety of amazing work across every genre.  However, while he’s done fantastic work over his entire career, many people have become fans because of his collaboration with Christopher Nolan on films like Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.  With Nolan hard at work on his next film, Interstellar, many have wondered if Zimmer would be involved in the project.  I’m happy to reveal the answer is yes.

Yesterday, I landed an extended video interview with Zimmer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel and towards the end of the interview, I asked if he’d be working on Interstellar.  He revealed he is indeed going to score the film and he’s already started writing some of the music!  Hit the jump for more.

Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer Talk MAN OF STEEL and Their Take on Superman; Describe the Film as Sci-Fi

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Fresh off last night’s incredibly tantalizing trailer, a new interview with the creatives behind this summer’s Man of Steel has landed online.  Getting a new version of Superman off the ground was no small task, but screenwriter David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan came up with an interesting take on the character that hadn’t been seen before and enlisted director Zack Snyder to bring the film to fruition.  We’re now less than a month away from Man of Steel’s release, and the trio has taken the opportunity to discuss the film and it’s development.  Hit the jump to see what Nolan, Goyer, and Snyder had to say about Man of Steel, including making a wholly sci-fi Superman movie, why Snyder was the right man for the director’s chair, and more.

TOP 5: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Christopher Nolan and JAMES BOND 24 Rumors, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., New PACIFIC RIM Trailer, ROBOCOP Remake Set Photos and Video

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As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.

All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Rumor: Christopher Nolan Approached to Direct JAMES BOND 24

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In the past, Christopher Nolan has expressed interest in directing a James Bond film.  Last summer, Nolan, a long-time fan of the series, said he was serious about the prospect, but added “It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.”  Although it is absolutely not the right time in their cycle of things, Daily Mail reports that there have been informal talks about directing James Bond 24 between Nolan and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson.  As you may recall, Broccoli and Wilson tried to get Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return, but he passed on the gig.  In March, we learned that MGM wanted a new Bond movie within 3 years, so the clock is ticking to get someone in the director’s chair.

The assumption that Nolan would direct Bond 24 is preposterous because Nolan is at work on Interstellar.  Pre-production is underway, roles have been cast, and a November 7, 2014 release date has been set.  Unless Nolan wants to piss off everyone at Paramount and Warner Bros (the studios behind Interstellar), he’s not doing Bond 24.  If there have been any informal talks, I believe they would be for James Bond 25.  That would be the smart, pro-active move, but right now the focus should be (and will be) on who’s doing the 24th film.

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