The Problem with Superhero Sagas: Why Treating Movies Like Television Is a Bad Idea

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When Marvel Studios started producing its own films with Iron Man in 2008, many in the industry and the public at large were quite sure that they would fail.  Headlines famously accused the comic book company of delving into its “second-tier superheroes” in order to compete with the likes of Batman and Spider-Man at the box office, and few could have predicted just how successful the studio’s new venture would be—or that Iron Man was only the beginning.  The tag at the end of the Iron Man credits introducing Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury kicked off one of the more ambitious feats in recent film history, beginning a series of interconnected movies that featured different lead characters inhabiting the same cinematic universe.  This culminated in the 2012 team-up film The Avengers to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Marvel Studios is now no longer just a production company; it’s a brand.

As with any successful brand, imitators followed.  Other major studios are aiming to mimic Marvel’s success with their own interconnected universes, and just recently Warner Bros. announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations that will surely all connect to one another.  However, this new approach to franchise filmmaking—ostensibly treating movies as episodes in a TV series—may actually be robbing us of more creatively satisfying superhero adaptations. 

Over 30 INTERSTELLAR Images from the New Trailer Show the Film’s Epic Mission

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Earlier today Paramount Pictures released a third trailer for Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi drama.  The film 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.”  We got such a nice, expanded look at the film’s world (and the worlds of the film) in the new trailer that we thought we’d put together an image gallery of some of the trailer’s highlights.

Hit the jump to check out the new Interstellar images.  The film also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens November 7th.

Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and More Band Together to Keep Kodak Film Alive; Deal Being Struck with Studios

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Though the rise of digital photography only began a little over a decade ago, the switch to digital has been on an exponential rise in the past few years, which has seen traditional film violently sidelined.  One might think it’d be beneficial to all to have a choice between shooting on digital or on film, and it is, but the final say really comes down to a business decision on the studio’s part.  Shooting digitally is now far cheaper than shooting on film, not only because you’re not paying for film prints, but because shooting digitally actually makes the production move at a faster pace.  However, there are a few highly regarded filmmakers who have been lobbying hard to keep film alive, and it appears that their activism has led to a serious deal between studios and Kodak that will keep the film company (the last of its kind) from going out of business.

Hit the jump for more on this deal, which was championed by the likes of Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams.

INTERSTELLAR Comic-Con Panel Recap: Christopher Nolan Surprises with First Ever Comic-Con Appearance; Debuts New Trailer

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The Paramount panel at Comic-Con today was not packed.  The program didn’t specify what the studio was showing.  We assumed that they would be bringing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and then it wasn’t too much of a surprise when they also featured Project Almanac, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and even Hot Tub Time Machine.  It was a nice bit of promotion when Dwayne Johnson came on stage to tell people he was hosting free screenings of Hercules tonight at three theaters.  People love Dwayne Johnson.  And maybe if he was announced on the program, it could have packed the hall.

If Paramount had announced the final panel of its presentation, I would have had to line up well before sunrise.  Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey were here.  Hit the jump for my Interstellar Comic-Con panel recap. 

Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Will Be Released on Around 50 IMAX Film Screens Worldwide

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With digital projection becoming the industry standard, getting to see a film print projected is becoming a very rare experience.  Even IMAX has moved to digital projection with their new laser projection system arriving in 2015.  While I understand why the industry has moved to digital projection, like many of you, I miss the texture and imperfections that only comes from watching a movie on film.  Also, as much as digital can recreate a moment on screen, there is just something cold about the image, and while it’s suited for some movies, it hasn’t been as effective for others.  It’s still got a long way to go to recreate the magic of film projection.

While IMAX had previously announced that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar would be shown in the large screen format due to most of their theaters going digital, many have been wondering just how many theaters could project his movie on celluloid.  According to Greg Foster, President of IMAX Entertainment, the number will be “somewhere around 50″ screens globally.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Starring Matthew McConaughey

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Interstellar trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi drama.  The film 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.”  Even though I know most of the visual effects are still in development, I’m surprised at how much focus was on the emotional side of the film.  Like production designer Nathan Crawley said, this is really a father-daughter story, and I like the emphasis on the emotion.  But there’s also a darkness in here that the characters aren’t just leaving Earth for the sake of exploration; they’re leaving Earth because it’s a lost cause.

Hit the jump to watch the new Interstellar trailer.  The film also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens November 7th.

First Image from INTERSTELLAR; Story Will Involve Black Holes, Relativity, Gravity, and a Father-Daughter Relationship

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Earlier this week, we got the first poster for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, and now the first official image has debuted from Paramount.  The story 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.”  According to Nolan’s production designer Nathan Crowley, it also involves “black holes, relativity, gravity, and their effect on time,” as well as a “very human story about a father and a daughter.”  We also know the plot involves climate change and a search across time and space to save corn, the Earth’s sole remaining crop.  Matt Damon is in the film, so I’m hoping for a crossover with The Informant!

Hit the jump to check out the first Interstellar image, and if you want to see the new trailer, click hereInterstellar opens on November 7th and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill Irwin, and Timothée Chalamet.

First Teaser Poster for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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A new trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated sci-fi drama Interstellar will be attached to showings of Godzilla next weekend, but Paramount has decided to tease fans a little early by releasing the first Interstellar poster online today.  The story 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.”  This poster teases the premise quite efficiently, and it also reveals the film’s tantalizing tagline: “Mankind was born on Earth.  It was never meant to die here.”  We can surmise from the previous trailer and this poster that the fate of human existence appears to be on the line, and I’m curious to see just how much of the film will be unveiled in the new trailer.  I know it’ll never happen, but I’d be thrilled if Paramount kept all of the space/spaceship-set scenes out of the marketing, allowing us all to go in completely cold.

Hit the jump to check out a high-resolution version of the Interstellar poster.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on November 7th.

Description for the New Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR; Trailer Will Be Attached to GODZILLA

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Because Christopher Nolan is big on secrecy when it comes to his movies (I remember when Inception was described only as “a story that takes place inside the architecture of the mind”), his fans become frenzied at even the slightest hint of what that film could be about.  All we know about his new movie, Interstellar, is that it 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.”  It might also involve corn.  The new trailer provides a bit more information, and while it hasn’t been officially released, it did show in front of Hubble 3D (a great documentary) at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum.

Hit the jump for the Interstellar trailer description and click here to check out the first poster.  The film opens on November 7th 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.

Matthew McConaughey Calls Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR the “Most Ambitious Thing He’s Ever Done”

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While Matthew McConaughey talked about his recent work – including turns in Dallas Buyers Club, HBO’s True Detective, and Mud among others – he briefly commented on a highly anticipated upcoming film: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.  Not only did he call the sci-fi film “the most ambitious thing he’s ever done”, McConaughey also talked about meeting Nolan at his house for what turned out to be his role in Interstellar.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

TOP 5: Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, NEIGHBORS, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, INTERSTELLAR, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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With an Oscar nod for Best Documentary under its belt and Matt having named it his favorite film of 2013, the last thing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing needs is an endorsement from me. And yet, here it is. I watched the film on Netflix several weeks ago and, to be honest, I’m still having trouble coming to grips with it. It’s the most the surreal and disturbing look at human atrocity I’ve seen and the more I think about its subjects and overall approach, the more I’m in awe of the fact that it exists. I drown in hyperbole when thinking of words to describe it because it’s so profound that calling it a “good film” seems not like an understatement but a complete inaccuracy. The Act of Killing is not a “good film”, it’s a stunning work of humanity that makes awards, critical reception, the sentence I’m typing at this very moment, etc., seem absolutely trivial.

Speaking of trivial, in what may go down as one of the worst segues in Collider history, I’ll now attempt to jump into this week’s Top 5. Highlighted today is Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joining Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, Steve’s Neighbors set visit coverage, the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar being exempt from Paramount’s digital mandate, and the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR to Receive Exemption from Paramount’s Digital Mandate

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Last week, Paramount Pictures announced that starting with The Wolf of Wall Street, all of its films would now be released to theaters in an entirely digital format.  It was essentially another nail in the coffin of film projection, but today Paramount has had to backtrack a bit on its new mandate thanks to one very powerful filmmaker: Christopher Nolan.  Paramount likely realized that trying to convince the film-friendly director to distribute his latest picture on a digital card instead of on film was an impossible task, and so they have confirmed that in the case of Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi pic Interstellar, they will be making an exception.  Hit the jump to read on.

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR Trailer, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, First Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET, AMERICAN HUSTLE, “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst

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Last night I had the opportunity to catch Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and I have to say that I walked away with mixed feelings. For the most part, the laughs were there (especially the scenes with Greg Kinnear and the “getting the team back together” sequence early on). I also thought the decision to place the Channel 4 News Team at the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle was great in that it gave Ron and Co. the chance to be pioneers of the trade and provided the pic solid footing from which to deliver its well-placed jabs at the current state of the broadcast news industry. On the other hand, some of the film’s gags and multiple cameos landed with a huge thud for me and I’m still a little surprised at how ridiculously over the top it becomes in the final 20 minutes or so (even for an Anchorman sequel). All in all, if you enjoyed the original then I think there’s enough magic left in the tank that you’ll have fun with The Legend Continues. Just don’t be surprised if you leave the theater less than thrilled to experience the next installment in Ron Burgundy’s story.

My notes aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, interviews with Will Ferrell and more for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, American Hustle interviews with Christian Bale and more, and Matt’s editorial on why “Worst Of” lists are, for the lack of a better word, the worst. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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.

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