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 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].

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