Watch Christopher Nolan, Angelina Jolie, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, and More in 50-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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THR has been releasing some fascinating roundtable discussions with a number of Oscar hopefuls over the past few weeks, from actors to actresses to cinematographers, but today they’ve released a video featuring a mighty impressive lineup of directors.  In the 50-minute roundtable discussion, Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) touch on a number of topics, including their wildly different approaches to filmmaking in general.  As always, the best part is seeing the discussion flourish amongst the participants themselves, as they ask each other thoughtful questions aside from the moderator.

What are you waiting for?  Watch the roundtable interview after the jump, and if you’re interested in keeping tabs on the awards race, be sure to check out our Oscar Beat columns.

Watch Christopher Nolan Talk INTERSTELLAR; Confuse the Hell out of Stephen Colbert on THE COLBERT REPORT

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Christopher Nolan has a knack for making movies that are hard to get your head around. Memento, Inception, and now Interstellar all left audiences scratching their heads, and it seems none more so than Stephen ColbertInterstellar, of course, stars Matthew McConaughey as an astronaut leading a team of scientists into deep space with the hopes of finding a habitable planet to call home.  It has become one of the year’s most nitpicked and debated films, from the sound mix to the science, audiences have enjoyed scrutinizing every element of the film.

Earlier this week Nolan dropped by The Colbert Report to promote Interstellar and Colbert took the opportunity to take him to task for his resume of mind-bending movies.  Obviously we all know that in reality Colbert is an extremely intelligent man who likely understands these subjects pretty damn well, but if there’s anything more enjoyable than watching Colbert play dumb, I don’t know what it is. He even managed to make Christopher Nolan laugh, and that’s not something you see every day.  Hit the jump to check out Stephen Colbert’s interview with Christopher Nolan and find out if we’re happening now or just watching ourselves in the past.

Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson Also Top Choices for READY PLAYER ONE

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Christopher Nolan might not be the only director in the running for Ready Player One.  It’s being reported that Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson are all being considered as well.  (Looks like you got your wish, Brendan!)

The film is based on Ernest Cline’s award-winning book of the same name.  It takes place in the year 2044. The world isn’t in great shape thanks to the exhaustion of Earth’s fossil fuels, but at least people can escape the energy crisis and overpopulation by logging in to OASIS, a video game getaway.  Hit the jump for more on the directors who are supposedly in the running to bring OASIS to the big screen.

Warner Bros. Offers READY PLAYER ONE to Christopher Nolan

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Interstellar came in second to Big Hero 6 in its opening weekend, but the original sci-fi film is already up to $545 million worldwide in less than a month.  It’s fair to say Christopher Nolan still has the clout to pick among many options for his next project.  Warner Bros. hopes to bring Nolan back home with an offer to direct the adaptation of Ready Player One.

The Ernest Cline book is set in the year 2044 and follows a teenager who sets off on a treasure hunt in an immersive online world that puts his 80s pop culture knowledge to the test.  More after the jump.

Oscar Beat: The Best Director Race at a Glance

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As we head out of the Thanksgiving holiday, studios have been scrambling to get screeners out to critics and voters before early December deadlines, and some of the year’s later releases are finally starting to be seen, which means the Oscar race is becoming much clearer.  We already have one potentially huge game-changer in the form of Selma, which has enjoyed enthusiastically positive response from its initial screenings, but that film also throws a curious prospect into the mix: for the first time in history, could we actually have two female directors nominated for the Best Director Oscar?

After the jump, I consider this question as I take a look at the current state of the rather crowded Best Director race in this edition of Oscar Beat.

Read Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Prequel Comic to Learn an Important Character’s Backstory

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Despite all of its exposition, there was still plenty in Interstellar I wish had been made clearer.  Specifically, life on Earth was vaguely defined, and just a little bit of explanation on how the Blight specifically affected society and culture would have been nice.  Christopher Nolan has now teamed with artist Sean Gordon Murphy for an Interstellar prequel comic for the latest issue of Wired (which he guest edited), but it goes into another aspect of the plot.  It’s a nice bit of writing that reveals a poetic bit of backstory, but it also doesn’t really illuminate anything about the film beyond commenting on the nature of man.

Click here to read the Interstellar prequel comic [contains spoilers]. And if you still can’t get enough of the movie and don’t mind the sound mix, click here to learn about the “Unlimited Ticket”.

Christopher Nolan Addresses INTERSTELLAR Sound Problems

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Christopher Nolan has a reputation for being incredibly meticulous when it comes to the presentation of his films.  He has lobbied in the past to have film IMAX projectors reinstalled in theaters that have been converted to digital, and he makes a point to visit a number of different theaters to personally test out the visual and audio presentation of his movies.  It’s an admirable attention to detail that shows the filmmaker genuinely cares about how his films are being experienced, and that made it all the more confusing when reports started flooding in about sound problems with his latest release, Interstellar.  Many complained that the sound mix on the film was muddled, making it difficult to hear important pieces of dialogue.  The complaints were quite large in number, but not very consistent (I saw the film in IMAX and had no trouble understanding dialogue while others cited the IMAX presentation as the worst, audio-wise).

Nevertheless, Nolan has broken his silence on the purported Interstellar sound issues, explaining that he chose an “adventurous and creative” sound mix for the self-described experimental film.  Read on after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 111 – The Films of Christopher Nolan and INTERSTELLAR

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This week on The Collision, we look back at the films of Christopher Nolan and his newest movie, Interstellar.  We discuss his themes, style, tropes, excesses, and where his career might be going.  We also look at the strengths and weaknesses of Interstellar, and how it fits into both Nolan’s filmography and the larger blockbuster landscape.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Explaining Oscar Prognostication; Nightcrawler“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Christopher Nolan Addresses the Internet’s Determination to Pinpoint Plot Holes in INTERSTELLAR

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Even though Interstellar scored $47.5 million opening weekend and got a largely positive critical reception, there’s a lot of talk about plot holes, namely the useless Morse code message, Matt Damon’s character and the plausibility of the black hole depicted in the film.  It’s definitely not easy to wrap your head around some of the things that go down in Interstellar and there are some “cheats” in the movie as well, but Nolan is well aware of them.

Hit the jump to check out his response to moviegoer’s insistence on applying a “weirdly high standard” for his films.  Interstellar is currently in theaters and stars Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi and Michael Caine.  [Warning: There are plot spoilers in this article.]

Christopher Nolan Discusses Ben Affleck’s Casting in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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After directing three Batman films, Christopher Nolan opted to take a step back and serve as executive producer on Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Even though that means Nolan isn’t as deeply involved in the production this time around, he’s still got an opinion on Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman.

Hit the jump to check out Nolan’s first thoughts after finding out Affleck was interested in the role.  Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons.

Weekend Box Office: BIG HERO 6 Knocks INTERSTELLAR into Second

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In this weekend’s box office showdown, Big Hero 6 took the title over Interstellar.  But there were no real losers on the first frame of the 2014 holiday movie season.  It’s been months since the last high-profile animated film was in theatres, so the fact that Big Hero 6 came out on top makes sense.  And while the sky-high expectations for director Christopher Nolan’s latest were not realized, Interstellar did come close to matching the $55.7 million debut of Gravity – without the advantage of 3D pricing.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Big Hero 6 $56,200,000 $56.2
2.  Interstellar $52,151,000 $52.1
3.  Gone Girl $6,100,000 $145.4
4.  Ouija $6,017,000 $43.4
5.  St. Vincent $5,707,000 $27.3
6.  Nightcrawler $5,512,000 $19.7
7.  Fury $5,500,000 $69.2
8.  John Wick $4,075,000 $34.7
9.  Alexander… $3,495,000 $59.2
10.  The Book of Life $2,800,000 $45.2

 

Full story after the jump.

Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and More Talk INTERSTELLAR, the Evolution of the Script, and Grounding the Film with Emotion

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is finally in theaters.  As most of you know, Nolan wrote the screenplay based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight).  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 inhabitable.  Loaded with a great cast (Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen Burstyn,  Topher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill Irwin, and Timothee Chalamet) and amazing visuals, Interstellar should be seen on the biggest screen possible.  If you have an IMAX theater near you, I strongly suggest seeing it in that format.  For more on the film, watch these featurettesclip, or click here for all our coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I was able to participate in a press conference with Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, co-writer Jonathan Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, and Jessica Chastain.  They talked about the experience of making the film, how the project came together, how much the script change once Nolan replaced Steven Spielberg as director, writing a science fiction movie with so much hope, working in the space suits, space exploration, if there were any deleted scenes, the involvement of NASA, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Friday Box Office: INTERSTELLAR Leads BIG HERO 6 at Start of Competitive Weekend

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2014’s holiday movie season has officially arrived, and with it two of the year’s most-anticipated titles.  Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan’s first release since The Dark Knight Rises, took first place on Friday with an estimated $17 million from 3,561 locations.  That gives the film, which bowed in 370 IMAX locations and 249 traditional theatres on Wednesday, a domestic total of $19.1 million.  For its first weekend, Interstellar should earn close to $55 million, which is on par with both studio projections and the 2013 debut of Gravity.  But while impressive, it probably won’t be enough to secure Interstellar the weekend win.  That honor will belong to Disney’s Big Hero 6.  Based on the Marvel comic series, the animated feature earned an estimated $15.8 million from 3,561 locations on Friday and should wind up with at least $60 million on its opening weekend.

Friday’s top five after the jump

Hans Zimmer Talks INTERSTELLAR, Breaking Away From the Sound of INCEPTION, Working With Christopher Nolan, and Hypnotizing the Audience

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is finally in theaters.  And I loved it.  I can say that and at the same time I acknowledge that it is, in some ways, a flawed film.  But I think I love it even more because of those flaws.  It’s brazenly emotional and goes places I didn’t quite think it would have the balls to go in that regard.  It’s nice to see a director making something so hugely idiosyncratic with such a big canvas and I can’t wait to check it out again.

A big part of the film’s appeal is composer Hans Zimmer‘s score.  Zimmer has been working with Nolan for years, but here they come up with something unlike anything we’ve heard from them before.  It’s ethereal and driving and almost religious, it’s the opposite of Inception.  I recently hopped on the phone with Zimmer to discuss the score and the marked departure it represents in his collaborations with Nolan.  Hit the jump for the interview and be sure to check out Interstellar this weekend, preferably in IMAX or 70MM.     For more on the film, watch these featurettesclip, or click here for all our coverage.

INTERSTELLAR – What Did You Think?

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Alright folks, one of the most anticipated movies of the year is now in theaters.  Given all the secrecy surrounding Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar and the fact that it’s a wholly original story set in deep space, expectations were almost impossibly high for this one.  I caught the movie myself last night at a digital IMAX showing, and I’m still mulling it over.  In some ways it was exactly the film I expected, and in other ways it was somewhat surprising.  The visuals and set pieces are spectacular, and I do think that Hans Zimmer composed one of his best scores to date—“majestic” is the word I’d use to describe the sound he found here—but Interstellar is a lot of movie (probably too much), and I think Nolan’s reach exceeds his grasp in terms of trying to constantly surprise the audience.  The performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are incredibly strong, and Nolan’s attempt to ground the film in emotion is admirable, but I came away from the film somewhat disappointed.

Matt composed his thoughts more eloquently in his review, which you can read right here, but now we’d like to hear from you, readers.  What did you think of Interstellar?  Did it exceed your expectations?  Where does this fall in Nolan’s filmography?  Sound off in the comments after the jump.

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