GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Is Now the Highest Grossing Film of the Year, But for How Long?

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new 2014 box office champion.  After a stellar opening weekend and extremely solid legs in the following weeks, Marvel’s swell Guardians of the Galaxy now stands as the highest grossing film of the year at the domestic box office with a grand total of $262.1 million.  The year’s previous champion, fittingly enough, was Marvel’s other 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which totaled out at $259.7 million domestically.  Though Guardians’ worldwide total of $507.4 million is still eclipsed by The Winter Soldier’s $714 million take, the galactic film’s international rollout will continue in the weeks to come, including a Chinese debut.

Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy box office standing, why it’s unlikely to remain the champion, and an overview of the full domestic Top 10 of the year thus far.

INTERSTELLAR TV Spot Repurposes Old Trailer Footage to Remind You That This Movie Will Probably Be Good

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Warner Bros. has released a “new” Interstellar TV spot for writer/director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film.  The spot doesn’t actually contain any new footage, but instead just repurposes footage from the latest trailer in a new 60-second cut—and that’s fine by me.  Nolan usually does a fine job of keeping the major aspects of his films out of the trailers, but even The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t immune to WB’s need to show footage from the third act in the trailers leading up to its release.  Regardless, Interstellar certainly looks to be one hell of a moviegoing experience, and with this absolutely stacked cast onboard I can’t wait to see what Nolan has put together.

Hit the jump to watch the UK Interstellar TV spot for a reminder of just how good this movie looks.  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.

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Talk LOVE IS STRANGE, Prepping Without Rehearsals, Props They’ve Kept from Past Films, INTERSTELLAR and More

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You’d think two prolific actors like John Lithgow and Alfred Molina would have worked together before.  The guys are good friends, but, it turns out, Love Is Strange is their very first movie together.  They play Ben and George, respectively.  They’ve been together for 39 years, but are only first making it official now.  But, as soon as they get married, the Catholic school where George works fires him leaving them no choice, but to sell their apartment and find a less expensive one.  However, until they find that new place, they need somewhere to stay and no one they know can accommodate them both, so Ben heads off to live with his nephew (Charlie Tahan) and his family in Brooklyn while George settles in with their former neighbors.

With Love Is Strange due for a limited release this weekend, we got the opportunity to sit down with Lithgow and Molina to talk about their experience making the film.  Hit the jump to hear about how they finally found a film to work on together, how they prepped for the movie without rehearsals, favorite props they’ve kept from previous films, Lithgow’s character in Interstellar and much more.

TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, INTERSTELLAR, First Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, ATARI: GAME OVER, Comic-Con 2014

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Available now on VOD is director Bong Joon ho‘s blistering sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. I caught the film earlier today and it’s an absolute tour de force brimming with action and incisive commentary. Set aboard a perpetually moving train that protects Earth’s remaining population from a second Ice Age, the pic sees Chris Evans lead a revolt that seeks to move the have nots from the squeamish conditions of the train’s tail to the lavish amenities of its head. What ensues is a premium visceral experience that may lack subtlety but never fails to excite and impress. Similar to how each floor presents its own unique set of challenges and incredible action opportunities in Gareth EvansThe Raid, each station on Bong Joon ho’s Snowpiercer contains its own form of beautifully orchestrated chaos that is a sight to behold albeit not for the weak of stomach. If any of the above sounds like your cup of tea then I can’t recommend checking out Snowpiercer enough. This is one that sci-fi fans will be talking about for a while.

My hyper-violent VOD recommendation aside, the Top 5 returns from a San Diego Comic-Con induced break to feature interviews for and Matt’s review of Guardians of the Galaxy, a new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a fantastic trailer for the documentary Atari: Game Over, and a recap of our SDCC 2014 coverage. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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.

New INTERSTELLAR Trailer Opens Up the Film’s More Cosmic Elements

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Paramount Pictures has released a third 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.”  I am so incredibly looking forward to this film and love how this new trailer expands upon the second one from a few months ago.  You really get a sense of the film’s scope and cosmic elements.  I’m really hoping this film sticks the landing like Inception did for me, when Nolan is really inspired in his work (unlike TDKR), it’s really something to behold.

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.

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.

Composer Junkie XL Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, DIVERGENT, Possibly Collaborating with Hans Zimmer on INTERSTELLAR, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and More

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Grammy nominated, multi-platinum producer and composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a skilled multi-instrumentalist whose versatility and mastery of studio technology put him on the cutting edge of contemporary music.  His ability to combine electronic, pop, and classical influences has made him a highly sought after Hollywood composer.  Most recently, he drew from his extensive knowledge of classical forms combined with his work in contemporary music to create the cool, exciting scores for the action thriller 300:  Rise of an Empire and the futuristic action-adventure Divergent opening in theaters March 21st.

I recently landed an exclusive interview with Junkie XL who spoke about how he created a score for 300 that combined the film’s intense action and character themes with a thematic tone influenced by the sea, the challenge of capturing the world of Divergent from the first person perspective of its heroine, how he works with directors and draws on his eclectic background as an artist to craft the right sound, his Dutch roots and their influence on his music, his musical inspirations that include Pink Floyd and Nirvana, his collaborative relationship with Hans Zimmer and the possibility of working with him on Interstellar, and his upcoming projects:  Mad Max: Fury Road and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Check out the Junkie XL interview after the jump.

Oscar Beat: 10 Films That Could End Up in the 2015 Awards Race

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With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now.  We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony.  Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race.  After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.

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.

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