Ed Harris Set as WESTWORLD Villain; James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, and More Join HBO Pilot

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The HBO pilot Westworld is coming together quite nicely.  Person of Interest creator and The Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is spearheading the adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film of the same name, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  Anthony Hopkins is already set to lead the potential series as the creator of the park with Evan Rachel Wood co-starring as a “sassy farm girl”, and now THR reports that Ed Harris has signed on to play the show’s primary antagonist, The Man in Black.  The character is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.”  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bad Robot series, including further casting.

Executive Producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk PERSON OF INTEREST, Killing a Major Character, Where This Season Is Headed, and More

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The CBS drama series Person of Interest is not your typical procedural.  Sure, its characters have cases to solve every week, but there is also an ongoing mythology, character development you can really invest in, and major character deaths that affect everyone.

While at the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers/writers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about when they felt they really hit their stride with the show, that they do consider the show to be a procedural that also happens to have a variety of other elements to it, how equal thought went into both the recent episode where they killed off a main character and the episode immediately following it with its aftermath, where things are headed for the rest of this season, and how they will be focusing on artificial intelligence as a commodity and the possibility of another Machine.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

HBO Orders WESTWORLD Remake Pilot from J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan

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HBO has given a pilot order for a remake of the 1973 cult classic sci-fi thriller Westworld, and it comes with some pretty impressive behind-the-scenes talent.  J.J. Abrams will executive produce the pilot alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk, and The Dark Knight scribe Jonathan Nolan will co-write and direct the pilot.  The original film was written and directed by author Michael Crichton and starred Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park.  Per Variety, the HBO iteration of the story is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

Nolan, who currently acts as showrunner on the CBS series Person of Interest, will mark his second time directing with Westworld, as he previously helmed an episode of the CBS series.  He was previously rumored to be in contention to direct Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel, produced by his brother Christopher Nolan, but that job eventually went to Zack Snyder.  Hit the jump for more on the potential Westworld series.

Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk PERSON OF INTEREST Season 3

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At Comic-Con last week, I was able to participate in roundtable interviews with Person of Interest executive producer/creator Jonathan Nolan and executive producer Greg Plageman.  Nolan and Plageman talked about what the real life implications of Prism means for the role of The Machine, how The Machine functions as a benevolent AI, the relationship between Finch and The Machine, Reese and Finch’s friendship, and what possibly guest starts might be returning in season three.   Hit the jump to watch the interviews.

Comic-Con: PERSON OF INTEREST Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Discuss the NSA Prism Effect and Announce Amy Acker as Series Regular

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Having just started production on their third season this last week, the producers and cast of Warner Bros’ Person of Interest took the time out of what is sure to be an action-packed season to present a panel at this year’s Comic Con.  The series is one of TV’s most watched dramas, but in light of the recent leak about the NSA project Prism, the title sequence’s opening line “You are being watched,” might have a completely new meaning this season.

Executive Producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman were joined by stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, and, along with the announcement that she is now also a series regular, Amy Acker.  During the panel they discussed how the leak of NSA’s Prism might affect the show, what it’s how the character’s motivations have changed since the first season, and what the future might have in store for The Machine.  Read more after the jump.

Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk PERSON OF INTEREST Season 2, Plans for Season 3, and More

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With season two coming to a close, CBS’s hit drama Person of Interest is not pulling any punches: Root’s reappearance coupled with a virus that could permanently cripple the machine, continuing troubles with HR and the new threat of organization known as Decima, there is a lot at stake in the final episode.

The other day we landed an exclusive interview with executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman.  They talked about the machine’s role in season two, their plans for season three and beyond, as well as a little about the season two glitches and what fan favorite characters might be returning next season.  The second season finale of Person of Interest airs tonight. Hit the jump for the interview.

Christopher Nolan to Write & Direct INTERSTELLAR, Co-Produced & Distributed by Paramount & Warner Bros.; Opens November 7, 2014 in IMAX

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When last we reported on the sci-fi flick Interstellar, it was to tell you that Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) would be re-writing brother Jonathan Nolan’s script and was circling the director’s chair.  Now, Christopher Nolan has been confirmed as a director, but his partnership with brother Jonathan isn’t the biggest team-up news.  In a rare bit of cooperation by major studios, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. will team up to co-produce; Paramount will handle domestic distribution while WB goes international.  Legendary Pictures will not be involved, despite having backed The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception.  Few plot details are available for the film, but it’s said to “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.”  We do know, however, that Interstellar is now slated for a November 7, 2014 release in IMAX.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: 2013 Oscar Nominations, EVIL DEAD Set Visit Coverage, GANGSTER SQUAD Interviews, SPRING BREAKERS, Christopher Nolan Eyes INTERSTELLAR

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What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.

All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.

Christopher Nolan Will Rewrite INTERSTELLAR Script to Incorporate an Original Idea of His Own

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News regarding Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse wasn’t the only “mega director” story to hit last night, as we also learned that Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct the sci-fi film Interstellar as his next project.  There’s a link between the two filmmakers, as Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan originally wrote the Interstellar script years ago for Spielberg to direct.  Details on the film are understandably under wraps, but the story is inspired by the work of physicist Kip Thorne and involves a group of explorers traveling through a wormhole, where they encounter time travel and alternate dimensions.

Now a few more details have surfaced regarding Interstellar, chief of which is that Christopher Nolan will be writing the script himself in order to incorporate an original idea of his own.  Hit the jump for more details.

Christopher Nolan in Talks to Direct INTERSTELLAR

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While you might know him from his directorial efforts in a little thing called The Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan is set to tee up a new sci-fi picture which his brother Jonathan Nolan has written.  Titled Interstellar, Christopher Nolan will reportedly direct and produce the picture.  The basics of the plot involved a group of explorers traveling through a wormhole and deals with time travel and alternate dimensions.  The script is said to be inspired by the work of Kip Thorne, a physicist at Caltech.  Steven Spielberg was previously in the mix to direct the picture, but it looks like the Nolan brothers will reunite once again.  Hit the jump for more.

Exec Producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk PERSON OF INTEREST, Finch’s Backstory, and the Machine’s Growing Artificial Intelligence

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On the hit CBS drama series Person of Interest, former-CIA agent John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and mysterious billionaire Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice and the help of NYPD homicide detectives Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman).  Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, they work outside of the law to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens, whether they turn out to be the victim or the perpetrator.

During this recent interview to discuss what’s to come for the remainder of Season 2, which returns with new episodes on January 3rd, executive producers Jonathan Nolan (who created the show) and Greg Plageman talked about how Reese’s current predicament will affect things now, how Reese and Finch’s partnership is changing them, how much Carter will wrestle with helping Reese versus helping the FBI, where Fusco is headed, why they decided to have such a small main cast filled out with guest stars and recurring characters, how Elias (Enrico Colantoni) fits into the puzzle, learning more about Finch’s backstory, dealing with the machine’s growing artificial intelligence, and the desire to have the characters change and grow throughout the length of the show’s run.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Matt Damon Talks the Possibility of Returning to the BOURNE Franchise; Says He Asked Jonathan Nolan to Take a Crack at the Story

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Universal Pictures released the Matt Damon-less fourth entry in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, earlier this year to a decidedly mediocre response from critics and audiences.  At $275 million it wasn’t in any way a box office bomb, but against a budget of $125 million (not counting marketing), the film wasn’t a runaway success either.  Though Jeremy Renner was a suitable lead and director Tony Gilroy took the series in an interesting direction (CHEMS!), fans have still been eager to see star Matt Damon return to the franchise.

A couple of months ago, Damon went on record saying that it’s unlikely he’ll play the character again since The Bourne Legacy happens in canon and going forward, he and director Paul Greengrass would have to build off of that story instead of creating something all their own.  Now Damon has talked a bit more about the possibility of returning, revealing that he actually enlisted the help of The Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan to try to craft a plausible story that would see Bourne return.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Warner Bros. Launches Awards Campaign for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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As we move closer towards awards season, studios are busy finalizing which of their films to push in which categories in order to give them the best shot at winning.  Given that the Best Picture snub for The Dark Knight in 2008 is widely considered a large reason why the Academy subsequently expanded the category to a larger number of nominees, we knew Warner Bros. would be launching a campaign for The Dark Knight Rises.  Alas, the “For Your Consideration” campaign for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy closer is off and running, and we’ve got a look at which categories WB is pulling for.  Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con: PERSON OF INTEREST Cast and Crew Interviews Hint at Second Season Plotlines

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Person of Interest is one of the biggest hits to premiere last year.  The show centers the partnership between John Reese (Jim Caviezel), an ex-CIA operative, and the mysterious, millionaire computer engineer Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) who develops a machine that can predict crimes.  After a cliffhanger season finale, the second season will premiere September 27th on CBS.  We sat down with series creator/producer/writer Jonathan Nolan, series writer Greg Plageman and cast members Caviezel, Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman to discuss where the new season picks up, the challenges of working on TV, and living in a society where all your information is public.  Hit the jump for highlights from the interviews and our full interview with Jonathan Nolan.

Christopher and Jonathan Nolan Explain How A TALE OF TWO CITIES Influenced THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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It was the best of times in Gotham City, it was the worst of times in Gotham City.  At this weekend’s press day for The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan and co-writer Jonathan Nolan explained how the end of their Batman trilogy was influenced by Charles Dickens‘ 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities.  The connection makes sense since all the marketing shows us a Gotham crumbling in a way that’s similar to the destruction in the days leading up to the French Revolution in Dickens’ novel.

Hit the jump for how the Nolans explained the intentional similarity between their movie and Dickens’ book.  The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th.

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