Rumor: Matthew McConaughey Might Play the Villain In THE STAND Movies

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It’s with a giant grain of salt that we report on the possibility of Matthew McConaughey taking on the role of Randall Flagg in writer/director Josh Boone‘s upcoming four film adaptation of Stephen King‘s epic novel, The Stand.  I would absolutely love it if this were true, and it may very well be, since McConaughey is currently doing the best work of his career and would absolutely kill in the role of the charismatic, powerfully evil cowboy.  In fact, if you’re going to go big and get get names, I can’t see why you wouldn’t at least go out to him first.

Hit the jump for more on Matthew Mcconaughey possibly playing Randall Flagg in The Stand. Whether or not it happens, it’s a good piece of fan casting at the very least.  Warner Bros. should back the money truck up to his house.

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.

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.

Matthew McConaughey and Director Gary Ross Teaming Up for Civil War Drama FREE STATE OF JONES

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There is no end in sight for the McConaissance, it seems.  Mattthew McConaughey has been on an incredible roll as of late, between True Detective, winning an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, and now leading a sci-fi epic from one of the most autonomous filmmakers working today with Interstellar.  McConaughey recently finished filming Gus Van Sant’s introspective drama The Sea of Trees, but now he’s lining up another big project that sounds mighty fascinating: Free State of Jones.  The project has been around for some time now, but director Gary Ross—who has yet to make a follow-up feature after The Hunger Games—is securing financing for the Civil War drama, and McConaughey has entered talks to topline the film as the leader of one of the war’s greatest rebellions.  More after the jump.

INTERSTELLAR Review

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“Except Christopher Nolan“.  That’s the cinephile’s refrain for a blockbuster marketplace that won’t accept any bold, original ideas.  No one gets to make a blockbuster film unless it’s based on a pre-existing material…Except Christopher Nolan.  Inception embodied this ideal, and following the conclusion of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Nolan was free to travel to anywhere he wanted to go.

His latest destination is Interstellar, a film that certainly breaks away from the traditional blockbuster in the sense of its visuals and turning scientific concepts like relativity, gravity, and time distortion into understandable dramatic plot points.  Unfortunately, for all of the movie’s grandeur, the voyage is constantly beset with clunky exposition, stilted dialogue, maudlin sentiment, and thinly-drawn characters.  Nolan has the power to go wherever he wants, but he leaves the most valuable parts of his story in the dust.

5 New INTERSTELLAR Featurettes Highlight Christopher Nolan’s Preference for Practical Effects; Plus 2 TV Spots

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It’s almost time.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm IMAX tomorrow and then everywhere else on November 7th.  There are some questionable story components, but overall, Interstellar is wildly engaging and entertaining, and goes above and beyond in many respects, like with its visuals.  You want to feel like you’re visiting planets in another galaxy?  Interstellar can do that for you and it’s probably because of Christopher Nolan’s dedication to creating authentic atmospheres on set and doing as much in camera as possible.

Five new Interstellar featurettes just surfaced offering up a behind-the-scenes peek at how Nolan made his stars feel like they’re trapped in a dust storm, zipping through space, traversing icy planets and more.  Hit the jump to check those out and two new TV spots as well.  Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine and John Lithgow.

Oscar Beat: The Best Actor Race at a Glance

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Every year in the awards race, it seems like the Best Actor field is the most crowded category.  That is certainly the case with this current crop of contenders, as there is no shortage of formidable talents vying for one of the five Best Actor Oscar slots.  While it’s still a tad early to start talking about possible winners, there’s plenty to discuss with regards to chances of being nominated.  The contenders range from well-respected underdogs to recent winners, and yes, spoiler alert, many of them are playing real people.  After the jump, I take a look at the Best Actor race at a glance in this edition of Oscar Beat.

First INTERSTELLAR Clip Shows Why You Don’t Want to Insult Space Travel in Front of Matthew McConaughey

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The first Interstellar clip has gone online.  Director Christopher Nolan wrote the screenplay based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), and 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 habitable.  In this clip, McConaughey’s character sits down with an ignorant and cynical school administrator, and proceeds to quietly play his trump card in explaining why space travel is in important.

Hit the jump to check out the Interstellar clip.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentlyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

Early Reviews for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR: A Winning Epic, But Far From Perfect

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Interstellar’s November 7th release date is fast approaching and the early reviews are pouring in.  The highly anticipated Christopher Nolan film stars Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, a former NASA test pilot who is asked to join the Lazarus mission and leave Earth behind to find a new life-sustaining planet for mankind.

There’s been talk of Interstellar being an Oscar contender and while there is high praise for the film all-around, it also seems as though “hokey contrivances” and “a ruptured script” could keep it from earning Nolan his first Academy Award win, or another nomination for that matter.  Hit the jump for snippets from the early Interstellar reviews in circulation right now.  The film also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet and Matt Damon.

Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey Talk INTERSTELLAR Secrets, Sci-Fi Ambitions, and CG Hurdles in Lengthy Interview

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The release of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar is finally within arm’s reach, and as the date looms closer we’re starting to hear much more from Nolan himself and his impressive cast about how the project came together, the experience of making it, and the extent to which Nolan grounded the space-centered film in reality.  All of this and more is touched on during a lengthy roundtable interview with Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway in the latest issue of THR, and we’ve taken the liberty of gathering up some of the highlights from the fascinating and somewhat revealing conversation.

Hit the jump to see what they had to say about Nolan’s long-standing fascination with sci-fi, his first meeting with McConaughey, tackling large-scale CG effects, and more.  The film opens in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

Head to Space with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in 7 New INTERSTELLAR Images

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A collection of new Interstellar images from director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi epic have landed online, hot on the heels of some pretty interesting comments from Nolan himself saying the film marks a specifically unique entry in his filmography.  Nolan wrote the screenplay for Interstellar based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), and 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 habitable.  There seems to be plenty of culturally relevant themes at play here, as Interstellar’s Earth is one that has been rendered uninhabitable after years of pollution and destruction at the hands of, well, us.  Most interestingly, though, is the fact that Nolan is essentially telling a father/daughter story, and I’m curious to see how he grounds the film with this strong emotional center.

Hit the jump to take a look a these new Interstellar images, which thankfully don’t reveal too much.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentlyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

Rumor: Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and More on Marvel’s Short List for DOCTOR STRANGE

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There have been a lot of Doctor Strange casting rumors over the last few months, but now there’s a new report claiming that Marvel is still assessing a short list and that that short list currently includes Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke.

Per usual, nothing is official and we must treat this as a rumor, but after those negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix broke down, it makes sense for the studio to take a step back and assess the other options.  Hit the jump for additional details on each one.

New INTERSTELLAR Trailer Says Goodbye to Our Solar System

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We’ve been loading up on Interstellar promotional material lately and Paramount just topped it all off with an especially riveting new trailer.  Matthew McConaughey recently described the film as “the grandest adventure I think any of us will ever see on film,” and based on what we get in this promo, I’m inclined to agree.  We’ve been trying to put the pieces of the narrative together since day one and even though this trailer answers more questions and reveals more story information than ever, it winds up sparking so much more curiosity and intrigue in the process.  We caught a glimpse of it in one of those new TV spots, but the detail that still catches my eye is that robot walking around the planet with McConaughey’s character and his team.

Hit the jump to check it out for yourself in the brand new Interstellar trailer.  The film arrives in theaters in 35mm and 70mm IMAX on November 5th (click here to find out your closest film projection location) and everywhere else on November 7th, and also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet and Matt Damon.

INTERSTELLAR to Screen in Select Theaters Three Days Early?

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until Friday, November 7th, but apparently some folks will be seeing it three days early because there are theaters in Los Angeles that are selling tickets to IMAX screenings beginning at 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 4th.

It’d make sense for Paramount to hold midnight showings the night before the big debut, but three days early is another story.  If this is the real deal, it’s surprising the studio hasn’t made an official announcement about this yet.  Hit the jump for more on these Interstellar early showings.  The film stars Matthew McConaugheyAnne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet and Matt Damon.

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