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Another Outstanding Fan-Made 'Interstellar' Timeline Infographic

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:48:39 +0000

"Our new home." Now that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) has been in theaters for over two weeks (which means we hope you've all seen it by now!), some great artwork and explanations are hitting the web. Last week we featured an excellent infographic timeline that nicely laid out the timeline as it intertwined with the plot of the film, following the crew of the Endurance as the embark on a mission to explore another galaxy. This new one, made by digital artist Sivakumar found on deviantArt, includes charming little sketches of the characters and the events that take place, really giving this a fresh, fun feel why making some sense of the plot. I really like this one, take a look. Oh and of course - spoilers! Here's the infographic from Siva Kumar explaining Christopher Nolan's Interstellar - click to see high res: I really love all the little touches. Notice the spoiler alert in the upper left ...

Watch: New Trailer for 'Kingdom of Dreams and Madness' Ghibli Doc

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:58:07 +0000

"As for me, I'm done making movies." Here's something to make you smile. GKids has released an official US trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary about legendary animation house Studio Ghibli in Japan. From director Mami Sunada, the doc provides an unprecedented inside look at the inner workings of Ghibli and the daily life of animator Hayao Miyazaki, who has officially retired from making features. I've seen this documentary and it's absolutely wonderful, I was refreshed and felt so happy by the end. There's a certain magic to Studio Ghibli and they capture some of that, then again I just could go on spending days watching footage of Miyazaki-san smile and laugh. This doc is a real gem - don't miss it. Here's the official US trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness doc, direct from GKids: Description: Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the ...

Review: 'Mockingjay - Part 1' Sets a Fine Stage for Superb Series' End

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:56:44 +0000

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, the first of a two-part finale wrapping up the beloved and lucrative Hunger Games franchise, is a stand-in representation of a number of rages in Hollywood. A dystopian future in which the people, under the control of a brutish government, are beginning to rebel? Check. A tough, female protagonist who finds her emotions torn between two men? Double check. Even the idea of splitting the final novel in Suzanne Collins' young adult series into two films is matching the current "way to do things." Despite its familiar tendencies, Mockingjay - Part I is a solid beginning, a fine launching point for the true finale yet to come, and for what it's worth, it's as entertaining as it is justified. Kicking off directly after the events of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay brings the series' reluctant hero, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), to the front of the resistance. Many of the people living in the districts of the future society ...

Watch: Take a Closer Look at the Science & Sound of 'Interstellar'

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:41:49 +0000

Though everyone will talking about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I after this weekend, there's still some life left in the discussion surrounding Interstellar. Whether it's about the quality of the film (especially when it comes to the sound mix) or an astrophysicist like Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the mysteries of the film's science, there's plenty to talk about. So how about we add some more fuel to the fire with Tyson talking about the science from the ending of the film (without spoiling the narrative side of things). And for an added bonus, there's also a SoundWorks Collection featurette looking at all the work that went into the various choices made in creating the sound effects and more, especially for IMAX. Watch! Here's Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the science of the end of Interstellar (via Movies.com): And here's the SoundWorks Collection featurette on the sound of Interstellar (via GeekTyrant): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the ...

'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock' is Channing Tatum's Directorial Debut

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:26:21 +0000

At one time, Smashed and The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt was going to adapt Matthew Quick's young adult novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. However, the project has switched hands and ended up in a surprising place as THR has learned that Channing Tatum will make his directorial debut with the film that follows the title character, a young man who heads out on his birthday with a gun in his backpack and a plan to kill his former best friend. However, he won't be alone because his producing partner Reid Carolin will co-direct the adaptation in addition to producing the film with Tatum as well. What makes this story interesting is that before Peacock goes through with his planned murder, followed by his own suicide, he spends his day saying goodbye to the four people he cares about the most: his Humphrey Bogart--obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a ...

Watch: Nicole Kidman Loses Her Kids in Aussie 'Strangerland' Trailer

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:04:38 +0000

Early next year, we'll see Nicole Kidman get a little evil by kidnapping the talking bear Paddington, and on the complete other end of the spectrum, there's Strangerland, a haunting thriller about a woman whose teenage kids go missing on the eve of a massive dust storm in the small Australian desert town of Nathgari. As red dust and darkness covers the town, the locals, including police officer David Rae (Hugo Weaving) try to help, but it soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them, and that's when fingers are pointed, and the situation escalates pretty quickly. This looks like a pretty intense thriller, and it's nice to see someone like Joseph Fiennes doing something promising again. Watch the trailer! Here's the Aussie trailer for Kim Farrant's Strangerland (via The Film Stage): Strangerland marks the directorial debut of Kim Farrant from a script written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matt Parker (Joseph Fiennes) have their lives shaken ...

'Dallas Buyers Club' Director Boards Amy Adams' Janis Joplin Biopic

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:45:24 +0000

For years now, Amy Adams has been more than a little interested in getting a biopic about iconic rock star Janis Joplin off the ground. Reports have been circling since 2010 when Fernando Meirelles (City Of God) was going to direct, and a couple years ago Lee Daniels boarded the film, back when it was being called Get It While You Can. However, now the film scripted by Ron & Theresa Terry is untitled and has a new director. Deadline reports it will be Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-March Vallee behind the camera, fresh off his buzzed work on Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, another likely Oscar contender. Read on! Previously, the project was said to only chronicle one day in the life of the singer of songs such as Piece of My Heart and Me and Bobby McGee. But maybe it will employ flashbacks on the day her drug addiction finally led to a heroin overdose at 27-years old. One thing's ...

'The Giver' Star Brenton Thwaites Joins 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:17:59 +0000

Production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is getting closer with a start date of February planned in Australia, and that means it's time for the cast to start surfacing. We already know Johnny Depp will be back as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush is also returning as Captain Barbossa with rumblings of Ian McShane possibly being back in the mix as well. New cast members include Javier Bardem as the film's villain, Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Sparrow, whom he holds responsible for the death of his brother, and now The Wrap has added The Giver star Brenton Thwaites. Details on Thwaites' character are sparse, but he'll be playing a British soldier named Henry. Maybe I'm reaching here, but Thwaites shares some prominent features with Orlando Bloom, who has also been rumored to re-enter the franchise as Will Turner again. Is there a chance that Thwaites could be playing some long-lost brother ...

Kevin Hart Gives Will Ferrell Cornrows on First Poster for 'Get Hard'

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:46:06 +0000

This week brought our first look at the forthcoming comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and it shows the latter comedian attempting to turn the former into a tough guy so he's prepared for prison after being convicted of a white collar crime. But the first poster for the film shows us something that we didn't see in the photos, and that's Ferrell getting cornrows in his bushy hair, courtesy of Hart. For those anxious to see how this comedy looks, the first trailer arrives next Tuesday evening, so stay tuned to see if Hart teaming up with Ferrell actually results in a solid comedy with big laughs. We're hoping for the best. Here's the first poster for Etan Cohen's Get Hard from Yahoo: Get Hard marks the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (writer of Men in Black III, Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy) with a script from Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (both writers of the series "Key & ...

Billy Boyd's 'The Hobbit' Song 'Last Goodbye' Debuts a Music Video

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:06:47 +0000

Last month we learned that Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd would sing for Middle Earth again by delivering the credits song for the final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit. The song is called "The Last Goodbye," and while the audio has been making the rounds online, we're glad we waited to call attention to the track itself until now. That's because a music video was just released for the song that is a big nostalgic trip for fans of both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises. Shots of Billy Boyd in the recording studio are intercut with footage from all the films, and it's rather touching. Watch! Click the image below to watch the exclusive music video for 'The Last Goodbye" from EW: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's ...

Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic' Trailer is Silliness & Pop Tunes

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:42:54 +0000

Just over a week ago, we were all surprised to learn of the existence of a new animated movie from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic that Disney was going to release through their Touchstone Pictures banner in January. Now the first trailer has arrived to show us why this film is getting a hasty, last minute promotional push and release. If "from the mind of George Lucas" isn't enough to turn you off in this day and age, the trailer should do it. This looks like a comedic version of Epic (which already wasn't a good animated movie) chock full of pop song covers. This just looks terrible and devoid of any charm. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Gary Rydstrom's Strange Magic, originally from Yahoo: Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (of the Pixar shorts Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation and Lifted) from a screenplay he wrote with David Berenbaum (Elf) and Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King), with the story ...

Bryce Dallas Howard Heads to Disney's Remake of 'Pete's Dragon'

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:57:32 +0000

When the first trailer for Jurassic World arrives next week, we'll likely get to see Bryce Dallas Howard in some capacity along with a peek at the new dinosaurs on the scene. But now that Howard has dealt with prehistoric specimens, she's ready to move on to mythical creatures. THR reports the Spider-Man 3 and The Help star is in talks to take a role in Disney's remake of the 1977 classic Pete's Dragon. The film already counts the legendary Robert Redford as part of the cast, along with child actors Oakes Fegley as the title boy and Broadway star Oona Laurence as his friend. So who will Howard play in the updated version of the tale? Well, the actress will be paying a forest ranger who finds the boy in the woods and doesn't believe his stories about a dragon who has raised him after his parents died in a car crash. While the original film was set in a ...

Warner Bros. Wants Josh Boone to Turn 'The Stand' into Four Movies

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:55:47 +0000

Back towards the beginning of the year, The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was tapped as the new director of Warner Bros. Pictures' gestating adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Stand. We'd heard that casting was eyeing Matthew McConaughey for a pivotal role in August, but since then there's been no word on any new names associated with the project. That may be because instead of a single film, the studio has decided they want Boone to make multiple films to properly adapt the novel. Boone revealed the change in plans on Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast, and this will be much bigger than originally thought. Here's what Boone said (via SlashFilm) about his initial version of the film he wanted to make: “I sold them on a single, three hour movie. I went and got [Stephen] King sold on it, everybody’s really excited…I told the story non-linear and that was the way I was able to compress that book and ...

Martin Freeman Joins Tina Fey & Margot Robbie in 'Taliban Shuffle'

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:26:35 +0000

This winter will bring the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, which kept Martin Freeman busy for awhile, and has given him a promotional tour to look forward to every year for three years. In the meantime, in between those publicity engagements, he had time for The World's End, a new series of "Sherlock" and the first season of the anthology series "Fargo." Now the actor finally has time for a different project on the big screen again as THR reports the British actor is in talks to join Tina Fey in Taliban Shuffle, the adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's war memoir of the same name. More below! For those who haven't heard of the book, here's the official synopsis: When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about ...

Review: 'Mockingjay Part 1' Gets the Fire Started, Time to Let It Rage

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:31:16 +0000

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Wait, wrong movie. I wish we could wait until next year to write about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, because it's a two-part finale and this first one really is just half of a movie. And while I have so much to say, I'm just as anxious to see it conclude properly before I really get into The Hunger Games series in-depth. However, we can't wait a year because Mockingjay - Part 1 is in theaters, and if you want that big screen experience now's the time to make the trip. Unfortunately, Mockingjay seems to be experiencing the same problems as Harry Potter, with the split forcing the story to be drawn out a bit too much taking away from the visceral experience that made the first two films so good. By now, most people are familiar with The Hunger Games series, however there is still that looming "young adult" Twilight-esque stigma hanging over ...

Check Out Secret Cinema's Incredible 'Back to the Future' Screening

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:05:28 +0000

Nowadays when people proclaim something as "the greatest of all-time," it's usually unsubstantiated hyperbole. But when I say what you're about to see looks like the undeniably greatest screening of Back to the Future of all-time, I mean it when every fiber of my being. You may remember over the summer that we heard about Secret Cinema's plans to rebuild Hill Valley in London for an outdoor screening of the time travel classic. Well, that event has come and gone, and now an incredible video of the event has surfaced showing off just how truly amazing and wondrous this screening was. Prepare to be amazed! Here's the amazing video recounting Secret Cinema's Back to the Future event (via SlashFilm): From the the fact that the movie itself is screened on the front of the clocktower to all of the recreation happening just below the film itself (something that frequently happens at Rocky Horror Picture Show events all the time), this is just ...

Summit Wants Tom Cruise to Mentor 'Highlander' in Movie Reboot

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:00:44 +0000

It's been over a year since visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was set to make his directorial debut on Highlander, a reboot of the film franchise of the same name that's set up at Summit Entertainment. Ryan Reynolds was once going to star in the film, but fell away from the project last summer. The hunt is still on to find someone to take the lead role, and they might get a boost to finding a big name, because The Wrap is looking to land a superstar for the role of Ramirez, the man who mentors and trains an immortal Scottish swordsman seeking revenge against a barbarian chasing him across time. Tom Cruise is currently the target to take the role of Ramirez, but one of Cruise's representatives said the actor is "one of many projects that come to him" but he's "far from talks" as far as progress goes towards taking the role. If anything, this is probably one of ...

Zach Braff May Direct Dustin Hoffman in Remake of 'Going in Style'

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:53:41 +0000

It took Zach Braff 10 years to get back behind the camera for his directorial effort Wish I Was Here, but it sounds like he's not waiting that long to do it again. Variety has word that the "Scrubs" star who has starred in both of his own films is looking to be at the helm of Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name starring George Burns. The project is set up at New Line, and Braff would replace Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) as director on the project if a deal can be solidified. Since I wasn't super impressed with his sophomore film, I'm not as excited for a new Braff film, but the cast certainly grabs my attention. Read on! Dustin Hoffman is currently in talks to join the already cast Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in the film about three retired men who decide to pull off a bank heist. In the original ...

Jason Reitman & Nick Hornby Teaming Up for New Bank Heist Film

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:17:50 +0000

He's headed back to Searchlight. After releasing his latest film Men, Women & Children this fall, filmmaker Jason Reitman is lining up projects to jump into next. THR has announced one of them that he's now attached to direct, an adaptation of the Texas Monthly true-life story I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family written by Skip Hollandsworth. The project was picked up by Fox Searchlight with Nick Hornby on the script. Reitman worked with Searchlight previously distributing his early films Juno and Thank You For Smoking. However, his most recent films – Up in the Air, Young Adult, Labor Day and Men, Women & Children – were all released by Paramount. Honestly I'm glad to see Reitman back at Searchlight yet again. The entire article can be read here on TexasMonthly.com, but the story behind "I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family" involves a "seemingly ordinary Texas family who pulled off two bold heists before they were caught ...

'Zoolander 2' Ready to Turn Left Again with Justin Theroux Directing

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:03:27 +0000

Ever since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was greenlit and unleashed in theaters last year, fans have been hoping that Paramount Pictures would also grant the same courtesy to Zoolander 2, the sequel to Ben Stiller's comedy favorite from 13 years ago. The film has been developing for years, and this year rumblings of it finally happening came from both co-star Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux, who was named as co-writer and director of the sequel back in 2010. Now Deadline reports the project has life again with Theroux still directing from his own script, and a sexy new co-star has popped up on the catwalk too. Penelope Cruz has signed on to star in the comedy sequel that will also see the return of Will Ferrell as crazy fashion designer Mugatu and Owen Wilson as Zoolander's formal rival Hansel (Owen Wilson). Previously we heard that the film would take place in real-time after the events of the first film and ...