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Christopher Nolan Kept the Plot of INTERSTELLAR a Secret from Hans Zimmer

Friday, April 11th, 2014


It’s no secret that director Christopher Nolan only lets us know what he wants us to know while he’s making a movie.  In the case of Interstellar we still don’t know too much more than it has wormholes and 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”.  Take that in for a moment if you have to.

Well it turns out Nolan’s go-to-composer, Hans Zimmer, didn’t even know that much before he began work on the film’s score.  Speaking with British GQ (via WDEF), Zimmer said:

“All I will say is this: before I began, last January, Chris said to me, ‘Hans, I will write one page of text for you. And you will give me just one day. Just write whatever comes to you from this one single page.  It [the page] wasn’t about the film… in a peculiar way, what Chris wrote down that day, and what he wanted from me, had more to do with my story than the plot of the movie. He knows how to get under my skin. That’s the game we play.”

That is a strange form of collaboration isn’t it?  Well if Nolan does that with him often it’s working, because Nolan’s films have had some seriously notable scores from Zimmer including Inception and The Dark Knight.  I’d love to see what was on that one page though.

Interstellar opens on November 7 and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi and Matt Damon.

Watch the trailer here.  Try and figure out what it’s about here.  Notice that it’s on our movies to see in 2014 list here.

A Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

Saturday, December 14th, 2013


The first trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar is here and it’s quite the tease.  The sci-fi flick stars a stellar (ah?) cast and is believed to involve “time travel” and “alternate dimensions”, so that’s awesome.  The film features a team of space travelers going through a newly discovered wormhole on a voyage through to transcend previous limitations on human space travel.

The project began development in June 2006 when Paramount Pictures and filmmaker Steven Spielberg announced plans for a science fiction film based on a treatment by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist.  That fact among others you can read in our “What is Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar?” post.

The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, Timothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.

Interstellar opens November 7, 2014.


What Is Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013


When a Christoper Nolan movie is set to be released, it’s safe to say anticipation is high.  The directors track record is one of the best of the last fifteen years, he’s making great movie is what I’m getting at.  His next film is Interstellar, and while a lot of what the movie end up being is still up for speculation, we do know a few things that lead us to believe he’s once again in line to make something great.

The plot is believed to involve “time travel” and “alternate dimensions”, so that’s awesome.  The film features a team of space travelers going through a wormhole, when the wormhole is newly discovered, a team of explorers embark on a voyage through it to transcend previous limitations on human space travel.  It’s said to be based mainly on the scientific theories and script treatment of renowned theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne.

This will be Christopher Nolan’s  first major film project since completing his Batman trilogy and “taking a break” when he produced Man of Steel.  Interstellar will be filmed with a combination of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography. Principal photography began in August 2013 in Alberta, Canada.

nolan-rottenRecently it became known that Matt Damon will be playing a minor role in Interstellar, as he’ll only be on set for two weeks in Iceland out of the four month shoot.  The actor joins an incredible cast as you can see below.

Release date: November 7, 2014
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, John Lithgow.

The Fort Macleod Gazette is reporting that the movie details the toll climate change has taken on agriculture, with corn the last crop to be cultivated. The scientists embark on a journey through a worm hole into other dimensions in search of somewhere other crops can be grown.

In regards to how this project came to be and how the likes of Friday the 13th and South Park are related, let’s take a look:

  • The project began development in June 2006 when Paramount Pictures and filmmaker Steven Spielberg announced plans for a science fiction film based on a treatment by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist.
  • By March 2007, Jonathan Nolan was hired to write a screenplay for Interstellar.
  • In January 2013, Christopher Nolan entered negotiations with Paramount and Warner Bros. to direct Interstellar.
  • By the following March, Nolan was confirmed to direct Interstellar, which would be produced under his label Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions.
  • Though Paramount and Warner Bros. are traditionally rival studios, Warner Bros., who released Nolan’s Batman films and works with Nolan’s Syncopy, sought a stake in Nolan’s production of Interstellar for Paramount. Warner Bros. agreed to give Paramount its rights to co-finance the next film in the Friday the 13th horror franchise and to have a stake in a future film based on the TV series South Park.

Here are some set pics:


Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns Oscar Buzz Edition Parts 1 & 2

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns is back with a new Oscar Buzz Edition featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, Bradley Cooper and another special guest from Lincoln.

You can watch Part 1 and 2 below!


2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


That’s really all I have to say about the nominations, Ben Affleck got snubbed.  Argo was one of the best movies of the year and he didn’t get nominated for directing (although it’s up for Best Picture).  Don’t take this year’s nominations seriously; Flight got a nomination for writing.

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, check out the nominations below:


Final Trailer for ZERO DARK THIRTY

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012


Here is the final trailer for director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, which has been getting a lot of attention due in part to Chastain’s performance.  Chastain is all over this trailer which has some new footage and a great cover version of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters by the Scala and Kolacny Brothers children’s choir.

Zero Dark Thirty also stars Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton and James Gandolfini.

The film opens in limited release on December 19th, then expands nationwide on January 11th.

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man.


First Trailer for MAMA Presented by Guillermo del Toro

Thursday, September 13th, 2012


Creepy little girls, well that’s just great.  The trailer is just missing a slow motion skip-rope scene to keep me up tonight.  Mama is a movie produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a couple who takes in two sisters discovered living alone in the woods five years after the mysterious death of their parents.

If supernatural scares are your thing, you will enjoy this one.  Guillermo del Toro doesn’t disappoint as director ( Pan’s Labyrinth) or producer (The Orphanage) which is another factor to consider.

Check out the first trailer for Mama below, the movie has a January 13th, 2013 release date.


Red-Band Trailer for LAWLESS Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012


Lawless is looking better and better, this new trailer pretty much hits it on the head with just what it’s going to offer moviegoers.  There’s blood, guns, and even a tar and feathering.  That’s the Depression-era for you, and the bootlegging Bondurant brothers are the ones you have to look out for.

Lawless stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Gary Oldman.  The film opens August 31st.


Teaser Trailer Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden Movie ZERO DARK THIRTY

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is back with Zero Dark Thirty, the movie will looks at the story behind the story of Osama bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011 during an operation by the Navy’s SEAL Team Six.  The good thing about this one is they look to be putting the focus on the team that took him down rather than the political motions that took place.

Some folks would like to throw their hands in the air because this is happening so close to election time, just wave back if you see that happening.  The movie opens December 19th.

Zero Dark Thirty was written by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and stars Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Kyle Chandler.


Another Trailer for LAWLESS Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Guy Pearce

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

tom-hardy-lawlessWhen it was going with its original title The Wettest County in the World I said Lawless was one of the movies to see in 2012.  Now with a title change and two nice trailers [first] behind it, it’s a must see movie of 2012.

Here’s the new trailer for director John Hillcoat’s crime drama starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy as brothers who become bootleggers in the South during Prohibition.  I didn’t mention him yet, but Guy Pearce looks like a force in this movie.  He can play the part of a prick pretty well can’t he?

The film also stars Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, and Dane DeHaan.

Lawless opens on August 31st.