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'The Butler' & 'Red Tails' Star David Oyelowo Joins Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 5:39 PM
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It looks like the birthday boy isn't taking a moment to rest. Celebrating his 43rd birthday, Christopher Nolan will have to blow out the candles a little later, because right now he's continuing to add names to his already massive cast for "Interstellar."

Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan! Watch 20-Minute 'Charlie Rose' Episode With The Director For 'Batman Begins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 2:57 PM
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It would seem that Christopher Nolan is one of the few top-tier directors to have made nary a misstep in his career. While our retrospective from about a year ago, perhaps controversially, argues that his weakest films were "Following" and "Batman Begins," even in those cases they weren't outright failures and still offered many of the techniques, motifs and trademarks that he has established consistently across a strong brace of films. Up next for the director is his secretive (naturally) sci-fi "Interstellar," but before he starts work on that next month he's got one thing to get out of the way first. Blowing out his birthday candles.

6 Things You Can Likely Expect From Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman & Batman’ Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2013 7:19 PM
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superman and batman
OK, we’re finally catching up with this near-exhausting week. Last weekend at Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. unveiled a huge bombshell. Nope, not a “Man Of Steel” sequel or a “Justice League” movie. Instead they unexpectedly went laterally and announced an untitled “Superman and Batman” film (perhaps much to the lament of pure Superman fans who are probably still reeling from the fact that the masked crimefighter just hijacked a second “Man Of Steel” right out from under them).

Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Expands Orbit To Include Wes Bentley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 4:29 PM
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Okay, we get it. If you want to make an original sci-fi movie these days—or an original anything—you need to cast big name stars to convince studios to part with their cash. So, Christopher Nolan has done just that, lining up Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn and John Lithgow to star in "Interstellar." All people we love too, so yeah sounds awesome. Then he started filling out the supporting cast with some...interesting...choices including "Twilight" actress Mackenzie Foy, "Homeland" actor Timothee Chalamet and "That '70s Show" guy Topher Grace. It's all looking pretty monochromatic here, and that's not changing.

What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 3:34 PM
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What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face
This weekend at Comic-Con Warner Bros dropped a bombshell: instead of announcing a sequel to this summer's "Man of Steel" (or a full-on "Justice League" movie), they revealed they would instead be bringing a Batman/Superman team-up movie to the big screen. Once again overseen by the "Man of Steel" team of director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer (with Christopher Nolan taking a distant executive producer role this time around) the movie will likely retain much of the "Man Of Steel" cast (including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne), while folding in a presumably new Batman mythology. What they didn’t say was who would be putting on the cape and cowl. Let the speculation begin!

Warner Bros. Will Follow Up 'Man of Steel' With A Superman & Batman Movie For 2015

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2013 12:58 PM
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Superman & Batman Movie For 2015
This is unexpected news. Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel isn't until later today, but apparently some major news is about to be announced. The L.A. Times' Hero Complex blog is reporting that the studio has decided what their follow-up film to "Man Of Steel" is going to be, and not it's not a Superman sequel or a "Justice League" film. According to the newspaper's blog, WB intends to announce a film that features Superman and Batman together; a team-up movie as it were. A 2015 release is being eyed. Update: A "Flash" movie is being eyed for 2016, and a "Justice League" movie for 2017.

10 Great Modern Day Actor/Director Collaborations

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 17, 2013 2:17 PM
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10 Actor/Director Collaborations
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman and half his repertory including Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, Werner Herzog and his toxic relationship with Klaus Kinski, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart—no matter what time period of movies you look at, no matter whether it be high or low art, the classic collaborations are countless.

Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow & More Go Down The Wormhole For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 16, 2013 1:39 PM
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The stars continue to align for Christopher Nolan's upcoming sci-fi epic "Interstellar." Already with the likes of Matthew McConaughy, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, and Bill Irwin on board, the supporting cast is rounding out with Ellen Burstyn, "Twilight" actress Mackenzie Foy, and "Homeland" actor Timothee Chalamet. This will be Burstyn and Foy’s second project together, the first being the recently wrapped indie "Wish You Well."

Wishful Thinking? Jason Statham Would Like To Work With Christopher Nolan & Martin Scorsese

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2013 11:23 AM
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Let's face it, Jason Statham's catalog isn't exactly a deep well of varied, nuanced performances in films of varied subtext and substance. As he says quite candidly to This Is Lancashire, "I make a lot of films that don't have much depth to them - they're more like popcorn movies." Very true. But last week Statham showed a bit more actorly muscle in "Redemption" (our review), playing a ex-military solider, and emotionally damaged homeless man, and he's been greeted with good reviews for his work which required less punching than usual (though there still is punching). Could he be setting his sights higher for future gigs? Seems so.

Batman Returns: 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Gets Another Boxset With New Featurettes, Toys & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 4:30 PM
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Is this a double dip or a triple dip? Maybe somewhere in between? You already own all the films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Or maybe you waited and sprung for the "The Dark Knight" Trilogy Limited Edition (lol) Giftset last year. Well, Warner Bros. wants to pry a few more Bat-dollars out of superfans, so they are taking one more crack at the apple...

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