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Wally Pfister Talks 'Transcendence' with LA Times: "If People Are Expecting Nolan Lite, I Think They'll Be Surprised"

Wally Pfister, best known as Christopher Nolan's Oscar winning cinematographer, will this year make his directorial debut with sci-fi actioner "Transcendence," arriving April 18 and starring Johnny Depp as an ailing scientist who downloads his brain into a supercomputer. Pfister sat down with the LA Times to talk his first time in the director's seat, getting advice from Nolan, navigating inevitable comparisons to Nolan, and more. Highlights below, plus the film's trailer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 1:16 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey

The first trailer for Christopher Nolan's upcoming and highly anticipated "Interstellar" has landed. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway.
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  • December 14, 2013 1:37 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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For Nolan's 'Interstellar,' Casey Affleck Joins McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain and Caine UPDATED

UPDATE: Casey Affleck is the latest to sign on to Christopher's Nolan's time-traveling "Interstellar," which currently has Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and Bill Irwin lined up. Affleck has been on a roll lately, with David Lowery's Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (August 16) and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," which Relativity is giving a confident Oscar push this coming awards season. "Interstellar" is set for a November 7, 2014 release.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 21, 2013 11:36 AM
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Who Should Direct Bond 24? Take Our Poll

Now that Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing "Bond 24," who should helm the follow-up to the billion-dollar "Skyfall"? The new MI6 table's been set with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and with no more rites of passage or existential crises to deal with, Daniel Craig's 007 is now fully formed and reporting for duty "with pleasure."
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
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Christopher Nolan's Top Ten Films for Criterion: Lang, Welles, Malick Make the Cut [Video]

Director Christopher Nolan has selected his Top Ten films for Criterion. His choices are varied, and the themes unsurprising: morality, mortality, life-or-death decisions, larger-than-life situations, and characters pushed to their total limits. The films he selected -- from Erich von Stroheim in 1924 and Orson Welles in 1955 to Terrence Malick in 1998 -- share ambition. Watch the trailers and clips from Nolan's selections below. The full list is here, published in the Criterion newsletter.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 30, 2013 6:57 PM
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Watch: 'Everything Wrong With the Dark Knight Rises' -- Nipple Beds and Death by Tickling

Check out this hilarious video on "Everything Wrong with 'The Dark Knight Rises' in 3 Minutes or Less." Problems include a nipple bed, Batman talking to himself in Batman voice and Bane "tickling a man to death offscreen."
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2013 1:06 PM
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Notes on 'The Dark Knight Rises,' from Sequels to Oscar Steakeaters

One thing we know about "The Dark Knight Rises." That it is the last film of its kind makes it all the more imperative that people see it. And I predict the numbers will be very strong this coming weekend, as there was a predictable damper on last week's attendance, due to the Colorado tragedy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 26, 2012 4:29 PM
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Christopher Nolan Releases Statement on Colorado Shootings

"The Dark Knight Rises" writer-director Christopher Nolan released a statement Friday on the Colorado shooting tragedy:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2012 7:41 PM
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'The Dark Knight Rises' Racks Up $30 Million, Second-Highest Midnight Show Gross Ever Marred by Colorado Tragedy

With 3,825 midnight shows, Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” racked up an impressive $30.64 million – topping the $18.7 million of Disney’s “The Avengers” and marking the second-highest gross from midnight shows on a film debut in history. Only Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” grossed more with $43.5 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 20, 2012 2:44 PM
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