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AMC presents Unlimited ticket for infinite screenings of 'Interstellar'

Still wrestling with the twisty plot and brow-furrowing science of Interstellar?

Maybe you need to see it again—or three times—to wrap your head around Christopher Nolan’s trip into the final frontier (and the human heart!). Paramount and AMC Theatres have teamed up to make that easier: Cinephiles, sci-fi aficionados, and Nolan obsessives who are also AMC Stubs members can purchase an Interstellar Unlimited Ticket that is good for infinite screenings of the blockbuster. READ FULL STORY

Christopher Nolan explains reasoning behind 'Interstellar' sound

Couldn’t make out some of the dialogue in Interstellar? Good news: Your hearing is fine.

Director Christopher Nolan talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the use of sound in Interstellar and why some lines weren’t the easiest to hear. “There are particular moments in this film where I decided to use dialogue as a sound effect, so sometimes it’s mixed slightly underneath the other sound effects or in the other sound effects to emphasize how loud the surrounding noise is,” he said.
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Why 'Big Hero 6' beat 'Interstellar' at the box office

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Heading into last weekend’s box-office battle royale, the big new movies in wide release arrived as heavyweight contenders from opposing ends of the pop-cultural spectrum. In one corner, you had Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s $165 million sci-fi mind-trip—a 169-minute movie freighted with Big Ideas, serious actors, and sky-high commercial expectations thanks to months of mounting buzz. In the other corner: Big Hero 6. The CG-animated film, based on an obscure Marvel comic book, hit theaters with less name-brand recognition but substantially bolstered by its Disney pedigree—drafting on the blockbuster success of the studio’s 2013 smash Frozen.

One film was family-skewing, the other, fanboy-friendly. Interstellar basically monopolized the country’s IMAX theaters while Big Hero 6 made use of 3-D. According to pre-release audience awareness surveys, both movies were on track to do massive business. But when the box-office receipts were tallied, Big Hero 6 hauled in $56.2 million in its opening three days, handily edging out Interstellar’s $47.5 million gross for a surprise upset. READ FULL STORY

The science of 'Interstellar': A primer on black holes, wormholes, and more

Interstellar is sci-fi that goes heavy on the “fiction,” but still has a healthy dose of science—in part because Kip Thorne, a renowned astrophysicist, signed on as the film’s scientific advisor. Although this doesn’t mean Interstellar is 100 percent accurate, it does mean that it tries to be accurate when it can—and that some parts of the film run the risk of flying right over viewers’ heads.

Because we’re not all experts on wormholes, EW turned to some people who are to help explain what went on in the Interstellar universe: Mark Jackson, founder of Fiat Physica, and Fiona Harrison, a physics professor at California Institute of Technology (and one of the lead investigators on NASA’s NuSTAR black hole mission). The two talked to EW about black holes, wormholes, and why—spoiler alert—Cooper’s daughter is older than him by movie’s end.

This post discusses specific plot details of Interstellar.

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Critical Mass: 'Interstellar' aims for the stars

Interstellar features Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, but it’s the rare Hollywood film where the director is the unquestioned star. This is a Christopher Nolan joint, from its epic scope, its tangled storytelling gymnastics, and its unrivaled insistence on NSA-level control and pre-release secrecy. The director, who made his name with the backwards-running Memento, and burnished his reputation with the Dark Knight trilogy and the mind-bending Inception, goes all in with Interstellar, an ambitious tribute to the film that most inspired him: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. READ FULL STORY

Behind the scenes of the 'Interstellar' EW cover shoot with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain

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Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain shared a few Interstellar tidbits behind the scenes of the EW cover shoot for this week’s issuenamely, how they can’t really talk about what the movie’s about.

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Inside 'Interstellar,' Christopher Nolan's emotional space odyssey

They say we don’t go to outer space anymore. But Christopher Nolan is doing a pretty good job of faking it.

It’s October 2013, and we are on the set of code name Flora’s Letter, a.k.a. Interstellar, an epic sci-fi adventure that represents the beginning of the director’s post-Batman life. Working on the same soundstage where he once built a dank batty cave for Christian Bale to skulk in, the British-American helmer has constructed a starship to take Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway across the universe to find salvation for the human race. On screen that ship, the Endurance, will be composed of 12 interlocking pods. Right now it’s only three pods resting at a slant on a mammoth steel gimbal tilted at a 30-degree angle. It resembles a seesaw for giants. READ FULL STORY

New virtual reality exhibit gives users a peek inside the 'Interstellar' world

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In an impressive synergy of two of 2014′s most hyped projects, the game-changing virtual-reality platform Oculus Rift is pairing up with Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, Interstellar, to give people in a few cities a taste of both in the lead-up to the movie’s Nov. 5 release.

At a few select AMC Theatres with IMAX, people will get to strap on the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 goggles and check out the inside of a spacecraft, presumably like one viewers will see in the film. “Presumably” because Nolan has closely guarded the details of Interstellar, though trailers have helped fill in some of the blanks.

The “exhibit,” as the Rift experience is being called, doesn’t provide any more detail, but it is pretty awesome: Users sit in a recliner that responds to movement inside the Oculus and look through the goggles to see the interior of a spacecraft with an impressively large planet lurking outside the window. The entire environment is richly detailed, and the goggles allow users to look around in all directions to see what’s around them on the ship. There’s also an impressive zero-gravity portion and some floating objects that make great use of the Rift’s 3-D capabilities. The whole thing is over in a few minutes, though users could probably spend two or three times that looking around.

The exhibit tour kicked off in New York on Monday at the AMC Lincoln Square 13, where it will remain until Wednesday before hitting the road (dates below). It’s free and open to people from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

Oct. 6-8: New York, AMC Lincoln Square 13
Oct. 17-19: Houston, AMC Gulf Point 30
Oct. 25-27: Los Angeles, AMC City Walk
Nov. 5-19: Chantilly, Virginia, Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center

From 'Psycho' to 'Gone Girl': the best director/composer teams

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With this weekend’s release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010′s The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher’s work. The duo’s deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher’s trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found a sonic soulmate in Ross and Reznor’s scoring.

But what about the other great director/composer relationships in Hollywood history? What other composers have had their music strongly associated with a director’s work, so much so that you can’t picture a film without hearing the score?  READ FULL STORY

New 'Interstellar' TV spot clearly lays out the stakes

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Christopher Nolan is famous—some say infamous—for building trailers and teasers that are their own dramatic narratives—red herrings that preserve the surprises of the actual full-length film. But the new TV spot for Interstellar, which opens Nov. 7, clearly establishes the stakes that previous clips have alluded to. “Your daughter’s generation will be the last to survive on earth,” intones Nolan’s good-luck charm Michael Caine to Matthew McConaughey’s good ol’ boy pilot. “Find us a new home.”

“You may have to decide between seeing your children again, and the future of the human race,” says Anne Hathaway’s astronaut, who joins McConaughey’s pilot on a hail-Mary mission to find an inhabitable planet. READ FULL STORY

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