Much of Interstellar may still be shrouded in mystery, but one thing is clear: Matthew McConaughey’s engineer is front and center on a venture into space to save Earth.
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Comic-Con fans may want to spin a top to make sure they’re not dreaming: The man behind Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy, Christopher Nolan, made his first-ever appearance at the San Diego fan convention Thursday to show off his upcoming sci-fi epic Interstellar.
Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean introduced the film’s leading man, Matthew McConaughey, to the crowd of more than 6,000 con-goers packed into the event’s fabled Hall H—the biggest venue at the biggest entertainment gathering of the year. After coaxing some cheers from the audience, responding with his signature “Alright, alright, alright …” the Oscar winner then welcomed Nolan to the stage. READ FULL STORY
• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]
• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book about the marketing maven who created the Tupperware home party strategy, thus making the household item a household name. The Help director Tate Taylor will write and direct the film for Sony Pictures. [The Wrap]
• Michael Caine has joined Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest), the film follows an immortal witch hunter partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity. Breck Eisner (Sahara) will direct for Lionsgate, with a script by Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt) and the additional help of D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club). [THR]
• Naomi Watts is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal for Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee‘s next film, Demolition. Watts would play a single mother who begins a relationship with Gyllenhaal’s character, a young investment banker struggling to deal with the tragic death of his wife. Bryan Sipe (Alpha Mail) will pen the script. [The Wrap]
• Idris Elba may reunite with his RocknRolla director Guy Ritchie for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The reimagining of the English myth from Warner Brothers will feature a script from Joby Harold (Awake) with the title role yet to be cast. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star will reportedly play Bedivere, Arthur’s father’s right-hand man who teaches the future King to lead an army. [THR]
• Former TV wrestling diva Trish Stratus and veteran Canadian actor Saul Rubinek (Unforgiven) have both joined the cast of the Canadian action-thriller Gridlocked from director Allan Ungar (Tapped Out), playing a lead SWAT team member and Hollywood agent respectively. [THR]
The first movie that comes to mind after watching the first revealing trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is Contact. No, Matthew McConaughey doesn’t play a hunky spiritual philosopher like he did in that 1997 film, but his hunky rural engineer has a special bond with his daughter not unlike the one shared by Jodie Foster and David Morse. This time, the roles are reversed, though, with the father rocketing through time and space.
In the clip, audiences finally learn the stakes driving Nolan’s latest movie, which he wrote with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. Basically, the Earth is running out of food, as environmental change seemingly has transformed the planet into a giant dust-bowl. “We must confront the reality that nothing in our solar system… can help us,” says Michael Caine’s professor, who aims to recruit McConaughey’s Coop for a vital mission. “We’re not meant to save the world; we’re meant to leave it.”
We’ll have to wait longer to understand why McConaughey is chosen, but he reluctantly volunteers to be one of the interstellar astronauts (along with Anne Hathaway) sent into the void to save mankind. Will he make it back to his daughter, Murphy?
Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is cloaked in the director’s typical veil of secrecy, but the new poster for the Earth-based science-fiction film at least sets the tone with the tagline “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”
The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Ellen Burstyn, is rumored to be about space exploration through time-jumping wormholes. READ FULL STORY
Christopher Nolan chats 3-D, 'Interstellar,' and his newfound love for Matthew McConaughey at CinemaCon
Christopher Nolan has never been one to reveal much in interviews, especially ones conducted while he’s in the middle of post-production on a film. So it’s lucky Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy got as much out of the secretive director, who is currently finishing up his first cut of his new film Interstellar, as he did during the CinemaCon lunch Wednesday.
What we did learn: Nolan is holding steadfast in his commitment to shooting on film, despite the industry’s overwhelming conversion to digital projection. (In fact, Paramount Pictures — the distributor of Nolan’s film — is making an exception by releasing the movie in film and digital. Most of its other releases will debut only in the high-tech format.)
Also, Nolan is not yet convinced of 3-D movies, primarily because he believes it limits “the shared audience experience.” However, the director was particularly impressed by Baz Luhrmann’s use of the extra dimension in The Great Gatsby. “I thought the 3-D was an absolutely extraordinary thing to see,” he said during the lunch, attended primarily by theater owners and technology companies. “My resistance to 3-D is what I think is right for the things I want to make.”
Nolan — who has cast Matthew McConaughey in his upcoming space story, due Nov. 7 — says he was convinced of the recent Academy Award winner’s range after seeing an early cut of his work in Jeff Nichols’ 2012 film Mud. “I admired him as a movie star and I knew he was a good actor, but I didn’t know how much potential he had until I saw that early cut. It was a transformative performance,” he says.
While Nolan wouldn’t reveal much about what McConaughey’s character does in his upcoming movie, he did say he “plays an everyman, someone who is relatable, someone the audience could experience the extraordinary events of the film with.”
And hiring McConaughey made this year’s Oscar season a bit more conflicted for the director, who reminded the audience that he had worked with three of the five Best Actor nominees in his past movies: McConaughey, Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), and Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception). “I didn’t know who to root for,” he said with a laugh.
While spare with the details, Nolan’s new film seems to be bringing out the nostalgia in the 43-year-old director. Raised in both the U.S. and London, he remembers seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey when he was 7 years old and it being an indelible experience. “I remember the feeling of magnitude and otherworldly experience. I remember the feeling of how big the screen was,” he says. “I had no idea what the film meant, but I had this extraordinary time being taken away to another world.”
That experience clearly stayed with the director, who said he wanted to re-create the tone of “the golden age of blockbusters” that he experienced when he was a child.
“Family film [back then] could be very broad-based and universal in its appeal. It’s something I want to see again, in terms of the tone of the film. It’s not just a film that someone watches, but has an experience. It harkens back to films I grew up with — films that took me to the place I had never imagined.”
First-time nominee Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, the role for which he lost a great amount of weight to play a man who battled AIDS for seven years after being told he had only 30 days to live. McConaughey beat out fellow nominees Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
After a prolonged kiss from his wife, Camila Alves, and a kiss on the cheek from DiCaprio, McConaughey took the stage to thank the 6,000 members of the Academy, as well as the other nominees. He then spoke about the three things that he needs each day: Something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase. McConaughey continued on to thank God, his father — who’s dancing in his underwear up in heaven with some gumbo — his mother, and his wife and kids, who are “the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me.” Through tear-filled eyes, McConaughey ended by talking about his “someone to chase.” He spoke about continuing to strive to be his own hero, 10 years at a time.
He wrapped things up with a little “Alright, alright, alright,” and his life motto: “Just keep living.”
In decades of tracking the Academy Awards, I honestly can’t recall any category, in any year, when a race was as fiercely, thrillingly white-hot competitive as this year’s Best Actor race. Just think about it: Not one, not two, not three, but four of the nominees each stands a very real chance of winning. Consider each scenario, and you’ll realize it’s true. When Jennifer Lawrence gets up to present the Best Actor award and tears open that envelope, if she ends up saying, “And the Oscar goes to…Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave,” it will not be a shock, because Ejiofor, playing a man who endures the torments of the damned, and must hold in his emotions (even as he shows them to us), and must somehow, on top of all that, figure out a way to keep his faith burning, has been justly acclaimed for being incredible beyond words in that movie. If Lawrence says, “And the Oscar goes to…Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club,” it will not be a shock, because McConaughey, this year, is the official front-runner, and has been justly coronated for giving a tough, sinewy, moving, and anger-singed performance that is widely viewed as the culminating act of his 20-year career in Hollywood. READ FULL STORY
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