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Over the weekend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hosted the Scientific & Technical Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There, one award given out was the Merit Award, on behalf of the technicians who have built and operated film laboratories.

Christopher Nolan, known as an advocate of shooting on film, presented the award, and his comments will be like poetry to those who favor film over digital. Watch his presentation below. Read More »

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Paramount made waves earlier this month when they announced that they would no longer release movies on film, becoming the first major studio to go all-digital. Except, it turns out, they’re not quite going all-digital. The company still plans to make rare exceptions for select pictures, including Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. More details after the jump.

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Why We Go To The Sundance Film Festival

NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013 and have updated it for 2014.

The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?

More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?

For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.

Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »

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“Our destiny lies above us.” Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, Interstellar, will be out in November 2014 but the first teaser trailer is out now. Watch it below.

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‘Interstellar’ Website Goes Live

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Briefly: That image above is the first real thing we’ve got to represent Christopher Nolan‘s new film Interstellar. With the trailer coming soon (tomorrow night in front of The Hobbit, we’re told, and probably online right around the same time) you can bet we’ll have a lot more in the next few days.

For now you can watch the official website, or subscribe to the Facebook or Twitter feeds, which will hopefully soon offer something more than that stark logo. Given that the site promises the trailer, you know where to watch for that first footage.

Note: we’ve heard from some people outside the US that are having trouble accessing the Interstellarmovie.com domain — as of now it is working for IPs in the US, but beyond that we can’t say.

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Briefly: Our first glimpse at Christopher Nolan‘s post-Batman film, Interstellar, is coming incredibly soon. Though the sci-fi exploration film doesn’t open until November 7, 2014, the first trailer will reportedly be attached to Warner Bros. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 13. That trailer runs one minute and 43 seconds long.

Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck and John Lithgow. [The Film Stage]

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Leading up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises, it was easily the most anticipated film in the past five years. Fans and sites like ours scoured around every day looking for new materials and answers to the questions we had about the film. Christopher Nolan knew that. And he also knew the film had some big surprises in store. To help preserve them, especially the fate of Bruce Wayne in the eyes of Gotham City, Nolan ended up filming the scene outside Wayne Manor with different props, and unnecessary actors on set, just so anyone who may or may not have been spying would have no idea what was really going on.

Below, watch a video and read more. Read More »

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Christopher Nolan and IMAX have become almost synonymous. The director uses the large format like no one else, shooting several of his films with IMAX film cameras to make them feel simultaneously bigger and more intimate. He’s the only director shooting true IMAX who uses it both for his big action scenes and emotional close-ups. No one pushes the IMAX format like Mr. Nolan.

Now he’s pushing it even further. A member of Nolan’s VFX team tweeted (then removed) an image of a Learjet with an IMAX camera installed in the nose. It’s being used to capture photography for Interstellar, Nolan’s 2014 space film starring Matthew McConaughey. Check it out below. Read More »

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