From the first screenings of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, you could hear the controversy coming. Audiences in different cities complained about the sound in the film. Nolan’s mix, or something in the presentation, resulted in several lines of dialogue – seemingly important lines – being blown out by sound effects and music. Was this an artistic choice by Nolan? Or was it the fault of individual theaters?
/Film reported on the sound issues, and as the story spread over days, no one would comment. Not Nolan’s camp, not Paramount Pictures and not IMAX. The only update was from one theater in upstate New York, which blamed Nolan for the sound. Now, finally, Nolan has responded to the controversy. Does he accept blame? Does he even think there’s a problem? Read Nolan’s quotes about the Interstellar sound problems below. Read More »
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Over a week after our story about the sound problems in some theaters for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, neither Nolan’s camp or anyone from a major theater chain has offered any kind of explanation. It remains a mystery everywhere…except for one theater in upstate New York. They say it’s Christopher Nolan’s fault.
A patron of the Cinemark Tinseltown USA and IMAX in Rochester, NY tweeted an image of a sign posted outside theater. The sign says their sound system is fine and it was Christopher Nolan’s mix that’s the problem. Once news of the sign made it into the public, it was quickly taken down, but you can see it below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Be sure to read an analysis of The Force Awakens, learn what’s wrong with Interstellar nitpicking pieces, read a sobering take on the economics of movie reviews and check out David’s new Youtube page (and his cover of “Time” from Inception). Special guest Matt Singer joins us from ScreenCrush.
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Yesterday, I told you how astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to CBS News and Twitter to praise the scientific accuracy of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. This surprised many people because Tyson was very critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, even narrating a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. But Neil deGrasse Tyson is not without questions, and has returned to list nine mysteries that have been bothering him. What logic holes keep Tyson up at night? Hit the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
There’s no question that Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is fictional, but how fictional is it? That’s been one of the points of debate surrounding the sci-fi epic, with people like astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson weighing on the plausibility of its science.
For his part, though, Nolan himself doesn’t seem at all bothered by the criticism. He says he’s “fine” with his films being held to “a weirdly high standard,” and points out the obvious fact that “much of it is speculation.” Hit the jump to Nolan’s comments on the science of Interstellar.
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These days, so many of us get on the Internet with one thing in mind: More Star Wars. Since October of 2013 when it was announced that Episode VII of the Star Wars saga was coming, many of us spend every day, at least partially, thinking about it. With just over a year to go until release, this has begun to speed up, especially with rumors of a first trailer coming and the official title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It’s pretty obvious numerous famous filmmakers are also in this boat. Star Wars was as influential and formative for them as it was all of us. But few would guess Christopher Nolan, director of Interstellar, would fly his flag for Star Wars fandom. We knew he liked the films and was influenced by them but, in a new interview, he says he “lives and dies with each new bit of information about ‘Star Wars.’”
Below, read Nolan’s thoughts on The Force Awakens including whether or not he would’ve had the courage to make the film. Read More »
Update: We have updated with video of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the scientific accuracy of Interstellar.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity in the past, and in particular, some of the film’s scientific inaccuracies. He even narrated a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. So what did Tyson think of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar? The Cosmos host took to twitter to praise some of the film’s ambitions and scientific accuracy. Hit the jump to read the Neil deGrasse Tyson Interstellar comments.
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You can now see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar in theaters, but the movie was originally developed by Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan for director Steven Spielberg. In fact, I first reported on the project almost eight and a half years ago. As the story goes, Spielberg got the idea for the film after attending a Caltech workshop. There, physicist Kip S. Thorne, an expert on relativity known for his prolific contributions to the fields of gravitation physics and astrophysics, presented his controversial theories about wormholes. Jonathan Nolan was hired to develop the screenplay for Spielberg, which he originally hoped to direct after Lincoln. Of course, that didn’t happen. Christopher Nolan explained how he got involved during a press conference I attended in Beverly Hills:
[I] was talking to Jonah [Nolan] about the script he was working on with Steven Spielberg at the time. We’d bounce ideas off each other and it sounded incredibly exciting … I had the advantage of coming onto the project late and being able to look at what these guys [Jonah Nolan and Kip Thorne] had done. A lot of my contribution was ripping things out, because they put in more of these incredible mind blowing ideas that, I felt, I could absorb as an audience member. So I spent my time and my work on the script choosing the more emotive and tactile of these ideas to grab ahold of. … [Jonah] got very busy doing other things so I said, ‘Hey can I take this and combine it with some other ideas I’ve been working on’ — it was a bit more like him going ‘okay, take a shot, we’ll see what you do.’ So I showed him what I had done and he seemed reasonably happy with it.
The reason Christopher Nolan shares the screenwriting credit on the final film with Jonathan Nolan is because he reworked the original script with substantial changes. This left me wondering about the evolution of the project, and how different Steven Spielberg’s version of the film might have looked. Of course, we’ll never see Spielberg’s version but Jonathan Nolan’s 2008 draft of the screenplay has been floating around the tracking boards for some time. Investigating that draft gives us an opportunity to see how the story changed from when Jonathan Nolan was working on it under Spielberg to Christopher Nolan’s final film.
What are the biggest differences and changes? Find out the 15 biggest Interstellar script differences, after the jump.
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