OK, quick recap: in 2006, Steven Spielberg sparked to the idea of a film based around the idea of using wormholes for time travel. The project came to be called Interstellar, and was scripted by Jonathan Nolan. It turned into the focal point for an audience that hoped Steven Spielberg would make at least one more serious sci-fi movie.

But Spielberg set Interstellar aside, in part to make Robopocalypse. And now, in the wake of the conclusion of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan may end up making Insterstellar as his next project. But it wouldn’t be a Nolan film if he didn’t bring his own particular touch to it, and so don’t expect to see him shooting the script that Spielberg put down months ago. Read More »

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Christopher Nolan, fresh off finishing his Dark Knight trilogy, might have lined up his next project. Nolan, who has developed an almost obsessive following over the past decade, is in talks to direct Interstellar. That’s a sci-fi script written by his brother Jonathan Nolan and based on the theories of theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist Kip Thorne. Steven Spielberg was once attached to this project, but now it seems like Nolan is in the driver’s seat. There’s more info below.

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This summer, Tony Gilroy and Jeremy Renner served up The Bourne Legacy, a Bourne movie without its title character. But those who’ve been following the franchise over the years will recall that that wasn’t always the plan.

After the success of The Bourne Ultimatum, star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass tried for years to get a fourth Bourne off the ground. They never quite managed to make it work, even with the help of screenwriters George Nolfi and Josh Zetumer. Now the actor has revealed that he also once approached Jonathan Nolan, the man behind two-thirds of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga, to get a story sorted out. Hit the jump to read Damon’s comments.

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Note: This article contains spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises.

The ending of The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, we’re still talking about this. The final few scenes of Christopher Nolan‘s massive hit certainly suggested one specific narrative interpretation but also left themselves open to others. Why doesn’t John Blake use the name Robin? Does Bruce Wayne survive? Did Alfred actually see him in Italy? Does Blake become Batman? All valid questions and while the filmmakers and actors have mostly chosen to not acknowledge them, co-writer Jonathan Nolan finally offered his thoughts while at New York Comic-Con. But don’t expect definitive answers. Watch the video after the jump. Read More »

Press interviews with the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises began in earnest this past weekend, and one of the first things to emerge from the junket rounds is a connection between Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman film and a classic piece of literature that most of us read in high school.

The link between The Dark Knight Rises and the novel in question isn’t particularly obscure. The social and economic strife that we’ve seen in photos and footage from the film really suggest that Gotham City is about to crumble in the same way that Paris was in the days before the Revolution, as chronicled by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. That connection was quite intentional, as the director and his brother discussed over the weekend. Read More »

This is the first edition in a new regular series where I attempt to answer your questions about the film industry. We’ll be taking a look at the box office, forgotten Hollywood landmarks, the marketing process and more. Sometimes I’ll attempt to answer the question myself, and other times I will contact experts in the particular field to give a more detailed answer. Please feel free to send your questions to orfilms@gmail.com. I decided to start off this series with an easier question, and use it as a jumping-off point to delve into the more complex world of screen credits.

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There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:

  • Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
  • Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
  • CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
  • Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
  • Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
  • Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
  • Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
  • ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner

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Want to read a detailed rundown of what went down on The Dark Knight Rises this weekend complete with between-shot entertainment and full spoilers? What’s a major problem with The Avengers? When might we see a Guillermo Del Toro produced Hulk TV show? Does Denis Leary think he’ll be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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