No brainer, right? The highly popular and influential British filmmaker behind The Dark Knight, Memento and Inception being handed the reins of James Bond, Britain’s Number One super-spy and one of the biggest franchise in the history of film. Well reports (rumors?) are leaking that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have had some low-key meetings with Christopher Nolan about the possibility of coming on board Bond 24 now that Sam Mendes has officially passed. This according to The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.
It makes perfect sense if you think about it. Nolan was very influenced by the Bond films, and hasn’t been shy talking about it; the entire mountain villa sequence from Inception more or less had “Bond” written all over it. And since Skyfall was helmed by a serious, even Academy Award-winning talent and became the most successful Bond movie yet, it only makes sense that EON Pictures would reach out to someone of Nolan’s stature for Bond 24. What could possibly stop this from becoming a reality?
Well, for one thing, Interstellar. Already confirmed for a Fall 2014 release date, Nolan is currently hard at work at pre-production on that film project. Bond 24 was originally slated for a Fall 2014 release date itself, but the producers have pushed it back in the interest of not rushing into anything. Typically Bond films have an 18 month turn-around, six months for pre-production, six months for principal photography and six months for post-production, so conceivably, Nolan could get to work after Interstellar and having something together for a 2015/2016 release date, but would he want to work under that kind of pressure? Nolan said he’d be interested if it was “the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.” So is this it?
Or perhaps it’s a friendly chat. A “let’s leave the door open” kind of thing. There’s also a question of the overall direction of the series, with some rumors saying that Bond 24 and 25 will be linked, as well as a question of how long Daniel Craig will keep playing James Bond himself. But maybe those are outside the discussions with Nolan.
Either way, it’s very exciting to consider that Christopher Nolan may be taking on another iconic character. What do you think Bastards, want to see Nolan’s Bond?
If you know Stan Lee, then you probably know that he does a series by the name of ‘Stan’s Rants’, in which he presents viewers with various tirades on various subjects of import to him. Now, the vocal super hero creator does his own ‘How It Should Have Ended’, discussing the way certain films might have been improved via a finale overhaul. Check out what Stan has to say on the movies Inception, Batman and Star Wars: A New Hope, as well as a nice little solution to the Star Wars Episodes I-III issue.
Our dreams are a mystery to us. These expansive places that can be titillating, horrifying, and everything in between. What if we could control those dreams though? Would we wreak havoc and give into our lesser Angels and our carnal desires, or would we explore? Would we get lost and what would we uncover? The movie Inception takes us into a world where people can control dreams, and Mark Staufer, the screen writer behind Russel Crowe’s upcoming Bill Hicks bio-pic believes in both the power and the existence of lucid dreaming.
Inspired by that belief and the dream world — Staufer is in the process of constructing a truly epic, multi-platform fiction project that will utilize the page, the web, and other available technologies. I spoke to the author about this project, The Numinous Place, his beliefs on lucid dreaming, the power of Kick Starter, and storytelling.
Can you describe lucid dreaming for the uninitiated?
Mark Staufer: The first thing I should say about lucid dreaming is that it is not a new thing. I guess you could say that as soon as we started becoming aware of our dreams — and we were aware of our dreams a lot more in ancient times — we started to learn to control them. And so there’s been a kind of rediscovery in the last half century of what is possible in the dream world. So lucid dreaming is just becoming conscious in your dream world — its forming the ability to wake up inside your dreams and then [you] control what happens in your dream world.
It’s a teachable skill and there is a very strong spiritual element to it amongst the Tibetan Buddhists — they call it dream yoga and they view the dream world as very similar to the experience which we all enter immediately after death, so part of their teaching about lucid dreaming or dream yoga is that if you learn to control your dream life you will have a better chance of moving on to enlightenment after death. But for you and me, since we’re not Tibetan Buddhists its an opportunity to fly and travel back in time and have sex with beautiful women and do a whole lot of other stuff that we always wanted to do in the real word.
Now I imagine the appeal — and you spoke to this earlier — is a dual existence that offers one half of a life that has the potential to be a boundless kind of consequence free state, but what is there to stop people from staying in a dream world? I mean countless sci-fi stories show a world where we lay contently hooked up to life support lost inside our own minds — could lucid dreaming be a of gateway to that kind of bent utopia?
Staufer: Yeah, I think that the problem with lucid dreaming at the moment is, that the dream world is one that is difficult to control and keep stable. You need to practice and become very good and persistent at controlling the dream world and it’s a place that you can only stay in for an hour if you’re very, very good but I think the future of this thing is sort of limitless. But its kinda weird with Total Recall being released — I haven’t seen it, but the original was all about this sort of thing.
I truly believe that with advances with neuro-tech and supplements, that there will be this duel existence that we will be able to inhabit a “Sim’s” like life in the dream world and our normal waking life.
Is that a good thing though? If people get used to [having] a part of their lives without consequence, is there a concern that it might bleed out into our actual existence?
Staufer: I dont know that its a world without consequence though, we dont…
Well, lasting consequences I mean…
Staufer: I understand. I think that the better you get at lucid dreaming, I think you realize that there is a spiritual aspect to it and after the initial entry into a life that has no consequence as you say — there are no Newtonian laws ruling our lives in the dream world — you pretty soon get bored with that and you want to move on to something else. You want to move on to testing the parameters of the dream world and discovering what its there for. Going back to the Tibetan Buddhists again: there is a profound connection between the dream world and the afterlife, and if we can find that mechanism in there somewhere we will be able to travel to the afterlife eventually.
What’s the basis for those who oppose this or call it a fantasy?
Staufer: I think there is also kind of a big psychiatric push back against this. The Freudians especially dont like Lucid Dreaming, they think dreams are sacred things that are being sent to us from our sub-consciousness and that we shouldnt be mucking about with them and trying to control them.
I gotta say, some of my dreams don’t exactly seem very sacred.
Staufer: But Jason they could be messages, right? They could be messages from your sub-conscious.
I suppose — “Go out to Vegas, marry three strippers…”, I suppose that’s a message from my sub-conscious.
How does The Numinous Place play on these ideas and these fears?
Staufer: I began The Numinous Place with a kind of thought that I worked out from a particularly vivid dream about 10 years ago. And the thought was: “Wow, what would happen if we developed the technology to film dreams?” and my first response was, “Jesus, we wouldn’t need Hollywood anymore.” I wasnt here in LA at that stage, now that thought wouldn’t occur to me since I’m now a part of it.
My second thought was: “What if we can use the dream world to travel to other places like the afterlife? Is the dream world a destination or is it a part of the journey?” So that’s where this all began and so as I started kind of throwing ideas around and thinking it through and slowly willed myself to go to the computer to start work on it — which is the hardest part of all this — I started thinking to myself “I need to tell this in a different way”, I want to use all media. I want to try and capture a whole bunch of chaotic thoughts, I want to capture the chaos and then with every version of story telling available, I want to put it all down because I believe that using video and audio and all these different elements and all of these different story telling techniques allows for a really realistic and believable experience.
The only way that I believe that, you know, talking about movies of the dream world, REM movies as I call them, is by actually showing them. I have transcripts of them and I could write a screenplay about them, but it’s not goona have the visceral impact in a story unless you see somebody’s REM movie and that’s where I sort of started from in terms of sitting in front of my computer.
How much of this came from your experience with lucid dreaming?
Staufer: A lot of it and I think about the same time something else really odd happened to me. I havent lucid dreamed, to my knowledge, [for] my entire life and I was speaking to a friend and we were talking about our earliest childhood memories and he said his earliest childhood memory was walking, and he said he could see his parents and walking between his parents. Then he asked me what my earliest childhood memory was and it kind of hit me like a sledgehammer: my earliest memory was of flying and it just came to me and then I just started remembering all of these other dreams from my childhood from my early childhood and I remember controlling them and I remember doing things in the dream world and I just simply had absolutely forgot about them. My adult brain had taken over and I just discounted that I could do this. So in the course of re-entering this whole life I have also started lucid dreaming again.
Going back to the book: what makes these efforts to tell a story beyond the page — the comic book, the website, the fake news articles, the apps — what makes those different than the kind of viral marketing campaigns that we’re seeing attached to projects large and small? What makes them something more than well crafted tie in products?
Staufer: First and foremost it’s a great story. We’re using all storytelling techniques to tell the story and that makes for a really interesting ride and its goona be right there in front of you on the page. You’re goona download it on your iPad or your iPhone. And so this linear story starts to take shape and you can go off and investigate other little clues if you wish too, but at the end of the day its a great story and its just told in a different way.
You guys are using Kickstarter. Could this live without Kickstarter do you think?
Staufer: It’s a tough one. When I first started forming this idea, I started going to investors and investors wanted too much of my equity and publishers just freaked out about it. They just didn’t know what to do with it.
Do you think it presents a threat to the standard way of writing?
Staufer: Absolutely it does. I mean publishers are totally scared of this. It doesn’t fit into their narrow confines or parameters of what storytelling is because it uses all storytelling techniques and they cant get their heads around it. For me, it’s the logical next step of digital story telling. At the moment words are just moved from the pages of the book to the screen and we’re not using these devices that have been developed that kids now use to read and experience amazing stories. As adults we dont have that becase nobody has written something specifically for these devices and that’s what The Numinous Place is: real, live, digital storytelling that works best on an electronic device rather than on a page.
Why do you think people are ready for a new kind of storytelling? I mean the old way has lasted for quite some time with great succes, why do you think the time is right for a change?
Staufer: Storytelling is always goona be here in whatever form it takes and this isn’t goona supercede it, its just another way of telling stories and the bottom line is you gotta have a great story before you can tell it.
You can check out more on The Numinous Place here, and you can go to there Kickstarter page here.
In the Hollywood junkpile on the 3-D format, one lone voice in the wilderness said he would not go, and you can’t make him. At the height of 3-D conversion free-for-all in the summer of 2010, Christopher Nolan boldly said that he would not take his tentpole, Inception, into the third dimension. And when it cam time to get rolling on his latest blockbuster, the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan again said “thanks, but no thanks” to 3-D.
“Warner Bros. would have been very happy [to do 3D], but I said to the guys there that I wanted it to be stylistically consistent with the first two films and we were really going to push the IMAX thing to create a very high-quality image,” Nolan said in a recent interview with DGA Quarterly. “I prefer the big canvas, looking up at an enormous screen and at an image that feels larger than life.”
That’s right, doing films in 3-D is just too small for Nolan.
“I find [3D] stereoscopic imaging too small scale and intimate in its effect. 3D is a misnomer. Films are 3D. The whole point of photography is that it’s three-dimensional. The thing with stereoscopic imaging is it gives each audience member an individual perspective,” he said. “It’s well suited to video games and other immersive technologies, but if you’re looking for an audience experience, stereoscopic is hard to embrace. When you treat that stereoscopically, and we’ve tried a lot of tests, you shrink the size so the image becomes a much smaller window in front of you. So the effect of it, and the relationship of the image to the audience, has to be very carefully considered. And I feel that in the initial wave to embrace it, that wasn’t considered in the slightest.”
What do you think, Bastards? Would you rather watch a film in 3-D or in IMAX?
This is actually really fuckin’ awesome. It’s a Star Wars/Charlie Chaplin/Inception mashup and it’s extremely well done. The footage is Star Wars, the music is from Inception and the audio is of Charlie Chaplin.
The Interwebz is a great place for all sorts of crazy things. Often, you’ll find things like purple alien hentai and fucked up shit like that. We see awesome nerdy art pieces every day, but we’re fuckin’ lazy bastards… so here is your weekly fix to fuel your nerdtastic jizzfests!
This Harry Potter/Doctor Who mash-up piece was initially planned to be a replication of the movie poster for The Philosopher’s Stone, but time constraints resulted in changing the plan and only doing the Doctor Potter character. Still pretty fuckin’ cool. You can check out the work-in-progress pictures by Jeffrey Delgado here.
This is either really bad or really good. Or somehow both at the same time.
Wolfgang Matzl remade Inception with 19th century style paper cut-outs, shot frame-by-frame on his digital camera, for the Done In 60 Seconds competition (where entrants recreate a movie in no more than a minute). His film was one of the 10 finalists in Berlin, Germany. Despite the limited time and production, the cartoon still has some of snappy visuals. The opening, showing an unfolding building, is particularly clever. So, Good animation but crappy voice acting and no music.via Cartoon Brew)
Well kiddies, I’m off to finish a job. In my dream.
Well folks, here ends the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
It wasn’t the most thrilling, surprising or even as heartwarming as previous shows have been – but it was still a fairly good show!
It started off with a standard cold open, with hosts James Franco (who looked high the whole night) and Anne Hathaway parodying all the major movies nominated, with special guests Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman.
There were some cute moments with the pair throughout, most notably Hathaway belting out an amazing rendition of “On My Own” making fun of Hugh Jackman, and Franco coming on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe. But, like all Oscar hosts, they really did not do much other than introduce people and occasionally make humorous observations. I am impressed that the Oscars decided to go with “hip” hosts, but it was a little on the nose, don’t you think?
Other than that, the greatest moments were when Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo inadvertently dropped the first and only F-bomb of the night during an extremely surprised speech, Kurt Douglas making everyone laugh with his amazing wit and talent (despite having a stroke a few years back), Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law’s funny skit in their category presentation (They should host the Oscars. Just sayin.) and Billy Crystal‘s tribute to the great Bob Hope. Oh, and Annette Bening looked like Madame Webb. This amused me.
The main question is always if there were any surprises. Ya! Corey Haim didn’t get mentioned in the dead actor memoriam. Fuckin’ bullshit! Anyway, in the big categories, not really.
The King’s Speechwalked away with Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Actor (Colin Firth). While Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for Black Swanlike everyone knew she would (she oddly mentioned Michelle Rodriguez in her acceptance speech, perhaps for advising her on how to pleasure a woman?), and Best Supporting Actor went to Jesus Christian Bale for The Fighter (who forgot his wife’s name in his acceptance speech).
However in the smaller categories, there were a few twists!
Pixar‘s animated short “Day & Night,” which aired before Toy Story 3lost to “The Lost Thing,” while Best Original Screenplay went to The King’s Speech instead of the incredibly surreal and thought-provoking Inception, and Best Foreign Film went to a film from Denmark entitled “In a Better World” instead of the favorite from my neck of the woods, Canada, called “Incendies.”
As for fashion, Anne Hathaway looked gorgeous in everything she wore, as did Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Michelle Williams. Frankly, all the guy’s looked the same to me.
I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a big fashion blow-by-blow of the big winners and losers of the night, but it is just not my forte. But hell, check your local newspapers and magazines tomorrow, as they’ll have all the coverage you could ever want and more! But, I do have one fashion related note to be given: Cate Blanchett, you are not a member of the Tellitubbies, so do not dress like one.
What did you think of tonight’s show? Did anything surprise or disappoint you? Anyone left out that you felt deserved to win?
For a full list of all the winners, click below the jump.
This is a fan made poster. A spiffy one that captures Nolan's dark and gritty mind
When we got word that the Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy) would be the two prime villains in Christopher Nolan‘s upcomingDark Knight Rises we thought two things. 1. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Where can I dispose of the underoos I just soiled from that news induced nerdgasm? 2. Bane? What the deuce? That’s an odd choice.
Bane certainly is a bizarre pick from Batman’s rogues gallery of villains. Especially as the big-bad to end the franchise with (it’s been said by Nolan that TDKR will be his last batman film). On the other hand, Bane is far more interesting than people give him credit for. Typically, folks think of him as this mindless, masked, steroid-infused, goon. That’s really not the case (though, he has been portrayed that way a few times). He’s actually one of Batman’s smartest, deranged and ominous adversaries; filled with anger, misery and despair. He’s one of the only villains to figure out, on his own merit, that Bruce Wayne is Batman. And, of course he shattered Batman’s spine. How many villains can say that? For more on this you should read io9.coms complete guide to Bane. It’s a full breakdown on who the character is and what makes him such a bad-ass.
Regardless, it’s still a bit of a worry of how Nolan with portray Bane. Especially given the public’s last introduction to the character in Joel Shumacher’s ‘Batman and Robin’. Well, it’s time to simmer down.
Tom Hardy appeared on Britain’s, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, where he talked about his role as Bane. What exactly did Hardy have to say about playing the part of Bane, in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises? Well… not a fucking lot. However, the interview is quite hilarious and Hardy lead on that Nolan, as always will have his own badass interpretation of the Batman characters, Bane included.
For those that do not have video play capabilities here’s the interview transcribed:
Alan Carr: Inception was directed by Chris Nolan and hes got you a part in that new Batman film?
Tom Hardy: Yeah
Carr: Wow, that’s so cool. I wish I was you Tom..
Hardy: So do I! [laughs] Yeah its a good day to be me.
Carr: Your playing a villain called Bane. Now alot of the villains in Batman are quite camp aren’t they? But he is proper menacing isn’t he?
Hardy: Have you seen the Joel Shumacher Batman film Batman and Robin? He doesn’t look very menacing does he?
Carr: Oh yeah, maybe that’s not a good example, you wont have to wear a gimp mask will you?
Hardy: Well, only if I feel like it. No. Again Chris Nolan will revisit that territory entirely. I wouldn’t go by that at all. Plus, that’s a lot of weight to put on and I’ve gotta start shooting in May so I’m gonna go pack up to about 13 – 14 stone [198 lbs]. I’m 12 [168 lbs] and a bit now so I’ve got 3 months to do that.
Brief commentary indeed. Any thoughts/views?
Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012
Have you been disappointed by movies this year? What about last year?
One of the biggest problems are the sheer amount of sequels (and other third, fourth, etc…) movies being produced by Hollywood. Apparently, in 2011, there will be a record 27 placed into theaters.
How does that even happen? Isn’t there any original content left in Hollywood?
In a GQ column called The Day the Movies Died, Mark Harris does just that. He informs us how Hollywood has gone wrong, by weaving a story from Top Gun to Inception to Stretch Armstrong, and that this cycle may never end.
This expose is a must-read for anyone who loves the entertainment industry (like I do), and thinks that Hollywood is not doing their best damn job. I mean, some sequels are a great idea! But others are sometimes rushed into production, and the story and/or acting suffers (Iron Man 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3, and more!)
What do you think about the movie industry? Sound off in the comments!
Check out an excerpt below the jump, and links to the full article can be found here.