Director Christopher Nolan Denies Anne Hathaway’s Claim That He Doesn’t Allow Chairs On Set

Twitter is the land of outrage. Sometimes the outrage is warranted, but most of the time, it’s just a bunch of people bored at work who are wanting to put their unused energy into something.

Earlier this week, Twitter got all mad at Christopher Nolan after Anne Hathaway made the claim that he doesn’t allow chairs on set.

Hathaway made the claim during a recent Actors on Actors interview…

Chris’ whole approach to filmmaking is one of my favorite ones. He’s broken it down to its most minimal, but also his movies are just so huge and ornate. That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing — and also, he’s just so inspiring.

He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working. I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing.

So as you can see, she wasn’t even mad about it. She seemed to admire it, but Twitter decided to get mad for her. They put Nolan on blast and claimed he was creating an unfair and toxic work environment.

Well, Nolan’s rep decided to address the chair controversy and clear a few things up…

For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan’s] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully). The chairs Anne was referring to are the directors chairs clustered around the video monitor, allocated on the basis of hierarchy not physical need. Chris chooses not to use his but has never banned chairs from the set. Cast and crew can sit wherever and whenever they need and frequently do.

There you have it. Outrage over.

Check Out Ben Affleck And Anne Hathaway In First Trailer For ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’

Another day, another trailer release from Netflix. ‘Mudbound‘ director Dee Rees has teamed up with the streaming giant once again, this time for a political thriller titled, The Last Thing He Wanted.

This movie has a pretty impressive cast, including Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe

Based on the Joan Didion novel of the same name, The Last Thing He Wanted stars Anne Hathaway as a single mother and hardened journalist investigating Contra activity in Central America, far away from home, where she faces frustrations over censorship, struggles with her ailing father (Willen Dafoe) (who turns out to be a key player in the story she’s trying to break,) and winds up inheriting his position as an arms dealer.

There is a lot going on there, but we’re sure it all adds up. The thriller is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It’ll then be released on Netflix, February 21, 2020.

With a talented filmmaker and wonderful cast, we have high hopes for this film. Check out the trailer below…

Check Out The Comedy Trailer For ‘The Hustle’ Starring Anne Hathaway And Rebel Wilson

Are you ready for a female-powered Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake? Of course you are! Because it’s 2019, and you should be ready for all the remakes.

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in the remake titled, The Hustle. In the comedy flick, Hathaway stars as a high-class scammer who takes Wilson’s character (a small time crook) under her wing and teaches her how to properly scam those dirty rotten men who wronged them in the past.

The script for this movie was written by Jac Schaeffer, who is now working on the script for Scarlett Johansson’s standalone Black Widow movie. She’s moving on up.

The Hustle will hit theaters across the country on May 10, 2019.

First Official Photo From ‘Ocean’s 8’ Features Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett And More!

Are you ready for another spinoff/reboot/sequel/prequel/ugh from Hollywood? You better be! The first official photo from the set of Ocean’s 8, which is a spinoff from the Ocean’s trilogy, featuring an all-female cast has been released.

In the photo above, you have some of the most powerful women in Hollywood: Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, Helena-Bonham CarterAwkwafina, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson.

In addition to the photo, Warner Bros. shared this nugget of information

“In Summer 2018, the tide will turn as Debbie Ocean (SANDRA BULLOCK) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (CATE BLANCHETT); Nine Ball (RIHANNA); Amita (MINDY KALING); Constance (AWKWAFINA); Rose (HELENA BONHAM CARTER); Daphne Kluger (ANNE HATHAWAY); and Tammy (SARAH PAULSON).”

That’s right, folks. This movie won’t be hitting theaters until June 8, 2018. You still have a LONG time to wait, so you best get comfortable.

This photo will be all you have for several months.

Could This Be The Weirdest Movie Of The Year? Watch Anne Hathaway Slowly Figure Out She’s A Godzilla-Like Monster In ‘Colossal’ Trailer

Last year we had Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse, and this year we have Anne Hathaway as a Godzilla-like monster destroying Seoul.

Colossal‘ stars Hathaway as “an alcoholic named Gloria who finds out that her movements are controlling a giant monster terrorizing South Korea.”

It’s described as an indie comedy/monster flick, which doesn’t sound right at all. It’s like trying to combine the worlds of Juno and Jaws.

Colossal is currently playing at Sundance and surprisingly it’s been getting mostly positive reviews, although, it sounds like most critics went in with the attitude of, “This is going to be f–king weird, and I’m going to accept it.”

Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens and Tim Blake Nelson also star in the movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters in April.

Check out the trailer below…

6 Talented Stars Who Were Fired From Big Movies

Have you ever been fired? Of course you have! But you shouldn’t be ashamed. It happens to everyone, even people who are actually good at their job.

Things happen, you know? Maybe your boss hates you. Maybe the company just can’t afford to keep you on. Maybe you accidentally started a small kitchen fire on your first day of work, and then tried to blame it on the owner’s dog…sorry this is getting personal now.

Let’s get to the celebrities…

 

 

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6. Sylvester Stallone – “Beverly Hills Cop”

The Role: Axel Foley

Why He Was Fired: Stallone wanted the film to be filled with action. He has said that his version of the script “would have looked like the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan on the beaches of Normandy.” But Paramount didn’t like the changes because they were too expensive to produce. Two weeks before filming, Stallone left and was replaced with Eddie Murphy.

 

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5. Megan Fox – “Transformers 3”

The Role: Mikaela Banes

Why She Was Fired: After starring in the first two ‘Transformers‘ films, everyone assumed Megan Fox would be back for the third movie in the franchise. But after comparing director Michael Bay to Hitler in an interview, she was fired and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was hired. Of course, Fox and Bay have worked things out since their public battle. Working together on the terrible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake.

 

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4. Judy Garland – “Valley of the Dolls”

The Role: Helen Lawson

Why She Was Fired: According to the reports, Judy was fired after she showed up on set drunk. She was fired and replaced with Academy Award-winning actress Susan Hayward. We should note there are several different stories on what really happened. Some people claim the production team hated Garland, some people say she was unhappy with the script, etc. Being drunk at work makes for a better story though.

 

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3. Anne Hathaway – “Knocked Up”

The Role: Alison Scott

Why She Was Fired: Okay, so technically she wasn’t fired, but the original plan was to give the lead female role to her. Reports say she and Judd Apatow disagreed on a particular scene in the movie. The actress claims she couldn’t accept the role “because it was going to show a vagina — not mine, but somebody else’s. And I didn’t believe that it was actually necessary to the story.” Katherine Heigl replaced her.

 

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2. Stuart Townsend – “Lord of the Rings”

The Role: Aragorn

Why He Was Fired: Poor Townsend was training for his role in the movie for two months, and then was fired just one day before filming began. According to Townsend, he was fired because the director wanted someone older than him. He says he has no good feelings for the people in charge, “After that I was told they wouldn’t pay me because I was in breach of contract due to not having worked long enough. I had been having a rough time with them, so I was almost relieved to be leaving until they told me I wouldn’t be paid.” Viggo Mortensen ended up getting the part.

 

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1. Ryan Gosling – “The Lovely Bones”

The Role: Jack Salmon

Why He Was Fired: It’s hard to believe someone fired Ryan Gosling, but Peter Jackson did it after Gosling decided he needed to gain 60 pounds to play the part of the grieving father. He claims he drank melted cartons of ice cream to gain the weight. “I really believed he should be 210 pounds.” Ryan said. But Jackson disagreed, which left Gosling, in his own words, “fat and unemployed.” Mark Wahlberg replaced him.

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014) – Like the Grapes of Wrath in space

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I’m sure the people who made Interstellar are still shaking their heads about how they got their butts handed to them by Big Hero 6 opening weekend. Sitting firmly in the number 2 spot, Interstellar is making money, but I’m sure it was a lot less money than Paramount intended.

Matthew McConaughey takes a break from filming pretentious Lincoln commercials to play Joseph “Coop” Cooper, a widowed engineer with ace piloting skills. For some reason, despite being an ace pilot, he’s farming corn with his father-in-law (John Lithgow) and two kids, 10-year-old Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and teenage Tom (Timothée Chalamet). The planet is dying and schools are teaching farming, while everyone is waiting to suffocate from air filled with gas. Stuffed into the movie are info-dumps where old people talk, documentary style, about how it used to be before we ruined the planet. Now, the people on Earth have two goals. Farm corn and find another planet…probably to farm more corn. So, because the best person to send into space is a corn farmer, Coop is sent along with sexy copilot Amelia (Ann Hathaway), an astrophysicist (David Gyasi), a geographer (Wes Bentley), and some robots to find a new place to live.

The effects in this movie are awesome and it does have it’s moments of gripping the edge of your seat thrills. It’s a thrill ride, while at the same time, just a bit depressing. This is not Star Wars. It’s more like the Grapes of Wrath in space. From Coop’s rural dystopia, to his travels into space, everything has an air of desperation and depression.

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It almost seems like someone tried to stay as close as possible as to what the real apocalypse would look like. Forget old testament stories of lightening coming down from the sky and mass floods, if there is an end to the world, this is what it will look like. People slowly dying off because we can no long make food and the chemicals we put in the atmosphere are coming back to get us. In that, this movie is highly realistic.

This movie is scientifically cutting edge and I wish they’d just focused on that, rather than sticking all this sticky sweet sentimentality and messages of hope into it. That’s where it falls flat for me. I feel like the director is in the audience punching me in the face, screaming “cry, already!” while I’m sitting there saying, “but I want Mathew McConaughey to die!”

Matthew McConaughey was a big problem for me during this movie. His good ole boy “awe shucks’ charm feels like a poor fit for such a desolate, depressing place. He has this air of cockiness that you just can’t shake, whether he’s playing an aging cowboy with Aids or a dude who refuses to move out of his parent’s basement. In those roles, it worked, while in this one, I found it distracting.

Interstellar is a decent movie, but it’s also a bit forgettable, as far as I’m concerned. While it did a great job when it came to the science, I felt that it fell apart when it came to the human connection. Regardless, it’s still a film that’s worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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Brand New ‘Interstellar’ Images, Excitement Reaches All-Time High

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If you weren’t already excited for Christopher Nolan’s latest project Interstellar, well, there is a good chance you will be after reading this post.

Thanks to the lovely folks at Empire, we have several new images from the film, and a few intriguing quotes from the stars of the film. Matthew McConaughey told Empire that this is the biggest film he’s even been a part of.

“This is the grandest adventure I think any of us will ever see on film. This is the biggest film I’ve ever been a part of. This is one of the biggest films anyone’s ever been a part of.”

We think the point he’s trying to make is that the film is big. Some people may even call it huge, or possibly even monumental. Matthew’s co-star Anne Hathaway believes this film will have people talking for months.

“I am so excited for the world to receive this film, because there’s going to be a new conversation I believe will happen because of it. It’s not a dry, science-based film. It has a pulse. It’s got blood in its veins.”

They certainly know how to promote a film, huh? Significantly better than Jim Carrey’s attempt to destroy Kick-Ass 2.

You can catch Interstellar in a theater near you on November 7.

 

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New Poster For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Features A Worried Matthew McConaughey

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We don’t know much about Christopher Nolan’s latest creation, but we do know Matthew McConaughey is going to try and save us all.

Will he be able to make everything alright, alright, alright? We’ll have to wait a few more months to find out the answer.

The brand new ‘Interstellar’ poster you see down below shows Matthew battling some brutal conditions. You can see the tagline, “The end of Earth will not be the end of us.” It matches up nicely with the first tagline, “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” A truly wonderful line, by the way.

Unlike most films these days, the trailers for Interstellar do not give anything away. There is still a lot of mystery circling this film, which is one of the reasons people are so excited to watch it.

It also doesn’t hurt that Christopher Nolan directed it. Throw in Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and you just might be looking at one of the best films of the year.

Interstellar will be at a theater near you Nov. 7.

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Movie Review: Rio 2 (2014)

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I was really excited for the release of Rio 2, as I was such a big fan of the original. I was actually the creepy adult in the audience, who went to see it without a kid! But I’m very disappointed to say, Rio 2 fell short of expectations.

In Rio 2, we are reunited with Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), and Jewel (Anne Hathaway). The two now have children and have just moved to the wilds of the Amazon, where they discover a large group of endangered birds. As Blu struggles to fit in, he comes face to face with the movies first villain Big Boss (Miguel Ferrer), who apparently hates endangered species and tree huggers.

First, if a child’s movie is going to have an adult style agenda, then they need to make it fun for the adults to watch as well. In the first Rio, while the movie did seem to focus on the evils of endangered specials smuggling, they didn’t cram the agenda down our throats. Rio 2 plays out like a very poorly researched ‘save the planet’ documentary with musical numbers and talking birds.

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The movie is visually stunning and the animators took full advantage of the beautiful colors and adorable animals. I guess if you watched it on mute, it might be ok.

The plot is recycled from the first movie. In the original Rio, Blu was a fish out of water, a pampered house pet living in the suburbs. In Rio 2, he is a less pampered city bird, forced to move to the wild.

Also, I don’t remember quite as many musical numbers in the first one. While a song or two can help jazz up a movie, it really feels like the script was padded with musical numbers because they didn’t have enough material.

The movie did have its cute points, like Blu using a nerdy fanny pack with a GPS to travel, but it really isn’t anything new. The freshness and the humor in the last one is gone in this one, and the entire movie feels like a series of musical numbers.

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The movie runs about 1 hour and 41 minutes. By my estimation, about 1 hour and 20 minutes were musical numbers, while the rest was just a bunch of jumbled plot points. There are too many things going on, and no one stops singing long enough to explain it.

It’s cute, it’s sweet and kids will love it. But it by no means stands out. This is no Frozen or Lego Movie. This is a recycled movie, with recycled characters, fleshed out with musical numbers. This is the kind of movie that you watch because your kids make you, and then forget about it.

Expect to see a Rio 3, and a Rio 4 and a Rio 5…This movie is a clear money grab, with producers trying to squeeze as much revenue and merchandising as they can out of the franchise. My guess will be the next movie will be a fish out of water story where Blu leaves the Amazon to go live somewhere else, where everyone will think he is a nerd.  Watch the official trailer below:

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