Posted on Jan 16, 2011 by

When Inception was released back on July 16th, the strikingly original film shook up a summer marketplace filled with derivative sequels and unfortunate remakes that had critics decrying the creative barrenness of studio films. Which is why writer-director Nolan garnered respect from Hollywood for using his clout from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight to film his own long, gestating spec script from an idea that had rattled around in his head for a decade. Inception is a movie with many layers and a dense plot, allowing Nolan to ride a familiar genre but then arrive at a new place. Sure, the box office was well-trod turf for him: $825 million worldwide. But, first, he had to imagine himself in the dream world of Inception before he took audiences there.

DEADLINE: How was writing Inception different for you?
NOLAN: What I try to do is write from the inside out. I really try to jump into the world of the film and the characters, try to imagine myself in that world rather than imagining it as a film I’m watching onscreen. Sometimes, that means I’m discovering things the way the audience will, with character and story. Other times, you’re plotting it out with diagrams and taking a very objective view. Writing, for me, is a combination of both. You take an objective approach at times to get you through things, and you take a subjective approach at other times, and that allows you to find an emotional experience for the audience. This was one of those projects that burned inside me for a long time, but I wouldn’t say in a completely unique way. I made a film earlier called The Prestige. For four or five years, that burned inside me. It was something I really wanted to crack with my brother Jonah, and eventually we did it. I certainly have other ideas I’ve not been able to crack that I see great potential in, sitting in the back of a drawer. You never quite know what you’re going to come back to and figure out how to make it work. You never quite know where that desire to finish something, or return to something in a fresh way, is going to come from. Every time I finished a film and went back and looked at it, I had changed as a person. The script was different to me. And, eventually, who I was as a writer, as a filmmaker, and what the script needed to be, all these things coincided.

Posted on Jan 16, 2011 by

The movie about the making of Facebook is deemed the best overall picture while the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio is honored for its visual effects and cinematography.

The winners of the 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards have been fully unveiled at the Friday, January 14 ceremony. Although Inception was the movie which walked away with the most nods, it was The Social Network which claimed the coveted prize.

The movie starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg won the Best Picture category which was populated by Inception as well. The pic also took three other trophies in the categories Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Score for the title track made by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

In the meantime, Inception went home with five wins including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Triumphant in the supporting acting categories are The Fighter actor and actress Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. For the leading actor and actress, Colin Firth from The King’s Speech and Natalie Portman from Black Swan came out victorious.

Portman’s trophy was the only one for Black Swan. It headed into the ceremony with a record 12 nominations but lost eleven of them.

Source: AceShowBiz

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 by

Ed Westwick is set to play a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

The British actor

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Posted on Jan 11, 2011 by

Added 3 HQs from a photoshoot Leo and other members of the cast did for Inception:

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 by

Baz Luhrmann said that he has “workshopped” his upcoming film The Great Gatsby in 3D, though he has not made a final decision about whether to shoot the Carey Mulligan/Leonardo DiCaprio project that way or not. The director made the remark in Las Vegas over the weekend, where he sat on the “Technology in Hollywood: The Director’s Vision” panel with Oliver Stone. Stone cautioned against the decision: “Don’t shoot a 3D movie unless you can afford it, otherwise you are putting yourself under enormous pressure,” he said. On one hand, nothing seems less indicative of 1920s, old-world glamor than a 3D movie. On the other, uh, Fitzgerald liked opulence, and it might look cool?

Source: Vulture

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 by

Armie Hammer is the cast member of The Social Network with perhaps the least famous name, but he’s experienced the same surge of career choices as all the other actors, and is getting ready to star in Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. We already know many of the exciting details about the movie, which stars DiCaprio as former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and Hammer as his longtime assistant and romantic partner Clyde Tolson. Judi Dench is also on board to play Hoover’s mother, a casting move Hammer described to Vulture as “really perfect.”

And while they had him, Vulture also asked about how he’ll handle the scope of the film, which meets Toulson and Hoover as young men but follows them through to their 70s in flash-forwards. Instead of bringing in older actors, Hoover and DiCaprio will be handling the full life cycle:

“I’m playing Toulson up to his elderly age! Makeup stuff comes within the next couple weeks. We’re definitely doing a lot of wardrobe stuff right now, but the makeup stuff we haven’t done yet.”

Old age makeup is a huge gamble, of course

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 by

Christopher Nolan has refused to completely rule out revisiting Inception for a sequel.

Nolan, who wrote and directed last summer’s Leonardo DiCaprio thriller, said that he has “always liked the potential of the world” he created.

“It’s an infinite, or perhaps I should say an infinitesimal world that fascinates me,” Nolan told Deadline. “At the moment, we’re exploring a video game, which is something I’ve been very interested in doing for a number of years. This lends itself nicely to that.”

The filmmaker explained that, although Inception was designed as a one-off film, he doesn’t know where his “creative interests” will take him in the future.

“As far as sequels go, I think of Inception as one film, but that’s how I approach all my films,” he commented. “When I was making Batman Begins, I certainly didn’t have any thoughts of doing a second Batman film, let alone a third.

“You never quite know where your creative interests are going to take you, but when I was making Inception I viewed it as a stand-alone movie.”

Source: Digital Spy

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 by

Santa Barbara International Film Festival unveils line for 2011. Leonardo DiCaprio to make guest appearance

When Santa Barbara International Film Festival CEO Roger Durling yesterday announced that Leonardo DiCaprio is going to attend the event this year, a whoop was heard from the audience. Durling smiled and said, “Somebody is excited.”

What he didn’t know was that it came unchoreographed and unrehearsed from Santa Barbara mayor Helene Schneider, whose enthusiasm seems fused to that of the entire city for the upcoming 10-day film festival, which begins Jan. 27th.

“It’s huge economically for the city, the local residents love it, it doesn’t cost the city much in terms of extra police or assistance, and the Film Festival sponsors really know how to throw a party. What’s not to love about it?” Schneider said.

Yesterday’s press conference at the Santa Barbara Hotel officially launched the activities leading up the festival, which this year will feature more than 170 films, including 30 world premiers, 33 U.S. premieres and films from 49 countries.

For the first time, the Festival has an official sponsor as, a Carpinteria-based tech training company. Participating stars will include Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Annette Bening, James Franco (this year’s Oscar host), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Christopher Nolan (Inception).

This year’s festival is expected to generate more than $70,000 in revenue for city merchants, who are offering some intriguing new offerings for theater-goers.

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 by

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio held a pre-New Year’s Eve party at his private villa in Cabo San Lucas.

DiCaprio, 36, jetted down to the Mexican resort to join his swimwear-supermodel girlfriend Bar Refaeli, 25. The party was attended by many celebrities.

Guests at the party included Naomi Campbell and her boyfriend, Russian billionaire and property mogul Vladimir Doronin, Kid Rock, Nicky Hilton and fiancé David Katzenberg.

Others who attended were Paris Hilton and boyfriend Cy Waits, top art dealer Tony Shafrazi, Jessica Alba, Dori Cooperman and Jennifer Worthington.

“Guests danced the night away-it was a great party,” the New York Post quoted a source as saying.

Source: SifyMovies

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Posted on Jan 1, 2011 by

Director Christopher Nolan has appreciated Leonardo DiCaprio for being “demanding” on the Inception set.

Nolan, who was delighted when the 36-year-old actor agreed to appear in his movie, was even happier when he realized how dedicated the actor is.

“Leo is someone I had been trying to work with for years. I’d met him many times and nothing had come together, but I finally managed to convince him with this one and he brought an incredible amount of emotional focus to his character,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

“He is extremely demanding, which actually helped me work out where in Inception the emotional importance of the story is,” the director added.

Source: Sifymovies

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