Brief Encounters: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page
Monday, 12 July 2010Written by Ivan Radford
Ok, so we fobbed you off with that "Exclusive Interview" Twitter thing from the other day - although the answers really were revelatory for many - so here's an actual Q&A sesh for you to enjoy. What's it like working with Christopher Nolan on such a crazy project like Inception? Who better to ask than young stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page? Let's face it, they're two of Nolan's sexiest cast members.
"It felt like my 10 year old boy fantasies had come true" - Gordon-Levitt went the distance for the set pieces, shooting guns, throwing punches, running around a revolving corridor. As for the uber-talented Ellen Page? Well, she designed the dreams that dazzled your eyeballs. Yeah, she designed them. And then folded Paris in half. On top of itself. We haven't done that, so we decided to go with their accounts of filming Inception, seeing as they were actually there and everything.
Here's what they both had to say about working on the movie (hint: it was awesome). Enjoy watching their excited and happy faces. Then go read our 5 star review. Then go see the film. Preferably in that order. Simples.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine
Certificate: 12A Trailers/Clips
So it's a masterpiece. Right? Right. Ok, that's the hype dealt with - the director easily meets it. It's hard to think of many film-makers who could pull off a twisting tale of dreams-within-dreams. It's even harder to name people who would think to do it in the first place. Inception is a bold concept, deftly woven into a thrilling tale, and cleverly wrapped up as a summer blockbuster. It succeeds on every one of those levels.
Oh, Leo. Leo Leo Leo. Leo in a tux. Leo out of a tux. I saw everything last night in Leicester Square. Except for that last part. And the fact that I was busy watching The A-Team next door. But our men were filming events as the stars stepped out in London for the premiere of Christopher Nolan's Inception.
The mind-bending sci-fi thriller, which is out in cinemas next Friday (trailers over here), dazzled the capital with its stunning visuals and wonderful cast. But it was the latter on show outside that won over the crowds, who gathered just to get a glimpse of Leonardo in a suit. And out of it too. (NOTE: That bit still didn't happen.)
The sexy Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy joined the director and DiCaprio to walk up the Inception-style grey carpet and saunter into the packed cinema. But hey, who wants to just read a list of names when you can watch our lovely video? It even comes complete with the World's Greatest Voice-Over Man.
And if that taste of Inception isn't enough for you - let's face it, it'll never be enough until you've seen the film at least five times - you can still drool over the pretty photos. Because nothing says drooling fanboy like a bunch of glossy pictures. Go on, keep reading for both of them. You know you love it.
Warner Bros. is still pumping away at that Superman franchise, desperate to relaunch the Man of Steel into cinemas. The latest man to join that scheme? Well, it might be Chris Columbus.
The word on the web is that Columbus is Warner's favourite choice to direct the project, no doubt thanks to the box office clout currently swung about by Harry Potter. But would Christopher Nolan - supposedly the godfather of the scheme - really allow such a thing to happen?
Nolan's fellow geek David Goyer is also putting himself forward as the man to make the movie. And while he gave the world The Unborn and Blade Trinity, he's also responsible for the new-look Batman, the original Blade, and Dark City, not to mention the now-cancelled FlashForward.
Put that up against the man who directed I Love You, Beth Cooper and Bicentennial Man and it's obvious who wins. Chris Columbus all the way! Right...?
Yes, you're in with a chance to win tickets to the World Premiere of Inception in London. All you have to do is track down The Extractor (your average shady man-with-a-briefcase type) as he travels around the UK looking suspicious and Inceptiony. Yes, that's a word.
Head over the Inception page on Facebook and follow the clues for his location and you can win a pair of tickets, plus travel and accommodation. Ooo, fancy. The nationwide hunt started last Wednesday, with clues appearing online. Can you hunt him down? If you do, just tell him the code and you'll bag the prize. Simply say the words "My mind is the scene of the crime" - it's as easy as being a Russian spy!
The clues get posted on Facebook as The Extractor visits the following places:
Saturday 3rd July
Monday 5th July
Tuesday 6th July
Wednesday 7th July
Thursday 8th July
Terms and conditions are over here, but for something more interesting, read on for a shiny new video featurette. Or check out the trailers and other video goodness over here.
Stop. Wait. Hold the press. Christopher Nolan has answered another Batman question while doing the rounds for Inception. Jonathan Nolan has been beavering away at it for a while now, using Christopher and David Goyer's ideas for a story, but (via HeyUGuys) MTV asked him for more details. Here's what he said:
"We know we're aiming for 2012 [as a release date], but we're just working on the script ... I'm focused on Inception now, but I'll surface in a couple of weeks and work out how to approach it."
Yes, that's right - a whole two sentences on the long-awaited Batman 3. Breaking news right there, filled with brand new information. But let's be honest: really, the only reason to even mention this is so I can put up the link to the Inception trailer again. It's over here. And it really is looking like the best movie of the year. If not the greatest thing Nolan's done so far.
Inception is released on Friday 16th July.
UPDATE: Third Inception Trailer Online!
Wednesday, 12 May 2010Written by Ivan Radford
"Mr Cobb has a job offer he would like to discuss with you..."
It sounds innocent enough, especially when Michael Caine says it in the third (and presumably final) Inception trailer. But this is no ordinary occupation - Mr Cobb is a guy who steals secrets. From other people's minds. Using his magic dream machine briefcase, he gets inside your dreams and nicks information from your brain.
It's a pretty damn nifty concept for a post-Matrix world, where buildings can collapse in on themselves, people can hover all over the place, and corridors twist and turn at a brain-melting speed. Cobb (Di Caprio) may have a tragic wife-related past to deal with, but Christopher Nolan's latest is not short of spectacle.
And the latest trailer is clear proof of that. Dazzling visuals and an impressive-looking cast are all on display here, with the first real public plot outline from Nolan's team - if you think I just spoiled the plot, go watch the video. If you already read our previous Inception updates, go watch the video. And if you've never heard of The Dark Knight's director, go watch the flipping video.
It was online over at the Inception viral site, Mind Crime, hidden inside the stage 2 game (walk around, find a movie theatre, walk in and hit space bar). But now, for the lazy fans, you can read on for the full high quality video.
Hold onto your briefcases, people. This is most likely the movie of the summer. If not the whole year.
Inception's IMAX Poster
Friday, 07 May 2010Written by Ivan Radford
If you didn't want to see Inception at an IMAX cinema, you do now.
Yes, this is the latest IMAX-ified poster for Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller thing, which appeared over at Yahoo! Movies. You can tell how crazy it's going to be by the number of people standing on the ceiling - that is, all of them. They're also all carrying briefcases or guns. Or briefcases with guns. Or briefcases with guns in them. Or -- you get the idea.
More interestingly, we also get what might be our first glimpse of Marion Cotillard in full-on Inception mode, showcasing balance skillz that rival those of Leo, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page (she's running upside down!).
Inception will twist your brain into tiny pieces in July. Excited? I couldn't possible comment. Mainly because I'm too busy sticking this poster to the outside of my house.
Christopher Nolan Mentors Man of Steel
Wednesday, 10 February 2010Written by Ivan Radford
Is there anything Christopher Nolan cannot do? Warner Bros clearly don't think so, because they've signed him up to make Superman sexy again - whether he ever was in the first place is up for debate (Brandon Routh? Phwoar). The original Superman outings (well, the first two) were solid comic book classics, but then the series lost its way, becoming camper and crappier by the movie.
Bryan Singer's 2006 reboot - which I rather enjoyed - didn't please the fans or the studios, and so Christopher Nolan has been brought on board. Not as a director, you understand. More of a "godfather" role in mentoring the overall project.
Nolan is currently putting the last touches to the Warner Bros-funded Inception, his own personal blockbuster, before turning to the Man of Steel, which the studio are keen to distance from Singer's previous attempt. A grittier, darker take on Superman? It might well be possible, although it would be nice to keep Brandon Routh in the frame - he was an excellent Clark Kent. And he had thighs of pure thunder.
Either way, Warner Bros will be keen to avoid the financial crisis of Superman Returns, which barely recouped its costs at the box office. Then again, they've already ensured that won't happen with eight simple words: Christopher Nolan will oversee the new Superman movie.
And if that hasn't got you excited, digest this: Nolan's also started work on Batman 3, for which he has finally found an idea he's happy with. He and brother Jonathan (and David Goyer) are scribbling away right now.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010Written by
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe
Release Date: Friday 16th July
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable.
Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible–inception.
Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one.