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.
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.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Drew Barrymore
Cast: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig
Release Date: Friday April 7th
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is a fast-moving comedy about Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page), who for years has been dreaming of escaping her tiny, truck-stop of a town. Unfortunately her devoted, beauty pageant obsessed mother (Marcia Gay Harden) is convinced that Bliss can only succeed in life if she wins the crown at the local Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant, but the awkward outsider knows there’s something bigger and better out there.
When Bliss sneaks off to the big city of Austin with her best friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) she discovers a world unlike anything she could ever imagine: roller derby, with its girl-power-meets-punk-rock spirit and its liberating celebration of wild individuality. Inspired by the likes of Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig), Bliss secretly tries out for a spot on the Hurl Scouts, a rag-tag team of scrappy underdogs. Soon she’s trading in her gowns and crowns for skirts, skates and scrapes becoming her alter ego, Babe Ruthless. Bliss may be a waitress at Bodeen’s Oink Joint by day, but by night, she’s becoming the fastest thing on eight wheels. Now she’s doing things she never dreamed of - fearlessly facing off with bad-ass rivals like Iron Maven (Juliette Lewis) and falling for a boy in a band - while trying to be a heroine to her new friends and teammates. But when her secret gets out, Bliss will face her toughest fight yet: to take control of the future on her own terms.
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.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009Written by Ivan Radford
And there you were thinking we'd never understand the plot for Christopher Nolan's next project. And you were right. The new trailer's online, but it's still confusing as hell.
The original teaser was perhaps less baffling - at least we didn't have to worry about working out Leonard DiCaprio's cryptic comments. But still, a thriller in the architecture of the mind, which stars Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine is still seriously exciting. Let alone the fact that the visuals look incredible.
It's only another 6 months or so until it hits cinemas and turns all our brains into pulp. To get a head start on the mind-melting, head over to Apple, or read on for the full video in HD.