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Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster

He is one of the few directors who can walk into a Hollywood studio with an idea and come out with $200m. So will Nolan’s latest epic, Interstellar, reinforce his reputation as the auteur who thinks big?

Being Bill Murray

Many of us have random impulses, but Bill Murray is the man who acts on them, for all of us. Consider, for example, the time a couple of years ago when he caught a cab late at night in Oakland.

Creative Review - Designing for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon

The flood of loving tributes to the late Harold Ramis this week has encouraged many of us to look back over his rich movie career. It also brings to mind Doug Kenney, one of Ramis’s co-writers on Animal House (Chris Miller is the other).

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Final Secret

The first was that there was no way Hoffman had died with a syringe still in his arm — no way that an actor who brought such finicky dignity to his portrayal of the most desperate characters had permitted himself to die so ruthlessly unmasked.

The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio

John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras. This lesson is part of the FilmmakerIQ course: "Everything You Need To Know about Aspect Ratio" http://filmmakeriq.com/cours

Why 'Her' Is the Best Movie Ever Made About the Singularity

The pop-culture tuning fork known as the Academy Awards will reveal its film nominations on Thursday, and if the recent Golden Globes win by Her on Sunday for best screenplay is any indication, the film’s writer and director, Spike Jonze, may score his first-ever Oscar win.

It's The 30-Year Anniversary Of The Greatest Wall Street Movie Ever Made: Here's The Story Behind It

In June of 1983, “Trading Places” was released in theaters. It remains the greatest Wall Street movie ever made. Thirty years later, most regard it as part of the canon of American comedies, having launched, revived, or defined the careers of many of its cast and crew.

Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever

The sci-fi film's self-aware satire went unrecognized by critics when it came out 16 years ago. Now, some are finally getting the joke. When Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers hit theaters 16 years ago today, most American critics slammed it.

Things I’ve Learned: Danny Boyle

1. A DIRECTOR MUST BE A PEOPLE PERSON • Ninety-five percent of your job is handling personnel. People who’ve never done it imagine that it’s some act, like painting a Picasso from a blank canvas, but it’s not like that.

Christopher Nolan on internet movie theories, his indie roots, and editing 'Inception'

Every January the Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City, Utah, but since 1995 the town has also played host to the festival's younger upstart sibling: Slamdance.

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