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This week's cover: Your exclusive all-access pass to Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

With Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Interstellar, the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception boldly goes into outer space with his most visually spectacular and emotionally resonant movie yet. We can say that because we’ve seen it. We also watched Nolan make it, and in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we bring you onto the top secret set and take you into editing room to chronicle how the man who made Batman fly to new heights pushed himself creatively and personally to produce his sci-fi epic.

Interstellar opens Nov. 5 and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, and John Lithgow, to name a few. (Seriously: There are more.) The plot tracks a quartet of astronauts and scientists—and the most unusual robot to grace the screen in years (meet the fall’s breakout star: a mini-monolith of metamorphic Jenga blocks named TARS)—who journey across the universe to search for a new home for mankind: In the near future of the film, Earth is dying, ravaged by blight and environmental ruin. READ FULL STORY

'An Education' becomes 'An Engagement': Couple re-creates famous movie posters for their wedding


Okay, this is genius. When engaged couple Joshua Watson and Rachel van der Merwe got down to posing for their engagement photos, they decided that just any ol’ awkward smiling picture wouldn’t do. Instead, they decided to re-create some of Hollywood’s most famous film/television posters. An Education? More like An Engagement. Did you enjoy Walk the Line? Well, Walk the Aisle looks even better. Inception? What about Reception?

Check out a couple of other examples below, and if you want to see more — like their version of How I Met Your Mother/How I Met Mrs. Watson or Don’t Miss Dinner, a riff on Little Miss Sunshine — just click here.

Tom Hardy rumored to be in talks to play Elton John: Five reasons he's perfect for the role

Most of you probably first met Tom Hardy in 2010’s Inception, unless you’re an avid consumer of British cinema, in which case perhaps you recognized him from 2008’s Bronson. Then again, a select few of you Trekkies might even remember him from 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. Regardless, now almost all of you identify him as Bane from 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. But a few years from now, we might all be calling him Sir Elton.

With five movies in the works for 2014 (including a highly anticipated Mad Max reboot) and a new rumor going around that he’s being looked at to play Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, Hardy is hard at work on becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors/puppy-lovers. And believe it or not, Bane might just be the perfect choice to play one of music’s most iconic performers. Here’s why: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Our 2012 Forecast issue takes you to the set of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

In a year crowded with some of the most anticipated movies in years (The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man, to name just a few), The Dark Knight Rises might be the most anticipated of them all. The third and final installment in Inception director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Bat-flicks — which will once again star Christian Bale as the caped crusader and introduce Thomas Hardy as the brilliant, brutish terrorist Bane and Anne Hathaway as the purrrrfectly mercurial Selina Kyle — will swing into theaters on July 20, four years after The Dark Knight ignited a cultural sensation, grossed $533 million, and earned Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly — our annual Forecast issue, which previews the pop culture year looming ahead — goes to the Rises set and offers some insight into how Team Nolan hopes to match their previous success. “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure,” Christian Bale tells EW. “And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people’s expectations — to make great work.”  READ FULL STORY

Rated Arrrrr! Top 10 most pirated movies of all time

In response to Netflix’s recently released list of the “Top 10 Movie Rentals of All Time,” BitTorrent has release its own — albeit utterly illegal — list of the “Top 10 Most Pirated Movies” of all time. The usual suspects were there, with Avatar (21 million downloads) taking top (dis?)honors, and The Dark Knight tying for second place with Transformers at 19 million downloads apiece. And, yes, of course there’s a Pirates of the Caribbean installment on there. It’s only right.

Still, there is surprisingly little overlap between the lists (only Inception and The Departed). Apparently Netflix users favor Oscar bait while Internet thieves go for tentpole popcorn movies, with the Venn Diagram overlap between those two strangely being Leonardo DiCaprio. So what other movies made the list, and which were the most head scratch-inducing? See the full list after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Videogames vs. Movies: Have games replaced films as the modern popular narrative medium?

Comparing one narrative medium to another is a tricky business. Anyone who has read a Harry Potter book and then seen the ensuing film adaptation — which is to say, almost everyone on earth —  knows that every storytelling method has its own strengths and weaknesses. Still, there is something particularly fascinating about the rivalry between movies and videogames. Cinema was the original popular art form, but it has spent over half a century fighting against rival media: Television, home video, and finally the videogame, which has evolved in just a few short decades from the primordial elements of Pong into the culture-defining medium of Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and The Legend of Zelda.

The key to the great Film/Videogame debate is that the two have evolved alongside of each other. Videogames have become more “filmlike,” with more realistic characters and complex plotting. In turn, movies have absorbed many lessons from videogames, some of them good (films like The Hurt Locker and Children of Men have a you-are-there grandeur that feels very gamelike) and some of them not so good (watching Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy is are exactly as enjoyable as watching your little brother play videogames you used to love before you turned 6). Now, I and fellow videogame fiend Adam B. Vary debate whether videogames have outright passed the movies as the popular narrative medium. Tell us your own thoughts in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Oscar Twitter stats: James Franco feels the online love/wrath

James Franco may not have won the Best Actor Oscar, or the hearts of Oscar watchers (save our Ken Tucker), but according to Tweetbeat, which tracks the most talked about things on Twitter, he was by far the most tweeted about personality during last night’s Academy Awards. Of the estimated 400,000 Oscar-related tweets logged — half as many as the Super Bowl — 21,117 of them involved the actor/cohost. Anne Hathaway was the second most mentioned person with 14,530 tweets — though users were kinder to her than Franco. See the full Top 10 list below, along with other fun stats such as: the Top 3 most tweeted designers during the red carpet, the moments that caused “unexpected spikes of tweets” (hello, Melissa Leo!), which films were referenced the most (and whether those sentiments were positive or negative), and who Kirk Douglas bested… READ FULL STORY

Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' turns 10: PopWatch Rewind remembers the film. And then immediately forgets it.

With all that Christopher Nolan has done since, from gravel-voiced Batmen to Russian-nesting dreams, it’s easy to forget just how great his 2000 backwards-is-the-new-forwards thriller Memento really is. Almost as easy as it is for its main character to forget just about everything. To refresh people’s memories, the film will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with special one-night screenings tonight in 11 cities. We decided it’d be a good time to revisit the movie that put Nolan on the map and made a practical case for body art and Polaroid cameras. Now, where were we?

Darren Franich: Memento should feel more like a gimmick. The quick description is that the story moves “backwards,” but that’s not really true. Just like the dream-heist in Inception, the movie’s actually constructed on multiple distinct planes. The main plotline starts with the death of Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) and moves backwards. A secondary plotline, shot in black and white, moves forwards in time. Through those black-and-white scenes, we learn the fable of Sammy Jankis, which runs throughout the movie. Finally, there’s the occasional flashback to Lenny’s life before “The Incident.” It sounds like a film written on a 3-D chessboard. So how is it possible that Memento is actually the funniest movie Christopher Nolan has ever made?  READ FULL STORY

Oscar nominee and Oscar snubbed 'Inception' director Christopher Nolan: Good day or bad day?

chris-nolanImage Credit: http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/100803/chris-nolan_320.jpgAll things considered, Christopher Nolan had a fantastic day today. His film Inception received eight Oscar nominations, and the helmer himself was nominated for two awards. Nolan is one of two producers on the film — his wife, Emma Thomas, is the other — and if Inception should win Best Picture, they’d be taking the stage together. Nolan also wrote the script for Inception, and his work was nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category. “And well deserved,” composer Hans Zimmer, who picked up his ninth Oscar nomination today for his Inception score, tells EW. (He’s won only once, for The Lion King.) “I’ve been telling people forever this is one of the most beautiful scripts I have ever read.”

Of course, there’s only one way in which Christopher Nolan’s day could have been even better, and that’s if he had been nominated for Best Director, as well. READ FULL STORY

Andrew Garfield? Emma Stone? Tom Hardy? Who was 2010's Rising Star?

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We Americans are inclined to assume that most all Brits are smarter, classier, and more refined than us Yanks, and the movie business is especially susceptible to such impressions. The Oscar is the industry’s gold standard, but a BAFTA Award has the Land of Shakespeare’s stamp of approval, lending itself unique artistic credibility. So it’s a little surprising-slash-refreshing that BAFTA presents an annual Rising Star Award, and even more unexpected that the winner is voted on by the British public. (And even more unlikely that the contest is sponsored by a British company.) How utterly People’s Choice Awards! READ FULL STORY

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