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  • Directors & Their Troops: Christopher Nolan on the 'Interstellar' Team

    Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is state of the art, yet old-fashioned: He filmed in L.A. as much as possible, prefers physical sets to greenscreen and watches the rushes in 35mm. Audiences like the results: The film has passed $620 million so far at the global box office. Here, Nolan talked with Variety about his unique process with production designer Nathan Crowley, working with longtime collaborators, and the "weird" surprise he gave Hans Zimmer. Production design, Nathan Crowley "He's one of my most closest and inspiring creative collaborators. Often when I'm finishing a script, before we have anybody on board, he'll come on -- and in my garage, we will start throwing ideas around, doing sketches, building models; we noodle around, just as a pure fun time. There are no mouths to feed at that point, there are no big departments needing to know what to build, how much it will cost and so forth. So for six to eight weeks, we try to mess around with the pure creative side. Tesseract, that space inside the black hole, that was one of the first things we started messing around with, to build models with. That was an incredibly valuable period because none of the technical or financial difficulties creep into that process. It's just the two of us messing around, and a lot of the finished film comes out of those conversations. It's a unique process. I think we developed it with 'Batman Begins.' When we showed the script to the studio, I wanted to show them what the look would be. It felt important to get that across. So while we were working on script, I had Nathan working, to show them what the Batmobile would be. I think he really enjoyed the lack of pressure, being alone as an artist, without draftsmen needing to be fed every day with new things to build. It's a process of expansion of vision, if you like, always pushing things further and further. As soon as people come on, you have to get practical. And he's great at that part too, but it's joyful to have that bit at the beginning where there are no rules."
  • 'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' Top Critics Choice Awards Nominations

    With 13 bids, "Birdman" led nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, followed by 11 for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a one-two punch for Fox Searchlight. "Boyhood" followed with eight. The noms for Angelina Jolie ("Unbroken") and Ava DuVernay ("...

    Nominees for the 2015 Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Critics' Choice Awards

    "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Boyhood" led the nominees of the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards. With 11 and 8 nominations, respectively, they were joined in the best picture category by "Birdman," "Gone Girl,"...

    'Lego Movie,' 'Into the Woods' might thrive in Oscar craft categories

    When it comes to the crafts categories, everything is awesome (or should be) if you're a member of the teams behind "Into the Woods" or "The Grand Budapest Hotel." And, yes, we're liking "The Lego Movie's" chances of winning animated feature. Here's how...

    Antonio Sanchez's soaring beat takes flight in 'Birdman'

    Antonio Sanchez's soaring beat takes flight in 'Birdman'
    As a musician used to working on the fringes of popular culture, Antonio Sanchez never anticipated that his skills as an improvisational jazz drummer would lead to Hollywood. Then director Alejandro González Iñárritu came along. Now Sanchez is winning...