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Topic:Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" (Paramount/WB)
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Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' trailer lifts off with NASA footage

Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong and the space shuttle Atlantis make cameos in the first teaser trailer for "Interstellar," the highly-anticipated 2014 science fiction film from director Christopher Nolan.

The two-minute clip features actor Matthew McConaughey narrating a series of scenes mostly borrowed from NASA's history.

"We count these moments... when we dared to aim higher, to break barriers — to reach for the stars," McConaughey says. "To make the unknown known."

GoesTo11OK, that's a "teaser."

Seriously, I was already excited about this movie.

cspgThat's a depressing teaser.

But since it doesn't say much about the movie, there's hope... that it won't be as bad as "The Dark Knight Rises" (same director, saw it Monday).
mode1charlieWhile I agree Nolan's last movie wasn't his finest, I chalk that up to sequel-ism. He has lots of other outstanding movies to his credit ("Memento," "Inception," the first Batman re-boot). Nolan is one of the best, most thoughtful filmmakers working today, and am very much looking forward to this one.
MrSpace86This movie looks exciting. I saw that teaser this morning and am looking forward to that movie even more.

"The Dark Knight Rises" was not a bad movie by any means. I feel that people wanted it to be another "Dark Knight," but they are all different. That being said, I don't expect this movie to be another "Inception;" it will be better!

Dave ClowAt the risk of sounding a little cranky, I have to express some irritation at retrospectives talking about how "we" did this — "We count these moments... when we dared to aim higher, to break barriers — to reach for the stars..."

We didn't. Most of us, like me, were spectators at best (I was 12 in 1969) and only insofar as we were Americans being represented by other Americans were we to be credited. I suppose we all paid the bill, and of course we invested our enthusiasm, but it's too easy to march in the parade for such a nominal version of participation. And remember that for all those who were enthusiasts, millions of others were opponents, skeptics, or just indifferent.

The point is, America does things like this with a tiny fraction of its talents and energies, and it often does them despite, not because of, Americans. So waxing nostalgic for the times when we all pulled together to reach for the stars seems a waste — those times never happened. And America doesn't need unanimity for one happen now. Opportunity, Curiosity, Cassini, GRAIL... ask most Americans what those are and you'll get a blank look. Ask them how they feel about multi-billion dollar robotic explorations and many will call it a waste of taxpayer dollars. Ask them how they feel about Chinese rover tracks on the Moon and they'll remember those great days when we all dared to aim higher.

MrSpace86I don't mean to start a debate, but I believe the "we" he refers to in the trailer is "we" as in mankind, not the USA. They use NASA footage because it is public and readily accessible; I am unsure if they could have used Sputnik footage, Gagarin, or anything like that.

One of the synopsis I read said, "In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it's up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind."

Robert Pearlman
Originally posted by MrSpace86:
One of the synopsis I read...
That synopsis can be traced back to a fan site with apparently no connection to the filmmakers or studios, so it may or may not be accurate.
MrSpace86It isn't from the official site?
Robert PearlmanThe official website is:; the site with a dash is a fan site.
MrSpace86They had me fooled! Ugh. Thanks Robert
Captain ApolloIf you really, really, want to know, here is the 2008 script written by Nolan's brother.
Robert PearlmanThe 2008 script was reportedly the original screenplay when the film was under Steven Spielberg's direction. When Christopher Nolan took over in early 2013, he rewrote the screenplay, incorporating some of the ideas from his brother's script.
Robert PearlmanNew teaser poster for Interstellar:

Robert PearlmanThe Washington Post reports that the new trailer for Interstellar is now playing exclusively before IMAX movies at the National Air and Space Museum.
Nolan, the director of "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" trilogy, has famously stayed loyal to large-format film stock during cinema's digital revolution. He photographed "Interstellar" on 70 mm and IMAX film; the director's commitment to film, along with the movie's space-travel theme, made it a natural fit with the museum –- one of the only theaters in the region that shows IMAX movies on film, rather than digitally. The Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater will be the only theater showing the trailer until it appears with "Godzilla" when it opens in other theaters throughout the country next week. The "Interstellar" trailer will play before all of the museum's IMAX offerings.

Air & Space Museum theaters director Zarth Bertsch said that the trailer's exclusive run will continue at least until "Godzilla's" May 16 opening date, and perhaps longer if it doesn't interfere with the theater's regular programming. (There's even a chance that "Interstellar" will play there during its theatrical run.) "The extra two minutes have made our turnaround time between shows pretty tight," he said. "But we'd like to play it indefinitely if we can."

cspgThere's even a book: Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space: Inside Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi Epic.
In his new film Interstellar, Christopher Nolan takes on the infinite canvas of space to deliver a cutting-edge, emotionally charged adventure that will amaze audiences of all ages.

"Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space" documents the making of Nolan's latest masterpiece in fascinating detail and features interviews with the acclaimed director along with screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and other key members of the crew.

While delving into the science and philosophy behind the film in satisfying detail, "Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space" dynamically showcases the incredible concept art created for the film, along with rough sketches, storyboards, and other intriguing preproduction elements. Also including interviews with the exceptional cast, including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, "Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space" features a strong behind-the-scenes component, with candid pictures from the set that illustrate Christopher Nolan's famed preference for elaborate set pieces that involve little or no CGI.

Visually enthralling and engrossing in its in-depth treatment of the themes and ideas at the heart of the film, "Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space" is the perfect accompaniment to one of the most anticipated films of 2014.

Robert PearlmanWarner Bros. has released the first full trailer for Interstellar:

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Robert PearlmanSo, from what little we can see in the new trailer of the rocket and (a bit more) of the spacecraft, anyone spot any nods to real space history?
mikejWell, the engines on the rocket (at about 1:07) certainly seem to be inspired by F-1s ... right down to the red cover assembly forward of the turbine exhaust manifold.
jasonelamWell, having seen the trailer, I was actually impressed. As I've begun to look a little more into the movie, however, it seems like the trailer may be the best parts of the movie. Not going to give spoilers, but it's not as exciting as I once thought.
JasonBTo say I'm looking forward to this would be an understatement. Nolan is one of the top 2 or 3 directors out there and this looks fascinating.

By the way, The Dark Knight Rises was freaking great!

chetI can think of at least one person who doesn't hold "The Dark Knight" in very high regard — I wasn't very much a fan of "Inception" either.

I very much hope he doesn't end up wasting everyone's time with "Interstellar".

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