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The entire notion of the Singularity is fascinating, and I am doubly intrigued by the fears that the idea seems to instill in people. I think the idea of being able to leave your body behind and live "forever" in a digital form is an amazing notion, but for some reason, whenever Hollywood deals with a major technological jump forward, they almost always do it in a horror film first.
While I'm not sure I'd call "Transcendence" a horror film, it certainly looks like they're playing the notion of digital life as a terrifying prospect. The film is about a famous scientist of some sort, like a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, who is working on a process that will allow people to upload their consciousness when he is attacked and killed by someone looking to derail his research. In an effort to save his life, his wife uses his new process on him, and as his body dies, he makes the jump to a purely digital form.
At which point he appears to go crazy and try to take over the world.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Film editor Thelma Schoonmaker has been with Martin Scorsese since the beginning. Their collaboration, which extends over 19 feature films, a handful of shorts and even a Michael Jackson music video, has made for some of the richest, purest, most alive American cinema in history, and "The Wolf of Wall Street," opening next week, is just another notch on that belt.
I recently sat down with Schoonmaker to discuss all of that and more, and I don't mind saying, I couldn't help but gush. Anyone with a passion for cinema, I imagine, will fight the urge to bow at the feet of a woman like this, who has been such a consistent force behind some of the most indelible film imagery of our time.
Schoonmaker has been nominated for six Oscars for her collaborations with Scorsese, having won for "Raging Bull," "The Aviator" and "The Departed." Meeting him changed her life, as meeting her surely changed his. And that certainly came across in our hour-long conversation, which you can read through below. It's another long one, so settle in, or bookmark it and enjoy it over the holiday.
Seth Meyers, who joined "SNL" in 2001, is not leaving -- yet
The future "Late Night" host tweeted this afternoon: "For those asking, tomorrow is not my last SNL. I have a few more in me."
A&E had a publicist monitor Phil Robertson's GQ interview, but he slipped out on an ATV ride with reporter
According to TMZ, it was during that time away from the publicist that the GQ reporter got the "Duck Dynasty" star's controversial thoughts on race and gays. UPDATE: GQ editor says: "PR rep was there the entire time."
"Katie" is going live to save money -- Katie Couric's talk show tapings often ran long
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric's talk show would sometimes tape twice as long as the allotted time, which resulted in a lot of work editing down the shows to one hour.
"Chicago PD" cuts 2 actors, including Clint Eastwood's son
Scott Eastwood and Tania Raymonde are exiting the "Chicago Fire" spinoff.
"House of Lies" books Fred Armisen and Balthazar Getty
Armisen will play a neurotic company owner, while Getty has been cast as a wealthy hedge fund manager who has a history with Eliza Coupe.
Anna Gunn gets a new TV hubby: Josh Hamilton
The "Breaking Bad" alum will be joined by Hamilton on Fox's "Gracepoint."
"Better Call Saul" adds 2 "Breaking Bad" writers
Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison, who respectively wrote the "Buried" and "Confessions" episodes of this past season, have come aboard as producers on the AMC spinoff.
We're about to start getting a flood of information on "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" as they cast the remaining roles, and I'm curious to see how Marvel handles things. There are plenty of surprises left to be revealed, and major characters that haven't been mentioned at all yet in public, and I have no idea how they're going to reveal things. Will they say who they're casting these people to play, or are they going to be coy about it for as long as possible? And if they do try to play it low-key, how successful are they going to be?
For example, Latino Review just broke the news that Baron Von Strucker is going to be part of the film. In the Marvel comics, he's a leader of H.Y.D.R.A., which is sort of the evil version of S.H.I.E.L.D., and he's a particularly nasty ex-Nazi who has augmented himself to theoretically live forever. When David Goyer did that TV movie version of "Nick Fury: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D." with David Hasselhoff as the star, Baron Von Strucker was the bad guy. He also made frequent appearances in the animated series "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes." He has a long history of facing off against the Avengers in the comics, and it makes perfect sense that he'd make his way into the Marvel Movie Universe eventually.
Greetings from Ireland -- where, coincidentally enough, I touched down shortly before the Dublin Film Critics' Circle announced their 2013 award winners. And an interesting list it is, too. Don't look for "12 Years a Slave" here -- only films released locally this year are eligible -- but "Gravity" took Best Picture, Director and Cinematography. It's the runner-up lists, however, where their individuality emerges: there are 10 or more in each category (the Irish have a funny way of counting ties, it seems), and choices range from "What Maisie Knew" for Best Picture to Brady Corbet in "Simon Killer" for Best Actor to "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" for Best Cinematography. A refreshing change from the usual-usual. Full list after the jump; check out every group's winners so far at The Circuit.
A&E suspended Phil Robertson because his comparison of homosexuality to bestiality was over-the-line
According to The Wrap, A&E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc ultimately made the decision to suspend the "Duck Dynasty" star because his remarks to GQ were in conflict with "the fundamental values of the company." PLUS: The White House had a pool going on which reporter would ask President Obama a "Duck Dynasty" question at today's press conference (nobody asked), Bristol Palin lends her support for Robertson, crisis experts weigh in, 9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about "Duck Dynasty," and A&E has many "Duck" marathons planned over the next week.
Patton Oswalt unveils a standup special promo shot in reverse
Watch the "forward" and "reverse" versions of Oswalt's Epix special promo for "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time."
Here are your holiday TV marathons, events and specials
From TBS' "A Christmas Story" marathon to "It's a Wonderful Life."
George R.R. Martin will host a screening of every "Game of Thrones" episode at his New Mexico theater
For 12 weeks, starting Jan. 6, Martin will screen three shows per week, one night a week.
"Heroes" alum Jack Coleman surfaces on "CSI"
He'll guest as a pastor whose teen daughter suddenly dies.
Nickelodeon renews "The Thundermans"
The live-action superhero kids' comedy will be back for Season 2.
Shortly before joining "SNL," Will Ferrell performed for the O.J. Simpson jury
As Ferrell recalls to Jimmy Kimmel, he was a member of the Groundlings when he and his fellow comedy troupe members were asked to entertain the O.J. jury.
"Real" from "Real Chance of Love" undergoes cancer-removal surgery
Ahmad "Real" Givens had a cancerous growth removed from his colon on Wednesday.
Judd Apatow talks to Jay Leno about interviewing him in 1983
A teenage Apatow had a knack for interviewing comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld.
"The Sing-Off" to have a "We Belong" finale
Pat Benatar will be joined by Pentatonix and Neil Geraldo to perform her 1984 hit.
Sofia Vergara butchers a Christmas carol her "Modern Family" co-stars
Watch the video of her attempt to sing "Jingle Bells," shared by Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Writer on NBC's "Believe" commits suicide
Ned Vizzini, who is best known for his book "It’s Kind of a Funny Story," which was adapted as a Zach Galifianakis film, was found dead at age 32. Vizzini was a writer on the J.J. Abrams NBC drama.
The Nevada Film Critics Society has hopped on the "12 Years a Slave" bandwagon, awarding the film Best Film honors (though nothing else). Meanwhile, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" picked up three prizes, including Best Director, while Meryl Streep landed her first prize of the year for her performance in "August: Osage County." Check out the full list of winners below and remember to keep track at The Circuit.
The Academy has narrowed its list of foreign language film contenders to nine in advance of the nominations announcement for the 86th annual Academy Awards.
A&E getting death threats; 9 of 10 remaining "Duck Dynasty" episodes have been shot
The cable network had to beef up security at its NYC headquarters after receiving death threats and suspicious packages.
Why aren't Phil Robertson's comments on race the real "Duck Dynasty" scandal?
In his GQ interview, Robertson said blacks in the Jim Crow south were happy: "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Kristen Cavallari details "The Hills" fakery: Producers texted us lines
"I had fake relationships, fake fights," she tells "Bethenny."
Writers Guild to honor "The Wire's" David Simon with a career achievement award
"David Simon’s distinguished career is a celebration of his ability to combine the street smarts of the cityside newspaper reporter he once was with the creative imagination of a novelist," says the president of WGA East.
Middle East getting its own "Ugly Betty"
An Arab version of "Everybody Loves Raymond" is also in the works.
Well, I sensed this was coming. Even though some sources stringently maintained that Lars von Trier was not pursuing a festival berth for his gargantuan sex epic "Nymphomaniac," the timing simply made too much sense for this not to happen: the Danish director's, er, extended cut of the film will have its world premiere out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
Well, half of it, at least.