Matthew McConaughey Confirmed For Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar


No one turns down Christopher Nolan. Last week, actor Matthew McConaughey was offered the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s new science fiction film Interstellar, and now the 43-year-old Texas native has accepted the mysterious role.

In an interview with the StarTribune, McConaughey recently chatted about his current project, True Detective, director Cary Fukunaga’s crime series for HBO. During the interview, McConaughey confirmed that he will join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, playing the lead role. There are no details available about the science fiction film, but supposedly the film will “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”

Interstellar will mark Christopher Nolan’s return to the science fiction genre that the British director explored to great effect with 2010’s Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy. Interstellar will also mark Matthew McConaughey’s first return to science fiction since his co-starring appearance with Jodie Foster and James Woods in Robert Zemeckis’ Contact in 1997.


Ninja Turtles Reboot Adds Will Arnett In Unknown Role

Will Arnett

With casting now in full effect on the Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, we’ve seen some well-known names (Megan Fox) and some less-familiar actors (Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher) filling roles in the new film from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company. Now we can add another name to the former category: Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett is joining TMNT in an undisclosed role.

According to THR, Platinum Dunes hasn’t announced who Arnett will be playing yet, but they have ruled out the masked vigilante Casey Jones. Perhaps Arnett could be the turtles’ master Splinter or the film’s villain, The Shredder. It is also unclear if Arnett will perform a motion capture role or a more traditional onscreen character.

Last week, all four “Ninja Turtles” were cast and it was revealed that they would indeed be motion capture CGI characters, unlike previous iterations of the heroes in a half shell. Platinum Dunes will use the same motion capture technology James Cameron used in Avatar to bring the Na’vi to life.


Robert Kirkman Opens Up About The Walking Dead’s Fourth Season

Now that The Walking Dead has wrapped up its third season, it’s time to look forward to season four. The new season will start six months from now, this October, and it sounds like season four of The Walking Dead will be more of a personal journey for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his son Carl (Chandler Riggs).


Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes


Grace Of Monaco Writer Sells Time Travel Pitch The Infinity Principle


After delving into historical drama and the biopic realm with his Grace of Monaco script—which tells the tale of Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s romance with Prince Rainier III of, you guessed it, Monaco—writer Arash Amel is dipping his toes into sci-fi. Summit Entertainment has picked up his pitch for a time travel drama called The Infinity Principle.

According to Heat Vision, the story for The Infinity Principle deals with a physicist who proves that time travel is indeed possible. This revelation alone is enough to cause the very fabric of the universe to begin to unravel. You can imagine the complications that could arise from such a situation. Basil Iwanyk (Clash of the Titans, Brooklyn’s Finest) and his Thunder Roads Pictures will produce the film.

That’s a vague description, but one that definitely holds a great deal of potential. There’s a lot of room to deal with theoretical, scientific elements inherent in the set up, as well as throw in some high-paced action for good measure. It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out. Hopefully it skews toward the smart side of things.


Dystopian Short Film True Skin Acquired by Warner Bros.

trueskinThere are quite a few things I’d change about myself if ever robotic augmentation came into humanity’s everyday reality. I’d definitely want to correct my vision and dental malfunctions, and relieve some back pain. I guess I’ll save all the other stuff for my wishful penis enlargement blog.

When we last told you about the augmentation-themed film True Skin, it was just a short film directed by newcomer Stephan Zlotescu that managed to combine wacky Asian imagery with a future dystopia, and Variety reports Warner Bros. has mechanically grafted the short into its upcoming slate of films, with Zlotescu set to adapt his own film.

The screenplay will be written by Tucker Parsons, a creative director and executive VP at the marketing agency Ignition Creative, and in his spare time wrote a script for a 14th century Scottish whale hunter film called Whaleman that made the most recent Blacklist for unproduced screenplays. Whale hunting and quasi-cyborgs are about as far-flung from each other as anything I can imagine.


Ancient Gateway To Hell Discovered In Turkey

hellWe here at Giant Freakin’ Robot are a lot more inclined to believe in the fact that ancient people believed in Hell as a place on Earth, rather than believing in Hell itself. Call us Negative Nancy if you will, but it’s always more fun when the visions that affected people throughout history were caused by natural effects instead of religious ones. Because that means I can have a few of my own.

Now that arguably the most famous “Hell on Earth” has been discovered in Turkey, it’s a lot clearer what people were putting their beliefs into: a fucking scary killer cave that oozed hallucinatory fumes. As presented at an Italian archaeology conference earlier this month, a team led by University of Salento’s professor of classic archaeology Francesco D’Andria unearthed ruins in southwestern Turkey that is claimed to be Pluto’s Gate – or Ploutonion/Plutonium, depending on if you’re Greek or Latin – a cave in the ancient city of Hierapolis located near the present day city of Pamukkale, a place legendary for its ailment-relieving hot springs.

“We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring. Indeed, Pamukkale’ springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces originate from this cave,” D’Andria told Discovery News. A temple and pool were found within the ruins, along with steps leading to the cave that were the setting for ancient rituals, in which birds were thrown into the deadly vapors that came out of the cave. Bulls weren’t free from that sort of behavior either, if ancient texts are to be believed. Priests would be the only ones allowed to stand so close to the fumes, while others watched from farther back, in a tourist-like area that the ruins seem to correspond with. The priests would hallucinate and make all kinds of sacrifices and do all the weird shit that people associated with deities, but it was just some of Earth’s more pungent aromas making their way into then’s men’s accepting brains. The fumes from the pool also induced hallucinations if breathed in long enough, it seems.