LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - There are no bathrooms in outer space.
That's what the cast of "Interstellar" learned working on Christopher Nolan's latest sci-fi epic, which premiered in New York on Monday night at the AMC Loews Lincoln Center.
"We got steel kidneys, because there was a long time between pee breaks," said Bill Irwin, who plays the voice of the robot TARS. "In the scenes where there was a lot of water, there was a chemical toilet on stilts, but there was a line." Irwin notes that of the actors playing astronauts in the film -- including Anne Hathaway and Wes Bentley -- Matthew McConaughey had the strongest bladder. "I never heard Matthew ask to go," Irwin said.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - With Christian Bale parting ways on the project, Sony has moved quickly to find the man to portray the late Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Michael Fassbender is in early talks to play "Jobs" in the the Sony biopic that Danny Boyle is directing, sources confirm.
Based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs," the real-life drama is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art held its fourth annual Art and Film Gala on Saturday evening, with A-list talent and moguls stepping in from the brisk November temps for one of the starriest bashes of the fall.
The Gucci-sponsored event, which raised nearly $4 million for LACMA, this year honored Quentin Tarantino and artist Barbara Kruger. Guests included Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, Harvey Weinstein, Ryan Seacrest, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, Jerry Bruckheimer and Amy Adams.
"Everyone knows I love to talk, but I hate talking about my own movies," Tarantino admitted standing in front of a wall of blood-red roses.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Universal has released a slapstick-filled first trailer for Illumination's "Minions" movie, eight months before its July 10 opening.
The spinoff of the two "Despicable Me" films stars minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob in search of a new master. They wind up in New York in 1968 after serving an Egyptian pharaoh, Dracula, Napoleon and a dinosaur.
"Finding a master was easy," the voiceover notes. "Keeping a master was tricky."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After early discussions to play the Apple founder, Christian Bale has decided to part ways with the Steve Jobs biopic at Sony.
While negotiations were never fully under way, sources tell Variety that Bale had talks with director Danny Boyle about taking on the role, but a deal never came to fruition. The news comes almost two weeks after the biopic's screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, told Bloomberg that Bale was a lock for the part of Jobs. ""We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," he said. "It's an extremely difficult part and he's gonna crush it."
Sony will now look to find its replacement after Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio both passed on the part. The studio is in discussions with Seth Rogen to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - An ABC News "20/20" report on Friday included previously unseen footage of the final moments leading up to "Midnight Rider" camera assistant Sarah Jones' tragic death in February.
The video comes from a camera that was inside the CSX locomotive that was speeding down the track before the accident. Two other crew members as well as film stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell ran for their lives seconds before impact, but Jones wasn't able to make it off the trestle safely.
According to the report, a hospital bed that had been placed on the tracks (for the dream sequence being shot) was responsible for Jones' death. It collided with the train, then struck Jones, pushing her into the deadly vehicle.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The new U.S. trailer for the long-delayed film "Serena" shows the darker side of Jennifer Lawrence's titular character.
Although similar to the international trailer that was released in September, the new video hints that Lawrence's Serena has blood on her hands. In addition to a clip from one scene in which Serena appears to be choking someone, the inclusion of the telling line "It had to be done ... for us" also speaks volumes about her flawed character.
The film marks the third collaboration between Lawrence and co-star Bradley Cooper. They play a husband and wife fighting to save their North Carolina timber empire during the Depression.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Marvel surprises just keep coming, as Idris Elba recently revealed that he and his "Thor" co-star Tom Hiddleston will be back for the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Elba, who played Heimdall in 2013's "Thor," dropped the news in an interview with the Telegraph.
"I'm in 'Avengers,'" he said. "And I'm doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth [who plays Thor] and Tom Hiddleston [Loki], and they're like, [whispers] - 'Aren't you [meant to be] in Ibiza?' "