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Top 10 films of 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

20 December 2012 2:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Luke Savage Dec 28, 2012

Our clamber through the 10 finest films of the year continues with The Dark Knight Rises. Luke explains why it's one of our favourites...

Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. In fourth place is Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Dark Knight trilogy. It might have divided audiences a little, but it's the kind of film that a second viewing does the world of good for...

4th place: The Dark Knight Rises

There was a lot riding on The Dark Knight Rises. Just ask yourself this: when was the last time a film carried so many expectations on its broad, caped shoulders?

Even in a year that brought us a Joss Whedon superhero mash-up, Peter Jackson’s Tolkien reunion party and Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise, nothing could come close to the »

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Roger Hammond obituary

13 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor known for his roles as clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters

There is a great tradition in the rotundity of actors, and Roger Hammond, who has died aged 76 of cancer, stands proudly in a line stretching from Francis L Sullivan and Willoughby Goddard through to Roy Kinnear, Desmond Barrit and Richard Griffiths, though he was probably more malleably benevolent on stage than any of them.

He reeked of kindness, consideration and imperturbability, with a pleasant countenance and a beautiful, soft voice, qualities ideal for unimpeachable clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters such as Waffles in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (whom he played in a 1991 BBC TV film, with David Warner and Ian Holm), a man whose wife left him for another man on his wedding day but who has remained faithful to her and forgiving ever since.

Hammond grew up in Stockport, Lancashire. His chartered accountant father was managing director of his own family firm, »

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Roger Hammond obituary

13 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor known for his roles as clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters

There is a great tradition in the rotundity of actors, and Roger Hammond, who has died aged 76 of cancer, stands proudly in a line stretching from Francis L Sullivan and Willoughby Goddard through to Roy Kinnear, Desmond Barrit and Richard Griffiths, though he was probably more malleably benevolent on stage than any of them.

He reeked of kindness, consideration and imperturbability, with a pleasant countenance and a beautiful, soft voice, qualities ideal for unimpeachable clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic characters such as Waffles in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (whom he played in a 1991 BBC TV film, with David Warner and Ian Holm), a man whose wife left him for another man on his wedding day but who has remained faithful to her and forgiving ever since.

Hammond grew up in Stockport, Lancashire. His chartered accountant father was managing director of his own family firm, »

- Michael Coveney

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Galileo reaches for the stars

26 September 2012 8:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Topol, Tom Conti, Edward Fox and John Gielgud add up to one clever biopic, if you subtract 45 minutes of flagging in the middle

Galileo (1974)

Director: Joseph Losey

Entertainment grade: C+

History grade: A–

Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer and mathematician, and one of the most important historical figures in the development of modern physics.

Casting

It's 1609, and a skint, grumpy Galileo teaches mathematics in Padua. He is played by Topol. Yes, Topol, from Fiddler on the Roof. Critics were sniffy at the time, complaining that he didn't bring intelligence to the role – unlike, they said, the mostly British supporting cast, which includes Tom Conti and Edward Fox. In fact, Topol isn't that bad. He emphasises Galileo's earthiness instead of restrained scientific dignity, but that's a reasonable interpretation. The real Galileo is said to have played theatrically to audiences in Pisa, climbing the famous tower and throwing objects of »

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Is Dinesh D'Souza's Anti-Obama Movie Truly Ahead of Michael Moore, Al Gore Docs in North America?

13 September 2012 3:39 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2016 movie still trailing Michael Moore, Al Gore 2016 Obama's America, Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary, has surpassed the concert movie Katy Perry: Part of Me to become the second highest-grossing non-fiction film released in North America in 2012. By Sunday evening, D'Souza and Sullivan's right-wing doc -- current cume according to the web site Box Office Mojo stands at an estimated $27.66 million (as of Wed., September 13) -- should have also surpassed the nature doc Chimpanzee ($28.97 million) to become the year's top documentary in the United States and Canada. Worldwide, 2016 -- a 100% domestic sleeper hit like, say, the Tyler Perry movies (which have no audience overseas) -- remains behind both Chimpanzee (another domestic-only release) and Katy Perry: Part of Me. (Please scroll down for more details about the box-office performances of non-fiction films worldwide both in 2012 and "all-time.") As per numerous box-office reports, as the sixth biggest non-fiction film ever (or rather, »

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20th Raindance Independent Film Festival, London, 26th September – 7th October 2012

4 September 2012 10:16 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Raindance Film Festival recently announced its 20th festival programme lineup which includes an unprecedented 105 features, 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries, proof of  another exceptional year of internationally acclaimed films, special live events, exclusive Q&As and masterclasses. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7thOctober at its home of the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4Lr.T

Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil – a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them. The Opening Night afterparty will feature band The Real Tuesday Weld which The Sunday Times calls: “beautiful… »

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20th Raindance Film Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

4 September 2012 3:03 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Raindance have just announced their line-up for their 20th annual film festival. The 2012 festival will, like every year showcase some of the best independent movies that we can expect in the coming year and beyond. Raindance 2012 will take place 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus in London. This year we can expect to see 105 features, more than 138 shorts, 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries.

Scroll down to see the full press release as well as all the feature films that will be showing at the festival. To find out more, click here to visit their official site.

Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. »

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Raindance Film Festival 2012 – Line-up announced

4 September 2012 2:55 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Raindance Film Festival has announced its 20th festival programme today. This year?s lineup includes 105 features and over 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus.

Here’s the low-down:

Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them.

Closing the festival on Sunday 7th October is the UK Premiere of 7 Crates from Paraguay and fresh from its screening in Toronto Film Festival’ s vanguard section. The film focusses on Victor, »

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Raindance 2012 Announces Line-Up

4 September 2012 2:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

2012 is the 20-year anniversary for Raindance Film Festival, and they have a jam-packed schedule to celebrate! Showcasing 105 features and over 138 short films, with 64 UK premieres, 19 world premieres, 13 International premieres, 5 European premieres and 24 directorial debuts from 38 countries, Piccadilly Circus doesn’t know what’s about to hit it.

Opening on Wednesday 26th September is the International premiere of Here Comes The Devil – when a family lose their children on holiday in Tijuana, it seems everything is right again when they’re found. However, something strange has happened when the kids went missing and not everything is as it seems…

The UK Home Grown Strand includes Love Tomorrow (directed by Christopher Payne, with choreography designed by The BalletBoyz); City Slacker (starring Tom Conti); Confine (starring Daisy Lowe and Alfie Allen, with direction from Tobias Tobbell) and String Caesar (featuring Derek Jacobi).

The American Indie Strand will showcase the world premiere of Dark Hearts »

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Raul Ruiz and the ghosts on the battlefield

22 August 2012 2:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The great Chilean director Raul Ruiz died before filming began on his latest epic. Now it's about to get its Venice premiere, with his widow in the director's chair

You wouldn't have put it past Raul Ruiz to direct a film from beyond the grave. The Chilean master was hard at work on a new feature, The Lines of Wellington, at the time of his death last August, aged 70. This was a Napoleonic-era epic, a "Portuguese War and Peace", set in 1810 as the French troops battled with a British and Portuguese army commanded by General Wellington. At Wellington's bidding, a daunting system of fortifications – the so-called Lines of Torres Vedras – was secretly built to repel the French invaders. Wellington pursued a scorched earth policy, which displaced huge numbers of Portuguese and British; it's their story the film tells.

The cast for Lines of Wellington, led by John Malkovich, Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Deneuve, »

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Shirley MacLaine's Downton role is in the best Us-uk culture clash tradition

9 August 2012 1:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Downton Abbey is having fun with MacLaine v Maggie Smith, but in transatlantic casting the Brits are usually the butt of the joke

Shirley MacLaine, the Oscar-winning star of Terms of Endearment, is sweeping into Downton this autumn as the scabrous Martha Levinson, mother to Elizabeth McGovern's Lady Cora and the brass that facilitated her daughter's marriage to Hugh Bonneville's Lord Grantham.

And doesn't she know it. "Here's to the future as long it's not like the past," says MacLaine's Martha L in what is obviously the real point of the casting: the chance for a sparring match with Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess of Grantham.

It is the ultimate transatlantic culture clash – and as delicious as it sounds. But of course MacLaine is by no means the first American to grace British screens (and indeed, vice versa).

From Johnny Depp in The Fast Show to Boy George in The A-Team, »

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TV highlights 03/08/2012

2 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

New Forest – A Year In the Wild | Soham: A Parents' Tale | The Angelos Epithemiou Show | Parents | Museum Secrets | Iron Maiden: Behind The Beast

New Forest – A Year In the Wild

7pm, BBC2

Located just an hour's drive from London, the New Forest is a misnomer; it's among the last ancient patches of a woodland and a lifestyle that once stretched across Europe. Today ponies, deer, pigs and even cows roam freely, and those who work in the forest feel themselves to be authentically connected with the rhythms of nature and humanity's true past. One only hopes that beautiful documentaries like this don't cause the place to be overrun by tourists. David Stubbs

Soham: A Parents' Tale

9pm, ITV1

Several hundred people are murdered every year in the UK. A minority of these receive a certain amount of attention; aA very small number of these cases acquire enduring resonance. »

- David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill, Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall

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Film Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012): Christian Bale, Tom Hardy

23 July 2012 5:52 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

 

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Film Review, a movie directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Tom HardyAnne Hathaway, Morgan FreemanMarion CotillardMichael CaineJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Stewart, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff, Josh Pence, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Alon Aboutboul, Nestor Carbonell, Brett Cullen, Thomas Lennon, and Juno Temple. I could spend 3000 [...]

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

21 July 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wild Bill; The Kid With a Bike; Act of Valour; StreetDance 2; Bel Ami

News that the actor Dexter Fletcher was to make his directorial debut with a London-bound tale of old lags out on parole led some to speculate that the film would owe a debt to Guy Ritchie's geezery oeuvre. Yet a more accurate touchstone for the surprisingly tender Wild Bill (2011, Universal, 15) would be the films of Shane Meadows, with which this shares both a tough edge and a soft heart. Charlie Creed-Miles stars as the eponymous ex-con whose release from prison is met with dismay by his son, Dean (Will Poulter), who has been acting in loco parentis to younger brother Jimmy (Sammy Williams) for years. Initially, Bill doesn't want anything to do with his children, preferring to head north in search of pastures new. But when social services threaten to put the kids into care, »

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The Dark Knight Rises (12A)

21 July 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

In Pixar's The Incredibles, the Achilles heel of the fiendish Syndrome is his tendency to let his guard down and monologue. Traditionally, monologuing is a predilection of supervillains, but in the latest Batman episode The Dark Knight Rises, everyone indulges – not just the bad guys, but Batman, his butler Alfred, cops, politicos, financiers, even an inmate of a hellish foreign prison, played by Tom Conti in a hellish foreign accent. The talk is of corruption, redemption, fallibility, being true to yourself – the latter a specialism of Michael Caine's Alfred, who is, to his employer, a mix of Polonius and Jiminy Cricket. »

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Film Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Realizes Nolan’s Trifecta: One of History’s Greatest Trilogies

20 July 2012 10:05 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago (No-Spoiler Promise!) – In a Hollywood test tube, pour one part Michael Bay and his pure “Transformers” eye candy plus another part Quentin Tarantino with his rich writing and masterful characters. The resulting mutation is Christopher Nolan and his near-perfect Batman conclusion – “The Dark Knight Rises” – to one of the greatest trilogies of all time.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Complimented with some of the world’s best-known and most-loved superhero characters from DC Comics, we have Bob Kane to blame for his epic concoction. Kane created his Batman amalgamation from a combination of Zorro (a wealthy playboy/masked hero), the Shadow (a dark superhero) and Dracula (a bat-like creature). But even Batman – as we especially see in “The Dark Knight” and now “Rises” – is only as strong as his most villainous horror.

Since 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” “Rises” four years later always faced one major mountain: bringing to life an antihero as flawless »

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The Dark Knight Rises – the first review

19 July 2012 12:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Christian Bale's tormented Batman duly rises for Christopher Nolan's bruising saga of revolution and redemption

Old superheroes never die; they simply hang up their capes and retreat to the shadows, awaiting the moment when fashions change and they're required again. One minute Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is hobbling around his country pile, leaning on his stick like a latterday Howard Hughes and woefully proclaiming that "there's nothing out there for me". The next he's back in the bat-suit, back in the saddle – recalled to save the world or Warner Bros, whatever comes first.

Preamble complete, the dark knight duly rises for the bruising final stanza in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, a satisfying saga of revolution and redemption that ends the tale on a note of thunder. If viewers were wanting a corrective to the jumpsuit antics of The Avengers, or the noodling high-school angst of The Amazing Spider-Man, »

- Xan Brooks

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Pairs of Guaranteed Movie Passes to ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

17 July 2012 9:45 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest epic trilogy conclusion edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 10 admit-two guaranteed movie vouchers up for grabs to 2012’s most-anticipated film: “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy! The blockbuster film opens everywhere on July 20, 2012.

The Dark Knight Rises” stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Juno Temple, Alon Aboutboul, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Josh Pence, Aidan Gillen, Joey King, Matthew Modine, Josh Stewart and Daniel Sunjata from writer and director Christopher Nolan and writer Jonathan Nolan.

Pick your own showing using Hollywood Movie Money! These guaranteed movie vouchers are valid for the “The Dark Knight Rises” showing of your choice during the film’s run at participating Chicago theaters, which includes most theater chains except for AMC. Winners can go here to enter »

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[Media] - "The Dark Knight Rises" - Watch a 13-Minute TV Special new pictures !

11 July 2012 4:58 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Following the morning's handprint ceremony for Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new 13-minute TV special on "The Dark Knight Rises" which you can watch using the player below! Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Daniel Sunjata, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Alon Aboutboul, Burn Gorman and Diego Klattenhoff are starring. In the film, it has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as »

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TV highlights 06/07/2012

5 July 2012 4:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads | T In The Park | Parents | Nikita | Episodes

Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads

8pm, Channel 5

Given that the phenomenon of reality television has bestowed immense fame and fortune upon scores of people who would be flattered by being described as useless, it's nice that a few people who work hard at a difficult job have also been rewarded. This is the second episode of the second series of a spin-off from Ice Road Truckers, in which the Arctic hauliers from the original show pit themselves against rugged roads elsewhere in the world. Tonight, the truckers continue to tiptoe their machines along Bolivia's infamous Death Road, the stress of which gets a bit much for two of them. Andrew Mueller

T In The Park

From 8pm, BBC3

Festival season continues apace with coverage across the weekend of this rumbustious north-of-the-border number. BBC3's coverage is, »

- Andrew Mueller, Gwilym Mumford, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Phelim O'Neill

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