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The man convicted of killing 12 people at a 2012 Colorado cinema screening of The Dark Knight Rises has been handed 12 life sentences, plus an additional 3,318 years for his other crimes.
The details of James Holmes's sentence were explained in court on Wednesday (August 26), with judge Carlos A Samour Jr saying that he should "never set foot in free society again", according to CNN.
Holmes was found guilty on July 16, and earlier this month a jury agreed to consider the death penalty in the final phase of his court case.
However, the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty, and a custodial sentence was decided on.
Samour said: "It is the court's intention that the defendant never set foot in free society again. If there was ever a case that warranted a maximum sentence, this is the case. The defendant does not deserve any sympathy."
In addition to murdering 12 people, »
The last time we saw Anne Hathaway, she was exploring the outer depths of time and space alongside Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Between now and next May, we'll have also seen her in the dramedy The Intern, as well as Disney's fantasy sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass, further showcasing her range. Yet, if you threw all three of those films in a blender, they'd only get you about three quarters of the way to what you'd expect from the latest film she's negotiating to be part of, The Shower. What's in that missing fourth of the recipe you might be asking? Three words say it all: vicious, male aliens. The Wrap reports that Hathaway has secured the duties as one of The Shower's lead cast members, as well as a producer on the film. The film's production cycle is in extremely early days, considering that there's »
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Working with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar has clearly given Anne Hathaway a taste for action and sci-fi elements. She’s producing and planning to star in alien invasion comedy The Shower.The script comes from TiMER writer/director Jac Shaeffer (also on board to produce), who has come up with a concept that sounds like Attack The Block meets Bridesmaids. Hathaway will play a woman attending a baby shower whose guests are intrigued by a sudden meteor shower. But these are no ordinary rocks streaming from the sky – they turn the men in the area into blood-thirsty aliens and the women must fight to save themselves and the wider world. "Jac has written an awesome sci-fi comedy focusing on funny, fully dimensional female characters," Hathaway tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I feel so lucky to be a part of the team that will bring her enormously »
Actor Wes Bentley is no stranger to comic book roles as he's already starred in Jonah Hex and Ghost Rider but if he had his wish, he'd land one more Cbm role. A guest on the Larry King Now show, Bentley disclosed that he'd love to play Batman. "I did always want to play Batman. I liked Batman because he had no super powers." There are unconfirmed rumors that Bentley was Christopher Nolan 's pick for Batman before WB went with Ben Affleck but those rumors were never substantiated by credible sources. With Affleck seemingly locked into the role for the next several Dceu films, it looks as if Bentley won't get his wish unless WB allows Batman to appear on one of the DC TV shows like Arrow or Gotham. »
Last fall, it was Christopher Nolan who took us into outer space with "Interstellar," and now a year later, Ridley Scott is tasked with wowing audiences with "The Martian." It's the filmmaker's second return to sci-fi following "Prometheus," and Fox seems to be pretty pumped with a splashy Tiff premiere on the horizon. Read More: Sigourney Weaver Says Ridley Scott Dropped 'Alien 3' After Learning 'Alien vs. Predator' Was Developing The ensemble cast includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in this adaptation of Andy Weir's book about an astronaut left behind on the red planet and thought to be dead, only to turn up alive, and forced survive as a rescue mission begins on Earth to try and save him. Empire has a couple of new snaps from the movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The alternative headline for this piece could have been "The 10 Most Arrogant Quotes From Quentin Tarantino’s Vulture Interview": holy hell, does this guy possess a staggering lack of humility. Normally, you let others call your writing poetry. But not Tarantino: he’ll beat you right to it and constantly remind you that his words are art (let’s not forget his “Django Unchained” Oscar speech where he basically thanked himself, saying “boy, did I do it this time”; also, please recall Jamie Foxx’s initially confused face). Tarantino surely has the goods to back it up (or, if you do not think much of his recent films, at least he used to), but no one has ever seen Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog or Christopher Nolan behaving similarly —at least nowhere near Tarantino’s level. So here’s five highlights of his self-aggrandizement from the recent Vulture interview. Read »
- Rodrigo Perez
Christopher Nolan makes layered and intelligent films, the sort that hide myriad secrets and take multiple viewings to properly crack. Seven years after its release, The Dark Knight probably remains the film-maker’s most popular movie, and thanks to the scholars at Clickhole, you can now uncover a wealth of new detail pertaining to the feature in their video essay.
Check it out below via Yahoo.
Chris Nolan really is an unorthodox director isn’t he?
Bravo to the folks at Clickhole for studying the film so intently, and dredging up minute details that even hardened fans weren’t aware of. My personal favourite is Michael Caine’s disappointment at the lack of a live marlin, but the essay’s theory about the identities of Batman, Joker, Alfred and Two-Face also provide a lot of food for thought.
(On a serious note, this is stellar send-up of fan »
- Daniel Kelly
The Joker: One of pop culture’s most fascinating, controversial, and mutable villains. He enthralls us and opens the door to, er, passionate debate. If you’ve followed the coverage of David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” you’ll know that each new peek at The Joker has inspired a maelstrom of heated opinions. The stages of Jared Leto’s transformation alone – as revealed via his Instagram account – were enough to set the Internet on fire. So what is it about The Joker that evokes such obsessive focus? He isn’t designed to be aspirational. He’s a psychotic killer that takes great pleasure in the pain of others. Some would say that the attention – and frequent affection – that we bestow upon the character is a testament to our cultural decline. We idealize sociopaths, it would seem. Perhaps there’s something to that. My sense is that our interest in The »
- Roth Cornet
Batman is well-known for falling into the category of heroes who don't kill... but the truth of the matter is that he's bent this rule several times over the years. This is true in the comics, but also true in big-screen versions of the Caped Crusader, as you can see in the video below: This supercut was put together by the YouTube channel Mr. Sunday Movies, and as you can see from the tally at the end, a total of 45 people have been killed at Batman's hand in the various live-action incarnations. Obviously the guy isn't exactly putting up Punisher numbers, but he basically still ranks as a serial killer. Watching the various clips featured in this video, you'll probably notice that the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher era of movies was pretty loose on the whole "not killing idea," and that it was really Christopher Nolan who really enforced »
While Christopher Nolan’s gritty Dark Knight Trilogy is beloved, Tim Burton’s kooky Batman films have ardent fans and Joel Schumacher’s campy sequels… exist, a lot of Bat-fans claim that the all-time best version of the caped crusader on-screen is the animated series which ran from 1992 and on-off all the way until 1999.
Helmed to near-perfection by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and sporting the acting talent of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn and many others besides, it expertly strode the line between winning the hearts of superhero-loving children and those of hardened adult comic book fans. It may have undergone a more kid-friendly redesign in its later seasons (being retitled The New Batman Adventures) but the quality generally held out.
And it, of course, began the run of numerous shows – such as the brilliant Batman Beyond – that »
- Christian Bone
Remember that time last year when the humble Cornetto ice cream cone briefly became a revolutionary symbol? (Revolutionary, that is, within the narrow spectrum of blockbuster cinema.)
On May 24, 2014, the day after Marvel Studios announced that writer-director Edgar Wright had stepped down from helming Ant-Man after years in development, Wright tweeted a rapidly-deleted image of Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto, bearing a single-word caption: "Selfie".
The message was clear - Keaton famously regretted his decision to give up independent filmmaking and work for MGM in 1928, calling it "the worst mistake of [his] career" because of his loss of creative control. The Cornetto, being a reference to Wright's blood-and-ice cream trilogy, clarified beyond the shadow of a doubt Wright's disillusionment with his studio masters.
More than a year on, Wright is still yet to speak publicly about what led him to jump ship from a project he had spent eight years developing, »
"The Master" and "Inherent Vice" helmer Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted "Junun," a 54 minute documentary about Anderson's regular musical collaborator Jonny Greenwood as he travels to India to record a record with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.
The pair were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur and the album was recorded in a 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort with a large number of famed musicians from the region.
"Junun" is slated to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October, but as for an eventual public release - no word on that as yet.
Source: Nyff »
- Garth Franklin
Wednesday night at New York City's Film Forum, Christopher Nolan premiered his new short documentary about the Brothers Quay — a pair of legendary experimental animators — and afterward took the stage with them to discuss their work. The occasion was opening night of a touring 35mm program of Brothers Quay films, which was curated by Nolan and will be at Film Forum through Tuesday. It features three of the Quays’ best-known shorts — 2000’s Karlheinz Stockhausen–scored reverie of madness In Absentia, the playfully degenerate 1990 film Comb, and the noirish nightmare Street of Crocodiles (1986), possibly their masterpiece.Nolan’s film, simply titled Quay, makes no attempts to replicate the animators’ much-imitated style. Instead, it shows Timothy and Stephen Quay — identical twins, in case you were wondering — at their studio in England, discussing their craft. As anyone who has seen even a minute of their footage can tell you, the »
- Bilge Ebiri
Whatever is in the air that led to three major filmmakers doing low key or even “secret” documentaries this year, we love it. Christopher Nolan just debuted Quay, his 8-minute short about animators the Quay Brothers. Noah Baumbach worked with Jake Paltrow on De Palma, a portrait of director Brian De Palma which will premiere at the […]
- Russ Fischer
The speculation about the 70-year-old filmmaker being handed the keys to Henry Cavill's next solo Superman film began with Jon Schnepp, the director of documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?.
Some DC fans will remember that Miller was in 2007 attached to direct Justice League: Mortal, the shelved movie that would have starred DJ Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman.
Justice League: Mortal was initially scrapped due to the 2007 Writers' Strike, »
Thus far, DC have largely veered away from including post-credits scenes in their movies. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy didn’t include any, and it was reportedly on his say that Man Of Steel didn’t either. Green Lantern did, but the less said about that one the better.
Now that they’re launching their new cinematic universe, or DC Extended Universe as they’re calling it, however, there’s a fresh range of films that are all going to be closely interlinked, and having post-credits scenes may now make sense.
It’s not that they are necessarily a vital part of a superhero film – in fact on the Marvel side of things there’s been as many misses as there has been hits – but when done right they can really build a huge amount of excitement for the upcoming films, and there’s the fact that audiences expect them. »
- James Hunt
Directing documentaries in secret seems to be the trendy thing to do among A-list filmmakers at the moment. We’ve already had Christopher Nolan’s short film “Quay,” which premiered a few days ago, and Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” will screen at Venice in a few weeks. But the biggest news of all has just arrived, with the New York Film Festival revealing that they’re world-premiering a new documentary from Paul Thomas Anderson. Read More: Supercut Breaks Down The Influence Of Martin Scorsese On Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights' Pretty much unheard of before now, “Junun” (which runs 55-minutes, so is technically a short) sees the “Boogie Nights” and “Inherent Vice” helmer accompany frequent collaborator, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, to Rajasthan in northwest India to see Greenwood record an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and a host of famous world musicians. Described »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Love or hate it, one thing's for sure it's that Fox's "Gotham" is Not your Christopher Nolan-style Batman. After a few awkward episodes, the show seemed to find its dark campy groove and stuck with it for the rest of the first season - even as midway through production Fox ordered an additional six episodes for the run.
Filming is underway on the second season of the series and in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, leading man Ben McKenzie admits parts of the first season were "a mistake" and the 'villain of the week' format didn't work:
"I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever. That was just a mistake. We should've never done it.
We were ordered for 16 [episodes]. We were going to have »
- Garth Franklin
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Filmmaking Tip of the Day: Want to add a character into archival footage a la Forrest Gump? Here's a great tutorial on the effect (via Live for Films): Movie Trivia of the Day: Clickhole pokes fun of the many videos listing things you might not know about a movie with this video listing (fake) things you might not know about Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight: Star Wars of the Day: You can either wear this new Darth Vader dress by Her Universe as is or you can use it for simplistic cosplay (via Fashionably Geek): Movie Tribute of the Day: Air New Zealand both enlisted and paid homage to the Men in Black property for its latest airline...
- Christopher Campbell
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