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What have we learned from the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises? James goes through it in a bit more detail...
After six months of posters, teasers, paparazzi shots and the recent six-minute IMAX only prologue, the new ‘no-strings-attached’ trailer for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is finally with us.
But now that it’s finally landed, what does this two-minute long snippet actually tell us about next summers most anticipated film?
Twilight’S Last Gleaming…
Starting with the very un-Batman like image of a child singing The Star-Spangled Banner, our first impression of the film is jarring. Is this going to be a flag-waving piece more akin to Superman than The Dark Knight or is Nolan screwing around with our expectations one last time?
Thankfully, the latter appears to be the case and – as the trailer builds – the anthem gives way to the familiar swoops of Hans Zimmer’s Batman score. »
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
It seems that Tom Cruise’s latest impossible mission, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, will enjoy a hefty IMAX opening when it hits North America this December, with /Film breaking the news that the sequel will be accompanied by a six-minute prologue for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. employed the same tactic back in 2007, attaching the opening sequence of The Dark Knight to the post-apocalyptic Will Smith actioner I Am Legend and giving us our first glimpse of Heath Ledger’s Joker in action. Assuming Nolan follows suit and takes the opportunity to introduce Bane, then my guess is we’ll get some kind of origin montage that makes use of the footage shot in India back in May when Josh Pence filmed scenes as a young Ra »
Want to see an awesome sweded version of The Avengers trailer? What did the cast of The Dark Knight Rises have to say when accepting their most anticipated movie Scream award? Is Deadpool dead? What are the Howling Commandos doing in a deleted scene in Captain America: The First Avenger? Which Batman comic might be a big influence on The Dark Knight Rises? Which character is Russell Crowe fighting in Man of Steel? Which mythic Marvel home will Disney's Prep & Landing be preparing for Santa Claus? Read about all of this and more in today's Superhero Bits. The Dark Knight Rises won the Most Anticipated Movie award at the Spike Scream Awards  that taped over the weekend and air Tuesday night. Cosmic Book News  (via Cbm ) thinks they might have some more info on the story of The Dark Knight Rises. A new rumor says the story will draw heavily »
- Germain Lussier
Batman: Year One is a DC Universe animated feature based on the classic Frank Miller comics that re-imagined Batman’s origins in a darker, grittier fashion, and would go on to become the seminal tale of who Batman is, and how he came to be.
The “Year One” story has spawned some classic Batman comics set in Miller’s universe (see: “The Long Halloween,” ”Dark Victory,” and “Prey”) and is also one of the seeds that Chris Nolan harvested to create Batman Begins. So, the question is: Does Dcu successfully translate one of the most famous Batman stories of all time into an exciting animated feature?
Answer: While there are certainly some good things about it, the Year One animated feature isn’t that impressive, overall.
The legend has penetrated deep into the ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
"Dying young is no laughing matter," writes Sean Burns in the Philadelphia Weekly. "Except in the case of 50/50, an awkward, heartfelt and extremely funny picture directed by Jonathan Levine, from a script by Will Reiser that has the rough, pants-kicking sting of real life at its (slightly compromised) core. Reiser, a television writer for Da Ali G Show as well as assorted dreck like Garage Band Makeover, was diagnosed with a rare, operable form of cancer in his early 20s. His best friend during this ordeal was the kind of slovenly loudmouth that you'd usually find played in a Hollywood movie by Seth Rogen. Wait, scratch that. Because Reiser's best friend really was Seth Rogen, who always seems to turn up in movies as some sort of variation of himself in the first place, and now does so for real this time as Kyle, an Army-jacket clad, slob-ovian with a »
Edmund Goulding's The Constant Nymph, a 1943 romantic drama starring Oscar nominee Joan Fontaine, Charles Boyer, and Alexis Smith, will be shown tonight on Turner Classic Movies at 5 p.m. Pt as part of TCM's tribute to the Library of Congress Film Archive. Tied up in legal complications for decades, The Constant Nymph will have its TCM premiere tonight. [In August 2010, The Constant Nymph had a rare screening at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus.] According to Matthew Kennedy's Edmund Goulding biography Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory, Jack Warner initially considered Errol Flynn for the role of the British music teacher. Goulding wanted either Robert Donat or Leslie Howard for the part, but eventually gave up on the British-ness of the music teacher and settled on by then two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Charles Boyer. Joan Fontaine's role was initially supposed to have gone to Joan Leslie, but Goulding wasn't happy with that choice. Through then-husband Brian Aherne, who had played the music teacher in the 1934 version, »
- Andre Soares
We hold in our hands the covers for DC Comics this December. As a child of four can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They’ve been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar under Wikipedia’s porch since noon today.
Shall we? Surely!
As usual, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.
Written by Geoff Johns
1:25 Variant cover by Andy Kubert
1:200 B&W Variant cover by Jim Lee
On sale December 21 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us • Rated T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 Us
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The superstar team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee continue the origin of the Justice League as The World’s Greatest Heroes face the might of Apokolips – and find aid in an unlikely hero, as Cyborg is created!
Plus, Andy Kubert »
- Glenn Hauman
Joan Blondell. Those who have heard the name will most likely picture either a blowsy, older woman playing the worldwise but warm-hearted saloon owner in the late 1960s television series Here Come the Brides, or a lively, fast-talking, no-nonsense, and unconventionally sexy gold digger in numerous Pre-Code Warner Bros. comedies and musicals of the early 1930s. Matthew Kennedy's Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes (University Press of Mississippi, 2007) seeks to rectify that cultural memory lapse. Not that Blondell doesn't deserve to be remembered for Here Come the Brides or, say, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Havana Widows, and Broadway Bad. It's just that her other work — from her immensely touching performance as a sexually liberated woman in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to her invariably welcome (if brief) appearances in films as varied as The Blue Veil, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, and Grease — should be remembered as well. »
- Andre Soares
Your weekly fix of great movies made before you were born that you should check out before you die. All this month, Old Ass Movies will be celebrating the 103rd anniversary of Bette Davis‘s birthday. The iconic film star acted in far too many movies to care to count, but it seems as though she’s been reduced to a pair of eyes in popular culture. She’s the subject of a 80s pop tune, not the star that she should be recognized for being, and that needs fixing. The year 1939 is regarded by many to be the best year of cinema in recorded history (just in case there were neanderthals making films). It saw Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and this gem about a woman who is diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. Bette Davis »
- Cole Abaius
In news that makes clear writer-director Christopher Nolan shares our warm feelings about babe-a-licious thesp Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the handsome star of 500 Days of Summer and Nolan's own Inception has officially signed on to his next Batman film The Dark Knight Rises as mob heir Alberto Falcone.
Playing the son to baddie Carmine Falcone, embodied by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins, Gordon-Levitt's Alberto eventually becomes supreme villain Holiday, although whether or not Nolan plans to follow the storylines from The Long Halloween or Dark Victory, favourites of his according to /film, and show Alberto's transformation is yet to be seen.
Either way, snagging this role marks a coup for Gordon-Levitt who continues to impress, dabbling with bigger budget films and arthouse-style indie fare. »
- Andrea Miller
In the comics, Alberto Falcone is also known as the serial killer 'Holiday' - a key character in "The Long Halloween" and "Dark Victory" comic storyline which were a big influence on Nolan's "Batman" films.
The move also brings the film trilogy full circle. Rumors of an element from 'Begins' coming back in to play here led to speculation that Marion Cotillard's role would be that of Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson). Instead, they've chosen the son of »
- Garth Franklin
He’s been pinging the rumour radar for a while now, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finally officially on board Chris Nolan’s third (and likely final) Bat-outing, The Dark Knight Rises. And not only has his involvement been confirmed, but it appears that his character has also leaked, with Variety reporting him as Alberto Falcone.If the surname sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the son of Mafia boss Carmine, as played by Tom Wilkinson back in Batman Begins. If it pans out, it would offer a nice sense of synchronicity and closure for Nolan’s adventures in Gotham City. The character cropped up in The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory and is psychopathic serial murderer The Holiday Killer, who picks off criminals linked to his father.Naturally, Nolan may just pick and choose what elements he uses from Alberto’s story, but he’s a solid fit »
Spoiler Alert! Who will actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will playing in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises?” Is it the Joker? Robin? The Riddler? Or even Deadshot? Wait no more. We finally have the answer. If you really want to know, then go ahead and read on. So Spoiler Alert for those who still wants to remain in the dark. Unnamed sources close to the project have told Variety that Gordon-Levitt will be playing the villain named Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone. Carmine Falcone was played by actor Tom Wilkinsin in “Batman Begins.” Alberto Falcone is also known as the Holiday Killer. The character first appeared in the comic books “Batman: The Long Halloween” and “Batman: Dark Victory.” He is known as a mysterious vigilante assassinating other criminals on various holidays during the year. Although the film version may be different from the comic books, it would »
Variety has updated their earlier article and revealed Joseph Gordon-Levitt's role in The Dark Knight Rises will be as Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character Tom Wilkinson played in Batman Begins.
Alberto Falcone, also known as the serial killer the Holiday Killer, is said to be based on Fredo Corleone of the Godfather series and was featured in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale series' "Batman: The Long Halloween" and "Batman: Dark Victory".
This news meshes with a previous quote from Gary Oldman talking about the story saying, "It's the scope of it and the way [Christopher Nolan] sort of brings it back to Batman Begins. And really what Bruce Wayne discovers about himself and what he learns about himself by the end of this one."
- Brad Brevet
Last week, we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in talks to join The Dark Knight Rises. Comic Book Movie is now reporting the rumor that he'll play Alberto Falcone, son of crime boss Carmine Falcone (played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins). Alberto would be returning to Gotham to take control of the criminal underworld after his father's absence. In the comics, Alberto was also the "Holiday Killer" and committed murders on various holidays (it wasn't the most creative name). It's important to stress that this is a rumor and while Cbm has reported solid stories in the past, the fact that they allow fan-submitted rumors means their true-to-false ratio tends to dip towards false. We're all anxious to know who Gordon-Levitt will play, but we'll need to be patient. In the meantime, we should just be happy that yet another talented actor is in the flick. The Dark Knight Rises »
- Matt Goldberg
Damn the laws of nature once again! Marion Cotillard, my personal pick for Catwoman ever since the day Chris Nolan hired her for Inception, has announced she is pregnant. Her reps told Us Magazine yesterday that she is expecting her first child with longtime lover and fellow actor Guillaume Canet.
That well and truly takes the French born, Oscar winning actress out of the running for The Dark Knight Rises, the May shooting third Batman film from Team Nolan that Cotillard held talks about last year for one of two major female roles we hear are present in the screenplay. One role, I’m hoping at least, is reserved for Catwoman.
Recently we ran a poll asking you guys which two female characters you most wanted to see in the new film and 712 of you voted, with Talia Al Ghul and Catwoman the clear fan favourties;
Talia Al Ghul 26% Catwoman 25% Harley Quinn 18% Selina Kyle (i. »
- Matt Holmes
16 items from 2011
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