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Director's Cut: Patrick's top 10 anticipated movies for 2012

30 December 2011 3:57 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Looking forward to the next year of movies has been a tradition on Coming Attractions. After all, the whole reason why CA got started in the first place was to talk about movies that were in development, at a golden time when each film had awesome potential. As we watch the days grow shorter between their release dates, we love to imagine how great watching these movies will be. Whether the movies actually live up to the mental hype we give them is something else entirely.

But now’s not the time for being pessimistic. The final hours of 2011 are upon us and it’s with great hope that we look forward to what Hollywood will offer us in 2012. And there are some movies that I’m looking forward to seeing more than others.

Counting down, my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2012 are:

 

10. John Carter

If you had asked me even two years ago, »

- Patrick Sauriol

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What They Said: Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit'; Anne Hathaway on Being Catwoman; Mark Wahlberg Reveals why 'Planet of the Apes' Flopped

30 December 2011 2:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

With the dawn of 2012 right around the corner, we’ve got some big movies looming on the imminent horizon – which means creators and stars are starting appear on the interview circuit and are actually divulging details about the movies we’ve been dying to see. With that in mind, here are some excerpts from Peter Jackson regarding his highly anticipated return to Middle Earth in The Hobbit and Anne Hathaway discussing all sorts of things about Christopher Nolan’s Batman swan song, The Dark Knight Rises. Then, just for fun, check out what Mark Wahlberg had to say about why Tim Burton’s Planet of Apes film failed so epically. Happy New Year. Peter Jackson compares The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings: Jackson recently spoke with Total Film...

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- Mike Bracken

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Vin Diesel staying Fast and Furious with seventh film

30 December 2011 12:07 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Hollywood loves a franchise and this year we've seen studios stretching sagas - and doubling the box office - by separating films into two parts, as happened with the conclusions of Twilight and Harry Potter and as will also be the case with The Hobbit.

Although a fairly unlikely contender for big-screen longevity - because of its seemingly simple road-racing concept and lack of a cherished literary source - The Fast And The Furious series is now extending itself even further.

We knew a sixth film was scheduled to arrive on May 27, 2013, and Vin Diesel says the story has become so big that they have decided to split it into a sixth and seventh instalment.

The 44-year-old actor, who stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise about men with a passion for super-cars, told The Hollywood Reporter: "With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, »

- David Bentley

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Hathaway's Catwoman Inspired By Lamarr

30 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

New Catwoman Anne Hathaway based her performance in the latest Batman movie on Hedy Lamarr, the glamorous 1940s film star who first inspired the character.

The Devil Wears Prada star is the latest actress to take on the role of the Caped Crusader's feline nemesis, following in the footsteps of Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Michelle Pfeiffer, in Christopher Nolan's upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.

Hathaway has now revealed she went back to the character's roots for her portrayal, basing her performance on late Hollywood legend Lamarr, who was cited as the inspiration for Catwoman by comic book artist Bob Kane.

She tells the Los Angeles Times, "I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary. She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There's a shot of her in (1933 film) Ecstasy exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot."

Hathaway also admits she isn't fazed by stepping into such a famous role as each actress to have played Catwoman gave the character their own unique stamp.

She adds, "What's come before doesn't limit or even affect this new version. It doesn't affect me because each Catwoman - and this is true in the comics as well - she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her... Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton's Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West's Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is." »

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'Dark Knight Rises'' Anne Hathaway describes how Hedy Lamarr influenced Catwoman portrayal

29 December 2011 2:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

After nabbing the highly-coveted role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises", Anne Hathaway didn't mess around. Not only did she allegedly dive headfirst into researching the character's portrayal in the comics, but she also took time out to watch the films of Golden Age movie star Hedy Lamarr, who served as Batman co-creator Bob Kane's main inspiration for the feline supervillain/anti-hero (though both Jean Harlow and Kane's cousin Ruth Steel have also been cited as influences). In an on-set interview with the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex just published today, the actress interestingly describes how even the »

- HitFix Staff

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Anne Hathaway Sheds New Light on Dark Knight's Catwoman

29 December 2011 11:34 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Anne Hathaway reveals insights into her “Dark Knight Rises” character, Catwoman, and how she was guided, not by the actresses who preceded her in the role, but by the actress who inspired the original comic book character. Bob Kane, who co-created Batman for DC comics was inspired by both 1930s Hollywood sex sirens Hedy Lamarr and Jean Harlow. The character was first introduced in 1940, and was alluded to as Batman’s lover. In Christopher Nolan-directed movie, the last of three Batman films in the dark series, Hathaway told the Los Angeles Times she studied Lamarr. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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Gotham City Is Full of Grace

29 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It's been ten minutes since there was a story on The Dark Knight Rises, so I must begin by apologizing for the delay. Since the prologue hit a few weeks ago attached to Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol there have been tidbits of info steadily coming out.This time around its Anne Hathaway, who is playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman, talking to The L.A. Times - Hero Complex about her role and the film at large. They have a description of a scene from the film which I won't post here due to the heavy spoilers, but Hathaway did have this to say about Catwoman and how she relates to the film as a whole:“Gotham City is full of grace. You look at Heath’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There »

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Anne Hathaway Talks Inspiration for Catwoman In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

29 December 2011 9:40 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s a very good chance that you’ll get Dark Knight Rises fatigue within the next four or five months, so enjoy this story in a not-sick-of-it manner while you can. Said story comes to us from 24Frames, who spoke to Anne Hathaway about her preparation for playing Catwoman; turns out that a big part of the process came from an unlikely source.

Yes, for a blockbuster with new technology like IMAX at its disposal, the actress is looking back to mid-20th century icon Hedy Lamarr. Best known for work in films such as Samson and Delilah, Ziegfeld Girl, and Algiers, the beauty served as a big influence on Batman creator Bob Kane — thus, Hathaway took note. A main point of observation on her part was the actress’ breathing, since she sees the woman’s “long, deep, languid breaths” as “extraordinary.” With this important characteristic in mind, Hathaway »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Anne Hathaway Reveals Catwoman Inspiration, 'Dark Knight Rises' Details

29 December 2011 7:11 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

When Anne Hathaway speaks, we listen. When she purrs, Batman better listen up.

Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in the upcoming blowout Batman finale "The Dark Knight Rises," sat down to talk with the La Times about how she prepared for her role in Christopher Nolan's summer epic. Turns out, she went way back to the original comics, and the actress who helped inspire the feminine feline villain: Hedy Lamarr.

"I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary," Hathaway told the paper. "She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There's a shot of her in [the 1933 film] 'Ecstasy' exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot."

According to the book "Hedy Lamarr: the most beautiful woman in film" by Ruth Barton, Batman co-creator Bob Kane was inspired by both Lamarr and »

- Jordan Zakarin

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'Dark Knight Rises' Star Anne Hathaway Talks Catwoman, Gotham And More

29 December 2011 6:43 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

For those of you anxiously awaiting Catwoman news, want no more: Anne Hathaway has spoken out on her "Dark Knight Rises" experience in an extensive new interview that details the values of Selina Kyle, the functionality of her costume and even teases a spoilery scene from the upcoming Batman flick.

Check out the highlights from Hathaway's new interview with The Los Angeles Times after the jump!

» On the costume: "I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”

» On Gotham City: “Gotham City is full of grace. You look at Heath’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, »

- Josh Wigler

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Interviews: 1980s Icons Anthony Michael Hall, Louis Gossett Jr.

28 December 2011 9:30 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Two actors who made a mark in film during the 1980s did it at different points in their lives. Anthony Michael Hall was a teen idol, channeling director John Hughes in “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” Lou Gossett Jr. won a mid-career Oscar for his role in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

Both men made an appearance at the 2011 Chicago Wizard World Comic Con, interacting with admirers and signing autographs. HollywoodChicago.com got the opportunity to interview each of them about their lives and careers then and now.

Anthony Michael Hall of “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles

Anthony Michael Hall at Chicago Wizard World Comic Con, August 2011

Photo Credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Photo for HollywoodChicago.com

HollywoodChicago: In last year’s Vanity Fair Article, it was said that once John Hughes moved on, you pretty much never heard from him again. What is your perspective on him now, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Dark Knight' Unused Heath Ledger Joker Footage Resurfaces

28 December 2011 7:53 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

With "The Dark Knight Rises" almost upon us—and by almost I mean a criminally long seven months away—most of our attention has gone to Bane, Batman's new nemesis played by Tom Hardy. But while we're busy obsessing over Bane's strange voice and the will-he or won't-he back-breaking issue, there's one thing we can be absolutely certain about: Bruce Wayne's greatest foe, The Joker, is already behind us.

Many fans will agree that Heath Ledger's Joker, played to Oscar-winning heights by the late actor, remains the single greatest villain ever to appear in a Batman movie. Though we've seen the last of his interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime, some unused "Dark Knight" footage of Ledger as the Joker has started making the rounds again thanks to Kevin Smith's always entertaining Twitter feed.

This isn't exactly new, but hey, it's a slow week, and any »

- Josh Wigler

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My 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

27 December 2011 2:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

2011 is about to come to a close and as I am prepping my Top 10 list of movies of the last year I decided to take a break and share my Top 10 most anticipated film of 2012. Next year looks like an amazing year of movies and there are a ton of great films being released including one of my most anticipated movies of all time, and with that I'll start off with my number one most anticipated film...

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This is a film adaptation I've been waiting to see since I first read The Hobbit as a little kid. As big of a fan as I am of The Lord of the Rings, I have always had a much deeper connection with The Hobbit. I'm so happy and excited that Peter Jackson ended up taking the director's chair; there's no doubt he's going to pull off another magnificent Middle Earth story. »

- Venkman

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Warner Bros. Pictures 2012 Preview Includes Descriptions & HD Images Of The Dark Knight Rises, Argo, The Gangster Squad, The Hobbit & The Great Gatsby

26 December 2011 12:25 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Christian Bale as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller The Dark Knight Rises, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Tm and © DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips

Just in time for the new year, Warner Bros. has released their slate of films scheduled from January 2012 through December 2012. Some noticeables on the list include Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath Of The Titans, The Gangster Squad, Ben Affleck’s Argo, The Untitled Jay Roach Comedy on August 10th, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Below are a few new images, along with descriptions and trailers. From the lineup below, appears that Warner Bros. will be box office champs by year end.

Joyful Noise

(L-r) Dolly Parton as G.G. Sparrow and Queen Latifah as Vi Rose Hill in Alcon Entertainment’s “Joyful Noise, »

- Michelle McCue

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New Hi-Res Image Of Christopher Nolan From Behind-The-Scenes Of The Dark Knight Rises

25 December 2011 11:57 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on "Batman Begins" and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane. Click on the images below to view them in full-size. Starring: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman Michael Caine as Alfred Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox Tom Hardy as Bane Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman Joseph Gordon-Levitt »

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The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Breaks the iTunes Download Record

24 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

You may remember a watching the first full-length trailer for a little indie movie called The Dark Knight Rises just a few days ago when it premiered online… well, just a shade over 12 million other people downloaded that trailer on iTunes, which broke the previous record by more than two million.

Check out that trailer, along with a press release from Warner Bros. Pictures below!

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Trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” Shatters Record with More Than 12.5 Million Downloads on iTunes in First Day

Burbank, Calif.—The new trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” smashed the record for most combined downloads through the iTunes Movie Trailers site (www.itunes.com/trailers) and the iTunes Trailers iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The trailer went online at 10:00 Monday morning, December 19, and was viewed more »

- Jason Moore

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High-Resolution Stills From ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Brave,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

24 December 2011 8:32 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Today we have some new images from major upcoming films. First up, we’ll tackle the smallest, with Tim Burton‘s feature-length adaptation of his black-and-white short Frankenweenie. We provided the first looks earlier this fall, but above we see another look at a boy and his dog. Former Burton collaborators Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice), Martin Landau (Ed Wood), andMartin Short (Mars Attacks) will lend their voices to Frankenweenie, which hits theaters October 5, 2012. Burton’s other big 2012 film, Dark Shadows, arrives in May.

Check out the image above and also, thanks to Stitch Kingdom, we have a new still from Pixar’s next feature Brave. The image comes from a scene we’ve seen in the trailer, for the film directed by Mark Andrews (who helmed the Pixar short One Man Band) and features Princess Merida (Kelly MacDonald), Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), The Wise »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The Dark Knight Rises - 9 High Res Images

23 December 2011 5:50 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Warner Bros. has released a bunch great high resolution images from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. We've seen many of these images already but not in this high resolution glory. There's a lot of great little details that you can pick out in these images.

Like the rest of you I'm extremely excited to see this movie! I thought the 6-Minute prologue was epic, regardless of Bane's voice issues. The trailer that was released was amazing, and there was a pretty cool little Easter egg that was discovered revolving around Selina Kyle’s necklace. 

The movie is set to hit theaters on on July 20th, 2012. 

Here's the synopsis:

Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan'sBatman trilogy, Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter") again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. »

- Venkman

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The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Gets 12.5 Million Downloads in 24 Hours

23 December 2011 3:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Dark Knight Rises has already started breaking records. The first full trailer for the movie was released on December 19th on iTunes, and within 24 hours it was downloaded and watched more 12.5 million times! The previous record was held by The Avengers which was released in October. These are both two huge epic films, and I'm excited about both of them.

The question I have for you is which movie are you more excited for more? Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers?

The film opens up in theaters on July 20th, 2012. Watch the trailer again below and you will find the press release below the trailer.

Here's the full press release:

Burbank, CA, December 23, 2011 – The new trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” smashed the record for most combined downloads through the iTunes Movie Trailers site (www.itunes.com/ trailers) and the iTunes Trailers iOS app for iPhone, »

- Venkman

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Trailer For The Dark Knight Rises Shatters Record With More Than 12.5 Million Downloads On iTUNES In First Day

23 December 2011 12:52 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The new trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” smashed the record for most combined downloads through the iTunes Movie Trailers site (www.itunes.com/trailers) and the iTunes Trailers iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The trailer went online at 10:00 Monday morning, December 19, and was viewed more than 12.5 million times in its first 24 hours, breaking the previous record by well over two million. The trailer can be viewed in HD at http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thedarkknightrises.

Opening on July 20, 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises” is the much-anticipated epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The film’s international all-star cast is led by Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) in the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, »

- Michelle McCue

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