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Warner Bros. gave Batman fans an early Christmas present this past Monday with the online release of the second theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises and – with anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s Gotham swansong reaching fever pitch - it quickly went on to shatter the iTunes record previously held by Marvel’s The Avengers as it amassed a whopping 12.5m views in just 24 hours. The trailer delivered on pretty much every level, giving us a tantalising glimpse at what appears to be some epic action sequences, along with a look at the majority of the cast in action, including Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), along with a Batman Returns-style introduction to Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle. »
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo feels like a James Patterson novel drained of all color and pulpiness while given a somber air of alleged gravity and importance. That is not entirely an insult, as I enjoy trashy crime fiction and the kind of thrillers Paramount used to put out with regularity in the late 1990s. So if I tell you that this film plays like a drawn-out, overly pretentious, and ice-cold extended episode of Criminal Minds, that’s not quite the insult you might make it out to be. I rather enjoy Criminal Minds and its James Patterson meets Justice League construction. But how I wish that this film, which is arguably less suspenseful and (by virtue of its toned down violence) less sensational then the Swedish original, embraced its pulpy roots just a bit more. Come what may, if I may paraphrase Ty Burr, »
- Scott Mendelson
It's our practice to break trailers down to their components which make us eager / annoyed / unsure. But for this sort of event we're aware we're supposed to be all Yes, already in the (bat) tank. But let's break this down anyway. Batman would surely appreciate the importance of rituals and this is how we do.
The Greatest Logo in the History of Super Logos
That friction between Anne Hathaway's menacing whispers and that young choirboy's national anthem is perfect. But then Chris Nolan movies are always good with the sound. The chanting at the end is also hot: Best Sound Editing #2 here we come. Oooh Escher-like staircases inside. Where are we? Let's go to there. The brief glimpses of Inception players Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard are welcome. Because movie trailers are future movies invading our dreams, right? Come on in. Anne Hathaway's Hepburn hat. This is »
- NATHANIEL R
New Batman 3,Dark Knight Rises official,2nd movie trailer released online today. Ok, it's time,peeps. Warner Bros. Pictures finally released the new,2nd movie trailer for the upcoming "Dark Knight Rises" flick online,today,and it looks awesome as it features Selina Kyle aka Catwoman,the Bane chant,and more. The movie stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple,and Josh Pence. In the flick, Batman will continue to assume the responsibility for dead Harvey Dent's crimes in order to protect Dent's reputation and is hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Batman returns to Gotham where he must discover the truth regarding the "enigmatic" Selina Kyle, while stopping the villain Bane and his plans to destroy the city. The movie hits theaters on July 20th,2012.
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In the grand scheme of things, Robin is a pretty stupid character to have in the Batman universe. The Dark Knight is interesting as a brooding loner who single-handedly works to protect Gotham City from the forces of evil and having the Boy Wonder present really screws all of that up. Hell, it even has a bad track record in the movie world. Say what you will about Batman Returns, the franchise cratered when Robin was introduced in Batman Forever. For years director Christopher Nolan has said that he wouldn't be including Robin in his Batman trilogy, but that's not stopping him from hinting at it. A trick first spotted by @STYDNews on Twitter, if you freeze frame 12 seconds into the new trailer, you'll see a group of football fans cheering and holding signs for the Gotham Rouges. But do you notice something a bit strange about that "R"? Check »
 Amazon  has some awesome deals on Blu-rays this week: The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition  on Blu-ray for $8.49 The English Patient  on Blu-ray for $9.99 Shakespeare in Love  on Blu-ray for $9.99 Frida  on Blu-ray for $9.99 GoodFellas  on Blu-ray for $5.49 Also: Jj Abrams' Star Trek  on DVD for only $3.49, 90% off the $35 msrp. The TV deal of the week is The Office: Seasons 1-7 on DVD  for only $107.99, 64% off the $300 msrp. Previously posted Blu-ray box set deals: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collector's Edition  (which includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Secret of the Ooze, Turtles in Time and Tmnt) for only $23.99, 63% off the $65 msrp. Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997  on Blu-ray (which includes Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin) for only $24.99, 62% off the $65 msrp. Ocean's Trilogy  on Blu-ray (which includes Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen) for only $14.99, 58% off the $36 msrp.  http://www. »
- Peter Sciretta
Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes in order to protect Dent's reputation and Batman is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Batman returns to Gotham where he must discover the truth regarding the "enigmatic" Selina Kyle while facing the villain Bane and stop his plans to destroy the city. Special Thanks To The Dark Knight Rises Facebook Group Bruce Wayne With His Cane! The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit cinemas July 20th, 2012, and will feature an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman Marion Cottilard, Anne Hathaway, Josh Pence, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman & Jospeh Gordon Levitt. »
 Amazon  has some awesome deals of Blu-ray box sets going on this week: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collector's Edition  (which includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Secret of the Ooze, Turtles in Time and Tmnt) for only $23.99, 63% off the $65 msrp. Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997  on Blu-ray (which includes Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin) for only $24.99, 62% off the $65 msrp. Ocean's Trilogy  on Blu-ray (which includes Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen) for only $14.99, 58% off the $36 msrp.  http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/dealsbatocean.jpg  http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/?_encoding=UTF8&ccmID=380205&tag=film-20&ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&bbn=2625373011&hidden-keywords=B0042FDCJK%7CB000VAHQVU%7CB000QFW7UA%7CB000W9DSVW%7CB001EN71HC%7CB0013N7AD8%7CB00319ECGU%7CB001RIZE3M%7CB001UDPAB0%7CB001PIHH5M%7CB005EXA8R8%7CB00475BUVM%7CB004NS3NJK%7CB003AT9D6U&camp=1789&creative »
- Peter Sciretta
I’m pretty sure that the reason Antonio Banderas was put on this planet was to make Puss in Boots speak. When that sonorous, sexy voice came out of that small furry animated ginger body for the first time in Shrek 2 (overall one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen), it was more than just the actor sending up his swashbuckling Zorro image -- it was the birth of something unexpectedly ingenious. Maybe even one of the greatest jokes of all cinema: this action hero really does have a soft, cuddly side, and he is not afraid to show it. Gloriously, given his own movie, he just gets even more hugely entertaining. This is exactly as clever an origin story as you’d expect from the Shrek universe, turning familiar fairy tales upside down and mixing in all manner of sly pop-culture throwbacks. This is a fantasy heist »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean's Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.
More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando's The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late '60s, »
- Andre Soares
With next week's release of a six-minute preview of The Dark Knight Rises arriving in select IMAX theaters, someone working for Warner Bros.' marketing department must have asked, "Shouldn't we release a new poster for that Batman movie we've got?"
Unlike the first teaser poster for the movie which showed a crumbling skyline of Gotham City shaped in the Bat-symbol, this second teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises shows a menacing Bane walking away from a busted Bat mask. And with a tagline like "The Legend Ends", that all but tells me that sometime during Tdkr we'll see Bane seriously injure Batman.
In the Batman comic books, Bane broke the back of Batman. The movie may follow that storyline. Perhaps it might reduce the severity of Batman's injury but what we may be seeing in the early marketing of Dark Knight Rises is a Batman villain that »
- Patrick Sauriol
Our round up of some smaller comic, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Action and Cbm related movie news that may be of interest. The ladies are taking over this edition. First up Michelle Pfeiffer, who gave us a very sexy and memorable Catwoman in Tim Burton's Batman Returns, speaks to MTV about her successor to the role, (we don't count Halle Berry since she played a different character..and sucked) Anne Hathaway. Pfeiffer admits that she has yet to see pictures of Hathaway in the Catwoman costume but reiterates her feelings that she is going to do great things with the role.. Get More: Movie Trailers, Movies Blog "I was probably the fourth Catwoman so there have been [a few]. Catwoman is iconic, you know. She'll be brilliant in it. I actually really look forward to seeing her. She's so talented. She can do anything, so she'll be fine." Next we have some »
We relive the best moments of the year as production on Tim Burton's 2012 adaptation finally kicked off.
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
This year, filming finally began on director Tim Burton's long-in-the-works big-screen adaptation of "Dark Shadows," a campy, late-1960s soap opera about vampires, witches and time travel. Burton is a lifelong fan of the series and, as his partner Helena Bonham Carter told MTV News this month, "This was a thing that he raced home to see when he was about age 10."
With its atmospheric New England setting and myriad mysterious characters, "Shadows" has the feel of a classic Burton film, more akin to his "Sleepy Hollow" and "Batman" flicks than his more candy-colored efforts like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." And Burton at his dark and spooky best, working on a passion project, »
As the 2011 year comes to a close, I’d like to take a look back at the actors, actresses. musicians and others who have passed on this year. There is no doubt that these celebrities have left their mark on our society and in their respective fields and I’d like to say thank you to them for their contributions. Pete Postlethwaite- Actor (The Town, Clash of the Titans, Inception) Gerry Rafferty- Singer/Songwriter ('Stuck in the Middle With You,' 'Baker Street') Peter Yates- Director (Bullitt, Breaking Away) John Dye- Actor (Best of the Best, Touched by an Angel) Jack Lalanne- Fitness Guru (Juice Tiger) Dwaye McDuffie- Comic Book Writer/Co-Founder Milestone Media (Damage Control) Mike Starr- Musician (Alice in Chains) Nate Dogg- Musician (Collaborated with Warren G, Eminem, Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, among others) Michael Gough- Actor (Alfred in Batman, »
One might think that with all the incessant, obsessive coverage "The Dark Knight Rises" has received this year (since its inception, really, pun not intended) further stories and comments about the film might get old. Not so for the MTV News gang; we're still psyched to see this film, no matter how many months we still have to wait.
Of all the hot topics to come out of the "Dkr" gate in 2011, Anne Hathaway's Catwoman costume reveal is at the top of the list. As such, whenever we encounter someone connected to the Batman franchise, we have to ask them about it.
Case in point, our recent interview with Michelle Pfeiffer during the press day for her upcoming film, "New Year's Eve." When we sat down with Pfeiffer, who famously played Selina Kyle in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns," we had to ask for her thoughts on Hathaway in »
- Kara Warner
Zac Efron has revealed that Michelle Pfeiffer persuaded him to join New Year's Eve. The 24-year-old actor, who previously appeared alongside the award-winning Batman Returns actress in Hairspray, said that he was excited about the prospect of working with her again. Efron told ITV1's Daybreak: "I had the chance to work with her on Hairspray, but I was very young and I was a little bit nervous to work with her. "So I tended to say all the wrong things and I was very bashful around her. When I found out that she wanted to play this role, I was in 100%, and it was really great." Meanwhile, (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Crimes of Passion Provocative, Controversial Director Ken Russell Dead at 84: Women In Love, Tommy, The Devils Valentino (1977) was another much-talked about biopic. (Perhaps not too surprisingly, decades later Ken Russell would write a positive commentary on a horrendously sensationalistic Valentino biography.) Reviews for the film starring Rudolf Nureyev as silent-film idol Rudolph Valentino were mostly negative. Audiences, for their part, opted instead for Stars Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Three years later, Russell went Hollywood with Altered States, a bizarre, philosophical, hallucinogenic sci-fier starring William Hurt as a scientist who undergoes genetic regression. Written by Oscar winner Paddy Chayefsky, with whom Russell clashed on the set, the costly Warner Bros. release was a major box-office disappointment. Another Us-based effort, the Belle du Jour-like 1984 sex drama Crimes of Passion, earned Kathleen Turner a Best Actress Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association »
- Andre Soares
Dark Knight Rises with Bane and Batman
For many comic book movie fans, the Christopher Nolan directed picture Batman Begins was a game changer for the genre. There is a level of commitment and sincerity there that can make other comic book movies look laughable. When the visionary director of Inception followed up Batman Begins with The Dark Knight, he topped himself in a way few could anticipate. Heath Ledger as the Joker was finally scary. A new icon emerged. Can Nolan do it again? Will the Dark Knight Rises be as dynamic as its predecessor films?
Perhaps Empire magazine can shed some light on what fans can expect when Christian Bale’s Batman returns, joined by Bane and Catwoman. Two of the film’s DC comics characters, the heroic Dark Knight and the villainous Bane, are on alternate, twin covers of the magazine. The issue hits news stands Thursday, »
- Sasha Nova
With the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, the third in a trilogy of highly successful Batman movies by Christopher Nolan, and the recent release of the hotly anticipated video game Arkham City, its really never been a better time to be a Batman fan. The past few years have seen a gigantic leap in popularity for DC Comic’s surly, brooding poster boy, a character that has always held a large amount of public affection in its near 80 year history.
With this in mind, WhatCulture has decided to do an article comparing the two most beloved Batman movies: Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989, the iconic and most endearing interpretation of Batman, and The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s second take on the World’s Greatest Detective from 2008, the highest grossing and critically revered Batman film to date. As soon as I heard of this, I practically pleaded for the opportunity to write it. »
- Alex McKay
It came from a throwaway comment made by a friend after the release of Inception (2010) last year: “Nolan’s like a modern-day Hitchcock”. Really? I probably scoffed at the time. Alfred Hitchcock’s name has to be whispered in the kind of hushed, awe-filled tones that a child uses to talk about Santa. Has Nolan already built up that level of admiration? Well, like the chubby, bearded man in red, he does come bearing gifts this Christmas. Has there ever been more anticipation around a trailer – a sneak 6 minute prologue/trailer to be screened at IMAX cinemas before MI4 this December?
Born in London, Christopher Nolan began at the very bottom of the filmmaking ladder. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, he plodded around for years producing corporate videos while working on the script to his first feature film – Following (1998). He shot it over the course of a »
- Robert Munro
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