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The first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has finally debuted officially, giving us all our first big glimpse of just what is in store for us from the most anticipated film of next summer. With all of this certainty now coming to us, it’s hard to imagine how little we knew about this movie a year ago. Plenty of false stories popped up all over the Internet on a regular basis and it was often hard to differentiate where the facts started and the rumours ended.
To celebrate (or chuckle at, I guess) some of the craziness we have heard in the past year, here’s a look at some of the most ridiculous ones that people had to offer. If you came across anything more ludicrous than these ten, do let us know in the comments below…
10. Superman Logo in First The Dark Knight Rises Poster
The Rumour: Back in July, »
- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum
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
 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
Another giveaway for you, this time for a film that looks pretty impressive, and stars one of my personal favorites, Richard Coyle.
5 Days of War is a thriller about a journalist caught behind enemy lines during the war between Russia and the Georgian Republic. Inspired by real events, it's an intense look at not only surviving in such a situation, but also a devastating war that was over so fast most people hardly had a chance to notice it.
I have two copies of the DVD available, and all you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Winners will be randomly selected on December 10th. U.S. only.
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- Marc Eastman
Christian Bale, who has appeared as the caped crusader in what many consider the finest big-screen version of the Batman franchise, recently said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer that "The Dark Knight Rises" is going to be his last time as Batman.
"I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl [Batman hood] off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and [director] Chris [Nolan] - that will be the end of that Batman era," says Bale.
He goes on to say that playing Batman "was enjoyable."
We suppose we didn't think Bale would go on playing Batman forever, but we're still pretty disappointed to realize this next movie is the end.
No, we haven't even seen "The Dark Knight Rises," this coming summer's epic finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, so we really should just be counting down to and getting excited over that film. But with Christian Bale's confirmation that the film will be his last as the Caped Crusader, we just can't help but start speculating as to who will be the next Bruce Wayne.
Bale's three film run -- the longest of the modern era -- brought a new darkness to the Dark Knight, teaming charm with intense brooding and rage. It was obviously a turn from George Clooney's regrettable one-time-only turn as Batman, in 1997, and a tougher version than Val Kilmer's "Batman Forever" from 1995. Most debates pit Bale's Batman against the version put forth by Michael Keaton, who kicked off the revamped franchise in 1989 in Tim Burton's "Batman" and then wore the cape again in the 1992 film, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Say what you will about Akiva Goldsman, but the guy responsible for stuff like "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," "Jonah Hex" and the "Paranormal Activity" sequels does manage to deliver something a cut above his usual dreck whenever he pairs up with Ron Howard. While we'll politely ignore the Dan Brown adaptations, the duo collaborated in fine form with "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man" and were prepared to work together again on the expansive "The Dark Tower" before Universal walked away. And while Brain Grazer recently revealed that HBO will be taking on the television portion of the Stephen King adaptation, it looks like the other two-thirds of the trio have been busy talking to the network about something else. »
RPGs I never got to play: The 16-bit era
Last time, we had a look at a few of the 8-bit Japanese role-playing games that, due to the cruel realities of the 1980s video game market, never made it to America. Sadly, the dawning of the 16-bit age did not change this state of affairs.
Nowadays the era is often remembered for being the time of great games like Final Fantasy II and III, Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star II, and the criminally under-appreciated Lufia games. This makes it easy to forget that between the releases of those classics there were some considerable spans where not much in the genre came out, and what did was often pretty poor. Today the glow of something like Final Fantasy III seems so bright that it can obscure those long, dark stretches inhabited by games like Paladin’s Quest and 7th Saga, but the »
- John Markley
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
Sweet relief! Should anyone feel compelled to ask oft-derided director Joel Schumacher "what have you done for us lately?" he need no longer sheepishly mumble "Trespass with Nic & Nic". Instead he can point right to this great fake ad, shot by Steven Meisel, which announces the launch of Joel Schumacher's fashion label "Made to Measure".
Here's the accompanying text:
Joel Schumacher, 72, might not seem like the most obvious man to front a glamorous high-fashion label in the vein of Halston. But long before he was directing such films as St. Elmo's Fire and Batman Forever, Schumacher was a fashion kid, designing window displays for Henri Bendel and styling stories for Diana Vreeland at Vogue. Additionally, "he's just so chic," says Enninful.
More of Meisel's fake advertisements from the new issue of W Magazine.
I snuck my two favorites in after the jump: "Tantrum" and "Pizzazz" »
- NATHANIEL R
Straight from Afm, we’ve got the first synopsis and promo image for Paul W.S. Anderson’s (Resident Evil) disaster film Pompeii. While Anderson is best known for sci-fi action pics like the Resident Evil films and Alien vs. Predator, the director took a bit of a departure recently for The Three Musketeers, and he’s set to take on another period flick with Pompeii. The film takes place in ancient Rome and centers on a young slave who races to save the woman he loves and his best friend from the violent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which threatens to destroy the entire city. Anderson is directing from a script by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler (Batman Forever), and Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). If you missed Steve’s interview with Anderson where he spoke about his plans for the film, click here. Hit the jump for the first full synopsis »
- Adam Chitwood
Tower! Just the word connotes so much. Height, scale, anticipation. When you see a tower in a movie then you know something, usually literally, is going down. Whether it’s Steve McQueen over heating inside one, or Harold Lloyd clinging to a clock face, you know when a tower appears, excitement is never far away.
The Towering Inferno (1974), Die Hard (1988), Tangled (2010), Police Academy (1984). None of these films would work without a high tower. And the latest to utilise the looming urban leviathan is Tower Heist, a new comedy with an all-star cast led by Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), it concerns the employees of a high rise in New York who, upon discovering they have lost their pensions, decide to steal $20,000,000 from the corrupt businessman who defrauded them. With the help of a small time thief, they plot to rob his penthouse at the top of the… »
- John Sharp
0:00 - Intro / Jay's Flyway Film Festival Report 13:35 - Headlines: Ben Affleck to Direct The Stand and Whitey Bulger Movie, The Punisher Coming to TV, Disney Bans Press for The Rum Diary, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks for Django Unchained 28:00 - Review: Paranormal Activity 3 52:40 - Trailer Trash: Chronicle 1:00:15 - Other Stuff We Watched: E60: The Scott Hall Story, Catching Hell, Charismatic, Jordan Rides the Bus, Unmatched, June 17, 1994, Crazy Stupid Love, 102 Minutes That Changed America, The War Game, A Night to Remember, Harakiri, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Revenge of the Electric Car, The Captains, Insidious, The Walking Dead 1:42:10 - Junk Mail: Worst Cinema Experiences, Memorable / Creepy Autopsies in Movies, How Licensing Music Works, Letting Kids Watch Horror Movies, Kill-Fuck-Marry? 2:12:30 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:14:05 - Outro 2:17:15 - Spoiler Discussion: Paranormal Activity 3 »
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
The big story this week is of course the release of the first trailer from Marvel Studio’s epic superhero ensemble, The Avengers, which arrived online this past Tuesday and seemed to go down a storm with the majority of fans and critics. Running at just over two minutes, the trailer gave us our first official look at Joss Whedon’s versions of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Hawkeye (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in action, along with Mark Ruffalo’s take on Bruce Banner and a brief appearance from his green CGI counterpart, The Incredible Hulk. What it didn’t give us was official confirmation of the villains, although by the looks of things, it’s »
There aren't too many directors who have kind words for Val Kilmer. After working with him on the ill-fated Island of Dr. Moreau remake, John Frankenheimer pointed out there were only two certainties in his life: he wouldn't climb Mt. Everest and he would never work with Val Kilmer again. Yet director Joel Schumacher says he believes Kilmer was the best Batman to date. Schumacher directed him in Batman Forever, a film generally despised by fans for being overproduced and under-scripted. Schumacher blames the studio, saying he wanted to bring The Dark Knight to the screen but was vetoed by studio execs who forced him to do a Batman and Robin storyline. For more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Actor Val Kilmer has sold the majority of his New Mexico ranch to a Texas oil boss more than two years after putting it on the market.
The Batman Forever star has sold all but 141 acres of his 5,300-acre Pecos River property to executive Benjamin A. Strickling III for $18.5 million (£11.6 million).
Kilmer first put the 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom home up for sale in early 2009 for $33 million (£20.6 million), but he was forced to slash the price last year in a desperate bid to sell it. »
Chicago – Joel Schumacher’s “Trespass” represents a new low for the often divisive and (lately) horrendous director of such gems as “The Number 23,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Bad Company,” “8Mm,” “Batman & Robin,” and “Batman Forever.” The film is getting a very-brief theatrical release before essentially going straight-to-dvd, leading a few industry watchers to question if perhaps one of the stars had it in his or her contract that the film had to run in movie houses. Unless you have a similar contract requiring you see it, avoid at all costs.
“Trespass” is an overheated mess, a thriller with no thrills that allows everyone involved to play up their worst tendencies – Nicolas Cage gets a few over-the-top scenes that will surely get more life as mash-ups on YouTube than in the film itself; Nicole Kidman opens her eyes wide and feigns shock in as unbelievable a way as »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Joel Schumacher has revealed that he thinks Val Kilmer was the best actor to play Batman. Speaking to IFC, the Batman Forever director said that Kilmer brought something special to the iconic role. Schumacher said: "For me, Val Kilmer was the best Batman. I thought he looked great in the costume, and I thought he brought a depth to the role. "I thought the relationship between Val and Nicole Kidman was very sexy. Jim Carrey, of course, was the perfect Riddler. And then I had the great Tommy Lee Jones and a lot of other great people are in that movie." > Joel Schumacher 'was asked to make Batman & Robin sequel' Schumacher also revealed that he (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
Through the years there have been numerous men who have donned the black cape and mask and played Batman in film -- Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale. But only one can be considered the best. Joel Schumacher believes he knows who it is.
"For me, Val Kilmer was the best Batman," Schumacher, the director of "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin" tells IFC.com. "I thought he looked great in the costume, and I thought he brought a depth to the role. I thought the relationship between Val and Nicole Kidman was very sexy."
Schumacher admitted fault when it came to the universally-panned "Batman & Robin," a film that underperformed at the box office and stalled the franchise for eight years.
"It's not my favorite movie I've ever made...I take full responsibility for 'Batman & Robin'," he says. He adds, "I broke a rule of mine, which »
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