Remember July 2012? The Internet was abuzz about a little film called The Dark Knight Rises, the third film in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy. After an unprecedented amount of hype and anticipation, the actual release of the film started an unstoppable furor of online discussion regarding the details of the plot. Many forgave plot holes in favor of Nolan’s cinematic eye. Others denied their existence. But many people harped on ever little inconsistency and WTF moment that occurs in the film, to the rage/delight of other fans.
But that was months ago and even with the film hitting Blu-ray Tuesday, most of us have calmed way down and moved onto the next thing. (Maybe Star Wars Episode VII.) Leave it to the Honest Trailer team at ScreenJunkies to reopen old wounds, though, with their hilarious and brutal “honest trailer” for The Dark Knight Rises. Five minutes that’ll either make you laugh out loud, or throw your computer across the room. Read More »
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After only seven movies, Christopher Nolan has elevated himself to Hollywood royality. Actually, he probably did it after five movies, but there’s no doubt he’s on a short list of the best in the business. That makes not only his opinions important, but his projects doubly so. He’s currently promoting the home release of his latest movie, The Dark Knight Rises, but the filmmaker’s got another major movie he produced - Man of Steel - coming out in a few months as well. The success of that film will make or break whether or not Warner Bros. decides to go ahead with a Justice League movie. These are, obviously, all topics we’re curious to know Nolan’s thoughts on.
After the jump, read some quotes from the filmmaker on each of those topics as well as his polarizing ending to The Dark Knight Rises. Read More »
With one Batman trilogy over and a new set of films likely to begin, the idea of casting the character has once again become a well-discussed subject. The name that keeps popping up is Joseph Gordon-Levitt (for good reason), but before Warner Bros. finally decides to cast a new actor in the cape and cowl, they’ll surely have met with plenty of people.
The last man tasked with casting Batman was Christopher Nolan and his eventual choice, Christian Bale, has long been praised for his work in the role. But back before 2005′s Batman Begins, Nolan met with lots of actors to discuss the role, and one of the actors was Heath Ledger. At the time, Ledger politely told Nolan he’d never do a superhero movie, only to change his mind a few years later to play Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, in 2008′s The Dark Knight. The now-iconic role won the actor a posthumous Oscar.
What made Ledger change his mind and what was discussed at that meeting? Read Nolan’s quotes and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
(Spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises follow.)
When a recent rumor cropped up that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been tapped to play the new Batman in Justice League, it seemed like a logical narrative extension of The Dark Knight Rises. The end of the film set up Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake as a successor to Bruce Wayne, so it only made sense that the character would carry over into Warner Bros.’ efforts at a DC cinematic universe.
However, Nolan says that was never really his intention — that he left the door open on his way out of Gotham for thematic reasons, not for studio franchise purposes. In a thoughtful new interview, Nolan discussed why, exactly, The Dark Knight Rises ended as it did and what the Batman meant to him. Hit the jump to read on.
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The Blu-ray for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises is mere days away and, with its imminent arrival, the lid has been blown off the once-secretive production. Tons of behind the scenes photos and videos have been pouring online, showing stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and more making the final Batman film. There are even interviews with crew members and more, all to help promote the disc which hits shelves December 4.
After the jump, we’ve pulled together some of the better material currently available including images from the Bane vs. Batman fight, videos focusing on the football explosion, Catwoman, Tom Hardy’s transformation and more. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig may be the big marquee names of Skyfall, but the real driving forces behind the Bond franchise have long been Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The half-siblings are the daughter and stepson, respectively, of late producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli — the man who, along with producer Harry Saltzman, first brought Ian Fleming‘s now-iconic spy to the silver screen in 1962 — and have been involved with the series since the Roger Moore era.
At a recent Skyfall press day in New York, I got to speak with the pair about what Mendes brings to the franchise, the advantages of having Craig on board, the importance of interesting female characters, and whether perennial fan favorite Christopher Nolan might ever direct an installment. Hit the jump to read on.
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People tend to put filmmakers and film fans into strict categories; someone might be a comedy guy, a drama person, a horror fan or a superhero admirer. For example, no one would expect a filmmaker like Lars Von Trier to be a huge fanboy for Disney movies. He probably isn’t of course, but it’s just an extreme, hypothetical example of how we tend to presume peoples tastes.
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson makes difficult movies. Some more so than others, but he’s never played to the audience with simple, happy endings or huge action set pieces. Raw emotion, language and tense situations are constantly on display and these are things many people don’t want when they go to the movies. Those people want Christopher Nolan films. Huge action, sweeping spectacle, but with just enough thematic resonance to feel like they’re more than some run of the mill action movie. On the surface, one would think these two filmmakers occupy opposite sides of the spectrum.
That might be the case, but while promoting his latest film, The Master, Anderson was revealed that he’s a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
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For a few months we’ve known that Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has shot all of Christopher Nolan‘s major work from Memento on, would be making his directorial debut with a top-secret film. We’ve known that Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, and Pfister said not long ago that “it’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as “Batman,” but not independent.”
Other than those tidbits we’ve known nothing, not even a title. Now we know the film is called Transcendence, and that Johhny Depp is in talks to star.
Edit: While the original news break called the film “Transendence,” as originally spelled here, it appears that was wrong, and the title uses the standard spelling Transcendence.
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