Chances are we’re all pretty familiar with the The Dark Knight Rises from the outside view. Now it’s time to pop the hood. Much as rumors cropped up before production, spy photos poured out during production, speculation raged approaching release and debate stirred at release, behind the scenes tidbits are now coming online at a great rate. Many of them just stealthy sneak into Superhero Bits (like a huge gallery of images earlier today) but we’ve grabbed a few of the better ones and put them all right here.

After the jump you can find out about the following:

  • The Soundworks Collection has posted a video discussing the sound design and score of the film.
  • A video proves that Bane‘s voice was changed from the initial release of the prologue up to the final release.
  • Check out some early concept images of Bane‘s look and design.
  • An old, but worthwhile, video showing Heath Ledger‘s possible inspiration for The Joker.
  • See what Bane looked like without his mask.

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Where better to get your news of a new psot-apocalyptic action movie than through interviews to promote an animated musical sequel aimed at kids and families? George Miller directed the three Mad Max movies, and also oversaw the two Happy Feet films. As he does press rounds for Happy Feet 2, Miller is talking frequently about Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in his action series about a wasteland-hardened survivor.

Many of his comments so far have boiled down to “yes, the film was delayed when weather turned planned Australian desert locations to meadows, but it will still happen.” Today, however, Miller gave a pretty full rundown of the gestation of the fourth Mad Max movie, a process that goes back more than ten years. Read More »

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Briefly: I’m not sure why this would even be a question, but apparently there has been some lingering curiosity about whether Christopher Nolan might bring back — i.e. recast — the Joker in Batman 3. You can officially lay any curiosity to rest at this point, as Nolan said the following to Empire in response to questions about the character’s return:

“No”, says Nolan emphatically and unhesitatingly. He resists elaborating simply because, quite understandably, he says, “I just don’t feel comfortable talking about it”.

There has been supposition that we might see a shadowy Joker presence, or some other partial appearance of the character in Nolan’s next Batman film. But given what we know about Nolan, the way he works and how he feels about his close cast and crew, I can’t see how anyone would think that he would even consider recasting the late Heath Ledger. In any capacity. Let’s hope this is the end of that line of questioning. [via Obsessed With Film]

Heath Ledger’s DirecTV Commercial

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Last week the online world threw a big fuss over DirecTV’s newest television advertisement, which features David Spade pimping the satellite service in an altered scene from Tommy Boy, which of course includes his dead friend, comedian Chris Farley. And you may remember, this isn’t the first time DirecTV has been accused of profiting off of the dead, as they came under fire last year for the same thing, with a similar ad altering Poltergeist, featuring Heather O’Rourke, an actress who died tragically in 1988 at age 12.

When is this disgusting trend going to end? LandlineTV have created a faux DirecTV commercial showing where these tasteless advertising stunts might lead if we don’t put a stop to it now — that’s right… Heath Ledger plugs DirecTV in a digitally altered scene from The Dark Knight. And it doesn’t end there… Landline has also produced a couple more DirecTV commercials featuring John F Kennedy and Jesus Christ, because… why not? Watch the advertisement after the jump.

Note: Some people seem to be taking this one too seriously… its supposed to be a joke. It’s funny, laugh. No, we never expected DirecTV to use Heath Ledger to promote their product in television commercials… or at least we hope not. And it seems like everyone in the comments are using “well Farley’s family approved it, so its okay.” Poor taste is not decided by the family of the dead actor, that’s just a ridiculous statement.
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While there’s no official announcement of US distribution for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the puzzle pieces really are starting to click into shape now. I’m of the mind that, most likely, the American release date for the film is going to be December 25th, and that the distributor will be Sony Pictures Classics. That’s far from an ideal situation, I’m sure many of you will agree, but there’s a lot we can do to help out and make the best of a bad hand. Just to stress: nothing official here, just the puzzle pieces I’ve been able to sweep up so far.

I first heard a tip off that Sony might be on board a couple of months back, and even placed a call for confirmation to Sony Pictures Classics myself. I received just the kind of “no comment” that makes one suspicious but, of course, often means nothing at all. I put the rumour to one side and decided to wait for something more solid to manifest.

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The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus UK Trailer

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Here it is, at long last , the desperately awaited first trailer for Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. You will find it embedded below the break. The UK official site is open too, though at the moment all it contains is a logotype, as above, and a registration box.

When you watch the trailer, not only will you be given a vague intro to the central plot, which is something most coverage has neglected to express at all, you’ll also be given a good look at Heath Ledger as Tony, and glimpses of Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law as… well, as Tony too. There are so many visual ideas in this trailer and they come by so quickly that you really should decide to play it a second time, love it or hate it, just to give it a real chance.

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Earlier this year, The Playlist uncovered the news that Heath Ledger had been working on two music videos at the time of his death, one for Modest Mouse and one for Grace Woodroofe. Now Ledger’s animated Modest Mouse video, for the new song ‘King Rat’, is streaming at MySpace. When the news first came out, Terry Gilliam was reported to be the animator, which turned out to be false. But you can see some very evident Gilliam influence in the clip regardless — those trumpets emerging from clouds are just one little touch of Gilliam’s very recognizable style. See the (relatively horrifying) video after the jump. Read More »

2009 MTV Movie Awards Winners

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There are a lot of Award shows in Hollywood. Some of them are serious presentations, awarding accomplishment and talent: the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes..etc. Other award shows are nothing more than pure spectacle. The MTV Movie Awards falls into the latter category. Every year we post the award winners, and every year we complain about how some tween heartthrob, this year – Zac Efron, beats out some insanely talented actor, this year Robert Downey Jr, for Best Male Performance. Or how Twilight beat out both The Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire to win Best Movie.

But truth is, we love to bitch about the MTV Movie Awards, which explains why I’m posting these results. It’s certainly not that we give credence to this list of winners. Any award show which gives out five statues to Twilight can’t be taken seriously. So leave your comments below. Be smart, clever, funny, and biting.

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Three new video clips from Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus have appeared on the Comme Au Cinema site and have also been embedded below the break in this story. One of them features a scene we’ve seen already – twice before, in fact – but now finally in what would appear to be the correct aspect ratio. The others are new, however, and show us both storylines and special effects that the first clip didn’t even hint at.

As well as showcasing Heath Ledger as Tony, the clips give us a very good look at Andrew Garfield as Anton, Lily Cole as Valentina and – best of all – Christopher Plummer as the titular doctor.

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Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus has finally premiered in Cannes. Reviews have been surfacing all day and most of them, unsurprisingly, focus on two key factors – that this film contains Heath Ledger‘s final performance and that a Gilliam film is somehow difficult or appeals only to a few. I can’t argue with the first part, but the second doesn’t add up.

Below the break you can see a scene from the film that clocks in at just under a minute. It has been circulated as a promotional piece for the Cannes fest by Canal Plus and as such has French subtitles ‘burnt in’. The short clip we saw last week comes from this longer piece, so you can now get more context, more Ledger and more of Gilliam’s magic.

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