Production Updates The Dark Knight Rises
Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 6:06 pm by TeddyBlass
A lot has happened since our last little update about The Dark Knight Rises. Production on the much anticipated film continues on in various parts of the UK. Filming at Wollaton Hall (the location being used as the rebuilt Wayne Manor) began last week. Special props have been built just outside of the mansion that hint at what seems to be an iconic Batman scene. Some people might consider the props spoilery, but given the location and the events of Batman Begins, I think it isn’t much of a surprise. Batman-News snagged a handful of photos of the filming location and props if you so care check it out. Filming at Wollaton Hall has also brought us our first real video footage of filming. A video popped up on YouTube of the crew filming a taxi cab and Bruce Wayne arriving at the manor. The channel that posted the video, BatmanManor, also has some other random footage of stuff being set up at the filming location. Check out the video embed below:
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The Dark Knight Rises
Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 7:54 pm by TeddyBlass
Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that Matthew Mondine, Tom Conti, and 11 year-old Joey King have joined the cast of The Dark Knight Rises. The casting of Matthew Modine goes well in-tow with Christopher Nolan’s determination to cast actors from the 80s who have since fallen a bit from the spotlight, e,g., Rutger Hauer in Batman Begins, Eric Roberts in The Dark Knight, and Tom Berenger in Inception. Modine is most notably known for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War pic, Full Metal Jacket. According to Variety he’ll be playing a character named Nixon, a character who seemingly popped up in sides for the film over the past month or so. There’s no word on who Tom Conti will be playing, but the casting of 11-year-old female Joey King raises our suspicions quite a bit. The casting of Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul, then Marion Cotillard as a generic board member, and now this little girl in an unmentioned role should clue you into who we think she could possibly be playing. If you can’t figure out who we’re talking about… well… you’re bound to solve the puzzle eventually. I suspect we’re right, but knowing Nolan, we could be dead wrong. What do you guys think?
The Dark Knight Rises
Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 4:09 pm by TeddyBlass
Cinematographer extraordinaire Wally Pfister gave an exciting and tantalizing phone interview to the Kevin and Josh Movie Show last friday that touched on subjects like Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Wally is a friend of the show’s and loves to talk film with the hosts, who are huge Christopher Nolan fans — to the point where I am surprised they didn’t found this site themselves. They do their best to pick Wally’s brain for information and insight. Thankfully Wally is a really cool dude and talks about everything he can talk about without getting himself fired. I’ll do my best to sum up what I though was the most fascinating or exciting, but I’ll also include a link to the audio file of the show below so you can hear it all for yourself.
After discussing Inception and the disappointment with some of its Oscar nominations, or lack of rather, the hosts praise Chris and Wally’s use of practical effects and stunts in their action sequences. They then ask Wally how Nolan can top The Dark Knight? “I asked the same question,” Wally responded. “I read the script 2 weeks ago, and he’s done it. Plain and simple — he’s done it. It’s a phenomenal script. He’s still in the process of cutting it back because it’s a very long script right now, but it’s really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again. When I watched those I had read the script for The Dark Knight Rises and was like, ‘dude, it is a perfect trilogy.’ I think that was his intent, to work off those two pictures — and they are very different pictures. And it’s funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better.”
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Rumors The Dark Knight Rises
Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 9:47 pm by TeddyBlass
As the more or less confirmed May start start date for The Dark Knight Rises grows closer each day, fanboys (and girls!) everywhere grow antsy in anticipation of official news. In the void left by lack of official news grow rumors. Many of them. The latest and most interesting rumors come to us from the folks over at Collider. Today they reported a couple rumors given to them by confidential yet reliable or trustworthy sources.
The first rumor, as you can guess from my rather plain but descriptive title, is that Eva Green (Casino Royal) and Naomi Watts (King Kong) have been cast in The Dark Knight Rises. A source told them Eva Green is set to play the role of Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson’s character in Batman Begins) and possible baddie. Naomi Watts will play Vicki Vale, photojournalist and possible love interest to Bruce Wayne – a character who also appeared in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Collider has been unable to confirm this rumor, and another website listed several other actresses who are supposedly still in talks for a role in the film and even go as far as to rule out Green and Watts. They do however believe that Talia al Ghul is a definite character appearing in the film.
A different source let slip some details on the new Batmobile and Batcave. The previous two installments in the franchise set up the need for replacements for them both. The source tells Collider that the Tumbler is being redesigned to be more sleek, but still powerful. The “new” Batcave will be essentially be the same as the one in Batman Begins, but they’re adding a bay for the Tumbler, and areas for computer systems and Batsuits, presumably similar to the ones in The Dark Knight.
Lastly, Collider is reporting and essentially confirming the May to November production dates that Michael Caine mentioned a couple months back. Their first source cites May 6th as the start of production, and November 28th as the end. Sounds pretty dope to me. What do you think about all of this? I think some of it seems pretty reliable or believable at least. Much more so than some of the other rumors flying around.
Posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 1:21 pm by George
“I want to know the movie, and then as soon as I know it, I wished I didn’t.” That statement, articulated by Christopher Nolan in a recent interview with New York Times writer David Itzkoff, rings true for nearly anyone anticipating a film. And when something as original and mysterious as Nolan’s Inception is the center of that anticipation, the temptation to find out anything and everything about the project is only heightened. With just over two weeks until Inception hits theaters, the concern over whether or not audiences will take a dive into something perceived to be shrouded in secrecy has become the center of debate. “But it’s an unusual movie,” Nolan contends, “and so it’s a lot harder to just put out a two-and-a-half minute trailer and everyone goes, ‘Oh, yeah, I know what that is.’ An original concept – a world the audience hasn’t entered into before – for me as a filmgoer, that’s the most exciting thing.” Itzkoff calls Nolan “a blockbuster auteur,” a label all too appropriate in a climate where summer spectacles are re-written, re-shot, and re-titled to suit studio expectations. By trying to appeal to everyone, most recent releases are appealing to no one. Summer at the movies has never felt so bland.
Inception is Christopher Nolan’s third blockbuster. Although his previous effort, The Dark Knight, grossed over $1 billion worldwide, audiences had familiarity with the material and characters to drive anticipation. Inception has to rely mostly on Nolan’s good will from The Dark Knight, the appeal of Leonardo DiCaprio, and mind bending visuals to crank up excitement. The Hollywood Reporter’s BULLSEYE forecast shows it has high interest overall, but low traction with women. And Hollywood Elsewhere’s tracking information on the film is a bit worrisome, putting awareness only slightly above Angelina Jolie’s upcoming thriller Salt. But if audiences are hungry for something fresh, will tracking or even opening weekend grosses really tell the whole story? It was less than seven months ago that Avatar opened with a $77 million weekend and went on to gross nearly $750 million domestically. Inception is not expected to pull numbers that high, but word-of-mouth has clearly proven to be effective when audiences are given something special. And early word on Inception has been glowing.
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