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A Football Field Implodes? Over-Scrutinizing 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 20, 2011 2:44 PM
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At the close of 2011, Warner Bros. hit us with a tease of 2012's biggest blockbuster event, the trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises." What's interesting about this trailer isn't what it reveals as much as what it hides and obscures.

Watch: Trailer For Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' Hints At A Dark & Epic Final Conclusion To The Batman Saga

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 19, 2011 1:21 PM
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Yes, you may have seen a cruddy version of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" trailer a few days ago, the third and final film in his epic Batman trilogy, or the big-screen version in front of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," but if you struggled to hear and see what it all was about, behold the beautiful, high-definition version that is not only incredibly impressive, but looks wickedly ominous and striking. The wonderful thing that Nolan does with all his trailers is make the stakes of his films look incredibly high, as in do-or-die, and "The Dark Knight Rises" looks no different. This looks dark with deep and powerful consequences around every corner. It appears that some kind of army is rising and it's something that neither Batman nor Gotham has ever faced.

'It Would Be Extremely Painful... For You:' What Did We Learn about 'The Dark Knight Rises' From The Prologue?

  • By Cory Everett
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  • December 19, 2011 1:00 AM
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With “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” now playing in IMAX theaters, the first 6 minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises” is now officially playing for thousands of Batman fans across the country – at least those lucky enough to live near one of the 50-some IMAX screens playing the footage. We couldn’t resist taking another look at the footage yesterday and after seeing the prologue a second time, we have a few questions for Nolan and co. about the mysterious intro, as well as a few guesses about where the film might be headed. Warning: there are some SPOILERS ahead, so please don’t read on until after you’ve seen the footage.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Viral Gives Fans Chance To See 6 Minute Prologue For Free, Film Features 50 Mins. Of IMAX Footage

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 1:28 PM
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Christopher Nolan Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is 'An Epic,' Takes Place Eight Years After Last Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 9:21 AM
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Despite endless set photos and grainy YouTube videos posted by desperate fans, we still know virtually nothing significant about "The Dark Knight Rises," likely to be 2012's biggest film, and the third in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. But this shouldn't be a major surprise to anyone. After all, Nolan's perfected the art of secrecy in the internet age, more than anyone bar J.J. Abrams, so much so that even the barest of plot details for "Inception" were kept under wraps until only weeks before release. 

Geronimo! Five Actors Who Could Lead A David Yates-Helmed 'Doctor Who' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 15, 2011 11:16 AM
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Given our reboot-happy culture, it was only a matter of time before long-running BBC science-fiction series "Doctor Who" got the movie treatment, despite the fact that it's still on the air, and gaining a bigger international audience than ever before. But this afternoon's news that David Yates (who directed half of the films in the mammoth "Harry Potter" franchise) is developing a big screen version still came as something of a surprise. And, with the announcement that it'll depart from established continuity, shunning recent stars like Matt Smith and David Tennant and starting afresh.

Exclusive: George Miller Says New ‘Mad Max 4’ Movie Essentially Same Story As Aborted ‘Max’ Film In 2003; Talks Tom Hardy As Rebooted Mel Gibson Character

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 11, 2011 11:52 AM
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For the better part of the past two decades, George Miller has made films that veered sharply away from his earliest triumphs, opting for decidedly more family-friendly fare like “Babe: Pig in the City” and “Happy Feet” than the unforgiving adventures of the “Mad Max” series. But next year, Miller returns to that franchise with the tentatively titled “Fury Road,” and even though production was aborted back in 2003 and then pushed back several times since the project was first re-announced in 2009, Miller told The Playlist that their completion at Warner Brothers is as inevitable as their conception was in his head.

Jason Clarke Will Hunt Bin Laden For Kathryn Bigelow; Tom Hardy, Rooney Mara & More In The Mix For Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 10, 2011 4:27 PM
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George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Shoot Next March In Namibia

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 13, 2011 1:45 AM
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Finally, some positive movement on George Miller's massively delayed "Mad Max: Fury Road"?

Venice '11 Review: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Is A Remarkable, Quietly Devastating Spy Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2011 12:33 PM
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The spy genre, is generally speaking, a euphemism for 'action movie' -- look at the explosions, fistfights and car chases of the Bond films, of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, of the 'Bourne' franchise, none of which have much in the way of actual tradecraft. The business of being a spy is hard, boring work, made up of listening and talking and without a lot of glamor. One of the men who best understands this is novelist John Le Carré, himself a former spy, who for close to half a century has been behind some of the most acclaimed literary examples of the genre. But aside from the much-loved "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold," and the more recent "The Constant Gardener" (the latter not strictly speaking an espionage picture), his works haven't had a huge amount of success on the big screen, lacking the speedboats and fireballs of Ian Fleming or Robert Ludlum. One of the writer's best-known books is "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the first of the 'Karla' trilogy, which focuses on George Smiley, a middle-aged veteran of 'The Circus' (Le Carré's term for the British intelligence services) and his rivalry with his Soviet counterpart Karla. Working Title Films has spent the last couple of years on a new cinematic take with Tomas Alfredson, director of the much-acclaimed "Let the Right One In," making his English-language debut at the helm. It's no small undertaking, considering that the novel was previously adapted as a much-loved, seven-part, 290-minute BBC miniseries, headed up by an indelible performance from the great Alec Guinness. Alfredson might have assembled an all-star cast of British talent to bring the book to life, but could the company, led by Gary Oldman taking up Smiley's thick glasses, hope to match their predecessors? And could the film manage to keep the plot coherent and thrilling at a running time less than half of what the TV take had to play with?

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