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Gary Oldman Loved 'True Detective,' Wants To Work With Paul Thomas Anderson, Defends Mel Gibson & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 24, 2014 9:01 AM
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The Unborn Gary Oldman
It should have been simple. It’s only a couple of weeks away from the release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” why not have its human star, the franchise ubiquitous Gary Oldman, sit down for an interview with Playboy? There’s no way that could go wrong, right? While 20th Century Fox and Oldman’s publicist do damage control, let’s run down some of the other non-Mel Gibson-defending things Oldman revealed in the very candid talk with the famous lad mag. (And okay, the Mel Gibson stuff too).

Watch: Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon Take On Michael Caine & 'Dark Knight Rises' In Clip From 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Trip to Italy
Even if you didn't see Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip"—and by God, you really should—you likely saw the viral clip from the film, featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (playing exaggerated versions of themselves) competing in their impersonations of Michael Caine. It was fantastically hilarious stuff, one great bit from a film full of them, and with a sequel on the way, they've got more Caine to share.

Watch: Christian Bale Explains The Motivation Behind His Trademark Batman Voice For 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 19, 2013 9:38 AM
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The Dark Knight, Christian Bale
Aside from its blistering visual sense now expected from “Inception” director Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight” trilogy of films featured an entire spectrum of interesting aural performance choices, from Heath Ledger's drawly turn as the Joker to the terrifying incoherence of Bane as interpreted by Tom Hardy. However, the original--and the one consistent through all three films--is of course Christian Bale's gravelly-voiced Batman. Thanks to a look at the actor's audition tape in the recent box set for the trilogy, the voice has confirmed itself as always tied to the character and the role, but recently Bale spoke about his major choice and its reasoning.

10 Big Screen Superheroes With Incredibly Uncomfortable Family Issues

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 7, 2013 3:00 PM
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Ten Onscreen Superheroes With Incredibly Uncomfortable Family Issues
This weekend sees the release of "Thor: The Dark World," which, on the surface, is just another superhero film. But, in fact, it also works as a crystallization as to what makes superheroes tick: family issues. Thor's got to save the universe, but he's also got an obnoxious brother gumming up the works, and he can never agree with his father, who is also a King. To rub it in, the sequel also seems to suggest that Mom likes Loki better. Things just aren't going Thor's way!

Watch: Cillian Murphy's Audition Tape To Play Batman In Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 2:44 PM
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More goodies from the recently released "The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition" are making their way online, albeit briefly. Over the weekend, footage of Christian Bale's audition to play Bruce Wayne, from the extra features on the set, landed online, only to be quickly yanked and we presume the same will happen here, so click now while you can.

David S. Goyer Says He Had To Tell Christopher Nolan What The Batman Canon Was For 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 11:34 AM
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While Christopher Nolan certainly deserves the praise he's received for taking Batman, and updating the character with a 21st century makeover, and placing the superhero in a gritty, realistic context, perhaps his greatest asset was not being overly familiar with the source material. And thus, he wasn't beholden to any preconceived notions of what "The Dark Knight" trilogy of films could and couldn't be. But with that being said, there were still rules to follow, and Nolan had a little help in setting up that framework.

Watch: 10-Minute Epic Retrospective Of 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 12:29 PM
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Bat-fans are likely patiently awaiting the mailman or, if such a thing still exists, have already hit their local video store to snap up "The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition" which arrives today. Packaging all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, the set comes packed with extras, including such nuggets as Christian Bale's first audition tape, that finds him wearing Val Kilmer's suit reading his lines to Amy Adams (watch that here). But we doubt even the most diehard of fans will have to time to rewatch all three movies in one day, so here's another way to revisit the trilogy.

'Magic Magic' Star Juno Temple Talks Losing Her Mind, The Polanski Influence, 'Sin City 2,' 'Maleficent' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2013 5:00 PM
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Earlier this year at Sundance, Chilean director Sebastian Silva ("The Maid") made a splash with two very different movies. The first, "The Crystal Fairy," was a trippy road comedy that starred Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffman and saw a limited theatrical release this summer from IFC Films (read our review here). The other Silva joint was an equally trippy but far darker film that also co-starred Michael Cera called "Magic Magic," which will be released on DVD this week from Sony. It stars Juno Temple as a young girl who descends into madness while visiting her sister abroad (it involves many sleepless nights, hypnotism, a memorable use of a Knife song and finally some kind of witchcraft). We got to talk to Temple about what it was like working with Silva, what her reference points were for the character, and asked about what she's got coming next—Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Alexandre Aja's "Horns," and Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" retelling "Maleficent" (where she plays a tiny fairy).

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

Batman Returns: 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Gets Another Boxset With New Featurettes, Toys & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 4:30 PM
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Is this a double dip or a triple dip? Maybe somewhere in between? You already own all the films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Or maybe you waited and sprung for the "The Dark Knight" Trilogy Limited Edition (lol) Giftset last year. Well, Warner Bros. wants to pry a few more Bat-dollars out of superfans, so they are taking one more crack at the apple...

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