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The Playlist Interview: Christopher Nolan Talks The Writing Process, Batman As A Sociopath & Finding His Darth Vader [Part 2]

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2012 4:47 PM
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Christopher Nolan is a hard man to track down, but after some patience and persistence, we were lucky enough to sit down with the (to name just a few) "Memento," "Prestige" and "Inception" director at length to discuss "The Dark Knight Rises," his debut feature film "Following" and much more about his lauded Batman trilogy. You can read all that right here in part one of our talk, and continue with us as we dug deeper with Nolan into the mythology of his Batman films and his process for putting the pieces of his entire series together, all of which we've presented in a part two below.

Grammys: 'The Muppets,' 'The Artist,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dragon Tattoo' & More Nominated For Soundtrack & Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 11:53 AM
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We haven't paid attention to the Grammys in years, mostly because it's irrelevant, these days we're barely familiar with half the nominees, and the show is usually pure tedium. (Don't even get us started on that Beach Boys tribute thing last year.) But for movie buffs looking to maintain their awards season high, yesterday's announcement of Grammy nominees did bring with it some films that are looking to collect gold from their pals in the music biz.

Editor Lee Smith Says Bruce Wayne In 'The Dark Knight Rises' Inspired By Nolan's Aborted Howard Hughes Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 10:30 AM
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With Martin Scorsese tackling the famed billionaire recluse in "The Aviator," and Warren Beatty forever developing his own feature film about the man, perhaps it's no surprise that a filmmaker as distinctive as Christopher Nolan has shelved his plans to make a movie about Howard Hughes. In the works for years, and at one point mooted as a project he would do after "The Dark Knight Rises," it seems he's poured some of the characteristics of Hughes into Bruce Wayne.

The Playlist Interview: Christopher Nolan Talks The 'Dark Knight' Trilogy, Blockbuster Filmmaking, 'Following' & More [Part 1]

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 5, 2012 3:39 PM
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It’s been a big two weeks for Christopher Nolan in New York and beyond. The admired director was feted at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center with an hour-plus conversation about his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy last week and a few days before that the IFC Center hosted a screening of a new restored print of “Following,” his debut film that Criterion is releasing later this month. To cap it all off, “The Dark Knight Rises” and the entire trilogy is out on Blu-Ray and DVD this week (surely, that is going to be one of the biggest home video releases of the year).

Michael Caine Says, Yes, Alfred Really Did See Bruce Wayne & Selina Kyle At The End Of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2012 12:44 PM
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Perhaps the open ending of "Inception" is to blame, but for whatever reason, a segment of audiences seemed to be baffled by the conclusion of this summer's "The Dark Knight Rises." At least one blogger surmised that Bruce Wayne was actually dead at the end of the film, and when Alfred looks up in an Italian cafe and sees him along with Selina Kyle, leading a new, quiet and happy life, it's his imagination (or something). But just like he did for "Inception," Caine has put all conjecture to rest about what those final moments really mean.

Exclusive: Christopher Nolan Talks Around ‘Justice League' & Says ‘Man of Steel’ Is Not Quite Like His Batman Trilogy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 4, 2012 1:40 PM
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I had the opportunity and good fortune to sit down with director Christopher Nolan last week during some Oscar luncheons to discuss this week’s release of “The Dark Knight Rises” and the complete “Dark Knight Rises Trilogy” on Blu-ray/DVD. Ever the well-coiffed and relatable gentleman, Nolan is obviously known for his secrecy, but I was struck with how carefully he jiu jitsu’d around certain questions without ever coming across as deeply cagey. Instead, perhaps like his silent and swift ‘Dark Knight Rises’ protagonist, it’s as if he shook your hand with a smile and moments later you realized your wallet was gone.

Kevin Smith On Why He Prefers 'The Avengers' Over 'The Dark Knight Rises' & Turning 'Hit Somebody' Into A Single Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 3, 2012 11:03 AM
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Over the weekend EPIX premiered a brand new Kevin Smith special, "Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under." Chronicling a small smattering of the Australian leg of their "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" live show, and the engaging one hour program features Smith and his "Clerks" costar Jason Mewes doing what they do best, as they talked about nearly every topic under the sun. Last week, we got a chance to catch up with Kevin Smith ourselves, and he generously answered our wide range of questions.

Christopher Nolan Says Heath Ledger Initially Didn’t Want To Be In Superhero Or Batman Movies: 6 Things Learned From The FSLC Talk

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 29, 2012 1:28 PM
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Last night at the Walter Reade theater in New York, Christopher Nolan and Film Comment contributing editor Scott Foundas sat down for an hour plus chat about the 'Dark Knight' trilogy, Nolan's career and the traditionalist's love of cinema, the virtues of IMAX cameras and shooting on 65mm, and the importance of keeping the photochemical process alive in a digital age.

Christopher Nolan Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is "The End Of The Batman Story" He Wanted To Tell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 5:52 PM
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Yes, it's pretty much old news considering this is what director Christopher Nolan has been saying about "The Dark Knight Rises" since day one. But, considering the recent rumors about Joseph Gordon-Levitt (which have been denied by his reps) playing Batman in "Justice League," it's worth reminding folks how Nolan views the final entry in his trilogy as well as the possibilities of continuing the story.

FX Vet Chris Corbould Talks 'Dark Knight' Tumbler & His Pitch For A Batboat

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 11:40 AM
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An Oscar nominee for "The Dark Knight" and an Oscar winner for "Inception," and having worked with Christopher Nolan since "Batman Begins," it's safe to say the filmmaker trusts FX veteran Chris Corbuld to help bring his unique worlds to the big screen. As "The Dark Knight Rises" gears up to hit home video soon, we continue to get more peeks behind the scenes of the making of the film.

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