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Dark Knight Rises Filming in Pittsburgh, Two New Biopics, Development Arrested

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2011 at 5:31AM

The Dark Knights Rises moved locations this week to start filming in the latest Gotham City stand-in: Pittsburgh, PA. “When you're making a large-scale action film that has to showcase the vitality and size of a large American city," director Christopher Nolan told The Pittsburgh Business Times, "it also involves a certain amount of disruption to that city in order to make the action credible on screen.” The film will pay homage to some Steel City landmarks with a Heinz Field crowd scene at a football game, where mass destruction will likely take place.
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The Dark Knights Rises moved locations this week to start filming in the latest Gotham City stand-in: Pittsburgh, PA. “When you're making a large-scale action film that has to showcase the vitality and size of a large American city," director Christopher Nolan told The Pittsburgh Business Times, "it also involves a certain amount of disruption to that city in order to make the action credible on screen.” The film will pay homage to some Steel City landmarks with a Heinz Field crowd scene at a football game, where mass destruction will likely take place.

-Summit has acquired the rights to the story of Jose Vigoa, whose biography title explains it all: Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars. Summit is negotiating with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, who is currently directing action-thriller The Tomb.

-In other biopic news, David Fincher will produce the story of American photographer, Dorothea Lange, who captured harrowing faces of the Great Depression. Variety reports that Angela Workman is currently working on a script about the photographer, whose portraits of anguishing farmers were said to have inspired John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath.

-Development, Arrested: After Will Arnett’s latest announcement about an Arrested Development movie, Salon publishes a list of promises that have been made to put the show on the big screen. In other words, don't count your chickens on this one.


This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Studios, Video, Daily Read, TV, David Fincher, Chris Nolan, Batman, comedy, Biopics, Action, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.