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'Dark Knight Rises' Opening Clouded by Brutal Theater-Shooting Spree; Ignites Larger Debate UPDATED

"There's a storm coming," Catwoman whispers in Bruce Wayne's ear in "The Dark Knight Rises." A gunman firing into the crowd inside a Thursday midnight show of the film at a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding some 22, will yield a firestorm of debate in this presidential election year. Shortly after the start of the film...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2012 1:14 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'The Dark Knight Rises' from Inception

While other directors strive to ground their superhero movies with relatable characters, Christopher Nolan has achieved something greater with "The Dark Knight Rises": he wraps up his gritty Batman trilogy with an operatic flourish and a sublime catharsis, coming full circle back to "Batman Begins."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 19, 2012 7:07 AM
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Nolan & Bale Talk 'Dark Knight Rises,' Joker Off Limits, Peter Jackson Envy & More with EW

Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale to talk -- what else? -- "The Dark Knight Rises." A quote for franchise fans? Nolan says: "I will cop to this: The 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy was in the back of our minds the entire time we were making these." Five more notable quotables below!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2012 3:17 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas Back Oscar-Winning 'Inception' Cinematographer's First Feature (VIDEO)

That's what a director with clout does: he gives his long-time director of photography a chance to direct. Thus Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are backing Wally Pfister--who won the Oscar for "Inception" and just won an AFI Alumnae Award last week. He cited as his idol Franklin Schaffner ("Papillon" and "The Planet of the Apes").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2012 2:11 PM
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MTV Movie Awards: Russell Brand Monologue and Writing Mark New Low, 'Dark Knight Rises' Footage Impresses

Watch Russell Brand's MTV Awards opening monologue in which he slags corporate America, Kanye, Michael Fassbender's penis, Charlie Sheen, himself and his celebrity marriage (etc) below. Not his finest moment, as he kept shouting "TWILIGHT! HUNGER GAMES!" in a desperate attempt to keep the audience happy.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • June 4, 2012 12:32 PM
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The Traditionalist: Christopher Nolan Prefers Film, One Camera, No 3-D

Chris Nolan is a traditionalist. The "Batman Begins," "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" director has candidly stated his preference for shooting 35 mm film with one camera rather than digital with many. He also recoils from 3-D and unrealistic CGI.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 13, 2012 12:16 PM
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All Six Major Studios Hype Summer Slates at CinemaCon 2012: Warner Bros. Hawks 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dark Shadows'

It's often like pulling teeth to get the Hollywood studios to invest the big bucks to put on a dog-and-pony show with stars and clip-reels for the annual National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) convention in Las Vegas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2012 1:43 PM
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First Look: Six Images from The Dark Knight Rises, Out of the Batcave, Onto the Blogs

Christian Bale, in full Batman getup, dominated Entertainment Weekly's 2012 Preview issue yesterday, as part of the release of six new images from the highly-anticipating completion to the Batman trilogy.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 14, 2012 1:39 PM
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