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Production Watch: Dark Knight Rises (in 2-D), Aronofsky's Machine Man, Goodfellas TV Prequel

- The Dark Knight Rises for Chris Nolan, but his villain is still unclear: whoever it is (and it's NOT the Riddler), Heath Ledger's Joker will be impossible to top. By playing it safe with the title, Warner Bros. is betting that box office numbers will match those of Nolan's second Batman installment ($1 billion worldwide). Nolan confirmed the title and his successful resistance to 3-D to his usual journo source, LAT's The Hero Complex.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2010 5:39 AM
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Director Watch: Snyder Takes Superman, Gilroy on Bourne 4, Hobbit Inches Closer, Luhrmann Goes Glee

- Superman has a new daddy: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) will direct Warner Bros' franchise revival, with Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas producing--the dynamic duo that rebooted Batman. Nolan came up with the story; Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay, which brings back villain General Zod. “I feel super awesome,” Snyder told the LAT, while admitting that he lies awake at night thinking of how his Superman - who "has to be a man" - will be recreated. No boys need apply for the job; this is a the "biggest and baddest of them all," Snyder says, "The greatest of them all, right? We all want to know how the next chapter takes shape. I want to know how it will take shape.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2010 4:45 AM
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Superheros Send Wrong Image to Boys, Kristen Bell's Indie Role, Edie Falco on Sopranos Movie

Superheros Send Wrong Image to Boys, Kristen Bell's Indie Role, Edie Falco on Sopranos Movie
-The identity of the American male is in flux and current superhero movies are sending the wrong image to boys, say researchers at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. There's a difference between today's movie superheros and the past's comic book heros, says Sharon Lamb, PhD: "Today's superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence, he's aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speaks to the virtue of doing good for humanity. When not in superhero costume, these men, like Ironman, exploit women, flaunt bling and convey their manhood with high-powered guns." Past comic book heros were characters that boys could "look up to and learn from because outside of their costumes," she adds, "they were real people with real problems and many vulnerabilities."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2010 9:30 AM
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Batman Sets April Start, Powerhouse Ensemble Joins John le Carre Film

Michael Caine has revealed to Digital Spy at the Inception premiere (see below) that the new Batman will begin shooting in April. It's not the first time Caine, who plays Alfred the Butler in the Chris Nolan series, has spilled information about the franchise. A few years ago he said that Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman would be playing The Riddler and the Penguin, respectively. Although those rumors have come and gone, more are taking their place, including Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Riddler. Not a bad idea.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 9, 2010 4:07 AM
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Hero Complex Film Fest Books Nimoy, Scott, Nolan

Geoff Boucher's The Hero Complex blog at the LATimes is mounting its own Film Festival: tickets go on sale Monday at 10 am.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 1:12 AM
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Nolan Talks Superman Reboot, Batman Sequel

"We have a fantastic story," Chris Nolan tells the LAT's Geoff Boucher about the upcoming Superman reboot. Nolan and wife producer Emma Thomas wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions that have been flying around the internet about the project which will be written by David S. Goyer and directed by someone not yet named. Yet they don't offer up much to Boucher:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 4:56 AM
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Public Enemies: Goldenthal Returns to Studio Score

The only Oscar I ever held belonged to Elliot Goldenthal, who won for his diverse, Mexican-tinged score for partner Julie Taymor's Frida. The New York couple (together since 1984) are equally serious about opera, film and musical theater, which all demand very different skill sets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2009 6:30 AM
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Vanity Fair Ledger Story Must-Read

I scarfed up Peter Biskind's Vanity Fair cover story on Heath Ledger (which is finally online). It all makes (tragic) sense. Ledger was yet another gifted performer (from Judy Garland on) who was far happier in the zone in front of the camera than anywhere else. He pushed himself too hard. And he sought comfort (and sleep) from drugs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2009 2:27 AM
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Dark Knight Ripple Effect: Dark Summer Movies

It's not like the Terminator franchise was ever light, exactly. But in the post-Dark Knight era, summer action movies--even Star Trek--are trending dark and edgy, and Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen certainly fit the bill. Word on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is that's darker than any of its predecessors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2009 5:43 AM
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Bizarre Batman News

The latest eye-popping news re: the third Chris Nolan Batman installment begs credulity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2009 6:23 AM
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