The sad and untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman hit show business hard last weekend, but it left a couple of logistical conundrums in its wake, like one final, yet reportedly key scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, involving Hoffman’s character. But in an interesting turn of events, we apparently have the technology to duplicate our dear departed actors digitally, and insert him into the live-action scene. This, rumor has it, is the way that Hoffman will be able to finish The Hunger Games postmortem. (more…)

The last three people holding out any hope that director Christopher Nolan has put an asterisk on end The Dark Knight Rises as his final Batman film had better (finally) re-evaluate how they see things. Once again, Nolan has said that TDKR is his last outing in Gotham City, and the audiences before which he made this proclamation were the attendees of the Produced By Conference on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City, according to Screenrant.

“Mainly, because I’m superstitious, but I said to my brother [writing-partner Jonathan Nolan] that I didn’t want to save anything,” Nolan explained. “We’re never on a specific trajectory, but I always viewed Bruce Wayne’s story in three parts. I didn’t want to hold anything back. I think you learn so much from the audience. You don’t know what you’ve made until you’ve put it out there.”

Speaking of putting it out there, Warner Music has put out the track listing for Hans Zimmer‘s score of TDKR, according to Coming Soon. Nothing too spoilery, so feel free to look at the list and the cover art below:

  1. A Storm Is Coming (0:37)
  2. On Thin Ice (2:55)
  3. Gotham’s Reckoning (4:08)
  4. Mind If I Cut In? (3:27)
  5. Underground Army (3:12)
  6. Born In Darkness (1:57)
  7. The Fire Rises (5:33)
  8. Nothing Out There (2:51)
  9. Despair (3:14)
  10. Fear Will Find You (3:08)
  11.  Why Do We Fall? (2:03)
  12. Death By Exile (0:23)
  13. Imagine The Fire (7:25)
  14. Necessary Evil (3:16)
  15. Rise (7:11)


The disc comes out on July 17, and you can pre-order it from Amazon now.

The other piece of old news from the conference is that Nolan is no fan of digital, and he was rather brutal in his appraisal of Hollywood’s rush to convert. Nolan says that he “didn’t have any interest in being the research department for an electronics company,” and that it feels like “like filmmakers are being encouraged to buy cameras like we are buying iPods.”

Nolan added that the end result of shooting in digital has no appeal to him either. “You really are kind of sitting in your living room now watching moves,” he said, adding that using digital projection, “is reducing most theaters to showing TV commercials.”

But having said all that, Nolan assured the crowd that should digital ever meet his high standards, he’ll be more than happy to give the format a look. “When it is as good as film and makes economic sense, I’d be completely open to it,” he said.

Source: Screenrant and Coming Soon