Ubisoft‘s Assassin’s Creed movie is finally getting production rolling and thanks to Yahoo we’ve got a first look at Michael Fassbender in costume as Callum Lynch, descendant of a long line of members of a secret society of assassins. Don’t worry dedicated gamer, you’re memory isn’t failing you, Callum was not a character in any of the Assassin’s Creed games. The name was created for the movie, but I imagine it might find its way into the next video game. (more…)
New TV Spots for ‘Expendables 2’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – Plus a New Clip from ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
Today has been heavy with TV spots. Instead of rifling off of a bunch of short posts, we thought it would be much more reader friendly to compile them into a compendium. OK, I admit it. We were just too goddamn lazy. Anyhow, scroll on down to see some new spots for Expendable 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises.
Lionsgate has released a third TV spot for The Expendables 2. Much like the first two spots, you can expect explosions and geriatric acting.
In the August 17 release, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road ()Randy Couture and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Wanna know how to top off the Memorial Day weekend? A glass of Don Julio tequila and sex with super model twins. Obviously.
If that’s not in your cards, then I guess a good follow up would be this series of posters, banners and TV spots for The Dark Knight Rises. We also got an insightful interview with Christian Bale to go with it. After all, it ain’t no weekend unless Batman is involved, amirite?
First up, we got a fourth TV spot for the movie. It offers some cool new bits of footage from the final chapter in Christopher Nolan‘s epic franchise. Check it’ out below [Via GeekTyrant]:
In the June issue of Rolling Stone Magazine Christian Bale talks about how he’s ready to move on from the franchise, why he took the role, what we can expect from the 3rd and final film and who had the toughest role. Check out his responses AFTER THE JUMP:
Warner Bros is Getting Ready to Rise Above ‘The Avengers’:’The Dark Knight Rises’ Release Photos & Banners to Promote the Film
While The Avengers film team pats themselves on the back, Warner Bros. is putting on their fightin’ gloves and preppin’ the masses for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. With two new TV spots and six character posters released, Warner Bros. is pulling out all the stops. Today they’ve released Empire has revealed two new The Dark Knight Rises covers as well as three more photos hi-res photos from the Christopher Nolan film, and previews of the banners that will be seen in different theaters all over the the world. Check out all the photos. Are you excited for the film?
The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters and IMAX on July 20th, the movie stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman
Marion Cotillard Confirms She is NOT Playing Talia Al Ghul in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – Will This Squash the Rumors?
The speculation that Marion Cotillard is secretly playing daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul, Talia in The Dark Knight Rises has been going strong ever since she was cast. Once we learned Josh Pence had been cast as a younger Ra’s and Joey King would be playing a young Talia Al Ghul it seemed all the more likely. Then it was confirmed Liam Neeson would indeed be reprising the role of Ra’s in what we suspect is nothing more than a cameo. Add in some suspicious looking set photos that put her in scenes with Bane and his Tumblers and you’ve got almost all signs pointing to yes, Marion Cotillard would appear as Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.
Nope, wrong! At least according to Ms. Cotillard when she recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter. In that interview she revealed that Miranda Tate is,
…an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.”
She also stated she plays “a very, very small role,” in the movie and again, insists, she is NOT playing Talia Al Ghul.
I don’t know, guys, an ecologically minded businesswoman fascinated by Wayne Enterprises? It sounds like the perfect cover for the daughter of the demon. Would you call shenanigans? Are Cotillard and Christopher Nolan just trying to misdirect us away from what we’ve already guessed?
Christopher Nolan‘s finally talking about The Dark Knight Rises! This is a big deal because it’s been said that he even kept the ending of the film from the actors until the very end of the filming process. He sheds some light on the last installment of the trilogy in an interview with Empire magazine:
It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne‘s story. (…) We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state.
Wonder what’s happened in those 8 years? Hmmm…
Nolan also talks a little bit about the villain, Bane, who will be played by Tom Hardy:
He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. (…) It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.
The plan is that Bane will be the most challenging villain Batman has ever had to face:
With Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.
He also talks about the gas mask that Bane is wearing in the above picture. Apparently Bane was injured in his past and requires gas to survive the pain of his injuries.
The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012 and will feature Christian Bale and Gary Oldman reprising their roles as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Commissioner Gordon. The film will also include Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Josh Pence.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Even though these photos are not much of a shocker, when it comes to the details on what Bane and Batman look like, it is still a nerdgasm for the senses. This issue of EMPIRE is a definite must-have for anyone interested in the upcoming film. If you have been living under a rock and haven’t seen the different official photos that have been floating around the internet, then these company-official images will be a feast for your nerdy eyes, if not than you’re still in luck my friends because you’ll get to see the new gadgets assisting the Dark Knight and his fight to keep the streets of Gotham safe.
Hit the jump for an enlarged view of EMPIRE magazine’s cover story!
Contagion is a frightening, sci-fi thriller from Steven Soderbergh about a terrible virus set loose on the world that begins wiping out all humans, very quickly. Well, it’s not so much sci-fi since little of this story will be fiction. Hence, why it’ll be so terrifying, the whole concept is frighteningly possible. Contagion follows,
the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
Below is a gallery of six new character posters, each featuring a members of the stellar ensemble. For realz, this is probably some of the best casting an apocalyptic flick will ever get: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and Sanaa Lathan. Must be nice being a Soderbergh picture.
In addition to the great posters, we’ve also got two televisions spots to share. Watch one below and the second below the cut. Then let us know are you pumped for Soderbergh’s viral, apocalyptic thriller releasing September 9th, 2011.
Principle photography for Christopher Nolan‘s Batman threequel , The Dark Knight Rises, officially kicked off on Wednesday. You’d think the entire cast would be locked and loaded by now. Nope. With production under way, three more names have just joined the congested cast. According to Variety actor Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) and Tom Conti, (yea.. I dunno who the fuck he is either) have both joined the film. In addition, Joey King, an 11-year-old actress who starred in Ramona and Beezus as well as Battle: Los Angeles, has been cast. At this time, their respective roles have not been announced.
I don’t want to play the speculation game on who this trio will be playing, because it’s pointless. Instead, lets talk about how potentially over crowded this cast is. Let me run down the list of names and you tell me if it’s bursting at the seems:
*clears throat* Christian Bale as Batman/BruceWayne,Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox, Nester Campbell as Mayor of Gotham, Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul, Alon Aboutboul as un-named Mad Scientist, and Juno Temple in an unannounced role.
With the addition of Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King, that’s 15 characters appearing in The Dark Knight Rises. That’s a lot of fucking people. Does that concern you? It’s perfectly understandable to think that Nolan might have too much on his plate. The bigger the cast, the less time Nolan has to devote to character development, which in turn could hurt the overall narrative. Now, with that said, ‘The Dark Knight’ had the exact same number (thanks imdb). That was a pretty well balanced film. Suffice to say, it looks like a lot on paper, but considering how well everyone was positioned in the last film, I think having another large cast is a minimal concern.
After all, “In Nolan We Trust”.
So Warner Brothers put out a press release today for the upcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. This movie has been fertile ground for the Internet rumor mill and Joseph Gorden-Levitt was that waiter that comes to your table with that over sized pepper mill, “Pepper, Sir?” I prefer the Parmesan cheese guy myself, I can grind my own pepper, but I have trouble with that cheese.
So all those theories and rumors and supposed insider information, which had JGL playing anyone from Black Mask to Alberto Falcone? All I have to say is damn internet and it’s stupid lies.
The full press release is below, but the gist is that Gordon Levitt is playing a here before unknown cop that works with Commissioner Gordon, and Marion Cotillard (Long thought to play Talia al Ghul) is playing Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member, another movie created role.
I am gonna cough now, (COUGH, COUGH) and mutter bullshit under my breath. I think this whole thing is just a big “screw you” to the Internet rumor mill. Christopher Nolan has gone to some pretty long lengths on security on the movie plot, characters, shooting schedule. I wouldn’t put it past him to just trying to Houdini us all before the actual movie hits the screens. This is his last hurrah at the Batman mythos and with his attention to detail I just can’t see him creating new characters after going to such lengths not to in the first two movies.
Warner Brothers Press Release:
MARION COTILLARD AND JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT CAST IN CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”
BURBANK, CA, April 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have joined the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.
Cotillard will appear as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham. Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.
The film reunites the actors with Christopher Nolan, who recently directed them in the award-winning blockbuster “Inception.”
The director stated, “When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience. I immediately thought of them for the roles of Miranda and Blake, and I am looking forward to working with both of them again.”
Heading the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The main cast also includes Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as Bane.
Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Christopher Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.