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  • Justin 5:23 pm on August 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Batman, , Spider-man, Ted, , , Total Recall   

    The Dark Knight Rises Stays at the Top 

    Batman continued to beat back any competition this wknd at the box offive. Even with the shooting, and the last installment of the Dark Knight Rises getting good (but not great-go-back -and see-it-again-and-again) word of mouth, this wasnt too surprising. Its been a pretty boring summer full of mostly unmemorable movies and then two titans, which both happened to be based on comic books. As of today, The Dark Knight rises domestic total is $354 million with its worldwide total now at $602 million

    Total Recall got off to a pretty poor start, below expectations, and while it did not tank as badly as some movies did opening wknd this summer, Director Len Wiseman’s remake of the Great Paul Verhoeven’s version will fall into the unmemorable summer movie bucket. I didnt see it, but I guessing its a great rental; Wiseman knows how to direct pretty decent action, from Underworld 2 to Live Free or Die Hard.

    This past wknd, Spiderman passed the $250mil mark, Brave past the $230 mark, and Ted surpassed $200m.

    And then there was one left for the summer: Jeremy Renner in the Bourne Legacy, which Im guessing will pull 45-60million. The Bourne followers, even without Matt (though everyone else really has returned), will be there.


    Movie Wknd Total
    1 The Dark Knight Rises $36.4 $354.6
    2 Total Recall $26.0 $26.0
    3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 $14.7 $14.7
    4 Ice Age 4 $8.4 $131.8
    5 The Watch $6.4 $21.3
    6 Ted $5.5 $203.4
    7 Step Up Revolution $5.3 $21.3
    8 The Amazing Spider-Man $4.3 $250.6
    9 Brave $2.9 $233.3
    10 Magic Mike $1.4 $110.8
  • Justin 7:49 pm on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Batman, , , , , Heath Ledger, , Katie Holmes, , , , , ,   

    Christopher Nolan’s Farewell Letter to the Dark Knight Franchise 

    Foreword of the The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy book (Coutresty of SHH):

    Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.

    People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.

    I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out—a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on—destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.

    I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.

    Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.

    Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.


  • Justin 3:11 am on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Batman, , Bob Kane, Chris Nolan, , , Dark Knight, , , Heath Ledge, Joseph Gordeon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, , , , , , , ,   

    WB Releases Six Minute Dark Knight Trilogy Trailer 

    And here, we, go.

    Hilarious. WB just released a five minute forty second trailer of the entire trilogy. Its pretty crazy and epic. (Heath Ledger as the Joker still steals the screen).

  • Justin 1:16 pm on August 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    First Official Image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises 

    Thoughts? Not what I expected, but maybe this is before she gets her catwoman suit or something. And its just one picture w/ zero context and I trust Nolan.

  • Justin 3:59 pm on July 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Dark Knight Rises: New Set Photos of Bane and the Batmobile 

    Justin, in association with ESPN 8, the Ocho, proudly presents Groomsmen on Film’s first behind the scenes photos post for a movie. Courtesy of Just Jared, we have shots of Bane, the Tumbler once again, and Bane on the Tumbler. Sorry no Anne Hathaway in a certain suit.

    • winklevi twins 1:25 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink

      I know the joker showed his face during the day in the last movie, but Bane? I wonder why the tumbler is in desert storm mode and why Batman is showing himself during the day.

    • Justin 6:33 pm on August 3, 2011 Permalink

      So my friend in Pittsburgh walked down to shooting as he works ~10 blocks away from filming. And he saw a bit of this (as it is being filmed over a couple days). He says he saw a scene with three tumblers, Bane, and a whole bunch of random people fighting as far as he could tell.

      As you pointed out and he confirmed, all three tumblers were in their original desert storm camo. If thats the case and assuming it is part of film (which sounds like it was according to my friend), then me thinks bane somehow gets into Wayne Enterprises and has a shopping spree through the R&D division…

  • Justin 4:21 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Dark Knight Rises Official Teaser 


    Batman looking like he could use some help in that last scene. I wonder how close Nolan will stay to the comics. From what I know, Bane at one time, broke his back, and later killed him? Pauly that right?

    • winklevi twins 10:25 am on July 29, 2011 Permalink

      there was a shocking front cover of a batman comic book where this happens. it was such an iconic moment for batman and bane so i wonder how Nolan is going to acknowledge this or maybe he doesn t. I almost hope he doesn t. Nolan s doesn t really presents the movie like a comic book style like 300, Watchmen, or Ang Lee’s Hulk. He s created new imagery (i.e he s car) visual motion style to batman. Like all batman characters Bane has a a great back story. Although represented more as a juiced up no brain wrestler in the animated cartoon, really he s almost as intelligent as batman. This should be a good one.

    • winklevi twins 10:26 am on July 29, 2011 Permalink

      dude WTF i wrote a great reply and wordpress just didn t post it. what a piece of shit.

    • winklevi twins 10:30 am on July 29, 2011 Permalink

      anyways my abbreviated reply

      01. Bane n Batman Iconic comic book cover.

      02. I m hoping nolan doesn t literally represent (this) image like films before him have ie 300, watchmen, ang lee’s Hulk.
      03. Bane is just as intelligent as Batman from what I remember.
      04. Looking at the cast i don t know how all the characters are going to get good facetime.
      05. This should be a good end to the trilogy.

  • Justin 2:02 pm on July 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Initial Reaction to The Dark Knight Rises Teaser 

    I want more.

    Its hard to hear what Commissioner Gordon is saying in the hospital bed, but you get the point, we need the Batman to come back.

    We get a look of Bane, which we’ve probably all already seen. At the end, it looks like a quick shot of Batman fighting Bane, hard to see. Looks good not surprisingly.

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