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  • Justin 3:53 am on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skyfall Director Sam Mendes Says Movie Heavily Influenced by The Dark Knight 

     

    Early reviews of Skyfall (have been very positive) and have drawn similarities to The Dark Knight. How much, seems a bit unlikely you could say (for obvious reasons), but Director Sam Mendes has now said that Christopher Nolan’s movies, in particular The Dark Knight, have had a great impact on how he took on and lead Bond 23:

    “In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody….What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it’s not even set in our world… That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible.”

    Mendes also said that Batman Begins and TDK showed how people are more than capable and hungry for gritty and real, and that was supposed to be part of the Bond reboot and that it helped him “sell” some of the darker moments of Skyfall to the studio. I’m certainly really curious now to see if I note the parallelism when I see Skyfall.

    It should be noted that Nolan himself said after filming The Dark Knight Rises that he’d love to do a Bond film. In conclusion, Nolan is awesome.

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  • Justin 4:25 am on September 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Dark Knight Rises Hits $1B | The Avengers Hits $1.5B 

    This weekend marked the Dark Knight Rises’ total box office gross at just a little over $1 billion dollars; not too shabby. The Avengers ironically passed the $1.5 billion total box office gross this weekend.

    Domestically that puts The Avengers in the #3 spot according to Box Office Mojo (the #4 spot is actually held by The Dark Knight with $533 mil):

    1. Avatar – $760,507,625

    2.  Titanic – $658,672,302

    3. The Avengers – $619,545,000

    The top 3 highest grossing films of all time worldwide (in millions) has The Avengers in the #3 spot.  The Dark Knight Rises currently holds the #12 spot.

    1. Avatar – $2,782.3
    2. Titanic – $2,185.4
    3. The Avengers – $1,501.8

    Pretty crazy how the #1 and #2 spots are by the same writer and director. #Jamescameronforthewin

     
  • Justin 9:42 pm on August 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Expendables II Takes the #1 Spot 

    As expected The Expendables II took the number one spot this weekend, albeit with lower earnings than expected with $29 million.

    For the silver spot was the poorly reviewed 4th entry in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy, now at $69 million in total. ParaNorman which has been recieving generally positive reviews opened in third place with $14 million.

    One of the years biggest and best movies, The Dark Knight Rises crossed the $400 million dollar mark; something only 13 other movies have ever done (in nominal dollars). Worlwide, Chris Nolan’s final Batman movie stands at $855 million.

    And thus concludes one of the quiestest summers for movies I can remember. Thank goodness for The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

     

    Rank Movie Wknd Total
    1 The Expendables 2  $  28.8  $    28.7
    2 The Bourne Legacy  $  17.0  $    69.5
    3 ParaNorman  $  14.0  $    14.0
    4 The Campaign  $  13.4  $    51.6
    5 Sparkle  $  12.0  $    12.0
    6 The Dark Knight Rises  $  11.1  $  409.9
    7 The Odd Life of Timothy Green  $  10.9  $    15.1
    8 Hope Springs  $    9.1  $    35.0
    9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3  $    3.9  $    38.7
    10 Total Recall  $    3.5  $    51.7
     
  • Justin 9:17 pm on August 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Bourne Tops the Box Office 

    Well as expected The Bourne series’ newest entry The Bourne Legacy took the number one spot this weekend with $40 million. While the movie is rocking a 55% on the tomatometer it was expected the movie would bring in 40-55 million given its legacy. The new Will Ferrell comedy The Campaign took in a respectable $27.4 million while The Dark Knight Rises took in 20 million raising its domestic total to 390M with its worldwide total now standing at $835 million. TDKR overseas has brought in $445M up till now and will prob beat its precedessor’s overseas performance of $468, even though the opposite will happen domestically.

    Total Recall took a tumble to sixth place with 8million, falling 68% and sitting at a US total of only $44 million and got its ass kicked by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs which brought in 16 million; not surprising for a variety of reasons.

    Title Weekend Total
    1 The Bourne Legacy  $           40.3  $    40.2
    2 The Campaign  $           27.4  $    27.4
    3 The Dark Knight Rises  $           19.5  $  390.1
    4 Hope Springs  $           15.6  $    20.0
    5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3  $             8.2  $    30.5
    6 Total Recall  $             8.1  $    44.1
    7 Ice Age 4  $             6.8  $  144.0
    8 Ted  $             3.3  $  209.9
    9 Step Up Revolution  $             2.9  $    30.1
    10 The Watch  $             2.2  $    31.3

    The summer movie is essentially done and officially closes out this Friday with The Expendables II.

     

     
  • Justin 5:23 pm on August 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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 2:09 am on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Hans Zimmer | The Music and Sounds of The Dark Knight Rises 

    My Batman posts continues. Today a new featurette debuted about the great music concerning The Dark Knight Rises by Hans Zimmer. Its a nine minute piece concerning the music and some of the sound effects of the movie. If you were a fan of the music and want to see Hans Zimmer talk about its creation along with some of the effects of the movie, then check it out. They also talk how the movie was different from the other two yet a continuation, the chant, and how they created the sound effects for the Bat. Enjoy.

     
  • Justin 2:00 pm on July 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Dark Knight Rises | Review 

    [SPOILERS AHEAD]

    After seven years on the screen, Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of the Dark Knight comes to a close, and while the movie has its imperfections, The Dark Knight Rises is a very satisfying piece of film.

    Eight years have passed since Batman takes the fall for Harvey Dent’s killing spree at the end of The Dark Knight. The City, thanks in part to the Harvey Dent Act is having an age of clean streets. Bruce Wayne however, emotionally (and physically) destroyed from the events of the second film has essentially exiled himself; hoping that hanging out in the rebuilt Wayne mansion will somehow turn around things.

    Things change when Selina Kyle (fantastically played by Anne Hathaway) steals from Bruce, prompting him to look into her background and some new thug on the scene named Bane, possibly requiring Bruce to come out of his retirement.

    This movie feels very different than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in most ways (such as the type of villain and the flow) which is great, and was absolutely the right thing to do. About a quarter way through, it was obvious that you feel like Batman Begins was the appetizer, Dark Knight was the steak, and Dark Knight Rises is a great dessert.  As Groomsmen Pauly correctly mentioned in his review, this is more of a comic book movie than previous chapters; its def a crime/cop drama, its def epic, and to my repeated annoyance at comic book adaptations not being truly a comic book movie, this one is actually more of a comic book movie than most. It is ironic that this year brought not one, but the two purest ones to date.

    The scenes with Michael Caine are great, and while you immediately know one aspect of the ending very very early on when Alfred is talking to Bruce, that’s just fine.

    For a while, you might be thinking this movie’s runner-up title could have been John Blake Rises, and that’s just fine too. It becomes very clear this is no ordinary cop. His detective skills are so badass, you’ll be quite surprised what he deduces, without much effort, from the get go but that’s the point. Like the previous ending aspect, you see early on (as well as throughout the movie with this one) what you hope is to come by the end. Even with that said, these motions are great to go through with an ending that’s more badass than you hoped.

    There’s been some criticism that there were too many characters and not enough development of the new and the old, but I thought the balance was pretty damn good. It’s an A-list cast and they, not surprisingly, give top-notch performances. I think there is plenty of room appropriately carved out for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but hey we all knew going into the movie that there was reason for this.

    At times you might think of Les Miserable or Tale of Two Cities. Les Mes for the messages and for the literal fact that Liam Neeson was in the last Hollywood version, and Anne Hathaway is in the new version. Also the Nolan boys explicitly mentioned that TDKR was inspired mainly by Tale of Two Cities. This is clearly seen, from the people’s court to the alignment with Sydney Carton, as both Carton and Wayne express their belief in their cities, what they do for their cities, and of course literally down to the words spoken by Gordon at the end, which are some of the famous last lines of Carton.

    Nolan puts his best foot forward on the action this time around (especially in terms of choreography and angles) and the Batman/Bane fight sequence halfway through is just gruesome. The “Bat” is completely badass, and Selina Kyle def shows off how to drive the Bat pod. The opening plane kidnapping, the first B and B showdown, Bruce rising from the pit (when the Bats came out plus Zimmer’s score, I think there were a few people who raised their hands in triumph, wait were those my hands?), and of course the very last shot of the movie are awesome.

    I still had trouble understanding Bane several times, there are some scene jumps, and some other obvious oddities, but these things truly are minor when you look at the whole canvas. Zimmer’s score was sometimes so loud I could not hear anything else, perhaps it was just my IMAX theatre (which is by the way, the right place to see this movie), but I’ve been loving Hans Zimmer’s scores since Crimson Tide and The Rock, so turn it up.

    Bane (Tom Hardy) is a very different villain from the Joker. In the end, he’s a point man (ironically what Hardy was in Inception), and that works pretty well, when you see the whole canvas, which in this movie you can again see pretty early on; even if you figure out the puzzle, seeing it completed 2 hours and 45min later is still awesome.

    The Dark Knight Rises overall is a great movie that thankfully closes out one of the best trilogies in film, and the best comic book trilogy out there.

    A-

     
  • Justin 3:11 am on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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 

    https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2054374751994

    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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