Warner Bros. has issued a press release regarding Christopher Nolan's new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." And it's intriguing!
First, Anne Hathaway will purr her way as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman! I hope Hathaway channels the Michelle Pfeiffer version from Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" and not Halle Berry's version in the horrible "Catwoman."
Then, we have Tom Hardy, the guy who stole all his scenes in the brilliant "Inception," as Bane:
In the Batman myth, Bane is a fascinating character and known as the king of the Gotham underworld. But before that, he was a prisoner at the fictional Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Duro ("Hard Rock"). There, he became the king of Peña Duro prison where he was forced to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom. Instead of killing him, the drug increased his physical strength but he must take it every 12 hours or he would suffer side-effects.
Bane also carries a teddy bear he calls Osito. See? Lots of drama and character development right? No wonder, Nolan added him into the mix.
Both Catwoman and Bane will join the pantheon of Batman villains that Nolan paid homage to namely the Scarecrow, Ras Al-Ghul, Two-Face, and of course, the Joker.
In the press release (via LA Times), Nolan said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”
Here's what the director said about Hardy, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”
Nolan co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by the director and David S. Goyer. Nolan is also producing the film whit his wife, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.
We all have to wait until July 20, 2012 to see Nolan's masterpiece, and truth be told, I can't freaking wait!
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Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. return to the loving arms of director Guy Ritchie for the sequel to "Sherlock Holmes." Entertainment Tonight's cameras paid the set a visit and caught Downey Jr. in drag!
The actors also praised their new femme fatale, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's" Noomi Rapace!
Here's the official logline, and yes, Professor Moriarty is the big bad in this sequel:
Warner Bros. returns to the scene of the crime with this sequel to their wildly successful revamp of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character. Robert Downey Jr. stars alongside Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO's Noomi Rapace. MAD MEN's Jared Harris also joins the cast as the arch villain, Professor Moriarty.
"Sherlock Holmes 2" hits theaters December 16th. For now, check out the ET video below (if the video is not working, here's the link):
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Our friends at Collider posted this first image of the cast of "X-Men: First Class." Are you interested in this Matthew Vaughn-directed film? I enjoyed "Kick-Ass" so I have faith that Vaughn will take this franchise higher!
"X-Men: First Class" arrives in theaters June 3rd from Fox. So what is the film about? Here you go:
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.
Here's more info on the film from Yahoo:
The teenage years of the mutants are explored at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Release Date: June 3rd, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Production Co.: Donners Company, Marvel Studios, Donners Company
Studios: 20th Century Fox
Filming Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
Produced in: United States
Cast and Credits
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Caleb Landry Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Produced by: Gregory Goodman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg
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The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (of which I'm a proud voting member ) has announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Dorian Awards, the best and brightest in film and television.
"I Am Love" starring Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton won the big prize, the Film of the Year! Annette Bening won for Film Performance of the Year for the fantastic "The Kids Are All Right" and "I Love You Phillip Morris" won the LBGT-Themed Film of the Year.
TV Comedy Performance of the Year brought us two Golden Globe winners, "Glee's" Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer tied in this category. "Glee" also won the LGBT-Themed Show of the Year.
Angela Lansbury received the Timeless Award given to a living actor or performer with an exemplary career marked by smarts, character, and wit!
Oh, and my favorite, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, won the Wilde Wit of the Year, because she is extremely witty!
Here's the complete list of Dorian Award winners and nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):
FILM OF THE YEAR
I Am Love (WINNER)
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale — The Fighter
Annette Bening — The Kids Are All Right (WINNER)
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours and Howl
Lesley Manville — Another Year
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)
Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (WINNER)
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Waiting for Superman
LGBT-THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR
A Marine Story
I Love You Phillip Morris (WINNER)
The Kids Are All Right
LGBT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
8: The Mormon Proposition (WINNER)
Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet
CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — FILM OF THE YEAR
Burlesque (UM, WINNER)
Charlie St. Cloud
I’m Still Here
Sex and the City 2
TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR
The Good Wife (WINNER)
The Walking Dead
TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY OF THE YEAR
The Big Bang Theory
TV DRAMA PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Claire Danes — Temple Grandin
Michael C. Hall — Dexter (WINNER)
Juliana Margulies — The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss — Mad Men
Edgar Ramirez — Carlos
TV COMEDY PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Louis C.K. — Louis
Chris Colfer — Glee (WINNER)
Laura Linney — The Big C
Jane Lynch — Glee (WINNER)
Jim Parsons — The Big Bang Theory
LGBT-THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
RuPaul’s Drag Race
CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Hot in Cleveland (WINNER)
Sarah Palin’s Alaska
The A List
The Colbert Report
The Real Housewives franchise
THE WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD
Darren Criss — Glee (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network and Never Let Me Go
Mila Kunis — Black Swan
Chloe Grace Moretz — Kick Ass, etc.
Sarah Steele — Please Give
UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR
Easy A (WINNER)
Mother and Child
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
The Dissappearance of Alice Creed
UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Bored to Death
WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR
Stephen Colbert and the writers of The Colbert Report
Tina Fey and the writers of 30 Rock
Rachel Maddow (WINNER)
Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show
Given to a living actor or performer with an exemplary career of marked by smarts, character and wit. This year's recipient is:
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Drama with "King's Speech" Composer, Alexandre Desplat's, BAFTA Nomination! PLUS, What He Really Thinks of the Movie!
Alexandre Desplat, the fantastic composer who gave us the haunting scores for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Twilight Saga: New Moon," and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" among others, has been deservingly nominated for a BAFTA award for his work in "The King's Speech."
But apparently, there was an error!
According to Desplat's publicist, the voting members were sent out wrong information. The film's cinematographer, Danny Cohen, was listed as the composer and NOT Desplat! Uh-oh...
Here's what his publicist sent me:
Alexandre Desplat just received a BAFTA nom for the score to The King's Speech, BUT AN ERROR WAS sent out to voting members that listed Cinematographer Danny Cohen as the composer of the King's Speech. Cohen is nominated for cinematography. In addition to any stories regarding The King's speech and/or BAFTA awards. PLEASE PRINT THE CORRECT information..Here is what appeared to online BAFTA voters..
This award is presented to the composer(s) of the original score, responsible for the overall conception, design and execution of the work as a whole. Where the composer created less than 50% of the original music in a film, additional contributors may be listed. The nominees in the Original Music category are:
127 HOURS AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON John Powell
INCEPTION Hans Zimmer
THE KING'S SPEECH Danny Cohen
But Desplat was very happy with his nomination, here's what he says about the nod:
When I saw the first cut of the King’s Speech, I was struck by Tom Hooper’s incredible talent and his gift for using the best cinematic language for the storyline. The way he places the actors in the frame, Bertie on the edge, as if he were on the edge of reality, his use of “wide” and “fish-eye” lenses showing Bertie as a distorted man, the production design as well as a prodigious and very well-directed cast make his film a pure cinematic delight.
Now this was quite a challenge for me.
How would I be able to find a way through the film and enhance it?
A film in which a man is struggling to express himself in words, to show his emotions and relate his difficult childhood….a man who cannot speak. A man with long, very silent, moments.
I suggested to Tom that the music should mirror the fact that, when Bertie tries to speak he is “stuck”.
A theme based upon on one, repeated, single note; on and in a rhythm i.e., a pattern of a funeral march. It is a melody which tries desperately to evolve, to find a way out, like a bird with broken wings trying to fly. It is the theme we hear as Bertie tries futilely to deliver his speech at Wembley Stadium, when he shares his pain with his wife, and when he tries to delve into his sad memories during therapy.
But the score could not just be introspective.
The opening title shows a light, bittersweet, Mozart-esque mood; and, there again, it is a theme that struggles to find its own completion.
As the menace of war is surrounding the protagonists, the music gets more solemn and dark.
The moment of joy will only appear in the score when Bertie and Lionel finally reach a rapport during the rehearsal scene at Westminster Abbey.
To convey the sense of restrained emotion and to capture the sound of the period, we found in the archives of EMI, the very microphones which belonged to and were used exclusively by George V, George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.
And we used them at Abbey Road Studios to record the orchestra. A very moving experience thinking that the very microphone in which King George VI delivered his speeches was right there in front of the podium from which I was conducting. It was also a very touching moment for the English musicians, as well, who were sending the sounds of their instruments through these very special microphones.
Good Luck Mr. Desplat!
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