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Christopher Nolan says no to 'Justice League' film

Now that Christopher Nolan is done with his epic Batman trilogy, the filmmaker has quashed speculation that he might be involved in a Justice League movie featuring the Dark Knight.

Writer-director Nolan said his take on Batman wraps up with The Dark Knight Rises, his third and final film centered on the DC Comics superhero. In an interview over the weekend to promote the finale, Nolan said he has no Justice League plans.

“No, none at all,” Nolan said. “We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”

Fans have conjectured that Nolan might return to Batman by producing a big-screen take on Justice League, DC Comics’ Avengers-style ensemble whose key superheroes include the Dark Knight, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.

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'The Dark Knight Rises': Christopher Nolan cements his place in Hollywood at hand and footprint ceremony

Christopher Nolan will leave big shoes to fill when it comes to future silver screen interpretations of the Batman story, but for now he’s letting his shoes leave their mark – in Hollywood’s most famous cement courtyard, that is. The Dark Knight Rises director was honored during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles today.

Nolan joins 261 other Hollywood luminaries – including Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Julie Andrews and Steven Spielberg – immortalized in the Forecourt to the Stars since 1927.

“This is all a bit surreal for me,” Nolan told the crowd, which included his family, cast members of The Dark Knight Rises, frequent collaborators Wally Pfister and Hans Zimmer, and an assemblage of eager Batman fans. The director – who is also behind such mind-benders as Inception, Memento and The Prestige – then recalled his first visit to Grauman’s at the age of 16. READ FULL STORY

'Dark Knight Rises' TV spot: Catwoman to the rescue

Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman gets an extra-special showcase in the latest TV advertisement for The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie about steroidal anarchists with breathing masks or whatever. “You don’t stand a chance against these guys,” says Anne-Cat. “With your help, I might,” says Bale-Bat. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer: A bleak vision of Batman's future

In four days, by all reports audiences will be streaming in droves to see The Avengers, a big, rousing, brightly-colored superhero movie filled with aliens, Norse gods, and giant green rage monsters. Before that movie begins, however, they’ll see the trailer for a very different kind of superhero movie, The Dark Knight Rises. That trailer was just released on the web, the culmination of a viral marketing campaign that began this morning. The preview paints a bleak, almost nihilistic picture of what awaits audiences on July 20 — check out the trailer below, and then let’s talk about our first impressions:  READ FULL STORY

CinemaCon 2012: 'The Dark Knight Rises' wages class warfare in new footage

The Dark Knight Rises is looking less like a superhero movie and more like a film about civil war or a populist revolution.

Take a look at the people who help you through your day — the store clerk, the hotel bellman, the waiter. Then imagine the working class rising up to attack the people they serve. That’s what the villain Bane appears to be orchestrating in new footage from The Dark Knight Rises, which screened Tuesday at the theater-owner convention CinemaCon.

“What defines cinema and gets people out of the home to watch it, is spectacle,” filmmaker Christopher Nolan said. “What we wanted to do with this story was finish it in the biggest way possible.”

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'The Dark Knight Rises' star Tom Hardy talks about playing Bane and inventing the villain's controversial voice: 'It's a risk.'

When Christopher Nolan asked Tom Hardy to play the villain in his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, due July 20, the director doted on one job requirement in particular: the budding star would have to wear a mask that looked like a leathery baboon mouth with metal casings for fangs – a sort of steampunk respirator as fashioned by Francis Bacon. “I think he worried it would be something I might not consider because wearing a mask might damage my career or something. He thought I’d be worried that the audience couldn’t see my beautiful face,” says Hardy, who also worked for Nolan in the filmmaker’s 2010 Oscar-nominated smash Inception. “Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.”

To play Bane, a willfully evil and possibly unstoppable force of mind and might, the British actor wanted to develop a distinctive voice, one that evoked (albeit elliptically) the comic book character’s erudition and ethnic heritage (Bane hails from a fictional Caribbean country). Hardy sought a sound befitting a man steeped in malevolence and old soul wisdom and who could trace his roots to ancient Latin culture. “There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

Bane’s motivation as a villain remains one of Rises’ best-kept secrets—although the trailers suggest his master plan requires the razing of Gotham and the death of Bruce Wayne. Does Bane represent a specific political or philosophical complaint? The answer is… maybe. “I think the politics of the film are going to be hotly debated one way or another, as they were in the last film,” says Nolan. Listening to Hardy compare Bane to the scarred, clown-faced villain who terrorized Gotham City in The Dark Knight, you almost get the feeling of a revolutionary usurper with tremendous resources. “The Joker didn’t care—he just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy,” says Hardy. “There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.”

For more about The Dark Knight Rises, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features our annual Summer Movie Preview. Get the scoop on all of the season’s most anticipated films, including The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus, Men In Black 3, Snow White and The Huntsman, and more.

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'The Dark Knight Rises' earns PG-13 rating for violence and...sensuality?

The MPAA has come under some flack of late for its one-size-fits-all rating system and vague-at-best explanations for those ratings. But there’s a fun flip-side to the murkiness: Speculating on what those ratings and their explanations might infer about the movie in question — in this case, The Dark Knight Rises.

The MPAA handed a PG-13 rating today to The Dark Knight Rises, for “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.” The rating itself does not mean the movie is totally done — films often screen well before the director is finished with technical elements like visual effects, sound design, and color timing. But it does provide us with a tantalizing indication for what may be in store with a wildly anticipated film that has otherwise put a high premium on plot details. Namely: Language? Sensuality? Intriguing!  READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sundance, Hit RECord, and being Abe Lincoln's son

Actor, troubadour, and new-media independent-film trailblazer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt owned every foot of Park City’s Eccles Theater last night, though at times it seemed his feet never touched the stage. Hit RECord at the Movies, a variety show of sorts featuring short films from Gordon-Levitt’s open-collaborative production company, a reading of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer from Parker Posey and Brady Corbet (Sundance entry Simon Killer), and the (500) Days of Summer star joking and singing, encouraged plenty of fan-interaction. Gordon-Levitt invited tweeters onstage to debate the meaning of “independence,” and before he even appeared, a voice echoed throughout the theater reminding everyone to turn ON their recording devices. They did, capturing every moment of the 90-minute performance from hundreds of perspectives. Many of those recordings have already been uploaded to the Hit RECord website, where they might become part of the company’s next unique project.

Before leaving on a jet plane back home, Gordon-Levitt sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the modern independent film spirit, his plans for Hit RECord, and working with Daniel Day-Lewis.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You practically bounced on stage last night when you came out, you were so excited. Did the show have a different vibe than previous shows because it was Sundance?
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: It felt like a triumphant return. Our first show ever was for 99 people back in 2010. We were in the New Frontier section, and we set up this headquarters, a sort of rec room where we were making things throughout the entire festival and then screened what we had made for this theatre with 100 seats. Sundance really was the perfect place to launch the production company. I definitely take a lot of inspiration for what I want to do with Hit RECord from what Mr. Redford has done with Sundance. I mean, look, when he started Sundance, he was like the biggest star in Hollywood and I’m certainly nothing like that. But when you have some success as an actor, you’re given a certain amount of opportunity and I so admire what he did with the opportunity that he had. He could have easily gone and just lived on a yacht or whatever, but he chose to put a lot of himself into creating this community that fostered independent film. I just admire that so much. It grew organically. It was not something that he put together with the help of Hollywood structures; that’s why he wanted to come out to Utah. Their prime interest wasn’t to make money. Their prime interest was to make movies that they felt. READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer: Explosive. Scary. Political?

Does Christopher Nolan’s final Bat-flick have more on its mind than just thrilling fanboys and filmgoers with sensational summertime escapism? You might wonder after taking a look at the latest official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, which made its debut in theaters this past weekend with Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and hit the Web today.

The preview sketches the film’s themes and conflict without ever spelling out the plot. SPOILER ALERT! The trailer begins with a boy launching into the national anthem at a football game. It’s a flourish that signals the beginning of a high-stakes game — and a drama about the current state of the union. As “The Star Spangled Banner” plays, we hear some dialogue about replacing Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) — he’s a “war hero” in a time of peace. And in perhaps the trailer’s most loaded moment (not counting the various beats of gunplay), we see Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle — a.k.a. Catwoman — hissing a line into the ear of fat-cat playboy Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) that suggests she’s been spending time with the unhappy campers at Occupy: Gotham City. “You think this is going to last. There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches because when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” As we hear this line, we see the sacking of an opulent home, and we get a lot of ominous imagery involving Thomas Hardy’s fearsome Bane and a small army of goons laying siege to Batman’s hometown. “When Gotham is in ashes,” Bane growls to an incapacitated Bruce, “you have my permission to die.” READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises' prologue: Big, brawny, Bane-tastic

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At last! The wait is over! The prologue to The Dark Knight Rises is finally here… just to ratchet up our already maxed-out expectations for the climactic chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and make the wait for the whole thing (due July 20) feel even longer. The follow-up to The Dark Knight — set eight years after the Joker made a mess of Gotham City and a killing joke out of the caped crusader’s brand of vigilante justice — stars Oscar winner Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but the prologue (which actually represents the first several minutes of the three-quel itself) is all about Bane, a smart and seething brute with a mecha-malevolent mask played by Thomas Hardy (Warrior, Inception). If you’ve seen the prologue at select IMAX theaters showing Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, or if you’re planning to this weekend, we’d love to read your reactions in the message boards below. I hope you don’t mind if I get the conversation started with my thoughts about… READ FULL STORY

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