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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.”

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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

New 'Dark Knight Rises' poster: 'The Legend Ends.' Will Batman die?

On the rare occasions when blockbuster demi-god Christopher Nolan emerges from his bleak dream-cave to unveil non-revelatory revelations about next year’s The Dark Knight Rises, the director has worked overtime to explain that Rises will be a genuine conclusion to his version of the Batman mythos. A new poster for the film makes that idea explicit. Batman’s mask lies on the ground, broken. In the background, we can see apparently unintelligible villain Bane walking away. The tagline is simple: “The Legend Ends.” It’s an interesting, uncompromising sales pitch — it’ll be intriguing to see how Rises plays in the same summer as the candy-colored superhero bromance The Avengers. It also adds more fuel to the main question hovering over Rises: Could they actually kill off Batman? Check out the full poster below: READ FULL STORY

Christopher Nolan on 'The Dark Knight Rises' IMAX prologue: 'You want to be thrown into a situation that takes your breath away'

Almost exactly four years ago, moviegoers who bought a ticket to the IMAX presentations of I Am Legend were treated to a first look at the opening bank heist prologue of The Dark Knight — and, more specifically, its main villain, Heath Ledger’s mad anarchist, the Joker. Next week, starting Dec. 16, ticket buyers to select IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol will enjoy a similar presentation of the opening seven minutes of The Dark Knight Rises — and, more specifically, its mysterious new villain, Tom Hardy’s creepy masked hulk, Bane.

It is easily the most anticipated movie preview of the holiday season, and EW, along with a gaggle of Los Angeles journalists, got a sneak peek at the footage Thursday night at an event hosted by director Christopher Nolan. I have been sworn to secrecy on most of the details of what I’ve seen until the general public can check out the prologue too. But my colleague Jeff Jensen and I did get a chance to speak with Nolan afterwards about the sequence and the advantages and the challenges of shooting in the IMAX format. One thing is definitely clear: Any concern that Nolan would be daunted by topping The Dark Knight‘s scope and scale will be eradicated after audiences get a look at what he has in store for The Dark Knight Rises. Check out my general thoughts on the preview, as well as Jeff and my interview with Nolan, below.  READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale on 'The Dark Knight Rises': He's done with Batman, and he really really means it

Christian Bale confirmed that next summer’s The Dark Knight Rises will be his last outing as the hoarse Caped Crusader. Again.

Recall that last November, he said as much to E!: “This will be, I believe, until Chris [Nolan] says different, the last time I’ll be playing Batman,” Bale said then. “Absolutely, we want to go all out with it.”

But the enthusiasm and anticipation for the third Christopher Nolan Batman film is such that when Bale recently told another reporter the same thing, the Internets buzzed anew. “I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris — that will be the end of that Batman era.”

Warner Bros. and Bale’s representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but it’s long been known that Bale had originally signed for three Batman films. And since he’s agreed to film two Terrence Malick films back to back, he might be busy for the foreseeable future. Better check the batteries on the Bat Signal. Bales doesn’t expect to be answering it anytime soon.

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ trailer

Matthew Modine explains why 'Dark Knight Rises' didn't film at Occupy Wall Street

In hindsight, it always seemed a little bit unlikely that The Dark Knight Rises would film scenes at Occupy Wall Street. Rises, after all, is the product of a massive capitalistic megacorporation — which is so all-encompassing that it actually owns the words I’m typing right now — and the film’s protagonist is a multi-billionaire who specifically spends his life trying to defeat colorful anarchists, not promote them. Still, with news flooding in about police in riot gear clearing out Zuccotti Park, it’s fun to imagine what might have been. Over at Indiewire, Rises co-star Matthew Modine is currently claiming that the film did apparently come close to filming OWS, for reasons clearly inspired by FDR’s New Deal policies: “It seemed like a good idea to give [the protesters] an opportunity for work, to give them money.” READ FULL STORY

'Dark Knight Rises' not shooting at Occupy Wall Street

If you were hoping that you might see Batman join the fight with Occupy Wall Street, don’t go looking for the bat signal just yet. In fact, you would probably have better luck holding out for Spider-Man swooping in from Broadway’s Turn Off The Dark to save the day.

While Christopher Nolan will begin filming portions of The Dark Knight Rises in New York City over the span of the next two weeks, a Warner Bros., rep tells EW that there are no plans to shoot in Zuccotti Park, the home base for the OWS movement. After an open casting call for NYC extras for the project hit the web, rumors swirled that the project could be filming very close to, if not directly in, Zuccotti Park. Last week an anonymous source told the LA Times, “Cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests” and that Nolan could be using “the protests as a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film,” but that simply doesn’t seem to be the case. READ FULL STORY

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