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'Don Jon': How Joseph Gordon-Levitt wooed Scarlett Johansson for his sexy passion project

It was summer of 2011, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrived in New Mexico hoping to catch a Black Widow.

The actor had arranged a meeting with Scarlett Johansson, who was in Albuquerque filming The Avengers, and though he played it casual, this encounter would be a critical part of getting his first film as a writer-director off the ground. The two had crossed paths before, but didn’t know each other well. He was hoping she would take a chance on him.

This is how he won her over for the sexy satire Don Jon, which opens today, starring the two of them as a young New Jersey couple who are dazed, confused, and underwhelmed by their own fantasies.

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See Christian Bale's 'Batman Begins' audition... opposite Amy Adams?

There are a lot of bat-goodies contained within the 90 minutes of new special features on Warner Bros.’s new Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. (Try saying that three times fast.) But this clip could very well be the collection’s coolest moment. It’s pre-Batman Christian Bale! Doing a screen test for Batman Begins! Wearing Val Kilmer’s old batsuit from Batman Forever. And acting opposite… Amy Adams! (Don’t get too glum thinking about what might have been, Katie Holmes haters — she was only there as a favor to the movie’s casting director.)

As the video proves, Bale’s rumbly batvoice was there from the very beginning — before the beginning, even. “He had decided that Batman had to have a different voice… that he had to put on a voice,” director/co-writer Christopher Nolan explains over footage of the screen test.

And evidently, that simple acting choice was a major factor in Bale’s ultimate casting. READ FULL STORY

Ultimate 'Dark Knight Trilogy' blu-ray: Christopher Nolan reflects on Batman's rebirth -- VIDEO

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A chapter has officially closed in the Batman mythology. Christian Bale retired the cowl, Ben Affleck now inherits the suit and will next fight Superman, and Christopher Nolan may be playing a diminished role in the hero’s future as Warner Bros. and DC Comics set the table for a Justice League movie. So it’s the perfect time to look back and celebrate what Bale and Nolan did with their Batman trilogy, resurrecting the character from neon-saturated camp after Joel Schumacher and George Clooney’s 1997 debacle, Batman & Robin. Beginning with Batman Begins in 2005 and punctuated by The Dark Knight in 2008, Nolan literally reinvented the superhero genre, planting a flawed hero in a recognizable physical and moral landscape that made room for ambiguity, political commentary, and literary subtext.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. puts a bow on its Dark Knight Trilogy with an Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set. There’s 90 minutes of new special features, including a conversation between Nolan and the godfather of superhero epics, Superman‘s Richard Donner, and a special featurette about the creation and the impact of the series. In an exclusive video from the latter video, titled “The Fire Rises,” Nolan explains his obvious-only-in-hindsight take on the material and how it took only 15 minutes to get a “Yes” from the Warner Bros brass. READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale: About that $50 million offer to play Batman...

Extra! Extra!! Christian Bale offered $50 million to play Batman again!

If you’ve scanned the superhero sites, you’ve inevitably read reports that Bale is being lured back to the Batcave with a $50 meeellion offer to square off against Henry Cavill’s Superman in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel. Fans of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Bale’s dark portrayal of the Caped Crusader immediately rejoiced, convincing themselves that Bale’s previous denials and his desire to pass the torch to another Batman could quickly be erased by cold hard cash. Perhaps that will eventually be the case. But not today.

The recent online buzz erupted after the British Sun newspaper reported that “Bale is facing extraordinary pressure” to return to the character for a huge payday. The Sun‘s sources, however, aren’t exactly Warner Bros. insiders or members of Bale’s inner circle. Instead, the tabloid was blindly relying on a new ebook titled Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma. It’s a 27-page mini-book from an author named Vincent Russel, who’s also written an unauthorized biography of WWE superstar CM Punk.
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'Dark Knight Trilogy' sets Blu-ray release date

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Christian Bale might be finished with the role of Batman, but fans can see him as Gotham’s protector once again when Warner Bros. releases The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray on Sept. 24. Not only will Bat-geeks get to re-watch the caped crusader’s epic battles against Scarecrow, Ra’s al-Gul, the Joker, Two-Face, and Bane, but the six-disc set will feature two new featurettes.

Click below for Warner Bros.’ descriptions of the bonus features:
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Christian Bale says he won't be Batman in 'Justice League' movie

We already knew that Christian Bale probably wasn’t going to show up as Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie, the Avengers-style supergroup of DC heroes. First, Bale said that he wouldn’t do another Batman movie unless Christopher Nolan opted for a fourth Dark Knight chapter, which Nolan says isn’t happening. Then Man of Steel and Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer confirmed that the Justice League’s Batman would be a rebooted character. So that pretty much closed the book.

Still, with news like this, sometimes you just have to hear it from the man himself.
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Judge accepts insanity plea in Aurora theater shooting

A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes’ plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater shooting suspect.

The court clerk placed a written advisory of the ground rules of the plea before Holmes so he could examine it as Judge Carlos Samour Jr. read through all 18 points.

When Samour asked if he had any questions, Holmes replied no. Samour then accepted the plea. READ FULL STORY

Which Oscar-nominated actor has been cast in 'Human Centipede 3'? -- EXCLUSIVE

The Dark Knight actor Eric Roberts has been cast in Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). Franchise producer Ilona Six confirmed that the star, who was Oscar-nominated for playing an escaped convict in 1985′s Runaway Train, will appear in the third film of the notorious horror series.

Roberts’ other notable credits include 1983′s Star 80, the following year’s The Pope of Greenwich Village, and The Expendables. Six also confirmed that Tommy “Tiny” Lister (Friday), Robert LaSardo (Death Race), and former porn actress (and former Charlie Sheen paramour) Bree Olson will make their Centipede debuts in the movie. They join a cast that already features returning villains Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey and the series’ writer-director Tom Six.

The Human Centipede is, of course, the infamous and much-parodied franchise in which people are, let us say, affixed together to form a single alimentary canal. The third movie is currently being shot in California and will reportedly feature a 500-person centipede.

Read more:
‘Human Centipede’ director Tom Six and star Dieter Laser end legal battle, ‘HC3′ to start filming in May — EXCLUSIVE
‘The Human Centipede’ inspires children’s poem, cute-as-a-button t-shirt design
Why do we want to see movies like ‘The Human Centipede 2′?
‘Human Centipede 2′ director and star on their controversial sequel: ‘It’s NOT a Jennifer Aniston movie!’
‘Human Centipede’: Director Tom Six talks about the sequel, his plan for a threequel, and all those ‘Centipede’ parodies

'Django,' 'Ted,' 'Silver Linings' lead 2013 MTV Movie Award nominations

Awards season: it’s not actually over!

Two Best Picture runners-up and a raunchy comedy about a talking toy lead the MTV Movie Award nominations, which were announced live on the network tonight. Both Django Unchained and Ted scored big with seven nominations apiece; Silver Linings Playbook also did well, garnering six total nominations. Unsurprisingly, almost all of them had something to do with newly-crowned Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence — the outspoken starlet scored five nods altogether, including one for her performance in the horror film House at the End of the Street.

The awards will be handed out live on April 14 during a ceremony hosted by Rebel Wilson, a double nominee herself for Pitch Perfect. Check out the full list of nominees below — and don’t forget to vote for your favorites at MovieAwards.MTV.com.

Movie of the Year
Django Unchained
Silver Linings Playbook
Ted
The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises

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'The Dark Knight Rises' ranks on American Film Institute's best-movies list

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prize_fighter1_bannerThe American Film Institute has thrown an awards lifeline to The Dark Knight Rises.

The group doesn’t choose a best picture, it only ranks the 10 best movies of the year and lists them alphabetically, and this year’s list could easily mirror the eventual best-picture field for the Academy Awards. The six locks for a nomination — Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty — are all on AFI’s list.

But the Oscars could select anywhere from five to 10 nominees, and with so many worthy contenders this year the list is likely to go long. So could AFI’s choices be a good gauge for what might fill those other four slots?

If you’re Christopher Nolan, you’ve got to hope so. READ FULL STORY

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