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Matthew Modine Rises: Private Joker on the Dark Knight, Steve Jobs, and a Batman/Iron Man steel cage match

When Matthew Modine calls The Dark Knight Rises the “most insane film that I’ve ever been involved with,” that’s really saying something. After all, this is the same man who did a famously lengthy tour of duty with Stanley Kubrick to complete the seminal 1987 war film, Full Metal Jacket, an exhausting odyssey that lacked a scripted ending until the final stages of production. When Modine describes Christopher Nolan’s sprawling new Batman epic in such terms, however, he’s not referring to such chaos, but the sheer scope, the stirring action, and the swirling winds of philosophical and political commentary that are howling through Batman’s cape, Catwoman’s spandex, and Bane’s mask.

Modine, too, plays an important role in the proceedings. As Deputy Commissioner Foley, he represents a misguided Gotham City that has turned its back on what is important during a time of relative peace. Like the rest of the police force — except Commissioner Gordon — he’s hungry to capture Batman for all the wrong reasons, and when Bane finally grabs the city by the throat, he’s not prepared. READ FULL STORY

Police: 12 dead in Colorado theater shooting

A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

When the gas began to spread, some moviegoers thought it was a stunt that was part of the The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke near the screen, first pointing a gun at the crowd and shooting. “There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead,” Jennifer Seeger said, adding that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily except when he stopped to reload.

“Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom,” she said. “He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed.”

The suspect was taken into custody and identified by federal law enforcement officials as 24-year-old James Holmes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'The Dark Knight Rises' set a new weekend record?


Box office fanboys, the time has finally come.

Warner Bros.’ $250 million sequel The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters at midnight tonight, and it’s destined for one of the strongest opening weekends of all time.

The final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy could very well set a new opening weekend record if it outdoes The Avengers‘ $207.4 million May debut, but that will be a difficult figure to reach — not impossible, but very tough.

When The Dark Knight hit theaters in 2008, it was riding a wave of excitement. Not only had 2005’s Batman Begins (which made a rather humble — by comparison — $205.3 million) found a massive audience on home video, but Heath Ledger’s death and much-talked-about performance as the Joker made the film a must-see. These factors, when combined with deafening buzz for the well-reviewed sequel, helped The Dark Knight set an opening weekend record with $158.4 million. Until the $169.2 million bow of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2  in 2011, that record still stood. (Less than a year later, The Avengers stole the record from Potter.)  READ FULL STORY

Movie Talk With Owen & Lisa: 'The Dark Knight Rises' is 'not just a movie, but an experience'

In the latest edition of Movie Talk With Owen and Lisa, Entertainment Weekly movie critics Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman discuss a little film you may have heard about called The Dark Knight Rises.

Schwarzbaum was disappointed by Christopher Nolan’s trilogy-ender. “It’s so big and so broad and held on the shoulders of a villain who, bottom line, is boring,” she says. But Gleiberman enjoyed it. “I think the movie earned it’s bigness,” he explains. “Even though it doesn’t have the total surprise that The Dark Knight had, it’s full of surprises. I think the the feeling it gives you is of being not just a movie, but an experience. That’s its impact.”

Watch the rest of the chat below!


Christopher Nolan addresses online outrage over negative 'Dark Knight Rises' reviews

Director Christopher Nolan is defending fans irate over negative reviews of The Dark Knight Rises. While the final piece of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has gotten mostly positive reviews, a few critics, including The Associated Press’ Christy Lemire, gave it a negative review. Fan response to those critics became so venomous on the review aggregator site that it suspended user comments late Monday.

Appearing at Wednesday’s London premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan was quick to defend fans’ heated response to the reviews. “I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate. Batman’s been around for over 70 years and there’s a reason for that. He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character,” he said. READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises' preview: Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale discuss the key scene at the heart of the Batman trilogy

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan completes a trilogy of grave and gritty Batman films that began with Batman Begins in 2005 and continued with The Dark Knight in 2008. The third installment brings unity and closure to the saga  – but that’s not to say Nolan and his collaborators had a master plan from the start. The filmmaker says he always knew he would never make more than three Bat-flicks, but he approached each project as if it might be the last. His strategy: Pour every Batty idea into the work at hand; remain consistent with the themes and plot of the previous chapter; keep a fuzzy option or two open for what might come next… except for Rises, which Nolan swears is his Batman swan song. “The truth is I always wanted to tell more of Bruce Wayne’s story, but in a superstitious sense, you can’t plan on that,” says the helmer, whose other credits include Memento and Inception. “You have to tell one great story, one great film. And if people demand another one, you have permission to make it.”


'The Dark Knight Rises': Who cares what critics think?

To be clear: I care what critics think, because I am one. And I am one because I believe that critical insights, analyses, and context, expressed with clarity and style, enhance the understanding and enjoyment of movies, regardless of whether the reader agrees with the opinion expressed by Critic X or Critic Y. Then again, whether you care what critics think is your own business — as is why you tend to like (or dislike) one critic over another. Is it a matter of trust and shared sensibilities? Is it a function of sentence structure and vocabulary? You tell me.

That said, seriously, who cares what critics think? READ FULL STORY

RottenTomatoes commenters threaten critics who panned 'The Dark Knight Rises'

The aggregating Web site suspended user comments on movie reviews of The Dark Knight Rises after commenters reacted harshly to negative reviews of the film and made profane and threatening remarks about the critics who wrote them.

Matt Atchity, the site’s editor-in-chief, said Tuesday it was the first time has suspended user comments, adding postings about Dark Knight reviews would likely be restored by the end of the week. The final film in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy opens Friday. “The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether,” said Atchity. “It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen.” READ FULL STORY

The Dark Knight Rises...but not for Broadway musicals: Why Christian Bale won't be seeing 'Newsies'

Once upon a time, Newsies was a movie musical starring Christian Bale that flopped at the box office and with critics when it was released by The Walt Disney Company in 1992. Today, Newsies is a lauded Broadway musical smash starring Jeremy Jordan in the role played by Bale in the film, which despite failure inspired a passionate cult of fans who call themselves “Fansies.” No one is more surprised by this turn of events than Bale himself. “These things never make any sense,” the Oscar-winning actor and Hollywood’s current Batman told EW in a recent interview. “I’m incredibly happy for them. They’re having the success our movie never had.”  READ FULL STORY

Gary Oldman talks 'Dark Knight Rises' ending, and Tom Hardy spills on Bane inspiration

At the star-studded premiere of Dark Knight Rises last night (check out a compilation of live-stream footage here) the stars were ready to talk about the final film in Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy — but they were tight-lipped as far as plot specifics. (No big details are given away, but for those that want to remain totally spoiler free, here is your SPOILER ALERT!)

Gary Oldman, who plays police commissioner Gordon in the films, told EW when asked about the ending, “It packs an emotional punch, this one,” Oldman said. “And it’s got hope. [Dark Knight wasn’t so hopeful.] But we still had another one to make. [This one] has got a nice, uplifting theme to it.”

Christian Bale agreed with Oldman’s assessment of the tone. He told EW, “There’s a lot of complexities to it.” But as to whether or not Dark Knight Rises would feel different from Dark Knight, Bale didn’t want to distinguish. “I kind of feel like [the trilogy] is one movie anyway,” he said. READ FULL STORY

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