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New 'The Dark Knight Rises' viral marketing campaign: What is 'Harvey Dent Day'?

There are some intriguing new materials over at the Dark Knight Rises website. Designed to resemble a police file, the website features a warrant for the arrest of “John Doe, AKA, ‘The Batman’” and an internally circulated document from “Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley,” noting that the mayor is insisting that the Gotham City PD redouble their efforts to capture the masked vigilante due to the upcoming arrival of Harvey Dent Day. There’s also a list of addresses in cities around the world, along with a call to action to “submit photographic evidence of graffiti.” Translation: If you live in a major city, you’ll probably see a bunch of Bat-shaped graffiti today. (Although a quick examination of the addresses indicates that the graffiti is mostly appearing in the city’s most well-traveled areas. The crossing of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco? Times Square in New York and Hong Kong? Yeesh, turns out Batman’s pretty much the worst tourist ever.) 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.”

Read a description of the footage after the jump. READ FULL STORY

New 'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer to play in front of 'The Avengers'

As if fanboys didn’t already have enough reason to pack into cineplexes the weekend of May 4, EW has confirmed that the third trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will play in front Marvel Studios’ The Avengers. 

While Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film is based on the venerable DC Comics property — and as we all know, DC and Marvel are sworn enemies except for lucrative inter-company crossover opportunities — Warner Bros. smartly decided that it made sense to pair TDKR‘s newest trailer with Marvel’s wildly anticipated omnibus superhero behemoth. The trailer will play with 3-D and 2-D screenings in both conventional and IMAX theaters.

The inventively named Nolan fansite “Nolan Fans” first broke the story.

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ earns PG-13 rating for violence and…sensuality?
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ trailer #2: Explosive. Scary. Political?
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ trailer #1: “Every Hero Has a Journey. Every Journey Has an End.”

'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

'MI:4' director on filming in IMAX and how Christopher Nolan is 'throwing down the showmanship' with 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Brad Bird wanted to be a filmmaker since the moment he learned to draw. “I didn’t realize this until later,” says the 54-year old director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, “but the very first drawings I did when I was a kid at age 3 were sequential. They weren’t great drawings – they were just stick figures – but they were meant to be viewed in a certain order. So from the very beginning, I was trying to make films.”

The pictures have only gotten got more sophisticated — and larger — since then. Bird made a name for himself in animation with The Iron Giant, then won Oscars with two Pixar blockbusters, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, both of which he wrote and directed. His winning streak has continued with his first live-action effort: Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in Tom Cruise’s signature spy-fi franchise — and the second to be shepherded by producer J.J. Abrams — has received rave reviews (EW’s Owen Gleiberman even has it on his 10 best of ’11 list) and is poised to be one of the biggest movies of the holiday season. (The film, which opened in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, grossed over $17 million during a 6-day run on 425 IMAX screens.) Bird took a few minutes to speak with EW about the animation-to-live-action-to-IMAX transition. 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

'The Dark Knight Rises' IMAX prologue: Here's where you can see it

You’ve likely heard by now about the seven-minute IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight Rises that will be playing in front of select showings of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol starting this Friday, Dec. 16. But the emphasis is on select — only 42 IMAX theaters in North America will be playing Christopher Nolan’s eye-popping introduction of Tom Hardy’s masked villain Bane. You can see which theaters will be lucky enough to have the extended preview below: 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

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