Archive for February 2012

TDKR’s Christian Bale to Present at 84th Academy Awards

The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale will present at 84th Academy Awards® alog with Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman.


Academy Award Winner and Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale will present at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Beverly Hills, CA — The four Oscar®-winning actors from the 83rd Academy Awards — Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman — will present at the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

Both Bale and Leo received Oscars® for their supporting roles in “The Fighter.” It was Bale’s first nomination and Leo’s second. Two-time nominees Firth and Portman took home Academy Awards for their lead performances in “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan,” respectively.

Bale, Firth, Leo and Portman join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters, including Halle Berry, Rose Byrne, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Douglas, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Zach Galifianakis, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, Ellie Kemper, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Kristen Wiig.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, from the Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards-in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners-the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

Written by Gotham Trending

02/23/2012 at 6:59 pm

TDKR’s Tom Hardy in This Means War

Did anybody know Tom Hardy had another movie coming out?   Compared to his last release  The Warrior, not to mention his Dark Knight Rises costars Anne Hathaway in One Day, Marion Cotillard in Contagion and Gary Oldman in Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows, Part II and  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hardy’s newest called This Means War from 20th Century Fox is basically in stealth release.


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Internet Movie Database Synopsis: Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

The low profile is  perhaps  understandable, as the survey of reviews from metacritic are pretty dismal:

Nearly totally laugh-, chemistry- and coherence-free, this fiasco from the director of “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” has a script whose sensible parts would fit on a napkin with enough room left over for the Gettysburg Address.
–New York Post


Top posts of the week: Batman and Catwoman finally defeat Bane

For the first time since the public location shooting began in Pittsburgh, Tom Hardy’s Bane was not in the top five search terms, which this week is dominated by Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman in two forms:  Anne Hathaway/Selina Kyle in the Dark Knight Rises, and the Arkham City Catwoman, with an emphasis on player dissatisfaction with her costume and portrayal in the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.

  1. Profile: Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises
  2. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  3. Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume
  4. The Dark Knight Rises Set Photos: Bane
  5. Batman and Catwoman Cosplay: The Best of Dragon Con
  6. Bane Mask, Other Batman Items coming up for sale in Movie Memorabilia Auction
  7. Batman Merch: Joker Tshirt of the Day
  8. The Dark Knight Rises: New Poster and a menu on Official Website
  9. Batman Merch: Arkham City models from Play Arts Kai
  10. Christian Bale said Anne Hathaway had the hardest job as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises
  11. Hot New Location Photos: Not Bruce and Selina this time. It’s Batman and Catwoman IN FULL COSTUME (or is it?)
  12. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment at Comic-Con: LOVE BITES

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The Dark Knight Rises Gary Oldman’s “Out of Character” portrait as Oscar Nominee


Oscar®-Nominated Actors Step "Out of Character" for Academy Portrait Exhibition

All the Oscar nominees for an acting Academy Award were captured by legendary Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland, including The Dark Knight Rises‘ own Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman, nominated for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  While figures such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt seem very much their usual selves, others like Oldman are revealed in a truly new light in the aptly named portrait exhibition “Out of Character.”

Oscar®-Nominated Actors Step “Out of Character” for Academy Portrait Exhibition

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Out of Character,” a new exhibition featuring portraits of this year’s acting nominees by photographer Douglas Kirkland. The exclusive new photos of 2011’s Oscar-nominated performers will be on display starting Saturday, February 11, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Kirkland photographed all 20 of the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress nominees in the two weeks since the January 24 nominations announcement. His distinctive, large-format portraits will be on display through March 18. An online gallery of these portraits, along with behind the scenes shots, will be spotlighted at beginning today.

Following the exhibition, the portraits will become part of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library photograph collection.

Kirkland has been capturing iconic images of motion picture luminaries for more than five decades, revealing as well as immortalizing such legends as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman. Also well known as a set photographer, he has worked on more than 100 films, including “The Sound of Music,” “Out of Africa,” “Titanic” and “Moulin Rouge.” He recently traveled to Australia to serve as special set photographer on Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” scheduled for release in 2012.

“Out of Character” will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Grand Lobby Gallery is located at the Academy’s headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Oldman has played James Gordon in the two previous Christopher Nolan Batman movies (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) was well as the upcoming Dark Knight Rises, which is indicative of the actor’s ability to go from starring roles like Tinker, Tailor to supporting ones like those in the Batman and Harry Potter series.

The Dark Knight Rises’ Michael Uslan headlining at Denver Comic Con

Denver Comic Con Announces High Caliber Celebirty Guests, Artists, Exhibitors And Educational Opportunities


Michael Uslan, The Boy Who Loved Batman

It’s unusual to see “a suit” i.e. an executive producer, one of the money men, as a featured guest at a comic book convention.   If they appear, it certainly wouldn’t be anything announced in the opening paragraph of a press release.  But Michael Uslan is no ordinary producer, he is “The Boy Who Loved Batman,” and as his book by that name chronicles, he is the man who trusted that boyhood love to bring The Dark Knight to the big screen when nobody, absolutely nobody, thought there was any merit in the idea of making a movie about Batman.

Feb. 8th, 2012, Denver CO: Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference is
excited to announce a legion of celebrity guests, renowned comic book talent and international exhibitors for the Mile High City’s first full scale comic and pop culture convention. The 3 day event will kick off on Father’s Day weekend with a cast of talent that reads like the who’s who of Hollywood Heroes, Sci Fi, and Animation, including; Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Michael Uslan (Exec. Producer – The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Looney Tunes), Tom Kane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Powerpuff Girls), Jasika Nicole (FRINGE, She’s Out of My League, Take the Lead), Mark Ryan (Transformers), Steven Seagle (Ben 10, Generator Rex, Ultimate Spider-Man), and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice).
Exciting new comic book guests include Eisner Award winner Georges Jeanty (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Amy Reeder (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu, Fool’s Gold), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Action Comics), Peter Gross (Unwritten, Lucifer, Book’s of Magic), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop, Chumble Puzz) and Golden Age artist Allen Bellman (Captain America Comics, The Human Torch, Sub-Mariner Comics) among others.

Since September 2011, the locally based Comic Book Classroom (an after school program teaching underserved children to read through comics) has gradually built an impressive roster of talent for their largest fundraiser to date – Denver Comic Con. Set to take place at the Colorado Convention Center in trendy downtown Denver, the benefit boasts a high caliber celebrity lineup coupled with education and literary opportunities spanning the five days surrounding Father’s Day weekend.

In just a few short months, CBC has amassed over 275 local volunteers for the pop culture conference, highlighting the best and brightest artists of Denver and from around the world, with an array of programming opportunities, colorful exhibitions, and the recent addition of Tokyo Japan’s own Manga University (Manga Publisher and educator). Denver Comic Con also boasts visually appealing appearances from the cosplay community (elaborately costumed capers), video gaming competitions, workshops, autograph signings, and special programming, all culminating in a fan-centric awards ceremony on the last day of the con. All of the proceeds raised from the Denver Comic Con will benefit the CBC, which is currently active in 8 Colorado area schools.

Throughout the weekend the comic convention will feature an overwhelming number of celebrity guests ranging from the red carpet to the book publishing bullpen. With a number of respected names already listed, the convention is putting its best foot forward for its first year including Kristen Bauer best known as Pam, the icy, foul-mouthed, scene-stealing vampire on HBO’s hit series, True Blood. The three day event will also feature Michael Uslan, best known for his Hollywood credits in the Batman franchise such as the The Dark Knight and the much anticipated trilogy-ending finale, The Dark Knight Rises. He is a perfect fit for the con as he is an authority on comic book history as instructor of the first accredited university courses on comic books (Indiana University 1971) as well as the first textbook on comic books (The Comic Book in America).

The Denver Comic Con will also feature a number of big guns from the animation world including star voice actors Billy West and Tom Kane. West is best known for his voice-work on Ren & Stimpy, Doug and Futurama where he originated fan favorites, Philip J. Fry (Futurama) and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy). Tom Kane, best known as the Voice of Yoda in Star Wars The Clone Wars, has a tremendous vocal range that has led to a busy career. Every week, he records literally dozens of movie trailers, commercials, network TV promos, video games and cartoons. In addition to voicing Yoda, he has voiced lead roles in The Powerpuff Girls, Robot Chicken, Kim Possible, The Avengers, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Iron Man, The Wild Thornberrys, Wolverine and the X-Men and many more. Lastly, Colorado’s own Steven T. Seagle will be returning to Denver for a spotlight appearance at the con. Seagle is a comic book and television writer known for his work as the creator of the international boys’ action series BEN-10 franchise and his numerous shows are part of regular programming on the Cartoon Network and in a forthcoming series from Marvel/Disney.

Preceding the Denver Comic Con on June-13th-15th, event producers are also hosting a one-of-a-kind literary conference featuring keynote speaker Scott McCloud and special guests, James Bucky Carter, Robert Weiner and Charles Hatfield for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels at the Hyatt Regency directly across from the Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the academics of graphic storytelling with some of the nation’s top comic-centric literary talent and scholars.

The Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference is set to take place on Father’s Day weekend on June 13th-17th. For ticketing information, hotel discounts and for up-to-date announcements about the convention check out the official website at  and to learn more.
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Top Posts of the Week: Batman finally on top of Catwoman, just in time for Valentine’s Day

Fine, call us sexists.  We at the Gotham Trending office try to remain impartial but we are men, and seeing Catwoman, Anne Hathaway and Selina Kyle beating Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale and Batman week after week for the top spot in his own movie, we can’t help it.  We can’t help but root for the underdog and we can’t help but cheer now that Bruce/Christian/Dark Knight has finally won the day.

  1. Profile: Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises
  2. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  3. The Dark Knight Rises Set Photos: Bane
  4. Christian Bale said Anne Hathaway had the hardest job as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises
  5. Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume
  6. The Dark Knight Rises: New Poster and a menu on Official Website
  7. Arkham City Portraits of Riddler
  8. Batman and Catwoman Cosplay: The Best of Dragon Con
  9. Batman at Comic Con: First look at Joker, Batmobile from Hot Toys Batman ’89 Collection
  10. First peak at the Dark Knight Rises Batmobile
  11. Batman at Comic Con: Catwoman of the DC Comics Reboot, not apologizing for sexy!
  12. Batman Merch: Joker Tshirt of the Day

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Batman and Robin Top Minimalist Superhero Posters at Screen Rant

Minimalism isn’t appreciated by everybody.  In a world where photoshopping has allowed fans to whip up their own posters  Dark Knight Rises posters that rival those of some studios in visual complexity, “Less is More” is not a principle that is generally understood.  “Because I can” tends to be the order of the day.  So Screen Rants collection of 30 Awesome Minimalist Superhero Posters was quite the refreshing treat.

As was their decision to begin with the two Gotham heroes that concern us here: Batman and Robin


30 Awesome Minimalist Superhero Posters | Screen Rant.

Written by Gotham Trending

02/04/2012 at 2:12 pm