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The Dark Knight Concept Art illuminates dark origins of Joker’s Bank Robbery Gang

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While posting these rarely seen pieces of concept art from “The Dark Knight,” that were created by Rob Bliss (“Watchmen”), I realized there was a segment of Christopher Nolan’s recent Q&A session that was pertinent and that I hadn’t yet posted. To catch you up, Nolan was at the Water Reade Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center as a special guest of the Film Society, he discussed working with Heath Ledger and specifically the filming of the opening scene where we are first introduced to Batman’s nemesis. You can either watch the video below or just read the transcript, both are provided.

via THE DARK KNIGHT Concept Art Featuring Two-Face & Joker’s Bank Robbery Gang.

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12/06/2012 at 3:36 pm

The Dark Knight Rises outpacing The Avengers according to Fandango – Advanced Ticket Sales Selling out across the country

dark-knight-rises-ticket-salesNolan’s Dark Knight Rises Currently on Track to Become One of Fandango’s Top-Selling Movies of All Time

LOS ANGELES — July 19, 2012 –Fandango reports that “The Dark Knight Rises,” on the eve of its opening weekend, is outpacing the summer blockbuster “The Avengers” in ticket sales at the same point in the sales cycle. The final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has sold out on Fandango more than 2,000 showtimes nationwide and it’s currently on track to become one of Fandango’s top-selling movies of all time.

“Thursday’s ticket sales are incredibly strong, as film fans are flocking to
Fandango to guarantee their seats for the film’s opening weekend,” says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “The IMAX showtimes are particular fast-sellers, as almost every one of our Thursday midnight IMAX showtimes have been sold out. The good news is that theater owners are continually posting new showtimes on Fandango to meet the fan demand, so tickets are still available.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” currently accounts for 91% of daily ticket sales, selling out coast-to-coast from big cities like New York and Los Angeles, to smaller towns like Sunrise, Florida to Puyallup, Washington. The film also promises to be one of Fandango’s all-time top mobile ticket-sellers, with nearly 30% of the site’s fans on Thursday using Fandango’s mobile site and apps to buy their tickets in advance.

Fandango is currently featuring a wealth of editorial content on “The Dark Knight Rises” at http://www.fandango.com/thedarkknightrises/movieguide, from exclusive video interviews with the film’s stars including Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premiere videos and photos, free music downloads, prize pack giveaways, and “The Dark Knight Rises” Virtual Theater — where fans can win a movie tickets for a year at http://www.facebook.com/fandango.

Earlier in the week, Fandango surveyed more than a thousand “Dark Knight Rises” ticket-buyers, and found that 97% said the darker tone made them more interested in seeing the movie. In addition, 89% claimed the new villain, Bane, made them excited to see the film; 72% consider themselves fans of director Christopher Nolan; and 62% said they’re anxious to see it because more than an hour of the film was shot in IMAX.

Earlier this month, Fandango announced it had achieved its best quarter in the company’s 12-year history, with a 28% year-over-year surge in second quarter ticket sales, a 26% year-over-year increase in second quarter traffic, and its highest number of mobile tickets sold in one quarter, with mobile purchases up 107% year-over-year. In addition to record-setting ticket sales for “The Avengers,” Fandango also signed new distribution deals with AOL’s Moviefone, MSN and Yahoo, as well as AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres, and a long-term renewal with Carmike Cinemas.

Breakout

Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to nearly 20,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. At many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones.

Fandango is available online at http://www.fandango.com, via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, and at 1-800-FANDANGO. Fandango’s top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with over 25 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by 35 million online and mobile visitors per month. Film fans find Fandango on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, to be released by Warner Bros. July 2012

Legendary Live Stream lets fans visit the TDKR Red Carpet Premiere

The Dark Knight Rises had its world premiere tonight in New York, the real Gotham City, at AMC Lincoln Square Theater which will go into full release July 20th.

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Actors Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman as well as director Christopher Nolan, brother and co-writer Jonathan Nolan, composer Hans Zimmer and others dazzled on the red carpet.

“Yeah, it’s bittersweet, but I think though that Chris is such a good storyteller, if he says it’s the right time to finish, it’s the right time to finish,” Bale told E! News at the premiere. “It’s nice to leave when we’re out on top instead of leaving people wanting less.”

Fans who were unable to attend in person could enjoy a live video stream on the Legendary Pictures website. Some of the twitter feed focused on early negative reviews at Rotten Tomatoes (“This is why we can’t have nice things”) but most fans were focused on the celebs, and certainly the fashions. Some of the women were understandably partisan on the relative merits of Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard.

“Anne Hathaway’s a vision in something white with a grecian back but didn’t catch the designer.”

“Figured the french woman would dress better”

“”Hate to be catty but Marion Cotillard is a fashion don’t on The Dark Knight Rises Premiere red carpet. Silhouette of a… paper doll?”

“yeah, not loving that white swan dress on her.”

via Twitter

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While others noted Hathaway – delightfully long-haired in TDKR – now has her hair cropped uber-short for her next role as Fantine in Les Miserables.

The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, released by Warner Bros. July 2012

The Dark Knight Rises unveils first TV Spots

The first TV spots for have debuted for The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, to be released by Warner Bros. July 2012

In this, the second official TV Spot, we get a better look at the flying tumbler and Anne Hathaway in full Catwoman gear, but even naughtier and more splendid as Selina Kyle. Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that brands him an enemy.

The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne),  Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, to be released by Warner Bros. July 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Official Movie Trailer 3

The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, to be released by Warner Bros. July 2012.

See Related:

The Epic Conclusion to The Dark Knight Saga   (Teaser Trailer)
The Dark Knight Rises Official Movie Trailer (Trailer #2)

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05/01/2012 at 11:06 am

Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman Faux TDKR set audio

christian-bale-and-morgan-freeman-faux-leaked-set-audio A collection of spoofed conversations between Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman on the set of The Dark Knight Rises has been getting some light buzz on youtube.  The humor is inconsistent across the 7-video series, but the highs are very high, and while the Morgan Freeman impression is only so-so, the Christian Bale voice has received raves.

 “Morgan, just between us, were you asked to be in Inception?”

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04/14/2012 at 1:03 pm

The Dark Knight Rises to be Front and Center at CinemaCon

the-dark-knight-rises-front-and-center-at-show-westIndieWire has observed that the old National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) convention in Las Vegas has changed in more substantive ways than altering its name from ShoWest to CinemaCon.  The change reflects the changed relationship between the Hollywood studios that present there and the theater-owners themselves.  The neighborhood movie house has been reduced from the One and Only contact point between a movie and its audience to one of many options “now that consumers are demanding access to on-demand video content on multiple platforms.”  With the change in distribution came a change in marketing.  A movie like The Dark Knight Rises has so much life before and after those few weeks in the summer of 2012, it cannot be sold the way, say, Tim Burton’s Batman was in 1989.  That leaves studios in a delicate position with theatre owners: still important but no longer the burning sun at the center of the marketing and distribution universe.

Both are invested in a priceless commodity: audiences sitting alone in the dark. As producer Jim Stark once told me: “Nothing beats five weeks of good word-of-mouth.”

Thus it’s in the studios’ interest this year, especially, to make nice with exhibition. Besides, the studios know that any upbeat buzz out of CinemaCon on their summer movies will go viral. It’s a win-win. (On the other hand, bad word on movies, especially those freighted with high expectations, can be toxic.)

The Dark Knight's christian-bale-christopher-nolan-cinemaconNaturally, with the most anticipated movie of 2012 on its docket, Warner Bros. was the first studio to announce its CinemaCon program:

As part of their annual “State of the Industry” featuring MPAA Chairman & CEO Christopher Dodd and NATO President and CEO John Fithian, on Tuesday April 24th at 9:30am Warners will hawk its summer product for the second year in a row, with WB president Jeff Robinov, Distribution chief Dan Fellman, and International Distribution head Veronika Vandenberg on hand to intro:
“The Dark Knight Rises”—Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, and Morgan Freeman.

Predictably, fan sites like Batman-News began fueling hopes of “new footage.”  While it is a possibility, it’s a remote one.  The fanboy’s mistaken desire to know more than is good for them before the film opens and their propensity to misunderstand any gathering ending in the letters “Con” is at work.  While it’s true that in 2008, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and Maggie Gyllenhaal were trucked out to show footage from The Dark Knight, including the prologue, that material was rolled out previously as part of The Dark  Knight Why So Serious/I Believe in Harvey Dent viral.  That is where studios like Warner Bros play their big cards in the 21st century: on the Internet stage, in the twitterverse, the blogospher, and across the social networks.

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04/06/2012 at 1:08 pm