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Entertainment Geekly: The epic 'Dark Knight Rises' podcast

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At two hours and 45 minutes, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is officially the longest superhero movie ever.* Appropriately, Rises has inspired our longest podcast yet. This week, Jeff Jensen and I do a deep, deep dive into the Bat-threequel. There are things we admire about it. There are things we don’t admire about it. There are some outright silly plots twists. There are themes…or should I say, THEMES! In short, it’s the most ambitious blockbuster movie of the summer, and it deserves careful consideration. A word of warning: There’s no way of talking about the meaning of Rises without talking about the film’s conclusion, so for god’s sake, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!!

Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store.


Listeners, we want to hear from you. If you have big ideas about Dark Knight Rises, or Christopher Nolan’s whole Bat-trilogy, or you just want to get into an argument about whether “No Man’s Land” was a better ongoing story arc than “Knightfall,” tweet at us at @EWDocJensen and @EWDarrenFranich.

*Unless you count Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Watchmen. But let’s not.

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'The Dark Knight Rises': Its homage to... 'Good Will Hunting'?

From its comic book inspirations to a prominent excerpt from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Christopher Nolan’s saga-ending The Dark Knight Rises was chockablock with pop-culture references. While there were plenty of unexpected moments in the film’s 164 minutes, some of the biggest surprises weren’t plot developments but Nolan’s loving homages to (and occasionally strange riffs on) other films, books, and more. Below, we look into some of the influences of Rises, including one very unexpected shout-out to the speech that won Matt Damon and Ben Affleck an Oscar. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!) READ FULL STORY

Batman. Bane. Catwoman. That ending! Time to talk about 'The Dark Knight Rises' -- but only if you've seen it.

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“Don’t be afraid.” Those were the dying words of Thomas Wayne, said to his traumatized young son after being shot behind a theater by a thug named Joe Chill. The scene in Batman Begins resonates anew with eerie irony — and hopefully, a little inspiration — one day after the opening of The Dark Knight Rises and the tragedy in Aurora. Despite the terror felt nationwide following the violence in Colorado, and even in spite of it, moviegoers packed into multiplexes yesterday to watch the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman movies. And now, you have questions, opinions, quibbles, praises, and many other things to say about this heavy superhero spectacular – particularly the way it ended.

So let’s talk about it. Fearlessly.

And with a massive amount of detail… which is to say, SPOILER ALERT!

Seriously: If you have not yet seen Rises, STOP READING NOW. Because we’re not holding back on anything, beginning with…  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan discuss the making and meaning of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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Christopher Nolan is throwing down the gauntlet. “We want this to be the most exciting film, the most emotionally engaging and enjoyable blockbuster that an audience can see this summer,” says the director of The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final chapter in the Inception helmer’s trilogy of Batman movies starring Christian Bale. In advance of the film’s release on July 20, Nolan and Bale sat down with Entertainment Weekly for separate interviews to talk about the making of Rises and the remarkable success of their collaboration. The new issue of EW, on sale later this week, also features exclusive new photos from the film.

During a chat in his home office in Los Angeles, Nolan spoke of constructing the story for Rises with writers David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan and discussed how the edgy epic reflects “the things that worry us” about the world. But he dismissed the perception that the movie promotes a specific political agenda. “I don’t feel there’s a Left or Right perspective in the film,” he says. “What is there is just an honest assessment or honest exploration of the world we live in.” Nolan told EW that he’s satisfied with the threequel, which pits Gotham City’s caped crusader against two new villains: Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), a thief who preys on high society, and Bane (Tom Hardy), a fierce, secretive, and brilliant revolutionary. Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman are back, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard join the cast. “I’m very happy with it. I know it’s the film I wanted to make. It does all the things I really hoped for,” says Nolan, who found inspiration in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, David Lean’s Dr. Zhivago and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner – plus Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities – for his climactic opus. “I look what everyone has done in the film and I think they’ve done a very good job — and I think I’ve done a good job not obscuring it.”

Over a breakfast of carrot juice at an L.A. restaurant late last month, Bale told EW he’s both excited and overwhelmed by the imminent arrival of Rises’ pop culture moment. “It’s just begun, hasn’t it?” said the actor, noting the massive billboards outside the eatery. “These movies always start as small affairs, just me and Chris, sitting across a table, talking,” says Bale. “By this point, it starts to become this monster, just kind of roaring. For me, it’s kind of exciting, but don’t get too close, because it might devour you with its jaws.”

Not that Bale is anything less than grateful for the beast that’s been the Dark Knight. Before becoming Batman, Bale was frustrated by the lack of quality parts coming his way. Not anymore. Since Batman Begins, Bale has not only been a very busy actor, but one of Hollywood’s best. “[Batman] afforded me a change in my life. And it’s up to me to make a hash of that,” says Bale, who won an Oscar last year for his work in The Fighter. “Most actors desperately hope for work to come their way. Batman has given me the ability to say, ‘I don’t have to.’ I can choose, and choose wisely, and make the most of it.”

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Christopher Nolan to produce 'Inception' cinematographer's directorial debut

Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who brought gritty realism to the dream world of Inception and the nightmare world of Gotham City in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, will be direct his first feature film, as announced in March.

Now Alcon Entertainment, which is financing the untitled film, has revealed that Pfister’s longtime collaboration with Christopher Nolan will continue: Nolan, along with wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, are on board to executive produce the film.

In a statement, Nolan and Thomas called the film “original and exciting.” The screenplay is written by newcomer Jack Paglen. READ FULL STORY

Why so serious? 'The Dark Knight' with a laugh track -- VIDEO

Adding or removing a laugh track is a foolproof way to make a TV show or movie eerie and unsettling. The effect works especially well in The Dark Knight — thanks to lines that sound like they could have been written for the darkest sitcom of all time. Example: “Well, depending on the time, he may be in one spot or several.”

We think the Joker would be pleased with the results (though a YouTube user originally posted the clip in 2009, thanks to Buzzfeed, it’s bubbling up again today).  See this disconcerting clip for yourself below:

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'The Dark Knight Rises' will feature over an hour of IMAX footage

Christopher Nolan doesn’t do 3D. That’s probably a good thing: The post-Avatar excitement about 3D filmmaking quickly devolved into cash grabs like Clash of the Titans and Alice in Wonderland, successful mediocrities featuring price-gouging post-production 3D nose jobs. When The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters this summer, it will take advantage of a more respectable technological gimmick. Nolan’s Dark Knight featured about a half hour of footage filmed with IMAX cameras, and according to the Wall Street Journal, Rises will feature about twice as much IMAX material. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Dark Knight Rises' headlines our 2012 Summer Movie Preview issue

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Christopher Nolan knows that The Dark Knight Rises, his third and final film starring Christian Bale as Batman, is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. But the spoiler-averse director is reluctant to reveal too much about his work before its July 20 release. “So what can I not tell you about my film,” he says by way of the greeting during a break from editing Rises in Los Angeles.

Even so, Nolan did expand upon our first preview of Rises (which took you to the set and offered some insight into the movie’s story and themes) and shared some intel about Batman’s latest cinematic adversaries. First, there’s Bane (played by Inception alum Tom Hardy), a cunning, hulking terrorist with a menacing respirator-mask and a small army bent on sacking Gotham City. “He represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention,” says Nolan. READ FULL STORY

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