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Tom Hardy rumored to be in talks to play Elton John: Five reasons he's perfect for the role

Most of you probably first met Tom Hardy in 2010’s Inception, unless you’re an avid consumer of British cinema, in which case perhaps you recognized him from 2008’s Bronson. Then again, a select few of you Trekkies might even remember him from 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. Regardless, now almost all of you identify him as Bane from 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. But a few years from now, we might all be calling him Sir Elton.

With five movies in the works for 2014 (including a highly anticipated Mad Max reboot) and a new rumor going around that he’s being looked at to play Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, Hardy is hard at work on becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors/puppy-lovers. And believe it or not, Bane might just be the perfect choice to play one of music’s most iconic performers. Here’s why: READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: Why 'The Dark Knight Rises' deserved some Oscar love

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in director Christopher Nolan’s massive, box-office-record-busting, heretofore-oft-Oscar-nominated Batman trilogy. Featuring Christian Bale as a broken down Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman), Anne Hathaway as the (kinda) amoral safecracker Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman), and Tom Hardy as the (almost entirely) inscrutable masked villain Bane (a.k.a. Bahrjghalfragl) bent on destroying Gotham City once and for all.

Why It Wasn’t Nominated: One of the less explored ironies tucked inside this year’s Oscar snubs is the fact that the Academy chose to expand the field of Best Picture nominees to 10 in part because Nolan’s previous Batman film, The Dark Knight, failed to land a Best Picture nomination despite widespread acclaim. Four years later, The Dark Knight‘s sequel failed to land any Oscar nods at all. READ FULL STORY

YouTube releases top 10 trailers of the year: 'Hunger Games', 'Dark Knight Rises', and...

YouTube just released their list of top 10 trailers of the year.

The top rankers aren’t necessarily simply the most viewed. Instead, YouTube looked at view count, view rate (how much of a clip people chose to watch), and organic views. While Hunger Games and Dark Knight Rises of course cracked the top 10, and other loyal viewers couldn’t get enough of Ted or Daniel Craig in Skyfall, the number one spot may surprise you if you’re not an avid videogame fan.

Check out the full list below: READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises' gets the 'Honest Trailer' treatment, and it ain't pretty -- VIDEO

You know all those nagging things about The Dark Knight Rises that you and/or your friends debated into the wee hours after seeing the film — things like “Why didn’t Bruce Wayne do a background check on his maids?” or “Why didn’t Bane find the Bat-jet on that roof?” Well, the fine folks at Screen Junkies have put together one of their “Honest Trailers” for the end of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and it’s pretty much a devastating compendium of every plot hole and loose end in the movie.

Watch it below, and let the great geek debates re-commence!  READ FULL STORY

Anne Hathaway would love to do a Catwoman spin-off

Anne Hathaway was by far the most consistently entertaining part of The Dark Knight Rises, with her slinky don’t-call-her-Catwoman bringing a much-needed dose of levity to the dour epic. (You’ll recall that she symbolized the poor or something, and that she was hunting for a magic Google-wiping computer virus. Just go with it.) Hathaway is currently making the rounds for Les Miserables, so what better time to ask her about the abstract possibility of a Catwoman spinoff? Access Hollywood asked Hathaway if she’d like to revisit the character, and after noting outright that “No one’s talked to me about it,” Hathaway offered a rather heartfelt plea for a return visit to Gotham: READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The crying game

We don’t really enjoy watching our favorite characters suffer – but great crying scenes are cathartic, moving, and totally captivating. They’re also rare; it’s easy enough to tug at heartstrings with manipulative music cues, but it takes real skill to make an audience empathize with someone whose job is to fake emotions. Get a hanky ready – here are our favorite crying scenes of 2012.

Carrie (Claire Danes), Homeland

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Claire Danes is Hollywood’s best crier. (Just ask the Internet.) Her tears as Carrie Mathison, Homeland’s unstable heroine, are unparalleled – and so ubiquitous that it’s impossible to single out just one crying scene from the Showtime drama’s second season. Trust us on this one; when Danes’s chin starts trembling and it looks like “her whole face is chewing gum,” you’ll want to pay attention.

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PopWatch Planner: 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and more

In a way, Batman is sort of like Santa Claus. He’s cloaked in mystery, sorts through the naughty and the nice at night, and has helpers who build his magnificent toys. Also — little known fact — the real Santa delivers his “Ho, ho, ho’s” in an Eastwoodian whisper. So it makes some sense that The Dark Knight Rises arrives on Blu-ray just in time for it to become the stocking stuffer of the holiday season. (Yeah, like you’re going to wait that long to watch it again.)

Check out what else this week has in store.

SUNDAY, Dec. 2

Boardwalk Empire season finale, HBO, 10 p.m.

Empire has demonstrated that it knows how to close. Every season, HBO’s gangster prohibition drama eases into the action, patiently setting up the game’s pieces during the first few episodes, before thundering towards an emotional climax. Expect more fireworks tonight. READ FULL STORY

10 things we learned from Christopher Nolan's 'Film Comment' interview

Image Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

In a new interview with Film Comment, the magazine for the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, Christopher Nolan responds to basically every question you ever had about his Dark Knight trilogy. The thinking behind Gotham’s notorious realism? Check. The maybe-maybe not presence of Occupy Wall Street in Rises? Check. The photochemical processes involved in IMAX film production? Count on it.

The thorough and immensely enlightening interview is worth reading in full, but in case you can’t spare the time we’ve gleaned some of the best bits. Check them out after the jump.

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Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds for 'Les Mis': 'It was definitely a little nuts'

In a move straight out of costar Christian Bale’s acting playbook, Anne Hathaway adopted an extreme diet and exercise regimen to tone her body for The Dark Knight Rises, then lost 25 pounds for Les Misérables.

The Vogue cover girl discussed her intense body transformations in December’s issue. After enduring a vegan diet and 10 months of weight training, martial arts, and yoga to play Catwoman opposite Bale, she went on a cleanse then took up a “near-starvation diet” consisting of two squares of dried oatmeal paste a day to play Fantine.

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Anne Hathaway hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Hate on Anne Hathaway all you want, but Lorne Michaels must see something in her. After all, she’s been asked to host SNL three times in the past four years — and in each of her previous outings, she’s proven herself to be a solid supporting player who’s got a special knack for impressions. (Check out her spot-on Julie Andrews and Judy Garland imitations for proof.)

Personally, I don’t get why so many people seem to despise Hathaway. She’s got good comic timing, she always sounds pretty smart in interviews, and while her Oscars hosting stint was sort of a disaster, I blame smug, too-cool-for-school James Franco much more than I blame eager theater kid Hathaway. Honestly, the only thing that might drag down tonight’s episode is an abundance of musical sketches; between Seth MacFarlane, Christina Applegate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Bruno Mars, this season has been  a little too heavy on the song and dance. A full-scale Les Mis parody could be amazing, but I’m hoping that we don’t see any more sketches stuffed with snippets of popular tunes. Especially since rights issues always prevent those sketches from being posted online.

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