This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was filled to the brim with buzzy projects from big-name filmmakers. Neill Blomkamp showed off footage from his Matt Damon-headlined futuristic romp Elysium, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim paired off giant robots against giant monsters, and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel demonstrated an impressive lack of slow-mo action scenes. Meanwhile, Marvel Studios announced the next phase of their great shared-universe experiment…emphasis on universe, with the space-faring Guardians of the Galaxy film currently slated for 2014. On this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly, we talk to EW movie reporter Adam B. Vary about the vibe in Hall H: what looked good, what got a muted response, and just what the heck we should think about The Hobbit. READ FULL STORY »
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Heidi Klum confirms that two contestants dropped out of the 10th season of Project Runway before she even had a chance to say “Auf wiedersehen.” [Styleite]
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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Style: Batman’s bespoke Armani suits
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Within the Batman universe and especially in Christopher Nolan’s interpretation, Gotham City is a character all of its own. Nolan’s trilogy was shot in a variety of locations, with Chicago, Pittsburgh, L.A. and New York, among others, combining to create the ultimate comic book locale, but what exactly does that look like?
The Dark Knight Manual (Insight Editions) illustrates a comprehensive view of the city’s exact layout and while various versions of the map have been online since 2008, this one is the clearest. But where is Wayne Manor or the theater and Crime Alley where Bruce Wayne’s parents met their untimely demise? Take a look at a bigger version of the map below.
This week, Bane, the masked supervillain from The Dark Knight Rises, and Bain Capital, the financial firm co-founded by G.O.P. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, are both very much in the news. It’s one of those great quirks of fate that make life feel like it’s one unbroken Abbott and Costello routine, and in a perfect world, the only fallout from the homonymic coincidence would be conversations like this: “Did you hear about Bain?” “Bane? Sure! Evil, right?” “Well, it probably leans to the right, but evil’s a strong word.” “Well, Bane does hate millionaires.” “You mean Bain makes millionaires?” Annnd so forth.
Alas, it’s also the summer months of a presidential election year, a.k.a. The Silly Season in Politics. So in the run-up to the opening weekend for The Dark Knight Rises, commentators from across the political spectrum have decided it would be great fun to link Tom Hardy’s garbley-voiced performance in Christopher Nolan’s sure-to-be-a-blockbuster with the alleged corporate shenanigans of Romney’s former firm.
Batman isn’t the only one who got a wardrobe upgrade when director Christopher Nolan took the helm of the superhero franchise. After overseeing the redesign of the batsuit, costumer Lindy Hemming enlisted Giorgio Armani to add some bespoke style to Bruce Wayne’s look for The Dark Knight. In The Dark Knight Rises, Wayne’s closet is once again filled with elegant suits — including this two-button charcoal number complete with custom label. The Italian designer also outfitted Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and provided Anne Hathaway with accessories from his collections. I’m guessing Hathaway’s Armani accoutrements were used in scenes where she appears as Selena Kyle — Catwoman’s night vision goggles aren’t exactly hot off the runway.
It’s a big week for pop culture fans — from the beginning of the end of Breaking Bad, to the end of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, with a Justin Bieber performance thrown in for good measure. Check out what is happening this week in the PopWatch planner.
Sunday, July 15
Breaking Bad, AMC, 10 p.m.
We talked about it in last week’s planner, but we’re just so excited, that we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave the season five premiere off the list this time. So tune in tonight and see what all the fuss is about.
While interviewing Anne Hathaway on the Late Show, David Letterman may have inadvertently revealed the ending of The Dark Knight Rises.
Watch the video at your own peril. Possible spoiler alert below!
Comic-Con kicks off today, July 12, in San Diego. And if you’re not lucky enough to be in San Diego for all the geektastic celebrations (or if you’re just not that into that kind of thing), we have the solution. Take a look at what you can be doing instead.
1. Catch up on Breaking Bad before the fifth season begins on July 15. Everyone has told you that you need to be watching AMC’s drama about a high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin. So why aren’t you? Thanks to this handy schedule, you still have time to see all four seasons AND watch the premiere Sunday at 10 p.m.
This Week's Cover: Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan discuss the making and meaning of 'The Dark Knight Rises'
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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