News and Notes
The Dark Knight Rises has surpassed Ice Age: Continental Drift ($717 million) to become the second highest grossing movie of the year, with $737 million worldwide and counting. It's not likely that the film will catch The Avengers which sits at the top of the 2012 charts with the third all-time highest box office gross of $1.46 billion.
Meanwhile, a deleted scene from the film explains the origins of Bane. Costume designer Lindy Hemming told GQ that during the prison sequence of the movie, "you should have seen Bane being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn't got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he's learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he's wearing an early version of his waist belt. It's showing support, but it's not the finished one he eventually wears. He's also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together."
There's also "a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he's fighting and being taunted by people. He's got chains on him, and he's standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he's wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask."
I suppose we'll have to wait for the special edition Blu-Ray or perhaps a director's cut somewhere down the line before we can see that footage.
And finally, before we continue on with other non-Batman news, at a campaign fundraiser last night, President Obama praised Anne Hathaway as "the best thing" in The Dark Knight Rises. The president said, "She's spectacular. I got a chance to see Batman and she was the best thing in it. That's just my personal opinion." Hathaway, who was in attendance, beamed and laughed at the statement. Obama also complimented writer Aaron Sorkin saying, "he writes the way every Democrat in Washington wished they spoke."
Jennifer Lawrence is getting a significant pay bump to reprise her role as Katniss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lawrence will get $10 million for the role. She was paid $500,000 for the first film.
Speaking of The Hunger Games, the DVD and Blu-Ray are set to release on August 18 and Target is not only offering pre-orders for the film, but high-end merchandise as well. The retailer has announced that it will be selling solid 14-K gold Mockingjay pins for $999. Also up for sale is a replica of Katniss' leather hunting jacket for $349 and a lithograph autographed by 10 Hunger Games actors, including Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, for $699. The catch: Only 100 of each item will be available for purchase and they're only available on Target.com. The jacket goes on sale Aug. 18, the lithograph on Aug, 19 and the Mockingjay pins on Aug, 20.
M. Night Shyamalan has teased that a trailer for his sci-fi flick After Earth starring Jaden and Will Smith will "be seen around Christmas on a film with a very short protagonist." Sounds like the trailer will be attached to The Hobbit.
Kevin Costner looks to be experiencing a bit of a career Renaissance. Not only did his recent History Channel series Hatfields & McCoys prove to be a critically lauded ratings success, but now Costner is being considered for two upcoming projects. First, there's word that Costner has been offered a role in Kenneth Branaugh's Jack Ryan reboot as a mentor to Chris Pine's lead character. He's also been offered a role in the Luc Besson-produced and co-written flick Three Days to Kill, about a dying assassin who wants to reconcile with his daughter while embarking on one final mission. You can also see Costner in the upcoming Zack Snyder Superman reboot Man of Steel asf Jonathan Kent. [Deadline]
Following positive buzz from a secret screening last Friday in Santa Monica, The Master has picked up more momentum as it approaches its September 14 release by being added to the upcoming Venice Film Festival slate of films in competition.
Despite raising some interest among his fans, American Psycho author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis is no longer in the mix to adapt Fifty Shades of Grey. [THR]
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has left intensive care, but remains hospitalized following a heart attack three weeks ago. Duncan went into cardiac arrest on July 13 and may have died had his girlfriend, the Apprentice star Omarosa Stallworth, not performed CPR after discovering him unconscious.
Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams is the latest addition to the Robocop reboot, playing Joel Kinnaman's sidekick. Kinnaman is portraying the title character in the reboot which begins filming next month and is slated to arrive in theaters on August 9, 2013. [THR]
The LAPD is currently investigating death threats levied against actress Ellen Page through Twitter and phone calls to the L.A. Film Festival. According to an affidavit obtained by the L.A. Times, the unnamed suspect wrote, "I'm going to murder Ellen Page. She's dead." The warrant also states that organizers of the L.A. Film Festival received anonymous phone calls from someone threatening to kill Page. Her latest film, To Rome with Love, screened at the festival in June. [L.A. Times]
Julianne Hough, who has just wrapped filming the lead role in Diablo Cody's untitled directorial debut, is now attached to star in the Cody-scripted romantic dramedy Time and a Half. She'll play a recent college grad who takes a temp job at a trophy store where she runs into her sister's high school boyfriend with whom she has a one-night stand. [Variety]
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Here's the first trailer for Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, along with a bunch of other familiar faces in supporting roles. The film is set to make a run at awards season when it hits theaters September 28.
Yahoo has unveiled the new trailer for Playing for Keeps starring Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jessica Biel. The film was previously titled Playing the Field and finds Butler playing a washed-up soccer star who moves to his ex-wife's hometown and becomes a coach for his son's soccer team. Playing for Keeps hits theaters on December 7.
The new international trailer for Robot & Frank starring Frank Langhella, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon and James Marsden arrived late yesterday. The movie finds Langhella playing a retired thief who receives a robot caretaker (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) and sets out for one last score. The film was one of the surprise hits at this year's Sundance Film Festival and arrives in select theaters August 17.
Meryl Streep jokes with Tommy Lee Jones about Fifty Shades of Grey in this AP interview with the Hope Springs stars.
Jessica Biel gets dragged behind a large delivery van in this new clip from The Tall Man. The film opens August 31.
More Dark Knight for you here in this fan made stop-motion animated short titled Dark Knight Falls.
Pics and Posters
Jeremy Renner made quite the entrance at the Sydney premiere for The Bourne Legacy by riding a motorcycle up to the curb. The film opens domestically this weekend.
Check out this cool alternate poster for ParaNorman. The film opens August 17.
Steve Carell, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and director David Frankel attended the New York premiere for Hope Springs. The film opens tomorrow.
Three new images from David Lynch's Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson have arrived online. The film opens limited August 17.
Not very smart, you are, Luke.
Images of Christopher Nolan and Tom Hardy hosting a raffle for extras during a shoot at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh earlier this year have shown up online. You can check out more pics here.
Finally, check out this fan-made comic book style poster for Drive featuring one of the more memorable sequences in the film.