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“The Dark Knight Rises” poster is great, but here are 5 other things we’re still waiting to see from the film

“The Dark Knight Rises” poster is great, but here are 5 other things we’re still waiting to see from the film (photo)

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We still have another year before the finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy hits theaters, but this week saw the release of a new teaser poster for “The Dark Knight Rises” that hints at Gotham’s future. While there’s not a lot we can glean from the new image featuring a city filled with debris and symbol of the bat looming over it all, the arrival of the new image means more news about Nolan’s much-anticipated sequel could be on the horizon.

With that in mind, here are a few things we’re hoping to see in the near future as “The Dark Knight Rises” marketing machine shifts into a higher gear.

1. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

We got an early peek at Tom Hardy as Bane a few months ago, but we have yet to see Nolan’s version of the feline-friendly character. Nolan has already managed to put his distinctive stamp on classic Batman villains like Joker and Scarecrow, so we’re dying to see what he’ll do with DC’s famous cat burglar.

2. Bane in Action

Thus far we’ve seen an over-the-shoulder view of Bane looking contemplative, but what about seeing some action from the man who famously “broke” Batman in the comic book world? The image released a while back indicates that Hardy certainly bulked up for the role, but there are still some questions about his character’s role in the final film and whether he’ll stay true to the source material and gain his strength from a dangerous drug.

3. New and Improved Bat-Stuff

Each of Nolan’s films so far has offered a slightly different version of Batman’s suit, as well as a host of new bat-themed vehicles and gadgetry. How has the Dark Knight’s look and arsenal evolved since we saw him last? Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait until the film’s toy line is revealed to get our answer.

4. New Characters with a Nolan Twist

There was a lot of hype surrounding the news that Nolan’s “Inception” actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were joining the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises” as beat cop John Blake and Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, respectively, but neither character hails from the comics world. Given that the characters are entirely new to mainstream audiences and hardcore Bat-fans alike, our first look at Nolan’s take on them is certainly going to be interesting.

5. The Return of Ra’s al Ghul

The studio confirmed that actor Josh Pence is playing a young version of Liam Neeson’s “Batman Begins” villain Ra’s al Ghul, but rumors have been circulating for a year now that Neeson could also reprise his role. In the comics world, the character had a knack for resurrection and appeared in many forms over the years, so there’s a big question mark surrounding this character heading into the next stage of promotion.

So there you have it! Sure, it’s a lot of speculation, but that’s all part of the fun at this point in the (very early) guessing game. No matter what we see, though, you can bet Nolan has a lot of surprises in store for his grand finale in the Batman universe.

What are you waiting to see from “The Dark Knight” rises? Let us know below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.