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“The Dark Knight Rises” set photo roundup: From Batwing to Bane

“The Dark Knight Rises” set photo roundup: From Batwing to Bane (photo)

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Is it me, or is it starting to feel like we get a new, slightly fuzzy, semi-blurry photo from the set of “The Dark Knight Rises” every day now?

While the steady stream of pics have prompted a lot of discussion around the ‘net, it’s hard to believe Christopher Nolan and the Warner Bros. crew are thrilled about all of the unofficial and occasionally unflattering images finding their way online. Even so, today we have yet another spoilery shot from the Pittsburgh set of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and it could reveal one of the new weapons in Batman’s arsenal — a very big, and possibly flight-enabled weapon.

The new photo comes courtesy of Twitter user Ross Petrocelli, who snapped a photo of “The Dark Knight Rises” filming team headed into the Wabash Tunnel with a mysterious, vehicle-size object in tow. Could it be the long-rumored Batwing? Your guess is as good as mine, but it certainly looks like how I’d imagine a Nolan-verse version of Batman’s aircraft to appear.

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Of course, the new photo of what may or may not be the Batwing is only the latest in a long string of big, “Dark Knight Rises” reveals to occur without studio sanction. Let’s take a look back at the timeline, shall we?

Just over a week ago, the flood of amateur coverage began with a series of photos and video from the Pittsburgh set of the film that included our first full-body look at Bane, Batman’s nemesis in the film. Played by Tom Hardy, Bane is seen battling Batman in the footage amidst a massive brawl filled with Gotham police and unknown assailants. The footage also included a shot of the Batmobile (a.k.a. Tumbler) sporting a new, desert-camouflage paint job.

Just a few days later, photos began trickling online featuring Anne Hathaway on the set. Appearing in both a fancy dress and what appears to be some portion of her Catwoman costume, Hathaway was seen in a number of unofficial photos before the studio decided to release their own, officially sanctioned pic of the actress as the feline-friendly burglar Selina Kyle.

While the focus of much of the buzz surrounding the Hathaway photos was Catwoman herself, it’s also worth noting that both the unofficial photos and the studio-delivered shot included a nice look at what appears to be Batman’s Batpod — the motorcycle-like vehicle that burst out of the Batmobile in “The Dark Knight.”

This week began with more “Dark Knight Rises” photos, with shots of the Pittsburgh Steelers as the re-dubbed “Gotham Rogues” and the crowd of extras gathered at Heinz Field making their way online.

Then, less than 24 hours ago, we got our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the set of the film, courtesy of some new video. The actor plays a character named John Blake, though little is know about him other than the fact that, according to the photo, he will carry a gas can at some point in the film.

At this rate, there’s a good chance that we’ll have enough images and amateur video from “The Dark Knight Rises” to assemble a feature-length, fan-made movie of our own well before Nolan’s final cut hits theaters.

You know what? Consider that a challenge, all of you savvy video editors out there. Let’s see what you can do.

What do you think of all the “Dark Knight Rises” set photos popping up online? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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