“The Dark Knight Rises” hits Newark, NJ

“The Dark Knight Rises” hits Newark, NJ (photo)

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“The Dark Knight Rises” is truly an international concern for writer/director Christopher Nolan, as the production has already filmed in Jodhpur, India, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, with additional plans to touch down in both London and Glasgow. This week, however, one of next year’s most anticipated films touched down in the Garden State for a two-day shoot in Newark.


Coming via a Patch site dedicated to Maplewood, New Jersey (a township outside Newark) was a complete rundown of the Jersey portion of the production, which overtakes the city’s downtown area through today. While the signs of the production are clearly visible from outside, apparently all of the actual filming is taking place inside.


What is normally Newark’s city center has been transformed into a makeshift Gotham “infirmary and ghetto, with cots lining the hallways and people dressed as vagrants, starting fires and wielding machine guns.” Both Morgan Freeman and Marion Cotillard were also spotted on set, but there was no sign of the more “super” “Dark Knight Rises” castmembers like Christian Bale, Tom Hardy or Anne Hathaway.


Inside Newark City Hall, visitors were given letters that alerted them to the presence of both fire and noise, “including simulated explosions and gun shots,” which sounds about par for the course for a Batman movie. Filming continues today at 1100 Raymond Boulevard, and will include 100 actors dressed as police, as well as SWAT and emergency vehicles between the hours of 1pm and 4pm.

Do you think Newark is a good stand-in for Gotham City in “The Dark Knight Rises”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.


Lorne Visits the Cat Ranch

Lorne Michaels Finally Talks to Marc Maron on WTF

Maron returns to IFC in 2016.

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A historic summit of comedic minds has finally happened in the Cat Ranch — Lorne Michaels sat down for an interview on Marc Maron‘s WTF Podcast. And you can listen to it here.


20 years ago, Marc had a meeting with Lorne about possibly taking over Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. But then Marc never got a a callback—and his brief meeting with the SNL guru has haunted him ever since. This week on his WTF podcast, Marc finally got closure. As Marc wrote on his website, “In the history of WTF, Lorne Michaels is talked about more than any other person. Now he is finally a guest.”

In addition to discussing why Marc wasn’t ready to join the Not Ready for Primetime Players, the episode’s wide-ranging conversation also covers the reason Michaels started the show back in 1975 and what keeps him doing it each and every season.

Listen to WTF on iTunes or download from the WTF podcast website. And be sure to check IFC.com for more updates on Marc and season 4 of his comedy series Maron, which returns to IFC spring 2016.


Stephen's Lavish Life

Stephen Merchant Has Big Real Estate Dreams on This Week’s Comedy Bang! Bang!

Comedy Bang! Bang! is all-new Thursday at 11P with guest Stephan Merchant.

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Stephen Merchant says “Hello Ladies” on this week’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, dropping by to tell Scott all about the lavish lifestyle that comes with having cocreated The Office.

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The British actor and comedian sits down with Scott and Cudi to talk about his many homes and what he has in common with Elton John. Learn all about how Stephen rolls Thursday at 11p PT/ET after an all-new Benders and an encore of this week’s skate-tastic Gigi Does It.

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Carrie Goes Folk

Carrie Brownstein Debuted Her New Somber Folk Song on Colbert

Hear Carrie's new sound.

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Carrie Brownstein stopped by The Late Show last night to talk to Stephen Colbert about Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney and, of course, her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, which is in stores now.

While she was waiting in the show’s green room, she announced her new career path as an interpreter of traditional English folk ballads.

After her very somber performance, Carrie sat down with Colbert to discuss whether or not she is “cool.” Oh, Carrie. If you’re not cool, there is zero hope for the rest of us.


David Cross Gets Busted

David Cross Fights For Your Rights in With Bob and David Sketch

Todd Margaret returns January 7th, 2016 at 10P.

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If you’re a fan of Todd Margaret star David Cross, then you know he isn’t afraid to stand up for the every day American’s rights. And in the latest sneak peek of  W/Bob and David, the Netflix series that reunites him with Bob Odenkirk, Cross plays a Constitutional rights enthusiast who does his part to document police abuse for his YouTube followers.

Key and Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key plays a cop in the sketch based on the very real internut subculture of “Know Your Rights” videos.

For more David, be sure to catch the return of Todd Margaret on January 7th, 2016 at 10P. Todd is back and very, very different.

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