“The Dark Knight Rises” hits Newark, NJ

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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.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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“The Dark Knight Rises” new trailer rumored to debut before “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows”

“The Dark Knight Rises” new trailer rumored to debut before “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows” (photo)

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It’s been over three months since fans last received an official look at “The Dark Knight Rises.” The two-minute-long teaser offered a taste of what’s to come in the upcoming threequel, but it also left us yearning for more. Fortunately the rumor mill is saying that a new trailer will premiere in the not-so-distant future.

Batman on Film is reporting that this new trailer will be attached to the upcoming release of “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows,” which hits theaters December 16. It’s not confirmed by Warner Bros, but it is believable. Director Christopher Nolan has a good relationship with the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise, as the first “Inception” trailer premiered with the release of “Sherlock Holmes” two years ago. With “The Dark Knight Rises” due out on July 20, it’s not too much of a stretch to think that a full-length teaser will hit theaters in late December.

Of course, fans willing to shell out a little extra cash already have a big “The Dark Knight Rises” premiere on the horizon. A six-minute-long prologue will premiere before IMAX screenings of “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” (but only in theaters showing the 70mm resolution version). It’s unclear what that footage contains, but it will likely feature a look at “The Dark Knight Rises'” villains in action like the “The Dark Knight” prologue did. Coincidentally, “Ghost Protocol” also hits IMAX theaters on December 16.

Are you going to go watch the prologue before “Ghost Protocol” or the trailer before “Game of Shadows” to get your “The Dark Knight Rises” fix? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Terrence Malick shooting two new films back-to-back in 2012

Terrence Malick shooting two new films back-to-back in 2012 (photo)

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Terrence Malick has been replaced by a pod person.

Okay, so technically I don’t have any proof that the director of “Days of Heaven” and “The Tree of Life” has been kidnapped, imprisoned, and replaced by an exact alien duplicate (viva the journalistic standards of blogs!). But how else do you explain this weird and completely uncharacteristic explosion of productivity? “Tree of Life” this year, a still-untitled feature with Ben Affleck next year, and now two more productions that were announced yesterday in a press release. They’re called “Lawless” and “Knight of Cups” and both star Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett with a big-time co-starring assist from Ryan Gosling on “Lawless.” From the press release:

FilmNation Entertainment is continuing their relationship with acclaimed director Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line”) and handling international sales and distribution on his next two films. “LAWLESS” will star Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “The Ides of March”) and boasts a supporting cast that includes Academy Award Winners Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight,” “The Flowers of War”), Cate Blanchett (“The Hobbit,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) plus Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”) and Haley Bennett (“Marley & Me,” “The Haunting of Molly Hartley”).

The second film, “KNIGHT OF CUPS,” will star Christian Bale with a supporting cast including Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas (“Immortals,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”). Both films are currently in pre-production and will shoot back-to-back in 2012.

According to The Playlist, “Lawless” is the project that Malick and Bale were seen shooting at the Austin City Limits festival earlier this year. But as you see there at the bottom both films will shoot “back-to-back” next year. Malick’s going all “Matrix” sequels on us! Crazy.

Speaking of Malick movies, The L.A. Times also has a few more details on that still mysterious Affleck-Malick collaboration that’s already shot and is currently being edited. Though they note that these things can change, as Malick’s films often look vastly different than the screenplays they’re based on, here’s how the Times describes the plot:

“Basically, it concerns a philanderer (Affleck) who, feeling at loose ends, travels to Paris, where he enters a hot-and-heavy affair with a European woman (Olga Kurylenko). Said Lothario returns home to Oklahoma, where he marries the European woman (in part for visa reasons). When the relationship founders, he rekindles a romance with a hometown girl (Rachel McAdams) with whom he’s had a long history.

Something something, dinosaurs. The end.

I kid because I love. I wasn’t crazy about “The Tree of Life,” but I am crazy about the idea of all these new movies from the suddenly prolific Terrence Malick. Whoever he really is.

Are you excited by all the Terrence Malick productivity? Or do you prefer the one-movie-every-eight-years version? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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