Early screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue shows off Bane and Catwoman

Early screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue shows off Bane and Catwoman (photo)

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“The Dark Knight Rises” prologue has officially made its premiere to some lucky Los Angeles-based journalists. Christopher Nolan debuted the footage last night at Universal Hollywood’s CityWalk IMAX theater, and the response has been generally positive.

Much like the prologue released for “The Dark Knight” several years ago, this footage introduces audiences to the flick’s villain, Bane. The major complaint with the scene shown is that Tom Hardy‘s Bane is mostly unintelligible, with one writer for HitFix saying they “only picked up about 10 percent of what he said.”

Beyond that, though, the prologue is supposed to be pretty intense. The journalists were asked to keep mum on the specifics about the scene, but from what we can gather it follows Bane as he conducts a hostage situation in a plane. Comics Alliance describes it as “an astonishing aerial set piece that immediately identifies Bane as the fiendishly clever but deadly villain depicted in his earliest comic book appearances.”

The fight that ensues ends up making great usage of the IMAX screen, according to Coming Soon. “We get to see Bane and an ensuing fight that takes every advantage of the IMAX frame,” they write. “Think less ‘The Dark Knight’ and more ‘Inception’ or, even closer, an IMAX version of a James Bond film.”

At the conclusion of the footage is a series of quick shots that also were shot using an IMAX camera. Among those scenes are images of Catwoman, as well as scenes that apparently will be familiar to those who have been keeping up with the leaked set photos.

These journalists aren’t the only ones who are going to get to see the footage early. A new viral website for “The Dark Knight Rises,” called Operation Early Bird, has a list of theaters that will screen the prologue at 10pm on Tuesday, December 13.

Are you excited about seeing “The Dark Knight Rises” footage? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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