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Five things we didn’t see in “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer, but wanted to

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Sure, there was a lot to digest in the new trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises,” but let’s face it — there’s still a lot we haven’t seen in previews for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming conclusion to his big-screen Batman trilogy.

And while it’s all well and good to leave some elements for the movie itself and not reveal everything before the film hits theaters, there are a few items of note that seemed conspicuously absent from the trailer. When it comes time for Nolan to cut the next trailer for the film, here’s what we’re still hoping to see before “The Dark Knight Rises” explodes into theaters.

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1. The Bat

Of all the things to skimp on in the trailer, Batman himself seems like a strange option. While we got to see lots of Bruce Wayne sans Bat-suit, the latest trailer only offered a few fleeting glimpses of Batman in full cape-and-cowl mode — though he was wielding an interesting rifle in one of them.

Still, given that each film has made a few tweaks to Batman’s suit, it was frustrating not to have more evidence of what “The Dark Knight Rises” will add to Batman’s costume. Mr. Nolan, bring us the Bat.


2. Bane’s Bane

Sure, we’ve seen that Nolan’s take on Bane will have him wearing something akin to the character’s iconic mask, but we haven’t seen any evidence that the character will also share his comic-book counterpart’s affection for the chemical compound known “Venom.” In the character’s comics history, Bane used the powerful drug to give him enhanced strength and durability, which he eventually used to “break” Batman over his knee. His reliance on the drug proved to be both an asset and a liability, as he became dangerously addicted over the source of his criminal career.

Thus far, we’ve seen little evidence of any Venom in Bane’s life, though there’s a chance he might have alluded to this at some point in the trailer or “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue at some point — we’re still trying to decipher what he said in that footage. (More on that in a bit.)


3. The Bat Family?

Right around the 1:50 mark in the trailer, there’s a shot of two camouflage-colored versions of the Batmobile escorting what we know to be the movie’s version of the Batwing. So, who’s driving?

In the comics world, we’ve seen everyone from Robin to Alfred commandeer Batman’s rides at one point or another, but we haven’t seen his supporting cast take such a role in Nolan’s films yet. Could “The Dark Knight Rises” also serve as an introduction for Robin or one of the other costumed characters that make up what’s come to be known as “The Batman Family”? We’re willing to bet that Robin is still off the table when it comes to the Nolan-verse, but maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt will get in on the action in his role?


4. Catwoman’s Catsuit

We’ve seen still images of Anne Hathaway decked out as the burglar Catwoman, but so far we haven’t seen any action shots of Selina Kyle in full feline-friendly form, thieving from Gotham’s wealthy elite.

It’s a little surprising that the new trailer didn’t seem to offer any indication of her costumed alter ego, and could potentially mean a smaller role for Hathaway’s character than we were anticipating. Will we get to see the Cat strut her stuff, or will we spend most of the film reminding ourselves that Selina Kyle is Catwoman? Only time will tell, because the new trailer certainly doesn’t give up any hints.


5. Subtitles?

Okay, so I’m not actually arguing for subtitles to be added to the film, but here’s hoping Nolan can make a few tweaks to the sound in order to make Bane’s voice a little more coherent. I know I wasn’t the only person who had trouble understanding Hardy’s dialogue, which sounded more like a drive-thru intercom than the intimidating force of nature that Bane is intended to be.

We know Hardy is a great choice for Bane on a number of levels, so here’s hoping some audio troubles don’t detract from what we’re expecting to be an amazing performance.

What would you like to see in the next “The Dark night Rises” trailer? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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