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“The Dark Knight Rises” Bane dialogue reportedly improved

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It seems like Christopher Nolan‘s New Year’s resolution might have been to allow audiences to hear his main villain in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Following the release of the film’s six-minute prologue before “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and its subsequent trailer, the main complaint from viewers and critics was that it was impossible to understand Tom Hardy’s dialogue as baddie Bane. Warner Bros was said to be understandably worried, but Nolan went on to reportedly say that he had no plans to change the audio in the movie because he didn’t want to make the film-going experience easier on his audience.

The problem was that a mask covers Hardy’s face, making his dialogue muffled and difficult to understand. One critic said he “only picked up about 10 percent of what [Bane] said” during the prologue. Nolan reportedly wanted his audience to “pedal faster to keep up” in the flick, but a new report says that he might have finally caved on this whole fiasco.

A source contacted Collider to say that his friend who works at IMAX received a new soundtrack for “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue a few days ago. Instead of re-dubbing Hardy’s lines, the source said that the background noise on the plane and “other things” has been lowered, “making Bane’s dialogue clearer and more understandable.” Apparently it’s not 40 to 50 percent easier to understand Bane than when the prologue was first released. When people were asked about the new audio after they left the theater, the source said they had no issue understanding Hardy.

Collider later received an e-mail that seems to confirm the story their source tells them. The e-mail included a photo of a letter send to IMAX projectionists that says a “new DTAC soundtrack for your Dark Knight Prologue married to Mission Impossible 4 presentation” was sent to them. This all sounds like a fair compromise between Nolan and Warner Bros. It would seem to be a foolish move to release a film where the villain is nearly illegible to the audience — but not the characters onscreen — so at least now it seems like it will be easier to understand Bane without the entire process being made easier for audiences.

Have you heard the new audio for the prologue? Are you glad it’s been changed to have clearer audio? 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.

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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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