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Liam Neeson confirms “The Dark Knight Rises” scene

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Long rumored for a return role in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Liam Neeson has now confirmed his presence in Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film.

Neeson debuted as the villain Ra’s Al Ghul way back in 2005’s franchise-starting “Batman Begins,” and given the character’s immortal nature in the comics world, there’s been much speculation that his return will provide a nice book-end for Nolan’s trilogy. And though he couldn’t go into specifics regarding the role he’ll play in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Neeson told Showbiz Spy that he was indeed on set and filmed a short scene for the film.

“I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn’t tell me anything of what it’s about,” said Neeson. “So, I’m being very honest when I say I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

One thing that is for sure, though, is that if Neeson does reprise his role as Ra’s Al Ghul, he’ll be sharing the character with “The Social Network” actor Josh Pence. Tagged as “Young Ra’s Al Ghul” in the casting announcement, Pence will certainly be stepping into big shoes — though it’s not certain whether the character will be returning as an ally of Batman (as he has been from time to time in the comics), an enemy, or something else entirely.

What’s also uncertain is whether Pence will play Ra’s Al Ghul in a flashback or — if Nolan truly follows comic book lore — the outcome of Neeson’s character taking a dip in the life-giving waters of the Lazarus Pit, which keep the character immortal.

Of course, we can speculate all we want, because Neeson isn’t talking.

“I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously,” said Neeson.

What do you think of Liam Neeson returning to Christopher Nolan’s Bat-verse? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“The Dark Knight Rises” toy reveals name of Batman’s flying vehicle

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Remember that epic flying vehicle spotted in “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer that we were all oohing and ahhing about? Well, turns out it isn’t the Batwing like most fansites were saying. It’s actually called “The Bat”. And, as it was with the recent “The Amazing Spider-Man” Mega Blocks and Pez Dispenser boxes, it was toys that gave away the big reveal.

Wireless Goodness posted some filings that Hot Wheels made to the FCC recently that include plans to make a toy based on The Bat. Unfortunately, it won’t fly like it will in the movie, but the toy will be remote controlled and have wheels.

Hot Wheels also filed paperwork for three other Bat-Toys. There will be a remote controlled Tumbler, Bat-Pod motorcycle, and what Wireless Goodness describes as “a tank-like vehicle.” And for those of you nourishing dreams of driving these babies around, we have to break the sad news to you that they’re actually supposed to be relatively small in size.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is due out in theaters on July 20. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard.

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New “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D” posters put the Force that much closer to being with you

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Five new posters have been released in anticipation of the February 10 release of “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace” in 3D, and we’re liking them a hell of a lot more than we liked the first one.

Kino Gallery posted the images, which largely feature Darth Maul. Three of the five posters toy with the imagery of the lightsaber, which actually comes out looking really great.

Though some of the film’s “key characters” are back on the promotional material — we mean Anakin Skywalker, not Jar-Jar Binks fortunately — the focus of the new posters are definitely on the cooler aspects of the movie. We’re of course talking about Darth Maul, pod-racing and Qui-Gonn. And while spoiler alert none of those three live beyond the first movie, they’re still worth celebrating in poster form. And the posters really are pretty awesome.

Other than the pod-racing poster, none of these really play up what we’ll be seeing in 3D. Instead they focus on the characters, taking points from the original “Phantom Menace” posters released back in the late ’90s and updating them to promote fans’ favorite aspects of the franchise. In other words, lightsabers and the Jedi vs. Sith battle.

“The Phantom Menace” was originally released on May 18, 1999. The film was directed by George Lucas and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Jake Lloyd.

Are you going to see “Phantom Menace” when it hits theaters in 3D? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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