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New “The Dark Knight Rises” images show Bane, Batman and Commissioner Gordon in action

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As “The Dark Knight Rises” is the cover story of this week’s Entertainment Weekly, it comes as no surprise that the magazine has released several new photos to promote the upcoming movie.

One of the more provocative images features Bruce standing in front of the Bat-suit, giving us a glimpse of what is most likely the new bat-cave.

The images include a nice close-up shot of Bane alone, possibly from the same scene from the trailer when he’s giving permission to someone off-screen (who is probably Batman) to die once Gotham is ashes.

Rounding out the major players in the war for Gotham, we get the Dark Knight with the cityscape behind him and Commissioner Gordon looking absolutely terrified.

And finally a close-up of Bane and Batman fighting up close and personal, giving us an official look at what was taking place in those fan shot set photos back in November.

But where are the rest of the characters? Sure, it could be argued that the reason the majority of the photos officially released only show these three characters (but mostly just Bane and Batman) is because the focus of the movie is on them. But you can’t just go and cast Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a police officer and Marion Cotillard as a Wayne Enterprises employee (or maybe more) without giving us anything more than brief glimpses in trailers and fan-posted pictures! Well, Christopher Nolan can, but it’s still incredibly frustrating.

The release of “The Dark Knight Rises” is seven months away (July 20) so there’s still plenty of time for more promotion of the film. And, to be honest, we like that there’s some mystery surrounding the movie still intact. But it sort of feels like we’ve been seeing the same photos over and over again, and we’d like something new to get excited over in the flick. Even if it’s just a shot of a regular like Alfred or Lucius Fox.

In his interview with EW, Nolan addressed the confusion over Tom Hardy‘s voice. As Bane, he was reportedly illegible during the six-minute prologue that was released, though a new rumor says that Warner Bros has set that straight.

“I think when people see the film, things will come into focus,” Nolan said. “Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him.”

Do you want to see some new “The Dark Knight Rises” images as well, or are you okay with these? 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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