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“The Dark Knight Rises” soundtrack released online

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Based on the way Warner Bros. has been doling out snippets of “The Dark Knight Rises” score, we knew it was only a matter of time before the movie’s entire soundtrack made its way online. Well, that time is now, thanks to the folks over at Empire.

As part of the magazine’s “The Dark Knight Rises” countdown, they got their hands on all 15 tracks from Hans Zimmer‘s score. The soundtrack is available starting July 17 and “The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t come out until July 20, so this is a good way to get yourself hyped over the next week and a half.

Here’s our favorite track of the bunch for good measure.

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Zimmer previously promised that this was going to be the best score in Nolan’s trilogy.

“Before Chris [Nolan] started shooting, I had an idea. I went to the Warner [Bros.’] music department and I said, ‘Have I earned the right yet to book the biggest, craziest orchestra for two days, and try this experiment for ‘Dark Knight?’ And if it goes wrong, if I don’t like it or if Chris doesn’t like it, we can just pretend these two days never happened,” he told Hero Complex back in February. “Basically it worked out, and snippets of it are starting to appear in the trailer. And really I have 25 minutes of very, very radical, very different stuff.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman. It’s coming to theaters and IMAX on July 20.

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader as Blue Jean Committee

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader made a smooth video for Hall & Oates.

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Kings of the “Yacht Rock” genre Daryl Hall and John Oates are kicking off a slew of tour dates this summer in an effort to raise the nation’s median concertgoer age by at least 30 years. And to announce their soon-to-be onslaught of blue-eyed soul jams, Hall & Oates have enlisted fellow “Mavens of Mellow” the Blue Jean Committee from IFC’s Documentary Now!. Reprising their laid back musical personas, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen reflected on the history between the two groups in a new video announcing the tour.

“What do you think of when you think of the Seventies? When you think of beautiful harmonies, you think of a duo who sing together to make hit songs. You think of the Blue Jean Committee and that’s who we are,” Armisen remarks. Hader continues, “Who you think of fifth, or maybe eighth, is Daryl Hall and John Oates. You know who used to open for us? Who we used to kick around? Daryl Hall and John Oates!” Strong words. Strong, smooth words.

Be sure to catch Hall & Oates on tour and check back for updates on Documentary Now! season two coming later this year.  For more Bill and Fred, check out the complete Documentary Now! archive, listen to music from the show, and watch full episodes right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is heavily influenced by Charles Dickens

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If you’d been thinking that the Occupy Wall Street protests and other issues going on in the United States initially influenced all of the social and political strife that’s featured in “The Dark Knight Rises,” you’d be wrong. Instead, screenwriters Jonathan and Christopher Nolan drew their inspiration from a certain classic work of literature.

In a new interview with ComingSoon.net, the Nolan brothers admitted that much of “The Dark Knight Rises” was influenced by Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” Jonathan felt that the dark, harrowing times presented in that novel were a mandatory setting for their final Batman film.

“Chris and David started developing the story in 2008 right after the second film came out. Before the recession. Before Occupy Wall Street or any of that. Rather than being influenced by that, I was looking to old good books and good movies,” Jonathan explained. “What I always felt like we needed to do in a third film was, for lack of a better term, go there.”

He continued, “All of these films have threatened to turn Gotham inside out and to collapse it on itself. None of them have actually achieved that until this film. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ was, to me, one of the most harrowing portrait of a relatable, recognizable civilization that completely folded to pieces with the terrors in Paris in France in that period. It’s hard to imagine that things can go that badly wrong.”

What that resulted in was a 400-page first draft of “The Dark Knight Rises’s” screenplay that Jonathan presented to his brother, writer/director/producer Christopher Nolan. It turns out that Nolan wasn’t as up on his Dickens as he thought he was when he started reading the script.

“I read the script and was a little baffled by a few things and realized that I’d never read ‘A Tale of Two Cities,’” Nolan said. “It was just one of those things that I thought I had done. Then I got it, read it and absolutely loved it and got completely what he was talking about… When I did my draft on the script, it was all about ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.”

It will be interesting to see just how close the comparisons actually are when “The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters on July 20.

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“The Dark Knight Rises” reveals three new posters

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After years of hype, it’s hard to believe that we’re only days away from the release of “The Dark Knight Rises.” As the movie’s July 20 release date ticks closer and closer, Warner Bros. continues to send out little teases of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie to make sure we stay interested. Well, they’ve been doing a great job.

The latest examples are three very different posters for the film that all look equally awesome. We have /Film to thank for rounding them all up from sites like First Showing , SuperHeroHype and Screen Crush. The above image is our favorite: a previously released viral image that Warner Bros. stuck a block of information on and called a UK quad. Hopefully Tom Hardy’s Bane ends up being as cool as all the marketing for him is.

The IMAX poster doesn’t bode well for a happy Gotham. Batman stands against a burning Gotham City with an empty patch of clouds in the shape of a bat symbol pouring light on it from above. We already know that Batman is Gotham’s last hope, but is the angelic imagery intentional?

We’ll let the second Bane poster, “Rise,” speak for itself. Seriously, someone needs to award the “Dark Knight” marketing team an Oscar or something.

Directed by Nolan, “The Dark Knight Rises” stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Morgan Freeman. It’s due in theaters on July 20.

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