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Anne Hathaway talks “The Dark Knight Rises,” Nolan’s Gotham City and Catwoman’s costume


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Ever since the new trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” premiered and had a depressingly small amount of screen time for Anne Hathaway‘s Selina Kyle, we’ve been in need of a good Catwoman fix. Fortunately, The Los Angeles Times is here to deliver. In a story set to run in Sunday’s newspaper, Anne Hathaway offers a spoilery look into her take on the franchise.

“What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version,” Hathaway said in reference to other incarnations of the character. “It doesn’t affect me because each Catwoman – and this is true in the comics as well – she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her. Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton’s Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West’s Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is.”

Bottom line: screw the haters! Hathaway said she did a lot of research for the role after she got cast and is glad that the Catwoman/Batman story has come a long way from their initial meeting (Bruce Wayne’s words to Selina Kyle: “Careful, claws in or papa spank”). Hathaway spent a lot of time watching videos of Hedy Lamarr, the actress credited with being the inspiration for Catwoman, and said that she really started focusing on her breathing after watching some of Lamarr’s old films.

But what Hathaway likes best about Christopher Nolan‘s Batman universe is that everything has its place. For instance, instead of having non-functional fake cat ears to establish her as Catwoman, Hathaway’s costume includes a set of goggles (seen in the first picture released of her from the set) that, when flipped up, resemble feline ears. She also has a set of claws on her in the form of serrated stiletto heels. There’s nothing like form meeting functionality.

“I love the costume,” Hathaway said in the interview. “I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”

At the end of the day, Hathaway said she credits Nolan for putting together an impressive final chapter of his Batman saga.

“Gotham City is full of grace,” she said. “You look at Heath’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview. Chris has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it’s just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character’s skin.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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