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Early screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue shows off Bane and Catwoman

Early screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue shows off Bane and Catwoman (photo)

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“The Dark Knight Rises” prologue has officially made its premiere to some lucky Los Angeles-based journalists. Christopher Nolan debuted the footage last night at Universal Hollywood’s CityWalk IMAX theater, and the response has been generally positive.

Much like the prologue released for “The Dark Knight” several years ago, this footage introduces audiences to the flick’s villain, Bane. The major complaint with the scene shown is that Tom Hardy‘s Bane is mostly unintelligible, with one writer for HitFix saying they “only picked up about 10 percent of what he said.”

Beyond that, though, the prologue is supposed to be pretty intense. The journalists were asked to keep mum on the specifics about the scene, but from what we can gather it follows Bane as he conducts a hostage situation in a plane. Comics Alliance describes it as “an astonishing aerial set piece that immediately identifies Bane as the fiendishly clever but deadly villain depicted in his earliest comic book appearances.”

The fight that ensues ends up making great usage of the IMAX screen, according to Coming Soon. “We get to see Bane and an ensuing fight that takes every advantage of the IMAX frame,” they write. “Think less ‘The Dark Knight’ and more ‘Inception’ or, even closer, an IMAX version of a James Bond film.”

At the conclusion of the footage is a series of quick shots that also were shot using an IMAX camera. Among those scenes are images of Catwoman, as well as scenes that apparently will be familiar to those who have been keeping up with the leaked set photos.

These journalists aren’t the only ones who are going to get to see the footage early. A new viral website for “The Dark Knight Rises,” called Operation Early Bird, has a list of theaters that will screen the prologue at 10pm on Tuesday, December 13.

Are you excited about seeing “The Dark Knight Rises” footage? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

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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