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  Christopher Nolan bids farewell to The Dark Knight
Posted by: Mike on Jul 24th, 2012 2 Comments »

In a recent interview with Christopher Nolan, he big farewell to the franchise that’s probably made him enough money to retire. (Though I doubt he will stop making films just because he has an epic pile of cash stored away.)

Here’s what he said, courtesy of ComingSoon.net:

“Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.”

“People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him.”

“I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.”

“I never thought we’d do a second – how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath.”

“We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out – a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on – destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.”

“I never thought we’d do a third – are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.”

“Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.”

“Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.”




  Transformers 2 Dominates Box Office
Posted by: Mike on Jun 29th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

It’s no secret that everyone anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to be enormous.  I even went and saw it, though I certainly didn’t like it.

The movie raked in just over $200 million it its first five days in theaters.  While that may seem like a lot of money, it isn’t the most money ever taken in during the first five days in theaters.  That record is still held by The Dark Knight.  It was close, but Batman won by just a few million dollars.

With that said, $200million is still good for the number two spot on the list of best five day openings in history, and it demolished The Proposal, which made just $18 million.

Did you see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?  What did you think?  Sound off in the comments.




  Star Trek hits $33Millon
Posted by: Mike on May 9th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

As of the last showing, at the last theater last night, reports are in the Star Trek has hit the $33million mark, already.

If it continues today and tomorrow with the same amount of revenue, we could see an $85million opening weekend. While that would be impressive, it’d only be about half of The Dark Knight’s opening weekend record.

The opening weekend record for the month of May is held by Spider-man, with $151million.




  MTV Movie Award Nominees Announced
Posted by: Christine on May 4th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

This year’s MTV Movie Awards Nominees have been announced. It may come as no surprise that tween hit Twilight is nominated for the most number of categories – seven. Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire is nominated for six, while MovieSnobs favorite The Dark Knight is only up for four.

MTV has added new categories this year, including Best Song and Best WTF Moment (featuring nominees such as the naked breakup in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

For the first time in the Movie Awards’ history, viewers can vote on the Best Movie category right up until the announcement of the winner. This is also the first year that the nominees were decided on by fans voting through MTV’s website. The show will air live on May 31st at 9pm.

For a full list of nominees, visit MTV’s official site.




  The Dark Knight Breaks a Billion
Posted by: Mike on Feb 21st, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Warner Brothers announced on Friday that The Dark Knight had surpassed the one billion dollar mark, making it only the fourth movie in cinematic history to do so.

As of Friday afternoon, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece stood at $1,001,082,160 to date, about $533 million domestically and $567 million overseas.




  Happy Birthday Christian Bale
Posted by: Mike on Jan 30th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

For those regular visitors to MovieSnobs, you know we’re huge fans of Christian Bale. And really, who isn’t?

We want to wish Christian a happy 35th birthday today.




  Dwight Schrute the new Joker?
Posted by: Mike on Jan 23rd, 2009 Leave a Comment »

This is in no way a rumor, or news, or anything.  I just happened to notice last night, while watching NBC’s “The Office” that, at one point, Dwight made  a comment in a voice that sounded a lot like Ledger’s Joker.  (I spent this morning transferring video files from my Tivo, and trying to figure out how to edit that file.  The result is below)

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And, in case you forgot what the Joker sounded like in The Dark Knight, here’s a sample of that (not sure why the video’s so tiny, but you get the idea):

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What do you think, doesn’t Dwight sound like Ledger’s Joker?




  The Dark Knight IMAX Locations
Posted by: Mike on Jan 22nd, 2009 1 Comment »

As you know, The Dark Knight is coming back to IMAX theaters tomorrow.  I know you’re all dying to find out where it’s playing.  Warner Brothers were kind enough to send out a list of IMAX theaters that will be showing TDK starting tomorrow.

UNITED STATES

Arizona

Mesa – Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre
Phoenix – AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX
Tempe – IMAX Theatre at Arizona Mills

Arkansas

Little Rock – Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre

California

Anaheim – The Movie Experience 14 at Anaheim Gardenwalk
Arcadia – AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAX
Burbank – AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX
Cathedral City – Desert IMAX Theatre
Dublin – Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAX
Emeryville – AMC Bay Street 16 & IMAX
Fresno – Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX
Irvine – Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX
Los Angeles – AMC Century City 15 & IMAX
Los Angeles – AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAX
Los Angeles – IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de lux
Monterey – Cannery Row IMAX Theatre
Ontario – Edwards Ontario Palace 22 & IMAX
Sacramento – Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAX
Sacramento – Esquire IMAX Theatre
Sacramento – Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAX
San Diego – Mira Mesa Stadium 18 & IMAX
San Jose – AMC Eastridge Mall 15 & IMAX
San Francisco – AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAX
Simi Valley – Civic Center Stadium 16 & IMAX
Stockton – Regal City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX
Torrance – AMC Del Amo 18 & IMAX

Colorado

Colorado Springs – Cinemark Carefree Circle IMAX Theatre
Denver – UA Colorado Center Stadium 9 & IMAX
Westminster – AMC Orchards of Westminster 12 & IMAX

Connecticut

Manchester – IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Buckland Hills
Norwalk – IMAX Theatre at The Maritime Aquarium

Florida

Altamonte Springs – AMC Altamonte Mall 18 & IMAX
Aventura – AMC Aventura 24 & IMAX
Fort Lauderdale – AutoNation® IMAX® Theater at Museum of Discovery
and Science
Fort Myers – Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX
Jacksonville – AMC Regency 24 & IMAX
Orange Park – AMC Orange Park 24 & IMAX
Orlando – Pointe Orlando 20 & IMAX
St. Augustine – World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre
St. Petersburg – Muvico Baywalk 20 & IMAX
Tallahassee – IMAX Theatre at the Challenger Learning Center
Tampa – AMC Veterans 24 & IMAX
Tampa – Channelside Cinemas IMAX
Tampa – IMAX Dome Theatre at MOSI
West Palm Beach – Muvico Parisian 20 & IMAX

Georgia

Augusta – Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX
Buford – Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium 20 & IMAX

Idaho

Boise – Edwards Boise Stadium 22 & IMAX

Illinois

Batavia – Randall 15 IMAX
Chicago – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
Lincolnshire – Regal Lincolnshire 20 & IMAX
Woodridge – Cinemark Seven Bridges IMAX Theatre

Indiana

Evansville – IMAX Theatre at Showplace Cinemas East 18
Indianapolis – IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis – Kerasotes ShowPlace 16 & IMAX
Noblesville – Hamilton Towne Center 16 + IMAX
Portage – Portage 16 IMAX

Iowa

Davenport – Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatre
Des Moines – Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

Kansas

Olathe – AMC Studio 30 & IMAX

Kentucky

Louisville – IMAX Cinema De Lux 20: Stonybrook

Louisiana

Harahan – AMC Elmwood Palace 20 & IMAX
New Orleans – Entergy IMAX Theatre, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Maryland

Baltimore – AMC Loews White Marsh 16 & IMAX
Columbia – AMC Columbia 14 & IMAX

Massachusetts

Boston – New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX Theatre
Natick – Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture – Natick
Reading – Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture – Reading

Michigan

Dearborn – The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre
Grand Blanc – NGC Trillium Cinema IMAX Theatre
Grand Rapids – Celebration! Cinema IMAX Theatre
Lansing – Celebration! Cinema IMAX Theatre
Sterling Heights – AMC Forum 30 & IMAX
Ypsilanti – Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor IMAX

Minnesota

Apple Valley – Great Clips IMAX Theatre

Missouri

Kansas City – AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAX
St. Louis – Wehrenberg Theatres Ronnies 20 Cine IMAX

Nevada

Las Vegas – Brenden Theatres and IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas – Regal Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAX
Las Vegas – Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX

New Hampshire

Hooksett – Cinemagic IMAX Theatre

New Jersey

Atlantic City -Tropicana Casino and Resort IMAX Theatre
Cherry Hill – AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 & IMAX
Hamilton – AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAX

New York

Albany – Regal Crossgates Mall 18 & IMAX
Deer Park – Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX
Garden City – Grumman IMAX at Cradle of Aviation
New Rochelle – Regal New Roc City 18 & IMAX
New York City – AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 & IMAX
New York City – AMC Empire 25 & IMAX
Rochester – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Tinseltown USA
West Nyack – IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center
White Plains – IMAX Theatre at City Center: Cinema De Lux 15
Williamsville – Regal Transit Center 18 & IMAX

North Carolina

Raleigh – Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum

Ohio

Springdale – IMAX Theatre at Springdale 18: Cinema De Lux
Columbus – AMC Easton Town Center 30 & IMAX

Oklahoma

Tulsa – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at the Tulsa

Oregon

Tigard – Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX

Pennsylvania

Bensalem – AMC Neshaminy 24 & IMAX
Harrisburg – Select Medical IMAX Theater at The Whitaker Center
Homestead – AMC Waterfront 22 & IMAX
King of Prussia – UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX
Philadelphia – Tuttleman IMAX Theatre at the Franklin Institute
Reading – RC Reading Movies 11 & IMAX
Tarentum – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at the Galleria Pittsburgh Mills

Rhode Island

Providence – Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX

Tennessee

Knoxville – Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX
Nashville – Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAX

Texas

Austin – The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum IMAX Theatre
Colleyville – Colleyville Cinema & Grille IMAX Theatre
Dallas – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17
Fort Worth – Fort Worth Museum Omni Theater
Houston – AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAX
Houston – Edwards Houston Marq*E 23 & IMAX
San Antonio – Santikos Palladium 18 IMAX Theatre
Sugar Land – AMC First Colony 24 & IMAX
Tomball – Santikos Silverado Station 18 IMAX

Utah

Sandy – Megaplex 17 IMAX at Jordan Commons

Virginia

Alexandria – AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAX
Chantilly – Airbus IMAX Theater at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Hampton – Riverside IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center
Virginia Beach – AMC Lynnhaven 18 & IMAX
Woodbridge – AMC Potomac Mills 18 & IMAX

Washington

Lacey – Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX
Seattle – Pacific Science Center Boeing IMAX Theatre
Spokane – Riverfront Park IMAX
Tukwila – AMC Southcenter 16 & IMAX

Washington DC

Washington DC – Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater at the National Museum of
Nat. History

Wisconsin

Fitchburg – Kerasotes Star 18 & IMAX

CANADA

Alberta

Calgary – Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Chinook IMAX Theatre
Edmonton – Cineplex Scotiabank West Edmonton Mall IMAX Theatre

British Columbia

Langley – Cineplex Colossus Langley IMAX Theatre
Richmond – Cineplex SilverCity Riverport IMAX Theatre
Vancouver – CN Theatre at Canada Place

Manitoba

Winnipeg – IMAX Theatre at Portage Place

Nova Scotia

Halifax – Empire IMAX, Bayer’s Lake

Ontario

Mississauga – Cineplex Coliseum Mississauga IMAX Theatre
Ottawa – Cineplex SilverCity Gloucester IMAX Theatre
Toronto – Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Toronto IMAX Theatre
Woodbridge – Cineplex Colossus Woodbridge IMAX Theatre

Quebec

Montreal – Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Montreal IMAX Theatre
Quebec City – IMAX le Theatre

INTERNATIONAL

Argentina

Buenos Aires – IMAX Center Norte

Australia

Melbourne – Hoyts Highpoint IMAX
Melbourne – IMAX Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Perth – Hoyts Carousel IMAX
Sydney – Hoyts Entertainment Quarter IMAX
Sydney – LG IMAX Theatre

Brazil

Sao Paolo – Unibanco IMAX Cinema

China

Hong Kong – UA MegaBox IMAX Theatre

Columbia

Bogota – IMAX Theatre Plaza de las Americas

Ecuador

Guayaquil – Fundacion Malecon 2000

Guatemala

Guatemala City – Pradera Concepcion

Korea

Goyangsi – CGV Ilsan
Seoul – CGV Wangsipni
Seoul – CGV Yongsan

Mexico

Guadalajara – Cinepolis Galerias Guadalajara IMAX Theatre
Mexico City – Cinepolis Perisur IMAX Theatre
Mexico City – Cinepolis Universidad IMAX Theatre
Monterrey – Cinepolis Galerias Valle Oriente IMAX Theatre
Toluca – Cinepolis Galerias Metepec IMAX Theatre

Netherlands

Amsterdam – Pathe Arena IMAX

Philippines

Manila – San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre

Taiwan

Taipei – Samsung IMAX Miramar Cinemas

United Kingdom

Birmingham – IMAX Theatre at Millennium Point
Bradford – IMAX National Media Museum
Glasgow – Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema
Greenwich – Odeon Greenwich IMAX
London – BFI London IMAX Cinema
Manchester – Odeon IMAX Cinema Manchester at The Printworks
Wimbledon – Odeon Wimbledon




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