Poof! Magic!

02Jul08

If I can momentarily direct your attention to the top of the blog … New banner! Yup, another one. And plenty more where that came from!

I FINALLY got the Domino’s Dark Knight Vault to work for me, w00t! So … (semi-crappy) screen shots, hooray! Screen shots all around!

I really liked this trailer—and not just because it was extended and thus had even more TDK goodness packed into it. Each trailer has had a somewhat different feel, as have some of the tv spots (yeah, I know). This trailer has a more somber touch to it, I think, as it delves more into Batman’s psychology and his relationship with the Joker. The last trailer had a very anarchic feel about it and was just BAM! On another note, I think the music flows really well in this one (the soundtrack is going to kick major ass).

There’s a new interview with Gary Oldman over at Batman-On-Film. I love that man, he’s awesome. In the interview he says that he’s willing to do a third one and he’s pretty sure there will indeed be one. Yes! Not only am I excited for this movie, but I’m excited to see how it ends—how it’s left open for the third (and final) Nolan-Batman film.

Oldman also says something really sweet about Heath.

… But you know, in between takes, he’d sit on the curb, smoke a cigarette, laugh, and talk about his daughter. I just thought he was a beautiful, beautiful kid. I had the real affection for him. Charismatic — you need a whole new word for Heath.

I received an email from MovieTickets.com today with some more exciting Dark Knight data.

“Dark Knight” Hits 100

MovieTickets.com is reporting that, 16 days prior to its release, over 100 “Dark Knight” performances are already sold out for opening weekend.

Next Up: “Dark Knight”

According to MovieTickets.com, 1 in 4 Under-25 moviegoers polled June 24-29 tab “Dark Knight” as the next movie they expect to see in theaters.

“Knight” Falls on IMAX

Interestingly, almost half of total tickets sold for “Dark Knight” are for IMAX performances, according to MovieTickets.com.

Batman-On-Film has yet another TDK giveaway in which you can win some awesome swag! I don’t feel like posting the answers or anything at the moment, so you can just get your own lazy butt over to the site to check out the details. 😉 The entry questions aren’t hard, either—just hop over to IMDB.com if you don’t know the answers.

IESB.net also has a very similar contest, and they both end July 21. So go check it out!

And speaking of IESB.net, the site has a bunch of video interviews with director Christopher Nolan and stars of The Dark Knight like Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Nestor Carbonell (who portrays the Mayor of Gotham in the movie), and Anthony Michael Hall (who plays Gotham Cable News reporter Mike Engel). Watch at your own risk, of course.

There’s an article by Variety that discusses the balance of the movie. Not really anything new, though. And there’s an interesting blog post over here about the possibility of Robin in the third Nolan film that I kind of agree with. I’ve said in a prior post or two that I’d like to see Nolan play around with the idea of bringing in Robin or Batgirl, or at least doing something that would build up to Batman having either one as a partner.

Also, /Film has an article called “10 Reasons Why I Loved The Dark Knight.” Really? Only ten? The article is completely spoiler-free, my friends, but it gets you even more psyched up for this film. Like this part:

You will believe that a hero becomes the villain. And you might also be shocked at how long the two-face character appears on screen. It’s not just a tease – you will get everything! His computer generated make-up is so gruesome and realistic looking, that I’m shocked the film was able to get a PG-13 rating.

Awesome! The article also mentions the sequences shot with Imax cameras, saying they work brilliantly in this movie. And now I REALLY want to see it in Imax. I won’t be the first time I go (aww), but hopefully a second time I will. What can I say? It’s not like there’s one just down the road. Yeesh, give me a break. ;D

And hey, you know how I said I was wondering about how the ending would leave things open for the next film? Things are lookin’ good.

There is more than one casualty, and it doesn’t exactly end on a high note. Fans will eat the ending up. After sitting in the theater for two and a half hours, it will leave you wanting more.

CNN.com has a good article on Ledger’s performance—which many are saying may not only get him a posthumous Oscar nomination, but as Oldman put it with perfect, blatant simplicity, “he may even win the damn thing.”

As we’ve come closer to the release date, a lot of reviews for The Dark Knight have been popping up. I’ve been trying to stay away from them, but glimpses of them around the internet all tell me they agree on at least two things: The Dark Knight is mind-blowing and so is Heath Ledger.

“He was better than I thought he was going to be,” said Bill Ramey, founder of the fan Web site Batman-on-Film.com, who caught an advance press screening. “I think he legitimately would deserve an Oscar nomination, not just out of sympathy to his passing, but because he was just fantastic in the movie. … It’s right up there with Hannibal Lecter,” which earned Anthony Hopkins an Oscar for “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Some—like Gary Oldman—are hopeful that he will nail the Oscar win; others are facing a harsher reality despite their own feelings of praise:

“The fact that only one actor has ever won an Oscar from the grave tells us that in general at the Oscars, the feeling is when you’re dead, you’re dead,” said Tom O’Neil, a columnist for TheEnvelope.com, an awards Web site. “Maybe the point is that the Oscars are all about hugs. Nobody wants to hug a dead guy.”

I guess we’ll just have to find out (and see) for ourselves when the time comes.

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One Response to “Poof! Magic!”

  1. 1 John

    I skimmed this with my fingers covering one of my eyes. You write this stuff so well and I’m supposed to be on media blackout. At least I’ll have a wealth of stuff to read after I’ve seen it!

    I love the new banner. Love love love it. You’re on a roll. And I’ve got a Joker, too, so we’re Banner Twins. At least until you change yours again.

    Oh, man. It’s so close. How did it get so close?

    I’m livin’ for it. 🙂


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