New Image Of Bane On-Set from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

A new image of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ villain, Bane has hit the net! The big man, who isn’t too keen on Batman, is being played by Tom Hardy (Inception, Bronson), and new images of him on-set and in his costume in Pittsburgh have been released. Check out the one I thought to be the best glimpse, below:

So, what do you reckon? Intimidating or what? You wouldn’t wanna cross this guy in a dark alley. Tom Hardy, who became especially popular after his portrayal of the character Eames in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 hit Inception, has reportedly gained 30lbs in weight in order to play the venom-filled beast who is apparently set to deal big damage to the Dark Knight in the upcoming third and final Batman installment from Christopher Nolan (who just turned 41 yesterday, if you didn’t know). Shooting is currently taking place in Pittsburgh, with numerous images and videos being caught, including this video of a few Tumblers getting ready for action:

Looks awesome, don’t you think? There appears to be three Tumblers, each with a slight difference to them. Has Bane managed to get his hands on them? Or is Batman just calling on ol’ pal Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) to get behind the wheel again? Or is there a totally different explanation?

Numerous others have been seen on set, too, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Blake and Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprise Board Member and possible love interest to Bruce Wayne, Miranda Tate. Much more will be heading our way soon, so keep an eye out for constant updates.

The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit cinema screens on 20th July, 2012…less than a year away!

By Manpreet Singh


The Dark Knight Rises Update: Bane Image Leaked

The upcoming sure-to-be-smash-hit of 2011, The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan, is currently in the process of filming. But for those of us such as myself, who cannot wait for this movie, a little present is in store, to keep the anticipation and excitement flowing.

An image of the character, Bane (Tom Hardy, Inception) has been leaked online. Bane also featured in one of the previous pre-Nolan Batman flicks, Batman & Robin, which we all know was an utter failure. Many believe that The Dark Knight Rises will fail to live up to expectations in comparison to its outstanding predecessor, The Dark Knight, but I simply beg to differ; Nolan, is an amazing director and producer, and I know he has big things in store for us – and this little image is merely a miniscule crumb of the delicious pie that is to come…

The Dark Knight Rises hits cinemas on 20th July, 2012.

By Manpreet Singh

The Dark Knight Rises – Plot Leaked?

You read it, the latest is that the plot details for the upcoming blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises, have been leaked. Fan site ‘Batman-On-Film‘, has reported that the storyline will entail Batman’s battle against The League of Shadows, controlled by Talia al Ghul. The League of Shadows was also involved in the events of Batman Begins, run by Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson).

Villain, Talia al Ghul, is supposedly known to have links with muscle-monster Bane, who will be played by Tom Hardy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) will be a member of The League, while Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), although a villain, will join forces with the Dark Knight towards the end of the movie, and battle it out with the League of Shadows.

Although the website insists that these reports are accurate, with comments from site viewers agreeing with this information, many are still skeptical. I know I am. But who knows? Either way, I’d like more proof on this before I accept any of the above information. And if true, who knows, perhaps Ra’s al Ghul will return from the dead, as he says in Batman Begins, “But is Ra’s al Ghul immortal?’. Not to mention that the character lived for centuries in the comic book stories, never known to have actually died. I think it would be nice to see Neeson return as Ra’s, but for now, I think we should further speculate on the events which may occur in The Dark Knight Rises, until we receive some more reliable information.

By Manpreet Singh

The Dark Knight Rises Update: Marion Cotillard Joins The Cast?

Actress Marion Cotillard — People aux défilés ...

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The latest news is that French actress Marion Cotillard, has joined the cast for the upcoming Bat-flick, The Dark Knight Rises. Cotillard, who played Mal, in blockbuster, Inception, is reported to have joined the cast, although there is no news as of yet as to what her role will be in the highly anticipated movie.

Cotillard will be joining Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, both of whom also starred in Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, who will also be directing TDKR. So, another cast member of Inception is brought into TDKR. I feel that this cast is definitely an interesting selection, and I have a good feeling that the movie will turn out to be an amazingly brilliant one, just like its predecessor, The Dark Knight Rises (for those of you who don’t know; although, if you didn’t know that, there is no hope for you).

This lovely bunch will be working alongside Anne Hathaway, who will be playing Catwoman. The Dark Knight Rises, will begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles, and is set to hit the big screens on 20th July, 2012. This will be a movie not to be missed. Guaranteed.

By Manpreet Singh

And Finally, What We’ve All Been Waiting For…Number One.

Inception, one of the biggest films of 2010, and considered the best of 2010 by many, including us here at iHartMovies. And I’m pretty sure a fair few of you knew which movie would be number one because admit it, it definitely deserves the number one spot. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) once again displays his amazing talent as a director, bringing to life the concept of Inception, which involves the implantation of ideas into a desired individual’s mind, through their dreams, with the help of a nifty-looking briefcase-bound device.

Leonardo DiCaprio once again pushes his brilliant acting abilities to the limit, playing Dom Cobb, a highly skilled thief when it comes to invading people’s dreams to steal ideas from their sub-conscious. However, this art has made him a fugitive in this dangerous new form of espionage, and so has cost him his life he once lived, and everyone he ever loved. However, Cobb has been thrown one last life-line. An offer is made for him to be returned to his family and his old life, but one final mission must be accomplished, which at first, was considered an impossible one…Inception. Instead of stealing ideas, Cobb is assigned to delve into the dream of an individual and instead, plant an idea, and the story continues from here, only getting better and more amazing.

Right from the beginning, the whole script and acting is brilliant. The addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, 3rd Rock From The Sun), who plays Arthur, was a very well-played and convincing character, and who I thought to be, one of the best performances in the movie, along with DiCaprio; and you can clearly see how well his acting abilities have developed over the years, compared to when he was in ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ all those years ago.

Ellen Page (Juno) also displays an impressive performance as Ariadne, a college graduate, whom Cobb approached for help in creating the structure and designs of the dream worlds. Although incredibly dangerous, Ariadne’s curiosity and high level of intelligence soon causes her to become a permanent member of the team. I found the way in which they went about recruiting Ariadne interesting, as at the same time, it explains the concept of entering dreams, how one would go about it, and a range of other interesting and important bits of information which relate to the movie as a whole. There are also a range of other impressive performances from actors, including Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Dileep Rao, all of whom play important and interesting roles.

As the movie continues, the storyline deepens, with interesting sub-plots which soon merge into one, main, brilliant storyline. Every bit of the movie is just simply brilliant, relevant and thoroughly interesting. In fact, at one point when watching this at the cinema, I was so drawn into the film that my friend thought I was asleep and smacked my leg, telling me to wake up…ironic.

The great storyline works in a weird and wonderful way, starting off quite confusing, but making complete sense at the end of the movie, that is, if you have paid attention throughout the movie, which I found to be vital. Some people have interpreted this movie as confusing and weird, with all of the ‘levels’ of dreams, and the other dream-related concepts being a mess (without mentioning them, as I don’t want to give too many details of such an amazing movie away). All I can say to this is, if you listen and pay attention throughout the movie, you shouldn’t have any problems. Although being clever does help…but seriously, this film is quite ‘outside the box’, and as a result, does require a lot of thinking outside the box, and accepting the concept of Inception.

One thing you can’t say about many movies, is that the musical score was amazing. However, in this movie, the musical score was amazing. Excluding obvious films, such as Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, and The Dark Knight, I never thought the musical score of a movie would be of any significance. But for Inception, even from the trailer alone, I loved the musical score. It’s the best way to describe it. And this is thanks to composer, Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Batman Begins), who brought much of the movie to life, with the incredible musical score throughout the whole movie, particularly with the BRMM! all know what I’m on about.

To sum up, this movie is brilliant, and definitely the movie highlight of 2010 in my opinion. It is such a simple and original idea, invading dreams, turned into a brilliant and complexly made concept, lasting just over 140 minutes, and to be honest, I really wouldn’t have minded if it lasted longer..although if it were a dream I’m sure it would seem much shorter than that…

From beginning to end, it is just great, and is one of those rare movies which makes you re-evaluate your thoughts on what you think and know – in this case, on the concept of reality. And for all of these reasons, and probably many more, we at iHartMovies, have decided to place Inception as our Number One in the Top Ten of 2010.


By Manpreet Singh

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