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The Dark Knight Shines Bright at World Premiere

Chin Han, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Christian Bale by Dimitrios Kambouris/ WireImage.com

Rolling out the red black carpet on Monday night, New York City truly became Gotham as the stars of this summer's most talked-about movie, The Dark Knight, stepped out at the film's world premiere. Nearly all in attendance were dressed in the same somber tones of the carpet (presumably as a tribute to the late Heath Ledger, whose portrayal of the Joker is the film's biggest buzz-drawer), but there was still plenty of excitement in the air. While Ledger was on the minds and tongues of many, the stars also chose to use the evening to celebrate the film, which has had those lucky enough to screen it early (myself included) gushing for the past couple of weeks.Michael Caine, who reprises his role as Bruce Wayne's loyal butler Alfred, said the film has an "extraordinary intelligence at work," referring to cowriter/director Christopher Nolan and his epic vision for the sequel to the franchise rebooting Batman Begins. "It's not like the usual cartoon or big blockbuster," Caine said. "All o... read more

Now You See It, Now You Don't: Bad Mojo in The Prestige

Send your movie questions to FlickChickThe Illusionist and The Prestige Two Hollywood movies about turn-ofthe-century magicians in one year howd that happen Not that its unusual for competing projects about the same or similar subject matters to go into development but rarely do both stay the course A star drops out financing dries up someone blinks and then theres only one film left This weeks DVD Tuesday pick is The Prestige which isnt to say The Illusionist is a bad movie in fact they make a great double bill But The Prestige has a bracing mean streak that warmed the cockles of my dark dark heart Impoverished cockney Alfred Borden Christian Bale and well-born American Robert Angier Hugh Jackman he uses a pseudonym so as not to embarrass his family once worked together under the tutelage of Harry Cutter Michael Caine a renowned ingeneur or a guy who devises and builds mechanical illusions Both are talented but in completely read more

King Kong Unleashes a Beast of a DVD

Andy Serkis gave life to King Kong.

When the visual-effects team for King Kong took to the stage to accept their Oscar earlier this month, they made a point to thank Andy Serkis. It's not very often that actors are cited by visual-effects winners, but then again Serkis is no ordinary actor. For the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he created the voice and movements of the Gollum-Smeagol character. For King Kong, he took on the role of no less than the great ape. TVGuide.com caught up with the Brit for the occasion of Kong's March 28 DVD release to get an idea of exactly what's involved when bringing mythic creatures to life. TVGuide.com: How did it come about that you are director Pe read more

King Kong Unleashes a Beast of a DVD

Andy Serkis gave life to King Kong.

When the visual-effects team for King Kong took to the stage to accept their Oscar earlier this month, they made a point to thank Andy Serkis. It's not very often that actors are cited by visual-effects winners, but then again Serkis is no ordinary actor. For the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he created the voice and movements of the Gollum-Smeagol character. For King Kong, he took on the role of no less than the great ape. TVGuide.com caught up with the Brit for the occasion of Kong's March 28 DVD release to get an idea of exactly what's involved when bringing mythic creatures to life. TVGuide.com: How did it come about that you are director Pe read more

King Kong Unleashes a Beast of a DVD

Andy Serkis gave life to King Kong.

When the visual-effects team for King Kong took to the stage to accept their Oscar earlier this month, they made a point to thank Andy Serkis. It's not very often that actors are cited by visual-effects winners, but then again Serkis is no ordinary actor. For the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he created the voice and movements of the Gollum-Smeagol character. For King Kong, he took on the role of no less than the great ape. TVGuide.com caught up with the Brit for the occasion of Kong's March 28 DVD release to get an idea of exactly what's involved when bringing mythic creatures to life. TVGuide.com: How did it come about that you are director Pe read more

AT THE MOVIES

The impossibly hot Scarlett Johansson is in talks to play a duplicitous magician's assistant in The Prestige, a tale of rival tricksters in early-1900s London directed by Batman Begins' Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. If anybody dares saw her in half, I'm taking names.... Per Variety, Drew Barrymore will produce and may star in He Loves Me, a psychological thriller. read more

AT THE MOVIES

Jessica Simpson is in talks to star opposite Dane Cook in Employee of the Month, a comedy in which the Dukes of Hazzard short-shorts model would play a discount-store cashier who makes the men act like, well, men.... Rock star David Bowie may join Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine in Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan's adaptation of The Prestige, a novel about rival magicians working in early-20th-century London. read more

I just saw Red Eye and ...

What's in a name? Cillian Murphy

Question: I just saw Red Eye and there's something I don't understand: What was the exchange between the main characters, Lisa (Rachel McAdams, who was amazing) and Jack, about his last name being rude? I also thought the actor playing Jack was phenomenal; what's his claim to fame? Or was this movie his big break?


Answer: It's not that his name, Jackson Rippner, is rude. It's that it's menacing, sounding uncomfortably like "Jack the Ripper." And since Red Eye (2005) is a Wes Craven thriller, I don't think it's giving away too much to say that the suggestion isn't without meaning. Rippner is played by up-and-coming Irish actor Cillian Murphy, 29, who was studying law when he took a sudden career detour into acting. read more

Secrets You Didn't Know About Batman

The Dark Knight returns! After an eight-year batnap, the Caped Crusader swoops back onto movie screens this week in director Christopher Nolan's retelling of the superhero's origins, Batman Begins. To celebrate his comeback, we discovered a belfryful of secrets from his long, colorful history.
Batman's Link to Reality TV
The Real World: San Francisco's Judd Winick has become a rock star in comicdom, and is in the midst of a well-received run writing the Batman title. He even stuck a bat-reference into the first episode of his new Cartoon Network series, The Life & Times of Juniper Lee. (Sundays at 7:30 pm/ET).

Famous Bat Voices Revealed
Among the actors who've lent their voices to Warner Bros. Animation's various Batman series are Mark Hamill, who went from Jedi to Joker on Batman: The Animated Series in the '90s, and Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, who quacks wise as the Penguin on read more

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