After years – years! – of breathless anticipation for the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, it's possible that Batfans are suffering from withdrawals since The Dark Knight Rises arrived in theaters worldwide two months ago. With that in mind, we've been keeping on eye on the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dark Knight Rises, which is lucky, because Warner Bros. has revealed a release date, as well as collector's edition packaging and a partial listing of special features.
When The Dark Knight Rises is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download, you have Warner Bros.' permission to watch it legally. Right now, Christopher Nolan's conclusion to the bat-trilogy kicked off with Batman Begins is still playing in more than 1,500 theaters, but we nonetheless know just when The Dark Knight Rises will arrive in a variety of home entertainment formats.
December 3rd of this year, meaning you'll have just about three weeks of shopping time to get it for the rabid Bat-fan in your family.
Principal photography on a remake of RoboCop began over the weekend, providing out very first look at Joel Kinnaman as the titular part man, part machine, all cop. The texture of this inexplicable new cybernetic law enforcement official's armor is seen at a much, much closer proximity in a RoboCop teaser banner.
The remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 masterpiece that nobody was asking for commenced principal photography over the weekend, and that means our first look at the title character in the new RoboCop.
Here at IAR, we haven't said too much about the casting of the RoboCop remake, partially because there's been so much of it, but mostly because the notion of a RoboCop is something we're still having trouble getting out heads around. In this case, though, we're making an exception. Why? Because the newest addition to the cast is a proven source of onscreen excellence: Michael Keaton.
Opening in theaters on August 29th is the new film from Austrailian director John Hillcoat (The Road) and musician/screenwriter Nick Cave (The Proposition) called Lawless. The movie is adapted from the novel "The Wettest County in the World" by author Matt Bondurant and is based on a true story. Lawless features an incredible cast of actors that includes Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Jason Clarke (Texas Killing Fields), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), and Dane DeHann (Chronicle), with Guy Pearce (Lockout), and Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down with acclaimed director John Hillcoat to talk about Lawless. The talented director discussed his new film, actor Tom Hardy's unusual performance, the relationship between Jessica Chastain and Hardy's characters, casting underused actor Jason Clarke, reuniting with Guy Pearce after The Proposition, Gary Oldman's minor role, and working with Shia LaBeouf.
When we contemporary Americans want to get emphatically drunk, we just skip down to the nearest supermarket for a wine cooler or head to a bar full of pretty people for an overpriced cocktail. In Franklin County, Virginia during the Great Depression, though, if you wanted to get absolutely blitzed on brain-boiling high-content booze, your self-destructive spirit of choice was the moonshine bubbled up by the Bondurant Brothers.
This real-life trio of historical bootleggers are the subject of Lawless, opening in theaters this Wednesday, August 29th. The film, directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), stars Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) , Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) as Jack, Forest, and Howard Bondurant, with Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Cricket, a neighbor who aids in the expansion of their moonshine business. When a corrupt Chicago lawman, played by Guy Pearce (Memento), arrives in the Virginia Hills with a mind to take a cut of the siblings' profits, their independent streak and good-ole-boy sensibilities lead to open conflict, with their business devolving into a grisly war of bullets, fisticuffs, and blades.
IAR was lucky enough to be among the outlets present for the Los Angeles press day promoting the release of Lawless. Representing the film were DeHaan and Nick Cave, the film's screenwriter and composer of the score. The duo enthusiastically discussed their experiences on the film, sharing their thoughts on adapting existing material, nailing a difficult accent, onscreen violence, haunting music, playing bowlegged, and working with world-class actors.
The bootlegging Bondurant brothers, who kept their corner of Virginia awash in high quality moonshine during Prohibition, did not lead gentle or chaste lives. As such, no green band trailer for Lawless could really sell the film based on those lives properly. That's why, with a week until the movie begin rolling out in limited release, The Weinstein Company has unveiled a red band Lawless trailer, complete with some blood, a little bit of nudity, and Gary Oldman shooting a tommy gun with no small amount of style.
Want to learn a little but about bootlegging in 1930's West Virginia while also seeing quite a bit of new footage from Lawless? Or maybe see the stars and filmmakers talking about John Hillcoat's Prohibition-era drama in some talking head interviews that have a bit more substance than the usual puffery? Either way, you're in luck, because there are two new behind the scenes featurettes for Lawless, and both have a nice historical bent.
The Dark Knight Rises arrives on conventional and IMAX screens tonight at midnight. Fans who haven't spent the last few days in paroxysms of untenable excitement, foaming at the mouth over reviews, or predicting opening weekend box office have doubtless been preparing themselves by re-watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. For anyone who just doesn't have a spare five hours to get that done by midnight, there's now a super-trailer for all three entries in Christopher Nolan's soon-to-be-complete Dark Knight Trilogy.