July 12, 2012 | 6:55 a.m.
British actor Tom Hardy has been able to dream bigger since he delivered a memorably roguish performance in “Inception” — but that doesn’t mean he’s following the paint-by-numbers career path of mainstream monotony. Instead, just like his acting idol, Gary Oldman, the 34-year-old Hardy has shown an active interest in roles of submersion and transformation. He’s also presented himself as a mercurial voice whether the topic was violent sports, fame, his struggle with addiction, his acting process or even the sexual experimentations of his younger days You can read about all of that in the PHOTO GALLERY above, which features the actor’s quotes through the years (as well as comments about Hardy that were made by costars and filmmakers). Be sure to click the CAPTIONS ON option so you can take a tour through the vivid life of Hardy. One of Hardy’s more audacious efforts arrives […]
July 05, 2012 | 7:58 p.m.
From a distance, Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City sure doesn’t look like much. The “skyline” begins to emerge over the horizon in the rolling green farmlands about 50 miles north of London, but there are no gothic spires or granite citadels, just the slanted, pocked roofs of two boxy metal buildings. But nearing the complex on a winding two-lane road, the immensity of the filmmaker’s make-believe metropolis comes into focus: The structures that looked squat from afar are actually 15 stories tall — and as long as 81-story skyscrapers lying on their sides. Constructed more than 85 years ago to house Britain’s Royal Airship Works, the giant coffin-shaped sheds sat unused or ignored for years, and waiting for some great undertaking, after the nation’s flagship dirigible went down in flames in a horrific 1930 crash in France. The field mice had […]
April 27, 2012 | 3:52 p.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. LONDON — The University of London’s stolid Senate House echoes with secrets and hidden history — it was headquarters for Britain’s propaganda and censorship department and “1984” author George Orwell used it as a model for his Ministry of Truth — so it was a fitting workplace last July for Christopher Nolan and the masked ambitions of “The Dark Knight Rises.” “Back in Gotham, back in Chris Nolan’s city,” actor Morgan Freeman said as he stepped past barbed wire and debris used in a just-finished scene. A moment later, he added: “The only drawback is this is the last one we get to work on with him. And a lot of us won’t really get that until later. It’s not until the curtain goes down that you think, ‘Jesus, that’s the last […]
Dec. 12, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.
This post has been corrected, as indicated below There’s nothing sentimental or soft about Gotham City, and that seems to suit Christopher Nolan just fine. The 41-year-old filmmaker fills the screen with grim architecture, hard-luck faces and gun-metal hues; tricks of the mind are his narrative specialty, not affairs of the heart. Still, last Thursday, eating his dinner standing up in a movie theater lobby, Nolan confessed that even he got a bit misty during the final shooting days of “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is (by all appearances) his final visit to the world of Batman. “I tend not to be too emotional on the set, I find that doesn’t help me do my job,” the writer-director said between bites. “But you definitely get a little lump in your throat thinking that, ‘OK, this is going to be the last time we’re going to […]
July 19, 2011 | 6:59 a.m.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″ has claimed the top weekend opening ever (in unadjusted gross), but could “The Dark Knight Rises” wrest that crown from the boy who lived? For now, the franchises are working together (yes, Warner Bros. knows what it’s doing) as select “Harry Potter” audiences were treated to a grim “DKR” teaser trailer with Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) imploring an off-camera Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to again don the mask of Gotham’s haunted hero. The trailer also shows the city skyline raining masonry and glass amid some new disaster. The most compelling image is the vision of Bane ascending a deep, dark pipe to the streets – the villain has the mien of sinewy vermin with a S&M inhaler for a snout. We don’t see the Catwoman but, well, there’s plenty of time for that. Here’s the teaser — tell us what you think: – […]
May 20, 2011 | 10:40 a.m.
In a stroke of viral marketing brilliance, Christopher Nolan gave his intrepid fans on Twitter a sneak preview of “The Dark Knight Rises“: the first photo of Tom Hardy as Bane in the next Batman film. As fans discovered, tweeting “#thefirerises” helps fill in the hidden Tom Hardy image on “The Dark Knight Rises” website, which launched Friday. Holy Twitter, Batman! What a way for Nolan to mark the first week of filming. Bane, the chemically created brute who first appeared in the comics in 1993, is a “younger” villain for Nolan’s Batman mega-franchise, which has most prominently featured the Joker (who first appeared in 1940) , Two-Face (1942), Ra’s Al-Ghul (1971) and the Scarecrow (1941). But don’t let Bane’s relative newness fool you; the muscular juggernaut once broke Batman’s back in the comics. – Noelene Clark @NoeleneClark RECENT AND […]