And for the serious news of the day: Principal photography begins on 'Dark Knight Rises'

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Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures?and Legendary Pictures??he Dark Knight Rises,?the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan? Batman trilogy.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar?winner Christian Bale (?he Fighter? again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar?winner Marion Cotillard (?a Vie en Rose?, as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.Returning to the main cast, Oscar?winner Michael Caine (?he Cider House Rules? plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar?winner Morgan Freeman (?illion Dollar Baby? reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

In helming ?he Dark Knight Rises,?Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX?cameras even more extensively than he did on ?he Dark Knight,?which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX?cameras. The results were so spectacular that the director wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.

The screenplay for ?he Dark Knight Rises?is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on ?atman Begins?and the record-breaking blockbuster ?he Dark Knight.?The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. ?he Dark Knight?is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, ?he Dark Knight Rises?reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the ?he Dark Knight.?The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar?for his work on Nolan? ?nception? production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar?winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (?opsy-Turvy?. In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars?for the effects in ?nception,?will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Oscar?winner Hans Zimmer (?he Lion King?.

The locations for ?he Dark Knight Rises?span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

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