Film Meets Art: Christopher Nolan Inspired By Francis Bacon

Even being a hardcore Batman fan, there are always still some Dark Knight details to learn and this is a prime example. In this interview for a series on the artworks from Tate Britain‘s collection, Christopher Nolan explains the influence Francis Bacon‘s paintings had on creation of the look for Heath Ledger‘s modern, real-world style Joker in The Dark Knight. Enjoy!

 

Film meets Art – Chris Nolan inspired by Francis Bacon:

Christopher Nolan reveals how paintings by Francis Bacon inspired the Joker’s smeared make-up in ‘The Dark Knight’. Nolan talks about his longstanding fascination for Bacon’s work, and why, when words fail him, he turns to art to help shape his creative vision.

 
 
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The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

Ladies and gentlemen, The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-Ray Box Set has been officially announced. And it is badass. Take a look for yourself. Enjoy.

 

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Warner Bros. The ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-ray Box Set Press Release:

Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005’s Batman Beginsenjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success.

Now on September 24, Nolan’s three Batman films  Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP

 

About the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE):

  • Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features
  • Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature
  • Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features
  • Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature
  • Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features
  • Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)

NEW Special Features:

  • The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy  The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making….forever.  Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with  Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.
  • Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation – For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.
  •  IMAX® Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises – See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX© aspect ratio 

Exclusive NEW Memorabilia:

  • Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler
  • Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul
  • 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies

 
 

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Short Film: Bear by Nash Edgerton

Check out Blue-Tongue Films‘ short film, Bear, directed by Nash Edgerton, Joel Edgerton‘s brother, It’s probably my favorite short film of the year. Enjoy.

 

Bear by Nash Edgerton:

Jack has the perfect birthday surprise planned for Emelie. Sometimes, though, plans go horrifically wrong.

 

Take a look at the special effects behind the scenes of Bear.

 

Behind the Scenes of Bear by Nash Edgerton:

Nash Edgerton explains the stunning special effects used in his short film “Bear” in this exclusive behind the scenes interview.

Buy the end credits song, “Beautiful Flirt,” by Ben Lee, Ione Skye & Jack Graddis from Bear on iTunes

Directed by: Nash Edgerton
Produced by: Lauren Edwards & John Polson
Written by: Nash Edgerton & David Michôd
Cast: Nash Edgerton, Teresa Palmer & Warwick Thornton

 

 

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Tobolowsky Tuesdays: The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 57 – The Long Distance Relationship

The Tobolowsky Files, inspired by the film Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, is a series of podcasts about life, love and the movie business as told by seasoned character actor, Stephen Tobolowsky. Each episode is educational, inspirational and entertaining. They offer great insight for both actors and non-actors alike. I strongly recommend giving them a listen.

This is the latest episode:

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The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 57 – The Long Distance Relationship

Check out more of The Tobolowsky Files at /Film.

Purchase Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, or rent it on Netflix.


Star Trek Into Darkness – Behind The Scenes Featurette

Here is the first behind-the-scenes featurette for J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming film, Star Trek Into Darkness. Enjoy.
 
Star Trek Into Darkness – Behind The Scenes Featurette:

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

 

 

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Tobolowsky Tuesdays: The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 56 – What Does The First Day of a Dream Look Like?

The Tobolowsky Files, inspired by the film Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, is a series of podcasts about life, love and the movie business as told by seasoned character actor, Stephen Tobolowsky. Each episode is educational, inspirational and entertaining. They offer great insight for both actors and non-actors alike. I strongly recommend giving them a listen.

This is the latest episode:

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The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 56 – What Does The First Day of a Dream Look Like?

Check out more of The Tobolowsky Files at /Film.

Purchase Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, or rent it on Netflix.


The Dark Knight Trilogy. . . In Three Minutes

The Dark Knight Trilogy In 3 Minutes:

To do justice to this almost seven hour long trilogy in only three minutes, we chose to focus on the story of Gotham City – especially since many viewers consider Gotham to be the “true” main character in Nolan’s films. It’s fall from glory spawned a man determined to help restore it and, in the end, he does just that, but not without some bumps along the way. If you can call Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul, The Scarecrow, The Joker, Two Face, Bane and Catwoman just “bumps.”

Like Bruce, Gotham needed to learn to pick itself up. Their stories run parallel. Love or hate the ending to Nolan’s Batman universe, he “changed things… forever,” to quote Heath Ledger’s iconic Joker. This video is a tribute to the first definitive Batman trilogy ever. Here’s hoping The Dark Knight’s legacy on film is put in as capable hands in the future.

 
 
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