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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Big movie update: “Star Trek,” “The Dark Knight Rises”

After the holiday weekend (my gravy turned out nicely; did yours?), a bit of news about two much-anticipated movies . . .
— J.J. Abrams’ 3D “Star Trek” sequel finally has a release date: May 17, 2013. That’ll be roughly four years after Abrams’ first “Star Trek” arrived in theaters. The same cast will return, and Abrams is currently working on the screenplay with Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (who wrote the 2009 movie) and Damon Lindelof of “Lost.” The sequel was originally set for the summer of 2012, but Abrams’ work on “Super 8” pushed the deadine out significantly.
— Christopher Nolan and Tom Hardy gave an interview last week to Empire magazine about the villain Bane, who’ll debut in “The Dark Knight Rises” next summer. In short: Bane is not a nice guy. A few excerpts, from Deadline.com:

On Bane’s style of fighting: It’s not about fighting. It’s just about carnage with Bane. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty.

About filming the fight scenes: “It’s very overwhelming. When you’re training in a rehearsal room you go, ‘Okay, I have a contact with seven people. This guy I chin, this one I slip and I punch, this one I pick up and suplex, this guy I kick in the face, and this one, he stops a hammer with his head. And then I meet Batman.’ That’s all alright in a rehearsal room, but then you add 1,000 people that are all dressed the same as the seven you’re supposed to hit — ’cause they’re all police officers — and I don’t know where my police officers are. But the stuntmaster’s like, ‘Don’t worry. They will find you.'”

About Christian Bale’s Batman: “He looks really intimidating! There’s a three-year-old in me that’s going, ‘Oh my God that’s Batman! That’s Batman and he’s going to hit me! But I love Batman!’ Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard

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[By the way, I just Googled “suplex.” For all those out there like me who don’t keep up with fight terminology, It’s a wrestling move, in which the attacker’s opponent is picked up and thrown down, landing on his back. Ouch.]

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