"The Dark Knight Rises" News -- We Now Know the Roles Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Are Set to Play! 

Writer-director Christopher Nolan loves his stable of actors! And with his third and supposedly, final chapter of his "Batman" series, Nolan is hiring actors he worked with before.

Both Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt who previously worked with Nolan in "Inception," are returning to the loving arms of the director along with Tom Hardy who is already set as Bane.

Cotillard will star as Miranda Tate, "a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham."

And Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, "a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon."

The film is set to rise in theaters July 20, 2012. But for now, let's read the official press release from Warner Bros.

BURBANK, CA, April 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have joined the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.

Cotillard will appear as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham. Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon. The film reunites the actors with Christopher Nolan, who recently directed them in the award-winning blockbuster “Inception.”

The director stated, “When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience. I immediately thought of them for the roles of Miranda and Blake, and I am looking forward to working with both of them again.”

Heading the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The main cast also includes Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as Bane. Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Christopher Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Why Ben Affleck Said No to Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" 

Baz Luhrmann's adapataion of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic is picking up steam, well, at least until Ben Affleck said no to the project. The director wanted the actor to star as Tom Buchanan in his planned 3D project. Luhrmann begged, hard...but ultimately, Affleck said no. Why?

Because the actor-director who created the brilliant "The Town" last year, is committed to directing "Argo," his cerebral thriller based on the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Both Luhrmann and Affleck tried to work it out but alas, it's a no go!

But Leonardo DiCaprio is still set to play Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan is still Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire is still committed to playing Nick Carraway. Isla Fisher is still in talks to star as Myrtle. As for the Tom Buchanan role? Apparently, Luhrmann is now looking to hire an Australian actor because it will be good for the bottom line.

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J.J. Abrams Hires Female Writers for Super Top Secret Project! 

J.J. Abrams loves hiring his TV friends for his big screen projects. Good for him! And now, according to Deadline, Abrams has hired his pals, Monica Breen and Alison Schapker to do a rewrite on his top-secret sci-fi project for Paramount!

Breen and Schapker have worked with Abrams on his TV projects "Lost" and "Alias," and now, it's kinda cool that there are some thriving female writing partners working in Hollywood right now, and they're working on a sci-fi project which is deemed a very male-dominated arena!

So this new super top-secret project has a working title of "Zanbato," huh? And as Deadline describes it, a "swashbuckling robots with swords." Isn't that "Sucker Punch?" :happy

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The Two Dueling "Bridesmaids" Trailers -- Which One is Better? 

I heard "Bridesmaids" is really good, well, at least, according to studio insiders. One of my journalist friends even said it's the "funniest movie of the year!" Really?

From the Judd Apatow machine starring Kristen Wiig, this "Hangover" for the ladies seemed to be having an identity crisis. Is it a gross-out comedy, a romantic comedy, a dramedy?

Back in early February, Universal released the first trailer for "Bridesmaids." According to Deadline, some insiders were complaining that the trailer "was not representative of what they claim is a funny comedy."


So Universal just released a new "Bridesmaids" trailer. While the first one aimed to introduce us to the characters, and there are many of them, the second one seemed to go all-out, gross-style!

Let's compare and contrast shall we? Here's the first trailer:

And here's the one that was just released:

What do you think? I hate to admit this, but the second one made me want to see the film, the first one made me want to just rent it when it comes out on DVD.

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"Rio" Soars at Box-Office with $40M, "Scream 4" Lands with a Thud! 

Moviegoers flocked into theaters in support of "Rio!" The animated family film featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg claimed the top spot with an impressive $40 million box-office take, giving it the best debut so far this year. "Rango" held that title, but "Rio" beat the Johnny Depp film by about $2 million. ("Rio" Movie Review)

It wasn't that good of a news for Dimension Films though. Its "Scream 4" opened at No. 2 with a weak $19.3 million. Why is it weak? Well, previous two sequels both debuted at over $30 million. I think it's time to give Ghostface a rest, don't you think? (Emma Roberts interview for "Scream 4")

The good news of the box-office weekend belonged to Hollywood! Finally, business is picking up after a prolonged drought. With new blockbuster films coming up for our summer movie watching, I'd say yay Hollywood, now make us great films!

Meanwhile, the Easter bunny flick, "Hop" continued to collect gold coins even though it slipped to No. 3 with $11.2 million. The Universal family film, featuring the voice of Russell Brand, has raised its box-office total to $82.6 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of April 15:

1. "Rio," $40 million.

2. "Scream 4," $19.3 million.

3. "Hop," $11.2 million.

4. "Soul Surfer," $7.4 million.

5. "Hanna," $7.3 million.

6. "Arthur," $6.94 million.

7. "Insidious," $6.9 million.

8. "Source Code," $6.3 million.

9. "The Conspirator," $3.92 million.

10. "Your Highness," $3.9 million.

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