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The new Inception poster is out!

Christopher Nolan's InceptionI love it! It’s Escher meets Hitchcock!

The concept for Inception reads like Duplicity meets The Matrix. What happens when corporate espionage is able to occur at the level of the unconscious? When thieves are able to enter the dreams of their targets, and extract valuable information:

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossibleinception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.

The power house cast includes Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine.  I can’t imagine anyone giving a poor performance out of these actors.

I am so pumped to see this movie. Nolan is a master of this sort of film noir storytelling, and the concept takes this to a whole new level. The obvious question will be if he can steward a Ledger-esque performance out of one of his actors, and if so, which one? My bet is on either Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Ellen Page knocking it out of the park.

Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine
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Batman 3 - Coming in 2012Yup!

It doesn’t have a name! It doesn’t have a script! Heck, it hasn’t even started casting yet, but we have a release date!

Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus in the Batman universe will be released on July 20th, 2012.

This doesn’t give Nolan a lot of time to complete the movie, especially considering that work still ongoing on Inception (release date: July 16th, 2010) according to CHUD.com.

So now, the big question becomes, who is going to be the villain? Thus far, the movies have been pretty firmly based in this version of reality, with the most fantastical bad guy being The Scarecrow, and he wasn’t that unrealistic of a character. So, does this mean we’ll see a more technologically enhanced villain like Mr. Freeze (Patrick Steward, please?) or a skills based villain like Catwoman or The Riddler?

I’m sure the decision won’t be an easy one. Heath Ledger left some pretty big shoes to fill. It would be interesting to be in on the conversations between David Goyer and Nolan, trying to figure out where to take things.

Personally, I’d like to see Catwoman as she’s always been a favorite. And that leads us to the next big question: “Who to cast?” Some fanboys are leaning towards Angelina Jolie or Megan Fox, but that’s too obvious for my taste. What about Anne Hathaway or Amy Adams? Or go the completely unexpected route and cast Dianna Agron or Amanda Seyfried.

Thoughts? Opinions? Aspersions?

Via: CHUD.com and Entertainment Weekly

Emily Blunt won't be Peggy Carter, but might be Catwoman?Remember when they were casting for Iron Man’s Black Widow, Emily Blunt was originally offered the role, but she turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Gulliver’s Travels. At the time, the word was that Marvel would then offer her the female lead in an upcoming project. Well, it looks like the rumour is true, because the studio offered her the role of Peggy Carter, Captain America’s WWII sweetheart.

She turned them down.

The scuttlebutt is that Blunt has her eyes on the role of Catwoman in the third of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and won’t take on Captain America to avoid scheduling conflicts. There is also some thought that Marvel does not like to have its people playing in DC’s sandbox and she doesn’t want to jeopardize her chances by pitting the studios against each other. I’m not sure about the accuracy of that rumour considering Ryan Reynolds’ role as Deadpool in Xmen’s Wolverine and the upcoming spinoff hasn’t prevented him from filming Green Lantern (DC).

At any rate, this is still very much conjecture at this time.  You can get the complete details over at Batman on Film.

Christopher Nolan

Life must be pretty fantastic for Christopher Nolan.  He’s worked on some of the most influential, innovative and successful movies of all time. He stewarded Heath Ledger through the performance of a lifetime (tragically) and is one of the few to really master the art of non-linear story telling; Memento is a film that needs to be watched and re-watched several times before the full genius of it sinks in.

With the Batman franchise, he managed to supplant what fan’s of the Dark Knights considered to be the penultimate interpretation of the character – Batman the Animated Series.  After the disastrous state the movie franchise found itself in after Joel Schumacher was finished with it, the character needed a visionary to bring it back to life. Thankfully, that’s what the fans got. Saying that Nolan exceeded expectations for Batman Begins is an understatement. And we all know what happened with The Dark Knight.

So now we find ourselves at the initial stages of the creation of the 3rd installment of the Batman series, and where does Nolan find himself? Surprisingly, contemplating the end of the franchise:

“Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story. I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters.”

Which I think for fans will be much more satisfying to have a complete story arc instead of an ever expanding series of adventures, that will eventually peter out when either the interest or the quality runs out.

“Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it harkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”

The question is, who will be the villain?  There has been lots of speculation online, but all Nolan will say to that question is:

“…it won’t be Mr. Freeze.”

And fanboys and girls let out a collective sigh of relief.

Superman / BatmanSo what will Nolan do when his work is complete on Batman?

Apparently he’s set his sites on the Man-of-Steel.  Nolan is set to act as ‘godfather’ and producer to the as of yet un-named director of the rebooted Superman franchise.  He and writer David Goyer are apparently tackling the character from a different angle than Richard Donner’s vision that was carried over into Brian Singers’ Superman Returns.  This new vision is…

“…a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting.”

(Read the rest of the interview at the LA Times.)

Personally I haven’t felt this excited about a new Superman story since The Death of Superman back in 1992.

So, what to do until the latest Batman and Superman movies are released sometime in 2011 and perhaps 2012?

Nolan’s latest oeuvre, Inception, staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotilliard, Ken Watanabe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt opens July 16th.