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Shane Black Discusses The Predator and How It Was Inspired By Iron Man 3, Logan, and The Dark Knight

I know a lot of fans didn't care for that first trailer for The Predator. Regardless, I'm still excited for the movie and I hope that Shane Black ends up giving us a great movie that we'll love.

During a recent set visit, Collider learned a few new things about the film and that includes information on the other movies that helped inspire it. Shane Black explains that he found inspiration in films such as Iron Man 3, Logan, and The Dark Knight.

It's developing films like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, that landed him the Iron man 3 directing gig at Marvel and it was there he learned some new things about collaboration and infecting new ideas into a film while shooting. He incorporated these things while shooting The Predator:

"On Iron Man, Downey would be like, ‘Time!’ and I’d be like,
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Deadpool 2 Is Getting An Extended Cut

After so much hype and even those reports suggesting that Deadpool 2 would be a failure due to its purported poor test screenings, the pic finally debuted this past weekend and it seems like we had nothing to worry about, as it’s earned almost unanimous critical acclaim and also scored a massive opening. Granted, it failed to beat the original, but $125 million stateside for an R-rated movie is certainly nothing to scoff at.

Taking all the above into consideration, it’s safe to say that Deadpool 2 dodged the dreaded sequel curse, then. And while it’s still too early to know if it’ll end up being considered in the same league as other part twos like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Dark Knight (which became the highlights of their respective franchises), it certainly delivered everything that fans were hoping for and expected and now, it sounds
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Ryan Reynolds Thanks Fans For Deadpool 2’s Success

After so much anticipation and even one online reporter suggesting that Deadpool 2 would be a failure due to its purported poor tests screenings, the film finally debuted this weekend and it seems like we had nothing to worry about, as it’s earned almost unanimous critical acclaim and also scored a massive opening. Granted, it failed to top its predecessor, but $125 million stateside for an R-rated movie is certainly nothing to scoff at.

Taking all the above into consideration, it’s safe to say that Deadpool 2 dodged the dreaded sequel curse, then. While it’s still too early to know if it’s in the same league as other part twos like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Dark Knight (which became the highlights of their respective franchises), it certainly delivered everything that fans were hoping for and expected and now, star Ryan Reynolds has taken to Twitter to give thanks.
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/Answers: Sequels We Like More Than the Original

/Answers: Sequels We Like More Than the Original
Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the release of Deadpool 2, we ask, “What sequel do you like more than the original?” Chris Evangelista: The Dark Knight Is it basic Af to pick The Dark Knight for this? To hell with it, I’m picking The Dark […]

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Patton Oswalt's Dark Knight Joker Theory May Blow Your Mind

Patton Oswalt's Dark Knight Joker Theory May Blow Your Mind
Christopher Nolan left the backstory of the Joker out of The Dark Knight, keeping the mystery surrounding the iconic villain shrouded in the dark shadows. Heath Ledger's version of the Clown Prince of Crime is arguably one of the best portrayals fans have been treated to over the years and now, comedian/actor Patton Oswalt has taken to social media to share his very in-depth theory on the backstory of Ledger's version of the Joker. Patton's take on the character is fresh and very detailed while connecting some dots in the story.

Patton Oswalt recently re-watched The Dark Knight and took his thoughts about Heath Ledger and his Joker persona to social media. He begins his post by admitting that he's always liked the theory that Christopher Nolan's story saw the Joker as a veteran who is suffering from Ptsd. Oswalt went on to point out some of the
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Warner Bros president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg to leave

Vandenberg will step down at the end of the year, after almost 30 years with the company.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warner Bros Pictures president of international distribution and growth initiatives, is to leave the studio by the end of this year after an almost 30-year stint.

Tom Molter, currently executive vice president of international distribution, will now head Warner’s international distribution operation, reporting to Ron Sanders, president of worldwide theatrical distribution and home entertainment.

Kwan Vandenberg will serve as special advisor Sanders until she leaves Warner. Her departure follows the exit earlier this year of the studio’s president of
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Christopher Nolan Explains What Drew Him To The Dark Knight Trilogy

What with Avengers: Infinity War blazing past it at the domestic box office, and pop culture aficionado, Patton Oswalt, sharing a highly viable theory regarding its iconic villain, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight has frequently been in the headlines over the last seven days or so. I suppose as we are approaching the ten-year anniversary of the film opening in theaters – July 18th, 2008 – it’s only fitting.

Continually deemed the benchmark for superhero cinema, Nolan’s unforgettable sequel to Batman Begins has stood the test of time, and the five-time Academy Award nominee discussed his take on the Caped Crusader with Variety late last week. Among other things, he cited the “strong impulses” and “humanity” of Bruce Wayne as the reasons why he gravitated towards the project in the first place.

“Yes, it’s a superhero, but it’s based on ideas of guilt, fear, these strong impulses that the character has.
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‘The Dark Knight’: Patton Oswalt Shares His Personal Origin Story Theory For Heath Ledger’s Joker

‘The Dark Knight’: Patton Oswalt Shares His Personal Origin Story Theory For Heath Ledger’s Joker
Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan’s screenplay for “The Dark Knight” purposefully keeps the backstory of Heath Ledger’s Joker elusive, which has spawned countless fan theories about this iteration of the character. One of the more popular theories claims “The Dark Knight” Joker is a war veteran suffering from Ptsd, but Patton Oswalt has his own twist on this backstory for the character. The comedian used his official Facebook page following a re-watch of the film this month to share his personal theory about The Joker’s background.

“I just re-watched ‘The Dark Knigt’ and another wrinkle came to mind about The Joker: What if he’s not only ex-military, but ex-military intelligence? Specifically — interrogation?” Oswalt wrote. “He seems to be very good at the kind of mind-fuckery that sustained, professional interrogation requires. His boast about how ‘I know the squealers’ when he sees one. The way he adjusts
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Patton Oswalt Shares a Fascinating Theory Regarding The Joker's Origin in The Dark Knight

After Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was released, I remember having lots of discussions about The Joker. Most of those discussions revolved around how incredible Heath Ledger was in the role, and his portrayal of the character. I think it's easily the best version of the character we've seen on the big screen.

A lot of fans just accepted the version of The Joker for the way he was portrayed, but there were a few fan theories that I remember reading regarding where this version of the character came from. There was a popular theory that he was a war veteran with Ptsd. But the best theory that I've read comes from comedian and actor Patton Oswalt in a recent Facebook post, and he puts a little spin on that veteran theory.

He explains that The Joker is an ex-military war veteran, who specialized in interrogation intelligence. He makes
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Christopher Nolan Discuses The Genres of His Dark Knight Trilogy and How They Were Defined By The Villains

Over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, director Christopher Nolan spoke at a panel and during that panel, he talked about his beloved Dark Knight trilogy. He talked about the genres that each of the films in the trilogy represents and explained that 2005’s Batman Begins is a "hero’s journey", 2008’s The Dark Knight, is a "crime movie", and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, is a "war film." Nolan went on to talk about how the genres are defined by each film’s villain.

“To me, each film is a different genre. They tend to be defined by the villain… We hadn’t planned on doing a sequel. So shifting genres and the nature of the antagonist felt the way to take the audience on a journey and tell them something different about Bruce Wayne.”

In Batman Begins, it is the hero’s mentor, Ra’s al Ghul
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Deadpool 2 Review

The best sequels, whether superhero or otherwise, are those ones that bring a measure of control with them. Sure, the audience wants to see things bigger and better than they did in the origin tale but it’s all about whether the filmmakers can do so in the structure of its story. The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2 and The Winter Soldier are some of the most recent sequels featuring heroic crusaders that have maintained their levels of compelling narratives and characters from before whilst crafting an exciting new one that allows for thing to be bigger and better – there are none so fickle as the superhero fanbase and such things can become “been there, done it” quite quickly in this world. The decision to replace Tim Miller with David Leitch in the director’s chair for Part Deux was a sign that the notches were certainly being cranked up to
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Veteran Warner Bros Executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg Steps Down After 30 Years

Veteran Warner Bros Executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg Steps Down After 30 Years
Veteran Warner Bros. Pictures executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg is stepping down as president of international distribution, the studio announced Monday.

She’ll transition to an advisory role before leaving the lot at the end of the year. Her successor is Tom Molter, who currently serves as Evp in international.

Kwan Vandenberg’s move continues an old-guard exodus like that of former marketing honcho Sue Kroll and, before her, Greg Silverman.

Also Read: Former Warner Bros Exec Sue Kroll Launches Own Production Banner on Studio Lot

Several leadership changes have come with news of her departure. They are as follows, according to a memo sent to studio employees obtained by TheWrap:

Jim Wuthrich has been named President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment and Games, with full oversight of those businesses. Jim will report to Ron Sanders and work closely with Blair Rich who oversees home entertainment marketing of new theatrical releases.
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Patton Oswalt Has a Pretty Compelling Theory About The Joker’s Origin in ‘The Dark Knight’

Patton Oswalt Has a Pretty Compelling Theory About The Joker’s Origin in ‘The Dark Knight’
It’s been a decade since The Dark Knight hit theaters and shattered comic book movie conventions with its dark, psychological crime drama and its iconic villain played by a revelatory Heath Ledger. But as Christopher Nolan‘s Batman movie nears its 10th birthday, actor and certified geek Patton Oswalt is bringing the film back into the headlines with a fresh […]

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What Ever Happened to Mini-Blair and Mini-Serena From 'Gossip Girl'?

Hey, Upper East Siders, Life & Style here! And boy, do we've have some serious dirt for you. Ever wonder what happened to mini-Blair and mini-Serena — the tiny actresses who practically grew up on the set of Gossip Girl? Word on the street is their careers majorly stalled after The CW teen drama ended back in 2012. Question is, did the pair actually fall victim to the spoils of childhood stardom or did they rise from the primetime TV ashes? Beginning with mini-Queen B, Ellie Pettit first appeared as a Blair Waldorf look-alike in the 2008 episode "The Dark Knight." Complete with a headband, pastel cardigan, and string of pearls — she was everything Gg fans could have wanted in a Waldorf protégé. Ellie went on to appear in a total of six Gossip Girl episodes, including the series finale, "New York, I Love you Xoxo." See her first episode to last episode transformation below.
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Box Office: Infinity War Muscles Its Way Into All-Time Top 10 Domestic

Three weeks after its record opening, Avengers: Infinity War has truly secured its place among box office royalty.

Online analyst Box Office Mojo has crunched the numbers to reveal that at $547M, Infinity War is the eighth highest-grossing movie ever to grace the domestic box office, putting it somewhere between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight on the official standings.

The sequel’s meteoric rise also spells bad news for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, which has slipped to 11th on the all-time domestic chart. Nevertheless, Infinity War‘s $61.8M weekend haul – a third weekend haul that’s bigger than some blockbusters earn during their first – pushes its North American total all the way to $547M.

Granted, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Herculean epic still has a long, long way to go if it’s to ever catch the likes of Avatar
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Here’s An Interesting Theory About The Origins Of Heath Ledger’s Joker In The Dark Knight

Actor and pop culture aficionado, Patton Oswalt, rewatched Christopher Nolan’s thrilling crime saga, The Dark Knight, yesterday and posted a lengthy dissection regarding the origin story of Heath Ledger’s Joker on his official Facebook page.

The long-hypothesized assumption that Ledger’s Joker is an ex-military man, suffering from Ptsd, seems to be corroborated by Nolan himself, having ascribed several telltale characteristics indicative of a war veteran to his iconic antagonist. Citing his “ease with military hardware, tactical ingenuity, and precision planning,” Oswalt expanded on the popular Joker fan theory, suggesting, “What if he’s not only ex-military but ex-military intelligence? Specifically — interrogation?”

Inferring that the Joker’s “very good at the kind of mind-fuckery sustained, professional interrogation requires,” Oswalt adduces the way “he adjusts his personality and methods depending on who he’s talking to, knowing Exactly the reaction he’ll get.”

“Mocking Gamble’s manhood; invoking terror to Brian,
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The Villains Defined The Dark Knight Movies Says Christopher Nolan

The Villains Defined The Dark Knight Movies Says Christopher Nolan
The world is currently discussing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Christopher Nolan's influence on the superhero genre is undisputable. The director recently spoke at the Cannes Film Festival where he looked back at his Dark Knight trilogy and revealed that each of the movies is a different film genre, which is defined by the particular villain. Batman Begins started off the trilogy and Nolan admits that at the time, they didn't realize that there was going to be more than one movie.

For some, Christopher Nolan's gritty take on the story of Batman is the definitive cinematic version of the iconic character. There are some that will argue that point, but for the most part, Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy is arguably the high water mark for the superhero genre. Before talking about the different genres within the trilogy, Nolan first commented on what attracted him to the Batman character in the first place.
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Ryan Reynolds Tried To Make Deadpool Before X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Nowadays, Deadpool is arguably one of the most recognizable Marvel heroes, thanks to his first standalone movie proving to be a critical and commercial success back in 2016. That’s a sharp turn of fortunes compared to where the character was under a decade ago, though, as 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine completely dropped the ball with the beloved anti-hero.

What did work, however, was casting Ryan Reynolds in the part, with the star eventually getting to make the Merc with a Mouth his own. But Reynolds’ connection with Wade Wilson actually goes back even further than 2009. The story goes that the actor read Deadpool and Cable #2 in April 2004 and was delighted by the joke that described Wade as “Ryan Renolds [sic] crossed with a shar-pei.” From then on, he decided he wanted to play the character.

As luck would have it, Marvel was developing a Deadpool movie at the time with David S. Goyer
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Weekend Box Office Report: May 11-13, 2018

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Avengers continue to dominate! Marvel's costumed champions spent Mother's Day weekend ruling the box office once more, keeping Avengers: Infinity War on top with an estimated $61.8 million! With $547.8 million in the bank so far, the Russo Brothers' galactic smash-up passed the $532 finish of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the $534 million total of The Dark Knight to become... Read More...
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New Bts Photo From The Dark Knight Shows Heath Ledger’s Joker Having Some Fun

Given that Avengers: Infinity War might be the talk of the town right now, and understandably so considering the numbers it’s been putting up at the box office, the legend of The Dark Knight has somewhat flickered out of relevance. At least, for the moment.

While the film may have been snubbed in the Best Picture category at the 81st Academy Awards, leaving the public in an uproar, it did go on to earn eight Oscar nominations in 2008, winning Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor, awarded to the late Heath Ledger for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne’s archenemy, the Joker.

We may be 10 years out from his iconic performance, but Ledger’s turn as the Clown Prince of Crime still remains an acting benchmark. Not just for superhero movies, either, but for cinema in general. And though he may be gone from this world, his legacy continues to live on,
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