<p>Bane (Tom Hardy)&nbsp;takes on Batman (Christian Bale) in the snowy, summer streets of Pittsburgh in &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Bane (Tom Hardy) takes on Batman (Christian Bale) in the snowy, summer streets of Pittsburgh in "The Dark Knight Rises."

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'The Dark Knight Rises' Set Visit: Hines Ward, Bane, Batman and exploding football fields

Plus: Producer Emma Thomas on how Twitter has changed production

PITTSBURGH - The last thing you'd expect to see in a Christopher Nolan movie is a football game. Certainly, not an NFL American football game.  Visiting the set of "The Dark Knight Rises" last August delivered exactly that, however. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Heinz Field was subtly transformed into the home stadium for the Gotham Rogues as the faux franchise took on the rival Rapid City Monuments.  If you're curious about the final score, I couldn't tell you.  The villainous Bane (Tom Hardy) appeared, literally destroyed the football field and made a big speech letting everyone know his plans.

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<p>Tom Hardy as Bane in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Tom Hardy as Bane in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy doesn’t want to compete with Heath Ledger

'Star Trek: Nemesis' helped him realize the responsibility of the role

PITTSBURGH - It's never easy playing a villain on the big screen.  You have to avoid cliche's and over-the-top camp, but be memorable enough to raise the stakes for the film's hero. And, nine times out of 10 you end up getting killed at the end. Now, imagine how difficult Tom Hardy's shoes, er, mask is. In Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," he's only following a legendary performance by the dearly departed Heath Ledger.

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<p>Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

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Anne Hathaway: This is Christopher Nolan’s Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Roundhouse kicks in high heels ain't easy

PITTSBURGH – Let's be honest, the past 18 months publicly haven't been the best of times for Anne Hathaway.  A year ago, the acclaimed actress was coming off co-hosting arguably the worst Academy Awards show of all time and had the “no, it really doesn’t work” drama “One Day” had been sent to the art house dumping ground of mid-August. And while those tough events might have been stewing around in the back of her mind, in actuality Hathaway was leaving out a dream; portraying the iconic character of Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”  Of course, whether she thought that once in a lifetime opportunity would take place in the relatively unglamorous confines of Pittsburgh is still unclear, but when she sat down to talk about her experience on set she was beaming with pride.

It’s early August 2011 and Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises” production has settled in Western Pennsylvania for a few weeks shooting exteriors in the Steel City. On this day, a major stunt is about to go off – literally – in Heniz Field during a game between the Gotham Rogues and the Rapid City Monuments. Hathaway plays Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in the picture, but she’s not required on set today.  In fact, she’s stopped by to chat with visiting press about her dream role before quickly flying to New York to take part in some press for “One Day.”

Contextually, Hathaway’s Catwoman had just been revealed to the world in a still image released by Warner Bros. a few days before. The studio and the filmmakers had been concerned that the first image of the character would be captured by the public during a major set piece downtown and it would feature Hathaway’s stunt double and not the Oscar-nominated actress. It was a very smart move.

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<p>Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's &quot;The Dark Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

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Q&A: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Christian Bale admits he’ll miss wearing Batman’s rubber suit

If it was up to him you'd have a 'very bizarre Batman' movie

PITTSBURGH – The last time I saw Christian Bale with black smudge under his eyes was on the Chicago set of “The Dark Knight” in the summer of 2007.  The black makeup is used to make the actor’s eyes pop through Batman’s headgear and he sheepishly wore sunglasses during our entire interview likely out of embarrassment over it.  Four years later a more confident and relaxed Bale stopped by to chat on the set of the highly anticipated sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and sunglasses were nowhere to be found.

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<p>Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and the cast of Wes Anderson's &quot;Moonrise Kingdom.&quot;</p>

Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and the cast of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom."

Credit: Focus Features

'Moonrise Kingdom' breaks 'Brokeback Mountain's' all-time per screen record

Memorial Day weekend's must-see in LA and NY

Welcome back Wes Anderson.

After strong reviews following its debut as the opening night film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" ruled the box office in New York and Los Angeles this holiday weekend.  The Focus Features release grossed $509,000 on just four screens in New York and Los Angeles for a remarkable $127,500 per screen.  That breaks the art-house record for another Focus Features classic, "Brokeback Mountain."  The Ang Lee phenomenon averaged $109,485 in Dec. 2005.

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<p>Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in new banner art for &quot;The Dark&nbsp;Knight Rises.&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in new banner art for "The Dark Knight Rises."

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New 'The Dark Knight Rises' banner art and a sly Set Visit tease

What secrets lie in the city of three rivers?

Once upon a time, an intrepid band of reporters journeyed to where the three rivers meet, a quaint city once called Fort Du Quense and then Fort Pitt, before finally adopting the legendary moniker…Pittsburgh. We were on a pilgrimage to the Steel City to visit the set of one of the most anticipated films of the decade, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."  Little did we know that our embargoed journey would have 10-20,000 witnesses and major coverage from every available reporter from the local Pittsburgh media.  Yes, in this age of smartphones and YouTube it's hard to keep anything secret about a major movie that isn't being filmed inside a sound stage secret, but shoot it in Western Pennsylvania?  You might as well have invited TMZ to broadcast 24/7.  But, I digress…

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<p>Quvenzhan&eacute; Wallis in &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild.&quot;</p>

Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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Exclusive: New photos from Sundance and Cannes charmer 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Breakout Quvenzhané Wallis ventures out of the bathtub

When I reviewed Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival I referred to the drama as a "cinematic wonder." And I wasn't the only fan.  The film quickly won over Park City audiences and took home the coveted dramatic competition grand jury prize. After Fox Searchlight snatched it up during the fest, cinephiles the world over have been eager to journey to Hushpuppy's home,  "the Tub." Fast forward five months later and it's no surprise then, that critics on the other side of the Atlantic have been heaping praise upon "Wild" after it screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival this past weekend. Luckily, American moviegoers won't have to wait much longer to catch "Wild" in their local theaters as its national roll out begins on June 27. 

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<p>Some knowing eyes from &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p>

Some knowing eyes from "The Great Gatsby."

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Baz Luhrmann delivers an opulent preview for 'The Great Gatsby'

Gallery: The most luxuriously opulent images from trailer

It's rare that an end of the year awards contender debuts its first full trailer in May, but Warner Bros. appears to have something special in mind with "The Great Gatsby."

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<p>The official teaser poster for Andrew Dominik's &quot;Killing Them&nbsp;Softly.&quot;</p>

The official teaser poster for Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' poster is a provocative tease

If there was one movie to see at Cannes...

Over the past week I've been asked by a number of peers why I'm not at this year's 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  Besides the fact HitFix is being more than adequately covered by Drew McWeeny and Guy Lodge, there are a number of reasons from personal to professional. Moreover, when this year's field was announced I wasn't that disappointed in what I might be missing.  A number of films such as "On the Road" and "Lawless" look like they are favors to filmmakers (the former already confirming that after it's positive, but mediocre reviews). "Moonrise Kingdom" will soon screen in Los Angeles.  I'm a huge fan of Lee Daniels' "Precious," but "The Paperboy" looks like it could be a mess (fingers crossed it isn't).  The love by cinefiles for David Cronenberg is understandable, but I personally don't worship at the altar and "Cosmopolis" looks like a greatest hits package to me.  And as much as I appreciate Michael Haneke (back at Cannes with "Amour") and Jacques Audiard (following 'The Prophet" with "Rust & Bone"), their new films will likely screen at Telluride and/or Toronto just a few months from now.   That being said, there are two films I'm very curious about.

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<p>Kodi Smit-McPhee voices Norman in Laika Studios' new stop-motion animated feature &quot;ParaNorman&quot;</p>

Kodi Smit-McPhee voices Norman in Laika Studios' new stop-motion animated feature "ParaNorman"

Credit: Focus Features

'ParaNorman' hopes to take stop-motion animation to scary new heights

A visit to Laika studios and the magic of a 3D printer

PORTLAND, OR - In just a few weeks, Focus Features and Laika Studios' "Paranorman" will finally be finished.  Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell will turn in a final print and mix and then anxiously wait for audience and critical reaction on Aug. 17.

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