Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Robocop: December 29th Comic Reel


Anne Hathaway tells The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex that she found unusual inspiration for her take on Catwoman in the films of Hedy Lamarr, an actress from the 1930s that Bob Kane cited as a model for the character. "I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary," says Hathaway. "She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There's a shot of her in [the 1933 film] 'Ecstasy' exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot." So, I guess, expect a Catwoman with excellent lung control. I suppose this info should also be added to Comic Book Movie's recap of "Dark Knight Rises" rumors. Remember when we thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be playing Falcone's son? Good times ...

Release date: July 20th, 2012


That most vocal of "Avengers" castmates, Tom Hiddleston, tells the New York Daily News that filming the movie was full of "pinch me" moments. "I had the privilege of throwing Robert Downey Jr. out of a window," says the actor. "All I can tell you is he deserved it." Meanwhile, a few Reelers pointed me in the direction of this Russian-dubbed version the trailer at MSN.ru:

Hmm ... not as dramatic as the German dub.

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012


Director Jose Padilha tells The Telegraph that the original film's satire will have a place in his remake. "That kind of social, aggressive satire I haven't seen done well in movies lately," he explains. "And it's almost like the politics and violence in the world is asking for this: 'Someone please make some satire now!' So we're going to keep that edge." Well, thank goodness for that. The whole "Robocop" concept fell on its ass when they tried to make him a genuine action hero.

Release date: TBA


Spoiler TV offers a few scans from the new issue of Total Film and its coverage of the "The Hobbit." Most interesting to me is this curious map that looks more like "Twin Peaks" than Middle-Earth:

Release date: December 14th, 2012


With much of the town still on holiday break, the news is curious and odd. Of course, that will no doubt change once the New Year comes. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of interesting times.

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