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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is released on DVD on 3rd December 2012. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars Christian Bale as Batman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Tom Hardy as  Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as police officer John Blake and Michael Caine as faithful butler Alfred. The film starts eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, when Batman (Christian Bale) vanished into the night, Assuming the blame for the death of DA Harvey Dent (who went insane after an unfortunate accident and became the villainous Two-Face).

Since stopping Two-Face, Wayne has been living a self-imposed Howard Hughes-like existence in his Manor. Luckily Criminal activity in Gotham City is at an all-time low having been crushed under the weight of the the draconian anti-crime Dent Act, which was passed in the wake of the Joker’s crime spree, the city’s streets have been cleaned up, and the need for a costumed crime fighter is no longer the priority it once was. However everything changes with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar named Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) who manages to infiltrate Wayne Manor and swipes a priceless necklace and once again  Bruce finds himself spurred back into action as the Caped Crusader.

However things go from bad to worse when a really dangerous and rather large masked, terrorist, named Bane (Tom Hardy) manages to escape from a prison in central Asia and later turns  up in Gotham  issuing a call to arms to the recession-struck citizens of Gotham, to rise up against businesses and institutions that grew fat at their expense and then proceeds to cause even more chaos by freeing all the violent inmates at Gotham’s Blackgate Prison during a riot.

Batman soon finds himself  called into action again trying to stop Bane and his violent rampaging cohorts, however just when he thinks he might be in trouble  he discovers that he has allies in the form of Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) and John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a beat cop whose integrity impresses Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and who becomes a key figure in the fightback against Bane’s weaponised masses.

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Happy Birthday Karen Gillan

Best known for her portrayal of Amelia “Amy” Pond in the British science fiction series Doctor Who. Scottish actress and former model Karen Gillan was born November 28th 1987. Before Gillan became an actress, she was scouted by a modelling agency. Gillan worked as a model in 2007’s London Fashion Week for designer Allegra Hicks’ autumn/winter catwalk show and the launch party of Nicola Roberts’ Dainty Doll Make-Up Range. This was shown in Roberts’ episode of the documentary, The Passions of Girls Aloud which premiered on 4 April 2008. Gillan has said she would not give up her acting career to return to modelling. She stated that she enjoyed modelling but acting was always her main interest and goal.

Gillan’s early television acting career included guest appearances on several drama series, with her first ongoing role being a two-year stint as a member of the ensemble cast of the sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show in which she played multiple characters, as well as celebrities such as Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. She appeared in Channel 4’s Stacked; she had the part of Ginny. Gillan also appeared on TV in a leading role in a horror project entitled The Well, which was broadcast as a series of episodic short films on BBC Two, and then later also as a web series on Part of the BBC’s multimedia “switch” programming, the short episodes interconnect with online games that further explore the environments presented in the series.

She was cast for the role of the Eleventh Doctor’s first companion, Amy Pond, on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who in May 2009. She made her first on-screen appearance as Amy Pond in “The Eleventh Hour” with her cousin Caitlin Blackwood portraying a young Amy Pond.She was confirmed in Issue 420 of the Doctor Who Magazine to be appearing in the 2011 series. Gillan had appeared in Doctor Who once before in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” in the role of a Soothsayer. Gillan made her first theatre appearance playing the role of Shirley in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence along with Douglas Hodge which debuted at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 October 2011.In August 2011, it was announced Gillan will star in an indie comedy called Not Another Happy Ending along with Emun Elliott. During an interview at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, Gillan revealed she will be returning to Doctor Who for its seventh series. On 15 December 2011, it was announced Gillan and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) would be leaving Doctor Who during the seventh series in 2012.[ On 26 January 2012 Karen Gillan played the part of supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the BBC Four film, We’ll Take Manhattan which told the story of Shrimpton’s relationship with the photographer David Bailey. She has also been cast as Brittney in a re-working of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet called Romeo & Brittney by David Baddiel. She has also been cast in a supernatural horror pic called Oculus as one of the main stars and has also been cast in comedian Charlie Brooker’s TV series A Touch Of Cloth. Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) left Doctor Who during the seventh series after encountering The Weeping Angels in New York (Don’t blink, Don’t look away and don’t blink) in a rather poignant episode .

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Man of Steel

Warner Bros. upcoming Superman reboot “Man of Steel”, Directed by Zack Snyder, is due in cinemas in June 2013, with Production being “godfathered” by Christopher Nolan, who has just completed his own highly successful series of Batman films with Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the The Dark Knight Rises. The film stars British actor Henry Cavill as Superman and also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Michael Shannon as the villainous General Zod and Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White.

There is also speculation of that “Man of Steel” could also Tie-In with a forthcoming Justice League of America film. When quizzed by the the New York Post about links to the 2015 Avengers-style film director Zack Snyder hinted that Man of Steel could be used to set up a proposed Justice League movie. featuring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman uniting in a single cause. Snyder’s comments have been widely interpreted as a clear sign that Warner will use Man of Steel as a launchpad for a series of linked movies set in the DC Comics universe, just as Disney’s Marvel Studios did with its selection of films (beginning with 2008’s Iron Man) in order to set up The Avengers Assemble. There is also speculation that Batman could show up in Man of Steel, possibly in a post credits sequence.

During The Dark Knight Rises (Which is out on DVD soon) John Gordon-Levitt’s Gotham police officer John Blake played an important role, and there has been speculation that Blake could step into Batman’s role in the Justice League of America film, after Christian Bale had his rather interesting encounter with Bane (Tom Hardy) (Of course he could also be playing Robin or Nightwing). There is also speculation that one other actor from the Nolan films will do “something” in the JLA film and there are is also the prospect of many other forthcoming films to look forward to, with Iron Man 3, Thor 2: The Dark World , Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy being released in 2014, and Antman, the Avengers 2 and Justice League of America being released in 2015.