TOP 5: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Set Visit, LES MISERABLES, THE BOURNE LEGACY, ROCK OF AGES Set Visit, Limited Paper #1

     June 2, 2012

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Every so often, there is a story throughout the week that finds itself right on the cusp of Top 5 inclusion before ultimately missing the cut. For whatever reason, today I feel compelled to give one of these said stories an “Honorable Mention” tip of the cap. This write-up from a few days back regarding the chronology of Quentin Tarantino‘s filmography and how Inglorious Basterds influences the entire lineage of his “movieverse” is one that I found incredibly cool and definitely worth your time (even if we’re not bestowing upon it the career-validating honor of making the Top 5).

As for those stories that did make this week’s cut, we have a plethora of coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Dark Knight Rises, the first trailer, poster, and new images from Les Miserables, a new trailer for The Bourne Legacy, more set visit goodness for Rock of Ages, and the first installment of our movie poster lovefest column, Limited Paper. A brief recap and link to each awaits.

1. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Set Visit Coverage

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Just when you thought we couldn’t come up with any more ways to integrate The Dark Knight Rises into our daily coverage, Steve drops a set visit bombshell of Caped Crusader proportion. In the event that you still have room in your media diet for more TDKR coverage, I highly recommend you check out the following: set visit recap including 20 things to know, as well as our set interviews with Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and producer Emma Thomas.

2. First Trailer, Poster, and New Images from LES MISERABLES

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I gotta be honest, cinematic musicals really aren’t my thing. I can appreciate a good stage musical as much as the next guy but, in the film medium, I just have a hard time buying in. That’s why I was so surprised when this first cut from director Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables adaptation hit me like it did. Anne Hathaway‘s rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” sounds incredible and I’m seeing Hugh Jackman in something other than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, so it really is a win-win. If the trailer “wows” you like it did me, then I also encourage you to check out the film’s first poster and 16 new images which also landed online this past week.

3. New Trailer for THE BOURNE LEGACY

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Make no mistake, Jeremy Renner is a bona fide action star. The dude has serious acting chops, comes off as a badass in every sense of the term, and, in my opinion, makes Matt Damon seem a touch on the soft side by comparison. That said, I can’t help but feel that this latest trailer for The Bourne Legacy is more concerned with reminding me that they’re still playing in Jason Bourne’s universe than selling me on the reasons why I need to revisit it in the first place.

4. ROCK OF AGES Set Visit Coverage

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This week’s Top 5 is causing me to reconsider my cinematic tastes. As mentioned in the Les Miserables write-up above, movie musicals historically don’t do much for me. Well, I ate those words in item #2 and in this, item #4, I’m secure in saying that I’m actually kind of looking forward to checking out director Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages adaptation. I think the cast is solid and the hair-metal centric soundtrack seems like cheap fun even if it is a victim of Glee music producer Adam Anders‘ sugar sweet “overproduction”. But enough of my own thoughts, if you have any interest in Rock of Ages or just want to learn more about the pic, Steve’s set visit recap/video blog and set interviews with Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, and the aforementioned Adam Shankman should be a pretty welcomed resource. These 30 new hi-res images might not hurt either.

5. Limited Paper #1: Our Attempt at Streamlining Poster News

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As someone who regularly fawns over some of the gorgeous film and television poster art that infiltrates the site on occasion, I have to applaud Mr. Scott Wampler for putting together our new Limited Paper column. If future iterations are nearly as extensive and passionate as this first installment, then I think those of us who would like nothing more than to align our respective living quarters with as much great poster art as possible are really in for a fun ride.

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