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Tom  Hardy (Bane) showing his back-breaking move on a hapless crew member.
 Why is Batman driving a Lamborghini? Will Herman Munster be a cannibal? How much does the Batmobile cost? Which episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is 'embarrassing?' Where are they filming the Japanese movie Wolverine?

Trivia Question (Answer at the end of the post)
An avid movie buff, Christopher Nolan put the cast and crew of The Dark Knight in a four-day boot camp of eight films whose tone he wanted to emulate. What were they?
Last Week's Bonus Trivia Answers
Easy: Name three cast members that appeared in MiB and the sequel MIIB.  
"Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, and Rip Torn were all in Men in Black I and II." - Alex C.
"As I recall Agents J and K, Zed, the pug dog Frank, and whoever Tony Shalhoub played all reappeared in the first sequel. Probably a couple others I can't remember"  - Pat D.
Hard: Which director turned down the job because he felt it would "just be Blues Brothers in space?"
John Landis, who directed The Blues Brothers. He says he regrets that decision now.

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  • A lot of people are scared to go the movie theater after last week's shooting. That's understandable, but Pat Dilloway said it best. "On a side note, I hope people come out and support the film.  You shouldn't let the actions of one lunatic stop you from living your life.  That's what we all said after 9/11, right?  And it's still true in this case."
  • Andrea tipped us to this cool infographic! The Cost of Being Batman. I don't like to nitpick, but how do we know how much it costs to make a Batmobile?

  • I missed the screen of Star Trek: The Next Generation Monday so I could see The Dark Knight Rises. Did anyone go? How was it?
  • Check out the surprising look of NBC's Munsters reboot 'Mockingbird Lane.' The show will be very different from the sit-com. How different? Bryan Fuller said "they eat people." Will you be watching?

  •  Wil Wheaton, who played young Ensign Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, called the first season "embarrassing."  He said, "...And the entire first, almost first two seasons have some incredible high points like "The Big Goodbye" and some really embarrassing low points like 'Code of Honor.' I’m really grateful that we were given the time to sort of find ourselves and figure out exactly what this show is about because by the time Next Generation gets to season 3, 4 or 5 I think its some of the best science fiction that’s ever been on television." Do you agree?

  • Christian Bale, who played Batman in the Nolan films recently visited victims of the movie theater shooting. But there's another Batman giving people hope. The 'Lamborghini Batman' paid $250,000 for a custom Batmobile replica to visit sick kids across the country dressed as Batman. That's a hero to me.

Trivia Answer

Before filming, Nolan had the cast watch: Heat (1995), Cat People (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), King Kong (1933), Batman Begins (2005), Black Sunday (1977), A Clockwork Orange (1971), and Stalag 17 (1953). William Fichtner, who played in Heat was given a cameo as the bank manager. Rutger Hauer was cast in Batman Begins and Nolan has said Blade Runner also inspired the film.

Bonus Trivia Question (The first one with the right answer(s) get a nod next week.
Easy: Name three actors that starred in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception. (Thanks for the question idea Pat!)

Hard: During the opening bank robbery, the Joker wears a rubber mask. Cesar Romero in the 60s TV show Batman wore a mask that was almost identical. Which episode was it and why did he wear it?

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  1. Alex J. CavanaughJuly 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Cicillian Murphy

  2. Alex J. CavanaughJuly 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    And that's cool about the Batmobile replica visiting sick kids. I can see why Nolan chose the movies he did for the cast to watch. Heat is a classic. Michael Mann can do no wrong, either.

  3. Alex J. CavanaughJuly 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Scratch Bale! Tom hardy.

  4. Alex J. CavanaughJuly 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Also Michael Caine, but you only said three.

  5. jeremy [retro-zombie]July 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    never saw inception... i have it, just have not watched it. great batman offerings this day...

  6. The first season of Next Generation is hugely embarrassing compared to the rest of the series. The second season is less so, but it doesn't match up all that much better. It's like a whole new show was launched at the start of the third season. That was the true birth of that particular era of Star Trek, which didn't end until 2005 (some would argue 1999, with the series finale of Deep Space Nine, or the even less generous fans would say 1996, with the release of First Contact; yes, I overthink these things).

  7. I love all these little tidbits about Batman. Inception and Dark Knight Rises...Joseph Gordon Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Cillian Murphy

  8. Jeremy lots of Batman news this week. Inception is mind blower. The hotel scene is the best.

  9. Alex, you got it! There's one more though... Heat It's a classic


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