TODAY'S MOVIE NEWS ROUND-UP: FRIDAY 29TH JULY
Pittsburgh hotel welcomes Dark Knight crew with the Batman sign, Hollywood studios win fight against pirating site and Willem Dafoe in talks to join Pacific Rim.
BATMAN LEAVES UK FOR PITTSBURGH
The Dark Knight Rises production crew has left UK shores to start filming in Pittsburgh, where the Highmark Hotel has welcomed the cast by projecting the bat signal onto its building.
Production for the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is about to move to the East Coast city and continue filming there for several weeks.
In a press conference, above, Christian Bale, who returns as the caped crusader, said in a typically dry fashion, that there would be 'fighting in the streets" but that they would "try and stay our of your hair as much as possible."
The Dark Knight production crew have been in Bale's native UK for some time, filming in locations ranging from Croydon, south London, to Cardington Hangers in Bedfordshire.
Local company Simply Recycling Solutions in Bedford provided props for a scene involving a Siberian prisoner of war camp.
"It's going to be good to see my scrap up on the silver screen," said owner Jon O'Brien.
The company, which has sites in Bedford, Luton and Northampton was discovered by a member of the film's production team.
"The gentleman just drove past, saw our sign and came in and asked for scrap to help build a part of their set.
"Luckily, we'd just had a customer come in with 25 sheets of old, rusty corrugated roofing with lumps of grass growing out of it - he took one look at it and was literally jumping for joy," said Mr O'Brien.
The Dark Knight Rises is due for release in July 2012.
HOLLYWOOD WINS CASE TO BLOCK ILLEGAL FILM WEBSITE
Film-makers are celebrating after a group representing major Hollywood studios won a "landmark victory" in the fight against online film piracy, as a High Court Judge ordered BT to block access to an illegal file-sharing site.
BT has been told to block the Newzbin2 site which allows people to download current releases such as the latest Harry Potter movie.
The Motion Pitcure Association, which represents studios including Warner Bros and Disney brought the action against BT, which is Britain’s biggest internet provider.
The ruling, which is the first of its kind in Britain, could lead to all of the UK’s web providers being forced to block Newzbin2.
BT said yesterday that it was a “helpful judgment, which provides clarity on this complex issue”.
WILLEM DAFOE FOR PACIFIC RIM
Willem Dafoe, of Spider-Man and Antichrist fame (varied career, anyone?!), is in early talks to star in Guillermo Del Toro's monster movie, Pacific Rim.
The film is set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, and the planet must band together and use advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat.
Warner Brothers has confirmed a 2013 release date for the project which will be a relief for Del
Toro who's seen his last two projects, The Hobbit and The Mountains Of Madness, fall through for
Idris Elba has already been cast in the lead role in the film, and Charlie Hunnam has also climbed
aboard for the flick which is set to land slap bang in the middle of 2013's summer blockbuster
As if the idea of Del Toro directing a film about giant monster fighting machines isn't exciting
enough, the director has been speaking to reporters across the pond and making some surprisingly
un-modest claims about he upcoming flick, branding it “the biggest giant monster movie ever
Speaking about the project the Pan's Labrynth and Hellboy director described himself as “a big kid