'The Dark Knight Rises' Controversy, 'The Wolverine' & 'The Hunger Games' Casting & More!

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http://bit.ly/clevvermovies - Click to Subscribe! http://Facebook.com/ClevverMovies - Become a Fan! http://Twitter.com/ClevverMovies - Follow Us! The Dark Knight Rises sparks controversy, a couple big high-profile movies find directors and The Wolverine loses a lead while The Hunger Games is close to finding its supporting cast. Lots of movie news to cover, so what are we waiting for? Let's get started! With The Dark Knight Rises finally hitting theaters this week there's bound to be some controversy to go along with such a highly anticipated film. Today, we actually have two. First up, movie review site Rotten Tomatoes was forced to disable user comments on The Dark Knight Rises due to death threats for the few journalists that gave the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy negative reviews. This was the first time in the site's history such action had to be taken, but Matt Atchity, the site's editor-in-chief said user comments would most likely be restored by the end of the week. Another controversy sparked by The Dark Knight Rises comes from U.S. conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh who is making the accusation that the film's villain "Bane" was named that as a conspiracy to get voters to associate him with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney who previously worked for investment fund Bain Capital. Of course, Limbaugh also referred to Batman's "Bane" as "vicious", "fire-breathing" and "four-eyed" so we're guessing Mr. Limbaugh isn't a big comic book fan. As most of you probably know, Bane was introduced as a Batman villain in 1993 and appeared as a character in 1997's Batman & Robin movie. Quite a few years before Mr. Romney became a presidential nominee. Of course it's not all controversy for The Dark Knight Rises. Despite a few negative reviews, the film has received overwhelmingly positive support from a majority of critics and one aspect of the film that a lot of people are praising is Anne Hathaway's portrayal of "Catwoman" in the film. Access Hollywood spoke to director Christopher Nolan at the film's premiere in New York who praised Hathaway's performance and though he reiterated that he was done with telling stories of Gotham City on screen, he would love to see her play the character on-screen again. So perhaps another "Catwoman" movie, but a GOOD one this time? In other comic book movie news, it was reported last week that Jessica Biel, who can be seen in this summer's Total Recall reboot, would be taking on the role of Viper in The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman. Shortly after the announcement, Biel told reporters at Comic-Con that the deal was not done and now, according to Collider, the deal is completely dead and the studio is currently looking to other actresses to take on the role. Filming is set to begin on the film next month in Australia for a July 26th, 2013 release. One of the biggest movies of the year was The Hunger Games and the filmmakers are hard at work on the sequels, Catching Fire and two films based on Mockingjay. It was previously announced that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as "Plutarch Heavensbee", Jena Malone would be playing "Joanna Mason" and Amanda Plummer has landed the role of "Wiress". We now learn that Snow White and the Huntsman actor Sam Claflin is close to signing on in the coveted role of "Finnick", while Oscar winner Melissa Leo is the frontrunner to play "Mags" and Tony Shalhoub is being eyed to play "Beetee". Catching Fire is set to go into production this fall for a November 22nd, 2013 release. Francis Lawrence will take over directing duties from Gary Ross and we have learned that Lionsgate is currently looking for directors to helm the two Mockingjay movies. With those films slated to open in November 2014 and 2015, the studio is concerned that it would be too much for Lawrence to handle all three films with such a short window between releases. Speaking of Gary Ross, it looks like The Hunger Games director has found his follow-up project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross will be heading to Neverland to take on Disney's Peter Pan prequel based on the novel Peter and the Starcatchers, which was also turned into a Tony winning Broadway production. Disney is also moving forward on a sequel to their Pixar hit 'Finding Nemo' and, according to Deadline, have hired the original film's director Andrew Stanton to helm the project. Stanton's last film was John Carter, which as you know was a huge financial disaster for the Mouse House, but we have a feeling Finding Nemo 2 will probably not have quite as hard a time finding an audience. So there you have it, the big news of the day. Are you surprised by all The Dark Knight Rises controversy or do you think it's just part of releasing such a high profile film? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to subscribe in order to stay up to date with the latest movie news. I'm Joslyn Davis and we'll see you next time.
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