Film Notes: Anne Hathaway joins 'Dark Knight Rises'

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Anne Hathaway will play Catwoman (aka Selina Kyle) in "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. revealed Wednesday. With Christian Bale returning and Tom Hardy also joining the lineup, the movie is looking better and better (on paper, at least).

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story," director/co-writer Christopher Nolan said in a statement.

Mr. Hardy will play the beefy villain Bane, who broke Batman's back in the comics. "I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman's most formidable enemies," Mr. Nolan added.

"The Dark Knight Rises" is scheduled to be released July 20, 2012.

Ms. Hathaway came to Pittsburgh in fall 2009 to shoot "Love & Other Drugs" and Mr. Hardy was here in summer 2009 for the mixed martial arts film "Warrior," scheduled to hit theaters in September.

Oscar race narrows

Nine movies, including "Biutiful" featuring Javier Bardem and the Golden Globe-winning "In a Better World," remain in contention for the Oscar for best foreign language film.

The list, announced Wednesday, features:

• Algeria, "Hors la Loi" ("Outside the Law"), Rachid Bouchareb, director.

• Canada, "Incendies," Denis Villeneuve, director.

• Denmark, "In a Better World," Susanne Bier, director.

• Greece, "Dogtooth," Yorgos Lanthimos, director.

• Japan, "Confessions," Tetsuya Nakashima, director.

• Mexico, "Biutiful," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director.

• South Africa, "Life, Above All," Oliver Schmitz, director.

• Spain, "Tambien la Lluvia" ("Even the Rain"), Iciar Bollain, director.

• Sweden, "Simple Simon," Andreas Ohman, director.

A Los Angeles committee screened the original 66 eligible films. The group's top six choices, along with three selections voted by the academy's foreign language film award executive committee, constitute the shortlist.

The roster will be winnowed to five by specially invited panels in New York and LA this weekend. All nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Sundance jurors

The Sundance Institute announced members of juries awarding prizes at the Sundance Film Festival today through Jan. 30.

The awards ceremony in Park City, Utah, will be hosted by Tim Blake Nelson ("Meet the Fockers," "Syriana," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?").

Jury members include Jeffrey Blitz ("Spellbound") and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, in the category of U.S. documentaries.

Jurors for the drama prize include America Ferrera, star of TV's "Ugly Betty," who earned a special jury prize for acting for 2002's "Real Women Have Curves," director Jason Reitman ("Juno," "Up in the Air") and actor-director Clark Gregg.

PSU alum at Sundance

A short film co-written and co-directed by a Penn State University alumnus is scheduled for its world premiere today at the Sundance Film Festival.

Christopher Radcliff, a New Brighton native, graduated in 2004 with a degree in film-video. He collaborated on "The Strange Ones" with fellow New York-based filmmaker Lauren Wolkstein, according to a press release from the university.

Their 14-minute film tracks a man and a boy, traveling to an unknown destination, who find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface, all appears normal, but nothing is quite what it seems.

"The Strange Ones" will be part of a shorts program playing at 8:30 p.m. today and screening four more times.

The cast includes David Call, who has appeared on "Army Wives" and "Rescue Me" along with Merritt Wever, who is the scene-stealing Zoey on "Nurse Jackie," and Tobias Campbell, a New York City high school student who appeared in "Conviction" and "Bitter Feast."


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her Mad About the Movies blog at post-gazette.com/movies.


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