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James Holmes talking about how the shootings were supposed to increase his self worth during an interview.

James Holmes entered the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on the 20th of July, 2012 and opened fire. Twelve people were killed and 70 others got injured.
He was sentenced to 12 life sentences plus 3,318 years without parole.


In filmmaking, the 180-degree rule is a basic guideline regarding the on-screen spatial relationship between a character and another character or object within a scene. An imaginary line called the axis connects the characters, and by keeping the camera on one side of this axis for every shot in the scene, the first character is always frame right of the second character, who is then always frame left of the first. 

Shooting in the round refers to a style of cinematography in which the 180-degree rule is broken and the actors are filmed from multiple sides. During instances like TV show panel discussions, shooting in the round can help the guests feel like all the panelists are equal and create a feeling of greater intimacy.

In the scene where the Joker confronts Rachel Dawes, Nolan completely shatters the 180-degree rule and leaves traditional methods of shooting in the round behind. An orbital shot is performed where the camera rotates around the conflict in the center. The abandonment of balance and stability throws viewers off. The camera begins to spin faster and faster throughout the scene, mirrored by the high strung and anxious sounding violins that build in speed and key. It’s as if we’re watching some kind of horrifying, nightmarish jack-in-the-box. It’s winding up quicker as time slowly ticks by; as time passes, the viewer gets increasingly disturbed, and the seconds seem to slide by as if they were years.


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Tom Hardy swaps the red carpet for the octagon as he celebrates his 40th birthday cheering on Geordie Shore’s Aaron Chalmers in MMA fight with wife Charlotte Riley

He’s the A list actor who has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters.

But Tom Hardy revealed he was an unexpected fan of Geordie Shore’s Aaron Chalmers, as he attended the BAMMA 31 held at SSE Arena Wembley on Friday night.

The Revenant actor celebrated his 40th birthday at the event with wife Charlotte Riley, and dressed down for the occasion in a casual ensemble.

Tom sported an unkempt beard, and kept a low profile by pulling a baseball cap low over his face. 

The Mad Max actor looked completely engrossed in the fight, where Aaron was triumphant on the night - beating his opponent Alex Thompson in just 30 seconds via knockout.

The pair’s outing comes after Tom posted a heartfelt tribute to his pet dog Woody, announcing the pooch had sadly passed away aged six.

The actor took to his blog to tell his fans about his loss, explaining that Woody died earlier this week after a six-month battle with polymyositisis, which is a muscle disorder.

Tom called Woody his ‘best friend’, revealing how he rescued the animal when he was filming his 2012 movie Lawless in Atlanta.

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James Holmes about regretting not getting admitted to a mental hospital.

James Holmes entered the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on the 20th of July, 2012 and opened fire. Twelve people were killed and 70 others got injured.
He was sentenced to 12 life sentences plus 3,318 years without parole. 


Parents of James Holmes, perpetrator of the 2012 Aurora shooting, about their plan to visit him on the 9th of August, 2012.

James Holmes entered the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on the 20th of July, 2012 and opened fire. Twelve people were killed and 70 others got injured. Holmes also had booby-trapped his appartement with explosives before the shooting, which had to be defused by a bomb squad.
James Holmes was sentenced to 12 life sentences plus 3,318 years without parole.

James and Oliver Phelps' Panel at SLCC (9/24/15)
  • Oliver wishes the swamp scene would have been in the movie 
  • James said they only ever switched parts once during rehearsal and they never switched for actual filming because they never wanted to be the reason for anyone to have to work overtime for reshoots 
  • When asked to pick between Marvel and DC they couldn’t pick
  • Oliver did ALL the talking hahahaha. At one point James pretended to storm off stage because Oliver kept taking the questions.
  • “What do you think of Voldemort?”
  • Oliver: “He’s alright isn’t he, Voldemort? I think he’s very misunderstood.” James: “He’s the most evil character in all of fiction.”
  • If you could pull one item from the magical world what would it be? James would want a portkey because car journeys suck and plane journeys suck
  • Oliver would have a time turner (so you could know every sporting outcome and “collect the winnings” hahaha) 
  • James watched a university quidditch match but he hasn’t played.
  • for Pottermore’s sorting, Oliver said he manipulated his result to be in Gryffindor (because he already has the costume)
  • James said he hasn’t taken Pottermore’s quiz but he was sorted into Hufflepuff once 
  • When asked what spell they’d want to use in real life, Oliver would use Levicorpus? But for TV remotes
  • James would use Lumos
  • They loved the weird sisters scene that ended up cut from the movie.
  • Who is the good twin and evil twin?
  • James thinks he’s the good twin. Oliver didn’t disagree.
  • James’ favorite book is Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Oliver: “Every three weeks we had our hair dyed. And we drank a lot of carrot juice.”
  • James: “but the worst part was the eyebrow dye.”
  • apparently one time an intern over bleached Oliver’s eyebrows and they had to pencil them in for like four weeks of shooting omg
  • Oliver said his favorite character from the books is Peeves. From the films is Kreacher “Because he reminds me of James.”
  • Other than Voldemort they hated Umbridge the most.
  • If you could have saved any character that died who would it have been?
  • James: “I can think of one!”
  • Oliver: “I’d say Hedwig.”
  • on set butterbeer was actually orange juice with whipped cream? So not very good.
  • SO APPARENTLY the studio where they were doing shoots was the same studio they were shooting Dark Knight at and there was a driving range and apparently they discovered they could hit Wayne Manor with their golfballs and did so frequenly
  • a girl stood up and said, “My brother loves you two so much he named his hamsters Fred and George. Fred just died.”
  • their favorite Maggie Smith moment was watching her dance with Rupert. A lot of that scene was ad libbed 
  • dream roles -James: “I used to really love the cartoon Doug. I’d love to play Skeeter in a live action version of Doug.”
  • -Oliver: "I’d love to be in a western. Some big shoutout thing. Wear a hat.”

Heath Ledger and his ‘gentle way’
Even as a teen-idol, he showed signs of being separate from the pack.
By Michael Ordoña

The late Heath Ledger’s stunning, almost unrecognizable turn as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

It was far from the first time he had transformed himself for a role, whether drastically, as the scruffy skateboarding impresario in “Lords of Dogtown,” or subtly, as the repressed, gay cowboy in “Brokeback Mountain.” Here, the recollections of some who worked with the supporting actor nominee add detail to a picture of a complex man and challenging artist whose creative fire and generosity of spirit lifted those around him.

“His energy and enthusiasm for life will never cease to inspire me,” said Ledger’s longtime friend and business partner Matt Amato. “A friend of mine said after Heath died that we must continue in Heath’s 'gentle way.’ Those words sounded perfect to me – Heath’s gentle way.”

From Heath Ledger’s American debut in the underrated “Taming of the Shrew” adaptation “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999) through “The Patriot” and the Chaucer-inspired romp “A Knight’s Tale,” the handsome young actor looked to be on a teen-idol trajectory. But even then, he showed signs of being separate from the pack.

“I was intimidated by how worldly wise he seemed to be and how much he understood himself,” said Jason Isaacs, who played the sadistic Col. Tavington in “Patriot.” “He took a house in the forest while we all lived together in a condo. Like many in my profession, I seem to need company and to fill the silence with noise; he didn’t need that, and he was very happy in his house in the forest. I know 21-year-olds; I’d never met a 21-year-old like him.”

In 2001’s “Monster’s Ball,” he made an indelible impression in a brief appearance as a tough death-row guard’s sensitive son. It was an understated, soulful turn in a supporting role – hardly the stuff of a teen idol lusting for fame.

Indeed, Daniel Day-Lewis, who had never met Ledger, cited that performance last year while dedicating his SAG win for “There Will Be Blood” to the young actor just five days after his death, saying his character “seemed to be almost like an unformed being, retreating from themselves, retreating from his father, from his life, even retreating from us, and yet we wanted to follow him, and yet were scared to follow him, almost. It was unique.”

After a few relatively unremarkable lead turns, he flexed his acting muscles in an offbeat supporting role in “Lords of Dogtown” (2005), directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

“With his physicality, he had style,” said Hardwicke ( “Twilight”). “He didn’t just surf or skate, he did it with his own weird, funky Heath style.”

His metamorphosis to play the real-life Skip Engblom was startling. With long, ratty hair and eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses, he insisted on wearing prosthetic teeth, causing much fretting among those who hired him in part “for his beauty,” Hardwicke said.

But Ledger, then a grizzled veteran in his mid-20s, brought more than quirky talent to the production.

“The younger actors, he was kind of like the godfather to all these boys, the Fagin,” Hardwicke said. “He would encourage them, take them under his wing. He had half a trailer, he was so modest but he set up a camp outside it. He set up tiki torches and people would play guitars and call it Camp Heath.”

Next, a more delicate transformation earned Ledger his first Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Beyond his rich emotional life as Ennis Del Mar in “Brokeback Mountain,” his subtle technical choices in the film were the fine strokes that completed the painting. His clenched jaw, tight shoulders and habitual mumbling spoke of a man stoically refusing to express his true self. It was only with his secret lover that Ennis could allow his muscles to relax, his voice to come out clearly.

In 2005, Ledger joined Amato in the Los Angeles-based arts collective the Masses to hone the skills to direct films, starting with music videos. A rapidly developing visual style is apparent in the handful of his videos released so far, for artists such as Ben Harper. His steep growth curve can be seen in two pieces he directed for rapper and childhood friend Nfa: The first, “Seduction Is Evil,” is a fairly straightforward presentation, possibly inspired by “Chicago”; the second, “Cause N Effect,” is something much freer, abstract and striking. Two more are complete and awaiting release: one of Australian singer Grace Woodroofe covering David Bowie’s “Quicksand” and an animated clip Ledger designed and storyboarded for Modest Mouse, completed after his death.

“Both these new videos reflect Heath’s talents as a visionary artist. Someday, there will be an exhibit of his stunning photographs,” said Amato in an e-mail exchange. “What Heath brought to us at the Masses was his pure creative energy, chessboards and surfboards.

"One fond memory I have is how he assisted me on a difficult edit. My carpal-tunnel syndrome was acting up … so Heath said, 'I’ll be your hands.’ And he was.”

Ledger’s next projects included the gritty drug-addiction drama “Candy” and the Bob Dylan tribute “I’m Not There,” making it possible to trace the evolution of his sexual cool from the charming teen of “10 Things” to the swaggering musical star he played in the Todd Haynes movie. Then came “The Dark Knight.” With his terrifying alchemy as the Joker – which may earn only the second posthumous acting Oscar – Ledger gave his final completed performance.

“Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan, at a recent DGA symposium, spoke of Ledger’s deep commitment to the role for months before shooting even began, saying the actor would call him up to talk about the character, how he should play him, and about other actors, movies and TV shows that had influenced him.

“Patriot” costar Isaacs witnessed it firsthand. Just before “Dark Knight” started shooting in London, he ran into Ledger and his then-partner Michelle Williams and their baby daughter. The new father was carrying around a notebook in which he was jotting ideas about the Joker. Remembering the 28-year-old Aussie’s “boundless energy” and love of life and his daughter, Isaacs said of the young actor’s fatal overdose of prescription drugs, “I knew in my heart there was no way it was suicide.

"I’ll tell you an odd thing that happened,” he added. “He died and everybody who had known him and worked with him on 'The Patriot,’ we all phoned each other. Not like everybody didn’t know; it was all over the headlines. None of us had anything particularly interesting or profound to say; we just wanted to say his name out loud. And be sad together. Because he was a lovely person.”

The man who sent Zelda Williams an image telling her to “Calm her tits” is speaking of empathy.

The man who made a comic complaining how the Dark Knight Rises shooting inconvenienced him when he wanted to talk about a movie is speaking of empathy.

The man who angrily responds to his fans for hoping they would respond to them trying to help is speaking of empathy.

Once again the lack of self awareness is just stunning.

New interview: Jennifer Lawrence on ‘awful’ swimming sequence and ‘awkward’ sex scene

… We spoke via Skype to Jennifer who was in Berlin as part of her global tour to promote “Passengers.”

Excerpts from our talk:

If, like your character Aurora in “Passengers,” you can finally unplug and be away from everything, what would you enjoy doing?

 I would enjoy the silence, the quiet, being alone, definitely not worrying about anybody staring at me. I’d have a glass of wine. I’d look at the cosmos. Then, in five hours, I would start to flip out.

Aurora has these routines—she runs and swims. What are your own routines to ground yourself amid your hectic life?

 Kind of similar. I like working out when I travel a lot. I like to sweat after a flight. It makes me feel like I’m getting some of the germs out, and it helps me sleep better. Watching “Modern Family” on my computer. It’s my consistent thing, which I do every night. That’s how I tuck myself in and my self-soothing method.

Always in a strange place

How much do you enjoy being alone?

 I enjoy being alone to a certain extent. It’s very important to be able to be alone, to self-soothe, especially with my job. We travel a lot. I’m always in a strange place. I’m rarely ever around my home with my friends and family. I’m normally away from everything I know. I’m [always] in strange hotel rooms.

So, you have to find certain things that keep things familiar. I like to bring candles that smell familiar and that make it smell like my home. When I can bring my dog (Pippi), then all my focus is just on my dog—walking her and playing with her, making sure she’s happy. And that I’m not thinking about myself. Or I watch TV on my computer.

Without giving too much movie magic away, how cool was filming that swimming sequence? 

None of it was fun. It was awful. But it was the coolest scene I had ever seen. There are scenes like the beginning of “The Dark Knight”—that scene’s crazy.

But shooting that swimming scene was awful. It was a week and a half of being in a swimming pool for 16 hours a day. And being in a tank. Being flipped upside down with water going up my nose and drinking water all day. It was miserable. But the end result was definitely worth it.

Do you still feel anxious when you have to shoot sex scenes? Have you gotten over filming your first sex scene? 

I felt a lot of anxiety. And then I’m so happy that I got there, and I realized how ridiculous it is. The sex scenes are the most un-sexual thing in the entire world. They’re just awkward and funny. So, in the future, I’d probably feel less anxiety.

It’s obviously too early to talk about the children you may have someday. In this movie, you’re the daughter of a famous writer. Your children will also have to deal with having a famous mom. Is that something you think about?

 I do think about it, because my children won’t have anything in common with my childhood. So, I’ll be starting completely from scratch.

I wouldn’t be who I am without my struggles. And my kids will grow up with money. I didn’t grow up like that. So there are going to be differences from my childhood to my children’s. But people have done it. I’m pretty sure actors are breeding. And everybody figures out a way.

Can you give us a hint on what to expect from your untitled Darren Aronofsky project? 

Not without my director killing me.