Kim Jong Un makes his first deal – halts nuclear program for food aid

North Korea’s offer to suspend uranium enrichment and allow international inspectors into the country breaks an impasse over its nuclear program…

The announcement marks the first agreement between the United States and North Korea since February 2007, when Pyongyang agreed to begin disabling its nuclear complex in return for $400 million worth of fuel oil and aid. The deal fell apart the following year, and North Korea, complaining the United States had not followed through on promises, resumed processing plutonium.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described the agreement as “important but limited.” She said Washington “still has profound concerns” about Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and will watch to see if the regime adheres to its promises.

Former U.S. officials describe the agreement as worthwhile because it promises to interrupt North Korea’s nuclear program, if only temporarily. It also provides a test of the new regime’s intentions and trustworthiness.

The U.S. Agency for International Development tentatively plans to deliver about 20,000 metric tons of food a month over the next year, officials said. The food is appropriate for infants, small children and pregnant women. (The deal) also includes an increase in cultural, educational and sports exchanges.

via LA Times

 

For more history on North Korea, including two nuclear bomb detonations in 2006 and 2009, read about Korean Unification.

Leaked wanted poster from Dark Knight Rises – the mysterious Russian nuclear official Dr. Leonid Pavel

We know from the Dark Knight Rises Prologue (video/trailer) that Bane desperately wants this man for something…

via Underwired

The Dark Knight Rises – Prologue – a special 6-minute screening clip from the movie

Dark Knight Rises – Prologue

A six-minute prologue sequence, that introduces Tom Hardy’s villainous Bane, will air before screenings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in select IMAX theaters in the U.S. and Canada this December (2011).

The clip, which received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, was shot on the IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film that Nolan used for key action sequences during the film.

via THR

 

Here is another version that is grainy and dark but contains multiple different scenes.

 

The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after the previous film, The Dark Knight, where…

Heath Ledger’s Joker blasted through the opening heist sequence with chilling conviction. Smart, scary and utterly riveting, Ledger’s character set the tone for the rest of the picture by blending ice-cold humor with utterly remorseless criminal smarts.

Director Christopher Nolan repeats that winning strategy in The Dark Knight Rises, as revealed in Thursday night’s press screening here of the first six minutes of the highly anticipated follow-up. This time around, intense British actor Tom Hardy, playing Batman nemesis Bane, sparks his own “Holy crap!” moment about three minutes into an Abu Ghraib-inspired airplane hijacking from hell.

via Wired

 

Also, check out the “fake” wanted poster leaked in conjunction with this Prologue.

The best comic book movies of all time – according to the critics

Ranked according to Rotten Tomatoes ratings (see bottom for a full explanation)

 

35. The Adventures of Tintin – 2011 – 74%

34. V for Vendetta – 2006 – 73%

33. The Mask – 1994 – 75%

32. Ghost in the Shell – 1995 – 94%

31. Superman Returns – 2006 – 76%

 

30 – Thor – 2011 – 77%

29 – Batman Returns – 1992 – 78%

28 – Sin City – 2005 – 78%

27 – Captain America: The First Avenger – 2011 – 79%

26 – Hellboy – 2004 – 80%

25 – Flash Gordon – 1980 – 81%

24 – Oldboy – 2005 – 80%

23 – Iron Man 2 – 2010 – 74%

22 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – 2010 – 81%

21 – Batman: The Movie – 1966 – 82%

 

20 – X-Men – 2000 – 81%

19 – Kick-Ass – 2010 – 76%

18 – Road to Perdition – 2002 – 82%

17 – The Crow – 1994 – 83%

16 – Batman Begins – 2005 – 85%

15 – A History of Violence – 2005 – 85%

14 – X-Men: First Class – 2011 – 87%

13 – Akira – 1988 – 88%

12 – Superman 2 – 1980 – 88%

11 – Hellboy 2: The Golden Army – 2008 – 87%

 

10 – X2: X-men United – 2003 – 88%

9 – Spider-Man – 2002 – 89%

8 – Men in Black – 1997 – 91%

7 – Ghost World – 2001 – 92%

6 – Spider-Man 2 – 2004 – 93%

5 – American Splendor – 2003 – 94%

4 – Superman: The Movie – 1978 – 94%

3 – The Dark Knight – 2008 – 93%

2 – Iron Man – 2008 – 94%

1 – Persepolis – 2007 – 97%

 

To celebrate the 2010 Comic-Con, we present to you Comics & Graphic Novels vs. the Critics, an exhaustive countdown that includes movies based on everything from superheroes to graphic novels, from manga to strips from the funny pages, in order of critical approval.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Every movie here originates from a comic book source of some kind, not another medium (we know about the Alien vs. Predator graphic novels, but the movies aren’t based on the comics).
  • Only movies with 20 or more reviews are included (sorry, Fritz the Cat)
  • Weighted formula that takes release year and number of reviews into account
  • Omitted all TV or straight-to-DVD flicks.

via Rotten Tomatoes – 120 best comic movies

 

*Note: I added in 5 new critically acclaimed comic movies that came out after 2010*