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UPDATE: It's A Dark Knight Mystery
What does this document mean?

09 December 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Exclusive

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Update: we've just spotted a third page of this mysterious file on Twitter, @thefirerises. Fans of The Dark Knight Rises will remember that that was a name associated with the first picture of Bane, unveiled gradually a few months back, so we can now consider it confirmed that this is all a Nolan mind-game to keep us amused. This third document leads in turn to this Operation Early Bird website, which should go live in a few hours. Check back then to see what's in store...

...

Some days at Empire Towers are not filled with the arrival of secret, faked CIA documents that carry with them an air of promise and mystery. And then there are days like today, where the image you see below shows up in our inbox.

Now, unfortunately, our contact was very specific that we can’t tell you what this transcript is exactly. Who gave it to us? It was sent from an encrypted server with no possibility of tracing it (we have a very high tech system here that involves a divining rod and a hamster in a wheel). It was passed to us exclusively as part of a clue to an upcoming event. Which specific event? Can’t say.

 


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But we did hit Google and searched the name listed in the transcript and came up with another document, one posted to Wired’s blog yesterday. Make of that what you will, and let the speculation begin!


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RE: Got Em!
Just had an email today, 'no phones' and 'free t-shirt' !!! Brill More

Posted by Jollux at 20:30 on 13 December 2011 | Report This Post

Got Em!
Bagged two tickets from the Bradford screening. Nice that I don't thsve to fork out for Mission Impossible tickets! Bring in Wednesday and an early Christmas present! More

Posted by unkl77 at 11:22 on 10 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Don't get too excited....
There's a second London screening at 8:30pm, now. Tickets still available. Be quick! More

Posted by nutteronabus at 20:09 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Tickets!!!
According to the website, the 'first come, first served' aspect relates to getting the tickets on the website. It does say if you are unable to attend you should let them know. In their FAQ section they say that they only have set ticket allocations to give out, and once it's gone it's gone! I guess if there are still tickets available after the weekend, then chances are that something is up, but I would look for these to 'sell out' soon! More

Posted by djdinky at 19:09 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Tickets!!!
*first come, first served, hmmm Anyone been to here yet? www.thedarkknightrises.com/uessing these are the coordinates of screenings... More

Posted by Jollux at 18:45 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

Don't get too excited....
Before you get yourself all worked up about next week, read the small print at the bottom.... its first come, first serve.... something tells me that there is NOT a limited number of tickets and that a lot of people will show up!! More

Posted by TomK179 at 18:42 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

Don't get too excited....
Before you get yourself all worked up about next week, read the small print at the bottom.... its first come, first serve.... something tells me that there is NOT a limited number of tickets and that a lot of people will show up!! More

Posted by TomK179 at 18:40 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

Don't get too excited....
Before you get yourself all worked up about next week, read the small print at the bottom.... its first come, first serve.... something tells me that there is NOT a limited number of tickets and that a lot of people will show up!! More

Posted by TomK179 at 18:39 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

Tickets!!!
I've got my place for the advance screening of the prologue! Hell yeah! More

Posted by titanrichelieu at 18:35 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: it the dark knight rises
Advanced screening tickets!!! WoopWoop!! More

Posted by Jollux at 18:34 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

it the dark knight rises
go to operationearlybird.com and follow thfirerises on twitter, they have another document More

Posted by winbigler at 22:50 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

CALLING ALL YANKS???
Try to get to this address? http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=wASHINGTON+dc+20505 &oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&cl ient=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear= 0x89b7b80af69b301b:0xa6c9101625c525d6,Washington,+DC+20 505,+USA&gl=uk&ei=Lj3hTvWBDIW2hAeR14HdAQ&sa =X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1& ved=0CB4Q8gEwAA More

Posted by EdwardsJ at 22:43 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: ...
L: sowasred2012 I've always enjoyed them - you get a little bit of immersion in the universe of the film you're excited to see, and I love the thrill of the treasure hunt, finding and breaking codes and clues, always looking for the next breadcrumb. It's a buzz. Plus, occasionally they lead to free shit, and everyone loves free shit. e too, absolutely loved the TDK virals. Thought they were a stroke of genius. In fact, sowasred2012 your username rings a bell, I'm sure I was conferrin More

Posted by piccolo135 at 20:04 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Who is Dr Leonid Pavel viral campaign.
It's part of the viral campaign for The Dark Knight Rises and concerns Dr Leonid Pavel, played by Alon Aboutboul. There is also a mock up of a photocopied wanted poster to go with it. Do they not think we're looking forward to this movie enough, that we'd forget if they didn't pull these type of stunts? More

Posted by seagull at 19:32 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: ...
I've always enjoyed them - you get a little bit of immersion in the universe of the film you're excited to see, and I love the thrill of the treasure hunt, finding and breaking codes and clues, always looking for the next breadcrumb. It's a buzz. Plus, occasionally they lead to free shit, and everyone loves free shit. More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 17:45 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

...
I've never found these viral campaigns and teasers exciting, in the end the movie will still come out and unlocking a dimly lit photo of Batman's knee won't change your viewing experience... I just don't understand how people get so worked up over these things. More

Posted by DeppBurtonAlliance at 17:32 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

I guess this solves it????
http://www.metro.co.uk/film/884243-the-dark-knight-rise s-viral-campaign-launches-with-leaked-cia-documents on the image above it says page 2, the metro site has page 1! More

Posted by jackmc66 at 16:47 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

I looked the I.P. address up for 223.225.2355.889 (the numbers from the top and bottom of the two documents) you get a location near York, but it says the domain is not supported. I have no idea if this means anything, and barely know what you can do with that information. More

Posted by stufrazer1983 at 15:31 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

I looked the I.P. address up for 223.225.2355.889 (the numbers from the top and bottom of the two documents) you get a location near York, but it says the domain is not supported. I have no idea if this means anything, and barely know what you can do with that information. More

Posted by stufrazer1983 at 15:20 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
Okay I take back my comment that it couldn't be TDKR. I really do want it to be TDKR btw. This stuff always make me so anxious to see the movie I just go crazy. I know, I'm nuts. Plus it seems kind of silly to go viral with things if they only just started shooting Skyfall. So any anticipation build right now would be useless once the movie's actually out. There are actors on the IMDB cast list that don't have a character name yet so that could be why you can't find the name anywhere else bu More

Posted by thisiscarlijn at 15:15 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
I looked the I.P. address up for 223.225.2355.889 (the numbers from the top and bottom of the two documents) you get a location near York, but it says the domain is not supported. I have no idea if this means anything, and barely know what you can do with that information. More

Posted by stufrazer1983 at 15:13 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

NolanFans seems to think that this is The Dark Knight Rises. I'm going with them. But weren't Peter Parkers parents Russian spies or something? More

Posted by crazyben66 at 15:01 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

haha
You guys are way off ... The Document is a hoax Its for sasha baron cohen's new movie The Dictator! check the writing More

Posted by Paulieman at 14:24 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Bauer's Back...
I reckon phoenixvolta is spot on. The guy needs '24hrs' to sort it - cut to JB cracking skulls whilst pretending to get the collateral together for the militia's expenses... gotta be Jack Bauer More

Posted by HMcPhilemy at 13:40 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: IP address?
I had thatn thought re-ip address, and the other image from empire has 2355-889 at the top. Doesnt do anything though unfortunately! One popular theory was that you take both documents and use the black bars together, perhaps to show words, or create a new image or barcode. But they could easily have been trolls too.. More

Posted by piccolo135 at 13:17 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

IP address?
The page on Wired has this at the bottom: 223.255 Looks like the first half of an IP address to me, but nothing on this transcript is working for me as the second half - anyone see anything I don't? Or maybe I'm looking for something that isn't there - just find it difficult to believe we'd be given a breadcrumb that led nowhere! More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 12:28 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Also
I totally disagree with the previous comment that Nolan would only use characters from the DC universe. He has in previous movies added new characters to help the story. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 11:18 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Well...
...according to Total Film it's for The Dark Knight Rises. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 11:17 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Bond
The link shows a picture of the name mentioned and it is definetly Javier Bardem so its is without question skyfall. More

Posted by mjflynn at 11:10 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Bond!
I'm guessing Skyfall, Bond. Because Nolan I think would only use excisting characters from the DC comics universe and if you google the name Pavel, there aren't any hits, apart from links to this document about a hundred times. And if it is an existing character you would be able to find at least one or two pages about the character. So I'm guessing it's Bond. More

Posted by thisiscarlijn at 11:03 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Erm...
...It's quite obviously the sequel to Dr Zhivago, called "Doc Z: Blamfest in Africa". Durr. More

Posted by brent33 at 10:56 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Viral Campaign For TDKR Or,
In other words- Marketing the movie, Selling tickets , Putting asses in chairs etc. More

Posted by burtbondy at 10:50 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

"This Post WIll Self-Destruct In 5 Seconds..."
My guess would be Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. More

Posted by BenTramer at 10:40 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

The Dark Knight Rises
Have a look at this. Seems to all be about Bane and his origin. http://whatculture.com/film/the-dark-knight-ri ses-viral-begins-who-is-dr-leonid-pavel.php?utm_source= rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-dark-knight -rises-viral-begins-who-is-dr-leonid-pavel More

Posted by guysalisbury at 09:29 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

It's the Dark Knight Rises.. hardly a secret More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:17 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

I think it's The Smurfs. They're coming back to get us. More

Posted by Quolm at 08:34 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

TDKR
There is a photo elsewhere (Google) of the person played by actor Alon Aboutboul according to IMDB More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:08 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

TDKR
Its gotta be the start of the Nolan viral marketing campaign More

Posted by donphant at 08:05 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Dark Knight Rises! Simples More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:04 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Surely TDKR...
I don't think Empire'd make such a big deal of any of those other movies. More

Posted by partybee at 07:52 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Macho Men
My guess is either A good day to Die Hard, Bourne Legacy or the 24 Movie. More

Posted by TinyButDeadly at 07:29 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Class Dismissed Script
Can one of you guys linking to this script please explain what it has to do with the stuff above? Someone referred to the document up top as "belonging" to the script, though I've run searches through the script and none of the dialogue matches up in any way. What are you guys talking about? More

Posted by cnmenta at 04:16 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Class Dismissed Script
Can one of you guys linking to this script please explain what it has to do with the stuff above? Someone referred to the document up top as "belonging" to the script, though I've run searches through the script and none of the dialogue matches up in any way. What are you guys talking about? More

Posted by cnmenta at 04:13 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Class Dismissed Script
Can one of you guys linking to this script please explain what it has to do with the stuff above? Someone referred to the document up top as "belonging" to the script, though I've run searches through the script and none of the dialogue matches up in any way. What are you guys talking about? More

Posted by cnmenta at 04:09 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Class Dismissed Script
Can one of you guys linking to this script please explain what it has to do with the stuff above? Someone referred to the document up top as "belonging" to the script, though I've run searches through the script and none of the dialogue matches up in any way. What are you guys talking about? More

Posted by cnmenta at 04:02 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

Class Dismissed Script
Can one of you guys linking to this script please explain what it has to do with the stuff above? Someone referred to the document up top as "belonging" to the script, though I've run searches through the script and none of the dialogue matches up in any way. What are you guys talking about? More

Posted by cnmenta at 04:02 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
L: venomfrom1977 If you zoom out as far as you can on word pad with the full script link for plyscripts.com/scripts/ClassDismissedHDrtf2.rtf,ooks like a wave form. Anyone talented enough to turn it into a .wav and give it a listen? thought the same! Only read through a few of the pages, but it seems to be a short screenplay-type-affair about the Earth narrowly missing being destroyed/some sort of American government corruption. Didn't get the full gist though, because it's 107 pag More

Posted by MrsBisley at 03:36 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

24?!
Cant believe no one has suggested 24:The Movie yet, its gotta be! More

Posted by phoenixvolta at 01:09 on 08 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: TDKR...
If you go to www.simplyscripts.com/scripts/ClassDismissedHDrtf2.rtf and let it download (and presuming you have Word or equivalent) it opens a lengthy document. At first sight it looks like scribble, but change the font on the text and its a transcript of some kind More

Posted by piccolo135 at 23:18 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

TDKR...
Excited.... will empire inform us of any more links? @jon8edwards More

Posted by EdwardsJ at 23:14 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

If you zoom out as far as you can on word pad with the full script link for www.simplyscripts.com/scripts/ClassDismissedHDrtf2.rtf, this looks like a wave form. Anyone talented enough to turn it into a .wav and give it a listen? More

Posted by venomfrom1977 at 22:40 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

Think Fast, Look Alive, Die Hard!!
Could be a Good Day to Die Hard........Yipeekiyay!! More

Posted by kjd17 at 22:25 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

TDKR....for sure!!! More

Posted by sonder at 22:23 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

It's obvious...
The Dark Knight Rises viral campaign begins. More

Posted by grandad at 21:39 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

TDKR
That is Alon Abotabul...he was cast as a "mad scientist" in TDKR. That's what it is! Looks like the viral campaign is starting! More

Posted by jc528491 at 21:35 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

TDKR
That is Alon Abotabul...he was cast as a "mad scientist" in TDKR. That's what it is! Looks like the viral campaign is starting! More

Posted by jc528491 at 21:35 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

Seems Familiar..
looks like javier bardem to me. (in the mentioned link) Old word testement people believed the sky would fall when the world ended. Nuclear war would end the world. and didn't Bond once have a C.I.A friend. felix, i believe..... More

Posted by NotWarren at 21:28 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
I'm guessing Ghost Protocol or DKR More

Posted by musht at 21:18 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
double post, sorry More

Posted by rossyboy1 at 21:18 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Help Us Figure Out A Mystery
Looks like it belongs to this... www.simplyscripts.com/scripts/ClassDismissedHDrtf2.rtf More

Posted by rossyboy1 at 21:17 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

DOCTOR WHOOOOO?! More

Posted by tammyrey at 21:15 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

Expendables 2?
Some of the dialogue, or whatever it may be, seems clunky enough and of course the C.I.A. is mentioned in the first film. More

Posted by Faers at 21:11 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

Movie, TV Show, or something else?
maybe a political thriller? i'd be awesome if it had something to do with a "Jericho" movie More

Posted by jamiezechner at 20:30 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post

Bourne Legacy?
I would have to say it's something to do with The Bourne Legacy, this isn't based on much More

Posted by pog at 20:25 on 07 December 2011 | Report This Post


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