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AICN Exclusive! Want To See The Final One-Sheet For THE PRESTIGE?!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I’m a wee bit on the excited side for this one. I’ve decided not to read the novel before the film comes out because it looks like the sort of film where half the fun is the way things fit together in the end. In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying that wicked trailer for the film, and today, I decided to do a magic trick of my own and produce the film’s final one-sheet. So, hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of this hat. Nothing up this sleeve. Nothing up that sleeve. And...

... presto!

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Alright for floating heads

    by ChorleyFM

    Otherwise, pretty meh.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Pretty boring for a potential kickass movie

    by peterhengl

    Why not something like the Posters in the lower half of this gallery:

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    So close to being first dammit!

    by Cat_Corporation

    I don't like it so much. First it looks like a contemporary crime thriller, not a period movie about magicians! Plus I'm a bit sick of movie posters with profiled, disembodied heads. But hey, at least all the heads on the poster are good lookin'. Looking forward to the flick though.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:23 a.m. CST

    mmm, cool

    by Suki_Jonze

    i love it. nolan hasn't let me down yet. so is this based on a novel or graphic novel? ~ suki

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    omgwtfbbq moriarty READ THE BOOK

    by Holodigm

    it is singlehandedly one of the most mindblowing experiences i have ever had, especially in literature. the book is so complex that there's no way they could do a literal translation. granted, it seems like they tried to stay as close to the source material as possible, but simply put you cannot tell the story on the film the way it was told in the book. and it takes you at least 3 reads to fully comprehend everything going on. trust me (ok i'm a complete stranger but still), reading the book will only make your anticipatory geekgasm stronger.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Got to agree with...

    by JohnAdcox's light but fun. Why ruin the ending of am exceptionally well-crafted book by seeing the dumbed-down version first?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST

    The book is messed up!!

    by Foxman

    Read the book and it's totally crazed. The whole thing jumps round from 1st person to 3rd person, diaries, etc all sorts of shit. But from the very first couple pages it gave me a spine tingle with the 'always thought i had a twin' line. Awesome. How this will translate into on film is another thing. Nolan is the best film-maker working at the moment with a 100% record in my view - see Following for the best indie debut ever. I wanna option The Glamour when it's up for renewal, now that is something very special.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:49 a.m. CST

    I agree with peterheng...

    by abiggerboat

    This film looks amazing, but this trailer doesn't sell it for what it is. Looking at this poster, it doesn't look like a period, it looks set in modern day!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Scarlett Johansson

    by Giant Ape Balls

    Are there 2 of her? She seems to be ineverything nowadays. Not that 2 of her would be a bad thing....

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by random dude

    The release date is October the 20th, not the 27th. And that is known for about a month. This fake poster obviously is an old one, and AICN once again proves its incompetence.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Reading the book

    by matersuspiriorum

    It's always a tough call, because you don't want to set yourself up for any bit of disappointment at what you thought they *could have* done when you know what the story is. If you're on the fence, why not read any other of Christopher Priest's books? I really liked The Prestige, but also found The Glamour to be a very mind-trippy read.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Uninspired poster

    by Tar Heel

    Is this poster from the same marketing department that made the trailer? This poster tells us absolutely nothing. The trailer made me want to see the movie NOW!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:48 a.m. CST

    terrible poster

    by tripp5

    where's the magic? where are the lil white bunnies and silly top hats? maybe a clown blowing a balloon animal? or scarlett blowing a ballon animal? or scarlett blowing...heeeeeey, waaait a second!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Great Composition

    by Playhouse

    But it doesn't really work for this type of film. Either a carny poster like the stuff peterhengl pointed out or a live shot that recreates the posture and feel of a carny poster would work better.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by HumbertHumbert

    The poster for The Departed is much better than this one. But let's not start the day off with negatively. Time to wake and bake!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by Elmore Rigby answer the question of this article.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 8:28 a.m. CST

    We SHOULD be getting Jackman as the Joker...

    by TheSeeker7

    ... instead of the frikkin CHILD of Heath Ledger. *sigh* Wouldn't mind seeing Scarlett in the sequel either. Pretty sweet poster, btw. I'm diggin it

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by jimbubble

    Sorry dude that`s a load of shite! Says absolutely nothing about the film! Oh and read the book FFS!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST

    An underwhelming feeling of Meh...

    by kingrobot

    Why not something like this... or these

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Now THIS is a lame ass poster

    by jimmy_009

    WTF. I thought we were over the floating head bulls--t. You've got the perfect f'in movie to do something cool with, and you do floating heads. You can't even see who's who, which defeats the main point of the floating heads to begin with, to showcase your star. I hope who ever designed this loses their job, to be replaced with someone who actually has creative talent.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I love the book The Prestige

    by hairyproductions

    I read the book a little less than a year ago when I found out they were making this film, and it turned out to be one of the greatest book I have ever read. Part of the book is written in the perspective of one magician, the other in the perspective of the other, so you think one is the "good guy" then you read the other guys point of view and then you double think yourself. it is an amazing read, I highly recomend reading the Prestige!!!! I can't wait to see how he pulls some of the stuff off, but i have full faith in Chris.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by JuggFuckler

    Because I thought that you weren't going to read the novel because, judging from your writing, you are barely literate. Fag. Just kidding. Do your thing playa.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:40 a.m. CST

    On second thought...

    by jimmy_009

    ...I think this is just a flat out fake. No way could a professional poster be this horrible.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    You're right on the money Kingrobot

    by jimmy_009

    That would be a sweet style for this movie and would get my ass in the seat. This type of amateur looking stuff get's my Nasonex Bee award, for inadequete advertising on a national stage.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Wow, they blew that one.

    by Mosquito March

    You know how pissed Ashley Judd movie fans are going to be when they show up and see a movie about magicians set in the 1900s?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Terrible Poster!! might as well be The Departed

    by chickychow

    feel bad for whoever walks into this not knowing its a period piece... or IS IT?? OD DO I??

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Its a great book up until the dissapointing ending

    by Lovecraftfan

    If youre going to read the book but prepared to be dissapointed by the ending. Its certainly a cool ending. It also makes little sense, strangely abrupt, and blatantly forgets events that the author brought up earlier. Still great book til then.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Bale or Jackman should have been BOND!!!

    by Triumph poops!

    Looking at this poster -- which IS ridiculously boring and truly uninspired, so nice going marketing department -- it makes me think of another gripe I have. WHY WEREN'T EITHER OF THESE GUYS PICKED TO BE THE NEW BOND? Man, anyone see the latest ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY that has Daniel Craig on the cover to promote the fall movie season and in particular CASINO ROYALE? The issue has 6 covers -- Craig is on the actual cover, but when you open the magazine, it then has sequential mock covers spotlighting each of the other Bond actors. Flipping through them, I'd almost forgotten how young and vibrant and fresh Dalton looked when he picked up his license to kill, taking over from Roger Moore who'd clearly gotten embarrassingly too old by A VIEW TO A KILL. And looking at Dalton's cover, it also reminded me how truly hosed he got by not getting to make more films and how cheated the fans were by not seeing more films with him. However, worst of all, looking at the Dalton cover (or certainly Brosnan's) and then flipping back to Craig, all I can say is...Yeesh! Is this guy the most fucking ugly Bond ever or what!? Seriously, pick up the magazine and flip between those two covers. Craig...Dalton... Craig...Dalton...and see if you don't end up thinking "Man, this guy will suck major ass." Which brings me back full circle to my gripe that either Jackman or Bale would have made great Bonds and would have been faaaaaaaar more debonair in the tux AND clearly able to handle the action scenes kick ass convincingly. Oh well, I'm still betting that once CASINO debuts even critics will be jumping the bandwagon and saying "Wow, this guy was seriously miscast" which point Craig will become the new Lazenby and maybe Jackman or Bale WILL get hired. I'm sure movie fans would embrace either of them waaaaaay more than Craig, at which point there will be a collective sigh of relief in moviedom, much like the way everyone felt pretty psyched and upbeat when Brosnan was finally hired for real and everyone looked at each other and sort of said, "Yeah, he's definitely Bond material. I won't mind paying to see him in the role."

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by The_Deathticle

    Hugh Jackman should be Roland if ever a Dark Tower movie gets made. That being said, I'm not sure a Dark Tower movie ever should be made. Anyway, back on topic...The Prestige one sheet -- Yawn.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Poster okay, trailer was excellent...

    by JohnGalt06

    I hope this lives up to my expectations, which are high since Nolan is directing. I have heard from many that the book's ending is lame so hopefully they've come up with something good for the movie.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    by The_Deathticle

    jimmy009 --- Nasonex Bee Award. Hilarious! Man that bee sucks, although if you've noticed the new commercial, they've handed the CG off to another company and the redesign looks a lot better. It's still got the buddy version of Antonio Banderas's voice, though. ....And I suddenly can't believe I'm talking about a CG bee in a talkback....

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Poster is way bland. Looks like a men's cologne ad.

    by Orbots Commander

    Buy Prestige, the scent that'll have Scarlett Johannsen all over you. Way to go again, WB marketing guys! After SR, Poseidon and Ant Bully you really are all itching to get fired, aren't you?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    You can see the Green Goblin in the smoke!

    by Jonesey1111

    Somebody had to say it.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Jackman's wife told him not to take the Bond role.

    by Shermdawg

    Of course, she told him not to take the role of Wolverine also.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by AnAgentOfEvil

    Is that really her in the middle? Doesn't look like her.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Jackman's wife?

    by JohnGalt06

    Thought he was gay.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Very funny Jonesey, very funny.

    by Shermdawg

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I also heard Jackman was offered Bond

    by Orbots Commander

    and he turned it down. Smart on his part. He knows he could get potentially typecast along with the fact he's already a big enough star that he doesn't need the Bond part. The Bond part is usually good for actors on the cusp of breaking out who aren't very widely known yet.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by IAmLegolas

    Man, what a shitty poster, you can't even tell the time period of the movie with just those big heads, makes it look all modern. Great book and potentially a great movie. Maybe the foreign posters (UK, etc.) will be better, as they tend to be.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    If Bale bolts from Batman, they should replace him with

    by Shermdawg

    Ryan Gosling. They're, near deadringers. But, after the praise he's been getting for Half Nelson, Batman may be below him.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    The book was good, not great

    by digduggler

    Why would you need to read it 3x? It's really not that complicated of a narrative. I thought the book was great up until the ending. I could see it coming and I found it to be fairly stupid, although if handled correctly it might be poetic. It's great source material but I would have chopped the frame story out, story descriptions indicate they kept it. Nolan has not sucked yet, so maybe he pulls it off...

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Scarlett's in every movie this year....

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    To that I say "Schwing! She's a babe!"

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Johanssen's a bit of an airhead.

    by Shermdawg

    Not Britney Spears or Paris Hilton level, but damn, her appearances on Letterman are cringe worthy. Jessica Biel however, wow.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    That poster could be any fucking movie.

    by dirtsandwich

    Show some tits.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Fake: Johnassons 4th Billing On The Official Site And

    by flamingrunt

    On the bottom credits. On this poster shes third. Does this site just post anything sent to it or would it like some integrity and filter out the obvious bullshit?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Why aren't movie posters showing

    by dirtsandwich

    best scenes to lure in customers. Like Anthony Hopkins eating Ray liotta's brains in Hannibal. Or Billy Bob gobbling Halle Barry's box in Monster's Ball? Or Diane Lane digging into her pants in Unfaithful?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Andy Serkis & David Bowie co-starring

    by Teko

    Any movie with David Bowie as Nicolai Tesla is worth seeing.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    WOW! These are three floating heads pasted together!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    This may be the best poster EVER created! I hope the DVD cover adds some Photoshop sun flare effects, though. They always go best with floating heads - just ask George Lucas.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Yes somebody agrees with me

    by Lovecraftfan

    This movie will rock by the way.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I agree Teko,

    by rbatty024

    but why the hell isn't he one of the names at the top. Halfway through the movie the Spiders from Mars better show up or I'm gonna be livid.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    But Bowie is older than Tesla was

    by dirtsandwich

    at that time. It's a bad cast. Serkis will be fun. Probably not much of him in the film though. I think Bowie will be the weak link in the film. Not that he'll be bad but a mis-cast and not up to par with the others.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Wow, a stratight to DVD erotic thriller.

    by modlight

    This movie looks great, but seriously that poster tells you 0 about what the movie is.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    What a dull poster... I've made better for half assed student film projects!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Wow. What a $hitty poster.

    by veritasses

    Considering how incredibly cool this movie looks to be, what a shame they've come out with a poster design that you'd expect to see for a low budget movie and which only lowers expectations. I hope whatever money they saved having that poster made was spent making the movie better.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Hail

    ...fucking great trailer, fucking weak poster.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Top billing, nice

    by AlwaysThere

    Fuck batman

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Jackman lusted for the role of Bond...

    by moto

    ... according to the Entertainment Weekly article, he admitted to starting an internet rumor that he was on the short list, just to increase odds and get his name out there for the role. He really wanted that role. He didn't turn it down. The producers saw Craig's performance in Layer Cake and put him at the top of the shortlist.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Brilliant idea about Jackman as Roland!!

    by moto

    The only other person who could have pulled it off would have been Clint Eastwood. But he's too old. If only we could grab the Eastwood from the late 70s. Not sure how The Gunslinger series would transfer to film though. Tough. Only way to really make it work would be an HBO or SHOWTIME encensored mini-sereis. That's how ALL Stephen King stuff should be done. No more NBC crap.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Jackman would be good in pretty much anything.

    by Orbots Commander

    The guy is like a modern day Harrison Ford or Kirk Douglas. Him, and also Bana, another guy who is a rising star, could be cast in any heroic role and do the part justice. In fact, if there's ever a Superman re-boot, WB could do worse than cast Bana as Superman.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST

    looks like an x4 fan art poster....

    by jig98

    but then again, if micheal caine was in that poster it could be a fan art poster for the next batman movie or "the dark knight". just replace hugh jackman with heath ledger.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    About as exciting as a turd.

    by alienindisguise

    Man for a movie about magicians throwing down, this really hits on none of that...If Nolan had a say in this, then he screwed up horribly just like he did withthe fight scenes in Batman Begins:(

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Actually reminds me of the poster for 'Insomnia'

    by Ribbons ******* A pretty boring one, if real; it reveals virtually nothing about the film except that Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are in it. Then again, I suppose it's typical of most posters these days. I'm still super-psyched to see the movie.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Just like I thought, Jackman used his wife as a excuse.

    by Shermdawg

    It's the same as Tom Welling saying he doesn't want to be Superman (bullshit), bot he and Jackman were passed over, is that something you'd go around telling everyone? Hell no, you play it off.

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    THIS is the sort've thing fans should have control

    by chickychow

    over... not inserting stupid lines into movies. A studio head should look at this tb and become hip to the obvious: this poster is garbage and relays nothing in the way of what this movie is about. not saying let fanboys design the poster - lord knows that would be an awful idea and, I expect, not too far off in the future. Get a fuckin clue.

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I heard somewhere that Scarlett Johanson has A cups.

    by CreasyBear

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    my poster is better...

    by Ali786

    <a href=""> here</a>

  • Aug. 20, 2006, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by random dude Not bad

  • Aug. 21, 2006, 4:34 a.m. CST

    The poster would have been better if

    by Doc_Strange

    Drew Struzan had been commissioned. Has he worked on anything recently? Last work of his I saw was ROTS.