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Christian Bale Visits Survivors Of Colorado Shooting, Memorial Site

7/24/2012 11:08pm EDT
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Christian Bale spent two and a half hours Tuesday meeting with survivors of the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of his latest film, The Dark Knight Rises.

The star, accompanied by wife Sibi Blazic, had informed the hospital he was coming and asked that the media not be notified.

"He just wanted to meet with victims and police," said Bill Voloch, the hospital's interim president.

Bale spent about 10 minutes each with with seven of the 58 survivors of the shooting, along with many of the police, emergency medical technicians and hospita...

Firearms Enthusiast & Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Calls For More Gun Control

7/23/2012 11:31am EDT
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Following last Friday morning's deadly cinema massacre in Colorado, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is calling for new legislation to tackle gun ownership rules.

Ian, who is a firearms fan, admits he was sickened to hear about the killing spree, which killed 12 people at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

The guitarist wants laws to stop guns from falling into the wrong hands.

In a series of tweets, Ian wrote, "I am a gun enthusiast that has a big problem with how easy it is for people that have no business owning a gun to get one. The old argument of 'if guns are outlawed, th...

'Dark Knight Rises' Has Third Biggest Opening In Box Office History

7/23/2012 10:16am EDT
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"The Dark Knight Rises" earned in an estimated $160 million over the weekend despite a midnight massacre in a Colorado cinema last week.

Early Frida monring, gunman James Holmes, 24, opened fire in a packed Aurora movie theatre, killing 12 people and injuring 59 others.

Experts and movie executives believed some fans would avoid the film in the wake of the tragedy; however, cinemagoers turned out in full force, giving director Christopher Nolan's movie the third biggest opening in box office history behind "The Avengers" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Pre-release sur...

Madonna Uses Pistols & Assault Rifles On Stage In Wake Of 'Dark Knight' Massacre

7/23/2012 9:28am EDT
Scotland police advised Madonna not to include images of firearms and weapons themselves during a concert in Edinburgh in the wake of Friday's "The Dark Knight Rises" massacre in a Colorado cinema, but the pop star used them anyway.

Madonna defied local authorities on Saturday and brandished pistols and an AK47 assault rifle during her gig. She has used the props during all the shows on her "MDNA" tour.

"Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste, but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse. She should know better," a spokeswoman for the Mothers Against Gu...

Anne Hathaway 'At A Loss For Words' Over 'Dark Knight' Movie Massacre

7/23/2012 9:07am EDT
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Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises," has responded to the the senseless massacre at a Colorado screening of her new movie.

A statement from the actress reads: "My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

Director Christopher Nolan, actor Christian Bale and composer Hans Zimmer have also expressed their sympathy for the families and the victims.

Twelve people died and dozens more were injured early ...

Batman Composer Hans Zimmer 'Devastated' By News Of Cinema Massacre

7/21/2012 5:58pm EDT
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Movie composer Hans Zimmer has been left "devastated" by the Colorado cinema massacre, revealing the tragedy has wrecked what should have been a weekend of celebration for himself and the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises.

The Oscar-winning maestro created the score for the film, which was playing when gunman James Holmes opened fire in an Aurora cinema just after midnight on Friday morning, killing 12 and injuring almost 60 film fans.

As the film breaks box office records across America, Zimmer, director Christopher Nolan and his cast and crew should be celebrating - but the compo...

'Dark Knight Rises' Director Chris Nolan Issues Statement On Colorado Shootings

7/21/2012 12:14pm EDT
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Moviemaker Christopher Nolan has broken his silence following the midnight massacre at the screening of his new film The Dark Knight Rises.

Devastated by the news that 12 Batman fans lost their lives in the cinema shoot-out in Aurora, Colorado early on Friday morning, the director has released a statement, condemning gunman James Holmes' "savage" act.

He writes, "Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about th...

Will Colorado Tragedy Affect 'The Dark Knight Rises' At The Box Office?

7/20/2012 4:45pm EDT
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Millions of Batman fans who attended midnight screenings of The Dark Knight Rises Friday most likely woke to the sobering news later in the morning that a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask killed 12 people in injured over 50 more at a midnight screening of the film in Aurora, Colorado.

Police arrested a suspect identified to be James Eagan Holmes, 24, behind the movie theater; and he was reportedly armed with a high-powered AR 15 rifle, a Glock 40 pistols and a Remington 870 shotgun.

According to website, the 24-year-old shooter identified himself to police as "The ...

Warner Bros. Pull 'Gangster Squad' Trailer In The Wake Of Colorado Cinema Massacre

7/20/2012 2:58pm EDT
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Movie bosses at Warner Bros. have reportedly pulled trailers for new movie Gangster Squad from cinemas following the midnight massacre at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado.

The film company executives have already released a statement offering their sympathy to the families of the victims of the shooting incident, and they've scrapped the Friday night premiere of the Batman film in Paris.

And now, the studio heads have pulled promotional trailers for Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling's new Mafia versus police film, according to reports - because it features a scene in which men ...

Five Fun Facts About 'The Dark Knight Rises' Star Christian Bale

7/20/2012 1:10pm EDT
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You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware that on Friday, July 20th, the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman’ trilogy opens. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ brings back stars Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Liam Neeson as Ra's Al Ghul as well as adding Joseph Gordon- Levitt as John Blake, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, but it’s Christian Bale as the Dark Knight that keeps people coming back. This week we look at five fun facts about Bale as his final appearance as the Caped Crusader h...

10 Things You Might Not Know About Batman

7/20/2012 12:07pm EDT
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In honor of The Dark Knight Rises hitting theaters this week, we scoured the web for the most interesting trivia would could find for the caped crusader. Here's 10 things you might not know about the Batman franchise:

- Robin's troubled history: Before Chris O'Donnell became the only Robin to make it to the big screen, Tim Burton was considering having Batman's sidekick in Batman Returns. The leading candidate? Marlon Wayans. Later, when there was casting for a Robin in Batman and Robin, Christian Bale tried for the part and lost to Chris O'Donnell. We feel both of these decisions were for...

Shooter Kills 12 At 'Dark Knight' Screening In Colorado

7/20/2012 8:06am EDT
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A man went on a gun rampage at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" eary this morning, killing at least 12 and injuring 38 people.

The horrific event occurred at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, starring Christian Bale, in Aurora Colorado.

Early reports suggested a man wearing body armor threw tear gas or smoke bombs into the crowded cinema before opening fire.

Officials confirmed 12 people have died and up to 38, including four children, were taken to nearby hospitals.

A suspect has been taken into custody and cops have launched a search for explosives in a nearby parking ...

Review: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Delivers... Almost

7/20/2012 6:55am EDT
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Gotham City is reborn. No longer a mecca for crime, it's also no longer in need of Batman. That's why, per the opening chapters of "The Dark Knight Rises," he's at rest, along with his damaged auteur, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). As Gotham City officials celebrate their contained victory, Wayne harbors in the peripherals. It's his place, after all. He's earned it. But while he stews in his billion dollar mansion, evil is festering somewhere below. An evil so tired of this makeshift harmony that it plots a drastic city-wide facelift: Give us our streets, share with us your wealth, grant us ...

Top 10 Batman Villains From Comics, TV And The Big Screen

7/19/2012 10:01pm EDT
The final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, is upon us; and much like Heath Ledger's Joker the film's villains are once again posed to steal the show.

This time around we'll be reintroduced to three bad guys: Bane, (Tom Hardy), Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson). Both Bane and Catwoman made their first appearances in the original film run that Tim Burton started in the 1990s (and, fortunately, we'll be seeing a much different Bane in TDKR); and Ra's al Ghul returns to the series after his intro in Batman Begins.

But where do the...

Review: 'The Dark Knight Rises' And Rises And Rises

7/19/2012 12:03pm EDT
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Okay, the bottom line...'The Dark Knight Rises' directed by the mega talented Christopher Nolan, is not only the very best comic book hero movie ever made, but in my opinion, it's worthy of an Oscar nod. That's how good it is.

The film, which was written by Nolan and his brother, Jonathan, with story by David S. Goyer, picks up 8 years after the death of Gotham's, D. A. Harvey Dent, as well as the demise of Bruce Wayne'/Batman's (Christian Bale) soul mate, Rachel Dawes.

For those of you who may have forgotten, Dent is the dude who went psycho and became the super evil 'Two Face'. Commissi...

'The Dark Knight Rises' European Premiere Photos

7/19/2012 9:02am EDT
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The cast from "The Dark Knight Rises" jetted from New York City on Tuesday to London on Wednesday for the European premiere of the highly anticipated film.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked playful yet dapper in a polka dot tie and navy blue suit. Fuzzy faced Christian Bale and his wife wore matching black ensembles.

Anne Hathaway, who plays the sultry catwoman, opted for a long gold shift dress embellished at the neckline with various baubles and beaded flowers.

Morgan Freeman was too cool for school in sunglasses and a purple button-down shirt beneath his black suit.

Check out photos from t...

Top 5 Movie Franchises That Finished Strong: In Anticipation Of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

7/18/2012 2:05pm EDT
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Anticipation is incredibly high for The Dark Knight Rises, opening July 20. Possibly more than anything else, fans are hoping the trilogy ends strongly and brings some sense of closure to the Dark Knight story that director Christopher Nolan has been telling.

Ending a trilogy can be difficult—just ask moviegoers unhappy with The Godfather 3. Many studios don’t even want the third movie in a trilogy to be the final word anymore, which means we’ve gotten a lackluster Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Terminator: Salvation and mor...

Christopher Nolan: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Used Elements From Charles Dickens Classic

7/18/2012 10:15am EDT
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Batman was created by Bob Kane in the pages of Detective Comics. The Batman movies have had numerous writers, the latest being Christopher and Jonah Nolan. The final film in their trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, opens this weekend. It is still shrouded in secrecy, but you might find a clue in reading Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.

“From my point of view, when Jonah showed me his first draft of the screenplay and it was 400 pages long or something, had all this crazy stuff in it,” Christopher Nolan said. “As part of the primer if you like, when he handed it to me, he was like, ‘Oh, ...

Can 'The Dark Knight Rises' Deliver Gold?

7/17/2012 2:05pm EDT
10,9,8,7… Over here in London the countdown’s been ticking for years…6,5,4…

The big event’s almost here. The biggest show on Earth, featuring the finest male and female talent from around the world, at the peak of their powers. Expectation rises. A nation expects. The world expects. Can The Dark Knight Rises deliver gold?


A blizzard of publicity batters London: glossy magazine ads, arresting posters plastered all over double-deckers and the underground, Youtube trailers. Truth is, I don’t need any of this to tell me The Dark Knight Rises is going to be gold. ‘Directe...

'Dark Knight Rises' Premiere: Sultry Anne Hathaway, Sexy Christian Bale & More!

7/17/2012 9:02am EDT
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Celebrities came out in full force for "The Dark Knight Rises" world premiere in New York City on Monday night. Anne Hathaway, who plays catwoman, looked glamorous in a long white, low-cut gown with silver sequins on the bodice.

Marion Cotillard also wore white, and resembled a ballerina in a flouncy frock paired with strappy high heels.

Christian Bale donned a black and white suit and was accompanied by his wife Sibi Blazic.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt opted for a gray suit with a skinny red tie - a stark contrast to Gary Oldman who wore a brown suit with a blue button-down shirt. The always c...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Feared Turning Into 'A Hopeless Ivory-Tower Douchebag'

7/17/2012 8:20am EDT
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This weekend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the highly anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises," playing John Blake, a Gotham City police officer. He recently sat down with GQ magazine to talk about his career and his evolution from a child actor.

When he first started in Hollywood Gordon-Levitt says he was "a sort of serious little dude—snobby" and was concerned with adult issues like ecological damage. His former "3rd Rock From the Sun" costar John Lithgow recalls, "He was a very mature boy and now he's a very youthful adult. He's done a flip-flop."

Now 31, Gordon-Levitt worried he'd become ...

Trailer Talk: Explosive Conclusion Expected In 'The Dark Knight Rises,' & More

7/16/2012 1:03pm EDT
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I took a break from the theater last week, so unfortunately I don’t have any mini-reviews for you in this column. Although this week, you’ll have the chance to see the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy: “The Dark Knight Rises.” You could also watch a documentary about a wealthy family’s economic woes called “The Queen of Versailles,” or a rock documentary about LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy called “Shut Up and Play the Hits.”

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5 Reasons 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is A Must See Film

7/15/2012 2:00pm EDT
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We've had our fill of superhero movies this summer, first with Marvel's Avengers and the second being the rebooted web-slinger 'The Amazing Spider-man. For those who have been waiting since 2008 for the series conclusion of Batman…Your time is very near.

As we countdown the days, minutes and seconds till the July 20 release of the much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises release, we thought we'd give you five good reasons you need to see this film.

The Director:
Christopher Nolan has not let us down yet and we don't expect him to this time. There has been such great setup in the first t...

Christopher Nolan Banned Mentioning The Joker In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

7/15/2012 10:30am EDT
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Batman trilogy director Christopher Nolan ruled out mentioning The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises - because he didn't want to trivialize Heath Ledger's death with a throwaway line.

Ledger stunned audiences as the cartoon villain in The Dark Knight, but died before the second film in Nolan's series came out, and rather than reference The Joker in the final movie, Nolan insisted no one should even utter the character's name.

He explains, "I felt very strongly that The Joker was off-limits. I don't want to trivialize a tragedy like that by explaining it away in some fashion.

"I made the cho...

Did David Letterman Give Away The Ending Of 'The Dark Knight Rises'?

7/14/2012 12:30pm EDT
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Anne Hathaway was the main guest on Thursday night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman; appearing in support of her latest film, The Dark Knight Rises.

During her interview, host David Letterman revealed that he's already seen the movie - and his comments on the final installment in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy may have spoiled the ending!

Letterman told Hathaway that he was "amazed at how quickly" the two-and-a-half hour film goes by.

"What a deal this thing is," he says. "I'll tell you in all honesty. I went to the movie, and it's two hours and forty-five minutes. S...

Christian Bale Nearly Had A Nervous Breakdown Wearing Val Kilmer's Batman Suit

7/10/2012 8:51am EDT
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A Batman costume fitting nearly ended in a panic attack for Christian Bale during his first audition for the movie franchise.

While promoting his new film "The Dark Knight Rises," which hits theaters on July 20, Bale admitted the dress rehearsal did not go well and he had to talk himself into getting used to the costume.

"I think the very first time I put on the suit it was at the audition. It was Val Kilmer's (costume from 1995's "Batman Forever") so it didn't fit very well and the claustrophobia was just unbelievable," he told Parade magazine.

"I stood there and I thought, 'I can't bre...

'Dark Knight' Cast Turns Out For Christopher Nolan's Hand & Footprint Ceremony

7/8/2012 2:00pm EDT
Christopher Nolan
On Saturday, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale and Gary Oldman were among "The Dark Knight Rises" stars who turned out to honor director moviemaker Christopher Nolan in Los Angeles. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also attended the event.

The director left his mark outside Hollywood's famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre during a hand and footprint ceremony.

Nolan, "There is something about the permanence of these things. I'm standing on Clint Eastwood's name right now and there's something about knowing that he actually wrote that. There's something very int...

This Summer's Hottest Male Movie Stars

7/8/2012 8:00am EDT
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Superhero flicks "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" are two of the biggest releases this month, and they star some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities.

On July 20, Christian Bale returns as the caped crusader, which picks up following the events in the previous film. He battles the deadly bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

Oh, but there's more. Much more.

Escape the outside heat and get hot inside by seeing your favorite male stars on the big screen this summer. Watch the cast of the stripper flick "Magic Mike" and Colin Farrell and Jeremy Renner from the Aug...

Check Out New Film Stills From 'The Dark Knight Rises'

7/6/2012 3:00pm EDT
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On July 20, the caped crusader returns in "The Dark Knight Rises." Warner Bros. just released some new film stills from the highly anticipated series conclusion.

Anne Hathaway shows off her curves as Selina Kyle, AKA Catwoman, while Christian Bale flexes his muscles as Batman. Tom Hardy plays masked terrorist Bane.

Bale recently admitted he will miss stepping into the superhero costume. He told Collider, "For all the discomfort and the heat and the sweat and the headaches and everything from it, when you sit back and watch the movie at the end of the day, you go, 'Well, that's f**kin' c...

Batman & Spider-Man Stars Had Trouble Breathing In Their Iconic Costumes

6/25/2012 10:00am EDT
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Playing a superhero is hard work - and potentially deadly. Andrew Garfield nearly suffocated on the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man" after he discovered his spandex suit wasn't waterproof.

The actor plays Peter Parker, who embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets. Garfield nearly passed out while shooting an action sequence because he failed to learn proper breathing techniques required for the scene.

He told the New York Daily News, "I had to get wet, and I just kind of dove in and didn't realize that water on the mask made it imp...