Christian Bale aka Batman/Bruce Wayne of "The Dark Knight" trilogy has issued a statement regarding the Colorado theater shooting last Thursday. (Here's what trilogy director, Christopher Nolan, has to say about the tragedy)
“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
Our heart goes out to them as well.
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Well, they're both the same visually, but the teaser trailers that premiered before the screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" have two versions, one is narrated by Jonathan Kent aka Pa Kent (Kevin Costner), and the other features words spoken by Jor-El (Russell Crowe). Both imparts the wisdom of being a hero to Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill). Much like producer Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Trilogy," this Zack Snyder-directed ("Watchmen," "300," "Sucker Punch") version of Superman seems to explore the true meaning of being a superhero to mankind.
Both versions of the teaser trailer use the same visuals -- Clark working on a fishing boat, and then we see him as a little boy wearing a red cape...fade to black...and then, here comes Superman skyrocketing towards the sky! Fantastic!
Here's the Russell Crowe as Jor-El version (via MSN):
"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards...They'll rise behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. In time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders."
And here's the Kevin Costner as Pa Kent version (via Yahoo):
"You're not just anyone...One day, you're going to have to make a choice. You'll have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, is going to change the world."
I can't wait for June 14 of next year, when "Man of Steel" opens! Joining Cavill is Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne.
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Christopher Nolan has issued a statement regarding the shooting tragedy in Colorado involving his film "The Dark Knight Rises." Here's what he said:
"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 the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime."
"The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me."
"Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."
24-year old former medical student, James Holmes (pictured below) was the alleged gunman according to police report. The attack killed 12 moviegoers, 59 were injured, and a total of 71 were shot. Holmes is now in police custody.
This is what Warner Bros. said about the shooting:
"Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."
President Obama offered a touching note to the victims, and questioned the senseless violence:
"Now, even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved."
Our hearts go out to the families of the victims
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Batman has risen! Fandango is reporting that the third and final chapter of the masked avenger saga, "The Dark Knight Rises," is outpacing Marvel's "The Avengers" in advance ticket sales. Furthermore, the Christopher Nolan-directed flick is on track to "become one of Fandango's top-selling movies of all time!"
And rightfully so. I will post my "Dark Knight Rises" review in a little bit, but this I can tell you, it's a fitting ending to the Batman trilogy we know and love. Christian Bale is amazing, Anne Hathaway is breathtaking, and Tom Hardy is menacing. Oh yeah, Michael Caine made me cry!
I saw the film twice, and it gets better and better, just like any great Nolan movies.
And while Marvel's "The Avengers" just wants to have fun with the superhero genre, "The Dark Knight Rises" is the thinking man's comic book flick! So I'm very happy that it's outpacing "The Avengers."
Here's the full report from Fandango:
LOS ANGELES – July 19, 2012 –Fandango reports that “The Dark Knight Rises,” on the eve of its opening weekend, is outpacing the summer blockbuster “The Avengers” in ticket sales at the same point in the sales cycle. The final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has sold out on Fandango more than 2,000 showtimes nationwide and it’s currently on track to become one of Fandango’s top-selling movies of all time.
"Thursday's ticket sales are incredibly strong, as film fans are flocking to Fandango to guarantee their seats for the film’s opening weekend,” says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “The IMAX showtimes are particular fast-sellers, as almost every one of our Thursday midnight IMAX showtimes have been sold out. The good news is that theater owners are continually posting new showtimes on Fandango to meet the fan demand, so tickets are still available.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” currently accounts for 91% of daily ticket sales, selling out coast-to-coast from big cities like New York and Los Angeles, to smaller towns like Sunrise, Florida to Puyallup, Washington. The film also promises to be one of Fandango's all-time top mobile ticket-sellers, with nearly 30% of the site's fans on Thursday using Fandango’s mobile site and apps to buy their tickets in advance.
Fandango is currently featuring a wealth of editorial content on “The Dark Knight Rises” at http://www.fandango.com/thedarkknightrises/movieguide, from exclusive video interviews with the film’s stars including Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premiere videos and photos, free music downloads, prize pack giveaways, and “The Dark Knight Rises” Virtual Theater -- where fans can win a movie tickets for a year at http://www.facebook.com/fandango.
Earlier in the week, Fandango surveyed more than a thousand “Dark Knight Rises” ticket-buyers, and found that 97% said the darker tone made them more interested in seeing the movie. In addition, 89% claimed the new villain, Bane, made them excited to see the film; 72% consider themselves fans of director Christopher Nolan; and 62% said they’re anxious to see it because more than an hour of the film was shot in IMAX.
Earlier this month, Fandango announced it had achieved its best quarter in the company’s 12-year history, with a 28% year-over-year surge in second quarter ticket sales, a 26% year-over-year increase in second quarter traffic, and its highest number of mobile tickets sold in one quarter, with mobile purchases up 107% year-over-year. In addition to record-setting ticket sales for “The Avengers,” Fandango also signed new distribution deals with AOL’s Moviefone, MSN and Yahoo, as well as AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres, and a long-term renewal with Carmike Cinemas.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to nearly 20,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. At many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones.
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