Here's My "Dark Knight Rises" Movie Review 
Sorry for the delay -- I was going to put this up Friday, but because of the Colorado tragedy, I chose to hold it until today.

Synopsis (from Yahoo)

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.


In Theaters • July 20, 2012
MPAA Rating PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language)
Genres Adaptation, , Crime, Sequel
Run Time 2 hours 44 minutes
Distributors Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Also Known As • Batman 3
• The Dark Knight Rises
• The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience
• The Dark Knight Sequel
• Untitled (Warner Bros./Batman Sequel)
Production Status In Production / Awaiting Release
Filming Locations • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
• Jodhphur, Rajasthan, India
• London, England, United Kingdom
• Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced In United States

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"Dark Knight" Rises to $161.8M Opening -- Biggest 2D Debut 

Warner Bros., home of Batman, did not release box-office totals this weekend out of respect for the victims and families of the Colorado shooting tragedy. But estimates have been pouring in, and it's safe to say, that moviegoers still patronized the final film of the Dark Knight trilogy from director Christopher Nolan. Here's the latest estimates from Deadline:

1. Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros) NEW [4,404 Theaters]
Friday $76.1M, Saturday $45.2M, Sunday $40.5M, Weekend $161.8M

2. Ice Age 4 (Blue Sky/Fox) Week 2 [3,886 Theaters]
Friday $6.6M, Saturday $7.6M, Sunday $3.3M, Weekend $20.3M (-57%)
Domestic Cume $88.8M, Foreign Cume $442.7M, Global Cume $531.5M

3. Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia/Sony) Week 3 [3,753 Theaters]
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.2M, Sunday $3.3M, Weekend $10.9M, Cume $228.7M

4. Ted (MRC/Universal) Week 4 [3,214 Theaters]
Friday $3.2M, Saturday $3.8M, Sunday $3.1M, Weekend $10.1M, Cume $180.4M

5. Brave (Pixar/Disney) Week 5 [2,899 Theaters]
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.2M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $6.0M, Cume $208.8M

6. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) Week 4 [2,606 Theaters]
Friday $1.6M, Saturday $1.5M, Weekend $4.3M, Cume $102.0M

7. Savages (Universal) Week 3 [2,336 Theaters]
Friday $990K, Saturday $1.2M, Weekend $3.3M, Cume $40.0M

8. Madea’s Witness Protection (TPerry/Lionsgate) Week 4 [1,540 Theaters]
Friday $744K, Saturday $984K, Weekend $2.3M, Cume $60.4M

9. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 9 [895 Theaters]
Friday $551K, Saturday $741K, Weekend $1.8M, Cume $36.1M

10. To Room With Love (Sony Classics) Week 5 [552 Theaters]
Friday $401K, Saturday $602K, Weekend $1.5M, Cume $11.2M

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Batman Speaks: "The Horror That I Feel," Christian Bale Releases Official Colorado Tragedy 

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. :sad


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I Love New "Superman: Man of Steel" Teaser Trailers, Both Pa Kent and Jor-El Versions! 

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, Warner Bros. Release Statements About Colorado Shooting 

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 :sad


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