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Fandango: "The Dark Knight Rises" Outpacing "The Avengers" 


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.

About Fandango

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.

Fandango is available online at www.fandango.com, via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, and at 1-800-FANDANGO. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with over 25 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by 35 million online and mobile visitors per month. Film fans find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.


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Lewd! Actor Fred Willard Arrested On Charge of "Suspicion of Committing a Lewd Act" 


Fred Willard may have pulled a Pee Wee Herman aka Paul Reubens who was arrested in 1991 for pretty much doing the same "lewdy" thing! The actor was arrested for lewd conduct Wednesday night in Hollywood by the L.A. cops who were doing a routine cleanup of an adult movie theater in Hollywood. Apparently, they found Willard alone and engaging in an unspecified lewd act. Salacious! And TMZ offers a more salacious account and says it happened inside the Tiki theater.

The 72-year-old actor, perhaps best known in his role in "Best in Show" as a dog-show announcer was released after midnight without posting bail.

So in the words of Mister Willard, let's ask:



Maybe the actor was doing research for his new role in the movie "The Yank!" HA! :wink

UPDATE: PBS has reportedly fired Willard from his role as host of their "Antiques Roadshow" spin-off called "Market Warriors." All unaired episodes of the show will be shelved and re-tracked by "Roadshow" host Mark Walberg NOT Wahlberg mind you!

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"Finding Nemo" to Swim Again for Sequel? 


So, Andrew Stanton's world crashed with the release of "John Carter." And really, the movie is not that bad, it just did not find its audience. And now, Stanton is going back to the world he loves -- animation, and more specifically, the world of "Finding Nemo."

Deadline is saying that Stanton has been asked by Disney/Pixar to direct a sequel to, in my humble opinion, the best Pixar movie ever. Sure, Disney/Pixar has not released any confirmation yet, but this we know -- TV scribe, Victoria Strouse, will write the script, and the sequel may be released in 2016.

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Johnny Depp to Star in Upcoming Wes Anderson Movie! And This One's NOT Family Friendly! 


And I say, it's about darn time! Forget Captain Jack and Barnabas Collins, heck even throw Tonto out the door, this is a Depp casting news I'm welcoming with open arms!

The actor is working with the fantastic storyteller, Wes Anderson, for the director's follow-up to the equally fantastic "Moonrise Kingdom" called "The Grand Budapest Hotel." (Check out my interview with Wes Anderson for "Moonrise Kingdom" right here)

Deadline reports that Anderson will be working with Scott Rudin and Steven Rales for "Budapest." So with Depp's confirmation, will the other big name stars follow? Stars such as Edward Norton, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, and Angela Lansbury? This one is supposed to be NOT family friendly and will also feature Owen Wilson and Bill Murray.

I can't wait!

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