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2008-07-23 06:00:02

By Lindsay McIntosh ON MONDAY, Christian Bale was a superhero. Through hoards of cheering fans, he swaggered up the red carpet to the European premiere of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, in which he plays the brooding, crime-fighting protagonist. Yesterday, however, the crime-fighter became the accused, when he was arrested at Belgravia Police Station in central London on suspicion of assaulting two family members. His mother and one of his three sisters claimed that he...

2008-07-22 18:00:39

RECORD-breaking film The Dark Knight had its UK premiere as huge flames leapt into the air and a giant Batmobile raced down the red carpet to cheers from fans. The movie is the follow-up to the action hit Batman Begins and calls for a posthumous Oscar nomination for the late Heath Ledger have continued. The film has taken a US box office record of EUR55.34 million (pounds 77.7 million) in its opening weekend. Christian Bale returns as brooding Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne is...

2008-07-22 03:00:29

THE Dark Knight's European premiere got off to a racing start - as the batmobile raced down the red carpet last night. Fans - many of whom had dressed as characters from the films - cheered as flames leapt into the air before the screening in London's Leicester Square. The stars of the film sparkled, but it was the 2.5tonne car - capable of jumping a distance of 65ft - that stole the show. The film, which sees Christian Bale, left, play the Caped Crusader for the second time has taken a...

2008-07-22 00:00:28

LOS ANGELES - Batman's joust with the Joker has set another box office record. Stoked by fan fever over the manic performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, "The Dark Knight" set a one-day box office record with $66.4 million on opening day, Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman said Saturday. The movie's Friday haul surpassed the previous record of $59.8 million set last year by "Spider-Man 3.""The Dark Knight" might break the opening-weekend record of $151.1 million,...

2008-07-22 00:00:28

By Geoffrey Macnab First Night THE DARK KNIGHT ODEON, LEICESTER SQUARE LONDON **** THE DARK Knight is a film for troubled times. The anarchy that The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes on Gotham City seems like a magnified version of what Western society is experiencing as economies contract and the threat of terrorism remains ever- present. This is a summer tent-pole movie that plays to the masochistic instincts of cinemagoers fretting over their own futures. All the signs are that...

2008-07-22 00:00:28

By Mark Hughes Huge crowds, a red carpet the length of Leicester Square and celebrities galore. This, though, was no ordinary film premiere - the first sign being the two-ton Batmobile that crawled slowly through the streets of the West End before pulling up at a Bat- emblazoned Odeon theatre. And something else served to remind the fans penned behind crash barriers that the European premiere of The Dark Knight was no regular movie screening: the dozens of RIP placards. Heath Ledger's...

2008-07-21 15:00:41

By EMILY BURNHAM; OF THE NEWS STAFF BANGOR - For a few nights each summer, Ray Harrington, the special events coordinator at Bangor Mall Cinemas 10, has the best job ever: handing out toys to ridiculously enthusiastic movie fans who will do just about anything to score free loot. "OK, are you guys ready for this movie? Is Batman totally awesome?" Harrington asked the crowd filling one of four sold-out theaters at the complex showing "The Dark Knight" just before midnight Friday. Screams...

2008-07-21 06:00:30

By Ashley Goodwin, The Times West Virginian, Fairmont Jul. 21--One of the most anticipated movies of the summer was "The Dark Knight." What exactly did viewers think of the summer's block buster? Laura Wilson responded, "'The Dark Knight' was a great movie because it was action-packed, extremely well written, had an amazing plot line that didn't become boring or drawn out, and the acting was phenomenal." Thomas Stout replied, "The movie was great! A lot better than the last Batman....

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2008-07-21 06:00:00

By Scott Bowles Having shattered virtually every box-office record on the books this past weekend, The Dark Knight faces two questions as it steams into summer. How high can it go? And, would it have gone anywhere if Heath Ledger were alive? The second installment of the revitalized Batman franchise recorded the biggest opening in Hollywood history with $155.3 million, according to studio estimates from Nielsen EDI. If that figure holds, the debut will beat last year's Spider-Man 3, which...

2008-07-21 06:00:30

By Michael Long When we last see the Joker, he has, of course, succumbed to the Batman - physically, if not spiritually. Strung upside down, dangling from a cable off the facade of a high-rise building, the Joker squeals with delight. Even as a SWAT team closes in, guns drawn, ready to cart him off to an insane asylum, this feverish purveyor of anarchy knows he will live to fight another day and cackles maniacally. Christopher Nolan, the British filmmaker who directed The Dark Knight,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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