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2008-07-20 03:00:28

By Glenn Whipp It was a busy night for "The Dark Knight" on Thursday as the highly anticipated Batman sequel broke box-office records with its midnight showings. "The Dark Knight" grossed $18.5million when the curtain raised at theaters, breaking the previous midnight record held by "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" since May 2005. The $18.5million does not take into account audiences at subsequent showings at 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., which, in many theaters, were packed as well....

2008-07-20 03:00:28

By Jerry Berrios HOLLYWOOD - Andrew Doss is out of a job because of Batman. The 21-year-old got fired from an acting gig because he refused to take off his Joker makeup and wanted to skip Friday rehearsals to see the newest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight." "Look at my face," the Hollywood resident said, pointing to his white makeup, black-outlined eyes and red mouth. "Do I not have that much dedication?" Doss, who was waiting to see the film a second time at 6:50 a.m., was one of...

2008-07-20 03:00:02

By FIONA YOUNG THE new Batman movie has shattered US box office records. Warner Brothers say the The Dark Knight has set a 24-hour record after raking in pounds 33.2million on its opening day. The till receipts outstrip the previous record of pounds 30million set last year by Spider-Man 3. The film is also set to break Spidey's opening weekend record of pounds 75.5m. Critics say the death of Heath Ledger and the buzz about his frenzied turn as Batman villain The Joker fuelled...

2008-07-19 21:00:19

By Josh Grossberg RELATED LINKS: * 'Dark Knight' sets box office record * What our critics think * More special 'Batman' coverage Video: 8-minute 'Dark Knight' trailer It's a movie she had been waiting months - even years - to see. Mona Childs parked her car in the crowded lot at the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Friday, raced past other patrons and ran straight to the box office of the plaza's theater. And then she ordered two tickets to see "Mamma Mia." While...

2008-07-19 03:00:25

By Sharon K. Wolfe, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 19--BLOOMINGTON -- It was a dark night for hundreds of fans of Batman and other films Friday because of a west Bloomington power failure that hit the Galaxy 14 Cine movie theater. Hundreds of people turned out Friday night for the opening weekend of "The Dark Knight," the eagerly awaited sequel to 2006's "Batman Begins" and acclaimed actor Heath Ledger's last movie. They were turned away from the sold-out shows, however, after a...

2008-07-19 03:00:25

By David Hiltbrand and Dan Lieberman, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 19--The Bat signal has been burning brightly in the night sky. At 56 area theaters, fans, many in costume, eagerly queued up yesterday morning at 12:01 to be the first to see The Dark Knight, the explosive new Batman movie. The Dark Knight set a new mark for midnight ticket sales with $18.5 million, surpassing the $16.5 million of 2005's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, a record that was believed to be...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--To answer your first question: Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker in "The Dark Knight" is something to behold, electrifying and terrifying in its ingenuity. Ledger's scarred, grotesquely painted villain delivers scary moments along with much-needed bits of comic relief via lines that sparkle solely because of his delivery. A posthumous supporting-actor Oscar seems like a given. Now on to the second question: "The Dark Knight,"...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

Just past the stroke of midnight, Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight" broke the record for a 12:01 a.m. film opening, earning an unprecedented $18,489,000 at the box office, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. That total does not include the grosses from the subsequent 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. showings. The 12:01 a.m. grosses soared past the previous record of $16.9 million, which had been held by "Star Wars: Episode III -...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By John Beifuss Watching "The Dark Knight" is a stressful, dread-inducing experience. The movie makes a grim joke out of the idea that it was inspired by a series of so-called "comic" books. The only laughter in the film is the halting, psychopathic chuckle of the Joker, and our pleasurable reaction to his histrionic, terroristic glee is tempered by our awareness that we are watching the last complete screen performance of the late Heath Ledger, who spends at least one moment in the film in...

2008-07-18 15:00:36

By Matthew Price, The Oklahoman Jul. 18--NORMAN -- Believe the hype, according to fans attending midnight "The Dark Knight" screenings in Norman and across the metro. "Going to see Batman" was shoe-polished on a truck in the parking lot of the Hollywood 14, and following the film, viewers were glad they had. Filmgoers were awed by director Christopher Nolan's epic vision. "The most adult comic book movie I've ever seen," said Douglas Hurst, 31, of Norman. "It makes you think about what...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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