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2008-07-25 15:00:48

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Jul. 25--This summer, in terrific films and craven ones, violence threatens the populace. Why should this season be any different? Think of the Joker, fomenting terrorism and nerve-racking pathology in "The Dark Knight" (terrific). Think of Angelina Jolie slaughtering all those deserving losers, or James McAvoy shooting the wings off a fly in gargantuan computer-generated close-up, in "Wanted" (craven). Think of Pierce Brosnan slaughtering "SOS" in...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Anthony Quinn FILM OF THE WEEK THE DARK KNIGHT (12A) Christopher Nolan (152 mins) *** STARRING Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal Those suffering from a fear of heights should have a care on entering the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, for its opening shot looms with a precipitous shock that could make you queasy. The massive Imax screen on which I saw it made Lilliputians of the audience, dwarfing us within the vertiginous perspectives of gleaming skyscrapers and...

2008-07-24 06:00:38

By Donna Freydkin Holy ka-ching, Batman! The Dark Knight is still flying high. Since opening at midnight Thursday, the Batman Begins sequel has become: *The fastest movie to reach $200 million. It took five days; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Spider-Man 3 did it in eight. *The No. 2 Monday grosser and No. 2 Tuesday grosser, with $24.5 million and $20.9 million, respectively. Quite a feat considering the record holders (Spider-Man 2, Transformers) were...

2008-07-23 21:00:30

By JASON SILVERSTEIN "The Dark Knight" is the first Batman film not to feature our hero's name in the title, which can be viewed as a symbolic gesture. "Batman Begins" revived the series from its camp overdose by injecting a dark edge into it, and also paved the way for a more mature series to take flight. "Begins" set the stage for its sequel to take its solemn, thoughtful new path to a whole new level. And maybe that's why they decided on the "Dark Knight" title: This film isn't merely a...

2008-07-23 00:05:00

Batman star Christian Bale was arrested Tuesday over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister, police and British media said. The 34-year-old actor spent four hours at a London police station before being released on bail. British media had reported that Bale's mother and sister complained he had assaulted them at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Sunday night, a day before the European premiere of his latest film, "The Dark Knight." The Sun newspaper said police did not question the...

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 18:00:40

BATMAN topped Spider-Man as the king of superheroes, box office figures showed. The Dark Knight took a US box office record of EUR158.3m (pounds 79.2m) in its opening weekend, beating the previous best of EUR151.1m(pounds 75.6m) set by Spider-Man 3 in May last year. The final figures were higher than the studio estimates and showed it was the biggest Hollywood weekend ever. Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros, which released the latest instalment of the caped crusader,...

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 06:00:32

BATMAN topped Spider-man as the king of Hollywood superheroes today, studio estimates showed. The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale (right) took a US box office record of EUR155.34 million (pounds 77.7m) in its opening weekend, beating the previous best of EUR151.1 million (pounds 75.6m) set by Spider-Man 3 in May last year. (c) 2008 Coventry Evening Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

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...

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