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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | February 20, 2009
If Heath Ledger wins an Oscar on Sunday, history suggests his untimely death will have had little to do with it. For when it comes to the Academy Awards, death is almost never a good career move. That may come as a shock to some Oscar critics, convinced the awards are far more about sympathy and public opinion than merit. Academy voters, they argue, love to vote for older stars who have yet to win (Henry Fonda, winning for On Golden Pond in 1982, at age 76), or actors who have endured serious tragedy or heartbreak (Elizabeth Taylor, who won for BUtterfield 8 in 1961, after nearly dying from pneumonia)
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By Michael Sragow | January 23, 2009
last call The Dark Knight : ** I bet, deep down, even comic-book fans were more entertained by Iron Man than The Dark Knight, but the latter became the most fiercely debated movie of the year and the most honored comic-book film of all time, thanks partly to Heath Ledger's ineffably scary Joker. The movie is on DVD and Blu-ray, but audiences who want to see what the fuss was about should take it in on the big screen (preferably, an IMAX) when it returns to theaters today. Even those of us who cooled to it got a tingle or two from the huge, eerie images of the Cowled Crusader stretching out his scalloped cape and swooping through the night.
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December 26, 2008
WB shrouds 'Dark Knight' from Chinese audiences Batman landed in Hong Kong, but that doesn't mean The Dark Knight will open all over China. The movie opened in Hong Kong theaters. But Warner Bros. decided not to release the film in mainland China - or even submit it for censors' approval - because of "prerelease conditions" and "cultural sensitivities," the studio said Tuesday. Warner Bros. officials may have been concerned the film - particularly scenes shot in Hong Kong, where Batman nabs a gangster - would offend censors.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | December 9, 2008
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart Directed by Christopher Nolan. Blu-ray. Warner $35.99 *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) dvds The Dark Knight, the best Batman movie ever made and easily one of the top films of the year, leads the list of this week's Blu-ray releases. The high-definition DVD format with its flawless picture and dynamic sound makes for a memorable viewing experience on any home theater system. What makes it even more special is that the film shifts back and forth between regular letterbox to full widescreen IMAX images.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | August 1, 2008
Staid scientist by day, big-time entertainer by night. That may sound like a set-up for the next comic book superhero and his requisite secret identity. But these days, it's increasingly the story of IMAX theaters like the one at the Maryland Science Center, where daytime programming restricted to movies documenting the natural world gives way at night to Hollywood fare celebrating the fanciful and the make-believe. At the Science Center, it's Kung Fu Panda and U2 3D. At Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington and Northern Virginia, as well as the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, it's Earth's reigning box-office champion, The Dark Knight.
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By Janet Stobart and Janet Stobart,Los Angeles Times | July 23, 2008
LONDON - Did Batman attack his family? Christian Bale was arrested and released here yesterday and then denied allegations made by his mother and sister that he had assaulted them Sunday night. The arrest reportedly was delayed until after Monday night's glittering European premiere of the actor's latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The British press reported that Bale was accused of lashing out at his mother and sister Sunday in his suite at the downtown Dorchester hotel. Bale was questioned by police for four hours yesterday morning and released.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic | July 21, 2008
Harry Potter, give your Hogwarts robes a rest. Spider-Man, hang up your spidey-suit. There's a new box-office savior in town from the world of fantasy fiction, and he wears a cape and cowl. Beating the reigning champ Spider-Man 3, The Dark Knight set box-office records this weekend, bringing in a more than $155 million from the widest opening ever - 4,366 theaters. Hollywood was abuzz after opening day, when the movie set a record by raking in $67.85 million. "We knew it would be big, but we never expected to dominate the marketplace like we did," said Warner Bros.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW | July 18, 2008
When Tim Burton set out to create the first Batman movie that adults could enjoy, screenwriter Sam Hamm recalled recently, studio executives were stunned that he intended to make a comic-book film in which people would suffer severe injury or actually be killed when they were shot, stabbed, poisoned, gassed or crushed. What a difference two decades make! For the new Batman film, The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan was able to snuff cops, goons and crime bosses without any fuss.
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