I woke up this morning with such excitement that it was finally "The Dark Knight Rises day", and now sit here with a heavy heart about the tragedy and massacre at one of the showings of the movie in Colorado.
Warner Bros cancelled tonight's premiere of the film in Paris and all of the interviews with Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman. They have also made this statement:
“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
It happened in a place that is very near and dear to me, and my thoughts and the thoughts of everyone here at Screened are with the families and friends of those affected.
We will be proceeding as normal today with our reporting on The Dark Knight Rises and all of our normal film and television postings.
It is a fairly light week for movies in theaters, as most films have been stayed away from releasing this weekend because of the high expectations for The Dark Knight Rises. However, if you already saw it and want something else this weekend, there are some indies still in the theater and one documentary and one foreign film that look pretty fantastic.
In Theaters: July 20th
|1. The Dark Knight Rises|
Midnight showings of the film have already shattered records set by Marvel's The Avengers and this is all without inflated 3D ticket prices. Expectations are now that it could make between $185 - $210m, which would set a new domestic box office record for opening weekend.
|2. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai|
The visionary filmmaker of 13 Assassins has a new movie in theaters, and this time it is the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord and requests and honorable death by ritual suicide. The film tells the story of revenge, honor and individuality in the face of oppressive power.
|3. 30 Beats|
It has 0% on Rottentomatoes. Yes, you read that right, zero.
|4. The Queen of Versailles|
A documentary about a billionaire faimly and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. It explores characters who were drive by the American Dream and how they grew and empire and then how it was ruined so quickly and easily. Sounds pretty fascinating for and reviews are pretty stellar. It is a documentary that was already being made when the tragedy struck, so has a more human and interesting element than one might expect.