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July 23, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The realization on Friday that Warner Bros. was poised to release a movie, “Gangster Squad,” which features mobsters opening fire in a movie theater elicited a collective cringe and prompted the studio to consider replacing the scene. But it wasn't just an unfortunate coincidence that a new movie would featuring violence in a theater. Filmmakers have been going to that well for a long time now. Another gangster picture, “Public Enemies,” included a climactic scene in and around a movie theater, with John Dillinger surveilled while at a Chicago screening of the movie "Manhattan Melodrama," then shot as he leaves the showing.
January 21, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
A lot of my friends who are hockey fans would love to introduce new people to the game, but one issue gets in the way: cost. One thing you want to do when bringing newcomers to their first game is get them good seats. At a Kings or Ducks game, that can run you more than $200 per ticket, not an easy buy in this economy. There is a local alternative, however, that I experienced Saturday night. Out in Ontario, you can see some great hockey at a reasonable price, and you might see some future Kings stars while you are at it. The Ontario Reign are a minor-league hockey team that plays its home games at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
July 30, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before doing something really important that I can't talk about yet. The Skinny: I spent the weekend at the TV press tour and now I need to try to catch up with the Olympics so I can be part of the conversation. Monday's headlines include the weekend box office report, a look at all the criticism NBC's getting for its coverage of the Games and an appreciation of now former Fox Sports chief David Hill. Daily Dose: The recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to force Comcast to distribute the Tennis Channel in as many homes as it carries its own sports networks is dividing the industry.
October 17, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Guys hoping to pique the interest of the cool ghouls and lady demons this Hallow's Eve should consider donning a Batman costume or dressing up as Jay Gatsby. That's one of the takeaways from a recent survey of more than 2,000 singles conducted by dating website  PlentyOfFish .  In response to the question: "Which is the male costume that women are most interested in meeting this Halloween?" 24% of women responded with the Caped Crusader, narrowly edging out Jay Gatsby at 23%. (While you might be curious about the other 53%, we're actually wondering how Redford's Ralph Lauren Gatsby might stack up against DiCaprio's Brooks Brothers Gatsby.)
August 6, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
After the coffee. Before praying that K.Stew and R.Patz get back together this week. The Skinny:  Man, it has not been a good summer for heartthrobs at the box office. First Taylor Kitsch, then Johnny Depp and now Colin Farrell? It's hard knocks for hunks in Hollywood these days - unless you're Channing Tatum, of course. Monday's headlines include the weekend's box office results, a possible Best Buy sale and some positive news for books and newspapers online. The Daily Dose:  Who caught the Mars rover landing live-stream last night?
July 3, 2008
In superhero cinema, the difference between a good film and a great film is the villain, not the hero. And in that vein, "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan talks about the late Heath Ledger, who as the Joker shows nothing of Jack Nicholson's flamboyance in the same role. Rather, he projects an eerie ferocity, an unstoppable force who has nothing to lose in his battles with Batman. "The bold decisions that Heath has made with this performance are fascinating to watch," Nolan says.
December 24, 2008 | Associated Press
The Hollywood blockbuster "The Dark Knight," which sees Batman venturing to Hong Kong to capture a Chinese criminal, won't be getting an official release in China. Warner Bros. said in a statement Tuesday that it has decided not to release the film in China because of "pre-release conditions" and "cultural sensitivities to some elements of the film." A spokeswoman for the Hollywood studio declined to elaborate. Warner Bros.
November 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The producers of the new "Batman" movie came under fire for asking tenants along a Hong Kong waterfront to keep their lights on all night for a week to better show off the city's glass and steel skyline. Environmentalists said it was sending the wrong message at a time when the rest of the world was struggling to reduce energy consumption. In a letter sent to tenants and management companies in 60 buildings, October Pictures Ltd.
September 6, 1992
Here's a selective look at other fall programming for young viewers: WEEKDAYS "Batman: The Animated Series" NEW Mondays-Fridays 4:30 p.m. KTTV; 5 p.m. XETV The Dark Knight is joined by Robin, Alfred, Police Commissioner Gordon and fights familiar bad guys and some new ones. The show features a film noir/ Art Deco design, which Fox representatives say has never been seen in television animation. Premieres Monday. KTTV also airs Merrie Melodies at 3 p.m.
January 9, 2009 | Susan King
"The Dark Knight" continues to soar this award season. Christopher Nolan, the director of the critical and commercial success, was nominated Thursday for the 61st annual Directors Guild of America award. It's the first time a director of a superhero movie has received such recognition from the DGA.
September 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Filming on the next installment of "The Hunger Games" won't begin for another month, but Paul Holehouse already is assessing the risks. Holehouse will fly to Atlanta this week to check for asbestos in an old warehouse - one among many sites that will be used during filming of the "Hunger Games" sequels. He'll also meet with stunt coordinators to review action scenes, plans for pyrotechnics and training for actors to ensure they are prepared to film various fights and chase scenes.
July 5, 2013 | By Alexander Nazaryan
The drawing of a cover for a 1986 “Batman” comic is expected to fetch more than $500,000 at a Dallas auction next month. That's no paltry sum, though it would still pale to the $2.16 million paid in 2011 for Superman's debut in “Action Comics” No. 1. The forthcoming auction will feature a pen-and-ink drawing of the cover for “The Dark Knight Returns” No. 2, which was written and drawn by Frank Miller. Miller's “Dark Night Returns” series, published by DC Comics and later gathered into a graphic novel, included “The Dark Knight Returns,” “The Dark Knight Triumphant,” “Hunt the Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Falls.” A cover for “Hunt the Dark Knight” went for $450,000 at auction in 2011, according to the Associated Press.
June 17, 2013 | By Meg James
Legendary Entertainment has a new man of steel. Monday, the closely held entertainment company announced that it has tapped Bruce Rosenblum, the former top television executive at Warner Bros., to be its president of television and digital media. Thomas Tull, chief executive of Legendary Entertainment, said in a statement that Rosenblum's hiring would further the company's efforts to expand its content, including its valuable comic characters, to the small screen, tablets and mobile devices as well as into more international territories.
June 14, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 16 - 22, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Zero Hour This conspiracy-theory drama, canceled a few months back, returns with some previously unaired episodes; Anthony Edwards stars. 8 and 9 p.m. ABC SPECIALS AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks The comedian and director who brought you "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" is feted at this event hosted by filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
June 5, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 9 - 15, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY Neil Patrick Harris hosts "The 65 Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" … in September. Tonight, he's hosting the "The 67th Annual Tony Awards. " We'll let you know when he's not hosting an awards show. 8 p.m. CBS Last night we dreamt of a three-eyed raven.
February 22, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Senior Culture Editor
The members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are always happy to acknowledge big action movies, franchise films and mega-hits - especially if there's a possibility they'll boost the ratings of the Oscars telecast and bring in the young folks. This year's producers tapped comic hipster and "Family Guy" Seth MacFarlane to host Sunday's ceremony. The super-cool cast of the "The Avengers" was asked to reassemble for the show, and James Bond will be feted for turning 50 years young.
July 17, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Movie Critic
Given THE success of "Batman Begins" three years ago, adventurous, eclectic director Christopher Nolan could have gone anywhere and done anything with his next film. So why did he elect to return to the mythical city of Gotham, to the confines of a superhero movie and the narrow world of a caped crusader imprisoned by the secret of who he really is? That sequel, "The Dark Knight," answers all those questions with a vengeance. To see it is to understand that Nolan and his co-writer brother Jonathan saw a chance to go deeper into familiar characters and mythology, a chance to meditate on darker-than-usual themes that have implications for the way we live now. A chance to disturb us in the ways these kinds of movies rarely do. With Christian Bale returning in the title role and Heath Ledger giving a shocking, indelible performance as his arch-nemesis the Joker, "The Dark Knight" may be the most hopeless, despairing comic-book movie in memory.
March 24, 2008 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
The billboards arrived without fanfare or explanation in more than a dozen major cities last May. Bearing two simple catch phrases, "Harvey Dent for district attorney" and "I believe in Harvey Dent," they featured a photo of a stately Dent (imagine Eliot Spitzer with a shock of blond hair) against an American flag. But within 72 hours, each billboard had been defaced by identical graffiti: The candidate's eyes were scrawled over with black rings, his lips crudely rouged with a smeary, clown-like grin.
January 8, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
With no major new releases in the final days of 2012, "Ted" stayed on top of the DVD sales chart for the third week in a row. Meanwhile, "The Dark Knight Rises," which had been on sale for three weeks but had not been available from Redbox kiosks or Netflix, debuted on the rental chart at No. 1. Both movies have proved very popular in the home entertainment market, outpacing such other recent releases as "Total Recall," "Ice Age: Continental Drift"...
December 31, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Batman, James Bond, teenage vampires and a team of superheroes helped propel domestic movie ticket sales in 2012 to a projected all-time high of $10.8 billion, reversing a slump that saw attendance drop to a 16-year low last year. Box-office receipts are likely to be up 6% compared with last year, as is attendance, which is on track to hit 1.36 billion, according to That's much-needed good news for the film business, though this year's attendance figure is far from record-breaking - in 2002, 1.6 billion showed up at the box office.
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