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Prince William & Harry

Geek Out Over

The Dark Knight

4/26/2013 10:45 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez

0426_prince_harry-charles_GettyPrince William and Prince Harry bow down to someone else other than the Queen ... the Dark Knight.

The Royal brothers -- along with pregnant Kate Middleton -- went batty acting like little kids checking out props from "The Dark Knight" trilogy at the opening of the new Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in London on Friday.

Even heirs to the throne think Batman is cool.

'Dark Knight' Director

SUES AGENTS

Over Movie Profits

9/6/2012 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan and his wife just filed a lawsuit -- claiming their former and current agents are clawing at the couple over millions in commissions ... and now, they're asking the court to get them out of the middle.

Nolan and his producing partner wife Emma Thomas filed the lawsuit today in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming Nolan's current agency WME is staking a claim on profits from movies that were initially shepherded by his previous agency CAA.

CAA still claims it's still owed money on the same projects -- so there's a massive conflict ... and Nolan's caught square in the middle.

According to the lawsuit, Nolan and his wife are willing to pay the commissions they owe, but they're asking a court to decide who gets the money -- so they don't pay one agency and get sued by the other.

FYI -- Nolan's lead agent was fired from CAA earlier this year and subsequently signed on with WME.

'Dark Knight Rises'

Man Arrested with Gun,

Knives in Ohio Theater

8/7/2012 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Police in Ohio have arrested a man who allegedly tried to smuggle guns, ammunition and knives into a late-night showing of "Dark Knight Rises."

Authorities say ... the manager of the Cleveland-area movie theater became suspicious of the man, who allegedly tried to bring a satchel into a 10pm Saturday showing of the Batman movie.

The manager reportedly alerted an off-duty cop who was working security that night ... who searched the bag -- found a Glock 9mm handgun, ammunition clips, and three knives -- and immediately alerted police.

Cops say the man, identified as 37-year-old Scott Smith, does NOT have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

According to reports, the man was arrested without incident ... and even offered to put the guns back into his car. Obviously, that didn't happen.

Cops later performed a search of Smith's home. It's unclear if investigators discovered anything during the sweep.

Delayed Batman Comic

Teacher Pulls Gun

On Students

7/26/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A teacher pulls a gun on a classroom filled with students in the latest Batman comic book -- and that's why DC Comics chose to postpone its release.

As we reported, DC Comics forbade the release of its new issue of "Batman Inc." because it "contains content that may be perceived as insensitive" in the wake of the "Dark Knight" shooting in Colorado. Now, we know exactly what that "insensitive" content is.

In addition to the teacher pointing a gun at her classroom, the issue contains several other references to gun violence -- including one moment when a character says, "Eyewitness spoke of a grisly bullet-ridden cadaver."

The issue has been blocked from release until August 22.

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Christian Bale

Visiting 'Batman' Shooting

Victims in Colorado

7/24/2012 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Christian Bale is currently in Denver, CO visiting the victims and families of last week's movie theater shooting.

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2:30 PM PT -- One of the shooting victims, Carey Rottman, was so excited to meet Bale ... he posted a photo of the hospital visit to his Facebook page moments ago (above).

Rottman is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg he suffered in the attack. 

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"Dark Knight Rises" star Christian Bale is currently in Denver, CO ... visiting the victims and families of last week's movie theater shooting.

According to KDVR, Bale has been spotted at Aurora Medical Center ... where he reportedly arrived by ambulance around 2PM ... most likely to enter the building under the radar.

A rep for Warner Bros. released a statement saying, "Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers."

It's unclear when Bale arrived in Denver.

Bale's film was playing in the Century 16 theater in Aurora, CO when James Holmes opened fire on the crowd ... killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

Bale has not made a public appearance since the incident.

'Dark Knight Rises'

Set to Rake in $160 MILLION

7/22/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Dark Knight Rises" is on track to pull in north of $160 million for the 3-day opening, despite the tragedy surrounding the flick ... this according to reports.

The major Hollywood studios aren't reporting official box office numbers yet out of respect for those affected by the massacre in Aurora on Friday ... but The Hollywood Reporter is estimating the film will take in a solid $160 million.

Prior to Friday's theater shooting, the film was estimated to pull in around $170 million, according to THR.

Despite the lower number, it will still make Christopher Nolan's third "Batman" installment the highest grossing 2D release of all time ... and will beat the opening of last year's "Dark Knight", which capped out at a $158.4 million in its first weekend.

"The Avengers" still takes the crown for best opening ever ... raking in $207.4 million.

Official numbers will be posted Monday AM.

Anne Hathaway

'Batman' Massacre Is

'Unfathomably Senseless'

7/22/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Anne Hathaway
-- who plays Catwoman in "Dark Knight Rises" -- just released a statement about Friday's tragic massacre in Aurora, Colorado ... which left 12 dead and 58 injured.

The actress says, "My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act.  I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

Bale and "Batman" director Chris Nolan have both previously released statements as well regarding the horrific crime.

Christian Bale

'Words Cannot Express the Horror I Feel'

7/21/2012 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Christian Bale
, star of "Dark Knight Rises," just released a statement regarding the massacre in Colorado.

Bale says, "Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

His words mirror those of "Dark Knight" director Chris Nolan, who called James Holmes' actions "savage" and "senseless" just yesterday.

Christian co-star Anne Hathaway were seen jetting out of Paris yesterday after a premiere for the film there was cancelled.

Warner Bros. has also cancelled appearances for the cast scheduled in Mexico and Japan.

'Dark Knight Rises'

Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway Leave Paris

7/21/2012 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0721_anne_hathaway_christian_bale_FFNFollowing the decision to cancel the Paris premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," the movie's stars, Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, hopped aboard a private jet yesterday at a private airport.

Warner Bros. has also canceled appearances by the cast scheduled for Mexico and Japan.

The film's director, Christopher Nolan, released a statement yesterday that read in part, "Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises', I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community ... Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."

Comedian DeRay Davis

I'll See 'Dark Knight' ...

But Only During the Day

7/21/2012 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

072112_davis_launchFunny man DeRay Davis is dead serious about not taking any chances when it comes to seeing "The Dark Knight Rises" after yesterday's tragic incident ... telling TMZ he's only buying his tickets for daytime showings.

TMZ spoke to Davis outside the movie theater at The Grove in L.A. Friday ... we asked him if the Colorado shooting would affect his decision to see Chris Nolan's hotly anticipated new flick.

Davis gave us some words of wisdom about it ... saying that "fools" don't come out until after 9:00 PM so we're safer in the daylight. He also said he'll let his kids watch it -- but only from home.

He added, "It's real sad what happened. I feel sorry for those families out there ... especially the kids."

Christopher Nolan

James Holmes is a Savage

7/20/2012 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan just released the following statement regarding the massacre in Colorado:

"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises', I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.

I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. 

The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.

Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."

'The Dark Knight Rises'

WB Axing Gun

Imagery from Trailer

7/20/2012 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The studio behind "The Dark Knight Rises" is removing all images and references to guns from all "Batman" movie trailers ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell TMZ ... the honchos at Warner Bros. gave the order just a few hours after the shooting in Colorado this morning.

We're told the studio is hoping to replace the current made for TV trailers with the gun-free version as soon as possible.

We've called Warner Bros. for comment -- so far, no word back.

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