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So Pete and I went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull a few hours ago at Mega Movies in East Brunswick. Upon entering the lobby I had the great joy of tapping my friend on the shoulder and being able to point his gaze upwardtowards a beautiful yet gruesome site indeed! We looked up to see a MASSIVE wall-covering banner of Heath Ledger as the Joker from the upcoming film The Dark Knight. It was such a site to be seen that Pete needed to inquire as to what becomes of such things at a movie theater lobby when a film has run its course. The ticket goon told us that when banners or posters of this grand size are used to promote movies, they are collected at some point by the studio that produced it.
You mean to tell me that Warner Bros. sends a representative to East Brunswick Square Mall to collect banners? The same mall where Pete once engaged in a footrace with a 12 year old and put 20 bucks on himself to win, only to crush the child and not allow the lad to pay him the money he owed as a life-lesson? The mall where a younger more foolish Don Hohner had his first date with a certain girl who will be marrying her high school guidance counsellor in about a month?
I find it all too menacing to think that a Warner-stooge is marauding around the vicinity of Ruby Tuesday, stopping off at the place we all rented our prom tuxes from, only to cap off his trip by collecting awesome banners and taking them home to that water tower where Yacko, Wacko, and Dot live, to incinerate them.
Clearly Pete and I would be willing to give these amazing banners and posters a good home. Sure it’s not a smoke free environment but hey, at least it would kill some time trying to figure out how to hang a 12 foot high banner in our bedrooms.
By the way, the 4th Indy was great. Don’t let mediocre reviews taint your dreams of another Indy adventure. If you liked the original trilogy, you’ll like this one too. But don’t go looking for Short Round to make a cameo ’cause he ain’t never gonna be there… I know, I was pretty depressed too.
Read this… Let it sink in. And then think to yourself, “I should send donations to 41 Miles so that the writing staff can go to this event and just have a great time.”
IMAX Theatre | 600 E. Grand Avenue
Cinema/Chicago, the 44th Chicago International Film Festival and Warner Bros. Pictures proudly present the first Chicago showing of THE DARK KNIGHT, the follow-up to the action hit Batman Begins. THE DARK KNIGHT reunites filmmaker Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. The City of Chicago is prominently showcased in the film, with shots of the old Chicago Post Office, the State of Illinois Center, the IBM Building, Upper and Lower Wacker Drive, and LaSalle Street, among other locations.
The evening will include a tribute to filmmaker Christopher Nolan followed by a screening of THE DARK KNIGHT in IMAX®, which features six sequences shot with IMAX® cameras. “Nolan’s work has captivated both critics and audiences alike. Memento remains one of the great directorial and writing achievements in cinema. He is a modern writer/director who approaches all aspects of his work with a style and sophistication seen only amongst the most elite tier of filmmakers,” remarks Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza.
A dinner reception will follow the tribute and screening in the stunning Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, lit up by a spectacular fireworks display. The Gala will benefit Cinema/Chicago, its year-round educational programs, and the 44th Chicago International Film Festival.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, THE DARK KNIGHT. Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E.Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. THE DARK KNIGHT is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
5:30PM Red Carpet Arrivals
6:30PM Tribute and Award Presentation to filmmaker Christopher Nolan
7:00PM Gala screening of The Dark Knight
9:30PM – 11:30PM Dinner Reception at The Crystal Gardens
Advance ticket price: $150/ticket if purchased by June 1
After June 1: $175/ticket
TICKETS ON SALE AT 9:00AM ON FRIDAY, MAY 16! LIMIT 4 PER PERSON.
PRESALE tickets available to Cinema/Chicago members May 12-15.
Must attend Gala in Chicago. Must see The Dark Knight before everyone else!
It came online yesterday at around noonish and even though I had already seen a bootleg version of it on other sites, the official release has blown me away! The Joker is looking more and more like the best on-screen villain ever, and there are even some very subtle surprises to be found here in this new trailer.
Surprise #1: In the trailer right after Alfred makes a joke, Batman smashes into a van from above. When looking very closely, the occupant in the driver’s seat is noneother than The Scarecrow, a villain from Batman Begins. This confirms the reports that the character would make an appearance in the sequel.
Surprise #2: Harvey Dent can be seen holding a gun next to his head in a car. The left side of his face is hidden pretty well but scars can be seen on his face as well as scuffed up clothing on that side of his body. This is our first look at Two Face ladies and gentlemen!
Surprise #3: The Joker clearly throws Rachel Dawes off a building. If she goes splat on the ground or if the Dark Knight himself swoops in to catch her is still a mystery.
All in all, this is a great trailer with awesome images and even better dialogue. This movie will be amazing when it comes out July 18th! No doubt.
I’m about 20 minutes late to work but I figured I’d post the link for the new trailer to ‘The Dark Knight.’
Update: The video has been removed from that site…you had your chance.
So let’s just get this out in the open. My name is Don and I love Batman. I understand that I have been primarily writing posts on this site regarding the new film The Dark Knight as of late. If anyone out there is getting sick of me writing about it, then I’m sorry but it isn’t just a passing phase. If you hate me, then hate me. But if you want info, then here I am to serve as your self-appointed 41 Miles Bat-News man!
Today was a dark day for online Bat-Fans everywhere. Reports kept coming in that the third trailer would be hitting the web today to coincide with a marketing game that spanned several cities from London to Boston. Online players were in place to relay information to ground players who were actually in the cities that were hosting the game. The game itself was much like a scavenger hunt. The clues as to where the ground crew needed to go were passed on to them via the online players. This type of Bat-game has gone on once before in L.A. last summer at Comic Con to reveal the original trailer. The result of today’s scavenger hunt was clearly to uncover the new trailer online… But we were all deceived!
At a certain point, the online players told the ground players the final clue. Once the ground players discovered the next location in which to travel, they were rewarded with a free screening of the new trailer in a full sized movie theater. They were given Joker cards and one person from each screening even won a raffle of the actual film strip with the trailer on it! All of this is well and good however the online players’ portion of the game abruptly halted. The trail had run cold. Finally some nerd somewhere discovered a sister site to the original viral site with the clues that let you shoot ducks or some shit. If you hit the ducks in a certain order you go to another site. THE NEXT SITE WE FOUND TOLD US THAT THE TRAILER WOULDN’T BE ONLINE UNTIL SUNDAY!
Clearly this marketing strategy is not going very easy on the online fans who couldn’t make it to London to search for clues at 5:30 at night. Many Bat-Fans are very upset and even though the marketing for this film thus far has been top notch, I am finding myself slipping away from it. Sometimes I wish I was just your average Joe who didn’t care one way or the other if he saw The Dark Knight. I feel if that were true that the time would pass faster. However I am not one of those poor saps. I am a Bat-Fan now and forever. But oh God, somtimes I just can’t stand all these waiting games…
As always, I promise to post the new trailer as soon as I can.
It is official.
The next trailer for The Dark Knight has been shown to fans at the recent New York City Comic Con! No one knew it was coming until just moments before the unveiling at the convention. Apparently just after a small Speed Racer promotion, a representative from Warner Bros. stepped up to a podium in front of a movie screen and told viewers that “New York Comic Con has always been a special home to one of our characters.” Then he mentioned something about a Bat-Signal and the crowd drowned out the rest of his speech with maniacal screaming worthy of The Joker.
Then they played the long anticipated third trailer for the sequel to Batman Begins and most likely the last before the films July 18th release. Bat-Fans probably remember nearly collapsing after seeing the second trailer in December and with any luck we’ll get another jaw dropping preview this time around.
While it is still yet to be confirmed whether or not this third trailer for The Dark Knight will debut in front of the film Speed Racer or Iron Man, one thing is most likely going to happen for sure: the crazed Bat-Fans like me will see it slightly earlier through the Viral campaign that is being used to promote The Dark Knight. It would take a very long series of posts to explain the viral marketing for this movie but just imagine getting Gotham City newspapers delivered to your house with hidden messages that unlock certain websites. Then imagine worldwide manhunts for bowling bags with cellphones in them that are employed by “The Joker” to contact you with instructions. Then all these wild goose chases and the diciphering of codes generally leads to a trailer debut on one of the hidden sites.
So keeping in mind that as of right now, ”Lt. Jim Gordon” of Gotham Major Crimes Unit is blackmailing me into working for him because I got caught in a “sting operation” on one of those viral sites, it is becoming clear that this new chain of viral marketing is leading to the new trailer release.
I know very little about the new trailer for The Dark Knight. That being said, I do know, or I’m choosing to only tell you, two facts from it.
1) We are going to get to see and hear the late great Heath Ledger (as The Joker) deliver dialogue that I have personally been looking forward to ever since I found out The Joker was going to be in this movie. The line is: “It’s Simple, Kill The Batman!”
2) ”You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain” is the dialogue that ends the trailer and I got chills when I found out that Aaron Eckhart speaks this line as his character Harvey Dent. If you know why this means something, then you’re probably as excited as I am about that line. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then see The Dark Knight when it hits theaters July 18th. And when I see the trailer, I will post all there is to say about it right here on 41Miles.
Why So Serious?
A few days after hearing the tragic news and talking with my friend Don about the death, I am more excited than ever to see ‘The Dark Knight.’ I just know that Heath Ledger’s performance will be remembered forever.