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Go to Disney.com, it’s on the main page.

I’m too excited for words. This looks really good. This looks amazing. Zac’s biceps are huge. Words can’t explain this…I’m just watching it over and over.

‘Camp Rock’ was great.  I just finished watching it and I couldn’t be happier.  This movie debuted two nights ago but I was on vacation and I couldn’t catch it until tonight, which turned out to be a blessing, otherwise this feeling I have right now would have been gone a long time ago and I still wouldn’t be enjoying the thrill of another Disney knockout.  I guess most of my posts are about Disney but if they keep churning out quality pieces of film like this you can’t be angry.

‘Camp Rock’ is the story of high schooler Mitchie Torres (Demi Lovato) who attends the summer camp ‘Camp Rock’ and lies her way to popularity.  Also at the camp is bad boy pop star Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) whose band mates Nate and Jason (Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas) send him back to the camp to be a counselor to get into good graces with the media.  Meaghan Jette Martin plays the popular girl with an attitude Tess who shakes things up at the camp.  With all that being said…

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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.

Unreal.

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.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
IMAX Theatre | 600 E. Grand Avenue
You are cordially invited to a once-in-a-lifetime Gala evening
honoring filmmaker Christopher Nolan!

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.

Evening Program:

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

TICKET PRICE:

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.

To purchase tickets, please call 312-683-0121 x154, or click here.

Must attend Gala in Chicago. Must see The Dark Knight before everyone else!

As one of the resident comic/superhero experts on the blog I was really looking forward to seeing Iron Man.  I can’t say I knew much about Iron Man except for the fact that he was a man named Tony Stark who used his knowledge of technology and weapons as well as his vast fortune to create body armor equipped with more weapons and gadgets you could ever dream of.  (Remind you of anyone else?)  He is part of the Avengers which is the Marvel equivalent of  The Justice League.  So I was really looking forward to finding out more about this character from the movie.

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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.’

http://www.superherohype.com/news/topnews.php?id=7135

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. 

So the highly anticipated series of football games between storied Notre Dame and the recent up and coming Rutgers football team has been canceled.  Although it was never official it being viewed as a definite for awhile.  In fact, both schools had each other on their tentative schedules.  Now though it isn’t going to happen, and we have one man to thank.  Bob Mulcahy.  Simply because Notre Dame wanted to play the games in New Jersey at the Meadowlands, Mulcahy big timed the Golden Domers and refused the offer.  There a few reasons why this was an insane move by the Rutgers AD.

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After all was said and done today (and it was a long long long day of viral marketing games and crap), we Bat-Fans have been treated to the next Poster for the much anticipated film The Dark Knight ! The poster itself is probably one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. Clearly The Joker has burned a bat-shaped crater in a Gotham Skyscraper and I couldn’t be more pleased! Also, the viral website that premiered the poster also has the words “Four Days” printed on the bottom of the screen. My guess: New trailer on the 28th. This is very good news indeed. Can’t wait to update everyone on this one! See you in 4 days!!!