Every week ANDPOP columnist Kelly Burns narrows down the most bizarre stories of the week. They’re not exactly newsworthy but just weird enough to grab our attention. This week, San Francisco offers awesome Jedi classes and a dude busted for marijuana shows us why logic is a valuable skill.
The Dark Knight
rises is arrested
So Matthew Argintar obviously hasn’t seen ANY Batman movies, but dresses up like the hero and freaks the public right out. The 23-year-old, was arrested outside a New Jersey Home Depot, after being spotted dressed up as Batman, and asking people if they needed any help. Hey Matthew! Watch the movies! Batman doesn’t just ask random people if they need help. He knows where the bad guys are and saves those already in distress.. DUH! With the recent Colorado shooting, this is not a funny prank…
Warning: don’t insert in anus
I can’t believe people actually are dumb enough to do this! A man in Australia must have watched Jackass, cause he decided he would stick some fireworks in his buttocks and light them off for kicks. Well, this didn’t end well, for OBVIOUS REASONS! He was treated for burns to his cheeks, back and privates. SMH Do we really need this warning added to firework labels? Warning: Please do not insert in anus.
How to be a Jedi 101
Alright, so this might actually be my dream come true. If you love Star Wars like me and have always wanted to be a Jedi Knight, NOW YOU CAN! In San Francisco, there are lightsaber training classes for adults. The end goal of the class is to reenact the ending scene from The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke and Darth Vader have it out. I think I’m vacationing in San Francisco this Fall.
Drugs are bad mmkay? Read more…
Everyone and their grandma seems to be super stoked for the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the Dark Knight Rises (NINE MORE DAYS!!!).
Toronto has already given us a Batman/Spiderman duel to remember, but have you ever thought of all the things Batman might say when he’s not kicking ass? Thanks to Chicago’s Octavarius Improv, we don’t have to wonder anymore. In their wonderful world of Batman, the caped crusader is a Tyler Perry fan, can’t remember where he parked his car, and is astounded that his batmobile is on Tumblr.
The highlight of the whole video, hands down, is when Batman starts rocking out to Boyz II Men’s “I Swear.” Seriously, that’s point where I stop breathing properly because I’m laughing so hard.
Before I ruin it any further for you, make sure to look out for all the “RACHEL!” moments, and the former Batman name drops.
Watch the video below (be wary of mild language):
If Batman had a night out in Toronto he’d be able to crack all kinds of mysteries. But opening an original, non-spicy, beef jerky stick might be a little tough for him. This seems to be the case when Batman went on the prowl for drugs in Toronto yesterday, scouring the subways, coffee shops and streets in his pursuit.
Batman meets tons of people on his adventure, including legitimate policemen who he insists on ticketing and a random streeter who takes him out to party. His real name is Alex Brovedani, and he’s a stand-up comedian who grew up in Woodbridge, Ontario. He first wore batman’s cape on Halloween and has since taken to the streets with his deep, throaty voice.
Brovedani does a perfect impersonation, though his slow run gives him away. If you, like me, are totally impressed by Batman you can follow him at @TorontoBatman.
A caped crusader and a mysterious island lead the pack of nominees for the 2009 Saturn Awards.
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror announced on Tuesdays its nominations for the annual awards, which recognize the year’s best in genre film making.
“The Dark Knight” received 11 nods to top the movie categories, including best film actor for Christian Bale and best action/adventure/thriller film. The Christopher Nolan-directed pic will compete in the latter category with “Changeling,” “Gran Torino,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Traitor” and “Valkyrie.”
SIMPLY THE BEST
There comes a time each year where entertainment pundits everywhere reflect on the past 12 months of pop culture. We dissect the highs and lows, we place celebs on their respective naughty and nice lists and we relish the chance to give you our dissertation on the year’s hits and misses.
So basically, I’ve been waiting for this since New Year’s Day, ‘08.
It was a big year. Some monumental shit went down in 2008. America christened its first black president (holler!), Beijing brought sexy back to the Olympics (yeah!) and Canada proved its political system is just as screwed up- if not more- as anywhere else in the world (say what?). But this isn’t about politics; it’s about good ol’ fashioned fun.
It’s about celebrating the best movies, music, celebrity couples and Hollywood gossip.
So without further ado, here are my picks for the BEST of 2008.
Robert Downey Jr. had a comeback of epic proportions this year. It was unexpected, it was career reviving and it was just plain kick-ass. Not only did Iron Man remind us that blockbuster movies can still be GOOD but it also provided the perfect vehicle to allow Sir RDJ to reintroduce himself. He went on to paint his face black and take on a role that could have seriously offended a whole lot of people but instead, he made us laugh hysterically. He’s nominated for a Golden Globe in ’09 and he’s also set to star in a Sherlock Holmes remake helmed by Guy Ritchie. Looks like this comeback is a keeper.
4. High School Musical 3
Obviously. If you frequent the Prerogative, you know I love High School Musical. So, when the franchise finally made the leap from TV movie to big-screen blockbuster, let’s just say it was a highlight. 2008 proved to be a good year for my boyfriend, Zac Efron- who would be number one on this list if I could think of a legitimate reason he should be, other than his obvious sexiness. Anyway, HSM 3 provided some good, wholesome fun for the entire family and reminded everyone that the year belonged to the tweens. They dictated the tabloid headlines, the top spots at the box office and the hits on the music charts. HSM’s soundtrack broke records and sold millions. To all the haters: It’s a classic people, BOW DOWN.
3. Brad and Angelina
Hollywood’s reigning royalty. The King and Queen of Tinseltown. The best of the best celebrity couples. Why? Because they know how to use the paparazzi in their favour. They know how to work their images. And best of all, they’ve got talent. 2008 showcased all of the above for the Sexiest Couple Alive. They welcomed twins, Knox and Vivienne, and sold the first pictures of the babies to People Magazine for an obscene amount of money. The media frenzy surrounding the twins ruled headlines in ’08 and solidified Brangelina as the couple everyone cares about. Career-wise, they both starred in movies that have Oscar-potential and did well at the box office. Oh yeah, and they refrained from talking about Brad’s ex, WhatsHerName, because no one cares.
2. Tina Fey/Sarah Palin
So I know I said this isn’t about politics but Tina Fey’s dead-on impersonation of that Alaskan governor we all loved to hate (or just hated) needs its much-deserved props. It was the best thing to happen to SNL this year. Heck, the best thing to happen to television, period. After Fey got people to notice her hilarity, 30 Rock got the attention it deserves and Sarah Palin got the ridicule that she deserved. Ya’ know?
1. Dark Knight
Do I need to elaborate? It was the best movie of the year, hands down. Christian Bale is the man. Comic book movies must forever bow down to the Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan is the best director in Hollywood. Heath Ledger blew us all away with his portrayal of the Joker. His death resonated so much more with the world because we realized the potential lost, the talent untapped. I just hope these rumours of Eddie Murphy playing the Riddler in the next one are false. Please, please don’t ruin this one- I still haven’t recovered from the massive letdown that was Quantum of Solace.
Rhianna and Chris Brown – Beyonce and Jay Z who?
Gossip Girl – The Upper East Side will never be the same again.
Kings of Leon – Best album of the year.
Only three other movies have done it in Hollywood history.
Now, Warner Bros’ “Dark Knight” hopes to squeeze out some extra numbers and join “Titanic”, “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, as the fourth film to surpass the historical $1 billion dollar revenue mark.
With an original studio budget of $185 million, “Dark Knight” has at least quintupled that number in gross revenues, standing at $997.6 million.
“Dark Knight’s at a trickle now with no new territories,” Box Office Mojo’s Brandon Gray said in an email. “[But] it’s possible that it already has [hit the billion-dollar mark], as unreported grosses can suddenly come in.
And now that the count down is on to enter the billionaire club, according to E Online news, the ten digit goal may only be two weeks away, as “Dark Knight” hits the shelves on DVD release on December 9.
It seems that Ben Stiller can take down The Batman.
According to E! News, “The Dark Knight” finished the weekend box office in second place while Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder” took first place with an opening of $26 million – per studio estimates complied by Exhibitor Relations.
Although “The Dark Knight” failed to remain in the number one spot for the fifth weekend in the row, the Christopher Nolan film became the second all-time ranking movie by bringing in a total of $471.5 million dollars to date – beating out “Star Wars” which grossed $461 million domestically, including re-releases.
“Going in I would have been happy with $250 million,” Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman said today. “…We went for a ride like the public.”
The movie is expected to reach the $500 million landmark by the Labour Day weekend and it is likely to tap out at about $530 million – making it just about $70 million shy of Titanic’s $601 million domestic record.
“Titanic is king of the box office, and will remain that way forever,” said Fellan.
Christian Bale is a free man.
According to E! News, “The Dark Knight” star will not face any charges in regard to his highly-publicized arrest on suspicion of assaulting his mother and sister last month.
“We can today confirm that we have advised the Metropolitan Police Service that the actor Christian Bale should not face any charges,” the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement. The CPS also said there was “insufficient evident to afford a realistic prospect of conviction” on the charges and that “the police have been advised that no further action should be taken against Mr. Bale.”
Bale has denied the allegations set against him. After the star was arrested and questioned, he was released by police on July 22.
Oscar winner Morgan Freeman has been released from Memphis’ Regional Medical Center – just four days after his car flipped in a serious crash.
According to E! News, “The Dark Knight” actor underwent a four-and-a-half-hour surgery for his injuries, hospital spokeswoman Kathy Stringer confirmed.
“I left the hospital today just after 12 noon, Memphis time,” Freeman said in a statement to E! News. “I’m doing very well. I feel really good.
“I just really, I thank the staff at Elvis Presley [Hospital] and many, many thanks to my many well-wishers. It’s great to know people care about you.”
The 71-year-old actor is said to be “doing well” and will likely have to wear a neck brace for the next six to eight months.
Freeman had quite the tough week. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Freeman and his wife of 24 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, were planning to divorce. The pair has been quietly separated since December 2007.
Even Hollywood’s newest potheads could not beat Batman.
“The Dark Knight” took in another $26 million this past weekend and finished in the No. 1 spot for the fourth straight weekend. Batman beat out the stoner comedy “Pineapple Express”—which opened in second place with $22.4 million, according to studio estimates, reports E! News.
The Christopher Nolan Batman sequel has made a total of $441.5 million domestically and is No. 3 on the all-time domestic box-office charts, behind only “Titanic” ($600.8 million) and the original “Star Wars” ($461
By this upcoming weekend, “The Dark Knight” is expected to surpass “Star Wars” and become No. 2 on the revenue charts.
Rounding out the top five box office movies were the following: “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” in third place with $16.1 million, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” in fourth place with $10.8 million, and “Step Brothers,” came in fifth place with $8.9 million.
The investigation into the death of Heath Ledger has been closed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Good news for Mary-Kate Olsen, who refused to speak to authorities without immunity earlier this week.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office could have enforced a subpoena against Olsen, compelling her to testify in front of a federal grand jury. As previously reported, Mary-Kate was the first person to be called by Ledger’s housekeeper after finding the Dark Knight star dead in his apartment.
Ledger’s autopsy results found the actor had Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, Temazepam and Doxylamine present in his system.
“Despite tabloid speculation, Mary-Kate Olsen had nothing whatsoever to do with the drugs found in Heath Ledger’s home or his body, and she does not know where he obtained them,” Olsen’s lawyer, Michael C. Miller, told People in a released statement.
Batman Forever Indeed.
The fastest-grossing blockbuster in Hollywood history took in another $43.8 million at the weekend box office, per studio estimates, reports E! News.
The Christopher Nolan film has already made $394.9 million in its three weeks of release and the movie is expected to easily break the $400 million within a few days.
The third sequel to the Mummy movies, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon” debuted in second place with $42.5 million and is estimated to finish second behind “The Dark Knight.”
But is Warner Bros. executive Jeff Goldstein thinking that Batman has what it takes to beat the all-time record setter “Titanic”, which brought in $601 million domestically? “That’s so far out of the realm,” Goldstein said, “it’s not even on our radar.”
Christian Bale had huge success at the box office this weekend – but his personal life may be falling apart.
The “Dark Knight” star is being sued for assault by his mother and sister, reports the UK Sun. Bale is said to have lashed out at his family members on Sunday at Park Lane’s Dorchester Hotel in London.
Bale faces questioning, but police are giving him the benefit of the doubt; they even held off their investigation to allow Bale to attend the huge premier of the new Batman flick.
A source told The Sun, “It was a very difficult situation but it would have been wrong to have wrecked the premiere over a complaint which we don’t yet know is founded in truth. But Mr Bale will be contacted at the earliest opportunity and be asked to provide an account of anything that happened.”
A Met Police spokesperson confirmed they had receive the allegations from Bale’s family.
HOLY HANCOCK, BATMAN!
Should we believe the hype? If we go by the immortal words of Chuck D and Flava Flav (oh wise ones they were) no, no we shouldn’t. But we aren’t talking about media-driven political propaganda or even anything remotely similar to what the boys of Public Enemy were poetically protesting. We’re talking movie hype people and this summer has been chalk full of it.
Indiana Jones: SO MUCH hype, The Hulk: ridiculous hype, Iron Man: belated, but hyped nonetheless and then, there’s Hancock. Without Will, the hype would have been far less substantial but when you decide to mix Big Willy and the celebration of America’s independence, the premature excitement is inevitable.
Never mind the critics. Will’s got no love for the haters, the haters. They’re just mad cause he’s got floor seats at the Lakers (g’head, take a break and get jiggy with it). The reason why the onslaught of bad- REALLY bad- reviews that preceded Hancock’s release didn’t matter was because his name is Will Smith and he’s the hype machine. The hypest of all hype- if you will. I may be the only person who thinks Hancock lived up to its promotion cinematically, but no one can deny it lived up to monetary expectations. And that, my friends, is all that matters in the movie business. Get excited for Hancock 2! Yeah boooyyyyyy (second Flava Flav reference of the post. Score!) On that note, let’s move on to the movie that will surely live up to and surpass all box office expectations.
The Dark Knight.
Dun Dun Dun.
Christian Bale is no Will Smith (speaking strictly in terms of opening weekend stats of course) however this weekend; he will see Big Willy size numbers. But, going back to the looming question, should we believe the hype? On the eve of what has already been hailed by many movie geeks as the greatest superhero film ever, I’m hesitant to buy into the frenzy. The. Greatest. Superhero. Movie. Ever. Like ever ever? Big words. While I loved LOVED (yes loved) Batman Begins, it still falls a little behind some other great superhero flicks in moviedom. Namely, the original Batman and Superman. It’s probably considered on the same level as X-men and X 2 (note: I can’t even discuss Brett Ratner’s X-Men 3 without going into a Kanye-inspired caps filled rage). How would Christian Bale’s first stab at the caped crusader stack up again this summer’s superhero overload? Probably pretty well. It’d kick the shit of Indiana Jones and the Hulk, (though both deserve kudos for entertainment value) it would have been right on par with the amazingness of Iron Man. But, and I ask this a super serious, existentialist tone, what if Batman Begins had had the same media craze behind it as The Dark Knight does? Would we be looking back on it as one of the greats of all time OR would we be remembering failed expectations?
I have no doubt that The Dark Knight will be a good movie- great even but the hype is just too much to handle. Let the movie speak for itself. I’m sure a lot more people would have liked Hancock if they hadn’t entered the theatre already waiting for the worst.
So my solution is this: NO promotion. Yes movie execs, I’m talking to you. Especially (or specifically) with superhero flicks as I’m sure there are many more to come. You don’t need to PUSH PUSH PUSH movies on us when these franchises already have a following. We all knew we wanted to see The Dark Knight in the first 5 seconds of the original trailer. Forget extended trailers; forget releasing the first 5 minutes. The people will come. And we’ll be shocked, surprised and excited in all the parts where we’re supposed to be shocked, surprised and excited. Don’t get me wrong, I do love me some trailers but not when the trailer takes away from the actual movie.
ANYWAY, I could be eating my words in mere hours. The ball is in your court Batman. Move me. Excite me. Thrill me. I dare you.
Heath Ledger continues to make his mark on Hollywood—with critics already stating the late actor deserves an Oscar for his upcoming film role, reports TMZ.com.
Rolling Stone’s critic Peter Travers says that Ledger’s performance of the Joker in the much-anticipated movie “The Dark Knight” is worth an Academy Award.
“If there’s a movement to get him the first posthumous Oscar since Peter Finch won for 1976′s Network, sign me up,” Travers reportedly told Usmagazine. “I can only speak superlatives of Ledger, who is mad-crazy-blazing brilliant as the Joker,”
Travers goes on to say: “It’s typical of Ledger’s total commitment to films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain and I’m Not There that he does nothing out of vanity or the need to be liked.”
“The Dark Knight” is set to be released July 18th.