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President Obama, Warner Bros and more react to “The Dark Knight Rises” shooting

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While we are still coping with the tragic “The Dark Knight Rises” midnight screening massacre that occurred in the wee hours of the morning in Aurora, Colorado, those in positions of high power have released their official statements relating to the event. Everyone from President Barack Obama to Warner Bros execs to the MPAA has released their thoughts on the shooting that left at least 14 people dead and many more wounded.

Obama was among the first to respond, releasing a lengthy statement from himself and wife Michelle.

“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time,” he says. “We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.”

The statement continues, “As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney released his own official statement on behalf of himself and his wife Ann.

“Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more,” he writes. “We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

Though Christopher Nolan and the actors in “The Dark Knight Rises” have not released their own statements about the incident yet, Warner Bros has released an official statement on their behalfs.

“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident,” the studio writes. “We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

The Aurora police department has released its own official police report about the incident, and Cinemark has released a statement saying that the exhibition company will do whatever it can to help them with their investigation.

“Cinemark is deeply saddened about this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones, our employees, and the Aurora community,” the company says. “We are grateful for the quick and professional reaction of all local law enforcement and emergency responders. Cinemark is working closely with the Aurora Police Department and local law enforcement.”

The MPAA has also released its own official statement on the massacre. Chief Chris Dodd writes, “We share the shock and sadness of everyone in the motion picture community at the news of this terrible event. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy.”

Share your thoughts and best wishes for the families and victims affected by this terrible tragedy in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Universal Pictures

Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Universal Picutres

Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

“The Dark Knight Rises” theater massacre leaves at least 12 dead, 59 wounded

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A tragedy has struck. During a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, a gunman came out and opened fire, killing at least 12 and wounding more than 50 screening attendees. Two more victims died in local hospitals. The murderer has since been identified and is being held by Colorado police.

Witnesses say that James Holmes, 24, kicked in an emergency exit door to a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at about 12:30am Friday (July 20) at Century 16 Multiplex, wearing what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest and a gas mask. He threw out a canister that emitted some sort of gas and started open firing with a shotgun and an automatic rifle. Two pistols were also found on the scene. Theater attendees were reportedly confused by the incident because there was shooting going on onscreen at the same time that Holmes started his attack.

Among the injured were a 3-month old baby, children, teenagers and adults ranging up to 45 years of age. Holmes’ motives are not yet known, and police report he did not resist arrest once he was captured.

President Barack Obama issued a statement about the shooting, saying, “Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado … We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family.”

Warner Bros. reportedly has cancelled the upcoming Paris premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” and halted all interviews with its cast and crew. None of them have released official statements yet, but the studio says, “Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping local police investigate the incident. A press conference will be held at 11:00am MST.

Share your thoughts for those affected by this tragedy in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“The Dark Knight Rises” tracking better than “The Avengers”?

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It’s the battle of the summer superhero blockbusters, and at this time “The Dark Knight Rises” seems to be in the lead.

Yes, we get that “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” are both unique, great movies in their own way. But if you’re reading this article, you’re probably lying to yourself if you think you aren’t wondering which of these two movies comes out with a bigger box office income once they complete their run. It’s the classic comic book showdown: DC versus Marvel.

Well, according to Fandango, it’s DC’s game right now. Sure, “The Avengers” has raked in $1.45 billion worldwide, but the movie ticket website is reporting that “The Dark Knight Rises” is “outpacing the summer blockbuster ‘The Avengers’ in ticket sales at the same point in the sales cycle.” Let’s not forget that “The Dark Knight” was the second highest grossing film ever in the US until “Avatar” and now “The Avengers” toppled its throne, so fans are likely expecting the same movie magic to happen twice.

Of course, by most reports “The Dark Knight Rises” is not quite the movie that “The Dark Knight” was. And it doesn’t have Heath Ledger’s tragic death to cast a somber pall over the movie’s release that made people more interested than they might have been otherwise. Will “The Dark Knight Rises” do as well in the long run as “The Avengers” has this summer? It remains to be seen. But there’s always the (very likely) chance that “The Dark Knight Rises” could burn hot on its release and then cool off to a lukewarm reception.

Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman film is still in good shape for now, though. Fandango executive vice president Rick Butler says that almost every Thursday IMAX showtime for “The Dark Knight Rises” is sold out, and that the movie currently accounts for 91 percent of daily ticket sales. Many screenings opening weekend are sold out, particularly in the more expensive IMAX format. The fact that IMAX is a big draw for this movie (Nolan shot over a third of “The Dark Knight Rises” with IMAX cameras) should mean a boost in box office income, though it should be noted that “The Avengers” was released — but not shot — in 3D, so it also got a similar boost.

Which of these movies do you think will come out the box office winner? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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