China Refuses to Release “The Dark Knight” in Chinese Cinemas

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via Breitbart

Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight” won’t be screened in Chinese cinemas, Warner Bros. said in a statement Wednesday.

The studio said that the acclaimed film — the second highest-grossing movie in US box-office history — would be canned in China, with “cultural sensitivities” cited as one of the reasons for the no-show.

“Based on a number of pre-release conditions that are being attached to ‘The Dark Knight’ as well as cultural sensitivities to some elements of the film, we have opted to forego a theatrical release of the film in China,” a statement emailed to AFP said.

It was not clear what “cultural sensitivities” were at issue but the movie includes an action sequence shot in Hong Kong where Batman, played by Christian Bale, apprehends a Chinese money-launderer.

In 2006, Chinese authorities barred the release of Hollywood movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” amid speculation its portrayal of Japanese courtesans played by Chinese actresses could spark public controversy.

Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s gay cowboy drama “Brokeback Mountain” was also denied a release in China.

Editor’s Note: Wow, now Heath Ledger has the distinction of having both of his biggest films being banned from Chinese cinema, Brokeback and Batman.  Can’t they just let a brother live, posthumously?

Nokia 6205 Dark Knight Mobile Has Arrived

Batman, Can You Hear Me Now?

Clearly the theme of this movie going season is comic book adaptations and long-awaited sequels. Well this franchise has both going in its favor, not to mention mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of one of its principal stars, The Joker. Can you spell BLOCK BUSTER? So it is no surprise that brands will be cross integrating with this promotion. The world’s biggest cellphone manufacturer partners with what could arguably be the biggest movie this summer to bring to you the Bat-Mobile.

via IntoMobile

With the next Batman movie scheduled to hit theaters within a month (July 18), Verizon and Nokia are releasing the special edition of the Nokia 6205 clamshell. The device comes in a “mysterious black color” and is embellished with a subtle “The Dark Knight” emblem. In addition, the device is pre-loaded with themed wallpapers, voice tones, animated screensavers and a full movie trailer.
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Heath Ledger Fuels Jokermania, Dark Knight Campaign Begins

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The death of Heath Ledger has fueled unprecedented interest in the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight. On the heels of that excitement Warner Bros. has released its international poster officially igniting The Dark Knight campaign. They also threw out a script synopsis so fans can draw a mental picture of what the Batman Joker showdown will play out like. Enjoy.

“Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in “The Dark Knight.” The film reunites Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime…until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace–Batman’s most personal and vicious enemy yet–he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes.”

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