Friday, January 16, 2009

News & Notes

  • The Dark Knight will be re-released in theaters and on IMAX on January 23rd. This was actually announced a while back, but it's coming up so I thought I'd mention it again.

    Part of the idea, I think, is to try to break some records and reach some milestones. Box Office Mojo lists the current world-wide gross at $997,063,938, just shy of a billion. It's also $70M shy of the domestic box office record held by Titanic (domestic, for box office purposes, includes the US and Canada).

    Another part of the idea is that it'll be the day after Oscar nominees are announced. Heath Ledger's a lock for a nomination, and I'm sure it'll pick up some nods in the lower profile categories as well. Which amounts to free publicity (or sort of free, since the studios blow money on "For your consideration" ad campaigns).

  • Speaking of award nominations, the BAFTA award nominees were announced (these are the "British Oscars"), and The Dark Knight's up for a whole bunch:
    Supporting actor: Heath Ledger
    Music: Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
    Cinematography: Wally Pfister
    Editing: Lee Smith
    Production design: Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
    Costume design: Lindy Hemming
    Sound: Lora Hirschberg, Richard King, Ed Novick, Gary Rizzo
    Special visual effects: Chris Corbould, Nick Davis, Paul Franklin, Tim Webber
    Make-up and hair: Peter Robb-King

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