Friday, April 19, 2024

Dark Knight in Aurora, Colorado: 12 Dead, 38 Wounded; Paris Premiere Cancelled


Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado: 12 people were killed during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” and 38 were wounded, including a baby. A gunman named James Holmes entered the theater through the emergency exit, tossed tear gas, and began shooting randomly. Warner Bros. has already expressed its sympathy to the victims in a terse two sentence statement. “Warner Bros. is 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.”

But in Paris, the opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises” has been cancelled. And in New York, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has announced tightened security at all theaters showing the Batman movie. Just about all the showings of “The Dark Knight Rises” are sold out, so the crowds today and tonight–presold–will be very heavy.The argument for gun control gets a lot stronger now, especially in Colorado, the scene now of two terrible mass shootings in this generation:

Here is a video link to what happened in this horrific tragedy:


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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