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Has Hollywood already forgotten "The Dark Knight Rises"? Seems like it. The Golden Globes snubbed the film completely -- no Christopher Nolan, no Christian Bale, no Tom Hardy, not even Hans Zimmer's score. What gives?
Maybe Hollywood doesn't want to be reminded of the Colorado tragedy that will forever be associated with "The Dark Knight Rises."
The mass shooting at the Aurora, Colorado, midnight premiere on July 20 was a tragedy for all concerned. James Eagan Holmes, who turns 25 today, killed 12 and wounded 58. The shocking violence also cast a pall over a blockbuster movie that arrived with huge fan anticipation and terrific reviews.
"The Dark Knight Rises" paid a price in terms of lost revenue. It's estimated that the tragedy cost the movie, which earned$448 million, at least $100 million at the box office.. The November DVD release seemed to receive restrained studio support. By contrast, "The Dark Knight," the second film in Nolan's trilogy, grossed $535 million domestically at theaters.
While the second movie was largely ignored at the Oscars, it's widely believed that mammoth snub prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to widen the best-picture nominations field the following year to 10 contenders from the longstanding 5.
There's a precedent for the third film in an accomplished fantasy franchise being rewarded. Witness Peter Jackson's "The Return of the King," which capped the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy with Golden Globe and Oscar wins for best picture and best director in 2004.
And now, silence for "The Dark Knight Rises." Hollywood, as today's Golden Globe nominations showed, seems intent on sweeping "The Dark Knight Rises" and the Colorado tragedy from its collective memory.
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- Arts & Entertainment
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Dark Knight