July 28, 2008

Here's to the winners

Returning to the West with this post, some congrats are in order:

Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan (Memento) are basking in the profits being made by their new Batman® flick The Dark Knight: Over USD 300 million thus far in the past ten days. (Or to be more precise, as per Warners' distribution chief Dan Fellman, USD 314,245,000.00. That includes this past weekend's USD 75.6 million take.)

Normally, I wouldn't deal with superhero movies of this sort on a blog, but even I have to do a double–take with numbers like these.

Bill Gibron of PopMatters has more on this piece of box office news.

And may I suggest Michael Dudley's CityStates essay is one of the many reasons why the bat–take is so big this time around? Have a read.

Meanwhile, the Stony Brook Film Festival, held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook's Staller Center (my old ala mater is ended for another year. And we send congrats to Mary Stuart Masterson, whose directorial debut, The Cake Eaters got the Jury Award for Best Feature. (You'll be able to see it in the States when it streets in February.)

Other winners were the feature Children of Glory (best audience choice); the shorts In the Name of the Son (Jury Award for best short) and The Drummer (an audience favorite prize for director Bill Block); and Kari Skogland's The Stone Angel (Special Achievement).

And welcome to a new week, everyone.

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