The Dark Knight Rises

"Man of Steel" Looking Super as #1 Movie of the Weekend, According to Fandango’s Fanticipation

According to Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoing destination, advance ticket sales and positive fan word-of-mouth for “Man of Steel” are out of this world. The highly-anticipated film, opening this Friday, scored a rare 98 out of 100 points on the company’s Fanticipation buzz indicator, and ranks as today’s top ticket-seller on Fandango. “Man of Steel” soars high above the next closest competitor, Seth Rogen’s raunchy apocalyptic comedy, “This is the End,” which scored 77.

Fandango’s Fanticipation measures fan sentiment around the weekend box office line-up, with numerical scores that are calculated based on a proprietary analysis of Fandango’s advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement.

Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 “Man of Steel” ticket-buyers, and uncovered the following results:

88% are fans of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” franchise;

83% said the supporting cast of award-winning and nominated stars (including Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon) increased their interest in seeing the movie;

81% claimed the darker interpretation of Superman made them more interested in buying a ticket;

75% cannot wait to see Michael Shannon’s performance as the villainous General Zod;

72% are fans of director Zack Snyder’s previous films (“300,” “Watchmen”);

69% want to see “Man of Steel” because the lead is played by Henry Cavill and not by an established box office superstar.

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Dark Knight Rises’ Cast Speaks Out On Aurora Shooting

The cast of “The Dark Knight Rises” have lent their voices to the growing list of public figures speaking out against the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Leading actors Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway have both released official statements condemning the violence, which took place during a showing of their new film.

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel,” said Bale in a statement. “I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

Hathaway echoed Christian’s sentiments in her own statement, saying:

“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” she said.

Director Christopher Nolan also shared his thoughts:

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” he said. “The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me,” he added.

Anne Hathaway Engaged To Longtime Love Adam Shulman

This holiday season has turned out to be extra special for Anne Hathaway. After the actress was spotted sporting a diamond ring on Sunday, her rep confirmed her engagement to longtime love Adam Shulman, 30,.

Hathaway, 28, began dating Shulman, an actor, in 2008 shortly after splitting from Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri, who was arrested for running a real estate scheme. Follieri was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy.

No other details on Hathaway’s engagement were immediately available. Hathaway will appear next in The Dark Knight Rises alongside Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.