Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

Los Angeles lights up City Hall with Bat-Signal

Friday, June 16th, 2017

The “Bat-signal” is projected onto Los Angeles City Hall in a tribute to the late actor Adam West who played the caped crusader in the 1960s TV series


Daily Mail

A giant Bat-signal lit up the side of City Hall in Los Angeles Thursday night to honor Batman actor Adam West, who played the superhero role in the 1960s television series. He died on Friday at age 88 following a battle with leukemia.

The caped crusader helped protect the fictional Gotham City in a franchise that began as a DC Comics strip before also moving to television and film. When Gotham’s authorities needed Batman’s help, they projected a light beam with his logo into the sky. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and police chief Charlie Beck led Thursday’s tribute. Hundreds of fans thronged the ceremony, many dressed up in costumes from the television series and films.

William Self Obituary

Thursday, November 18th, 2010


William Self dies at 89; 20th Century-Fox production executive




Self was in charge of television production at the studio in the 1960s and early ’70s, when its roster of shows included ‘Peyton Place,’ ‘Batman,’ and ‘MASH.’


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2010


William Self, a producer and television executive who was in charge of television production at 20th Century-Fox during the 1960s and early `70s when its list of successful shows included “Peyton Place,” “Batman” and ” MASH,” has died. He was 89.


Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Time obituary for William Self



A Job for Superman?…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Costumed characters on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame allege attacks by music vendors, seek officials’ help


Hollywood Blvd. characters


Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Actors dressed as Cleopatra, Tinker Bell and Batman hang out on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland shopping complex. Dozens of costumed characters work a short stretch of the street, charging passersby who want to snap photos. There is said to be increasing tensions between the characters and music vendors who work the same area.

A series of assaults near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has led to a plea for a city licensing system that costumed actors who pose for photos hope will protect them.

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2009


Holy Hollywood ending, Batman! Maybe this is a job for Superman!


That’s what Robin was probably thinking after the superhero sidekick was attacked and pummeled as he strolled in his mask, cape and tights among tourists on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.


A series of assaults near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has led to a plea for a city licensing system that costumed characters who pose for visitors’ photos hope will protect them.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Hollywood Boulevard Characters…

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Character building on Hollywood Boulevard


 Costumed characters stand in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater to entertain the tourists (AFP/Getty Images)


Hollywood is full of wannabes. The nearest most of them will get to fame is Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, dressed as Superman or Wonder Woman. The characters are a big tourist attraction and are now the subject of a documentary. David Willis went to meet some of them.


August 1, 2008


Superman stubbed out a cigarette and started searching for his keys. Adjusting his blood-red cape, he flashed a final glance at a web camera pointed at Hollywood Boulevard.


It was a hot summer’s day and tourists were spilling out of gaily painted buses and flooding the strip.


The superhero descended from his one-bedroomed apartment two stairs at a time, stopping briefly to banter with his Mexican neighbours before striding for the boulevard a block away.


Christopher Dennis was once an unemployed actor working at a hamburger joint across the street.


After several diners told him he looked like Christopher Reeve, he made himself a Superman costume and spent a day posing for pictures on the Walk of Fame.


That was 17 years ago. He earned $600 in tips that day alone and has not worked as a waiter since.


It was not long before Superman was joined by Elvis Presley and Charlie Chaplin, and nearly two decades later, the community that Chris founded has mushroomed to more than 80 characters. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)


Christian Bale Update…

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008


Bale reportedly ‘flew off the handle’ at mother




British paper says ‘The Dark Knight’ star angered by comment about wife

Access Hollywood
Wed., July. 23, 2008


LONDON – New details are emerging in the arrest of The Dark Knight star Christian Bale.


The incident that led to the actor’s arrest reportedly occurred following a confrontation between the actor and his mother, Jenny Bale. She allegedly insulted Bale’s wife, Sandra ‘Sibi’ Blazic, according to Britain’s The Daily Mail.


A source close to Bale told the newspaper he “flew off the handle” at his London hotel when Jenny Bale said “some outrageous things” about her son and his wife.


Though The Dark Knight star was arrested and released on bail, the newspaper’s source claims Bale did nothing wrong.


“Christian was stressed, but he didn’t lay a finger on anyone. Instead, he flew off the handle and cussed his mother. He just got very loud because his mother was saying some very outrageous things about him, and his wife,” the source said.


Bale’s lawyers issued a statement Tuesday denying the allegations of assault.


The actor’s sister, Sharon Bale, told Britain’s Telegraph an “incident” had occurred but would not offer up any details surrounding the events that led to her brother’s arrest.


“OK, there was an incident but the police are dealing with it,” she said. “It is an extremely sensitive situation. There is nothing more I can say.”


Jenny Bale was also tight-lipped, but said they did not call the police.


“Yes, I was there, and yes there was a family situation, but the police are handling it and I cannot say anymore at the moment,” Jenny told the Telegraph. “We didn’t call the police to the scene. I can’t say anymore, but we didn’t call the police.”


Bale is expected to attend The Dark Knight premiere in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.



Christian Bale Arrested…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008


‘Batman’ star allegedly assaulted mom, sister




British media report Christian Bale arrested over incident at London hotel


The Associated Press
July. 22, 2008

LONDONBatman star Christian Bale was arrested Tuesday over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister, police and British media said.


British media had reported that Bale’s mother and sister complained they were assaulted by the 34-year-old actor at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Sunday night, a day before the European premiere of his latest film, The Dark Knight.


The women made the allegation at a local police station in southern England on Monday, Britain’s Press Association news agency said. It later said Bale had been arrested, citing “police sources.”


Asked whether Bale was in custody, a police spokesman did not refer to him by name but said: “A 34-year-old man attended a central London police station this morning by appointment and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault.”


The spokesman spoke anonymously in line with force policy and refused to go into more detail. British police do not name suspects before they are formally charged.


U.S.-based representatives for Bale didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment. Repeated phone calls to Bale’s London representative went unanswered.


The Sun newspaper said police didn’t question the actor Monday because they didn’t want to interfere with the premiere of the movie.


Wales-born Bale first made a splash as the child star of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun in 1987. His screen credits also include American Psycho, The Machinist and Batman Begins.


In The Dark Knight, Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.


The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, took in a record $158.4 million at the box office in its opening weekend in the U.S. last week.




Bale’s London representative issued a statement on Tuesday. “Christian Bale attended a London Police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister. Mr. Bale, who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the Police.”



‘The Dark Night’…

Friday, July 18th, 2008


‘Dark Knight’ brightens Warner Bros. day 




It’s a happy Friday in Burbank.


Warner Bros.’ Batman sequel The Dark Knight took in a record $18 million-plus at this morning’s 12:01 shows, according to an executive at the studio, jump-starting what could one of the summer’s top hits. Warner produced the movie for an estimated $180 million with partner Legendary Pictures.


Dan Fellman, the studio’s president of domestic distribution, said his staff was still crunching the numbers and expected the final gross from some 3,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada that ran midnight shows to be in the $18-million-to-$19-million range.


“A lot of exhibitors called up desperately asking us, ‘Can you send more prints, and quickly?,’ ” said an especially chipper Fellman.


Twentieth Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith had owned the midnight bragging rights after it snagged $16.9 million from eager geeks in May 2005.


Adjusted for ticket price inflation, that’s about $18.7 million — although in Hollywood, where records are made to be broken, broken, and broken again, the number-crunchers never get around to that.


All 18 screens at an AMC theater in Barrington, Ill., sold out their 12:01 shows for the PG-13-rated The Dark Knight. adventure. One exhibitor called Warner this morning to report his full weekend grosses for the movie.


“He said, ‘I don’t want you to think I’m manipulating the numbers but I’ve sold out every seat at my theater through Sunday night,’ ” Fellman said.


— Josh Friedman, Los Angeles Times


Michael Caine at Grauman’s Chinese…

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Michael Caine leaves his mark on Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Oscar-winner Michael Caine literally made his mark on Hollywood here Friday, joining the ranks of movie legends who have sunk their hands and feet in concrete outside the famous Chinese Theatre.


The 75-year-old actor was honored at a ceremony in front of the Hollywood landmark attended by around 100 guests, including the director of Caine’s next film, the upcoming Batman sequel The Dark Knight.


Caine, who has twice won best-supporting Oscars for his roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules, plays the caped crusader’s loyal butler Alfred in the keenly anticipated blockbuster, due out on July 18.


“It’s the only award of its kind in the world,” Caine told the local ABC7 television network.


“I know you get your star on the Hollywood pavement, but there’s only been 192 of these since 1921, so they don’t throw them about, you know?”


The London-born actor, who received a knighthood in 2000, has also been nominated for an Oscar on four other occasions for Alfie, Sleuth, Educating Rita and most recently The Quiet American.