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Is ‘The Dark Knight’ Secretly Pro-Bush?

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Batman Is Exactly Like W: Is The Dark Knight “at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war”? The Wall Street Journal certainly thinks so! We’re skeptical, but it would explain the film’s massive worldwide popularity. [WSJ]

Red Lasso Lassoed: Finally fed up with all the annoying free advertising that Vulture and other blogs have selflessly been giving their programs, NBC and Fox News have filed a lawsuit against awesome video-sharing service Red Lasso, forcing the start-up to suspend operations. No word yet on whether the networks plan to sue puppies, kittens, or ice cream. [Reuters]

Sweeney Todd Evades Authorities: Cops turned up at a Liverpool production of Sweeney Todd on Wednesday after an actress’ screams were mistaken by locals for those of a person actually being stabbed to death. Police are advising murderers not to dance or sing Sondheim while they’re killing people so as to avoid confusion in the future. [Liverpool Echo via Fark]

Stoners Appreciate M.I.A. Three Years Late: Thanks to its inclusion in the trailer for Pineapple Express, “Paper Planes,” from M.I.A.’s year-old Kala, has become her first-ever chart hit, debuting on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week at No. 55. [Idolator]

Batman Still Popular: Despite Christian Bale’s sewer mouth and unpopular stance on clowns, The Dark Knight will probably hit $300 million this weekend. [Variety]

Is ‘The Dark Knight’ Secretly Pro-Bush?