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NYPD not laughing at ‘Joker’ as film nears $80M opening weekend
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More movie theaters and Broadway shows are using a new cellphone lockdown service called Yondr. Reporter Mike Gunzelman with more.
The huge advance ticket sales for Warner Brothers' "Joker" film this weekend, is not the New York City Police Department's idea of fun.
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Deadline reporting "that a significant undercover“ contingent of officers will be deployed to the city's movie theaters starting Oct. 3 when the film begins early previews.
An NYPD spokesperson stressed, “There are no specific or credible threats at this time," but awareness is high in a year of mass shootings in public spaces as well as the title character's past history. The Joker was featured in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises which was playing in a theater in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012 that was the site of a mass shooting.
With a win at the 76th annual Venice Film Festival last month and critical acclaim that has earned it a near-perfect Internet Movie Database score of 9.4 out of 10, “Joker” has been building up hype for weeks. The crime thriller’s R-rating and star-studded casting that includes the like of Robert De Niro and Zazie Beets certainly haven’t hurt either.
The solo feature film of Batman’s greatest villain is described as a gritty character study of how the Joker came to be. This attempt at subversive storytelling has paid off for AT&T owned Warner Bros with “Joker” presale tickets outpacing the amount sold for Sony’s anti-hero “Venom” film of last year on Atom Tickets, an online movie ticket retailer. In fact, Atom Tickets reported that “Joker” is the company’s second-highest pre-sale after “John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”