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Aurora movie-theater shooter to plead insanity

The man accused in the deadly Colorado theater shootings wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers said Tuesday, despite their fears that the plea could severely hamper his ability to mount a defense against the death penalty.

James Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 assault on a packed Aurora movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70. Prosecutors announced last month they would seek the death penalty.

Holmes was widely expected to plead insanity given the compelling evidence against him, but his attorneys put it off for weeks, saying state laws on the death penalty and insanity overlap in ways that violate his constitutional rights and his ability to mount an effective defense.

One of their worries: If Holmes doesn’t cooperate with doctors who will evaluate his sanity at the state mental hospital, he could be barred from calling witnesses to testify about his mental condition during sentencing. That would make it nearly impossible for his lawyers to use his mental state as an argument against the death penalty. READ FULL STORY

Man charged in 'Twilight' theater shooting spree plot

A Missouri man has been charged with allegedly planning a mass shooting spree at a screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, EW has confirmed.

Blaec Lammers, 20, allegedly purchased assault rifles and ammunition and planned an attack on a weekend Twilight screening. He faces charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and making a terroristic threat.

Lammers’ plot echoes James Holmes’ alleged shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

'The Iceman' trailer: Michael Shannon cometh, and he's bringing the hits

The Iceman tells the story of a loving husband and devoted father — played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon — who also happens to have a secret life as a brutal hit man. It’s based on the real life of Richard Kuklinski, a steely killing machine responsible for murdering over 100 people (including Jimmy Hoffa, or so he claimed).

Accordingly, The Iceman looks less stylized and a lot more dark than other movies with similar premises. It’s also stuffed with marquee names, including Winona Ryder as Kuklinski’s oblivious wife and an unrecognizable Chris Evans as a fellow contract killer nicknamed Mr. Freezy. (Apparently, he drives an ice cream truck.) Watch the pitch-black trailer — which includes a special, icky treat for any and all James Franco haters:

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Attorney for armed 'Dark Knight Rises' moviegoer: 'He felt that he needed protection'

A northeast Ohio man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie because he wanted to protect himself in case someone tried to replicate last month’s deadly Colorado theater shooting, his attorney said Tuesday. Scott A. Smith, 37, had no intention of causing harm or inducing panic when he brought the weapons to a Saturday showing of The Dark Knight Rises, said his attorney, Matthew Bruce. “With the recent shooting in Colorado, and the other incidents around the country in regards to threats, he felt that he needed protection,” Bruce said.

Bruce said he was referring to movie theater threats made after the deadly July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colo., where a 24-year-old man is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight showing of the same movie.

Bruce said his client “felt a sense of fear” about going to a theater, and chose the Batman movie by complete coincidence. “Any weapons he may have had on him were solely for protection,” he said. READ FULL STORY

Heavily armed man arrested at 'Dark Knight Rises' screening in Ohio

Authorities say a Cleveland-area man has been arrested for carrying a gun, ammunition, and several knives into a showing of the The Dark Knight Rises. Police in Westlake, Ohio say a manager was suspicious of the man and his satchel when he entered the theater for the 10 p.m. Saturday showing of the Batman movie.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the manager and an off-duty police officer working security searched the bag and found the weapons. He was arrested without incident. His home was searched Monday night.

The suspect’s name and other details have not been released.

A 24-year-old man is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight showing of the The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., on July 20.

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Florida man arrested for disturbance at 'Dark Knight Rises' screening

A South Florida man faces disorderly conduct charges after a disturbance at a theater showing the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. Miami Beach police say more than 100 moviegoers fled early Tuesday after David Escamillo yelled “This is it!” during the film. Witnesses say they saw Escamillo leave the theater and return wearing a pair of black gloves.

Escamillo was detained by movie patrons until police arrived. Officers said he smelled strongly of alcohol and was yelling “I didn’t shoot anybody.”

Police found no weapon, and no shots were fired. A records search revealed an outstanding warrant for battery. Court records didn’t list an attorney for Escamillo.

The fracas occurred less than two weeks after a gunman killed 12 and wounded 58 others at a Colorado movie theater.

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Warner Bros. set to make charitable contribution to Colo. shooting victims

Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, is set to make a “substantial” donation to various charities supporting the victims of the July 20 Aurora, Colo. shooting, EW has confirmed.

The Hollywood Reporter said that the studio has been in contact with Colorado governor John Hickenlooper’s office and will contribute to a fund on the website givingfirst.org. That fund distributes money across several different charities that will support the victims.

Warner Bros. is the first major Hollywood organizations to make a donation.

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Two arrests at 'Dark Knight Rises' screenings as theater anxiety remains high

Though The Dark Knight Rises played to mostly full houses in its opening weekend, the horrific shooting rampage at a midnight screening in Aurora, Colo., has raised moviegoers’ anxieties as theaters and audiences remain on edge for fear of copycat criminals. “I have to admit that as we were walking to the theater from the car I thought where should we sit that gives us the best chance of escape should there be a copycat,” says Will Kilfoyle, 37, a first grade teacher in Sacramento, Calif., who saw the film on Friday night. “The thought crossed my mind even though I am fully aware that the chance of me getting struck by lightening is probably higher.”

Kilfoyle is not alone. In Sierra Vista, Ariz., on Friday night, a man who appeared inebriated and acted strangely during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises was arrested after a confrontation caused “mass hysteria” as people fled the theater, according to the Associated Press. Michael William Borboa, 27, who had entered the theater with a backpack, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and threatening and intimidating. No weapons were found in Borboa’s backpack, which held only alcohol containers. READ FULL STORY

James Holmes' family speaks as police release mug shot

His hair dyed a shocking comic-book shade of orange-red, the former doctoral student accused of killing moviegoers at a showing of the new Batman movie appeared in court for the first time on Monday, but he didn’t seem to be there at all. James Holmes shuffled into court in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit with his hands cuffed — the first look the world got of the 24-year-old since the Friday shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured at a packed midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Unshaven and appearing dazed, Holmes sat virtually motionless during the hearing, his eyes drooping as the judge advised him of the severity of the case. At one point, Holmes simply closed his eyes. Prosecutors said they didn’t know if he was being medicated. Throughout the hearing, he never said a word. His attorneys did all the talking when the judge asked him if he understood his rights.

His demeanor, however, angered the relatives of some of the victims of the shooting. Some stared at him the entire hearing, including Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was killed in the attack. Teves watched Holmes intently, sizing him up. “I saw the coward in court today and Alex could have wiped the floor with him without breaking a sweat,” said Teves, whose son, a physical therapist, dove to protect his girlfriend. “You shot a 6-year-old. Come on give me a break. You’re dressed in full combat gear, immediately surrender. Come on. Pick on some guys who know how to use guns,” Teves said. READ FULL STORY

Shooting suspect looks dazed in first court appearance following Aurora rampage

His hair dyed orange-red and a dazed look on his face, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time. An unshaven, handcuffed James Holmes, 24, sat in maroon jailhouse jumpsuit as the judge advised him of the case. Holmes sat motionless, his eyes appearing tired and drooping. At one point, he closed his eyes as the judge spoke. Prosecutors said later they didn’t know if Holmes was on medication. Authorities have said he is being held in isolation at the jail.

Holmes didn’t speak once during the hearing. His attorneys answered for him when the judge asked if he understood his rights. One woman’s eyes welled up with tears during the hearing.

Police say Holmes, clad in body armor and armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and handguns opened fire at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. He was arrested shortly after the Friday shooting. He is refusing to cooperate, authorities say. They said it could take months to learn what prompted the attack on the moviegoers. READ FULL STORY

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