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Tom Hardy as Bane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “The Dark Knight Rises,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics.

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The Dish: Capital punishment

  • Article by: CYNTHIA DICKISON
  • Star Tribune
  • July 21, 2012 - 5:42 PM

Observers on both sides of the political aisle think Mitt Romney's Bain Capital troubles might continue at the multiplex as "The Dark Knight Rises" and its villainous Bane enter the national conversation. "Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being put out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain who ... is set on pillaging society," says Democratic adviser Christopher Lehane. Rush Limbaugh weighed in: "Do you think it's accidental that the name of this really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed, whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?" Said GOP adviser Frank Luntz, "[Romney] had to know all this was coming, and he should have done a lot more to prepare for it." The character first appeared in a 1993 comic.

The final reel

Daniel Radcliffe stars as a rape and murder suspect in the supernatural thriller "Horns." The former Harry Potter also joins Zoe Kazan in the romantic comedy "The F word" -- F as in friendship. ... Dianna Agron ("Glee") will play Robert DeNiro's daughter in Luc Besson's mob saga "Malavita." ... Wes Anderson's followup to "Moonrise Kingdom" will be "The Grand Budapest Hotel," starring Johnny Depp. ... After the disaster that was "John Carter," director Andrew Stanton is returning to what he does best: animation. He'll direct a sequel to his "Finding Nemo."

CYNTHIA DICKISON

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