- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2008

Holmes meets ‘Stone’

Katie Holmes will sing and dance her way back into prime time in fall with a guest-starring turn on ABC’s “Eli Stone,” says Zap2it.com.

The former “Dawson’s Creek” star and current wife of Tom Cruise will appear in the show’s second episode of the new season, which is scheduled to air Oct. 21. She’ll play an attorney who comes into contact with Eli (Jonny Lee Miller). Producer Greg Berlanti says Miss Holmes also will be part of a song-and-dance number when Eli has one of his visions.

The guest appearance will be Miss Holmes’ first TV work since “Dawson’s Creek.”

Batman overdrive

It’s a blissful weekend for Batman aficionados with the long-awaited opening of “The Dark Knight” on the big screen and earlier tales of the Caped Crusader rolling out for cable viewers.

Friday, Comcast’s On Demand service will launch “Gotham Tonight,” with six minimovies featuring the film’s actors as they provide commentary in character. Through brief appearances, the actors — Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Aaron Eckhart (as Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Gary Oldman (as Lt. James Gordon), Anthony Michael Hall (as Mike Engel), Eric Roberts (as Salvatore Maroni ) and Colin McFarlane as (Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb) — will fill in the blanks between “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.”

Comcast also will offer special features for nonsubscribers and those wishing to view the minimovies via www.Gothamcablenews.com.

Comcast’s On Demand will also feature behind-the-scenes movie footage, interviews with the cast and filmmakers and “The Dark Knight” trailers in HD and online at www.comcast.net/thedarkknightmovie and Fancast.com.

TV’s other Batman fare:


Batman (1989) 11 a.m., Family Channel. Michael Keaton steps into the bat suit as the Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy: the clownishly homicidal Joker (played by the one-and-only Jack Nicholson). Kim Basinger co-stars, Tim Burton directs. Repeats Sunday at 2 p.m.

Batman and Robin (1997) 2:30 p.m., TNT. The Dynamic Duo (George Clooney as Batman) and (Chris O’Donnell as Robin) struggle to keep Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) from freezing Gotham City. Joel Schumacher directs. Repeats Sunday at 2:30 p.m.


Batman Forever (1995) noon, TNT. Batman (Val Kilmer) must battle Two-Face and the Riddler with the help of an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin (Chris O’Donnell). Directed by Joel Schumacher.

Batman Begins (2005) 8 p.m., FX. Christian Bale is the Caped Crusader in this tale of how Bruce Wayne became Batman, the superhero he was destined to be. Christopher Nolan directs. Repeats Monday at 5 p.m.


Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight 10 p.m., the History Channel. This hour-long special delves into the world of Batman and the vigilante justice that he brought to Gotham City. It also examines why Batman is who he is and explores how a boy scarred by tragedy became a symbol of hope to everyone else.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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