- - Monday, July 9, 2012

Now that Christopher Nolan is done with his epic Batman trilogy, the filmmaker has quashed speculation that he might be involved in a “Justice League” movie featuring the Dark Knight.

Writer-director Nolan said his take on Batman wraps up with “The Dark Knight Rises,” his third and final film centered on the DC Comics superhero. In an Associated Press interview over the weekend to promote the finale, Mr. Nolan said he has no “Justice League” plans.

“No, none at all,” Mr. Nolan said.” This is the end of our take on this character.”We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman

Fans have conjectured that Mr. Nolan might return to Batman by producing a big-screen take on “Justice League,” DC Comics’ “Avengers”-style ensemble whose key superheroes include the Dark Knight, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.

Mr. Nolan guesses that the “Justice League” rumors started because of his involvement as a producer on next summer’s Superman relaunch, “Man of Steel.”

He also said he does not intend to get involved with any future solo Batman films when distributor Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics, decides the time is right to launch a new take on the masked vigilante.

“Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warner will have to decide in the future what they’re going to do with him,” Mr. Nolan said. “We’ve had our say on the character.”

Starr celebrates 72 years with ‘peace and love’ moment

The 1960s mop top is gone, but Ringo Starr is still flashing a peace sign.

The former Beatle marked his 72nd birthday in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday by holding a “peace and love” moment at noon, the Associated Press reports. He asked people worldwide to do the same at noon in their time zones.

The idea came to him in 2008 when an interviewer asked him what he wanted for his birthday. Since then, he has held events each year in New York, Chicago and Hamburg, Germany.

“It’s sort of catching on more and more, the more we do,” Mr. Starr said before the festivities. “We got lots of blogs from Japan and China and all over the world saying, ‘We did peace and love.’ So it’s working.”

Hundreds of fans joined Mr. Starr at Hard Rock Cafe, shouting “peace and love” at the magic hour and holding two fingers in the air. The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” and the chorus of “Give Peace a Chance.”

Mr. Starr is touring the U.S. with his 13th All Starr Band.

Garcia Marquez reportedly suffering from dementia

Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, arguably best known for his “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” is suffering from senile dementia, his brother said.

According to Agence France-Presse, the 85-year-old author’s brother, Jaime, told El Universal in Mexico, where Mr. Garcia Marquez lives, that he speaks to the 1982 Nobel winner nearly every day from their native Colombia, hoping to help keep some of his memories alive.

“What he has are some memory issues; in our family, we all end up with senile dementia. I am starting to get some of the onset complications and he already is in the throes of it,” Jaime Garcia Marquez said.

He said it had been a very slow downward slide for his author brother, who has had some symptoms of the condition since 1999, when he was treated for lymphatic cancer - a condition that nearly killed him.

The author then underwent chemotherapy treatment, which sped up the pace of memory loss, his brother added.

Mr. Garcia Marquez, who is also known for “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “No One Writes to the Colonel,” lives in Mexico City with his wife, Mercedes.

Mr. Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize for Literature 30 years ago. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” has sold 30 million copies worldwide.

Nugent’s drummer arrested in DUI with stolen golf cart

A drummer for classic rocker Ted Nugent faces several charges after police in Bangor, Maine, said he was seen driving drunk in a golf cart stolen from a concert venue.

According to the Associated Press, officers working at Mr. Nugent’s Sunday night concert were told that Mick Brown, 55, was intoxicated, had stolen the cart and was driving it recklessly on a foot path. Police say when officers tried to stop the cart, Mr. Brown sped past them and shoved a security officer. Two security officers then removed Mr. Brown from the cart, and he was arrested.

Mr. Brown, of Cave Creek, Ariz., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was released on $4,000 bail.

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