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THE Batman film franchise is said by some to be cursed after a series of accidents and other events have dogged it through the years.
The shooting at a premiere of the new Batman film is the latest in a string of incidents to befall a franchise said to be cursed.
One of the greatest tragedies to strike previously was the death of Heath Ledger, who played the Joker in The Dark Knight.
The Australian actor was found dead in his Manhattan apartment in January 2008 after taking an accidental drugs overdose, six months before the film’s release.
But his was not the only death to mar the big screen blockbuster. The film's closing credits carry a dedication "in memory of our friends Heath Ledger and Conway Wickliffe".
Wickliffe, a New Zealand-born special effects technician, died while working on the film. He was on a camera truck filming a stunt car when it crashed into a tree in October 2007.
In August 2008, Morgan Freeman, was also hit by the “curse” but survived.
The actor, who played Lucius Fox in the film, was seriously injured in a car accident in Mississippi.
His co-star, Christian Bale, hit the headlines in July 2008 when he was
The Dark Knight Rises, the sequel to the film, had also suffered upsets before the shooting spree.
Last August the Batwing vehicle was half destroyed in an accident during filming in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania.
No actors were hurt in the incident, which was the second mishap in a week.
Days earlier, a stunt double for Anne Hathaway had reportedly crashed into expensive camera equipment
Several Hollywood films have been the victims of a supposed curse over the years, according to movie folklore.
They include Poltergeist, the 1982 horror film by Steven Spielberg. Actress Dominique Dunne, who played the family's eldest daughter, was murdered by a former partner in 1982 and Heather O'Rourke, who played her sister, died suddenly at 13 after a short illness.
The stars of 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause were also said to have been cursed.
James Dean was killed in a car accident thesame year, aged 24, while Natalie Wood drowned in 1981.
Sal Mineo, Oscar-nominated for his role as John 'Plato' Crawford, was stabbed to death in 1976.
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Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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