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President Obama’s A Catwoman Fan

Well no wonder Anne Hathaway was spotted “beaming and laughing” at a fundraiser for President Obama on Monday.

The “Dark Knight Rises” actress was the recipient of some personal approval from the President at the event, which was held in Connecticut at Harvey Weinstein‘s home.

Obama told those gathered that Hathaway “is spectacular,” and offered his critique of her latest film.

“I did get a chance to see Batman. And she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion.”

We’re not sure if moviegoers are flocking to see “The Dark Knight Rises” just for Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Selina Kyle, but we do know the film is flourishing at the box office.

Reports indicated this week that Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman installment is the No. 2 film of the year with a worldwide gross of $732 million.

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Trailer Lands For ‘Dark Knight Rises’

We have months still to go until Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight Rises” bows in theaters, but there’s now a full trailer to tide us over.

It begins “in peace time,” with an ominous rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner being performed at a football game. Tom Hardy‘s villainous masked Bane stalks menacingly as a football field full of players will soon meet their demise, and Anne Hathaway‘s Selina Kyle issues a dire warning to Christian Bale‘s Bruce Wayne/Batman.

“You think this can last. There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne,” she says, before dropping into a whisper. “You and your friends better batten down the hatches. ‘Cause when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large, and leave so little for the rest of us.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” opens next July.

Christopher Nolan Spills ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Details

Empire magazine has some new details on the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” in its latest issue, which also features two covers: one of Batman, and the other of Bane.

Director Christopher Nolan reveals to the magazine that a lot of time has passed in between the conclusion of 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and the starting point for 2012’s “Rises.

“It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne‘s story. We left him in a very precarious place,” Nolan tells Empire. “Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after ‘The Dark Knight.’ So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state.”

Nolan adds that the idea is to push Batman to the limit, physically as well as mentally, hence having Bane as the villain, played by Tom Hardy.

The actor tells Empire that his character is “brutal…He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical in the fact that he has a results-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage.”

No, really. Hardy goes on to paint the picture of the masked villain’s terrorizing actions: “Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones….He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”

The Dark Knight Rises” bows July 20, 2012.

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