'Dark Knight' helmer named director of the year

Christopher Nolan has been named ShoWest director of the year. Award will be presented at the upcoming ShoWest exhib confab in Las Vegas.

Nolan is next in theaters with Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight,” his follow-up to “Batman Begins.”

Filmmaker’s other credits include “The Prestige” and “Memento.”

“Dark Knight,” which opens July 18, reteams Nolan with “Batman Begins” star Christian Bale. The late Heath Ledger also stars in “Knight.”

Nolan will receive the award at ShoWest’s closing night banquet on March 13.

Confab begins March 10.

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