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Christian Bale says the character of Moses in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' was the ''most extreme'' role he has ever undertaken. The 'American Hustle' star plays the Egyptian prince in the new blockbuster and felt compelled to act differently around the set when filming the movie because he wanted to do the character justice. He revealed: ''Moses is the most extreme character I've ever played. Because of that I actually changed the way I behaved on set. I kind of kept to myself, because I find it very difficult to get to know people too well and then play a character.'' The film - directed by Ridley Scott - features Christian's character as the defiant protagonist who fights against Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) by sending 600,000 slaves on a journey to escape Egypt, and the star admitted the character was even more difficult to perfect than gruesome »
After sputtering its way through development hell, the Aaron Sorkin-penned film, Jobs, continues to show signs of forward momentum. Despite directors and actors like David Fincher and Christian Bale walking away from it, the film lives. Even Sony dropping the film from its slate didn't kill this thing. Now with a new lease on life over at Universal pictures, with Danny Boyle at the helm, and with Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen set to star in it, comes news of the film potentially finding its female lead. Last month, it was Natalie Portman who was said to be in talks for the part, but those talks fizzled.
According to Variety, the new actress that's being pursued is Kate Winslet. This would be another high-profile "get" for the production, as Winslet has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards- with a win for Best Actress for her work in The Reader. It's »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
"We're not trying to rewrite the Bible," actor Joel Edgerton promises, and yet the film is certainly a long way from traditional, with Christian Bale's Moses presented as a conflicted and somewhat unstable figure, and God embodied in human form.
Watch Digital Spy's video above to hear Bale, Scott and Edgerton discuss the look, the feel and the controversy of Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The film is released in the UK on December 26. »
One thing that Steven Spielberg has always been really great at is casting amazingly talented kids in his film productions. From Henry Thomas in E.T. to Christian Bale in The Empire of the Sun, he knows good young talent when he sees it. He has recently cast 10-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill from Cheshire England to take on the lead role in his upcoming film project The Bfg.
In a statement about the casting, Spielberg said,
“I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do. We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”
“I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy. Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”
The actress joins Mark Rylance, who was previously cast as the Big Friendly Giant character. The story is based on »
- Joey Paur
Here is the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s latest film project, called Knight of Cups, which stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett. I’m not the biggest fan of Malick's films, but this one seems to have a different energy about it. It seems a bit more fast-paced.
There’s no official synopsis for Knight of Cups, but if looks like Bale’s character looses himself in the tempting vices that life has to offer him. The cast also features Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and the voice of Ben Kingsley.
- Joey Paur
Rights holder Act 4 Productions and producer Ed Pressman (the “American Psycho” movie) are behind the U.S. musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ classic novel, which could be heading to Broadway in the spring, according to media reports.
Also Read: ‘American Psycho’ Sequel Series in the Works at FX
The show’s U. »
- Jeff Sneider
Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet is said to be the frontrunner for the female lead in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to Variety. Originally Natalie Portman had been approached for the role but negotiations have fallen through.
The film is based on the Walter Isaacson-penned biography about the apple founder Steve Jobs. The film has had some issues over the past few weeks with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale dropping out, as well as original director David Fincher leaving the project. Sony was originally funding before letting it go, allowing Universal to pick up the project.
The film currently has no official release date, and is being directed by Danny Boyle with a script from Aaron Sorkin. Kate Winslet is set to join a cast that includes Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs with Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as John Scully.
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- Thomas Roach
Giving the U.S. box office a badly needed boost, the finale of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy is heading toward as much as $80 million in its first five days.
Friday estimates showed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” taking in $14 million to $15 million at 3,875 locations on its third day.
That means “Five Armies” will also come out far ahead during the pre-Christmas weekend over two new entries — Fox’s “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which is headed for about $23 million to $26 million, and Sony’s reboot of “Annie” with about $20 million, although some Friday forecasts were far more bullish on “Annie.”
“Five Armies” marched to $34.4 million on Wednesday and Thursday. Its projected $80 million total — slightly above New Line’s recent guidance — would rank as the seventh-highest Wednesday-Sunday opening in U.S. history.
If the numbers hold, “Five Armies” will eclipse the first five days »
- Dave McNary
Following on from the controversy surrounding the all-white casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings, legendary Star Trek actor and King of the Memes George Takei has spoken out against the proposed casting choices for the American adaptation of popular anime Akira.
It was reported by Deadline that the cast choices included Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) for Testuo and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Chris Pine (Horrible Bosses 2), Joaquin Phoenix (Her) and Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits) for Kaneda.
“The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country,” he told The Advocate, speaking out against the casting. “It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans »
- Luke Owen
Christian Bale moonlighting as Natalie Portman's hairdresserWhew. I'm frantically updating Oscar charts as we near the end of another crazy-ass fully booked December week wrapped. This one was out of this world overwhelming. At least behind the scenes. If you missed any of the goodies here's a perfect chance to catch up as I myself atch up.
7 Highlights You May Have Missed
Grand Budapest sounds as good as it looks
Bellucci + Bond. Where does the Italian goddess stand in the Bond Babes Age Stats?
A Year With Kate: Love Affair *sobbing* The series is almost over.
Reader Questions Podcast Globes & SAG discussed
Rhett vs. Ashley! Do you give a damn on Scarlett's 75th anniversary?
Knight of Cups trailer. Like flipping through Chivo's Instagram
But Most Importantly...
One more round of applause for this week's Celebrity Guest Blogger, Missi Pyle. »
- NATHANIEL R
Sneak Peek footage from director Terrence Malick's Hollywood-set dramatic feature "Knight Of Cups", starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Brian Dennehy, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Armin Mueller-Stahl and the voice of Ben Kingsley:
"...once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. 'Rick’ (Bale) had his father read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Knight Of Cups"...
- Michael Stevens
The way Jamie Foxx sees it; it doesn’t matter whether he’s starring in a blood-soaked thriller or a kid-friendly flick. A promising movie, whatever the genre, is appealing both to audiences and to Foxx himself.
No surprise then that he just repeated his role as a murder consultant in the raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses 2, plays a kind-spirited tycoon in this month’s family friendly reimagining of Annie, and is slated to star in an upcoming bio-pic about complicated boxing legend Mike Tyson.
“The world now opens it up for you to play in all these different areas, these different arenas,” he says over the phone from San Francisco. In other words, having success in one category of film isn’t the sort of barrier to variety that it used to be. “Look at Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale. These guys are all super-powered actors. They »
- Colin Covert
For this week’s brand new spotlight piece (after taking a week off), I wanted to cite an A-lister who is known as one of the most deeply committed actors of his generation. Yes, it’s Christian Bale, an Academy Award winner who just overflows with talent. Once considered an incredibly snubbed actor who never quite captured Oscar’s attention, he’s since moved on to a much more respected part of his career, while also stepping effortlessly between blockbusters and independent fare. At this point, he’s almost a favorite of the voters and a multiple time nominee. As such, he’s someone I’d wanted to shine the spotlight on for some time, I’ve just been waiting for the right moment… Bale got started briefly as a teenager in television movies, but for most, the first real exposure to him came in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, »
- Joey Magidson
Knight of Cups is a movie written and directed by Terrence Malick, that’s about all the information you need to either want to watch the following trailer or not. Yes, this definitely looks like something from the mind of Terrence Malick, at least based on this one trailer. Now he is a man who after […]
Yep, in this 1994 footage from the Et archives, a 15-year-old Danes is seen blading on the Venice Beach boardwalk and musing about newfound fame being just around the corner.
"It's a little frightening, but I don't want to be afraid of it," Danes said at the time.
Keep in mind that at this point in her career, the actress wasn't actually all that famous; she had spent just a few short weeks in the public eye as Angela Chase, the teen lead of My So-Called Life. (Before the ABC family drama from the producers of thirtysomething came along, her TV experience included little more than a Law & Order guest spot, pretty much a prerequisite for every actor.)
"I do feel a little powerless right now," she told Et »
From Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt's incredible jump to Hollywood's A-list with the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy, to Ariana Grande's transition from Nickelodeon child star to one of music's biggest divas, check out the stars who made major moves in 2014.
Channing Tatum, Oscar-worthy performer:
While Channing Tatum has continued to impress his critics with smart career choices following his Step Up beginnings, it wasn't until this year's Foxcatcher that critics began to take serious note of his acting abilities.
Photos: Most Amazing Celeb Body Transformations for Roles
Critics initially signaled out an unrecognizable Steve Carell's performance in the psychological sports drama -- about an Olympic wrestler (Tatum) and his disturbed multi-millionaire sponsor (Carell) -- but Channing's intense performance has steadily been generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
Michael Stevens For 'The Good'
"No spoilers intended, but most of us already know how this story unfolds, with director Ridley Scott delivering action adventure along the lines of 'Gladiator', with epic 3D sequences involving horses, chariots and thousands of ancient warriors.
"The recreation of ancient Egypt through the efforts of hundreds of digital artists is visually impressive throughout the entire film, depicting David Lean-like arid deserts, the Egyptian city of 'Memphis', a series of horrific plagues, tidal waves and cosmic weather anomalies.
"Lemming-like criticism leveled at the film for using 'white' actors in main roles is unfounded, as actor Christian Bale delivers the goods (speaking English not Egyptian) in his depiction of 'Moses' aka 'Moishe', evolving »
- Michael Stevens
Christian Bale rides into the valley of temptation–make that the San Fernando Valley–and confronts the excesses of Hollywood in a new trailer for Terence Malick’s film “Knight of Cups,” a study of temptation, love, lust, greed and possibly redemption. Malick couldn’t have picked a better backdrop to test the limits of human emotion, although like most of his projects, the movie’s plot is shrouded in mystery. The cast includes Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Brian Dennehy, and Ben Kingsley. [...] »
In Jp Valderrama’s Batman franchise melding poster, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne is asked by Alfred, “Who will you be tonight?” But the question isn’t whether he’ll be Batman or Bruce but, rather, which version of The Caped Crusader he’d like to be. The suits in front of him don’t just include the suit Bale wore in the last two films in The Dark Knight trilogy, but also suits worn by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney in other live action iterations of the character. Oddly enough, for Bale’s screen test for Batman Begins, he actually did wear Kilmer’s suit from Batman Forever. I've embedded that video below in case you haven't seen it already.
You can order 24" x 18" Giclee prints of this poster at Hero Complex Gallery. They are $40, and there were only a limited edition of 50 made. So »
- Eli Reyes
Now playing in theaters around the world is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. The film also stars John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer. At the press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul. He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, why he'll always remember shooting the Red Sea sequence, deleted scenes, future projects, his wife's charity, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Aaron Paul: What was it like working for Ridley Scott on a huge Hollywood movie. Was there a day or two that he'll always remember from making Exodus? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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