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Some directors develop projects for years and then suddenly abandon them—John Hillcoat was once going to direct “The Revenant” with Christian Bale in the lead—some directors just keep their scripts tucked away in the queue for the next viable moment—John Hillcoat with cop drama, “Triple 9.” In other words, you win some, you lose some, and some projects you just need to cut loose. Originally a vehicle for Shia Labeouf—Hillcoat and the young actor did the bootlegging drama “Lawless” instead—the Aussie director of “The Road” and “The Proposition” briefly paused on the project, rethought it and then came roaring back with a crazy good ensemble cast that includes Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet. A crime cop thriller based off a Black List script from a few years back, “Triple 9” centers on a crew of dirty cops who have to manufacture a 999, police »
- Edward Davis
Kutcher played the tech pioneer in the 2013 critically-panned Jobs.
By contrast, Boyle's biopic, which focuses on three key product launches, has been praised with Digital Spy calling Fassbender's performance "compelling".
Reacting to criticism that he doesn't look like Jobs, Fassbender admitted he had similar concerns.
"That was the first thing I said to Danny [Boyle]," he explained. "I said, 'Christian Bale looks a lot more like Steve Jobs than me'. He wasn't interested in that - he wanted to get the energy and essence of the man and go with that. »
As of today, there are only a small handful of titles vying for Oscar consideration that have yet to be seen by anyone. Specifically, I can think of ten films that have awards aspirations, to one degree or another. Some are very likely Best Picture nominees, while others are likely technical players or bust. Still, at this point, here in early October, there aren’t too many unseen movies left, so this is worth taking note of. As such, below you’ll see a bit on all of the flicks that are still mysteries or X factors to us. A couple are only days away from revealing themselves, but a few will be unseen for quite some time still… Take a look at these ten unseen 2015 contenders: The Big Short – The newest entry into the race, this financial criss flick could be just what the season needs. With possible acting contenders like Christian Bale, »
- Joey Magidson
The first official image has been released from Gold, the upcoming movie from Traffic scribe Stephen Gaghan. As you can see, it features Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez in the sweaty setting of the Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal. The movie revolves around a struggling businessman who teams up with a hapless geologist to find gold in the Indonesian jungle, and while this still doesn’t reveal much, it nicely sets the tone.
Gold is one of those movies which has been stuck in development hell for a while now, with director Michael Mann and writer Paul Haggis coming close to teaming up with Christian Bale for a version back in 2011. This current iteration was penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman and is currently set to be released next Fall.
- Josh Wilding
Today the first photo has been released from the project, once marked as a Michael Mann/Christian Bale vehicle, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez and has been penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman.
The true story tale deals with the Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal and follows a struggling businessman who teams up with a hapless geologist to find gold in the Indonesian jungle. The film is targeting a Fall 2016 release.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) is directing from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord, centering on a love triangle in 1922 with a medical student, an American journalist based in Paris and a beautiful and sophisticated woman, portrayed by Charlotte Le Bon. Bale will play the reporter, and Isaac will portray the student, conflicted by old-world traditions.
Cromwell will play an American ambassador who becomes heroic when challenged, while Reno will play a French admiral deeply conflicted in the face of life-threatening danger. The story is set amid the final days of the Ottoman Empire.
Shohreh Aghdashloo and Daniel Gimenez Cacho also star.
- Dave McNary
Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and The Walk’s Charlotte Le Bon are already all in the cast, but director Terry George isn’t finished filling roles for his new historical drama The Promise. He’s now adding Jean Reno and James Cromwell. The Hotel Rwanda/ Reservation Road director is calling the shots on this one, based on the script he wrote with Robin Swicord. The Promise is set in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire (the 1920s) and explores the relationships between three people: Michael (Isaac), a gifted medical student; Chris (Bale), a renowned American journalist working in Paris; and the beautiful and sophisticated Ana (Le Bon).Reno is aboard to play a French admiral who faces life-threatening danger and finds himself unable to act, while Cromwell will be an American ambassador who shows a heroic side when challenged. The cameras are rolling now in Spain and Portugal with George shooting through December. »
Based on a 2009 GQ article, the film tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in the brains of NFL players, discovering a link between football injuries and early-onset dementia that could lead to death. He became at odds with the NFL after the diagnosis.
The movie made headlines recently after the New York Times posted a story centered around emails unveiled by hackers suggesting that Sony executives made unspecified edits to avoid angering the NFL. Sony spoke out against the article, claiming it was “written by individuals who have not seen the film” and that the piece “contains many misleading inferences.”
- Dave McNary
In 2005, fans of Joss Whedon’s shiny space western “Firefly” had spent a couple years deploring the show’s cancelation on Fox, and the sci-fi series had only just begun to garner its cult following thanks to the power of the DVD. With support from its growing fanbase and with some persistence from Joss the Boss, the canceled series finally got a conclusion to the tale of the ragtag crew of the Firefly-class ship Serenity with the release of a feature film. That film — named for the crew’s beloved spaceship — was released in theaters 10 years ago today, on Sept. 30, 2005. The film featured all nine regular cast members of “Firefly,” along with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the antagonist role, years before his Oscar nomination, and a brief appearance from Sarah Paulson, before TV viewers would come to know her for “American Horror Story.” “Serenity” ultimately under-performed at the box office, »
- Emily Rome
The audience at the second annual U.S. China Film & TV (Ucfti) Expo may have been looking for simple rules to follow to produce filmed entertainment for and with the Chinese. But the lesson from producers and writers, speaking Tuesday on the second day of the Expo, was that there are no rules.
The event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, co-sponsored by Variety, instead delivered lessons about the continued boom in the Chinese entertainment industry and approaches that work, at least some of the time. Among the nuggets delivered Tuesday:
Even as growth of the overall Chinese economy has continued to slow, the boom in film consumption continues apace.
David Linde, the former Universal chairman and now a producer of multiple films in China, recalled a conversation just three years ago in which an industry pro wondered if films could earn $100 million at the Chinese box office.
“Now a »
- James Rainey
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Dream Movie of the Day: Vulture imagines what a Spider-Gwen movie would look like, with Emma Stone reprising her role of Gwen Stacy from the Amazing Spider-Man movies and some voiceover borrowed from Easy A. Filmmaker Parody of the Day: Funny or Die inserted Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell into the trailer for The Intern for a parody of Nancy Meyers movies: Fan Art of the Day: The below portrait of old and young Al Pacino are part of artist Fulvio Obregon's series "Me & My Other Me." See more at Design Taxi. Mash-ups of the Day: Artist Butcher Billy imagines Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman from American...
- Christopher Campbell
Warner Bros & DC
It’s hard to believe that Batman Begins was released over a decade ago now. Before Christopher Nolan came along and revitalised the movie franchise, the character was in the toilet creatively thanks to Joel Schumacher’s wretched Batman And Robin, and Begins felt like a breath of fresh air, a gritty shift away from the mouldy camp that defined his last few outings.
As visionary as Nolan’s interpretation of the material was in both Begins and his later sequels, he certainly didn’t do it all on his own. Nolan and co-writer David S. Goyer drew extensively from the huge back catalogue of Batman comics, some iconic classics and others less well-known, but all contributing significantly to crafting some of Begins’ most memorable moments.
Some classic comic book panels have been painstakingly recreated by Nolan, whereas other ideas have been repurposed in the movie in »
- Jack Pooley
How is Marvel kicking off its Captain America: Civil War promotional campaign? What could this Flash / Arrow crossover be about? Which non-Marvel heroes are getting caught up in S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Dubsmash war? How can you party like Blade at Nycc? When will Christian Bale’s Batsuit come to Arkham Knight? Will Scarlet Witch be in Avengers: […]
- Angie Han
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "The Big Short," starring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling. The movie is directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) and is based on Michael Lewis' best-seller "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine." The book tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. It follows several key people who played a role in creating the disastrous bubble. "The Big Short" will appear at the AFI festival in November and then hit select theaters on December 11th to qualify for awards. Trailer: »
Back in January, we found out that Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Christian Bale would costar in a movie about the credit and housing bubble that led to the recent financial crisis. Once we stopped screaming, we wanted to know more. Well, the trailer for The Big Short is here, and it already looks like one of the best movies of the holiday season. Due in theaters on Dec. 23, director Adam McKay's drama is an adaptation of Michael Lewis's 2010 book of the same name. There's a lot to love about this little peek, not the least of which is the bad hair on three out of the four male leads, plus shots of Steve Carell and Max Greenfield. Check it out! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Yesterday Rocksteady unleashed its latest Dlc for Batman: Arkham Knight – but unlike the 1989 Movie Batmobile pack which featured a Michael Keaton-era skin for the Caped Crusader – the 2008 Tumbler Batmobile Pack didn’t include a version of the Batsuit worn by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
As you’d expect, this led to the developer receiving a host of requests from fans, and now game director Sefton Hill has revealed that a Dark Knight Batsuit is in the works:
“We’ve had a lot of requests for the batsuit to go with the Tumbler,” states Hill on Twitter. “We hear you so we’re going to make it happen! Warning: the suits take a very long time to build because of the insane amount of detail. Expect it near the end of the year.”
See Also: Batman: Arkham Knight September update trailer arrives online, October’s »
- Gary Collinson
Don't worry! It's coming. Batman: Arkham Knight debuted the 2008 Batmobile Dlc yesterday. And fans were disappointed to see it missing one key element. While the Dlc pack did include the fan favorite Tumblr introduced in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster superhero epic The Dark Knight along with two musical tracks themed after the director's trilogy, there was no skin based on Christian Bale's Batsuit from the movie. That's going to change very soon, though.
Game director Sefton Hill has revealed that fan demand is so high for a skin based on Christian Bale's Batsuit that they are going to work on it right now. Though, don't sit waiting with baited breath. These additions take time. We probably won't see the skin introduced until Christmas or even early winter. Sefton Hill had this to say on his Personal Twitter.
"We've had a lot of requests for the batsuit to go with the Tumbler. »
We’ve already been spoiled with the announcement that Batman: Arkham Knight is getting its own spin-off Dlc featuring Catwoman in October, but Rocksteady’s not content with leaving things there. In a trailer showcasing various updates coming to the quintessential Batman game this September, the developer revealed a heap of new activities and content for players to get excited about.
First up is a skin for the Batmobile – released yesterday – that lets players get behind the wheel of Christopher Nolan’s reimagined Tumbler vehicle. In addition to that, more Nightwing challenge maps are on their way. However, what you won’t have seen in the trailer is confirmation by Arkham Knight’s director, Sefton Hill, that Rocksteady plan to release a batsuit inspired by the Nolan film series in the future.
Sefton made the announcement via Twitter, stating that it was a highly-requested piece of content, but will take »
- Joe Pring
No sooner had we reported on Rocksteady and Warner Bros. putting out new October Dlc involving new story chapters and challenge maps, that Rocksteady’s own Sefton Hill has responded to the overwhelming fan-response in regards to September’s Dark Knight trilogy Dlc, noting the team are going to build accurate Christian Bale skins for the game.
Check out the tweets below:
We’ve had a lot of requests for the batsuit to go with the Tumbler. We hear you so we’re going to make it happen! #BatPeoplePower (1/2)
— Sefton Hill (@Seftonhill) September 22, 2015
Warning: the suits take a very long time to build because of the insane amount of detail. Expect it near the end of the year. (2/2) — Sefton Hill (@Seftonhill) September 22, 2015
As you can tell it must’ve been something »
- Scott Tailford
This year's Oscar season just got a surprise addition. The Big Short, which stars Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Gosling, received a last-minute release from Paramount for the end of this year, as well as a first-look trailer. Check out the trailer below. And here's everything you need to know about The Big Short. It's based on a book by the author of Moneyball and The Blind Side The...
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