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• News: Bale to Affleck: Don't pee in the Batsuit
• Review: American Hustle
Christian Bale has revealed he developed a "love/hate" relationship with acting after the success of early roles in films such as Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun left him feeling pressure to provide for his family.
Bale rose to fame after being cast at the age of 11 as a young English boy who becomes a prisoner of the Japanese in second world war Shanghai. The resulting press attention and requirement to keep acting for financial reasons fostered a deep distrust of the profession in the young Bale, which he says has never entirely left him.
"It was money, you know? 'Christ, my family can do with that! »
- Ben Child
The method actor has played the iconic Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" and re-energized the beloved Batman with Christopher Nolan. He's become almost deathly thin for some films, like "The Machinist," and added dozens of pounds for others, like "American Hustle." With an Oscar under his belt for "The Fighter," Bale hardly has to prove he's more than just a blockbuster star. One of the best actors of his generation, he's now back on the indie scene in the dramatic "Out of the Furnace," opening this Friday, December 6.
"Out of the Furnace," Scott Cooper's follow-up to 2009's award-winning "Crazy Heart," stars Bale in a contemporary tale of heartbreak set against the backdrop of the Rust Belt. Bale plays Russell Baze, a mill worker in a »
- Jonny Black
Christian Bale is all over the big screen this month, appearing in both Out of the Furnace and American Hustle. Since his breakout in Empire of the Sun at age 13, Bale has had a steady career of hits, receiving accolades for being one of Hollywood's most versatile actors. Before you head to the theater to check out his new films, see if you can match these stills to the Bale movies they came from! Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: American Psycho The Dark Knight Public Enemies The Prestige »
- Maggie Pehanick
“Are you Mitty? Is this wish fulfillment for you?” Roach recalls asking Stiller about the movie’s tale of a middle-aged dreamer who embarks on a life-changing, globe-trotting adventure that finds him skateboarding down a highway in Iceland and swimming with a shark in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
It’s a question the ambitious Stiller gets often, so that when Roach, the man who directed him in the first two “Meet the Parents” films, inquired, he didn’t bat an eyelash. “Yeah, of course,” Stiller replied. “I think that’s what made it relatable.”
It’s not that the multihyphenate, who’s also a producer on the pic, necessarily identifies with the character, but he understands the draw. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Dave McNary
Christian Bale has an intensity that seeps into performances which leave fans awestruck. His passion for his craft, however, does not include self-promotion. With a pair of compelling perfs to tubthump, the excruciatingly private star now has to do his least favorite thing: face the media.
Christian Bale is the reluctant movie star.
Despite being regarded as one of the best actors of his generation, the enigmatic 39-year-old Brit has no interest in fame. His dashing, tall, dark and handsome looks are often concealed by the unattractive physical appearances and appurtenances of the characters he portrays. In an era when many of his contemporaries take to social media to connect with fans, he chooses to fly beneath the radar, straining to keep details of his personal life private and relying strictly on gut rather than a career strategy when picking roles. He is notoriously press shy, which has no doubt »
- Jenelle Riley
There are few actors of Christian Bale's generation whose talents are more widely respected than his. The 39-year-old, who has been appearing in films since the age of 12, has given unforgettable performances in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987), Mary Harron's American Psycho (2000), Brad Anderson's The Machinist (2004), Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy (2005, 2008, 2012) and The Prestige (2006) and David O. Russell's The Fighter (2010), the last of which brought him a best supporting actor Oscar. This December, Bale is outstanding in leading performances in two terrific and totally different sorts of films: the
- Scott Feinberg
Interview Ryan Lambie 8 Oct 2013 - 06:19
With a career stretching back to the 1960s, British film producer Robert Watts played a key role in making some of the most influential films of the 1970s. Just a quick glance over his credits as a producer reveals an extraordinary career, which includes Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and its sequels, the first three Indiana Jones films, and the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Those films are but the tip of the iceberg; before Star Wars, he worked on two James Bond films - Thunderball and You Only Live Twice - collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, in films such as Man In The Middle, Darling and Papillon, worked with such legendary actors as Robert Mitchum, »
Ida Martins’ Media Luna has added four pics to its Toronto fest sales slate, which is headed by Dutch psychological drama “The Dinner.”
Helmed by Menno Meyjes, whose writing credits include films like “The Color Purple,” “Empire of the Sun” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” the pic will have its world premiere at the festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section.
It is based on Herman Koch’s best-seller, inspired by a real-life murder. It centers on a hypocritical left-wing couple, whose teenage son may be hiding a terrible secret.
Another acquisition is Stijn Coninx’s feel-good drama “Marina,” which is based on the childhood memories of the Italian-Belgian singer Rocco Granata, set in a multi-cultural mining community in Belgium.
Also on the slate is Julia von Heinz’s drama “Hanna’s Journey,” a German-Israeli co-production. Pic follows Hanna, who goes to Israel to work with disabled people, »
- Leo Barraclough
Christian Bale will forever be Batman in our eyes, so it's always strange to hear the actor swap accents for his native English pronunciation — as in the case of this 1987 VHS video. The actor is only 13 years old in this clip, interviewed by Gene Shalit during the promotion for Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. He describes meeting the master director, seeing E.T.'s head in Spielberg's office, and comments on his lack of love for the location shoot in China. Bale played Jim Graham in the film and was chosen from over 4,000 child actors. Even at a young age, Bale was an intense and very serious personality, with clear drive and focus. "I definitely want to do acting now," he comments at the end of the conversation. We'd be...
- Alison Nastasi
Title – Filmmaker
Section: Contemporary World Cinema
Times: Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th, Sunday 15th
Buzz: Best known to North American audiences as the screenwriter of Spielberg faves The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, (as well as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), veteran filmmaker Menno Meyjes is no stranger to taking book club favorites and adapting them into timeless films. The Dinner is a best selling Dutch novel by Herman Koch that was recently translated and brought over to North America readers, who quickly shone a spotlight on the darkly funny criminal satire of modern day European society, and based on a shocking true story. Fans of the novel are curious to see how the biting tale of what sins are overlooked underneath the sheen surface of bourgeois culture will translate into film.
The Gist: Paul and his enamored wife Claire sing the praises of their son Michel, even when »
- Leora Heilbronn
• Ben Wheatley: 'I don't think I'll ever be a Hollywood guy'
The Oscar-winning British producer Jeremy Thomas, garlanded when Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor took best film in 1988, has been vying to bring Ballard's book to the big screen for more than 30 years. With his penchant for splicing horror genre tropes with searing social realism, Wheatley looks the perfect fit to adapt a novel that sees the denizens of a luxury high-tech tower descend willingly into a murderous melee of chaos and destruction. He will direct from a screenplay by his wife and regular collaborator, Amy Jump (Kill List, »
- Ben Child
Set in a luxury ultra-modern high-rise building, the story follows a group of affluent tenants who revert to barbarism.
Cocktail parties degenerate into attacks on 'enemy' floors and once-luxurious amenities become an arena for primal and violent mayhem.
Wheatley's regular writing partner Amy Jump will also pen what is being labelled a "faithful" adaptation which aims to shoot next year in the UK.
Wheatley says: "The idea is to be true to Ballard. It is such a rich and interesting time that it seemed a shame to set it anywhere other than England... The scope of the film is exciting. It will be challenging, like Crash, but it’s not as dark as Kill List. The book is pretty out there, »
- Garth Franklin
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Thomas and Wheatley are lining up a 2014 UK shoot for the ‘faithful’ adaptation of Ballard’s unnerving 1975 novel about life in a modern tower block spiralling out of control.
Set in a luxury high-rise building, the book follows a group of affluent tenants hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem.
Human society slips into violent reverse as the inhabitants of the ultra-modern high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a world »
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Steven Spielberg is one of my favorite directors of all time. Sure, he's had a few duds, but the majority of his work is amazing. The guy has an amazing talent and style with his craft, and there are signature elements in his films that he uses over and over again. Time put together a great video presentation featuring the top five ways that you know you're watching a Spielberg movie. The five elements include Daddy Issues, Streams of Light, Awestruck Faces, This Shot, and the music of John Williams.
- Joey Paur
Steven Spielberg has been having trouble finding a follow up to last year’s masterful Lincoln. He had planned to direct an adaptation of Daniel H Wilson’s book Robopocalypse with Chris Hemsworth and Ann Hathaway, but changed his mind when he felt the script needed more work. He hasn’t abandoned it completely, but it’s been postponed. He then decided American Sniper would be his next flick. Bradley Cooper is signed on to star in the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who has more than 150 confirmed kills, but budget issues forced him to leave that film too.
Now Variety is reporting that Spielberg is interested in making a film with Chinese director (and friend) Zhang Yimou.
“I would like to make a movie in China with my dear friend,” Spielberg reportedly told China’s official newspaper China Daily in a phone interview. “We would work together on »
- Philip Sticco
Spielberg tells the China Daily newspaper: "I would like to make a movie in China with my dear friend. We would work together on an international film that could take place in China. I made 'Empire of the Sun' in Shanghai in the 1980s and want to come back one day to make a movie in China."
He's also set to direct an adaptation of Yan Geling's novel "The Criminal Lu Yanshi" about an intellectual who is forced into marriage, flees to America and on his return to China is sent to a labor camp.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Renowned American director seeking to collaborate with respected Chinese director on 'international film'
Steven Spielberg is aiming to make a film in China in collaboration with Zhang Yimou, one of China's best known directors, according to reports.
In an interview with the China Daily newspaper Spielberg said ""I made 'Empire of the Sun' in Shanghai in the 1980s and want to come back one day to make a movie in China." Calling Zhang, the director of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his "dear friend", Spielberg said: "We would work together on an international film that could take place in China."
Spielberg was speaking ahead of the 20 August release in China of the 3D version of Jurassic Park, which is going ahead despite the row over the withholding of box office receipts due to Hollywood films. Payments have now been promised after rules over a 2% tax were clarified. »
- Andrew Pulver
“I would like to make a movie in China with my dear friend,” Spielberg reportedly told China’s official newspaper China Daily in a phone interview. “We would work together on an international film that could take place in China.”
Zhang, director of “Raise The Red Lantern” and “Hero,” is currently said to be eyeing “Quasimodo,” an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” as a musical film for Warner Bros., among other projects.
However, Zhang recently signed up as artistic director of LeVision Pictures, the movie production arm of Chinese online video group LeTV, and is also moving ahead with Chinese movie projects.
China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film & Television (Sapprft) recently approved the screenplay for “歸來” (a project which has no »
- Patrick Frater
Like his mentor, the 57-year-old enfant terrible Lars von Trier, the 42-year-old Nicolas Winding Refn is equally fascinated by extreme violence and the austere, mystical Lutheranism of Carl Dreyer, the father figure of Danish cinema and still its greatest exponent. His new film as writer-director, Only God Forgives, exhibits both these elements but is set far from Denmark in a stylised, present-day Bangkok, almost entirely at night in underpopulated, garishly neon-lit streets and dark interiors, though there's one memorable, downbeat shot of the oppressive, smog-ridden city in the early morning.
The film's central character is an American expatriate played by Ryan Gosling, who made a serious impression as a getaway driver in Refn's Los Angeles-set Drive. More recently he appeared as a sad fairground performer and criminal in Derek Cianfrance's A Place Beyond the Pines, »
- Philip French
We may never find out if Big Foot exists, who Carly Simon wrote “You’re So Vain” about, or whether Leonardo DiCaprio is dreaming at the end of Inception. But there is one pop culture mystery which might be cleared up in the near future. For decades, it has been rumored that Atari buried millions of copies of its E.T. videogame at a landfill site in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Now, the Alamogordo city council has given the Los Angeles-based Fuel Entertainment permission to search the site for a film project and find out if one of the videogame industry’s »
- Clark Collis
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