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Christian Bale, once again, is unrecognizable. The Oscar winner lost (gulp!) 60 lbs. for 2004's The Machinist, then bulked up and got ripped for Batman Begins before going back to being boney-thin for The Fighter, which netted him an Oscar in 2011 for Best Supporting Actor. Now, he's gained 43 lbs. to play a '70s con artist in the Abscam-inspired crime drama American Hustle. To fatten up, "I ate lots of doughnuts, a whole lot of cheeseburgers and whatever I could get my hands on. I literally ate anything that came my way," Bale, 39, told People at Friday's Peggy Siegel and Opi »
- Paul Chi
Potential “Man Of Steel” Spoilers Below Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is a divisive movie among fans. Much like Christopher Nolan’s swan song for “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” it has caused quite a stir, either loved or hated, with few who are in the middle. I am personally of the mind it was a great modernization of the character and his mythos, much the way both “Batman Begins” and “Amazing Spider-Man” took the stories we know and added some reality and humanization to them. Say what you want about the film, though, it was a complete success for WB/DC/Legendary, and has set a fire under DC that has them scrambling to capture some of that shared universal goodness Marvel has been riding for almost a decade now. What I am giving here is my personal opinion on what was well done, and the much debated destruction »
In order to make sure The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer had as little impact as possible, Variety dropped a huge news story yesterday that Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. How big of a role will she play? Will this lead to a solo movie? Will she be able to pull the character off? The Flickering Myth writing team give their thoughts...
Anthony Donovan Stokes: If they were going for the most unremarkable choice possible this was a major success.
Luke Owen: This is exactly what Anghus was writing about in his Amazing Spider-Man 2 article. It's simply fan service to compete with Avengers to add a non-developed Wonder Woman into a movie that already features Batman and Superman. »
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
Director: Zack Snyder
Running Time: 143 Minutes
Extras: Featurettes ‘Strong Characters’, All Out Action, Krypton Decoded, New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth and Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short.
Superhero movies are a bit like London buses, you wait a few years then suddenly six come along in the space of twelve months. Hearing that Christopher Nolan was co-producing Man Of Steel gave me some hope that this might be a good ol’ dark, anti-hero movie. It was quite dark, and my ranking for the film is really more for effort. It was trying to be Batman Begins, but for me is let down by the casting and script.
It starts off well enough on Krypton, explaining the context and why little Kal-El must be sent to earth, and for the first half an hour I can forgive Henry Cavill’s slightly wooden, strong but silent characterization of Clark Kent. »
- Ellen Daniels
According to Bleeding Cool, their source at Warner Bros. tells them that, "the pilot script for Gotham has Detective Jim Gordon trying to solve a very famous double homicide." For some reason, they go on to quote Gordon's line about The Joker and a double homicide from the end of Batman Begins, but that very much seems like a case of putting two and two together and coming up with five in this instance. It instead seems far more likely that the series will focus on a younger Gordon, starting the series with him investigating the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne. This would help keep Batman out of the equation and give the team behind the series a whole lot more freedom. A recent press release recently confirmed Cyrus Gold for Arrow, but the site also teases an actual appearance from Solomon Grundy too in the CW series! »
Week after week, the shelves of local comic book stores nationwide are packed to brim with shiny new comics. Sure you’re a smart cookie and probably have tonnes of grabs already but many books do go unnoticed and its my job to make sure you are getting your moneys worth. I could ramble on for a bit but I sincerely doubt you’re still reading this paragraph and have long since scrolled down to the good bits– So without further to do, enjoy and note this is preference, what’s exciting to me may not be exciting to you and hey friend, I’m Ok with that:
Hellboy in Hell #5 | Pick Of The Week!
While Mignola and company have been pumping out Bprd after Bprd, its always a special occasion when the main man returns to his flagship franchise. With the end of the world really flippin’ nigh, it »
- Sean Tonelli
• Hadley Freeman meets Kirsten Dunst
"Why would I want to push you away? I love you!" - Peter Parker
When Spider-Man was released in 2002, it almost singlehandedly laid the groundwork for the current superhero boom. Smart, funny, bold and kinetic, its influence can still be felt in everything from Batman Begins to The Avengers. 2004's Spider-Man 2 went even further; roping in Michael Chabon to enrich the themes and deepen the characters in a way that's pretty much become standard for modern comic book films. And then came Spider-Man 3.
Spider-Man 3 is just as influential as its predecessors. Why? Because it's the perfect example of how a sure-fire hit can »
- Stuart Heritage
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Antje Traue, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni | Written by David S. Goyer | Directed by Zach Snyder
Man of Steel sees the troubled cinematic journey of Superman take a rather bold new direction. After years of developments, 2006’s Superman Returns saw Bryan Singer unable to shoulder the burden of creating a Superman for our times, instead going for an overly reverential and somewhat dull film which unlike the previous year’s Batman Begins, made one of DC’s most celebrated characters big-screen journey stall once again. With the Batman films’ key creative spearhead Christopher Nolan on board for Superman this time and with notoriously love him or hate him director Zack Snyder in tow, film studio Warner Brothers are hoping Man of Steel will not only re-establish Superman’s success on the big-screen, but can also be »
- Ian Loring
Have you ever looked at Batman Begins and wondered what it would be like if it were a comedy? Me neither, but I'm glad I saw this video as it made me laugh more than a few times. The best part for me is when he's in the car with the gun, as the look on his face is priceless when set to a more lighthearted soundtrack! Great video by Geordicus!
- Mick Joest
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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The 40-50 pounds that Christian Bale packed on to play inveterate conman Irving Rosenfeld in David O. Russell’s upcoming “American Hustle” appears all the more shocking when juxtaposed with the actor’s reedthin crackhead Dicky Eklund in “The Fighter,” his previous collaboration with the director.
“I think he might win a prize,” Russell joked to Variety when reminded of Bale’s feat for “American Hustle,” which opens Dec. 13.
The Motion Picture Academy has certainly been impressed by this kind of complete physical immersion in the past, awarding Oscars to Robert De Niro, who gained 60 pounds to play Jake Lamotta in blustery decline in “Raging Bull,” and Charlize Theron, whose supermodel looks were concealed by makeup and abnormal girth as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.” Renee Zellweger, too, earned the Academy’s respect after she plumped up considerably for “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” earning a nomination for her effort. »
- Steve Chagollan
To celebrate the release of Season 5 of Sons Of Anarchy on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, we are giving three lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a copy of the season on Blu-Ray.
Take a seat at the head of the table with Jax in the most illicit and violent season to date, when TV’s darkest and adrenalised drama returns for its brutal fifth season. Relentless and utterly addictive, Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 has now powered onto Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
From the creative genius of Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy is a dark and gritty thriller with comedic undertones. The hit Us thriller tells the story of Samcro, a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business, »
- Simon Gallagher
Man Of Steel hits DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK next week and has already arrived in America, making this the perfect time to look back objectively at one of the summer’s divisive films. Its box office was large, if not quite what Warner Bros. were expecting, while audiences and critics were polarised.
Personally I found the film a big disappointment after some brilliant early trailers and enticing promises from all involved, but waited on casting full judgement until I’d watched the film a second time. Now I have, I can sit comfortably in my initial reaction; Man Of Steel is a muddled film of completely crossed purposes.
As Batman and Superman’s cinematic future seem intrinsically link for the foreseeable future, now is a good time to take stock and compare their respective modern reboots. In doing so one thing is clear; Batman Begins is much, much better. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Luke Cage, Ant-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
While there's been plenty of rumours surrounding the Man of Steel sequel since its announcement at Comic-Con, it's rare that we've heard any comments on Batman vs. Superman from anyone involved with the project. However, producer Charles Roven - whose DC credits include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel - has given an update on the sequel's status, revealing that principal photography is set to get underway in February, as well as discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: "On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, »
- Gary Collinson
Gojira, Aka Godzilla: King of the Monsters, first came out in 1954. It seems that Gareth Edward’s new interpretation will also have scenes set in that same year. Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey gave an interview in the new tie-in book “Godzilla with Light & Sound”, and in his discussion about making the film, he spilled the beans about a section of the film taking place in 1954.
McGarvey says, “On ‘Godzilla’ I used the old C series anamorphic lenses, and for the section in 1954 I used really old vintage lenses from the early 1960s. They took the edge off of the very vivid, sharp sensors, and gave it a distant period feel.”
Will these 1954 scenes connect the new Godzilla film to the original somehow? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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The fact that Neil Gaiman's Sandman hasn't already been adapted into a feature film yet is baffling. However, for fans of the now legendary comic book series, we may be one step nearer to a cinematic adaptation. According to Badass Digest, Batman Begins, Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman scribe David S. Goyer reportedly pitching the idea to Warner Bros. with a view to casting Joseph Gordon Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Don Jon) in the lead role as Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams.
There have been several attempts to bring the DC Comics series to the screen over the years, with Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avery attached to direct in the mid 90s, working from a script by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), while James Mangold (The Wolverine) unsuccessfully pitched a television series to HBO and Warner Bros Television attached Supernatural creator Eric Kripke »
- Gary Collinson
A few months back we got to see a glimpse of Christian Bale auditioning for Batman Begins in Val Kilmer's Batman Forever Batsuit (which Bale happened to discuss just this week). The footage came from The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy, a feature-length documentary from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray set, and now some other audition footage has arrived online from the special feature, this time showing Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway's screen tests for Bale and Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises; check out the videos right here...
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition is available now an includes the Blu-ray versions of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as exclusive villain prints from Mondo, a 48-page photo book, reproductions of the Tumbler, Bat-Pod and the Bat, and a featurette »
- Gary Collinson
David S. Goyer knows a thing or two about adapt comic books. To date he's penned screenplays for The Crow: City of Angels, which was inspired by James O'Barr's Crow comics, three Blade movies, Batman Begins and the summer hit Man of Steel With the last of those pulling in an incredible $662 million worldwide, Warner Bros. is happy to keep Goyer around, and currently has him attached to Batman vs. Superman and presumably the eventual Justice League movie. So now is a pretty sweet time for Goyer to push for his own passion project, and word has it that's exactly what's he is up to. Badass Digest reports Goyer has pitched an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's signature comic Sandman to Warner Bros - but warns this could-be project is in the very earliest of stages. Essentially now it's just talk. Their source says that notable comic book writer »
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