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Whatever it is that drives Bale to act, part of it includes self-punishment-- and he's aiming to do it again in another movie based on a true story, this time set atop Mount Everest. Remember Jon Krakauer's ubiquitous book Into Thin Air? According to Deadline the story behind it will soon become a movie, with Bale now in talks to star
Hardy has steadily ascended up the ranks thanks to films like Inception and Warrior. And yes, he played Bane in Chris Nolanís The Dark Knight Rises. But his other two films from 2012 -- Lawless and This Means War -- were largely overlooked, so Iím a little shocked to see him leading the chart.
Christian Bale has worked with Christopher Nolan four times in the last decade, on three Batman movies and The Prestige, and every time Wally Pfister has been right there with them. Pfister has been Nolan's go-to cinematographer since Memento, and surely Pfister and Bale have had plenty of time to bond on their own over the course of shooting four giant movies
Over the weekend I caught up with Silver Linings Playbook, the new film from director David O. Russell that's been earning buckets of Oscar buzz ever since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September and ran away with the Audience Award. It's hard to go into a movie with that much hype, but it really earns it
An adaptation of Boston Teran's novel The Creed of Violence, the story is set around the border of Mexico and the United States in 1910, when the former was on the verge of bloody revolution. Ever the opportunist, career criminal Rawbone looks to profit through arms dealing.
Christian Bale was doing quite fine career-wise before starring in The Fighter, but what he created with David O. Russell was the performance of a lifetime. Playing former boxer/crack addict Dicky Eklund, Bale dropped 30 pounds and completely disappeared into the character to the point that you actually have to remind yourself that you're watching the same actor who plays Batman.
Originally titled The Low Dweller and penned by insurance salesman-turned-screenwriter Brad Ingelsby, Out of the Furnace has since been polished by Cooper, who showed his capability to craft compelling characters with Crazy Heart. Here, Bale will star as Russell Baze, a tough customer who tries to forge a path for himself and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) in the poverty-stricken Rust Belt.
With his stint as Batman complete, Bale pretty much has the world at his feet, and a reunion with the director who helped guide him to his first Oscar can't be anything but a good move. Even if we don't know anything about American Bullshit right now, or if Russell will ever make it, it seems worth looking forward to
The blue background is a little offsetting. It creates such a clean dichotomy on the image that Iím not 100% convinced this is Bale. It looks like it could be a photoshopped image used to promote one of the many Batman action figures sold around The Dark Knight Rises. But the shot does give us one of the best looks at his Bat suit, which hasnít changed drastically since Christopher Nolan introduced it in Batman Begins.
In August of last year speculation was running rampant about what where Oscar winner Christian Bale would go following the end of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Reports linked him to projects like Spike Lee's Oldboy remake, Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Clint Eastwood's A Star Is Born and Michael Mann's Gold.
Here Bale plays John Miller, a self-centered American who in search of easy money, but finds himself in the midst of the infamous Nanking Massacre, where Japanese troops invaded, slaughtered, and raped countless Chinese civilians. Repulsed by the cruelty and inhumanity he witnesses, Miller is spurred to become the self-appointed protector of a cluster of young girls who've made the local church their sanctuary.
Of course all this complexity cannot be captured in a poster. Still, this offering is a bit uninspired with its pastel washes and crossfaded central figures. However, it does manage to present the main characters while hinting to Yimou's extraordinary ability to mix hard and soft elements to create something painful yet beautiful. So all in all, it'll do.
OK, so itís a parody trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2012. But still, who knew that the audio from Nolanís latest Rises trailer would synch so perfectly to animated imagery from The Lion King? Even some of the facial reactions from characters like Nala and Zazu match the dialogue delivered by Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine.
Bale has been irritating Chinese officials while promoting the expensive production. Specifically, Bale went out of his way to visit a blind lawyer named Chen Guangcheng, an imprisoned political dissident. Bale generated press for the visit, which angered Chinese authorities.
Based on the novel by Geling Yan, The Flowers of War tells the story of a western man named John (Bale) who finds himself caught in Nanking during the Japanese raid of 1937. Finding refuge with a group of women, John poses as a priest and tries to save them from the invading forces. Yimou's previous films inclide A Woman, A Gun, And A Noodle Shop, Hero, The Curse of the Golden Flower and House of Flying Daggers.
The tantalizing tagline ďThe Legend EndsĒ can mean so many things. Both Christopher Nolan and his brooding leading man, Christian Bale, have said that this will be their last Ba6tman movie together, so this will be the end of their trilogy. However, thatís Tom Hardyís Bane walking away from the Dark Knightís discarded mask, and those of us who know Batmanís back story know that the villain causes our hero devastating harm.
Obviously the big question now is who Aronofsky will go after next. His last two films - The Wrestler and Black Swan - both earned their lead actors Oscar nominations, the latter winning Natalie Portman acting's highest honor. All of a sudden this may be one of the most sought after roles in the industry. So who do you want to see star in Noah now. It's kind of an obvious choice, but I think the director might want to give Michael Fassbender some consideration.
He had more praise for his co-star and adversary in the movie, Tom Hardy, but the most interesting things to say about Anne Hathaway, who screen-tested opposite him to get the role and who has "plenty of scenes" with Bale. Even though Bale is playing one of the most iconic superheroes out there
The obvious highlight for me is Bane, who looks almost otherworldly in his signature mask, with what looks like dirt speckled on his arm. No it's not actually revealing anything about the character we haven't seen-- we probably have to wait for the full issue for any hope of that-- but there's something about the quality of the photograph that makes Bane seem all the more intimidating and terrifying
Wait, Bale appears in movies not named The Dark Knight Rises? Whoíd have guessed? When we hear "late December release," we automatically assume that those whoíve seen Flowers Of War feel the film has Oscar potential. Maybe Bale can work his way into the race, in addition to Chinaís consideration for the Foreign Language statue? Just ask Ball, who says, "Flowers of War just blew me away. Not only is it incredibly powerful but the artistry is absolutely sensational."
The internet has made life hell for filmmakers hoping to keep their movie's surprises under wraps. Damn near everyone now has a decent digital camera on their hip, and even the best security will accidentally let the occasional determined curiosity seeker close enough to snap a few shots of actors in costume or set pieces in the making. Sometimes, however, the challenge of secrecy is more difficult than others.
If there's one thing Christian Bale is good at, it's yelling. Over the course of a long career, he's yelled as Batman, he's yelled as John Connor, he's yelled at directors of photography. He's a natural. He doesn't spend that much time yelling in this new trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, but when he does, his delivery of the line, "This is a house of the lord!" is right up there with his exacting standards of passion and volume. Bravo, sir
Itís not going to be the historical context of the film that wins over blockbuster-addicted American audiences. Luckily, The Flowers of War has a budget close to $100 million dollars and is said to feature some truly stunning battle sequences.
Insiders are telling Wales Online that Nolan spent two days filming on National Trust land at the Henrhyd Waterfall for use as the exterior of Batmanís famous cave. A local source claims that the waterfall will be used in the sequelís opening sequence. Thatís not all. According to DarkKnightRisesRumors.com, Nolan will be using the Turda Salt Mines in Romania for interior shots of the updated Batcave.
Though he's been playing Batman since 2005, Christian Bale has not allowed himself to be identified solely by character. Though his performances as the Dark Knight have been incredibly memorable, Bale has also put on stellar performances in movies like The Prestige, 3:10 To Yuma and The Fighter in the time since (the last in the list giving him his first Academy Award).