Christian Bale

Drinking Games

You may have heard of the small independent film The Dark Knight Rises, which hit theaters this summer. Now, it’s out on DVD and Blu-ray, and also available in a box set of all the Nolanverse Batman movies. Bat-fans around the world can finally die happy in the Mayan apocalypse with the knowledge that they can have this movie in their Blu-ray collection. Of course, the film does run close to three hours, and in the privacy of your own home, it’s something that can be enjoyed with a drink in hand. You may not get as tipsy as Bane does with that opium-fueled mask he has, but with this drinking game, you can have even more fun as Gotham crumbles.

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Bradley Cooper and American Sniper

What is Casting Couch? It’s a daily movie news column that that wants to make you a star, baby. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe hasn’t said much about his next project. We don’t yet have a title or a plot synopsis for it. But what we do know is that it’s said to be similar in tone to things like Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire, and it’s got Emma Stone playing a lead role (and it might just be a rewrite of his Deep Tiki script from years ago). So basically, expect something that lines up with Crowe’s best work and stars one of your favorite actresses. Sounds great. The new news regarding the project is that Crowe is reportedly close to finding his male lead. Deadline Hollywood says that he has his eye on Bradley Cooper, and he’s close to making a deal happen. Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in a Cameron Crowe movie? Yeah, that should be enough to get the attention of every person of every gender and sexuality ever. Remember how we reported that Christopher Nolan’s regular DP, Wally Pfister, is going to be directing his first movie, it’s going to be called Transcendence, and it’s going to star Johnny Depp? Well, all of that stuff is still true, but the L.A. Times has dug up even more information. Turns out the film is actually going to have three leads, and Pfister is very game to get Christian Bale to sign on as number two of the three. Anyone out there want to see Johnny Depp […]

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David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper

In a nice bit of Friday confirmation clean-up, Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have just circulated a press release that firms up a spat of casting buzz we’ve long been reporting on. The release confirms that David O. Russell‘s formerly-titled American Bullshit (which is currently looking for a perhaps more marketing-friendly title) will star Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams, along with a somewhat unexpected Christian Bale. Russell is writing the film’s screenplay with scribe Eric Warren Singer, who first wrote his own original script for the project (a script that appeared on the 2012 Black List with the title American Bullshit). The press release also provides our first official synopsis of the film, which we’ve long known would revolve around the true story of an F.B.I.-launched sting attack aimed at rooting out corruption on Congress, one that was notably conceived of by “the world’s greatest con man.”

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Jason Clarke

Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Joel Kinnaman, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, and Ryan O’Neal…with that cast, and others unmentioned, one would think Terrence Malick would have enough actors for a single movie. Apparently, that’s not the case, as Malick has added another name to his project about life, love, and probably other poetic things of that nature. That name is Jason Clarke. While speaking with us today about John Hillcoat‘s Lawless, Clarke revealed he just finished shooting on Malick’s Knight of Cups. When discussing the visionary filmmakers he’s worked with lately - Michael Mann, Baz Luhrmann, Kathryn Bigelow, and so on -  the actor made sure to mention Malick’s name in that list, “I did a film with Terrence Malick as well. Knight of Cups, it’s another one that he’s producing.”

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Joel Kimmaman

A few weeks ago, a filming notice plastered to the side of my apartment building revealed that Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups was filming within feet of my front door. Apparently, I should have stuck around to watch that all play out, because perhaps Malick would have tossed me into a frame or two, as the auteur now seems bent on getting anyone and everyone into his latest film. You’ll remember that Knight of Cups is just one of Malick’s currently-in-production features that stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Wes Bentley. This is the one that appears to be set in Los Angeles (the production has been spotted on the beach in Venice and Santa Monica, and my neighborhood is adjacent to both) not the one once known as Lawless that is set in Austin) and this is the one that centers on Bale as “a depressed writer” who, if on-set pictures are to be believed, seems to ease himself with a string of beautiful women. Now Swedish outlet SvD reveals that Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash, the next RoboCop) has also joined the film as “a rich playboy,” which seems like the type of dude who would hang out with Bale’s character. Additionally, The Film Stage and The Playlist pass on word that an extra named extra Brett Anderson says he shot some scenes with Antonio Banderas, who was rumored to have a part in the film. The Playlist also checked in on the film’s IMDB page, which reveals that […]

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Christian Bale doesn’t seem to be resting on his laurels even remotely post-The Dark Knight Rises, as he’s busied himself with roles in Out of the Furnace and no less than two Terrence Malick films (one is Knight of Cups, in which he’ll star, the other is that pesky untitled Austin-set sex thriller, in which he could – who knows – also be the star). But now the actor might jump back into the saddle of Ye Old Western films (he’s previously starred in 3:10 To Yuma, a modern Western classic) with Todd Field’s take on Boston Teran‘s novel, Creed of Violence. Bale is in negotiations to lead the film, according to Variety, which is set during the 1910 Mexican revolution and centers on the unlikely pairing of criminal Rawbone (the part Bale would play) and young Bureau of Investigations agent John Lourdes. The pair must infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground together, a hard enough task as is, but one made even more difficult by a lurking issue – Lourdes is from Rawbone’s past, but he doesn’t yet know it. It sounds like one heck of a Western and a nice fit for Bale. After the break, check out an extended synopsis of the book, thanks to ComingSoon.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column about… well, the title is pretty self explanatory, is it not? We begin this evening with a shot at some concept art for The Wolverine, the James Mangold directed, Hugh Jackman starring film that has some high hopes following the mess that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We can see some Japanese prison things, some samurai stuff and all kinds of amber hues. So far, so good.

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Culture Warrior

Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises (and other Christopher Nolan films). Christopher Nolan is the first director to make more than two Batman films. In the past, a second Batman film has provided a space for filmmakers to explore their excesses. In the case of Batman Returns, Tim Burton was able to further develop a vision of Gotham as an elaborate fairy tale. Batman & Robin was Joel Schumacher’s venue for exploring Batman as full-blown camp. For Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight manifested a mammoth vision of the summer superhero blockbuster by way of Jules Dassin and Michael Mann, where the Gotham setting gave way to an intricate, sprawling matrix of a metropolis that contains an eternal struggle between order, chaos, and every gray gradation in between. Until Nolan released The Dark Knight Rises, however, a Batman story reaching a third and final act was without precedent in the hero’s manifestations within the moving image. Not only has no previous director articulated a vision of the Caped Crusader in three parts, but no film, serial, or television show has attempted to bring a definitive end to their particular version of the superhero’s arc. The Batman of the moving image is one that largely exists in perpetuity. That Nolan has attempted a completist, closed vision of the Batman universe is relatively anomalous. Despite The Dark Knight Rises’s virtues and shortcomings (and the film has both of these in spades), perhaps the major reason for the film’s comparably […]

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Aural Fixation - Large

With temperatures on the rise and Comic-Con officially over, there is one place comic book fans can still find solace in the middle of these hot summer months – your local movie theaters. Christopher Nolan is poised to complete his epic Batman trilogy with the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, set to hit theaters this weekend. Not only will Christian Bale be returning as Gotham’s caped crusader, he will once again be joined by his trusty butler, Alfred (Michael Caine), his business manager/tech wizard, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and Batman champion, Commission Gordon (Gary Oldman) – to name a few. And in true Nolan fashion, some other faces familiar to the director’s work will help round out this final battle with Inception alums Tom Hardy taking on the villain role as Bane and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as hopeful police officer, John Blake. But Nolan’s affinity for working with those he has before does not stop at the cast. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight composer Hans Zimmer (whose score for Inception was one of the most memorable of 2010) returns to finish out the trilogy as well. While most of us will have to wait until this Friday (or for you late-nighters, Thursday at midnight) to see the conclusion of this heroic tale, Zimmer’s score (now available) takes us there now.

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The Dark Knight Interrogation Scene

  So far this week, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Looking back at the contemporary films featuring the one and only Batman, we’ve thus far uncovered three of the Scenes We Love most. This includes seeing Bruce Wayne turn into Batman in Batman Returns, witnessing Gotham’s first meeting with the Tumbler in Batman Begins and seeing 1989 Batman toss 1989 The Joker off of a very tall church. And now we’re down to the last two slots on our list. Number two comes from The Dark Knight and is the last scene on our list to actually involve Batman himself. You’ll see what I’m talking about tomorrow, of course. And boy, does it involve Batman. Somewhere inside the 152-minute runtime of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight exists a single scene that acts as a microcosm of every theme that exists in the story he’s trying to tell. The balance between order and chaos, the city-wide war game between Batman (Christian Bale) and The Joker (Heath Ledger). It all comes to a head when they meet face to face (or more appropriately, face-to-table) in an interrogation room. This is one of many moments where Heath Ledger earned his Oscar, and is perhaps one of the great square-offs between hero and villain that has ever been committed to film.

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Over Under - Large

Ever since names like Spielberg and Lucas brought us the first summer blockbusters back in the 70s, film fans have slowly morphed into film fanatics. And perhaps the pinnacle of this phenomenon is the cult of personality that has developed around Christopher Nolan since he gave us his wildly successful interpretation of the Batman universe, The Dark Knight. Whether it was because of Heath Ledger’s electric performance as the Joker, Nolan’s realist approach to the material, or the sheer scope of the action, something about this Batman movie captured the attention and adoration of hordes of fans in a way that no other adaptation of the character’s story has before; and Batman has been one of the most popular fictional characters in our shared culture for at least half a century now. But one thing about The Dark Knight that I don’t hear mentioned all that much anymore is that it wasn’t Nolan’s first go-around with the character. Everything that was paid off in that film was set up, three years earlier, in the director’s first attempt at tackling a superhero story, Batman Begins. Not only was this movie successful enough at the box office to spawn a very well funded sequel, but it’s the film that’s actually responsible for bringing us Nolan’s grounded and relatable vision of the character. This was the film that revitalized a property whose big screen potential had been tarnished, and it gets treated like it doesn’t even exist when fans gush over their love […]

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A Tale of Two Cities Movie

Look, everyone. Let’s be honest. From here on out it’s going to be all The Dark Knight Rises, all the time. A few foreign films might slip into the mix, and some sort of Asian Film Festival in New York might end up on the radar, but for the most part everyone will be writing about Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming trilogy cap forever and ever and ever for the next two weeks. That being said, Wired has crafted a must-read article on how Nolan’s vision has been brought to masterful life. It features Nolan, co-writer Jonathan Nolan, and the stars of the film weighing in on various aspects of production, but the most interesting note might be where the story was really born from: Dickensian England. Jonathan Nolan claims that the goal was to see Gotham truly destroyed, and the best place to look for a story of total. shocking destruction in a modern city was the classic you were forced to read in high school, “A Tale of Two Cities.” 

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Over at SuperHeroHype, they’ve unearthed a nifty little bit of viral fun for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises at the recently-launched DewGothamCity site (and we thought this promotional tie-in was only going to give us sad Batman soda displays) – a press release announcing the signing of the so-called Dent Act (in honor of the memory of the dearly departed Harvey Dent). While the one-pager doesn’t contain the full text of the act itself (politics, ugh, boring), it does lay out some of the aims of the Act. And, man, is Gotham done with organized crime. The major points of the Act (and those mentioned in this release) include: “stricter penalties,” “denial of parole, for those who commit any crime deemed as part or function of a larger criminal enterprise,” the closing of a loophole” in the previous laws that hampered the city’s ability to stamp out organized crime,” a mention that some people think this might turn Gotham into a police state, and the first word on the creation of Harvey Dent Day. What does this all mean for The Dark Knight Rises and its plot, characters, and overall tone? Just that a lot of crime types are going to be buckwild mad, that prisoners are going to be pissed, that Gotham has crafted a holiday that seems like the perfect day for insanity to break out, and that even regular citizens are freaked out. And, yup, that sounds about right. Check out the full release after the break, and on […]

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Christopher Nolan‘s third and final Batman film hits theaters this summer, and it promises to be huge in pretty much every way. It’s all but guaranteed to be one of the year’s highest grossers, and fans are equally assured to eat it up like Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter. The film opens eight years after Batman (Christian Bale) took the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes at the end of The Dark Knight and sees a new master criminal in the form of the terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy). He’s forced back into the spotlight to protect the city, but by the looks of things he may not fare that well in his first face-off with the muscular, muffled Bane. Early teasers have underwhelmed some viewers, but WB has just released their final full-length trailer, and it’s loaded with new scenes of action, scale and a real sense of finality. There are some genuine chill-inducing moments here that not even the appearance of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman can ruin. (I still don’t see how her presence here turns out okay. And by ‘her’ I mean both the actress and the character.) Check out the new trailer below.

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Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah has been through enough chatter over the years to sink even the heartiest of souls, so it’s high time the filmmaker buckled down and began casting the rest of the film’s roles beyond just Russell Crowe as Noah. Just in the interest of getting this ship on the water and all. Deadline Las Vegas reports that Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth are now on board to play Noah’s sons. Lerman will be the oldest, Ham, with Booth taking on the younger role of Shem. This means we’re still in need of some feminine wiles – the boys need a mom and Noah needs a wife (Jennifer Connelly continues to be the name that comes up most often when it comes to this particular role), and Ham apparently gets a love interest (supposedly a “great role” for an up-and-coming young actress). The outlet also reports that, despite earlier chatter, Liam Neeson will not be playing Noah’s “nemesis” in the film. I never really pictured him as raging floodwaters either. That role is also still up for grabs.

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There’s certainly no better way to gear up for the highly anticipated final film of a wildly popular franchise than with a massive movie marathon that will likely test the limits of media consumption, so of course AMC Theatres is following up on their Ultimate Marvel Marathon with a Dark Knight Marathon on July 19th. Select theaters will show all three of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman franchise for a special marathon, kicking off with Batman Begins, leading into The Dark Knight, and likely finishing up with The Dark Knight Rises‘s midnight premiere. This announcement comes on the heels of the news (via ComingSoon) that TDKR will run 165 minutes (yes, that’s 2 hours and 45 minutes), making it the longest of Nolan’s Batman films and meaning that the full trilogy will clock in at 457 minutes (with Batman Begins running 140 minutes and The Dark Knight clocking in at 152 minutes, respectively). That’s over seven hours, guys. Bring snacks and comfy pants.

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The MTV Movie Awards are good for two things: pouring slime on people and premiering footage from highly anticipated, forthcoming movies. Plus, one of those things is done by the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, so you do the math. Fortunately, there’s no difficult math involved in this amazing Dark Knight Rises footage that came as part of the Twilight/Hunger Games worshiping ceremony. It features a difficult conversation between Anne Hathaway‘s Catwoman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s policeman surrounded by explosive images, crowded fight scenes, and a dire warning. Check it out for yourself:

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dark Knight Rises

As if the headline weren’t enough, here’s another spoiler alert to ensure that if you don’t want to know about a major character spoiler in The Dark Knight Rises, you don’t have to. Earlier this month, John Gholson wrote an excellent article over at Movies.com opining in detail about one of the characters in The Dark Knight Rises. It was the kind of guess that could be a spoiler considering the source and the research involved. And now, a toy from the Christopher Nolan‘s movie is all but confirming that the guess was true.

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Two TV spots, new pictures, and banners from The Dark Knight Rises? What else could you ask for in about a day’s time? To make that month and a half wait we have left until the film finally opens a little more tolerable, there’s plenty to chew on and savor here. In usual Christopher Nolan cult fan fashion, it’ll be interesting to see how the fandom dissects the meaning of Joseph Gordon-Levitt “kneeling,” what secret Bruce Wayne and Miranda Tate are “talking” about, or what Selina Kyle is really looking at. These new pictures and posters (courtesy of Empire) don’t give us the answers we need, but some message boards out there will most likely come up with countless theories over the matter. First up, here’s a slew of gritty pics, all featuring nothing but gumdrop smiles and a much needed reminder of Nolan’s undying love for “happy” characters:

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The Dark Knight Rises

By all means, Christopher Nolan‘s third (and final) Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, should be a slam dunk. The last chapter in the beloved franchise has been eagerly anticipated for years, and Nolan’s previous two Batman movies have been critical and commercial hits, so why is Bat-fervor feeling so cool these days? While we can’t blame today’s newest TDKR poster for the problem, it’s certainly a symptom of something greater – the marketing for the film has not been exciting. This is not an exciting poster. Sure, it expands on that first teaser poster from last summer (a stunner in its own right), but adding in a shoddy Batman (Christian Bale) does nothing to raise pulses for what should be summer’s biggest hit (though it will be hard-pressed to match The Avengers). Perhaps the marketing team over at Warner Bros. thinks they can coast on this one (and who can blame them?), but that doesn’t explain why that first poster and the first trailer for the film crackled with so much energy and spark, and why everything else has been so snooze-inducing ever since. I mean, “here’s a picture of Catwoman’s ass“? What? But it can only get better…right? If you’re in need of the marketing equivalent of a Thanksgiving turkey, check out the full poster after the break.

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