Just last month we heard that David O. Russell was in talks to direct American Bullshit at Atlas Entertainment, the true story of Abscam, the FBI’s 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world’s greatest con man. There was dissension amongst some of the trades as to whether he was actually directing, but our own sources told us to stick with Variety’s story confirming his involvement with the film that seems to have a home at Sony. Now Deadline has word that Christian Bale is attached to star in the film and Bradley Cooper is currently in talks to take a role too.
Eric Singer scripted the drama, and since his only feature film credit is the boring “thriller” The International, that leaves something to be desired. But I have faith in the talent that has been drawn to the script, and that quells any fears that I have for a weak screenplay. Plus, with The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and his frequent collaborator Richard Suckle producing, that can only be good news for those following Bale’s career with great interest post-Batman. As of now, the roles for Bale and Cooper are unclear, but it’s an interesting blend of talents who have previously worked with Russell as The Fighter brought Bale an Oscar win, and Cooper just finished The Silver Linings Playbook. Count me in!
Source: First Showing
I’ve added new production stills of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie to the gallery.
- (x003) The Dark Knight Rises: Stills
I’ve added new scan of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Anna Hathaway as Selina Kyle appear on the cover of “Entertainment Weekly”, April 20 issue for The Dark Knight Rises special!
- (x002) Scans in 2012: Entertainment Weekly – April 20
I’ve added new high quality candids photos of Christian Bale arriving at LAX Airport on April 10, 2012.
- (x006) Candids in 2012: Arriving at LAX Airport – April 10
I’ve added new high quality candids photos of Christian Bale out in Los Angeles with his family on April 4, 2012.
- (x009) Candids in 2012: In Los Angeles – April 4
I’ve added new candids photos of Christian Bale and Wes Bentley filming on Santa Monica Beach just before sunset on April 3, 2012. According to sources, the two actors act out various scenes with Bale stopping periodically to greet people on the beach. Later the two get wet in the high surf and wrestle each other as bit as they play in the surf. I’m not sure which movie they were filming at that point of time.
- (x028) Candids in 2012: At Santa Monica Beach – April 3
I’ve added new high quality candids photos of Christian Bale arriving at LAX on April 1, 2012.
- (x012) Candids in 2012: Arriving at LAX Airport – April 1
It’s often like pulling teeth to get the Hollywood studios to invest the big bucks to put on a dog-and-pony show with stars and clip-reels for the annual National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) convention in Las Vegas. Most take a one year on, one year off approach. Well, something strange is happening. Now that it’s no longer called ShoWest–CinemaCon is the new name–all the studios jockeyed for prime slots this April 23 – 26. In fact for the first time in a decade, says Fithian, all six majors will put on display reels. Some will jet in talent, who get a kick from playing in front of some 4000 exhibitors inside the Caesar’s Palace Colosseum, CinemaCon’s equivalent of ComicCon’s Hall H.
The studios are in a delicate place with theater owners, as the film industry is finally starting to transition away from the old serial window distribution strategy that has become less viable now that consumers are demanding access to on-demand video content on multiple platforms. Studios are trying to figure out how to stay in partnership with theaters, who are threatened. “We’re finding ways to grow the business together and test models in partnership before we roll out radical things,” Fithian said on a NATO/MPAA conference call last week.” It’s about how to grow the pie together.”
Both are invested in a priceless commodity: audiences sitting alone in the dark. As producer Jim Stark once told me: “Nothing beats five weeks of good word-of-mouth.”
Thus it’s in the studios’ interest this year, especially, to make nice with exhibition. Besides, the studios know that any upbeat buzz out of CinemaCon on their summer movies will go viral. It’s a win-win. (On the other hand, bad word on movies, especially those freighted with high expectations, can be toxic.)
Warner Bros. is the first studio to announce its CInemaCon program: As part of their annual “State of the Industry” featuring MPAA Chairman & CEO Christopher Dodd and NATO President and CEO John Fithian, on Tuesday April 24th at 9:30am Warners will hawk its summer product for the second year in a row, with WB president Jeff Robinov, Distribution chief Dan Fellman, and International Distribution head Veronika Vandenberg on hand to intro:
• “Dark Shadows”—Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz and Bella Heathcote.
• “Rock of Ages”—Directed by Adam Shankman and starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones,
Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige with Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise.
• “The Dark Knight Rises”—Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway,
Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman.
Source: Indie Wire
I’ve added new high quality candids of Christian Bale & his family out in Disneyland to celebrate the couple’s daughter, Emmaline 7th birthday on March 24, 2012.
- (x021) Candids in 2012: At Disneyland – March 24
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