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 arriving at LAX Airport on April 10, 2012.
I’ve added new high quality candids photos of Christian Bale out in Los Angeles with his family on April 4, 2012.
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.
I’ve added new high quality candids photos of Christian Bale arriving at LAX on April 1, 2012.
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.
I’ve added new high quality candids of Christian Bale with his family in Santa Monica on March 27, 2012.
Hit the jump to check out a fantastic new promo image of Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s third and final take on the Caped Crusader legend in The Dark Knight Rises.
Christopher Nolan returns to complete the Gotham trilogy that launched with Batman Begins and reached the stratosphere with the billion dollar blockbuster The Dark Knight. Inception’s Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the cast regulars along with Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) and Tom Hardy as the powerful villain Bane. Christian Bale prowls the night as the Caped Crusader, fighting crime and corruption with the help of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman.
Revealed in Newsarama’s background as a part of an advert for the relaunch of DC’s new website, we now have this brand new image of Christian Bale as Batman from The Dark Knight Rises. It appears to be a mixture of live action photography and the CGI artwork typically associated with toy packaging, but makes for a striking image nonetheless.
Source: Comic Book Movie
The stars of two of the three highest-grossing pics in domestic box office history may be teaming up, as “Avatar” star Zoe Saldana is in early talks to join “The Dark Knight” hero Christian Bale in Relativity Media’s “Out of the Furnace.”
Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) is writing and directing the gritty throwback to 1970s movies that’s originally based on Brad Ingelsby’s script “The Low Dweller,” which has since been significantly revised by Cooper. Story follows an ex-con who must choose between his newfound freedom and avenging the death of his younger brother.
Saldana is in talks to play Bale’s ex-wife, a waitress now married to the town sheriff. Robert Duvall is expected to play Bale’s uncle and sources tell Variety that Casey Affleck is the frontrunner to play Bale’s brother, though Relativity hasn’t made a formal offer yet.
Relativity is producing with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, as well as Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment. Producers are aiming for a late spring start, though Relativity has not yet greenlit the pic or closed deals with any actors.
Saldana, who recently starred in Sony’s action pic “Colombiana” and CBS Films’ Sundance drama “The Words,” is currently reprising her role as Uhura in Paramount’s J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” sequel.
Saldana is repped by ICM, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Kevin Yorn.
In 100 years of Chinese film, “The Flowers of War” is the first major title to feature a western movie star.
Budgeted at $100 million, “Flowers of War” stars Oscar-winner Christian Bale as John Miller, an opportunist mortician on the run in 1937 as the Japanese are invading the province of Nanking, now known as Nanjing. The Japanese occupation led to the deaths of thousands of Chinese citizens and came to be known by some as the Rape of Nanking or the Nanjing Massacre.
In the film, which had a limited US release before opening nationwide, Bale’s character must save a group of schoolgirls from the clutches of the Japanese. At the same time, he falls in love with a Chinese courtesan.
Bale and Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who communicated through an interpreter while making the film, talked with Reuters about overcoming cultural barriers and revisiting an infamous episode of China’s past.
Q: This is your first time working with a western film star. Did the collaboration meet or defy your expectations?
Zhang: “First, I’m amazed at how low key and humble Christian is. The stereotype that Chinese have of Hollywood actors is they probably have an entourage and assistants. So that’s definitely changed how I viewed Hollywood actors. And also Christian didn’t want to stay in a five star hotel either. He lived right above me, lived with everybody else, with the crewmembers. And another thing is Christian gave up his weekends to work with us because we work seven days a week.”
Bale: “But this seven-day week schedule became something I quite enjoyed cause I liked the momentum. Yimou is top dog in his profession, and he genuinely seemed to have a great deal of humour and laughter on the set. I didn’t always know what the laughter was about but I would laugh with them. I hope they’re not all laughing at me! I felt surrounded by good friends and even if I didn’t understand nuances of what was being discussed, I got the essence in the presence of people.”
Q: Do you find that your shared experience in filmmaking was enough to communicate despite the language barrier?
Bale: “There would be moments where Yimou would come to me and we would work it out between the two of us. And sometimes with a scene it’s very small adjustments that were being asked for and I could understand from body language. And I always was convinced Yimou spoke a little bit of English, more than he ever let onto. So we’d experiment and see how it works out and sometimes it did and sometimes it didn’t.”
Q: How are Western actors different than Chinese?
Zhang: “Each line Christian offered three or four different ways, which is very unusual because Chinese actors normally cannot pull that off. Screening the film for a western audience I realised that the first one-third of the movie, audiences would laugh at Christian’s lines. That actually surprised me because when I wrote the script in Chinese, I didn’t think that was humorous, but clearly Christian added other layers to it.”
Q: I understand Zhang asked you to stand before the cast and give them acting tips but it proved awkward.
Bale: “I always think it’s bad to try to alter anybody else’s experience. Apart from that, it’s not my job. That’s the director’s job. And I love very much working with actors who either have no experience or very little experience. I like to try to avoid getting any technique into my acting because I feel like the more known an actor gets, you really have to be exceptional to maintain that feeling of freshness and vitality and enthusiasm instead of falling back on your usual tricks.”
Q: Steven Spielberg recommended you for the part after working with you years ago on “Empire of the Sun” when you were a child. Did working with kids on this movie take you back?
Bale: “Some of the girls would say to me, ‘I would never want to act ever again in my life, this is it.’ And I would say to them, ‘That’s what I said. That’s exactly what I said when I was your age.’ The thing that I liked so much was the freshness that they brought in terms of this is something new but there’s no consideration of this being anything that they would continue with.”
Q: The movie is set around an atrocity by the Japanese that rivals in brutality what the Nazis did in Europe. Why do you think the world hasn’t held the Japanese accountable?
Zhang: “Maybe the international community doesn’t know much about Nanjing because China, at that time, was really far behind, and they didn’t have enough voice or power to actually speak out for themselves. For me, rather than arouse sad feelings, the goal of the movie is to make people see the good side of humanity and bring peaceful feelings to an audience.”
Source: Daily Times