According to Monsters & Critics, Christian Bale is set to attend the Berlin Film Festival. You can read more details from here.
Happy 38th Birthday to Mr Christian Bale! A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends. Hope your birthday blossoms into lots of dreams come true!
I’ve added new scan of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne featured in “Teaser” magazine, February issue to the gallery.
- (x001) Scans in 2012: Teaser – February
IMDb have revealed a bunch of their top 10 most viewed movies, actors and tv show pages from the past ten years as a way of celebrating a decade of their industry database IMDBb Pro. The stats make for some interesting reading.
According to IMDb, Christopher Nolan’s uber popular 2008 film The Dark Knight has garnered the most page views in the past decade out of the thousands of movies on their site. At one point of course fan voting on the page was so high-scoring and frantic that for a brief while The Dark Knight was listed first on their Top 250 films of all time user rated list, though currently it lies at no. 8.
Second on the film list, probably from viewers trying to work out just what the hell the film was about is Richard Kelly’s 2001 cult movie Donnie Darko. Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is the only movie from the 90?s listed in the top ten at number 3, with the list then mostly going into franchise territory with The Lord of the Ring films, Twilight and Harry Potter’s. Somehow Avatar, which is far and away the biggest movie of all time, hasn’t made it onto the list… but I guess it hasn’t existed that long to rack up page views (though The Dark Knight isn’t much older and is in first!).
As for the actors/actresses’ list, Johnny Depp is the highest male at first, followed by couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The full list of IMDB top 10 most viewed is below;
Top Stars of the Last 10 Years:
1. Johnny Depp
2. Brad Pitt
3. Angelina Jolie
4. Tom Cruise
5. Natalie Portman
6. Christian Bale
7. Scarlett Johansson
8. Jennifer Aniston
9. Keira Knightley
10. Emma Watson
Top Films of the Last 10 Years:
1. The Dark Knight
2. Donnie Darko
3. Pulp Fiction
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
10. The Godfather
Top Most Anticipated In-Production Movies:
1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Men in Black III
3. The Dictator
4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
5. The Expendables 2
7. The Avengers
8. Rock of Ages
9. The Hunger Games
Source: What Culture
Since not all of us are native English speakers, The National Public Radio released the transcript of Christian Bale’s interview to Scott Simon. You can hear the interview here, and the text is as follows:
“Christian Bale plays a drifter in his new film. John Miller is no Batman. He’s an Oklahoma mortician by trade and a soldier of fortune in temperament who comes to do a bit of business in Nanjing formerly known as Nanking, China in 1937, just as the Japanese army invades and brutalizes the city.
Christian Bale’s latest character is a drifter. John Miller is no Batman; he’s an Oklahoma mortician by trade and a soldier of fortune in temperament.
Miller comes to do business in Nanjing, China. He arrives in 1937 just as the Japanese army invades and brutalizes the city. Known as the Nanjing Massacre, the genocide that followed has become one of the defining historical events of modern China.
Bale is perhaps best known for playing Batman. He also won an Academy Award last year for The Fighter. His new movie, The Flowers of War, is China’s Oscar nominee for best foreign language film. As Bale tells Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, he couldn’t pass up the chance to work with the film’s director, Zhang Yimou.
A Unique Opportunity
“It’s not very often that you get an opportunity to work on a movie that’s … 60 percent in Mandarin, made within China,” Bale says, “and get to experience that entirely different culture of filmmaking.”
Zhang wouldn’t tell cast members what they would shoot the next day until late the night before. Keeping the actors in suspense “just gives that extra spontaneity,” Bale says. “It’s far more human.”
The movie reportedly cost $100 million to make. Some critics charge that the film is an expensive attempt on the part of the Chinese government to soften its image, but Bale is confident that Zhang wouldn’t be interested in propaganda efforts.
“I always do say that once you’re within a movie … sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees,” he says. “But I’ve really assessed this [charge], and I can’t bring myself to come to agree with it in any way whatsoever.” • Read full story »
I’ve added new high quality candids of Christian Bale out at Pacific Palisades with his wife, Sibi on January 23, 2012.
- (x015) Candids in 2012: At Pacific Palisades – January 23
Big budget films from Greater China, albeit three very different ones, dominated the nominations for the 2012 edition of the Asian Film Awards. And Iranian drama A Separation Jodaeiye Nader az Simin continued its run of accolades.
Amassing the biggest haul was Hong Kong-Chinese 3-D action film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate ???? with seven nominations, just ahead of Christian Bale-starring The Flowers of War ????? from China, and Taiwanese mega-production Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale ??????, with six each. A Separation claimed five nominations and Hong Kong-Chinese actioner Wu Xia ?? four.
The awards will be presented in Hong Kong on 19 Mar 2012 on the eve of the territory’s annual film industry convention, Hong Kong FilMart. Prizes will be decided by a jury headed by Singaporean director Eric KHOO ??? (pictured).
The six best film nominees included four foreign language Oscar contenders – Japan’s Post Card ?????? (2010), China’s Flowers, Taiwan’s Seediq Bale and Iran’s Separation – as well as Hong Kong/China co-production Flying Swords and India’s Zindagi na milegi dobara ???????? ?? ?????? ??????. • Read full story »
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