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Tuesday
Jul242012

Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims

Carey Rottman(AURORA, Colo.) -- Christian Bale arrived in Aurora, Colo., Tuesday to visit victims injured during Friday’s shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The Batman actor was seen at the Medical Center of Aurora, and hospital personnel were overheard saying he was talking to patients.

Petitions asking the actor to visit Aurora were posted on Change.org following Friday’s shooting. Over the weekend, Bale released a statement regarding the massacre, saying, “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

Christopher Nolan, who directed Bale in the latest Batman trilogy, released a statement Friday expressing his “profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy” that happened in Aurora. Anne Hathaway, who stars alongside Bale in The Dark Knight Rises, echoed their sentiments, saying, “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act.”

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Sunday
Jul222012

Campaign Launched for ‘Batman’ Star to Visit Colorado Shooting Victims

TM and © DC Comics(NEW YORK) -- A campaign that has spread through Facebook and Twitter is asking “Batman” star Christian Bale to make the trip in his Batman costume from Gotham City to visit children injured in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting.

“All those kids in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds at the Batman massacre could use a visit from their real hero,” said a post on Facebook. “They need to know heroes can be real too, not just the bad guys.”

The campaign picked up steam on Twitter, using the hashtag #BaleOutAurora.

It was unclear if Bale had heard of the campaign, but the actor released a statement today expressing his condolences to victims of the shooting.

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them,” Bale said.

Twelve people were killed in the midnight massacre and 58 were injured. It is not known how many of the injured are children.

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Monday
Jul092012

"Batman" Stars Reflect, Look Forward to "Dark Knight Rises"

Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips(LOS ANGELES) -- On July 20, director Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking Batman series comes to a close with the release of The Dark Knight Rises.  The blockbuster series has been praised by comic fans and non-fans alike, and introduced a new generation to Bob Kane's classic Caped Crusader.

At a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Sunday, Batman himself, Christian Bale, called the moment "bittersweet," knowing that he's promised he won't don the cape and cowl again without Nolan.

"He's saying it's time to say goodbye," Bale said, "so it's time to say goodbye."

Nolan -- who on Saturday became only the eighth director in Hollywood history to add his hand and footprints to the collection at Grauman's Chinese Theater -- explained choosing the comic bad guy Bane as The Dark Knight Rises' villain was a direct result of the late Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance as The Joker.

"[W]e wanted a very different villain for this. ...I wasn't going to set out to try and in some way better what Heath had done," the filmmaker said.

In fact, the Gotham City villain isn't even mentioned in The Dark Knight Rises.

"I took the decision early on that it would be inappropriate," Nolan said.  "I felt that, you know, someone who was a friend and a colleague had suffered a terrible tragedy, and to try to reduce that to a plot point in a fictional universe felt wrong to me."

As for series newcomer Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, she said she "got a chill" when she saw herself suited up with her fellow in-the-flesh comic co-stars.  But as the only female, she had another challenge ahead of her: fighting in very high heels.

"It's part of being a woman," she joked.  "The Devil Wears Prada was really good training for that...I kind of ran up and down Manhattan...so I just ran up and down Gotham."

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Wednesday
May302012

Christian Bale Reveals He Once Dated Drew Barrymore

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale says he once dated Drew Barrymore, but the relationship ended quickly.

Bale tells the June-July issue of GQ Australia, “We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it. She never called again.”  Bale is now married to Sibi Blazic.

The two stars didn’t make a love connection, but they do have a Spielberg connection.  Barrymore first gained fame after appearing in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi classic, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Bale made his big screen debut in Spielberg’s 1987 film Empire of the Sun.

The Dark Knight star also shares a caped crusader connection to Barrymore.  She portrayed Sugar in 1995′s Batman Forever.

On the subject of Batman, Bale tells the magazine, “I have been deeply honored to inhabit this character,” adding, “It was a massive undertaking, physically, emotionally, every way.”

The actor tells the magazine when they were in the final stages of filming The Dark Knight Rises, the latest, and what Bale says is his final Batman flick, he “stared at the cowl for a good long moment and thought, ‘Man, this one really took a life of its own.’”

The Dark Knight Rises opens nationwide July 20.

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Monday
Dec192011

Christian Bale 'Nauseous' over Treatment of Human Rights Activist

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christian Bale is disheartened by China's treatment of a blind human rights activist under house arrest who the actor attempted to visit last week.

A CNN crew shot the confrontation, in which The Dark Knight star was physically prevented by government guards from visiting Chen Guangcheng, who was imprisoned for four years and has reportedly been confined to his home in China with his family for over a year.

Bale says, "I just find it nauseous that such a good man, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, someone who was at one time named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world, is being treated this way."

Bale was in China to promote his new film, The Flowers of War, which focuses on a 1937 Japanese invasion of the Chinese city Nanjing.

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Friday
Dec162011

Christian Bale 'Roughed Up' Trying to Reach Chinese Dissident

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Actor Christian Bale has reportedly been “roughed up” by security guards in China while trying to visit legal activist Chen Guangcheng. The visit to China is in support of his film titled The Flowers of War, which could be an Oscar contender.

Bale was being followed by a crew from CNN as he visited Chen, who is under house arrest. He and the camera crew were allegedly jostled by security guards in plain clothes near the dissident’s home.

The Dark Knight star told CNN, "You know, I'm not being brave doing this," adding, “The local people who are standing up to the authorities and insisting on going to visit Chen and his family and getting beaten up for it, and my understanding, getting detained for it and everything. I want to support what they are doing."

Chen had angered officials in 2005 when he released details of a program of forced abortions as part of China's one-child policy. Authorities released him from a charge of “blocking traffic” in September 2010 after four years in jail.

"What I really wanted to do is to shake the man's hand and say: 'Thank you,' and tell him what an inspiration he is," Bale said.

The Flowers of War is a war drama set in 1930s China.

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Monday
Nov282011

Christian Bale Done Playing Batman

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christian Bale is hanging up his Batman cape for good.

Bale says the upcoming Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises will mark the third and final time he will play the superhero.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer published Friday, Bale said, "I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off," referring to Batman's hood.

He then declared that for him and director Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises is "the end of that Batman era."

He says playing Bruce Wayne/Batman was an "enjoyable" experience.

The Dark Knight Rises opens next summer.

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Tuesday
Jul192011

'The Dark Knight Rises' Teaser Trailer Released Online

Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The millions of muggles who flocked to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 over the weekend were treated to one of the most anticipated movie teasers in recent history.

A taste of Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, unspooled before the final Potter film in thousands of theaters.  And for those who haven't seen it, Warner Bros. released it online Monday at TheDarkKnightRises.com.

The teaser features scant footage from the film, other than a clearly injured Commissioner Gordon, again played by Gary Oldman, telling Bruce Wayne from a hospital bed, "The Batman has to come back."

"What if he doesn't exist anymore?" Christian Bale responds.

"He must," Gordon replies. "He must."

The most intriguing part of the clip for fans occurs at the very end -- a brief flash of Tom Hardy as the hulking villain Bane, who, according to comic lore, breaks Batman's back in a vicious fight.  Bale's Batman can be seen, clearly winded, possibly mid-fight, as Bane approaches him.

The Dark Knight Rises, also starring Morgan Freeman and Anne Hathaway, hits theaters next summer.

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Monday
Feb282011

'The King's Speech' Emerges as Big Winner at Oscars

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards turned out to be The King's Speech, as the movie took home four awards on the night, including the award for best picture.

Natalie Portman won her first Oscar Sunday night, taking best actress honors for her role in Black Swan, while Colin Firth contributed to the tally for The King's Speech by winning the award for best actor.

In a self-deprecating and emotional speech, Firth joked, "I have a feeling my career has just peaked." With his typical British reserve, he said he was "experiencing stirrings" that were "threatening to turn into dance moves."

Firth thanked his wife, Livia, for the award and "everything good in my life," while the pregnant Portman thanked "my love," her fiancee and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millipied for giving "me my most important role of my life."

Tom Hooper, the director of The King's Speech, pulled off a surprising win over The Social Network director David Fincher. Speech, which led the number of nominations with 12, also won the award for best original screenplay, while The Social Network grabbed the gold statue for best adapted screenplay.

The Fighter co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were among the early winners, receiving Oscars for best supporting actress and best supporting actor.

Leo got the night off to a raucous beginning, when she dropped the F-bomb during her speech. When Bale accepted his award, he told the audience, "I'm not going to drop the F-bomb, like she did. I've done that plenty before." Both were expected to win after taking home the same awards at the Golden Globes. But some doubt had been cast on Leo, after the ads she took out in the Hollywood trades promoting herself backfired. Still, Leo pulled off the win in the end.

"This has been an extraordinary journey," Leo said about the award season. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting the work."

Among those thanked by Bale in his acceptance speech was Dicky Ecklund, the washed-up fighter he played in The Fighter.

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the Oscars. During an introduction for best song, he cited "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca as his favorite movie theme song.

Later in the telecast, Randy Newman, who has been nominated 20 times and won once previously, received the Oscar for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took home the first Oscar for art direction. Cinematographer Wally Pfister won his first Oscar for Inception, and gave credit to Christopher Nolan, who was snubbed for a best director nomination. Inception took home several technical awards, for sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects. Pfister beat out perpetual nominee Roger Deakins, the cinematographer on True Grit. Deakins has yet to win an Oscar.

Toy Story 3, which was also nominated for best picture, won best animated feature.

The following is a list of Sunday night's winners:

Best Picture: The King's Speech.
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech 
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter 
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter 
Best Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech 
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Cinematography: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Sound Editing: Inception
Original Score: The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Original Song: "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More
Film Editing: The Social Network
Makeup: The Wolfman
Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
Live Action Short Film: God of Love
Visual Effects: Inception

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Monday
Feb282011

The Oscars: 10 Best Backstage Moments

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) -- So we know who won the Oscars.  But what about the rest of the night?

The juiciest comments of the night were made not on blogs or Facebook or Twitter but in the press room behind the big show.

Backstage, Melissa Leo talked about her F-bomb drop, Colin Firth explained the matter that rushed him away from the mic, and Natalie Portman declared the name she almost certainly will not give her baby.

Here are the 10 best quotes from backstage:

Melissa Leo (winner: best supporting actress, The Fighter) on accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech: "I had no idea.  Those words, I apologize to anyone that they offend.  There's a great deal of the English language that's in my vernacular.  I really don't mean to offend and it was probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word in particular."

Natalie Portman (winner: best actress, Black Swan) on whether or not she'll name her first child "Oscar:" "I think that's probably definitely out of the question."

Portman on how motherhood might change her career: "I really can't say what's going to happen.  I have no idea what to expect.  It's just accepting that I have no idea."

Colin Firth (winner: best actor, The King's Speech) on what he'll do now that awards season is over: "I think I'm going to cook a lot.  I'm not particularly good at it...but it's a good way to decompress.  I'll probably be the only one eating it."

Firth on the "impulse" that rushed him offstage after he accepted his Oscar: "I don't think that this is the appropriate forum to display that sort of thing and anyone who's seen Mamma Mia will know what I'm talking about."

Firth on shouting expletives in The King's Speech: "I don't take this stuff lightly, but in the context of this film, it could not be more edifying, more appropriate.  It's not vicious, it's not to do with insult...It's a bad man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words."

Christian Bale (winner: best supporting actor, The Fighter) on almost missing the Oscars because he went drinking before the show and arrived late: "They wouldn't let me in.  I was literally banging on the door with Dickey [Ecklund, on whom The Fighter is based] saying, 'Let us in!'...Now I know in case I ever make it back here."

David Seidler (winner: best original screenplay, The King's Speech) on what the award means to him as a former stutterer: "A fairly high ranking person called me the other day and wanted to talk ex-stutterer to ex-stutterer ... I've been flooded with the most wonderful emails and text messages from my fellow sutterers.  Because, I'm still a stutterer...To have these people tell me their personal stories really moves me to tears."

Aaron Sorkin (winner: best adapted screenplay, The Social Network) on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: "Mark, I think he's been an awfully good sport about all this.  I don't think anyone here would want a movie made about the things that they did when they were 19-years-old."

Tom Hooper (winner: best director, The King's Speech) on how he plans celebrate: "Well I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight, I have to be on Oprah at 10 a.m...I don't want to be the first person to go on Oprah drunk so I'll try to control myself."

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