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We’re used to Christian Bale dressing as a winged creature when he’s out for justice, but director Scott Cooper has him looking for a missing brother (Casey Affleck) with just guts and determination in Out Of The Furnace. The first pictures from the film are online over at USA Today and can be seen below.
Furnace finds Bale as Russell Baze, a steelworker who must confront criminals such as Woody Harrelson while on his mission to find his wayward sibling. But he’s not your typical action movie star. ”Russell is not of that personality, nor does he wish to be,” Bale tells the paper’s site. “But he finds himself having to confront these people in order to do the right thing. He’s only got his own fortitude and will power, nothing else.”
According to Cooper, Bale went to his usual lengths to research the role, talking to local steelworkers and even having one of them record their voice so he could get the accent right. He also worked in the local furnace. “It’s long hours, unhealthy conditions and intense heat,” says Bale. “It’s dangerous work. The guys had recently lost a friend who had died on the job. But there’s a great bond. And they have a love for it, despite the hardships.”
For more from the director and his leading man, including the fact that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has collaborated on the soundtrack, head to USA Today.
With Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard also among the cast, Out Of The Furnace will be in our cinemas on November 29.
One film we’re keeping half an eye on for the upcoming awards season is Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace,” a starry thriller about fraternal loyalties tested to the limit, with a starry cast led by Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. It’s Cooper’s first film since 2009′s “Crazy Heart,” which won two Oscars (including Best Actor for Jeff Bridges), while producers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott.
It’s a top-drawer project all round, and distributors Relativity Media seem understandably high on its awards prospects — which is a big deal for them, having never steered a major Oscar contender before. (Earlier this year, Tarsem’s “Mirror Mirror” reaped the still-young company its very first Oscar nod, in the field of Best Costume Design.) So confident is the company, in fact, that they yesterday announced they’re changing the film’s release date from October 4 to November 27, going wide on December 6 — placing it right in the post-Thanksgiving prestige crush.
One could go back and forth on the wisdom of this move. Relativity president Robbie Brenner makes no bones about the intent behind it: “Scott Cooper has made a powerful, moving and brilliant film that we think will generate a tremendous amount of conversation and attention during this awards season. We are confident that this new date will give Scott’s film the platform and support it deserves.”
That may be the case, but opening in or around December has been a riskier strategy since the Academy compressed its awards calendar 10 years ago. (As we so often note, the last December release to take the Best Picture Oscar was 2004′s “Million Dollar Baby.”) Smaller films, in particular, have often fared better with an earlier release to build up buzz. Actually, that goes for some bigger films, too: “Argo,” after all, was an early October release.
Still, Cooper’s last film opened in mid-December and fared well in the race. That was a Fox Searchlight release. Relativity is obviously a less seasoned outfit, but they currently have no other major awards hopefuls on their books, so “Out of the Furnace” should benefit from their undivided attention. (Unless you count Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s slight sex comedy “Don Jon” and the umpteenth redo of “Romeo and Juliet,” neither of which look like significant factors at the moment.)
“Out of the Furnace” stars Bale as a blue-collar worker forced to take independent action when his Iraq-vet brother (Casey Affleck) joins a dangerous crime ring and disappears. The story sounds familiar, but if Cooper and his cast — which also includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe — bring authentic feeling to it, that shouldn’t matter. It didn’t with “Crazy Heart,” after all. Source
Christian Bale is set to play Moses in Ridley Scott’s retelling of the story of the biblical hero, according to Deadline. The suggestion follows reports last week that Steven Spielberg has left rival Moses project Gods and Kings, with Oscar-winning Life of Pi director Ang Lee tipped to replace him.
Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is moving forward apace with its take on Moses, which is titled Exodus, as confusion surrounds the future of rival studio Warner Bros’s proposed version. Bale is being lined up to star and Scott’s American Gangster screenwriter Steve Zaillian has signed on to do a rewrite. The US blog says Scott could make it his next project as director after completing work on The Counselor, his forthcoming thriller based on novelist Cormac McCarthy’s debut screenplay.
Spielberg’s Moses film was previously described as an epic biopic of the Israelite leader in a gritty Braveheart-meets-Saving-Private-Ryan style.Scott, meanwhile, was expected to plump for a detailed reworking which would focus on the minutiae of his subject’s life, such as the leader’s relationship with Pharaoh Rameses II, as well as more famous episodes.
The most famous Hollywood retelling of the Moses story is the 1956 Cecil B DeMille epic The Ten Commandments, which starred Charlton Heston in the lead role and was one of the highest grossing films of its era. It received seven Academy award nominations including best picture, and also won the Oscar for best visual effects, thanks largely to its famous parting of the Red Sea scene.
Given the history of Moses on the big screen, both films are likely to require enormous budgets. There is therefore the strong possibility of one movie’s backers withdrawing should their project find itself lagging behind in the race to multiplexes. It has happened before to some well-established film-makers, notably Baz Luhrmann, whose Alexander the Great biopic was canned in the wake of Oliver Stone’s 2004 film Alexander hitting cinemas.
In yet another snapped on set picture from an untitled project helmed by Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell. (remember, we spotted Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams not too long ago), the Dark Knight Rises character was photographed looking extremely unlike himself while shooting a scene with costar Adams.
Maybe it was the ’70s-style suit comprised of loose khaki trousers, a white shirt, mustard-colored striped tie and a forest green jacket, but we’re going to put it on that greasy combover Bale’s rocking—or at least, trying to.
P.S. For future reference, Bale, don’t ever do a comb-over.
The actor portrays Melvin Weinberg, who was at the center of the FBI’s famous Abscam sting operation in the 1970s that led to the conviction of a number of US congressmen.
Christian Bale will return as Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in a Justice League movie overseen by Christopher Nolan, according to an influential US blog.
Latino Review, which has broken a number of stories surrounding the Superman and Batman franchises in the past, says Warner Bros is desperate to bring the team behind the hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy back for its planned superhero ensemble movie. By teaming Bale with Cavill, the star of this summer’s heavily hyped Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel, the studio believes it could compete with Joss Whedon’s The Avengers II and JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Latino Review says Nolan would oversee the film and sequels in much the same way as he was brought in to “godfather” Man of Steel. Snyder would also produce and possibly direct.
Bale and Nolan had previously said that last year’s The Dark Knight Rises would be their final Batman film. However, Bale told Empire magazine last year he would consider returning for a fourth instalment if Nolan came to him with a great story.
Justice League, which Warner is preparing for release in 2015, is based on the comic book that sees Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other superheroes combining to fight Earth’s enemies. Six years ago Babe director George Miller oversaw an abandoned attempt to bring the story to the big screen, unconnected to previous films in either series and with different actors playing Batman and Superman. However, Disney-owned Marvel’s launch of several superhero films based on characters such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America before combining them into the $1.5bn The Avengers has changed the way studios approach the genre.
Early reports from test screenings for Man of Steel have suggested Warner could have a hit on its hands. The studio has refused to comment on Latino Review’s Justice League scoop.
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born on the 30th January 1974 and is an English actor. Christian first caught the public eye in 1987 at the age of 13, when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's 'Empire of the Sun'. A young Christian played an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. In 2000, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho'. In 2004 Christian earned his reputation as a method actor after he lost 63 pounds to play the role of Trevor Reznik in 'The Machinist' and then had to quickly bulk up for the role of Batman for Christopher Nolan's trilogy. In 2005 'Batman Begins' was released, followed in the trilogy by the outstanding 'The Dark Knight' starring the late Heath Ledger as The Joker in 2008. The last in the trilogy 'The Dark Knight Rises' was released in 2012 with nemesis Bane played by British actor Tom Hardy. He also portrayed Dicky Eklund in the biopic 'The Fighter' in 2010 alongside Mark Walberg, for which he won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
The Last Photograph (2013). Role: N/A Status: Pre-production. Synopsis: A war drama in which two men are inspired to travel to Afghanistan by the titular photograph.
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American Hustle (2013). Character: Irving Rosenfeld Status: Post-production. Synopsis: An FBI sting operation in the 1970s called Abscam leads to the conviction of United States Congressmen.
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Knight of Cups (2013). Character: Rick Status: Post-production. Synopsis: A man is in search of love and truth.
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Out of the Furnace (2013). Role: Russell Baze Status: Post-production. Synopsis: An ex-con attempts to blend into his new surroundings in an Indiana town, but is haunted by a figure from his past.
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Lawless (2013). Role: N/A Status: Post-production. Synopsis: Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas. Official
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