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Watch: Christian Bale Explains The Motivation Behind His Trademark Batman Voice For 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 19, 2013 9:38 AM
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The Dark Knight, Christian Bale
Aside from its blistering visual sense now expected from “Inception” director Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight” trilogy of films featured an entire spectrum of interesting aural performance choices, from Heath Ledger's drawly turn as the Joker to the terrifying incoherence of Bane as interpreted by Tom Hardy. However, the original--and the one consistent through all three films--is of course Christian Bale's gravelly-voiced Batman. Thanks to a look at the actor's audition tape in the recent box set for the trilogy, the voice has confirmed itself as always tied to the character and the role, but recently Bale spoke about his major choice and its reasoning.

Adam Driver Denies Nightwing Rumors, Christian Bale Shares Advice For Ben Affleck In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 11:33 AM
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So, remember those rumors a week or so back that had Adam Driver in the running to play Nightwing in "Batman Vs. Superman"? Well, it's the first he's heard of it. While the chatter machine on the super sequel is cranked, when it comes to casting, it seems nobody really knows anything at this point though there seems to be a lot of names floating around on wishlists. And we'll get to that in a second, but first, here's what Driver had to tell Collider about the possibility of playing Dick Grayson.

Watch: New Clip & 15 New Photos Of 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 17, 2013 9:51 AM
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Out Of The Furnace, Affleck, Christian Bale
Directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"), "Out Of The Furnace," is an dramatic thriller about brothers that stars Christian Bale along with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.

New Photos Of 'American Hustle' Featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams & Christian Bale

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 15, 2013 6:20 PM
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American Hustle
It’s a testament to how great of an actor Christian Bale is: the year is almost done, but two of the most anticipated films from what's left of 2013 both star this “The Dark Knight Rises” actor. One of the films, “Out of The Furnace” we’ve seen (read our AFI review here). The other, “American Hustle” is still under wraps (though the first clip from the film arrived earlier today), so let’s start with that one.

Watch: Extended TV Spot & New Pics For 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale & Casey Affleck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 5:53 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
AFI Film Festival premiered Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" over the weekend, and we were there. And the verdict? Well, according to Charlie Schmidlin, the film starts strong but loses power by time the third act rolls around, essentially "creating a complexity rather than letting its characters show us one." Still, for those of waiting anxious to see the film nonetheless, it's still one high on our watch list before the end of the year and another look at the movie is keeping up that excitement.

Watch: TV Spot For 'American Hustle' Features New Footage Plus Fresh Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2013 4:00 PM
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American Hustle
While it wasn't quite a world premiere, over the weekend, the AFI Film Festival was lucky enough to screen the first six minutes of David O. Russell's forthcoming "American Hustle." And yes, at least from what was shown, this should live up to expectations, with our man on the ground saying, "from what we’ve seen thus far that frothy period will be massively entertaining indeed." And with about a month to go before this hits theaters, Columbia Pictures is finally getting ready to uh, hustle, this flick.

AFI Fest Review: 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck & Woody Harrelson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 10, 2013 12:20 PM
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Out of The Furnace
In telling the story of a fundamentally decent man's descent into violence and retribution, Scott Cooper's “Out of the Furnace” plants its cues of chilly neo-noir in the claustrophobic corners of America's Rust Belt, and then nearly gets away with its own high-minded meditations. Loyalty and consequence collide in the “Crazy Heart” director's sophomore feature (from Cooper's rewrite of a script originally by Brad Inglesby), but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

David O. Russell Screens First Six Intensely Funny Minutes of ‘American Hustle’ During AFI Fest Tribute

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 9, 2013 4:24 PM
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American Hustle
Last night in Los Angeles on the first full day of programming for AFI Fest this year, director David O. Russell and his eclectic body of cinematic work was celebrated at the historic Egyptian Theatre, and he also brought the first six minutes of his highly-anticipated new film, “American Hustle.” However, a host of technical issues—including screening the first two minutes almost completely without sound—led the director to grow a little ornery (“We should probably shut it off,” he said, before escaping the stage to settle the problem). But even those couldn’t dismantle the comic energy and early promise that his latest effort sampled.

Watch: Christian Bale & Woody Harrelson Face Off In New Clip From 'Out Of The Furnace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 6:08 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
AFI Fest kicks off in two short days and of the big premieres that could shake up the awards season race will belong to "Out of the Furnace." Scott Cooper's follow-up to his hit country music drama "Crazy Heart" is a grittier character story set in the Rust Belt, where the grasp for the American Dream takes on deadly overtones. And at the center of it all is Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson.

Watch: New Trailer For David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' Struts Its Stuff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 6:51 PM
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Without any festival appearance or advance screenings for press, David O. Russell's "American Hustle" remains the biggest, most exciting mystery of the fall movie season. Awards player or chewy piece of entertainment? Maybe it's both?

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