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WATCH TRAILER: 'Out of the Furnace' Stars Vengeful Vigilante Bale

The trailer for Scott Cooper's new film, "Out of the Furnace," just hit the web and it packs a wallop of dramatic violence. The thriller is a revenge story that tests brotherly loyalty in the American rust belt.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2013 11:37 AM
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Relativity Makes Aggressive Awards Season Push for 'Out of the Furnace,' Starring Bale, Affleck and Harrelson

Distributors are starting to actually sit down and watch movies that may or may not be awards worthy. Disney moved "Saving Mr. Banks" into a limited platform release before the holidays; Weinsteins are lining up their ducks, from "Fruitvale Station"'s summer launch to "August: Osage County" and "Mandela: Walk to Freedom."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 19, 2013 1:29 PM
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Casting Watch: Christian Bale Circling the Summit of 'Everest,' Jason Clarke Sees 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to star in "Everest," with Baltasar Kormakur (Iceland's Oscar entry "The Deep") attached to direct. The Working Title/Universal project centers on the tragic true story of a 1996 expedition during which two groups attempted to reach the mountain's summit.
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 1:52 PM
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David O. Russell Lines Up Cooper, Bale, Adams and Renner for Next True Story Ensemble

David O. Russell wastes no time. After winning Toronto's Audience Award with "Silver Linings Playbook" (Oscars, here it comes), he's lined up the film's star, Bradley Cooper, plus "The Fighter"'s Amy Adams and Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner for a new untitled ensemble project.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2012 1:05 PM
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Career Watch: Christian Bale - The Dark Superhero We Need

Batman is not like other superheroes, and Christian Bale's iteration of him stands apart from the Thors and Iron Mans of contemporary hero-cinema. Because Bale's Batman, as we know him from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, is human and flawed, the tragedy that accompanied "The Dark Knight Rises" opening leaves us feeling more vulnerable...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2012 1:34 PM
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New Trailer for 'Dark Knight Rises' Warns Fans 'It Takes a While to Get Back in the Swing of Things'

A new trailer has landed for Christpher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," and it's not as exciting as it should be, nor does it reveal much more than the others already have...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 11:52 AM
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MTV Movie Awards: Russell Brand Monologue and Writing Mark New Low, 'Dark Knight Rises' Footage Impresses

Watch Russell Brand's MTV Awards opening monologue in which he slags corporate America, Kanye, Michael Fassbender's penis, Charlie Sheen, himself and his celebrity marriage (etc) below. Not his finest moment, as he kept shouting "TWILIGHT! HUNGER GAMES!" in a desperate attempt to keep the audience happy.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • June 4, 2012 12:32 PM
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8 Things You Want to Know from EW's Summer Preview: 'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Avengers,' 'Huntsman,' 'Magic Mike'

EW's Summer Preview (out April 13) covers the season's most hyped releases, from "The Dark Knight Rises" (the last of the "Dark Knight triplets"), "The Avengers" ("the 'Taxi Driver' of superhero-team movies") and "The Amazing Spider-Man" to Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones' "Hope Springs." Enjoy a taste of the issue below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 1:44 PM
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All Six Major Studios Hype Summer Slates at CinemaCon 2012: Warner Bros. Hawks 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dark Shadows'

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.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2012 1:43 PM
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China's New Hollywood Deal; Christian Bale Rebuked by Chinese Authorities for Attempted Visit to Human Rights Activist

China and the United States have a thorny relationship, the natural byproduct of two countries reluctantly dependent on each other economically, but diametrically opposed in political philosophy. Despite their differences, the two nations are intricately connected, and sometimes, to keep the waters smooth, something has to give.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 18, 2012 12:51 PM
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