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Bale Says Sorry on KROQ

PR 101 dictates that when you mess up bigtime, you apologize, in the most public forum possible. So Christian Bale called Friday morning to give an interview to L.A.'s genial drive-time duo Kevin and Bean on KROQ-FM, so that he could explain his profane outburst on the set of Terminator Salvation back in July. He wasn't trying to get cinematographer Shane Hurlbut fired, he told them. They kept working that day, he said, and for another month, in fact: "We have resolved this completely."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2009 2:19 AM
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Bale has "Moment" on Terminator Set

"It was just a moment," insists the first assistant director on Terminator Salvation. He's talking about an explosion of F-bombs directed by Christian Bale at his cinematographer during filming last July. The guy had walked through a scene. Stars are under huge pressure when they're shooting, especially when they're carrying a big tentpole Terminator movie. Clearly, though, Bale has a temper, as we know from his blowup last year at London's Dorchester Hotel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2009 2:27 AM
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Twilight Sequels Heating Up

Don't believe everything you hear about Twilight and its sequels. Things are heating up already on the third installment, Eclipse. They haven't even started the second one yet, New Moon.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2009 3:07 AM
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Twilight Sequel: Who's Next for New Moon?

The Catherine Hardwicke story continues. Still at issue are: why she didn't get the gig on New Moon, the Twilight sequel, and who will take her place.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 9, 2008 9:17 AM
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Holiday Boxoffice: Four Christmases, Twilight, Australia

For once, women are dominating movie theaters. That's because there's more than enough for them to see. (OK, they're not going to see Transporter 3.) Usually, though, they're starved and I hope Hollywood takes the lessons of 2008 to heart, from Sex and the City and Mamma Mia! to Twilight and Australia, all movies designed to appeal to women. Lots of women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 26, 2008 8:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Star Trek

Paramount has launched its first trailer for Star Trek, which opens May 8, 2009:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2008 5:46 AM
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Twilight: What's Next for Rob Pattinson?

Brit actor Robert Pattinson's life changed the instant Catherine Hardwicke cast him as Edward Cullen, the vampire lover in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series."How old are you?" asks Bella (Kristen Stewart), a new student at Forks High. "17," he says. "How long have you been 17?" "A while."Pattinson has seen the way women react to him as Edward at Comic-Con and festivals. (They tend to scream.) In this flip-cam interview, he talks about how tricky it was to play this kind of swoony leading man, figuring out the makeup, his music, his upcoming films Little Ashes and How to Be, and the new movie he starts in January, playing Dennis Hopper's grandson in writer-director Brian Horiuchi's L.A.-set multi-generational marriage drama Parts Per Billion, also starring Olivia Thrilby and Rosario Dawson. Hollywood is sending him scripts, but everyone it seems, is waiting to see how Twilight fares when it opens November 21:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2008 5:31 AM
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Twilight Watch: Let the Right Vampire In

True confession. I am into vampires.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2008 4:49 AM
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Quantum of Solace vs. Casino Royale

When I talked to director Marc Forster on Monday morning, he admitted that trying to top Martin Campbell's Casino Royale was the thing that gave him the most pause. But he plowed ahead and delivered a Bond that is long on action and short on sex and dialogue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2008 4:44 AM
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Quantum of Solace: Smart Bond

I confess that I had a great time at Quantum of Solace last night. Sure it's glitzy and glam and jammed with heart-stopping violent action. But it's also arty and elegant and beautiful. One of the main sequences is a lyrical homage to Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, set during a performance of Tosca.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2008 4:29 AM
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