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Oscar Nominee Christian Bale Holds His Roles to a High Standard, from 'American Hustle' to 'Out of the Furnace,' on DVD/Blu-ray March 11

Christian Bale has shown intensity, shape-shifting and commitment in roles that are more consistently memorable than most actors can claim over a long career. He doesn't agree-- a sign of the high standards to which he holds himself. Clearly he knows how to pick roles-- and deliver. He finally landed a Best Actor nomination for "American Hustle."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2014 11:59 AM
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This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-ful final installment in his "Paradise" trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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How Indies 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Out of the Furnace' Got Made: Relativity's Robbie Brenner Talks Bale, McConaughey and Leto

Relativity's Robbie Brenner backed two movies in the year-end awards derby, "Out of the Furnace" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 7:20 PM
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Oscar Talk: Who's Ahead in the Oscar Race, Post-AFI FEST and the Governors Awards, Documentaries and Beyond

Kris Tapley and I get back into the Oscar race, covering the AFI FEST showings of "Out of the Furnace," "Saving Mr. Banks," and "Lone Survivor." We get into the documentary short list, the opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska," and how the top contenders worked the room at the Governors' Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2013 12:11 PM
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'Out of the Furnace,' Into the Reality of Ramapo Families

The feverish-but-satisfying drama “Out of the Furnace” is a fictional account of brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck) living in a Rust Belt Pennsylvania that’s dying for jobs. But certain aspects of the story may turn out to be troublingly nonfictional for writer/director Scott Cooper, whose movie might play fast and loose with geography, but bases its villains on very real people.
  • By John Anderson
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  • November 19, 2013 4:18 PM
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Awards Circuit: AFI FEST 'Out of the Furnace' Review, BAFTA Britannia Awards to Clooney & Elba, Thompson & Penn Sing 'Mary Poppins' (VIDEO)

Awards season is in full swing with the AFI Fest world premiere of "Out of the Furnace" (review), BAFTA Britannia awards for Clooney and Elba, Emma Thompson and Sean Penn singing the "Mary Poppins" songbook and more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2013 7:38 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings, World Premiere of Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

The American Film Institute (AFI) is adding more Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings. They include John Wells and Tracy Letts' Toronto title "August: Osage County" on November 8 and the world premiere of Peter Berg's war film "Lone Survivor" (November 12) as well as Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor" in 3-D on November 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Rome Film Festival Sets 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Her,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Another Me' as First Wave of Competition Lineup

The Rome Film Festival, running November 8-17, has announced the first four competition titles in its lineup: Isabel Coixet's "Another Me," Spike Jonze's "Her," Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club," and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 23, 2013 1:34 PM
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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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