August 28, 2015
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Spotlight on the Stars: Christian Bale

For this week’s brand new spotlight piece (after taking a week off), I wanted to cite an A-lister who is known as one of the most deeply committed actors of his generation. Yes, it’s Christian Bale, an Academy Award winner who just overflows with talent. Once considered an incredibly snubbed actor who never quite captured Oscar’s attention, he’s since moved on to a much more respected part of his career, while also stepping effortlessly between blockbusters and independent fare. At this point, he’s almost a favorite of the voters and a multiple time nominee. As such, he’s someone I’d wanted to shine the spotlight on for some time, I’ve just been waiting for the right moment…
Bale got started briefly as a teenager in television movies, but for most, the first real exposure to him came in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, as well as a few years later in the musical Newsies. Throw in his voice work in the Disney flick Pocahontas and he was making his first bones with what often was family friendly entertainment. That would change in a hurry, but his beginnings were much more mainstream than where he would go from there. He first teased at a more mature future with Velvet Goldmine, but it would be a certain book adaptation that really showed how extreme he could go.
American Psycho is not only one of his more out there roles, it’s also one of his best performances to date. He was able to take author Bret Easton Ellis’ character Patrick Bateman and find the theatrical quality in him. It’s both a gonzo and very restrained performance, which is hard to do. Bale really nailed it, and it got the attention of Hollywood. He would no longer be an up and comer…he’d be a star in the making. Roles in bigger films like Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Equilibrium, Laurel Canyon, Reign of Fire, and Shaft followed, though many of those still had that independent spirit he gravitated to.
Bale next wowed people with a physical transformation for his part in The Machinist. He lost a disturbing amount of weight, giving an already strong performance an extra layer of power. It was impossible not to look at him and feel the agony of what the weight loss must have been like, which in turn makes the insomnia that the character is suffering feel all the more troubling. It’s […]

Brad Pitt, Sean Penn film ‘Tree of Life’ previewed, fest bow rumor

HollywoodNews.com: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” has apparently been seen by an internet blogger from the Home Theatre Forum website.
Meanwhile, there is also random speculation by the Austin Chronicle, that the Austin-based Malick might unveil “Tree of Life” at Fantastic Fest in September. The event hosted the world premiere of “There Will Be Blood” in 2007.
Jeffrey Wells as well as Filmstage.com picked up the blogger’s comments.
Apparently, per the blogger, “Tree of Life” is three hours long which comes as no surprise – it’s a Malick epic. There is also talk that there might be two cuts of the film, similar to what Malick did with “The New World.” The blogger is under the impression that the film will be released in October, but that information has yet to be revealed by the film’s distributor Apparition. “Tree of Life” was suppose to be shown to the New York Film Festival selection committee, but was pulled away.
Filmstage.com reposts the random blogger’s general comments:
“Saw Tree of Life the other night at work and it really is amazing or hypnotic, more like. I won’t give anything away here, but yes, it is long and there has already been talk in the news about Malick releasing it and then re-cutting it, and then re-releasing it, etc.
“The main bulk of the film is about [Sean Penn’s character’s] childhood, growing up in Texas (reels 3-7 out of 9!). The “creation” footage is outstanding, absolutely jawdropping, and does indeed feel like 2001 – a lot of the effects are practical and your eyes can see that, which makes it really fascinating to watch. I don’t have a problem with the creation footage being connected to his boyhood. Most boys love dinosaurs, after all, so that’s how I looked at it.
“The story is framed around the death of his middle brother (in Korea?? We never know) and is a reflection on the circle of life, the evolution of life out of the mess of the Big Bang, but also about life itself (the strained relationship with his severe father, a stunning performance by Brad Pitt, just stunning), and the end of the Universe. I still haven’t given anything away that hasn’t already been said in the press. The film just has to be seen to be believed! One feels like a child again, seeing the world through young wide eyes.”

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Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz hop on Terrence Malick film

HollywoodNews.com: Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz are coming aboard Terrence Malick’s untitled romantic drama.
The feature already stars Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko.
Per The Wrap and Digital Spy, Affleck is filling in for Christian Bale who departed from the role.
Malick’s next feature is “The Tree of Life” from Apparition. That film, which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, is expected to unspool this award season; however, no definite date has been marked on the calendar.
In his 35 years as a critically acclaimed director, Malick has only directed four other features including “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The New World.”
Affleck’s next film, which he starred in and directed, is “The Town” due out on September 10.
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