Before Michael Fassbender was cast as Steve Jobs, the biopic went down a long and complicated road in pre-production. Directors (including David Fincher) were offered the job and passed. Actors (Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, among them) were offered the title role and passed. With an Aaron Sorkin script we now know is very, very good, it’s surprising that so many talented people declined to participate in the movie. But, we now have an idea why these people decided to pass on Steve Jobs and it has nothing to do with the quality of the film.
Adam McKay’s best known as the director of Will Ferrell comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers. His films tend to be weird, bizarre, and silly. But his 2010 buddy cop comedy The Other Guys ended on a note that was more outraged than outrageous: Animated infographic closing credits that outlined the reasons and details of the 2008 economic collapse (which was the background of the case investigated in the film by Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s characters).
Michael Mann has been developing his Enzo Ferrari biopic for about 15 years — in the meantime, he’s directed films like Collateral, Miami Vice and the recent Blackhat. But now it looks like Mann is finally gearing up to commit to the Ferrari project, with Christian Bale in the driver’s seat as the iconic racer and entrepreneur.
Last year, Christian Bale signed on to headline The Deep Blue Good-by, reuniting him with 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten an update on the project, but today’s latest news puts The Deep Blue Good-by on our must-see list: Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike has joined the cast, and after watching her go toe-to-toe with Ben Affleck, we’re excited to watch what happens when she’s acting opposite Bale.
When you think of Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling, you don’t exactly think of high comedy—does Christian Bale even smile?—yet, the three have signed on to star in ‘The Big Short’, a new film based on a script by ‘Anchorman’ and ‘Step Brothers’ director Adam McKay, who may also direct. Before you get too excited at the prospect of stone-faced Method actors Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling co-starring in a goofy comedy, spoiler alert: it’s not a comedy.
From ‘The Dark Knight’ to ‘Knight of Cups’: The first trailer for director Terrence Malick’s latest film has arrived and it’s ... super Terrence Malick-y. Shots of beaches! People walking slowly! Solemn voiceover narration! Other people walking slowly—on beaches! I was one glimpse of Christian Bale running his hand through a field of thistle from winning Terrence Malick Bingo!
The controversy over the mostly white casting of Ridley Scott’s new Biblical epic ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ continues to draw controversy, mostly because Scott himself continues to say controversial things. Last month, when asked by Variety why he chose to fill the parts of Middle-Eastern characters with the likes of white men like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, Scott explained that he couldn’t “mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such.”
You could comfortably bake several loaves of bread—plus a cake or two—in the time it takes to get through ‘Exodus.’ This film does run an hour shorter than Cecil B. DeMille’s famous version of ‘The Ten Commandments’ from 1956, but at times it feels just as long; maybe longer.
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If you were actually spending time with your families yesterday during the Thanksgiving holiday instead of watching football, chances are you didn’t see this new, 90-second TV spot for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings.’ The latest extended peek at the film is battle-heavy, promising that Ridley Scott’s biblical epic intends to deliver on more than just a little brotherly melodrama.