Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace. Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker. For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Christian Bale. He talked about knowing when he has to do a project, his character in the film and his thoughts on what kind of movie it is, what it was like working for Terrence Malick and how Bale used gopros on set to film some of the movie himself, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Fresh off being named the Best Film of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a new clip from director David O. Russell’s American Hustle has been released online. The film takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption. The movie is really, really funny, and this clip comes from a scene in the first half of the pic that nicely showcases the big-dreaming characters played by Bale, Adams, and Cooper. Their performances are all great, but it’s Jennifer Lawrence and Louis C.K. who really steal the film.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Michael Pena, and Jack Huston. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th.
Some new images from two upcoming films have landed online. First up, we have a trio of new images from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster pic Pompeii. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) stars as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. These images give us or first look at Kiefer Sutherland as the film’s villain and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Harington’s friend. The film opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.
Additionally, fresh off the film being named the Best Picture of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a batch of new images from American Hustle have landed online. Director David O. Russell’s comedic drama takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption. These images highlight the pic’s lavish costumes, specifically those worn by Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th. Hit the jump to check out all of the images.
Christian Bale is having a pretty swell 2013 as the star of two fairly prestigious films, Out of the Furnace and American Hustle, but he also has a pair of highly anticipated Terrence Malick films on the horizon—or so we thought. In late 2011 and throughout 2012, the newly prolific Malick began production on two new films that were to be shot back-to-back, one focusing on the music industry (previously titled Lawless) and another taking place in Hollywood (Knight of Cups). Bale is the star of the latter and also shot scenes for the music film, but now the actor has revealed that he’ll probably be cut out of the untitled picture. Hit the jump for more, including a status update for both films.
Acclaimed writer and director Scott Cooper has long been drawn to the personal stories of people living on the margins of society. His new film, Out of the Furnace, takes audiences on a tragic yet inspiring journey into the heart of a fading American Dream where fate, family and loyalty drive an ordinary man to take heroic measures to fight for those he loves. Opening in theaters on December 6th, the film was shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania and features an impressive cast that includes Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.
At the film’s recent press day, Bale, Affleck, Harrelson, Saldana and Cooper revealed what appealed to them about the story and its characters, how shooting on location helped inform their performances, why it’s important to be cool and calm when playing an intense character, how trust is essential when a high level of physicality is involved, what Bale and Affleck did to create an authentic chemistry between their characters, what it was like for Cooper to bring the story to life with such a talented group of actors, and why he feels it’s important to be true to yourself and to your artistic world view. Hit the jump to read the interview.
A feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Stand has been in the works for quite some time, but as of yet no filmmaker has been able to crack the sprawling post-apocalyptic pic for Warner Bros. Harry Potter helmer David Yates initially flirted with the idea of directing the feature as his first post-Potter project, but he subsequently dropped out after admitting he couldn’t figure out how to turn the book into a satisfying film. Ben Affleck then came onboard to write and direct, and after he too admitted the adaptation was a tough nut to crack, he moved on in favor of focusing on Live by Night and playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman.
The project is now in the hands of Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper, and while promoting his second film Out of the Furnace, the filmmaker discussed his approach to the material with a fair amount of confidence and even addressed the notion of Christian Bale taking on a role in the eventual feature. Hit the jump to read on. [Update: That was fast. The Wrap now reports that Cooper has fallen off The Stand due to creative differences with the studio. Perhaps Warner Bros. wasn't keen on Cooper's no-soundstages approach?]
Though director David O. Russell is still feverishly working to finish the film, Sony Pictures has released a new TV spot for American Hustle. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. This new TV spot features some new footage from the film, and critics and Oscar pundits alike are itching to get a look at the pic given that Hustle is one of only two potential awards contenders that has yet to be seen (the other being The Wolf of Wall Street). Given the success of Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook at the Oscars last year, Hustle seems poised to make some waves—a fact we discussed on the latest Oscar-themed episode of The Collision.
Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and click here to watch the Lawrence-centric first clip. The film also stars Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Jones. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 19th.
One of the themes of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy capping The Dark Knight Rises was that Batman is a symbol that is bigger than any one person, and that theme manifested itself last week in the heartwarming story of BatKid. As part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the city of San Francisco rallied around a young boy suffering from Leukemia who wanted to be Batman for a day. The result was a wonderful bit of role playing in which BatKid got to save the day in front of hundreds of onlookers, thwarting evil bank robbing villains and working alongside his younger brother, who played Robin.
The new Batman Ben Affleck weighed in on the event on Twitter by calling Batkid “the best Batman ever,” and now Christian Bale has shared his thoughts on the matter, also revealing the advice he shared with Affleck about taking over the role for Batman vs. Superman. Hit the jump to read on.
New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online. Briefly:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos. The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
- Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck). The film opens on December 6th.
- Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals. The film opens on Christmas Day.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images.
Just in time for next week’s release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first Jennifer Lawrence-centered clip from director David O. Russell’s new film American Hustle has been released online. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s. In this clip, we see Lawrence’s character putting something in the microwave covered in aluminum foil, then railing against the new contraption to Christian Bale after it explodes and catches fire. Lawrence is unsurprisingly great in the clip, and many are eager to finally catch a glimpse of American Hustle given that Russell’s last film, Silver Linings Playbook, was a major awards season player and nabbed Lawrence her first Oscar.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, which contains NSFW language. The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Jones. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 18th.
Relativity has released a new trailer for writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama Out of the Furnace. The film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. The pic finally premiered at AFI Fest last week to a fairly positive if somewhat muted response, with many nothing that the pic is very, very dark. That’s completely fine by me, and I’m still very much impressed with everything we’ve seen thus far. This latest trailer has some bits of new footage scattered throughout, and it still seems to be driving home the film’s theme of familial bonds with regards to Bale and Affleck’s characters.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, and Forest Whitaker. Out of the Furnace opens in theaters December 6th.
In the last few months of covering this year’s awards race, it’s become very clear that the 2014 Oscars are going to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. Nowhere is this more clear than in the Best Actor category, which already seems to have congealed into a solid list of five extremely likely candidates with a number of others waiting in the wings to play the spoiler. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and the race starts to firm up, now seems like a good time to start taking a closer look at the individual categories in the 2014 Oscar race.
In today’s edition of Oscar Beat, we begin with the Best Actor category, which will see a couple of acting legends challenging the rise of McConaughey, powerful performances depicting historically important characters, Leo, and more. Read on after the jump.
Four new images have been released for Scott Cooper’s drama Out of the Furnace. The film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. The pic seems to be flying under the radar when it comes to awards prognostication. Perhaps that’s because of early buzz amongst Oscar bloggers (where’s Adam when you need him?!) or because the plot doesn’t reach for something as lofty as other contenders even thought it looks like a compelling character drama. Perhaps its awards fortunes will change when it premieres at AFI Fest later this month.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, and Forest Whitaker. Out of the Furnace opens in theaters December 6th.
The first clip from writer-director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace is now available. The movie centers on Russell Baze (Christian Bale) who goes in search of his missing brother when the police fail to follow through. This first clip shows Russell butting heads with Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson) in a foreboding scene, which also gives a brief look at Willem Dafoe’s John Petty.
Out of the Furnace also stars Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, check it out here. Hit the jump to watch the first clip from Out of the Furnace, due out in theaters December 6th.
We have a few new posters for you today. First up, it’s a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell‘s terrific-looking film, American Hustle. It doesn’t pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn’t hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man. Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D. I understand it’s trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period. It’s just pandering, and not doing it very well. Finally, there’s the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, “200 Years Later, He’s Still Alive”. Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. American Hustle opens December 18th, Nurse 3D opens February 7, 2014, and I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24, 2014.