First KNIGHT OF CUPS Trailer Reveals Terrence Malick’s Hollywood-Set Drama Starring Christian Bale

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If you’re a fan of Terrence Malick, today is a very good day.  Earlier we learned that one of Malick’s films that he shot in 2012, Knight of Cups, is poised to debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February followed by a theatrical release later in 2015, and now the first Knight of Cups trailer has landed online.  The poetic, lyrical nature of Malick is on full display here, but this looks to be a much more hypnotic and chaotic film than his subdued, Oklahoma-set To the WonderChristian Bale leads a stellar cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, and Brian Dennehy, and the Hollywood-set story marks a pretty major change of location for Malick, whose past two features have followed the lives of people living in the south/Midwest.  And it goes without saying that Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is simply spectacular.  The slot for my most anticipated film of 2015 has now been filled.

Check out the first Knight of Cups trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and the voice of Ben Kingsley and will be released in theaters sometime next year.

Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS to Premiere at Berlin Film Festival

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And just like that, we have a new Terrence Malick film set to debut in 2015.  The notoriously private director shot two films back-to-back in 2012, Knight of Cups and a currently untitled feature that was previously named Lawless, but given the fact that Malick spends years in the editing room, there was no telling when we’d see either of them.  After rumors of a 2014 debut turned out to be false, we now have official confirmation on when at least one of them will be released, as the Berlin Film Festival announced its initial lineup today and Knight of Cups is on the roster.  A number of actors shot roles for the film, but the Berlin description confirms that at least Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman made the final cut.  More on Knight of Cups after the jump.

Ridley Scott, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul Talk About Bringing EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS To Life

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2015 is going to be a big year at Collider.  Behind-the-scenes I’ve been working on a number of things that will make the site an even better place to get your news, reviews and interviews.  I can’t wait to launch all the cool upgrades and reveal what I’ve been doing.

While you’ll have to wait for most of that to take effect, we are launching one of the upgrades today.  As most of you know, when we interview people at press junkets, we run the full interview.  While we’re going to continue offering that option, we’re also going to offer highlights from all the interviews in one video and mix in footage and graphics.  Curious about what I mean?  Then hit the jump to see Ridley ScottChristian BaleJoel Edgerton and Aaron Paul talk about bringing Exodus: Gods and Kings to life.

Ridley Scott and Christian Bale Talk EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the 4-Hour First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Camel Poop, and More

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As most of you know, Exodus: Gods and Kings is Ridley Scott’s take on the Biblical story of Moses with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer.

Last week at the big press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Ridley Scott and Christian Bale.  They talked about why they wanted to tell this story, the 4-hour long first cut, how the Blu-ray will have 25 minutes of deleted scenes, memorable moments from the set including Bale’s experience with camel poop and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Exodus: Gods and Kings is currently playing in select markets around the world and is due to open in North America this weekend.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Review

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Set aside biblical accuracy and historical accuracy.  Ridley Scott‘s Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t need to be a chapter-and-verse retelling of the Book of Exodus nor does the movie need to back everything up with empirical evidence.  It just needs to tell a compelling story, and it fails miserably.  The Exodus story is a rich narrative filled with betrayal, discovery, destiny, and freedom.  All of these aspects technically exist in Scott’s film, but in the most perfunctory manner possible.  The director couldn’t care less about exploring these emotions and themes in a meaningful way, and it’s only in his desire for big set pieces that he inadvertently stumbles upon the curious viewpoint of seeing the Exodus story as one driven primarily by violence.  The movie is a “biblical epic” not in that it reaches for some grand theme or is willing to consider the role of the divine.  It’s a biblical epic because it’s based off a Bible story and cost a lot of money, and it’s more enthusiastic about letting you know the latter than the former.

Christian Bale Weighs in on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Ending

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While filmmaker Christopher Nolan has a reputation for coming up with complex, “mind-blowing” stories despite the fact that, truthfully speaking, none of his films are really all that hard to follow, he certainly does have a knack for crafting endings that leave the audience talking.  Whether folks are sorting out a final reveal, debating over whether a top was or wasn’t spinning, or excitedly discussing the possibility of a new Joker in a potential sequel, those leaving a Christopher Nolan film aren’t likely to simply shrug their shoulders and turn their attention to deciding where they’re going to eat for dinner.

One of Nolan’s much-discussed endings is, of course, the conclusion to The Dark Knight Rises.  People had plenty of theories about how Nolan was going to close out his Batman trilogy, and he came up with a slightly ambiguous yet also predictable way of tidying up the story.  Regardless, there’s still some debate about what did and didn’t happen, and in a recent interview star Christian Bale weighed in with what he thinks The Dark Knight Rises ending means.  Read on after the jump.

Watch 3 Clips and 17 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

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20th Century Fox has released three clips and nearly 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.  The film is, of course, Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  If nothing else, the film certainly looks to be visually impressive, as Scott returns to the scale of his previous period epics like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven.

Check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings clips and behind-the-scenes footage after the jump.  The film also stars John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters in 3D and 2D on December 12th.

Thanksgiving Trailer for EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Is Undeniably Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Thanksgiving trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings to try and pull you out of that turkey coma.  The film is director Ridley Scott’s take on the Biblical story of Moses, and while the lack of diversity in the casting (and Scott’s doubling down on his choices) is troubling, there’s no denying that this new trailer is positively epic.  Scott has made an absolutely massive film here; one that harkens brings to mind the scale of Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator.  The visuals continue to be kind of spectacular, so now the question is whether Scott can bring something new to the table emotionally for this age-old story.

Check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer after the jump.  The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben KingsleyExodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters in 3D and 2D on December 12th.

Christian Bale Gets Romantic and Joel Edgerton Gets Angry in 2 New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clips; Plus New Featurette

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20th Century Fox just released a brand new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette in which director Ridley Scott states the obvious, that his latest is epic in scale, but the studio also just unveiled two new clips that offer up a taste of some of the quieter, more intimate moments of the film.  The first gives us our first good look at Maria Valverde’s Zipporah as she runs through what makes Moses (Christian Bale) happy – while her bracelets jingle incessantly – and then the second shows what happens when you lie to Ramses (Joel Edgerton).

They’re both quality clips, but I also can’t say there’s anything particularly mind-blowing about them that’ll have you eager to see the film as soon as it comes out.  Hit the jump to check out both Exodus: Gods and Kings clips as well as that aforementioned featurette.  The film hits theaters on December 5th and also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.

Joel Edgerton Rides into Battle in New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clip

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The marketing campaign for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings has delivered loads of stunning imagery, but it’s tough to assess the film’s potential based on pretty pictures and quick-cutting trailers alone.  I thought that might change after seeing a clip from the film, but the big takeaway from the one that just dropped isn’t the tone or the dynamic between Christian Bale’s Moses and Joel Edgerton’s Ramses, but rather the incredible mid-battle imagery, especially those aerial shots of Ramses’ army about to pummel the enemy with an onslaught horse-drawn chariots.  It’s also a frustratingly brilliant move to have the piece end so abruptly.  It certainly left me eager to find out what goes down after the clip wraps up.

Hit the jump to check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings clip.  The film arrives in theaters in 3D on December 5th and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Featurette Has Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Extolling the Virtues of Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette online.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and chronicles what happens when Moses rises up and leads the slaves out of Egypt.  In this featurette, Bale and Edgerton relate anecdotes from the set and explain why they admire director Ridley Scott, but I’m still struggling to get excited for this movie.  Edgerton can talk about how the battles are about “ethics”, but it looks like they’re really about a big visual effects budget.  This movie seems to be a biblical epic removed from the Bible.  It’s like Scott wants to seize on the grand themes of the story but not mention God or Jews or anything that might make people uncomfortable.  I understand that perhaps they’re hiding the religious aspects from the marketing, but all I’m seeing now are archetypes and set pieces.  Hopefully, the finished film has more to offer.

Hit the jump to check out the Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette.  The film opens in 3D on December 5th, and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.

Christian Bale Drops Out of Steve Jobs Biopic

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Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic has lost its star once again.  A couple of months ago, Leonardo DiCaprio was being eyed to take on the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs in Sony’s Aaron Sorkin-scripted feature.  While it took the studio a while to find a director (David Fincher briefly flirted with the gig), they finally signed Danny Boyle to the project, and it was looking like a reteaming with his The Beach star was in the cards.  DiCaprio never entered formal negotiations to take on the part, and he subsequently left the project, deciding that it would be cutting it too close to finish working on the drama The Revenant and move right into the ambitious role of Steve Jobs.  Quickly, though, the part came back around to Christian Bale, who was previously Fincher’s choice for the part.

Just over a week ago, Sorkin “confirmed” Bale’s casting and noted that the actor was going to crush the role.  Unfortunately, Bale has now decided to back out of the project as well.  More after the jump.

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Go Head-to-Head in Latest EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Posters

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Come December 5th, Christian Bale’s Moses and Joel Edgerton’ Ramses will go head-to-head in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, and these latest posters for the film really play up the conflicting tactics of the two.  Even though they grew up together, almost like brothers, Ramses is the one who’s born to rule Egypt whereas Moses is destined to lead 600,000 slaves out of the region.

Similar to just about every single promo we’ve seen from the film thus far, including the first set of posters, the visuals here are bold and striking, but we’ve still got a little over a month to go until we find out if the heavy eyeliner and flashy armor translate into a worthy retelling of the story – although I am very hopeful Scott pulled it off.  Hit the jump to check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings posters.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.

Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs in Untitled Biopic; “He’s Gonna Crush It”

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Last week, we reported that Christian Bale was in talks to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Danny Boyle‘s untitled Steve Jobs movie.  Written by Aaron Sorkin, the script will drastically differ from not only 2013′s Jobs, but all other biopics as the movie is only three scenes, all of which take place backstage before a famous Apple product launch.

In an interview with Bloomberg [via Variety], Sorkin has confirmed that Bale will play Jobs.  “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” he said. “It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.”  Sorkin also says, “There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in.”  I like the part about having more words in this movie than in three movies combined because it implies only Bale has the power to master Sorkin’s verbosity.  I assume in this movie, Jobs is the cleverest, funniest, sharpest, and most erudite person on the planet.  Hit the jump to watch Sorkin’s interview with Bloomberg.

Christian Bale in Talks to Play Steve Jobs for Director Danny Boyle; Will Delay DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY

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It appears that the first actor that was mentioned in connection with Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic may be the one that comes away with the role.  David Fincher was initially flirting with the idea of reteaming with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on the project, but the filmmaker would reportedly only sign on if Christian Bale played the genius innovator.  Fincher’s deal with Sony never materialized and he walked away from the project, with Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle subsequently signing on to direct.  Another reteaming started to bubble as Leonardo DiCaprio considered signing on to the project, but we recently learned that he opted to depart due to the short amount of time he would have to prepare after wrapping The Revenant.

While names like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were mentioned as possible replacements, things have come full circle as Bale is currently in negotiations to take on the role.  More after the jump.

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