Christian Bale Says He Had 'Fun Gaining the Weight’ for His Transformation in Vice

Christian Bale Says He Had 'Fun Gaining the Weight’ for His Transformation in Vice
Christian Bale had to pack on the pounds for his latest role as former Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice, but it wasn’t a tough ask.

“It was more fun gaining the weight than losing it,” the Oscar-winner, 44, told reporters at the film’s world premiere at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Thursday. Looking noticeably slimmer, Bale appeared to have already lost the weight for his next movie, Ford v. Ferrari.

But to gain the weight to look like Cheney, Bale previously said that he relied on a Thanksgiving favorite.

“I’ve just eaten a lot of pies, so far,
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Christian Bale Says Donald Trump Thought He Was Bruce Wayne in Real Life

Christian Bale Says Donald Trump Thought He Was Bruce Wayne in Real Life
Several years before he assumed the position of President of the United States, Donald Trump was just another wealthy businessman who happened to visit the set of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy ender “The Dark Knight Rises.” As Christian Bale remembers it, Trump spoke to him as if the actor actually was his character, Bruce Wayne, in real life. The brief meeting between the two men took place in 2011.

“I met him, one time. We were filming on ‘Batman’ in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come on up to the office,’” Bale told Variety on the red carpet at the world premiere of his new film, “Vice.” “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the
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Did Elseworlds Base Its Batman On The Dark Knight Trilogy’s Version?

Now that Batman has been confirmed to exist in the Arrowverse – and on both Earth-1 and Earth-38, no less – it’s mighty difficult to avoid imagining what he might look like in your head. Furthermore, pondering his history is something else that’ll no doubt pick at us long after the “Elseworlds” crossover ends.

Actually, we often wonder similar things about the path Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman has walked, but he’s much more tangible. Plus, there’s also the reality that even after being treated to a crap-ton of Easter eggs last night, the Caped Crusader is still unfortunately off limits for The CW.

As such, we’re forced to fill in blanks, and it’s not insane to think the producers used one of the more popular versions of the character for a blueprint. In fact, I’d go as far to say that if you’d like
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Is Elseworlds Connecting the Arrowverse to Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy?

Is Elseworlds Connecting the Arrowverse to Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy?
Could it be that the Arrowverse is actually connected to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy? That may sound a bit crazy upon first hearing it, but the Elseworlds crossover event, which is set to reach its conclusion tonight, may very well have planted the seeds for just such a truth. Whether or not this is something that is ever directly stated is another thing entirely, but there is one compelling piece of circumstantial evidence to give this theory at least a little weight.

Ahead of the debut of Elseworlds, The CW released some promo photos from the event and one of those images, in particular, caught the attention of DC fans. Specifically, an image of Bane's mask that looks suspiciously identical to the one that Tom Hardy's version of the character wore in The Dark Knight Rises. Even if it's just an Easter egg intended to make fans smile,
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Steven Soderbergh to Receive 2019 Founders Award at Slamdance Festival

Steven Soderbergh to Receive 2019 Founders Award at Slamdance Festival
Steven Soderbergh will be the 2019 recipient of the Founders Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, the festival announced Tuesday.

His latest film “High Flying Bird” will also receive a sneak preview at the festival taking place in Park City, Utah, between Jan. 25-31. Soderbergh will participate in a live discussion about the film with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter ahead of the preview.

The Founders Award is given to Slamdance alumnus who continue to represent the Slamdance organization and support the filmmaker community of Slamdance well into their careers. Christopher Nolan won the inaugural award in 2015, and “Avengers” directors Joe and Anthony Russo won the prize in 2018.

Also Read: Jordan Peele, Rosamund Pike, Steven Soderbergh Projects Announced for 2019 Sundance Indie Episodic, Shorts Slate

“‘Don’t ask for permission!’ That was Steven Soderbergh’s advice to us when Slamdance was getting started and it continues to be the core of our brand.
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‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sports Drama Sets Slamdance Premiere

‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sports Drama Sets Slamdance Premiere
Steven Soderbergh is returning to the Slamdance Film Festival — which debuted his documentary “And Everything is Going Fine” back in 2010 — to not only accept its 2019 Founders Award, but also to debut his latest feature, sports drama “High Flying Bird.” Soderbergh will be on hand at the January festival to receive the Founders Award, which is “given to a Slamdance alumnus who has continued to represent the Slamdance organization and support the filmmaker community of Slamdance well into their careers,” and has previously been bestowed on Christopher Nolan and Joe and Anthony Russo.

The prolific “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” filmmaker is slated to participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of the film, which Netflix picked up in September. The film was written by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and stars André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto,
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Slamdance Festival Selects Steven Soderbergh for Founders Award

Slamdance Festival Selects Steven Soderbergh for Founders Award
The Slamdance Film Festival has selected Steven Soderbergh for its 2019 Founders Award.

The award, first presented in 2015 to Christopher Nolan, is given to a Slamdance alumnus who has represented the Slamdance organization and supported the filmmaker community of Slamdance. It was awarded earlier this year to Joe and Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War”). Slamdance will be in its 25th year and the festival will run from Jan. 25 to 31.

Soderbergh will participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of his newest film, “High Flying Bird.” Soderbergh directed from a script by Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) with André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke starring in a story set during a pro basketball lockout. “High Flying Bird” will launch globally on Feb. 8 on Netflix.

“’Don’t ask for permission!’ That was Steven Soderbergh’s advice
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All hail the full Bale, from serious kid star to fearless adult force to be reckoned with

All hail the full Bale, from serious kid star to fearless adult force to be reckoned with
It’s been a mixed bag interviewing child and young teen stars. I remember one teenage actress throwing a hissy fit at her mother because she didn’t want to do the interview. Then there was a five-year girl who looked like a deer in the headlights. She only started to talk when I whipped out photos of my cat. And there was another time when I showed up to interview a teenage actress at her family house and felt like I walked into an episode of “The X-Files.” Of course, I have a wonderful memory with the late Anton Yelchin who was a sensitive old soul at the age of 12 when I interviewed him in 2001 for “Hearts in Atlantis.” I interviewed him one more time-the year before his tragic death and found he was just as sensitive and lovely.

And then there was Christian Bale.

I knew immediately watching
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Steven Soderbergh To Receive Slamdance’s Founders Award; ‘High Flying Bird’ Getting Sneak Preview

Steven Soderbergh To Receive Slamdance’s Founders Award; ‘High Flying Bird’ Getting Sneak Preview
The Slamdance Film Festival said Steven Soderbergh will receive the indie fest’s 2019 Founders Award, given to an alum who has continued to represent the Slamdance organization and support its filmmaker community well into their careers.

The award will be bestowed during the fest, which runs January 25-31 and will open with the world premiere of Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story. Soderbergh will participate in a Q&A with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter ahead of a sneak preview of his new film High Flying Bird, which bows on Netflix on February 8.

Previous Founders Award recipients include Christopher Nolan and this past year to Avengers writer-directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

High Flying Bird, penned by Oscar-winning Moonlight scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney, is set during a pro basketball lockout and follows a sports agent (Andre Holland) as he pitches a rookie basketball client (Melvin Gregg) on an intriguing and controversial business proposition.
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How ‘Elseworlds’ Sets Up Batwoman’s Solo TV Show

How ‘Elseworlds’ Sets Up Batwoman’s Solo TV Show
(Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Monday night’s episode of “Arrow”)

Viewers finally got to meet Ruby Rose’s Batwoman in Monday night’s “Arrow” episode, which also shows the first look at the “Arrowverse” version of Gotham City.

While the episode mostly sticks to the “Elseworlds” crossover plot, it does lay out some of the groundwork for the upcoming “Batwoman” solo TV show, though the hints of what’s to come are more subtle. “Nothing really that would stand out, but in hindsight, might resonate,” Caroline Dries, who co-wrote the episode and is spearheading the “Batwoman” project, told reporters during a Q&A session at The CW’s Burbank offices. “We created it with a bigger story in mind.”

In the episode, Arrow and The Flash (with Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell playing body-swapped versions of their characters), along with Supergirl, head to Gotham City to try
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New to Streaming: ‘Colette,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Tyrel,’ ‘The Lobster,’ ‘Lizzie’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Colette (Wash Westmoreland)

Keira Knightley is back in her beloved genre, the period piece, for Colette, and it looks to be one of her strongest roles. The story of the famous French author finds her trying to balance her newfound success, her exploration of her sexuality, and a marriage to her dominating husband Willy (Dominic West). Coming from Still Alice co-director Wash Westmoreland, whose husband and co-director Richard Glatzer passed away in 2015, Colette is now on VOD following a fall theatrical release and acclaim from Sundance.

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

Inception (Christopher Nolan)

Inception is an arthouse movie with blockbuster aspirations. Or perhaps it’s the other way around.
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Now that ‘Black Panther’ has made Globes history, could it slink into Oscar’s Best Picture race, too?

Now that ‘Black Panther’ has made Globes history, could it slink into Oscar’s Best Picture race, too?
Most Oscar mavens know that the reason the Academy Awards decided to expand the Best Picture category in 2009 was so it could accommodate between five and 10 nominees. The switch came about after the outcry of fans when “The Dark Knight,” 2008’s highest-grossing film and one of the year’s most acclaimed, didn’t make the cut. The first sequel in the “Batman” franchise directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale did win a posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger for his performance as the Joker as well as a trophy for sound editing — along with six other nods in technical categories.

But no comic-book adventure has yet been able to sneak into the main event, Best Picture.

A decade later, however, there is a slight glimmer of hope for superhero fans now that the Golden Globes have announced their nominations. That is because Ryan Coogler’s massively popular “Black Panther
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Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Score Golden Globes Nominations

Marvel had a great first day in the awards season race. The Golden Globes nominees have been announced and both Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came up big. Starting with Black Panther, Marvel's massive blockbuster has officially been nominated for three Golden Globe awards. Most importantly, in the Best Motion Picture - Drama category, which is something no other superhero movie has accomplished before. The studio has been campaigning hard to get Ryan Coogler's comic book adaptation a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards and now, it would appear that is one step closer to becoming a reality.

In the category, Black Panther will be going up against director Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Barry Jenkins' Moonlight follow-up If Beale Street Could Talk, and Bradley Cooper's hit directorial debut A Star Is Born. It is rather interesting that the Golden
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It’s Time for 2018’s Superheroes to Score Top Awards

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Each year, the same debate rages: Can a movie about superheroes be a legitimate contender for a best picture Academy Award nomination?

The answer, so far, has been a taunting laugh followed by a hard no. After all, as UCLA associate professor of sociology Gabriel Rossman — who worked with University of Arizona assistant professor of management and organizations Oliver Schilke to develop an algorithm that determines what they’ve dubbed a film’s “Oscar appeal” — puts it: the rules have routinely been that “you can sell popcorn or get Oscars” and cinema based on comics “are movies that sell popcorn.”

But the tides may slowly be changing. Blockbusters featuring superheroes that also tackle big social issues and more intimate and personal, yet universal, demons command the world’s attention. Director and co-writer Christopher Nolan’s 2008 Batman film “The Dark Knight,” a cinematic feat that also dealt with such topical issues as privacy and technology,
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Watch Tom Cruise's Impassioned PSA About the Dangers of Motion Smoothing

Watch Tom Cruise's Impassioned PSA About the Dangers of Motion Smoothing
Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are here to warn movie lovers about a danger they're very likely unaware of. In a newly posted video PSA, the duo behind Mission: Impossible - Fallout have teamed up once again to warn us about motion smoothing on modern HDTVs. This unfortunate and often default setting on TVs is something many people don't even know exists, but can make modern movies look terrible. Cruise and McQuarrie are here to help.

In the video, which was shared by Tom Cruise on Twitter, he explains that most TVs have something known as "Video interpolation," more commonly known as motion smoothing, which The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson once referred to as "liquid diarrhea.". It's also been dubbed the "soap opera effect," given that it makes HD, big-budget movies look a lot like cheaply made daytime soap operas. Christopher McQuarrie explains it like this in the PSA.
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New Elseworlds Photo Confirms Bane Exists In The Arrowverse

While we’ve seen that the Monitor, John Deegan and a black-suited Superman (possibly Superman Prime) will serve as the antagonists in the upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover, we’ll no doubt be treated to a variety of Easter eggs pertaining to other DC villains once we get the chance to visit Gotham City.

From the look of it, Cassandra Jean Amell’s Nora Fries will be our gateway to discovery. Aside from likely dropping hints to her onscreen husband, Victor Fries Aka Mr. Freeze, it appears as though she’ll browse some shelves in Arkham Asylum containing trinkets belonging to classic Batman villains.

In fact, at least one memento from a familiar brute was confirmed in the latest gallery of images promoting the three-night event, that being Bane. Seen below, Nora can be glimpsed checking out the mercenary’s mask – and the one sported by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises,
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Tom Cruise Explains Why HDTV ‘Motion Smoothing’ Is Terrible, Urges Movie Fans to Disable It

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Tom Cruise Explains Why HDTV ‘Motion Smoothing’ Is Terrible, Urges Movie Fans to Disable It
Tom Cruise has stepped up the fight against motion smoothing.

The star of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” was joined by the movie’s director, Chris McQuarrie, in a video posted Tuesday explaining what motion smoothing on high-definition TVs is, and why movie fans should turn it off.

Motion smoothing, aka “the soap opera effect” or video interpolation, is designed to reduce blur in high-motion video, like live sports. HDTVs that have the feature insert frames that didn’t exist in the source video to smooth out the action.

“The unfortunate side effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video, rather than on film,” Cruise explained in the video.

McQuarrie added, “If you own a modern high-definition television, there’s a good chance you’re not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended.” The message was timed to the release of Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” on Blu-ray on Tuesday.
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Tom Cruise Wants You to Turn Off Motion Smoothing

Kirsten Howard Dec 5, 2018

If your parents won't listen to you, maybe they'll pay attention to Maverick.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout duo Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie posted an urgent message on Twitter last night from the set of Top Gun 2. Some late casting news, perhaps? Had a wild-eyed Kenny Loggins turned up to set with a fishing rod and a chicken? No, something far more urgent needed to be addressed: motion smoothing. The default setting on your television that makes everything look like an episode of Guiding Light from the 1980s needs to go away for good, and Cruise and McQuarrie want to play their part.

“If you own a modern high-definition television, there’s a good chance you’re not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended, and the ability for you to do so is not simple to access," Cruise explained in the Public Service Announcement, before McQuarrie
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Tom Cruise Aims His Top Gun at a New Enemy: Motion Smoothing (Video)

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Tom Cruise Aims His Top Gun at a New Enemy: Motion Smoothing (Video)
Tom Cruise didn’t risk life and limb for you to see “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” on a TV that makes it look like a soap opera, and he wants to let you know that he’s fighting to change this.

In a new video posted from the set of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Cruise and “Fallout” director Christopher McQuarrie gave a public service announcement of sorts about “motion smoothing,” a setting on TVs that adds artificial frames to increase the frame rate of broadcasts to 60 frames per second. That’s great for sports broadcasts, but for movies, which are still framed at 24 frames per second, it makes it look like they are being played at 1.5x speed.

I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout (or any movie you love) at home. pic.twitter.com/oW2eTm1IUA

– Tom Cruise
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Timothée Chalamet Admits He 'Wept' After Seeing Interstellar Because His Part Was So Small

Timothée Chalamet Admits He 'Wept' After Seeing Interstellar Because His Part Was So Small
Even though Timothée Chalamet has become a big actor in recent months, he still has a history of small parts.

It’s part of the journey to success, certainly, but that doesn’t make it any less sad for the 22-year-old actor, who had a minor role in the 2014 blockbuster Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey.

In a conversation with fellow star Emma Stone, 30, for Variety’s Actors on Actors franchise, which will air on PBS in January, the Call Me By Your Name lead recalled his reaction to watching an early screening of Christopher Nolan’s film with the cast, which
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