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See Christian Bale's 'Batman Begins' audition... opposite Amy Adams?

There are a lot of bat-goodies contained within the 90 minutes of new special features on Warner Bros.’s new Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. (Try saying that three times fast.) But this clip could very well be the collection’s coolest moment. It’s pre-Batman Christian Bale! Doing a screen test for Batman Begins! Wearing Val Kilmer’s old batsuit from Batman Forever. And acting opposite… Amy Adams! (Don’t get too glum thinking about what might have been, Katie Holmes haters — she was only there as a favor to the movie’s casting director.)

As the video proves, Bale’s rumbly batvoice was there from the very beginning — before the beginning, even. “He had decided that Batman had to have a different voice… that he had to put on a voice,” director/co-writer Christopher Nolan explains over footage of the screen test.

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Ultimate 'Dark Knight Trilogy' blu-ray: Christopher Nolan reflects on Batman's rebirth -- VIDEO

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A chapter has officially closed in the Batman mythology. Christian Bale retired the cowl, Ben Affleck now inherits the suit and will next fight Superman, and Christopher Nolan may be playing a diminished role in the hero’s future as Warner Bros. and DC Comics set the table for a Justice League movie. So it’s the perfect time to look back and celebrate what Bale and Nolan did with their Batman trilogy, resurrecting the character from neon-saturated camp after Joel Schumacher and George Clooney’s 1997 debacle, Batman & Robin. Beginning with Batman Begins in 2005 and punctuated by The Dark Knight in 2008, Nolan literally reinvented the superhero genre, planting a flawed hero in a recognizable physical and moral landscape that made room for ambiguity, political commentary, and literary subtext.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. puts a bow on its Dark Knight Trilogy with an Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set. There’s 90 minutes of new special features, including a conversation between Nolan and the godfather of superhero epics, Superman‘s Richard Donner, and a special featurette about the creation and the impact of the series. In an exclusive video from the latter video, titled “The Fire Rises,” Nolan explains his obvious-only-in-hindsight take on the material and how it took only 15 minutes to get a “Yes” from the Warner Bros brass. READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale: About that $50 million offer to play Batman...

Extra! Extra!! Christian Bale offered $50 million to play Batman again!

If you’ve scanned the superhero sites, you’ve inevitably read reports that Bale is being lured back to the Batcave with a $50 meeellion offer to square off against Henry Cavill’s Superman in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel. Fans of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Bale’s dark portrayal of the Caped Crusader immediately rejoiced, convincing themselves that Bale’s previous denials and his desire to pass the torch to another Batman could quickly be erased by cold hard cash. Perhaps that will eventually be the case. But not today.

The recent online buzz erupted after the British Sun newspaper reported that “Bale is facing extraordinary pressure” to return to the character for a huge payday. The Sun‘s sources, however, aren’t exactly Warner Bros. insiders or members of Bale’s inner circle. Instead, the tabloid was blindly relying on a new ebook titled Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma. It’s a 27-page mini-book from an author named Vincent Russel, who’s also written an unauthorized biography of WWE superstar CM Punk.
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'American Hustle' trailer has Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale looking straight out of the 1970s

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There’s your typical Oscar-hopeful December release, and then there’s American Hustle, David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s Silver Linings Playbook.

It’s a reunion of sorts as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro once again partner with director Russell, this time joined by Russell’s The Fighter heavyweights Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The 1970s-set picture will focus on the true story of Abscam, a famous FBI sting operation. The story centers around a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with a rogue federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on mobsters and politicians. “Everyone is playing someone they’ve never played before,” Russell explained on Good Morning America this morning. “…The economy, like it is today, was in a tough place,and people very eager if not desperate to make something happen, and when people are like that lots of crazy things can happen.”

Check out the trailer — full of ’70s hairdos (Cooper’s got a perm!) and featuring Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” — below: READ FULL STORY

'Out of the Furnace' trailer puts Christian Bale into the fire -- VIDEO

The new trailer for Out of the Furnace drops us into the life of Russell Baze (Christian Bale): He works, he has a great girlfriend (Zoe Saldana), and he takes care of his sick father. A family man, Russell is thrilled when his brother (Casey Affleck) returns from active duty.

But his bro gets mixed up in a crime ring and goes missing, and Russell’s life quickly unravels. He must confront the leader of the gang, Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), and demand that his brother be set free.

Watch the action unfold, with shots of the film’s other stars, including Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe, as Russell goes on a desperate hunt to save his brother and put his life back together, all to the tune of Pearl Jam’s “Release.”
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Christian Bale in 'Out of the Furnace': See the poster and photos here

In Out of the Furnace (in theaters Nov. 27), Christian Bale plays Russell, an ex-con who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a crime ring led by a ruthless boss (Woody Harrelson). Co-written and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), the drama focuses on the hardships of life in the Rust Belt town of Braddock, Pa. — and on the family bonds that drive Russell to avenge his brother despite the protests of his girlfriend (Zoë Saldana). “It seemed uplifting and tragic at the same time,” says Bale of his character’s arc in the film. “In the midst of this crumbling town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, which people were deserting, [Russell] was somebody who was staying, and also staying with principles and loyalty that defined his life, regardless of the consequences. And therefore a very memorable individual.”

According to Cooper, Bale’s character’s struggle is symbolic of American life during the recession. “Through his faith and the support of his family and community and through his resolve, he emerges a stronger man,” he says. “Much like America has after coming through these last five or six difficult years.” The director is especially proud of bringing a spotlight to a part of the country that isn’t represented onscreen very often. “Many people refer to it pejoratively as ‘flyover states.’ But I have a real fondness for those people who live in the heartland of America, and I like to see their stories onscreen.”

Check out the exclusive poster for Out of the Furnace below, plus two more exclusive images: Bale, Saldana and Cooper setting up a scene on set, and Affleck shooting a fight scene.
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'Dark Knight Trilogy' sets Blu-ray release date

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Christian Bale might be finished with the role of Batman, but fans can see him as Gotham’s protector once again when Warner Bros. releases The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray on Sept. 24. Not only will Bat-geeks get to re-watch the caped crusader’s epic battles against Scarecrow, Ra’s al-Gul, the Joker, Two-Face, and Bane, but the six-disc set will feature two new featurettes.

Click below for Warner Bros.’ descriptions of the bonus features:
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Christian Bale says he won't be Batman in 'Justice League' movie

We already knew that Christian Bale probably wasn’t going to show up as Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie, the Avengers-style supergroup of DC heroes. First, Bale said that he wouldn’t do another Batman movie unless Christopher Nolan opted for a fourth Dark Knight chapter, which Nolan says isn’t happening. Then Man of Steel and Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer confirmed that the Justice League’s Batman would be a rebooted character. So that pretty much closed the book.

Still, with news like this, sometimes you just have to hear it from the man himself.
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Casting Net: Christian Bale in early talks to play Moses; Plus, Vincent D'Onofrio, Greg Kinnear, more

• Christian Bale may be joining a long line of Moseses, a list that includes Sir Ben Kingsley, Mel Brooks, Burt Lancaster, and Charlton Heston. According to a report, Ridley Scott is developing the Fox Moses movie Exodus, which is currently undergoing a rewrite by Moneyball co-writer Steve Zaillian. Bale is in very early talks to star. Scott hopes to begin work on the film as soon as he wraps The Counselor with Brad Pitt. Warner Bros. also has a Moses project in the works — Steven Spielberg was attached to direct Gods And Kings but recently dropped out of the project. They’re reportedly trying to get Ang Lee to sign on as a replacement. [Deadline]

• Vincent D’Onofrio, who will always be Dawson from Adventures in Babysitting to us, is set to play Robert Downey Jr.’s brother in David Dobkin‘s The Judge. We reported earlier this week that Robert Duvall had signed on to play their father. D’Onofrio has a slew of projects in the works including the cracked-out-but-still-awesome-sounding Pawn Shop Chronicles with Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood, Paul Walker, and Ashlee Simpson. [THR]

• Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) and Josh Lawson (The Campaign) have joined the star-studded cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. There’s no word yet on what their roles might be, but we can probably assume that Kinnear will take the anchor’s desk once more. Anyone else hope he’s going to poke fun at his past life on Talk Soup? [Deadline]

• Underworld franchise star Kate Beckinsale is in talks to join Brad Anderson‘s (The Call) Eliza Graves, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether. [THR]

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Casting Net: Christian Bale in talks for 'Everest'; Plus Jennifer Lawrence and Jason Clarke

• Christian Bale is in talks to star in Baltasar Kormákur‘s (The Deep) Everest. Based on the harrowing ordeal of a group of climbers in 1996 famously documented in Jon Krakauer‘s book Into Thin Air, Everest will source from a variety of books and first-person interviews. Filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears also made a famous Frontline documentary about the tragic climb that claimed eight lives, that included footage from the storm and interviews with survivors.  [Deadline]

 Bale’s Dark Knight Rises co-star Tom Hardy is still attached to play Sir George Mallory in the Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity)-directed adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths of Glory, which EW reported in August. Mallory attempted the Everest climb three times in the early 1920s, and disappeared during the 1924 expedition. This project is currently called Everest as well. Anyone up for a Bane/Batman fight to see who get’s that title? [Deadline]

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