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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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'The Dark Knight Rises': Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway talk 'End of a Legend' in Blu-ray featurette -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The finale to Christopher Nolan’s caped crusader triptych, The Dark Knight Rises, may be about redemption, but it’s also about endings. Finalizing Nolan’s trilogy, Christian Bale’s broken down Batman rises up from the depths, physically and emotionally, to defeat his own resignation and kick Tom Hardy’s evil Bane behind.

Check out this exclusive clip from the featurette The End of a Legend, one of the many extras included in the movie’s upcoming Blu-ray combo pack. The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download touch down on Dec. 4. Hardy, Anne Hathaway (Catwoman/Selina Kyle), Morgan Freeman (Fox), Michael Caine (Alfred), and Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon) sound off on working with Nolan. READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams to star in David O. Russell project

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The cast for an upcoming, as yet untitled dramatic project from Silver Linings Playbook writer-director David O. Russell is official, and it includes A-listers Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.

The trades had reported months ago that Bale had dropped out of the project, with Cooper taking on the true life role of a financial con artist. However, according to a press release from the upcoming film’s producers Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures, Bale will play the con artist, with Adams as his mistress and partner in crime. Cooper will play an out of control federal agent working with the pair “to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians,” according to the release. Renner will play the local hero and passionate but volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly, who is also the mayor of lower-income Camden. The film is tentatively set for release in late 2013, and will begin production on the East Coast in mid February.

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'The Dark Knight Rises' out on Blu-ray, DVD on Dec. 4 -- EXCLUSIVE

Holy smokes, Batman. The rumors, speculation and general chit-chat can be put to rest.

Christopher Nolan’s Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and digital download on Dec. 4, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced exclusively to EW.

The last film in Nolan’s dark, gritty Gotham City trilogy, starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Tom Hardy as brutal villain Bane, will also be available in a limited edition Blu-ray Bat Cowl collectible package — not quite in time for your Halloween costume, but there’s always next year.

The Blu-ray combo pack is stuffed with a bunch of extras, from a documentary about the Batmobile, where all five Batmobiles are together for the first time, to Ending the Knight, an in-depth look featuring about 17 featurettes at how Nolan and his production team made The Dark Knight Rises, from Batman vs. Bane to totally demolishing a city street. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include a featurette called The Journey of Bruce Wayne. There are also trailers and art galleries.

Check out these exclusive pics of the packaging and the cowl, below. READ FULL STORY

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