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Christian Bale

Christian Bale
Actor Christian Bale made his critically acclaimed film debut in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

His breakout role came in 2000 with "American Psycho." Bale played a yuppie serial killer.

Bale is known for his ability to completely transform his body for a role. He lost about 60 pounds to play the lead role in 2004's "The Machinist," and then immediately bulked up for 2005's "Batman Begins."

Off-screen, Bale has become known for his temper. In 2008, he faced assault allegations from his mother and sister. The charges were dropped. Then in 2009, an audio clip from the set of "Terminator Salvation" surfaced, featuring a profanity-laced outburst from Bale.
Actor Christian Bale made his critically acclaimed film debut in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

His breakout role came in 2000 with "American Psycho." Bale played a yuppie serial killer.

Bale is known for his ability to completely transform his body for a role. He lost about 60 pounds to play the lead role in 2004's "The Machinist," and then immediately bulked up for 2005's "Batman Begins."

Off-screen, Bale has become known for his temper. In 2008, he faced assault allegations from his mother and sister. The charges were dropped. Then in 2009, an audio clip from the set of "Terminator Salvation" surfaced, featuring a profanity-laced outburst from Bale.
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  • Film Review: 'Birdman' flies high with stellar performances

    Film Review: 'Birdman' flies high with stellar performances
    I’ve spent much of my life as an editor, so let me get something off my chest. It’s hard to know which elements of the title of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s new film are his work and which come from some graphic designer. The ads call it “BiRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” The press kit ignores the parentheses and is inconsistent with the status of the “i” in “BiRDMAN.” Worst of all, if there has to be a subtitle, there’s no way the word “or” should be outside the parentheses, if the parentheses are appropriate at all (which they’re not.)
  • Warner Bros. signals to Batman fans for 75th anniversary

    Warner Bros. signals to Batman fans for 75th anniversary
    It was back in 1989 that Jack Nicholson, his face frozen into a permanent, monstrous grin as the Joker, marveled at the escape of his arch-nemesis Batman and wondered, “Where does he get all those wonderful toys?” With the release of that...

    Film Review: Grim 'Furnace' is out of original ideas

    Film Review: Grim 'Furnace' is out of original ideas
    Writer/director Scott Cooper made his feature debut four years ago with “Crazy Heart,” a hubris-downfall-redemption story that won Jeff Bridges the best actor Oscar he deserved for numerous earlier roles. Like its predecessor, Cooper's new...

    Film Review: 'American Hustle' is a pitch-perfect distillation of the '70s

    Film Review: 'American Hustle' is a pitch-perfect distillation of the '70s
    Writer/director David O. Russell has a knack for preserving his very offbeat voice, even in his higher-budget Hollywood endeavors. This is a guy whose first film, “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), was a sort-of-comedy about mother/son incest,...

    DVD review: Holy excess marketing, Batman

    DVD review: Holy excess marketing, Batman
    If you saw "The Dark Knight Rises" in the theater, you already know whether (like me) you are a fan of the third installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Even if you didn't see it, you probably have an inkling of whether you'll want to buy it on...