BACKSTORY: Christian Bale Overdrive


AINTITCOOL: You want to hear the REALITY behind that clip? I know this because I happen to be somewhere where someone that was there that day and for the shoot is. And this person isn’t a publicist, nor are they invested in Bale’s career. They’re just someone that thinks it is absolute bullshit that this moment in Bale’s life is being aired and that the real story should get out there. The DP on TERMINATOR SALVATION, Shane Hurlbut, is a apparently a light tweaker. He’s a fairly young DP and likes to fiddle with his lights on set during action, which is a big “NO NO” on most productions unless worked out in advance with performers. But apparently Shane was a pretty unrepentant light tweaker. The scene in question, was a very emotional and tough scene between Christian Bale and Bryce Howard. A scene that required soul bearing and a deep level of immersive concentration. The sort of scene where everyone on set knows not to get in anyone’s eye lines, and definitely not to move lights around while FILMING. You lock that shit down before the scene starts. Bale had indeed warned the DP on multiple occasions about messing with lights while the cameras were rolling, and Bale was in the midst of a painful scene with Bryce, what was described to me as being the emotional center of the film and his character for the film. MORE


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slumdog_millionaire_1.jpgWIRED: It didn’t take long for Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel to go Hollywood. M. Night Shyamalan has cast the 18-year-old actor for his supernatural martial-arts movie The Last Airbender, which begins filming in Greenland next month.”Patel was already one of the guys I was interested in,” Shyamalan told Variety. “Then I saw Slumdog Millionaire, and the kid just grew in my eyes.” The movie is the first in a planned trilogy that Shyamalan is writing, directing and producing based on Emmy-winning animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Patel replaces actor/musician Jesse McCartney, who decided to skip Shyamalan’s martial-arts “boot camp” for the movie to do tour dates, according to Variety. MORE

AINTITCOOL: The great Aaron (not Alan) Sorkin, who first made his mark on cinema with “A Few Good Men,” has clooneytime_1.jpgscripted “The Challenge,” about a Navy lawyer representing Osama Bin Laden’s driver, who was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for five years. It’s based on Jonathan Mahler’s book The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power. Fans of “A Few Good Men” will recall the Tom Cruise/Jack Nicholson movie was about a Navy lawyer exposing dark deeds committed at Guantanamo Bay. George Clooney, whose prior big-screen directorial efforts include the excellent Charlie Kaufman-scripted “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” as well as “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Leatherheads,” wants to direct and play the lawyer, according to Tuesday morning’s Variety. MORE

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