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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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    One of the first of many biblical-themed movies to flood the box office in 2014, Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is on track for a $35 million-plus Stateside opening later this month. Insiders predict that the drama could gross upwards of $40 million when it...
  • New releases: Disney's Oscar-winning heartwarmer 'Frozen'

    Frozen Disney/Buena Vista, $29.99; Blu-ray, $44.99 Available on VOD beginning March 18 Disney's clever, heartwarming Rapunzel riff "Tangled" was a surprise smash back in 2010, setting the stage for last year's billon-dollar-grossing, multi-Oscar-...
  • A Letter to Mark Burnett: Faith-Based Films Vs. Culture Wars

    Memo to: Mark Burnett Apparently you are not content just to be television's most prolific producer, Mark, so you have now committed yourself to a new career as a film producer -- one with a specific mission. You want Hollywood to give God a comeback....
  • Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor/Actress

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR JUSTIN CHANG: Bonjour, Peter. I know you're still settling into your new Parisian digs as we speak (I'm picturing you at your laptop in an "I Louvre Paris" T-shirt with a cafe au lait at the ready), so I appreciate your taking the...
  • Gary Oldman's Lesson For Actors: Talk About the Movie!

    In the midst of his inflammatory remarks to Playboy and his subsequent apology tour that included "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Gary Oldman actually stumbled upon an inherent truth, and a helpful lesson to actors. Translated into Bill Clinton campaign terms, it...
  • Batman Exhibit at Warner Bros. Puts Spotlight on Dark Knight Movies

    Batman may not show up on the big screen again until 2016, but that isn't preventing Warner Bros. from promoting the Caped Crusader on film. As the studio and DC Comics celebrate the iconic comicbook character's 75th anniversary this year, the Warner...
  • 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...
  • Academy invitees: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' beat 'Hustle' again

    Academy invitees: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' beat 'Hustle' again
    Nearly four months after the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" won the top prize at the Oscars and the outer space survival adventure "Gravity" collected an evening-best seven statuettes, the two films once again find themselves at the top of the heap...
  • Freddy Rodriguez works 'The Night Shift'

    Freddy Rodriguez works 'The Night Shift'
    On the whole, actor Freddy Rodriguez doesn't have much in common with basketball star LeBron James. But Rodriguez, a Bucktown native, points to one important similarity: At a young age, he, too, faced the potentially life-changing decision of whether to...
  • A badly jumbled 'Moment' gets lost in a woman's mind

    A badly jumbled 'Moment' gets lost in a woman's mind
    "The Moment" is a psychological thriller more muddled than the mind and the maze it is caught up in. Director Jane Weinstock, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gloria Norris, is deconstructing a series of traumas that have left one woman catatonic and...
  • Errant thoughts on Oscar's best picture nominees

    Errant thoughts on Oscar's best picture nominees
    This year’s nine Academy Award nominees for best picture are exceptional films that envelope audiences with great acting, unusual story lines and distinctive cinematography. But who among us can say they have been so captivated by a great movie that...