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Christian Bale Drops Out of Film for Odd Reason

He was reportedly concerned over weight gain required to play Ferrari

(Newser) - Christian Bale has dropped out of a film, and sources say it's because he couldn't gain weight fast enough. Bale was due to star in Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari movie, a biopic of the titular character set in 1957, but has left the production over, officially, health... More »

Hollywood's 6 Most Overpaid Actors

Mordecai was maybe not such a great idea

(Newser) - Hollywood's leading men command huge paychecks to star in would-be blockbusters. But some are "established male leads who charge top dollar but don’t always deliver at the ticket booth," and Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors on Tuesday. It's based... More »

Big Short Makes a Tragedy Funny

And that's a tall order, say critics

(Newser) - A film about the players involved in the 2008 financial crisis might sound like a bore, even with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, and—oddly—Selena Gomez, along for the ride. However, The Big Short, a nominee for the best picture Golden Globe, is anything but. Here'... More »

7 Celebs Who Aren't Nice to Work With

From Katie Couric to Gwyneth Paltrow

(Newser) - For every celebrity who throws a lavish party for the people they work with, there's a diva who throws temper tantrums instead. Below are seven famous folks who've gained a reputation for being difficult to work with:
  • Katie Couric: The talk show host is reportedly trying to return
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Sony Leak Reveal: Channing Tatum Writes Great Email

And female 'American Hustle' stars paid less than males

(Newser) - The Sony hack continues to give the world entertainment in the form of leaked emails of the stars . The latest is from Channing Tatum, who was apparently very excited when 22 Jump Street's opening numbers put it No. 2 on the list of best opening weekends for R-rated comedies.... More »

Christian Bale Film Sued by NJ Tribe

Suit says 'Out of the Furnace' maligns Ramapough tribe

(Newser) - Members of the Ramapough Native American tribe have filed a $50 million lawsuit against the makers of a recent Hollywood movie they say depicts their people in a negative light. The federal suit was filed this week in New Jersey against the writers and producers of Out of the Furnace.... More »

A-Listers Shine in American Hustle

Critics are in love with what one calls the year's best film

(Newser) - If you're hustling to see David O. Russell's American Hustle this weekend, you've got good reason. Critics are raving about the film and its A-list cast, which includes Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, giving it a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing. Read on... More »

Frozen Ices Top Spot, Furnace Opens Cold

Disney animated feature wins weekend box office

(Newser) - The 3-D film Frozen has, well, frozen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in its tracks. The Disney animated feature gained momentum in its second week, banking $31.6 million to surpass the young adult mega-hit's $27 million at the weekend box office, the LA Times reports. To be fair,... More »

18 Male Celebrity Divas

Jay-Z will only eat fancy PB&J, thank you very much

(Newser) - You certainly don't have to be female to be a diva, as these 18 men rounded up by Radar prove:
  • While performing, Kanye West will only use $400 Versace towels to wipe his face.
  • Tom Cruise recently demanded a Montenegro restaurant clear out so he could eat there alone.
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9 Actors Who Totally Overdid It for a Film

Did you really need to drop acid, Shia LaBeouf?

(Newser) - You may have heard that Shia LaBeouf went Method for his new film, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, meaning that he actually dropped acid in order to immerse himself in the role. That's nuts, The Frisky notes—and these eight other actors went to similar extremes for their... More »

Christian Bale Visits Shooting Victims

'Dark Knight' star goes to Aurora, Colorado

(Newser) - Some of those still hospitalized from the Dark Knight tragedy got a visit today from the movie's star, Christian Bale, reports the Denver Post . Bale visited Aurora, Colo., with his wife and spent a few hours at the local hospital visiting the wounded along with doctors and first-responders. "... More »

10 Stars Who Dramatically Changed Bodies for Roles

From slimming down to packing on the pounds

(Newser) - We might not go quite so far as Radar , which claims these 10 celebs "dangerously" transformed their physiques for their films, but we will concur the changes were nothing short of dramatic:
  • Anne Hathaway: That Catwoman suit is apparently quite unforgiving. She ate "kale and dust" to fit
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Chevy Chase Rips Boss in Angry Phone Message

'Community' star attacks Dan Harmon by voicemail

(Newser) - Welcome to the club, Chevy. Community star Chevy Chase has joined Christian Bale and Alec Baldwin in the legion of celebrities whose recorded freak-outs have gone viral, Deadline reports. "I don’t get talked to like that by anyone," Chase said in a phone message to his Community... More »

Bale Should Be Embarrassed, Says China

...China certainly isn't

(Newser) - China is certainly not embarrassed by the bad PR it got when Christian Bale was attacked while trying to visit dissident Chen Guangcheng, but Bale should be embarrassed, a Chinese government spokesman says. While the actor was invited to attend the opening ceremony for a film, "he was not... More »

Christian Bale Attacked on Visit to Chinese Dissident

Guards rough up actor, camera crew

(Newser) - After an eight-hour drive from Beijing, Christian Bale wasn't allowed to visit a Chinese dissident. But by roughing up the Hollywood A-lister, guards ensured that the plight of Chen Guangcheng will get more attention worldwide. The actor and a CNN camera crew were punched and pushed by guards when... More »

Real People Who Inspired Movie Crazies

Christian Bale looked to Cruise to inspire 'American Psycho'

(Newser) - Some things are too good to be true, but that's not the case for these fictional movie characters: BuzzFeed has a list of 10 popular movie icons that you'd never believe were inspired by actual people. A sample:
  • Big Lebowski's The Dude: Producer and political activist Jeff
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The King's Speech Takes Top Honors

The heartwarming film wins the day at Academy Awards

(Newser) - And they're off! After an opening montage involving all of the best picture nominees—and, uh, Back to the Future—the Oscars are in full swing. The montage was "enjoyably silly," writes David Edelstein in New York , featuring a trip inside the mind of Alec Baldwin, Inception-style. As... More »

King's Speech Takes Top Prize at SAG Awards

Colin Firth, Natalie Portman take top acting honors

(Newser) - The King's Speech took top prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards, giving the Oscars front-runner added momentum after it took top honors at the Directors Guild awards Saturday night. The British royals drama won the trophy for outstanding cast, the SAG equivalent of Best Picture, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

9 Best Celebrity Mea Culpas

Tiger Woods joins David Letterman, Mel Gibson, more

(Newser) - Tiger Woods’ public apology today joins the ranks of other famous—and extremely public—celebrity mea culpas. E! rounds up the top nine:
  • Mel Gibson: After his DUI arrest, he tried to explain his sexist and anti-Semitic tirade to Diane Sawyer.
  • Michael Richards: Used the N-word during a standup bit,
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Dead Body Found in Christian Bale's Old Backyard

'Terminator' star did not know about the body, cops say

(Newser) - Christian Bale finally has something worth screaming about: a dead body in his own backyard. While the actor was busy filming Terminator: Salvation—and throwing his infamous tantrum—the body of a missing man lay buried outside his New Mexico rental home. Police found the body of Michael Snyder, who... More »

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