Robert Pattinson: ‘The anticipation for The Batman energises me’

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and…

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

In a new profile piece with GQ magazine, the 34-year-old was asked why he wanted to take on such a well-known role and he explained that being part of that legacy and feeling fans’ excitement was appealing.

“It’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he shared. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energises you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

The Caped Crusader has been portrayed onscreen many times by the likes of Christian Bale, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck, but rather than being daunted by following in their footsteps, Pattinson has enjoyed trying to find his own version of the character.

“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character,” the British star explained. “And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”

Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is scheduled to open in cinemas in July. Fans were under the assumption the mysterious film involved time travel, given the reversed action seen in the trailer, but the actor insisted to GQ: “He’s not a time traveller. There’s actually no time travelling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”

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Taika Waititi using lockdown to work on Thor: Love and Thunder script

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies includ…

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.

The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies including The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Cinderella.

However, as countries around the world impose strict restrictions on people’s movement to stop the spread of the virus, Waititi is using his time in self-isolation to tweak the script for his follow-up to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“There are a few positive things I can take away (from the crisis). One of them is that a lot of these films, and films in general, are rushed, or you don’t have as much time as you’d want to have on the script and things like that,” the 44-year-old told Total Film magazine.

Waititi added that he was confident his script, which he has co-written with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, will be better than ever as he has more time to tinker with it.

“We’re still writing Love and Thunder, and I think it’s good to just keep writing, and then you know, we’ll have a really, really good script. And with writing, especially, you should use as much of that time as possible to get your story right, because you never really get it later on,” the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker shared. “Film is an industry where you’re always complaining about not having enough time. I think, right now, we’ve given ourselves a huge amount of time to work on all sort of things, so we may as well use it.”

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as the Norse god, alongside Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Christian Bale, in Thor: Love and Thunder, which has been moved from its original release date of November 2021 to 18 February 2022.

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Chris Hemsworth teases ‘pretty insane’ Thor: Love and Thunder script

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer,…

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.

The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, revealed that director Taika Waititi, who helmed Thor: Ragnarok, has pulled no punches this time around.

“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in years. It’s Taika at his most extreme, and at his best. If the version I read is the one we get running with, it’s going to be pretty insane,” the 36-year-old told the publication.

The coronavirus outbreak has cast a shadow of doubt on the future of the blockbuster, which also features Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale, as production was due to begin this summer.

But Waititi recently spoke about Thor: Love and Thunder in an Instagram Live Q&A with Thompson, and told followers that the comic book adaptation makes Thor: Ragnarok look “safe”.

“There’s so many great, great things in it,” he shared. “It’s so over the top now, in the very best way. It makes Ragnarok look like a really run-of-the-mill, very safe film.”

The filmmaker joked: “This new film feels like we asked 10 year olds what should be in a movie, and then we said yes to every single thing. Space sharks, if you know anything about the comics… That’s all I’m gonna say… Space sharks.”

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for release in U.S. cinemas in February 2022.

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Christian Bale knew nothing about Ken Miles before filming Ford v Ferrari

Christian Bale knew nothing about “unsung hero” Ken Miles before portraying the late British motorsports icon.The Oscar-winning actor played the racing driver in last year’s Ford v Ferrari, which focused on the events of the infamous Le Mans 24-hour ra…

Christian Bale knew nothing about “unsung hero” Ken Miles before portraying the late British motorsports icon.

The Oscar-winning actor played the racing driver in last year’s Ford v Ferrari, which focused on the events of the infamous Le Mans 24-hour race in 1966.

And Bale revealed that he had no idea who Miles was before he signed on to play the sports legend, who was tragically killed in a test car accident just two months after the car race in France.

“I knew nothing about him, and I think I’m probably in the same boat as most people on that. He’s very much an unsung hero of motor-racing,” Bale told Yahoo! Entertainment, noting that Miles also served in the military before his racing career.

“Then he became an absolute, pure, racer’s racer, very strong-minded, incredibly passionate about what he did. Within the motor-racing circuit, you hear many stories about him, about that race in ’66, but they were all new to me,” he explained.

The Dark Knight star is glad that he was able to help bring Miles’ story into the spotlight, but suspected that the icon would’ve been happy with the respect he earned in the racing world.

“I also don’t think that this was a man who was doing it for the fame. I think that’s what made him so admired by the racers – that he did it just for that purity,” Bale shared. “I think he would have been very happy being a man that the people in the racing world know who he is. So, I suspect that he felt that he got recognition. In my mind, I never would have viewed him as somebody who was longing for anything more.”

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Christian Bale: ‘Matt Damon would make a really good director’

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car …

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.

In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car to beat Ferrari’s at the legendary 24-hour Le Mans race.

In an interview with Yahoo to promote the home entertainment release of the movie, also known as Le Mans ’66, Bale described his co-star as a “multi-talented” actor and praised his knowledge of filmmaking.

“Matt is a great actor. And he’s also got such a great understanding of the cameras, the lenses. He has a totally different approach to me. Probably a more comprehensive and intelligent approach. I think he’ll make a really good director at some point,” the 46-year-old said.

Despite the duo having different approaches to how they play their roles onscreen, Bale is full of respect for his fellow actor and acknowledged that their work ethic was similar to their Ford v Ferrari characters.

“Our approach to acting is sort of similar to the differences between our characters as well. Shelby is one hell of a racer, but is more strategic and understanding of the bigger picture, versus Miles, who’s just sort of doing his thing and often burning bridges and creating scorched earth because that’s the only way he knows how to do it,” the Batman Begins star explained. “This acting thing is the only thing I know how to do, though many would argue that point, whereas Matt is multi-talented.”

Damon has served as a producer on numerous movies and shares a Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck for writing 1997 drama Good Will Hunting.

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Tessa Thompson confirms Christian Bale will play villain in Thor: Love and Thunder

Tessa Thompson has confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.The 36-year-old let the news slip in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the Westworld season three premiere, and revealed she can…

Tessa Thompson has confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The 36-year-old let the news slip in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the Westworld season three premiere, and revealed she can’t wait to work with the Oscar-winning British star, who was rumoured to be joining the project back in January.

“Christian Bale is going to play our villain, which is going to be fantastic,” Tessa shared. “I’ve read the script (but) I can’t tell you much.”

And her co-star Natalie Portman, who returns as Jane Foster in the new movie, is also thrilled about the casting news.

“(There have been) lots of exciting text messages exchanged between Natalie and I. We’re going to have fun,” she added, before teasing more additions to director Taika Waititi’s star-studded cast. “Taika is writing (and) directing. Some familiar faces. Some new people coming into the mix.”

The Creed star, who made her debut as heroine Valkyrie in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and reprised her role for last year’s Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, also revealed she’ll be playing King Valkyrie in the new movie.

“She’s king,” she said. “If she can’t find her queen, she’ll just be king and queen at the same time.”

Taika previously revealed that he shot a scene showing Valkyrie as bisexual for Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the final edit, and he’s since hinted that the character may get a queer storyline in the upcoming film.

Thor: Love and Thunder, also starring Chris Hemsworth, is scheduled to hit theatres in November 2021.

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Taika Waititi wants Tessa Thompson to explore queer Valkyrie in new Thor movie

Taika Waititi hopes Tessa Thompson will get to explore the queer side of her character Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder.The Jojo Rabbit director initially shot a scene showing Valkyrie as bisexual for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the fi…

Taika Waititi hopes Tessa Thompson will get to explore the queer side of her character Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Jojo Rabbit director initially shot a scene showing Valkyrie as bisexual for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the final edit. However, the Westworld actress later revealed her character was part of the LGBTQ community at a Comic-Con fan event last year.

Speaking to Variety, Taika shared that he would love Tessa to get a queer storyline in the upcoming film, but the decision is ultimately down to Marvel Studios and Disney bosses.

“The IP (intellectual property) is not mine,” he said of whether the character would be explicitly bisexual. “But with the actors, I feel whatever makes them comfortable – whether they feel like there’s a natural choice, or a natural way for that character to go – then I’m pretty supportive. If Tessa wanted to do that, I’m in.”

Thompson told Variety last year that she plays Valkyrie as bisexual but that side of her hasn’t been explored because romance isn’t “at the forefront” of the superhero films.

“In the canon, yeah, she is bisexual. You see her with both women and men, so that was my intention in playing her,” she said, adding that Marvel will be including more overtly LGBTQ characters in “the next phase”.

As for the rest of the movie, which will feature Natalie Portman’s Dr. Jane Foster taking on the mantle of her old love interest, Thor, Taika said fans can expect the unexpected.

“At Marvel, we always change everything,” he explained. “I could say one thing right now, and in two years, it will be the complete opposite – or that thing won’t exist. We continue writing even in post-production.”

Thor: Love and Thunder, starring Chris Hemsworth and rumoured franchise newcomer Christian Bale, debuts in November, 2021.

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Margot Robbie joins Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under …

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.

It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it will reportedly follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Robbie will join Bale on the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam. Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie are reportedly being eyed for roles.

It was previously reported that the Australian actress, who was up for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars on Sunday, was being touted as one of the leading ladies on the movie, alongside Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with 20th Century Studios.

The filmmaker likes to reunite with actors he has already worked with on past movies. For example, Russell and Bale previously collaborated on The Fighter and American Hustle to great success.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

This marks part of Russell’s comeback after he took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood following the release of his movie Joy in 2015. He is also working on an adaptation of 2013 novel The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

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Joaquin Phoenix honours Heath Ledger in touching SAG Awards speech

Joaquin Phoenix gave a heartfelt shout out to Heath Ledger during his touching speech at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday.The 45-year-old won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize on Sunday for his haunt…

Joaquin Phoenix gave a heartfelt shout out to Heath Ledger during his touching speech at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday.

The 45-year-old won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize on Sunday for his haunting portrayal of failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the infamous Gotham City villain in Joker.

When he took to the stage to deliver his speech, Phoenix made sure he acknowledged the late Australian actor, who played the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight back in 2008 and tragically died of an accidental overdose just months before its release. He posthumously won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and an Academy Award for his riveting performance as the comic book villain.

Phoenix, who has already won two of the same awards and is frontrunner for Best Actor at the Oscars in February, paid tribute to the late actor by saying, “Really, I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favourite actor, Heath Ledger.”

As well as his touching reference to Ledger, Phoenix used his time onstage to honour each of his fellow nominees in his category.

He opened his speech with a story about Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and joked that he lost out on roles as a young actor to the Titanic star.

“There would always be two other guys that I was up against and we’d always lose to this one kid… every casting director would always whisper, ‘It’s Leonardo,'” he said. “You’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and so many people.”

He then turned to Christian Bale, and jokingly begged him to perform badly in at least one movie, saying, “It’s infuriating. I wish you would. Just suck once.”

The star then focused on Adam Driver, who was up for his role in Marriage Story, and told him “you should be here (winning the award)”.

“I’ve been watching you the last few years and you’ve been turning in these beautiful, nuanced, incredible, profound performances. I’m just so moved by you,” Phoenix gushed.

Finally, he heaped praise on Rocketman star Taron Egerton, and told the Welshman from the stage, “You’re so beautiful in this movie and I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to see what else you do.”

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Christian Bale set to reunite with David O. Russell for new drama

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to ed…

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.

The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to editors at Deadline.

It is understood that the project will follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Bale, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his role in The Fighter, will reportedly be joined by fellow Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie for the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam.

Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence is also being touted as a potential female lead in the drama, alongside Margot Robbie.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with Fox/Disney.

Production is expected to begin in April, and while Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder, that won’t begin filming until later this summer.

Russell hasn’t made a movie since Joy back in 2015, but has been working on a new project based on the book The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

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