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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Twilight Saga: New Moon,' 'Planet 51' & More

November 17th, 2009 9:59am EST
Twilight: New Moon
Vampire junkies of all ages hooked on the Twilight saga will get their fix this week with release of "New Moon." Further excitement about the premiere has generated among those obsessed with the series, since rumors of an off-screen romance between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have recently been confirmed.

Aside from the vampire romance "New Moon," other films hitting theaters this week include "Planet 51," "The Blind Side," "Broken Embraces," "Red Cliff," "Mammoth," and "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans."


The natives of Planet 51 live in perpetual fe...

Spotlight On Director Werner Herzog

July 8th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog is the kind of director that Quentin Tarantino used to be. Remember the nineties, when 'Pulp Fiction' had just exploded like a hydrogen bomb in Hollywood, and all of your asshole friends were so proud because they knew who Tarantino was before you ever did? Herzog is like that, except he's been that way for about forty years, balanced on the hinge of superstardom, but never quite tipping it. He's the indie rockstar who never signs a label because he's "too cool", like Green Day before "Poopie" or Metallica before "Load" or Tim Burton before "Sleepy Hollow". Like the characters...

Journey Into The Elusive Life Of Bob Dylan in 'I'm Not There,' On DVD May 6

April 18th, 2008 10:51am EDT
Exploring the multidimensional nature and shifting personae of revered musician Bob Dylan - from the public to the private to the fantastical - I'm Not There debuts on DVD on May 6th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Featuring the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning performance by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Aviator), I'm Not There weaves together a daring and complex narrative of an ever-elusive American icon. Garnering three awards at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, including Special Jury Prize and Best Actress, Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There was...

Notable Quotables

November 29th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Christina Aguilera
"We're so labeled. If you're too sexual, you're slutty. If you're not sexual enough, you're a prude. I like to put it out there as a topic of conversation. Why does it bother you? What's your problem with it? Am I really hurting you? Let's get to the root of it." Christina Aguilera on the subject of female sexuality.

"This is like one of those dreams where you go back to school." Singer/songwriter James Taylor on his historic onstage reunion with one-time collaborator Carole King at Los Angeles' fabled Troubadour. The pair took the stage for the first of six shows celebrating the 50th ...

Christian Bale Landed Role After Eating Snakes

November 23rd, 2007 2:30pm EST
Christian Bale
Actor Christian Bale only landed the role in Rescue Dawn because he was willing to eat snakes and maggots, according to director Werner Herzog. The German-born filmmaker was reluctant to use special effects in the movie so was only prepared to cast an actor who was willing to bite a snake in half to make the role appear believable.

And Bale managed the feat without hesitation.

Herzog says, "He (Bale) had wanted to work with me for a long time and the first question I asked him was this: 'are you willing to bite a snake in half?' Because the audience must be able to trust their ey...

Christian Bale Astounded With Weight Loss

September 6th, 2007 5:45pm EDT
Christian Bale
Actor Christian Bale winces when he catches sight of his painfully thin torso in television screenings of The Machinist, because he can't believe he put his body through so much abuse for a movie role. The usually-buff Bale lost 60 pounds for his part as an insomniac industrial worker in the 2004 film, a trick he repeated for recent Vietnam drama Rescue Dawn.

And method actor Bale admits he sometimes goes too far to achieve on screen realism.

He says, "Looking back on those roles, I might not have done it the same way. But I didn't think much about it back then. I was just in the ...

Christian Bale Played With Deadly Spider

July 7th, 2007 11:30am EDT
Christian Bale
Christian Bale was left horrified on the jungle set of new movie Rescue Dawn when a wildlife expert told him the spider he was handling could kill him with one bite.

The adventurous actor was filming in Thailand when his potentially-fatal arachnid encounter took place.

He tells People, "One day we saw this beautiful spiderweb. I was tapping the spider and he'd run around. Then an expert came along and said, 'Wow, look at that spider. It will kill you with one bite."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Fascinating Facts

July 2nd, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Michael Buble
Canadian crooner Michael Buble is still haunted by a childhood experience which saw him search dark waters for a missing fisherman. The singer spent time as a youngster working on his father's fishing boat and admits the hunt for a missing man whose boat had overturned while heading to see his waiting family scarred him for life. He says, "It really affected me. I couldn't stop thinking about his wife and kids."

Ethan Hawke bought a 1971 Barracuda so he could use the classic car in his new film The Hottest State.

Live Earth co-organizer Al Gore is getting serious about saving ...

Opening July 4: Rescue Dawn

July 2nd, 2007 2:21pm EDT
Rescue Dawn
(limited theaters Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog returns to direct his first feature since 2001's Invincible with this dramatic action film inspired by his own 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly and detailing the escape efforts of a German-American pilot who was taken as a prisoner-of-war after being shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War. When U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) escaped death after being shot down... Continue Summary

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Christian Bale Stung By Ants As Stunt Goes Awry

July 2nd, 2007 12:25pm EDT
Christian Bale
Christian Bale was attacked by angry red ants when a stunt on the set of his new film Rescue Dawn went too far. The star agreed to hang upside down with his face buried in an ants' nest for a torture scene in the film, in which he plays a real-life prisoner of war.

But things got scary for the actor when a Thai crewmember misunderstood director Werner Herzog's call to get his star out of trouble.

Bale recalls, "One of the guys stepped forward and he started spinning me and I was spinning pretty fast. I was upside down so the blood is rushing to your head anyway and then Werner a...

Steve Zahn Drops 40 Pounds For 'Rescue Dawn'

June 30th, 2007 10:49am EDT
Steve Zahn
Actor Steve Zahn lost 40 pounds on the set of new movie Rescue Dawn - eating nothing but raw vegetables, fruits and fish. The Joy Ride star plays a prisoner of war opposite Christian Bale in the harrowing new film and knew he had to lose weight for the role, but left it until he arrived on set in Thailand to start losing the pounds. And he did it very quickly thanks to a strict diet and daily runs.

He says, "It wasn't that difficult. I'd eat all day but I'd just eat raw vegetables, fruit and nuts and I'd have fish at night.

"On top of that I ran at least five miles a day, sometim...

MGM To Screen 'Rescue Dawn' For American Troops In Iraq

June 28th, 2007 2:56pm EDT
Rescue Dawn
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) will help America's troops overseas celebrate Independence Day this year by screening the studio's Vietnam War biopic Rescue Dawn in Iraq. On July 4, over 2,000 troops stationed at Camp Anaconda, a large U.S. base near Balad, will screen the film.

The movie highlights the amazing life of Dieter Dengler, the only American to ever break out of a POW camp in the impenetrable Laotian jungle during the Vietnam War.

The film, which will also be released in Los Angeles and New York on July 4, will be introduced with a taped message to the troops fr...

Christian Bale Dines On Bugs To Ready Himself For Maggot Meal

June 27th, 2007 8:45pm EDT
Christian Bale
Batman Begins star Christian Bale prepared to eat a bowl of live maggots in new movie Rescue Dawn - by dining on bugs. The actor, who is famous for going to extremes for film roles, admits he taught himself to stomach maggots by feasting on cockroaches and grasshoppers.

He tells, "I bought exotic things like grasshoppers, cockroaches and all sorts of different bugs. I had bags of them, and I was eating them like potato chips. It wasn't a huge leap to go on to maggots. The only thing I requested was they didn't go and kind of collect them from a pile of crap. I just wanted ...

Notable Quotables

June 15th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Fall Out Boy
"Fall Out Boy is the Titanic. If that f---er goes down so does everything else." Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz advocates the strength of his band.

"I'd consider it in about 20 years, but it doesn't appeal to me now. I wouldn't get a hair transplant though. If it got to that stage, I'd just shave it off." Australian pop star Jason Donovan hasn't turned to plastic surgery to fight aging yet.

"I was disappointed he never tried to shoot me." Christian Bale on his Rescue Dawn director Werner Herzog's fiery reputation.

"I'll probably just pay and pretend I'm not a pensioner." Pa...

Steve Zahn: 'My Trailer Was A Hut'

June 13th, 2007 11:56am EDT
Steve Zahn
Actor Steve Zahn had to forego the usual movie shoot comforts on the set of new film Rescue Dawn - his trailer turned out to be a hut. Zahn teamed up with Christian Bale for German director Werner Herzog's Vietnam War movie - and found himself offering the bigger hut to his A-list co-star.

He says, "You'd be an idiot to do a Herzog movie and expect an easy shoot. Christian and I didn't have a trailer; we had huts. I remember going up there with Christian and being like, 'Dude, you're Batman. I want you to have the better hut."

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Steve Zahn Amazed By Herzog's Bizarre Question

June 11th, 2007 4:44pm EDT
Steve Zahn
Actor Steve Zahn was astounded when legendary director Werner Herzog wanted to know what he liked to eat before casting him in new movie Rescue Dawn. Zahn admits his career "was in a hole" at the time, and that he was anxious to give the right answer to Herzog's unexpected question.

He says, "I remember my agent saying, 'He wants to know what you like to eat.' I was like, 'Wow. How interesting. I should say the right thing.' Then he called me: 'Do you like steak? Come over to my house. I'm going to cook you a steak.' I was doing Daddy Day Care. I was in a hole."

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