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R.I.P. Reg E. Cathey (1958 – 2018)

American actor Reg E. Cathey, known for his work on The Wire and House of Cards, has passed away aged 59 after a battle with cancer.

Cathey began his career in 1984 with an appearance in the TV movie A Doctor’s Story, and went on to appear in numerous TV shows such as Oz, The Wire, Grimm, The Divide, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Outcast.

The actor gained critical acclaim for his role as Freddy in Netflix’s House of Cards, receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in 2015 alongside further nominations in 2014 and 2016.

On the big screen, Cathey’s credits included parts in The Mask, Se7en, Tank Girl, American Psycho, The Machinist, and Fantastic Four. He also earned praise for his role as Red in a 2009. London theatrical production of The Shawshank Redemption.

The news of his passing was first reported by The Wire creator David Simon:

Reg Cathey,
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Just another pretty face: should Hollywood stop giving bad guys a face-lift?

Casting glamorous actors as killers, cult leaders and disgraced skaters they do not physically resemble is problematic

One of Hollywood’s most time-honored traditions is praising actors in recognition of the physical transformation required for certain roles. The awards come flooding in, as do vague references to Stanislavski’s method, and the clickbaity headlines set the internet ablaze: Matthew McConaughey packs on 40lb for his turn as a gold-miner! Christian Bale ate a single can of tuna a day for The Machinist! Cameron Diaz uglies up in Being John Malkovich!

Watching the spectacle of celebrity mutation excites us both as gossip-mongers and moviegoers, since we appreciate dedication to craft as much as we do a grainy on-set photo of Matthew McConaughey cradling his pot-belly like a stray dog he’s just encountered.

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Culture Dump #23: 4 Actors who won Oscars for Roles that Weren’t their Best

2018’s Oscar nominations arrived earlier this week, offering a hopeful change of pace to shake up what most of us have come to expect from Academy voters. While an Oscar statuette is considered the highest praise an actor can receive, they’re not always awarded for the best performance on a star’s resume. Let’s take a look…

Gary Oldman

Let’s not bury the lead here – 2018 is shaping up to be Gary Oldman’s year, with the screen-vet and twice Academy nominated star looking likely to take home an Oscar for his immersive turn as UK Prime Minister and friendliest person you’re ever (not) likely to see on the tube, Winston Churchill. If he does win big, it’ll be no big surprise. Oldman’s made going to the cinema worthwhile for the better part of twenty-five years and while his take on Churchill is impressive, it
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‘Beirut’ Review: Jon Hamm Stars in Standard-Issue Spy Thriller From Resurrected Tony Gilroy Script — Sundance 2018

‘Beirut’ Review: Jon Hamm Stars in Standard-Issue Spy Thriller From Resurrected Tony Gilroy Script — Sundance 2018
Perhaps it’s time that Jon Hamm finally got his own action franchise, one that’s lighter on actual stunts than “Taken” and with a little less brain than a John Le Carre thriller. With that in mind, Brad Anderson’s “Beirut” just might fit the bill as an origin story.

It opens in 1972, when diplomat-turned-sorta-spy Mason Skiles (Hamm) is hosting a rollicking house party with his lovely wife; they’re aided by their orphaned Lebanese charge Karim, who is happily delivering finger foods to government VIPs. And then, everything goes topside when his best pal Cal (Mark Pellegrino) arrives at the party with frantic news: Karim isn’t an orphan, and in fact has a big brother with major ties to terrorism.

This accidental crisis doesn’t seem unlikely; Mason is a bit of a smoothie, a negotiator who likes talking his way out of a situation and happens
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‘Beirut’ Trailer: Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike Negotiate a Life-or-Death Hostage Situation — Watch

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‘Beirut’ Trailer: Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike Negotiate a Life-or-Death Hostage Situation — Watch
If you’ve ever wanted to see Jon Hamm delivering a speech only to be interrupted by an explosion, now’s your chance. Bleecker Street has released the trailer for “Beirut,” an ’80s-set thriller co-starring Rosamund Pike. Watch below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “A U.S. diplomat (Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.” Hamm most recently appeared in “Baby Driver” and “Marjorie Prime,” whereas Pike stars alongside Christian Bale in the underrated Western “Hostiles.” They’re joined in “Beirut” by Dean Norris, Larry Pine, and Shea Whigham.

Read More:‘A United Kingdom’ Review: David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike Bring Historical
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‘Beirut’ Trailer Finds Jon Hamm Negotiating with Terrorists

Ahead of the film’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street has released the first trailer for the upcoming thriller Beirut. Written by Bourne Trilogy scribe Tony Gilroy and directed by The Machinist helmer Brad Anderson, the film takes place in 1982 and stars Jon Hamm as a U.S. diplomat and expert negotiator who is tasked by the CIA to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. The film looks to tackle a variety of topics, from the fallout over the Munich Olympics tragedy to U.S. relations in the Middle East to one …
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Five Of The Best: Christian Bale Movie Performances

In cinemas this weekend is the American western Hostiles, the latest film from Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Black Mass, Crazy Heart). Christian Bale leads the cast of a battle-worn Army captain Joseph J. Blocker, who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family through dangerous territory. We caught the film at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and despite having a few minor issues with the film, praised it for its key performances, notably from Bale and co-star Rosamund Pike. Here, in a special feature, we take a look at Christian Bale’s five best film performances over his multi-decade career.

5. The Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan (2005-2012)

Christian Bale’s five best film performances

We’ll kick things off with arguably Bale’s highest profile role, that of Bruce Wayne and Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which kicked off
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Roles Where Actors Lost Weight

  • Cinelinx
New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors losing weight for roles.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation is not only a more accurate visual resemblance,
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Christian Bale Lookin' More Like Dick Cheney than Himself

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[[tmz:video id="0_vwx1s1xa"]] Christian Bale was barely recognizable wheeling his luggage at Lax after putting on more than several pounds for his role as Dick Cheney. Bale is a master at transformations. He went to the other extreme for his role in the 2004 flick, "The Machinist," dropping 60 lbs. He's definitely put the same effort into his lead role as the former VP, although tipping the other side of the scale.  Our photog was hilarious ... clearly confusing art for
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Christian Bale Completes His Dick Cheney Look with Bald Head and Weight Gain

Christian Bale Completes His Dick Cheney Look with Bald Head and Weight Gain
With a bald head and a heavier figure, Christian Bale is ready to play former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The actor, 43, who regularly undergoes dramatic weight transformations for roles, will play George W. Bush’s second-in-command for the upcoming movie Backseat. He was spotted without hair on Monday while doing press in Los Angeles for his new western movie, Hostiles.

To pack on the pounds, Bale previously said that he’s eating a Thanksgiving favorite.

“I’ve just eaten a lot of pies, so far,” he told Variety.

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Amityville: The Awakening Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand November 14th

Experience a terrifying new chapter of the legendary haunted house when Amityville: The Awakening arrives for free for a limited time on Google Play beginning October 12, in select theaters on October 28, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand November 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Experience a terrifying new chapter of the legendary haunted house when Amityville: The Awakening arrives for free for a limited time on Google Play beginning October 12, in select theaters on October 28, and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HDand On Demand November 14 from Lionsgate. Based on horrifying true events, the film tells the story of a family tormented by an evil presence after they move into their new home. Bella Thorne and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Best Supporting Actress, The Hateful Eight, 2015) lead an all-star cast, which also includes Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Spreitler. From Jason Blum, the producer of Split,
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Live-action Titans casts Ryan Potter as Beast Boy

The cast of DC’s live-action Titans series has just grown, with Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) signing onas the fan-favourite superhero Garfield ‘Gar’ Logan, a.k.a. Beast Boy.

Potter will have a regular role as a member of the Titans to help fight crime with Nightwing (Brenton Thwaites) and the rest of the group. Beast Boy’s superpower is the ability to change into any animal on the planet. He was stricken with a rare and lethal disease as a child and when his parents cured him through an experimental trial, he turned permanently green while also gaining his superpowers.

The series will premiere next year on DC’s new streaming service and comes from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter. Just yesterday it was reported The Machinist director Brad Anderson will helm the pilot, slated to begin production in Toronto on November 14th.

Titans will
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Live-action Teen Titans show finds a director for its series premiere

It looks like Warner Bros. has found a director for the first episode of its live-action Teen Titans series, with Titans Podcast spotting a listing on the official website of Directors Guild of Canada Ontario which reveals that Brad Anderson is set to helm the series premiere.

Anderson’s feature film credits include the likes of The Machinist and The Call, while he has also directed episodes of TV shows such as The Wire and Fringe. Production is slated to get underway in Toronto, Canada on November 14th.

Titans will follow Dick Grayson as he emerges from Batman’s shadow to become the leader of a fearless band of young, soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star Brenton Thwaites leads the cast as Dick Grayson, alongside Teagan Croft (The Osiris Child) as Raven, Anna Diop (24: Legacy) as Starfire,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The Machinist”

The Machinist was a movie steeped in what seemed like misery drowned in suspicion and liberally sprinkled with bouts of insanity. As the main character Christian Bale went above and beyond when it came to his character, losing so much weight that he was little more than skin and bones for his role. His dedication to the part was astounding but the movie itself was so disturbing that it left you feeling almost abused at the end for what you’d seen. In many ways it’s as though the director purposefully wanted you to strain yourself to see things from the

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The Machinist
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Amityville: The Awakening Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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This November, horror fans can take a return trip to 112 Ocean Avenue with the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and VOD release of Amityville: The Awakening, and we have a look at the cover art and home media details for the latest film in the franchise.

From October 12th–November 8th, you can watch Amityville: The Awakening for free on Google Play, and the latest entry in the long-running franchise will also be released in select theaters on October 28th, just in time for Halloween. We have released details and cover art below, and in case you missed it, you can watch a clip from the film right now.

Press Release: Experience a terrifying new chapter of the legendary haunted house when Amityville: The Awakening arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand November 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Program Description

Experience a terrifying new chapter of the
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Christian Bale has eaten "lots of pies" in prep for Dick Cheney movie

  • JoBlo
Christian Bale has pushed his body to the limit in order to play a wide variety of characters, from losing weight for movies like The MacHinist, bulking up for Batman, and packing on the pounds for American Hustle. People seem to be dumbfounded as to how he does all of this, seemingly with ease, but if the actor’s new prep for the upcoming Dick Cheney movie means anything it’s that getting... Read More...
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Christian Bale's Dick Cheney prep includes eating lots of pies, zero souls

Transforming his body for roles has become pretty standard for Christian Bale, who famously dropped 60+ pounds to play Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, got super-ripped for American Pyscho and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, then let it all hang out for American Hustle. We assumed he’d alter his appearance again…

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Unrecognisable Christian Bale has been “eating a lot of pies” for his next role in Backseat

In order to accurately play his latest movie role, Christian Bale has packed on the pounds, becoming almost unrecognisable.

Bale is no stranger to drastic body transformations over the years, dropping an astonishing 65 pounds for The Machinist in 2004 and beefing up a year later for Batman Begins, to name just two examples.

Now he is enlarging himself once again to play former vice president Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming biopic Backseat. And he has become quite the site, causing a few double takes in the process.

Bale recently sat down with Variety at the Toronto Film Festival and talked about his latest transformation, with Bale saying that in order to gain the sufficient weight: “I’ve just been eating a lot of pies.”

Christian Bale says he's been eating "lots of pies" to look like former VP Dick Cheney for upcoming film #VarietyStudio presented by @att pic.twitter.
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Christian Bale Says He's Eating a Lot of Pies To Gain Weight To Play Dick Cheney

Christian Bale is known for putting his body through drastic changes to play certain roles in the films that he stars in. Remember when he went insanely skinny for The Machinist? To achieve that he ate one apple a day and one can of tuna. Then he later massively bulked up for Batman Begins!

The actor is now starting to gain weight for his next film, in which he will play Dick Cheney. Variety has an interview with the actor and you can already see the physical change that he's going through. He's definitely gaining weight and he says his secret to gaining that weight is eating lots of pies. If you're a lover of pies, that's not a bad diet! It's always interesting to see Bale transform himself.

The Dick Cheney biopic currently has no title. It's being directed by Adam McKay and will also star Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,
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Christian Bale Unrecognizable as He Prepares for Dick Cheney Role

Christian Bale Unrecognizable as He Prepares for Dick Cheney Role
Christian Bale has gone through some shocking body transformations during his career, including losing 65 pounds and eating only an apple and a can of tuna a day for “The Machinist,” and then bulking up to play the Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.

Bale sat down with the Variety Studio presented by At&T at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about his next transformation as the star of the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic. Bale said in order to develop the proper body type and gain weight, “I’ve just been eating a lot of pies.”

Christian Bale says he's been eating "lots of pies" to look like former VP Dick Cheney for upcoming film #VarietyStudio presented by @att pic.twitter.com/kc6jxINLZZ

— Variety (@Variety) September 12, 2017

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