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Christian Bale manhandled during bid to visit Chinese dissident

Christian Bale was in China for "The Flowers of War"

All Christian Bale wanted to do was tell a guy thank you, he said -- but instead he got roughed up by a pack of apparent security guards and chased away from the home where a Chinese dissident has been held under house arrest for months.

"What I really wanted to do was shake the man's hand and say thank you, tell him what an inspiration he is," Bale said after the incident, which concluded with his party's van being chased down the road by guards who jumped into their own vehicle and followed for more than half an hour.

"The man" Bale referred to is Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer and activist who has worked against China's methods for enforcing its one-child policy -- think forced abortion and sterilization. According to World Now, he has been kept under unofficial house arrest with his wife, mother and young daughter since September, when he was released after four years in prison related to charges he said he was not guilty of.

It was at that house that Bale was confronted and manhandled.

The episode was captured on camera by a CNN crew that had accompanied Bale on the eight-hour trip from Beijing, where the actor had been for a premiere of his film "The Flowers of War." In the video, embedded below, he noted he was "not being brave" by attempting to visit Chen, as others had also done unsuccessfully since September.

Though the situation with Chen was clearly no laughing matter, The Times' Beijing correspondent, Barbara Demick, tracked down some online ribbing that "The Dark Knight Rises" star Bale took from fans over the incident.

"Batman couldn't do it alone," one Chinese commentator wrote on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-type service. "But if he takes Spiderman, Superman, the Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and Harry Potter, they can get it done right?"

 

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Photo: Fans of Christian Bale await the actor's arrival outside a screening of "The Flowers of War," directed by China's Zhang Yimou, on Monday. Photo credit: Mark Ralston / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images.


Christian Bale: 'Dark Knight Rises' is the end of his Batman era

Christian Bale on "The Dark Knight Rises" set

Christian Bale may be retiring his Batmobile: The actor says he's done with "that Batman era."

"The Dark Knight Rises" will be "the end of that Batman era" -- the era belonging to him and director Christopher Nolan -- Bale said in an interview published Friday by the Philippines' largest daily newspaper.

"I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off," he told the Philippines Daily Inquirer, referring to the hood that protects Bruce Wayne's identity when he's Batman. "I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done." He said playing the role has been "enjoyable."

During a press junket for his upcoming film "The Flowers of War," Bale touched on the complexities of his take on Bruce Wayne/Batman. "Bruce Wayne is absolutely sincere as Bruce Wayne, and as Batman utterly sincere. But Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a pure facade, it's a lie he has, somehow, to control one side of your soul that's not really under control. In fact, only Alfred knows who he is.

"It's time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain, that has always stirred his life."

Incidentally, Bale said, costar Anne Hathaway might have had the least enjoyable time during filming. "There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne's role as being the toughest job of any of us."

And that's without considering the skin-tight Catwoman costume, or that hard-to-maneuver Cat-cycle.

Bale has been the face behind the Batman mask since 2005's "Batman Begins," followed by "The Dark Knight" in 2008. "The Dark Knight Rises," now in post-production, is slated for release next July.

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Photo: Christian Bale in costume on the set of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," in New York on Nov. 6. Credit: Darla Khazei / Associated Press


Anne Hathaway pics show more of Catwoman; fans resume breathing

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Anne Hathaway has perhaps heard a collective sigh ripple across the Internet now that pictures of her Catwoman costume from "The Dark Knight Rises" have answered some burning questions.

The third Batman film from director Christopher Nolan has set up shop in Los Angeles, one of its final  locations. This weekend, several on-set images of Hathaway let the world know a few things.

First, Hathaway's Catwoman does indeed rock some cat ears, despite earlier images of the bodysuit-clad "One Day" star that failed to show proof of any such feline accessory. The new photo series also shows a black eye mask to complement her headgear.

What else? There's a pronounced utility belt that will likely aid in battling Christian Bale's caped crusader and Tom Hardy's Bane — that, and a pair of thigh-high leather stiletto boots that boast white spike heels.

Some critics have likened the costume to Julie Newmar's from the campy, old-school "Batman" TV series starring Adam West. And some folks have just uttered hallelujahs over their 40-ounce Slurpees while swiveling in their pleather office chairs.

What do you think of the new Catwoman incarnation? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Anne Hathaway at the "One Day" premiere in New York on Aug. 8. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.



See Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises' [Poll]

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, in costume, in "The Dark Knight Rises."

Anne Hathaway is finally showing us her claws. A photo of her as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises" gave us a hint Friday of what's to come -- thanks, Hero Complex!

Now, when we say "hint" we mean it's not so much a first look as perhaps a first glance. Of a motorcycle. With giant tires. That appears to have Hathaway strapped to it somehow.

The headgear-sporting Hathaway is in hot pursuit of something (we hope it involves a shirtless Christian Bale) sporting black leather and what appear to be slim-fitting riding boots. Annie cuts a sporty, albeit slightly bland, figure.

For all the costume speculation and the talk surrounding her physical training, the Ministry finds this a bit anticlimactic. We hope a full-body shot is inbound, please, with a little more drama in the look?

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Photo: Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises." Credit: Chris Watts / Warner Bros.


Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

'Inception's' Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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"The Dark Knight Rises" — or what might be called "Inception" lite — has found itself a boardwoman and a cop in Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The actors who previously teamed with "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan are joining him again for the newest Batman film — the final chapter in the trilogy.  

Cotillard, who won the lead actress Oscar in 2007 for "La Vie en Rose," will play Miranda Tate, a member of the Wayne Enterprises board. Tate is "eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic endeavors for Gotham," according to Variety.

Gordon-Levitt will join Gotham City's rank-and-file police force as John Blake, "a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon." He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2009 for his starring role in "(500) Days of Summer."

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SAG Awards: Want Christian Bale's attention? Rip your shirt off

Christian Bale SAG Awards

Christian Bale, who recently outed himself as a shy guy backstage at the Golden Globes, navigated the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet with reserve Sunday. In fact, the most animated gestures "The Fighter" actor put out were the raising of eyebrows or occasional nod of the head -- until one fan in the bleachers got his attention.

A man wearing a gray button-down shirt and black fedora shrieked Bale's name, then ripped open his shirt to reveal a "Fighter" T-shirt underneath.

The man thrust out a headshot -- of Bale, we assume -- at which point the amused actor finally cracked a smile and laughed.

Bale then walked over to the bleachers and humored his fans, signing autographs for a minute or so before composing himself and continuing down the red carpet, toward the trophy he would later win for male actor in a supporting role.

Click the pic above or the links below for more photos from the red carpet.

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Photo: Christian Bale from "The Fighter" signs an autograph as he arrives at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters


Anne Hathaway is Catwoman for 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Anne Hathaway will play Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises" The good news won't stop coming for Anne Hathaway: The fumbling princess turned A-lister has just been cast as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." 

Catwoman / Selina Kyle has been played in her previous big-screen incarnations by Michelle Pfeiffer and, in a disastrous, Razzie-winning turn, Halle Berry.

(And then there was that whole embarrassing sitch in 1991 when Sean Young tried to snag the role through blunt-force self-promotion. She did not succeed.)

Hathaway reportedly beat out Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley for the gig, opposite Christian Bale and a previously announced Tom Hardy.

Hathaway will host the 2011 Academy Awards with James Franco. For more on Hathaway's "The Dark Knight Rises" feline frenzy, check out Hero Complex.

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Photo: Anne Hathaway enjoys herself on the Golden Globes red carpet in Beverly Hills on Jan. 16, 2011. And really, given her string of good fortune lately, what's not to love? Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


The delicious awkwardness of interviewing Christian Bale

Christian Bale Esquire cover The business of writing celebrity profiles can get pretty predictable -- full of "Celebrity X greets me at Chateau Marmont with a nonchalant smile just south of enviable vintage Ray-Bans," and other cliche tales of cozying up to big stars promoting their latest projects.

Which is why the Ministry was thrilled to see the curveball in this month's Esquire magazine, starring the casually uncooperative and often brilliant Christian Bale.

Making the rounds to promote "The Fighter," Bale leaves no room to guess if he enjoys being the subject of cover stories or any other sing-for-your-supper obligations typical to movie stars.

Writer John H. Richardson discloses Bale's ground rules -- only Q&A format, please, with no personal questions.

"Everybody talks about the process too much. The interesting thing about a movie is the movie," Bale declares.

Richardson tries to probe him about the career decisions of certain filmmakers, to which Bale responds, "Why are you worrying so much about everybody else? Let's start looking at you for a minute, all right?"

They tango back and forth about what it means to be interviewed, Bale's historic guardedness and the legitimacy of previous profiles of the actor.

"Basically, it's somebody who got stuck having to interview me who really wants to be a novelist, so they're writing these novellas and I was like, 'It's not true, that didn't happen, they just made all that up!' Why don't they just go ahead and be a novelist instead of bothering with interviewing me?" Bale said of prior coverage.

Awkward. So does Bale hate the would-be novelist? The mechanics of publicity? His own image?

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The PREACH IT! 2009 year-end celebrity gossip quiz!

Lil kim How well do you know your 2009? How well do you know your gossip? How well would you do in one giant year-end quiz that combines all the great taste of 2009 with the heady texture of celebrity gossip?

We have just such a quiz! We’re entertainment reporters. It’s our job to write quizzes for you.

Take your best shot at these 10 questions -- and Happy New Year from the divine folk at Ministry of Gossip. A link to the answers is at the end.

 1. Who was in jail in 2009?

(a) Lil' Kim

(b) Lil Wayne

(c) Lily Allen

(d) T.I.

2. It was a big year for shaking down celebrities. Who did not reportedly get threatened with extortion in 2009?

(a) Cindy Crawford

(b) David Letterman

(c) John Stamos

(d) 50 Cent

Heene 3. What was the name of the failed TV show self-produced by Richard “Balloon Dad” Heene?

(a) "Fun With Helium"

(b) "Box Time Playhouse"

(c) "Making Crawl Spaces Fun"

(d) "Fairy Tales for Grownups"

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PREACH IT! Hey Tiger? Gonna take a Big Bertha to your plea for privacy

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Let’s recap the Tiger Woods scenario for those following at home, shall we?

Tiger comes tooling out of his driveway in his golf-hero-mobile early Friday and double-bogeys a fire hydrant and a tree. Tiger is apparently hurt. Tiger is down. Something must be done. Elin Nordegren, being a proper golf wife, uses a club on the crashed car. She claims she acted to free her man from danger -- not, as some reports have indicated, to punish her husband for allegedly dipping his pitching wedge into another lady’s sand trap.

What happens next? Tiger manages to say a whole lot of nothing to the public -- who paid for that visit from the cops, by the way -- and instead trots out a trope as old as St. Andrews itself.

“My family and I deserve some privacy,” he intoned on his official site, “no matter how intrusive some people can be.”

One day maybe I actually will violate Tiger’s privacy and attempt to blog about him from a tree under his front lawn while reciting his Social Security number at full volume. Until then, the time-worn request for privacy, that ancient, sanctimonious, self-pitying celebrity tactic, may deserve a closer look.

(Sorry, Tiger, but I may have to violate your privacy to figure out what you and all your famous friends mean whenever you ask for privacy.)

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