Actor Christian Bale sure had some interesting things to say about his role as the Old Testament hero Moses. He told reporters recently that to prepare for the upcoming Ridley Scott epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, he read a book about the figure’s life as well as accounts about the hero in the Quran, Bible and Torah. His takeaway:
I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life. He's a very troubled and tumultuous man and mercurial. But the biggest surprise was the nature of God. He was equally very mercurial.
It’s not exactly the Sunday school version of the Hebrew leader. Unsurprisingly, his character analysis isn’t exactly sitting well with some Christian critics. Of course, the Bible paints a far-from perfect picture of Moses, a man who killed an Egyptian slave master out of vengeance before leading his people out of Egypt. But, considering the fallout from some creative liberties taken with the character of Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s recent Biblical blockbuster, using words like "schizophrenic" and "barbaric" to describe one of the Bible’s most well-known characters may cause some blowback ... Discuss
Whew. Well, after talking to just about every white male actor who's ever been in a movie, it appears Marvel has made their choice for their highly anticipated next big superhero movie. The roll of Doctor Strange, an aptly named wizard who does battle against the supernatural, will go to Benedict Cumberbatch. Now, now. Settle down, nerds. The movie isn't supposed to release until 2016, so you've got a while to get your costume together. The movie is being directed by horror veteran Scott Derrickson, so odds are Marvel's aiming for its first foray into spooky superheroes ... Discuss
The small studio Martin Revelation Films has created this strangely poetic video by simply changing the music on the epic new Avengers trailer to a classic from Celine Dion. Enjoy, My Ultron Will Go On ... Discuss
Steve Carell has signed on to star in a new sci-fi comedy from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the guy behind trippy dramedies including Adaptation, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In I.Q. 83, based on a 1978 novel, much of the population suffers from a disease that causes their I.Q.’s to plummet dramatically. From Deadline: “It becomes a race against time as the scientist [Carell] struggles for a cure, even as he feels himself growing dumber” ... Discuss