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June 20, 2004.

The release date of 'The Machinist' in USA is September, 24, 2004 (limited release).


Aslo you have a chance to see the movie at the two summer film festivals: July 2-3, 2004 at Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival, and July 5, 2004 at The 39th International Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Click the links to see the schedule of screenings.


Christian Bale is the 6th sexiest actor in Britain. That's the results of SkyMovies (British TV channel) poll. Congratulations! :)


Christian Bale is in Entertainment Weekly's Must List 2004. He is one of the 12 favorites of summer 2004! Read the article (thank Mary Ellen DeCosta for scans!).


Don't miss recent Newsweek magazine (June 21 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 14) with the exclusive 'Batman Begins' set report.

May 3, 2004.

Kim S. Schultz sent us the link to her page with portraits of Christian Bale. Thank you!

Don't miss the recent Entertainment Weekly magazine with the first look on new Batman.

Aslo look at more Batman/Wayne pictures on official Batman Begins site.

February 27, 2004.

As Comingsoon.net reports, Paramount Classics has snapped up distribution rights from Filmax International to Brad Anderson's 'The Machinist'. The company has aquired rights to the film in North America, the UK, South Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. 'The Machinist' may be released at the end of 2004.


Christian Bale with his wife Sibi made the appearence at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival and talked to German magazine Bunte about 'The Machinist', 'Batman' and so on. If you read in German, go to the original Bunte article. If not, you can use this link to read the article's on-line translation to English.


The Batman project is scheduled to start production in London in March. In the official press release Warner Brothers presented the actors joining the Christian Bale as Batman. These are Ken Watanabe as Ra's Al Ghul, Michael Caine as butler Alfred; Katie Holmes as a childhood friend of Wayne's; Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard; and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

February 9, 2004.

Christipher Nolan, David Goyer and WB prexy of production Jeff Robinov talk new "Batman' project in the Variety article.

"The casting of Bale, Nolan hopes, will not only give audiences a younger Batman to root for but also a weighty sense of his true character. "Bruce Wayne is strong, and the things that are done to him to make him become Batman are all psychological and character-based," Nolan says. "We needed an actor capable of taking us along on this journey and showing the different psychological layers which inspire Bruce to become Batman."

If you have a subscription, read full article on the Variety web site. If not, go to Superherohype where the highlights was published.

January 30, 2004.

Christian Bale is 30 years old. Happy Birthday!

Superherohype' source reports 'Batman:Intimidation''s filming begins at the end of February in Iceland and will continue until mid March before moving to the U.K. Iceland shooting will be more like all terrain vehicles, with Christian Bale not arriving till around March 1st.

According to Variety, Brad Anderson's 'The Machinist,' recently unspooled at Sundance and starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Jason Leigh is among pics screening in the Berline Film Festival's Panorama section, which has completed its lineup of 34 features, 16 docs and 26 shorts from 32 countries, including 25 world preems.

54th Berlin International Film Festival will run February 5-15, 2004. The schedule of the screenings of 'The Machinist':

International - February 10, 17:00 (5 pm)
Zoo Palast - February 13, 21:30 (9:30 pm)
CinemaxX 7 - February 14, 14:00 (2 pm)
CinemaxX 7 - February 15, 20:30 (8:30 pm)

January 26, 2004.

Great 'The Machinist' reviews start to appear on the web, and almost each reviewer mentiones Christian Bale's acting and transformation and praise the film as brilliant movie.

The Hollywood Reporter: "It's a brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence. In the Premiere segment of Sundance, "The Machinist" notched strong and appreciative audience recognition in its world premiere here. <...> Bale's performance, including his startling weight loss, is a brilliant meld of dysfunction, paranoia and fear." Read full review.

Screendaily.com: "Bale, who is currently starring in the title role of a new $135m Warner Bros movie of Batman, goes to lengths to which actors probably shouldnt go and his performance will be a magnet for publicity, especially as the Batman heat starts to pick up. And like Donnie Darko did around the world three years ago, The Machinist will resonate with smart young audiences growing up in the new world of moral ambiguity and Orwellian undercurrents.

<...> Bale lost so much weight to play the harrowed machinist that his extreme physical appearance is hard to stomach. Evoking pictures of starving children in Africa or Holocaust survivors at the end of World War II, his hunched, emaciated torso is frequently seen shirtless and audiences will be more alarmed by the actors uncompromising perfectionism than the characters dilemma". Read full review.

Film Threat: The Machinist is so brave and visually impressive, it should demand an audience." Read full review.

Bloody-disgusting.com: "The director, Brad Anderson, does an amazing job of using lighting, or lack thereof, to create a gloomy mood and make the viewer feel almost as in the dark as Trevor Reznik. Another key element is Christian Bale, in yet another of his self disciplined roles." Read full review.

Rocky Mountain News: "Here then, some of the movies you'll be hearing more about: <...> The Machinist: Christian Bale reportedly lost 63 pounds to play a factory worker dealing with terrible guilt. Director Brad Anderson makes a movie with cult-favorite potential."

Calgary Sun, Kevin Williamson, "Best film I saw [at Sundance]". "<...> and The Machinist, if only for its shocking performance by an emaciated Christian Bale."

January 20, 2004.

January, 18 Christian Bale attended 'The Machinist' premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Christian Bale and his wife Sibi John Sharian, Christian Bale, Michael Ironside and Scott Kosar Christian Bale

Photo by Frazer Harrison, © Getty Images. Look more pictures here.

"The most shocking on-screen transformation in years comes from the future Batman Christian Bale, who stars in the spooky The Machinist," reports the Calgary Sun. "At the film's premiere, audiences were gasping in horror at the sight of Bale, who shed 63 lbs. to portray Trevor Reznik. The result is so startling, it had audience members wondering if Bale's appearance had been altered using digital effects.

"We didn't have any money for digital effects," says Bale, bulked back up for his Caped Crusader gig. "That was all me". Read here the full article.

San Francisco Chronicles also published some words about 'The Machinict':

"The Machinist'' is about one man's struggle against his demons. Christian Bale stars as a tortured insomniac who isn't sure whether there's a plot afoot to drive him mad or whether he's driving himself to the brink of insanity.

"Tonally, the brooding kind of paranoiac atmosphere of this movie and the universe we created for these characters reflect a changed world we live in since 9/11, a world where people are constantly looking over their shoulders, '' said director Brad Anderson, best known for the lighthearted "Next Stop, Wonderland.''

"The Machinist" taps into a pervading sense of threat. "There could be killers amongst us. No matter where you go, you might not be safe. The enemy could be lurking,'' Anderson said, rattling off fears that have become more acute since Sept. 11."

If you've seen 'The Machinist', send us reviews.

January 11, 2004.

GeekNewz.com has 'The Machnist' download trailer. Click here and enjoy it.

January 4, 2004.

Here is the schedule of the screenings of 'The Machinist' at the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah):

Sunday, Jan 18 - 9:30pm Eccles Center
Monday, Jan 19 - 12:00pm Egyptian Theatre
Tuesday, Jan 20 - 9:30pm Trolley Corners Theatre

The MachinistSundance Film Festival 2004 Film Guide presents the picture as "an inspired text on melding performance, sound, and image to convey a bizarre mental state, a stylized combination that rightly evokes comparison to such masters as Polanski and Hitchcock. Anderson adopts a gliding photographic style that perfectly frames subtle clues throughout and poses Bale in an expressive posture, creating a haunting portrait of man lost in his own past, seeking the redemption of truth".

According to Film Guide, "Christian Bale has proven himself one of the most dynamic actors of his generation, repeatedly flooring audiences with sublime transformations into an enviable range of characters.He turns in another jaw-dropping tour de force as a tor tured soul on the brink of reality in The Machinist".

Check out official festival site for more information.


The Machinist

If you didn't catch the teaser of 'The Machinist' on the Filmax International site (it was available less then a month) you can watch the shots from the teaser on Japanese Christian Bale fansite.


This is the first (and quite unnofficial) 'Batman: Intimidation' poster from Adangio.com.

January 2, 2004.

Very sad news. David Bale, a businessman, environmentalist, animal rights activist and father of Christian Bale, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, New York Times yesterday reported. David Bale was 62. His widow Gloria Steinem said, the cause was primary brain lymphoma, for which Mr. Bale had been hospitalized since July.

David Bale, New York Times informs, sat on the boards of the Ark Trust and of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He was also a board member of World Education Inc., a creator of nonformal adult education programs in developing countries.

"Mr. Bale was born in South Africa on Sept. 2, 1941. He grew up in Egypt, England and the Channel Islands and became a pilot in the hope of establishing air rescue and food supply flights in Africa. Besides his wife, Mr. Bale is survived by his children from his second marriage, to Jenny James Bale of England: the actor Christian Bale and Louise Bale, both of Los Angeles, and Sharon Bale of England; his daughter from his first marriage, Erin Kreunen of South Africa; and four grandchildren", - New York Times writes.

We offer our sincere condolences to family and friends of Mr. Bale.

December 4, 2003.

On Monday, December 1, Sundance Film Festival 2004 officials announced films which will be represented at the next festival in January 15-25 in Park City, Utah. 'The Machinist' is in the programm in Premiere category. For the complete film festival lineup, visit the Sundance Film Festival website.

From omic Book Resources: "Dynamic Forces is the only place online with this somewhat disturbing tidbit: Christian Bale reportedly told London's free Metro paper he wants to make the film lighter and campier like the 1960s Adam West TV series".

November 13, 2003

Filmax International official site was updated with 'The Machinist' teaser (Quicktime, only for view, not download). News was sent by Foodi. Thank you!

November 9, 2003.

The Machinist

Visit the official site of Filmax International studio to see new 'The Machinist' page: new synopsis, new poster and - the greatest thing! - shots from the movie.

Past news

October 11, 2003.

Added the article from star-ecentral.com about Christian Bale and his fan sites.

October 5, 2003.

Guisy sent us the link to this scan (very nice picture!) about "The Machinist" from Spanish magazine "Cinerama". Thank you!

September 22, 2003.

Foodi've sent us the link to web site where you can watch (not download, unfortunately) the video clip about the filming of "The Machinist". Thank you, Foodi!

September 18, 2003.

Read "Batman 5" latest rumours in Filmforce.ign.com article.

Also I found on IMDB.com message board translation of the Spanish article about "The Machinist" press conference in July, 2003. Read it here.

September 13, 2003.

I'm happy to report you: our 'Batman journey' isn't over. After almost two years of rumours and speculations Warner Brothers have finally announced the name of actor who will play Batman in the new studio project. This is Christian Bale.

Tuesday morning WB have published official press release presenting Christian Bale as new Batman. As Chris Nolan said he saw in Christian "the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne". Christian "has exactly the balance of darkness and light" studio have been looking for. "Jeff Robinov, President of production for Warner Bros. Pictures, called Christian Bale "the best person to play Batman" and stated that now they "are really looking forward to moving ahead with the rest of our casting, and are excited about the exceptional group we are assembling."

Principal photography on the film is expected to begin in early 2004. The movie is written by David Goyer and Nolan, and will follow the early career of The Dark Knight.

September 7, 2003

'Batman 5' rumours are increasing incredible. To be honest I don't even want to repeat Moviehole.net statements about Bale's perspectives to be in this movie. They are obviously surprised to find his name in the final list of candidats because "an insider told me recently that Bale was up for the part at one stage, but his poor track record headlining action pics of late hasn't fared well with the suits at the WB".

Meantime Mr. Bale is going to became the audience's choice in the Yahoo! Movies Greg's Previews Weekly Poll 'Whom would you pick to play Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's version of Batman?'. Today he is on the top with unachievable 46%. You can vote for Mr.Bale here (find the poll on the lower left-hand side).

September 4, 2003

A huge amount of web sites are quoting today The Hollywood Reporter. As it reported during the next three days director of fifth Batman film Chris Nolan will be test the several young actors for the role of Caped Crusader. The list of most possible Batmans includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson ("Dawson's Creek"), Cillian Murphy ("28 Days Later"), Henry Cavill ("I Capture the Castle"), Eion Bailey and Hugh Dancy if his schedule permits.

As you can see all of them are relatively unknown actors and Christian Bale almost most famous star in these seven. So if he turn down for the big project again it will obviously happen not because of his "box-office poison" image. Another names also don't look like box-office cure.

Batman 5 is scheduled to start shooting in February. Thank you all of them who sent us the links.

August 28, 2003

Christian Bale in Spain. Summer 2003Jen shared with us some information about Christian Bales recent pictures. Its was taken at the 'The Machinist' press conference in Barcelona and published on Spanish web page www.larazon.es in conjunction with the article about this event. This article, among others, told that Christian Bale lost 22 kg/50lbs for the role. Photo was sent by Gemma. Thanks!

Such news was published recently on www.moviehole.net with big picture. Read the article.

August 13, 2003

Recently we had supposed that there was some conflict between Bale and Harrison Cheung, who have been supporting Bale's official site for a long time. Now we can present to you our own 'investigation' and to answer at the same time the question will Christian Bale's official site work again. Read the article.


Christian  Bale in Spain. Summer 2003

Gemma sent us the recent picture of Christian Bale. It was made this summer in Spain where his new movie, 'The Machinist', has been shoting for the last months. Thanks Gemma! As you can see he looks skinny. I hope he is in good health and this look is necessary for the role.


CommanderBond.net announced the results of his member's polling "Who would be best next Bond". Hugh Jackman ('X-Men') wons with 35%. 20% don't see deserving candidate to play this character. 15% would like next 007 to be Clive Owen ('Gosford Park'). 9% gave your voices to Colin Farrell ('Phonebooth'). Christian Bale became fourth choice with 7%. Last name in the list is Jude Law ('The Talented Mr. Ripley') - he's got only 2%.

August 3, 2003

On July 18 the OregonLive.com published the article "Too Good to Be True?" by Mark Mohan, dedicated to Christian Bale. 'Is Christian Bale perfect?' Mohan asks and anwer himself: 'Nobody's perfect, right? But an examination of the British actor's traits and accomplishments makes perfection seem like a distinct possibility'.

You can find announcement of this article on the OregonLive.com using this link (paste the title and select exact date) but full article are not free. :( If somebody has this article and can send it to us it will be very good. :)

But it isn't the end of story. On August 1 Christian Bale was metioned on OregonLive.com again, in the article 'Politics and arts choices' written by Harrison Cheung. As you know a short time ago Harrison Cheung was Bale's official publicist and personal assistant on the sets. Since 1993 Cheung was a chief of official Christian Bale Fun Club on the web (now it's under construction). So it is more surprising to read following words:

'I read with great nausea the article with no clear raison d'etre by Mark Mohan ('Too Good to Be True?' A&E, July 18). Perhaps his little tribute to Christian Bale is fine in the pages of a teen idol magazine, but why in a major newspaper?

As a publicist, I can assure you of the maxim, if it's too good to be true, it probably is just that. 'Image' is something that is crafted. We call it 'positioning' -- which actor shall we sculpt to be the 'bad boy', the 'environmentally sensitive lad', the 'aloof mysterion'?

But thankfully, before any naive readers decide to worship at the altar of Christian Bale, I can use a bit of showbiz shorthand (thank you, Ashton Kutcher): Mr. Mohan, you've been punk'd!

Harrison Cheung Los Angeles'.

It looks like unknown conflict between Chrisrian Bale and his press agent. If you know something about it please share with us!

July 12, 2003

'Batman 5' rumours again... Read the article.

July 6, 2003

Some news about Christian Bale from www.moviehole.net. Read the articles:
The latest 'Bat' rumours
What's really going on with 'Batman'?
Christian Bale needs to fly.

July 3, 2003

Is Christian Bale going to play in Werner Herzog's film? Read the article.

June 5, 2003

Filmax international revealed the first pre-sales on Brad Andersons The Machinist. Read the article.

May 30, 2003

The shootings of 'The Machinist' start in Barcelona. Read the article.

May 14, 2003

Variaty.com reports Jenifer Jason Lee and Spanish actress Aitana Sanchez-Gijon may join to Christian Bale in 'The Machnist'.

May 13, 2003

'Equilibrium' is available on DVD.

April 6, 2003

'Reign of Fire' is in the list of Saturn Award nominees in Best Fantasy Film category. Visit Saturn Award site to check out the rivals.

April 1, 2003

Christian Bale will play lathe operator named Trevor Reznik in new Filmax International production, suspence triller called 'The Machinist'. Read the article or visit Filmax International web site for more information.

March 7, 2003

Christian Bale has visited the 'Laurel Canyon' premiere in L.A. See photos.

December 6, 2002

'Equilibrium' starts in USA only in the 300 theatres, unfortunately.

August 13, 2002

Christian Bale's agent talks to www.moviehole.net about Christian's plans to play in 'BATMAN' projects. Read the article.

July 26, 2002

Christian Bale, Rob Bowman and Izabella Scorupco have visited Dublin's premiere of 'Reign of Fire'. Read the article.

July 7, 2002

Christian Bale has visited 'Reign of Fire' premiere in Los Angeles. See photos.

May 23, 2002

Christian Bale has appeared at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles. Read the article.


You can find older news here: from January to July 2001 and from November 1999 to December 2000. Unfortunately this CB' web site is no more updating since july 2001 and most links are wrong.

Also check out some news stuff at IMDB.com (last one is dated the August 2001).



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