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October 19, 2017

The old Christian Bale can't come to the phone right now:

Photos leaked Thursday show Bale's full body commitment to the character of Dick Cheney, whom Bale is portraying in Adam McKay's forthcoming (and yet untitled) biopic about the former vice president. The film will reportedly cover Cheney's "time serving as a Wyoming congressman up through his time in D.C. — with a few stops for hunting trips (and accidents) along the way," Vulture reports.

For reference, only a short time ago, Bale looked like this:

The film also stars Amy Adams as Dick Cheney's wife, Lynne Cheney:

Not too shabby! Jeva Lange

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August 22, 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For relies heavily on a variety of post-production effects to achieve its glossy, film-noir visual style — but what would it look like without all that technical wizardry?

If you want to see what Sin City: A Dame to Kill For looked liked before a team of post-production artists gave it the full Sin City treatment, check out the footage below. At the very least, you'll gain a new appreciation for the actors, who spent the vast majority of their filming days grunting and glowering in empty green rooms. --Scott Meslow

May 29, 2014

In general, I dislike modern comedy cinema in the Judd Aptow/Seth Rogen mold. I suspect part of that is down to simple personality — I find it almost unbearable to watch characters who are being crushingly humiliated. Another reason I hadn't quite appreciated it, though, is the uninspired direction. Modern comedy is too often filmed in a kind of soap-opera style, like something shot for efficiency reasons, with characters mostly just talking to each other in close-up.

Tony Zhou explains this through the work of Edgar Wright, a filmmaker who does use directorial techniques to create humor. It's an interesting look into how thoughtfully composing a shot can do wonders with comedy. --Ryan Cooper

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