Chuck Palahniuk Broke The First Rule Of Fight Club And Started Talking About ‘Fight Club 2’

Before it became David Fincher’s wildly popular movie that soon reached cult-status, Fight Club was a book.

Palahniuk has written books since but now he is ready to pick up the Fight Club story once more, but in a different form, comics. He mentioned why now was the right time for a sequel.

Three factors. First, I’d delivered most of my latest book, a story collection called Make Something Up, so, for the first time in decades, I had the free time to learn a new storytelling form. Second, a friend, the best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain invited me to a dinner which also included Matt Fraction and Brian Michael Bendis, and my fellow guests insisted a sequel was a good idea, and that comics were fun, and they offered to hold my hand as I learned the ropes. Third, I had no idea in 1995, when I wrote the original novel, that I’d be asked about it for the rest of my life. Since that was the case, I figured I’d better expand the 185-page story into the past and future and turn it into the kind of mythology that H.P. Lovecraft or Stephen King are known forHe told Uproxx

 While many will be confused as to why he’s going down the comic book route Palahniuk is sure it’s the right avenue to take.

The book and the film each had such a following that any sequel in the same form would suffer from direct comparison. Thus, a third medium would give the new story its best chance of achieving its own authority.He said.

I just wanted to be a student, again, and to learn a new skill from accomplished, younger people. The dumbest person in the room learns the most, and I’ve enjoyed being the idiot who’s learned from experts.

The experts he’s talking about are artists Cameron Stewart (interiors), David Mack (covers), and publisher Dark Horse Comics.

This is not the first mention of Fight Club 2. The forthcoming comic will be the third entry in the series and will return to the origins of Tyler Durden’s Project Mayhem house from the novel and of course the movie.

Oh, his (Sebastian, the protagonist from the comic) return goes hunky-dory… not. Project Mayhem is a younger man’s path to fulfillment. This is more of a little trip down Memory Lane, and a way to hint at what the organization has become, without stooping to too much expository dialogue. Sebastian will suffer, but don’t look for him to make progress. And what’s to say his entire experience in the Mayhem house isn’t scripted by Tyler?

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The author also has plans for the future…

There’s a big push to make Invisible Monsters into a graphic novel, but I’d rather focus on a new script, a FC3. Another best-case scenario would be that the James Franco film of my book, Rant, is released, and I can write a sequel for it as a comic.Palahniuk explained.

So no, there will not be a Fight Club 2 movie but really, truthfully do we want to have to deal with the disappointment of a bad sequel?

 

Doesn’t he read his own books?

Source: Chuck Palahniuk Broke The First Rule Of Fight Club And Started Talking About ‘Fight Club 2’ | The LAD Bible

Christian Bale: “I Couldn’t Be A Movie Star… Everyone Has To Like Them!”

Christian Bale on being a movie star

From Bateman to Batman and now a biblical icon, Christian Bale loves losing himself in a role.

But Hollywood’s “Mr Angry” says he can’t pull off making himself loveable enough in reality.

And he reveals why movies are last on his list of loves.

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WORDS Tom Mitchelson and Tiffany Rose

There’s something going on with Christian Bale’s voice.

The mercurial star, who came in for criticism for giving Batman a gravelly growl, now gives interviews in a strong south London accent.

If you listen to Bale being interviewed way back as a 13-year-old after he starred in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, his voice is more Home Counties cricket club.

At other times, journalists who have interviewed him have been treated to accents, from broad Brooklyn to Smallville American.

And he delivered his infamous real-life rant on the set of Terminator Salvation in the same US accent of his character John Connor.

The changing accents is just one example of the fact Bale is an actor who loves the art of disguise.

His choice of roles has also borne that out.

He made his first indelible mark on the screen as Jim in 1987’s Empire Of The Sun, playing a fearless, ebullient British boy separated from his parents when the Japanese invaded Shanghai.

Even in that, it looked as if he lost weight to portray life in a prison camp – he got more and more gaunt and pale as the film went on.

As an adult, he stripped away his hard-earned muscle to play insomniac Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, shedding 63lbs (4 1⁄2 stone) by subsisting on coffee, water and an apple a day for four months.

He lost weight again playing a prisoner of war in the Vietnam drama Rescue Dawn – and he got seriously bulked up for his Batman roles.

In American Hustle, the real-life ballooning belly and man-tits his conman carries are real.

And they got so big Bale’s daughter started to tease him about having boobs.

For his role as Moses in Exodus: Gods And Kings, released on Boxing Day last year, you’d have thought Bale would have wanted to throw himself in at the deep end again in the physical department.

But for once, he decided to steer clear of any bodily transformation.

And – more significantly for method man Bale – he also decided not to stay in character on set.

It wasn’t because transforming himself into a bearded Biblical hero was too much effort.

It was because he was afraid that being as volcanic and furious as the Moses on screen off set would have been far too damaging to his relationships in reality.

Bale’s rants about how tempestuous he feels Moses was have been well-documented by now.

He provoked a tsunami of outrage from Christians by saying the Biblical prophet was one of the most “troubled, schizophrenic and barbaric” men he’d ever researched.

It’s a valid point – the boy in the basket who was Moses, who went on to free 400,000 slaves did use terror as a weapon of persuasion.

One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter after all – and Bale sees Moses as a terrorist.

He said in one Press conference after the movie was released that if Moses was around today “drones would be sent after him” by the US.

In the Bible, God hammers Egypt with 10 crippling plagues – including the killing of the firstborn in every Egyptian home – before Pharaoh relents to Moses’ demand to let his people go.

Critics have said Scott was referring to acts of terrorism committed by groups such as ISIS. Bale agrees.

Highlighting Moses’ slaughter of 3,000 of his own people (some were killed by pouring melted gold down their throats) and his keeping of virgin girls as soldiers, Bale has said, “Moses was sadistic in the extreme”.

Now, all the ire has died down over remarks like that, and it shows on Bale.

He seems more calm and comfortable than ever.

Bale turned 41 last month and these days he looks the part of a contented father-of-two – and seems too relaxed to embody pathologically determined men like Moses anymore.

“You know I played Patrick Bateman where I stayed in character?” he asks.

Yep. “Well, Moses was way more extreme than Patrick Bateman,” he adds.

Saying Moses was more psychopathic than an axe-wielding stockbroker who takes a chainsaw to hookers and stabs tramps is pretty dramatic.

No wonder Christians got cross with Christian over his pronouncements on Moses.

But Bale continues, “Moses is somebody who has led a very tumultuous life, who doubts himself extremely, who has raging tempers, who murders his own people and who then protects them from this mercurial god who wishes to destroy all of them. He is somebody who slaughters and executes prisoners of war and yet he’s the man who’s responsible for freeing 400,000 slaves and bringing them to a homeland where they can rule themselves. He is the most extreme character that I’ve ever played.”

It seems that to play Moses Bale followed Laurence Olivier’s famous advice to Dustin Hoffman on the set of Marathon Man.

The legend goes that after Olivier heard Hoffman had stayed up for three nights to make his character look genuinely exhausted he sighed at the actor, “Try acting dear boy… it’s a lot easier.”

Bale told me of his choice not to go method with Moses, “I couldn’t maintain that character because he’s too much. He would have made it impossible for everyone else to work with and I recognised that early on. He’s not a tolerant man. I recognised the energy I would have been expending in sort of making and maintaining this character would have been counterproductive to the film completely. So it was one that I actually said, ‘This one, I’ve got to perform him – I’ve got to turn him on and off because he’s too much’.”

But Bale admits he didn’t completely reverse his reclusive method technique on set.

“I still kind of keep to myself somewhat,” he says. “I find it very difficult to get to know people too well and then play a character. My approach to any character is you don’t limit it to what you see on film.”

Not to do that for Moses was a dramatic change for Bale, who has possessed his characters with the same demonic energy as Daniel Day-Lewis.

He says for Moses, the first thing he told director Ridley Scott was that he didn’t care about transforming himself physically.

“When I met with Ridley I was shooting American Hustle, where I had a shaved bald head and a big gut,” he says. “So he looked at me and went, ‘Oh my God!’ He was thinking, ‘I’ve already committed to casting him without seeing him lately!’ Moses is an incredibly resonant and important character in history and therefore it was one of the few times it should be insignificant what he looks like. Except that in our story he was meant to be a general early on, so clearly for those parts he had to look capable, when generals were at the front and actually fighting.”

Bale wanted to avoid the pumped up action hero look.

“That’s absolutely not how I would want to play Moses, ever,” he says. “His violence and his passions should come from his heart and not from his physicality.”

Physically, cinema’s template for Moses is Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments, all long hair and flailing wind-blown beard. But it’s what the character of Moses symbolises that Bale wanted to make his focus.

“This is one of the most important people, not only in all of the Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, but in human history, regardless of whether he existed or not,” he says. “So we’re going to tell the story that has symbolically resonated for thousands of years. Are we really going to get hung up on hair? I said to Ridley, ‘Look, short hair or nothing – what does it matter really?’”

Bale’s also not big on any of the fake facial hair often found in biblical epics.

“I said no glue on the face because it makes it so you can’t move,” he says. “Aaron Paul (who plays Hebrew slave Joshua) had a glue moustache and beard and I would purposely make him laugh and his moustache would pop off.”

It’s maybe best Bale avoided staying in character while playing someone as extreme as Moses.

It was method acting that partly led to Bale’s most famous outburst – the one on the set of Terminator Salvation.

He was famously recorded ranting, (with shades of Patrick Bateman), at the director of photography on the set of the film, accusing him of interrupting him during a scene.

A snapshot of the tirade (which contains 49 variations on the word ‘fuck’) ran, “Am I going to walk around and rip your fucking lights down, in the middle of a scene? Then why the fuck are you walking right through? Ah-da-da- dah, like this in the background. What the fuck is it with you? What don’t you fucking understand? You got any fucking idea about, hey, it’s fucking distracting having somebody walking up behind Bryce in the middle of the fucking scene? Give me a fucking answer!”

After the outburst – or, rather, after  the publicity over the outburst – came contrition.

But Bale hit headlines again in 2008 over claims he assaulted his mother and sister the day before the London premiere of his film The Dark Knight.

By one account, money was at the root of Bale’s altercation with his mother Jenny and sister Sharon, in his suite at the Dorchester hotel on Park Lane in London.

Legal “sources” were quoted as saying he had snubbed his sister’s request for a £100,000 loan to help to bring up her three children and, after insults were apparently slung about Bale’s wife, it was alleged he “pushed and shoved” the two women.

They were said to have accused him of assault, which he denied.

After answering questions at a police station, Bale was released without charge.

But perhaps we underestimate the pressure heaped on a lead actor when so much is at stake.

Bale tells me of the pressure of doing a blockbuster such as Moses, “We had a set that was one kilometre long – a gargantuan set, and this prat (meaning himself) is the lead in that film. I’ve got to walk down there knowing the months of work that have gone into this, and the hundreds of people who are on the crew who right at this moment are just waiting for me to arrive and do the scene and to know his shit well enough that he can actually, believably, have this set around him. I just crumble at that, I just go, ‘Oh my God, do they know what a complete fool I am? Do they know what an idiot I am?’

“You have to overcome yourself in order to be able to do it. You can’t be there going, ‘I am me’. If you do, you’re going to be one of the most intolerant, nauseating people in the world – which there are a lot of in this industry. But to actually manage it with a sensibility of, ‘Oh my God, I cannot live up to this’, you have to create a completely different character. And that’s acting.”

“To me, that’s the difference between acting and being a movie star. Thank God it’s an age where you don’t have to be a movie star because I wouldn’t have a bloody career otherwise. Those people have to be charismatic and everyone loves them all the time and all that kind of shit, and – fuck! – I can’t do that. So, it’s very intimidating. You drive down and you look at that kilometre of set and you’re going, ‘Aww…’. But you know you’ve gotta get there and you’ve got to instil confidence in the crew that you’re not going to go, ‘Ahhh!’ and lose it. So, on that drive you’ve got to become the character, and manage to achieve that.”

Listening to all that, Bale basically sounds at his most humble I’ve ever heard him.

Yet the stories of how difficult he is in interviews abound.

Bale has sneered that journalists’ questions sound childish.

He probably has a point.

Bale has seen a lot more than most who sit down to interview him.

His childhood road to success sounds like a movie script.

Born on January 30, 1974 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, south Wales, he had a difficult relationship with his dad.

His father David had grown up in South Africa before he ran away to sea.

He later became a pilot stationed at RAF Brawdy near Haverfordwest.

Ill health grounded him when Bale was two years old and the family began a nomadic existence that took them to Oxfordshire, Portugal and Bournemouth.

Bale reckons by the time he was 15, he had lived in 15 different places.

Showbusiness runs in his blood – his grandfather played John Wayne’s double in the 1962 film Hatari!

Bale’s half-sister Erin became a musician and sister Louise is an actress and theatre director.

As a child, Bale took ballet lessons and learnt to play the guitar and his first job was in a breakfast cereal ad.

He enrolled at a Reading theatre group also attended by the young Kate Winslet, before he made his West End debut alongside Rowan Atkinson in The Nerd.

Even as a child star (after he rocketed to fame by acting up a storm in Spielberg’s Empire Of The Sun) Bale proved temperamental.

Irritated by journalists’ repetitive questions on a promotional tour for Empire Of The Sun, Bale confused reporters by stabbing an orange with a pen and refusing to talk.

A series of dud films followed, which saw Bale sing in Disney musicals to taking a role in a version of Hamlet that had him barking like a dog.

Bale’s parents separated while his career looked as if it would end with him being another failed child star.

But, with his father acting as his manager, Bale moved to Los Angeles.

His dad married feminist Gloria Steinem, then died from a brain tumour in 2003 aged 62.

After his father’s death Bale’s career took an upturn.

Starring in Little Women turned him into a teenage heart-throb in 1994, and the rest – from playing Bateman to Batman – is history.

Bale refuses to discuss his current family life (he’s been married for 15 years to Sandra ‘Sibi’ Blažic – a 45-year-old Yugoslav former model, make-up artist and personal assistant to Winona Ryder and mother to their two kids.)

Bale’s colourful past is definitely not up for discussion.

He has said it will destroy his mystique onscreen if people “get to know” him.

Bale’s one-time assistant Harrison Cheung once said he was a troubled soul.

And his mother said about his Terminator rant, “People might now realise that is his temper: they might understand a bit more.”

Bale himself seems to live in the shadow of his father.

In a rare mention of his background, he once said, “My father admired troublemakers. He always said to me, ‘The greatest sin is being boring’.”

Boredom and Bale aren’t something anyone can link.

Despite not embodying Moses’ personality on the set of Scott’s movie, Bale says he still got to the root of what was known about the man.

He says, “We took out a lot of the moments we couldn’t truly comprehend. The staff to the serpent, you know, magician’s tricks. To me I’d say that he’s all too human. Because he’s so passionate, he’s so temperamental, he’s so prone to his own egotistical impulses. He makes so many mistakes in his life. He grew up in the most indulgent lifestyle you could ever imagine – he was second only to a God.”

“You can only imagine the temptations and the lifestyle that he had. And then once he gets it, whatever you want to call it, whether it’s the calling or whatever, he’s changed forever and he becomes a man of extreme contradictions at that point because he’s absolutely aware of injustice. But he is prepared to behave in an extremely unjust way in order to correct that.”

However content Bale may be these days, from the way he talks about Moses, playing the Biblical hero (and/or terrorist) sounds right up his street.

It’s because Bale says humanity is what interests him most of all in the movie-making process.

I wonder if – given Bale’s understanding of the bigger picture and the sense that his performance has to match the talents of those around him – he’d be happier behind the camera, directing?

His answer is surprising.

“I have to confess, I don’t really like films enough to be a director,” he says. “I like people. I like to study people and that’s what I enjoy with acting. For me music, art, literature, comedy – I’ll choose all of those before I’ll go see a film. I think in that case I’m not the right person for being a director. You should really love, love, love film in order to be a director. And for me, I really love studying people. So I think it’s alright that I’m an actor. But I don’t think I’m the right person for a director.”

Bale is a man steeped in performance, acting and inhabiting a role.

But there’s his answer – he basically doesn’t like the intricacies of actually making movie to want to spread his talents beyond acting.

Deep down, the thing that makes Bale tick is his obsession with being someone else.

The public don’t have much more to go on either.

He’s not the type who will ever end up on reality TV.

Beyond some gossip about his temper and family feuds, the fact that he loves being a chameleon on screen is the only thing the public know.

And that’s all anyone who doesn’t know him well can really say is the ‘real’ Christian Bale.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in The Legend of Conan

Writer Says ‘The Legend Of Conan’ Will Be Like ” ‘Unforgiven’ With A Sword-Wielding Barbarian”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is more than happy to do a cinematic nostalgia tour. This summer he reboots in “Terminator Genisys,” “Twins” sequel “Triplets” is in development, and in case you forgot, there’s “The Legend Of Conan.” At one point, it was promised that the movie would shoot before the end of 2013, and while that didn’t happen, there are big plans with hopes for a new trilogy (obviously). Of course, Arnie is quite a bit older than he was in 1982 when “Conan The Barbarian” dropped, but the plan is to ignore the subsequent films, and for “The Legend Of Conan” to be straight up sequel. And writer Chris Morgan (“Fast Five,” “Furious 6,” “Furious 7”) has some grand aspirations. “Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later,” he told The Arnold Fans. “When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a. »

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Say Hello to Another Movie!

 ‘Scarface’  Moving Forward with New Writer

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Universal has confirmed plans to move forward with another remake of Scarface, the third iteration of the American crime story.

The Hollywood Reporter announces that Jonathan Herman, known for writing the script for upcoming Straight Outta Compton, has been tapped to pen the next draft. Paul Attanasio and David Ayer made previous stabs at the script, and the studio appears committed to seeing this remake through to the end.

Of course, this may be a hard pill to swallow for fans of Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic of the same name. Many of us hear “Scarface” and immediately imagine Al Pacino wildly brandishing a machine gun with makeshift rocket launcher.

These are some BIG shoes to fill, and while we don’t know who will star as the main character (they may change his name from Tony Montana), we do know the director. That would be Pablo Larraín, best known for directing the Academy Award-nominated drama No with Gael García Bernal.

While the Chilean director will be keeping the central premise of an immigrant’s ascent through the world of crime, Larraín is reportedly moving the story from Miami to Los Angeles.

Now that the earliest pieces in are place, it’s just a matter of time before some casting news comes out. Stay tuned.

Quotes for the Lads

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Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels Quotes

Bacon: Right. Let’s sort the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don’t, because if you can’t see value here today, you’re not up here shopping. You’re up here shoplifting. You see these goods? Never seen daylight, moonlight, Israelite. Fanny by the gaslight. Take a bag, c’mon take a bag. I took a bag home last night. Cost me a lot more than ten pound, I can tell you. Anyone like jewelry? Look at that one there. Handmade in Italy, hand-stolen in Stepney. It’s as long as my arm. I wish it was as long as something else. Don’t think because these boxes are sealed up, they’re empty. The only man who sells empty boxes is the undertaker, and by the look of some of you lot today, I’d make more money with me measuring tape. Here, one price. Ten pound.
Eddie: Did you say ten pound?
Bacon: Are you deaf?
Eddie: That’s a bargain. I’ll take one.
Bacon: Squeeze in if you can. Left leg, right leg, your body will follow. They call it walking. You want one as well, darling? You do? That’s it. They’re waking up. Treat the wife. Treat somebody else’s wife. It’s a lot more fun if you don’t get caught. Hold on. You want one as well? Okay, darling, show me a bit of life then. It’s no good standing out there like one o’clock half-struck. Buy them, you better buy them. These are not stolen, they just haven’t been paid for, and we can’t get them again. They’ve changed the bloody locks. Here. One for you. It’s no good coming back later when I’ve sold out. “Too late, too late” will be the cry when the man with the bargains has passed you by. If you got no money on you now, you’ll be crying tears as big as October cabbages.
Eddie: Bacon, cozzers!
Bacon: Shit.

A motherf*ckin bad ass box set!

Pulp Fiction 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box

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Writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s hugely successful follow-up to ‘Reservoir Dogs’ melds three dime-store stories set in lowlife LA into one cohesive thriller. Butch (Bruce Willis) is an over-the-hill boxer paid to take a fall, who instead does a runner with mobster Merselius’s (Ving Rhames) money. Meanwhile, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are two hitmen who aren’t having the easiest of mornings, and Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) are two would-be bank robbers who are planning a heist in a restaurant. Winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes and an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Deluxe Box contains:
• Pulp Fiction on Blu-ray
• A rigid, hinged suitcase-style box
• Jack Rabbit Slim’s menu
• Zed’s keyring
• Big Kahuna Burger bag
• 20 Pulp Fiction bank notes
• 4 art cards