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On the scene with Broadway’s 'Newsies': 'Christian Bale, come see our show!'

At a press event yesterday for the Broadway-bound production of Newsies, the cast and creative team behind the cult 1992 Disney movie musical discussed one of the most important parts of the project – pleasing the passionate fans – and one erstwhile newsboy in particular.

For 20 years, Newsies fans – called “Fansies” – clung only to a VHS tape (later a DVD) and a soundtrack for the original film, which starred Christian Bale as a newspaper seller who leads the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When the announcement leaked that Newsies would finally make the much-anticipated jump to the stage at the Paper Mill Playhouse in September, the Fansies rejoiced. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Our 2012 Forecast issue takes you to the set of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

In a year crowded with some of the most anticipated movies in years (The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man, to name just a few), The Dark Knight Rises might be the most anticipated of them all. The third and final installment in Inception director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Bat-flicks — which will once again star Christian Bale as the caped crusader and introduce Thomas Hardy as the brilliant, brutish terrorist Bane and Anne Hathaway as the purrrrfectly mercurial Selina Kyle — will swing into theaters on July 20, four years after The Dark Knight ignited a cultural sensation, grossed $533 million, and earned Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly — our annual Forecast issue, which previews the pop culture year looming ahead — goes to the Rises set and offers some insight into how Team Nolan hopes to match their previous success. “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure,” Christian Bale tells EW. “And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people’s expectations — to make great work.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Lion King Rises' mash-up: Oh, Simba just can't wait to be Batman! (VIDEO)

Alternatively, you could picture Jonathan Taylor Thomas tearfully ripping up a glamour shot of Christian Bale.

Thanks to this brilliantly edited mash-up by Brad Hansen for revealing to us the first great truth of 2012: It turns out that this summer’s upcoming The Dark Knight Rises is a rather believable allegory for 1994’s The Lion King.

Are you ready for THE STAMPEDE? I don’t think you’re ready for this stampede. Watch the video:

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Has China ruined its Oscar chances with criticism of Christian Bale?

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Flowers of War has a multitude of advantages over its rivals in the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Most obviously, it stars Christian Bale, who plays an American pretending to be a priest in order to survive the brutal 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking, China. Moreover, Bale’s character, and several others, speak English, making the film much more accessible to Academy voters. Lastly, it’s the official category submission from China, which just so happens to be the most promising unrealized market for blockbuster Hollywood films.

But the Oscars can also be very political, in every possible way. Including the literal sense. Last week, when Bale was roughed-up on camera while attempting to visit Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist who had been under house arrest in China for documenting his country’s population-control measures, the Dark Knight actor reminded western audiences of China’s less-than-stellar human rights record. READ FULL STORY

Make 'em laugh: Our favorite celebrity crack-ups

In honor of EW’s Comedy issue (on newsstands now), we’ve put together a compilation of our favorite celebrity crack-ups. From Ryan Gosling’s giggle to Britney Spears’ snort, Natalie Portman’s adorkable Golden Globes guffaw, “serious newsman” Anderson Cooper’s show-stopping hysterics, and everything in between, we’ve hand-picked stars’ best funny haha moments. Check out the unexpected — and infectious — video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Stop the presses! 'Newsies' may be heading to Broadway this spring

Disney’s new stage version of the 1992 musical film Newsies, which had its world premiere this week at Millburn, N.J.’s Paper Mill Playhouse to generally rave reviews, may be headed to Broadway this spring. EW has confirmed reports that Disney has been approached by several Broadway theater owners about a possible transfer of the production, which is currently slated to run through Oct. 16 at Paper Mill. There are no firm plans as yet, since Disney had only modest ambitions for the show: namely, licensing it for schools and community theater groups.

Though the original film was a box office flop, Newsies developed a cult following on home video thanks to Beauty and the Beast composer Alan Menken’s songs and the early, enthusiastic (and sometimes charmingly off-key) performance of Christian Bale as a turn-of-the-20th-century newsboy leading a strike against New York City newspaper barons. One potential hitch for mounting Newsies on Broadway is that the lead actor playing Bale’s character from the film is already committed to another production. Jeremy Jordan will play Clyde Barrow in the Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie & Clyde, which is scheduled to begin previews Nov. 4 before a Dec. 1 opening.

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Christian Bale won’t star in stage version of ‘Newsies,’ but here’s what you can expect

Christian Bale won't star in stage version of 'Newsies,' but here's what you can expect

You remember Newsies, the 1992 Disney cult hit about a turn of the 20th century New York City paperboy strike — a.k.a. the kids movie in which Christian Bale sings and dances. Well, Millburn, N.J.’s Paper Mill Playhouse is about to host the world premiere of the Bale-free stage version. The producers staged a special advanced presentation today of four numbers from the new show, which begins performances Sept. 15 for a Sept. 25 opening. For those fans out there (and I’m one of them), we’ve got the lowdown on what’s the same, what’s different, and what we’re really, really excited to see.

• Don’t expect to hear the Razzie-winning song “High Times, Hard Times.” That tune, along with showgirl Medda’s “My Lovey Dovey Baby,” was cut (the former at the request of book writer Harvey Fierstein). Expect four or five new songs in their place, including a solo by a brand spanking new character and a number dedicated to the Brooklyn newsies.  READ FULL STORY

Mark Wahlberg talks up 'Fighter' sequel again: Good idea?

While accepting the Spike TV Award for Guy Movie of the Year, The Fighter‘s star and godfather Mark Wahlberg reiterated his intention to take “one more run” at the Micky Ward saga with another film. In a NSFW acceptance speech, Wahlberg reminded fans that Ward’s greatest moments in the ring — his epic trilogy with the late Arturo Gatti — weren’t included in the initial film, which nevertheless earned Oscars for co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. “We left [those] fights out for a reason,” he said, “because that’s for Fighter 2. We’re not going to do Fighter 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, but we’re going to do 2.” Watch his speech, which will air on Spike on June 10, after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'The Batman Complex': Not as crazy as Christopher Nolan's other work?

It was Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne himself who said in 2005’s Batman Begins, “Well, a guy who dresses up like a bat clearly has issues.” Christopher Nolan’s two superhero films seem satisfied with a superficial glimpse of the mental stability of its hero, but a clever new faux trailer for The Batman Complex ventures deep into the brain of the man who thinks he’s the Caped Crusader, with the help of Nolan’s other blockbuster, Inception, Bale’s previous work on films like The Machinist, and several other mind-altering movies.

Is it wrong to think that this pretend plot is less confusing than the actual one in Inception? This time around, when Leonardo DiCaprio’s dream-thief says, “I’ve done it before,” he’s referring to the seed he planted in Michael Keaton’s brain back in 1989. And when he warns, “His subconscious is militarized,” he’s dealing with extremely deadly characters: Joker, Two-Face, and an oil-spewing Batman. Take a look below at the first (fake) collaboration between Christian and Leo. READ FULL STORY

Oscar Twitter stats: James Franco feels the online love/wrath

James Franco may not have won the Best Actor Oscar, or the hearts of Oscar watchers (save our Ken Tucker), but according to Tweetbeat, which tracks the most talked about things on Twitter, he was by far the most tweeted about personality during last night’s Academy Awards. Of the estimated 400,000 Oscar-related tweets logged — half as many as the Super Bowl — 21,117 of them involved the actor/cohost. Anne Hathaway was the second most mentioned person with 14,530 tweets — though users were kinder to her than Franco. See the full Top 10 list below, along with other fun stats such as: the Top 3 most tweeted designers during the red carpet, the moments that caused “unexpected spikes of tweets” (hello, Melissa Leo!), which films were referenced the most (and whether those sentiments were positive or negative), and who Kirk Douglas bested… READ FULL STORY

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