End of Week Recap: Christian Bale Assaulted By Guards, A New Twitter Record and David Beckham = Action Movie Star?

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Christian Bale was assaulted by guards while attempting to visit blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been confined to his home since being released from prison more than a year ago. Apparently, the guards didn't recognize Bale who is in China to promote his new film The Flowers of War.
 
Speaking of China, the government there wants to pass a law that would ban 13 types of content in movies, including anything that might, "propagate obscenity, gambling, drug abuse, violence or terror, harm national honor, incite ethnic hatred or spread 'evil cults' or superstition."
 
Brian DePalma will begin production on Passion, a remake of the French film Love Crime that the director says will be the first film since Dressed to Kill that will allow him to, "combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spell-binding cinematic experience." Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams will star.
 
Keanu Reeves will make his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi, a kung fu action flick that stars Tiger Chen. Chen worked on the stunts crew for Matrix Revolutions and Reloaded.
 
Denzel Washington is set to star in The Equalizer, yet another big screen version of an ‘80s TV series. Richard Wenk (The Mechanic) will write the script.
 
Tom Cruise wants to turn soccer icon David Beckham into an action movie star. "I'd love to do action movies with Beckham. He would be great, he could kick ass."
 
 Hayao Miyazaki fans set a new Twitter record earlier this month. The iconic director's Castle in the Sky aired on Japanese TV and excited fans set a new record for most tweets per second. Twitter says fans averaged more than 25,000 tweets per second.
 
Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) is in talks for a supporting role for the rival-magicians comedy Burt Wonderstone. The movie stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey with a supporting cast of James Gandolfini, Olivia Wilde and Steve Buscemi. Filming begins next month.
 
Filming for Paradise Lost, the epic film inspired by John Milton's poem, has been postponed as producers work to pare down the budget that has creeped over $120 million. Bradley Cooper stars with Alex Proyas directing.
 
Time to catch up on this week in movie awards. This week featured the Screen Actors Guild nominations and Golden Globes nominations but a couple smaller critics’ circles also unveiled their winners. The African American Film Critics chose Tree of Life as best picture and Shame's Steve McQueen for best director. Woody Harrelson and Viola Davis took best actor and actress awards, respectively. Meanwhile, Hugo and The Artist topped the list of nominees for The Critics Choice Awards.
 
Four more critics’ circles announced their winners. New York and Boston Critics Circles named The Artist as best picture while Los Angeles went with The Descendants and San Francisco choosing Tree of Life.
 
 
The novel from which Drive was adapted has received a sequel, prompting talk of a film sequel somewhere down the road. The sequel will time jump the story six years into the future. Driver is now living in Phoenix and someone wants him dead. Who? Why? Cue desert car chase sequence!
 
Apparently Universal Home Entertainment isn't content with just one prequel in the Death Race series and thus they're bringing us Death Race 3, a continuation of the second movie that starred Luke Goss, Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames. The story will take place in South Africa (?!) and will involve Frankenstein (Goss) racing to save the lives of his pit crew.
 
Mike Myers is currently working on an Austin Powers musical that will serve as a prequel to the screen versions. Myers is also still developing a fourth movie in the franchise.
 
Matt Damon took a shot at writer Tony Gilroy for his Bourne Ultimatum script. Damon described the events that led to Gilroy turning in an, "unreadable, career-ender' of a script.
 
Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, is set to make her movie debut in Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys, an adaptation of Dennis H. Christen's young adult novel.
 
Clint Eastwood and his family are the latest addition to E!'s reality TV world. Eastwood will make guest appearances on the show, which will focus on the daily lives of his wife and daughters.
 
A diamond ring given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton fetched $8.8 million while a pearl/diamond/ruby necklace went for more than $11.8 million. The price surpassed the previous auction record for a pearl set in 2007 at Christie's auction house in New York, with the sale of the Baroda Pearls for $7 million. In total, the auction set a new record, amassing $115 million for the late star's collection of jewelry. The ring was purchased by a private buyer from Asia.
 
Additionally, the wig worn by Taylor in Cleopatra fetched $16,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas.
 
This week in lawsuits, a former employee of James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment has filed a claim stating that he spent two years developing a film that was the basis for Avatar, but has not been sufficiently compensated for his efforts. Avatar has made $2.8 billion worldwide with a pair of sequels on the way.
 
For anyone who cares, Britney Spears is once again engaged.
 
 
Pics and Posters
 
New posters this week for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter courtesy of IGN, The Expendables 2, Jack the Giant Killer, The Hunger Games, Casa de mi Padre, ParaNorman, Gone, Chronicle, Prometheus, John Carter IMAX, The Dictator, Safe House, the Spanish version of Trespass, Rock of Ages, Contraband plus a quad poster for Goon and a pair of new banners for The Avengers.
 
 
Looks like someone got their latest issue of Empire magazine and scanned a bunch of new pics for The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers and Dredd. Check out a few of them below and the rest of them here.
 
 
Bruce Willis loves Bruce Willis
 
 
Merry Christmas Matt Damon. Scroll down to videos to watch him dress up as Santa and try to convince little kids how water bottles make cool gifts. Seriously.
 
 
Jeremy Renner is a man's man. 
 
 
The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Legos are coming soon…
 
 
Poor Edward 
 
 
 
Indiana Jones acrylic painting by Redditor Hara-Kiri
 
 
 
 
Videos and Trailers
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
 

 
Jack the Giant Killer
 

 
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
 

 
The Expendables 2
 

 
The Dictator
 

 
MS One Maximum Security
 

 
Good Deeds
 

 

 

 
Rock of Ages
 

 
G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation
 

 
Men in Black III
 

 
ParaNorman
 

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Casa de mi Padre Teaser
 

 
Matt Damon dresses up as Santa Claus to film PSA for Water.org and tries to convince kids how cool a present a water bottle is.
 

 
Steven Spielberg Talks About War Horse in Full Q&A Video
 

 
Genrocks 2011 Filmography
 

 
Oyguvaltshappy’s 2011: The Cinescape
 

 
Alvin and the Chipmunks Cast Interviews
 

 
Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows Cast Interviews
 

 
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