Tuesday, April 19, 2011


 Jason Statham, one of our favourite action heroes with a good heart :) has taken a new role: Helen Mirren's husband, director Taylor Hackford will helm PARKER, and Statham will take the lead role in the story about a disciplined thief who lives by a strict code of conduct. He never steals money from people who actually need it, although he will strike back with a vengeance if he is crossed. The movie about a charming thief will be based on the books by Donald E. Westlake.

Today, thanks to "Beyond Hollywood" you can check out first pics of Christian Bale from the shooting of Zhang Yimou's (HERO) new epic drama NANJING HEROES. I've already wrote about this movie which will  chronicle the slaughter of thousands of Chinese citizens
by the Japanese troops in the city that was the nation’s capital back in 1937. Bale will play a priest named John who saved many innocent people by working with German businessman called John Rabe. With the budget of $90 million it will be one of the most expensive Asian films ever. The film will be shot about 40% in English and the rest in Chinese.

Now, this also sounds like an unusual but charming film. Coming out in USA in just a few weeks, THE VINTNER'S LUCK starring Jeremie Renier, Gaspard Ulliel, and two Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga and Keisha Castle Hughes (who's acting I've never
liked), tells the compelling tale of Sobran Jodeau, an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life: his beautiful and passionate wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday and Xas, a fallen angel, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Sobran which endures for many years. A fantastical creature with wings that smell of snow, Xas turns out to be an unconventional mentor. Under his guidance Sobran is forced to fathom the nature of love and belief and in the process grapples with the sensual, the sacred and the profane - in pursuit of the perfect vintage. Set in 19th century France, the film was shot on location in France and New Zealand.

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  1. I know this is inappropriate to say, but wow, Bale has got to be the sexiest looking priest ever :D Thanks for posting this Dezzy, NANJING HEROES is a heart-wrenching story worth telling. I'm glad Bale is involved in this.

  2. yes, it could be a really great epic drama, I'm only confused a bit by its plot, because over at IMDB the plot is all about some prostitutes while on other sites its all about saving victims and innocent people in China.

  3. I want to see Nanjing but true stories always leave me so haunted. Especially involving the death of thousands of innocent people. However, I'm a huge fan of Statham and can't wait to see that.

  4. The Vintner's Luck IS oddly intriguing. Vera Farmington is always interesting to watch, IMO. And more Ulliel! Like that.

    I finally got around to seeing Bale's performance in The Fighter. I don't usually care much for him, but I have to admit he was pretty damn good in that.

  5. Uh, Vera Farmiga. Apparently I'm thinking of New Mexico today.lol.

  6. @Clarissa
    yes, true stories can be difficult sometimes, but we must learn our lessons from them.
    We love Statham too :)

    it is intriguing, isn't it? :)
    You should watch BAle in THE MACHINIST, that's his best role!

  7. Hi DEZ!
    I am a huge fan of Statham - he's just a great action guy.
    You know which show I loved - The Expendables - I know, I know you're probably going to laugh...everyone does.
    But I loved all the action that wasn't faked out - I loved it!

    As usual - great post! I'm learning so much about movies and actors every time I drop by!

    Have a great day, Jenny

    Drop by my site I've got something for you to pick up!

  8. Can't wait to see Jason Statham in his new film. I just love him. Christian Bale's new film looks exciting as does The Vintner's Luck. I'll have to hop on to FB and click. :)

  9. @Jenny
    I also love Statham, because he is so down to Earth and also such a kind and nice guy even though he looks rough :)
    Nice to have you here everytime ;)

    I love him too :) Click. click, click and tell every one to click too :)

  10. Facebook needs an "awesome" button :)
    The trailer for THE VINTNER'S LUCK makes the movie look intriguing.

  11. wow, the character described absolutely suit Jason! it reminds me of his role in Transporter, how he restrained himself not to get too close with the "package", which turned out to be a chinese girl. :)

  12. Bale = my favorite actor. I cannot wait for this epic.

  13. Ooo Jason Statham in anything is amazing to me!! Nanjing Heroes sounds like an amazing film as well. I can't wait to see more about this. ; )

  14. I always love me some Christian Bale....

  15. I'm going to FB you soon. Sweet!

  16. Bale is going back to China. If this is anything like his last trip, it should be memorable.

  17. some cool celeb shots here...thanks

    xo Lisa

  18. Vintners Luck looks like its right up my street.

  19. Hey Dez, Sorry I have been AWOL. Busy bee I am!! But I am back now so you can sleep easy :-)

    I am going to say it..... I LIKE Statham. There it is out there, in the open, for all to see. I think he has done well. The best out of all the 'lock stock' boys. Good for him. I know he is not up everybodies street. But I do like a popcorn action fest!!!!

    Thanks Dez


  20. hmmm.... that vinter's luck looks interesting, but the poster up there for it is absolutely gorgeous!

  21. @Lyndy
    ah, I got the button from Facebook when I opened the HOLLYWOOD SPY page :)

    we love Statham, don't we? :))

    we love Bale too ;)

  22. @Nicole
    Statham is always amazing :)

    what's not to love :))

    thanks, Lydia :))

    China is becoming quite popular in Hollywood lately :)

  23. @Lisa
    welcome to HOLLYWOOD SPY, Lisa

    I was also intrigued by the trailer even though I'm not so sure about the two main actors, that blond guy and Keisha.

    ah, finally some sweet repose for my limbs with waiting tired :)
    Nothing to be ashamed off, general, we love us some Statham too ;)

    I will watch it only for that angel character :) I love Ulliel who is playing him and I also love angels :)

  24. After starring in Empire of the Sun, and now this Nanjing Heroes, can Bale do something nice for Japan? Or will he only appear in movies that portray Japan's black marks?

  25. The trailer for Vintners Luck is intrigueing, although i'm not sure it will be my cup of tea

  26. @Jaccsy
    that's a good point, Jaccsy, although I'm guessing he didn't intend for both projects to be with Japanese people as villains. It was probably a coincidence. Bale's wife is a Serbian, and she knows how black and white picture of the world in political propaganda can bring a lot of problems.

    I'm not sure either, but it is intriguing and unusual.

  27. Wow, you got my interest when I saw Jason's pic! Poor Helen having to play his onscreen wife—what a tough job!

  28. The Facebook page looks good. I like it under my real name which is the one registered with Facebook.

    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

  29. I love the sound of Nanjing Heroes....
    Can't wait to see it.
    And you can bet I'm clicking Like on your Facebook.

  30. Since you followed the Game of Thrones thing, I thought I'd let you know that Clash of Kings (season 2, essentially) has been signed with HBO.

    Sean Bean and Mark Addy, however, won't be back. :D

  31. Looks like pain and pleasure in these choices!
    Angels and wine; I'm intrigued~

    Jason as Helen's hubby; there must be a lot of flashbacks. I like the Robin Hood idea~

    Off to FB~

  32. I must have missed the earlier info on the Christian Bale movie, but it sounds very interesting. Thanks again Dez, here's another one I'll have to check out :)

  33. @Nadir
    no, you didn't read it right: TAylor the director is Helen Mirren's husband, and Statham is just playing in his film, Helen is mentioned here only as director's wife.

    thanks for LIKING the Facebook page :) I hope I will manage to get many followers there ;)

    thanks, Andrew!

  34. @MJ
    yes, I announced the second season last week :) even before the first one started. But I'm adding interesting updates always.

    no,no, you didn't get it either :) Helen is director's wife, and JAson is playing in her husband's new film :)

    be welcome, glad you like it ;)

  35. I got the update today that it was officially signed. You know, in news that shocks...absolutely no one.

    I saw that your announcement was in the American Gods announcement page, too.

  36. Yep, Dezz sometimes tends to spread rumors even before they actually happen :))
    I'm extremely happy about the official confirmation, because it means next year will bring us new epic shows and new seasons in my favourite genre.

  37. Bale makes a handsome priest :)
    Looking forward to see the movie. Thank you for sharing those pictures. Do you know when it will be released?

  38. it should come out some time next year, Novroz :) We shall know as soon as we get the first trailer later this year

  39. Next year is better...this year's sucks!!
    I haven't been to cinema for the past 2 or 3 months :(
    my Stupid government with their stupid rules

  40. I feel your problems, Novroz, cinemas in my country aren't any better either. In my town we don't even have a cineplex or multiplex.

  41. I like Jason Statham, his acting is good i saw all his movies and i like the both versions of crank movie. Iam waiting for his upcoming movies to watch