Christian Bale’s ‘Flowers Of War’ Gets U.S. Distribution, Oscar-Qualifying Run

Christian Bale is set to continue his Academy Awards takeover. Last year, the “Dark Knight Rises” star won his first Oscar for his supporting role in “The Fighter,” and this year one of his movies will be eligible for a golden statue as well.

China has chosen Bale’s film “The Flowers of War” as its official selection in the foreign-language category at the Oscars this year. It comes from director Zhang Yimou, best known in the US for directing the 2002 movie “Hero.” The film will receive a limited US release starting in late December, after its world premiere in China on December 16. “The Flowers of War” is set against the backdrop of the Nanking Massacre during the second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

Check out the rest of today’s film news after the jump!

MGM Finds Waldo For New Movie
In a world where there are movies being made based on the Rubiks Cube and “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,” it should come as no surprise that MGM has optioned the rights to make a movie based on “Where’s Waldo?” Deadline has the news, reporting that MGM co-CEO Eric Ellenbogen is thrilled that audiences will be able to “find Waldo in movie theaters with his motion picture debut.” Assuming this is a strict adaptation of the picture books it’s based on, I’m assuming that Waldo will only appear in the final seconds of this film, at which point we can immediately shift focus to the sequel.

Bryan Fuller Prepping Hannical Lecter TV Series
Primetime television is getting its own resident serial killer. Deadline is reporting that Bryan Fuller’s hour-long drama adaptation of Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter series has been picked up by NBC in a 13-episode order. The series is said to focus on Lecter’s early days, namely when he goes head-to-head with FBI agent Will Graham.

Clive Owen To Star In “Recall”
Moonstone Entertainment has announced that their action film “Recall” is for sale at the American Film Market. It is going to be directed by Harold Becker and stars Clive Owen as a SA specialist and decorated military hero. The film focuses on a conspiracy that Owen’s character slowly uncovers as he is sent on a mission to Kyrgyzstan.

Rufus Sewell Heads To “Paradise Lost”
Rufus Sewell is just the latest in a long line of actors to be cast in Alex Proyas’ adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem, “Paradise Lost.” has learned that he will play the archangel Sammael in the film. Sewell is joining Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker and Casey Affleck in the project. It is slated to hit theaters in 2013.

Universal To Make Action-Adventure Film “Leonardo”
Meet young Leonardo da Vinci, the action hero you never knew about. Variety is reporting that Universal has picked up a script by Jonny Kurzman that follows da Vinci on a quest to prevent the Dark Ages from reclaiming Renaissance Europe. As his back-up, he’ll call upon his fellow Renaissance artists Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo. Honestly, this sounds to us like another episode of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

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