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Bale Out – the remix of Christian Bale’s flip out is actually a good song! February 4, 2009

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I went on YouTube to check out some of these supposed ‘remixes’ of Christian Bale’s amazing American Psycho impersonation on the set of Terminator Salvation.

Most of them were pretty tryhard and didn’t sound any good.  But this one by RevoLucian called “Bale Out” is actually a very good, catchy song – not to mention it’s hilarious.  Check it out below (again, subject to the usual parental advisory disclaimer).

You can download a free MP3 of the song at RevoLucian’s website.

American Psycho: Christian Bale (Batman) loses it on set! February 4, 2009

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The Internets have been abuzz with Batman star Christian Bale’s insane flip-out on the set of Terminator Salvation (where Bale plays the grown-up John Connor).  When some guy (turns out it was Shane Hurlbut, the Director of Photography) walked onto the set in the middle of a scene (and apparently not for the first time), Bale absolutely unloads on him like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho (still my favourite Bale character by far).

Listen to the clip above.  I feel I should insert some kind of parental advisory warning here – I lost count of the number of F-bombs Bale dropped on the dude about 30 seconds into the clip.

I don’t know whether this is real or not – maybe it’s another one of those staged skits (like Michael Cera for Knocked Up), but it seems pretty genuine and there’s nothing so far to suggest it’s fake.  I’ve never been on the set of a movie before, especially one as reportedly tense as this film.  Hence I don’t know what type of basic industry rules they have about the behaviour of technical staff on sets.  I also can’t imagine the fatigue and stress actors endure during these long, endless shoots where they need to remain focused all the time.  But does that excuse what happened here?  Or did the guy get what he deserved?

NB: Christian Bale is actually a Welsh-born British actor…but he’s still a psycho.

[Update: having looked into this a bit further, it seems that the incident occurred in July 2008 but the clip did not surface until recently.  People have now done remixes of the rant on Youtube.  Whoopi Goldberg defended Bale on her talk show The View, and so did Terry Crews (a former co-star).  The filming of Terminator Salvation has since wrapped and no one was fired.  Sources say Bale and Hurlbut have made up.  Maybe he was just having a bad day.]

Pacers lose to Wolves; season over? February 4, 2009

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Granger scores but Pacers lose to Timberwolves

Granger scores but Pacers lose to Timberwolves

Am I jumping to conclusions here?  Or have I been dreaming for too long already?  Either way, with still 33 games to go, I’m ready to admit that the Pacers’ playoff hopes this season are just about over.

The Indiana Pacers lost their second consecutive ‘must-win’ home game to the Minnesota Timberwolves today, 116-111.  Danny Granger finally had a good game (28 points on 10-19 shooting) and Dunleavy played well too (20 points on 8-15 shooting), but something’s still missing with this team.  A relatively soft stretch still awaits this team, but they’ve failed to build the crucial momentum they need in these last few home games to make a realistic push in the standings.

They are now 19-30, 13th out of 15 teams in the East (thanks to an equally melting Toronto Raptors and the woeful Washington Wizards).  They’ve also slipped in the Hollinger Playoff Odds to 12th in the East, with only a 19.3% chance of making the playoffs.  According to Hollinger, the 8th seed in the East will need about 39 wins.  Even if the Pacers can finish above 0.500 the rest of the way (17-16), they’ll end up with a record of 36-46.  Doesn’t sound too hard, but just have a look at their winning percentage right now.  Maybe it’s time I finally realised they’re just simply not that good.  Unless they make some miraculous moves before the trade deadline, Pacer fans can start looking forward to the draft lottery for next season.

Will the Pacers ever get rid of Jamaal Tinsley? February 4, 2009

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How can the Pacers ever get rid of Tinsley?

How can the Pacers ever get rid of Tinsley?

The Jamaal Tinsley situation in Indiana had been seemingly dorment for the last few months.  The Pacers continue to say they are doing everything they can to move him, but with the 19 February trade deadline fast approaching, things aren’t looking too bright.

According to ESPN.com, the NBA is preparing to file a grievance on behalf of Tinsley against the Indiana Pacers.  This may eventually lead to an arbitrator ruling requiring the Pacers to buy him out of his contract or waive him.

This is the worst possible situation for both Tinsley (who apparently just wants to play) and the Pacers, who have really no one else to blame but themselves for destroying any trade value that Tinsley may have once had.  For years Indiana has been publicly criticising Tinsley for his inconsistency, lack of focus and leadership on the court and poor off-court conduct.  Plus everyone knows he is injury prone, having played more than 42 games just once in the last 5 seasons.

Look, it’s fair enough that they want to move Tinsley for whatever reason.  But why make him virtually untradeable by first publicly bashing him and then banning him from the team and making it so unequivocally clear that they want to get rid of him even before the start of the season?  If other teams know that Tinsley is useless to the Pacers, what incentive to they have to give something valuable in return?

I can only think back to the 2001 draft when Indiana acquired Tinsley by trading for Atlanta’s 27th pick.  Only if they got Tony Parker (who was picked 28th) instead.

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