What should I be doing instead of this?
December 16th, 2011 By Eli Johnson | The Morning After |

Music, Movies and the Not So Mundane

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Christian Bale was attacked by Chinese police while trying to visit blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been living under house arrest since his release from prison last year. Footage shot by CNN, which was invited on the journey by Bale, shows police telling Bale to leave and trying to grab the video camera he was carrying. When Bale said, “But I’m the goddamn Batman,” he was roughed up a bit.

Bale was in Beijing to promote his new partially state-funded movie, The Flowers of War. Oops. "What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is," Bale said.

Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens died yesterday at the age of 62 after a long battle with esophageal cancer. He had been serving as a contributing editor since 1992. "There will never be another like Christopher," the magazine's editor, Graydon Carter, said in a statement. "A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar. Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls."

Reese Witherspoon will be starring in Devil’s Knot, a drama directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) about the West Memphis Three.

There is a trailer for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. They both look like smelly piles of poopshit. But only one of them doesn’t have Nicholas Cage in it, dubstep and Bruce Willis.

Trent Reznor is releasing How to Destroy Angels in the “first quarter of next year.

Cam’ron is releasing a new album next April.

And Rick Ross is releasing a new mixtape in lieu of his new album God Forgives I Don’t being pushed back until 2012.

Two thieves who stole a bunch of computer games and DVDs from a Madison Target discussed what they stole as well as what they planned to do with the loot. All while on the phone with a dispatcher, not realizing one of them had pocket-dialed 911. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the pair decided to sell their goods at a video store. When they pulled into the store's parking lot, officers surrounded their vehicle with guns drawn.

Organizers of Santa Monica’s Christmas Nativity scene at Palisades Park are accusing atheists of “hijacking” the tradition. Full story here.

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