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Bale's on-set behavior is not-so-dynamic

Actor Christian Bale, who portrayed Batman in The Dark Knight, can be heard in newly surfaced audio delivering a long, profanity-laced verbal thrashing to a cinematographer and anyone who tried to calm him down on the set of Terminator Salvation.

The three-minute clip was posted Monday on TMZ.com.

In it, the actor rails against cinematographer Shane Hurlbut for apparently walking behind co-star Bryce Dallas Howard and through Bale's line of sight, considered a film-set foul.

"If you do it one more time I ain't walking on this set if you're still hired!" Bale howls in one of the few publishable moments from the clip.

Later, he screams: "Do you want me to go and trash your lights? Do you want me to go and trash them? ... Then why are you trashing my scene?"

The incident took place in July, days before Bale would face assault allegations from his mother and sister in London. Charges were never filed because his family did not want to press the matter and because prosecutors said there was a lack of evidence.

Super Bowl ratings record

Super Bowl XLIII, which took the top spot in the ratings for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1, was the most-watched Super Bowl ever and the No. 2 telecast of all time, behind only the 1983 series finale of MASH (106 million viewers), according to Nielsen Media Research.

The game on NBC in which the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals with a last-minute touchdown drew 98.7 million viewers, while the postgame show came in second with 57.4 million.

The rest of the top 10 (in millions): American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 27.4; American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 25.5; American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 24.6; The Office (Sunday), NBC, 22.9; CSI, CBS, 20.2; NCIS, CBS, 19.2; House, Fox, 15.7; The Mentalist, CBS, 15.2.

Honoring 'The Greatest'

This month's NAACP Image Awards ceremony could be a real knockout. The civil rights group says boxing great Muhammad Ali will receive the 2009 President's Award at the Feb. 12 ceremony in Los Angeles. The award recognizes special achievement and distinguished public service.

Actress Halle Berry and screenwriter-actor Tyler Perry are set to host the 40th annual awards show, which will air on Fox (Channel 45).

Ex-manager sues Spears

Britney Spears' former manager and friend Osama "Sam" Lutfi has filed a lawsuit against the singer and her parents for libel and defamation.

Lutfi filed his claim yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, three days after a judge granted Spears' father, Jamie, a restraining order against Lutfi.

Lutfi's libel claim cites Lynne Spears' recent book, Through the Storm, and says it is filled with "false statements."

The runway moves

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the organizers of Fashion Week announced yesterday that the shows will move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center in September 2010. The new location will give designers about 87,000 square feet of space. That compares with the 70,000 square feet at Bryant Park, which has been home to Fashion Week since 1993.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Movie director George A. Romero, 69.

Rock singer Alice Cooper, 61.

Country singer Clint Black, 47.

Actress Gabrielle Anwar, 39.

Singer Natalie Imbruglia, 34.

Rock singer Gavin DeGraw, 32.

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