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16 items from 2008


Ben Affleck in talks to direct film about slain reporter

12 December 2008 11:38 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Ben Affleck’s full reinvention as a film director hasn’t quite happened yet, even though we retain fond memories of Gone Baby Gone from last year. He’s slowly begun to work back into ensembles roles in new movies like the American version of State of Play and He’s Just Not That Into You, but now Variety reports that he’s in talks to direct Arizona, a film about the slain Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. »

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Ben Affleck Inspects the Story of Don Bolles and the Arizona Project

9 December 2008 3:20 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Ben Affleck is gearing up to slide his tuckus back into the directorial chair -- The Hollywood Reporter posts that he's in negotiations to direct the story of slain journalist Don Bolles, from a screenplay by The Longest Yard scribe Sheldon Turner.

Bolles was a reporter for the Arizona Republic, digging into the mob and political corruption, when he was lured to a hotel by an unknown source back in 1976. No one showed up, and as Bolles left, his car was blown up by a remote detonator. He survived for over a week, suffering amputations until he finally succumbed to his injuries eleven days later. The wake of Bolles' death not only led to justice being served for the crime, but also inspired fellow journalists coming together to complete his work and expose corruption in Arizona.

It's funny -- I remember people saying a few years ago that Matt Damon »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Ben Affleck may helm "Arizona"

9 December 2008 5:29 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Miramax Films has begun development on a fact-based drama called"Arizona" which Ben Affleck may direct. The film is based on a true story of Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic writer who was killed in a car bomb explosion whilst investigation the infiltration of organized crime into state government. Bolles was a co-founder of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (Ire) group. Sheldon Turner will write the script and Sean Bailey will produce. »

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Ben Affleck may helm "Arizona"

9 December 2008 5:29 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Miramax Films has begun development on a fact-based drama called"Arizona" which Ben Affleck may direct. The film is based on a true story of Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic writer who was killed in a car bomb explosion whilst investigation the infiltration of organized crime into state government. Bolles was a co-founder of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (Ire) group. Sheldon Turner will write the script and Sean Bailey will produce. »

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Ben Affleck may helm "Arizona"

9 December 2008 5:29 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Miramax Films has begun development on a fact-based drama called"Arizona" which Ben Affleck may direct. The film is based on a true story of Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic writer who was killed in a car bomb explosion whilst investigation the infiltration of organized crime into state government. Bolles was a co-founder of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (Ire) group. Sheldon Turner will write the script and Sean Bailey will produce. Affleck is up next in "He's Just Not That Into You" alongside Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. The comedy project is helmed by Ken Kwapis. The actor's feature-length directorial debut was made on the rivetting "Gone Baby Gone" starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan and Ed Harris. »

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Ben Affleck may helm "Arizona"

9 December 2008 5:29 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Miramax Films has begun development on a fact-based drama called"Arizona" which Ben Affleck may direct. The film is based on a true story of Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic writer who was killed in a car bomb explosion whilst investigation the infiltration of organized crime into state government. Bolles was a co-founder of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (Ire) group. Sheldon Turner will write the script and Sean Bailey will produce. »

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Miramax sets Affleck in 'Arizona'

9 December 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Way before Russia’s newspaper reporters started dwindling in numbers, there is the story of one Don Bolles who made enemies with people sitting in positions of power. Miramax is looking to set the director in Ben Affleck to a storyline set circa 1976, when Bolles was a reporter for the Arizona Republic looking into political corruption and the convergence of New York, Chicago and Detroit mobsters in Phoenix. When lured to a downtown hotel by a source who didn't show up, Bolles was blown up in his car. He died days later. Sheldon Turner is on board to write the screenplay for Sean Bailey who is producing while Cori Stevens is executive producing. I expect the screenplay won’t include the après circumstances of the reporter’s legacy - THR mentions that the group of elite national journalists that Bolles had been trying to organize at the time, Investigative Reporters and Editors, »

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Ben Affleck Travels to Arizona -- Finds a sad John McCain

9 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

What will be Ben Affleck's follow-up to his highly-acclaimed directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone"? Now that it's cool to like Affleck, everyone is anxious to know what he'll do next as a director (as an actor, indifference remains, but if you're curious, he'll be in "He's Just Not That Into You" followed by "State of Play"). The answer may be "Arizona", a fact-based drama based on the death of Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic. In 1976, Bolles was killed in a car bomb explosion as he was investigating the infiltration of organized crime into state government. Bolles was a co-founder of a group called the Investigative Reporters and Editors (Ire), whose members rallied to his cause shortly after his death, completing the work that Bolles had begun, so note to mafia: do not blow up guys who are founding »

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Ben Affleck’s Arizona

9 December 2008 1:17 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Actor turned filmmaker Ben Affleck is in talks to direct Arizona for Miramax. The fact-based drama is about the 1976 car bomb death of Don Bolles, a reporter who was investigating the Mob’s infiltration of the Arizona state government. The incident sparked an investigation called The Arizona Project, headed up by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, a group Bolles co-founded. Variety reports that Miramax has been unsuccessful in striking a deal with the Ire, which means the resulting film would have to be “fact-based account” rather than the subjective story of the people involved (read: more stale). As much as I want to see Ben Affleck direct again, this story doesn’t [...] »

- Peter Sciretta

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Ben Affleck To Direct Arizona?

9 December 2008 1:08 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, was such a pleasant surprise that we’ve been waiting for news of what he’ll do next – and it looks like it might be a film called Arizona.Miramax Films today began development on the movie about the death of crusading journalist Don Bolles and the subsequent outraged reaction , with a view to Affleck coming on board as director.Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was killed in a car bomb in 1976 after investigating organised crime within state government. His colleagues in a group called the Ire – Investigative Reporters and Editors – presented a united front after his murder, completing his work despite the obvious threat.Sheldon Turner, who was the first writer to work on X-Men Origins: Magneto, will write the script, working from facts that are in the public domain. Sean Bailey will produce. Remember, though – it’s early days yet, »

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Ben Affleck Directing the Arizona Project Based on Reporter Don Bolles

8 December 2008 11:30 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back in September we reported that Ben Affleck would be writing and directing a project called The Town based on Chuck Hogan's novel "Prince of Thieves", which would be his follow up to Gone Baby Gone, one of my favorite films of last year. Apparently that's not the case, as the Hollywood Reporter announces today that another project setup at Miramax tentatively called the Arizona Project is most likely his next directing gig. The screenplay for this is being written by Sheldon Turner of The Longest Yard and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which makes me quite a bit weary. The film will tell the forgotten story of the supposed mob killing of Arizona journalist Don Bolles and the events it subsequently provoked. In 1976, Bolles was a reporter for the Arizona Republic looking into political corruption and the convergence of New York, Chicago and Detroit mobsters in Phoenix. When »

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Ben Affleck may direct Arizona

8 December 2008 5:17 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Miramax Films is busy developing based-on-truth drama Arizona – and it wants Ben Affleck to make the film his directing follow-up to Gone Baby Gone. Arizona will be based on a true story about Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for local newspaper the Arizona Republic. He was killed by a bomb while digging into organised crime links to the state’s government. Variety reports that Sheldon Turner will pen the script and Affleck’s old producing partner Sean Bailey is on board, which might explain his interest. Public... .

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Ben Affleck Heads to 'Arizona'

8 December 2008 4:58 PM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

We all come across stories in our lives and think, "You know, that would make a great movie." And as anyone who has lived in Arizona for the past 30 years would tell you, the story of Don Bolles would make for a great movie.

He was an investigative journalist for The Arizona Republic and the co-founder of a nationwide group called the Investigative Reporters and Editors who were trying to unmask corruption through their work. Bolles was killed by a car bomb in 1976 - and we know whose signature is car bombs, right? - and the Ire stepped in and in 1977 launched a collaborated effort in over 20 newspapers called The Arizona Project, which reported on the state's criminal underworld. That's a picture of his car, which is now on display at the Newseum.

It has an unfortunate end, or maybe it's a fortunate beginning of a story of the greater good, »

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Ben Affleck Taking Arizona

8 December 2008 3:34 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A movie titled Arizona feels problematic to me for two reasons. First, there's the obvious Raising Arizona joke, which I'm amazed wasn't used in the headline for the Variety piece on the project today. Second, Baz Luhrmann just ran into trouble trying to name a movie after an entire landmass with Australia. Sure, making a movie called Arizona is starting at least a little smaller, but even The Copper State might be hard to summarize in one short feature. But Ben Affleck is up for the challenge, especially since Arizona doesn't actually seem to be a movie about the entire state. Instead it's the story of an investigative reporter, Don Bolles, who was killed in the process of investigating the role of organized crime in the state government. Affleck would likely direct the story for Miramax, making it his follow-up to 2007's Gone Baby Gone. It seems a little dicey »

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Ben Affleck eyes Arizona territory

8 December 2008 8:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In the annals of journalism, most people's memories begin and end with the publication of the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate investigation. But if some serious-minded Hollywood filmmakers have their say, a third will be added to that vaunted list: the Arizona Project.

Ben Affleck is in negotiations to follow up his directing debut, "Gone Baby Gone," with the story of the death of Arizona journalist Don Bolles and the events it provoked. Sheldon Turner ("The Longest Yard") has written the screenplay.

Producer Sean Bailey ("Matchstick Men") found the story -- mostly forgotten outside Arizona -- and brought it to Turner and Affleck, who developed a pitch and sold it to Miramax.

In 1976, Bolles was a reporter for the Arizona Republic looking into political corruption and the convergence of New York, Chicago and Detroit mobsters in Phoenix. When lured to a downtown hotel by a source who didn't show up, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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Tale Of The Germs Not Infectious

7 August 2008 9:59 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

For punk rock fans - and those who just miss those out-of-control years of punk, graffiti, glam rock and heroin - comes "What We Do Is Secret," an unsatisfying biopic of the Germs, the seminal La punkers led by Darby Crash.

While Crash Od'd like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, this is hardly on par with the more riveting 1986 film "Sid & Nancy." In fact, it's more like "Sid & Sid." Crash seems to have been a closeted homosexual who strangely enough hid this aspect of himself while fearlessly showing his insanity and guts onstage. »

- By LINDA STASI

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