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As I said in a previous entry, David Oyelowo is having a very good year! After co-starring in Lee Daniels' The Butler, the 37-year-old thespian recently added the thriller Captive to his burgeoning slate of upcoming projects that also includes Cynthia Mort's Nina Simone film; starring as Sugar Ray Robinson in a previously-announced biopic; an indie drama titled Nightingale; reuniting with director Ava DuVernay to play Mlk in Selma; co-starring in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Interstellar; is said to have met with director Jj Abrams regarding a role in the upcoming Star »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It’s hard not to feel that instead of a mild, fleeting upset of Hollywood traditions with the Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” “I’m Still Here," its director Casey Affleck was aiming more for an industry meltdown on par with that of Phoenix’s in the film. However, the town was stubborn, and punished Affleck and Phoenix for their attempts with indifference -- the best move was to act as if nothing had occurred. Apart from his upcoming role in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Affleck has since kept matters small though, taking parts in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” and David Lowery’s lyrical “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” His latest, “Out Of The Furnace” (our review), keeps that intimacy intact; as the military vet brother of Christian Bale living in the impoverished Rust Belt, Affleck plays a man ill-equipped for the present and haunted by the past. He »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Yesterday we heard from Superman himself Henry Cavill about Ben Affleck joining him as The Dark Knight in 2015 for Warner Bros.' eagerly-anticipated DC Comics team-up Batman vs. Superman, and now Affleck has spoken to Entertainment Weekly about the release of the extended edition of Argo, during which the conversation shifted to the Man of Steel sequel, which is gearing up to go into production early next year.
"Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road," said Affleck when asked about Kevin Smith's comments about seeing the actor in the Batsuit. "What I’ll say is that I really like Zack Snyder. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is »
- Gary Collinson
James Gray had the audience in the palm of his hand during a two-hour masterclass conducted at the 13th Marrakech film festival that ended with the audience demanding an encore. “I just travelled 6000 miles on 3 different flights to get here,” quipped the American independent helmer. “I don’t mind answering a few more questions.”
While insisting that the word “master” should be reserved to directors such as the late Kurosawa or “Maestro Scorsese,” Gray provided an entertaining insight into his own working methods, filled with anecdotal episodes and responded to wide-ranging questions including the last chestnut: “What’s the future of American cinema?”
“I’m very bad at directing actors,” Gray said to the audience’s amusement. “A few »
- Martin Dale
There’s little doubt that Batman vs. Superman is going to be one of the biggest superhero movie events of all time. The question is: Will Ben Affleck have the acting chops to convincingly play a guy who runs around dressed up like a bat and hits people? It may seem a little incongruous when compared to the fierce intensity of, say, Christian Bale, but Affleck says his Batman is going to be a “unique take” on the character which does not “compete” with the one you know and love from Christopher Nolan’s films.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale and »
- Jeremy Clymer
This Christmas sees the DVD celebrate 15 years of existence and although that might not seem like a long time, we all know that it changed the industry for the better…and meant no more chewed VHS tapes! 2013 sees the release of some great titles, so Thn would like to guide you towards some of the latest titles and we’re sure you’ll find the right one for all the family.
First up, is Baz Lurhmann’s version of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. The director, who shot to fame across the world with his modernised Romeo + Juliet, takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story with a flamboyant and stunning looking rendition.
The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, »
- Dan Bullock
Ben Affleck has been chatting up the new Blu-ray release of "Argo," which features all sorts of extra goodies. While we're fans of Affleck's Oscar-winning flick, inquiring minds really want to know more about Batfleck.
Of course, Affleck can't divulge too much info on the upcoming Zack Snyder film, but the crumbs he's dropping are pretty tasty. In an interview for the latest issue of Playboy (via Latino Review), Affleck said, "I don't want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn't compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill's Superman character." Mmm, canon!
Affleck was hesitant to take the role at first, but once he got a look at what Snyder had cooking, »
- Jenni Miller
Ben Affleck has commented on his casting as Batman in a lengthy interview with Playboy magazine, in which he explains that his version of the character will not attempt to compete with Christian Bale’s. “I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale and Christopher Nolan's Batman but still exists within the Batman canon,” says Affleck. “It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.” Intriguingly...
- George Wales
News Simon Brew 4 Dec 2013 - 06:31
Since he was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie, Ben Affleck hasn't been on the receiving end of a great deal of online positivity. He's talked before about how he was warned that his casting wouldn't create, er, 'a reaction', but in a new Playboy magazine interview (yep, porn mags still get great interview access), he's expanded on it a little, saying "I expected that reaction".
Furthermore, he also said that when he was asked about playing Batman in the first place "I told them I don't see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off". But that's when Warner Bros asked Affleck to take a look at what Zack Snyder had been working on, »
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Zack Snyder’s currently untitled Batman Vs. Superman project doesn’t hit screens until summer 2015. That’s basically a year and six months from now, but you’ll probably be hearing a little nugget about it every single day until its July 17th, 2015 release date. The latest? Ben Affleck sat down for a long interview with Mike Flemming for Playboy (via Latino Review) and the Deadliner got some decent Batman questions in. While Affleck danced around answers, some replies were interesting. When asked how Affleck’s take on Batman will differ from Christian Bale’s Batman, the “Argo” actor/director didn’t really answer, but said his version wouldn’t “compete” with the “The Dark Knight” trilogy that came before it. “I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale »
- Edward Davis
Deadline’s Mike Fleming, on assignment for Playboy magazine, conducted an interview with Ben Affleck which appears in the magazine’s 60th Anniversary Special Edition. The issue should be dropping on news stands any minute now. Yes, I read Playboy for the great articles and Hell Yes I absolutely look at the pictures too so let’s get that out of the way.
Playboy: When Warner Bros. named you Batman, the internet exploded with hostility. After climbing back from career adversity to win the best picture Oscar for Argo, was your initial reaction more “Not Again” or “Screw You”?
- El Mayimbe
Many filmmakers got their start on the independent film circuit.
The Slamdance Film Festival announced their lineup for the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition after receiving over 5,000 submissions this year.
All of the competing films are directorial debuts with less than $1 million and without Us distribution. The films include 11 world premieres, 4 North American premieres and one Us premiere.
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 17-23in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street.
Here’s the lineup:
Narrative Features Program
(USA, Canada, Denmark) World Premiere
A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father’s birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy – wise, spontaneous, and half his age.
Cast: Gethin Anthony, »
- Gig Patta
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival. For those who don’t know about Slamdance, it runs during the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, and all of the films are true indies. Sundance has its fair share, but you won’t see any famous actors in a Slamdance movie. However, you could see the debut work from an up-and-coming director. Slamdance alums include Christopher Nolan (Following), Marc Forster (Loungers), Jared Hess (Peluca), Lena Dunham (Dealing), Benh Zeitlin (Egg), and Lynn Shelton (We Go Way Back). If I had time to swing by Slamdance, I would because while it’s definitely a crapshoot, you could end up seeing something entirely unexpected and worth championing. Hit the jump for a list of films playing in competition at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, which runs from January 17th – 23rd in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn. »
- Matt Goldberg
While I personally loved Zack Snyder’s modern day reinvention of the Superman legend in Man Of Steel, it certainly divided fans and critics alike and the film’s controversial ending is still a strong topic of discussion even now. However one aspect of the Superman reboot that went down well extremely with audiences and critics was Henry Cavill’s new take on the character, which cemented his place in the superhero history books along with the likes of Christopher Reeve, Christian Bale and Robert Downey Jr.
When Man Of Steel destroyed the box office and went on to gross almost $700 million worldwide (which is brilliant for any film let alone a reboot), a sequel was quickly announced for 2015 that would pit both Superman and Batman together. In August, it was announced that Ben Affleck will play the upcoming sequel’s new interpretation of The Caped Crusader, a mere three »
- Ben Read
The Slamdance Film Festival, launched two decades ago as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled 18 titles for its narrative and documentary feature film competition programs.
The lineup — which includes 11 world premieres, four North American premieres, and one U.S. premiere — was selected from more than 5,000 submissions. All competition films are feature film directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million and without U.S. distribution.
The 20th iteration of the festival will take place Jan. 17-23 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn.
The fest has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Actvity,” Marilyn Argrelo’s “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Seth Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin and Lynn Shelton.
- Dave McNary
Director: Zack Snyder
Running Time: 143 Minutes
Extras: Featurettes ‘Strong Characters’, All Out Action, Krypton Decoded, New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth and Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short.
Superhero movies are a bit like London buses, you wait a few years then suddenly six come along in the space of twelve months. Hearing that Christopher Nolan was co-producing Man Of Steel gave me some hope that this might be a good ol’ dark, anti-hero movie. It was quite dark, and my ranking for the film is really more for effort. It was trying to be Batman Begins, but for me is let down by the casting and script.
It starts off well enough on Krypton, explaining the context and why little Kal-El must be sent to earth, and for the first half an hour I can forgive Henry Cavill’s slightly wooden, strong but silent characterization of Clark Kent. »
- Ellen Daniels
For those who have an extra $17,500 lying around and need to put it to awesome use, might we suggest throwing it all down on this Batman Tumbler golf cart. Because if you're gonna drive around a golf cart and annoy people all day, you may as well look like a badass while doing it. Touted as "a god among all golf carts," the seller claims it runs great and the cosmetic condition is excellent (see the tech specs below). They even have images of the cart alongside the actual Tumbler featured in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, so you know the thing hangs out with the cool kids, at the very least. Check out more pics below. What would you do with this god among all golf carts? Intimidate golfers? Make your neighbors jealous? Torture your kids by picking...
- Erik Davis
Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2013.
At a time when many have criticized the entertainment industry for the absence of female directors, it’s worth noting that five of the 11 directors on the list (one entry consists of a pair) are women.
Amma Asante (“Belle”) Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”) Anthony Chen (“Ilo Ilo“) Paul Duane (“Very Extremely Dangerous.” “Natan”) Ben Falcone (“Tammy”) Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear”) Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly (“Beneath the Harvest Sky”) Dome Karukoski (“Heart of a Lion”) Justin Simien (“Dear White People”) Gren Wells (“The Road Within”)
Variety will also recognize John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks.”) with the Creative Impact in Directing award and actor Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) with the Creative Impact in Acting Award.
The Dec. 17 issue of Variety will include profiles of the directors and Creative Impact honorees, who will also be honored at a brunch on Jan. »
- Variety Staff
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
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