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Silicon Valley: Richard Makes a Big Announcement in HBO's Season Four Teaser

23 hours ago | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

"I need to build something else." HBO has released a new teaser for season four of Silicon Valley.From Mike Judge, the comedy follows a group of tech developers who live together and chase success in Northern California. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Matt Ross, Kumail Nanjiani, and Amanda Crew.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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10 Great Films With Single Oscar Nominations This Year (That Deserved More)

20 February 2017 8:44 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

While it’s encouraging to know the Academy didn’t completely ignore these outstanding films from last year, it’s also clear that the attention they deserved didn’t match the nominations they received. For animated feature and foreign language films, getting recognized for achievements outside their two main categories is a rare feat, but one that should occur more often given the quality of the productions nominated. As the ceremony rapidly approaches, take a look at 10 films that earned a single Oscar nomination, but that surely deserved more mentions.

“20th Century Women” (Best Original Screenplay)

Channeling memories of his mother and growing up in Santa Barbara, writer-director Mike Mills’ crafted a screenplay that serves as vehicle for marvelously nuanced performances from an ensemble led by Annette Bening.

Nominations it Deserved: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Supporting Actress.

Captain Fantastic” (Best Actor in a Leading Role)

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- Carlos Aguilar

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Why Viggo Mortensen Deserves to Win the Oscar for Best Actor — Consider This

16 February 2017 8:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s a moment early on in “Captain Fantastic” where Viggo Mortensen’s Ben Cash, still reeling from the news of his wife’s suicide, addresses his children on the matter. “Last night mommy killed herself,” he says, “she finally did it.” The bluntness hits like a shock to the system.

It won’t be the last we encounter Ben’s child-rearing directness. Over the course of the film, he sticks firmly to his “no lying” mantra, going as far as to tell his young daughter about sexual intercourse after she asks. But that initial encounter is critical. As played by the extraordinary Mortensen, it’s a moment of deep tragedy. He gives the line a no-nonsense edge that proves euphemisms don’t run in this family, but his swelling eyes hint at how crippling that can be. It’s at this moment that “Captain Fantastic” asks its big question: »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Captain Fantastic’ Star Viggo Mortensen On The Way The Film Plays Post-Election: “I Think It’s A ‘Yes We Can’ Movie”

15 February 2017 10:22 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It’s been over a year now since Viggo Mortensen embarked on the press circuit for Captain Fantastic, seeing Matt Ross’s second feature, Captain Fantastic, draw raves and a standing ovation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Certainly, the year that followed has been just as welcoming. Repeatedly, Captain Fantastic has announced itself as this year’s little indie that could, netting a Cannes Directing Prize for Ross, an Outstanding Cast nomination from SAG, and various… »

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Oscar Nominees Learned New Skills and Forgot Old Ones for Their Roles

15 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If great acting is all about slipping on a mask and completely inhabiting a character, it also often brings with it diverse challenges. Some of which entail quickly learning demanding new skills — or even unlearning old ones.

And while most actors are quick to say that they love a challenge, some of the preparation and training they’re asked to do for a specific part can be quite daunting, especially when it involves something as familiar and visceral as music and dance.

Pretty much everyone recognizes a good hoofer or pianist or vocalist when they see or hear them. Which is why Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the stars of Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” — neither of whom are natural dancers, singers, or musicians — had to spend months learning to sing and dance for the musical. In Gosling’s case, he also had to learn to play jazz piano.

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- Iain Blair

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5 More Directors Who Could Helm The Batman! (Video)

7 February 2017 1:38 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome to The Top 5, where every week, we list five things for a given topic. These topics can range from "5 Things We Liked About The Power Rangers Teaser Trailer" to "5 Things We Want (Or Don't Want) In Ben Affleck's The Batman."

Of course, because everyone has an opinion, there is sure to be some disagreements, which is why, despite the title "The Top 5," very rarely are these actual "best of" articles. Instead, they're meant to provide entertaining insight, and to stir a discussion, and give everyone a chance to speak their mind. 

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5 More Directors Who Could Helm The Batman!

It’s been just over a week since Ben Affleck announced that he’d »

- Joseph Medina

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The Week in Movies – main Wonder Woman villain leaked? Batman movie crisis, Jurassic World 2 update and more!

5 February 2017 5:32 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the main villain in Wonder Woman potentially being leaked, Ben Affleck stepping down as The Batman’s director, an update on Jurassic World 2 and more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.

The Batman franchise is in need of rebuilding.

After week several weeks of negative DC Extended Universe stories – Justice League being “discombobulated”, Wonder Woman being “a mess” – last Sunday actually offered a rare piece of positivity. Someone had heard “good things” about those aforementioned tentpole releases.

*Sharp intake of breath*

DC finally had a break! Some momentum! This is the studio with the rights to the world’s most iconic superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg (Ok, maybe not Cyborg) – how will Warner Bros. capitalise?

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- Oli Davis

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The Week in Spandex – Ben Affleck exits The Batman director’s chair, Pierce Brosnan for Cable, Marvel too busy for Doctor Strange 2, Cloak & Dagger and Runaways cast

4 February 2017 7:28 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at The Batman, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Powerless, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Logan, Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Cloak and Dagger, Runaways, Iron Fist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain Underpants and more…

It’s starting to become a bit of a trend for Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe to lose its directors; first up was Michelle MacLaren on Wonder Woman, followed by Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa on The Flash, and now we can add Ben Affleck to that list. Yes, after weeks of suggesting he may not direct The Batman unless he was certain he could make it great, Batfleck has now vacated the director’s chair »

- Gary Collinson

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5 Directors Who Could Replace Ben Affleck On The Batman

4 February 2017 4:34 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tai Freligh looks at five directors who could replace Ben Affleck on The Batman

It’s no secret that Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film, The Batman, has had its ups and downs.  Starting with script rewrites and tinkering and then moving on to the intense pressure Affleck felt to make the best possible film he could while both directing and starring as the lead, The Batman has been the subject of intense scrutiny, intensified in part by the critical drubbing of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Affleck had become more vocal about the status of the film in recent weeks, even going so far as to assure fans that he was still directing the movie less than a month ago.  That all changed on January 30th when it was announced that Ben Affleck would no longer be directing the film, but would stay on as actor and producer. »

- Tai Freligh

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Rumoured shortlist of directors to replace Ben Affleck on The Batman

3 February 2017 12:24 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe suffered another setback this week as Ben Affleck became the latest director to bail on a DC Films project, with Affleck opting against helming The Batman in order to “find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film.”

With the official announcement came reports that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is high on the shortlist to take over from Affleck, and now Forbes is reporting that Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) and Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) are also on the studio’s radar.

See Also: Ben Affleck’s Batman: The already troubled history of The Batman

Now, it would seem unlikely that Villeneuve will be available, given that he’ll be moving from Blade Runner 2049 to the recently announced Dune, while Gavin O’Connor »

- Gary Collinson

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Newswire: A surprising number of people want Zack Snyder to direct The Batman

3 February 2017 11:20 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Rumors and questions are currently circling around Warner Bros.The Batman, after star Ben Affleck dropped out of the director’s chair earlier this week in order to focus on his performance, and also on not getting asked questions about directing The Batman all the goddamn time. Names on the shortlist to replace him are rumored to include Matt Reeves, from the recent Planet Of The Apes franchise, and Captain Fantastic director Matt Ross. Now, though, there’s a petition circulating to hand the job to the one man who really understands this relentlessly grim, God-bleeding version of The Dark Knight: Zack Snyder.

Created by ScreenGeek writer Jennifer Huneycutt, the petition lauds Snyder for his refusal to inflict dreaded “artistic license” on rigorously faithful comic book adaptations like 300 or Watchmen, while praising him for his “beautifully dark Dceu.” (We’d argue that decisions like making Pa Kent commit suicide-by-tornado »

- William Hughes

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Captain Fantastic’s Kathryn Hahn Raves About Costar Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Otherworldly’ Oscar-Nominated Performance

2 February 2017 1:56 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Captain Fantastic is this award season’s Little Movie That Could — and Kathryn Hahn could not be more proud of it.

The actress stars in the film as the aunt of six children living off the grid with their parents until tragedy strikes and the family is forced to reintegrate into civilization. When her brother Ben, played by surprise Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen, comes to stay with her and her family, his reclusive family’s lifestyle comes into question.

“I was so moved by the script and by how singular that point of view is,” Hahn tells People about writer and director Matt Ross’ vision. »

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Rumor Patrol: Will Any of These People Direct 'The Batman'?

1 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the Batman solo movie, provisionally titled The Batman, it was as if he turned on the Bat-Signal. Instantly, reactions flooded forth from around the world, both positive and negative. While battle broke out about whether or not this was a positive step in the right direction, others considered who might be a good fit for the project. As we noted, studio veteran Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and actor turned indie director Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) were the first names reported to be on a short list of candidates. Reeves has directed several big-budget projects, while Ross has only made two indie features so far, so Reeves would appear to be the more favored candidate. But perhaps he wants to do a different kind of...

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Keanu Reeves Heading To ‘Siberia’ With ‘Frank & Lola’ Director Matthew Ross – Berlin

1 February 2017 10:55 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Keanu Reeves is in advanced negotiations to star in the romantic-thriller Siberia, directed by Matthew Ross. Hamel and Reeves of Company Films and Gabriela Bacher of Summerstorm/Film House Germany are producing the film. Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan) writes the script based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. Im Global is handling international sales for the title with Wme Global repping domestic. It will be launched to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next… »

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Oscars 2017: Best Actor is Now Denzel Washington vs. Casey Affleck

1 February 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

By now, the Best Actor Oscar race usually has settled on an anointed frontrunner. And that was the case — until Sunday’s SAG Awards. Not anymore. It’s a two-way race.

Here are my Best Actor picks in order of likelihood to win:

Casey Affleck: Throughout the awards season, the “Manchester By the Sea” star has been steady as he goes. He won awards at the Gothams, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice, and Golden Globes for carrying Amazon Studios’ $10-million Sundance pickup “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions) as Lee, a capable Boston janitor weighed down by sadness, anger, and depression. What happened to make him this way? That is what writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s precisely crafted movie reveals.

While Affleck has delivered many fine performances, often supporting, and was nominated eight years ago for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, »

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Oscars 2017: Best Actor is Now Denzel Washington vs. Casey Affleck

1 February 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

By now, the Best Actor Oscar race usually has settled on an anointed frontrunner. And that was the case — until Sunday’s SAG Awards. Not anymore. It’s a two-way race.

Here are my Best Actor picks in order of likelihood to win:

Casey Affleck: Throughout the awards season, the “Manchester By the Sea” star has been steady as he goes. He won awards at the Gothams, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice, and Golden Globes for carrying Amazon Studios’ $10-million Sundance pickup “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions) as Lee, a capable Boston janitor weighed down by sadness, anger, and depression. What happened to make him this way? That is what writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s precisely crafted movie reveals.

While Affleck has delivered many fine performances, often supporting, and was nominated eight years ago for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, »

- Anne Thompson

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Rumor Patrol: Will Any of These People Direct 'The Batman'?

1 February 2017 7:09 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the Batman solo movie, provisionally titled The Batman, it was as if he turned on the Bat-Signal. Instantly, reactions flooded forth from around the world, both positive and negative. While battle broke out about whether or not this was a positive step in the right direction, others considered who might be a good fit for the project. As we noted, studio veteran Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and actor-turned-indie-director Matt Ross...

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5 Directors Rumored To Be On The Shortlist For The Batman!

31 January 2017 4:20 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome to The Top 5, where every week, we list five things for a given topic. These topics can range from "5 Things We Liked About The Power Rangers Teaser Trailer" to "5 Things We Want (Or Don't Want) In Ben Affleck's The Batman."

Of course, because everyone has an opinion, there is sure to be some disagreements, which is why, despite the title "The Top 5," very rarely are these actual "best of" articles. Instead, they're meant to provide entertaining insight, and to stir a discussion, and give everyone a chance to speak their mind. 

If you have a suggestion for a Top 5 piece, send them my way via #TheTop5LRM on Twitter. If I choose your topic, I'll be sure to give you a shoutout!

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5 Directors Rumored To Be On The Shortlist For The Batman!

Much to the dismay of film and comic book movie fans around the world, »

- Joseph Medina

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Here Are Some Of The Directors Rumored To Be In Line To Replace Ben Affleck On The Batman

31 January 2017 5:56 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Last night brought the extremely disappointing news that Ben Affleck would no longer be directing Warner Bros. solo Batman movie, though he is remaining on board as producer and will still reprise the role of Bruce Wayne/The Dark Knight after making his debut in Batman V Superman. Following the announcement, Forbes published a lengthy report on how Affleck's departure could potentially influence the project, and they also mention some of the names that are apparently high on the studio's list of possible replacements. Matt Reeves, we know about, but we also have Gavin O’Connor, Denis Villeneuve, Matt Ross, and George Miller. Villeneuve really seems more like wishful thinking, as following Blade Runner 2049 he'll have his hands full with the Dune reboot. Miller was said to be one of the names in contention to helm Man of Steel 2, so it makes sense that he'd still be in the mix. »

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Ben Affleck will not direct his Batman movie

30 January 2017 11:41 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ben Affleck will not direct the forthcoming Batman movie, known simply as The Batman. The news was released via trade bible Variety, who added that the filmmaker would still star was the title character after writing the script with Geoff Johns.

Affleck released the following statement in regards to his decision.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world. »

- Paul Heath

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