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“Stockholm” is written and directed by Robert Budreau. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and will offer it to buyers for the first time at the European Film Market in Berlin at the Berlin Film Festival.
Scott Aversano and Will Russell-Shapiro will executive produce and oversee the thriller via the Aversano Films banner along with Jason Blum at Blumhouse Productions. Nicholas Tabarrok will produce through his Darius Films banner, with Budreau via his Lumanity banner, and Jonathan Bronfman at his JoBro Productions banner.William Santor, John Hills and Andrew Chang-Sang are also executive producing for financier Productivity Media.
The project is based on the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” written by Daniel Lang. Hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, »
- Dave McNary
2016 wasn’t Ben Affleck’s year. The A-lister behind Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice suffered some of the weakest reviews of his career, picked up a Worst Actor Razzie nomination, and despite high hopes, October’s The Accountant didn’t serve him well. But the biggest blow probably came from Live By Night, his prohibition-era gangster drama which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, which not only failed to live up to his Argo standards but completely flat-tired at the box office. According to recent estimations, Affleck’s fourth directorial effort lost Warner Bros. a whole $75 million. Ouch.
While the former Oscar contender looked strong at first, especially with its prime real estate late December/early January release date, the buzz wasn’t found and its film festival attendance was surprisingly lacking, especially for such a noteworthy release. Though it serves as Affleck’s second Dennis Lehane adaptation »
- Will Ashton
It’s hard to believe “Live By Night” could’ve gone wrong. Ben Affleck has proven he could make top-shelf blockbuster entertainment with “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” and “Argo,” and getting together a cast including Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper to adapt a book by Dennis Lehane seemed like it couldn’t lose.
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Live By Night” mostly fired blanks when it debuted in theaters last December, and its failure has resulted in a lot of financial carnage.
The expensive gangster picture was a passion project for Ben Affleck, who directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the story of a Florida rum runner. But critics ripped the picture, calling it dramatically inert and a muddle. That’s left Warner Bros., the studio behind the film flop, looking at a $75 million loss, according to insiders with knowledge of its financing and rival studio executives.
“Live By Night” has made $16.5 million globally, and is not expected to have international appeal despite Affleck’s star power. Talky period pictures don’t tend to play well overseas, particularly when they don’t come loaded with Oscars (“Live By Night” was shut out »
- Brent Lang
Green Room, the uber violent and ultra stylish 2016 horror film, was one of last year’s best received movies of the genre, and now it’s been revealed that director Jeremy Saulnier will helm his next movie for streaming giant Netflix.
The Calgary Herald had the scoop on the Alaska set movie, noting that shooting will begin on February 27th of this year. Previously Saulnier’s films have been original works but Hold the Dark will be an adaptation of William Giraldi’s 2014 novel.
The synopsis for Giraldi’s book is as follows:
Written with “force and precision and grace” (John Wilwol, New York Times Book Review) Hold the Dark is a “taut and unforgettable journey into the heart »
- Samuel Brace
It’s bombs away at the multiplexes.
Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” suffered moribund national expansions. Their failures will lead to tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the studios that backed them. “Sleepless,” an action-thriller with Jamie Foxx, also suffered an underwhelming opening, getting lost in the crush of new releases.
“There’s almost an unprecedented number of films out there,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “It’s got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.”
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s”Hidden Figures” retained its box office crown in its second weekend of wide release, earning $20.5 million for the weekend and a projected $25.3 million for the long weekend. That will push its total to $59.7 million. The historical drama about African-American Nasa »
- Brent Lang
The writing of American novelist Dennis Lehane is particularly well suited to screen adaptation. His propulsive narratives, bullet-hole plot points and a knack for capturing the fractious banter of blue-collar Boston all combine into that rarest of assets: authenticity. It’s for this that Lehane tends to attract big-ticket directors hoping for prestige projects: Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, 2003), Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, 2007) and Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island, 2010).
But that crucial authenticity is missing from this newest adaptation of a Lehane novel. For his latest outing as a director, Affleck returns to Lehane’s work, this time the 1920s Boston and Florida-set gangster novel Live By Night. But there’s something too sanitised and synthetic about this picture. It feels like a facsimile of prohibition America, a Vegas casino recreation rather than the real thing, »
- Wendy Ide
Author: Jon Lyus
Today sees the release of Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, a thriller that is a far cry from the heady heights of the DC Cinematic Universe and the Justice League. We spoke to the director and his co-star Sienna Miller about working together on the film, as well as a little piece about the new Batman film.
Scott Davis also sat down with actor Chris Messina, who plays Dion Bartolo in Live By Night. The actor has also appeared in another of Affleck’s films, the Oscar-winning Argo as well as a fine run of indie movies including the divine Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Like Crazy.
Live By Night is out in UK Cinemas now.
Live By Night Movie Synopsis
- Jon Lyus
Author: Jon Lyus
While the circus of DC’s Justice League and the future solo Batman film is taking up a lot of Ben Affleck’s time right now there’s the small matter of the Oscar-winning director’s new film. Live By Night reunites the director with novelist Dennis Lehane, with whom he collaborated on his directorial debut Gone baby Gone a decade ago. The film, released today in UK cinemas, has a fine cast and we’ve spent the day chatting to the director and his cast.
Scott Davis sat down with the director and Sienna Miller to talk what drew them each to the film, how their characters relate to one another and Affleck talks about casting Miller, and what made her perfect for the role. Affleck talks about balancing a film such as this with the enormity of the DC Comics projects, and how it was »
- Jon Lyus
Watch the new Live By Night clips below.
What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature. Instead, the Wwi vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, »
- Paul Heath
Chicago – Movies released in the first weeks of January are invariably either awards hopefuls trying to gain momentum or studio dreck being buried in the dead of winter, and quickly forgotten by Valentine’s Day. “Live By Night” aspires to be the former, but ends up being the latter.
Ben Affleck stars as a Boston stickup man Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police officer, who reluctantly becomes part of a gang to get revenge on a rival mob boss. If you think back to the time before “Argo,” “The Town,” and “Gone Baby Gone,” this is the kind of movie you’d think of as a movie directed by Ben Affleck, before that became an improbable sign of quality filmmaking.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It's shaping up to be a competitive Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with three new wide releases hitting theaters along with two major expansions and the moderate expansion of Martin Scorsese's Silence. Yet, even with that being the case, after narrowly edging out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for the #1 spot last weekend, Hidden Figures is looking at a more decisive victory this weekend as the film adds more than 800 theaters. The new releases include STX's PG-13 horror The Bye Bye Man, Paramount is finally delivering Monster Trucks and Open Road will premiere the Jamie Foxx vehicle Sleepless into just over 1,800 theaters. In addition to new releases Lionsgate and CBS Films brings Patriots Day to audiences nationwide and Warner Bros. will do the same for Ben Affleck's Live by Night, but while the former is looking at a solid debut the latter has struggled in limited release. »
- Brad Brevet
It has been widely accepted that Hollywood star and actor Ben Affleck is surprisingly a really good director. So much so that we'd say he's even better behind the camera than in front of it, though he does tend to take roles in the films that he helms.
This week, Affleck directs and stars in a new film called Live By Night. Adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel (the author also wrote the books behind Shutter Island and another Affleck project, Gone Baby Gone), Live By Night is a crime story that takes place during the Prohibition Era.
With Affleck directing, we have good expectations for Live By Night, and it has got us thinking about his past directorial work. While we patiently wait for Affleck to direct the next Batman film, a »
- Adriana Floridia
Boss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBoss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine1/12/2017 10:01:00 Am
Things have changed a lot in Hollywood since the old contract-player days. However, if there’s any talent who’s identified with a particular studio at the moment, it’s Ben Affleck.
The square-jawed, 44-year-old Bostonian produced, directed and starred in Warner Bros.’ last Best Picture Oscar winner, Argo. He’s also made The Town and The Accountant for the company in the past few years. And Affleck not only plays the most important character, Batman/Bruce Wayne, in Warner’s latest round of DC Comics-based movies, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Read our Live By Night review below.
Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.
The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain. »
- Paul Heath
Author: Jon Lyus
This evening the BFI Southbank played host to the European premiere of Ben Affleck’s latest film as director, Live By Night in London. Affleck also wrote the screenplay, adapted from Dennis Lehane’s 2012 novel, and leads a cast which includes Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper.
This is the second collaboration between Affleck and Lehane, the first being Gone Baby Gone which was Affleck’s directorial debut. The cast assembled at the riverside BFI venue and Scott Davis and Colin Hart were on the red carpet to interview the cast.
Live by Night Premiere Hyperlapse
During out interview with Ben Affleck, he speaks about Lehane’s books are so cinematic, how they jump off the page and how great they are visually and counted himself lucky to be »
- Jon Lyus
After the huge commercial and critical success of Argo - not to mention a couple of Oscars - many have wondered what Ben Affleck might do next as a director in between Batman flicks. Returning to the pages of Dennis Lehane always looked like a promising choice since Affleck’s 2007 directorial debut was the Lehane adaptation Gone Baby Gone, which starred his brother Casey. But, as it turns out, Live By Night is a completely different beast, essentially operating as a Prohibition-era crime drama that starts out in Boston before quickly shifting its story gears to Florida.
In his new directorial effort, Affleck plays Joe Coughlin, a World War I vet who’s returned to the crime-ridden streets of Boston where his father (Brendan Gleeson) is a police captain. He soon gets into trouble with the Irish mob boss, »
“It was a dream for me because I got to understand how women of that era managed to get by, trying to be the bosses and making a conscious decision to love freely,” she said. “I came away with the feeling that many more women were like that. You kind of want to trick yourself to pretend ‘What if this is real?’ so it was so easy to be transported to that era.”
Film Review: ‘Live by Night’
- Dave McNary
Ben Affleck unintentionally earned quite a reputation on the set of Live by Night. The 44-year-old Oscar winner plays notorious gangster Joe Coughlin in Warner Bros.' crime drama, which he also wrote and produced. Sienna Miller co-stars an Irish vixen, Emma Gould. To bring Dennis Lehane popular novel to life, Miller and Affleck had to film several sex scenes. It was an unusual experience for both actors, as Affleck's directorial duties required him to give Miller some acting notes—all while making her feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. "It's hysterical," Miller told E! News anchor Maria Menounos over the weekend. "Ben and I are like brother and sister, thank God, so there »
Narcissism dogs Affleck’s self-direction which is too forgiving of his dubious character and relegates its female stars to sacrificial roles
Ben Affleck is a dismayingly stolid and uninteresting star turn, playing ambitious young gangster Joe Coughlin in this stodgy, self-important mob drama with borrowings from The Godfather and Scarface. There is a dull dreamboat handsomeness to his performance throughout. Perhaps another director could have got something more from him, but Affleck has directed and adapted the award-winning 2012 crime novel by Dennis Lehane – whose Gone Baby Gone he brought to the screen in 2007 for his directorial debut.
Live By Night has a surface confidence; its period settings and style always look good and it boasts some thoughtful, detailed supporting performances from actors playing corruptible cops – Chris Cooper as the careworn Florida officer Figgis and Brendan Gleeson as Thomas Coughlin, the Boston police captain and Joe’s sorrowing father. But there »
- Peter Bradshaw
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