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Oscars: 9 Under-the-Radar Performances that Deserve Buzz

30 October 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over—even though the season is only beginning. There’s already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from “The Imitation Game’s” Benedict Cumberbatch to “Wild’s” Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws some curveballs into the mix come January. Here are nine under-the-radar performances that deserve a fighting chance in this year’s Oscar race.

Channing Tatum

Best Actor, “Foxcatcher

The trio of male performances in “Foxcatcher”—from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo—are all worthy of Oscar nominations. But the problem is, where do you put each actor? Sony Pictures Classics had decided to campaign Tatum and Carell in lead and Ruffalo in supporting, but I fear the strongest performance in the film may slip through the cracks. Carell has gotten a lot of ink for his portrayal of lunatic millionaire John du Pont. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Production Begins on Alexandre Aja’s ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’

27 October 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.

“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, »

- Derek Anderson

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Zelda Williams Reveals Tattoo Tribute To Dad Robin Williams

22 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Zelda Williams shared a picture of a new tattoo she had inked to remember her late father, Robin Williams.

Zelda Willams' New Tattoo

Zelda took to Instagram on Thursday with the snap of the ink, captioning it, “For poppo. Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile."

A photo posted by Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) on

Oct 10, 2014 at 1:36pm Pdt

The tattoo tribute Zelda had done features Robin’s birthdate – “7.21.51” – on her wrist. On the outside of her hand, just below her thumb, Zelda had the tattoo artist draw a hummingbird. Incidentally, a hummingbird was featured on bracelets that were given out at the reception following Robin’s funeral.

In her Instagram post, Zelda went on to clarify that the account from which she was posting is her only account and that all others are fake. »

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Christina Ricci to Reprise Lizzie Borden Role for Lifetime Limited Series

22 October 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Christina Ricci and Lifetime are taking another whack at the life of notorious murder suspect Lizzie Bordon in the limited series “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” the network announced today.

In the follow-up to January’s “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax,” this project will offer a fictionalized account of the events and people involved in Borden’s life as she encounters new-found celebrity after her controversial acquittal of the murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. When numerous people close to Lizzie — including her half-brother William (“Hatfields & McCoys'” Andrew Howard), Broadway luminaries, and the head of the criminal underworld start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances — legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, “Good Will Hunting”) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise. Emmy nominee John Heard (“The Sopranos”) also stars as William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Celebrity Showdown: 'Fury' Star Brad Pitt vs. 'Gone Girl' Star Ben Affleck

19 October 2014 9:57 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Pitt and Affleck go head to head to see who's the biggest star!

This weekend, Brad Pitt's Fury opened big, and took on reigning champ Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck. Between the two, Fury blew Gone Girl out of the top spot with a $23.5 million dollar bow, which was still smaller than Gone Girl's first weekend ($35.5 million) or even it's second ($26.4 million.)

Clearly, the films are well-matched adversaries, but how about Pitt and Affleck as performers? How do they stack up? Well, this week's Celebrity Showdown is here to answer that question once and for all.

News: Celebrity Showdown: Angelina Jolie Vs Charlize Theron

They've both got Oscars, they've both got accolades and they've both got embarrassing projects in their distant pasts. So, looking at seven unique criteria that weighs box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.

Last time, Pitt's »

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Minnie Driver Remembers Robin Williams in Touching Good Will Hunting Story

16 October 2014 4:10 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

It’s been more than 15 years since Good Will Hunting hit theaters, making an impact in cinema and earning the late Robin Williams his sole Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor. But in the wake of his tragic death, his costars, fans, and friends are reminiscing about the actor’s performance and time on the set of the classic coming-of-age tale. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Minnie Driver, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the film, told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen her fondest [...] »

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Ben Affleck And Matt Damon Unite For SyFy Drama Incorporated

13 October 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ben Affleck’s run of good luck is showing little sign of slowing down. After a career-best performance in Gone Girl and the public blessing of his Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice producers, he’s in a cherished spot at the moment. His stream of movie successes could be part of the reason why the actor-director is now turning his efforts to the small screen. Under their newly-formed Pearl Street Films banner, Affleck and life-long buddy Matt Damon are now developing sci-fi thriller Incorporated for Syfy.

Pearl Street will join forces with CBS Television to produce the show for Syfy, which is described as “a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. The drama will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system.”

To be honest, it doesn’t sound like the synopsis even requires the word “futuristic,” as »

- Gem Seddon

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon teaming up for 'Incorporated' on Syfy

13 October 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

The dynamic Good Will Hunting duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are once again teaming up: Affleck and Damon's Pearl Street Films is developing Incorporated for Syfy along with CBS Television Studios, Syfy announced.  The "espionage thriller," which is set to be written by David and Alex Pastor, takes place in a futuristic world where corporations appear to have limitless power. Per a press release, Incorporated "will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system." Affleck and Damon will executive produce with Jennifer Todd and Ted Humphrey, who will also serve as showrunner. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Casey Affleck To Headline Boston Marathon Bombing Adaptation

7 October 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Casey Affleck has signed on to produce and star in a movie centred around the Boston Marathon Bombings of 2013. The film will be based on the book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with a screenplay from The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. The pair optioned the rights to the book back in July 2013 and were originally planning to develop it as a TV series with EOne Entertainment onboard to produce. After that deal collapsed, they took the project to Affleck, who’ll not only star but co-produce the movie with his working partners, John Ridley and Dorothy Aufiero.

While the book has yet to be published, the subject matter is well known. During the 2013 Boston Marathon, a series of bombs disrupted the race, injuring many innocent civilians. One of the city’s biggest manhunts then began as officials sought to apprehend those responsible for the tragic event. »

- Gem Seddon

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Casey Affleck to Star in Boston Marathon Drama (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No stranger to films set on his home turf, Massachusetts native Casey Affleck is attached to star and produce a film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Based on the book “Boston Strong” by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, the spec was written by “The Fighter” scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy and follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events.

Affleck is producing along with his partner, John Ridley, and Dorothy Aufiero.

Affleck’s attachment should help in jump-starting the project as the producers get it ready to take out to studios in the next week. Tamasy and Johnson were still undecided on whether to make it a movie or TV series when they optioned the rights to the book in July 2013. EOne Television came last April on to develop it as a miniseries, »

- Justin Kroll

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'The Chair' couldn't get the name 'Project Greenlight' - but Damon and Affleck could

6 October 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Starz's first reality series, "The Chair," is halfway through its terrific first season. Shot documentary style, the visually striking show follows two directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, who produced theatrical films based on the same script. When it was first announced, the show seemed like a revival of HBO and Bravo's exceptional "Project Greenlight," which lasted three seasons and followed first-time directors making movies while being mentored by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The show made a star out of their "Good Will Hunting" producer, Chris Moore, thanks to his acerbic but genuine demeanor, and his forthright but honest criticism. Moore created "The Chair," and shortly after Starz announced the show last spring, HBO revealed that it would revive "Project Greenlight" with Affleck and Damon. As it turns out, Moore told me that he actually tried to resurrect "Project Greenlight." "That whole thing fell apart and didn't happen because of lawyers, »

- Andy Denhart

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Bart & Fleming: Netflix vs. Exhibs; Social Media Woes; Hating On Cable

5 October 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Bart: The Deadline Sunday page didn’t hit my virtual doorstep this morning. What happened?

Fleming: It was my passion but I had to scrap it for now. We are still working on initiatives with our recent redesign, and we had to choose our battles. I don’t regret the experiment; we did some fine journalism and there will be a lot more coming. For now those pieces will run during the week and our challenge is to ensure they don’t drown in the river of our growing weekday volume.

Change of topic: Netflix executed a one-two punch on the jaw of the exhibition business. Harvey Weinstein sold his Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon so-called sequel to Netflix, and will also show it on IMAX screens. Then came the four-pic deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison. Game changing or grandstanding?

Bart: I think Adam Sandler has done exhibitors a favor. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Who wins, then and now?

3 October 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »

- EW staff

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9 Weird Ben Affleck Movies

3 October 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Thanks to his recent shift to directing, the Artist Formerly Known as One-Half of Bennifer has risen like a phoenix from the Gigli ashes and gone on to cultivate a compelling film career, including a great performance in this weekend's Gone Girl. But for a minute there, things got weird. The success of Good Will Hunting let Ben Affleck ride right into the world of questionable (and I mean questionable) film choices for a solid few years. His movie roles over the past two decades run the gamut of quality, but at least nine have been particularly odd. Not bad, just … different.9. Gigli (2003)The tale of Gigli is a cautionary one, a story that evokes memories of turkey jokes and celebrity-couple portmanteaux. Believe it or not, though, compared to the rest of the Affleck-ography, Gigli is actually the least bizarre. At the time, the actor was bouncing from genre »

- Anne T. Donahue

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Ben Affleck Facts: 31 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the 'Gone Girl' Star

3 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Ben Affleck has been tough to miss these past 20 years, and he's not slowing down anytime soon.

Since having early success as a child star in the '80s, Affleck reinvented himself alongside lifelong friend Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting" (1997), not only starring in the film, but also winning an Oscar as co-screenwriter. After the life-changing experience, the young actor found offers piling in and soon starred in blockbusters like "Armageddon" (1998) and "Daredevil" (2001), just to name a couple. The actor has since found his stride as a director, but this fall, he's back in front of the camera in David Fincher's critically-acclaimed thriller "Gone Girl."

From his unlikely early roles to his family connection to Joaquin Phoenix, here are 31 things you probably don't know about Ben Affleck.

1. Ben Affleck was born Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, to Chris Boldt and Timothy Affleck.

2. His mother was »

- Jonny Black

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Flashback: Young Ben Affleck Talks Kissing Another Guy Back in 1997

2 October 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ben Affleck explored some new territory while shooting Chasing Amy.

Ben Affleck's newest film Gone Girl is out Friday and we can't wait!

In celebration of the actor and his many accomplishments, we dug into our archives and found the first time Et interviewed a baby-faced Ben -- at the red carpet premiere for Chasing Amy back in 1997, where he told us what it was like to kiss Jason Lee in the film.

"I'm not homophobic," he said then. "I just... I guess I am more than I thought, in that, it was just difficult for me you know? And I didn’t think it would be. I really backed down from it in a way. I really could have done more of a committed job."

Even years later, Ben's still apologizing for not being able to get over his own issues and just kiss his fellow actor. While promoting Argo in 2012, he told The New »

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“Gone Girl”: What’s Up with the 2015 Awards Race

2 October 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Directed by: David Fincher Written by: Gillian Flynn Main Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and more… Past Oscar relations: Affleck is a two time Oscar winner (co-writing Good Will Hunting and co-producing his Best Picture winner Argo), while Fincher is a two time Best Director nominee, having been cited for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network Today we have another article in this ongoing series of mine concerning certain 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of actual Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is a major player in Gone Girl, which hopes to be the latest high profile book adaptation to appeal to the Academy. Can it actually do it after a raucous debut at the New York Film Festival? Let’s discuss that possibility a little bit below now… »

- Joey Magidson

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Best and Worst of Ben Affleck: 'Argo,' 'Chasing Amy,' 'Jenny from the Block'

1 October 2014 10:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It goes without saying that Ben Affleck has had an incredible career. After winning a screenwriting Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" Affleck focused on his acting and tried the Hollywood leading man routine in hits such as "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor," "Changing Lanes" and "The Sum of All Fears."  After three films in 2003 his career began to crash. "Gigli" become a pop culture touchstone because it was such a bomb and so disliked, but besides a minor success with "Paycheck" Affleck started on a major string of bombs that no one thought he'd recover from.  By 2006 he was on the comeback trail with a critically acclaimed performance in the indie "Hollywoodland" and followed that up with his directorial debut, the well received "Gone Baby Gone." The past seven years have completed the comeback with Affleck directing and starring in the hit thriller "The Town" and capping it off with a miraculous Oscar run for "Argo. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Robin Williams season for Mind at Prince Charles Cinema

1 October 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Prince Charles Cinema in London's Leicester Square has announced a Robin Williams season in memory of the actor who passed away in August.

Six of the actor's films will be screened in November and December to raise awareness and funds for mental health charity Mind.

Last month, the cinema raised £2,700 for Mind with special screenings of Williams's Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society.

Director of fundraising at Mind Kathleen Miles said: "We have all been genuinely touched by the generosity of Prince Charles Cinema, and their wonderful audience, who have dug deep to support Mind as they celebrate the remarkable career of Robin Williams.

"Depression is a very real illness, which can affect anybody regardless of their age, gender, ethnic group, profession or social status, and money raised during the Prince Charles Cinema Robin Williams season will help Mind to be there for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. »

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First Look at Matthew McConaughey in 'Sea of Trees'

30 September 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).

Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »

- MovieWeb

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