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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.
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 »
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 [...] »
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
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
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
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’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
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
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
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
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
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."
2. His mother was »
- Jonny Black
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 »
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
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
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. »
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 »
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on his latest, The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts. Starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, Mulholland Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton ("The League") and Jordan Gavaris ("Orphan Black"). »
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 Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Drive). 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 »
- Press Release
Jennifer Love Hewitt has an interesting way of reaching out! The "Party of Five" actress stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday, where she shared one random story about Matt Damon. Check out the video below to find out why she sent the "Good Will Hunting" star a bed."I must have been like 19 or 20-years-old and I was reading an article, you know Matt Damon and Ben Affleck had just blown up big time and I obviously knew who he was, and I was reading the article and he said this really sad thing in the article about how all of his dreams were coming true in the business and he was working really hard but he didn't ever really feel like those days he had a bed of his own," she explained to Kimmel. "I remember being really busy also and thinking 'that's so sad to feel like »
- tooFab Staff
A little bit nuts! Jennifer Love Hewitt gave an insight into her kooky personality on Monday, Sept. 29, when she told Jimmy Kimmel a bizarre story about how she once sent Matt Damon a bed. The 35-year-old actress was just 19 (and starring in her hit show Party of Five) when she took the questionable step of putting a bed in the mail to the Good Will Hunting hunk. But as she explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her oddball actions were actually just an [...] »
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