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“Enough Said  is a romantic comedy and the music is a much smaller instrumentation and the core of the music is piano, guitar, and a little percussion,” states Marcelo Zarvos (Brooklyn's Finest). “We had some orchestral pieces later in the film for some emotional moments that happen.” It was important for musical score not to be overpowering. “The dialogue is fantastic and you have amazing actors who are delivering those lines.” The Brazilian composer notes, “You’re laughing at the characters because they exist; that’s my favourite type of comedy to work on because I feel that the music doesn’t have to be pandering for laughs. It’s more accentuating and pointing out that this is a »
Fifteen years ago today (December 4, 1998) an unusual movie was released, and roundly rejected: director Gus Van Sant's off-puttingly faithful remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Fresh off the critical and commercial success of Good Will Hunting, Van Sant could've tried for another feel-good hit or a high-profile for-hire gig. Instead, he cashed in all his mainstream chips to not only put his hands all over an untouchable classic, but to do it in the strangest way: He used the original script with only minor modifications, he re-recorded the same score, and, in many scenes, he even mimicked Hitchcock's compositions and camera moves, causing his Psycho to be labeled a "shot-for-shot remake," though that's an exaggeration. Psycho '98 opened to p »
Last year at this time, Argo had just surpassed the $100 million mark at the box-office on its way to winning three Oscars, including the statue for Best Picture. Ben Affleck’s true Hollywood story of the CIA’s risky mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from the angry hive of the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 was bold, confident filmmaking, and his emergence as a sentimental favorite during awards season was as delightful as it was unlikely, considering the many ups and downs of his career. Fifteen years after Good Will Hunting, 10 years after Gigli, and five years after becoming »
- Jeff Labrecque
This week, parody perfection reached its peak and the word Kanye-oke was born thanks to the James Franco and Seth Rogen "Bound 3 (Vague)" video, a not-so-vague shot-for-shot redo of Kanye West's new music video featuring his topless fiancé Kim Kardashian. In the now infamous parody, Franco's flapping shirt is flawless - and we can't even find the right words for Seth Rogen's back-arching skills - but one thing made this video pure magic and that's the bromance. Freaks and Geeks fans know that Franco and Rogen go way back; this faux-sexy spoof is just another chapter in their epic love. »
- Kelli Bender
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Luke Cage, Ant-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
While there's been plenty of rumours surrounding the Man of Steel sequel since its announcement at Comic-Con, it's rare that we've heard any comments on Batman vs. Superman from anyone involved with the project. However, producer Charles Roven - whose DC credits include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel - has given an update on the sequel's status, revealing that principal photography is set to get underway in February, as well as discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: "On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, »
- Gary Collinson
Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting" pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming to produce the sci-fi thriller "Sleeper," based on the acclaimed comic book series by Ed Brubaker ("Criminal," "Gotham Central"). No casting news have yet been revealed, but, considering their hectic schedules, Affleck and Damon will likely stay behind the scenes. Jennifer Todd will co-produce the film for Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wildstorm's "Sleeper" ran from 2003 to 2005 and featured art by Sean Phillips. It centers on a secret agent whose contact with alien technology makes him invulnerable, resulting in his placement in a shady government organization. Adding to the »
- HitFix Staff
Six years ago, it looked like Tom Cruise would leap aboard the superhero/comic book/graphic novel train in an adaptation of DC Comics’ Sleeper. Warner Bros. were a part of the plan and they were eyeing Spider-Man director Sam Raimi to bring the series to life. It needs no saying, but this did not come to pass. Time went by and the better part of us got caught up in the hysteria that was Iron Man and eventually, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Now, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – alternatively known as the Good Will Hunting guys or Jason Bourne and Batman — are teaming up to produce a new adaptation of Ed Brubaker’s comic. And just like a loyal sidekick, Warner Bros. is back on board too. Bringing the world to life with their words is the screenwriting duo of Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and David Wiener (The Killing »
- Viv Mah
Originally set up with Sam Raimi and Tom Cruise waaaaaaaaaay back in 2008, the Ed Brubaker comic book “Sleeper” is getting a second wind, this time with Bah-ston buddies Matt Damon and Ben Affleck teaming up to finally bring it to the big screen or die trying. (Okay, maybe it’s not quite that drastic.) The former “Good Will Hunting” bros will develop the movie for Warner Bros., with Shawn Ryan and David Wiener doing the scripting honors. “Sleeper” — set in noir universe where a few people are spontaneously developing superpowers — follows Holden Carver, a man who can absorb pain and pass it on to others, as he infiltrates a criminal organization on behalf of a law enforcement agency. His allegiances come into question, especially when he falls for the alluring killer, Miss Misery. Brubaker is a pretty good writer of crime noir, and his comics aren’t what you would call traditional comics. »
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
“Breaking Bad” veteran Moira Walley-Beckett’s ballet drama for Starz has added four dancers to its cast, and is conducting a nationwide search for its lead. The newly named “Flesh and Bone” follows troubled young ballet dancer Claire Robbins through the surprisingly dark and gritty world of ballet. Also read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Gets ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ Alternative Ending, Blooper Reel (Video) The project, which is in development, is created, written and executive produced by Walley-Beckett, a writer and co-executive producer on “Breaking Bad.” Lawrence Bender (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Good Will Hunting”), Kevin Brown (“Roswell”) and John Melfi (“Sex and the City, »
- Tim Molloy
Feature Simon Brew 19 Nov 2013 - 06:40
Just a silly comedy? There might be more to Mrs Doubtfire than it's given credit for...
This article contains spoilers for Mrs Doubtfire.
If you dig through the box office takings for the films of Robin Williams, then - taking aside his supporting performance in Night At The Museum - his most lucrative film at the Us box office remains 1993's Mrs Doubtfire. Inflation-adjusted, it tops the list.
The film was released in the aftermath of Disney's record-breaking Aladdin (and followed the fascinatingly flawed Toys), and in the years that followed, Williams would enjoy a bunch of further hits, including the likes of Jumanji, The Birdcage (two films that, fact-fans, passed $100m at the Us box office on the same weekend), Patch Adams and Flubber. He'd nab an Oscar in the midst of that run for Good Will Hunting, too. This was Robin Williams »
Starz has made changes to its Encore pack of channels citing the nation’s evolving demographics and focusing on groups who over-index in viewing within the premium pay TV category. That translates to shuffling some of the eight Encore-branded channels to target baby boomers, Black and Latino audiences and the company acquiring older TV series to serve them, something rarely done on premium cable which is traditionally built on movies and original series. Starz also is launching a horror block on Encore Suspense. Beginning December 2, 2013, Encore Drama will be replaced by Encore Black, a channel catering to the African-American community, traditionally over-indexed on premium channel viewership. The channel’s programming lineup will include Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up and off-network series What’s Happening!!, Diff’rent Strokes, 227, and Amen. The December launch will spotlight actor Samuel L. Jackson with films such as Unbreakable, Losing Isaiah, Freedomland and One Eight Seven. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
There’s nothing new under the sun — but somehow, these awesome properties have never been adapted for screens big or small. Psst, Hollywood: Let’s change that.
It’s the plot of Titanic. And The Notebook. And Aladdin. Also, Good Will Hunting, Pirates of the Caribbean, Wild at Heart, Say Anything, A Knight’s Tale, Atonement, The Great Gatsby, The Princess Bride and thousands of other stories that we’ve seen and read time and time again.
She’s rich (and beautiful). He’s poor (and beautiful). And he worships the privileged ground she walks on. Obviously they must end up together. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Washington, Nov 4: Minnie Driver has confessed that she is hoping to become a mother again, but this time by adopting or fostering a child so as to avoid physical exhaustion during pregnancy.
The 43-old actress, who is already mother to her 5-year-old son, Harry, said that she wasn't ready to have a child till she did, but she wished she had three or four more, Contactmusic reported.
The 'Good Will Hunting' star claimed that she wouldn't do it again naturally as she is put off by being pregnant and fat for a year and being exhausted for four years.
Driver added that when Harry's at big school, she hopes to. »
- Ketali Mehta
With all the endless discussion and debates about Ben Affleck signing on to play Caped Crusader in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman (not the official title), the fact that Affleck is also coming off headlining and directing a Best Picture Oscar-winning film (with the historical drama/thriller Argo) has ended up being pushed to the side. (Such is the power of DC superheroes.)
Fortunately, the actor – who also has an Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting – has got a couple of projects in the works, to take his mind off the pressure of playing Bruce Wayne. Affleck is currently starring in David Fincher’s Gone Girl novel adaptation and will begin working on ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Ben Affleck is sure keeping busy these days. The actor-director will wear both hats once again on a new untitled thriller set in contemporary Africa for Warner Bros. and Pearl Street Films. The politically-charged film will center on a group of mercenaries charged with killing a vicious warlord. It's unknown what role Affleck will play in the film, and no other casting news has been revealed. Affleck will also produce the film along with his "Good Will Hunting" pal Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd through their Pearl Street banner, according to Deadline. Will Staples will write the script. He is also set to »
- HitFix Staff
Elliott Smith died 10 years ago today -- tragically, violently, with a triumphant career behind him and a bleak future ahead. By 2003, the singer-songwriter had amassed plenty of accolades: He had released five stellar albums; his hushed and heavy voice served as the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting (for which his song, "Miss Misery," received an Oscar nomination in 1998); he had performed on the Academy Awards, countless late-night talk shows and clubs big and small. He was an indie rock icon and, to many, regarded as a modern-day poet in the tradition of John Lennon
- Shirley Halperin
The actors, who wrote Oscar-winning 1997 film "Good Will Hunting" together, have teamed up once again for "More Time With Family", a 30-minute per episode series, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The show is based on Tom Papa's stand-up piece, which follows a man who ditches his career to spend more time with his family but, after returning from spending time on the road, he realises no one pushed him into making that life-changing decision.
- Meeta Kabra
Hurray! One of Hollywood's favorite fairy tale success stories (their first joint screenwriting effort ever led to an Oscar for Good Will Hunting), Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be working together again. The two Boston-bred pals are joining forces to executive-produce a new comedy for CBS. According to Deadline, their sitcom, More Time With Family, was bought by the network after a fierce bidding war. The show, which stars comedian Tom Papa as a middle-aged man who leaves his life on the road to focus on [...] »
Ben Affleck‘s gambling thriller Runner, Runner failed to impress critics or moviegoers over the weekend. With a $7.6 million gross, the film landed in third place on the weekend box office list–a hefty $48 million behind top spot holder, Gravity. Waking up to disappointing returns is not something the two-time Oscar winner hasn’t experienced before. Despite praise for his acting, screenwriting, and directing, Affleck has been partial to more than one bad decision over the years–more or less any time his character is required to get a spray tan. (Does a little gem called Gigli ring a bell?)
To further explore Affleck’s lowest of lows, we dug up his most disappointing box office performances that were also panned by critics, all of which seem like even more quizzical choices if you’ve watched Argo, Good Will Hunting, or The Town over the last few months. Check out the list below, »
- Emily Exton
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