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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during »

- David Ehrlich

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Movie to Chronicle New England Patriots’ Super Bowl Comeback — But Who Will Play Tom Brady?

16 February 2017 11:07 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Are we really surprised that Tom Brady’s epic Super Bowl Li performance is being turned into a feature film? Of course not — the New England Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons was tailor-made for a classic Hollywood comeback flick.

What we’d like to know is who will be cast to portray Brady — star quarterback and, some argue, football’s G.O.A.T.

Deadline reports that a book and movie chronicling the Patriots’ win and centered on Brady, 39, is being written by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (both behind The Finest Hours and Patriots Day) with author »

- Rose Minutaglio

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Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Unbreakable Bond: From Their First Oscars to Life as Hollywood Royalty

14 February 2017 10:39 AM, PST | | See recent news »

From students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts, to Hollywood stars with nine Oscar nominations among them, Casey Affleck, his brother Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have come far. And stayed close through it all.

In 1997, Damon and the elder Affleck’s film Good Will Hunting — which also starred Casey — propelled them to fame and their first walk on the Academy Awards stage. Now, 20 years later, Oscar continues to smile on them: Damon is a nominated producer on Best Picture contender Manchester By the Sea, which features an Oscar-nominated performance from Best Actor hopeful Casey Affleck. In 2013, Ben »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Oscars: Matt Damon on the Financial Risks of Making 'Manchester by the Sea,' Advice for Host (and Frenemy) Jimmy Kimmel

13 February 2017 8:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In his career, Matt Damon has earned Oscar noms for lead actor (Good Will Hunting, The Martian), supporting actor (Invictus) and has won one for original screenplay with Ben Affleck (Hunting).

But with Manchester by the Sea, the 46-year-old has his first producing nomination, along with Kimberly Steward, Kevin Walsh, Lauren Beck and Chris Moore, for a film he once planned to direct and star in. Damon spoke with THR about making the movie on budget, how the awards have changed since his 1998 win and why Ben Affleck always will choose him over Jimmy Kimmel.

How did you first »

- Andy Lewis

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New Halloween Movie Slated for October 19th, 2018, David Gordon Green to Direct

9 February 2017 3:53 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

John Carpenter just gave Michael Myers fans a huge reason to mark their calendars by announcing an October 19th, 2018 release date for Blumhouse and Miramax's new Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) from a screenplay he's writing with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, Eastbound & Down).

In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. We have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:

Press Release (via Los Angeles, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page ( that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express »

- Derek Anderson

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Dear Ben Affleck

3 February 2017 7:25 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Dear Ben,

I'm going to come right out and say it, since I know you've had a crazy few weeks and I don't want to take up too much of your time:

It's time to give it up.

No, not your career, which I think still has the potential to be one for the ages. No, it's time to give up the cowl. 

Let's face it. Signing on to play Batman in the DC Extended Universe hasn't really resulted in the kind of career highlight you probably expected in 2014. At the time you were coming off of an epic reinvention as the writer-director of Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo. You were a critical darling, an Award Season staple, and you'd successfully shaken the Etch-a-Sketch clean of past misdeeds like GigliJersey Girl, and Daredevil. 

Yes, the future was bright, and signing on to play beloved hero Batman »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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From Sean Connery to Harrison Ford: actors who secretly played roles gay

2 February 2017 9:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The sexual orientation of film characters isn’t always what it first seems – some leading men have reinterpreted their parts as they move from page to screen

Gus van Sant’s feel-good drama Finding Forrester, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this month, has been forgotten with good reason. It recycles from his earlier film Good Will Hunting the story of a wayward teenage genius nurtured by an older mentor, only this time the boy’s talents are literary, not mathematical. But it does have some curiosity value thanks to its title character.

The reclusive novelist William Forrester, played by Sean Connery, has a secret that is never mentioned on screen. I discovered it by accident when I met Van Sant in 2008 while he was editing Milk, his film about the openly gay politician Harvey Milk. It was odd, I suggested, that despite being out himself, Van Sant hadn’t »

- Ryan Gilbey

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

2 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen looks at the already troubled history of Ben Affleck’s The Batman

It was news that concerned fans of the faltering Dceu when it was confirmed that Ben Affleck will no longer direct The Batman, which is still supposed to be released next year. This bad news about The Batman follows rumours that Justice League is a mess, as is Wonder Woman, and The Flash is getting a page-one re-write following the departure of its second director.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “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. »

- Luke Owen

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Ocean’S 8: First Image Released, Check Out The Star Power In Action!

30 January 2017 12:05 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Ocean's 8 will be a reboot of George Clooney's Ocean's 11 franchise, and while everyone involved has kept a tight lip about the plot we do know that it will feature an all female cast and pictured above are the eight women rumored to be the actual "Ocean's 8". Now, I know where almost everyone's mind is heading right now -- way back to 2016 when an all female cast massacred Ghostbusters, tore the franchise to shreds, and stomped in the face of "Bill effing Murray" who was actually kind enough to lend his celebrity status to the movie. I do not think this will be the case in Ocean's 8 and the main reason is the caliber of most of the actresses involved. Let's take a look at the eight in the picture and a few more ladies involved as well.

The Eight Sandra Bullock

I am guessing she »

- Drew Carlton

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Mark Gill Out as President of Millennium Films

27 January 2017 1:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran Hollywood executive Mark Gill is exiting the presidency of Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films after six years in the post.

Lerner and Trevor Short will continue to operate Millennium, which was launched in 1996 as a subsidiary of Nu Image.

The most successful Millennium titles during Gill’s tenure included “The Expendables 2” and “The Expendables 3,” which combined for $530 million in worldwide grosses, along with Gerard Butler’s “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen” which took in more than $370 million. Gill also attempted to buy the company but was unsuccesful in making a deal.

Gill joined Millennium in 2011 after his company the Film Department closed down. That company’s top performer was “Law Abiding Citizen,” which grossed $133 million at the worldwide box office.

Gill also served as the founding president of Warner Independent Pictures, which was closed down by Warner Bros. in 2008. In that role, he oversaw “March of the Penguins »

- Dave McNary

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Bad News For Ben Affleck: The Cost Of Live By Night's Failure Has Been Determined

27 January 2017 6:21 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

A frequent topic within Lrm lately, which you've likely heard spill over onto the Los Fanboys Podcast (assuming you listen to it...which you should!!!!), is Ben Affleck's current career trajectory. We're all fans of his and I- in particular- have been very happy to see him return to the top of the mountain in the last seven years. I've been rooting for the guy since 1997 when Good Will Hunting came out and made him and Matt Damon household names. So no one was happier when he bounced back from being the butt of many a joke to suddenly being an artist that demands respect. 

Remember, he started hot in 1997 and then, while Damon went for smaller, more intimate, character-driven movies, Affleck went big. He leapt from the indie darlings that brought him to prominence towards big-budget popcorn flicks like ArmageddonPearl HarborPaycheck, and Daredevil. And when he »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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The Five Smartest Fictional Movie Characters of 2016

20 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Genius has always been something that fascinates everybody and makes them really curious as well. After all, how any ordinary human being could solve difficult equations, produce amazing works of art, or do something that is way beyond normal human capacities is absolutely incredible. And, it’s often something that we explore and exploit in movies. Throughout history, there have been plenty of movies with geniuses as fictional main characters like“Good Will Hunting”, “Finding Forrester”, “Rain Man”, and, some of them were even quirky and lovable to boot like Doc in “Back to the Future” or Skolnick in “Revenge of the

The Five Smartest Fictional Movie Characters of 2016 »

- Nat Berman

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15 Pairs of Oscar-Winning Siblings: Will Ben and Casey Affleck Be Next?

18 January 2017 4:52 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Double Oscar winner Ben Affleck and double Oscar-nominated younger brother Casey Affleck have already joined the ranks of many famous Oscar-winning and -nominated families, such as the Coppolas, the Fondas and the Barrymores, but if Casey takes home this year's best actor prize for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, he and Ben will become the 16th Oscar-winning sibling pair in history.

Ben won his first Oscar for 1997's Good Will Hunting, for best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen, an honor he shared with longtime friend Matt Damon (and producer of Manchester by »

- Annie Howard

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The Week in Movies – what is going on with Ben Affleck and The Batman? Young Han Solo spin-off casts mentor role & more…

15 January 2017 11:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including what is going on with Ben Affleck and The Batman? The Young Han Solo spin-off movie casts its mentor 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.

Warner Bros vs Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck made his name with a combination of geeky-level indy movies, starring in Chasing Amy and Mallrats for his friend Kevin Smith, and Academy-beloved dramas, the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love.

Matt Damon had hair back then.

Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Daredevil – 44% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Gigli – 6%), released around the same time he publicly split with his celebrity fiancée (Jennifer Lopez).

Who saw that coming?

That was 2003, and Affleck’s »

- Oli Davis

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Matt Damon's Smile Has Been Making Us Swoon For Over 28 Years

12 January 2017 2:05 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Matt Damon has been in the spotlight for more than 28 years now, but we still can't get over how gorgeous he is. The 46-year-old actor first stole hearts with his roles in movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley, Good Will Hunting, and Saving Private Ryan, but it was his role as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise that really made our crush go over the top. Aside from being one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, Matt is also a husband and father; he's been married to his wife, Luciana Barroso, since 2005, and together they have four children: Isabella, Gia, Stella, and Alexia, Luciana's daughter from a previous marriage. Much like his family, we will also never get tired of seeing that sweet, sweet smile. Related:18 Ben and Matt Pictures That Perfectly Capture Their Friendship Through the YearsMatt Damon Steps Out With His Lovely Wife For a Red Carpet »

- Kelsie Gibson

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Ben Affleck Picks the Best Boston Accent in the Movies (Move Over, Matt Damon)

12 January 2017 8:41 AM, PST | | See recent news »

When it comes to accents frequently featured in film, the Boston accent is a shining star. From The Departed and Good Will Hunting to Manchester by the Sea and Live By Night, Hollywood has a love affair with the Boston setting and its local tongue. Not all Boston movie accents are created equal, however — just ask expert/native Bostonian Ben Affleck.

People caught up with the actor-director recently and asked him to weigh in on Boston-born sports writer Bill Simmons’ recent claim that Matt Damon‘s accent in Good Will Hunting is indeed “the greatest Boston accent that’s ever »

- Kara Warner

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‘Live By Night’ review: “Perfectly enjoyable, but lacks pizzazz”

12 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Live By Night review: Can Ben Affleck follow-up the Oscar success that he enjoyed with Argo with this ambitious period gangster epic?

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

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Premiere Interviews: Ben Affleck & Sienna Miller for Live By Night

11 January 2017 12:19 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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.

Ben Affleck Live By Night European Premiere Photo by Colin Hart

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

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Exclusive: Ben Affleck on Valuing Matt Damon's Friendship and Why He Doesn't Give Advice to Brother Casey

10 January 2017 6:29 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ben Affleck opened up to Et at Monday's Live by Night premiere, acknowledging the people he relies on most when the going gets tough.

The Oscar winner's legendary bromance with childhood friend Matt Damon hit an all-time high last year with their playful feud in which they argued over who was better friends with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Damon even hacked into Affleck's Facebook to change the Live by Night star's profile picture, photoshopping his own face over Affleck's in a photo of Affleck with the Super Bowl champ.

Pic: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Bromance Was on Full Display at Guys' Choice Awards

This was all in jest, of course, to promote various philanthropic efforts, and Affleck got personal with Et on the Live by Night carpet, showing how much he appreciates people like Damon who have been by his side for most of his life.

"I can't tell »

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Ben Affleck Jokes He Told Son Sam ‘Presenting Is Also Honorable’ After He Watched Uncle Casey’s Golden Globes Win

10 January 2017 8:40 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Ben Affleck is quite the proud big brother.

He gave a fist pump as his brother Casey Affleck won the best actor – motion picture drama Golden Globe on Sunday for his role in Manchester by the Sea. The two were even seen the following night at an after party following the world premiere of Ben’s new film Live by Night.

One person who might be even prouder of Casey than Ben, though? His nephew.

“My kids stayed up to watch it, and I went home today and I asked my -year-old, ‘Sam, did you see Uncle Casey up there? »

- Jen Juneau

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