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He may be an acclaimed filmmaker, but even Ben Affleck himself would tell you he's starred in a few flops in his time. From forgettable rom-coms like "Bounce," "Jersey Girl" and "Forces of Nature," to action and horror duds like "Reindeer Games" and "Phantoms", and of course - "Gigli".
Yet in an interview with Playboy, Affleck says that while he'd "probably have two or three" roles he regrets, it's only one failure that still really haunts him - the Marvel superhero film "Daredevil":
"The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman."
In fact it's because of Daredevil's failure that he understands the online backlash against him playing Batman:
"I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. »
- Garth Franklin
Although there are quite a few L. Frank Baum-inspired adaptations on the wa. NBC's new pilot, "Tin Man," is not among them, despite its Oz-friendly title. Variety reports that the small screen project, arriving from Transformers: Age of Extinction screenwriter Ehren Kruger, is instead an original crime thriller with a science fiction twist. Set in the near future, the Universal TV project follows a state-of-the-art robot accused of murder and young woman who comes to his defense in the courtroom. Kruger, whose credits include all three Transformers sequels, also wrote John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games , Gore Verbinski's The Ring and Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm . He will serve as screenwriter and executive producer on "Tin Man." »
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Why Are TV Series Based On Movies More Acceptable Than Feature Remakes?” — Over at Movies.com, Christopher Campbell goes medium hopping (and has some strong ideas about Harry and the Hendersons). “How Fox News, Terrorists, and Truthiness Ruined The X-Files For Me” — Inkoo Kang laments what happens when the truth that’s out there turns out to be stranger than science fiction. “Off the Carpet: Reindeer Games” — Kris Tapley plays inside baseball as award season predictionalizing gets louder than it’s ever been before. “The Legacy of Dogme 95” — Scott Tobias offers an excellent primer and deeper look at a set of aesthetic boundaries that seek to let ingenuity bloom by taking away freedom. »
- Scott Beggs
Amazon Studios continues to expand its film slate with an exciting new project – Comet, the underdog story of a small but determined reindeer who will face seemingly insurmountable odds to save his family’s home and join Santa’s elite sleigh team.
Amazon Studios has an open-door development process, for film as well as original series. Learn more about how to submit your script.
Details on the newly optioned project:
Writer: David Croomes
Genre: Kids and Family
Logline: In an effort to save their family home, Comet and his elf friend Melvin travel to the North Pole for the Reindeer Games where Comet hopes to win a coveted spot on Santa’s elite Sleigh Team.
Why we optioned it: It’s a wonderful underdog story about a reindeer other than Rudolph.
The writer’s perspective: Movie audiences love origin stories, and this one is for a universally known Christmas character. »
Film and TV actor Dennis Farina has passed away at the age of 69 in Arizona. The cause of his death has not been released at this time.
Farina came late to the acting game, working as a cop for eighteen years before turning to acting at 37 years old.
Throughout the late 1980s and all of the 1990s, the actor was rarely out of work thanks to various feature film supporting roles.
His earliest roles included FBI chief Jack Crawford in Michael Mann's "Manhunter," playing a detective in the Chuck Norris action film "Code of Silence," and the memorably foul-mouthed Jimmy Serrano in "Midnight Run".
Key roles in films like "Get Shorty," "Another Stakeout," "Striking Distance," "Little Big League," "The Mod Squad," "Out of Sight," "Saving Private Ryan," "Snatch," "Reindeer Games," "Bottle Shock," and "What Happens in Vegas" followed.
He was also a regular and/or recurring guest star on shows like "Crime Story, »
- Garth Franklin
There was a time when Charlize Theron was just another pretty face in Hollywood. Sure, she'd scored roles opposite hot leading men like Keanu Reeves in The Devil's Advocate, Johnny Depp in The Astronaut's Wife, and Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games, but none of these movies made audiences or critics take notice of Theron's skills as an actress. Then came 2003's Monster, a biopic about serial killer Aileen Wuornos in which Theron stripped away all the glamor and gorgeousness we associate with her, and in doing so redefined her career. She won the Oscar for the movie, and notably, it was one she formed off-camera as well as on, producing the pic under her Denver and Delilah banner. Since then Denver and Delilah Productions has created a handful of films, including the wickedly funny R-rated comedy Young Adult, wherein Theron awed critics with her grown up mean girl role. Next »
After punching a massive metal dragon, calling Loki "Reindeer Games" and fixing a hovering aircraft carrier on the fly in The Avengers, Iron Man has a lot to live up to in the upcoming Iron Man 3 - and from the looks of his latest Empire cover (on shelves Thursday February 28), he just might manage it.Looking closely at both the newsstand edition on the left and the subscribers only cover on the right, you can clearly see that Tony's new golden suit hasn't had the best of days - though with Mr. Stark being a Genius Billionaire Playboy Philanthropist an' all, his hair and beard are suitably perfect.The movie, of course, finds Robert Downey Jr.’s Lethal Weapon up to his metallic neck in trouble as he’s targeted by The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and other nasty types intent on taking him down a peg or 21. Check out »
8 items from 2013
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