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Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck File for Divorce: A Look Back at Their 2-Year Separation

Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck File for Divorce: A Look Back at Their 2-Year Separation
Two years after announcing their separation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have legally filed for divorce, closing a long chapter of marital limbo.

From their dedication to healthy co-parenting and frequent family vacations to infidelity rumors and candid tell-all interviews, the last two years have seen a lot of ups and downs for the estranged couple, and Et is taking a look back at their separation journey.

Photos: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner: A Look Back at Their Romance

June 30, 2015 -- Affleck and Garner Announce Their Split

One day after their 10th anniversary, the pair released a joint statement announcing their intention to go their separate ways.

"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the statement read. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."

Even in their
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How Jennifer Garner Helped Ben Affleck Turn His Life Around

How Jennifer Garner Helped Ben Affleck Turn His Life Around
While they separated nearly two years ago, Ben Affleck's estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, has been instrumental in helping the Oscar-winning star get his life back on track after years of struggling with alcoholism.

Affleck took to Facebook on Tuesday to reveal that he'd completed treatment for alcohol addiction, and thanked his wife for her support, writing, "I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do."

Et is taking a look back at the couple's long relationship to see how Garner helped Affleck turn his life around.

Watch: Ben Affleck Completes Rehab for Alcohol Addiction: I Want to 'Be the Best Father I Can Be'

A Change From the Start

A source close to Ben tells Et that the Live by Night star has been dealing with his addiction and dependency issues
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Ben Affleck’s Batman: The already troubled history of The Batman

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.
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What to Watch Christmas Weekend: TheWrap’s TV Viewing Guide (Photos)

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What to Watch Christmas Weekend: TheWrap’s TV Viewing Guide (Photos)
Celebrate Christmas with 24 movies, specials and marathons airing this weekend. “A Flintstone Christmas” (Saturday at 6 a.m. on Boomerang) Fred Flintstone plays Bedrock’s Santa Claus in Hanna-Barbera’s 1977 Christmas special. “Home Alone” (Saturday at 10 a.m. on HBO) Macaulay Culkin stars as a neglected child who must battle home intruders when his parents leaving him behind while they go on holiday vacation. “Surviving Christmas” (Saturday at 10: 30 a.m. on TBS) Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini’s 2004 Christmas comedy was panned by critics, but featured an all-star cast that also included Catherine O’Hara, Christina Applegate and Jennifer Morrison.
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The Twelve Days of Classic Christmas Movies – vote for your favourite!

Author: Cai Ross

Christmastime is here. Presumably you already have chestnuts roasting on an open fire, a turkey and some mistletoe, and your first screaming argument about who’s cooking for who and where. ’Tis the season for such timeless traditions, and along with a collective craving for manifestly ill-judged food combinations and a moratorium on our disapproval of comedy knitwear, classic Christmas movies are now a vital part of the great yuletide experience.

But what precisely is a classic Christmas movie? Timeless vintage offerings like Holiday Inn and Miracle on 34th Street are stuffed from titles to credits with all things Christmassy, yet you’ll also find films like Casablanca and The Great Escape on many festive film lists, which have nothing more to do with Christmas than Cannibal Holocaust.

Even the single greatest ‘Christmas Movie’ of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life has a pretty tenuous connection with the Holiday Season,
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Interview: Directors Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn of ‘Trolls’

Chicago – The delightful new animated film “Trolls” takes the familiar doll to a new level of fun and heart. Behind this invention is the director team of Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, who have worked together in various animation roles over the years before teaming up in their first collaboration for Dreamworks Studio.

Trolls” has familiar voice talent – Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski and Russell Brand among them, and adds a splash of colorful psychedelia and musical joy. Mitchell and Dohrn has also worked on familiar animated films like “Shrek Forever After,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” and “Madagascar.”

The Animated Cast of ‘Trolls,’ Directed by Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn

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Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn – in his directorial debut – sat down with to talk the craft, energy and inspiration it took to create their wonderfully entertaining new film.
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13 Ways to Make an Actually Good Christmas Movie

13 Ways to Make an Actually Good Christmas Movie
Consider this an open letter to anyone who has made, or plans to make, a Christmas movie. The genre is an important one; a genre that lives in the very fabric of our society as we know it. If it were not for the annual Christmas movie viewing tradition, millions of merrymakers would be forced to find their joy within or, even worse, from their families.  As such, we have a lot invested in holiday movies. We expect from them a certain amount of cheer, good feeling and wide-panning shots of the Rockefeller Center tree. But that doesn't mean that just any film will do during the most sacred season. Just think of Ben Affleck's post-Gigli vehicle Surviving Christmas or, God forbid, Deck...
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A Definitive Look at the Best and Worst Christmas Films Released Since 2000

A Definitive Look at the Best and Worst Christmas Films Released Since 2000
Since the turn of the new millennium, the world has been given the gift of some truly remarkable films. Unfortunately, this hasn't necessarily extend into the realm of holiday movies. Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - they all came out before the year 2000, and only a handful of classics have been released that could rival their status as seasonal staples.

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We're looking back at the past 14 years to see which movies are worth a watch and which should be avoided at all costs. To remain objective, these rankings are based on a average of the films' Rotten Tomatoes score, their IMDb rating and their Metacritic scores. So this list of the five best and five worst Christmas movies is truly definitive.


5. Arthur Christmas (2011): This film from Aardman Animations explores Santa's high-tech operations underneath the North Pole, and follows
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Kirk Cameron Film Named Worst Ever

The recent "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" has officially become the the worst movie of all-time according to the film database site The IMDb. 4,918 users have voted in the poll with the movie pulling a 1.5/10 rating, overtaking the legendarily terrible "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" at 1.8/10.

The faith-based "Saving Christmas" stars Kirk Cameron and Darren Doane in which the pair play brothers-in-law with Kirk's character showcasing to Doane's that various popular elements of Christmas are actually Biblical.

Cameron's film did not go well with critics, garnering a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 18/100 on Metacritic - to be fair to Cameron, the woeful Ben Affleck comedy "Surviving Christmas" several years ago didn't score much better.

After the initial wave of critical reviews, Cameron took to social media to rally his fans for support by asking them to give the film a high public rating on Rotten Tomatoes. When word got
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Kirk Cameron Tried To Cheat Rotten Tomatoes, It Did Not Go Well

Kirk Cameron has unashamedly tried to improve the rating of his latest film Surviving Christmas on Rotten Tomatoes by asking his legion of Facebook fans to visit the website and support the project. Unfortunately for the actor, his ploy was far from successful. Saving Christmas has been savaged by critics ever since it was released earlier this month. In fact, its average rating on the film review aggregation website has been a meager two out of 10. In an attempt to raise the film's profile, star Kirk Cameron has tried to fight back against his many, many haters by turning to his supporters on Facebook. The former Growing Pains star has close to 2 million followers on the social networking website, and has declared a call to arms in an attempt to "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes!" You can read his valiant message in its entirety below. (function(d, s, id
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Will Smith to produce Hitch TV remake

Remakes are nothing new in this day and age but an increasing trend in recent years is the movie-to-television remake, which has now been bolstered by the news that Hitch – the 2005 rom-com starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes – is set to be revamped for the small screen.

Fox are currently developing the half-hour comedy inspired by the movie about a professional ‘date doctor’ who helps men woo the girls of their dreams. The original movie took a whopping $370 million and a remake has previously been on the table twice before but stalled on both occasions.

THR are reporting that Will Smith will executive produce with his company and the sitcom will be scribed by writing partners Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan (Surviving Christmas, Leap Year). No word yet on the cast or when production is set to begin.

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Ben Affleck says that ‘Batman V Superman’ won’t be anything like ‘Daredevil'

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Ben Affleck says that ‘Batman V Superman’ won’t be anything like ‘Daredevil'
(Cbr) Although his recent work on "The Town" and "Argo" might seem to have redeemed such early career missteps as "Surviving Christmas" and "Gigli," that didn’t prevent comic fans from erupting into coughing paroxysms of “Daredevil!” last year when Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." While the actor’s 2003 turn as the Man Without Fear was successful enough to produce a spinoff — the best-forgotten "Elektra" — it met with a less-than-enthusiastic response from fans of the source material. Of course, most of the criticism wasn’t levied as the actors, but rather at the writing and directing of Mark Steven Johnson, who also also brought us "Ghost Rider." Nevertheless, Affleck certainly doesn’t consider "Daredevil" a high point of his 30-year career, and he assures skeptics he’s not looking to repeat that experience with "Batman v Superman." “Indeed I have regrets about 'Daredevil,
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A Ten-Year Anniversary (2004-2014): Top 10 Cinematic Duds from Yesterday

Has it actually been ten years already since we have been engaged in the realm of films dating back to 2004? A decade is certainly a long period of time to build our appreciation for cinema up until this critical point in 2014. In looking back at 2004, one can recall fondly some of the more desirable releases to come out at that time. For instance, the superb Million Dollar Baby was the Academy Award-winning film for 2004. Even the comedies that were released that year gave movie audiences cause to rejoice with such ditties as the sleeper indie hit Napoleon Dynamite and well as mainstream laughers in Mean Girls and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Unfortunately for every gem there is a dud and then some. And 2004 had its share to say the least. So how about getting nostalgic and recalling some of the notable misses that were heaped on misled moviegoers
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Ben Affleck Addresses The Batman Backlash In Recent Playboy Interview

Ben Affleck understands backlash. One doesn.t star in a string of duds like Jersey Girl, Gigli and Surviving Christmas without acquiring a thick skin. The guy survived "Bennifer," the demeaning nickname born of an incredibly high-profile romance with Jennifer Lopez. He thinks he can handle some internet furor over his recent casting as Batman in Zack Snyder.s developing Man of Steel sequel, and I tend to believe him. Affleck sat down with Playboy magazine a while back for an interview that surfaced in the January/February issue of the publication (read the Sfw version here). While the conversation seemed to take place right after it was revealed that Affleck had been cast, the candid actor/director talks about the immediate reaction to his casting, as well as the parts of Snyder.s vision that lured him to the role. His comments are enlightening, and should be shared. About
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Christmas Movies: Mainstays and Madness!

After blogging about my favourite Halloween movies this past October, I thought I’d impart my nerdy wisdom upon you for the holiday season and give you a rundown of just what movies I’ll be watching this Christmas. After all it wouldn’t be Christmas without the family sat round the TV watching a movie whilst the festive feast cooks in the oven (of course not everyone gets to watch the movie – someone has to cook)

For me Christmas movies are split into two categories: Christmas Mainstays and Christmas Madness. Mainstays are those films that you always watch during the festive season, those movies that are constantly shown on TV during the holiday. And then there’s what I call Christmas Madness – these are the movies that only the seasoned holiday movie veterans choose to watch at this time of year. Beware you have to be strong-willed (and strong-stomached
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Ben Affleck on His Bff, Bad-Boy Past, and Batman Backlash

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Ben Affleck on His Bff, Bad-Boy Past, and Batman Backlash
Just a heads-up: if there's anything you've ever wanted to know about Ben Affleck, it's probably in his recent Playboy interview. The Oscar-winning actor, who is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of Gone Girl, sat down for the sexy men's magazine and proceeded to cover everything from his career highs and lows and Academy Award wins to politics and his bad-boy past. Ben also opens up about his longtime bromance with Matt Damon, as well as the other love of his life, Jennifer Garner - he had some especially aww-inducing things to say about falling for his wife on the set back in 2003. In addition to reflecting on the past, Ben also spoke out about his future projects; namely, the epic backlash that erupted after he was cast as the new Batman, saying, "If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself." Here's more
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What Everyone Said That Time Ben Affleck (Sort Of) Played Superman

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What Everyone Said That Time Ben Affleck (Sort Of) Played Superman
Batman's black armor will not be Ben Affleck's first superhero costume. You already know he played the blind Daredevil in 2003. But he also wore another, even more iconic, superhero outfit: Superman's. In 2006, after a string of cinematic missteps (Gigli, Jersey Girl, Paycheck, Surviving Christmas), Affleck starred in Hollywoodland, a biopic about the mystery behind the suicide of George Reeves, who played the Man of Steel in the fifties TV series Adventures of Superman. While Affleck briefly wears the tights, he also dons Reeves's depressed outlook on playing the superhero — in one scene, he burns his Superman costume to "celebrate" Adventures of Superman's cancellation in 1958. But that cape. Those boots. That single curl. Did he pull it off? Here's a compilation of what the critics had to say.Ben Affleck can act! * "There are degrees of torture, grief, and self-pity in Affleck's performance. But the real surprise
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Commentary: Ben Affleck Will Be [Insert Your Words Here] Batman

Ben Affleck will be a great Batman.

Ben Affleck will be a horrible Batman.

Ben Affleck will be an okay Batman.

Ben Affleck will be a meh Batman.

After 48 hours since the news broke that Ben Affleck is the new Batman, people are still debating over this controversial move by Warner Brothers.

So far, the instant reaction is mostly negative on Twitter and Reddit just a tad more receptive. Even on Latino-Review, the writing staff can’t even agree on whether this is a good move or not.

Our own El Mayimbe went on Schmoes Know’s Thursday night podcast to discuss Affleck being chosen as Batman. And yours truly, I went on a television show in Fresno to review the latest weekend movies, but the host wanted to talk about Ben Affleck instead.

So comic book fans or non-comic book fans, it’s kind of a big deal.

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Sky High Director Mike Mitchell to Helm DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls; Story Tells the Origin of the Dolls’ Colorful Hair

Though DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls movie was first announced a couple of years ago, we now have some solid information regarding the animated pic. DreamWorks Animation announced today that Sky High and Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell will helm the film, with screenwriter Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Up All Night) handling the screenplay. The film features the titular dolls that became a phenomenon in the 1960s and again in the 1990s, and is described as “a grand scale musical comedy centering around how the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair.” An origin story of hair isn’t exactly what I expected when I pictured a Trolls movie, but maybe the slightly ridiculous premise is right in line with the peculiar choice of making a Trolls movie in the first place. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release. Gina Shay (Shrek Forever After) is onboard as the producer of Trolls,
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Will 'Olympus Has Fallen' Break Gerard Butler's Streak of Mediocre Movies?

It's been hard to find a prominent, talented actor who's had as streaky a filmography as Gerard Butler-- "streaky" meaning a mostly bad streak. The Scottish star has had an odd career after a hot start. Can he take comfort in the paths of other actors, or, after reviewing his career to date, does he even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath? Many good actors got off to similarly hot career starts only to hit the skids with a series of duds and/or poor decisions: John Travolta's had at least one if not two career comebacks after hitting the skids; Ben Affleck (Surviving Christmas, Gigli, Hollywoodland, Chasing Lanes, Daredevil). Sean Connery, Ray Liotta and Renee Zelwegger also come to mind. Cuba Gooding Jr. might be the best parallel for Butler, though...

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