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Ben Affleck is big in Russia. How else to explain the fact that not once, but twice, during our interview, he is interrupted by fans from Moscow wanting to meet the Oscar winner? Affleck gamely poses for photos as one man explains, "I'm an actor. I don't speak English, sorry. But 'Gone Baby Gone'—very, very good." Affleck thanks him for the praise, and as the man leaves he adds, "Your brother very, very good actor. You, good director!"If anyone had doubts about that last statement after Affleck's directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone," they disappeared with the September release of the taut, original thriller "The Town." Though he had been content to stay behind the camera with his first film, letting younger brother Casey take the lead and Amy Ryan win accolades, Affleck chose to put himself front and center for "The Town," which he also »
Ben Affleck and Danny Boyle will be honored at the upcoming 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). Affleck will receive the Chairman's Award while Boyle will be honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. ("The Town" Movie Review)
The Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Previously announced honorees are Javier Bardem, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, David O. Russell, Diane Warren and the cast of The Social Network. The Festival runs January 6-17. ("127 Hours" movie review, and interviews with Danny Boyle and James Franco)
Here's the rest of the press release:
Commenting on Affleck, Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said, .If there is truly a renaissance man in today.s cinema, it.s Ben Affleck. He has distinguished himself as a premier writer and director, as well as an actor with a broad-ranging and impressive filmography. »
(Roger Michell, above.)
By Terry Keefe
To see just how diverse a director Roger Michell is, all you need to do is compare the two very different versions of London's Notting Hill district that he has shown us on film. The first was the sizable studio picture, Notting Hill, which starred Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant and which was one of the biggest hits of 1999. A romantic comedy about an ordinary bookstore owner who finds himself in a relationship with a huge movie star, Notting Hill managed to be breezy on its surface level but also deceptively deep in its characterizations. And it also made you want to visit the charming and »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
<img src='http://www.deadline.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-post-thumbnails/timthumb.php?src=/wp-content/uploads/thumbnails/867782010-11-29-13-09-49.jpg&w=130&h=95&zc=1&ft=jpg' alt='post thumbnail' /> <a href="http://www.deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/affleck-on-the-town.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-86803" title="affleck on the town" src="http://www.deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/affleck-on-the-town.jpg" alt="" width="275" height="375" /></a>Ben Affleck’s career trajectory rarely happens in Hollywood much less all by age 38: from unknown actor (<em>Mallrats</em>, <em>Chasing Amy</em>) to Oscar–winning co–writer (<em>Good Will Hunting</em>) to leading man (<em>Armageddon</em>, <em>Pearl Harbor</em>, <em>Changing Lanes</em>, <em>The Sum of All Fears</em>, <em>Daredevil</em>) to tabloid fixture (“Bennifer”) to washed–up star (after <em>Gigli</em>) to budding director (adapting Dennis Lehane’s novel <em>Gone Baby Gone</em>) to hot actor/helmer with the #1 opening movie September 17–19. For <em>The Town</em>, Affleck returns to his Boston roots and blue collar crime to adapt Chuck Hogan’s novel <em>Prince Of Thieves</em> for the big screen. The result: an adult–pleasing hit that has entered the Best Picture discussion. Mike Fleming talks to him about his and <em>The Town</em>'s Oscar chances: <strong>Deadline:</strong> So you wrote yourself a second career as a director in <em>Gone Baby Gone</em>. Now you’ve written yourself the edgiest role of your »
- MIKE FLEMING
A good boss is a genuine treasure not only for his or her staff, but for the whole company. A leader, an innovator, a constant source of encouragement; demanding much, but leading always by example; not making promises they can't keep, and encouraging good work from his or her subordinates by being a true and genuine inspiration; giving credit and advancement to those members of the team that have made the boss look good. I hope you have had such a boss at some point in your working life. I did, once, and I shall never forget him.
And then there are the bosses that most of us get, most of the time.
The stealers of ideas; the ferocious saboteurs of those underlings who threaten to be better at their job than they are; the early-departers who haven't seen the rush-hour in years; the credit-sequesterers; the ones who view the »
Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna Also Talks Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo' The last time director Roger Michell was in New York, it was to shoot “Changing Lanes,” a dark character drama about two men who find themselves tragically intertwined after a car accident. So how did he get to “Morning Glory,” the new comedy from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production house? “It had to rain every day on the film, we have to make it really rainy and dirty,” Michell recalls of the shoot. “Our strategy for this film was that, while you’re inside in these claustrophobic offices, you… »
This weekend, director Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wear Prada, 27 Dresses) unleash a new romantic comedy effort upon the willing eyes of the nation. Morning Glory is the story of Becky (Rachel McAdams), a producer for fictional network Ibs' failing morning show, and her struggles to get the show high enough in the ratings to keep her job. Sadly, her first hire – Harrison Ford's Mike Pomeroy – is reluctant to do anything besides hard news and his co-anchor – Diane Keaton's Colleen Peck – is just about fed up with hosting a show that's consistently last amongst the networks. Along the way, Becky finds a sympathetic shoulder to cry on and romantic interest in news producer Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson) and aims to please her Ibs boss Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) all the while trying to balance her chaotic work life with her »
The theme of an illegal immigrant as an undercover detective has won a development slot on FX. Deadline reported that the network, home to the outlaw M/C Samcro and "It's Always Sunny" has taken on an illegal alien character-driven drama from "Changing Lanes" writer Chap Taylor. The protagonist is described as an illegal Mexican immigrant working as a private investigator. TV and film director Rodrigo Garcia will reportedly direct and executive produce the project. The private eye genre is alive and well in HBO's comedy "Bored to Death," and is coming back for season three. But for the networks, the Pi dramas are all but memories (Rockford Files, Columbo). The series is described as a fly on the wall »
- April MacIntyre
FX is developing a new drama project focusing on an illegal Mexican immigrant who works as a private investigator. Deadline reports that the pilot episode will be written by Chap Taylor, known for his work on the 2002 film thriller Changing Lanes. Taylor described the show as "Traffic meets Chinatown" and explained that the central character would tap into "an invisible network" of immigrants. "[Immigrants are] people we don't pay attention to who see everything," he claimed. "The theme [of the show] is about helping the powerless (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Below you can checkout three new character posters for the upcoming comedy Morning Glory, giving us out a look at Rachel McAdams as Becky Fuller, Diane Keaton as Colleen Peck and Harrison Ford as Mike Pomeroy.
Hit the jump to see them now.
When hard–working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last–place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford).
Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co–host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the »
- Allan Ford
British filmmaker Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) directs the feature for Bad Robot Productions, whose founder Jj Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek) is co-producing with Bryan Burk.
Here's the synopsis for the film, followed by the trailer:
When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news station, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life.
Stumbling into a job at Daybreak (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalise it by bringing in legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford).
Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover standard morning show fare such as celebrity gossip, »
- David Bentley
The first in a twelve book series, the story follows Gideon Crew who, two decades on, gets revenge for the brutal murder of his father. However a mysterious witness to the crime steps forward and offers Crew "the chance of a lifetime".
Michael Bay will produce the feature through his Bay Films. Preston and Child have published thirteen horror and techno-thriller themed New York Times bestsellers together over the past fifteen years including Brimstone, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows, Cemetery Dance, Fever Dream, Riptide and Thunderhead. Their first collaboration, 1995's museum monster story "Relic", was adapted two years later by Paramount into 1997's "The Relic". »
- Garth Franklin
Heat Vision have news this morning that Michael Bay has signed Chap Taylor (who wrote the screenplay for Ben Affleck/Samuel L Jackson-starrer Changing Lanes) for scripting duties on his adaptation of “Gideon’s Sword” for Paramount.
Gideon’s Sword is a 12-part book series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child about a hero who has the ability to convince people of anything. The first part is out in book stores in February 2011, but clearly someone thinks it is good enough material to want to get cracking with the film rights straight away.
The hero in question will use his powers to try to free his falsely-accused father, who has been imprisoned by the Nsa. Presumably that will be more of a challenge than simply saying to the guards, “this is not the man you are looking for, you want to let him go”, otherwise how do you fill 12 volumes? As Heatvision surmise, »
- Dave Roper
So far, the only writing credit Chap Taylor has on his resume is for the script to the 2002 thriller Changing Lanes starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. Now he's finally lined up his next big writing gig as Heat Vision reports Taylor has been hired to write the adaptation of the forthcoming Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child novel Gideon's Sword for Paramount Pictures as well as producer Michael Bay via his Bay Films production company. The story follows Gideon Crew, a man who can convince people of almost anything as he tries to clear the name of his wrongfully imprisoned father and possibly save the world at the same time. Paramount and Bay hope to kick-start a Jason Bourne-style franchise that will bring all of the action that Bay usually delivers but with attempts to include some substantial character development. Taylor says he's infinitely excited about the work, especially »
- Ethan Anderton
Earlier this year, we reported on the news that Paramount has optioned the upcoming Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child novel Gideon’s Sword for Michael Bay to produce through his Bay Films label. Now, screenwriter Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes) has been hired to adapt the story for the screen. Gideon’s Sword will be the first of a twelve-book series, with the first book due to hit stores in February. The series centers on “a hero imbued with the ability to convince people of almost anything. The story involves the man trying to clear the name of his father, falsely imprisoned by the Nsa, and possibly save the world at the same time.” Hit the jump for the official synopsis.
The synopsis for Preston and Child’s Gideon’s Sword:
At age 12, Gideon Crew witnessed the brutal murder of his father, a scientist shot down by police during a hostage crisis. »
- Ramses Flores
Back in May, we told you about a new project that Michael Bay is busy developing as a likely next directorial outing called Gideon’s Sword. Now the Heat Vision Blog offers word about a writer for the movie – Changing Lanes’ Chap Taylor – and some actual plot details. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the novelists behind the planned Gideon’s Crew series, which is ambitiously plotted as a 12-book set and is aiming to launch the first salvo this coming February.The plot follows a young man who can convince people of almost anything and who is on a desperate mission to clear his father’s name after Pops is wrongly imprisoned by the Nsa. Oh, and he has to save the world at the same time.Taylor, meanwhile, seems glad that he’ll finally get a chance to work on something that might have a chance hit the screen. »
We're not massively convinced that this is a million miles away from the original Us trailer for the film, but nonetheless, we bring you, with a smile on our face, the UK promo for Morning Glory.
The reason for the smile is that this marks Harrison Ford's long, long overdue return to a full-on comedy (arguably for the first time since Working Girl), this time starring opposite Diane Keaton as one of two feuding news anchors, being marshalled by Rachel McAdams.
The film has reason behind the camera to be interested, too. Director Roger Michell not only gave the world Notting Hill, but also Changing Lanes, Titanic Town and the brilliant The Mother (amongst others). Furthermore, there's the small matter of Jj Abrams producing.
Here's the trailer. It's »
Today we have a new international trailer for the upcoming comedy Morning Glory, directed by Roger Michell (Changing Lanes, Notting Hill), written by Aline Brosh McKenna (Laws of Attraction, The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses) and stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.
When hard–working TV producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last–place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford).
Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co–host, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, »
- Allan Ford
By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Ben Affleck has had a career of ups and downs but to his credit he hasn’t let critical brickbats or tabloid fodder derail him from living up to the promising talent he showed as an actor and writer in 1997’s Good Will Hunting which won Ben and buddy, Matt Damon a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Since then Ben has mixed success in big Hollywood projects like Armageddon (1998) , Pearl Harbor ( 2001) and The Sum Of All Fears (2002) with genuinely interesting acting turns in meatier material like the highly underrated Changing Lanes (2002) and Hollywoodland (2006). Unfortunately there was also his “Bennifer” phase when he and then -fiancée Jennifer Lopez were the talk of the tabs and their joint co-starring venture, Gigli (2003) crashed and burned. By that point most pundits had written off the early promise of Good Will Hunting and dismissed him until his feature directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone »
- Pete Hammond
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In a stupidly crowded weekend at the box office, we had four major wide releases and at least two major limited debuts. Without further ado, let’s dive in. Coming in at number one was Ben Affleck’s crime thriller “The Town.” With $23.8 million, the Affleck-directed picture out-grossed the entire domestic take of Affleck’s directorial debut, the obscenely good “Gone Baby Gone.” This second Affleck-directed thriller is a more conventional story, involving a Boston bank robber who wants to get out of the life and finds a possible escape with a new romance. It also boasts a more marketable cast, with Ben Affleck starring this time around, along with Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, and Black Lively. Warner Bros sold this one as ‘from the studio that brought you “The Departed,” which usually makes me roll my eyes (it’s also »
- Scott Mendelson
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