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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 »
- Brittney Stephens
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
Paul Giamatti has made his name as an actor since the early '90s, and it seems like he's in literally everything these days. For example, he's a Canadian ex-con struggling to make a legitimate living selling Christmas trees alongside Paul Rudd in "All Is Bright" (out in theaters and VOD today), accidentally famous home video-shooter Abraham Zapruder in this weekend's "Parkland," Friar Lawrence in the latest film incarnation of "Romeo and Juliet" (out next week), a slave trader in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (October 18), and the villainous Rhino in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (due out May 2, 2014).
We got the chance to sit down with Giamatti in New York City prior to the release of "All Is Bright" and talked to him about his numerous upcoming roles, the weirdest time a fan spotted him on the street and the feats of strength he and co-star Paul Rudd did »
- Kase Wickman
Critics are advising audiences to sprint in the opposite direction from “Runner Runner.” The new thriller earned a dreck-worthy 9 percent “rotten” rating on the critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. To put that in perspective, recent notorious turkeys “The Lone Ranger” and “R.I.P.D.” received “rotten” scores of 31 percent and 14 percent, respectively. It’s a huge step back for Ben Affleck after scoring a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo,” with many reviewers lamenting that the film was reminiscent of the kind of paycheck roles (2003′s “Paycheck,” for one) that got the actor into so much trouble in the mid-aughts. “Runner Runner” opened Friday, »
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: The Mark Gordon Company has set up two more drama projects at ABC through the company’s overall deal at ABC Studios — a character-driven procedural written by Tom Donaghy, creator of the ABC drama The Whole Truth, and a project penned by feature scribe Dean Georgaris (Paycheck). Both are executive produced by Gordon and Nick Pepper. The untitled Tom Donaghy drama, which the Mark Gordon Co is producing with ABC Studios-based Michael McDonald, centers on a big city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a shocking string of disappearances. But the chief detective she’s been hired to help is her father — and they haven’t talked in 10 years. The Georgaris-penned Clementine, produced by the Mark Gordon Co and Ilene Staple, centers on a profoundly troubled 28-year-old psychic who sees her life to begin to change in unexpected ways when she »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Between their frequent arrests, desperate need for attention and outrageously high earnings, celebrities tend to draw a lot of ire from the public. But sometimes it's easy to forget that famous people, just like everyday people, range from vapid and self-absorbed to completely cool, friendly and generous.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of moments that will hopefully restore your faith in the ability of the rich and famous to be totally awesome.
1. Keanu Reeves Gives Away Loads of His 'Matrix' Money
Keanu Reeves catches a lot of flack for maybe kind of not being the most talented thespian out there ... but when it comes to being a first-rate guy, there's little room for debate. Exhibit A: Keanu Reeves gave an astounding $75 million of his "Matrix" money to the series' special effects and costume design team. According to someone in the know, Keanu "felt that they were the »
- Adam D'Arpino
The announcement that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in "Batman vs. Superman" set the Internet ablaze, with countless fans decrying the decision. This reaction appears to reflect the judgment that Affleck is a bad actor who consistently makes lousy movies, and that his turn in 2003.s "Daredevil" in particular proves he can.t play a superhero. I disagree. Yes, Affleck made "Paycheck," "Pearl Harbor" and "Armageddon," and sure, those films are awful. But it.s not his acting that makes them terrible. It.s the writing. Give him a good script, and his performance does it justice. If you doubt that, check out "Hollywoodland," "The Town" and "Argo." Especially "Argo," in which he plays a resourceful, indomitable CIA agent Batman would recognize as a kindred spirit. What.s more, »
Your Top Three is a series where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. Fans are still upset about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel (maybe titled Batman vs. Superman). Could this go on for the next year and a half, until the movie actually hits theaters? It just might, but that's a long time and in that time a lot of the naysayers could catch up with some Affleck performances that change their mind. I don't just mean the films on his production slate that we haven't yet seen (such as Runner Runner and the Gone Girl adaptation). I mean his past gigs that maybe aren't being considered because reputations of stuff like his 2003 trio of Daredevil, Gigli and Paycheck are clouding everyone's judgment. No, Affleck...
- Christopher Campbell
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 »
- Lindsey Weber
Besides an abiding interest in men who wear masks or spandex (see: Daredevil and Hollywoodland), Ben Affleck shares one more thing in common with Batman: Their big screen careers look exactly alike. There was the sensational start. (Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns; Affleck’s acting breakout with and Oscar-winning script for Good Will Hunting.) There was the embarrassing implosion. (Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin; Affleck in Gigli and the aptly titled Paycheck.) There was the brilliant reboot. (Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; Affleck’s rightly praised work as actor and director in The Town and the Oscar-winning Argo). Now, »
- Jeff Jensen
Ben Affleck is a man of many talents. His CV is crammed with impressive achievements - actor, writer, director, producer, international heart-throb, and now he can add another string to his already brimming bow - Batman.
His casting in the sought-after Hollywood role for the Man of Steel sequel was announced this morning (August 23) and sent social media into overdrive. The movie will mark the first time that these two superheroes have appeared on the big screen together.
1. Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born in Berkeley, California on August 15, 1972. He was born to mother Christine, who was a teacher, and father Timothy, a social worker turned director and actor. Affleck is of English, Irish, German, Swedish, Scottish and French ancestry and he has a younger brother, actor Casey, who was born after the family moved to Massachusetts. »
Best known for his fun directorial debut Legally Blonde and complex gambling ensemble 21, Robert Luketic takes the reigns of this story led by rising Aussie Liam Hemsworth, alongside powerhouses Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Lets also not forget stunner Amber Heard. The film arrives in cinemas from 16th August with the following synopsis:
The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in »
- Craig Hunter
When a Blade Runner sequel was announced, fans were happy to hear that Ridley Scott was returning to direct. Later, it was revealed that Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher would be writing the new script, but it has been announced that a new writer is being brought in to work on a rewrite.
“Los Angeles, CA, May 31, 2013—Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Green recently completed rewrites »
- Jonathan James
Alcon Entertainment has been working on the project for over two years, since announcing in early 2011 that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic thriller. In August 2011, Scott committed to direct.
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Alcon has noted that Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of “Blade Runner” as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” from which “Blade Runner” was adapted.
Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set several years after the first film concluded in a dystopian version of Los Angeles.
Alcon co-toppers »
- Dave McNary
Dutch-based strategic investment boutique Cyrte Investments and China Film Co., Ltd. are teaming with legendary action director John Woo (Face Off, Red Cliff, Mission Impossible II) on Flying Tigers, a feature film and six-hour television drama miniseries about a group of American pilots who volunteered to fight under the Chinese flag alongside their Chinese counterparts during WWII.
The project will be a two-part feature film released theatrically in greater China, and additionally crafted into a six-hour television drama miniseries for distribution in the rest of the world. The announcement was made today during the Beijing International Film Festival at a signing ceremony attended by Cyrte CEO Frank Botman, Cfg Chairman Han Sanping and John Woo.
The epic action drama tells the legendary story of the Flying Tigers, »
- Michelle McCue
Cyrte Investments and China Film Co. have come on board with John Woo (pictured above) and Terence Chang for their “Flying Tigers” World War II project to be released in two versions — a two-part feature for China and a six-hour miniseries for other markets.
Project, which Woo and Chang have been developing for several years, revolves around a group of U.S. pilots who joined the Chinese Air Force to help ward off Japanese attacks before the United States entered World War II. The “Flying Tigers” moniker was due to the shark’s teeth painted on their fighter planes.
Chang and Woo will produce under their Lion Rock banner. Netherlands-based Cyrte will also work with Exclusive Media, which is part of Cyrte’s portfolio, on the “Flying Tigers” project.
“‘Flying Tigers’ is a project that I have always wanted to do, because this is a story that expresses the courage, »
- Dave McNary
After being at the helm of the underrated sci-fi film The Adjustment Bureau, director George Nolfi is teaming with the writer behind Arnold Schwarzenegger's big screen comeback The Last Stand for a new sci-fi endeavor. Heat Vision reports Nolfi will direct a currently untitled project from Andrew Knauer, but the plot is currently being kept under wraps. As of now, the plan is for Nolfi to co-write the script with Knauer as well as produce. In case you're wondering how this pairing came together, Nolfi actually did some rewrites on The Last Stand, but was impressed enough with the first draft that he wanted to collaborate. In a weird game of six degrees, Michael Hackett is also producing the film. Hackett produced Paycheck, which was based on a Philip K. Dick's short story, the author who wrote the short story on which The Adjustment Bureau was based. Nolfi »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal picked up a sci-fi action script that The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi will co-wrote with Andrew Knauer. Nolfi and Knauer met while working on The Last Stand, Knauer's spec script that lured Arnold Schwarzenegger back to movies. Nolfi was hired to rewrite The Last Stand, and was impressed enough to recruit Knauer to collaborate on the "high concept" sci-fi actioner. Details beyond that description are unfortunately scarce, but THR confirms Nolfi is looking to direct and produce alongside Michael Hackett (Paycheck). I was really impressed with The Adjustment Bureau, especially since it was Nolfi's directorial debut after a decade as a writer on the likes of Ocean's Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum. I am excited to see what Nolfi has to offer going forward. He has several chances to impress me lined up, including the Facebook thriller Xoxo (produced by Darren Aronofsky) and the Cuban missile crisis drama One Minute to Midnight. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Universal has picked up an untitled sci-fi action project from George Nolfi, the filmmaker behind The Adjustment Bureau, and Andrew Knauer, the scribe behind Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback vehicle The Last Stand, which opens Friday. Details are being kept close to the vest, but Nolfi and Knauer will co-write the script. Nolfi is eyeing the project as a directorial vehicle and will produce. Film Review: 'The Last Stand' Michael Hackett, a producer on the 2003 John Woo movie Paycheck -- which starred Ben Affleck, who also worked on Adjustment Bureau -- also is producing. Nolfi and Knauer met during the making
- Borys Kit
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