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In the golden age of movies, big name actors would often direct and produce their own movies. Spending 16 hour days on a film set is sure to teach you a thing or two about filmmaking and in some cases, this helps actors make the best directors. With the Cambridge Film Festival coming up, Cambridge storage solutions provider Storebox, wanted to celebrate a few of those actors who decided to branch out in the industry. They take a look at some of the ‘actor to director’ success stories and highlight just a few of the actors who took to directing and won.
Some may know Ron Howard better as Happy Days Richie Cunningham, and best friend of The Fonz. However, after leaving the hit show in 1980, he changed course and directed his first, low-budget film Grand Theft Auto. Since his directorial debut, Ron Howard has gone on to direct »
- Phil Wheat
The last person who’d ever want to watch a Casey Affleck movie is Casey Affleck. “I don’t like it, in the way you don’t like hearing your own voice on the machine,” Affleck says over a long lunch in a vegan restaurant in West Hollywood. The conversation starts with routine chitchat but twists at this revelation: Affleck hasn’t seen many of his big-screen appearances, including “The Finest Hours” (in which he plays the engineer of a sinking ship), “Triple 9” (a cop), “The Killer Inside Me” (a sociopath), the Eddie Murphy comedy “Tower Heist” (a concierge), or even Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (the brother). “It’s a bummer,” Affleck says, “because I like Nolan, and I love science fiction. But I didn’t want to watch that.”
On a Saturday afternoon last January, Affleck broke his own rule when he quietly slid into an aisle seat »
- Ramin Setoodeh
As big a star as Ben Affleck is, I’m sure he gets the credit that he deserves. Not only is he an A-list Hollywood talent, he’s an acclaimed and award winning filmmaker. Affleck is part of superhero blockbusters, prestige fare, and everything in between. Throw in his charity work and you have a dynamic star. For a while, he was seen as a bit of a punching bag, but another Oscar and some very solid choices later, that decidedly is no longer the case. He’s rightfully taken his place as one of the industry’s biggest names. I just don’t think he’s always seen in that light, which is a shame. Affleck is a two time Academy Award winner, taking home an Oscar early in his career for co-writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon, then winning one a few years ago for producing his latest directional outing Argo. »
- Joey Magidson
Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) plays an undercover Federal agent who infiltrates the globe’s most powerful cartels and takes down the largest drug and money laundering operation in U.S. history in The Infiltrator. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Take), the screenplay is written by Ellen Brown Furman, based on the memoir by Robert Mazur and also stars Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (“Freak,” Chef), Benjamin Bratt (Traffic, “Law & Order”), Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips), Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Best Supporting Actress, Moonstruck, 1987), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise) and Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (Best Supporting Actress, Gone Baby Gone, 2007).
The Infiltrator will be released on Digital HD, VOD, Blu-ray & DVD on October 11. Special features on the Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes Extras include Audio Commentary with Director Brad Furman and Bryan Cranston, »
- Tom Stockman
Warner Bros.’ “Live By Night,” Ben Affleck’s long-awaited return to the director’s chair after the Oscar-winning “Argo,” will receive its long-anticipated holiday release date with a limited bow December 25.
The Boston ’20s drama starring Affleck and Elle Fanning, based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, will now open nearly a year earlier than first anticipated. Back in June, the studio pushed the movie’s release up from October 20, 2017 to January 17, 2017. This suggested they had the option of opening the movie for awards consideration in December, assuming Affleck got the movie finished. Back in August, Fanning, at least, told Wwd that “it’s coming out in December, at the end of this year.”
The next slot to watch for the film is Los Angeles’ AFI Fest, the new prime debut spot for late-year contenders. That festival also debuted Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” both eventual Oscar players. »
- Anne Thompson
Quiz: Missing PersonsQUIZ: Missing PersonsGarrett McCormick10/3/2016 10:10:00 Am
Mystery-thrillers leave us shocked with chills running through our body. We bet this movie will be no different.
Commuting to work is anything but exciting, shocking or mysterious. But when a commute turns into a missing-persons investigation, it doesn’t seem so boring now, does it?
Director Tate Taylor brings author Paula Hawkins’ bone-chilling novel The Girl on the Train to the big screen, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat. The mysterious story stars Emily Blunt, playing Rachel Watson, a woman who ends up in the middle of a murder investigation after witnessing a traumatic event. The film has an all-star cast including stars Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Allison Janney, and Lisa Kudrow to name a few.
The release of The Girl on the Train reminds us of all of those horrific, shocking mystery thrillers that »
- Garrett McCormick
It’s been six years since Casey Affleck attempted to fool the world with I’m Still Here – the infamous mockumentary in which Joaquin Phoenix retired from acting to become a rap artist. Since then, he has developed a number of potential new projects to helm, but Light Of My Life is seemingly the first to reach the point of becoming a real movie.
Being so early in the process, there are few details to be found on the project. What is known is that Affleck will be directing from his own script, and will also star as a father trapped in the woods with his young daughter in a ‘post-pandemic’ kind of situation. This makes Light Of My Life more of a survival movie, but with an interesting pedigree.
While, in terms of dramatic performances, Affleck certainly does seem to favour narratives of the more bleak persuasion (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford »
- Sarah Myles
After offering six different 10-movie bundles for a special one-day price of $9.99 on Monday, Apple’s iTunes is keeping them around for a while longer — but has raised the prices for each of the packs to between $35 and $50.
The promo, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Apple selling digital movies, drew participation from Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate. Disney and 20th Century Fox were the major studios that sat out the “10 Years of iTunes Movies” deal.
Still, while they’re not the one-dollar-per-movie bargain iTunes users in the U.S. were able to score Monday, the six bundles are still cheaper than if you were to buy the ten movies separately from Apple. For example, Warner’s $49.99 ten-pack would cost $152.90 for the HD titles if purchased individually.
For now, the 10-movie bundles look to be a limited-time promotion by Apple. That said, iTunes Movies routinely »
- Todd Spangler
Apple has teamed with five Hollywood studios for six different ten-movie bundles — priced at $9.99, or a buck per movie — in a one-day promotion celebrating the 10th anniversary of the tech giant selling digital movies.
Notably, neither Disney nor 20th Century Fox are among the studio partners for the “10 Years of iTunes Movies” deal. In Disney’s case, it operates its own digital-movie distribution service, Disney Movies Anywhere, which lets users download Mouse House titles and watch them on a variety of platforms.
The movie bundles became available early Monday and are available for only a 24-hour period, for iTunes users in the U.S.
The six different bundles are:
Warner Bros.: “The Judge,” “Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow,” “Pacific Rim,” “Magic Mike,” “Contagion,” “The Town,” “The Hangover,” “Sex and the City: The Movie,” “300,” “Superman Returns” Universal Studios: “Ride Along,” “Identity Thief,” “Rush,” “Snow White & the Huntsman,” “The Adjustment Bureau, »
- Todd Spangler
Ten years ago, Ben Affleck resuscitated his sagging movie career, first by giving a finely-tuned performance as George Reeves (also known as Superman) in Hollywoodland and then by making Gone Baby Gone, a moody mystery that was his directorial debut, the following year. While Affleck is still best known as an actor, the films he's directed since then have reflected his growing talents and ambitions. The Town showed he could handle action as well as atmospheric drama and Argo introduced a lighter touch that fit the thrills of the 1980 U.S. hostage crisis in Iran. For his next movie as a director, Affleck is rewinding the clock far deeper into the past. Live By Night is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, the Boston-based author of the novel that served as source material for...
- Peter Martin
Ten years ago, Ben Affleck resuscitated his sagging movie career, first by giving a finely tuned performance as George Reeves (also known as Superman) in Hollywoodland and then the following year by making Gone Baby Gone, a moody mystery that was his directorial debut. While Affleck is still best known as an actor, the films he's directed since then have reflected his growing talents and ambitions. The Town showed he could handle action as well as atmospheric drama and Argo introduced a...
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The first trailer for Live By Night, Ben Affleck’s long-awaited directorial follow-up to Argo, which took home the top prize and a slew of other accolades at the 2013 Academy Awards, has surfaced online. See it below…
Just a few hours before the trailer hit the web, the film’s official landscape poster was unveiled, and it can be seen here; additionally, a new version of the poster was also released, so feel free to take a gander at it down below…
Judging based off of the trailer alone, Live By Night looks like a real winner, boasting an outstanding cast, gorgeous cinematography and superb writing. Affleck is wearing more hats this time around than ever before, as this marks the first feature film that he is starring in, »
- Justin Cook
Simon Brew Sep 9, 2016
He had to squeeze the making of the film in during production on his DC projects, but Ben Affleck’s first directorial effort since he won another Oscar for Argo is nearly upon us. It’s an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night (Lehane was the source inspiration for Affleck’s directorial debut, the excellent Gone, Baby, Gone). This time, Affleck has written the screenplay as well as directed the movie.
Here, then, is the trailer…
Here’s the poster….
And here’s the official synopsis…
Ben Affleck‘s been involved with an adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s Live by Night for almost four years, but in the time since his signing, was cast as Batman for at least three movies that have either come out, are currently shooting, or have had their development made a matter of public record — and one of which he’ll be writing and directing. The director’s Argo follow-up has been a long time (i.e. basically an entire Presidential term) coming, which makes its having nearly been completed a pleasant surprise. Ahead of a release this winter, Warner Bros. have debuted the first trailer.
You want old-timey crime-committing? You want some Boston accents? You seek a doomed romance, yes? Affleck seems to have your interests in mind, which doesn’t even account for Live by Night‘s fine cast — Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Titus Welliver, Sienna Miller et al. »
- Nick Newman
If you told me a decade ago that I'd not only be looking forward to film starring Ben Affleck but that Affleck also directed said film, I'd probably scoff and go back to doing whatever the hell it was that I was doing a decade ago, which was likely...nothing. After Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, Ben Affleck has more than earned my attention, both in regards to his work... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
After winning rave reviews in front of the camera for playing Batman in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck will pull double duty by both starring in and directing the studio's new thriller Live By Night. The actor-director shared the first look photo when filming began last October, but today we have the first trailer. The filmmaker will be going back to his roots with this film, in more ways than one.
The trailer, which debuted on YouTube, gives us our best look at the actor-director's character Joe Coughlin, who hails from Boston just like the actor does. This story is also adapted from the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the book Gone Baby Gone that was adapted into the 2007 movie of the same name, which served as Ben Affleck's directorial debut. Earlier this summer, Warner Bros. pushed Live By Night »
Move over, Batman, because Ben Affleck is back where he belongs: The director’s chair. Three years after being snubbed for the Best Director Oscar for “Argo,” Affleck is ready to unleash his fourth directorial effort, and the debut trailer is a surefire stunner.
Based on the Dennis Lahane novel of the same name, “Live By Night” is a crime drama that finds Affleck in front of the camera as well, starring as Joe Coughlin. The son of a cop, Coughlin finds himself pulled to the dark side as he takes to the criminal underworld and thrives in a new life of organized crime. The star-studded ensemble also includes Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson and Chris Cooper.
Set to the haunting voice of Hozier, the new trailer shows off the kind of tense pacing »
- Zack Sharf
“I don’t know if you’re cruel enough,” she answers, to which Affleck replies: “Powerful men don’t have to be cruel.”
Warner Bros.’ “Live By Night” is based on the book by Dennis Lehane. Set in the roaring ’20s, the thriller follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck), the son of the Boston police superintendent, who turns his back on his strict upbringing for the temptations of being an outlaw. But after he crosses a powerful mob boss, he’s propelled out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.
- Alex Stedman
Ten years ago, not many would've believe how respected Ben Affleck has become in the film industry. Not only does he have some serious clout as an actor, but his value as a director is absolutely off the charts. His first film, Gone Baby Gone established his talent, his next film, The Town, was able to overcome the traditional "sophomore slump" that many creative talents have, and the Oscar-winning Argo cemented him as a world-class Hollywood director,
Now it seems like the actor/director can do no wrong. His next directorial feature, Live By Night has become one of the most anticipated upcoming movies for film lovers, and now WB has released the first trailer.
Check it out below!
Live By Night will mark Affleck's second foray into the crime film genre (with his first film being The Town). The main difference with this flick, however, is that it's set during the Prohibition Era, »
- Joseph Medina
Dan Cooper Sep 6, 2016
These days, it seems that the movie business has become a twitchier environment to work in than investment banking - take the upcoming Rogue One for example: chain reactions of ludicrously expensive reshoots are now commonplace in a blockbuster’s life-cycle, often sparked by fan uproar, muted reaction to a newly released trailer or in the case of the newly-released Suicide Squad, the success or failure of an earlier Dceu film.
Perhaps the twitchiest of all studio bigwigs right now must be the suits over at Warner Brothers. Following Suicide Squad’s lukewarm reception by the critics, there has to be some concerns as to the longevity »
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