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Ben Affleck is enjoying time with his kids — and getting ready for his next big movies.
The morning after announcing on his Facebook page that he had completed rehab for alcohol addiction, Affleck was business as usual as he was spotted taking his kids to school. A source tells People that the actor is relishing time with his children Violet, 11, Seraphina, 7, and Sam, 5, now that he’s back home.
“Ben is spending special time with all the kids separately,” the source says. “He seems very happy. The mood in general seems very upbeat. The kids are thrilled that he is back. »
- Ale Russian
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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The 2012 robbery of a Pay‐O‐Matic check‐cashing store in Queens, New York, which may have drawn inspiration from Ben Affleck's 2010 film, The Town, earned substantial attention from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Although judges on the circuit were at odds on whether clips from the movie should have been shown to jurors during the trial charging three men with the crime, the appeals court ultimately decides not to reverse their armed bank robbery convictions.
Akeem Monsalvatge, Edward Byam and Derrick Dunkley were defendants not only for that 2012 event during which more than $200,000 was stolen, but also »
- Eriq Gardner
Hollywood is coming to Jamaica. Leading screenwriters, TV showrunners and producers are set to participate as mentors at ScreenCraft’s inaugural Screenwriters Residency Program in partnership with Jamaica’s Calabash International Literary Festival and the Jamaican Film & TV Association (Jafta).
“Jamaica may have a small filmmaking community but it has a very strong literary and music tradition; they’re keen to build a bridge between Hollywood and Jamaica’s artistic community,” said ScreenCraft head John Rhodes.
The program, to be held on Treasure Beach from Sept, 12-16, will comprise a week of panels, writing sessions, one-on-one mentorship and local gourmet food and drink. Mentors include Peter Craig, the WGA Award-nominated screenwriter of “The Town” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”; Sony Pictures VP of production Eric Fineman; Zack Estrin, showrunner of Fox’s “Prison Break” and Netflix’s upcoming “Lost in Space,” as well as Hannah Ozer, a literary manager at Kaplan/Perrone. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
The DC Extended Universe has seen better days. After the critical bashing received by both Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad, rumours are now swirling that Ben Affleck is eager to step away from the clumsy comic book world. This comes after The Flash losing two separate directors in the space of a year, and recent reports that Wonder Woman is also in trouble.
This is all beginning to look like DC’s cinematic universe is crumbling under its own weight, before it has even gotten off the ground. In contrast to the immense excitement and success currently surrounding the Marvel cinematic universe, Warner Bros has a real problem on their hands. Here are five ways that the Dceu can be fixed, before it is broken beyond repair.
5. Let Superman be fun
2013’s Man of Steel was a mixed bag, to say the least. The film scratched the surface of some interesting themes, »
- Ben Read
Ben Affleck's Live By Night will make its home video debut March 7th on Digital HD. Blu-ray and DVD versions are scheduled for March 21st, while no 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version is scheduled at this time.
Live By Night will be accompanied by the Ben Affleck Collection on Digital HD and Blu-ray. This box set will include Live By Night, The Town, Argo and The Accountant. Warner Bros. has set the Srp for $59.99 on either the Digital HD or Blu-ray formats.
The box office wasn't kind to Live By Night with only $10.3 million in domestic ticket sales and around $11 million internationally. The film co-stars Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper.
All of the Live By Night bonus features save for the deleted scenes are exclusive to Blu-ray and Digital:
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
There can be only one.
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox
- David Ehrlich
The House is set for release June 30, 2017.
After Scott and Kate Johansen (Ferrell and Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.
The comedy The House also stars Nick Kroll (“Vacation,” TV’s “Kroll Show”), Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Transparent”), Ryan Simpkins (“Arcadia”), Jessie Ennis (TV’s “Veep” and “Better Call Saul”), Rob Huebel (“Horrible Bosses 2,” TV’s “Transparent”), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911!”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Arrival”).
- Michelle McCue
Ben Affleck's latest directorial effort, the mob story Live by Night, is coming to blu-ray in March with a handful of bonus features for movie fans to dive into. Come inside to learn more about the upcoming launch!
What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Witness the price of the American Dream when “Live By Night” arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in “Live By Night.”
“Live By Night” will be available on Blu-ray for $29.98 on March 21, and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc and a digital version of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
To celebrate the release of Keeping Up With The Joneses, which is available on Digital HD, VOD and DVD now, we have three copies of the film to give away on DVD!
From Director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul, Adventureland) Keeping Up With The Joneses is a cringingly laugh-out-loud comedy that packs an all-star cast including Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Trilogy, Birdman) Isla Fisher (Now You See Me, Grimbsy), Jon Hamm (Mad Men, The Town) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, Fast & Furious).
Keeping Up With The Joneses follows an ordinary suburban couple, Jeff (Galifianakis) and Karen Gaffney (Fisher), who find it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses — their impossibly attractive and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors — especially when they discover Mr. and Mrs. Jones are covert spies embroiled in international espionage.
Tim Jones (Hamm) is an accomplished travel writer whose hobbies include blowing glass and his wife, Natalie (Gadot) is a social media consultant, »
- Paul Heath
People are still getting over the shocking announcement from Ben Affleck earlier this week, stating that he would no longer direct The Batman. Sure, he’s been hesitant all along, hinting that he wasn’t completely happy with the script, but I don’t think anyone actually expected him to step down from the director’s chair. Turns out though that he just couldn’t resolve his differences with the studio and now, Warner Bros. is left to find a replacement.
They haven’t announced yet who might be stepping in to take the job, but a shortlist points to Matt Reeves and George Miller being the top picks, among others. Whoever ends up being selected, they’ll have an unbelievably tough task ahead of them. Expectations for The Batman are sky high and there’s a lot riding on it. We don’t want to say that the film »
- Josh Wilding
As anyone who regularly follows news of superhero films is likely all too aware by this point, Ben Affleck has now declined to direct the upcoming solo Batman film that takes place in the DC Extended Universe, a movie which he's still (as of now) attached to star. For a lot of people, Affleck's directing acumen with films like Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo sent a powerful message about the kind of Batman film Warner Bros. was interested in making. After the last series with the character by director Christopher Nolan became so critically acclaimed – even garnering Oscar attention in performance categories – it seemed natural for the studio to try and continue the reputation of the Batman film series as the best-of-the-best in the superhero genre on...
- Chris Clow
Should Batman V Superman and Justice League director Zack Snyder direct The Batman? Some DC fans sure think so. A new petition was launched today on change.org, and it's asking for just that. As you can see, DC fanatic and film enthusiast Jennifer Huneycutt has a perfectly good case for why Snyder should return, despite a majority of fans certainly thinking other wise.
As most probably know already, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman this past Tuesday. He is staying attached to the project as an executive producer and co-writer. He decided to step away from the director's chair so that he could fully focus on his performance as Batman. And it has since been revealed that Justice League writer Chris Terrio has recently turned in a rewrite of The Batman script.
Warner Bros. sent shockwaves through the internet when they announced that Ben Affleck would no longer direct The Batman. It wasn’t terribly surprising, given how hesitant he’s been about taking on the job, but everyone assumed that he’d be able to work out his differences with the studio and come to an agreement that he felt comfortable with. It turns out though that Big Ben just couldn’t get on board with the script and so, he pulled out of the director’s chair.
Now, the search is on to find a replacement and fanboys have been extremely vocal in regards to both who they do and don’t want to see take the job. We’ve heard that names like Matt Reeves and George Miller are being eyed, among others, but Warner Bros. still hasn’t made an official announcement, and may not for some time. »
- Mark Cassidy
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. »
- Luke Owen
It may be good, it may be bad, but either way, Ben Affleck is no longer directing The Batman. After months of bizarrely conflicting reports and uncertainty about what the status of the first standalone Batman movie in the DC Extended Universe was, it is now clear that Ben Affleck's plate was a little too full trying to write, direct, produce and star in the movie. Now, Warner Bros. needs to find a new director and there is already a rumored frontrunner.
According to Variety, the studio already has a shortlist and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is reportedly on the top of that list. None of the other director's names were revealed, but Warner Bros. appears to be trying to court Matt Reeves, who most recently directed War for the Planet of the Apes, which is set for release this summer. Matt Reeves »
Author: Josh Wilding
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement addressing his decision to step out of the director’s chair. “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 »
- Josh Wilding
2016 wasn’t Ben Affleck’s year. The A-lister behind Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice suffered some of the weakest reviews of his career, picked up a Worst Actor Razzie nomination, and despite high hopes, October’s The Accountant didn’t serve him well. But the biggest blow probably came from Live By Night, his prohibition-era gangster drama which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, which not only failed to live up to his Argo standards but completely flat-tired at the box office. According to recent estimations, Affleck’s fourth directorial effort lost Warner Bros. a whole $75 million. Ouch.
While the former Oscar contender looked strong at first, especially with its prime real estate late December/early January release date, the buzz wasn’t found and its film festival attendance was surprisingly lacking, especially for such a noteworthy release. Though it serves as Affleck’s second Dennis Lehane adaptation »
- Will Ashton
It’s hard to believe “Live By Night” could’ve gone wrong. Ben Affleck has proven he could make top-shelf blockbuster entertainment with “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” and “Argo,” and getting together a cast including Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper to adapt a book by Dennis Lehane seemed like it couldn’t lose.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ben Affleck's career was not in the best of places ten years ago, but once he started stepping behind the camera and directing movies, everything changed. His 2012 movie Argo was the pinnacle for him thus far, since the movie went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars and with that, all eyes were on his next movie. That movie, which was a passion project called Live by Night, didn't live up to expectations. Not by a long shot. The end result is going to cost Warner Bros. $75 million. It is being called the first big box office bomb of 2017.
Live By Night got an Award Season qualifying run in limited theaters starting Christmas Day 2016. It opened wide in theaters everywhere January 13. As of right now, Live By Night has only made $10 million domestically and a very measly $6 million internationally. That being the case, Variety is reporting that insiders »
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