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UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to American comedy-drama The Sweet Life, and will be showing the film to buyers at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Directed by TV veteran Rob Spera (Criminal Minds), the film stars Chris Messina (Live By Night, Argo) and Abigail Spencer (Oz The Great And Powerful, Suits) in the story of two lost souls who embark on a road trip from Chicago to San Franscisco where they plan to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge together.
The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last June.
The acquisition is a part of WestEnd’s recently-launched female audience brand WeLove, which is focusing on female-specific content and is developing projects from Agnieszka Holland and Alexis Zegerman »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
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Warner Bros vs Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck made his name with a combination of geeky-level indy movies, starring in Chasing Amy and Mallrats for his friend Kevin Smith, and Academy-beloved dramas, the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love.
Matt Damon had hair back then.
Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Daredevil – 44% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Gigli – 6%), released around the same time he publicly split with his celebrity fiancée (Jennifer Lopez).
Who saw that coming?
That was 2003, and Affleck’s »
- Oli Davis
Live by Night, 2016.
Written and Directed by Ben Affleck.
Starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chis Messina, Robert Glenister, Remo Girone, Chris Cooper, Anthony Michael Hall, Clark Gregg, Max Casella, Miguel J. Pimentel, Titus Welliver, Matthew Maher, and Brendan Gleeson.
A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Klu Klux Klan.
Writer, director, star Ben Affleck’s (The Town, Argo) Live by Night suffers from an identity crisis. It doesn’t know if it wants to be a tale of Robin Hood style Prohibition-era mobsters, a classic revenge story, a war between gangsters and the Ku Klux Klan, a battle over turf between Irish and Italian mobs, the startup of a casino, or whatever the other subplots are that I’m forgetting. The point is that Live by Night is a mess structurally and narratively, »
- Robert Kojder
For Live by Night, Ben Affleck returns to the directing chair for the first time since the highly-acclaimed Argo (2012) and proves he has lost none of his directing chops. Almost polar opposite from that tense, realistic depiction of a real-world event, in Live by Night Affleck presents a post-wwi America with as much artifice in style and panache, so much so that it warrants a return to classical Hollywood. Comparing both films and his debut Gone Baby Gone, it is clear that Affleck is certainly a gifted director with a thorough understanding of the craft. In Live by Night however, he really goes for broke and attempts a gangster epic that utilizes tropes and clichés first seen in much better films of the same...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Five-time Oscar-nominated editor William Goldenberg, who won the Academy Award for editing Ben Affleck’s Argo, has returned to work with the actor-director in his latest film Live By Night, which opens in wide release today. Goldenberg, who also worked with Affleck on his first directorial effort Gone Baby Gone, appeared as part of Deadline’s big annual event The Contenders Presented By Deadline to discuss details of the movie, a throwback to the kind of gangster pictures… »
13 January 2017 11:16 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Four years ago at this time, Ben Affleck's Argo was the darling of the awards circuit on its way to winning the Oscar for best picture and grossing north of $232 million for Warner Bros. at the worldwide box office against a $45 million budget.
After the victory, Warners was more than happy to team with Affleck on his next directorial outing, but the resulting film, Live by Night, is proving to be a major disappointment for the filmmaker and his loyal home studio. Gunned down by bad reviews, the period 1920s gangster movie is pacing to »
- Pamela McClintock
Author: Jon Lyus
Today sees the release of Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, a thriller that is a far cry from the heady heights of the DC Cinematic Universe and the Justice League. We spoke to the director and his co-star Sienna Miller about working together on the film, as well as a little piece about the new Batman film.
Scott Davis also sat down with actor Chris Messina, who plays Dion Bartolo in Live By Night. The actor has also appeared in another of Affleck’s films, the Oscar-winning Argo as well as a fine run of indie movies including the divine Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Like Crazy.
Live By Night is out in UK Cinemas now.
Live By Night Movie Synopsis
- Jon Lyus
Author: Jon Lyus
While the circus of DC’s Justice League and the future solo Batman film is taking up a lot of Ben Affleck’s time right now there’s the small matter of the Oscar-winning director’s new film. Live By Night reunites the director with novelist Dennis Lehane, with whom he collaborated on his directorial debut Gone baby Gone a decade ago. The film, released today in UK cinemas, has a fine cast and we’ve spent the day chatting to the director and his cast.
Scott Davis sat down with the director and Sienna Miller to talk what drew them each to the film, how their characters relate to one another and Affleck talks about casting Miller, and what made her perfect for the role. Affleck talks about balancing a film such as this with the enormity of the DC Comics projects, and how it was »
- Jon Lyus
The Oscar winner admitted, “When you do all that, it’s hard to avoid blame!” saying he thinks that people give him “a little more credit” now that he is also directing.
“But people still don’t respect me!” he joked.
“Why else get into directing?” he joked. “That’s kind of the whole point!”
And he isn »
Chicago – Movies released in the first weeks of January are invariably either awards hopefuls trying to gain momentum or studio dreck being buried in the dead of winter, and quickly forgotten by Valentine’s Day. “Live By Night” aspires to be the former, but ends up being the latter.
Ben Affleck stars as a Boston stickup man Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police officer, who reluctantly becomes part of a gang to get revenge on a rival mob boss. If you think back to the time before “Argo,” “The Town,” and “Gone Baby Gone,” this is the kind of movie you’d think of as a movie directed by Ben Affleck, before that became an improbable sign of quality filmmaking.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
One of the film industry’s oldest unions, the Directors Guild of America, has announced its annual slate of awards nominees, further fueling the landmark Oscar prospects of Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), and Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).
Davis actually scored two nominations from the DGA on Thursday, landing in the best first feature category alongside Kelly Fremon Craig »
However the inclusion of Villeneuve and Davis - the biggest surprise of the day – meant there were the inevitable omissions, notably Denzel Washington for Fences and Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge. Martin Scorsese also missed out for Silence, as did Clint Eastwood for Sully.
Argo director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The roster »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Garth Davis (“Lion”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) for its top feature film award.
The DGA also nominated Davis on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Tim Miller for “Deadpool,” Kelly Fremon Craig for “Edge of Seventeen,” Nate Parker for “The Birth of a Nation” and Dan Trachtenberg for “10 Cloverfield Lane.”
The winners will be announced at 69th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The DGA nominations for the TV, commercial and movie documentary categories were announced Wednesday.
Chazelle, Davis, Jenkins, Lonergan and Villeneuve are all receiving DGA feature film nominations for the first time. The nomination of Davis, an »
- Dave McNary
The year is off to a strange start, even at the box office. Last weekend saw “Hidden Figures” win in a rare race among three titles for the top spot, but this weekend looks even more complicated. Multiple films will vie for no. 1 — and “Rogue One” isn’t one of them.
Among last weekend’s top grossers, the only one in the hunt is “Hidden Figures.” It will likely will drop to the high teens, and the most likely challenger is the first national expansion of “Patriots Day.” There will also bean even wider break for the major crossover success that is “La La Land,” with “Live By Night” and “Silence” also expanding, if to considerably less effect.
- Tom Brueggemann
It has been widely accepted that Hollywood star and actor Ben Affleck is surprisingly a really good director. So much so that we'd say he's even better behind the camera than in front of it, though he does tend to take roles in the films that he helms.
This week, Affleck directs and stars in a new film called Live By Night. Adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel (the author also wrote the books behind Shutter Island and another Affleck project, Gone Baby Gone), Live By Night is a crime story that takes place during the Prohibition Era.
With Affleck directing, we have good expectations for Live By Night, and it has got us thinking about his past directorial work. While we patiently wait for Affleck to direct the next Batman film, a »
- Adriana Floridia
Boss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBoss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine1/12/2017 10:01:00 Am
Things have changed a lot in Hollywood since the old contract-player days. However, if there’s any talent who’s identified with a particular studio at the moment, it’s Ben Affleck.
The square-jawed, 44-year-old Bostonian produced, directed and starred in Warner Bros.’ last Best Picture Oscar winner, Argo. He’s also made The Town and The Accountant for the company in the past few years. And Affleck not only plays the most important character, Batman/Bruce Wayne, in Warner’s latest round of DC Comics-based movies, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
When Kyle Chandler was preparing for his role in Kenneth Lonergan’s eagerly awaited new drama, Manchester by the Sea, he admits that the prospect of nailing his character’s distinctive accent was troubling him.
“I think I almost said ‘no’ just because of the Boston accent. I might have even asked Kenny, ‘can I keep my Texas accent? Does that work? Maybe my character went away and came back!’” he laughs. “But we had a wonderful dialect coach, and that all worked out. I think I did a pretty good job, and she kept a whip over me.”
Kyle spent many of his childhood years in Georgia and now lives in Texas with his wife and family, and his natural voice has that distinctive southern drawl. But he certainly did more than a “pretty good job” playing Joe. »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Stefan Pape
Though thriving in its set-up, Ben Affleck’s return to the director’s chair for the first time since the Oscar winning Argo, falls short in its pay-off, becoming needlessly convoluted as we progress throughout the narrative. Attempting to cover so much ground and a myriad of characters and themes, the complexity proves detrimental, which is a shame, for when this feature is simple, it makes for an engaging cinematic experience.
The tale begins in Prohibition Era Boston, and whether he likes it or not, Joe Coughlin (Affleck) is married to the gangster life, mostly due to the fact he’s having an affair with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the partner of the uncompromising crime lord Albert White (Robert Glenister), head of the Irish mafia. An outlaw with a cop for a father (Brendan Gleeson), Joe’s secret is uncovered by a rival gang leader, and if »
- Stefan Pape
Read our Live By Night review below.
Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.
The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain. »
- Paul Heath
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