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Ben Affleck in Negotiations to be 'The Accountant'... Who's Also an Assassin

5 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Accountancy this past spring and am back in school until next May getting my Master's degree in the subject, and if there's one thing I've noticed in the world of film about my future profession it's that it isn't strongly represented. There are only a few memorable movie accountants, and the majority are portrayed as boring or bumbling, never bad-ass, but it looks like Batman himself has come along to bring a little justice to the situation. Ben Affleck is in talks to star in an upcoming action thriller over at Warner Bros. called The Accountant, which centers on a man who is a mild-mannered accountant by day, deadly assassin by night. Affleck is a busy man as of late, starring in David Fincher's Gone Girl, which hits theaters this Friday, as well as playing a well-known masked vigilante in the upcoming »

- Jordan Benesh

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Ben Affleck May Lead 'The Accountant' Thriller for Warner Bros. Next

9 hours ago | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After directing the Best Picture winning Argo for Warner Bros., it seems like actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck is getting comfortable over there. His next directing gig is supposed to be Live by Night at the studio whenever he's done with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (also at Warner Bros.), and now he's lining up another starring role over there too. Variety reports Affleck is currently in talks to lead the action thriller The Accountant, based on an original script by Bill Dubuque, the man responsible for writing The Judge staring Robert Downey Jr. Warrior director Gavin O'Connor is the studio's top choice to direct too. The project has been kicking around various studios for years. Sony once had a version in the works with Will Smith, but before that the project was at Warner Bros. to begin with and had Mel Gibson attached to direct. Now Affleck has unearthed it again, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Ben Affleck Targets Action Thriller 'The Accountant'

9 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Ben Affleck's Gone Girl hitting theaters this weekend and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still in production, the actor is in talks to star in Warner Bros.' action-thriller The Accountant.

Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) is considered the studio's top choice to direct, although an official offer hasn't been made yet. The script was written by Bill Dubuque (The Judge), which follows a mild-mannered accountant who also moonlights as a deadly assassin.

The project has been floating in development for several years, with Warner Bros. first developing it as a directorial vehicle for Mel Gibson. Sony Pictures picked up the project, with Will Smith once attached to star, but it was put back into turnaround after the studio couldn't put together the right package to move forward. Sources indicate that Ben Affleck recently caught wind of the project and thought it would be a "nice change of pace »

- MovieWeb

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Ben Affleck To Star In Assassin Pic 'The Accountant' Plus Watch New Clip From 'Gone Girl'

10 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Mel Gibson and Will Smith couldn't make it happen, but it looks like Ben Affleck can. The world's next Batman, and this weekend's murder suspect in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," is looking to book one more acting gig before he gets back behind the camera to direct "Live By Night." Variety reports that Affleck is in negotiations to star in "The Accountant." The 2011 Black List script by Bill Dubuque (Robert Downey Jr.'s forthcoming "The Judge"), tells the story of a brilliant, autistic accountant at the Treasury Department who doubles as an assassin. There's no director attached at the moment, but apparently Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior," "Jane Got A Gun") is the "top choice" though he has no offer just yet. So, Affleck would wrap his work on "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," bounce over to "The Accountant" and then direct "Live By Night" starting next »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer #2: God is Greater Than Pharaohs

14 hours ago | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

With Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) is attempting to retell the biblical story of Moses leading the Israelites on the exodus out of Egyptian slavery; a story that has been told and re-told cinematically each and every Easter, in the form of the 1956 film, The Ten Commandments.

In this new version of the story, actors Christian Bale (Dark Knight) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) take over the roles of Moses and Rameses II, which were famously played by Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner in Ten Commandments. If you’ve seen that older film (or any of the previous trailers for this film), then you know the basic layout of the story is still the same: Moses and Rameses start out as brothers; Moses learns he is destined to be leader of the Israelites; God delivers prophecies of Israelite freedom and Egyptian ...

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- Kofi Outlaw

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Creating the Action featurette for Exodus: Gods and Kings

26 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new featurette for Ridley Scott’s upcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has arrived online, which gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s action sequences with Scott alongside production designer Arthur Max, stunt coordinator Rob Inch; check it out below…

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Exodus: Gods and Kings is set for release on December 12th in the States and on Boxing Day in the UK, with Christian Bale »

- Gary Collinson

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Liam Neeson Eyes 'Tell No One' Remake & Channing Tatum Is 'Struck By Genius'

18 September 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Moving along in fits and starts for years now, the remake/re-adaptation of "Tell No One" — based on the book by Harlan Coben, and turned into an excellent 2006 thriller by Guillaume Canet — has had some big names check it out. Ben Affleck was attached to direct for a while, and last year "Warrior" and "Pride & Glory" director Gavin O'Connor was linked for the job. But now, the project is being looked at by someone who knows what it's like to have someone taken from them. (Sorry, had to). Liam Neeson is being wined and dined to take the lead role in the movie, which has Chris Terrio ("Argo," "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice") penning the script. The simple yet effective plotline follows a doctor who, after his wife vanishes, is at first suspected of having murdered her, but then begins to receive clues that she may in fact still be alive. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Liam Neeson Eyes Tell No One; Channing Tatum Boards Struck By Genius; Matt Smith Joins Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

17 September 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A few casting notices: Liam Neeson is circling the Tell No One remake, a thriller about a pediatrician who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders that claimed the life of his wife. Sony picked up the rights Struck by Rights, the memoir of "mathematical marvel" Jason Padgett, as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum. Matt Smith will join Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More on each project after the jump. Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) is tentatively set to direct Tell No OneChris Terrio (Argo) adapted the Harlan Coben novel that was turned into the French film in 2006.  Deadline hears there is some work needed on the script before Neeson is officially attached.  Here's the book synopsis: David Beck has rebuilt his life since his wife’s murder eight years ago, finishing »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Why Tom Hardy Will Probably Never Make Another Romantic Comedy

14 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Hardy is best known for his serious work, be it turning up the drama in features like Warrior and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or just turning into a full-blown monster, as seen in movies like Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises. That said, two years ago he decided to branch out with a bit of lighter fare and tried doing a romantic comedy. What's unfortunate is that the experience has sworn him off the genre for the foreseeable future. This bit of knowledge was dropped by Tom Hardy in a recent interview with USA Today during the Toronto International Film Festival, where the actor was promoting his new movie The Drop, based on the novel and adapted by Dennis Lehane. During the conversation, Hardy revealed that he likes challenging himself by taking on projects unlike those he's tried before, but that his experiment doing the 2012 McG film This Means »

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Why Tom Hardy Will Probably Never Make Another Romantic Comedy Again

14 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Hardy is best known for his serious work, be it turning up the drama in features like Warrior and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or just turning into a full-blown monster, as seen in movies like Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises. That said, two years ago he decided to branch out with a bit of lighter fare and tried doing a romantic comedy. What's unfortunate is that the experience has sworn him off the genre for the foreseeable future. This bit of knowledge was dropped by Tom Hardy in a recent interview with USA Today during the Toronto International Film Festival, where the actor was promoting his new movie The Drop, based on the novel and adapted by Dennis Lehane. During the conversation, Hardy revealed that he likes challenging himself by taking on projects unlike those he's tried before, but that his experiment doing the 2012 McG film This Means »

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Tom Hardy says he's done with romantic comedies thanks to This Means War

12 September 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Tom Hardy has done everything from sports drama (Warrior) to sci-fi (Inception), however there's one genre the actor isn't planning on returning to anytime soon: romantic comedies. In an interview with USA Today, Hardy said "I love to do things I hadn't done before," which may explain why he starred in McG's This Means War. But Hardy goes on to say he didn't enjoy working on the film, and because of that, doesn't think »

- Jesse Giroux

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Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War'

11 September 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Tom Hardy's greatest attribute is his willingness to try anything and knock it out of the park. It's hard to believe the same actor who stormed the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Bronson" spent 90 minutes on the phone in Steven Knight's "Locke." This weekend, the actor plays a weary Brooklynite in "The Drop," and on the horizon he's got roles ranging from badass post-apocalyptic warrior in next summer's "Mad Max: Fury Road" to Stalin-era soldier in "Child 44." Hardy mixes genres and characters with ease, but there's one thing you won't see him again anytime soon: a romantic comedy. Coming between "Warrior" and "Lawless," the actor reached for the studio rom-com ring with "This Means War," directed by McG and co-starring Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. Met with dreadful reviews, the movie actually legged it out to a $150 million worldwide take (thank you international audiences), but was considered a. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff 2014: In voices sharp and soft, Tom Hardy sounds out

11 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

 

Think of Tom Hardy and what likely first comes to mind is his stout physical presence: his muscled mixed-martial arts fighter in Warrior or his hulking Batman villain, Bane, in The Dark Knight Rises.

But Hardy is, first and foremost, a talker. As he's developed as an actor, it's become increasingly clear how much voice plays a central role for Hardy. His characters are a richly varied assortment of vocalization. In two films this year, his verbal virtuosity is especially on display: the New York crime film The Drop, which opens Friday, and the earlier-released Locke, a drama almost entirely composed of Hardy talking on the phone while driving.

One is a mumbling mutterer, the other speaks with methodical precision. They couldn't sound more different, but in both cases, their speech entirely informs their character.

"The voice is a key silhouette, an audio silhouette," Hardy said in an interview shortly »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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The 84th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

9 September 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »

- Joey Magidson

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Toronto Spotlight: ‘The Drop’ Scribe Dennis Lehane On Using Small Time Crime To Trigger Big Time Characters

6 September 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Dennis Lehane has had a more charmed run that most authors, watching his superb novels Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island get turned into fine movies. Now he’s adapted one of his short stories into the Fox Searchlight drama The Drop, with Bullhead helmer Michael R. Roskam launching the film at Toronto last night and a cast led by Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Bullhead‘s Matthias Schoenarts and John Ortiz. Here, Lehane discusses what it’s like to have his dialogue made better by great actors, and what Hollywood owes authors in turning their books into films.

Deadline: You have this gift for creating memorably desperate tough guy characters on the fringes of the criminal world. Where did the inspiration for Animal Rescue come from?

Lehane: It started just with an image. A guy walking in the snow, down a street, and he hears a noise. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette released online

5 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox has released the first behind-the-scenes look at Ridley Scott’s latest epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which debuts this Christmas across cinemas worldwide.

Telling the story of Moses (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Trilogy), the film is set to go almost head-to-head with the final Hobbit film this Christmas in the grandeur stakes, with Scott reteaming with Gladiator co-writer Steven Zaillian, as well as an eclectic supporting cast including Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Turturro (Barton Fink), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3).

So far, it certainly looks pretty epic, and with such a talented cast, it could be a big hit come winter, and you can check out the featurette below…

Exodus: Gods and Kings is released in the Us on December 12th, with a UK release on Boxing Day.

The post Exodus: Gods and Kings »

- Scott Davis

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Akshay Kumar to Star in Lionsgate, Endemol Indian Remake ‘Warrior’

22 August 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Top Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar will headline “Brothers”, the Hindi-language remake of Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 contact sports drama “Warrior” that starred Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.

Indian powerhouse Dharma Productions, one of the producers of “The Lunchbox”, has boarded the project as co-producer.

Karan Malhotra, director of Dharma hit “Agneepath” starring Hrithik Roshan will direct.

The film was previously announced as a co-production between Lionsgate and Endemol India, itself a 51:49 joint venture between Endemol Bv and The Chernin Group’s CA Media, to be produced under the banner Eyedentity Motion Pictures, Endemol India’s film arm.

Dharma is headed by Karan Johar, writer, co-producer and director of Shah Rukh Khan vehicle “My Name is Khan”, and who is also a judge on “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa”, the Indian version of the “Strictly Come Dancing” format, and popular chat show “Koffee with Karan”.

Johar makes his acting »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Warrior remake starring Akshay Kumar Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez titled as Brothers

21 August 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

A while back, it was reported that the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior featuring Tom Hardy, Sean McAnallen, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo and Nick Nolte would soon be remade in Bollywood. The said remake would feature Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jackie Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Now we hear that the film has since been renamed to Brothers. Tweeting about the same, Karan Johar, whose Dharma Production will be co-producing the film with Lionsgate and Endemol India, posted, "Dharma Productions, Lionsgate, Endemol India present 'Brothers' directed by Karan Malhotra and starring Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff. Releasing Oct 2nd, 2015."

Simultaneously, lead star Akshay Kumar who will be seen playing the role originally played by Tom Hardy posted on Facebook saying, "My first association with Karan Johar. Brothers..."

The original film directed by Gavin O'Connor show the story of two brothers, one a former Marine and the other a former Ufc fighter-turned-schoolteacher, »

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Eternal 'Expendables:' Mma Fighters Battle to Break Through in Hollywood

15 August 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.

Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of The Expendables 3 In St. Louis

4 August 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This Summer… Get ready for one last ride! The Expendables 3 is opening in theaters on August 15th and Wamg has your tickets to see the film early! Are we cool or what??!!

The Expendables 3 team includes your favorite action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …and a new generation of badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

In The Expendables 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. »

- Movie Geeks

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