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Ben Affleck Reveals What He Learned From Viral #SadBatman Meme (Video)

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ben Affleck appeared on BBC Radio Tuesday to promote his new movie, 1920s crime drama “Live By Night” — and also let fans know he’s well aware of his starring role in the “Sad Affleck” internet meme that took over the internet. In response to a question from BBC film critic Ali Plumb asking what he learned as a director and actor from starring in Warner Bros. superhero movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Affleck mentioned his appearance in an interview alongside co-star Henry Cavill, which went viral on account of Affleck’s solemn look. “It taught me not to do interviews with. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Chinese Investors Backing Vin Diesel’s ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese companies Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group have made an investment into Vin Diesel’s “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” through Paramount and Revolution Studios.

Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group made the investment into the action-thriller through a joint venture. They did not disclose the size of the investment, which also calls for the Huahua/Sfg venture to assist as China marketing partners for the film.

Diesel reprises his character in the movie as government operative Xander Cage from the 2002 movie “XXX.” The film, which opens Friday in the United States, also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie YenDeepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Kris Wu, and Nina Dobrev.


Vin Diesel Says Paramount Wants Another ‘xXx’ Movie

Huahua Media and Paramount have worked together on “Star Trek Beyond,” which generated $66 million in Chinese box office since its September release. Huahua was also one of Paramount’s China marketing partners »

- Dave McNary

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Ben Affleck Finally Responds To #SadAffleck Meme And His Batman v Superman Experience

7 hours ago | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The embargo on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice reviews lifted just as the UK press tour began, and that meant pretty much everyone involved with the movie was forced to answer questions about what critics thought of it. In the case of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, an interview with the duo went horribly wrong when a disappointed (bored?) looking Affleck ended up becoming an internet meme. #SadAffleck soon overshadowed Batman v Superman, but during a recent interview (via Batman-News) for Live by Night, the director and actor finally weighed in on that. Asked what working on the blockbuster taught him, he responded: "It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they can lay Simon & Garfunkel tracks over it. That’s one thing I learned." The filmmaker then went on to explain that the movie actually gave him a greater »

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Efm: WestEnd boards Chris Messina, Abigail Spencer comedy

19 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: American comedy-drama comes from Albert Nobbs producers Mockingbird Pictures.

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.

Sweet Life was produced by Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn under their banner Mockingbird Pictures, the company behind Oscar-nominated Glenn Close drama Albert Nobbs.

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 »

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‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

16 January 2017 9:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

Ads placed for the thriller, the third in the “xXx” franchise, had an estimated media value of $6.87 million through Sunday for 1,089 national ad airings across 32 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Jan. 9-15. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Paramount Pictures prioritized its TV ad budget toward sports, spending heavily on airings during NFL Football and the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Just behind “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” in second place: Paramount’s “Monster Trucks,” which saw 1,689 national ad airings across 33 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.33 million.

TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “Split” (Emv: $5.72 million), Warner Bros.’ “Live by Night »


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16 January 2017 7:31 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Pool the shelf life of 'the cool girl' is getting shorter. Which actresses will we be told to hate in 2017?

Variety a depressing report about which future movies are being talked about the most on social media. Cars 3 is number 2? Gross

Screencrush here's to the behind the scenes administrators and shooting schedule people. This is hard work. Consider that Doctor Strange is absent for All scenes which involve Doctor Strange in Avengers Infinity War (now filming)

The Guardian... is disturbed by this as we all should be. Especially with "ghosting" happening via Rogue One

Variety yet another award for Isabelle Huppert -- this time in Paris. (Speaking of -- I'm so excited to see how Elle and Things to Come fare at the Césars. Those nominations are Jan 25th)

Page Six Are Kiki Dunst and Jesse Plemons engaged now? Fargo brings people together

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Newswire: Ben Affleck is getting sick of all this talk about Batman

16 January 2017 5:25 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Until recently, Ben Affleck has been actively giving off the impression that his Batman movie—the one he’s directing and starring in—might not happen. To the casual observer, it seemed like Affleck was foreshadowing an eventual announcement that the project had either been canceled or that he had stepped down as director, two decision that would probably be met with a resounding cry of “it’s for the best.” However, last week he finally came clean and admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that he is making a Batman movie, it just had to take a backseat for a while to Live By Night.

Apparently, though, there’s another reason he’s been hesitant to talk about Batman lately: He’s just fucking sick of talking about Batman. Affleck teased something along those lines during the Kimmel interview, bemoaning the fact that nobody ever pestered him about Live By Night »

- Sam Barsanti

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Ben Affleck Wants Us To Stop Asking About Batman, But Says We'll Love it

16 January 2017 3:44 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Oh poor, poor Ben Affleck. This is a guy who’s spent a good portion of his career getting pummeled by critics and fans alike. He endured, and eventually came out on top as both an A-list actor and an A-list director. Over the past five years or so, he’s become one of the most valuable names in Hollywood,  a name that has become synonymous with quality. Even in last year’s Batman v Superman — a film that was met with heavy criticism — virtually everyone had nothing but positive things to say about his portrayal of the Caped Crusader.

Of course, with all that, we’d expect that fans would be more than a little excited about The Batman, which Affleck is set to both direct and star in for Warner Bros. And they are. They are terribly excited. In fact, everyone’s so damn on board with this, »

- Joseph Medina

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Ben Affleck on Batman Questions: ‘It’s Such a Pain in the Ass’

16 January 2017 10:57 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ben Affleck is growing tired of a constant barrage of Batman questions — ones that have overshadow his latest directorial and acting effort in “Live by Night.” In the following Entertainment Tonight, Canada clip posted on Twitter, Affleck shared how he feels about the seemingly never-ending stream of Batman inquiries. We feel for you, @BenAffleck- and that sounds absolutely perfect. Take all the time in the world you need to get the #Batman movie right! — Dceu Facts (@dceufacts) January 15, 2017 “Oh my God, it’s such a pain in the ass,” said Affleck. “It’s, like, every »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – Patriot Day, Silence, Monster Trucks, and More!

16 January 2017 10:27 AM, PST | | See recent news »

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Jim Batts and Tom Stockman talk movies. Our guest in the studio this week is Jim Tudor, film critic for Film Anarchy and ZekeFilm. We’ll discuss the weekend box office and review Patriots Day, Silence, Monster Trucks, Tower, 20th Century Women, Paterson, and Live By Night. Ron Stevens will stop by and discuss his new documentary on Kshe. We’ll discuss all of the local movie events, then Michelle McCue will call in to talk about the top twelve at the box office and we’ll all choose our least favorite movies of 2016.

Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:

The post This Week’s Wamg Podcast – Patriot Day, Silence, Monster Trucks, and More! appeared first on We Are Movie Geeks. »

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Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Dominates MLK Weekend as ‘Live by Night,’ ‘Monster Trucks,’ ‘Silence’ Collapse

16 January 2017 8:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” dominated the domestic box office, topping charts for the second straight weekend after earning $26 million. The film’s message of empowerment and triumph over prejudice was amplified by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

“This continues to be a movie for everyone,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s head of domestic distribution. “It’s not just entertaining. It’s life affirming. It celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and that’s so important in these times.”

Hidden Figures” is a latecomer to the awards season race, but the film, which stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer as African-American scientists and mathematicians in the early days of the space program, ranks as one of the most successful dramas of 2016. So far, it has earned $60.4 million. That commercial success could translate into Oscar attention when Academy Award nominations are announced next week.

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- Brent Lang

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Ben Affleck says The Batman is coming along great and fans will love it

16 January 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ben Affleck has once again found himself speaking out on production regarding The Batman, rather than the currently released Live by Night, a.k.a. the reason he is taking on all of these interviews in the first place.

In the span of a week, Ben Affleck has given multiple answers on the subject ranging from hesitance to continue directing the large-scale blockbuster, to the complete polar opposite confirming that he is still on board.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in the following video, Affleck does show signs of frustration, citing that constantly being pestered about The Batman when doing the rounds for Live by Night is “a pain in the ass”. In his defense, it can’t be uplifting having your current passion work ignored in favor of talking about the next big tentpole release.

See Also: 3 Things to Take Away from Ben Affleck’s The Batman Saga

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- Robert Kojder

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Live By Night Tanks Hard At The Box Office, Hidden Figures Snags Number One Spot Again

15 January 2017 1:38 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of January 13, 2017, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. 

As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, comScore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using comScore's suite of products.

This weekend saw the release of a handful of smaller films that included the likes of Silence, Patriots Day, Monster Trucks, Sleepless, The Bye Bye Man, and the expansion of Ben Affleck’s latest opus, Live By Night.

Interestingly enough, the weekend saw only one of these films — the new horror flick, The Bye Bye Man — even crack the top five domestically. While no one is incredibly surprised that the likes of Monster Trucks didn’t do so hot, with only $10.5 million for the three-day estimates, the underperforming of Patriots Day, »

- Joseph Medina

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Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘La La Land’ Ride Oscar Wave on Soft Holiday Weekend

15 January 2017 1:23 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As far as the box office is concerned, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend might better be dubbed Memorial Day, as six new wide releases are weak or dying. Despite a wide array of product which should have boosted totals, this weekend looks to be down 19 per cent from last year.

On the other hand, Oscar contenders “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) and “La La Land”(Lionsgate) continued to surf cresting audience enthusiasm to place first and second for the three day weekend.

School vacation Monday results may boost Universal’s “Sing” and possibly Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to higher positions. Animated musical “Sing” is holding well, with a 33 per cent drop. “Rogue One,” though now the top-grossing 2016 domestic release, is falling far faster than juggernaut “Force Awakens” a year ago.

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1. Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) Week 4 – Last weekend #1

$20,450,000 (-10%) in 3,286 theaters (+815); PTA »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Hidden Figures Wins Box Office Weekend #2 with $20.4M

15 January 2017 12:02 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Often times, if two movies are less than $1 million apart when the box office estimates are released, those movies will swap places when the actual numbers arrive on Monday. Last weekend, it looked like Rogue One would repeat atop the box office with $21.9 million, with the expanding Hidden Figures following just behind with $21.8 million. When the actual figures were released on Monday, Hidden Figures ended up on top with $22.8 million, just ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with $22.06 million. This weekend, Hidden Figures managed to expand even further, repeating atop the box office for the second weekend in a row with $20.4 million, in a weekend where two more expanding movies didn't even crack the top 10.

This weekend, both the true story adaptation Hidden Figures and Rogue One went up against three new movies, Paramount's Monster Trucks, Stx Entertainment's The Bye Bye Man and Open Road Films' Sleepless. There »

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The Week in Movies – what is going on with Ben Affleck and The Batman? Young Han Solo spin-off casts mentor role & more…

15 January 2017 11:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including what is going on with Ben Affleck and The Batman? The Young Han Solo spin-off movie casts its mentor and more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.

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

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Ben Affleck, Martin Scorsese and ‘Monster Trucks’ All Bomb at Mlk Weekend Box Office

15 January 2017 10:38 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday marked the weekend when three major movies bombed in their first weekend in wide release — Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Paramount’s “Monster Trucks.” Paramount already took a major writedown last September for its action movie, so many had anticipated the loss. But “Live by Night” and “Silence,” both high-profile movies with budgets of $65 million and $40 million, respectively, also underwhelmed at the box office. “It’s a jungle out there right now and unless you are ‘Hidden Figures’ or ‘Rogue One,’ or a similarly successful movie, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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'Hidden Figures' Topples New Releases to Take MLK Weekend While 'Rogue One' Passes $500 Million

15 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

It wasn't necessarily an exciting Martin Luther King weekend, though it is rather astonishing to see how poorly all but one of the weekend's new and expanding wide releases performed. The weekend's successes find Hidden Figures leading the way for a second weekend, followed by Golden Globe juggernaut La La Land while it was STX's The Bye Bye Man that over performed against tracking and delivered the best new opening among the weekend's new and expanding releases, more than doubling the film's production budget over the four-day weekend. At #1 for a second weekend in a row, Fox's Hidden Figures delivered an estimated $20.4 million for the three-day and is expected to finish over $25 million for the holiday weekend as its domestic cume will near $60 million by end of day Monday. Finishing in second for the three-day is Lionsgate's La La Land, delivering an impressive $14.5 million for the three-day (+43.1%) from 1,848 theaters (+333), including 148 IMAX theaters, »

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Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Prevails as ‘Monster Trucks,’ Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ Bomb

15 January 2017 7:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s bombs away at the multiplexes.

Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” suffered moribund national expansions. Their failures will lead to tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the studios that backed them. “Sleepless,” an action-thriller with Jamie Foxx, also suffered an underwhelming opening, getting lost in the crush of new releases.

“There’s almost an unprecedented number of films out there,” said Paul  Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “It’s got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.”

Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s”Hidden Figures” retained its box office crown in its second weekend of wide release, earning $20.5 million for the weekend and a projected $25.3 million for the long weekend. That will push its total to $59.7 million. The historical drama about African-American Nasa »

- Brent Lang

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Ben Affleck Has Had Enough Of Being Asked About The Batman; "It's Such A Pain In The Ass"

15 January 2017 7:37 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Poor Ben Affleck had to endure the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice press tour after those scathing reviews were released, and now his latest movie Live by Night - which also isn't faring too well with critics - has been dominated by talk of The Batman. Based on the interview clip below, the actor and director has had enough of it, and he once again assures fans that he's making it and they'll love it. Despite everything we've heard, it's hard to imagine the Caped Crusader's solo movie not happening at this point. After all, Affleck has said on numerous occasions that he'll direct it, so would he really drop out at such a late stage in the game? Honestly, we just don't know, but it seems pretty unlikely. We'll have to wait and see, but as time goes on, The Batman being released in 2018 does seem doubtful. Affleck »

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