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Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood’s biggest and most diverse superstar

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.
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Broadway's Terron Brooks Joins The Company Men

The Company Men, America's favorite mash-up group and nationally recognized pop vocal group, announced the addition of their newest member today, Terron Brooks. An accomplished singer, songwriter and actor, Brooks brings to the group a wealth of performing experience from Broadway 'Simba' in Disney's Lion King and 'Seaweed' in Hairspray to performing alongside some of the hottest names in music such as Stevie Wonder, Peter Cetera, Josh Groban and Phil Collins.
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‘The Big Short’: Oscar Season Box Office Breakout or Another ‘Steve Jobs’?

‘The Big Short’: Oscar Season Box Office Breakout or Another ‘Steve Jobs’?
At the end of August, Adam McKay unveiled “The Big Short” to a test audience on the Paramount Pictures lot.

In one sense the film, with its jaundiced take on the financial institutions and money men whose reckless bets plunged the global economy into disaster, was a departure for McKay, a director best known for broad comedies such as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” But what impressed Paramount executives who attended the showing that day was that McKay had excavated the humorous side of “too big to fail.”

“We were shocked by how much laughter we were getting,” remembered Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice-chairman. “Adam has such a wry sense of humor that he was able to take a subject matter that’s dense and academic and make it entertaining.”

The Big Short” was originally slated to debut in February or March, but believing they might have an Oscar contender on their hands,
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Burnt | Review

Chef Boyardee: Wells Fails with Filmmaking Recipe

For his third film outing, director John Wells delves into the catty universe of high-end cuisine with Burnt (formerly titled Adam Jones for its lead character) with the same square generalities formulating the emotionless energy of previous dramas August: Osage County and The Company Men. Bradley Cooper once again plays a smug playboy, one of those confused personalities charged with simultaneous duties as narcissistic tyrant and charismatic romantic lead.

Attempting to extol the high-stakes wheeling and dealing of the fine-dining universe, it’s a film professing to depict the elegance and privilege of a specific scene but couldn’t be any more thanklessly banal. Much like another Bradley Cooper vehicle, the literary minded The Words (2012), the subject matter is sidelined by standard issue formulaic tropes, satisfying every conceivable audience expectation.

A once revered two-star Michelin rated chef, Adam Jones (Cooper), sucks down his
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‘Burnt’ is palatable but bland

Burnt

Written by Steven Knight

Directed by John Wells

USA, 2015

Much like its truculent hero, Burnt is difficult to tolerate at times. Nothing about director John Wells’ redemptive tale about a burned-out chef is particularly noteworthy, but the pacing and performances keep things humming along nicely. Sure, it’s packed with fast food self-realizations, but it’s also an appetizing glimpse into the high-pressure world of fine cuisine. Ultimately, Burnt re-mixes the ingredients of a familiar recipe into an unapologetic crowd-pleaser.

While Jon Favreau’s Chef gave the meat-and-potatoes crowd something to drool over in 2014, Burnt will have culinary snobs reaching for their Gold Cards this season. There are plenty of montages featuring beautiful food being prepared in ridiculously-elaborate ways. Mostly, John Wells (The Company Men, August: Osage County) takes us into the kitchen to watch the huge egos behind these tiny morsels.

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was a cocky
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Review: Burnt, In Search Of Excellence (And A Story, And Authentic Characters, And...)

Bradley Cooper is not content with two stars. Oh no, no, no, he wants three stars, dang it, because that is what leading men always want: more, more, more! In Burnt, a new film by pedestrian director John Wells (The Company Men, August: Osage County), Cooper portrays Adam Jones, a cook who reached the highest echelon in the restaurant business, namely, two Michelin stars for his Paris fine-dining establishment. Then he flamed out, a victim of his own addictions and excesses, and disappeared to New Orleans, where he kicked his long-held habits (on his own) and began doing self-imposed penance by shucking oysters anonymously in a common diner. As the movie begins, he completes his self-imposed penance, walks out of the restaurant without a word,...

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John Wells Productions Promotes Jinny Howe To Lead TV

John Wells Productions Promotes Jinny Howe To Lead TV
John Wells Productions has turned to a 10-year company vet to lead its television operations.

Jinny Howe has been promoted to exec VP and head of television for the Warner Bros.-based banner. She fills the vacancy left last month by Andrew Stearn, the longtime president of TV for Jwp who joined Working Title Films.

Howe joined the company in 2005 and in recent years took on more responsibility for TV development and production of current series including the Showtime series “Shameless.” She also worked with Wells as an associate producer on his 2011 directorial debut, “The Company Men.”

“Over the past five years, (Howe) has proven herself to be an exceptionally talented executive with excellent relationships within the creative community,” Wells said. “Jinny’s contributions to ‘Shameless’ and to our growing development slate have been central to the company’s continuing success. I look forward to our working together for many years to come.
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Film Review: ‘Burnt’

Film Review: ‘Burnt’
During the worst of his many plate-smashing temper tantrums, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), self-styled bad boy of the London culinary world, scolds his fellow chefs for not meeting his brutally exacting standards: “If it’s not perfect, you throw it away!” Applying that logic, we would have to dispense entirely with “Burnt,” a moody-foodie therapy session that follows an increasingly tidy narrative recipe as it sets this one-man kitchen nightmare on a long road to redemption. Although John Wells’ dramedy is energized by its mouth-watering montages and an unsurprisingly fierce lead turn from Cooper, Steven Knight’s script pours on the acid but holds the depth, forcing its fine actors (including Sienna Miller and Daniel Bruhl) to function less as an ensemble than as a motley sort of intervention group. Unlikely to capitalize on its once-rumored awards prospects or match “Chef’s” indie-breakout status, the Weinstein Co.’s Oct. 30 release
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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

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Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, to give you an idea of his take as 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" followup "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips include "Gone Girl", "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You"...

..."Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

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Watch: Bradley Cooper Cooks Up Drama In New International Trailer And Images For 'Burnt'

Has the soufflé already caved on "Burnt"? It can't be the best sign of confidence in the movie when the usually promo happy Harvey Weinstein declines to show the star-studded drama to a festival audience. There is a sense that the picture is something of an afterthought on The Weinstein Company slate this fall behind "Carol," "The Hateful Eight," and "Macbeth." But yes, the cooking world drama is coming and a new international trailer has arrived. Bradley Cooper leads the movie as celebrated chef Adam Jones, a man passionate about food, but also riddled with no shortage of demons. And the movie written by Stephen Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") and directed by John Wells ("The Company Men," "August: Osage County") will tell the story of the rock star chef who is driven to the edge chasing his third Michelin star. Read More: Watch: Bradley Cooper Is A Bad Boy Chef in The First Trailer for.
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'Burnt' Trailer Stars Bradley Cooper as a Troubled Chef

'Burnt' Trailer Stars Bradley Cooper as a Troubled Chef
Never underestimate a man with everything to lose. On behalf of The Weinstein Company, check out the official trailer for&#160Burnt, which opens in theaters nationwide this fall! John Wells takes the helm on this comedic drama, a man best known for last year's August: Osage County and the cult hit The Company Men. Bradley Cooper leads this story of a burnt out chef looking for redemption, and is followed by an amazing ensemble that includes Sienna Miller, Jamie Dornan, Daniel Br&#252hl, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson.

Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all, and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need
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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, to see if he has the chops to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips include "Gone Girl", "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

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‘Love & Mercy': Bill Pohlad Takes on Beach Boys Icon Brian Wilson’s Tortured Past

‘Love & Mercy': Bill Pohlad Takes on Beach Boys Icon Brian Wilson’s Tortured Past
Bill Pohlad never wanted to be that cliche of the successful industry insider who goes around town lamenting, “What I really want to do is direct.”

But the Oscar-nominated producer-financier behind “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Tree of Life” and “12 Years a Slave” really did want to direct — an ambition he harbored for years after a failed first attempt, and which grew even as he garnered increasing recognition as a backer of commercially risky, artistically ambitious indie films.

“I always had it in the back of my mind, and as time went on, it became more in the front of my mind,” Pohlad says over a recent breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Pohlad admits he wasn’t ready to call the shots when he directed the little-seen 1990 film “Old Explorers.” But now, more than two decades later, the 58-year-old sees much brighter prospects for the
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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, plus a trailer from his latest film "Gone Girl", to give you an idea of his ability to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips also include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

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It’s Triple The Testosterone As Pitt, Gosling And Bale Topline ‘The Big Short’

America’s financial meltdown of the late Noughties is set to receive the Hollywood treatment again, this time with a stellar ensemble cast under the banner of Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. Not only will Pitt be onscreen but he’ll share that poor expanse of white with Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale – enough acting intensity to burn a hole through a cinema wall.

The Big Short is an adaptation of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. That took a blistering look at the movers and shakers whose catastrophic irresponsibility led to the housing and credit bubble that went pop in 2007. Roles are yet to be confirmed but more big names are expected to join the rogues gallery in due course.

Tinseltown covered similar ground in 2010’s The Company Men, though that was criticized in some quarters for being somewhat on the mild side.
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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

  • SneakPeek
Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, plus a trailer from his latest film "Gone Girl", to give you an idea of his ability to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips also include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Ben Affleck...
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What You Need to Watch on Netflix Before It Expires in January

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While you're making your way through the new movies streaming on Netflix in December, you may need to reprioritize that watching list. The service has released the list of titles that will be expiring from streaming on Jan. 1, 2015, and there are some good ones in here, like Titanic, Love Actually, The Wedding Planner, and You've Got Mail. There's no telling when or if these movies might come back, so take a look at the list and figure out what you need to see now! 12 Angry Men (1957) A Mighty Heart (2007) A River Runs Through It (1992) Backdraft (1991) Bad Boys (1995) Batman (1989) Beethoven (1992) Beethoven's 2nd (1993) Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Boyz n the Hood (1991) Braveheart (1995) Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Carrie (1976) D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) Duck Soup (1933) Far and Away (1992) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero; Seasons 1-2 (1983­ and 1986) Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) Gladiator (2000) Good Burger (1997) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies and Shows on January 1, 2015

When Netflix adds, it must also delete.

While Netflix is adding a ton of movies and TV shows to its streaming library in January 2015, periodically, the streaming service has to do a little housecleaning. A number of titles are due to expire at the end of the year, which means the its the end for some '80s and '90s favorites ("Batman," Beverly Hills Cop," "Happy Gilmore," "Spaceballs"), a handful of Oscar winners ("Gladiator," "Braveheart," "Kramer vs. Kramer"), and a few modern classics ("The Usual Suspects," "Love Actually," "The Breakfast Club").

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Watch 'em while you can!

Netflix Titles Expiring on January 1, 2015

"12 Angry Men" (1957)

"A Mighty Heart" (2007)

"A River Runs Through It" (1992)

"Backdraft" (1991)

"Bad Boys" (1995)

"Batman" (1989)

"Beethoven" (1992)

"Beethoven's 2nd" (1993)

"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)

"Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)

"Boyz n the Hood" (1991)

"Braveheart" (1995)

"Can't Buy Me Love" (1987)

"Carrie" (1976)

"D3: The Mighty Ducks
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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: Kill the Messenger Star Rosemarie DeWitt!

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Rosemarie DeWitt is one of the most charming and underrated actresses working today. She has given terrific performances in films like Promised Land, The Company Men and the recent Men, Women And Children where she continues to prove what a talent she is. In Kill The Messenger, DeWitt beautifully portrays the real life Sue Webb – wife to reporter Gary Webb – who watched her family crumble when her husband revealed some seriously damaging secrets about the CIA. It is...
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Film Review: ‘Gone Girl’

Film Review: ‘Gone Girl’
A lady vanishes and is soon presumed dead, but it’s her marriage that winds up on the autopsy table in “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s intricate and richly satisfying adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 mystery novel. Surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing over the course of its swift 149-minute running time, this taut yet expansive psychological thriller represents an exceptional pairing of filmmaker and material, fully expressing Fincher’s cynicism about the information age and his abiding fascination with the terror and violence lurking beneath the surfaces of contemporary American life. Graced with a mordant wit as dry and chilled as a good Chablis, as well as outstanding performances from Ben Affleck and a revelatory Rosamund Pike, Fox’s Oct. 3 wide release should push past its preordained Oscar-contender status to galvanize the mainstream.

After the perceived commercial disappointment of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (2011), despite an eventual
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