Ben Affleck Directing - Witness for the Prosecution

Ben Affleck has quite the busy schedule in the next couple years. The filmmaker is just coming off directing his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night, and he’s currently in production on Justice League. Then sometime down the road he’s supposed to be at the helm of a solo Batman movie in which he’ll obviously star as The Dark Knight. Now Ben Affleck has lined up yet another film to direct, and it’s another one that he’ll be starring in too.

Witness for the Prosecution is an Agatha Christie novel that was turned into a movie by Billy Wilder in 1957, and now Ben Affleck is slated to direct a new adaptation that he will also produce with his longtime friend and collaborator Matt Damon, as well as Jennifer Todd and the Agatha Christie estate. Find out more about Witness for the Prosecution after the jump. Read More »

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Below, find out why LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg didn’t lead the War Dogs cast.

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Jack Ryan lives again. Last fall, Amazon put into developmentJack Ryan TV series based on Tom Clancy‘s bestselling series of books, and this past spring John Krasinski was confirmed for the lead role. Now they’ve ordered a 10-episode first season for the show, which hails from Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland. The plan was always for Jack Ryan to bypass Amazon’s usual pilot season and go straight to series, but this makes it official.  Read More »

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I like to imagine Martin McDonagh and John Michael McDonagh in a constant state of sibling rivalry, with each brother looking to top the other with every project. Martin wrote the masterful stage play The Pillowman (among others) before making one of the best crime comedies of the past decade with In Bruges. John made a strong directorial debut with 2011’s pitch-black buddy cop comedy The Guard and topped himself with 2014’s Calvary. I’ve reached the point where any movie bearing the McDonagh name feels like a priority.

And that makes John Michael McDonagh’s new film, War On Everyone, a priority. The new trailer is all the evidence to I need to know that yes, his distinctive, cynical, and hilarious voice is still ringing loud and clear.

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Below, watch the Dog Eat Dog international trailer.

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