Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln is fast approaching, which means soon we’ll hear all the obligatory quotes from the man himself about Indiana Jones 5, Robopocalypse, Jurassic Park 4, Tintin 2 and whatever other movies he’s been attached to or talked about over the years. Two movies that likely won’t be mentioned are Ben Affleck’s Argo and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, both of which be in theaters at the same time. Maybe they should be, though, because each has an interesting, outside connection to the popular filmmaker.

Ben Affleck’s character in ArgoTony Mendez, recently recounted the entire ordeal dramatized in that film and revealed that one of the scripts his fictional production company received was written by none other than Steven Spielberg. Then, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli addressed Spielberg’s very vocal desire to direct a James Bond film in a new interview. Read the details about each, and watch an old E.T. audition that’s currently making the rounds, after the jump. Read More »

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Dave, Devindra, and Adam explain the narrative pleasures of Seven Psychopaths, wonder why Get the Gringo didn’t do a better job of rehabilitating Mel Gibson’s career, and ponder how accurate movies need to be when they’re “based on a true story.” Alison Willmore joins us from Filmspotting SVU. Read more about Argo’s historical accuracy.

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The lone secret premiere of the 2011 Telluride Film Festival ended up being Ben Affleck‘s dramatic thriller Argo.

I’ve never understood the negativity regularly thrown at Ben Affleck. When given the right material, he’s delivered some great performances as an actor (Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, Boiler Room, Hollywoodland…etc). And in recent years he’s made the transition and proven himself to be a great director (Gone Baby Gone, The Town). Argo is his third feature film and it’s his smartest yet.

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“This is the best bad idea we have, sir, by far.”

Here’s the trailer for Argo, Ben Affleck‘s third film as director. The film follows the efforts of an operation to rescue six diplomats hiding in Tehran during the Iranian revolution in 1979.  The trailer begins in serious political thriller mode before the real plan is revealed and it moves into an Oceans Eleven tone for a moment. But it swings back as the real importance of the mission becomes clear.

This trailer demonstrates that the material could really put Affleck to the test as he has to balance a tricky combination of tones and situations. But his cast is excellent:  Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, Kerry BisheKyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, and Taylor Schilling. The footage looks great, and keeps this locked as one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Apparently, everyone in Hollywood returned from this past weekend with the burning desire to shift around their release date calendars. Following Monday’s scheduling shuffle for Summit’s Ender’s Game and Paramount’s The Dictator, Warner Bros. has just decided to push back its Ben Affleck thriller Argo by a few weeks — which wouldn’t really be a big deal, except that Argo‘s new date bumps Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad off the calendar altogether. More details after the jump.

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If you’d like to see Ben Affleck with a stunning Seventies beard, Chris Hemsworth and Martin Freeman each surrounded by a bunch of dwarves or the first image from Ben Wheatley‘s follow-up to Kill List, this post is for you. After the jump, see new images from Ben Affleck’s Argo, Rupert SandersSnow White and the Huntsman, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. Read More »

Russ Fischer’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

Enough about 2011; let’s look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts,  giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It’s going to be a good year for movie watchers.

After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I’ll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I’m very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn’t make my personal cut but are still bright spots on the 2012 calendar for various reasons. This list could change a lot in the next couple weeks, as Sundance (and then Cannes in May) could reveal a good many new films that will be bright spots on the calendar in ’12.

I’ve also exercised a certain hopefulness here, as there are a few films that don’t yet have official 2012 release dates. Let’s hope they don’t slip. Read More »

Germain’s prepping his ’10 most anticipated movies for 2012′ list right now and I’ll probably put one together as well just as soon as I get back from Texas. One movie I’m pretty sure will be on his list and I know would be on mine is Argo, the third film directed by Ben Affleck.

As we’ve mentioned a few times in the past while covering the casting for the film, this movie is based on a real situation in which a handful of CIA operatives posed as key members of a movie crew in order to extract diplomats who had been taken hostage in 1979 Tehran. They’re not posing as just any film crew, but as guys scouting locations for a sci-fi film called, naturally, Argo.

Above, that’s part of the first official image of Affleck as one of the primary members of that crew; see the whole thing below. Read More »

Warner Bros has sent out the obligatory press release to announce the commencement of filming on Ben Affleck‘s third film as director, Argo. We’ve known most of the cast for a while: Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman, with more recent additions Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Rory Cochrane and Taylor Schilling.

Now we’ve got an official synopsis for the film, which adapts the true story of a CIA team that posed as a film crew in order to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979. But perhaps of more interest to some who already know the story is the confirmation of cast additions that include the great Michael Parks (above), as well as Clea Duvall and Richard Kind. Read More »

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The smaller casting for Ben Affleck‘s third directorial effort, Argo, is falling into place. The movie already has a great topline cast: Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston and Scott McNairy are part of the true story about a CIA team that attempted to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979 by posing as a film crew scouting locations to make a sci-fi film called Argo.

Now Tate Donovan (Good Night, and Good Luck), Nelson Franklin (The Office) and Taylor Schilling (Atlas Shrugged, Mercy, The Lucky One) have been added to the cast. Read More »