Ben Affleck‘s third directorial effort, Argo, opens this week, and as far as I’m concerned the guy is three for three in the director’s chair. His solid track record so far makes Affleck a big choice as possible director for a lot of different projects, big and small, but so far the only one that has seemed like it might happen is The Stand.
With Argo taking Affleck away from Boston and crime fiction, The Stand seemed like an interesting prospect as it would take him even further afield. But we’ve heard little about that all year, and now it seems like the director/actor is going back home. He’s even traveling with author Dennis Lehane, whose work provided the basis for Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone.
The project is Live By Night, a primarily Boston-set story that takes place at the height of Prohibition, and follows a policeman’s son who takes to life as a liquor outlaw, which eventually leads him to Florida, Cuba, and the depths of crime.
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If there is any justice, Warner Bros. is about to enjoy a good run of success with Ben Affleck‘s third film, Argo, which is one of the most entertaining and satisfying films I’ve seen this year. (And certainly among the best from a major studio.) And so Affleck being attached, as an actor only, to another project Warner Bros. wants to make should come as no surprise to anyone. That he is essentially replacing Ryan Gosling is a bit of a shock.
Crazy Stupid Love writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa were planning to follow that film with Focus, with a reunited Gosling and Emma Stone. But those two have now fallen away, and if the right co-star is found the film could be a go with Affleck in the male lead role. Read More »
Want to read David Goyer talking about Man of Steel? Why does Hugh Jackman think his latest film is called The Wolverine? How has Ben Affleck responded to the Justice League rumors? How does Bruce Willis look on the set of Red 2? Does Stan Lee now share a trait with Iron Man? Will Famke Janssen be returning to the X-Men franchise? Has the Dark Knight Trilogy box set been revealed? And what’s going on on the set of Kick-Ass 2? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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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An almost ridiculous amount of information about Terrence Malick‘s latest film, To The Wonder, has made its way online and if it was for almost any other film, I’d advise you to look away. Why would you want to spoil yourself? But this is Terrence Malick, and even if you know the entire plot, musical accompaniment and more about one of his films, odds are nothing can come close to ruining the surprises he has in store once you sit down in the theater.
To The Wonder will have it’s world premiere this weekend at the Venice Film Festival and stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem. After the jump, read a detailed plot description, a reason why that might not be important at all, the soundtrack listing and much more. Seriously, it’s an embarassment of Terrence Malick riches. Read More »
A couple weeks back, reports came out that Ben Affleck was one of the first people Warner Bros. wanted to talk to for the directorial gig on Justice League. It seemed like an unlikely chance, given the sort of films Affleck has made to date, especially with his experience on Daredevil taken into account. Not long afterward, a follow-up report made it sound like there wasn’t any real chance at all that Affleck would take the job. Now, just to close the door completely, the actor/director has commented speifically on Justice League, saying that he isn’t working on the movie.
That means there’s room for new rumors to spring up, however, and the latest involves the Wachowski siblings, directors of The Matrix, Speed Racer, and the upcoming Cloud Atlas. Read More »
Yesterday we got the first inkling of what Warner Bros. wants to do with Justice League: go big. (No surprise.) Their first choice for big would naturally be Christopher Nolan, who has expressed a distinct lack of interest in continuing with the superhero game. But WB has two other directors that, of late, it likes to introduce to big projects. One is Harry Potter director David Yates, and the other is Ben Affleck.
WB reportedly sent the Justice League script to Affleck before anyone else, and yesterday the conversation began in earnest about whether or not Affleck would be the right choice. I don’t think anyone realistically expected the actor/director to take the gig, and there are already reports that he has passed. Read More »
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Another day, another huge superhero team up update. Variety reports Warner Bros. has approached actor/director Ben Affleck to direct their DC Comics superhero team up film, Justice League. He’s the first director to see Will Beall’s script and will discuss the option and possibilities of the project in the coming weeks. Read much more after the jump.
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