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Briefly: Warner Bros. has just dated two films for early 2015 release. First up, we’ll see Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. months before we see him as Superman again. The Guy Ritchie adaptation, also starring Armie Hammer, has been given a curious January 16, 2015 release date. WB will also release the Will Smith‘s con-artist drama Focus on February 27, 2015. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct. [Box Office Mojo]

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Briefly: The movie Focus once had Ben Affleck attached as the lead, but it became a Will Smith movie earlier this year. And now Rodrigo Santoro, who’ll once again play Xerxes in 300: Rise of an Empire, has been set to play “the powerful owner of a Formula One race team” who is also the antagonist to Smith’s character. The heist movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). Read More »

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M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film and potential comeback After Earth has been moved up one week from June 7 to May 31. It’s a good move on Columbia’s part, as the Will Smith movie can very likely dominate that late May weekend, which is otherwise occupied by Now You See Me and The Purge.

After Earth has Smith and his son Jaden Smith playing a father/son duo who crash land on Earth long after humanity has fled the planet. In the race to signal for rescue, the two men face ferocious Earth-grown dangers and an alien creature that dogs his steps.

After the break, we’ve got info on two more potential Will Smith films. Read More »

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When Ben Affleck was in his “choosing between projects” phase right after the completion of Argo, he flirted with acting in a Warner Bros. film called Focus. The movie, scripted and set to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) is about a young female con artist who teams up with an older, more experienced male counterpart.

The original idea was to re-team Crazy, Stupid, Love actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. That didn’t work, and Kristen Stewart was soon set to play the young criminal, with Affleck to play her partner. Affleck dropped out (edit: both actors dropped out, Affleck and Stewart) but now Will Smith is in talks to play the role. Read More »

With Gone Baby Gone, The Town and now the Oscar-nominated Argo, Ben Affleck the director has set a high bar for his career behind the camera. That means choosing a next project is crucial and several have crossed Affleck’s desk since Argo was released. It seems he’s now put them in order.

The actor was to star alongside Kristen Stewart in the film Focus, but recently pulled out of that film so he could commit all his time to preparing Live By Night as his next directorial project. The film, based a novel by Dennis Lehane, is about a young man during the Prohibition who falls deep into the world of organized crime. Affleck is writing, producing, will direct and star.

See Affleck’s reasoning for leaving Focus and focusing on Live By Night below.
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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 »

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