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Briefly: Warner Bros. has just given release dates to two upcoming Oscar hopefuls. Clint Eastwood‘s musical adaptation of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will be released next summer, on June 20, 2014.

Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, will be released December 25, 2015. That means he’ll shoot it after playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman, which has a release date set for five months prior to the new Live By Night date. You can read more about the projects at those links.

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UPDATE: News that Rosamund Pike would get the lead in Fincher’s next has now been confirmed. Also, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being eyed for roles. The original article follows.

With Oscar-winner Ben Affleck now set to play the questionable husband in David Fincher‘s next film, Gone Girl, he’s gonna need a wife to go missing. Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron had both been mentioned in the past but now it seems The World’s End actress Rosamund Pike is the front runner. She’d play the title character, a seemingly perfect wife who mysteriously disappears, leaving her husband as the likely suspect. Fincher is hoping to shoot in the film in September with Affleck likely to push his next film – Live By Night – back a few months. Read More »

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Just this morning there were gossip rag reports about Ben Affleck having a meeting with David Fincher, and here’s the result: the director has offered the actor a plum role in Gone Girl. Fincher is directing an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel for Fox, with an eye towards production this fall. With the role being tossed Affleck’s way, the big question is how this works with Affleck’s plan to direct his own new movie, Live by Night.

Affleck would play a man who becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, after she goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Reese Witherspoon is among the film’s producers, leading to suspicion that she might play the missing woman. That casting isn’t confirmed at this point.

Variety reports that the current idea is to push back Affleck’s directorial effort so that he can shoot the lead role in Fincher’s film this fall. Then he’d go into Live by Night in January.  Read More »

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It’s been six months since we heard that Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo would likely mark the filmmaker’s return to Boston, as he targeted Dennis Lehane‘s novel Live By Night. Now there’s an actual timetable for the film that Affleck will write, direct, and star in. Appian Way will produce with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s company Pearl Street. It’s Affleck’s second turn with Lehane, who also wrote the book that became Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone.

Deadline reports that pre-production starts today. While Affleck is the only cast member at this point, things will likely pick up steam in a month or two as the film jogs towards a production start in August or September. The novel follows a police captains son, who becomes deeply involved in organized crime. The trick is that it’s a period piece, with the novel kicking off in the mid-’20s, and traveling eventually from Boston to Florida and Cuba.

Read a long synopsis of the book below. Read More »

Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t even hit his forties yet, but he’s already been working steadily for over two decades. The past year’s seen him busier than ever, shooting roles in Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, and The Wolf of Wall Street. You can hardly blame the guy, then, for craving a bit of a break.

In a recent interview, the actor alluded to his desire to put his acting career on the back burner for the time being. But a “break,” in this case, doesn’t necessarily mean sipping daiquiris by the pool (though we’d understand if he wanted to slot some time for that as well). Instead, he’s hoping to shift his focus to environmental work for the time being. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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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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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When you’re an actor as popular and talented as Leonardo DiCaprio, I imagine your office looks like a scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The difference being, instead of delicious sweets, all the treats are the best scripts and properties in Hollywood and you can just pick and choose whatever you want. Work with Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Baz Luhrman and Quentin Tarantino all in succession and then have a bevy of high-end projects to choose from next such as The Wolf of Wall Street (which he’ll shoot in August), The Devil in the White City and Satori, just to name a few. Not to mention he runs the company that’s developing Akira, The Twilight Zone and more.

One more property can now be added to the Leo list and, like the others, it comes with a staggering pedagree. Warner Bros. has acquried the rights to author Dennis Lehane‘s next novel, Live By Night, to star DiCaprio and be produced by his Appian Way Productions. Lehane is the author behind Oscar bait like Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. Read more about the property below. Read More »

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