The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out how Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke pulled off one of the action sequences from Peter Berg‘s new Netflix movie Spenser Confidential. Plus, Ben Affleck breaks down his career, reaching all the way back to a bit part in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie to his recent turn as The Dark Knight in Justice League and more, and Daniel Craig stars in a surprising scene from No Time to Die. Read More »
It’s difficult to talk about The Way Back without mentioning Ben Affleck‘s personal life. The star has been a fixture of tabloid headlines since the very beginning of his career, his square jaw and all-American looks — coupled with his less-than savory dating life — making him the perfect tabloid fodder. Even as Affleck made his transition from generic leading man to prestigious director, his personal life remained a source of fascination for moviegoers. It’s a tragic symptom of the celebrity news cycle that Affleck’s recent struggles with divorce and alcoholism would come to eclipse his career successes. But after a short hiatus from making movies to attend to his personal well-being, Affleck makes a two-fold comeback with The Way Back.
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HBO is currently in the midst of airing McMillions, a documentary about the McDonald’s Monopoly scam that was almost forgotten about until a Daily Beast article brought it back into the limelight. After the original article broke, nearly everyone, everywhere, thought: “Hey, this would make a good movie!” And while McMillions got to it first, Ben Affleck has also been attached to helm a feature based on the story. So is that still happening in the wake of McMillions? Affleck says he’d still like to make the film – but its fate remains up in the air for the moment.
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Will we ever see The Accountant 2: Crunch Those Numbers? The Ben Affleck movie was a surprise hit, and back in 2017, word surfaced that Warner Bros. was developing a sequel. But we haven’t heard much about it since then. So what’s up? According to The Accountant himself, Ben Affleck, there’s definitely been talk about a follow-up, but they’ve yet to nail down a script. At the same time, Affleck also mentions that there’s been talk of developing an Accountant TV series.
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In 2016, it seemed like the future was bright for Warner Bros.’ The Batman. Ben Affleck, who had just made his debut as an older and wearier Caped Crusader in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was set to direct the Batman solo flick from a script he was co-writing with longtime DC Comics stalwart Geoff Johns. But a year later, Affleck would step down from the director’s chair. Two years after that, Affleck left The Batman altogether.
At the time, Affleck was dealing with publicly-documented struggles, including his divorce from Jennifer Garner and a relapse with alcoholism. The actor and filmmaker stepped out of the limelight in 2017 amid internet chatter over who would take over his biggest comic book role to date. Now, in a candid interview with The New York Times, Affleck opened up about his Batman exit and his personal struggles that lead to the departure.
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Gavin O’Connor directed one of the most underrated sports dramas of the past decade with 2011’s Warrior, and now he’s returning to the genre and reuniting with his The Accountant star Ben Affleck for The Way Back. It’s the type of film Hollywood doesn’t often make these days: Affleck plays a high school basketball coach who’s struggling with some inner demons and hopes to find redemption on the sidelines.
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The 2020 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, and one of our most anticipated movies playing up in the mountains of Park City, Utah is the latest directorial effort from Mudbound and Pariah director Dee Rees.
The Last Thing He Wanted, based on Joan Dideon’s novel of the same name, finds Anne Hathaway as journalist Elena McMahon, who ends up caught in the middle of the Iran-Contra scandal. The affair saw weapons being sold to the Khomeini government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to fund Contras, various U.S.-backed and funded right-wing rebel groups in Nicaragua, and Elena’s father (Willem Dafoe) just so happens to have dropped some unfinished arms deals in her lap.
Watch The Last Thing He Wanted trailer that was just released by Netflix to get a taste of this thrilling drama. Read More »
Ben Affleck (Argo, The Town) is getting behind the camera for a new movie called King Leopold’s Ghost, a true story of rebellion against genocide in the Congo in the late 1800s. Affleck will produce alongside Martin Scorsese, and the script will be written by Apocalypto screenwriter Farhad Safinia. Get the details below. Read More »
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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck became Hollywood superstars after the success of Good Will Hunting. Not only did the longtime friends star in the movie, but they won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay that year. But that was 22 years ago, and despite taking home one of the most prestigious awards Hollywood has to offer, they haven’t written together again. That’s about to change
Not too long ago, we learned Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were finally reteaming as writers for a movie called The Last Duel, a movie they co-wrote with Nicole Holofcener that will be directed by Ridley Scott. With Matt Damon making the publicity rounds for the release of Ford vs Ferrari this weekend, the actor and writer got a chance to explain why it took so long to reteam with his old Boston buddy for this forthcoming project. Read More »
Now that Ben Affleck is free from wearing a cape and cowl as The Dark Knight in the DC Extended Universe, he’s getting back to some down-to-earth drama with The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor.
The Way Back finds Ben Affleck playing a former high school basketball star who is all washed up, his life crippled by alcoholism and going nowhere fast. But when his alma mater is in need of a new basketball coach, he might find a reason to turn his life around. This may sound like a cheesy Disney sports movie, but judging by the first trailer, this clearly isn’t going that route. Watch The Way Back trailer to see for yourself. Read More »