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Ben Affleck says tabloid scrutiny helped 'Gone Girl' performance

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Ben Affleck looks distinctly ill at ease.

Portraying Nick Dunne—a man attempting to put out the dragnet for his missing-and-presumed dead wife Amy (played by British actress Rosamund Pike)—during a key scene in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling crime thriller Gone Girl, Affleck has swapped his usual movie star luster for, well, flop sweat. In a sequence that was screened by director David Fincher exclusively for an EW cover story hitting newsstands Friday, Affleck’s Dunne faces a candlelight vigil for Amy crawling with TV cameras, police detectives, and somber neighbors in the sequence, and he appears less like a grief-stricken husband than a shifty dude trying to seem grief-stricken.

“I may not behave the way the cameras want me to,” Affleck tells a crowd that already views him as the prime suspect. “If you need to mock somebody, mock me. But please don’t turn this investigation into a circus.”

“Where’s your wife, Nick?” responded a voice from the darkness. “What did you do to your wife?!”

Affleck, of course, knows the searing glare of the spotlight all too well, having comprised, along with J-Lo, the celebrity entity “Bennifer.” To hear him tell it, portraying a guy who’s being hounded by the press and second-guessed by a judgmental public hardly required extensive prep.

“It wasn’t something I had to do a lot of research for,” Affleck says with a weary smirk. “I knew what it was like to have the tabloid world paying attention to me and ascribing negative motivations to whatever I might be engaging in. I knew what it was to be cast in a soap opera I had no control over.”

According to Fincher, Affleck’s intimate familiarity with being misunderstood by the Fourth Estate— moreover, with “what it’s like to be hunted”—factored heavily in his casting.

“We knew we needed somebody who was charming and could be seductive, who could be a ladies man, a guy’s guy, a frat boy,” Fincher says. “But most important, [someone] who had the wits and experience of knowing that situation. The gift of having Ben Affleck is that this is a guy who knows. He knows what a lose-lose situation is and understands what’s funny about it, however sad.”

'Gone Girl' to open New York Film Festival

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery thriller, will open the 52nd New York Film Festival, as first reported by Variety.

The movie stars Ben Affleck as a man who may have killed his missing wife (Rosamund Pike) after they retreat to his hometown in Missouri, following professional setbacks in New York City. Former EW TV critic Flynn wrote the screenplay, and the cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, and Casey Wilson. READ FULL STORY

Batman gets top billing in Superman's sequel, 'Dawn of Justice'

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Age before beauty.

At least that’s part of the thinking at Warner Bros. when it comes to its Man of Steel sequel, which includes Ben Affleck as Batman. The studio announced today that the 2016 blockbuster will be officially titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The subtitle, “Dawn of Justice,” is a not so subtle nod at the Justice League movie that Warner Bros. and DC Comics already have on the calendar for 2018. (Or maybe it’s a sly reference to director Zach Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead…) READ FULL STORY

Zack Snyder tweets picture of Ben Affleck's Batman costume

Just one day after tweeting an image of the new Batmobile, Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder has posted a new image from the set of his upcoming Man of Steel sequel/Batman reboot/Justice League pilot/Aquaman sidequel. The photo shows a shadowy image of the new Batman costume, as worn by a human being who appears to be Ben Affleck. I say “appears to be” because the only exposed body part you can really see is the chin — although local Affleck scholar Jeff Labrecque insists that it is definitely Affleck chin: READ FULL STORY

'Batman vs. Superman' delays Ben Affleck's 'Live By Night'

Even superheroes only have so many hours in a day.

Ben Affleck’s commitment to Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman — in which he’s playing the Caped Crusader — has forced a delay in the actor-director’s Prohibition-set crime drama Live by Night. Warner Bros., the studio behind both films, moved the superhero flick from summer 2015 to May 6, 2016, causing the subsequent push-back of Affleck’s next directorial venture. Live By Night, which was slated for a Dec. 25, 2015, release, will now hit theaters Oct. 7, 2016. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck fights for his innocence in the first official 'Gone Girl' trailer -- VIDEO

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The beautiful, brilliant, and “amazing” Amy Elliott Dunne is gone and all accusatory eyes are laser-focused on her too-handsome husband, Nick. It’s a cruel but inevitable outcome when your wife happens to go missing on your fifth wedding anniversary.

In Gone Girl, we’re left to put together the intricate pieces of the mysterious disappearance. Is Amy (Rosamund Pike) dead? Is Nick (Ben Affleck) innocent? Is it that simple? Or is it pointless to speculate since we already know that author Gillian Flynn tossed out her own third act for something completely new?

The first official trailer doesn’t tell us much (would we even want it to?). But, no one creates a thick cloud of anxiety quite like David Fincher.

Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Gone Girl': Watch the first footage -- VIDEO

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Yes, it’s the whole teaser-for-a-teaser thing! Entertainment Tonight will premiere the first Gone Girl trailer next week, and the sneak peek posted online Friday features the very first footage to hit the Web.

In the 19-second promo, we hear Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne say some pretty powerful lines (“I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer”) and witness a physical confrontation between Dunne and his not-yet-gone wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike).

Check it out below, and catch the full trailer on Monday’s ET. READ FULL STORY

Oscars supercut: And the award for best winning moment goes to... -- VIDEO

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What would you do immediately after you won an Oscar? Not sure? Well, apparently neither were some of these past winners. From moments of excitement with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to being reduced to tears like Jennifer Hudson or literally jumping out of your seat like Roberto Benigni, there are many ways to react after hearing your name follow the famous “And the Oscar goes to…” Who knows who will make their moment even more memorable on Sunday after winning, but in the meantime watch our clip of some of the best moments in Oscar acceptance speeches. READ FULL STORY

'Gone Girl': First photo of Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne

If you’re way behind and haven’t even read the book yet, now you have to/get to imagine Ben Affleck instead of whatever your brain would’ve conjured up for Nick Dunne.

Twentieth Century Fox has released a still image from the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl — see it below. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck on the extended cut of 'Argo,' and the movie role he thinks is even more intimidating than Batman

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Last year at this time, Argo had just surpassed the $100 million mark at the box-office on its way to winning three Oscars, including the statue for Best Picture. Ben Affleck’s true Hollywood story of the CIA’s risky mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from the angry hive of the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 was bold, confident filmmaking, and his emergence as a sentimental favorite during awards season was as delightful as it was unlikely, considering the many ups and downs of his career. Fifteen years after Good Will Hunting, 10 years after Gigli, and five years after becoming an acclaimed director with Gone Baby Gone, Affleck’s crowning achievement established him as a master Filmmaker, with a capital F, in league with other actors who became esteemed directors, like Eastwood, Redford, and Beatty.

Affleck, fortunately, hasn’t given up acting. In fact, it’s well known that he’ll spend 2014 filming two of Hollywood’s most-anticipated movies: David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs. Superman. (Psst, he plays Batman.) But before he embarked on those projects, Affleck wanted to revisit Argo one last time. In the new extended edition Blu-ray, in stores today, he reinserted nine minutes of footage that revolve around his character’s family life, fulfilling a promise he made to a now-famous actor whose scenes had been left mostly on the cutting-room floor.

Below, in addition to a behind-the-scenes video from the new Blu-ray, Affleck discusses the cut scenes, why he’s not worried about the fans who erupted online when he was cast as the new Batman, and the one character that he considers even more daunting than the caped crusader. READ FULL STORY

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