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
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Ben Affleck on the extended cut of 'Argo,' and the movie role he thinks is even more intimidating than Batman
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
As a director, Ben Affleck is three-for-three, a perfect batting average that includes Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and a Best Picture Oscar for his last film, Argo. But he’s not above picking up pointers from his own directors. To that end, Affleck is in the midst of what might be considered a Ph.D. filmmaking class on the set of Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel about a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. “I truly kind of show up with a notepad,” says Affleck, who plays Nick Dunne, the husband who is suspected of his wife’s murder. “He’s the only director I’ve worked with who I felt like could do everyone else’s job as well, if not better, than they could; who is able to articulate exactly what he was thinking; and who understands the technical side of the work as much as the creative side, which is to say, a lot. I’ve learned more from David in a day or two than I have most movies I’ve spent 80 days on.” READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Ben Affleck to direct and star in Africa-set thriller; Plus, Rachel McAdams to replace Reese Witherspoon, more
• Warner Bros. and Pearl Street Films have set video game writer Will Staples (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) to pen the script for an Africa-set geopolitical thriller for Oscar-winner Ben Affleck to star in and direct. The story is about a group of mercenaries hired to kill a warlord. Affleck is currently shooting the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl where he plays lead Nick Dunne. After that he’ll direct and star in Live By Night and then tackle his role as Batman in the Man of Steel follow-up. [Deadline]
Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, has gotten an awards-ready release date from Fox: Oct. 3, 2014.
The film, which stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Tyler Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris and will be directed by David Fincher, centers on a man (Affleck) suspected of killing his wife and the media circus that surrounds the case. With lots of twists — not to mention narrators — it’ll be interesting to see how the tale is transferred to the big screen.
Currently, the only other release that weekend is Universal’s Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans, according to Box Office Mojo.
Warner Bros.’ $100 million Alfonso Cuarón-directed thriller Gravity blasted off on its opening weekend at the box office, scoring a stunning $55.6 million from 3,575 theaters. The sci-fi title, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, set a new October opening weekend record, surpassing Paranormal Activity 3‘s $52.6 million debut in 2011.
Gravity also marks the best-ever debut for both of its stars, beating Bullock’s $39.1 million start for this summer’s The Heat (talk about having a great year at the box office!) and Clooney’s $42.9 million debut for Batman & Robin in 1997. And to put a cherry on top of Warner Bros.’ incredible weekend, audiences issued Gravity an excellent “A-” CinemaScore grade, which will yield great word-of-mouth for weeks to come. READ FULL STORY
Box office update: 'Gravity' blasts off with $17.5 million Friday, could hit $50 million for the weekend
Warner Bros.’ $80 million thriller Gravity demonstrated some major pull on its opening day at the box office. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as stranded astronauts, scored a tremendous $17.5 million on its first day, which puts the film on pace for a weekend in the $50 million range.
Gravity will almost certainly become the best opening weekend ever for both of its stars, surprassing Bullock’s $39 million start for The Heat earlier this year and Clooney’s $42.9 million debut for Batman & Robin in 1997. It looks like Warner Bros.’ bold, stylish ad campaign has paid off. READ FULL STORY
Kevin Smith is back: Director talks his next movie, Ben Affleck's Batcave, and 'the most important film' of 2013
Clerks director Kevin Smith spends a lot of his life in California these days, but he’ll always have New Jersey in his blood — and his vernacular. As Bruce Springsteen once said about Frank Sinatra after their historic first encounter, “I was glad to find that his conversation was still peppered with the kinds of words that have made our state great.”
Kevin Smith can flat out talk. You could even say it’s his primary job these days, since he has repeatedly mulled retirement from directing and now hosts several popular podcasts. But the indie filmmaker, who made his convenience-store first film for $27,575, hasn’t turned his back on the independent-film scene. When he was at Sundance in 2011 with his horror movie Red State — when he famously spurned Hollywood — he vowed to eventually distribute other artists’ films outside the studio system. “Phase 4 called up like six months later and was like, ‘Were you serious, because we can help you with that,’” says Smith, who subsequently paired with the independent distributor to form the Kevin Smith Movie Club, a “handpicked collection of unique independent films that resonate with Smith’s and SModcast’s audience.”
On Oct. 4, Phase 4 and Smith’s Movie Club will release The Dirties, a top prize-winner at January’s Slamdance Film Festival about two high-school outcasts who make a revenge-fantasy movie about killing the group of bullies that make their lives a living hell. When their film project only makes their situation worse, the teens contemplate taking the scary next step, plotting and videotaping their own Columbine-style massacre. Starring Owen Williams and Canadian director Matt Johnson, the movie combines a variety of genres but results in creating something entirely new. “You’ve seen found-footage genre, you’ve seen faux documentary, and you’ve seen school shootings [movies] before, but you’ve never seen it done the way that Matt Johnson has pulled it all together,” says Smith. “The last time we saw a movie kind of compelling like this, Gus Van Sant, a filmmaking master!, made Elephant, but this is so goddamn different. I looked at this and I was like, “This is the f–king future, man.”
Smith is effusive in his praise of the young filmmaker — “I get more out of standing next to Matt than Matt gets to standing next to me” — but he also chatted to EW about his own future behind the camera and why he thinks his Chasing Amy star Ben Affleck really grabbed the role of Batman. (Hint: It has something to do with a panic room.)
Click below for Smith’s lengthy Q&A and an exclusive slightly NSFW video clip from The Dirties, which will play in theaters and VOD beginning Oct. 4. READ FULL STORY
“[Your kids] have to be psyched, ’cause Daddy’s going to be Batman now.”
Bravo, Jimmy Fallon. Last night, the TV host steered his adorable conversation with Ben Affleck about their children directly into the issue that you were most eager to hear. Affleck, who was on the show to promote his new movie, Runner Runner, hardly blinked and gleefully launched into the story of how he came to get the job of Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie for director Zack Snyder.
Affleck took the most delight in recalling the internet reaction to his casting — a reaction the studio apparently prepared him for. “I’m a big boy,” he said he told the studio after they suggested he not use the internet for a few days. “I handle sh-t. … I’m very tough. So I saw the announcement and I look on [the internet]. I look on the first comment. It’s like “Ben Affleck is going to be Batman.” The first one just goes, “Nooooooooooooooooo!”
Watch the amusing exchange below. READ FULL STORY
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