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Ben Affleck explains to Jimmy Fallon how he first discovered Batman backlash

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“[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!”

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Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck clash in new 'Runner Runner' trailer -- VIDEO

Before Batfleck Ben Affleck dons the Dark Knight’s mask, he’ll be squaring off against Justin Timberlake in gambling thriller Runner Runner.

The upcoming film, penned by Rounders writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, centers on a cat-and-mouse game between Princeton grad student Richie (Timberlake) and gambling con man Ivan Block (Affeck). Richie initially flies to Costa Rica to confront Block about his losses in online poker, but soon gets taken under the corrupt Block’s wing — and trapped in the harsh underground world of gambling.

The latest trailer teases the rapid turn of events — as J-Kwon’s “Tipsy” inexplicably plays in the background — with shots of Timberlake running (running) and Affleck in full villain mode.

“If your boss says you gotta go out there and take a beating,” Block barks at Richie. “Take it and then say, ‘Do you need me to take it again?'”

Check out the new trailer below. Runner Runner opens in theaters October 4.
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Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck is set to star as Batman in Warner Bros. Man of Steel sequel, the studio announced Thursday.

Zack Snyder will be returning to direct Affleck and Henry Cavill in the still-untitled film, which will be the first time Batman and Superman have shared the big screen. The press release announcing the news says that Affleck’s Batman will be “an entirely new incarnation of the character.” Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will be returning to reprise their roles in the film as well, which is slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
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'Runner Runner': Ben Affleck teaches Justin Timberlake how to get his own island -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Runner Runner follows Justin Timberlake as a savvy Princeton student who winds up embroiled in an offshore online-poker empire run by Ben Affleck. It’s a film built on subterfuge and double-crosses, set in the decadent landscape that can only be bought with ill-gotten kabillions of dollars. Just in time for EW’s Fall Movie Preview, we’re excited to share an exclusive teaser from the film, which features Affleck offering some inspiring words to his minion. Check it out below:
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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Anthony Mackie eager for the Falcon to take wing

Anthony Mackie has covered a lot of ground during a 12-year Hollywood adventure, but now he’s ready for a new type of stardom — one that comes with an aerial view.

“Trust me, it’s a lot of fun to be a superhero,” the New Orleans native said of his ongoing work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and his role as the high-flying Falcon. “All of it, everything that’s come together, it feels like a special moment.”

Now filming in ClevelandCaptain America: The Winter Soldier will be the ninth Marvel Studios release when it arrives in April 2014. Chris Evans is back in the red, white and blue battle togs of the title hero, the time-tossed patriot, Steve Rogers, who was introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. The cast of this modern-day tale also includes Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, and Mackie as a character who holds a special place in comic book history as the first African-American superhero.
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'Runner Runner' trailer: Justin Timberlake vs. Ben Affleck -- VIDEO

Know what’s cooler than visiting a tropical island? Owning your own tropical island.

Justin Timberlake, 32, plays a poor Ivy League prodigy desperate enough to gamble for his tuition money on online poker, “one of the internet’s dirty little secrets.” When he goes bust, he suspects the game he thought he’d cracked just might be rigged. So he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur played by Ben Affleck (reminiscent of the high-rolling scammer he played in 2000’s Boiler Room.)

From there, it becomes a mystery of who’s bluffing whom. The script is written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the duo who scripted Rounders, so expect a lot of insider gambling lingo and an annoying female character. Watch the trailer now:
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BAFTA announces 2014 awards date, two weeks before Oscars

The 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Feb. 16, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced today. This announcement comes right after news that the 2014 Oscars will take place on March 2. It also means that the BAFTA Awards will take place while the Winter Olympics are still going on in Sochi, Russia.

This year, the BAFTA successfully predicted Oscar winners for best film, actor, and supporting actor and actress. (However, Emmanuelle Riva won best actress and Ben Affleck took home best director at the British awards.)

Read more:
BAFTA winners announced, ‘Argo’ picks up Best Film and Director awards
On the Scene: Ben Affleck charms BAFTAs, takes home top prizes for ‘Argo’
Oscar sidesteps Olympics, pushes Academy Awards into March

'Argo' strikes a 'really raw nerve' in New Zealand

Thirteen minutes into the movie, CIA agent Tony Mendez asks supervisor Jack O’Donnell what happened to a group of Americans when the U.S. Embassy was stormed in Tehran.

“The six of them went out a back exit,” O’Donnell tells Mendez, played by Ben Affleck. “Brits turned them away. Kiwis turned them away. Canadians took them in.”

That’s the only mention of New Zealand in Argo, but it is rankling Kiwis five months after the Oscar-winning film was released in the South Pacific nation. Even Parliament has expressed its dismay, passing a motion stating that Affleck, who also directed the movie, “saw fit to mislead the world about what actually happened.”

New Zealand joins a list of other countries that have felt slighted by the fictionalized account of how a group of Americans was furtively sheltered and secreted out of Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But nations such as Iran and Canada were much larger participants in the historical event the movie depicts. READ FULL STORY

Iran threatening 'Argo' with lawsuit

Iran is planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning Argo because of the movie’s allegedly “unrealistic portrayal” of the country, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. She is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.

Following the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but six embassy staffers were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a fake movie as a cover story, is recounted in Argo.

After its Oscar win in February, Iranian officials dismissed Argo as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda. READ FULL STORY

'To the Wonder' new trailer has us longing for love alongside Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams -- VIDEO

Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, much like Tree of Life, will likely divide moviegoers. The first trailer for the film, starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko, was beautifully shot and thought provoking as Barden’s priest character discussed opening yourself up to love. The few details known about the actual story are that it involves a man, Neil (Affleck), torn between two women: Marina (Kurylenko), “the European woman who moved to the United States to be with him, and Jane (McAdams), the old flame from his hometown whom he reconnects with when his relationship with Marina starts to fray.”

In the new preview, it seems Malick has — no surprise — opted not to disclose more details about the plot, instead selling viewers a beautiful fantasy, with a trailer that could easily be mistaken for a highly stylized perfume ad. “You fear your love has died,” Bardem intones via voiceover. “Perhaps it’s waiting to be transformed into something higher.” The music then swells as we see dreamy shots of them all laughing, loving, and frolicking in the grass.

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