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Box office update: 'Gravity' blasts off with $17.5 million Friday, could hit $50 million for the weekend

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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

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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

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

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