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Oscars luncheon on-the-scene: Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, and more

Before the 160 expected guests of honor could bite into their burrata arugula canapés and miso-marinated, pistachio-crusted sea bass fillets at the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in the Beverly Hilton ballroom on Monday, a handful of nominated actors and filmmakers dropped by the press room to talk about their celebrated projects, awards season experiences, people they’d like to work with, and big night fashion plans. There were moments of gratitude, plenty of jokes and even, in the case of Amy Adams, accidental musical accompaniment and spontaneous dancing.

Read on to see the best of what was said behind the scenes:
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Johnny Depp to play Whitey Bulger in 'Black Mass'

Johnny Depp is attached to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in director Barry Levinson’s Black Mass. Bulger — South Boston’s most violent criminal who used his political connections and became an FBI informant to protect his turf — was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed, and he was captured in June 2011 after 16 years of being on the Fed’s Most Wanted List. READ FULL STORY

The big change in the Best Director category: Actually, it's not about snubs

The Academy Awards wouldn’t be a tenth as much fun if they held no surprises. After the endless and expert prognosticating of a thousand media odds-makers, there’s virtually no such thing as an Oscar night without at least one medium-size upset. And by the time the nominations themselves are read aloud on Tuesday — now Thursday — morning, they have inevitably coughed up their share of dark-horse nods, out-of-the-blue eyebrow-raisers, and “snubs.” This morning, however, even when the smoke had cleared, the dust had settled, and the surprises had been dutifully digested, one category looked so different from what everyone thought it was going to look like that a lot of people simply couldn’t wrap their heads around it. READ FULL STORY

Critics' Choice Awards: 'Argo,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' big winners

At least the critics still love him! On the same day he was snubbed of an Oscar nomination, Ben Affleck took home the Best Director award at the Critics’ Choice Awards for Argo, which also won Best Picture.

The rest of the honorees — held by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest critics group in the country — were made up of newly-minted Oscar nominees like Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor for Lincoln), Jessica Chastain (Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty), Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Supporting Actor for The Master).

The cast of Silver Linings Playbook won the Ensemble award, and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis received Best Young Actor/Actress.

Judd Apatow, the writer-producer-director of This is 40, won the somewhat tongue-in-cheek Louis XIII Genius Award for “an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts.”

Movie fans, meanwhile, were invited to vote for their favorite film franchise for this year’s awards, and they chose Twilight over the likes of Batman, Harry PotterJames Bond, and Star Wars.

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Alan Arkin on his Oscar nod for 'Argo,' Ben Affleck's snub: 'I think he's in good shape'

Of all the snubs for this year’s Academy Awards, one of the biggest shockers has easily been Ben Affleck’s missing nomination for directing Argo. But Affleck shouldn’t fret too much. Alan Arkin — who was nominated for his performance as the acerbic Hollywood producer who aids the CIA’s real-life rescue of six Americans trapped in Iran — hopes his fellow actor-director keeps all the accolades Affleck’s already received in perspective.

“He’s certainly got an enormous amount of attention for it across the board,” Arkin told EW, “and I think it absolutely secures his place as one of the most important directors in the country. So even though it’s a slight, I think he’s in good shape.”

The four-time nominee, who won in the same category for 2006′s Little Miss Sunshine, has also dabbled in directing from time to time, and he notes that Affleck’s background as an actor lent him an insight that helped the movie. READ FULL STORY

Spielberg, Affleck, Hooper among Directors Guild nominees

prize_fighter1_bannerThe Directors Guild Award nominations are out, and Tom Hooper is in.

The Les Miserables director has become a bit of a question mark as reviews for the epic musical have been less than kind, but with Oscar nominations due on Thursday, this nod from his peers in the union comes as a welcome bit of support.

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Ben Affleck says he won't run for Senate

Ben Affleck may make political movies, but that doesn’t mean he’s making a play for the real political stage. The actor, who had been the center of rumors last week about possibly running for U.S. Senate, shut down the speculation on his Facebook page Monday.
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Sen. Ben Affleck (D - MA)? 'One never knows,' says actor

If you were casting a young charismatic politician, you could do worse than Ben Affleck, who, by the way, played just that in the movie State of Play. But for Affleck, politics have always been more than just a a role to play. Back in 2004, he lent his celebrity and charm to John Kerry’s presidential bid, and the next year, some Virginia Democrats reportedly wanted Affleck to take on incumbent Republican senator George Allen. Though he obviously did not run then, he’s never closed the door on a future in politics, and his passion has been showcased in his multiple appearances on Real Time With Bill Maher.

Inevitably, all those questions and wishful rumors reemerged this week, with Affleck in Washington to speak to Congress about atrocities in the Congo. Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010, and he’s visited the war-torn country nine times to help alleviate the suffering. (He testified to Congress that approximately five million people have been killed there in the last 14 years.) While on the Hill, he reunited with Kerry, who just happens to be the frontrunner to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State… meaning his senate seat might be open very soon.

So how did the 40-year-old director of Argo and EW’s Entertainer of the Year respond to a question about the possibility of succeeding Kerry: “That’s not what I’m here to talk about,” he told Politico. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck drops out of upcoming Kristen Stewart movie

Looks like we won’t be seeing any steamy love scenes between Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart after all.

Weeks after the ex-Twilight star signed on to star in Warner Bros.’s Focus — the story of an experienced con artist who teaches a young female protegee the tricks of the trade — her co-star Ben Affleck has dropped out of the film.

Affleck’s rep confirms to EW that scheduling conflicts were the culprit. Between his next directing projects (including the thriller Tell No One and an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night) and awards season promotion for Argo, the Oscar winner simply couldn’t find time to focus on the grifter comedy.

Focus is currently scheduled to begin filming in April.

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Kristen Stewart is really, really, really sorry she cheated on Robert Pattinson
‘To the Wonder’ trailer: Terrence Malick tackles love, spirituality, symbolic cornfields

'To the Wonder' trailer: Terrence Malick tackles love, spirituality, symbolic cornfields

The ever-mysterious Terrence Malick returns in April with To the Wonder, and based on the first trailer, the film doubles down on everything you either loved or despised about Tree of Life. There are lovingly swooping shots of nature juxtaposed with highly formalized shots of contemporary cityscapes; there are young lovers running through various fields; there is poetical narration which sounds variously like a love poem and a eulogy.

In this case, the narration comes from Javier Bardem, who plays a priest. The film also stars Ben Affleck as a human male, and Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko as two human females who apparently fall in love with Affleck. It pointedly does not star Rachel Weisz. But it does star nature. And isn’t nature in all of us? And aren’t we all therefore united in the divine? And therefore are we not all Rachel Weisz? Anyhow, this looks awesome. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

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