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Producer Charles Roven Says Ben Affleck Provides Mature Juxtaposition For “Batman Vs. Superman’; Film Shoots Feb. 2014

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 19, 2013 4:33 PM
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We know what Warner Bros.' tentatively titled “Batman Vs. Superman” is about. Tired, aged and embittered Batman faces off against, younger, more naïve Superman (we kinda guessed as much in the early days). Their moral codes are already at odds. Batman more akin to vigilante, Superman skewing closer to every day hero (though like we said, expect Batman to exploit the fact that Superman killed Zod). While not a direct adaptation of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Rises” graphic novel, the friction between the two heroes—essentially the differences in said values—is the perfect jumping off point for “Batman Vs. Superman.”

Embittered Batman Reportedly Not On Speaking Terms With Boy Wonder; Is All About Drones In His Man Cave

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 15, 2013 1:39 PM
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A new tweet has arrived people. A tweet! Yes, it’s Friday and we're all halfway into the weekend, so let’s get right into it. What are we carping on about? Superhero in-the-know blogger Umberto Gonzalez has been generally on the money with his “Batman Vs. Superman” reporting of late. This morning he tweeted he was about to retweet a “scoop” about the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed superhero film for Warner Bros. And so he did, retweeting film producer Daniel Alter who tweeted “Can't wait for #BatmanvsSuperman.. #batfleck semi-retired/not speaking to Robin anymore… Controlling drones from the batcave.”

To The Wonder ... Woman? Olga Kurylenko Testing For Female Lead In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 7, 2013 8:29 PM
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To The Wonder, Olga Kurylenko
Rumors have been swirling around the Internet for several days now: Wonder Woman is going to make some kind of appearance, or have a significant role in “Batman Vs. Superman.” Actress and “Thor 2: The Dark World” goddess Jaimie Alexander recently became a woman in question because she revealed that she had been having conversations with WB about the superhero team-up film and knew what the plot was about. Oh course, that speculation led many to assume she’d be playing the Amazonian heroine.

12 Movie Stars Who Experienced Career Resurrections

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 4:27 PM
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Movie Stars /Career Resurrections
This week “The Dallas Buyers Club” opens (you can read our review here), and it features a riveting, committed, physically gruelling and very likely-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance by Matthew McConaughey. If he is nominated, however, McConaughey will be at least a little in debt to the buzz that’s surrounded him of late as the newest member of what we could call the Comeback Club—that rarefied group of people who have, sometimes on a dime, turned their movie careers around and breathed new life into what was once moribund. It takes a great deal of luck to pull off this trickiest of acts, and for every actor who’s managed to hang onto their newly regained spot on top of the pile for a few years, there are ten who’ve briefly clambered all the way up only to topple off again a moment later.

Hollywood Finally Says Yes To Ben Affleck-Directed, Africa-Set Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2013 5:13 PM
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"I would love to make a movie about Congo, but unfortunately I've asked Hollywood folks and they always say, ah, nobody wants to see a movie about Africa," Ben Affleck said in 2010. But that was before he won Best Picture for "Argo." And that was before he was cast as Batman in "Batman Vs. Superman." And clearly, things have changed.

Hans Zimmer Says Reaction To Ben Affleck As Batman Was "Vicious," Still Undecided About Scoring 'Batman Vs. Superman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 4:00 PM
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Go outside and ask anyone what they think about Ben Affleck as Batman in the forthcoming "Man of Steel" sequel and they'll have an opinion set in stone, one way or the other. The reaction to his casting in "Batman Vs. Superman" has been hyperbolic in some quarters, with judgments already being pronounced long before even a piece of footage has been shot. We suppose that's just par for the course when it comes to any beloved character or franchise (prepare to watch the Internet convulse whenever the "Star Wars: Episode 7" cast is revealed), but for "Man of Steel" composer Hans Zimmer, he was a bit dismayed to see how it played out.

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Co-Produce CBS Sitcom, Ruben Fleischer Revives 'Remington Steele' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 11, 2013 11:37 AM
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The new shows this television season may have been a weak slate — Joss Whedon's “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs to up its freshly-renewed game, while the less said about Seth McFarlane's “Dads” the better — but as always in Hollywood, there are plenty of potential replacements waiting in development, and now a massive batch of new comedy projects with promising talent has been announced.

Rumor: Ben Affleck's Editor Tried To Save 'Runner Runner' But Did WB Want To Soften The Movie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 12:02 PM
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Runner Runner
Last week, "Runner Runner" dropped into theaters, promising the team-up of Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck—with the latter playing a rare villain role—in a thriller about online gambling gone awry. Stars? Check. Hot subject matter? Sure. But it didn't add up to a hit, with the movie crushed in the wake of "Gravity," opening to just over $7 million and earning scathing reviews to go with it. But were people behind the scenes trying to fix it?

Review: Online Gambling World Thriller 'Runner Runner' Starring Ben Affleck & Justin Timberlake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2013 9:02 AM
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Runner Runner
While the conversation around the career rebound of Matthew McConaughey will continue this fall with "Dallas Buyers Club," many forget that it was 2011's "The Lincoln Lawyer" that gave the actor the first spring in his comeback step. On paper, it was a rather routine procedural, but it was elevated by director Brad Furman who shot it with some style and energy, and of course, McConaughey made his character leap off the page in the way few actors could. Which brings us to "Runner Runner," a movie that once again pairs Furman with a rather standard script, and though he does his best again to inject the proceedings with some spark and aided by a strong performance from a veteran actor, it doesn't quite graduate to the level of enjoyable pulp.

Ben Affleck: His Best And Worst Performances

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 2, 2013 3:12 PM
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Ben Affleck: His Best And Worst Performances
It’s several weeks later now and the global stock market has more or less recovered from the news that Ben Affleck, of all the living human males ergonomically appropriate for cape-wearing, has landed the role of Batman in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” sequel. And it’s a good thing that the petition campaigns, the hunger strikes and the spate of protesters setting themselves on fire on the White House lawn have died down, as this week another Affleck-starring film gets its roll of the box office dice. “Runner Runner” is Brad Furman’s follow-up to 2011’s surprise hit “The Lincoln Lawyer” which performed the unlikely conjuring trick of jump-starting Matthew McConaughey’s now thriving career rehabilitation. Perhaps Furman will be a similar talisman for Affleck? The vehemence of the hatred for whom we have to say took even us by surprise after that casting announcement.

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