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Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Out, Ben Affleck In For 'Focus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 1:19 PM
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Sorry guys and gals, a third reteam for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone following "Crazy Stupid Love" and the upcoming "Gangster Squad" isn't in the cards. But Ben Affleck? That's a pretty nice consolation prize.

25 New Photos From Ben Affleck's Thriller 'Argo'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 27, 2012 7:34 PM
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Ben Affleck's third feature-length effort "Argo" is like three movies in one. It's a thriller, a political drama, and even a Hollywood satire. The fact that it seamlessly mixes in the latter -- the comedy and near-absurdity of a fake Hollywood production -- with the grave and somber do-or-die drama of American citizens trapped in Iran during the late 1970s Islamic revolution, is a testament to just how good of a director Affleck has become. We raved about the film in Telluride. It's gripping, entertaining and funny, a slam dunk of a crowd-pleaser and yet a smart and engaging thriller in the classic '70s mold (see "All The President's Men," "Three Days Of the Condor" and the like; yes, it's very much in the spirit of that filmmaking). Here's the synopsis.

Casey Affleck To Star In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Produced 'Race To The South Pole'; Whitey Bulger Biopic Still In The Cards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 10:18 PM
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What's better than one Affleck? Two Afflecks. And what's better than two Afflecks? Two Afflecks and a Damon. That's right all three are coming together, putting their Voltron like powers toward a project that's a bit unexpected.

Telluride Review: Ben Affleck's '70s-Flavored 'Argo' Is A Terrifically Suspenseful & Entertaining Thriller

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2012 8:16 PM
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Ben Affleck's third feature-length film, the terrifically suspenseful dramatic thriller "Argo," is the second picture to use Warner Bros.' 1970s logo in 2012. And like "Magic Mike," the Soderbergh film that employed the same logo earlier this year, it's an augur of what's to come, announcing a tone, mood and millieu that is imported straight from that era. Sporting a love for movies on his sleeve, Affleck's film gives nods to the smart, entertaining and engaging thrillers from the '70s -- "All The President's Men," "Three Days of the Condor," et al. -- and playfully with B-movie science-fiction pictures of the era without ever trying to lean too hard into any specific homage.

Ben Affleck Says 'To The Wonder' Makes 'Tree Of Life' Look Like 'Transformers,' But Has He Been Cut Out Of The Movie Too?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 2:07 PM
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The Telluride Film Festival is barely a few hours old, with things to kick off with the sneak screening of "Argo" later today, but already there is some curious buzz emanating the crisp, clear mountain air. And it's about a movie that's not playing the fest, though who knows if it will be one of the TBA slots on the schedule. It concerns Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," which as of late has been earning press mostly due to folks like Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet and Michael Sheen getting their scenes snipped out. But one of the biggest names attached also may have had his role severely reduced.

Hugh Laurie Drops 'RoboCop'; Christoph Waltz Sought For 'Candy Store' With Brad Pitt & Denzel Washington, Plot Details Emerge

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 10:38 AM
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Here's a quick update on two movies -- one with an actor leaving, another someone coming on board, so read on below...

New Photos From 'The Silver Linings Playbook,' Jessica Chastain in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Argo' & 'Red Dawn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 20, 2012 12:23 PM
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Entertainment Weekly's Fall Film Preview is generally the gift that keeps on giving and after two weeks on newstands, photos from the latest issue have begun to surface. The recent crop we found centers on three highly anticipated films by acclaimed helmers such as David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow and actor/director Ben Affleck.

Terrence Malick's Untitled Romance Now Called 'To The Wonder,' Lands R Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 9:06 AM
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It was just a couple of weeks ago that we wondered if we were going to be seeing Terrence Malick's then-untitled romance starring (deep breath) Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet before the end of the year. And at the time, the answer was: who knew? The enigmatic director keeps to himself and likes to continually tinker, but with two more movies gearing up this year in the formerly titled "Lawless" and "Knight Of Cups," we hoped that meant this one was finally nearing the finish line. And it appears that's the case.

Ben Affleck & Justin Timberlake Go Online Gambling In 'Runner, Runner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 11:46 PM
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After playing Napster guru Sean Parker in David Fincher's "The Social Network," it looks like Justin Timberlake is getting ready to go back online, only this time the roll of the dice will be for something other than MP3s.

Ben Affleck Is 'Nathan Decker' In Political Comedy At Warner Bros. Penned By 'Crazy Stupid Love' Writer Dan Fogelman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 12:54 PM
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Warner Bros. is continuing its love affair with Ben Affleck. With the actor/director dropping the hit "The Town" for the studio a few years back and now in post on his upcoming "Argo," it seems they are eager to keep him working under their roof and have now signed him up for a lead role in a political comedy.

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