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Ben Affleck Confirms He Won't Be Directing 'Justice League'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2012 9:02 AM
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Earlier this month, the trades fell over each to write up something about "Justice League." It was first reported by Variety that Warner Bros. wanted Ben Affleck to helm the movie and were planning to meet with him, and literally hours later, Deadline parried with their own story that the actor/director had already turned the job down and that their rivals were playing a bit fast and loose with facts. Well, a couple weeks later, it has all come out in the wash and it looks like the latter was right.

Cameron Crowe Eyes Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue' For HBO; 'Beautiful Boy' Goes Next After 'Deep Tiki'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2012 8:44 AM
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You might have forgotten, but in 2011 Cameron Crowe dropped three movies after being absent from the big screen for six years: the Matt Damon dramedy "We Bought a Zoo" and two music documentaries, "The Union" and "Pearl Jam Twenty." And heading into 2012, he isn't slowing down one bit. At the end of last month, his once-aborted romantic comedy "Deep Tiki" came back to life over at Sony with Emma Stone attached, and now he's got two more projects brewing that he'll tackle once that picture is in the can.

Bootleg One Final Trunk Of New Images From Lawless, Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf & Jessica Chastain

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 24, 2012 6:11 PM
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If you're one of the many who are greatly anticipating John Hillcoat's prohibition-era bootlegging drama "Lawless," perhaps viewing it as the last great possible film of the summer, well, your patient wait is down to four days now. At this point you likely already know that the cast is superb and features a bevy of veterans and up-and-comers, like Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke and Dane DeHaan.

New Images: 'The Way, Way Back' With Steve Carell & Sam Rockwell; 'Not Fade Away,' 'Flight' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 5:17 PM
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So what happens when you win an Oscar? Your long-developing project gets the kick in the pants it needs to get made. And that's just what happened for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Originally set for director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") in 2007, "The Way, Way Back" was first delayed by the WGA strike of that year, and was stuck in limbo before finally coming back to life last fall. After the pair took home an Oscar for the screenplay for "The Descendants," everything started moving fast, and with a pretty great cast on board.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'The Girl' With Toby Jones As Alfred Hitchock & Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 4:52 PM
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Last time around, Toby Jones was playing second fiddle to Philip Seymour Hoffman when the latter's Truman Capote movie, "Capote," arrived before "Infamous." One went on to win an Oscar, the other didn't. This time around, Jones will get a leg up in his portrayal of another famous figure, Alfred Hitchcock, in "The Girl," beating Anthony Hopkins' turn in "Hitchcock," which won't arrive until next spring. And now we have our first taste.

Sexy Olivia Wilde & Buttoned-Up Jennifer Garner Face Off In New 'Butter' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 24, 2012 4:35 PM
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Even though the politically minded Weinstein Company comedy "Butter" didn't exactly light up the film festival circuit last year, this writer, for one, is still mildly intrigued. A political satire using a butter sculpting competition in Iowa to lampoon the 2008 political race between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, a lot of critics have compared Jennifer Garner's uptight character in the film to House of Representatives Republican Michelle Bachman, and that should at least be worthy of some laughs, no?

In Theaters: Put A 'Premium Rush' On 'Samsara' & 'The Revanant' Because You May 'Sleepwalk With Me' Through 'The Apparition' & 'Hit And Run'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 24, 2012 3:56 PM
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As another summer comes to a close, we can look back at all the fare this mega blockbuster season has brought us while finishing off with a few more popcorn flicks. Nothing so big as “The Expendables 2,” mind you, but still plenty of big name stars and CGI to look forward to this weekend. So with Labor Day just around the corner, take some time to bask in the last rays of August sun as you bike along the Hudson River or drive across the country in your convertible. Or, for those who’ve had enough UV rays for this year, board yourself up in a haunted house with a zombie or two. There’s plenty of fun to be had in this last summer go-round.

'Braveheart' Writer Randall Wallace Believes 'Heaven Is For Real'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 3:32 PM
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Well, this is a bit unexpected. Randall Wallace, the writer behind such manly fare as "Braveheart," "Pearl Harbor," and "We Were Soldiers" (which he also directed), seems to be showing a softer side of late. A couple of years ago, he delivered the wholesome Disney horseracing movie "Secretariat," and now he's lined up a movie about a little kid who goes to heaven. We're not fucking kidding.

New Pics From 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' Starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman & Ezra Miller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 3:00 PM
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When in Iceland.... While Emma Watson spent some time in Bjork's homeland this summer to shoot Darren Aronofsky's upcoming "Noah," she used her time off to hang another musical talent on the island.

New Posters For 'Life Of Pi' & 'Trouble With The Curve' Unfurl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 1:57 PM
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One film will take you on a journey across the ocean, while the other uses America's greatest pastime to unite a father and daughter, so let's get into a couple new posters that are hoping to bring your eyeballs at the multiplex.

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