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Ben Affleck's 'Live By Night' Moves To October, 2016; Diablo Cody's Meryl Streep Project Coming Summer 2015

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2014 9:03 PM
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Looks like some serious shuffling is happening down at the house of WB right now. Looking ahead at their 2016 and 2017 slate, Warner Bros. is making some moves—the most significant of which involves losing a key Christmas slot for December 2015 for Ben Affleck's next directorial project, "Live By Night," an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel.

Warner Bros. Boards Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' But Kiboshes Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Whitey Bulger Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 4:42 PM
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Often in Hollywood, it's a game of massaging egos versus making decisions that are smart for the bottom line, and Warner Bros. had some tough decisions to make this week. The studio was given the opportunity to come aboard and co-finance "Black Mass," the Johnny Depp-starring flick based on the life of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. But in doing so they had to kibosh a similar project by one of their golden boys.

Ben Affleck Regrets 'Daredevil,' Says His Batman Will Be An "Older And Wiser Version"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 9:21 AM
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Even though the release date for "Batman Vs. Superman" has been pushed to 2016, production hasn't been delayed by any significant measure, with filming still slated to start this spring. And while we're yet to see if this means an even bigger sequel or perhaps something more for the cast members, it amounts to more time they'll have to spend artfully answering questions without giving anything away. And so, perhaps it's not a shock that when Ben Affleck sat down with Playboy, he couldn't say much, though he did confirm the longstanding rumors that his Bruce Wayne won't exactly be a young playboy.

Ben Affleck’s Whitey Bulger Film Gets Rewrite, Casey Affleck Says Wife-Swap Tale ‘The Trade’ Will Be Like 'Slap Shot'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 6, 2013 10:41 AM
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The Affleck brothers are presently carving out freedom within the film world in their own unique ways—Ben Affleck as the successful actor-turned-director and now heir to the Batman throne, and Casey Affleck as the quietly transgressive player in the independent scene with “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “I’m Still Here." They each have a number of projects on their plate, with Ben handling Bat-duties alongside a number of acting and directing gigs and Casey involved with Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and David Lowery’s sci-fi “To Be Two.” But now we have word on two collaborations: one between brothers, and one between Ben and actor Matt Damon.

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.

'Fantastic Four,' Mark Millar's 'Kindergarten Heroes,' Ang Lee's 3D Boxing Movie & More Get Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 10:46 AM
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The past week or so has seen quite a few writers land some gigs, ranging from big blockbusters to gritty thrillers, so let's get right into the mix.

Ben Affleck To Executive Produce & Direct Pilot For Boston-Set Crime Drama 'The Middle Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 7:38 PM
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You can take the kid out of Boston, but you can't take Boston out of the kid. No matter where his career goes, it seems Ben Affleck will always be drawn to stories set in the city where he was raised. His next directorial effort, "Live By Night," will tackle the Prohibition era in Beantown, and even though his dance card is filling up with roles in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and a tiny, indie no has heard of called "Superman Vs. Batman," Affleck isn't slowing down a moment and is taking a look at a small screen project.

Ben Affleck Signed For Multiple Films As Batman & Will Help "Create" The Character; 'Live By Night' To Shoot In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2013 12:52 PM
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Better get used to it, folks. Ben Affleck is your next Batman. And as the Internet continues to have a collective short memory about the furor that greeted Michael Keaton when he was tapped to play Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's films, or even Christopher Nolan's decision to cast Heath Ledger as the Joker, Warner Bros. is going about their business. We're still just under two years from seeing how Affleck will shade this new incarnation of the iconic superhero, and it seems he's got a few ideas of his own.

Ben Affleck Drops 'Tell No One,' Scott Cooper Takes Over 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 3:01 PM
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With many corners of the internet still absolutely aghast that Ben Affleck will play Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman" aka "Man Of Steel 2," the actor/writer/director is currently re-orienting his potential plate of directorial projects. As one might expect, the shoot for the "Man Of Steel" sequel will likely keep Affleck out of the game for a good chunk of 2014. Hell, he was previously slated to helm the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night" for release next year, but clearly, that's not going to happen. And now you can take a couple other directorial gigs off his slate.

10 Strong Directorial Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors
This week, after a limited but promising initial release, Lake Bell’s directorial debut “In A World” is due to expand and distributors Roadside Attractions have good reason to hope that it will mirror the success of other Sundance breakouts like “Fruitvale Station” and “The Way, Way Back.” Regardless of how it performs financially it’s already firmly a critical favorite, with our own [A-] review suggesting that “while the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the [Hollywood voiceover] industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.” And 34-year-old triple threat writer/director/star Bell can count it as a more or less unmitigated triumph on all three fronts, most impressive considering that after just a couple of short films this is her very first directorial feature.

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