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Ben Affleck Returns To Boston For His Next Film; Will Write, Direct & Star In Dennis Lehane Adaptation 'Live By Night'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 2:15 PM
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With his second Oscar under his belt for "Argo" and a plethora of options in front of him -- the Stephen King adaptation "The Stand," the remake of "Tell No One," and out his brewing Whitey Bulger biopic -- the filmmaker will be returning home for another Boston tale, albeit one that will see him raiding the costume departments.

Ben Affleck Adds American Revolution Tale 'Bunker Hill' To List Of Directorial Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 5:55 PM
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Even before he won his Oscar for Best Picture for "Argo," Ben Affleck wasn't lacking in possible directorial vehicles. Dennis Lehane adaptation "Live By Night," a Whitey Bulger biopic (that he told us is one more movie away), a remake of Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One," Stephen King adaptation "The Stand," Yankees flick "The Trade" and more (we go into great detail right here) have all been percolating, but you can bet even more material will be crossing his desk now that Oscar is his paperweight. And indeed, another has.

Analyze This: Why 'Argo' Won Best Picture, Ang Lee Won Best Director & More 2013 Oscar Fallout

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 26, 2013 12:42 PM
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One could suggest that we and other pundits have exhausted the conversation around the 85th Academy Awards. We might not argue with that, but while we've had plenty of opportunities to examine the surprises, the snubs, the show itself, both its best/worst moments and how it can improve, we personally haven't looked closely at why the outcomes landed where they did (you can see the full list of winners here). And now that the dust has settled, we wanted to analyze why "Argo" won Best Picture and take a general deeper dive into some of the winners.

Iran Calls 'Argo' Oscar Win "Politically Motivated" & An "Advertisement For The CIA”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2013 11:26 AM
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The red carpet may be all rolled up, but that doesn't mean the Oscar controversy will end there. With Ben Affleck's "Argo" taking home the widely expected prize for Best Picture last night at the Oscars, the Iranian government -- who have never been big fans of the movie in general -- haven't wasted any time in weighing in.

15 Thrillers From The ‘70s You May Not Know

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 20, 2013 2:54 PM
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Sporting the old '70s Warner Bros. logo off the top (much like "Magic Mike" did earlier in the year), Ben Affleck's "Argo" spells out its throwback intentions right from minute one -- this is going to be a picture in the mold of the '70s thriller, often coming with strong political bent. Affleck's movie is also part Hollywood satire which trades in some loose and from the hip Hal Ashby tenors, but at the end of the day, the movie is a CIA thriller with a political nature that has upset both modern day Iranian and Canadian governments.

Watch: Ben Affleck's Directorial Debut 'I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Ηung Ηer On A Μeathook & Νow I Have A Three-Picture Deal With Disney' [Short Film]

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 18, 2013 1:13 PM
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This isn't quite fair -- it's a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. No one's amateur/college-made first directorial effort is good. Hell, no one's independently-funded first effort is generally very good (see PTA's "Cigarettes & Coffee" or what's left of Quentin Tarantino's "My Best Friend's Birthday"). But for a slow President's Day, here's something to occupy you for fifteen minutes: Ben Affleck's directorial debut, the 1993 short "I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Ηung Ηer on a Μeathook & Νow I Have a Three-Picture Deal with Disney."

J.J. Abrams Joins The Empire, Confirmed To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 4:40 PM
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Usually we'd be throwing up flags on this until Disney announces this thing themselves, but The Wrap and THR are both reporting that this is indeed legit and real, so let's get to it....

Directors Guild Award Nominations Include Kathryn Bigelow, Steven Spielberg & Tom Hooper But Not Quentin Tarantino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 1:26 PM
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Last year, Steven Spielberg may have missed out for "War Horse," but this year his colleagues are making sure he's honored for his much better-received "Lincoln." The Director's Guild Award nominations have arrived this afternoon, two days before the Academy unveils their Oscar nominations, and generally speaking, they tend to be a good indicator of who will be honored next month at the Dolby Theater.

New French Poster For Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Shows The Close-Up Crush Of Love

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 6, 2013 11:27 AM
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Sometimes, as with the twenty-year span between "Days of Heaven" and "The Thin Red Line," waiting for a Terrence Malick movie can be unbearable. A little bit like waiting for Godot. And yet, suddenly, all that has changed. "The Tree Of Life" arrived in 2011 and his latest film, "To The Wonder" hit the film festival circuit in 2012. It arrives this spring in domestic theaters and to boot, Malick already has two more films in the can, one of which we might see during the 2013 fall film festival circuit if we're lucky. Presumably the filmmaker is making up for lost time. 

'Zero Dark Thirty' Wins Best Picture, Director & Actress From National Board Of Review, Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Supporting Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Awards season continues on apace, and if things keep on the way things have been going this week, Kathryn Bigelow may need to enlarge her trophy cabinet. Her follow-up to the awards-laden "The Hurt Locker," Bin Laden-hunt picture "Zero Dark Thirty" hasn't even opened in theaters yet, but it already won the Best Film (along with Director and Cinematography) prize from the New York Film Critics' Circle on Monday, and now the National Board of Review (the somewhat nebulous organization who traditionally kicked off awards season, before the NYFCC moved their dates up last year) have followed suit.

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