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Ben Affleck Has Options: 5 Of His In-Development Projects That He Could Do Next (Sorry, 'Justice League')

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2012 12:15 PM
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This time a decade ago, Ben Affleck was approaching the nadir of his career. 2002 might have seen him star in two well-regarded hits, "The Sum of All Fears" and "Changing Lanes," but the following year saw him headline three disappointments, "Daredevil," "Gigli" and "Paycheck," followed up the next year by the equally dreadful "Jersey Girl" and "Surviving Christmas."

Ben Affleck Returns To Dennis Lehane Territory, Eyes 'Live By Night' As Next Directorial Outing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 6:36 PM
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"My guess is honestly, [it'll be] the movie after next. I'll probably find something that's in better shape to do next until we got that one ready, and then we'll go ahead and fire that one up," Ben Affleck told us just a couple of nights ago, when we asked him about his brewing Whitey Bulger biopic. And he may have found that project.

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

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 11, 2012 5:07 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.

Bryan Cranston Talks Supporting Ben Affleck In 'Argo'; Says He Has No Idea How 'Breaking Bad' Will End

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 10, 2012 1:17 PM
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Last night at Peggy Siegal's "Argo" soiree in Manhattan, celebs and news luminaries were out in full force to celebrate director Ben Affleck's latest, a politically intriguing thriller and Hollywood satire based on true life events in the late '70s that were only declassified by the CIA 15 years ago.

Ben Affleck Says 'Whitey Bulger' Project With Matt Damon One More Picture Away; Talks Anxieties Of Making 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 12:01 PM
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"I thought if I could just execute this, even in the most straight down the middle way, I have the possibility of creating a movie that's really unique," Ben Affleck told us last night at the star-studded and swanky Peggy Siegal party for Warner Bros.' "Argo." "With really strong creative partners, I could so something that I'm really proud of. And to be honest with you, I feel this movie is better than anything I've even been involved with in my life."

Ben Affleck Reveals How Kevin Smith’s 'Red State' Inspired 'Argo' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 9, 2012 5:26 PM
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“The movie was fake. The mission was real,” is a tagline you’ll see printed across a blue-hued photo of Ben Affleck that’s gracing movie theaters and city streets across America this week for "Argo." The film tells the true story set against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution that follows CIA "exfiltration" specialist Tony Mendez, who develops a dangerous plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador – all under the guise of a film crew shooting a B-Level sci-fi picture. Thankfully the film that they’ve made about the events surrounding the fake film isn’t as flimsy as the one in the latest from multi-hyphenate actor and director Ben Affleck, with our man on the scene at Telluride calling the film “a terrifically suspenseful and entertaining thriller."

Watch: 6 Clips From Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Set Up The Story Plus A Character Poster For Bryan Cranston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 4:13 PM
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As we head into October, the Oscar race is still pretty wide open, but after a few frontrunners have emerged, and contending right alongside "Life Of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook" as big pieces of entertainment offering a little bit more as well, is Ben Affleck's "Argo."

New UK Poster For 'Argo,' Ben Affleck Changes Postscript To Accurately Reflect Canadian Involvement In True Life Tale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 11:05 AM
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While it might seem like something that could only be dreamed by Hollywood -- the movies save hostages! -- the fact of the matter is that Ben Affleck's upcoming "Argo" is indeed based on a true story. If you haven't read it, then pull up a chair and check out Wired's riveting “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” which served as the foundation for the movie that tells the tale of the CIA's ambitious mission to get Americans holed up in post-revolution Tehran by pretending to be in the country shooting a movie. But it seems the movie ruffled a few feathers north of the border, though the amiable Affleck has done what he can to smooth things over.

Venice Review: Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Is A Raw & Heartfelt Film Of Loss And Longing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2012 7:18 AM
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For a man not known for being prolific, an eighteen-month gap between Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” (the filmmaker’s first film in five years) and his latest, “To the Wonder” (only his sixth in forty years) isn’t just unprecedented, it’s positively mind-boggling, especially given that the director is currently shooting a pair of films, “Knight of Cups” and another untitled film starring Ryan Gosling, back to back.

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.

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