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Has Ben Affleck Already Passed On The Offer To Direct 'The Justice League'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2012 9:56 PM
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Gotta love them trade wars. Make sure you have an umbrella because there's a lot of pissing (on each other) going on. This afternoon Variety reported that Warner Bros. is hoping to have Ben Affleck direct "Justice League", the D.C. Universe's super-hero all-star team and the equivalent of Marvel's massively succesful "The Avengers."

Warner Bros. Want Ben Affleck To Direct 'Justice League'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 3:45 PM
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The adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" (which just got a new writer) and the remake of Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One" are just a couple of the projects Ben Affleck has brewing as possibilities to direct after his duties on "Argo" are all locked up. And there's also "Nathan Decker," a political comedy that he would star in if he wanted to take a breather from being behind the camera, as well as a Whitey Bulger biopic he would write with Matt Damon and take a role in. But it looks like Warner Bros. not only want to keep him in house, they want to give him the keys to the most important movie in their upcoming slate.

New Looks At Robert Redford & Susan Sarandon In 'The Company You Keep,' And Ben Affleck & Bryan Cranston In 'Argo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2012 11:11 AM
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Images from that big Toronto announcement this morning keep coming, and two adult-minded thrillers from stars-turned-directors are next up. We had the first look at Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" yesterday, with images of Redford (who plays the lead role, a '60s radical on the run), Shia LaBeouf (the journalist pursuing him) and Brit Marling (Redford's daughter). Now a new picture of Redford, this time being pursued at night, has arrived on the TIFF website along with the first look of Susan Sarandon in the film. The film is getting a gala premiere but not a world premiere, suggesting heavily that it's likely to be bowing at Venice, as rumored, a week or two beforehand -- that news should be confirmed on Thursday.

Holy Shit, We Don't Recognize Anyone In This Thrilling New "Let's Have A Serious Meeting" Still From 'Argo'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 30, 2012 6:33 PM
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Behold! The second new exciting still from Ben Affleck's "Argo." Based on a Blacklist-favored script by Chris Terrio, "Argo," tells the true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

Universal Pick Up Gus Van Sant/Matt Damon Drama; 'The Invasion' Scribe David Kajganich To Rewrite Ben Affleck's 'The Stand'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2012 9:01 AM
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No matter what they do, the fates of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will always be tied together. Having arrived as hot new things at the same time thanks to writing and starring in "Good Will Hunting" together, and cemented as a partnership thanks to joint appearances in various Kevin Smith films, it's easy to forget that the duo haven't worked together since Damon cameoed in the ill-fated "Jersey Girl." The pair are planning to reunite down the line -- with a film about legendary Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and "The Trade" a movie about wife swapping ball players in the works -- but with those efforts seemingly still a way off, they've got their own concerns.

First Look: Ben Affleck In Covert Iran Hostage Crisis Picture 'Argo,' & 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 26, 2011 2:46 PM
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To quote Matt Damon in a recent episode of KCRW's The Business, after the Bennifer flap of the early aughts, his "hetero lifemate" Ben Affleck had to work twice as hard to frame his name back into a respectable part of the film industry. "He was very sober about what it meant for his career," Damon said. "He knew he was going to go into the penalty box for an undetermined amount of time. The worst place you can be is where you're selling magazines and not movie tickets. That's purgatory."

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Says Flawed Third Act Of 'Tell No One' Encouraged Her To Take On Remake With Ben Affleck

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 14, 2011 11:17 AM
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There's been a spree of remakes of perfectly good foreign films -- from the Swedish "Let the Right One In " to "Let Me In," to the (again) Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" to David Fincher's new version -- so you might well ask: why do we need any more of these?

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