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Ben Affleck's 'Argo' To Follow 'The Town' Template, Will Open On September 14, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 7:34 AM
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It's probably safe to say that last year, Warner Bros. knew they had a good movie on their hands with "The Town," but that they didn't expect it would turn into a $150 million worldwide hit and Oscar contender. Riding high off positive notices at Venice and TIFF, "The Town" rolled into theaters just a few days after unspooling in Toronto and became a box office hit, and when it all ended, the movie made some considerable bank and even landed an Oscar nomination for Jeremy Renner. Not bad. Not messing with what worked last time, WB has dated "Argo," Ben Affleck's next directorial effort, for September 14, 2012, and it's likely they are hoping to carbon copy "The Town"'s success.
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The '70s Come Alive In First Set Pics from Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:01 AM
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For the last few weeks Ben Affleck has been hurriedly assembling an eclectic cast for his next directorial effort, the historical thriller "Argo." We've watched (and reported) as Affleck has brought together a wonderful cast of actors, including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston (in a role that forced him out of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad" and apparently "World War Z"), Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Richard Kind and Michael Parks, who all appear alongside the talented director-star.

Chris Messina, Michael Parks & Richard Kind Round Out Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ As Filming Begins

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 2, 2011 2:51 AM
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As production rolls on Ben Affleck's much-talked-about "Argo," the film has added three more supporting players to its already lengthy credit scroll.

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Adds The Trio Of Taylor Schilling, Nelson Franklin & Tate Donovan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 30, 2011 1:45 AM
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Ben Affleck's third effort behind the camera after the critically adored combination of "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" probably doesn't need more hype heaped on it but with a cast featuring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Scoot McNairy, Kyle Chandler and Affleck himself, in a story based on fascinating Wired article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran," it's hard not to get excited.

'Friday Night Lights' & 'Super 8' Star Kyle Chandler Joins Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 9:28 AM
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Kyle Chandler is one of those actors who is a journeyman, logging time on a number of television shows -- "Homefront" and "Early Edition" among them -- and appearing in small roles in a number of films before finally landing what would be his star-making turn in "Friday Night Lights." The critically acclaimed show struggled for survival throughout its five seasons, but it was a launchpad for folks like Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki and Minka Kelly and for Chandler as well, it put him firmly on the radar thanks to his turn as Eric Taylor. J.J. Abrams made a great choice in slotting him in "Super 8" and now Chandler will see his stock rise with a role in another highly touted pic.

'Monsters' Star Scoot McNairy Latest On Board Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:23 AM
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Scoot McNairy is having a pretty good twelve months. The actor had a minor indie hit a few years back with "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss," but it was his turn in last year's lo-fi genre smash "Monsters" that really started to turn heads. The film was a big hit on the festival circuit last year, and McNairy was courted for a number of massive films, including "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," before taking something far more interesting: a lead role, opposite Brad Pitt, in Andrew Dominik's eagerly-anticipated crime flick "Cogan's Trade." Oh, and he managed to find time to marry "Monsters" co-star Whitney Able as well.

Scheduling Forces Bryan Cranston Out Of Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 3:19 AM
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  • 9 Comments
There's just not enough of Bryan Cranston to go around in Hollywood.

Bryan Cranston Headed To Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 1:10 AM
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While starring in a hit television sitcom provides a lucrative steady income (thank you syndication) as well as regular gig which for actors is a dream come true, the downside is that the lengthy schedule in which you can branch out to do plays or movies is tremendously small. And while Bryan Cranston doesn't regret the six season and 151 episodes he churned out on "Malcolm In The Middle" he used his time following the show like a man who's got about one hour left to live. He lined up "Breaking Bad," the hit and critically acclaimed AMC show that opened even more doors for the actor who hit the big screen earlier this year in "The Lincoln Lawyer" and has his CV stacked with a number of fantastic forthcoming projects including "Drive," "Contagion," "Red Tails, "John Carter," "Total Recall," "Rock Of Ages" and now, one more high profile gig.

Ben Affleck Casts Ben Affleck In 'Argo' Directed By Ben Affleck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 2:30 AM
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Directing isn't easy. It's a lot of little decisions and delegating jobs to other people who you hope can execute the vision you have in mind down to the last detail. It's communicating with actors and crew and hoping that you can bring everybody together under one unified, specific goal and sometimes, you just have to take on a little more to get the job done right.
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John Goodman Heads To Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 11:10 AM
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It looks like Alan Arkin has found his special effects man. This will make more sense in just a moment.

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