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David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Set for October 2014 Release UPDATED

UPDATE: David Fincher's big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's mystery thriller "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, has settled on a release date. It's slated for October 3, 2014. This is the same weekend Fincher's Oscar-winning "The Social Network" (for Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Original Score) hit theaters in 2010.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2013 2:13 PM
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Quentin Tarantino Adds New Movie to Ten Best, Defends 'The Lone Ranger' UPDATE (TRAILER)

Quentin Tarantino has spoken up about his picks for his recent list of the Top 10 Films of 2013 (So Far). And he keeps elaborating. Now at the Busan Film Festival, he's adding a new pick. It's Israeli film "Big Bad Wolves."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 3:36 PM
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Review Roundup: Critics Find Affleck and Timberlake's 'Runner Runner' to Be Mediocre Mediocre

Ben Affleck may be on a roll in 2013, with Oscar-winning "Argo," and his casting as Batman in Zack Snyder's Superman-Batman installment, as well as the co-lead in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," but "Runner Runner" won't go down as another victory in his banner year. Critics have only dismal things to say about the thriller, which co-stars Justin Timberlake; the two leads play men caught up in a dangerous online gambling enterprise in Costa Rica.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2013 1:27 PM
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WATCH: Ben Affleck Talks Batman Casting, and Being Humbled by Internet Reactions

Ben Affleck finally opened up about being cast as Batman on last night's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The actor-director, who took home a Best Picture Oscar for "Argo" earlier this year, said he initially thought he could handle the inevitable backlash to the news of him donning the Bat Suit. But when he spotted even one internet comment (reading: "Noooooooo"), he opted to be a Luddite for a few days. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 17, 2013 12:17 PM
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More Details on Ben Affleck in Snyder's Superman/Batman UPDATED

Ben Affleck would not play Batman unless he had a role in how this script turns out. He will have a strong hand at Warner Bros., which backed him on "The Town" and the Oscar-winning "Argo." If this works out he could have a major franchise to play with for years ahead. Affleck tends to do better as an actor in his own pictures--which are often smarter than average studio fare.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2013 11:10 PM
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Mediocre SNL Season Finale Well-Hosted by Ben Affleck As Several Regulars Depart the Show (CLIPS)

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 19, 2013 7:49 PM
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Review: Malick Stumbles with 'To The Wonder'

There are no dinosaurs in Terrence Malick's sixth feature, but there are bison, sea turtles, prairies, toxic sludge, sun-dappled water, more prairies, a conflicted priest (Javier Bardem) and enough pirouetting by Olga Kurylenko to make you imagine that she probably felt dizzy at the end of each day's shooting.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 10, 2013 12:04 PM
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'To the Wonder' Q & A: Olga Kurylenko on Goosebumps, Bruises, Malick and Affleck Fights on Cutting Room Floor

Olga Kurylenko got goosebumps in her first audition for Terrence Malick. It wasn't simply that the reclusive auteur was considering her for a leading role in "To The Wonder". Having flown out to meet him at his Austin, Texas base, she also marveled at Malick's uncanny intuition. "I felt almost a telepathic connection," insists the 33-year-old Ukraine-born actress, who burst onto the scene as a Bond girl in 2008's "Quantum Of Solace." "From the questions he was asking me and the things he was saying to me, he seemed to know everything about me and my past."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 4, 2013 1:58 PM
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Magnolia Sets Malick's 'To the Wonder' For Both Theaters and VOD on April 12

In a sign of the times, Magnolia Pictures will release Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" both in theaters (April 12) but also day and date via Video on Demand and iTunes. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurlylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, showed initially at the Venice and Toronto festivals last year, and was acquired by Magnolia shortly thereafter.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 27, 2013 4:23 PM
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Digging into Costume Design, from Oscar-Winner 'Anna Karenina' to 'Les Miserables'

For the third year in a row, the symposium Sketch to Screen was one of the highlights of Oscar Week. Mounted by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and moderated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the director of the Copley Centre for the Study of Costume Design, this year's entertaining and revealing panel...
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • February 27, 2013 12:31 PM
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