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Casey Affleck and John Powers Middleton Launch TV/Film Production Company

If the studios won't do it, talent will. Expect more of these stand-alone indie prod combines to launch in order to develop material that the studios are disinclined to support. Writer, director, producer and actor Casey Affleck ("The Assassination of Jesse James by that Coward Robert Ford," "Gone Baby Gone," "Out of the Furnace") and producer John Powers Middleton ("Oldboy," A&E’s "Bates Motel," "The Lego Movie") are launching a production company called the Untitled Casey Affleck/John Powers Middleton Project.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2014 5:29 PM
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Oscar Nominee Christian Bale Holds His Roles to a High Standard, from 'American Hustle' to 'Out of the Furnace,' on DVD/Blu-ray March 11

Christian Bale has shown intensity, shape-shifting and commitment in roles that are more consistently memorable than most actors can claim over a long career. He doesn't agree-- a sign of the high standards to which he holds himself. Clearly he knows how to pick roles-- and deliver. He finally landed a Best Actor nomination for "American Hustle."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2014 11:59 AM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Exclusive Video Interview with David Lowery UPDATE

Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer on many of his friends' micro-budget projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. He's helped many of the geographically disparate friends he's met on the festival circuit with their films; he edited with director Shane Carruth the much-talked-about "Upstream Color." SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and features; "Saint Nick" showed promise on a meager $12,000 budget.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 3:20 PM
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For Nolan's 'Interstellar,' Casey Affleck Joins McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain and Caine UPDATED

UPDATE: Casey Affleck is the latest to sign on to Christopher's Nolan's time-traveling "Interstellar," which currently has Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and Bill Irwin lined up. Affleck has been on a roll lately, with David Lowery's Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (August 16) and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," which Relativity is giving a confident Oscar push this coming awards season. "Interstellar" is set for a November 7, 2014 release.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 21, 2013 11:36 AM
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Relativity Makes Aggressive Awards Season Push for 'Out of the Furnace,' Starring Bale, Affleck and Harrelson

Distributors are starting to actually sit down and watch movies that may or may not be awards worthy. Disney moved "Saving Mr. Banks" into a limited platform release before the holidays; Weinsteins are lining up their ducks, from "Fruitvale Station"'s summer launch to "August: Osage County" and "Mandela: Walk to Freedom."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 19, 2013 1:29 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Lyrical Western 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

The first trailer for David Lowery's lyrical Western and festival favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has landed. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23 via IFC Films, stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in a tale centered on an outlaw's dangerous ordeal to reunite with his wife and child. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 24, 2013 2:45 PM
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Sundance Deal: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

IFC has sealed a deal for U.S. rights to David Lowery's Sundance favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The acquisition reportedly came after a battle involving the company and three other distributors that lasted through the night of January 24 and into the morning of the 25th.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:11 PM
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