Ben Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT Set for December 25, 2015 Release; Clint Eastwood’s JERSEY BOYS Opens June 20, 2014

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Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a pair of the studio’s more prestigious upcoming projects.  First up, Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to last year’s Argo will get a prime holiday release, as Live By Night has been officially dated for December 25, 2015 (now the busiest year in film history).  The crime drama is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, which takes place in Boston during the 1920’s.  Affleck was originally planning on going into production this year, but he subsequently signed on to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and agreed to don the cowl for Batman vs. SupermanLive by Night will now start production later next year after Affleck wraps his Batman role, making the Christmas 2015 release date a rather quick turnaround.  And yes, Batman vs. Superman also opens in 2015.

Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys will arrive in theaters on June 20, 2014, where it will open opposite the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too.  Aside from Christopher Walken, the cast of Eastwood’s film is mostly made up of stage actors.

Ben Affleck to Direct and Star in Geopolitical Thriller Set in Africa for Warner Bros.

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Before he dons the cape and cowl, Ben Affleck will develop a geopolitical thriller set in Africa for Warner Bros.  Affleck is expected to direct and star in the big-scale actioner, which has Will Staples (Myth) on board to script.  The story centers on a group of mercenaries who are hired to kill a warlord who has been victimizing his own people.  As Deadline puts it, in addition to the action, there’s also “an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern day neocolonialism”, because that’s what all the kids want these days.  Continuing a theme from his Oscar-winning film Argo, the untitled picture will also explore how the reality on the ground of foreign countries is always more complicated than assumed in the initial planning stages.  Affleck will produce alongside Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd through their Warner Bros-based Pearl Street production company.

Ben Affleck Talks about His Initial Hesitance to Play Batman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Ben Affleck took a large amount of unwarranted flack when he was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman.  But Affleck, being a smart guy, was more concerned not with the backlash, which will likely subside since everyone who complained will still see the movie, but with how to play the character following Christian Bale‘s take in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Trilogy.  In a recent interview, Affleck said the hesitance became excitement at the prospect of doing something new while still holding to the traditions of the character.  I’m curious to see what those “traditions” entail beyond the cape and cowl since the character has been re-imagined so many times over this 74-year history.

Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Lawrence Fishburne.  The untitled Batman vs. Superman opens July 17, 2015.

MORE TIME WITH FAMILY Comedy from Executive Producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Lands at CBS with Put-Pilot Commitment

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are executive producers on More Time with Family, a new comedy that just landed at CBS with a put-pilot commitment.  Starring comedian Tom Papa and written by co-writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith (King of Queens, ‘Til Death), More Time with Family is based on Papa’s stand-up and Damon’s own experiences.  As Deadline reports, the story centers on “a guy (Papa) who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family — but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that.”  Affleck’s production company, Pearl Street Films, is venturing further into television territory, with More Time with Family following on the heels of Fox’s crime drama, The Middle Man, the pilot of which Affleck will direct.

Quentin Tarantino Elaborates on His Criticism of THE LONE RANGER; Comments on Ben Affleck as Batman

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There’s no telling when we’ll see the next film from Quentin Tarantino, but the filmmaker has become quite chatty as of late with regards to what 2013 had to offer by way of new films and comic book movie news.  Last week, Tarantino revealed a list of his top 10 films of 2013 so far, and the compilation was unsurprisingly a grab bag of everything from indies to blockbusters; in addition to pics like Gravity and Frances Ha, the filmmaker included This Is the End and The Lone Ranger.  Many were a tad disappointed that Tarantino didn’t elaborate on any of his choices, but now the director has decided to comment on his list, specifically focusing on his criticisms of The Lone Ranger.  While he was at it, he also chimed in on the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman.  Hit the jump to read on.

David Goyer Comments on SUPERMAN/BATMAN Progress; George Clooney Talks about Ben Affleck Playing the Dark Knight

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Today in minor Superman/Batman news, screenwriter David Goyer provided a brief update on their progress for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.  “One of the things that has been fun for us is we’re a bit further along than I think people realize,” Goyer tells IGN.  I’m a bit confused by what he means when he says, “people realize”?  Is there a popular perception regarding the production’s timeline?  We know that the movie is set to begin filming in Michigan in the first quarter of 2014.  If they’re “further along”, then I guess that’s good for fans?  I don’t think the movie is going to go in front of cameras any sooner, but I suppose more preparation is better than less.

Hit the jump for a fun comment from George Clooney about his time playing Batman, and his thoughts about Ben Affleck putting on the cape and cowl.  Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman movie is due out July 17, 2015.

SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN Star Ben Affleck Talks about Preparing for Batman Casting Backlash

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No matter how much Ben Affleck improves his image and gives better performances in better movies, he’s going to have the stigma of past films attached to him as if other actors were never in bad flicks.  His casting as Batman in Zack Snyder‘s Superman vs. Batman was met with mixed reaction to say the least, and some vehement naysayers.  The backlash wasn’t completely unexpected from Affleck’s side, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he said he was somewhat prepared for what the Internet would unleash, although he might be throwing out his computers for a little bit.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  [Affleck talking about being Batman starts at 1:46].  Superman vs. Batman opens July 17, 2015.

Ben Affleck Makes TV Directing Debut for Crime Drama THE MIDDLE MAN, Written by Glenn Gordon Caron

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Batman be damned!  Ben Affleck, recently reported to be starring as the Batman/Bruce Wayne in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, will be making his directing debut for the small screen with the crime drama The Middle Man.  Scripted by Glenn Gordon Caron (Medium), The Middle Man takes place in (surprise!) Boston in the 1960s and follows an FBI agent’s attempts to infiltrate and take down the Italian mafia.  Caron, who will be the showrunner for the series if it gets picked up past its pilot order at Fox, will co-executive produce the picture with Affleck through the latter’s Pearl Street Films.  Hit the jump for more.

David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Cast Features Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, and More [Updated]

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After rumors and reports of various actors circling roles in David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation Gone Girl, the director has set his cast.  It includes Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles of a story that centers on the disappearance of a man’s wife and the resulting investigation that follows.  The cast also includes Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon, but not Neil Patrick Harris as was previously rumored.  [Update: Neil Patrick Harris has been confirmed as starring in Gone Girl.]  The Gillian Flynn novel adaptation is scheduled to shoot this fall.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for RUNNER RUNNER Starring Justin Timerblake, Gemma Arterton, and Ben Affleck

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A new trailer has been released for Runner Runner, and I can’t decide what the funniest thing about it is.  Is it that the plot—Justin Timberlake playing a guy who falls in with bad people after being swindled in online poker—seems like it should be a movie from the mid-2000s?  Or is it that the movie harkens back to the days when Ben Affleck made bad career choices?  If there’s a sliver of hope for this movie, it’s that director Brad Furman and screenwriters Brian Koppelman & David Levien have good movies in their filmographies (The Lincoln Lawyer and Rounders, respectively).  Runner Runner has a slight chance of being the pleasant surprise of fall 2013 instead of the forgettable flop of 2004.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Gemma Arterton Anthony Mackie, David Costabile, Ben Schwartz, and Oliver Cooper,.  Runner Runner opens October 4th.

Hans Zimmer Talks SUPERMAN/BATMAN Movie and Ben Affleck Playing Batman

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Since Hans Zimmer has scored the last three Batman movies and the last Superman movie, he inevitably received the question if he’ll be scoring Zack Snyder‘s upcoming untitled film that brings the two superheroes together.  Speaking to Red Carpet News, Zimmer said that he thought he had closed the door on the Dark Knight, but like Michael Corleone, he keeps getting sucked back in.  “I’ll have to think about that one,” said Zimmer.  “I might give you a new Batman if I do it.”  Since the casting of Ben Affleck signals a complete break with Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy, Zimmer clearly feels like he can’t go back to the same themes, and I imagine he would have to find something that can fit in with his score for Man of Steel should he decide to keep going with Snyder’s sequel.

Hit the jump for what Zimmer had to say about Affleck playing Batman.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Diane Lane.  The untitled Superman/Batman movie is due out July 17, 2015.

Warner Bros. to Release ARGO Extended Edition Blu-ray with an Extra 10 Minutes of Footage, Brand New Special Features and Collectible Memorabilia

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Ben Affleck has three little words for people who doubt he can pull off a Batman performance; with this new extended edition of Argo on Blu-ray, you can listen to him say it over and over until your heart’s content.  The famous phrase is even featured in a trio of brand new extras for this particular Blu-ray, in addition to a number of other special features that delve into the true story behind the covert CIA extraction of six Americans from Iran in 1980.  For a suggested retail price of $49.99, you’ll also get 10 extra minutes of footage, an UltraViolet digital copy, and collectible memorabilia including a reproduction of Tony Mendez’s CIA ID card (though I wouldn’t recommend trying to use it).  Hit the jump for a full list of special features.

Matt Damon Talks Ben Affleck as Batman and THE BOURNE LEGACY; Says “It’s Safe to Say I Won’t Be Robin”

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Fan outcry over Ben Affleck playing Batman appears to have subsided a bit from a deafening screech to a dull roar, as people are hopefully now spending their time worrying about things that are significantly more important.  We still have yet to hear from Affleck himself about taking on the iconic character in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up, but Affleck’s longtime friend Matt Damon has now chimed in with thoughts on how he thinks Affleck will do in the cape and cowl.  In the process, Damon addressed the harsh internet reaction to the news, dashed hopes of him playing Robin, and talked about The Bourne Legacy.  Hit the jump to read on.

THE COLLISION: Episode 58 – Ben Affleck as Batman, YOU’RE NEXT, THE WORLD’S END, and We Know Better

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in Man of Steel 2 , the fanboy reaction to that news, how fans think they know how best to run a studio, and much more. We also talk about the marketing of You’re Next, and rave about The World’s End.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The ‘Realness’ of Superheroes and Kick-Ass 2), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Production on MAN OF STEEL Follow-Up to Begin February 2014; Ben Affleck Reportedly Signed to Play Batman in Multiple Films

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If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time.  Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February.  For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.

In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films.  Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.

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