David Fincher Offers a Hilariously Confusing Clarification on the Ending of GONE GIRL

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There are very few films I’m looking forward to this year as much as Gone Girl.  Not only am I a huge fan of director David Fincher, I love the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name.  The film stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher made a big splash earlier this year when he claimed that the ending had been completely changed, stating that he had “started from scratch.”  This upset some die-hard fans of the book (Flynn has subsequently stated that the rumors were exaggerated), but I think we’re in good hands regardless of whether or not it has been changed.  Not only is Fincher a genius, but Flynn herself wrote the screenplay.  I’m sure whatever happens is true to her vision.

Today Fincher hilariously (and probably intentionally) confused the situation by offering a further “clarification.”  Hit the jump for his new comments on the Gone Girl ending and click here for the trailer.  Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  20th Century Fox releases the film on October 3rd.

Ben Affleck on the Reaction to His Casting in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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When you sign on to play a superhero, especially someone as iconic as Batman, you’re going to undergo quite a bit of scrutiny.  Warner Bros. was well aware of it and the studio wanted to make sure Ben Affleck was well aware of it before taking the role as well.  However, clearly that didn’t stop Affleck from joining the cast of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman.

While discussing his decision to take the part, Affleck highlighted that if he didn’t think he could do it, he never would have signed on in the first place.  Hit the jump for more of Affleck’s thoughts on being the new Batman.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons.

New BATMAN V SUPERMAN Set Video Continues to Feature Bruce Wayne

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Now that on-location filming for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is underway we can expect plenty of set photos and videos because that’s how these things work now.  Yesterday, we got some of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, and today that filming continues as Affleck and/or his stunt double engage in some more action-oriented material.  I won’t “spoil” what it is even though it’s clearly nothing major, and the footage is unintentionally funny because it’s out of context.  If you do want some possible details on what’s happening in the scene, I’ve included them after the jump.

Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman set video.  The film also stars Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy, and Jeremy IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Set Video and Images Reveal Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne; New Batman Details Emerge

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We’ve seen that very first shot of Ben Affleck’s Batman (and all the wonderful Sad Batman art it inspired) and we also caught that footage of him rocking some glowing eyes at the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice San Diego Comic-Con panel, but now it’s time to finally get a look at Affleck in Bruce Wayne form.

A video including unofficial set photos has popped up online showing Affleck on set donning a collared shirt, vest and tie while approaching some wreckage in front of, what’s said to be, Wayne Financial in Metropolis.  Hit the jump to check it out for yourself, and to learn a bit more about the new take on the Dark Knight.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also stars Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons, and is due in theaters on May 6, 2016.

The Search for Amazing Amy Continues in New GONE GIRL Posters; Plus New Image Puts Ben Affleck in the Hot Seat

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20th Century Fox has released a pair of new Gone Girl posters for David Fincher’s upcoming Gillian Flynn adaptation, as well as a new image from the film.  Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect when his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  These new posters are pretty great, framing Amy’s watchful eyes over a fractured Nick, standing sullen and frustrated amidst a flurry of news ticker headlines.  Fincher is always hands-on in the marketing of his own films, and thus far the campaign for Gone GIrl has failed to disappoint.  Additionally, a new image shows Affleck’s Dunne being questioned by Detectives Boney (Kim Dickens) and Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) as Amy’s parents look on.  The film continues to look fantastic, and I really can’t wait to see what Fincher does with this dark and emotionally complex story.  Hopefully we’re in for a few surprises.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Gone Girl posters and image.  The film also stars Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Sela Ward, Lisa Barnes, and David ClennonGone Girl will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 3rd.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Presentation Reveals First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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During Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con presentation in the convention center’s famed Hall H today, a crowd-pleasing presentation kicked things off with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  While we’ve previously seen Henry Cavill in costume as Superman, along with Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, this presentation was the first glimpse of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armor.  Needless to say, it looks like the Internet’s knee-jerk reaction to Gadot’s casting was premature; no surprise there.  They also screened some footage that apparently wowed the crowd, which Matt covers in his panel recap.

Also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne.  Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.  Hit the jump to check out the new Wonder Woman image.

New Ben Affleck BATMAN V SUPERMAN Image Celebrates the Character’s Anniversary

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Though director Zack Synder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t open in theaters until 2016, Comic-Con-goers will be quite disappointed if we don’t see something from the film during the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday.  The thirst for superhero footage should be temporarily quenched by today’s reveal of a new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image that gives us another look at Affleck as the Caped Crusader.  The image premiered on the convention floor at the DC Booth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Batman character.  This image is a much tighter shot than the previous character reveal, giving us a great look at some Batfleck Stubble.  I really think the choice of casting Affleck as Batman was a fantastic move, and I’m crossing my fingers we get to see a short tease of the character in action this weekend.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image.  The film also stars Gal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Rumor: Doomsday One of the Five Villains in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the villains (and heroes) rumored to be participating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Heck, it’s hard enough keeping up with the rumors about who wrote which version of a fake script that all of this info may or may not be coming from.  And now there are fresh rumors that Doomsday will be making an appearance in the film, perhaps as one of the five villains people claim are on tap for this franchise installment.

Hit the jump for more on the possible Batman v Superman Doomsday appearance.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

New GONE GIRL Trailer: Ben Affleck Is a Prime Suspect in David Fincher’s Latest Drama

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20th Century Fox has released a new full-length Gone Girl trailer. Directed by David Fincher, the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  After watching this trailer, this movie firmly remains one of my most anticipated of the year.  It’s unmistakably Fincher with cold, dim light permeating every scene (if there’s even much of a light source at all), and a remorselessness amongst all the characters.  There’s a bit more of the plot in this trailer as well, and while it doesn’t have the eerie attitude of the teaser trailer, it does a good job of conveying both the mystery and creepiness of the story.

Hit the jump to watch the new Gone Girl trailer, and click here fore the new teaser posters.  Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

Watch: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Explain How to Enter the New Season of PROJECT GREENLIGHT

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A bit of unlikely (but welcome) news broke a couple months ago, when HBO announced that it was reviving the reality series Project Greenlight for a new season with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing.  The show initially ran for two seasons on HBO from 2001-2003 and then for a third on Bravo in 2005, launching a contest to find up-and-coming young filmmakers.  The winning director was then followed and mentored through the pre-production, production, and post-production process on the series, giving viewers an inside look at how a movie is really made while also providing a boost to an exciting new talent.

HBO has now unveiled a promo spot for the new season of Project Greenlight, in which Affleck and Damon explain how you can enter the contest to be considered for the new season.  Submissions begin July 24th and are open through August 8th.  Watch the video after the jump.

BATMAN Standalone Film Starring Ben Affleck and Titled THE BATMAN Rumored for 2019

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We got our first look at Ben Affleck in costume as (sad) Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and we’ll see more of him in Warner Bros.’ planned Justice League film, but what about after that?  WB and DC’s rumored release schedule included an actual Man of Steel sequel in May of 2018, but that’s as late as that slate ran.  Now, a new report has Affleck suiting up as Bats in his own standalone film, titled The Batman, due out in 2019.  We’re currently regarding this as a rumor, but it makes sense for a number of reasons, not the least of which are Affleck’s multi-picture contract, and WB’s necessary plan of attack to stay competitive with Disney/Marvel, who are mapped out until at least 2028.  Hit the jump for more.

First Look at Ben Affleck as Batman and the Batmobile in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN [Updated with High-Res]

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The first image of Ben Affleck as Batman in director Zack Snyder’s superhero sequel Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title) has landed online.  Affleck plays Bruce Wayne/Batman to Henry Cavill’s Superman in the follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane reprising their roles, Gal Gadot onboard as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg set as the villainous Lex Luthor.  This new image also shows us the front of the Batmobile after getting a peek under the tarp yesterday.  Both Batman and his vehicle look fine; they’re distinct from the previous iterations without being too foreign.  The ears are the stubbiest they’ve been since Adam West‘s Batman costume, and the insignia is gigantic.  It will be interesting to see how it looks in color.  I’m just wondering why Batman looks so sad when he has such an awesome car.  Chin up, Bats.

Hit the jump to check out the debut Ben Affleck Batman image.  The film also stars Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Tao Okamoto.  The untitled Batman/Superman film opens in theaters May 6, 2016.

Jay Roach in Talks to Direct Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Yankees Wife Swap Film THE TRADE

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Though Ben Affleck and Matt Damon haven’t appeared together onscreen in starring roles for quite some time, the duo have been trying to get another project off the ground.  A few years ago, it looked as though the reunion would happen on a film based on the 1970s baseball scandal involving the swapping of wives between New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich.  Titled The Trade, the idea was that Damon would direct and star opposite Affleck and Casey Affleck, but their busy schedules forced the project into limbo.  Now it appears that Warner Bros. is reviving the project with a new director at the helm: Jay Roach.

Hit the jump for more, including what roles Damon and Affleck will fill in this new iteration of the project.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reviving PROJECT GREENLIGHT at HBO

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Project Greenlight is coming back, folks.  In the midst of the reality TV boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s, HBO got in on the fun with a filmmaker-centric reality show called Project Greenlight.  The show offered an inside look at the filmmaking process, as a contest chose a director and writer to bring an original feature film to fruition.  The brainchild of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the series ran from 2001-2003 on HBO and then for a third season on Bravo in 2005.  After nearly a decade off the air, though, HBO, Affleck, and Damon are reviving the series for a new season.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.

My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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