Christopher Nolan Discusses Ben Affleck’s Casting in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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After directing three Batman films, Christopher Nolan opted to take a step back and serve as executive producer on Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Even though that means Nolan isn’t as deeply involved in the production this time around, he’s still got an opinion on Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman.

Hit the jump to check out Nolan’s first thoughts after finding out Affleck was interested in the role.  Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons.

Matt Damon Confirms His Return to the BOURNE Franchise; 2016 Release Planned

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The phrase “never say never, but” comes up often in the film world, especially as it relates to further franchise installments.  Most of the time it’s a way to keep the door open while noting that the actor or filmmaker in question is almost certainly done with a role/series, and more often than not it marks a pretty definitive conclusion.  With regards to the Bourne series, however, the highly unlikely has actually come to fruition.  Matt Damon always said that he would only return to the Bourne franchise if his The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greegrass also returned, and seeing as how Greengrass and Universal left on not-so-great terms after Ultimatum, the reunion seemed like a longshot.

A couple of months ago, however, word broke that a deal had actually been reached and both Damon and Greengrass were poised to reunite on another Bourne movie.  And now we have confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth, as Damon himself (with a little help from Ben Affleck) has confirmed his Jason Bourne reprisal as well as a planned 2016 release date.  More after the jump.

New BATMAN V SUPERMAN Rumors Hint at New Details for Batmobile and Batsuit

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As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice prepares to wrap filming in Michigan, new rumors have surfaced regarding Batman (Ben Affleck) and his weapons.  The photos we’ve seen have shown some mighty glowering, but we might have some new details regarding Bats’ suit and ride.

However, one of these reports isn’t so much of a rumor as a confirmation that Batman will have two suits.  The first is his standard costume and the other is the armor we saw during the Comic-Con presentation.  However, some new rumors have emerged regarding Batman’s armored suit.  Hit the jump for the Batman v Superman rumors [possible spoilers ahead].  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Works to Save the Bats

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It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a blockbuster will pick up a charitable cause, and I’m glad it’s happening with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The film has become part of the “Save the Bats” campaign, and the production has released a video where director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Amy Adams explain why it’s so important to keep these creatures (which I’ve been told aren’t bugs) as part of our ecosystem.  I don’t disagree with that, and I’m glad that Batman v Superman will bring a great amount of attention to this cause; I hope other blockbusters follow suit with their own projects.  That all being said, if a bat flew into my home, I would run away screaming.  The bat would be the new owner of my apartment.

Hit the jump to check out the video, which contains plenty of fun bat-facts, and head over to savebats.org to learn more.

Zack Snyder Set to Direct Two JUSTICE LEAGUE Movies

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The Warner Bros. and DC news continues to pour in.  We just found out that Justice League will make its way into theaters in 2017 and that Justice League 2 will follow it up in 2019, but DC Entertainment just sent out an official press release with more information on the films.

Zack Snyder will direct both of them, which the press release refers to as Justice League Part One and Justice League Part Two.  On top of that, it also confirms that Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will all reprise their roles for Justice League Part One, but makes no mention of their involvement in Justice League Part Two.  Hit the jump for more.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Develop Sci-Fi Espionage Series INCORPORATED for Syfy

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Even though Matt Damon and Ben Affleck aren’t usually associated with science fiction—Damon has a small role in The Zero Theorem and Affleck has Paycheck—the duo will be developing the sci-fi espionage thriller Incorporated for Syfy.  Per the press release, the show is “set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system.”  A world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power?  That’s preposterous!  I don’t know if anyone can buy a series that’s set in a world that sounds exactly like our world.

David and Alex Pastor (The Last Days) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing.  Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Producer Charles Roven Says Ben Affleck Was the First Choice to Play Batman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN; Wanted Someone Who Could “Tower Over” Superman

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Producer Charles Roven recently took part in an extended interview at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, and his comments with regards to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are quite interesting.  We already shared what he had to say about Wonder Woman’s origin story earlier today, but more of the interview has now surfaced online, offering up even more revealing tidbits about director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up.  Roven says that Ben Affleck was the first actor they approached to play Batman in the pic, adding that they were looking for someone who could physically tower over Superman and play a “very, very, very rough” version of Batman.

Additionally, Roven talked a bit about Christopher Nolan’s involvement in Batman v Superman, saying he’s acting in an “advisory capacity” on the film.  Much more after the jump.

Wonder Woman’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Origin Revealed; Ben Affleck Is “Team Batfleck”

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Wonder Woman is a popular character by name but not by history.  If you were to ask someone about Batman’s origin story, they would probably know his parents were murdered so he learned crime was bad.  If you were to ask someone about Superman’s origin story, they would probably know that his planet blew up and he was raised by good-hearted Midwesterners.  But ask people about Wonder Woman’s origin, and you’ll probably get confused looks.  It’s the result of Wonder Woman lacking the ubiquity of her male counterparts, and to be fair, plenty of non-geeks are probably just as ignorant of many superheroes’ origins.  However, those superheroes are rarely set next to two of the most famous superheroes of all-time.

Because Wonder Woman’s origin is mostly unknown, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has room to play with it as opposed Superman or Batman where the confines are strictly mandated by geek culture.  Geeks don’t care as much about Wonder Woman, and so her original origin is being tossed out for something more “modern” and “realistic”.  Hit the jump for more.

Watch David Fincher and the Cast of GONE GIRL Talk Multiple Takes, Audience Reaction, and How Fincher Deals with Cell Phones on Set

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Gone Girl has finally been unleashed on general audiences, and after seeing it this weekend I count it as one of my favorite films of the year.  It’s bitingly funny, wickedly sharp satire, but above all it’s tremendously entertaining.  If you’re a fan of director David Fincher you’ve probably already read a number of interviews with the filmmaker about his Gillian Flynn adaptation by now, but a series of loose, uncensored video interviews with Fincher, Flynn, and the cast of Gone Girl has been released online via Cinemax and they’re a must-watch.  The conversation amongst the ensemble is really funny, with Rosamund Pike relating how Fincher reacted to catching her on her cell phone and the entire cast talking about how freeing it was to do many, many takes under Fincher’s direction.  There are also a couple more behind-the-scenes stories illuminated that illicit big laughs from all.

Hit the jump to watch the Gone Girl video interviews, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Ben Affleck Disses DAREDEVIL; Explains Why BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Will Be Better

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When Ben Affleck was announced to play Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the news was met with the inevitable uninformed backlash.  Part of this backlash came from the fact that Affleck’s previous superhero movie, Daredevil, wasn’t good, and therefore he must be kept away from all superhero movies whatsoever until the rest of time.  While Affleck doesn’t sympathize with these people, he does recognize that Daredevil kind of sort of sucked.

During an appearance on NRP’s All Things Considered, Affleck said “Indeed I have regrets about Daredevil,” and “Look, if I thought we were remaking Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself.”  He explained that his frustration came from “exacting standards” and “I want to do excellent work and I don’t always succeed, but I think you have to start out with that drive.”  Hit the jump for what he says drove him to play Batman.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons, and opens on March 25, 2016.

Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Steve Jobs Biopic; Wishlist Now Includes Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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It appears that Leonardo DiCaprio and his The Beach director Danny Boyle won’t be reteaming after all.  It had looked like the duo might be working together again on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, as news broke earlier this year that DiCaprio was being eyed to star as Boyle entered the director’s chair.  The project has been a high priority for Sony since they received Aaron Sorkin’s script, and early on they entered preliminary conversations with David Fincher about taking the helm.  That prospect didn’t work out and Boyle subsequently signed on, and the hope was that this would be DiCaprio’s next project after he wraps The Revenant with director Alejandro González Iñárritu.  However, word comes today that DiCaprio has opted to bow out of the project altogether.  More after the jump.

GONE GIRL Review

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There’s nothing that makes us as emotionally blind as love.  Because we crave is so badly, we’re willing to distort reality and distort others so that they meet our needs.  And when the veil lifts and the truth is exposed, everything breaks apart.  Our emotions can surpass hate.  At least hate is outright rejection.  David Fincher‘s Gone Girl is a vicious, nasty, and bitingly funny look at anti-love.  It’s a dark, twisted, borderline celebration of how deluded people can be in what they demand of others be it morally, emotionally, or truthfully.  Perhaps Fincher’s most cold, pitiless, and acerbic movie to date, Gone Girl is not without its flaws, but even those flaws serve this bitter, captivating, knives-out picture of marriage as a violent crime.

Ben Affleck in Talks to Next Star in Action Thriller THE ACCOUNTANT

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On the eve of the release of Gone Girl (which is enjoying glowing reviews), Ben Affleck may have decided on his next project as an actor.  While Affleck was all set to direct his period crime drama Live by Night after Argo, he opted to take on the lead in Gone Girl first.  Then the role of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came calling, and he pushed Live by Night even further.  Now it appears that Affleck is keen on squeezing one more movie in before he starts production on Live by Night next summer, as he’s in talks to star in the action thriller The Accountant for Warner Bros.  More after the jump.

New GONE GIRL Clip: Ben Affleck is Brought in for Questioning

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I should know my own blood type, right?  Thanks to this new Gone Girl clip, I might actually look into that.  David Fincher’s latest is just days away from its October 3rd wide release, so we’ve got promotional material pouring in.  In this latest clip from the film, Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne doesn’t know if his wife’s got friends, he doesn’t know what she does during the day and he doesn’t know her blood type either, and the cops (Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens) interrogating him aren’t happy about it.

Gone Girl just had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival Friday night and soon thereafter, the web was flooded with high praise so this one really might live up to all the hype.  Hit the jump to check out that new Gone Girl clip.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski and Neil Patrick Harris.

First GONE GIRL Clip Features a Meet-Cute between Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, While a New TV Spot Puts Affleck on the Defensive

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Believe it or not, we’re only about a week away from the release of David Fincher’s latest dramatic adaptation, Gone Girl.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s been a recent uptick in the film’s marketing material, what with two TV spots being released, along with a host of images.  Today, we are being treated to another TV spot and the movie’s first clip, which provide a rather interesting contrast for where the lead characters’ relationship begins and ultimately where it ends up.

Starring Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere this Friday at the New York Film Festival and then opens in theaters on October 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the film’s first clip, as well as a newly released TV spot.

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