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Shortly after the disaster of the officially endorsed FIFA movie 'United Passions', a yet-to-be-published account of the corruption within the organisation is set to be adapted for the big screen.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon may be working together again in the future, with reports that they are in negotiations to co-produce a movie about the current scandal within football’s governing body FIFA.
According to a story by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has emerged victorious in a bidding war for the rights to BuzzFeed investigative reporter Ken Bensinger’s forthcoming book ‘Houses of Deceit’, and is currently speaking with Affleck and Damon to co-produce it.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may be working together again soon
Continue reading: FIFA Corruption Scandal Movie To Be Produced By Ben Affleck And Matt Damon?
'Batman v Superman' will look to tackle "a new threat".
Warner Bros has released the synopsis to the hugely anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set for March 2016. The studio had already released a teaser trailer and some images from the movie, which stars Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman.
Ben Affleck as Batman in Warner Bros' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
So, without further ado, this is what Warners has to say on the movie:
Continue reading: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Synopsis: "A New Threat Arises"
When an alien lifeform crashed to Earth decades ago, no one noticed. When his own kind came after him, the fate of the world was threatened. When he saved mankind, they looked up to him like a God. But times have changed, and people have died since his arrival. The world has had enough of the "false God" Superman (Henry Cavill), but there is already another hero in the world. In Gotham City, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) has spent years and billions of dollars making himself into the greatest detective and the finest crime fighter. But the Batman knows that one does not simply arrive to a thunderous applause. He has earned his role as judge and jury, and it is up to him to stop the Man of Steal.
Continue: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Teaser Trailer
‘The Dark Knight III: The Master Race’ will hit shelves this Fall.
Frank Miller is going back to Batman. DC have announced that the man behind 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns is writing a second sequel to his seminal work titled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, to mark the 30th anniversary of the original series.
Ben Affleck as Batman in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Miller will not be working alone on the miniseries and he will be joined by 100 Bulllets and Wonder Woman writer Brian Azzarello. The series is said to consist of eight issues and will be published twice a month, according to a press release by DC.
Continue reading: Frank Miller Revisiting Batman With Second 'Dark Knight' Sequel
Avengers holds its world premiere in London, as CinemaCon brings out the big names in Vegas. Arnie premieres his new movie in New York, while Jodie Foster films Money Monster on the city's streets. And big new teasers arrive for Star Wars, Fantastic Four and Batman v Superman...
Marvel's Avengers were out in force in London this week for the world premiere of the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Walking the black carpet were stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany and writer-director Joss Whedon.
More: View the full set of pictures from The Avengers: Age of Ultron - UK film premiere here
Downey also gave a video interview, and later made the news when he walked out of a chat with a Channel 4 journalist who blatantly ignored instructions not to grill the actors about their personal lives. Click here to watch a rather more positive interview with Robert Downey Jr.
Continue reading: Stars Descend On London And Las Vegas, Clooney And Roberts Shoot In New York And The Internet Goes Mad For Some Momentous Trailers
Batman and Superman go head to head in the new trailer for 'Dawn of Justice'.
The first trailer for the DC crossover movie 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' has finally arrived - and it's difficult to tell who's most formidable, despite the fact that one superhero has earned his power, and the other was gifted at birth.
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is coming next year
Zack Snyder is returning with the sequel to 2013's Superman adventure 'Man Of Steel', and it's our first taste of The Justice League as they hit theaters for the first time. While the plot remains unknown, we can gather that the world has become disillusioned with Clark Kent (Henry Cavill); mistrusting of him given humanity's history with power and corruption, and fearful that their faiths are being questioned.
Continue reading: First Taste Of 'Batman V Superman': Someone's Going To Bleed [Trailer + Pictures]
The internet is freaking out over something weird again...
In weird news this weekend, Ben Affleck apparently has an ancestor, who was a slave-owner. And he really doesn’t want you to know about that, apparently.
Could this affect Affleck's goody goody image?
When Affleck appeared on the PBS documentary series Finding Your Roots, the slave-owning ancestor apparently came up, but was never mentioned during the episode. The reveal, made by WikiLeaks, was contested by a statement on the PBS website.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck's Slave-Owner Ancestor Has Got The Internet Weirded Out
The latest round of leaked Sony emails appear to show that the ‘Batman v Superman’ actor wanted his family tree censored for the doc.
Ben Affleck asked PBS to edit out his slave-owning ancestor from the actor's edition of ‘Finding Your Roots’, it has been reported. A leaked email exchange between the show's host Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Sony chief Michael Lynton, shows the two debated editing out the ancestor after the actor made the request.
Ben Affleck’s edition of ‘Finding Your Roots’ has become a hot topic after the latest round of leaked emails.
". . . For the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves," the professor told Sony chief Michael Lynton in the email chain dated July 22, 2014.
Continue reading: Leaked Emails Show Ben Affleck Asked PBS To Edit Out His Slave Owning Ancestor From 'Finding Your Roots'
Zack Synder has shared the real version of 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' after a pirated version, filmed on a mobile phone, leaks online.
Director Zack Synder did not despair when the exclusive trailer of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was leaked online on Thursday. The grainy footage, shot on a mobile phone camera, immediately went viral and certainly did not do justice to the true version.
Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v. Superman.
Read More: Leaked Batman vs. Superman Trailer Generates Extra Publicity.
Continue reading: Zack Synder Shares Real 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Trailer After Pirated Version Leaks Online
We're not saying it was a ploy by the Hollywood Hype Machine, but...
As far as publicity goes, the leaked Batman vs. Superman trailer may have worked in the movie’s favour. Sure, the early release meant it sort of clashed with the first look at Star Wars: Episode VII, but then this probably means that the superhero showdown will get an extra day of hype, once the actual, legit trailer drops/is released by the studio for real.
The shaky, second-hand recording of the trailer was only on YouTube for minutes, before being taken down, but it was enough to generate pages and pages of coverage, because, you know, content is kind of like gold for entertainment writers.
The trailer is our first real look at Ben Affleck as Batman - but not quite yet.
Continue reading: Leaked "Batman Vs. Superman" Trailer Generates Extra Publicity
Homer's 'Odyssey' will be adapted into a movie by the team behind 'The Hunger Games' trilogy. We asked a group of Classics students which actor would play Odysseus in their ideal film and selected the top six choices.
Homer's Odyssey finally has the epic (pun more definitely intended) directing, writing and producing team it deserves. Fresh from working on The Hunger Games trilogy, Francis Lawrence is set to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce the upcoming film.
Sean Bean was top of the list of ideal actors to play Odysseus.
Read More: Sean Bean Cast In New ITV Drama The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Continue reading: Homer's 'Odyssey' Adaptation: 6 Actors Who Would Be Perfect As Odysseus
No release date has yet been given for the forthcoming faith-based epic, but Jackman will team up with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to produce it.
Warner Bros. has announced plans for a new Biblical movie project involving a host of A-list actors. Hugh Jackman is to take the lead role in Apostle Paul, in which he will play the early Christian missionary who becomes one of the most important preachers of the message of Jesus.
News of the casting was reported by Deadline on Wednesday. Jackman will also be producing the movie, along with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck through their Pearl Street Films production company. A screenplay is currently being written by Matt Cook, who has previously worked on Triple Nine and By Way of Helena.
Hugh Jackman is set to star in forthcoming Biblical movie 'Apostle Paul'
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Set To Star In And Co Produce 'Apostle Paul'
Eisenberg has gone bald for Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero film.
In a year from now we’ll probably be queuing outside a movie theatre eagerly awaiting our first viewing of Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But for now, we’re just making do with whatever scraps of information we can get on the upcoming superhero epic. So after months of speculation about the state of cast member Jesse Eisenberg’s hair, today we’ve been given our first official look at the actor as the bald supervillain, Lex Luthor.
Here's your exclusive first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in @BatmanvSuperman! http://t.co/wG87toA3li pic.twitter.com/BjvWQZvSdm— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 25, 2015
Continue reading: Fans Get First Look At Bald Jesse Eisenberg As 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Villain Lex Luthor
A sequel to 'Mallrats' is in the works, director Kevin Smith announced on Thursday (12th March).
Kevin Smith has announced there will be a sequel to Mallrats. Mallrats, the 1995 romantic comedy which starred Smith, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty and Jeremy London, was a prequel to the 1994 film Clerks. The films both flopped at the box office but have since achieved cult status.
Kevin Smith has announced a sequel to Mallrats is in the works.
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Continue reading: Kevin Smith Announces Sequel To Mallrats Is In The Works
'Game Of Thrones' star looks forbidding in Zack Snyder's first image.
Fans were given a first look at the forthcoming film incarnation of Aquaman, with director Zack Snyder reveals just how menacing Jason Momoa will be as the sea-dwelling DC Comics superhero as 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' gets well under way.
Jason Momoa is Aquaman
It's all about DC at the moment with Henry Cavill's Superman having become a huge hit in 2013's 'Man Of Steel' and 'Fast And Furious' star Gal Gadot being announced as Wonder Woman in Michelle MacLaren's upcoming movie. Zack Snyder is bringing them all together in a long-awaited DC superhero crossover movie entitled 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice', and 'Game Of Thrones' star Jason Momoa is just the latest announcement for the cast - as fish-friendly King of Atlantis, Aquaman.
Continue reading: Aquaman, The 'Wettest' Of The Justice League? Not If Jason Momoa Can Help It!
David Fincher and Ben Affleck are getting back in the saddle for 'Strangers'
Following the runaway success of Gone Girl - the mystery-drama has now grossed over $365 million worldwide - David Fincher and lead star Ben Affleck are reteaming to work on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train.
Ben Affleck and David Fincher scored a hit with the mystery thriller Gone Girl
Titled simply Strangers, the movie will tell the story of a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign whose private plan breaks down. He is offered a ride to Los Angeles on another plane by a wealthy stranger. However, in the original, Hitchcock's plot revolves around two strangers meeting on a train and discussing the idea of exchanging murders - an idea that one of the strangers actually carries out. Given Fincher's work on Gone Girl, Strangers is likely to be tonally similar to the darkness of the 1951 original, which starred Farley Granger and Robert Walker.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck And David Fincher Remaking Hitchcock's 'Strangers'
The 42-year-old actor was given the Favourite Humanitarian Award at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan 7th), due to his work for the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI).
Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood's most successful stars, and he has won multiple awards for his work as an actor, director, writer, and producer, but the 42-year-old's latest honour may take him a while getting used to.
Affleck was awarded the Favourite Humanitarian Award at the 2015 People's Choice Awards
While accepting the Favourite Humanitarian Award at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan 7th), Affleck said, "I've been called a lot of things in my life, but I'm not sure that 'humanitarian,' until recently, has been one of them."
Continue reading: Amy Adams Gets Emotional While Presenting Ben Affleck With Humanitarian Award
After an interesting year for movies, television and music, the 41st People's Choice Awards are here to tell us who the world's 'Favourites' are.
It's that time of the year when the annual The People's Choice Awards role in, honouring the very best of popular culture in 2014. The 41st iteration of the ceremony saw a number of celebrities making an appearance to give, receive and pose with awards for categories ranging from 'Favourite Movie Actor' to 'Favourite TV Character We Miss Most'. So, yes, the net was cast pretty wide.
The Cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' at the 41st People's Choice Awards (Credit Frazer Harrison - Getty Images)
More: The Jury Is Left Divided After Robert Downey Jr's 'The Judge' Shows At TIFF
Continue reading: 'The Big Bang Theory' And Robert Downey Jr. Sweep Up At People's Choice Awards [Photos]
'Gone Girl' was awarded the top honour at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday (14th November) and 'The Imitation Game' gained four awards including prizes for actor, supporting actress and director.
The results are in from the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Friday (14th November). Check out the winners list and pictures from the ceremony!
Benedict Cumberbatch won the award for Hollywood Actor.
See More Pictures From 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards.
Continue reading: 'Gone Girl' Wins Top Honour & 'The Imitation Game' Gains 4 Awards At 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards [Pictures]
Be excited. Be very, very excited.
http://www.contactmusic.com/movie-review/iHello, Matt Damon fans, this is your captain speaking. The big news today: Jason Bourne lives and he will be played by Damon in the next Bourne movie. That’s right, there will be a new Bourne movie. The news comes to us via Ben Affleck, who just happened to let the news slip, while the writing/directing pair were doing press for Project Greenlight. You know, all innocent like.
Matt Damon as Jason Bourne? I am so there.
The movie will start filming “next fall,” said Affleck as a throwaway comment, which actually ended up being the main point. So this means that we can expect the fifth Bourne movie to come out in 2016, although Affleck kept mum about any specific details.
Continue reading: The New Jason Bourne Movie Will Be A Thing And That Thing Will Star Matt Damon, Apparently
Matt Damon will be reprising his role as Jason Bourne in a film due out in 2016.
Jason Bourne will return and Matt Damon will be reprising his role as the troubled former secret agent.
Matt Damon starred in three of the four Bourne movies.
Read More: Matt Damon Open To More Bourne Movies - Will Be Team Up With Jeremy Renner?
Continue reading: Jason Bourne Will Return With Matt Damon Reprising His Role In The Franchise
Jennifer Lopez is 'totally single' at the moment and she's 'happy' or Marc Anthony after the news of his engagement broke last week.
Jennifer Lopez is 'happy' for her ex-husband Marc Anthony after the news of his engagement to model Shannon De Lima broke last week.
Jennifer Lopez discussed being single and her ex-husband in a recent interview.
Read More: Jennifer Lopez Recalls Painful Split From Ben Affleck In Memoir True Love.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lopez Discusses Being Single & How She's 'Happy' For Ex-Husband Marc Anthony
The ‘Hunger Game’s actress has set off the rumour mill after being spotted on the set of the upcoming superhero movie.
Could Jena Malone be playing Robin opposite Ben Affleck’s caped crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? We certainly hope so, but the actress will definitely be seen in Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero flick although her exact role is yet to be confirmed.
Could Jena Malone be the next Robin on the big screen?
The rumours that Malone could be following in Chris O’Donnell’s footsteps began when WILX 10, a Michigan television station, reported that the actress had been spotted on the set.
Continue reading: Will Jena Malone Play Robin In ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’?
David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel Gone Girl has won the box office for the third week in a row in both America and Britain, a remarkable achievement for a two-and-a-half hour long mystery that loses its surprise value on first viewing. So audiences must be responding to its complex exploration of relationship issues, mainly how difficult it is to know what's going on in a partner's head.
Ben Affleck in Gone Girl
This week in America, Gone Girl saw off competition from both Dracula Untold (which landed in second place) and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (at No 3). In Britain, newcomers The Maze Runner and Annabelle were held off at 2 and 3. And the film shows no signs of slowing down, at $162 million worldwide and climbing. Competition this week in America comes from Brad Pitt's Fury, while in the UK the top titles are Palo Alto and The Judge. In both markets, romantic drama The Best of Me is also expected to make its mark.
Continue reading: David Fincher's Gone Girl Holds The Box Office
Warner Bros is going big on DC Comics movies, right up until 2020.
In a huge announcement of forthcoming releases, Warner Bros has bet big on DC Comics-branded movies to follow its marquee release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2015. That movie, starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, will be followed by The Flash with Ezra Miller, Aquaman starring Jason Momoa and a Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will start a slew of comic-book movies from Warner Bros over the next six years
Gadot was the surprise choice for the female role in Dawn of Justice though Warners are clearly buoyed by the Israeli actress's performances in the forthcoming movie. Maybe Marvel should take note and finally announce a Black Widow movie with Scarlett Johansson.
Continue reading: Warner Bros Announces Wonder Woman For 2016, Aquaman In 2018
After a not-so-close race, Gone Girl came out on top for the second weekend in a row.
Well, it’s official – David Fincher’s Gone Girl is the winner in another weekend box office race. It wasn’t even a close one this time. On its second weekend, the mystery thriller saw a 29% drop, but still made it to $78 million.
Gone Girl is Fincher's top grossing film to date.
With $26,8 million, Gone Girl narrowly beat our the critically panned Dracula Untold. The gory, vaguely historical flick came in second with $23,5 million, meaning that, despite abysmal reviews, Drac still has a shot at next week’s throne. Recently, director Gary Shore even let slip that he’s thinking about a possible sequel. Even though nothing’s been greenlit just yet, it looks like we won’t be rid of the Romanian prince for a while. Sigh.
Continue reading: "Gone Girl" Scores Easy Box Office Victory Over "Dracula Untold"
The caped crusader who stole the show in 'The Lego Movie' earlier this year, is getting his own spin-off!
There’s no denying that Batman was the stand out character in the all around fantastic The Lego Movie earlier this year and it seems executives at Warner Bros. agree. It’s just been announced that the popular character will be getting his own spin-off movie which has even been fast tracked ahead of The Lego Movie sequel for a 2017 release.
Batman stole the show in The Lego Movie
Writing will be Seth Grahame-Smith who penned the screenplay for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation starring Johnny Depp. Of course supervising the whole production will be Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were originally responsible for bringing the Lego brand to life on-screen.
Continue reading: Lego Batman Movie In The Works For 2017 And Yes Will Arnett Will Be Back!
Gillian Flynn appears to have done a U-turn on the possibility of a 'Gone Girl' sequel.
Gillian Flynn had always played down the possibility of a sequel to her bestselling novel Gone Girl. After the insane plot twists and famous ending, the book and movie works well as a standalone piece of work - though given the box-office success of the latter, has Flynn changed her mind?
Ben Affleck is superb in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'
Speaking to the website at which she used to work, Flynn told Entertainment Weekly in 2012, "I didn't write it as an open ending to set up a sequel at all. It was the only thing that made sense to me, that made sense to what was true to the book and true to the characters. Amy's not going to end up in jail. She's Amazing Amy!"
Continue reading: Could Ben Affleck Return For 'Gone Girl' Sequel?
'Gone Girl' has stormed the UK box office, too.
David Fincher’s dark, brooding thriller Gone Girl landed in the UK over the weekend, to critical acclaim from audiences and a sense that this is how to do an adaptation. This is how you do it. Based on Gillian Flynn’s explosive bestseller, Gone Girl follows the marriage trials and tribulations of Nick Dunne and his beautiful wife Amy.
Ben Affleck in David Fincher's superb 'Gone Girl'
When Amy goes missing, Nick comes under the scrutiny of the national media, and the police have their suspicions too. His strange behaviour and deceitful lies do nothing for his public persona – Did Nick Dunne kill his wife is the question on everybody’s lips.
Continue reading: 'Gone Girl' Hits Big, But Did Nick Dunne Kill His Wife?
Ben Affleck doesn't like Bill Maher's views on Islam, very much.
Ben Affleck called out Bill Maher over his “gross, racist, disgusting” ideas about Islam during a heated debate on the presenter’s Real Time show on Friday night. Affleck took time out of promoting his latest movie Gone Girl to appear alongside author Sam Harris, former chair of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele and Nicholas Kristof.
Ben Affleck at the Gone Girl premiere
Maher set out his stall early, telling Harris, "You and I have been trying to make the case that liberals need to stand up for liberal principles," Maher said to fellow panelist, author Sam Harris. “Freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion you want without fear of violence, freedom to leave a religion, equality for women, equality for minorities, including homosexuals, these are liberal principles that liberals applaud for,” Maher continued, “…but then when you say in the Muslim world this is what's lacking, then they get upset.”
Continue reading: Is Ben Affleck Right About Islam?
The 42 year-old actor wasn't willing to stay silent on the subject of Islam/Muslims during an appearance ‘Real Time with Bill Maher.'
Ben Affleck seems to be another Hollywood star who is very interested in the world of politics, which was on full display when he engaged in a heated debate over Islam with Bill Mayer, branding the comedian's ideas "gross, racist, disgusting."
Affleck got very heated when debating about Islam
The 'Gone Girl' actor appeared on 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on Friday (Oct 3rd) and quickly began arguing with the talk show host as well as the panellists when discussing individuals who practice Islam, Affleck felt they were being unfairly broad about the issue.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Becomes Very Agitated When Debating Islam With Bill Maher
Here's your weekend box office report - a little ahead of schedule, "Annabelle" and "Gone Girl" rule the game.
Before The Conjuring, there was Annabelle. The creepy little doll is on course to top the box office this weekend, checking in at $15,5 million on Friday. In contrast, David Fincher’s Gone Girl made just $13,2 million on its first day of release – a surprisingly high performance for a horror flick, especially with its release over the Yom Kippur. Things evened out over Saturday, however, and the two films entered the home stretch neck and neck, with numbers in the $37-38 margin.
Annabelle surpassed expectations, coming in second over the slow holiday weekend.
Both have exceeded expectations for the holiday period, since both movies cater to specific tastes. Horror flicks like Annabelle tend to have a reliable, but limited reach of just genre fans. Gone Girl, on the other hand, has received a lot of critical praise and like a lot of Fincher’s flicks, has very wide appeal. The suspenseful thriller dives deep into the psychology of a failed relationship and examines the connection between public pressure, violence and troubled relationships.
Continue reading: "Annabelle" And "Gone Girl" Race Toward The Finish After Successful Box Office Weekend
Maher, Affleck, and a panel of other guests had it out on the still controversial issue.
Ben Affleck and Bill Maher just couldn’t see eye to eye on the issue of islam during Friday night’s Real Time With Bill Maher. Affleck appeared alongside other panelists, including author Sam Harris. The actor/director/producer quickly got into a heated debate with Maher, over the host’s negative portrayal of islam and those, who practice it.
In his speech, Affleck defended tolerance and diversity.
Harris expressed his stance on the issue: "We can criticize Christians…but when you want to talk about the treatment of women, homosexuals and free thinkers in the Muslim world, liberals have failed us. The crucial point of confusion is we have been sold this meme of Islamaphobia –where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people, which is intellectually ridiculous."
Continue reading: Bill Maher And Ben Affleck Take On Islam And Diversity On "Real Time"
The horror 'Annabelle' has made $2 million more than 'Gone Girl' at the Box Office on their opening days (Friday 3rd October).
Annabelle has pipped Gone Girl to the top of the Friday Box Office. Both films opened on Friday (3rd October) but it's come as a surprise for commentators that the horror surpassed the acclaimed thriller.
Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl.
Watch: The Movie Trailer For Annabelle.
Continue reading: 'Annabelle' Shocks, In More Ways Than One, Surpasses 'Gone Girl' At Friday's Box Office
It's never easy to adapt a well-loved novel for the screen, but perhaps if you are the person who wrote the book, you stand a better chance than many.
Adapting a mega-selling novel is always tricky, as screenwriters must figure out a way to keep the book's fans happy while transforming the material into a shape that works on the big screen for both newcomers and fans alike. In this sense, the most difficult genre to adapt has to be the mystery-thriller, which is probably why filmmaker David Fincher turned to novelist Gillian Flynn to write the screenplay from her own book 'Gone Girl'.
Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne in the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel.
The challenge is much greater than those who adapt sagas like 'Harry Potter', 'The Hunger Games', 'Twilight' or 'The Lord of the Rings', where the principle joy is in seeing beloved characters and events depicted on-screen with no surprises at all. But with a mystery, the movie must also grip the viewer.
Continue reading: 'Gone Girl' Faces Adaptation Challenge
Those who have read the blockbuster novel may be disappointed to know that author Gillian Flynn hasn't changed anything in adapting it to the big screen, so there aren't any surprises along the way. But they'll be glad to see the story so faithfully and skilfully adapted, with snaky direction from David Fincher and actors who add layers of new meaning to the characters. And non-readers are in for a thrillingly twisty experience as a mysterious conundrum shifts into a full-on thriller and then something much more intensely personal.
When Nick (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, he has no idea what has happened. As recounted in Amy's journal, their marriage has been a whirlwind of sexy highs and dark lows, as both writers lost their jobs in New York and moved to rural Missouri to take care of Nick's terminally ill mother. As a result, their marriage ran aground, and Nick increasingly turned to his twin sister Margot (Carrie Coon) for support. As two police officers (Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit) investigate Amy's disappearance, the media circus begins to paint Nick as a villain, led by rabid tabloid-TV host Ellen Abbott (Missi Pyle). So while he suspects Amy's stalker-like ex (Neil Patrick Harris), Nick has little choice but hire a high-powered lawyer (Tyler Perry) to defend himself.
Even at nearly two and a half hours, this film races along breathlessly as events and revelations continually shift the perspective. It's clear from the start that neither Nick nor Amy (in diary-entry flashbacks) are particularly reliable narrators. Both are a bundle of secrets, although Nick remains far more sympathetic. Affleck gives one of his most textured performances in years as a nice guy who struggles to look "nice" for the cameras. His isolation and confusion are hugely involving, which contrasts strongly to Amy's far too confident point of view. Pike manages to bring out the peeling onion of Amy's personality beautifully, offering telling glimpses of the real woman beneath the characters she seems to always be playing. And the supporting cast add details that twist their roles as well. Dickens and Fugit are a terrific double act, while Coon and Harris constantly offer surprising hints about their characters beneath the bravado and concern.
Continue reading: Gone Girl Review
The British actress is earning rave reviews for her role as Amy in David Fincher’s thriller.
Rosamund Pike could be a serious contender at next year’s Oscars, thanks to her star making turn opposite Ben Affleck in Gone Girl. In the film, which hits cinemas on Friday (October 3rd), Pike plays Amy Dunne, the wife of Affleck who mysteriously goes missing on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary.
Rosamund Pike attends the Gone Girl world premiere
While David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel has generally been impressing the critics, it’s the performance of the 35 year old British actress which has really stood out. The former Bond girl has captivated the critics with her portrayal of Amy, while putting her name firmly in the running for an Academy Award nomination.
Continue reading: Is Rosamund Pike In Line For An Oscar Thanks To ‘Gone Girl’?
The 42 year-old actor jokingly spoke about his nude sex scenes in the David Fincher-directed thriller 'Gone Girl.'
Although Ben Affleck's newest film, the David Fincher-directed thriller 'Gone Girl,' depicts a very intense and twisted plot, the 42 year-old actor managed to share some laughs about his raunchy sex scenes while promoting the flick.
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in 'Gone Girl'
While he was joined by his co-star, Rosamund Pike, Affleck recently spoke candidly with MTV News about appearing full frontal in the upcoming film, which is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel of the same name, and even joked that his penis "looks better in 3-D."
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Opens Up About Baring All In 'Gone Girl,' Jokes His Penis "Looks Better In 3-D!"
'Gone Girl' is shaping up to be one of the best movies of 2014.
We've written, and read, plenty on David Fincher's latest movie Gone Girl in recent weeks but reviews have been scarce - until now. It appears that all the talk of this movie as a potential Oscar winner was not simply hyperbole. This movie has a very real chance of winning major awards.
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in 'Gone Girl'
Written by Gillian Flynn, the author of the book on which it is based, Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne, who becomes the focus of an intense media circus surrounding his wife's disappearance. The question is: does Nick has something to hide?
Continue reading: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Has 100% On Rotten Tomatoes
Ben Affleck has hinted that he started drinking heavily for his role as Nick Dunne in 'Gone Girl'
He's perhaps not everyone's idea of a great method actor, but Ben Affleck appears to have quietly gone about his business to ensure his role as Nick Dunne - a man suspected of having a hand in the disappearance of his wife in David Fincher's Gone Girl - is as genuine and real as possible.
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in 'Gone Girl'
During a wide-ranging interview with Details magazine that did the rounds on Thursday (September 18), Affleck was asked a bunch of excellent questions by Jeff Gordiner, especially that time when he was asked to leave a blackjack table in Las Vegas for card-counting.
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The Hollywood actor recalls the casino's reaction to him becoming a "decent blackjack player."
In April of this year, Ben Affleck was removed from a Las Vegas casino after he was put under investigation for reportedly counting cards, and now the Hollywood star has finally opened up about the incident, which he thinks has been blown out of proportion.
Affleck was kicked out of a Las Vegas casino in April
In a very candid interview with October's issue of Details magazine, Affleck confesses that he does count cards, and recalls getting caught in the act by the Hard Rock Casino's security over four months ago.
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Ben Affleck has admitted he did count cards at a US casino.
Well, that's a first, a celebrity willingly admitting they've been cheating! ...At cards, that is. Ben Affleck has admitted that he was counting cards whilst playing Blackjack, hence his ejection from a Las Vegas casino earlier this year.
Affleck previously played down the reports about him being ejected from a casino
NY Daily News reports on Affleck's new interview with Details magazine, where he confirms that the rumours which have swirled for the past few months are true, in a roundabout sort of way. "That is a true story," Affleck said. "I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack."
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Ben Affleck can relate to Batman's rage.
Ben Affleck, who will play Batman in Zack Synder's forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, says he can relate to the Caped Crusader's anger management issues. Speaking to the Sunday Times, the actor said the hero's famous rages are a "necessity" in the tradition of the films.
Ben Affleck can relate to Batman's rage
"For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts.
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Are Scoot McNairy socks a green screen for The Flash? Or just a weird fashion statement?
With Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman all making solid appearances in 2016's 'Batman v Superman' movie, we can't help but wonder who else will be joining the Justice League. Right now, our bets are on Scoot McNairy as The Flash.
Scoot McNairy to play The Flash?
The casting announcements for Zack Snyder's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' have been both thoroughly exciting and extremely surprising. Of course, we knew Henry Cavill would return as the Man of Steel, we spent hours pondering who could play Wonder Woman before Gal Gadot was chosen and we were pleased on the announcement of Ben Affleck taking over Christian Bale as the Dark Knight. Rumours are still circulating that Jason Momoa might be joining the team as Aquaman, but the thing we're most excited for at the moment are recent whispers of Scoot McNairy taking on The Flash.
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'Gone Girl' is coming.
David Fincher's Gone Girl has been billed as the season's 'darkest thriller'. It stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne - a man juggling two campaigns: one to find his missing wife, and the other to prove his own innocence. Based on Gillian Flynn's bestselling crime thriller, the movie is probably the most anticipated of the year and Entertainment Weekly caught up with its lead star to discuss preparing for one of the darkest roles in Hollywood.
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in 'Gone Girl'
"It wasn't something I had to do a lot of research for," Affleck said, "I knew what it was like to have the tabloid world paying attention to me and ascribing negative motivations to whatever I might be engaging in. I knew what it was to be cast in a soap opera I had no control over."
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Marvel stayed strong and Warner Bros. moved first and changed the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release date to March 2015.
The collaboration of Batman and Superman, two of DC Comics most intense superheroes, has been a project highly anticipated for fans all over the globe for some years now. With Batman’s tortured past and complex present depicted magnificently in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and Superman’s difficulties in combining his Krypton heritage and his life on Earth given dramatic integrity in Zack Synder’s Man of Steel, in the film which combined the two, the stage was set for a motion picture filled with complicated emotions, spectacular drama and a lot of action.
The collaboration of DC Comics Batman and Superman has been widely anticipated
But perhaps, when fans were dreaming of this dynamic duo and the endless possibilities that the pairing and film could bring, they did not anticipate the rise of Marvel and its own brand of exciting and enthralling superheroes.
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Batman v Superman has been brought forward, to avoid a battle with 'Captain America 3'.
Warner Bros has brought forward Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - the follow-up to Man of Steel with Ben Affleck playing the Caped Crusader - to March 25, 2016. The movie had previously been set to open on May 6, 2016 - the same day as Marvel's 'Captain America 3'.
Ben Affleck [L], Henry Cavill [centre] and Gal Gadot [R] at Comic-Con [Getty/Kevin Winter]
In truth, those dates were never going to remain fixed and it was Warner Bros that decided to make the first move (though it's likely the studios came to a mutual agreement). The studio has also revealed plans to release new DC Comics-based movies on August 5, 2016, June 23, 2017, November 17, 2017, March 23, 2018, July 27, 2018, April 5, 2019, June 14, 2019, April 3, 2020 and June 19, 2020.
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Welcome to the gun show, aka Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman look.
Oh, hey Marvel, good luck trying to top DC’s Comic-Con panel this year. On Saturday, the crowd in Hall H got their first glimpse of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film. And it was cool.
What do you think of Wonder Woman's new look? Xena: Warrior Princess comes to mind http://t.co/tJvpJxNYa7 pic.twitter.com/gdcZg58cFf— Variety (@Variety) July 27, 2014
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Ben Affleck as Batman? Adam West gives two thumbs up.
Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the 1966 hit TV series, says he's looking forward to seeing Ben Affleck in the iconic role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and feels he will succeed in the episode.
Adam West likes the sound of Ben Affleck as Batman
"My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he's a great talent, and I'd be very interested in seeing him in the role," he said at a Comic-Con panel.
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His casting as the new Batman may have ruffled a few feathers, but Ben Affleck has just earned the seal of approval from one very important man: the original caped crusader, Adam West.
There are still two years to go before we see Ben Affleck take on the mantel of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the argument about the Oscar winner's suitability for the role rages on. Today one very worthy commentator gave his thoughts on the subject- Adam West, who played Batman from 1966 to 1968 in a staggering 120 episodes of the eponymous television series as well as the 1966 film.
Affleck has the Adam West stamp of approval
Speaking at San Diego Comic Con, West had only compliments for his successor. "My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he's a great talent, and I'd be very interested in seeing him in the role."
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