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Ben Affleck Is Out as ‘The Batman’s Dark Knight

Surprising nobody who’s been paying attention to Ben Affleck’s increasing non-committal to the Dceu, the Batman actor is done playing DC’s Dark Knight. According to the latest reports, The Batman director Matt Reeves, best known for directing Cloverfield and the two most recent Planet of the Apes movies, will recast the role of Bruce Wayne for his upcoming Batman solo movie. Affleck was first cast for the role of the Dceu’s Batman in 2013, just after winning big at the Oscars with the period thriller Argo. Despite being an incredibly talented actor perfectly suited for this iconic role, most people

Ben Affleck Is Out as ‘The Batman’s Dark Knight
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The Real Reason J.J. Abrams Returned to Direct Star Wars 9

The Real Reason J.J. Abrams Returned to Direct Star Wars 9
When Star Wars 9 was looking for a director, after Disney and LucasFilm parted ways with Colin Trevorrow after two years of development, many were surprised that J.J. Abrams returned to write and direct Star Wars 9. Two years prior, just days before Colin Trevorrow came aboard, J.J. Abrams said he wasn't going to direct that movie, which at the time was true, but now here were are, and the filmmaker is getting ready to start shooting next summer. When asked what changed his mind, during a recent interview, the filmmaker had this to say, reiterating that he had no desire to come back to the helm of a Star Wars movie.

"I had no intention to return. But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to
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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
The 21st century is less than two decades old, but its first batch of Best Picture winners already paint an extraordinary portrait of a world in flux. From a massive historical epic to an intimate digital indies — from a musical that riffs on showbiz standards to period drama that reflects on present crises — these 17 films range from “problematic” to “perfect” and hit all points in between. More than that, they illustrate Hollywood’s evolving definition of greatness, and the relationship between the film industry and the times that forge it.

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Here are the 17 Best Picture winners of the 21st century, ranked from worst to best.

17. “Crash”

Brokeback Mountain” deserved better, but the Academy didn’t know it. Paul Haggis’ painfully obvious ensemble drama about racial prejudices in Los Angeles was a smug, one-note drama designed to make white liberals feel good about themselves. (It took a
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‘Detroit’ Editors William Goldenberg & Harry Yoon On Three-Camera Cuts & “The Magic Of Kathryn Bigelow”

‘Detroit’ Editors William Goldenberg & Harry Yoon On Three-Camera Cuts & “The Magic Of Kathryn Bigelow”
Speaking to editors on the awards circuit, the name that comes up over and over again is William Goldenberg. An Oscar winner for Argo and a five-time nominee, Goldenberg has collaborated recently with the likes of Kathryn Bigelow and Angelina Jolie, working with the former most recently on Detroit, alongside Harry Yoon. Fortuitously rising from assistant visual effects editor to visual effects editor on Zero Dark Thirty, Yoon is experiencing his breakthrough year, coming…
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell and Scoot McNairy cast in Destroyer

Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, has just gained several new cast members, with Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) joining Kidman in the film.

Destroyer sees Kidman as Lapd detective Erin Bell in a moral and existential journey. As a young cop she was placed undercover in a gang and years later when the gang’s leader is freed from prison, she has to go back undercover. The film recently cast Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Infinity War). It is unknown what roles Whitford, Kebbell and McNairy will play.

Destroyer is based an original screenplay written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi of Ride Along and will be produced by La La Land’s Fred Berger of Automatik.

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell who,
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’

Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’
Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.

The project begins shooting next week in Los Angeles from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. 30West will fully finance the film, with Fred Berger of Automatik producing alongside Hay and Manfredi.

Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Whitford starred in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and can next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s feature “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep for Fox. He recently
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Ben Affleck Spent Thanksgiving with Jennifer Garner and Kids, Took Daughters to See Hamilton

Ben Affleck Spent Thanksgiving with Jennifer Garner and Kids, Took Daughters to See Hamilton
Ben Affleck spent Thanksgiving with his family in Los Angeles, a source tells People.

The 45-year-old actor celebrated the holiday with ex Jennifer Garner, 45, and their three kids — Violet, 12, Seraphina, 8 and Samuel, 5. The Argo star later took his daughters to see the hit musical Hamilton on Sunday as they continued the festivities.

He was also spotted grabbing coffee with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus, 37, on Saturday, but his new love didn’t join in on the family celebration Thursday, a source tells People.

Affleck previously told E! News he was planning on spending the holiday with Garner and the kids and visiting
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Why Justice League may be the end for the current DC Universe

I want to start this feature by saying that I did not hate this film; I went into with severely lowered expectations after Suicide Squad (2016) and Batman V Superman (2016). I expected something more like these two films rather than Wonder Woman which was released earlier this year and was very enjoyable. With this in mind I will go through the good points first and then get into the bad areas, and also go through why this film suffered.

The film is a breezy 2 hours which, under studio interference, was a direct result of the Bvs near 3 hour run time. Although only 2 hours it does fit a lot into it and the story itself is simple enough to follow. There aren’t many twists or huge reveals which you haven’t seen before and the film maintains a swift pace through.

The characters are all well served baring a couple of exceptions.
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George Clooney Is Making His Grand Return to TV by Adapting a Classic Novel

Eighteen years after ending his run as Dr. Doug Ross on E.R., George Clooney is returning to the small screen. The Suburbicon director will direct and star in a limited series adaptation of Joseph Heller's 1961 novel Catch-22, per Variety. With other big movie stars like Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins making award-winning and nominated jumps to "prestige" TV shows (Big Little Lies, Westworld), Clooney's decision to do so himself seems like a smart choice. Catch-22 follows Us Air Force Captain John Yossarian as he gets caught up in a bureaucratic paradox in Italy in the midst of WWII. If a soldier declares insanity to be released from duty so as to avoid participating in dangerous missions - only an insane person would continue to fly into certain danger - doesn't his declaration inherently demonstrate sanity? Our minds are already short-circuiting. Clooney will appear as Yossarian's commander, Colonel Cathcart, and
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Ben Affleck Says He 'Supports' Harvey Weinstein Accuser Rose McGowan: 'I Admire Her Tenacity'

Ben Affleck Says He 'Supports' Harvey Weinstein Accuser Rose McGowan: 'I Admire Her Tenacity'
Ben Affleck is lending his support to Rose McGowan after she accused the Argo actor of lying about his knowledge of Harvey Weinstein‘s history of sexual misconduct.

During an appearance on Today Friday morning, Affleck said he admires McGowan for speaking out about her experience with sexual harassment.

“I don’t really want to get into other people’s individual stories because I feel like those are their stories and they are entitled to tell as much or as little of those as they want,” he said. “I believe Rose, I support her, I really like and admire her
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Hostiles Trailer Takes Christian Bale Through the Brave Frontier

Hostiles Trailer Takes Christian Bale Through the Brave Frontier
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has released the first trailer for Hostiles, which reunites director Scott Cooper and Christian Bale after their 2013 drama Out of the Furnace. The movie is slated to hit theaters in late December, which could make this an early favorite for the 2018 Oscars, although we still have quite some time before the awards season picture starts fully coming together. Still, this drama has been tearing through the prestige festival circuit, debuting at Telluride in September before appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rome Film Fest and more, as it gets ready to debut at AFI Fest in Los Angeles next week.

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an
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'Handmaid's Tale' Enlists Clea DuVall for Key Season 2 Role

Season two of The Handmaid's Tale is starting to come into clearer focus.

The Emmy-winning drama series has enlisted Clea DuVall for a key role in its forthcoming second season.

Duvall will guest-star in season two as Sylvia, Emily's (Alexis Bledel) loving wife and co-parent to their young son. As the Gilead regime takes control of America, the family attempts to escape to Canada, only to confront more restrictions and obstacles.

Duvall currently is a series regular on HBO's Veep and recurs on AMC's Better Call Saul. Her credits also include HBO's Carnivale, features Argo and Girl, Interrupted. She's...
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Suburbicon In St. Louis

Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and Noah Jupe star in director George Clooney’s new film, Suburbicon.

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns …the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

The film is written by Academy Award® winners Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men), and Clooney & Academy Award® winner Grant Heslov (Argo).

Suburbicon opens on October 27, 2017.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Suburbicon on October 24 at 7:00 pm in the St. Louis area.

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Stephen King talks The Stand and Salem’s Lot adaptations

It’s been a heavy year for Stephen King adaptations, with feature film versions of The Dark Tower, It and Gerald’s Game (with 1922 still to come later this month), as well as The Mist and Mr. Mercedes on the small screen.

Next year is set to bring us the Hulu series Castle Rock, while filming on It: Chapter Two is also expected to take place, and now King has revealed to Vulture that a further two adaptations may be in the pipeline.

“There’s talk about doing The Stand as an extended TV series, possibly for Showtime or CBS All Access. And there’s been some interest in developing Salem’s Lot as a feature, probably because people are saying, ‘Well, we took an old miniseries called It and turned it into a phenomenon, so maybe we can do it with something else.’ Nothing succeeds like excess!”

There have
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Team for Movie on America's First Detectives

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Team for Movie on America's First Detectives
Paramount Pictures is teaming up with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon through their Pearl Street Films production company to produce The Shadows, based on a true story set in their hometown of Boston. There is no indication that either actor will star in the film, and it seems they will both just be producing at this time. This news comes just days after Ben Affleck was accused of sexual misconduct, for groping actress Hilarie Burton while she was hosting MTV's Trl back in 2004. The actor later apologized for his actions.

The project comes from writer Chris Bremner, who took his pitch to Paramount, which the studio acquired, and now he will be writing the script. The story will be based on Matthew Pearl's Boston Globe Magazine article "Into the Shadows," which chronicles America's first ever undercover police officers, who were based in Affleck and Damon's hometown of Boston. Ben Affleck
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Rose McGowan Claims Harvey Weinstein 'Raped Me' — and She Told Amazon Studios

Rose McGowan Claims Harvey Weinstein 'Raped Me' — and She Told Amazon Studios
On Thursday, Rose McGowan’s access to her Twitter account was restored and she celebrated by firing off a series of angry tweets at people she thinks covered for Harvey Weinstein and accusing the movie mogul of rape.

Addressing all of her tweets to Jeff Bezos — the founder and CEO of Amazon — McGowan wrote, “I told the head of your studio that Hw raped me. Over & over I said. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was proof.”

In response to the lengthy allegations made against Weinstein, a spokesperson for the movie mogul said, “Any allegations of
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Twitter Unlocks Rose McGowan's Account After Suspension — Company Working to 'Improve' Processes Following Backlash

Twitter Unlocks Rose McGowan's Account After Suspension — Company Working to 'Improve' Processes Following Backlash
Rose McGowan‘s access to her Twitter account has been restored after a temporary suspension amid her vocal statements against Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against the movie mogul.

“We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to People. “We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates of our Terms of Service. The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.
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Rose McGowan’s Twitter Account Suspended for Violating Rules: ‘There Are Powerful Forces at Work’

Rose McGowan’s Twitter Account Suspended for Violating Rules: ‘There Are Powerful Forces at Work’
Rose McGowan took to Instagram Wednesday after she says her Twitter account was suspended for violating the social media sites’ rules.

Sharing a photo of a Twitter notice on her Instagram account, the former Charmed actress wrote in the caption, “Twitter Has Suspended Me. There Are Powerful Forces At Work. Be My Voice. #Rosearmy.”

Her account’s suspension follows her vocal statements against Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against him.

McGowan has also been vocal about Ben Affleck, telling the Argo actor and director to “f— off” in tweet.

Her comment came after Affleck slammed Weinstein,
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Victor Garber Exiting ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ — So He Can Return To Broadway In ‘Hello, Dolly!’

If you’re a fan of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, you may want to sit down because there’s some bad news coming your way: Victor Garber is leaving the Vancouver-shot superhero series. As Deadline reports, the Canadian actor known for such TV series as “Alias” and films including Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will be exiting “Legends” in […]
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Ben Affleck 'Sincerely' Apologizes for Acting 'Inappropriately' Towards One Tree Hill Star Hilarie Burton on Trl

Ben Affleck 'Sincerely' Apologizes for Acting 'Inappropriately' Towards One Tree Hill Star Hilarie Burton on Trl
Ben Affleck is apologizing for his behavior after former One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton claimed he groped her when she was a host of MTV’s Trl in 2003.

“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” Affleck tweeted on Wednesday.

I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize

Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017

The incident on Trl was resurfaced after Affleck condemned the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein — saying he was “saddened and angered” by claims of alleged sexual harassment and assault made against the movie mogul by some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
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