Zack Snyder brought his new Batman Ben Affleck, Superman Henry Cavill, and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to Hall H – and the fans to their feet – right off the bat at the top of Warner Bros.’ two-hour Comic-Con presentation this morning. And with the superheroes came a groundbreaking first for the convention itself: Curtains on either side of the main jumbotron crawled back to reveal supersized wraparound screens extending down both sides of the massive hall, giving the 6,000+ attendees an immersive aural and visual peek at a first teaser for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Snyder also timed a Twitter post to reveal the first look at Gadot’s Wonder Woman (check it out here.)
The original build for Warners’ Hall H presentation added 450 feet we’re told and it took four people just to open the curtains. The planning for the install began months ago and the build took about a week. Too bad it’s not permanent though: The curtains closed again immediately following WB’s panel — bummer for Legendary, Marvel, and the other studios who have to follow. Read More »
DC Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary at its Comic-Con booth with a wall montage that happens to reveal the second image (here’s the first) of Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Check out the stubble:
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Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are joined by Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon in the new trailer for David Fincher‘s mystery-thriller Gone Girl, adapted by Gillian Flynn from her bestselling novel. Affleck is Nick Dunne, a writer who reports his wife missing on their fifth anniversary only to become a subject of suspicion by the cops and in the media. This is the second trailer, and gives more of a glimpse of the ensemble cast. Cean Chaffin, Arnon Milchan, Josh Donen, Reese Witherspoon are producers on the pic. Fox has Gone Girl set for an October 3 release in the same frame that Fincher opened his Oscar-winning The Social Network in 2010:
Batman Vs. Superman director Zack Snyder‘s Twitter feed is getting a workout this week. After first showing off the back end of the new Batmobile yesterday, today he revealed Ben Affleck in the Batsuit next to the car. First thought: It’s just a set shot, but it already looks moody, and the suit itself looks more contoured than past incarnations — like it’s battle-worn. And thankfully no Batsuit Nipples. What do you think?
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HBO seems to be going through the list of shows it may have short-shrifted for being ahead of their time and giving them a second chance. With a new installment of cult 2005 comedy The Comeback in final negotiations, the pay cable network announced this morning that it will be bringing back 2001 filmmaking documentary series Project Greenlight for a new season. It will be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, executive producers of the original two seasons. “Project Greenlight was ahead of its time,” Affleck said. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away.” It is worth noting that when the first two seasons of Project Greenlight were done more a decade ago, Affleck and Damon were actors-writers. Now Affleck also is a respected feature director. “Project Greenlight works,” Damon said. “Careers have been launched and sustained as a direct result of this contest. Pete Jones, John Gulager, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are just a few of the PGL alums who’ve gone on to do great things in Hollywood, and Ben and I are really proud of that.” Read More »
“I did not kill my wife!” Ben Affleck‘s hubby protagonist Nick Dunne emphatically declares in the first trailer from the high-profile big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s worldwide bestseller Gone Girl. And though that catchphrase might be an echo from 1993′s The Fugitive, Dunne is a guy — unlike Harrison Ford’s Dr. Richard Kimble — who has the deck stacked against him when it comes to his murdered better half (Rosamund Pike). Or so it seems. One of Flynn’s inspirations for the novel stemmed from the psychology and dynamics of couples’ long-term relationships. CinemaCon attendees got an early look at the trailer last month. Fox will release the David Fincher film on the first Friday in October — in the same spot the director’s 2010 awards-season darling, The Social Network, launched. Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle and Patrick Fugit round out the cast. Take a look and see if you can get Richard Butler’s eerie cover of the Charles Aznavour’s song “She” out of your head:
Warner Bros has added Holly Hunter, 300: Rise Of An Empire star Callan Mulvey, and The Wolverine‘s Tao Okamoto to join Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons (Alfred), and Man Of Steel returnees Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane in the Zack Snyder-directed film.
The trio will play new characters. Mulvey just worked with Snyder in the 300 sequel. Chris Terrio and David Goyer wrote the script, and Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing. The pic opens May 6, 2016.
UPDATE, 12:04 PM: By Warner Bros jumping aboard the high-profile Johnny Depp-Joel Edgerton pic Black Mass, it means the studio won’t be taking on another Whitey Bulger project in its own backyard: the one that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon had been developing for a couple of years as a starring vehicle for Damon via their Warners-based Pearl Street Films. I’m hearing that Affleck and Damon were given a day or two advance notice that the studio was putting its eggs in the Black Mass basket, but that news came just a day before the latest rewrite was turned in by Aaron Stockard, who worked with Affleck on The Town and Gone Baby Gone and who rewrote the script by Oscar nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. There was much enthusiasm, then radio silence, and then…Naturally there are bruised feelings that Warners will have to repair with two of its most valuable players, as this was the first project pitched for Affleck to direct and Damon to star after Pearl Street inked its overall deal there, and I’m told the studio assured the pair it wanted to make their movie.
This is all a part of the big rough and tumble game of studios needing to fill slates, and clearly someone was going to come out first with a Bulger biopic. But there are plenty of reasons to smooth any ruffles here. Affleck is directing and starring in Warner Bros’ Live By Night, an epic period crime drama that he adapted from the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, author of Affleck’s first directorial outing Gone Baby Gone. It’s the follow-up to the Best Picture Oscar winner Argo he made for the studio. He also is playing Batman in Warner Bros’ Batman Vs. Superman. Read More »
CBS has given a pilot order to More Time With Family, a multi-camera comedy starring comedian Tom Papa. The project, which had a put pilot commitment, was one of the highest-profile comedy packages this season – with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as executive producers, Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith as writers/exec producers and Papa as star. 20th Century Fox TV, where Yuspa and Goldsmith are based, is producing.
Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, More Time With Family centers on a husband and father (Papa) making a career change to spend more time with his family. The project originated with Papa and Damon who had worked together on two movies, The Informant and Behind The Candelabra. They teamed with Damon’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator Affleck, and Yuspa and Goldsmith came on board to write. Affleck will executive produce through his Pearl Street along with Papa, Yuspa, Goldsmith and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. This marks Pearl Street’s second pilot order this season — the company also has crime drama The Middle Man, which is on a series track at Fox.
Despite a historic tie for best picture at the PGA Awards a week ago, the most talked about moment from the ceremony was when Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television winner Chuck Lorre recounted a brief bathroom encounter with Ben Affleck at the Golden Globes when the two peed next to each other. “Yes, I peeked. And yes, Comic-Con — he can play Batman,” Lorre said to roaring laughter, a line that later sparked a witty response from best picture presenter Affleck (watch the video below). Now Lorre used a vanity card that aired at the end of his CBS comedies Mike & Molly and Mom last night to set the record straight on the described encounter (yes, it was a joke). He revealed the original versions of the anecdote that would’ve featured director Martin Scorsese and mogul Harvey Weinstein as well as the reasons he rejected them before settling on Affleck. Here is the card:
Not that it really matters, but the joke I made at the Producers Guild Awards regarding Ben Affleck’s genitals being of sufficient size to fill the caped crusader’s codpiece was just that, a joke. I’ve never met Mr. Affleck in or out of a men’s room. Nor am I in the habit of peeking at another guy’s junk while standing at a urinal. (I mostly stare at the tiles and worry that the invisible auto-flush light beam is secretly cooking my internal organs.) I just wanted to open my speech with a cheap laugh about the Golden Globes. To be completely honest, the original version of the joke had me peeing next to and peeking at Martin Scorsese — who was, at best, a grower not a show-er. I cut it, wisely I thought, because it felt unfair to “belittle” a giant of cinema, even if I had issues with “Hugo.” I then considered telling the same joke with Harvey Weinstein as the celebrity at the neighboring stall, but cut that as well because I worried that he might be able to have me hurt.
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Blame it on Batman. There has been a change in plans for Fox’s high profile drama project The Middle Man, which has a pilot order and has been on track to series under Fox’s new development model. Oscar winner Ben Affleck, who was set to helm in his pilot directing debut, had to pull out because of scheduling issues with Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman movie, in which Affleck plays Batman. While Warner Bros. recently pushed the release date for the movie from 2015 to 2016, word is that production is not being delayed and the main players have been summoned to start work right away. Additionally, I hear Affleck has other film commitments in the spring, when The Middle Man pilot is scheduled to shoot. Casting on Middle Man had been well under way with auditions already scheduled. That now has been put on hold until Fox brass figure out a course of action. I hear they are considering two options: bringing in a new director and continuing with casting and shooting the pilot after a short break for the new helmer to get up to speed or waiting for Affleck to finish the movie in the summer and direct the pilot himself as originally planned. In either case, Affleck remains an executive producer on the drama, which has been a pet project for him since 2009 when he started working on the idea with his … Read More »
The Producers Guild Of America‘s Sunday night awards show produced a lot of dramatic highlights but also a couple of very funny moments, mostly due to Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television winner Chuck Lorre‘s amusing and, at times, touching acceptance speech. The funniest bit, though, had to do with his Golden Globes encounter in the Beverly Hilton men’s room with Ben Affleck. His telling of the story and Affleck’s response later in the evening — just before he made the dramatic announcement of the tie for Best Picture — provided some of the biggest laughs of the evening. Check out the Lorre video:
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UPDATED: The studio’s new release date of May 6, 2016 is almost a year after the Superman-Batman movie’s original date and might sound familiar: it is the same weekend as an untitled Marvel movie, setting up a superhero showdown. It will now bow on Mother’s Day weekend and is playing chicken with Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which comes only a week after. Talk about a monster chasing your tail end. As it stands now, it will be Superman-Batman, X-Men the following weekend, and followed quickly by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 from Sony. Something’s will give eventually, otherwise they will cannibalize each other. A studio executive discounted a rumor circulating that actor Ben Affleck (who is playing Batman) hurt his leg and that was the reason for the delay. “We just want to do it right and need the time,” he said. Warner Bros is giving the old Superman-Batman date to Pan, which was to be released June 26, 2015, thereby keeping it away from being sandwiched between Fox’s Fantastic Four and Paramount’s Terminator. It also takes Pan off the the same date as Ted 2 from Universal to go to more comfortable grounds at the moment … because, as we know … the jockeying won’t end for months and studios are flush with remakes and sequels in 2015, unlike anything the industry has ever seen in its … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: My, there has been a flurry of pre-holiday material sales. In the latest, Warner Bros has acquired an action-adventure spec script written by John Krasinski and Oren Uziel. Krasinski and his Sunday Night banner will team with Pearl Street partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce under their Warner-based company. Uziel, best known for scripting the genre mash-up The Kitchen Sink, which is getting made at Sony Pictures, will be a producer and Scott Z. Burns will be exec producer.
The studio is keeping the logline under wraps. This reteams the former The Office star Krasinski with Damon. They co-wrote and starred in the Gus Van Sant-directed fracking drama Promised Land. Uziel’s recent script credits include the sequel 22 Jump Street and the Men In Black reboot that is in the works at Sony Pictures. Krasinski co-stars in the untitled Cameron Crowe film that’s currently shooting. It is unclear at the moment whether he’ll star in the spec action adventure, which will be overseen at Warner Bros by Jesse Ehrman and Cate Adams. WME reps Krasinski and Uziel, and the latter is managed by Circle Of Confusion and attorney David Fox.
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Emerging Star Gal Gadot Set To Play Wonder Woman In ‘Batman Vs. Superman’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Warner Bros and Zack Snyder have found their Wonder Woman. They’ve cast Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot in the iconic role and she will be part of Batman Vs. Superman, the film that will see Henry Cavill square off with Ben Affleck.
Paul Walker’s Manager Matt Luber Looks Back On 18 Years Growing Up Together
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: When they help build a Hollywood star career, agents and managers know it can all end in a moment. That usually comes in the form of a phone call, informing them that client has dropped them for another rep. While that is hard to bear, I have been imagining how much worse it has been for Luber Rocklin Entertainment’s Matt Luber. His 18-year run with Paul Walker ended with a Saturday phone call as Luber and his daughter were leaving a sports bar to attend a college football game in Phoenix. That is when Luber learned that Walker had died instantly at age 40 in a tragic car crash.
Ben Affleck On Playing Batman, And How Not To Accept An Academy Award
By Mike Fleming Jr. – For Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue, the magazine needed an iconic subject for the Playboy Interview, and I hit the lottery. I got to talk with actor-writer-director-producer Ben Affleck about his life and the remarkable second act that he wrote for himself as writer-director of Gone Baby Gone and The Town, which culminated in the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. Read More »
For Playboy‘s 60th anniversary issue, the magazine needed an iconic subject for the Playboy Interview, and I hit the lottery. I got to talk with actor-writer-director-producer Ben Affleck about his life and the remarkable second act that he wrote for himself as writer-director of Gone Baby Gone and The Town, which culminated in the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. Naturally, the first topic on the menu was his surprise decision to become the latest in a long line of actors to play the Caped Crusader in Batman Vs. Superman. At the time we met, Affleck was watching as the Internet exploded negatively to his Bat-candidacy. Having weathered career hardship before and come back stronger for it, Affleck was unconcerned by the Bat-zealots who actually started online petitions against him.
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BREAKING: Warner Bros and Zack Snyder have found their Wonder Woman. They’ve cast Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot in the iconic role and she will be part of Batman Vs. Superman, the film that will see Henry Cavill square off with Ben Affleck. Gadot has been in three Fast & Furious films, as well as Knight And Day and Date Night. Given that Warner Bros has bolstered its starpower with Affleck and has Cavill returning from the summer hit Man Of Steel, it makes sense to groom new stars in the supporting roles, the way that Marvel has done. All this is clearly gearing toward the long-awaited Justice League film, all based on the DC Comics characters.
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The Clint Eastwood-directed Jersey Boys will hit the big screen on June 20, 2014, and Live By Night, the next movie written and directed by Ben Affleck, will be released on Christmas Day 2015. Warner Bros made the scheduling announcement today. The new date for the Broadway adaptation is the latest in a long ride for the musical, which was originally at Sony before Graham King signed a multi-year deal with Warners in September 2012 and moved the project over with him. At the time a Christmas 2013 date was penciled in. Now it will be released wide on a date that so far includes Sony/Screen Gems’ sequel Think Like A Man Too. Live By Night is Affleck’s follow-up to Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing. Affleck will also produce and star in the adaptation of epic period crime novel by Dennis Lehane, who also was the author of Affleck’s first directorial effort Gone Baby Gone.