Posts Tagged Ben Affleck

FILM News: Gone Girl; Laverne Cox

First Picture Still of Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in Gone Girl

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film, apapted from the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, will be released in October 2014.

Nick Dunne (Affleck) seen at a press conference in front of photo of his missing wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike)


Laverne Cox working on documentary FREE CECE.

CeCe McDonald’s currently serving time in a men’s prison. In 2011, McDonald and her friends were harassed and called racial and homophobic slurs which resulted in a physical altercation. In 2011, CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking to a grocery store in Minneapolis when a group of people began throwing racial and homophobic slurs at McDonald and her friends, resulting in a physical altercation. McDonald was injured and attacker Dean Schmitz killed in self-defense by McDonald. Cox hopes to bring McDonald’s story to a larger audience and shed light on the culture of violence surrounding transphobia.


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Entertainment News: books to film


Casting for The Fault in Our Stars

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Shailene Woodley stars as Hazel Grace while Ansel Elgort plays Augustus Waters. Laura Dern will play Hazel Grace’s mom.

The Fault in Our Stars focuses on two cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.

Filming begins next month in Pittsburgh and is slated for a 2015 theatrical release.

The film will be scored by Bright Eyes members Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott.

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Gone Girl Casting


This book was a tough one with very unsympathetic, unlikeable characters particularly Amy Dunne. She will be played by Rosamund Pike [Jack Reacher]. Ben Affleck will play Nick. David Fincher directs, author Gillian Flynn adapted the screenplay and Reese Witherspoon will produce the adaptation.

A Tale of Love and Darkness– Amos Oz memoir


Natalie Portman received a grant from the Jerusalem Film Fund to write, direct and star in an adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Oz’s memoir takes place in the 1940s and 1950s in war torn Jerusalem.

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Happy 40th Birthday BEN AFFLECK!

The Academy-award winning writer/actor/director grew up in Cambridge, Mass and was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, Calif.

notable films

The Town [writer/ director/ actor, 2010]
State of Play [2009]
Gone Baby Gone [writer/director, 2007]
Hollywoodland [actor, 2006]
Jersey Girl [actor, 2004]
Chasing Amy [actor, 1997]
Good Will Hunting [co-written with Matt Damon, 1997, Academy award for Best Original Screenplay]

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in the realm: QUOTES

A kiss can be an IOU, or the end of a love affair. A kiss can last for eons. A kiss can be longer and stronger than a fuck. A kiss has a history and a future.

–Erica Jong

I am a 37-year-old unemployed loser.
–Bobby Walker [Ben Affleck]

I’m a highly qualified applicant for that position!
–Bobby Walker

Glad I got that PhD.

Verisimilitude is the truth of art, and any convention which hinders the illusion is obviously in the wrong place.

Length, naturally, is not so much a matter of pages as of the mass and quality of what they contain. It is obvious that a mediocre book is always too long, and that a great one usually seems too short.

–Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction

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FILM: December Releases

DEC 10

Black Swan
starring: Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis
directed by: Darren Aronofsky
–a thriller about the competition to replace the prima ballerina.

The Company Men
starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello
–drama about three executives whose firm unceremoniously cuts them loose. Filmed in Boston.

The Tempest
starring: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper
directed by: Julie Taymor
–hoping that the eclectic, all-star cast attracts more people to the works of Shakespeare

The Fighter
starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams
directed by: David O. Russell
–filmed in Lowell, Mass. and based on a true story

DEC 17

Rabbit Hole
starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart
–based in Tony-award-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell [Hedwig and the Angry Inch], a couple deals with the loss of their son.

DEC 22

starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning
written and directed by: Sofia Coppola
–a burned out Hollywood start [Dorff] and his 11-year-old daughter at Chateau Marmont.

Country Strong
starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw
–Paltrow plays a country singer-songwriter aiming at a comeback

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My Favorite Affleck films [both Ben and Casey]

As both Afflecks have films currently in theaters–Ben has The Town and Casey has I’m Still Here– I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Affleck projects.


Chasing Amy [1997]
–my favorite Kevin Smith film. I found it to be honest [whether you're straight or gay] with heartfelt performances and a sharp script.

Gone Baby Gone [director and screenwriter] [2007]
–captures the authenticity and grittiness of Boston and serves up a great mystery with plenty of twists and turns and gasping moments. Casey Affleck owns this film with his intense portrayal of a private investigator trying to find a missing girl in Boston. With meticulous, sensitive, steady direction from native son Ben Affleck, Gone, Baby, Gone is a dark story of ambiguous morals.

Good Will Hunting [Oscar winning original screenplay, co-written with Matt Damon] [2007]
–If you haven’t seen this film, I don’t know if I could even have a conversation with you. Brilliant script.

State of Play [2009]
–excellent, stomach-churning thriller about the changing voice and business of journalism via a political scandal. Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams are fantastic as reporters, Ben Affleck turns in solid performance as Congressman caught in scandal. Helen Mirran is a feisty, no-nonsense editor. Impressive script, cast, acting (Jason Bateman plays an annoying PR guy). Keeps you guessing with plenty of twists.

Hollywoodland [2006]
–Riveting. Provocative. Thoughtful. Posed many question. Few answers. Ben Affleck was superb as George Reeves, a conflicted man, who gained fame as the television character Superman and then struggled for years to grow out of that stereotype and move beyond that celebrity and be recognized for other talents. He should at least be nominated for this role. You cannot take your eyes off him.

Jersey Girl [2004]
–I don’t care what kind of heat this film got for Kevin Smith and the rest of the cast. This endearing story with engaging, lovely performances by Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler completely won me over.

Boiler Room [2000]
–I’m fascinated by films about the financial world because I’ll never work in it.

Changing Lanes [2002]
–weird, creepy

School Ties [1992]
–small part by Ben. I was an extra in this film. ha.


Gone Baby Gone [2007]

Lonesome Jim [2005]
–Nothing screams of loneliness more than having to move in with your parents when you are almost 30-years-old. What a mark of failure it seems to be. As the 27-year-old Jim, Casey Affleck brilliant plays self-deprecating and wallowing in misery to the point that you cannot take your eyes off of him. Then you want to hug him and be his friend. He steals your heart. His vulnerability. His hopelessness. His ennui. The aspiring writer returns home to Indiana after failing in New York. An honest, realistic portrait of a mid-mid-life crisis and its often funny, often sad effects.

Ocean’s 11 [2001], Ocean’s 12 [2004], Ocean’s 13 [2007]
–just fun.

The Killer Inside Me [2010]

Gerry [2002]
–Gus van Sant directs a strange film about a friendship facing a major test.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007]


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FILM: Trailer for The Town [directed by/ starring Ben Affleck]

Ben Affleck once again throws the spotlight on working-class Boston in The Town. Affleck plays a career bank robber being pursued by the FBI [Hamm].

He directs and stars alongside Mad Men’s John Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and Mass. resident Chris Cooper.


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