Tag Archive: Ben Affleck


Here is the latest trailer for “Justice League”.

The film brings together Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

Here’s the first trailer for “Runner Runner”.

The film stars Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie. Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) directed. I can’t wait for this one. The movie looks good and the cast is strong.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It wasn’t so long ago that Marvel Studios got the rights to “DareDevil” back from Fox, who made a 2003 film starring Ben Affleck. Now the studio has gotten the rights to “Ghost Rider” from Sony, who made a pair of films starring Nicolas Cage. Perhaps these will be some of Marvel’s plans to rotate new heroes into its phases?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Ang Lee took home Best Director at the Oscars, but it was Ben Affleck who would have won for “Argo” if he hadn’t been snubbed. Now Affleck looks like he is gearing up for another run at the award. Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s production company is adapting the upcoming book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution”. Chris Terrio, who wrote “Argo” will write this film. The last big film about the Revolutionary War was “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson way back in 2000.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It seemed to be a happy ending. “Argo” won Best Picture. Ben Affleck, who was snubbed as Best Director, was gracious. Everyone is happy right? Not the Iranian government. Now they are thinking about suing most likely Warner Brothers or Affleck over an “unrealistic portrayal”. It seems there’s still some more drama surrounding “Argo” to be played out.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

News about the “Justice League of America” film has been…sparse. There was news that Ben Affleck was going to direct (he’s not), then it was perhaps the Wachowskis (as far as we know, they’re not). Then there was a script, but Warner Brothers decided to do a page one rewrite. Casting rumors have been just as confusing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in as Batman, then he wasn’t. They were going to keep Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern…but then maybe not. It’s clear WB has no idea what they are doing. That could be changing. Rumors are out there that Christopher Nolan is taking on the overseer as WB’s DC properties. He’s already producing Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, so this makes sense.

That’s not all though. Rumors are also out there that Christian Bale is returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the film. But that may not be for a “Justice League” film. It might be a team up film with Henry Cavill (Superman). If you’re asking how this would make any sense what-so-ever given the mythology created by Nolan in “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises”, I’m just as confused as you.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This one all of a sudden got more interesting. The Coen brothers, the pair behind “No Country for Old Men”, “Fargo”, “Burn After Reading”, “A Serious Man” and more, are rewriting the script to “Unbroken”, the WWII film. Angelina Jolie is set to direct the film, based on the book of the same name. It’s an incredible story about Louis Zamperini. From IGN, the story follows  a track star who was in the 1936 Olympics, Zamperini went on to serve in the Air Force during World War II. When his B-24 went down in the Pacific in 1942, he and two crewmates spent 47 days at sea subsisting on rainwater and whatever small fish they could catch, all while fending off shark attacks. One crewmate, Francis “Mac” McNamara, died on the thirty-third day, but eventually the two survivors washed ashore on a Japanese island, where they were taken as prisoners of war. Zamperini spent two years of captivity and torture. He was eventually declared killed in action, before finally returning home at the end of the war.

You know, Jolie is talented, but I kind of wish Ben Affleck would direct this film. He seems to be pretty good at this historical drama genre with “Argo” under his belt.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Oscars 2013: Best Picture

Here’s the big one. The nine nominees are: “Lincoln”, “Amour”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Argo”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Django Unchained”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Les Miserables” and “Life of Pi”.

This is another wide open category. To me, this comes down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”. I’m giving it to “Argo”. I think the Academy will do this partly because the film has won pretty much every big award and they might be regretting snubbing Ben Affleck. Then again, maybe this is a big day for Steven Spielberg and company and they want to honor one of the nation’s greatest Presidents. But don’t be surprised if “Amour”, “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Les Miserables” wins the award too. that will depend on if any of the films gains momentum in the other categories. For example, if SLP wins Best Supporting Actor or Actress (Robert De Niro or Jacki Weaver), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Best Director (David O. Russell), this should be a shoo in to win. That being said if Les Miserables wins Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway) and an upset is pulled in Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) perhaps this will be a big night for that film. And don’t forget “Amour”. If Emmanuelle Riva upsets Lawrence in Best Actress, this could be a big night for that film as well.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Oscars 2013: Best Director

This could be another wide open category. Who will take home the trophy?

This year’s nominees are: Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln”, Michael Haneke for “Amour”, Benh Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Ang Lee for “Life of Pi”. With “Argo” getting so much momentum, this could be the year in decades that a Best Picture winner also doesn’t win Best Director since Ben Affleck did not get nominated.

Of these nominees, only Seitlin I think doesn’t stand any real shot of winning. The other four you could make a very strong case for. “Amour” is just beloved by so many people, this could be a case of the Oscars looking to give it some recognition, though that will probably come with a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Lee’s “Life of Pi” was extremely successful at the box office, wowed critics and is probably the most unique film of the five in this category. But “Silver Linings Playbook”, again I go back to if that film gains momentum, look out, because it could be a big night for that film. I think we’ll know early on if Russell has any shot. If any of the other actors from the film besides Jennifer Lawrence wins, I’d say he’s one of the two who can win. But my pick is Spielberg. With “Argo” getting so much attention, it’s easy to forget “Lincoln” used to be the big favorite to win Best Picture. This seems like this could be a consolation prize given to the film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.