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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is currently riding a wave of success for his talented acting and directing of the Oscar Nominated Argo. It’s no surprise that Warner Brothers would approach him about taking the directors seat for the Justice League movie. What is unexpected is the rumor that Warner Brothers not only wanted Affleck to direct, but also play one of the central leads of the developing Justice League movie franchise, Batman.

Holy CinemaScope Ben Affleck, You’re Batman!?!?

Think about that for a moment. Ben Affleck as Batman. Warner Brothers wouldn’t just want him Justice League if he took the role, they’d want him for any follow-up Batman movies and cameos in other DC Comics movies for the next couple of years, if not longer.

The rumor of Batman Affleck comes to us from Elmayimbe of Latino Review. He’s also been the one to reveal the villain and team lineup of the movie so it’s a fairly safe bet he’s right on the money with this one too.

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Neither Warner Brothers of Affleck have confirmed or denied either rumor to date, so we really just have rainbows, mermaid tears, and Elmayibe’s track record to back this up so far. Considering the recent lambasting the Justice League script has been taking on the internet, Affleck might have dodged a Batarang to the career here.

What do you think? Who else should play the role . . . besides Joseph Gordon Levitt? I still think that he’s the best choice to carry the legacy of Nolan’s Batman series, but Affleck in the director chair? That would be a good choice, Affleck has some directing skills, I’d rather see him continue developing those talents behind the screen.

Via: /Film

Yet another year is coming to a close.  This means we’ve got yet another Top [insert number here] list of [insert year here].  In this case, it’s the American Film Institute‘s awards for the top 10 motion pictures and the top 10 television programs of 2012.

The list includes many of the expected film titles like The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables.  Same goes for the TV series; we’ve got Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Modern Family and The Walking Dead to drop some big names.  Fun fact for y’all: Mad Men is now the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree in history after 5 straight years on that list.  I guess everybody loves themselves some Hamm, eh?  Eh?

Anyway.  Jump the chasm for the full list! (more…)

Ben Affleck has been at the top of his game in recent years. He’s made the move from a successful Hollywood actor to director and with his latest feature, Argo, earning high praise it looks like Ben is on the fast track to a superstar revival. That revival hasn’t been without it’s missteps though.

Based on the events of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, Agro is the latest in a string of hits for the actor turned director, but a few years ago we couldn’t say the same. The Sum of All Fears, Paycheck, Gigli, the proof was in the titles and Affleck was slipping. Still to this day fans curse Ben’s starring role in the 2003 car wreck, Daredevil.

Fans spit all over the Marvel flop, a film Affleck has since moved on from, but nine years later in an interview discussing Affleck’s transformation into a successful director he looks back on film and admist he didn’t like Daredevil, just like us!

I made a bunch of movies that didn’t work. I was ending up in the tabloids. I don’t know what the lesson is, except that you just have to find your compass. I liked Sum of All Fears. Daredevil I didn’t at all. Some movies should have worked and didn’t. At a certain point, it’s just up to the movie gods. Anyway, this image becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. And I just said, ‘I don’t want to do it anymore. This is horrible. I don’t want to be in this spotlight, this glare, in this way. It’s tawdry, it’s ugly, it’s oppressive, and it’s inane. So I’m going to try to get away.’

And most of the way I did that was by not acting. I said, ‘I’m going to steer myself toward directing. I’m going to do something that takes me toward a place where the work that I do is reflective of what I think is interesting dramatically.’

Oddly it was Affleck’s role as star of the original Superman TV series, George Reeves, in the ’50s drama Hollywoodland that spurned his switch to a more behind-the-scenes role. Much like Reeves, Affleck was on the path to becoming an actor frustrated with his life’s direction and his performance showed the world a much more mature Ben Affleck than we were used to. It, in a way, was Ben’s wake up call.

You know, putting on the uncomfortable, cheesy suit–I understood that. And I understood what it was like to feel limited by perceptions and having ambitions to do things that were more interesting. And also, I got married, and I got older. And had kids. You know, the current of the river of life moves you downstream anyway. But I definitely reject the narrative that says, you know, Bad Guy Turned It Around. My life isn’t Behind the Music. I wasn’t a criminal!

Pretty sage advice for a guy who at one point could do know wrong, but has since shown even Hollywood elite have moments of weakness. If your still hating on Daredevil after all these years it might be time to move on, even Ben’s moved past the events of that year. At least we can all agree he was the bomb in Phantoms.

Thanks to Blastr for letting us know Ben’s true feelings.

Bryan Cranston in Talks for ‘World War Z’

Bryan Cranston used to be “that dad” from Malcom in The Middle, but since his star lit up with AMC’s Breaking Bad everyone wants a piece. Dudes got 5 films coming out this year, and even after being forced to drop out of Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad the stellar actor is in negotiations to join World War Z, Marc Forster‘s adaptation of Max Brooks‘ acclaimed novel.

While Cranston’s role has yet to be revealed, it has been described as a “small but flashy” role. If he does sign on (please do) Bryan will join fellow stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Brad Pitt, as United Nations employee Gerry Lane. Told as a series of series of first-person anecdotes collected by Pitt’s UN worker character. It’s a safe bet that Bryan will be part of one of these first-person stories, contributing a personal account.

Bryan already has a very big work schedule ahead of him, which includes Red Tails, John Carter, Rock of Ages, Total Recall, and Argo (the project he picked over Fleischer’s movie). On top of that he’s still working on the series that made him a household name in the past few years, a series that has earned him three Emmy awards. Does this man have Red Bull in his veins, it’s like he never stops for a breather. He just gets up, walks to make-up and comes out fresh as a daisy- like a boss.

Subtitled An Oral History of the Zombie War, the book takes place in an apocalyptic future in which mankind is fighting back against the zombie threat.

Via: /Film