The most famous — and valuable — people in Hollywood today are fictional characters. Today Vulture released its annual ranking of Hollywood’s Most Valuable Stars. Using a formula that weighs hard data like box office numbers and intangibles like likeability, the site determined an A-list pecking order that — inadvertently or not — reflects the monumental shift that continues to reshape the movie industry as actors become more and more subservient to the franchises they headline.
Some of the biggest movies of the past decade — including Oz the Great and Powerful, and the third and fourth Transformers films — have been shot in Detroit, where producers can take advantage of Michigan’s generous film incentives, not to mention the city’s abundant empty lots. Along with the movie boom, Motor City has seen the rise of another, more covert industry: amateur photography by people who stake out sets and share their pictures online. When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice filmed in Detroit this summer, newspapers and websites combed social media sites, looking for the latest on-set photos — many of which came from a Twitter user named @bananadoc.
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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will bring about a reckoning between two iconic D.C. superheroes — yet the shadow of a lesser Marvel character still hovers over Zack Snyder’s film. Prior to playing Batman, Ben Affleck starred as the blind defender of Hell’s Kitchen in 2003’s Daredevil. “The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil,” Affleck said in his Playboy interview.
Producer Charles Roven says Ben Affleck was their first choice to play Batman in 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'
—Amy’s teenage best friend, Hilary Handy, who had to transfer schools when she was accused of stalking Amy and pushing her down a flight of stairs. —Desi Collings’s patrician mother, who looks like Amy and with whom Desi has an unnervingly close relationship. —Rebecca, the young reporter for a crime blog called Whodunnit, who finds Nick drunk in a bar and gets exclusive video of him gushing about Amy.
One of the best-kept, least essential secrets about Gone Girl is now out in the open: Ben Affleck gets naked. At one point in the film (out Oct. 3), director David Fincher gives audiences a very brief, full-frontal glimpse of his star. MTV’s Josh Horowitz broached the subject with Affleck in a new interview, asking if he’d ever revealed so much of himself onscreen before.
The actor also engages in some sports trash talk with Michael Strahan By Hilary Lewis So now that Ben Affleck is playing Batman, does that mean he can take the batsuit home whenever he wants? See more Batman: Tracking the Caped Crusader From His Goofy Beginnings to Modern Mettle Specifically, co-host Michael Strahan asked if the actor could take the suit home when he’s done filming and wear it for birthday parties. “So I asked them, like, ‘What about maybe taking the suit home at the end of the thing?’ And they’re like, ‘For $100,000 you can.’ I was like, ‘Maybe I’ll just take a picture.’” See more Two-Timing Superheroes: Ben Affleck and 10 Actors Who’ve Played Multiple Comic Characters The die-hard Boston sports fan also got in a bit of trash talk with the former Giants star. Affleck had some kind words about retiring Yankee Derek Jeter, who played his last game on Sunday in Boston, but managed to get in a dig at the end.
Watch Ben Affleck Get Grilled by the Cops in an Exclusive New ‘Gone Girl’ Clip In these days of manufactured hype, there are few films whose arrival still qualifies as genuine events, but Gone Girl easily scales those heights. Based upon the chart-devouring best-seller by Gillian Flynn, directed by the king of dark-toned prestige filmmaking David Fincher, starring Ben Affleck straight off his Argo-driven career resurrection, Gone Girl arrives dripping with expectation. The gripping thriller plot tells the story of two failed New York City magazine writers (played by Affleck and British actress Rosamund Pike) who are forced to relocate to the midwest. On their fifth anniversary wedding anniversary, Affleck’s character discovers his wife has disappeared.
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and the rest of the Gone Girl cast discussed the film at its premiere Friday night.
While Ben Affleck’s reputation as a director is unimpeachable, his acting career never fully recovered from early-‘00s stumbles like Daredevil and Gigli. Based on the bestselling mystery novel by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl tells the story of writer Nick Dunne (Affleck), who is blamed for the sudden disappearance of his wife Amy (Pike). Fincher has said that he cast Affleck as Nick because of his smile in press photos, which perhaps seemed like he was trying to telegraph something he didn’t really feel.
Ben Affleck believes that he and Batman share a certain personality trait — or is it a flaw? In a new interview with the Sunday Times, Affleck, who plays the masked superhero in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, reflects on the bottled-up anger that he and Batman have in common. “I think it’s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films,” Affleck said of Batman’s temper.
We're still two years away from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but luckily, writer-director Zack Snyder isn't keeping all the details of this hotly anticipated superhero filck under wraps: Since production began, the filmmaker has been releasing a steady stream of images from the movie, incuding Ben Affleck in his Dark Knight garb, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, and even the brand-new Batmobile. In case you missed 'em, here's our round-up of all things Justice-related so far.
Update: Zack Snyder saw the internet’s Batmobile pics yesterday, and raised us this much-improved photo above of Batman’s new ride. While the car appears much more intimidating in Snyder’s official photo, it’s now undeniable that the Instagram Batmobile is the real deal. The Snyder photo reveals a lot more detail, like the swiveling guns mounted on the front of the vehicle, and the headlights placed alongside the wheels.
Director David Fincher caused some consternation back in January when a quote from him implied that his take on the twist-filled story — about a married couple (played by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) whose relationship takes a potentially murderous turn — had some third-act developments that deviated from the book. Flynn, it should be pointed out, also wrote the screenplay. A recent New York Times profile on Ben Affleck adds to a string of sometimes-conflicting statements made by the director and writer. Jan. 10: Fans went ballistic when Fincher told Entertainment Weekly that Flynn made substantial revisions to her book.
In the case of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 hit novel Gone Girl, Reese Witherspoon was the one at the door looking to nab the rights. The movie, due in theaters Oct. 3, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and not Witherspoon, who ended up producing. 1. Reese Witherspoon bowed out gracefully.
Without Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting may have never been made. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, two barely known actors from Boston, faced an epic struggle to get their screenplay greenlit in Hollywood. "He made Matt and my dreams come true," Affleck said in a Facebook tribute. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him." [Related: Robin Williams Memorials Pop Up From Coast to Coast] When Williams signed on to Good Will Hunting, he was one of Hollywood’s hottest tickets, just off Jumanji and The Birdcage — both huge box-office hits.
Production on 2016’s most highly anticipated blockbuster — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — is well underway in Detroit. Last week, there was the news team of the local Detroit ABC affiliate airing helicopter footage of on-set destruction following a major stunt sequence. Now, has released a handful of new photos from the set.
But the director stopped just short of confirming that the ocean-dwelling superhero will appear in 'Dawn of Justice'