Dee Rees reflects on The Last Thing He Wanted misfire

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics. In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits h…

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics.

In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits her ailing father’s position as an arms dealer for Central America.

The film, which also starred Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, and Willem Dafoe, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, but was heavily panned, and was subsequently released quietly by Netflix on 21 February.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Mudbound director insisted she has made peace with the reaction.

“You take your knocks, you live and you learn, you try to do better,” she said. “I would make that film again. I’m still proud of it.”

However, Rees admitted she felt guilty about the flop when she considers her cast and crew.

“When you’re making a film, (your team) has to believe in you and trust you and spend six, seven months of their lives with you. All this toil and sacrifice, I didn’t make it pay off for them,” the 43-year-old shared.

And the misfire has helped Rees inform her career going forward, with her adding: “It felt like a rite of passage… Now there’s nothing to be afraid of. I know the worst that can happen.”

Rees will follow up The Last Thing He Wanted with a new adaptation of George Gershwin’s classic musical Porgy and Bess, and she admitted she was feeling the pressure to get it right.

“(It) is an iconic property… I want to do the characters justice, and I feel really honoured to work on it,” she added.

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Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League heading to HBO Max in 2021

Warner Bros. studio bosses are making the unprecedented move of releasing filmmaker Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.Snyder had to step down from directing the DC Comics superhero movie in the spring of 2017…

Warner Bros. studio bosses are making the unprecedented move of releasing filmmaker Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

Snyder had to step down from directing the DC Comics superhero movie in the spring of 2017 following the death of his daughter, and Joss Whedon was recruited to complete the project, with him reworking and reshooting several scenes.

Justice League, which featured Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jason Momoa has Aquaman, was panned by critics upon its release in 2017, and ever since, fans have been calling on studio officials to share what Snyder had made before having to walk away.

Gadot, Cavill, Affleck and Momoa threw their support behind the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut social media campaign in late 2018, and the director revealed on Wednesday that he and his production partner, wife Deborah, have been working on his vision for Justice League.

Snyder shared the news at the end of a virtual screening for his 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel, along with leading man Cavill, but did not explain how his footage, which had yet to undergo the post-production process or have special effects added at the time of his departure, would be presented on HBO Max, which launches on 27 May.

However, he promised fans his Justice League cut, which was previously said to have a near-four hour run time, would be completely different from the project released to theatres, which he has never actually seen.

“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter. “You probably saw one-fourth of what I did (in the original movie).”

It’s currently unclear whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into TV-like chapters. Sources have estimated that the new cut will cost $20-$30 million (£16-£24 million) to make.

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Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa celebrate release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut

Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa have taken to social media to celebrate the upcoming release of Zack Synder’s version their movie Justice League. The filmmaker stepped down from directing the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie, also starring Ben Affleck, Gal…

Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa have taken to social media to celebrate the upcoming release of Zack Synder’s version their movie Justice League.

The filmmaker stepped down from directing the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie, also starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Ezra Miller, due to a family emergency and was replaced by Joss Whedon.

The movie was slated by critics upon its release and ever since, fans have been calling on studio officials to share what Snyder had made before having to walk away, with Gadot, Cavill, Affleck, and Momoa even throwing their support behind the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign.

On Wednesday, during a video chat with Cavill following a virtual watch party of 2013’s Man of Steel, Snyder revealed his cut of Justice League would be released on upcoming streaming service HBO Max in 2021, and stars of the film took to Instagram to celebrate the news.

“Ladies and Gents, it finally happened. The Snyder cut will be out next year!” Cavill, who plays Superman, wrote beside the new cut’s poster. “Now, I know there have been two camps over the whole Snyder Cut thing and whether it will ever happen for a while. Just remember, we all get to have more Justice League now, it’s a win-win. So, be nice to each other ;). Big congratulations to you, Mr Snyder!”

In the comments, his co-star Momoa wrote, “Love u bro excited for the world to see”, before sharing a post on his own Instagram page.

“Finally it’s happening. your welcome (sic). justice served. all my aloha to everyone who made this happen. all the fans. we love you. ALOHA,” he added.

Ray Fisher, who portrayed Justice League member Cyborg in the film, also told his followers, “For those who fought. For those who believed. Thank you.”

Snyder’s footage had yet to undergo the post-production process or have special effects added at the time of his departure. It’s currently unclear whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into TV-like chapters.

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Robert Pattinson: ‘The anticipation for The Batman energises me’

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and…

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

In a new profile piece with GQ magazine, the 34-year-old was asked why he wanted to take on such a well-known role and he explained that being part of that legacy and feeling fans’ excitement was appealing.

“It’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he shared. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energises you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

The Caped Crusader has been portrayed onscreen many times by the likes of Christian Bale, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck, but rather than being daunted by following in their footsteps, Pattinson has enjoyed trying to find his own version of the character.

“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character,” the British star explained. “And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”

Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is scheduled to open in cinemas in July. Fans were under the assumption the mysterious film involved time travel, given the reversed action seen in the trailer, but the actor insisted to GQ: “He’s not a time traveller. There’s actually no time travelling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”

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Barbra Streisand once complimented Jennifer Lopez’s engagement ring from Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez has recalled how Barbra Streisand once complimented her engagement ring from Ben Affleck.Back in 2002, the Good Will Hunting actor popped the question to the singer/actress with a huge 6.1-carat pink diamond ring that was rumoured to be …

Jennifer Lopez has recalled how Barbra Streisand once complimented her engagement ring from Ben Affleck.

Back in 2002, the Good Will Hunting actor popped the question to the singer/actress with a huge 6.1-carat pink diamond ring that was rumoured to be worth $2.5 million (£2 million).

The couple, dubbed Bennifer, announced they had cancelled their wedding just one day before the planned nuptials in September 2003, and split for good just a few months later.

During a recent interview with Apple Music host Zane Lowe, Lopez revealed that iconic musician and actress Streisand had asked about the sparkler at an Oscars party.

“I met her at an Oscar party, years ago, and I was at the time engaged to Ben Affleck, and – she’s really into diamonds, which I didn’t know,” the Hustlers actress explained. “He had given me a pink diamond, which got a lot of press and was… whatever.”

“So, she came up to me, and like, she’s heard of it,” Lopez added. “And she’s like, ‘Can I see your ring?’ And she asked me about the ring, but then she asked me – and I thought it was so strange – about being famous, and how I handle it.”

Despite previously calling the split with Affleck “heartbreaking”, she still loved the show-stopping ring.

“I loved getting it, don’t get me wrong,” Lopez teased.

Back in 2012, Affleck told The Hollywood Reporter that he and his ex “occasionally touch base”, and the Love Don’t Cost a Thing hitmaker congratulated him on his Golden Globe win for Argo in 2013.

“I respect her,” Affleck gushed. “I like her.”

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Ben Affleck’s The Way Back co-stars had great respect for recovering actor

Ben Affleck’s co-stars on The Way Back had great respect for the recovering actor for playing an alcoholic in the upcoming movie.The 47-year-old first entered rehab for alcohol addiction back in 2001, before then being admitted twice in 2018, with ex-w…

Ben Affleck’s co-stars on The Way Back had great respect for the recovering actor for playing an alcoholic in the upcoming movie.

The 47-year-old first entered rehab for alcohol addiction back in 2001, before then being admitted twice in 2018, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner staging an intervention to get him to a treatment facility.

In the sports drama, directed by Gavin O’Connor, Affleck plays alcoholic high school basketball coach Jack Cunningham, who is struggling with the death of his child and the end of his marriage.

And his co-stars had nothing but admiration for the Oscar-winning filmmaker for taking on a role similar to his own life.

Michaela Watkins, who plays his sister Beth in the film, told Variety that while it was a “great joy” to play people she’s too afraid to be herself, she held Affleck in high regard for portraying an alcoholic on the big screen.

“To get to the point in his career for Ben to play somebody who’s got some parallels with his life? I think that’s the bravest. That’s the scariest thing you could ever play,” she shared.

Al Madrigal, who stars alongside Affleck as teacher Dan, was also full of praise for the Argo star, who had apparently come “right from rehab” to film the movie.

“I wasn’t whipping out a flask on the sidelines, but Ben had it handled. He has a good sense of why he is not going back (to drinking) – because he’s doing this for his children and he wants to be a guy that they can look up to,” he gushed.

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The Batman shut down for two weeks over coronavirus pandemic

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Krav…

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, and Jeremy Irons.

According to editors at Deadline, production on the superhero blockbuster was originally being moved from London to Liverpool amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, but movie bosses later decided to pull the plug on filming for two weeks.

“The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.

Jeffrey Wright, who plays James Gordon in the DC Comics film, took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“Gotham, out. Back at the earliest. Keep safe until,” he wrote, alongside an article from Variety about the shutdown of production.

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,500 people have died.

Another Warner Bros. feature also having filming suspended is the third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

The fantasy drama, from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, was due to begin production next week in London, but is now on hiatus, while sports biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith as Serena and Venus Williams’ father Richard, is also temporarily ceasing filming.

In addition, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s upcoming historical drama The Last Duel has been put on “indefinite hiatus” days before shooting was due to begin in Ireland.

The country is on lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19, with schools, colleges and universities closed, and public gatherings banned.

The Ridley Scott-directed movie, also starring Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, has been filming in France, and it’s not yet known when production will recommence.

Sony’s comedy The Man from Toronto, featuring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, and Sylvester Stallone’s superhero thriller Samaritan have also been put on hold.

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Ben Affleck: ‘My dialogue was dubbed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie’

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production. In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player be…

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production.

In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player becomes a werewolf and delivers one line of dialogue as he gives the werewolf the ball.

Affleck has now revealed the voice that can be heard as he mouths the line in the comedy horror movie is not his because the director, Fran Rubel Kuzui, decided to swap his dialogue for someone else’s.

“Apparently, I’m so bad in that movie. I had one line. It was ‘Take it’, I think,” he said on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show. “I thought it was fine and the director seemed happy.”

However, Affleck only discovered that his voice had been dubbed when he saw his fleeting scene in the 1992 movie, which inspired the popular TV series, for the first time.

“I went to the movie – I didn’t get premiere tickets or anything – and I was like, ‘That is not my voice. That is not me,'” the 47-year-old added. “Apparently the director hated my performance so much that she looped the entire performance, which was one line. But, yes, I am dubbed – in English! Thank you for bringing that memory up.”

Affleck gave the interview to promote his new movie The Way Back, in which he plays a former high school basketball star struggling with alcoholism who lands a job coaching at his old school.

He recently finished production on crime thriller Deep Water, alongside Ana de Armas, and is filming Ridley Scott’s medieval drama The Last Duel, which stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

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Ben Affleck goes blond for The Last Duel

Ben Affleck has dyed his hair blond for his new movie The Last Duel.The 47-year-old, who has a supporting role in the historical film, was recently photographed on the set of the movie with a bright blond bowl cut and a bleached beard, and in a new int…

Ben Affleck has dyed his hair blond for his new movie The Last Duel.

The 47-year-old, who has a supporting role in the historical film, was recently photographed on the set of the movie with a bright blond bowl cut and a bleached beard, and in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, he teased the possibility of more images.

“Did pictures get out?” he said at the premiere of his new film, The Way Back, in Los Angeles on Sunday. “We need to control that! I don’t know how that happened, but somebody’s bound to see it. Eventually I’ll release some good ones, but it’s fun.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Last Duel tells the real-life medieval story of knight Jean de Carrouges, as played by Matt Damon, who accuses his squire, Adam Driver’s Jacques LeGris, of raping his wife Marguerite, portrayed by Jodie Comer.

And while Affleck is focusing his efforts on co-writing the script and serving as executive producer, he was full of praise for his co-stars.

“This movie has been really fun. Really excited. Adam Driver, Matt Damon… it’s been really fun,” he gushed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Affleck opened up about the other project he was working on with Damon, his longtime friend and fellow Oscar winner. The story, which is the focus of current HBO documentary McMillions, follows the man who defrauded the McDonald’s Monopoly game for millions of dollars.

The Argo star confirmed the duo are excited to get the project off the ground.

“We’re just getting a new draft in (and) still developing it. It’s a tricky one – we gotta find the right tone,” he shared. “But everybody knows that game, everybody knows McDonald’s, everybody knows the Monopoly game and the fact that it was a huge scam is amazing.”

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Ben Affleck ‘nervous’ about filming medieval movie with Matt Damon

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th cen…

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.

The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th century France.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Affleck confessed that the medieval storyline, and working with armour and weapons, would definitely push him outside of his comfort zone.

“I am a little nervous. Because I have never done medieval!” the actor laughed. “It’s 1386, so it is like armour and swords and stuff like that. But it was a real pleasure working with Matt and Nicole Holofcener, who wrote the script with us.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, the film will tell the story of knight Jean de Carrouges, as played by Damon, who accuses his squire, Driver’s Jacques Le Gris, of raping his wife Marguerite, portrayed by Comer.

In an effort to settle the fight, King Charles VI sanctions a duel between the two knights – the last-ever recorded in the country.

While Affleck was previously reported to be playing one of the leading roles opposite his longtime friend Damon, he is now taking on a supporting part and focusing his efforts on co-writing the script and serving as executive producer.

And the Gone Girl star also revealed that he and Damon are revelling in being able to work with each other once again.

“(We) just kept saying, ‘Why have we not done this more often?’ We just got lucky that our schedules kind of intersected so that we had some free time to share,” he smiled.

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