Sheila Vand grateful for ‘generous’ Argo director Ben Affleck

Sheila Vand is eternally grateful to her Argo co-star and director Ben Affleck for creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere on the set of her first film.The Rental actress played Sahar in the 2012 Oscar-winning movie, and even though she felt like a ro…

Sheila Vand is eternally grateful to her Argo co-star and director Ben Affleck for creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere on the set of her first film.

The Rental actress played Sahar in the 2012 Oscar-winning movie, and even though she felt like a rookie during filming, she recalled being immediately put at ease by Affleck himself.

“Ben Affleck was so generous with his energy and he’s a very down to earth person. I was really nervous! And it was a heavy-hitting cast with John Goodman and all these cool people, and I just felt like this rookie, and he just disarms you right away,” the 35-year-old told Collider. “He created such a safe, warm feeling place that I actually genuinely felt like I could do good work because I wasn’t so intimidated.”

She dismissed any rumours that Affleck was a “tyrannical filmmaker”, and suggested that it was his career as an actor that helped his cast feel comfortable.

“He seemed to really respect our process and he wanted things to feel natural for us, he wanted us to feel comfortable. And he just, in general, just has such a warm and friendly energy that he doesn’t come off as this guarded, ‘I’m a celebrity, I’m untouchable’ at all,” Vand added.

Despite only having a small role in the movie, Vand insisted that Affleck ensured she felt like an integral part of the project, and even invited her in to film an additional scene to show what happened to her character.

“He also added a scene to the end of the film where you see my character escaping Iran because they had shown it to a few test audiences who actually wanted to know what happened with my character, which was really great,” she shared. “I felt really seen by him.”

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Ben Affleck outweighed his stunt double with Batman bulk

Ben Affleck bulked up so much for his turn as Batman he ended up being bigger than his stunt double.Hollywood stuntman Richard Cetrone, who has worked on multiple Marvel and DC Comics flicks, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 300, and Angels & Demons, among…

Ben Affleck bulked up so much for his turn as Batman he ended up being bigger than his stunt double.

Hollywood stuntman Richard Cetrone, who has worked on multiple Marvel and DC Comics flicks, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 300, and Angels & Demons, among many others, worked as Ben’s double for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

It was Ben’s first outing as the Caped Crusader, and he took his training incredibly seriously.

“To be completely honest with you guys, I’m not a good double for Ben,” Richard laughed during appearance on the Batman v Superman: By The Minute podcast. “He’s a much bigger man than I am. We’re the same height exactly, so there we’re good. But I’m guessing he’s about 235ish, and I’m 200-205, right around there. So he’s a lot bigger guy, but in the suit, it doesn’t matter as much.”

Richard added that he offered to get as ripped as Ben, but was told to stick to his normal weight so he could “move well” in the famous Batsuit.

Ben and Richard both returned for the follow-up flick, 2017’s Justice League. They also worked together on The Accountant, Suicide Squad, and Triple Frontier.

Ben gave up the superhero role following Justice League and Batman will next be played by Robert Pattinson.

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Ray Fisher accuses Joss Whedon of ‘abusive’ behaviour on Justice League set

Actor Ray Fisher has accused director Joss Whedon of “abusive” and “unacceptable” behaviour on the set of 2017 movie Justice League. The Avengers filmmaker was drafted in to complete filming the DC Comics movie, which also starred Gal Gadot, Ben Affle…

Actor Ray Fisher has accused director Joss Whedon of “abusive” and “unacceptable” behaviour on the set of 2017 movie Justice League.

The Avengers filmmaker was drafted in to complete filming the DC Comics movie, which also starred Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, and Henry Cavill, after Zack Snyder dropped out due to a family tragedy.

Earlier this week, Fisher, who played Victor Stone/Cyborg, hinted at his issues with Whedon when he shared a clip of himself calling the director “a great guy” and “a good person” at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con and told his Twitter followers in the caption that he wanted to “forcefully retract every bit of this statement”.

On Tuesday, the True Detective actor went into more detail on Twitter, accusing Whedon of being unprofessional and producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg of enabling him.

“Joss Wheadon’s (sic) on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable,” he tweeted. “He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Accountability>Entertainment.”

Fisher has not expanded on his claims and Whedon is yet to comment. However, Berg, former Warner Bros. co-president of production, denied the allegations to Variety by insisting that it was “categorically untrue that we enabled any unprofessional behaviour”.

He then offered up one issue Fisher might have had during production.

“I remember (Fisher) being upset that we wanted him to say ‘Booyaa,’ which is a well known saying of Cyborg in the animated series,” he added.

Justice League was negatively received upon its release in 2017, leading fans to campaign for “the Snyder cut” of the movie. In May it was announced they would be getting their wish and the Snyder cut would be released on new streaming service HBO Max in 2021.

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Henry Cavill ‘really happy’ Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut will be released

Henry Cavill is “really happy” that Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League will be released.The filmmaker quit directing duties on the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie due to a family emergency, and while he was replaced by Joss Whedon, the movie was panned…

Henry Cavill is “really happy” that Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League will be released.

The filmmaker quit directing duties on the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie due to a family emergency, and while he was replaced by Joss Whedon, the movie was panned by critics and fans upon its release.

Bosses at Warner Bros. have been under pressure to share what Snyder had made before having to walk away, with the film’s stars including Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, and Ezra Miller supporting the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign on social media.

It was announced last month that Snyder would be releasing a recut version of the superhero film on HBO Max in 2021, and Cavill remained tight-lipped about the project when quizzed by Patrick Stewart during an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue.

“I can’t really tell you anything aside from the fact that all I know is that HBO Max will be releasing it, I believe, and it’ll be Zack’s final vision for the movie, and I don’t know anything more than that,” the 37-year-old shared.

“I’m just really happy that Zack got to realise his vision,” Cavill added. “I think it’s important for a filmmaker and a storyteller to have their intended vision released and shown to the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. It’s been quite the ordeal.”

He blamed a “mix of visions” for the movie being a box office failure, and said he was overjoyed that Snyder’s cut will finally be seen by fans.

“With Justice League when it came, there was a mix of visions and the movie wasn’t well received,” Cavill said. “And now that time has come, and I think it’s going to be very enjoyable to watch Zack finally release his version.”

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Ridley Scott: ‘There’s still a lot of mileage in Alien’

Ridley Scott believes there’s still a lot of avenues to be explored within the Alien universe. Scott helmed the iconic 1979 sci-fi horror movie Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, a crew member onboard a spaceship invaded by a deadly ext…

Ridley Scott believes there’s still a lot of avenues to be explored within the Alien universe.

Scott helmed the iconic 1979 sci-fi horror movie Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, a crew member onboard a spaceship invaded by a deadly extra-terrestrial creature, and its popularity spawned sequels directed by James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet until 1997.

The Oscar nominee revisited that world with the 2012 prequel Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant, but despite the latter underperforming at the box office, Scott has revealed he may not yet be done with exploring potential Alien stories.

“I still think there’s a lot of mileage in Alien, but I think you’ll have to now re-evolve,” the filmmaker said to The Los Angeles Times. “What I always thought when I was making it, the first one, why would a creature like this be made and why was it travelling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question – who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Gladiator director, who is currently residing in Los Angeles, insisted the coronavirus lockdown had been “a great opportunity to get all those unfinished scripts finished” and that he still hadn’t figured out when he could resume filming The Last Duel, starring Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

“We still have to work out when we’re returning to finish it off, whenever,” Scott added.

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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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