February 2, 2013 |
Ben Affleck was named outstanding director for "Argo" at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, which were held Saturday night at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The win solidifies "Argo" as an Oscar frontrunner, after the film also claimed key honors from the Screen Actors and Producers guilds last weekend. "I don't think this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way," Affleck said in a speech. The other nominees for the feature directing award were Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty," Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables," Ang Lee for "Life of Pi" and Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln.
February 16, 2013 |
Argo Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Ben Affleck completes his evolution from movie star to action director with the hit, multi-award-winning and remarkably entertaining thriller based on actual events. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, the CIA agent who came up with a daring plan to extract a group of American Embassy staffers hiding in Iran during the 1979-81 hostage crisis: He pretended to be a location scout for a Canadian science-fiction epic.
October 3, 2012 |
The cast of Ben Affleck's latest film, "Argo," which includes Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston, are set to receive the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards on Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. There's already a lot of Oscar buzz swirling around the political thriller set in Iran in 1979, which opens Oct. 12, after it received strong reviews at the Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals. "Argo" is Affleck's third film that he directed.
November 8, 2012 |
When Ben Affleck began casting his acclaimed political-thriller "Argo," the first number he dialed was Alan Arkin's. And the moment Arkin comes on screen as Lester Siegel, the past-his-prime schlock movie producer asked by the CIA to set up a fake movie project to help extract six Americans from Iran, you see why he topped Affleck's wish list. Arkin plays the showbiz satire straight, which makes the one-liners all the funnier, and he imbues his Hollywood has-been with the bone-deep knowledge that, in this town, appearances are everything.
January 27, 2013 |
Tate Donovan, nominated in the ensemble in a motion picture category for his role as Bob Anders in "Argo," approached the press line at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet with his eyes on the readily available bottle of Purell. "Do you have this out here for when you shake actors' hands? Us actors, we're just disgustingly dirty, aren't we? This would never happen at the DGAs!" Still in high spirits from "Argo's" tremendous win at the Golden Globes, Donovan shouted, "We didn't expect it at all!
February 22, 2013 |
The people behind "Argo" hope to pick up some more hardware for their trophy cases at Sunday's Academy Awards, but in the meantime they've added another accolade to their accomplishments list. On Friday, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge presented the film with the second annual Made in Hollywood award, which recognizes films that are shot primarily in Los Angeles. “'Argo' is a great film that was shot in a great location: the city of Los Angeles,” LaBonge said while presenting the honor to Warner Bros.