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October 15, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The best Hollywood careers are unpredictable. No one in, say, the 1970s would have expected a prolific young director named Terrence Malick to disappear for 20 years and then come back with a meditative meisterwerk . Or imagined sitcom star John Travolta blowing up, then fading, then being redeemed by a hotshot former video-store clerk. By this standard, Ben Affleck's career is strange - but perhaps no more strange than some of our other shape-shifting talents. Affleck began as a wunderkind writer-actor - watch his "Good Will Hunting" acceptance speech now and you'll be struck by just how young and jolting to the system he and Matt Damon were - then in just a few years descended into laughable "Gigli"-esque roles and, thanks to his other J.Lo affiliation, the grinding machinery of the tabloids.
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January 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Sixteen years after Matt Damon and Ben Affleck first won their Golden Globes, for co-writing "Good Will Hunting," the two stars will again take the stage - this time separately, as presenters. Damon and Affleck join previously announced presenters Kevin Bacon, Julie Bowen, Robert Downey Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, Chris Hemsworth, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Uma Thurman and Reese Witherspoon, among others. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose hosting efforts were well received last year, will reprise their duties at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
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February 2, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
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.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With Oscar nominating ballots out to Academy members and the deluge of top-10 lists perhaps on the downward slope, there's no time like now to start thinking about potential awards movies for next year. Which may be why on Friday 20th Century Fox posted to its Twitter account the first official image from David Fincher's adaptation of the novel "Gone Girl. " The thriller is currently set for release on Oct. 3. Gillian Flynn is writing the adaptation of her own book, the story of a man (Ben Affleck)
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October 8, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Ben Affleck. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today The Script performs; Hulk Hogan. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Rob Lowe; Connie Britton; John Goodman and Alan Arkin; Jack Hanna. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Sunny Anderson. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Christopher Walken; Connie Britton; Rick Springfield.
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December 19, 2012 | By John Horn
He's best known as an actor and a filmmaker, but Ben Affleck has a special interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and on Wednesday the “Argo” director testified before the House Armed Services Committee about what Affleck termed “the deadliest conflict since World War II.” The founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative , an advocacy and grant-making organization committed to peaceful solutions in the war-torn African nation, Affleck...
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January 13, 2013 | By John Horn and Steven Zeitchik
In a surprise defeat for Steven Spielberg and "Lincoln," Ben Affleck won the Golden Globe for directing "Argo. " A clearly stunned Affleck, who earlier this week was noticeably not shortlisted for the directing Oscar, said he didn't care what the award was -- he was honored to have been nominated alongside the "exceptional talents" of Spielberg, Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained"), Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty").
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February 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck are doing some post-Oscar grooming. And here we thought the nips, trims, dyes and tucks were supposed to happen before the Academy Awards. Lawrence, 22, took home the lead actress Oscar for her role as a neurotic widow in "Silver Linings Playbook" on Sunday night and was spotted Monday without her blond locks when she emerged as a brunet. Oscars 2013: Nominee list | Red carpet | Highlights The actress was photographed smiling when leaving a Beverly Hills hair salon sporting the new 'do, which she donned for her role as Katniss Everdeen for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," according to People.
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April 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Good Ben Hunting! Ben Affleck is getting an honorary degree from Brown University. Is this life imitating art? The Academy Award-winning producer and philanthropist, 40, is set to receive the honorary degree from the Providence, R.I.-based university along with five others at the institution's commencement ceremony May 26, according to Brown. The Ivy League university will be giving the "Argo" actor/producer/director a doctorate of fine arts. The other honorary doctorates will be awarded to MIT professor Junot Diaz, Brown bacteriologist Stanley Falkow, Brown's Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan, physician Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.
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September 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Meme culture strikes again. In a confluence of two topics hot (with ironic italics) on the Internet right now, model Emily Ratajkowski, most recently seen undressed and dancing in Robin Thicke's controversial "Blurred Lines" music video, has been cast in a role in the anticipated adaptation of the novel "Gone Girl. " Director David Fincher is bringing together an increasingly odd collection of talent for his telling of the tale by Gillian Flynn, who is adapting her own novel for the screen.
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November 18, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
San Franciscans weren't the only ones touched by "Batkid" Miles Scott's adventures Friday - Caped Crusaders Christian Bale and Ben Affleck applauded the 5-year-old hero as well. “Batkid. Best Batman ever,” Affleck, who will don the cape in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, tweeted Saturday . "Wasn't that fantastic?” Bale told Vulture . “This little kid, oh my God - what a wonderful day for the little fella! It's just fantastic, seeing all those people who were out there to support it. " PHOTOS: Batkid in action Nearly 12,000 volunteers and adoring fans holding signs lined the streets Friday for Miles, who has been battling  lymphoblastic leukemia  since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman.
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October 3, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Only one word describes the effect of watching Ben Affleck slowly dial down the temperature one degree at a time in "Runner Runner": Cool. Frank Sinatra cool. He stars as sociopathic online gambling mogul Ivan Block, and if that role doesn't sound cool, you haven't seen Affleck at the controls. Justin Timberlake costars as Richie Furst, a Princeton whiz kid, also cool. Not as cool as Block. Nor as keen on the whole sociopathic lifestyle. The money's great, but feeding enemies to the crocodiles crosses some lines.
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October 2, 2013 | By John Horn
As the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind "Argo," Ben Affleck certainly knows the difference between a good spy story and a bad one. Part of his education came from novelist Tom Clancy, who died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital. The bestselling author of espionage tales was 66. As a young actor, Affleck was cast in the 2002 film adaptation of "The Sum of All Fears," in which Affleck played Clancy's famous CIA operative Jack Ryan.  PHOTOS: Tom Clancy: 1947-2013 “I think Tom was really the first major writer in the genre to make realism the top priority," Affleck said Tuesday.
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September 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Ben Affleck learned the hard way that it's never a good idea to read Internet comments.  The actor, who set off a furious fanboy backlash when he was cast as Batman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel last month, responded to his haters during a visit Monday to "Late Night. " Affleck told host Jimmy Fallon that even he was skeptical when he was first approached about the role. "They called me up and said, 'Do you want to do this?' And I thought, 'Well, I'm not 25, man. Are you sure about this?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Meme culture strikes again. In a confluence of two topics hot (with ironic italics) on the Internet right now, model Emily Ratajkowski, most recently seen undressed and dancing in Robin Thicke's controversial "Blurred Lines" music video, has been cast in a role in the anticipated adaptation of the novel "Gone Girl. " Director David Fincher is bringing together an increasingly odd collection of talent for his telling of the tale by Gillian Flynn, who is adapting her own novel for the screen.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
It didn't take long after Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman for the social media world to lose its collective mind. With nothing better to do on a Thursday, the Internets wasted not a second in turning the meme machine to 11 and making it clear just how the world felt about the actor-writer-director playing the Dark Knight.  Post by James C Mulligan .   On Twitter, in a blink, hashtags related to Affleck-as-Batman news...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With Oscar nominating ballots out to Academy members and the deluge of top-10 lists perhaps on the downward slope, there's no time like now to start thinking about potential awards movies for next year. Which may be why on Friday 20th Century Fox posted to its Twitter account the first official image from David Fincher's adaptation of the novel "Gone Girl. " The thriller is currently set for release on Oct. 3. Gillian Flynn is writing the adaptation of her own book, the story of a man (Ben Affleck)
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November 12, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award for his work this year as director, star and producer of the CIA thriller “Argo.” The festival, which runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 3, will present the tribute to the multi-hyphenate on Jan. 26 at the Arlington Theatre. “Affleck has come into his own as a multi-dimensional artist with 'Argo,' ” said festival Executive Director Roger Durling. “He embodies what the Modern Master Award is all about, and we're thrilled to honor him this year.” The award marks the festival's highest honor.
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July 11, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Assuming the scheduling stars align, Ben Affleck will play protagonist Nick Dunne in David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller "Gone Girl. " The high-profile acting gig would be slotted into Affleck's fall, giving the hyphenate time to prep his next helming effort, Warner Bros. crime drama "Live By Night," which is scheduled to start pre-production in January. As fans of the book know, Dunne is a magazine writer-turned-bartender who moves with his wife, Amy, back to his Midwestern hometown after he loses his prestigious NYC job -- and he is accused of murdering his wife after she disappears one morning from their North Carthage, Mo., home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Jim McGinn, a TV writer and producer, moved into his Pacific Palisades home on July 1, 1967. Three days later, the world, or so it seemed, streamed by the neighborhood newbie's front door. "That's when we found out about the parade," McGinn said. Pacific Palisades' two-hour Fourth of July procession - replete with bands, dogs wearing flag bandannas and kids riding bunting-bedecked bikes - is the centerpiece of the coastal enclave's rapturous celebration of Independence Day. "It is not the Rose Bowl Parade, with million-dollar floats coming down the street, but it is one of the best hometown parades you're going to see," said Robert Weber, 45, president of the Palisades Americanism Parade Assn., the organizing committee.
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