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Ben Affleck began his career-reviving stint as a director by making films about what he knows best, namely the gritty side of his hometown Boston. And after the success of "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town," he spread his wings a little to take on a bigger project about a country in revolution — and ended up winning Best Picture for "Argo." So where does he go from here?
Why, naturally, he combines the two. Are you ready for Ben Affleck's "Bunker Hill?" Get More »
Isn't it kind of funny how the guy who played high school bully Fred O'Bannion in "Dazed and Confused" has grown up to make a film that has now incensed an entire country?
All of Iran (hey, that's how it reads) is up in arms over Ben Affleck's "Argo" and plans to open a lawsuit against all of Hollywood (again, that's how it reads) for the film's "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, according to Inside Movies. Get More »
Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck managed to make this year's Best Picture, "Argo," unforgettable, a sentiment with which the Academy clearly agreed. As exciting as the caper was throughout, it was the climax scene -- the great escape! -- that made the movie a commercial and critical success.
Would it have had the same resonance, though, if rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey bamboozled his way into the film? Well, it wouldn't necessarily have been as affecting, per se, but it sure would be a spectacle to watch, as proven in this "alternative ending" that throws Fire Marshall Bill into the mix. Get More »
"Argo," the big winner at this year's Oscars, was a gripping, nail-biting caper that left you on the age of your seats, in the tradition of other thrilling capers like "Reservoir Dogs," "Ocean's 11," and "Heist." But when you think of the stuff that made "Argo" so good — the quiet freneticism, the looming danger, and, of course, Ben Affleck's epic 'do — you wouldn't necessarily factor Macauley Culkin into the equation.
With that being said, the internet doesn't forget anything, which is why this pitch-perfect "Argo"-"Home Alone" mashup makes the blood-hungry villains of "Argo" look merely like concerned babysitters, desperate to keep Catherine O'Hara from flying the friendly skies Kevin-less. And it is marvelous.
When you get down to it, the art of filmmaking is really nothing more than one big game of pretend (albeit one with millions upon millions of dollars in production and marketing budgets propelling the whole endeavor). Underscoring that point, the skilled child-wranglers over at Official Comedy have successfully recast 5 of the 9 Best Picture Oscar nominees with a gaggle of thespian tots to create "Kids Oscars!" "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Lincoln," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Django Unchained" (what, no amour for "Amour"?) all receive the full toddler treatment, complete with adorable prop appearances by two plush horse-heads on sticks, at least four fake beards and an oversized Kangol hat for mini-Tarantino.
Does "Kids Oscars!" serve as a warts-and-all commentary on the egos of Hollywood’s A-list, or just an excuse to get a tiny spinning actress to perfectly sum up Mary Todd Lincoln in six accurate/adorable words? Watch the video above and decide for yourself.
This year's Oscars race for Best Picture is a toughie, but thanks to all that Academy snubbage in the Best Director department, Ben Affleck's "Argo" has been getting a substantial amount of buzz ... and these puppies totally agree.
Jimmy Fallon brought his "Late Night" Best Picture prediction pups back to redeem themselves after screwing the pooch last year — the little furballs plucked "The Tree of Life" for the win but wound up shamed by the runaway success of "The Artist" — and they found "Argo" to be the tastiest dish of the nine.
It does make sense, in a way, since the name of the flick does kinda sound like some sort of off-brand dog chow. Get More »
We've been bombarded with Oscar mania for the better part of three-ish months now, and it's getting to the point where it's hard to distinguish one Oscar contender from another. To keep from defaulting to exhausted apathy when it comes to the 85th Annual Academy Awards, we feel a fresh perspective on this year's Oscar nominees is in order ... for which a good old-fashioned face swap is just the ticket.
We apologize in advance if these re-imaginings by our own Dustin Glick make for nightmare fodder. Sometimes looking at something in a new light isn't exactly pretty.
Updated Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Okay folks, it's crunch time. Have you submitted your Oscar ballot yet? There's big money on the line (at least a hundy we hope, right?).
As we do every year on NextMovie, we're handicapping the Oscar races to give you a leg up on your friends, family and coworkers when entering your high-stakes pool, which as we all know is as much about the glory as the greenbacks (freaking Al from finance still hasn't gotten that smirk off of his face for calling Cotillard over Christie in 2008; get over yourself, Al).
Our usual disclaimers: We do not condone gambling, unless you're in Vegas or on a reservation. Good luck!
(And for a trusty second opinion, check out Joe Reid's Oscar predictions on Film.com.)
This week: Ben Affleck directs and stars in the current Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, "Argo," which tells the incredible true story of how the CIA helped get six Americans out of Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis by having them pose as Canadian filmmakers.
The 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards were held earlier this evening, and according to Film.com, it's now official: Everyone in Hollywood loves "Argo," as Ben Affleck's film was the surprise winner of the top prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Of course, "Argo" winning anything shouldn't be much of a surprise anymore following wins at the Producers Guild of America Awards and the Golden Globes. But considering "Argo" was completely shut out at the SAGs in the individual categories while "Lincoln" won two awards (Daniel Day-Lewis for Male Actor in a Leading Role and Tommy Lee Jones for Male Actor in a Supporting Role), it does seem a bit weird.
For full coverage of the evening, including "Silver Linings Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence's win for Female Actor in a Leading Role, head to Film.com.