Posts Tagged ‘Ben Affleck’

Runner Runner, Reviewed

Oh, Batfleck. How did you nosedive from Oscar-winning Best Picture director (which is water-cooler distinct from Best Director, for Argo) to agreeing to don a superhero costume (again!) to starring as a corrupt badass in a throwaway film such as Runner Runner in the space of a year? Ben Affleck, you are not a corrupt [...]

To the Wonder, Reviewed

It’s only April, but it seems fair to assume that To The Wonder contains more frolicking than any movie that will be released this year. Actually, it’s not mere frolicking that dominates the latest visually rapturous work from Terrence Malick, the same filmmaker who entranced some moviegoers and maddened others with 2011’s The Tree of [...]

Ben Affleck on Making a Movie, and a Fake Movie, With Argo

When Ben Affleck was filming Argo, the story of six Americans hiding out in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, he had no idea he was also virtually making a movie about current events.
“I was stunned to see that the research that I looked at from 30-plus years ago all of a sudden [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Emily White, Ai Weiwei, and Ben Affleck

Lindsay Zoladz has this week's cover story with a profile of Emily White, the 21-year-old American University student and former NPR intern who became an unlikely Internet lightning rod this summer when she wrote about how she barely buys music. Kriston Capps leads the arts section with a review of the Hirshhorn Museum's elegant, weirdly [...]

Ben Affleck’s Iran Hostage Crisis Movie Shooting in Area This Week

Argo, an upcoming action film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is filming in D.C. today and tomorrow and will move to the Northern Virginia suburbs later this week. The movie, Affleck's third as director, takes place in the earliest days of the Iran hostage crisis when a CIA team successfully extracted six Americans from [...]

Arts Roundup: Oscar Speeches and Charlie Sheen Routine Edition

*Variety reports that the late Jeff Buckley's songs are being worked into a rock-musical version of Romeo and Juliet called The Last Goodbye, set to hit theaters later this year. No word yet on whether the little-known, sparsely covered "Hallelujah" will make an appearance.
*In preparation for the forthcoming Academy Awards, Total Film posts the top [...]

ScarJo Butchers Buckley

At Coachella 2007, smokin' starlet Scarlett Johanson lent her sultry vocals to then-freshly reunited Scottish noise-poppers Jesus & Mary Chain's performance of their best-known single, "Just Like Honey" (also featured in Lost In Translation). Roughly a year later, Johansson foisted an album of low key, lounge-lizard reworkings of Tom Waits classics (Anywhere I Lay My [...]