When Armageddon debuted in theaters 20 years ago, it wasn’t exactly well-received. Of course, it was a Michael Bay movie, and it did what his films do best: Plenty of big names, plenty of big action scenes, and plenty of over-the-top special effects. It may not have been an Oscar-winner, but the movie — about a team sent into space to save Earth from an approaching asteroid — was still a fun one to watch, and it made more than $200 million at the box office. We talked with two of its stars, Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis, who reminisced about some of the crazy things that happened while they were shooting Armageddon. (Click on the media bar to hear Ben Affleck & Bruce Willis)
Adam West, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck are among the actors who have taken on the mantle of Bruce Wayne/Batman, and now the Caped Crusader is off to another adventure with Justice League.
This film has been a long time coming, as this super group serves as the anchor of the DC Comics universe. Batman (Affleck), fearing a threat that could be even more dangerous than his recent run-in with Doomsday, creates the Justice League with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and the Flash (Ezra Miller). Although he’s not part of the official movie poster, Superman is also a big part of the Justice League, and it will be interesting to see how this film incorporates him into the narrative.
Although Batman’s vigilante tendencies is one of his most intriguing facets, the gadgets and vehicles at his arsenal also grab its share of attention. Click on the media bar below to hear Affleck discuss the “tricked out” Batmobile in Justice League.
After making his debut as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck is once again donning the Batsuit for an appearance in Justice League. If you count the Adam West ’60s camp classic, Affleck is the sixth actor to play Batman on the big screen. He told us he had to put all thoughts of previous Batmen aside when he took the role, although he did ask Christian Bale for a little advice when they randomly ran into each other.
Justice League, which also stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, opens in theaters on November 17.
Live by Night, director/actor Ben Affleck’s gangster epic which reunites him with novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone), hits Blu-ray on March 21.
The narrative centers on Joe Coughlin (Affleck), a World War I vet who makes his money robbing banks. After his relationship with a gangster’s moll (Sienna Miller) ends in tragedy, Joe decides to delve deeper into the world of crime with a move to Tampa. Selling rum during the Prohibition-era immediately moves Joe up the ranks, but his ascent takes a different turn after his dealings with a principled cop (Chris Cooper, who previously worked with Affleck in The Town) and the lawman’s unpredictable daughter (Elle Fanning). Though it’s an homage to the great James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson gangster flicks of yesteryear, Live by Night also has a pulse of its own. Though it’s a testosterone driven movie that’s filled wonderfully mounted action scenes, it’s Fanning and Miller who steal the show as the women who shape Joe’s life (unfortunately Zoe Saldana’s role as Joe’s love interest is underwritten).
Special features on the Blu-ray includes several featurettes (“Angels with Dirty Faces: The Women of Live By Night,” “The Men of Live By Night,” “Live by Night’s Prolific Author,” “In Close Up: Creating a Classic Car Chase”), deleted scenes (with optional commentary), and audio commentary from Affleck.
Ben Affleck turned in a great performance in The Accountant, but does he continue that streak with his gangster epic Live By Night? Affleck, who also directed the film, plays Joe Coughlin, a criminal who steadily climbs up the ranks during the Prohibition Era. Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Beyond), Elle Fanning (20th Century Women), and Chris Cooper (Adaptation) star in the feature.
With The Crash, Frank Grillo is Guy Clifton, a white collar criminal who’s hired by the government to stop a terrorist attack on the New York Stock Exchange. John Leguizamo (Carlito’s Way) , Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), and Dianna Agron (Glee) play the expert techies who help Guy stop this impending financial disaster.
The Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directed documentary Rats, which details the history of rat infestations all across the world, as well as The Accountant are also reviewed on the program.
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