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Check Out 'Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition," On Blu-ray Dec. 3

12/1/2013 6:30am EST
During the Iran hostage crisis, the CIA and Hollywood collaborated in a life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans. Their role in these events was little-known until information was declassified many years later.

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor.

Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are discovered and likely killed, the Canadian a...

Five Reasons FANS Don’t Want Ben Affleck As Batman

8/26/2013 11:30am EDT
Love it or hate it, Ben Affleck will soon be the Caped Crusader.  But amidst the contrversy what’s most surprising is how folks can’t understand why fans are so outraged over the selection.  So for those who are a little confused, here are some Cliff Notes on the subject.  Here are...Five Reasons Fans Don’t Want Ben Affleck As Batman.


Affleck already tried a more meek superhero role and it was about as welcome as a turd in a swimming pool.  With no muscles, no attitude and simply no character cool, Affleck clearly showed why not everyone can be a superhero. 


The Everym...

'Argo' Attacked By New Zealand Lawmakers

3/23/2013 8:07am EDT
Ben Affleck and Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio have become public enemies in New Zealand after suggesting Kiwi embassy officials refused to shelter U.S. diplomats during the Iranian Revolution in the film.

Just weeks after Iranian officials launched an attack of the Oscar winning film for its portrayal of their country folk, New Zealand politicians have taken aim at the movie for a line Affleck's co-star Bryan Cranston utters.

The actor's CIA character, Jack O'Donnell, sums up the crisis at the beginning of the movie by stating, "The six of them (American diplomats) went out a back exit...

The 10 Most Memorable & Shocking Moments At The 2013 Oscars

2/25/2013 3:00pm EST
Ben Affleck wins Oscar for Argo
If you missed the 85th Annual Academy Awards, we have a roundup of some of the best (and most shocking) moments from the ceremony:

1.) Before the stars arrived, the toilets overflowed, flooding the lobby at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, according to Fortunately, custodians were able to vaccum the mess before Hollywood royalty descended.

2.) "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart surprised fans after arriving to the event on crutches. She apparently stepped on a piece of glass a couple days earlier but later that evening presented an award without the aid of the medical device.

3.) Ho...

'Argo' Triumphs At The 2013 Oscars (See The Full List Of Winners)

2/25/2013 12:15am EST
Despite a snub for Ben Affleck in the Best Directing category, Argo landed the Oscar for Best Picture at the 85th Oscars, held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Jennifer Lawrence picked up the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook; while Daniel Day-Lewis landed Best Actor accolades for his role in Lincoln -- the only award each film received.

The night's big winner was Life of Pi, which landed four awards, including Best Cinematography and accolades for Ang Lee, who upset favorite Steven Spielberg in the Best Director category (scroll down for the ...

'Argo,' 'Lincoln' Frontrunners To Win Best Picture

2/24/2013 5:10pm EST
This year's Oscars promises to be full of drama and surprises as there are only a handful of sure locks to win awards.

The biggest question of all is which film will take home the award for Best Picture, with Ben Affleck's Iran Hostage drama Argo and Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic Lincoln leading the pack.

While Lincoln looked to be a sure bet early on, it wasn't until the Golden Globes that Argo began gaining all of the momentum; scooping up numerous awards, including Producers and Directors Guild Awards.

But that still doesn't mean it'll win Oscar gold. The Producers Guild has ...

Join Us Live On The Red Carpet Of The 85th Academy Awards (Live Stream)

2/24/2013 8:00am EST
Oscars 2013
Are you ready for Hollywood's crown jeweled event of the year? Yes, tonight is the big night, its the 85th Academy Awards hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

Maybe you're hosting an Oscar themed party this year or hunkering down with a few BFF's for the big event? Then you'll want to be running our special two-hour live stream from the Red Carpet on

See who is wearing what – check out first hand who might make the best/worst dressed list. Hear from celebs themselves as they enter Hollywood's Dolby Theater for the biggest event in moviemaking.

Bookmark this page and join us live sta...

Pre-Oscar Accolades: French Cesar Awards Honors 'Amour,' 'Argo'

2/23/2013 5:00pm EST
French drama "Amour" received a huge pre-Oscars boost on Friday after sweeping the board at the Cesar Awards in Paris, France, taking home five of the night's major prizes.

The film centers on an octogenarian couple who find their love put to the ultimate test when one of them suffers a stroke and the other must assume the role of the caretaker

"Amour" picked up the coveted Best Picture prize, beating "Camille Rewinds," "Rust and Bone," "Holy Motors," "The First Name," "In the House" and "Farewell, My Queen."
Michael Haneke was named Best Director, while Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis T...

Check Out 'ARGO: Inside Story' Feb. 23 & 24 On Discovery Channel

2/23/2013 9:00am EST
Critics are buzzing over Ben Affleck's "Argo," which chronicles the CIA's attempt to rescue six Americans during the 1978 Iran hostage crisis.  The film, which has been nominated for seven Oscars including one for best picture, is based on real-life events. But what really happened during the covert operation?

"ARGO: Inside Story," airing at 10 PM E/P on Saturday, Feb. 23 and at 12 PM E/P on Sunday, Feb. 24 on Discovery Channel, gains access to the top players involved in the crisis to hear their side of the story, including the CIA's "chief of disguise," Tony Mendez, who was called upon ...

Oscars 2013: What Will Win, What Could Win And What Should Win

2/22/2013 7:54am EST
Oscars 2013
The 85th Annual Academy Awards – airing this Sunday at 8:30 PM EST on ABC – are sure to get a little rowdy this year. Ceremony notwithstanding, the categories themselves are all over the place, and for the first time in years, there are no dead-locks and certain promises in any of the categories (except, perhaps, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, but we'll get to that). Still, pundits have weighed in and the scales are tipped in several favors. Here are our predictions for what will likely win, what might upset and what films and performances deserve a golden statuette in some of the ...

Two Jews On Film Give Their 2013 Oscar Picks

2/20/2013 7:30pm EST
Oscar picks 2013
2012 was a great year for films.

We had an old fashioned spaghetti western that blended over the top comedy, violence and the horror of slavery from the always exceptional Quentin Tarrantino ('Django Unchained).

There were several films based on real life events - one that took us on an edge of your seat journey involving the hunt and capture of Osama Bin Laden ('Zero Dark Thirty' - directed by Kathryn Bigelow) and the other...

The rescue of 6 American hostages during the Iran 1979 revolution ('Argo' - directed by Ben Affleck).

Speaking of history, we saw all the manipulations and pol...

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Rules The BAFTAs

2/10/2013 11:05pm EST
Ben Affleck was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Sunday night after Argo won honors for Best Film and Best Director.

The star's acclaimed movie about the real-life 1979 Iranian hostage crisis beat out the likes of Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty for the ceremony's main prize.

He was also named Best Director, ahead of Oscar nominees Michael Haneke (Amour) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who, like him, were snubbed by Academy Awards voters.


Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence And 'Argo' Dominate 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards

1/28/2013 8:06am EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence and the cast of Argo continued their winning streaks on Sunday as they picked up top honors at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Lincoln star Day-Lewis virtually locked in his Best Actor Oscar by securing the SAG accolade for his portrayal of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, while Jennifer Lawrence bounced back from a bout of pneumonia to collect the best Female Actor in a Leading Role title for her Academy Award-nominated turn in comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook.

Supporting actor accolades went to Tommy Lee Jones for historical epic Lin...

Iranian 'Argo' In The Works

1/16/2013 9:12am EST
Moviemakers in Iran are planning their own version of Ben Affleck's thriller Argo to tell their side of the hostage drama story.

Affleck's film is about the rescue of American diplomats from Iran during the country's revolution in the 1970s, and the critically-acclaimed picture has won the actor/director seven nominations at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Following the huge international response to Argo, filmmakers in Iran are now planning to shoot their own version, called Setad Moshtarak (The General Staff).

Iranian actor/filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian says, "The draft of the movie, Se...

No Snubs At The Golden Globes As Argo, Ben Affleck Triumph (Full List Of Winners)

1/13/2013 11:53pm EST
After a week that saw Ben Affleck inexplicably overlooked for a Best Director Oscar nomination for his film Argo, the actor/director/producer and his film triumphed at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.

Affleck won the award for Best Director, receiving a rousing stading ovation, while Argo was named the year's Best Picture in the Drama category.

Argo landed seven Academy Award nominations, but none for its director -- almost a sure sign that the film won't be able to match its Best Picture award at next month's Oscars as the two awards almost always go hand-in-hand.

The 70th Annual Golden Gl...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Online Film Critics Society Names 'Argo' The Best Film Of 2012

1/7/2013 2:25pm EST
Ben Affleck's acclaimed new film Argo has been crowned the best movie of 2012 by officials at the Online Film Critics Society.

The thriller, which also features John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin, was named Best Picture, while Chris Terrio picked up the Best Screenplay prize.

The Master was also a big winner among online critics - Paul Thomas Anderson picked up a trophy for Best Director, while Philip Seymour Hoffman was feted in the supporting actor category. Both are expected to be among the names read out when the Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday.

Others receivi...

Two Jews On Their Top Ten Films Of 2012

1/6/2013 10:55pm EST
Life of Pi
2012 was a great year for films - studio films as well as Indy titles all scored big.

From the exquisite writing, directing, special effects, I found myself laughing hysterically from a foul mouth, over-sexed pot smoking bear, to a bunch of folks freaking out at the prospect of turning 40.

We had cutting edge performances from Matthew McConaughey ('Killer Joe' & 'The Paper Boy), Nicole Kidman ('The Paper Boy'), John Hawkes and Helen Hunt ('The Sessions') as well as Daniel Day Lewis ('Lincoln') Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) and the whole cast of 'Django Unchained'.

As usual, John and I didn...

Inspiration For 'Argo' Dies At 88

1/6/2013 10:07am EST
The Canadian diplomat who helped inspire Ben Affleck's critically acclaimed movie Argo has died at the age of 88.

John Sheardown passed away on Sunday in Ottawa, Canada after being treated for Alzheimer's disease.

Sheardown was second-in-command at the Canadian Embassy in Iran when militants took control of the United States Embassy in Tehran and captured all but six diplomats in 1979.

Along with his boss Ken Taylor, he hid the remaining U.S. Embassy employees at his home for four months.

Affleck turned the story into a box office success last year, but decided to focus on Taylor's ...

Best of 2012 - Jason Coleman's Top Ten Films

12/28/2012 11:00am EST
Sound o noise
This is it folks – the final list for the year! And as always we’ve saved the best for last with a gaggle of ten of the most original, romantic, brutal, disgusting and thoughtful films to ever grace the vast silver screen. (Or at least the 2012 multiplex mini-screens!) And while there were a gaggle of year-end heavy hitters that missed ("Lincoln" way too long, "Zero Dark Thirty" not enough Bigelow style and "Django Unchained" seriously uneven!), flicks designed for the smart set that came up short ("Beasts of the Southern Wild" had hidden meaning yes, but still needs to be a good movie f...

Best Movies of 2012

12/24/2012 12:00pm EST
The Avengers
2012 was a great year for superheroes, James Bond, a former President of the United States and Ben Affleck. What defines a great film? It's different for everyone, but first and foremost it must entertain. Many movies did just that over the past year.

"The Avengers" was the highest grossing film of 2012, earning $623 million in the United States and a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.

The number-three grossing film of all time (behind James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar"), starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the H...

Ben Affleck Faced Casting Crisis During 'Argo' Shoot

11/10/2012 1:04pm EST
Ben Affleck faced a casting crisis on the set of new movie Argo when his appeal for young extras attracted thousands of senior citizens.

The actor stepped behind the camera to direct the film, which chronicles the heroic CIA rescue mission to free six Americans holed up in Iran and smuggle them out of the country during the nation's 1979 revolution.

Much of the filming took place in Turkey, and Affleck admits his hunt for locals to feature in busy crowd scenes didn't go to plan.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "It was much bigger than anything I've ever done and I needed thousands of...

'Argo' Finally Takes Top Box Office Spot; 'Cloud Atlas' Bombs

10/29/2012 8:47am EDT
In its third week of release, Ben Affleck's hostage drama Argo climbed to the top of the box office chart.

In the film, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats holed up in Iran who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador amid the nation's revolution in 1979.

Earlier this month "Argo" debuted in second place ($20.1 million). After two weeks as runner up it finally earned the coveted number-one box office slot, grossing $12.4 million.

Animated family film "Hotel Transylvania" came in at n...

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Poised To Beat 'Cloud Atlas' At Box Office

10/28/2012 9:21am EDT
Big-budget and highly buzzed about film "Cloud Atlas" isn't performing as well as industry insiders hoped.

The film, as well as "Argo" and Halloween-themed "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D," are all expected to earn between $11 and $13 million over the weekend, according to early Friday numbers.

Ben Affleck's "Argo" is "Cloud Atlas'" closest competitor and is expected to land the number-one spot. "Argo" has held steady at number two for the past two weeks. It will be the first time since 2009's "The Blind Side" for a movie to first win the top spot in its third week of release.

"Fun Size," st...

Affleck Transcends Boston Tales with ‘Argo’

10/16/2012 11:27pm EDT
Argo Poster
Ben Affleck has an uneven record when it comes to the quality of his performances as an actor. But there is another job he proven himself to be consistently adept at: directing. With his latest project “Argo,” Affleck confirms that he didn’t just get lucky with “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town.” He establishes that he can transcend tales set in his native Boston to craft a well-rounded historical drama with significant depth.

For those unfamiliar, “Argo” is based on the true story of CIA operative Tony Mendez, who snuck American diplomats out of Iran during the infamous hostage crisis from 1...

Toronto Film Festival: Movies With Kristen Stewart, Ben Affleck And More

9/7/2012 5:00pm EDT
Kristen Stewart TIFF - On The Road
The Toronto International Film Festival started on Thursday, and for the next week I’ll be seeing lots of movies and meeting lots of celebrities. For the first day however, I exclusively saw movies. Press screenings started first thing in the morning and premieres for the public began in the evening.

On the Road - An all star cast came to Toronto to premiere the film based on Jack Kerouac’s novel. Standouts will be Kristen Stewart in a harrowing, sexy and revealing turn; Garrett Hedlund as a charming, charismatic rebel and Kirsten Dunst in a heartbreaking role.

Argo - This is Ben Affleck...

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

1/13/2012 10:00am EST
Most Anticipated Movies of 2012
If you’re family is like mine, you probably got one for Christmas. I have an aunt who has given on to me every year since I was seven. Each time I open the wrapping paper and feign surprise, as if my present could have been anything else. The first few times she gave me this turd of a gift, I hung it dutifully on my wall for the entire year. Each time I looked at it, I would wonder how Chocolate Labradors or Monster Trucks define me as a person (News Flash: They don’t). Now, as soon as she leaves the room, I throw my gift right in the trash without even a modicum of guilt. Still don’t know ...