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11 Controversial Comic Book Movie Castings

March 19th, 2014 1:01pm EDT
Idris Elba
As a comic book nerd, nothing is worse than seeing a poor attempt at a movie adaptation of one of your beloved super heroes. So one could understand why so many casting decisions in comic book films create a controversy. Here are 11 controversial comic book movie castings:

Idris Elba - Heimdall in Thor. In what will be an occurring theme in this list, Elba's casting as Asgard Sentry Heimdall was a controversy only because of the color of this skin. Several white supremacist groups employ Norse mythology, so the perceived slight was twofold for them. In the end, the boycott attempts failed ...
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Jennifer Garner campaigns for new early education bill

November 13th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Jennifer Garner
Actress Jennifer Garner headed to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (13Nov13) to address U.S. politicians about the importance of early education programmes.

The Daredevil star, an ambassador for the Save the Children charity, joined Senator Tom Harkin and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Capitol Hill as they championed The Strong Start for America's Children Act, a new bill aimed at expanding and improving access to pre-school activities.

The mother of three said, "My kids have everything they need, so what I give my heart to - besides parenting my own kids - is early childhood education f...
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Disney And Marvel To Bring 'Daredevil' Series To Netflix

November 8th, 2013 2:24pm EST
Daredevil
Disney and Netflix announced a new deal on Thursday that will bring four new series featuring Marvel superheroes, inlcuding Daredevil, to the streaming video service.

The live-action adventures of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will be told through four new 13-episode shows beginning in 2015. The shows will all lead into special miniseries "The Defenders," which will feature all four heroes that hail from Hell's Kitchen, New York.

"This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel's brand, content and characters across all ...
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Five Reasons FANS Don’t Want Ben Affleck As Batman

August 26th, 2013 11:30am EDT
Batman
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.

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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...
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Five Reasons Ben Affleck Is A Good Choice To Play Batman (And One Really Bad One)

August 25th, 2013 10:01am EDT
Ben Affleck
Friday morning the internet blew up after it was revealed that Ben Affleck was cast in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the 2015 sequel to this summer's blockbuster Superman film, Man of Steel.

Affleck will portray a more aged and wiser Dark Knight opposite Henry Cavill's Superman, and the casting move has been met with lots of backlash.

Producers had to find someone new for the role after Christian Bale revealed he wouldn't portray the character again after last year's The Dark Knight Rises, even reportedly turning down a $50 million offer to put on the Batsuit one more time for a plan...
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Matt Damon Was Offered 'Daredevil' Role Before Ben Affleck

January 3rd, 2013 7:58pm EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon paved the way for Ben Affleck to meet his future wife Jennifer Garner by turning down the titular superhero role in fantasy film Daredevil.

The Good Will Hunting stars met at a young age, travelling with each other to auditions in a bid to launch their movie careers. In their free time, the pair read Marvel Comics and several years later Damon was offered the chance to don the iconic red Daredevil suit for a 2003 big screen adaption.

The hunk declined, and casting directors then turned to Affleck, who accepted the part and went on to fall in love with his co-star Garner.

Jo...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'When in Rome,' 'Edge of Darkness' & More

January 25th, 2010 10:59am EST
Edge of Darkness
I took a break from the movies last week, since nothing in theaters was particularly calling out to me as worthwhile. Instead I saw a release on video I wanted to catch: the new "Family Guy" "Star Wars" parody "Something Something Something Dark Side." I found "Dark Side" to be pretty hilarious, although perhaps not quite as novel as "Blue Harvest." As a lifelong "Star Wars" fan, I've always had an appreciation for shows and movies that deftly lampoon the series.

This last week in January Kristen Bell portrays a workaholic skeptical about love in the romantic comedy "When in Rome," Me...
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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

December 18th, 2009 9:39am EST
Greatest Entertainers of the Decade
This week, we've brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, Albums and Movies of the Decade. Now it's time to roll it all into one with the Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade.

This was a decade where entertainment became increasingly fractured. With 500 channels 500 bazillion websites and every medium on-demand, bringing together any significant chunk of people to one thing was a true sign of greatness. In an era when nobody had to agree - making them agree took something beyond the level of entertainer we saw in the past.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Entert...
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Our Favorite Celebrity Siblings

December 4th, 2009 10:04am EST
Brothers
The movie "Brothers" comes out this weekend, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and Tobey Maguire, and it got everyone at Starpulse.com thinking about brothers ... and sisters. About celebrity siblings to be exact. There are some incredibly talented families out there, and while that occasionally means high family drama, sometimes the siblings who come out of it become celebrity gold. Here's a look at some of the best celeb siblings out there right now.

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

There are still people in the world that have no idea that these two Oscar winners are eve...
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Everything Geeky - Happy 70th Birthday Marvel Comics!

August 11th, 2009 12:17pm EDT
Spider-Man
Today is the 70th anniversary of Marvel comics, and I thought as a geek it would only be fair to dedicate this week's column to them. All over the country there are going to be parties for Marvel so if you'd like to find one in your area, check their website for a list of participating locations. There will be special Barnes & Noble meetings too in specific cities where famous Marvel writers, editors, and artists will appear for Q&A sessions and sign autographs.

Marvel Comics was founded by Martin Goodman, and it was originally called Timely Publications in 1939. He was already publishi...
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Everything Geeky - Give Female Superheroes A Chance!

August 4th, 2009 2:25pm EDT
Wonder Woman
At the San Diego Comic Con I was speaking with Michael Jelenic, the writer of the recent animated movie "Wonder Woman," and we were lamenting that the film did not do quite as well as everyone hoped. Even with the positive critical response and excellent promotion, it just didn't get the high sell numbers fans were waiting for, although it did moderately well overall.

The reason I personally watched closely was because without proving that a female superhero can sell DVDs and toys, it is unlikely we'll see very much more of it in the mass media. They mostly sold the movies Elektra and C...
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Review: A Fan's Reaction to 'Watchmen'

March 5th, 2009 11:09am EST
Watchmen
I grew up in a comic book store, so most of my days after school were spent sitting in a beanbag chair reading graphic novels. It has been a fairly exciting few years for comic fans with the emergence of the mainstream embracing what used to be considered a nerdy habit. With big blockbuster movies like Spider-Man, X-Men, and The Dark Knight taking over the Entertainment industry, it is easier to forgive bad comic movies like Catwoman or Daredevil because at least they're getting these stories out there. At least people are starting to know and love what we've known and loved for decades. Ye...
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Famous Celebrity Brothers

November 18th, 2008 12:07pm EST
Owen Wilson
Celebrity families are quickly making headlines throughout Hollywood. From the Kardashian's to the Lohan's, stargazers are reading up on celebrities, their families and their crazy antics. For decades, celebrity brothers in particular have caused a craze for fans across the world. To celebrate the familial wonders, here are three pairs of celebrity brothers that have had fans screaming for one reason or another at one point in time.

Ben and Casey Affleck: Three years Casey's senior, Ben is often known as the more famous of the two. However, both have played big parts on screen and in t...
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Jason Statham Considers 'Daredevil' Remake

November 11th, 2008 5:30pm EST
Jason Statham
Tough guy Jason Statham wants to show Ben Affleck how to be a proper Daredevil. The Brit was linked to a remake of Affleck's 2003 film when fans of the comic book hero spotted him and creator Frank Miller in a bar, and Statham admits the idea isn't too far fetched.

He tells WENN, "Someone thought it would be a good combination and I thought maybe it would. I'm a big comic book fan and Daredevil, the one that got made not so long ago, I thought they could've done a better job with it. If they want to put me and Frank Miller together and do one, let's have a look at a script."

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Workplace Romance: Costars Who Fell In Love

August 19th, 2008 12:08pm EDT
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
It is widely acknowledged that workplace romances are a definite no-no; clearly, some famous actors and actresses didn't get the memo. From classic romantic duos Bogey/Bacall and Spencer/Tracy to contemporary pairings like "Bennifer" and "Brangelina", since the inception of cinema, thespians have taken on-set relationships from reel-life to real-life.

Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland's hearts skipped a beat while filming Flatliners (1990). Tom Cruise admired a young Aussie actress named Nicole Kidman and had her cast opposite him in Days of Thunder. The movie Seven ended with Gwynet...
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Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Expecting Second Child?

July 9th, 2008 2:49pm EDT
Bennifer 2:Electric boogaloo
Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are expecting their second child, according to new reports.

The pair welcomed their two-year-old daughter Violet in December 2005, and are expecting a second addition to their brood with Garner set to give birth next year, reports the National Enquirer.

A source tells the tabloid, "A few days before the Fourth of July, Jen began calling close pals with the news that she was pregnant again. Jen said she's three months along - and she and Ben are 'ecstatic'." The source adds, "She and Ben are still deciding whether they'll ask the s...
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DC Movies vs Marvel Movies: Which Are Better?

June 12th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Dark Knight
After months of anticipation the two candidates are finally ready to square of against one another. There has quite possibly never been such a sharp contrast the American public has to choose between. One candidate possesses the mind of an intellectual while the other uses gut instincts. One maintains a trim and chiseled physique and the other uses brute strength to get his point across. One is a relative newcomer that was born in the early 1960's while one has a long and storied history having been born in the late 1930's. Are we talking about Barack Obama and John McCain? Well… I suppose ...
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Famous June Brides: Happily Ever After?

June 3rd, 2008 8:30am EDT
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Historically, some married in the month of June to honor Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Others did it to time conception so births wouldn't interfere with harvest work. Brides in the 15th century chose to marry in June because it coincided with their "annual bath" - you read right - thus ensuring a relatively sweet-smelling honeymoon.

Centuries later, June has remained the most popular month to wed. In MGM's 1954 Academy Award-winning musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers the song "June Bride" trills: "Oh, they say when you marry in June, you're a bride all your life."

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Capcom Confirms 'Street Fighter' Movie Cast

March 19th, 2008 4:57pm EDT
Kristin Kreuk
SAN MATEO, Calif -- March 19, 2008 -- Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, is proud to confirm the main cast for its live-action Street Fighter movie based on the hugely popular video game series.

The story revolves around fan-favorite Chun-Li, who will be portrayed by actress Kristin Kreuk (of Smallville fame). Michael Clarke Duncan, Neal McDonough, and Taboo of Black Eyed Peas are also on board to round out this all-star cast. The film will be made in conjunction with Hyde Park Films, and will be distributed by 20th Century Fox for a scheduled 2009 worl...
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Video Games Do Not Make Good Movies

January 14th, 2008 11:18am EST
Street Fighter
There are some things in Hollywood that just do not work: Lindsay Lohan and sobriety, most marriages, Tim Allen tackling roles not involving Christmas, and successfully adapting a video game into a movie. Why is this so hard?

The powers that be can take a 700-page book and trim it down to a two-hour story. Either they are picking really bad video games to adapt or the people involved just suck. There has yet to be a quality adaptation. So why do studios keep insisting on producing them? They even screwed up Doom, a story that involves Marines fighting aliens. How is that even possible...
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Jamie Foxx Stars In 'The Kingdom,' On DVD Dec. 26

December 6th, 2007 4:42pm EST
The Kingdom
Jamie Foxx leads an all-star ensemble cast including Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman and Jeremy Piven in an explosive action-packed thriller directed by Peter Berg about an elite FBI team sent to Saudi Arabia to stop a terrorist before he strikes again in The Kingdom.

Oscar® winners Jamie Foxx (Collateral) and Chris Cooper (Breach) and Golden Globe® winners Jennifer Garner (Daredevil) and Jason Bateman (Smokin' Aces) ignite the screen in this high-intensity thriller about a team of elite FBI agents sent to Saudi Arabia to solve a brutal mass murder and find a killer before...
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Stars Team Up For Ensemble Comedy

August 31st, 2007 11:02am EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is set to add to his famous Jennifer fixation - he has just signed on to star in a new movie featuring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly.

The Pearl Harbor star was engaged to Jennifer Lopez and then wed Daredevil co-star Jennifer Garner, and now he's teaming up with the other two leading Hollywood Jennifers in one of Tinseltown's most impressive all-star comedies.

Affleck will star in He's Just Not That Into You, which will also feature Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Kris Kristofferson, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, Justin Long and Walk The Line actress Ginnifer G...
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Jennifer Garner Thanks Kevin Kline For Broadway Break

August 29th, 2007 5:35pm EDT
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner landed her upcoming Broadway debut in Cyrano after actor Kevin Kline remembered her from an audition she did with him when she was a struggling actress. The Daredevil star grew up loving the theatre and always dreamed of taking the stage in New York - and, thanks to thespian Kline's memory, she's now getting her big break.

She explains, "I auditioned with Kevin 12 years ago for a play at Lincoln Center... He has been kind enough to always remember me from that audition and that's part of how this role came about."

Garner turned down a blockbuster movie role to pla...
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Jennifer Garner Is The Ambassador For Neutrogena

June 14th, 2007 10:01am EDT
Jennifer Garner
Actress Jennifer Garner has signed up to be the face of cosmetics company Neutrogena for $1 million. The 35-year-old Daredevil star, who has a child with husband Ben Affleck, is an ambassador for the firm's new Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse treatment range. She will feature in U.S. TV commercials and print adverts, and is tied to the company until December 2008.

She says, "For me, Neutrogena has always been a part of my life; I have used the products for years. I feel an emotional connection to the brand because it represents healthy beauty - and that's something that I strongly support...
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Jessica Alba Is 'World's Sexiest Superhero'

June 14th, 2007 9:59am EDT
Jessica Alba
Hollywood beauty Jessica Alba has been voted the world's sexiest superhero. The Fantastic Four actress topped the poll for her role as The Invisible Woman - also known as Sue Storm - in the movie adaptation of the comic book.

Jennifer Garner came second as Elektra in Daredevil/Elektra and Halle Berry was third as Storm in the X-Men film series.

The sexiest man was Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men, while Superman star Brandon Routh only managed to reach fifth place in the Pearl & Dean poll.

- Jessica Alba Pictures

- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Gallery

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Ben Affleck Pays Tribute To Teen Friend At High-School Graduation

June 2nd, 2007 8:30am EDT
Ben Affleck
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Ben Affleck cracked jokes about his film career during a high-school commencement speech Friday while giving a heartfelt tribute to a graduating student he befriended years ago.

Students at Falls Church High School and family members gave a standing ovation to Affleck following his commencement speech, in which he praised 19-year-old Joe Kindregan, a disabled student he met in 1998 on a film shoot. The two built a close friendship.

''Everything I learned about life that really matters ... I learned from Joe,'' Affleck told the audience.

Kindregan suffers f...
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Jennifer Garner Ditches Her PJs for Lingerie

February 21st, 2007 10:46am EST
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Garner is trying to spice up her sex life - by ditching her “granny” pajamas. Garner started wearing comfy nightwear after giving birth to her daughter Violet 14 months ago. But now she has shed her baby weight and got her toned figure back, she wants to reignite her love life with husband Ben Affleck.

A source said: "Jennifer has ditched her unattractive jim-jams and been busy shopping for lacy lingerie."

Jennifer, 34, married her Daredevil co-star Ben, also 34, in June 2005. Jennifer lost her weight by hiking and kickboxing - a sport that she had to master for her ac...
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Ben Affleck Swears Off Superhero Roles To Avoid Wearing Tight Pants

November 1st, 2006 9:28am EST
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck will never play a superhero again, after being "humiliated" wearing a costume in Daredevil three years ago. Speaking at the London premiere of Hollywoodland, which sees Affleck playing TV Superman actor George Reeves, the actor admits he hates wearing tight lycra.

He says, "By playing a superhero in 'Daredevil,' I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero. Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn't want to do again soon."

Starring in "Daredevil" wasn't all bad for Affleck - he met his now-wife Jennifer Garner on the...
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Ben on Jen: 'I Don't Know What She Sees In Me'

September 1st, 2006 1:51pm EDT
Jennifer Garner
Besotted new dad Ben Affleck is thrilled he found love with his stunning Daredevil co-star Jennifer Garner - even though he's not sure why she loves him. Affleck says, "I can legitimately, honestly, say I don't know what she sees in me!"

After failed high-profile engagements with Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow, Affleck enjoyed a low-key 11 month courtship with the actress before marrying her on the Caribbean's Turks and Caicos islands in June 2005.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Two Years Later, Ben Affleck Reflects on 'Bennifer' Fiasco

August 15th, 2006 8:31am EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck spent two years away from the media glare following the end of his relationship with Jennifer Lopez because he couldn't endure more negative press. Affleck appeared to be transformed from a serious actor to a groomed celebrity boyfriend when he started dating his Gigli co-star Lopez in June 2002.

When the couple, dubbed Bennifer by the press, ended their engagement in January 2004, Affleck took time out of filmmaking to focus on getting his life back on track. In July 2004, Affleck began dating his Daredevil co-star Jennifer Garner, before they married and became parents t...
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