Warner Bros Shifts ‘The Goldfinch’ To Earlier In Fall, Moves ‘Superintelligence’ & Dates Ben Affleck Drama

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Warner Bros. has pushed John Crowley’s feature adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch up a month from Oct. 11 to Sept. 13, as the drama starring Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson and Ansel Elgort is positioned for awards season (remembe…

‘Triple Frontier’ Film Review: Oscar Isaac Leads All-Star Crew on Grim Heist

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Like many films before it, J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier” features an all-star cast of macho badasses, wielding high-powered arsenals as confidently as if they were shooting bullets from their own limbs. They drink beer. They listen to Metallica. They use the skills they’ve developed over a lifetime of war to make a lot of money and look damn good doing it.

But unlike a lot of films before it, “Triple Frontier” seems completely disappointed in those badasses. The script, by Chandor (“A Most Violent Year”) and Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”), sends a group of grizzled veterans into a high-stakes heist situation which — as you can imagine — goes horribly wrong, but the tragedy isn’t that they might not get the money. The tragedy is that they tried.

Oscar Isaac stars as Santiago “Pope” Garcia, who has been working in South America to apprehend a powerful kingpin named Lorea. After an unexpectedly panic-inducing shootout at a disco, Garcia learns Lorea’s location from one of his informants and immediately begins assembling a team of tough guys he can trust to get the job done.

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There’s William “Ironhead” Miller (Charlie Hunnam), a veteran whose new job seems to consist entirely of giving de-motivational speeches to current soldiers, discouraging them from using their deadly skills in the private sector. There’s William’s brother Ben (Garrett Hedlund), who now makes a living getting pummeled in MMA fights. There’s the skilled pilot Francisco “Catfish” Morales (Pedro Pascal), who’s just had his pilot’s license suspended.

But most importantly, to these guys at least, there’s Tom “Redfly” Davis (Ben Affleck), whose heroism in the line of duty has been matched only by his lousy luck since leaving the military. Divorced, swimming in debt, and alienated from his daughter, Redfly doesn’t just need a job. He needs a purpose, and the purpose Pope gives him isn’t noble: It’s just money.

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Tilt your head a bit, and you can see the film that “Triple Frontier” almost was, a rousing thriller about action heroes getting pulled out of retirement for one last job. Cinematographer Roman Vasyanov (“Fury”) sure as heck films it like a sleek action thriller, with deadly warriors popping out of luscious green jungles and cold, calculated camera movements designed to make the gunplay look clear and natural.

No doubt about it: “Triple Frontier” looks and sounds exciting, but when Pope reveals that his real plan is to kill and rob Lorea and then take all the money for themselves, the air gets let out of the protagonists. What began as a potentially noble sacrifice has turned into a selfish act of violence, and the movie is all too eager to punish them for it. Not with a farcical hand of god, like in the Bill Murray classic “Quick Change,” but to the dour extent of an Henri-Georges Clouzot film.

Society has failed these men. Now all they can hope for is to take part in this cash grab. There’s a meta-narrative in there somewhere, condemning films like “Triple Frontier” for exploiting the violence of war for superficial ends, but Chandor doesn’t delve into self-analysis long enough to make a point about it. His characters are laser-focused soldiers who are, in some cases, monomaniacal about their mission. If their mission is morally and ethically compromised, then they are too.

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That approach makes “Triple Frontier” thoughtful but also morose. The second half of Chandor’s film is an increasingly arduous trek across South America with more cash than the Incredible Hulk could lift, and we watch as our would-be heroes turn on each other, and turn against baseline morality, as they do whatever they deem necessary to accomplish the mission. The further they go, the more lifeless their surroundings, to the extent that they’ve seemingly killed the living essence of the movie.

“Triple Frontier” may do too good a job of subverting our expectations, as the slings and arrows Chandor and Boal fling at these thieves are sometimes protracted and lacking suspense. They excellently make their point about the significance of responsible soldiering, but maybe they could have done it faster, or with a few more exclamation points, so the rest of us could stay transfixed with the movie instead of mentally checking out after we recognize the underlying message and nodding in general approval.

And it probably would have helped if the cast were given more to play with. So trapped are our heroes in their situational awareness that they barely have room for personal conflict. Even the character who goes too far and jeopardizes the mission out of greed (we’ve all seen heist movies, there’s usually at least one of them) doesn’t go far enough to drive a visible wedge within the group. They’re too professional for that, which unfortunately makes them — on occasion — too professional to be interesting characters.

“Triple Frontier” isn’t the high-octane thriller you might expect from the film’s explosive beginning, although if it were, it would be one of the best-looking and -sounding high-octane thrillers on the market. Instead it’s a morality tale, a noble endeavor, but one that gets sidetracked by its own sleek delivery. Chandor’s film isn’t malleable enough to fit into the moral grey zones into which it ventures; it’s too battle-hardened for that. But it’s an ambitious and absorbing above-average thriller with something deeper on its mind, making this sometimes somber journey worthwhile.



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Jimmy Kimmel Retires Ben Affleck Batsuit To The Rafters Ending Dark Knight Reign

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The Bat Torch has been passed: Ben Affleck, confirming yet again that he will not return to the screen as Batman, saw his Bat Cape officially retired to the rafters of Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night.
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Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac Need to ‘Hunt Quickly’ in New ‘Triple Frontier’ Trailer (Video)

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The first trailer for the long-delayed and highly anticipated “Triple Frontier” plays up the political and financial aspects of this rogue war action movie, explaining how veterans returning home to their families often find themselves unable to pay for their children’s education or their own medical bills.

The trailer, which Jimmy Kimmel exclusively debuted on Thursday night, nods to those political undertones, but it’s all action set to classic Bob Dylan soundtrack as Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck lead a team of former elite Special Forces.

They’ve made a plan to take down a drug lord who has at least $75 million in cash stashed away. They find that mountain of money, but also a lot more than they bargained for.

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“There’s about $100 million waiting in that van out there. We are not leaving them any of that money,” Affleck says as they’re about to be surrounded by swarms of guards. “We need to hunt quickly.”

Affleck and Isaac lead an impressive cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Garret Hedlund, Pedro Pascal and Adria Arjona. J.C. Chandor directed “Triple Frontier,” which has spent nearly a decade attempting to get to the screen.

It finally makes its Netflix premiere on March 15. Watch the trailer film above.

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Ben Affleck Defaced Batman Cape to Honor Tom Brady (Video)

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Ben Affleck is definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY not going to play Batman again. He made that crystal clear Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

To honor Affleck’s years behind the mask, Jimmy Kimmel hosted a retirement ceremony on his late-night ABC show.

“Warner Bros. has given us something,” Kimmel told his Thursday guest, who was there to debut his “Triple Frontier” trailer. “We’re going to officially retire your Bat-cape to the rafters.”

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“That is their official towel and cape,” Kimmel said.

To make space, they lowered and removed the sparkly thong underwear that Matt Damon wore as Liberace’s boyfriend in HBO’s “Behind the Candalabra.” Affleck gave his buddy’s jockstrap a big whiff and quipped, “Still has that Damon musk.”

Gross.

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This Bat-cape looked a bit different than the ones we’re used to seeing. On the back, it said “Batfleck” in gold lettering, with the No. 12 underneath it, football jersey-style.

“That’s Brady’s number,” Affleck explained. “You can’t be a hero unless you wear number 12.”

Yeah, the dude loves his New England Patriots.

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“I insisted to Warner Bros. that be on the whole time,” Affleck joked to Kimmel, who acted surprised by the customization. “They actually paid $80 million to digitally remove it from every movie.”

We guess there was just one thing left to say to make this whole thing official.

“I’m not Batman,” Affleck said, inserting a new keyword into the classic caped crusader line.

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For the record, while this probably goes without saying, a rep for Kimmel assured TheWrap that this one was “Definitely not a cape [Affleck] actually used in a movie.” Hey, we’re professional journalists, we had to ask.

By the way, we’re not sure security guard Guillermo has seen much “Batman.”

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‘City on a Hill’: Crooked Kevin Bacon Spars With Aldis Hodge in Showtime Series Trailer (Video)

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Showtime has set a series premiere date for “City on a Hill” starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge: The crooked cop drama will debut on June 16.

Oh, and we’ve also got our first trailer today, just in time for Showtime’s Television Critics Association press tour day. Watch it above.

Production on the 10-episode series is set to begin next month in New York and Boston.

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In the trailer, Hodge’s by-the-book character — a stark contrast to Bacon’s morally flexible one — wants to “go into Charlestown” and “f— that place that place up.”

“And f— anyone else who gets in my way,” he says.

“City on a Hill” is set in early 1990s Boston, rife with criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, per Showtime’s official description. In this fictional account, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) arrives from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

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Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Sarah ShahiKevin Chapman and Jere Shea also star on the show. Kevin Dunn is recurring.

“City on a Hill” is executive produced by Chuck MacLean, Tom Fontana, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd, Michael Cuesta, James Mangold and Barry Levinson. Fontana is showrunner. MacLean wrote the pilot and Cuesta directed. Bacon and Jorge Zamacona serve as co-executive producers.

The series starts Sunday, June 16 at 9/8c on Showtime.

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Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

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Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” will be released on June 25, 2021, Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Wednesday.

Ben Affleck, who played the Caped Crusader in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League,” is not expected to star in the film. Reeves and Dylan Clark are producing.

Reeves says the film won’t be an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series, but will rather be a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight.

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“Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One,” Reeves said at a Television Critics Association panel, according to Slash Film. “It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him.”

“Obviously, we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though, and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman,” added Reeves.

Reeves also said that his Batman will connect to the DC Universe, unlike Christopher Nolan’s standalone Dark Knight trilogy.

“There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well,” Reeves said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.”

And — shocker — it will be noir-inspired.

“I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham,” Reeves said.

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