Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac are ‘Masters of War’ in ‘Triple Frontier’ Trailer (Video)

The trailer for the long-awaited “Triple Frontier” is finally here. Dating all the way back to 2009, the project has gone through many iterations of directors and casts, and even had Paramount drop the film, only to be picked up by Netflix.

What’s more, it was even reported that star Ben Affleck had at one point left the project, but he’s here in the first look for the film (though sadly his back tattoo is absent from the teaser).

Affleck stars with Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garret Hedlund and Pedro Pascal in a story of a group of former Special Forces operatives who reunite to plan a heist of a drug lord’s stash of money in South America, but do so for themselves rather than on behalf of their country.

“You guys need to own the fact that we do not have the flag on our shoulders,” Affleck says in the film. “You cannot go back to your normal life after tonight.”

Directed by J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call,” “All Is Lost,” “A Most Violent Year”) and written by Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) the film plays on some of the economic hardships and income inequality experienced by some of America’s veterans.

“You’ve been shot five times for your country, you can’t even afford to send your kids to college,” Isaac’s character says in the trailer. “If we accomplished half of what we accomplished in any other profession, we’d be set for life.”

“Triple Frontier” debuts on Netflix and in select theaters in March 2019. Watch the first trailer, which debuted during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” above.

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‘Triple Frontier’ Trailer: Netflix Recruits Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac for Dangerous Heist Thriller

Netflix had a breakthrough year with original films thanks to “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “July 22,” and “Roma,” among other titles, and the streaming giant has no plans to slow down in 2019. The company has debuted the first official trailer for “Triple Frontier,” the star-studded heist thriller from “All Is Lost” and “A Most Violent Year” director J.C. Chandor. The film reunites Chandor with Oscar Isaac, and throws Ben Affleck, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund into the mix.

The official “Triple Frontier” synopsis from Netflix reads: “A group of former Special Forces operatives (Affleck, Isaac, Hunnam, Hedlund, Pascal) reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country.  But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties, and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.”

“Triple Frontier” is one of several high profile dramas being released by Netflix in 2019, which also includes Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” The film is Chandor’s first release since “A Most Violent Year” opened in 2014. The script was written by Oscar-winner Mark Boal, best known for his Kathryn Bigelow collaborations “The Hurt Locker” and “Detroit.” Bigelow was once attached to direct “Triple Frontier,” but scheduling delays brought the project to Chandor.

“Triple Frontier” will be available for streaming on Netflix in March 2019. Watch the official trailer below.

‘Triple Frontier’ Trailer: Ben Affleck & Company Take Down A South American Drug Lord In Netflix Feature

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‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox: I Get Why Ethan Hawke Hates Comic Book Movies

If you’re sick of superheroes taking over pop culture, Charlie Cox gets it. He doesn’t agree… but he gets it.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the star of Netflix’s “Daredevil” discussed comments made this past summer by Ethan Hawke in which he said that “Logan” was “a great superhero movie” but “still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands.”

Cox said that while he’s been a fan of superheroes long before he stepped into Matt Murdock’s shoes, he gets why there might be resentment in the film industry towards the genre’s cultural dominance.

“One of the things that has happened in the last few years is that the movies that typically make lots of money tend to be big franchises,” Cox said. “That means Marvel movies, DC movies, comic book movies… Harry Potter. Hollywood makes so many of these big franchises that there isn’t much space – literally cinema space – for smaller independent movies.”

Notably, Daredevil was one of the Marvel heroes who didn’t succeed on the big screen. Before Cox took on the role for Netflix, Ben Affleck played him 15 years ago in one of the first superhero films released after “Spider-Man” kicked off the genre’s golden age. But the Affleck film was panned by critics and made less than $200 million worldwide, well below the $821 million made by “Spider-Man.”

Cox has a theory for why Affleck’s version didn’t work.

“I thought Ben Affleck did a great job. I really liked his Matt Murdock. It was in keeping with the characters in the comics,” Cox said.

“The problem with the film was that the best Daredevil runs in print are geared toward a slightly more mature audience. He’s not Spider-Man… not really a teenage superhero. That’s where the film didn’t quite work – it was a little too, dare I say, comic book-y for that character.”

Season 3 of “Daredevil” is on Netflix now.

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20 Un-Scary Horror Films, Starting With Jennifer Aniston in ‘Leprechaun’ (Photos)

Phantoms’ (1998): Starring Ben Affleck and Rose McGowan, the 1998 film adaption of Dean Kootz’s novel recounts the tale of small-town Snowfield, Colorado plagued by a subterranean entity known only as the Ancient Enemy. The visiting Lisa Pailey (McGowan) and local law enforcement officers team up to combat the mysterious force and to revert the town back to peace and well-being. Though “Phantoms,” directed by Joe Chappelle, makes for cheap thrills with some unexpected jump scares, its convoluted storyline and shoddy special effects job warrant more laughs than screams.
Mirrors’ (2008) Alexandre Aja’s “Mirrors” follows former NYPD officer Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) turned abandoned department store night guard as he attempts to unravel the demonic background of his new workplace and protect his loved ones. While “Mirrors” presents an eerie narrative idea, it’s been panned for tripping on itself with an over-complicated plot, botchy dialogue and unnecessarily graphic imagery — making an overall unsatisfactory spook.
Secret Window’ (2004): More a psychological thriller than a horror film, David Koepp’s “Secret Window” centers around recently divorced writer Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) and his quest to define a perfect ending for his upcoming novel. When an unknown man by the name of John Shooter (John Turturro) accuses Rainey of plagiarism, Rainey begins to recall the violent reality of his actions. “Secret Window,” more confusing than haunting, not only paints a bad picture for those suffering with mental illness, but also leaves the audience with an unmoving, unclear ending.
Cursed’ (2005): A film fit for Halloween,”Cursed” stars Christina Ricci and Jessie Eisenberg and hails from prolific slasher film director Wes Craven. Victims of an initially unknown infection, siblings Ellie and Jimmy Meyers figure out their werewolf abilities while sleuthing to find the epidemic’s origins.”Cursed,” bringing supernatural STDs and werewolf cat fights, does provide unintentionally funny thrills but happens to come off as a hyper-aware horror parody.
House of Wax’ (2005): Even Paris Hilton couldn’t make “House of Wax” fabulous. In the 2005 flick, a group of college students on their way to the big game find themselves in the mercy of strangers and stranded miles away from the nearest town of Ambrose, where the main attraction is the abandoned Trudy’s House of Wax. While exploring the small town’s museum, the group discovers a disturbing truth behind the seemingly perfect wax figurines that forces them to find a way out. A lackluster and accidentally comedic remake of the 1953 original, “House of Wax” gives an okay addition to the slasher genre.
Urban Legend’ (1998): Starring Jared Leto and Alicia Witt, “Urban Legend” takes an amalgamation of age old superstitions and myths and presents it in an unoriginal slasher format. Pendleton Univeristy student Natalie Simon seeks to get to the bottom of a string of urban legend-inspired murders affecting her friends and loved ones, before she becomes the killer’s next victim. Debuting nearly two years after “Scream,” “Urban Legend” fails to bring anything original or particularly scary to liven up its lifeless and cliched plot.
Maximum Overdrive’ (1986): A horror film turned dark comedy starring Emilio Estevez, “Maximum Overdrive” exemplifies why Stephen King has not directed a horror movie since 1986. Taking place in a small North Carolina town, the film explores the chaos that ensues when daily household machines, from lawn-mowers to big-rig trucks, seek to exact murderous revenge on the human race. Though the juxtaposition between King’s horrific mind and his campy film direction may be the only shocking aspect to the flick, the effort one takes to enjoy “Maximum Overdrive” as a comedy rather than a horror film is well worth it in the end.
Leprechaun'(1993): An evil Leprechaun, played by Warwick Davis, stops at nothing to find every last bit of his gold in “Leprechaun.” The film’s stars, including a young Jennifer Anniston, performed to the best of their abilities considering what they were given to work with – a flat plot complimented with even blander writing. Whether it’s Davis’s Leprechaun mask or the ludicrous one-liners, “Leprechaun” possesses no terrifying bone in its existence.
Anaconda’ (1997): When a team of documentarians and a snake-hunter in the Amazon forest encounter a giant, man-eating snake, things get a little twisted. Featuring an all-star roster that includes Owen Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube, the 1997 adventure horror picture relies too heavily on its absurd low-quality CGI villain to instill a sense of fear.
Wolf’ (1994): What do you get when you combine a work demotion, a love triangle and werewolves? An overall spook-less experience starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfieffer that takes itself too seriously to thrive as a horror film. Though “Wolf” displays impressive horror make-up, its subliminal dialogue about human nature encourages audiences to think rather than scream.
The Wolfman’ (2010): Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins star in a lousy, CGI-saturated remake of a 1941 horror classic. Following a Shakespearean actor’s somber homecoming turned gruesomely violent, “The Wolfman” allows Del Toro to deliver nuanced performances as both the monster and victim of a supernatural family curse. However, not even the actor’s skills could compensate for the shoddy CGI job.
The Wicker Man’ (2006): Policeman Edward Malus, played by Nicholas Cage, finds himself in an eerie, dystopian island when the search for his ex-fiancée’s daughter takes a wicked turn. The 2006 take on the 1973 film of the same title thrives with horror tropes like pentagrams, crows and disembodied laughs, but stumbles on itself with its utterly scattered, yet laughable ending.
The Nun’ (2018): Joining the latest flick in the “Conjuring” franchise, “American Horror Story” star Taissa Farmiga investigates a Romanian monastery gone unholy. Similar to the other films in the “Conjuring” universe, “The Nun” seems to build its slow narrative around its plethora of jump scares, bringing nothing new or unexpected to the table.
Truth or Dare’ (2018): College students, played by the likes of Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, find themselves in the hands of a blood-thirsty demon after playing a game of truth or dare in an abandoned church in Tijuana. With a mostly predictable plot line and old fear gimmicks, the truth is this Blumhouse film didn’t dare to move beyond the typical techniques of cheap horror films.
Paranormal Activity 2’ (2010): Simultaneously a sequel and a prequel, “Paranormal Activity 2” stars Brian Boland and Katie Featherson in yet another found footage horror movie. This time documenting a family’s efforts to keep their baby boy safe from demonic forces, the second film in the franchise fails to move beyond its predecessor’s shadow, inciting the exact same feelings of anxiety and suspense as the first.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence)’ (2009): A retired German surgeon, played by Dieter Laser, kidnaps tourists to fulfill his demented fantasy of conjoining multiple humans. The excessively grotesque picture, rife with visceral imagery of torn and ill-stitched flesh, flounders as a flick that keeps viewers up at night but succeeds at disturbing the human psyche.
Slender Man’ (2018): Starring Julia Goldani Telles and Joey King, the film adaptation of the video game urban legend is the lowest reviewed film on the list. Though one can appreciate writer David Birke’s effort to place a cohesive narrative behind the 2012 computer game, the overall product features unoriginal scare tactics and a boring storytelling format despite its star power.
The Sixth Sense'(1999): Bruce Willis as child psychologist Malcom Crowe attempts to do right by his client Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, who can see the deceased walk among the living. The 1999 film offers watchers an original narrative with the signature M. Night Shyamalan twist, but brings more emotional involvement and thought than necessary for a work that serves to chill and shock.
The Happening’ (2008): Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel attempt to escape the vengeful forces of nature eradicating the human race with air-born toxins. The thriller possesses a flat and unevenly paced storyline as it also unsuccessfully, yet comedically weaponizes trees and plants in what could have been a poignant eco-thriller.
Thir13en Ghosts’ (2001): Following the death of his ghost hunter uncle, widower Aruther Kriticos (played by Tony Shalhoub) inherits his uncle’s estate, a large glass house also inhabited by 12 captive ghosts. Whether it’s the goofy dialogue or the silly-looking ghosts, “Thir13en Ghosts” provides a nonsensical experience that no amount of star power, smog or flashing lights can save.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2000: After the widespread popularity of “The Blair Witch Project” a group of graduate students, played by Jeffrey Donovan and Erica Leerhsen, visit the eerie town of Burkittsville, Maryland in the hopes of experiencing the Blair Witch for themselves. Falling in the shadows of its incomparable predecessor, “Book of Shadows” lacks originality in format and narrative but tries to compensate by predictably borrowing elements from the first in the franchise.
Psycho’ (1998): Some may say that imitation is the best form of flattery, but this horror flick feels more like a low-quality copy and paste of the 1960 original. Vince Vaughn starring as Norman Bates, struggles to display the unnerving delivery former demonstrated by Anthony Perkins, further tainting the mediocre remake.

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Every Jack Ryan Actor Ranked, From Alec Baldwin to John Krasinski

The first season of Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” show is finally here, with John Krasinski being the fifth actor to take on the role. So it feels like a good time to look back at every Jack Ryan and figure out who did it best.

5. Chris Pine

There’s a reason why nobody remembers this movie even though it only came out like four years ago, because it’s a really slight and unremarkable experience aside from Kenneth Branagh’s delightful Russian baddie. Pine is just kinda there.

4. John Krasinski 

Jack Ryan is kind of a blank slate, generic white guy of a character, and so whether I like an actor in the role often largely depends on how good the thing he’s in is. Unfortunately for Krasinski, Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” is not good, and it drags him down with it. He’s fine, whatever.

3. Harrison Ford 

It’s not hard to imagine Ford’s Jack Ryan as Indiana Jones after retiring and going straight, because that’s kinda the mode Ford is in in “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.” Which is a pleasure to watch even though it’s not overly interesting.

2. Ben Affleck 

The Ben Affleck of “The Sum of All Fears” was before he solidified himself as a Serious Actor, and his turn as the “boy scout” Jack Ryan is pretty unique in his filmography. It’s fun to watch him as an un-cynical good dude.

1. Alec Baldwin 

Baldwin is an actor who definitely has a type of role he usually does, and so it’s easy to forget that he didn’t always play characters who are jerks. The standard Baldwin character would be like Jack Ryan’s boss trying to keep him from taking the initiative to do the right thing, so having him as Jack Ryan himself is really fascinating. And also Baldwin just kills it.

Ben Affleck Could Lose His ‘Batman’ Role Due to Post-Rehab Insurance Costs, Experts Say

Ben Affleck’s future playing Batman on the big screen may be over — in part because the cost of insuring him may have gotten too steep, multiple industry insiders told TheWrap.

The actor, a recovering alcoholic who checked himself into rehab last week for the third time in the last two decades and the second time in just over a year, may have priced himself out of a pricey tentpole studio movie like Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Batman.”

“More than likely the studio will replace him because the insurance costs are going to go through the roof,” a representative for a completion bond company told TheWrap.

“He would be bondable, but the deductible would be really high, probably the budget of the film,” an attorney who specializes in insurance and bond products added.

The bond company insider said insurers might only demand half of the film’s budget set aside in escrow as a deductible — which could still add up for Warner Bros. since the production budget on Affleck’s 2017 Batman appearance, “Justice League,” was around $300 million.

If a “Justice League” sequel moved forward at that price with Affleck attached, the insider said, the deductible could drive the budget up to $450 million — before marketing expenses.

The studio and Affleck’s reps declined to comment for this story, but TheWrap previously reported that “The Batman” director Matt Reeves is already exploring the idea of casting a younger actor as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming standalone film.

Affleck would not be the first star to face issues getting bonded — a requirement of 99 percent of studio films, in which insurers provide monetary payouts in the event of unforeseen problems involving the director or top stars that result in the suspension or cancellation of production.

Robert Downey Jr. faced similar issues in the late ’90s and early 2000s due to his past substance abuse and legal issues. Mark Burg, the producer of the 1998 Robert Altman indie “The Gingerbread Man,” told the L.A. Times that the insurance premium for Downey would have cost the production $1 million on a film with a budget of less than $30 million.

“I could not afford to hire Robert Downey Jr. if I had to pay that exorbitant premium, so I basically just gambled, took a shot,” Burg said, noting that he shot the film without insurance.

On Downey’s 2003 film, “Gothika,” producer Joel Silver held onto 40 percent of the actor’s salary as insurance, according to the N.Y. Times. And Mel Gibson paid Downey’s insurance bond himself so the future “Iron Man” star could appear in his 2003 film “The Singing Detective,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Insiders suggested that Affleck may have to follow Downey’s example and pursue lower-budgeted indie films for a while before insurers will bet on him for major studio releases at a reasonable rate.

“A track record of completing projects without incident, that would likely show the underwriter that the risk has gone down and would likely lead to them lowering premiums and the cost of the bond on future projects,” the attorney said.

Affleck recently completed two films for Netflix without incident, J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier” and Dee Rees’ “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Neither of those films had higher insurance due to his past rehab stints, according to an individual with knowledge of Affleck’s situation.

But the risks increased with his latest trip to rehab — so soon after his last intervention. “Anytime you have an event that is going to change the risk, you would expect to have an increase in the premium,” the attorney said. “The greater the risk the greater the premium.”

Affleck’s return to a film set would also likely come with some pretty serious conditions. According to the bond company rep, the star would have to not only pass a medical exam but also take a daily drug test on set every day administered by a doctor or doctors chosen by the insurance company.

“Financiers and producers are going to want to see some evidence that his recent round of therapy was effective and that there are going to be some steps taken that he will be sober on his next project,” a top dealmaker in content financing told TheWrap.

“Maybe hiring a sober monitor?” the individual added. “Affleck will have to be on his game on his next project.”

One thing that Affleck does have in his favor is that Hollywood — and fans — love a comeback story.

“In the grand scheme, Affleck has a proven track record of critical and commercial success,” the attorney said. “I would expect that there will still be a market for him as an artist.”

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‘City on a Hill’: Showtime Taps ‘Homicide’ Creator Tom Fontana as Showrunner for Kevin Bacon Drama

Showtime has tapped Tom Fontana, creator of “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Oz” to serve as showrunner for its upcoming drama starring Kevin Bacon, “City on a Hill.”

The Boston-set drama is based on an original idea by Ben Affleck, who will executive produce the drama with his buddy and fellow New England-er Matt Damon.

The series is set in early 1990s Boston, rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. In this fictional account, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis 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.

The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea and Kevin Dunn.

Fontana will work closely with series creator and executive producer Chuck MacLean on the 10-episode series premiering in 2019. In addition to Affleck and Damon, “City on a Hill” has more high-profile producers attached, including Barry Levinson, Jennifer Todd, Michael Cuesta and James Mangold. MacLean wrote the pilot and Cuesta directed it. Bacon also serves as co-executive producer.

A longtime TV producer and writer, Fontana has created numerous TV shows including “Oz,” “Borgia,” “Copper,” “The Philanthropist,” “The Bedford Diaries” and “The Jury.” Fontana was also an executive producer for a pair of HBO films, “The Wizard of Lies” and “Paterno.”

Over his career, Fontana has received 19 Emmy nominations, winning for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series in 1984 and 1986 for “St. Elsewhere” and in 1993 for “Homicide.”

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Filmmaker Matt Reeves’ upcoming “Batman” movie will focus on a younger caped crusader, an insider with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.

According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, Reeves turned in the first act of his “Batman” screenplay during the Memorial Day weekend after working on a treatment for a year.

The filmmaker has previously said he set aside an original script written by Ben Affleck and former DC entertainment president Geoff Johns, and is “starting again” on a completely new take. “No. It’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool,” Reeves told MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast last year.

Affleck and Johns wrote their script while the “Argo” Oscar-winner was still set to direct as well as star in “The Batman.”

The concept envisioned by Affleck and Johns featured Deathstroke the Terminator as the main villain, and Joe Manganiello was hired to play the supervillain. Given the changes around the project, Manganiello has said he isn’t sure if he’s still in “The Batman.”

Geoff Johns stepped down as president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, the studio announced on Monday. Johns will transition to a new role, with a first-look writer/producer deal at parent company Warner Bros.

The announcement comes just days after the studio said Diane Nelson would exit as DC Entertainment consumer products group president. A source familiar with the situation told TheWrap the moves are part of a larger shakeup at the studio.

Johns’ new role comes as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are trying to retool their approach to the DC Cinematic Universe. While the film series had its first bonafide hit a year ago with “Wonder Woman,” it failed to turn that into further box office success with “Justice League.” Despite having Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more of DC’s most famous heroes, “Justice League” only grossed $657.9 million worldwide, $164 million less than what Wonder Woman’s solo outing made a few months prior.

Since “Justice League” was released, an extensive leadership shuffle has taken place at WB and DC. Johns’ right-hand man Jon Berg took a producer deal with Warner Bros., as did longtime WB marketing chief Sue Kroll. Diane Nelson, another DC Entertainment head and twenty-plus year veteran at WB, left the studio earlier this month after a months-long sabbatical.

“Aquaman” will be released on December 21, followed by “Shazam!” in April 2019 and “Wonder Woman 2” in November 2019.

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