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Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’ Loses $75 Million for Warner Bros. Live By Night probably sounded good on paper. Ben Affleck‘s last three directorial efforts were all well received, with Argo even snagging Best Picture in 2013, and Affleck’s career as a star is burning bright as ever thanks to Batman. All of which would have made Live By Night seem like a solid next step, possibly even an awards contender. But the gangster drama didn’t just disappoint — it flat-out flopped, and now Warner Bros.

I‘ve never seen 75 million dollars. It’s more than I have ever had, will ever have, and in all likelihood, more than I will cumulatively earn over the course of my entire life. I can’t really even conceive of how much money that is, the buying power it represents. So the news that Ben Affleck singlehandedly lost $75,000,000 for Warner Bros. with his pricy and apparently unappealing Live By Night has been kind of hard to process. Why doesn’t he have to go to jail? How is he allowed to continue directing movies?

Octavia Spencer Bought Out a 'Hidden Figures' Showing for Low-Income Families Like many American moviegoers, I caught the new film Hidden Figures over the weekend. And throughout the true-to-life account of three pioneering women of color that broke boundaries at NASA, one thought kept reoccurring to me (well, two, if you count my realization that I am deeply in love with Janelle Monae): that much like the Wu-Tang, Hidden Figures is for the children. The story’s prevailing message that gender or skin color shouldn’t hinder anyone from achieving excellence is precisely what the youth in this country need, arguably now more than ever.

Rogue One Passes Finding Dory at 2016 Domestic Box Office Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continued its massive run at the box office in its fifth week in theaters. Although its streak at No. 1 in the weekly box office is poised to end, with awards season contender Hidden Figures expected to take over the top spot, Rogue One has bigger aspirations in mind. After blowing by Captain America: Civil War’s domestic box office total of about $408 million, Rogue One had its eye on Finding Dory for the No. 1 spot on the yearly box office leaderboard.

Ben Affleck Wants a Better Batsuit If He Directs The Batman Ben Affleck wants a more comfortable Batsuit before he officially commits to directing The Batman.

Ben Affleck Plans to ‘Embrace’ The Pressure of Making Batman Before his days as the Dark Knight of Gotham, Ben Affleck built up an impressive track record in recent years, proving not only his talent in front of the camera but behind it. Affleck’s directorial outings have all been critical success stories, leading fans to favor the idea of him directing the next Batman solo film.

Ben Affleck Gives 'The Batman' Update, Says Chill Out, He's Working On It Ben Affleck is frustrated. And who could blame him? Anyone who dons Batman’s iconic cape and mask is immediately the center of superhero fans’ attention, both positive and negative. But Affleck doesn’t just want to live in a Batman bubble and only be asked about Batman. (Valid, but what did you expect dude?) Continue reading…

‘Live By Night’ Buzz: Does Ben Affleck’s Gangster Drama Hit the Mark? On paper, Live By Night has all the markings of an awards contender. It’s directed by Ben Affleck, whose Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo were all very well received, and it’s based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, whose works have also inspired The Drop, Shutter Island, Mystic River, and the aformentioned Gone Baby Gone. But the buzz has been curiously muted on this one, even as we get right into the thick of prestige-pic season. Until now, that is. The first reviews of Live By Night are in, days ahead of the film’s Christmas Day rollout.

The Early Buzz On Ben Affleck's LIVE BY NIGHT Is In. What's The Verdict? Something that's been a recurring topic on the LOS FANBOYS Podcast and within your own circles, I'm sure, is what a linchpin Ben Affleck is for the DC Extended Universe. The Batman actor is seen as one of the few unanimously praised aspects of the WB's DC plans, and a huge part of that has been his fantastic creative output as a director so far. The man hasn't had a dud yet, with Gone Baby Gone, Argo, and The Town all garnering rave reviews and turning Affleck into a filmmaker to watch out for.

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Live By Night

The movie is based on Dennis Lehane's novel and will take place during the Prohibition. Leonardo DiCaprio is developing the movie as a star vehicle.
Ben Affleck
Warner Bros.
December 25, 2015
Pre-Production