Ben Afleck’s Batman Will Be “Tired and Weary”

Ben Affleck’s Batman Will Be ‘Tired And Weary,’ Says Warner Bros. Chief

Variety Dave McNary

The new Dark Knight won’t be bright and light.

Ben Affleck’s Batman will be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile,” according to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

The exec offered the character description Thursday at an investor gathering, officially titled the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference.

Affleck was announced Aug. 22 as the studio’s selection for Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman character in the untitled “Man of Steel” sequel, due out in 2015 with Zack Snyder directing.

Though the choice of Affleck has troubled some Batman fans, Tsujihara said he was “perfect” for the film that Zack Snyder is directing. “We think it’s going to be huge,” he added.

Tsujihara acknowledged the “passionate” responses from the blogosphere about the casting of Affleck. He also said that the studio “could not be happier” about the performance of “Man of Steel,” which has grossed $660 million in worldwide box office in setting the stage for the new project.

“We think it’s the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman,” he added. “Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”

Tsujihara also indicated that there will be “a lot of announcements” coming out the DC Comics unit of Warner Bros., noting that currently Warner Bros. has three DC-based animated TV shows.

Matthew McConaughey: Why I Rejected a $15 Million Paycheck

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Matthew McConaughey: Why I Rejected a $15 Million Paycheck.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Matthew McConaughey was at a crossroads in late 2008. He had just received an offer of $15 million against 15 percent of the backend to star in Universal and Imagine’s big-screen take on Magnum, P.I.

But the actor, who first made an impression in Dazed and Confused and A Time to Kill, was coming off a list of underwhelming big studio movies: Sahara, Fool’s Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. After grossing more than $100 million domestically with the rom-com How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days five years earlier, McConaughey couldn’t even break $60,000 in a friend’s indie project, Surfer, Dude. Failure to launch, indeed. So he did what most actors in his position would think unimaginable: He turned down $15 million.


In doing so, he engineered one of the most humbling and effective career comebacks for an actor in recent times, especially in light of the Oscar buzz McConaughey, 43, is generating for Dallas Buyers Club. That’s capping an indie run that began in 2011 with such movies as Richard Linklater’s Bernie, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike and the acclaimed Mud from this spring.

“Taking a year and a half off and saying no to things in some form or fashion made me a new good idea,” theorizes McConaughey. “Sometimes the target draws the arrow.” Says one source familiar with McConaughey’s career strategy: “He was bored. He didn’t want to be seen as the shirtless guy anymore.”


McConaughey admits there were a few moments when he had second thoughts about turning down Magnum. But the birth of his first son, Levi, cemented his strategy to change his path, says Dallas Buyers Club producer Robbie Brenner. “He had an illustrious career, and he made a very conscious decision to go in a different direction and turn the ship,” says Brenner. “When you become a parent, when you have more life experience, you want to put an indelible mark on the world. That is ultimately what Matthew is doing. He’s choosing great directors to work with and creating an amazing filmography for himself.”

McConaughey was offered the Dallas part in 2010 and, according to sources, he received only an upfront fee in the low six figures (under $200,000), though he does have backend participation. Ironically, going the small-movie route made him ripe for rediscovery in a big-budget tentpole like his next project, Interstellar, the Christopher Nolan sci-fi co-production between Warner Bros. and Paramount that’s shooting now. It’s hard to imagine that McConaughey would have been on Nolan’s shortlist six years ago if it weren’t for his recent spate of prestige movies.


McConaughey says his focus now is on personal experience and the process over results. Before Dallas’ strong reception, he was asked how he would feel if the AIDS drama, for which he lost 40 pounds, isn’t accepted by audiences. “Do I want it to do well, to be received well? Damn right,” he said. “But if it doesn’t, would that take anything away from the experience? Absolutely not. I got my self-satisfaction from what I did.”

The Common Denominator

We all have mountains we have to climb to get to our desired goals…..

Sometimes we see people at the top of the mountain and forget that they had
once climbed themselves.

This meme is a reminder that sometimes our journeys are filled with detours along the way.


Stallone Using Kickstarter Now???

There has been tons of talk of celebrities using crowd funding to

raise money for their projects…and from the indie film world, a lot

of it has been negative.

Here is their point. Millionaires don’t need to raise money and take opportunities

away from people who don’t have the means.

Last time I checked, it’s a free country….so why should anyone get mad at someone leveraging

their status, income to bring about a project he/she is passionate about. They worked hard

to build their brand, their list of fans, etc….so why can’t they reap the benefits? I have several

friends that are in the indie film industry and if they just read that statement, they’re probably

cussing me out right now.

But check out the story below….Sly Stallone…raising money…but before you judge…look

at what he offers people who invest….pretty cool stuff….so that brings me also to the point

that no matter what you have…you still have resources….if someone can’t donate money to your

project…if they’re an expert at something, maybe offer that….just a thought…check it out!


Sylvester Stallone, John Herzfeld reach $250,000 Kickstarter goal for ‘Reach Me’


Jeff Sneider 25 minutes ago
Actor Sylvester Stallone poses during the red carpet of the movie "Bullet to the Head" at the Rome Film Festival

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By Jeff Sneider

 LOS ANGELES ( – “Reach Me” star Sylvester Stallone, director John Herzfeld and producer Cassian Elweshave successfully reached their Kickstarter goal of raising an additional $250,000 to finish the independent movie, TheWrap has learned.

The trio were left scrambling for funds when one of the film’s backers fell out of the project and turned to Kickstarter for help.

 “Reach Me” boasts a star-studded ensemble for anindependent film, with Stallone joined by HBO veterans Thomas Jane (“Hung”), Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) and Terry Crews (“The Newsroom”), as well as Kelsey Grammer, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore,Danny Trejo and rapper Nelly.

Elwes and Rebekah Chaney produced the movie, which follows a group of characters who are brought together by a self-help book written by an anonymous author.

The “Reach Me” campaign started August 20 and had 30 days to meet its $250,000 goal before September 19.

Interestingly, the film has needed only 251 backers to raise $264,339, which breaks down to an average contribution of $1,053.

Brett Ratner was one of the celebrities who donated to the film, though Stallone may have needed a few superheroes to save the campaign. Recent contributors this past week include Grammer and Jane’s past characters Hank “Beast” McCoy and Frank “The Punisher” Castle, as well as aliases Peter “Spider-Man” Parker, Charles “Professor” Xavier, Scott “Cyclops” Summers, Bruce “The Hulk” Banner, Eddie “Venom” Brock and Steve “Captain America” Rogers.

 Kickstarter contributors were offered script coverage from Herzfeld for a donation of $1500, a sparring session with former MMA champ Urijah Faber for $2000 and a song of their choosing included in the film for $10,000.

Stallone is the latest celebrity to launch a successful Kickstarter campaign, following Zach Braff, Spike Lee and “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas, all of whom used Kickstarter to fund movies that the studio system turned its collective back on.


Oscar Buzz Really?

You may have heard of the new movie called “Gravity”
directed by Alfonso Cuaron starring George Clooney
and Sandra Bullock.

While I respect all of their work, I have a hard time
believing the Oscar buzz it’s getting when it’s a space
movie with only 2 people in it.

But an article on Yahoo News…called the newly released
trailer…and I paraphrase..”the most intense trailer of
the year.”
I’ll let you be the judge.


“Sleepless Night” movie recommendation

If you’re looking for a good film on Netflix,
check this out.

Described by one critic like this, “If the Oscars
had a category for action movies, Sleepless Night would be

a shoe in!”



Sleepless Night (French: Nuit Blanche) is a 2011 French-Belgian-Luxembourgian thriller film directed and co-written by Frederic Jardin. The film stars Tomer Sisley as Vincent, a police detective who plans to rob a pair of drug couriers when he finds that the cocaine he has is owned by nightclub owner and drug dealer Jose Marciano (Serge Riaboukine). Marciano kidnaps Vincent’s son with the demand that he will be returned if his cocaine is returned. Just as Vincent finalizes the deal, he finds that his cocaine has vanished.
The film premiered in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival and has received positive reviews from critics.

You Want To Make A Documentary?

You got a story that you want to tell? A different perspective

that you feel people should hear about an issue or a person or people?

Every year, thousands of people start on a journey to lend themselves

to a cause to tell non-fictional stories visually. While some people believe it

involves just pointing your camera and clicking, the art of storytelling

for documentaries are more than that.

Recently, I sat on a plane with an individual that told me the story

of his country. The history was fascinating, and it had relevant factors

to things that are going on in the world today.  I told him it would be a good

Long story short, he called me up later and said that he wanted to

pursue it. When doing a bit of research, I discovered a bit of interesting things people

should know when doing documentaries.

Here are some of those resources.