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Christian Bale Gives New Batman Ben Affleck Role Advice

Former Batman Christian Bale has thrown his support behind Ben Affleck and offered the actor/director some helpful advice as he prepares to take over the superhero role.

The British actor played the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but stepped down after the release of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

Affleck has signed up to take over the role in upcoming blockbuster Batman vs. Superman, prompting a furious reaction from some fans who called for the star to be dropped from the film.

They even released a petition demanding his removal from the cast, but the Oscar-winner has now received the seal of approval from his predecessor.

Bale tells Accesshollywood.com, “I wish him all the best. He’s a very experienced actor and filmmaker. He’ll make it his own. It should be passed on to another actor and will be again after him.”

The star also reveals he spoke to Affleck and gave him some helpful hints about working in the character’s skintight costume, adding, “(I told him) just make sure you can [urinate] without anyone helping him because it’s a little bit humiliating. I went through having to have someone help you out of the costume in order to be able to do that. That was my main piece of advice for him.”

Batman vs. Superman, which will pit Affleck’s character against Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, is due to hit cinemas in 2015.

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Ben Affleck Is The New Batman!

(MTV)—In the summer of 2015, Ben Affleck will be able to say “I’m Batman,” when he faces off against Henry Cavill’s Superman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday night that the Academy Award winner, who was once rumored to direct a “Justice League” film for the studio and DC Comics, will don the cowl as Bruce Wayne, replacing Christian Bale after his iconic three-movie run as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight.

The news came as somewhat of a shock to fans who have been following the casting rumors closely after director Zack Snyder announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that the follow-up to his Superman reboot would pit the two heroes against each other. Early casting rumors named actors like Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as potential candidates. Read more>>

Jimmy Kimmel Marries

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston were among the stars who turned out for the wedding of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Saturday (13Jul13).

The Jimmy Kimmel Live! presenter exchanged vows with partner Molly McNearney in Ojai, California, and several of his famous friends were in attendance.

Affleck’s wife Jennifer Garner also attended, as did Damon’s partner Luciana, and Aniston was escorted to the bash by her fiance Justin Theroux.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, and Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were also there to toast the happy couple.

Kimmel and McNearney marked their impending nuptials on Friday with a star-studded rehearsal dinner, according to UsMagazine.com.

Kimmel was previously married for 14 years and has two children from the relationship.

2013 Golden Globe Award Winners List

The 2013  Golden Globes Awards  honored Hollywood Sunday night, with “Les Miserables” as the top winner, with three awards.

That was followed by “Argo,” which won two awards for best director, Ben Affleck, and best picture. “Django Unchained” also tied with two awards.

On the television side, “Game Change” and “Homeland” took home three awards, followed by “Girls” with two.

The first award of the 70th annual Globes went to best supporting actor Christoph Waltz.

Looking clean shaven and buzzed, in contrast to the bounty hunter character he plays in “Django Unchained,” Waltz thanked director Quentin Tarantino. “You entrusted me with this character and took me on a journey,” he said.

After thanking the producers and fell cast members, he pointed to Tarantino and borrowed a line from his character, saying “The North Star is that one. Ta da.”

The 2013 Golden Globes Winners:

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Best Drama
“Argo”

Best Musical/Comedy
“Les Miserables”

Best Director
Ben Affleck, “Argo”

Best Actress in a Drama
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Actor in a Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Amour”

Best Animated Feature
“Brave”

Best Original Song
“Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)

Best Original Score
Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”

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Best TV Comedy or Musical
“Girls”

Best TV Drama
“Homeland”

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
“Game Change”

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Maggie Smith, “Downtown Abbey: Season 2”

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Ed Harris, “Game Change”

Fans Stunned By Ben Affleck’s Oscar Snub

Ben Affleck has topped a new movie website poll as the 2013 Oscars’ Biggest Snub.

Film fans flocked to blog sites to offer up their surprise when the movie star wasn’t nominated in the Best Director category for his acclaimed Argo on Thursday morning – and he was the easy winner of Fandango’s Biggest Snub survey.

Thousands voted and Affleck picked up 52 percent – ahead of fellow Best Director absentees Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who landed 20 percent and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) who came in third with 12 percent.

Nominee Ang Lee was just as stunned not to hear Affleck and Bigelow’s names alongside his when the nominations were announced.

The Life of Pi director says, “It’s not that I don’t think the others should have been nominated – I’m happy for everyone including myself – but these two seemed to be the sure thing from the beginning.”

Meanwhile, Fandango film fans were also stunned that the new James Bond film,Skyfall, didn’t land a Best Picture nod and John Hawkes led the overlooked actors as many moviegoers fully expected him to grab a Best Actor mention for his role in The Sessions.

In a related poll, Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis’ Best Actress nomination topped a Happiest Surprise survey with 35 percent, closely followed by Oscars host Seth MacFarlane’s Best Song mention for Ted.

Matt Damon Buys New Home

Matt Damon and his family are moving west after buying a $15 million mansion in California.

The actor and his wife Luciana Barroso’s new spread is one of the Los Angeles area’s most architecturally desired homes – and it’s in the same gated community as pal Ben Affleck’s home.

The seven bedroom mansion features a media room, five-car garage and a gym, according to website RealEstalker.com.

Damon has lived in New York for the past few years.

Matt Damon Planning Affleck Reunion

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Matt Damon plans to reunite with Ben Affleck in 2011.
The ‘Hereafter’ actor – who has four-year-old Isabella, two-year-old Gia, and three-month old Stella with wife Luisiana, as well as raising her 11-year-old daughter Alexia from a previous marriage – is desperate to make progress on a venture he and his ‘Good Will Hunting’ writing partner have been discussing for a long time as their family commitments have always got in the way.
He said: “We’ve been talking about it for years, so hopefully we’ll get to do it. But we also want to make our own film. We’ve been trying to work together again for 10 years now, but life has taken us in different directions.
“Having small kids is big. Most of your energy goes there. Having small kids and living in different cities just means that you don’t see each other a lot.”
Matt is a big fan of the work his friend – who has daughters Violet, five, and two-year-old Seraphina with wife Jennifer Garner – has done, both in acting and directing, and particularly admires the way Ben handles criticism.
He added: “When his film ‘The Town’ came out and just did so well I was so proud and happy. He dealt with a lot of s**t for a lot of years that was unjustified and was the butt of a lot of jokes. So to watch all those people who have to eat their words; he was a bigger man about it than I was. I’m petty enough to really care about that stuff and laugh at the demise of all these idiots that just don’t know talent when they see it.
“There aren’t many people who the industry views as just being able to pull an idea out of the air: write it, direct it and star in it. So now I’m just looking for a job from him.”

Matt Damon – Damon Not Directing Just Yet

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Matt Damon has played down rumours he’s set to make his directorial debut with a script written by his pals Ben and Casey Affleck, insisting the siblings have yet to present him with a storyline.


The brothers have both made the transition from actors to filmmakers, with Ben Affleck scoring critical acclaim for his last two efforts, The Town and Gone Baby Gone.

The Daredevil action man recently revealed he was working with his younger brother Casey on a new project – and was keen to get Damon involved by inviting him to direct.

But Damon is adamant reports claiming he is about to step behind the camera are premature.
He tells People.com, “He (Ben) and Casey were going to write this movie and I guess Ben was quoted recently saying that he’d love to have me direct it. (But) there is no script yet.” Damon won an Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1998 when he teamed up with old friend Ben Affleck to write Good Will Hunting.
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