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    Ben Affleck Returns to Boston and Dennis Lehane for Next Film

    With a stellar career and two Oscars on his mantle, Ben Affleck is gearing up for production later this year in Boston for his next film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era gangster novel "Live By Night."

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    Ben Affleck Returns To Boston For His Next Film; Will Write, Direct & Star In Dennis Lehane Adaptation 'Live By Night'

    With his second Oscar under his belt for "Argo" and a plethora of options in front of him -- the Stephen King adaptation "The Stand," the remake of "Tell No One," and out his brewing Whitey Bulger biopic -- the filmmaker will be returning home for another Boston tale, albeit one that will see him ra...

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    Ben Affleck Adds American Revolution Tale 'Bunker Hill' To List Of Directorial Projects

    Even before he won his Oscar for Best Picture for "Argo," Ben Affleck wasn't lacking in possible directorial vehicles. Dennis Lehane adaptation "Live By Night," a Whitey Bulger biopic (that he told us is one more movie away), a remake of Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One," Stephen King adaptation "The ...

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    Analyze This: Why 'Argo' Won Best Picture, Ang Lee Won Best Director & More 2013 Oscar Fallout

    One could suggest that we and other pundits have exhausted the conversation around the 85th Academy Awards. We might not argue with that, but while we've had plenty of opportunities to examine the surprises, the snubs, the show itself, both its best/worst moments and how it can improve, we personall...

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    Watch: All The Oscar Acceptance Speeches From Affleck to Adele

    While some unfortunate folk got ushered offstage aggressively by the "Jaws" playoff music (the genius-or-uncalled-for debate continues), the night's biggest Academy Awards winners stole the show with their great speeches. We gave the nominees some pointers last week with our 10 Best Os...

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    2013 Oscar Highlights: Dancing and Tripping Stars, Eloquent Acceptance Speeches and More; Show Scores 40.3 Million Viewers UPDATED

    The 2013 Oscars held many noteworthy moments, including the race's sixth tie in history, and the six major category wins all going to different films. It also saw plenty of song belting, some charmingly old-school dance numbers and moving speeches from award recipients. Below, video highlights from ...

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    Iran Calls 'Argo' Oscar Win "Politically Motivated" & An "Advertisement For The CIA”

    The red carpet may be all rolled up, but that doesn't mean the Oscar controversy will end there. With Ben Affleck's "Argo" taking home the widely expected prize for Best Picture last night at the Oscars, the Iranian government -- who have never been big fans of the movie in general...

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    Your Burning Oscar-Show Questions Answered, MacFarlane to Best Dead People

    The Oscar show was bloated with movie music that had no reason being there. (A tribute to Chicago? Other than the fact that the Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also produced that movie .. oh yeah, that’s why). It had Seth MacFarlane, whose jokes might have been offensive i...

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    Predicting the Oscars: Don't Trust Me, Trust Nate Silver

    I was thinking this might be the first year in recent memory when the Oscars actually held some suspense about the winners. Is anything really a lock for Best Picture? What about that wacky Best Directors race, already full of also-rans? Then I read Nate Silver’s thoroughly lucid and comp...

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    Oscar Watch: Why Actor-Directors Have the Advantage at the Oscars

    What’s been overlooked amid all the wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth and what-were-they-thinking hysteria surrounding Ben Affleck’s alleged “snub” as a Best Director nominee, is the degree to which the director’s branch has defied Oscar history. “Argo” is a fine, sturdy entertainment, a movie ev...

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