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    BEN AFFLECK ON STAGE

    Every year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival gives me the opportunity to host its Modern Master tribute to a major star or filmmaker. This year Ben Affleck and I spent more than two hours on stage reviewing his career, with excerpts from his many films, beginning with "Dazed and...

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    SAG Awards: With Critics Choice, Globes, PGA and SAG Wins, 'Argo' Now Challenges 'Lincoln' (VIDEO)

    Ben Affleck accepted the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Friday night, and at the after party, grilled me about where "Argo" stood in the Oscar race. A lot of people thought the movie might win the Producers Guild's top award Saturday, and so it did. But few expe...

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    PGA Awards: 'Argo' Wins Big, Plus 'Sugarman,' 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family'; Tributes to Weinsteins, Abrams & Working Title

    "Argo" is on a roll. Ben Affleck's movie won again at the Producers Guild Awards, setting the tone for the weeks leading to the Oscars as one of statistical chances. Without also receiving a Best Director Oscar nomination, four other films have won the PGA's top prize ("Driving Miss Daisy," "Apollo ...

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    J.J. Abrams Joins The Empire, Confirmed To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

    Usually we'd be throwing up flags on this until Disney announces this thing themselves, but The Wrap and THR are both reporting that this is indeed legit and real, so let's get to it....

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    Affleck's 'Argo' is Banned in Iran, Which Has Approved Its Own Film Version of 1979 Hostage Crisis

    Iran's Art Bureau has approved the making of a film depicting the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis depicted in Ben Affleck's "Argo." Filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian states: "the movie is about 20 American hostages who were handed over to the US embassy by Iranian revolutionaries at the beginning of the revo...

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    Film Independent's Directors Close-Up Series To Feature Affleck, Russell, Loktev, Zeitlin, Fleischer, Sachs and Soloway

    Film Independent's 12th edition of their Directors Close-Up series will feature Ben Affleck ("Argo"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), director Ruben Fleischer ("Gangster Squad"), and writer/directors Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On"), Jul...

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    Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Funny, Edgy Golden Globes Opener

    It’s too bad they disappeared for most of the show, because hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were by far the best part of watching The Golden Globes. Some of their lines were as jaw-dropping as anything Ricky Gervais said, but were delivered with such warmth that they didn’t seem to s...

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    STARS SHINE AT AFI LUNCHEON

    Every year, the American Film Institute convenes a jury to select the Ten Outstanding Films and Television Shows of the year. The outcome is a celebratory luncheon that everyone seems to agree is an oasis in the crowded awards season.

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    Watch The Oscar Nominations: The Good, The Bad, The What Were They Thinking?

    What a relief! It looks like the Oscar show might actually be fun, thanks to Seth MacFarlane. When he and Emma Stone announced the nominees, MacFarlane commented with barbed lines that were as edgy as anything Ricky Gervais did during his controversial Golden Globes gigs. After announcing the B...

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