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Ben Affleck's Live By Night and Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys get release dates

11.05.2013

So, Ben Affleck is going to have a very busy 2014. Not only will he be appearing in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN as The Dark Knight, but he will also be directing LIVE BY NIGHT, the historical drama he has been developing at Warner Bros. According to Deadline, Affleck is expected to begin filming LIVE BY NIGHT in September in anticipation of a December 25, 2015 release date. This likely means that filming on Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL sequel will begin early next year and then Affleck will slide behind the camera for LIVE BY NIGHT right after.

LIVE BY NIGHT comes from the book by Dennis Lehane who wrote the source material for Affleck's directorial debut, GONE BABY GONE. It is a sprawling epic crime story that will be the biggest project in Affleck's career renaissance:

A cop’s son falls in with bad guys and becomes one. But in Lehane’s hands, the Prohibition-era tale of Joe Coughlin’s rise to criminal power is both fresh and nuanced, packed with guns, booze, and babes as it roars from Boston to Tampa to Cuba. As Coughlin crosses deeper into the dark side--among those who “live by night and dance fast”--he provokes the question that sustains this propulsive narrative: Can a man be a good mobster and a good person at the same time?

I am a big fan of Affleck's recent career and look forward to both LIVE BY NIGHT and BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. Another actor turned director that I am fond of is Clint Eastwood who will try his hand at a musical with the adaptation of JERSEY BOYS. That film now has a release date of June 20, 2014. Eastwood has tackled various types of films over the decades from westerns to war films to dramas and even comedies. But a musical would be a change of pace for him.

It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock 'n roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four "seasons", each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music. Songs include "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Sherry", "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)", "My Eyes Adored You", "Stay", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Working My Way Back to You" and "Rag Doll", among others. The title refers to the fact that the members of The Four Seasons are from New Jersey.

The cast of JERSEY BOYS is mostly unknowns aside from BOARDWALK EMPIRE's Vincent Piazza and Christopher Walken, but I have come to expect the unexpected from Eastwood. The 83-year-old never ceases to impress with what he is able to pull off on the big screen. There haven't been many good musical films in the last couple of years (ahem, ROCK OF AGES), but Clint Eastwood instills a little more faith than other directors.

Source: Deadline

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1:31PM on 11/06/2013
Glad to see Affleck's turn as Batman is not going to affect his directing career. He's been pumping out such good movies the last few years, it's one thing I was hoping wouldn't suffer as a result of playing Batman.

However, I guess this means we won't be seeing a new solo Batman film until sometime in 2016 at the earliest. Which now that I mention it is exactly what WB said they had planned. Is it possible? Has WB actually figured out their gameplan with Superhero movies?
Glad to see Affleck's turn as Batman is not going to affect his directing career. He's been pumping out such good movies the last few years, it's one thing I was hoping wouldn't suffer as a result of playing Batman.

However, I guess this means we won't be seeing a new solo Batman film until sometime in 2016 at the earliest. Which now that I mention it is exactly what WB said they had planned. Is it possible? Has WB actually figured out their gameplan with Superhero movies?
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11:32AM on 11/06/2013
Was so looking forward to Affleck directing The Stand. Oh well, this will do...
Was so looking forward to Affleck directing The Stand. Oh well, this will do...
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11:37PM on 11/05/2013
Alas...if only somehow Eastwood could be Batman and Affleck could be Nightwing. I was in love with the films Eastwood was directing for awhile. I mean each one was incredible. But then they quickly turned just absolutely terrible. But can't wait for the Affleck movie
Alas...if only somehow Eastwood could be Batman and Affleck could be Nightwing. I was in love with the films Eastwood was directing for awhile. I mean each one was incredible. But then they quickly turned just absolutely terrible. But can't wait for the Affleck movie
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10:47PM on 11/05/2013
Really hope Eastwood doesn't mess this one up, his movies have been crap lately, hoping for a return to form here.
Really hope Eastwood doesn't mess this one up, his movies have been crap lately, hoping for a return to form here.
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9:22PM on 11/05/2013

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8:54PM on 11/05/2013
I love a good mobster movie and Affleck has been on a roll lately so I'm ready for it. Eastwood is a great director and I do wish he chose something besides a musical, the rumor that he is directing American Sniper would definitely be something I'm excited for.
I love a good mobster movie and Affleck has been on a roll lately so I'm ready for it. Eastwood is a great director and I do wish he chose something besides a musical, the rumor that he is directing American Sniper would definitely be something I'm excited for.
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7:38PM on 11/05/2013
I know this will make me sound like an asshole, but knowing he only has a few movies left, I sure as hell wish he didn't waste time on a musical.
I know this will make me sound like an asshole, but knowing he only has a few movies left, I sure as hell wish he didn't waste time on a musical.
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6:42PM on 11/05/2013
I still like Eastwood as a director, but his last few movies weren't as good as some of his slightly older ones. Unforgiven, Mystic River, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Million Dollar Baby are all fantastic. Changling, Hereafter, and J. Edgar were just ok. Gran Torino was the turning point, I think. Anyway, here's hoping Jersey Boys is another great film from him.
I still like Eastwood as a director, but his last few movies weren't as good as some of his slightly older ones. Unforgiven, Mystic River, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Million Dollar Baby are all fantastic. Changling, Hereafter, and J. Edgar were just ok. Gran Torino was the turning point, I think. Anyway, here's hoping Jersey Boys is another great film from him.
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6:42PM on 11/05/2013
Anything that Affleck directs has my direct attention. He's three for three so far in my book and each film that he has directed has been far superior than the last.
Anything that Affleck directs has my direct attention. He's three for three so far in my book and each film that he has directed has been far superior than the last.
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7:49PM on 11/05/2013
I actually think the exact opposite (GBG > Town > Argo) but they're all very well made pictures and this one sounds fantastic.
I actually think the exact opposite (GBG > Town > Argo) but they're all very well made pictures and this one sounds fantastic.
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6:35PM on 11/05/2013

Eastwood's the Man

Fear not, fellow film lovers. Clint will make this a bang-up picture.
Fear not, fellow film lovers. Clint will make this a bang-up picture.
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6:18PM on 11/05/2013
Live by Night sounds like it's going to be awesome.
Jersey Boys....not so much.
Live by Night sounds like it's going to be awesome.
Jersey Boys....not so much.
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6:17PM on 11/05/2013

I'm sure that Eastwood will make a better Jersey Boys film than most other directors would have

But it still makes me sad that he's on the project, he's getting up there in age and only has so many films left in him. Getting Jersey Boys means that's one less Non-Jersey Boys film he'll be able to make.
But it still makes me sad that he's on the project, he's getting up there in age and only has so many films left in him. Getting Jersey Boys means that's one less Non-Jersey Boys film he'll be able to make.
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10:48PM on 11/05/2013
I'd have said the same thing about J Edgar, Changeling and Hereafter.
I'd have said the same thing about J Edgar, Changeling and Hereafter.
2:19AM on 11/07/2013
Yea, I think J Edgar has its moments but overall was a definite disappointment, Hereafter just makes me sad. For a llittle while there Eastwood really established himself as being on the A+ list of directors, but man has he done a good job of knocking himself down a notch or two these past few years.
Yea, I think J Edgar has its moments but overall was a definite disappointment, Hereafter just makes me sad. For a llittle while there Eastwood really established himself as being on the A+ list of directors, but man has he done a good job of knocking himself down a notch or two these past few years.
5:17PM on 11/05/2013
Is "Jersey Boys" going to be a sequel to "Jersey Girl"? Cause that had a musical number in it as well.

ZING!
Is "Jersey Boys" going to be a sequel to "Jersey Girl"? Cause that had a musical number in it as well.

ZING!
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