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2016 BAFTAs: The Revenant And Mad Max Rule

If the BAFTAs, and the general air around the talented Leonardo DiCaprio are any indications, it sure looks like The Revenant will be remembered as the movie where DiCaprio finally struck gold. Of course, for our sake and the sake of recognizing and rewarding great talent in Hollywood, we hope it won’t be the last.
 
For now, as the results of the British Academy Film Awards showed, this year should be DiCaprio’s all the way. Of course, this isn’t the only thing that went down at the BAFTAs!
 
The night belonged to DiCaprio and we will all agree that the win was long overdue. DiCaprio had been a spectator three times before at the BAFTAs alone, simply watching the results as one of his contemporaries’ names were announced.
 
The Aviator, The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street were all hailed as excellent works, and DiCaprio’s roles in all these movies had received great reviews, however, the Best Actor BAFTA had eluded him. The Revenant changed things on this front though, and this time, it was Leo’s to take home.
 
Ironically, one of the actor’s most popular co-stars, Kate Winslet, picked up her third BAFTA the very same evening. While Winslet had won her two previous awards for Sense and Sensibility and The Reader, the 2016 BAFTAs saw her win her third for Steve Jobs, a film that sees her playing the role of a marketing executive at Apple.
 
The Revenant also won big in other departments, including Best Film and Best Director. So while DiCaprio’s performance is praiseworthy, the entire package seems like the perfect one, and these wins only strengthen the notion that DiCaprio seems to be the hottest contender for that elusive Oscar. So, will Alejandro González Iñárritu do for DiCaprio what other famed directors, including the likes of Martin Scorsese couldn’t? It’s definitely possible!
 

Apart from The Revenant, the other movie that picked up a string of awards was Mad Max: Fury Road. The film was certainly a shocker as far as the awards it picked up were concerned, although a look at the line-up, and then the movie, will tell you that each award is justified.
 
The film picked up awards across categories that help filmmakers and other talents show off their prowess such as Best Makeup, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design.
 
Other notable wins include Enno Morricone picking up his sixth BAFTA for his role in The Hateful Eight, another remarkable piece of cinema from Quentin Tarantino. Then there was the Amy Winehouse story that won the Best Documentary BAFTA, and Asif Kapadia, the director, was surely proud of the win.
 
“In the end it was all about Amy, we really fell in love with her. The aim was to tell the truth, to show how witty, intelligent, beautiful she was before it all went out of control and things got crazy,” he said.
 
Moving on, there was disappointment in store for the team of Carol. Although the film had received the most nominations, greatly increasing their chances of a win, at the end of the evening, not one award came Carol’s way.
 
Apart from the winners’ line-up, it sure looked like the hosts made more news than even The Revenant! Stephen Fry came in under loads of fire via his Twitter account, something that forced Fry to give up on his account the next day, but not before getting down and dirty with any unknown people.
 
“A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended. Worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know,” Fry labelled Twitter, and this was only part of the rant that Fry shares on his website.
 
In the meantime, Sasha Baron Cohen and Rebel Wilson did not pull any punches, making sure the diversity issue was taken lightly that evening. Even so, Fry did come in under loads of fire, maybe even more than he deserved.
 
Fry’s friends from the industry though came out in full support, some with tongue-in-cheek replies on how cracking a joke or two had become a dangerous job indeed, and others simply praising his hosting skills.
 


 
At the end of it all, the awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London did prove to be an entertaining one!
 
Here’s the complete list of BAFTA winners:

 

Best Film

The Revenant

 

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant

 

Best Actress

Brie Larson for Room

 

Best Director

Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

 

Best Supporting Actress

Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs

 

Best Foreign Film

Wild Tales from Argentina and Spain

 

Best Documentary

Amy

 

Best Animated Film

Inside Out

 

Best Original Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph for The Big Short

 

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant

 

Best Costume Design

Jenny Beavan for Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Best Production Design

Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson for Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Best Special Visual Effects

Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh and Neal Scanlan for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Sound

Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor and Randy Thom for The Revenant

 

Best Editing

Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Best Make-Up and Hair

Lesley Vanderwalt and Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Outstanding British Film in 2016

Brooklyn

 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Naji Abu Nowar [writer/director] and Rupert Lloyd [producer], for Theeb

 
 
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How Rob And Khloe Kardashian Spent Valentine’s

For once, Rob and Khloe Kardashian seem to top every other Kardashian in the relationship department, selflessly showering love on their partners over Valentine’s Day. Here are the details.
 
We all know how Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna make up the latest pair to hit the celebrity couples circuit. Well, Rob left no stone unturned in any way when it came to showing his lady love some true Valentine’s Day spirit. After all, when your love is new, that is indeed the right time to nurture it, right?
 
So out came Rob with his love guns booming, and pulled out all stops while sending across to Chyna his bag of gifts. Of course, we only know about two great gifts he chose to give Chyna – the rest we’re sure has been kept under wraps by the couple – but these gifts were pretty impressive to say the least.
 
The first was a huge bouquet of beautiful long-stemmed red roses, a gift that proclaimed Rob’s love for Chyna in a great traditional way. Chyna took to Instagram to share a picture of the bouquet with fans, and the beautiful picture was made even more beautiful with the lady in black smelling them lovingly. A simple “Happy Valentine’s Day” with emoticons of a heart and a clover leaf accompanied the image.
 
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Now while few other gifts could top a humongous bouquet of roses, Rob managed to find just the perfect one – a huge painting that was a super-special one for the couple. This one was an amazing painting that was made even more special with the words of their favorite song written on the entire length and breadth of it in sparkling letters. How many guys around the world would have been able to match this gorgeous gift!
 
Chyna knew she was a special one and posted a short video on to her Instagram account, sharing with her fans details of the gift with a simple yet deep “The Beginning” and a clover leaf accompanying this one.
 
“Look at this really nice painting my babe got for me? If you look really close, it’s actually lyrics to our song. Happy Valentine’s Day Rob!”
 
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In the meantime, Khloe Kardashian was again doing what she’s been doing all along – standing by Lamar Odom. The beautiful Khloe had rushed to Lamar’s bedside when he slipped into a coma and now, on Valentine’s Day, the duo reportedly spent a quiet Sunday in each other’s company.
 

The 31-year old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been a constant pillar of support for the 36-year old Odom and in spite of their separation, the two had always showed their love and support for each other. In fact, quite a few instances in Keeping Up With the Kardashians showed Khloe stand up for Lamar, even arguing with her family members in support for him.
 
In a recent livestream with fans, Khloe was even found gushing over the progress Lamar has made in terms of his recovery. “He’s good, he’s so good. It’s just insane what the human body can do. We went on a hike the other day, Kim Kardashian, myself and Lam. It’s just crazy how quick things change and you never really know and that’s such a blessing. And I believe in God and praying and I’m so grateful,” she said.
 
Then, on her Instagram account, Khloe even shared some words of wisdom with her fans. “Spend your time on those who love you unconditionally. Don’t waste it on those who only love you when the conditions are right for them,” the post said. She ended her long yet thoughtful message with, “Choose your happy over anything else. Love is different for us all. Be strong enough to accept only unconditional love.”
 
Well, with two beautiful giving souls like Rob and Khloe around, we’re sure their partners are in for some great times together!
 

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HBO Releases Stills For ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6

Yup, it’s been a long wait, but HBO has released its first stills for the upcoming season – and we can’t wait!
 
The hit series is set to return on April 24, and based on the stills, fan favorites Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister will be present (but for how long nobody knows!)
 
And while the highly-anticipated sixth season is on the horizon, this season will mark the first time that the TV show will move ahead of its written counterpart in terms of the plot.
 
George R.R. Martin’s sixth book, “The Winds of Winter,” has gone through multiple delays, and now, viewers and readers will be finally on the same page.
 
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For the full set, visit the link here.
 
Are you as excited as we are? Let us know below!
 

Images via makinggameofthrones (Macall B. Polay/HBO)
 

 

Justin Bieber Cleans Up For First GQ Cover

If you’re a Justin Bieber fan, prepare to be wowed! GQ released its newest cover for March, and guess what? Bieber actually cleans up pretty well!
 

As pictured above, Bieber actually gets to feature in two covers, with 2 different suits, and judge him how you will, but if you want to find someone to look good in a suit, you really can’t go wrong with the “Sorry” singer.
 
Speaking of which, GQ writer, Caity Weaver, actually spent some time with the 21-year old musician at which time he explained the real meaning behind the hit single. While many believe it’s about apologizing for his past mistakes, what he really meant it for was – wait for it – a girl.
 
“People ran with that,” he said. “—that I was like, apologizing with that song and stuff. It really had nothing to do with that. It was about a girl.”
 
If you want to see more photos from the photo shoot, visit GQ.
 
Featured images via GQ (Eric Ray Davidson)
 

 

Watch The FULLER HOUSE Official Trailer!

Netflix just released the first official trailer for Fuller House and if you’ve seen it already, we finally get a look at how the Tanner family has grown. On Tuesday during the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, fans were treated to a visit from D.J (Candace Cameron-Bure), Kimmy (Andrea Barber), and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) as they discussed the upcoming release of the new series.
 

 
Although the Olsen twins are noticeably missing from the reboot, Ellen wonders if they will ever appear on the show if it continues.
 

“I don’t know, the door’s open if they want to!” Cameron-Bure said.
 
While you won’t see Michelle onscreen, the cast does make reference to her.
 
“We make reference to them on the show, though, so they are not forgotten,” Cameron-Bure says. Sweetin also added, “Yeah, we definitely acknowledge Michelle, being, you know, present.”
 
So, if you thought that Michelle was written off, you can all breathe a sigh of relief.
 
And what did we learn from the trailer?
 
First things first, the cast seemed to have aged REALLY well! Uncle Jess and Aunt Becky’s twin boys have grown up. Steve still has his bomber jacket, Kimmy has a kid, D.J. has three of her own, and the show definitely mixes in trademark catchphrases from the past.
 
If you grew up watching the show, you might expect the same family values to be present in this one, but like everyone else, we’ll have to wait until February 26th when Fuller House premieres on Netflix to see if the reboot will take off.
 

 

Super Bowl 50: Lady Gaga Can DEFINITELY Sing

Just before the start of Super Bowl 50, Lady Gaga was the star entrusted with the singing of America’s national anthem, and DAMN, she absolutely nailed it! Lady Gaga, otherwise known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, took to the stage at Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara, California, to perform a “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and leaving many people in the stadium and around the world in awe.
 

The Grammy-winning singer and American Horror Story: Hotel star chose a toned-down look (by her standards anyway) and wore a sparkling red suit, accented by blue nails and platform shoes with hints of the American flag.
 
By the time the lyrics “and the rockets red glare” comes out, Gaga’s magnificent pipes are put on display and if you can appreciate her voice, it will definitely send shivers down your spine! At this point, Lady Gaga has the crowd hooked and finished powerfully with a fly-over by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
 
Doesn’t listening to this make you want to become American just so you can sing the anthem? If you’re already American, well then, lucky you!
 

 

BMX Legend Dave Mirra Dies In Apparent Suicide

Dave Mirra, the BMX bike legend, has died due in an apparent suicide.
 
The 41-year old’s body was discovered in Greenville, North Carolina on Thursday and the police say there was an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Mirra leaves behind his wife, Lauren, and two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison. TMZ Sports reported that officials are currently investigating the death.
 
Even before he was found dead, Mirra posted a photo with him and his wife to his Instagram account:
 

My rock! Thank god

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Dave Mirra was a household name – the former BMX champion was also (at one point) held the record for most X Games medals. Between 1995 and 2008, he won a medal every year while taking home 14 gold medals in the process. In 2013, Bob Burnquist overtook Mirra’s record of 24 career medals and Shaun White is the only one to have won more X Games gold medals.
 
His popularity got him his own titled video games, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 1 and 2, and he also hosted 2 seasons of ‘Real World/Road Rules Challenge’ on MTV.
 
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RIP Dave Mirra
 

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Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart Is Fighting Prostate Cancer

One of wrestling’s most iconic figures is in a different type of fight now, revealing in a Instagram post that he is now battling prostate cancer.
 

It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling … Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all. My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I've always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear. I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that's kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I've got much of it around me all the time, for which I'm truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying. Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten. B x

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In the post he revealed that he will undergo surgery in the next few days to treat the cancer, and hopefully everything will turn out okay. The 58-year old has been through a lot and this is just another thing to add to the list.
 

The “Montreal Screwjob” which took place in November 1997 seemed to start a downward spiral for the 6’0″, 235 lbs Calgary native. A kick to the head by Bill Goldberg in 1999 left him with a concussion which eventually led to the end of his career. In May earlier that same year, he lost his brother Owen during a live WWF pay-per-view event called Over the Edge. Hart also revealed in his post that he’s had two knee replacements, two hernia operations, surgery on his right elbow, and recently underwent a four-corner fusion procedure on his right wrist.
 
In 2002, Hart suffered a stroke after getting into a bicycle accident. He hit a pothole, flew over the handlebars and hit the back of his head. The stroke left him paralyzed on the left side which took months to recover from.
 
Things finally started to take a positive turn in 2005 when World Wrestling Entertainment and Vince McMahon began to make amends. Hart contributed many hours of interview footage and helped select his favorite matches for the release of his DVD entitled, “Bret “Hit Man” Hart: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be.” On April 1st, 2006, Stone Cold Steve Austin inducted Bret Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame.
 
Fighting prostate cancer is just another obstacle that Hart will have to overcome, but just as in the past, you can never count the Hitman out.
 

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Grease: Live! Is The Talk Of The Town!

Last night, on Sunday, January 31st, Fox put on their version of a live musical (for Grease), and by now, calling it a hit would be a understatement.
 
Twitter was flooded with reactions from the production, and reception was overwhelmingly positive. The role of Sandy was played by Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit played Danny Zuko.
 
Vanessa Hudgens played the part of Rizzo and was the night’s standout performer having lost her father just the night before.
 


 
The most heartbreaking moment must have come during her rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” As they say, the show must go on, and anyone watching should be praising Hudgens for rounding up the strength to put on that type of performance. Her father would be proud.
 

 
In a special tribute, Fox also dedicated the show to her father.
 


 
Another aspect of Grease: Live! that generated the greatest buzz last evening was seeing beloved R&B group Boyz II Men playing Teen Angels to sing “Beauty School Dropout”.
 


 
Did you watch it? How did you like it? Let us know below!
 

Featured image via yahoo (Photo: Tommy Garcia, Fox)
 

 

Ian McKellen Labels Oscars Anti-Gay As Well

Ian McKellen has joined the chorus of a section of the Hollywood community that firmly believes that the Oscars is against diversity. While most of the protesters are rebuking the Academy Awards for completely ignoring the black community from its list of nominations in major categories for the second year in a row, McKellen recently passed a remark on how he thought the awards platform was anti-gay as well.
 
Ever since the Academy Awards list of nominations were announced, the blatant absence of black candidates in the major categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress is being criticized by many. After all, this is the second year in a row that none of these categories have found a representative of color.
 
Those who have voiced the loudest protests and have even spoken of boycotting the Academy Awards function altogether include George Clooney, Viola Davis, Spike Lee, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Lupita Nyong’o. And this is only the beginning of a long list of celebrities who are coming out in the open and voicing their dissent.
 
Surprisingly, even amidst calls to step down as host, Chris Rock has apparently chosen to stay on and complete his task as host of the Academy Awards evening this year, and his publicist has even denied claims that Rock is making changes to his script.
 

“Regarding Reggie Hudlin’s comments about Chris Rock’s Oscar hosting duties, neither he nor anyone else speaks for Chris. Chris has made no decisions about the content of the show. All will be revealed on February 28th. We will not comment further on this,” said Leslie Sloane. Sloane was making the statement in reference to Reginald Hudlin, one of the producers of the Oscars show, who had stated, “Chris is hard at work. He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room. As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, ‘I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.’”
 
However, that hasn’t stopped others from weighing in on the situation. “It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country. Even though some people have given great performances in movies, they weren’t even thought about. We’re living in a country that discriminates, and has certain racial tendencies, racist tendencies,” said Danny DeVito.
 
Spike Lee even took to social media to openly declare his boycott of the Oscar ceremony this year. “My wife, Mrs Tonya Lewis Lee and I will not be attending the Oscar ceremony this coming February. We cannot support it and mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs and the Academy. But, how is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!” Lee wrote.
 

#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

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And now, McKellen, a respected and veteran actor of the Hollywood filmmaking fraternity has even gone to the extent of labeling the Oscars anti-gay. Moreover, McKellen also stood by his compatriots who were protesting against the lack of diversity in the awards platform, calling the complaints “legitimate”.
 
“It’s not only black people who’ve been disregarded by the film industry. It used to be women. It’s certainly gay people to this day,” McKellen said while speaking to Sky News. “These are all legitimate complaints,” he said referring to several of his Hollywood counterparts who have raised their voices against the seemingly blatant discrimination against colored members of the film fraternity.
 
Well, when the number of voices standing up against the alleged discrimination at the Oscars are this many (and growing) one certainly cannot help but sit up and take notice. Whether this will actually translate into anything of consequence is of course another story.
 

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A Ben Affleck Update

With the upcoming release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25th, Ben Affleck has become one of the hottest stars on the planet right now. After all, how many actors have managed to pull off the role of the Gotham City vigilante with such finesse that the adulation is pouring in way before the film has even hit theaters! In this light, we thought we’d bring you an update on Affleck on the personal and professional front.
 
As far as Affleck’s role as Batman is concerned, he is getting the superhero ride of his life. After the Daredevil fiasco, there were quite a few eyebrows raised when Affleck’s name was in the mix for the role of Bruce Wayne. However, Affleck has managed to put his own demons behind, doing absolute justice to the role, despite having doubters forever voicing their opinions on how this was going to be a sure shot disaster. Well, the verdict is out now and Affleck has definitely impressed!
 
Kevin Smith, a diehard supporter of Affleck as well as the comic world, is among those who thinks the award-winning actor and director has nailed it, and he minces no words while maintaining that Affleck was destined to even be the best Batman ever!
 
One look at the latest peek at Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice from Warner Bros. and we find ourselves agreeing wholeheartedly!
 

 
“Right away, he’s the best looking Batman we’ve ever seen. The hardest thing to nail about Batman is Bruce Wayne, because that’s where you’ve got no mask and you’ve got to be a human being. But that dude is Bruce Wayne, so he’s born to play that role. Everything I’ve seen so far is phenomenal, I think he’ll be our best Batman,” says Smith with supreme confidence.
 
Arguably, Christian Bale has been one of the most versatile Batman characters until now, getting under the skin of Bruce Wayne, balancing the arrogance of a spoiled billionaire and the responsible attitude of a superhero with equal panache. Now, if Affleck has done a better job, he has surely brought in something new to the role, and we just can’t wait to see it for ourselves!
 

Affleck on the other hand, has always played it down, giving credit for his portrayal of Batman to his director Zack Snyder. “I’ll just say going through the process, I would never have imagined that I could or would direct a movie like this. And in working with Snyder and seeing what he did and watching him every day, I got really inspired by that and by seeing the scope on which he was telling the story, by seeing what he was able to do with this kind of mythic story on a grand scale.”
 
As for Affleck’s next ventures, the actor and director in him are far from resting. Already busy with his next project, Affleck was caught filming for Live By Night in Los Angeles, an American crime drama that has Elle Fanning starring alongside.
 
Live By Night also stars several other prominent names such as Anthony Michael Hall, Scott Eastwood, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson and the talented Zoe Saldana. Set in the 1920s, the film revolves around the son of a police captain from Boston who takes off on a career as a bootlegger and eventually ends up becoming a famed gangster.
 
While Affleck’s work life seems to be going great, his personal life seems to have come to a standstill after his separation from Jennifer Garner, after a rumored affair with his nanny. The two stars have three children together and the little family has been spotted together often, showing the world how a split doesn’t necessarily have to adversely affect the children involved.
 
Well, here’s hoping Affleck’s personal life falls into place soon, just like his professional life that’s surely on a great high!
 

 

HBO Picks Up Porn Drama Series Called The Deuce

A new and upcoming porn drama series, The Deuce, is officially coming to living rooms around the world, that is if you have HBO. Even though the network has not confirmed the premiere date or the number of episodes it will air, it has confirmed that it will star Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco.
 
The series that has been co-written by David Simon and his longtime collaborator, George Pelecanos, is projected to be a hit with viewers who are highly anticipating this explosive and captivating drama. The series is based on the chaotic period that followed the legalization and rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through to the mid-1980s. The drama, which is inspired in part by notorious mobster twins Frankie and Vincent Martino follows the tumultuous, but lucrative world of sex before the outbreak of HIV, the rise of cocaine-fueled violence and the renewed real estate market in the mid-1980s.
 

Deriving its name from the nickname of the era’s notorious 42nd street, The Deuce, it will have two known stars in Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco. Franco will pull a ‘Tom Hardy in Legend’ stunt by portraying both the Martino brothers while Gyllenhaal will portray Eileen ‘Candy’ Merrell who was a Times Square veteran hooker with entrepreneurial instincts that led her to the budding porn industry.
 
The series has a whole lot of talented stars and producers behind its production who have the experience of producing many critically acclaimed TV blockbusters. Apart from co-writers Simon and Pelecanos, there is the presence of executive producers Nina Noble and Michelle Maclaren. Nina has previously worked with both Simon and Pelecanos on The Wire while Maclaren, who has directed and produced the pilot episode bringing in experience from her work on The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
 
The Deuce marks Simon’s latest collaboration with HBO after having his previous works such as Show Me a Hero and The Wire featured on the cable network. The series, which might premiere later this year, joins a list of incredible dramas such as Game of Thrones and the rock drama Vinyl.