Why Ben is Batman?

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The secret talks that led the Oscar-winning actor,

director and producer to again agree to a superhero

role, and show Hollywood how a studio takes care of

top talent.

 

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Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder

Thursday’s seemingly out-of-left field announcement by Warner Bros. that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel caught many in Hollywood by surprise — but it was the culmination of months of conversations and dealmaking.

Sources tell 

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John Lasseter Accepts Disney Legend for Steve Jobs

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This past weekend, the D23 Expo 2013 honored the late Steve Jobs with a “Disney Legend” award. John Lasseter, an early employee of Pixar, accepted it on behalf of the Apple co-founder and former chief executive officer and recounted his memories and experiences with Jobs onstage. Two videos of the acceptance speech have since appeared online.It’s emotional footage, but fans of Apple, Pixar, ...

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Forget Kickstarter: How Obama’s New Law Could Change Hollywood Crowd-Funding

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 by Paul Bond
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EarlyShares CEO Joanna Schwartz and co-founder/chairman Stephen Temes

The measure could give filmmakers access to $300 billion from regular Joes with net worth over $1 million who can own part of the movies they fund — unlike Kickstarter.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Like many filmmakers, Spike Lee is using Kickstarter, in his case, to raise $1.25 million for his next project. A $10 ...

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Source: Bruce Willis Left ‘Expendables 3’ Over $1 Million-a-Day Fee Demand

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 by Kim Masters

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From left: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis in “The Expendables 2”

A source says the actor was offered $3 million for four days of work shooting in Bulgaria but said he would drop out if he didn’t get $4 million

Sylvester Stallone let the world know Tuesday that Bruce Willis was out of the upcoming The Expendables 3 for being “greedy and lazy,” and it seems that laziness was not the ...

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