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Ben Affleck cast as new Batman!


Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has been announced by Warner Bros as their new Batman to star alongside Henry Cavill in the unnamed ‘Batman vs Superman’ film directed by Zack Snyder.

Warner Bros President Greg Silverman quoted in a statement:

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill and then some,”

While we’re massive Argo fans here at Movie Emporium, we remain a little sceptical after the deathly serious portrayal we’ve become accustomed to (from Christian Bale) and hope that Ben avoids the pitfalls of the suave/comical take encountered by his good friend George Clooney in 1997′s truly awful Batman & Robin (averages 3.6 on IMDB).

Will there be room for a beard under that cowl? – We hope so! ;)

Full list of winners: The Oscars 2013


The 2013 Oscars are now over and the full list of winners are below. This list of full of spoilers, (should you need reminding)

All winners are in bold, take a look and see what you think!

Congratulations to everyone nominated and big congratulations to the winners!


Best Picture

– “Amour,” Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Kats, Producers

– “Argo,” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers


– “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers

– “Django Unchained,” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers

– “Les Miserables,” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers

– “Life of Pi,” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers

– “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

– “Silver Linings Playbook,” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

– “Zero Dark Thirty,” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers


Actor in a Leading Role

– Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

– Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Oscar for best actor

– Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

– Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

– Denzel Washington, “Flight”


Actress in a Leading Role

– Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

– Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Jennifer Lawrence wins best actress at the 2013 Oscars

– Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

– Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

– Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”


Actor in a Supporting Role

– Alan Arkin, “Argo”

– Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

– Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

– Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

– Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”


Actress in a Supporting Role

– Amy Adams, “The Master”

– Sally Field, “Lincoln”

– Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

– Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

– Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”



– Michael Haneke, “Amour”

– Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Ang Lee, winner of the best director award at the 2013 Oscars

– Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

– David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

– “Argo,” Screenplay by Chris Terrio

Chris Terrio

– “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

– “Life of Pi,” Screenplay by David Magee

– “Lincoln,” Screenplay by Tony Kushner

– “Silver Linings Playbook,” Screenplay by David O. Russell


Writing (Original Screenplay)

– “Amour,” Written by Michael Haneke

– “Django Unchained,” Written by Quentin Tarantino

– “Flight,” Written by John Gatins

– “Moonrise Kingdom,” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

– “Zero Dark Thirty,” Written by Mark Boal


Animated Feature Film

– “Brave”

– “Frankenweenie”

– “ParaNorman”

– “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

– “Wreck-It Ralph”



– “Anna Karenina,” Seamus McGarvey

– “Django Unchained,” Robert Richardson

– “Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda

Cinematography oscar winner Claudio Miranda with the Avengers Assemble cast

– “Lincoln,” Janusz Kaminski

– “Skyfall,” Roger Deakins


Costume Design

– “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran

Jacqueline Durran, winner of the Oscar for best costume design

– “Les Miserables,” Paco Delgado

– “Lincoln,” Joanna Johnston

– “Mirror Mirror,” Eiko Ishioka

– “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Colleen Atwood


Documentary Feature

– “5 Broken Cameras”

– “The Gatekeepers”

– “How to Survive a Plague”

– “The Invisible War”

– “Searching for the Sugar Man”

Simon Chinn and Malik Bendjelloul


Documentary Short Subject

– “Inocente”

– “Kings Point”

– “Mondays at Racine”

– “Open Heart”

– “Redemption”


Film Editing

– “Argo,” William Goldenberg

– “Life of Pi,” Tim Squyres

– “Lincoln,” Michael Kahn

– “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers

– “Zero Dark Thirty,” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg


Foreign Language Film

– “Amour,” Austria

Michael Haneke

– “Kon-Tiki,” Norway

– “No,” Chile

– “A Royal Affair,” Denmark

– “War Witch,” Canada


Makeup and Hairstyling

– “Hitchcock,” Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel

– “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane

– “Les Miserables,” Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell


Music (Original Score)

– “Anna Karenina,” Dario Marianelli

– “Argo,” Alexandre Desplat

– “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna

– “Lincoln,” John Williams

– “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman


Music (Original Song)

– “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” Music and Lyric by J. Ralph

– “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted,” Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane

– “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

– “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Adele and Paul Epworth

– “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil


Production Design

– “Anna Karenina,” Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

– “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright

– “Les Miserables,” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson

– “Life of Pi,” Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

– “Lincoln,” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson


Short Film (Animated)

– “Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee

– “Fresh Guacamole,” PES

– “Head over Heels,” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

– “Maggie Simpson in `The Longest Daycare’,” David Silverman

– “Paperman,” John Kahrs

John Kahrs, winner of best animated short winner



Short Film (Live Action)

– “Asad,” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura

– “Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French and Ariel Nasr

– “Curfew,” Shawn Christensen

– “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele

– “Henry,” Yan England


Sound Editing (tie)

– “Argo,” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn

– “Django Unchained,” Wylie Stateman

– “Life of Pi,” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton

– “Skyfall,” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers

– “Zero Dark Thirty,” Paul N.J. Ottosson


Sound Mixing

– “Argo,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia

– “Les Miserables,” Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

– “Life of Pi,” Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin

– “Lincoln,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins

– “Skyfall,” Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson


Visual Effects

– “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White

– “Life of Pi,” Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

– “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick

– “Prometheus,” Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill

– “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

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I’m so pleased with the Argo win at last night’s SAG Awards – especially after the Oscar snub for Ben. Don’t worry Ben, everyone in the industry loves you!


Argo: Review


Argo is finally being released in the UK on November 7th and we saw it earlier this week and came out totally blown away.  

A big fan of Affleck’s previous work, (The Town is in my top 5) I was super excited to see Argo and it delivered more than I could have hoped.

The story is a true one, about a CIA and Canadian mission in 1980 to smuggle 6 American embassy workers our of an Iran caught in the middle of revolution, during and international crisis between the US and Iran.

Argo has it all, firstly the feel of 1980 is captured authentically, even with the titles of the movie relfecting the decade it’s set in. The script is brilliant, well paced, funny and self deprecating without it becoming absurd and the tension is build with masterful skill.

Affleck’s skill as a director has’t gone unnoticed but Argo just furthers his already his impressive resume. He is great in front of the camera too. This movie is however very much a collective with great performances from John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and well, everyone on screen. It was also nice to see Clea Duvall seemingly ressurected from nowhere into a great role.

The beauty of Argo is how it achieves a film that is so incredibly tense and yet manages to retain a real sense of humour without loosing any of the impact.

Argo has swooped straight into my top 5 movies of the year, and is in all honesty likely to be unbeaten. Thoroughly enjoyable, unbearably tense and a true triumph of cinema, if i could have only seen 1 movie this year knowing what I know now, I would choose Argo. 

5 out of 5

Vicky Hinault

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