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Hollywood.com pits the Affleck brother against each other. Ben's more famous, but Casey seems like more of an artist. Find out who comes out on top here.
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All directors who make films set in Boston find themselves asking just one question when it comes time to cast the lead: Ben Affleck or Casey Affleck? For his upcoming film about the Boston Strangler, new director Mark Romanek sets Casey as co-producer and star of the film. The story of the Boston Strangler is ripe for filmmaking, primarily because it involves a great deal of confusion and doubt. In 1964, Albert DeSalvo was arrested on suspicion of murdering 13 women in the Boston area. But when he confessed to the crimes, there were a great deal of inaccuracies and holes in his stories, and he often claimed to have been in multiple places at once. He was ultimately put on trial for the rape and robberies of several victims, due to the confusion that surrounded his version of events, although he did seem to know more about the crimes than anyone else. DeSalvo was murdered by a fellow prisoner in 1973, although the trail resulted in a hung jury, and his killer was never convicted. It's not known yet whether the li'l Affleck will play DeSalvo or if he will play a member of the law enforcement team tasked with catching him, but he has experience playing both perspectives of a gritty crime drama.
The dark, twisted nature of the Boston Strangler story makes it the perfect vehicle for Casey, who specializes in slightly more disturbed and disturbing characters. Although he can play more upstanding characters well, he will be able to bring the right amount of grit to the film, which will help give it the edge that the story needs. Of course, he's not the only Affleck who knows his way around a gritty, Boston-set crime drama — after all, his brother Ben directed two of them. Which, of course, brought us to the inevitable Affleck-brother comparisons, and so we decided to determine, once and for all, which Affleck is the superior one.
Number of Oscar Nominations: Ben has been nominated for two Academy Awards over the course of his career; once for Best Original Screenplay alongside Matt Damon for their film Good Will Hunting, and once for Best Picture for Argo, which he directed and starred in. Casey has been nominated once, for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Robert Ford in the film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His experience as a bloodthirsty sociopath will no doubt serve him well when working on the Boston Strangler film, no matter which side of the law his character is on.Winner: Ben
Number of Oscar Wins:Ben won both of the Oscars he was nominated for, and his Best Original Screenplay win made him the youngest person in Oscar history to take home that trophy. Unfortunately, Casey lost out on the Oscar to Javier Bardem, who played the murderous Anton Chigur in the Coen Brother's No Country for Old Men.Winner: Ben
The Better Actor:Ben Affleck is a charismatic screen presence with a Hollywood physique and the hair of a young Ted Danson. But even at his best, Ben as an actor is not much more than condusive to a smooth story. Casey, however, has blown us away: The Assassination of Jesse James and this year's Ain't Them Bodies Saints. come to mind as fantastic performances from the young, wiry, vocally exacerbated actor.Winner: Casey
Quality of Directing:Factor together the crisp story that was Gone Baby Gone, the empty mess that was The Town, and the thrilling blockbuster appeal of Argo and you don't end up with anything half as interesting as Casey's outsider art experiment with his brother-in-law: I'm Still Here. Of course, although ingenious, this is the film that got him into a bit of trouble (as we'll cover later on). For now, rightful praise!Winner: Casey
Number of Films Set in Boston: Despite being one of the most iconic pairs of brothers to come out of Beantown (the other being the Walhbergs, of course) the Affleck boy actually haven't made a great number of films that were set in their hometown. Ben's made a total of four film there, having starred in Good Will Hunting and The Company Men, and directed Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Casey appeared in both Gone Baby Gone and Good Will Hunting as well, and with his upcoming Boston Strangler project, his total comes to three.Winner: Ben
Career High: Although Ben won his first Oscar in 1997, his 2012 Oscar win for Argo is the bigger accomplishment, as it capped off a period of career rebuilding, and firmly established him as a major player in Hollywood. Casey's highest career moment came with his 2007 Oscar nomination, as it allowed him to break out of his brother's shadow and be recognized as a talented actor in his own right. He has since built on that momentum, and has enjoyed a great deal of success and acclaim in recent years.Winner: Ben
Career Low: In 2008, Joaquin Phoenix announced that he was going to retire form acting to pursue a rap career, and Casey signed on board to document the career change and the erratic behavior that resulted. In 2010, he finally confirmed that the whole thing was for a film project, I'm Still Here, and not real in any way, which earned both him and Phoenix a great deal of backlash from the public, who felt they had been tricked by the two. However, the media has been able to move on from the stunt, and after the initial uproar, there doesn't seem to be any lasting damage. Unfortunately for Ben, the media has not been able to forget about the career choices he made between 2003 and 2006, which included the films Daredevil, Gigli and Jersey Girl. Seriously, even after winning another Oscar, nobody is willing to let him move on from Gigli. Sorry, Ben. Winner: Casey
Cooler Best Friend: Ben's best friend is Damon, while Casey's is Phoenix. While we would love the opportunity to hang out with either one of them, Damon seems like he would be easier to be friends with. Being friends with Phoenix would probably involve knowing a lot about art movements and analyzing indie films over a vegan meal. Whereas being friends with Damon would involve sharing a plate of nachos and a beer while watching the Red Sox game. Plus, Damon's friends with George Clooney. That's got to count for something. Winner: Matt Damon
Best Reviewed Film: Both Ben and Casey's best reviewed film is Good Will Hunting, which boasts a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%. Well done, boys. Winner: Tie
Worst Reviewed Film:It seems impossible, but Casey was actually in a film that got worse reviews than Gigli. We know, we didn't see it coming either. Soul Survivors, which Casey made in 2001, earned a score of 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Gigli collective reviews won it a 6% Rotten Tomatoes score. The good news, though, is that practically nobody remembers Soul Survivors, so that pretty much levels that playing field in this category.Winner: Tie
Highest Grossing Film: Ben's romance with Liv Tyler in the film Armageddon not only gave the world Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," but also earned a total of $206 million at the box office. Casey, meanwhile, was a part of the all-star cast of Ocean's Eleven, which brought in an impressive $183 million. And while Armageddon may have made more money, Ocean's Eleven earned two sequels and starred Clooney, which isn't too shabby.Winner: Ben
Number of Films Made with Matt Damon:Like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, salt and pepper, and Salt N Pepa, Damon and Affleck are one of the universe's perfect pairings. Not counting two cameo roles, Ben has made a grand total of four films with his best friend. However, Casey has actually starred alongside Damon more times; the pair have made five films together, including three Ocean's films and Gus Van Sant's Gerry. Winner: Casey
Result: With a score of 7 to 6, Ben technically comes out on top as the superior Affleck, but with the projects that he has lined up, we're sure it's only a matter of time before Casey will manage to overtake his brother. Although, let's be honest: the real winner is Matt Damon. The real winner is always Matt Damon.
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Filmmaker Mark Romanek is in talks to direct a film about the Boston Strangler, starring Casey Affleck. The Gone Baby Gone star will also executive produce the movie, which will be based on the true story of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to murdering 13 women in the Boston, Massachusetts area, according to Variety.com.
Affleck will reportedly play a detective investigating the infamous crimes.
DeSalvo was first depicted on the big screen in 1968 by Tony Curtis in the Richard Fleischer film The Boston Strangler, which also featured Henry Fonda.
The actor who will portray the new Boston Strangler has yet to be cast.
If there's one thing the Afflecks love, it's Boston. And better than everyday Boston, your plain ol' headin'-down-to-Cheers-to-catch-the-Sawx-game-and-eat-some-chowdah Boston (okay, so I've clearly never been to Boston), is a Boston riddled with bank robbers and serial killers. Taking a lesson from his older brother's successes with Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Deadline reports that Casey Affleck has sold a movie pitch to Warner Bros. titled Boston Strangler, surrounding the infamous 1960s-era murderer (or group of murderers) who terrorized the Massachusetts capital. Hollywood.com has reached out to Affleck's reps for confirmation.
Affleck's partner in the deal is Chuck MacLean, budding screenwriter who will craft the Boston Strangler script as well as an in-development Summit film Storming Las Vegas. Affleck is reportedly interested in taking a major role in Strangler, reviving his Gone Baby Gone ordeal to play one of the detectives on the hunt for the serial killer. The actor/director will also executive produce the picture.
To date, the young Affleck only has only directed one feature film: the remarkable cult favorite I'm Still Here, which has bred interest in seeing him take on future projects off camera. Hopefully, his turn as EP on Strangler might provoke further behind the scenes exploits... and hopefully, not all of them will be in Boston. More Argo, fellas. There's a whole world out there beyond the limits of the T. The T's a real thing, right?
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Jamie Lee Curtis' actor father passed away on Wednesday (29Sep10). No further details were available as WENN went to press.
Born Bernard Schwartz to Jewish immigrants from Hungary, the star endured a tough upbringing in the Bronx borough of New York, which saw him spend a year in an orphanage with his younger brother Julius because his parents were too poor to feed them.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before deciding to pursue his love of acting and enrolling in the Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York with German director Erwin Piscator.
He moved to Hollywood in 1948 when he was 23 and landed a contract with Universal Pictures. It was then that Schwartz changed his name to Tony Curtis, adopting his first name from the book Anthony Adverse and his last name from Kurtz, from his mother's family.
Curtis made his film debut with an uncredited appearance in 1949's Criss Cross, but it was only in the mid-1950s that he emerged as a breakout star with roles in movies including 1957's Sweet Smell of Success and alongside Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958), a performance which landed him a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
He also starred in dramas The Outsider and The Boston Strangler, but he will perhaps be best remembered for his performance in Some Like It Hot (1959) with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon. In 2000, the American Film Institute named the movie classic the greatest American comedy film of all time.
Curtis also embarked on a variety of TV projects and was immortalised as 'Stony Curtis' on popular cartoon The Flintstones in the early 1960s. In the '70s, he co-starred with former James Bond actor Roger Moore in The Persuaders! series, and went on to land roles in U.S. TV shows McCoy and Vega$.
The actor scaled down the number of films he made in the 1980s and embarked on a career as a surrealist painter. His works became such a hit in the art world, he was able to command more than $25,000 (£16,700) a piece and his painting The Red Table went on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007.
Curtis was later awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was presented with the prestigious French honour, the Order of Arts and Letters, in 1995. He was also an Emmy nominated star and collected two Golden Globes, in 1958 and 1961.
His final role as an actor was in 2008 romantic war drama David & Fatima, in which he starred with Oscar winner Martin Landau, although he expressed a desire to return to the screen earlier this year (10).
Outside Hollywood, Curtis was also known for his high-profile personal life - he was married to actress Janet Leigh for 11 years and they had two children together, Jamie Lee and Kelly Curtis, who both followed their parents into showbusiness.
He openly admitted to cheating on Leigh during their union and divorced her in 1962 to wed Christine Kaufmann, his then-17-year-old German co-star in Taras Bulba. He fathered two kids with her but his second marriage lasted just four years.
He was married a further three times and had two more children with third wife Leslie Allen, although their son Nicholas died from a heroin overdose in 1994, aged 23.
Renowned womaniser Curtis later revealed he had had a brief fling with Marilyn Monroe in 1949, and detailed their love affair in his autobiography American Prince: A Memoir.
Curtis was dogged by ill health in his later years and came close to death when he was struck down by pneumonia and fell into a coma in December 2006. He regained consciousness several days later but the virus left him weak and he was resigned to using a wheelchair to get around as he could only walk short distances.
He was hospitalised in August last year (09) when he suffered an asthma-like attack and was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition which sent him to seek medical attention again in New York in early 2010.
In July (10), Curtis was admitted to hospital in Las Vegas after another COPD attack after being taken ill at an exhibition of his artwork.
He is survived by his fifth wife Jill Vandenberg Curtis, who he wed in 1998 despite their 42-year age difference, and his five children.
Biographical documentary of The Boston Strangler, who brutally strangled eleven women in the Boston area over an eighteen month period in the early 1960's. Arrested on charges of robbery and assault, Albert DeSalvo admitted to killing 13 women, but the police couldn't corroborate his story and never brought murder charges. While serving a life sentence in in prison for sexual assault and robbery DeSalvo was stabbed to death. No one has been charged with the Boston stranglings and the case remains open.