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The Real Story Behind ‘Argo’ and the Steven Spielberg Connection

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Warner Bros., Getty Images

If you rushed out to theaters to see 'Argo' last weekend (wise choice, friends), you may be curious to know more about the real-life story that inspired Ben Affleck's latest and the man Affleck portrayed in the film. We've got some details for you, but we also found something even more interesting -- did you know that Steven Spielberg has a connection to the true story?

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Way Back When: Ben Affleck

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Getty Images

With 'Argo' hitting theaters today, we thought it would be fun to take a look at Ben Affleck way back when -- before he was a leading man and before he was Matt Damon's writing partner and the world knew them as those 'Good Will Hunting' guys. We're talking all the way back to the days of television and after school specials.

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Ben Affleck Could Return to Dennis Lehane With ‘Live By Night’

Ben Affleck
Warner Brothers

It's been almost a decade since 'Gigli' nearly destroyed Ben Affleck's career, but in the time since Affleck went from leading man (of less than leading movies), to auteur as the writer/director behind 'Gone Baby Gone,' 'The Town' and this weekend's 'Argo.' And now he's already lining up his next gig.

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‘Argo’ Review

Argo Best Picture Oscars
Warner Bros.

That look. That probing, skeptical, disapproving look the TSA agent gives you at the airport as they look over your driver's license and boarding pass. I have never had a single reason to be nervous in these exchanges -- I've never tried to smuggle so much as a bottle of cough syrup onto an airplane -- but they unsettle me every single time. And this is in the United States and I've done nothing wrong: imagine what it must feel like to walk through a security checkpoint in Iran, traveling under a forged passport under an assumed identity, in the midst of the worst hostage crisis in your nation's history. If you're caught, you're dead, your friends are dead, and maybe every other hostage in the country is dead too.

The incredible true story in Ben Affleck's 'Argo' took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s -- but it plays to relatable modern fears, like our (or, at least, my) irrational terror of airport security.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to Produce Movie Starring Casey Affleck

Good Will Hunting
Miramax

Though the duo won Oscars for their screenplay for 'Good Will Hunting,' both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck pursued different routes after that success. Now they're reuniting to produce 'Race to the South Pole,' which will star Ben's Brother Casey Affleck.

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Even Ben Affleck Hates ‘Daredevil,’ Says His 2003 Was ‘Horrible’

Daredevil
20th Century Fox

It's nothing short of remarkable how Ben Affleck has turned his career around. Once thought of as a joke, the actor-turned-director is back at top form and could very well wind up seeing his latest film, 'Argo,' nominated for Best Picture. But if this is Affleck's career high, it wasn't that long ago that he had hit his career low.

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Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ Gets Its First TV Spot

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Actor Ben Affleck has impressed both critics and audiences with his two previous efforts as a director, 'Gone Baby Gone' and the excellent 'The Town.' Now the first TV spot for his new film, 'Argo,' has arrived just as the buzz on the film is starting to get really loud.

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Terrence Malick’s ‘To the Wonder’ Reveals Itself a Little

Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams
CBS Films

Though it's about to screen at the Venice and Toronto Film feativals, we still don't know much about Terrence Malick's 'To the Wonder.' Here's what we suspect: Beautiful cinematography, voice-over narration, meditative tone, car chase (possibly two or more). Now we've got a quote from one of its stars and a synopsis.

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It’s Official: Ben Affleck is NOT Directing ‘Justice League’

Ben Affleck Not Directing Justice League
Getty Images/DC Comics

Sometimes, a simple meeting between a studio and a director can spiral out of control and practically become fact overnight. This was the case with the "Ben Affleck May Be Directing 'Justice League'"! stories that arrived a few weeks back. The story has cooled off since then, but today, Mr. Affleck himself has put an end to any future internet scuttlebutting: he is not directing the film.

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POLL: Who Should Direct the ‘Justice League’ Movie?

'Justice League' Directors
Larry Busacca, Getty Images/DC Comics/John Shearer, Getty Images

It's never overkill to reiterate for the thousandth time that Christopher Nolan will not be directing the 'Justice League' movie. No matter how many rumors circulate the Webosphere or how many times fans cry out for a savior to come a save this project, it doesn't change the fact he threw in the towel after 'The Dark Knight Rises.' So, that means there's an opening.

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