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Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' 'To The Wonder' at Pacific Design Center on April 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
Time for On the Lot, our weekly summary of news from the movie business with LA Times reporter Rebecca Keegan.
Batfleck. Or Benman. Whatever, people in Hollywood are still wagging about the announcement that Ben Affleck will be cast as Batman in the sequel to this summer's Superman movie, "Man of Steel." It sounds like there were months of secret talks and negotiations, right?
Affleck tried playing a superhero ten years ago in a movie he'd probably like to forget about, "Daredevil." A decade later, many people don't seem to be very excited about Affleck as Batman.
Affleck has established himself as a writer and director as well as an actor. So why do you think he wants to be Batman?
As if there isn't enough Ben Affleck news, his wife, Jennifer Garner, is publicly pushing for a law to protect the children of celebrities.
On to someone even more inscrutable. J.D. Salinger, and a documentary about him that's making some news.
This week, everyone in Hollywood either is or wants to be in Telluride, for the annual film festival there. Roger Ebert said it was "Like Cannes died and went to heaven." Really? What's so great about Telluride that makes it even better than watching movies on the French Riviera?