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Ben talks about ‘Batman,’ ‘Gone Girl’ and directing

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AFFLECK says he would like “to direct movies that I think are interesting and act in movies with directors that I can learn from.”  RUBEN V. NEPALES

Ben Affleck’s bulked-up Batman physique was evident though he was all covered in a gray jacket and printed dress shirt during our recent chat at The Ritz Carlton New York-Central Park. The actor was nursing a cold—his voice was a bit hoarse—and he was tired from last night’s New York Film Festival premiere of “Gone Girl,” but he was his usual nice self.

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Weapons in a hardware store

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Let’s just say that if you watch Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” you won’t look at the rakes, water hoses and brooms in a hardware store the same way again. Playing a supposedly regular employee in a store that looks like Home Depot, Denzel comes up with creative ways to use everyday household tools to “equalize” people who brutalize the helpless.

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Eddie Redmayne on portraying Hawking

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WHILE reading the script of “The Theory of Everything,” Redmayne, with Felicity Jones, discovered the extraordinary woman behind the icon. AP

Stephen Hawking and Hannah Bagshawe are among the key people in Eddie Redmayne’s life and career these days. The actor plays the genius astrophysicist in “The Theory of Everything,” in an excellent performance that makes him one of the Best Actor race frontrunners. Hannah is the heartthrob’s fiancée, whom he reportedly plans to marry this winter.

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Hot Toronto party with Downey, Redmayne, Cumberbatch, Tatum

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FROM left: Gael Garcia Bernal, Salma Hayek and Jon Stewart at the bash.

Robert Downey Jr. wore a really “fashion-forward” suit with floral prints, Eddie Redmayne came with his fiancée Hannah Bagshawe, Channing Tatum was his usual affable self, Benedict Cumberbatch wore a jaunty newsboy cap backwards and Hailee Steinfeld looked radiant and ready to boogie, 1940s style, in a Gucci army girl-inspired dress.

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My time-lapse, delirious trip home

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FROM left: Francis Libiran, Celeste Legaspi and Ricky Davao party at the Pen. Photo by Ruben V. Nepales

When I reminisce after every trip back home, it always seems like a fast-moving time-lapse film, a delirious collage of food, faces of family and friends, and places. Flashing every now and then across the images of my most recent homecoming, like subtitles on the reel, are these two lines: “May reklamo ka? Itawag sa LTFRB (Do you have a complaint? Call LTFRB).”

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