据报道，本·阿弗莱克正筹备将丹尼斯·勒翰的小说《以夜为生》（Live By Night）搬上银幕。届时，他将自编自导并担任制片、亲自出镜。如若报道属实，阿弗莱克势将有望凭借此片再夺大奖。
这是一部扣人心弦、如电影般精彩的小说，其类似于勒翰之前的两部著作——《神秘河》（Mystic River）和《禁闭岛》（Shutter Island）。这两部小说分别被克林特·伊斯特伍德和马丁·斯科塞斯翻拍成了卖座大片。虽然乔·考夫林并非正面人物，但他完全可以称得上是一个耀眼的明星，具备一切令人喜爱和信赖的特质。他两度坠入爱河，将坦帕的走私行动开展得有声有色，和纽约的福星卢西安诺（美国知名罪犯、黑帮大哥，被称为美国“现代有组织犯罪之父”——译注）达成了一笔交易，还在卡斯特罗统治前的古巴给孩子们建了一座棒球场。
In the spirit of the season, here's a selection of literary stocking stuffers for you or the bookworm in your life. They include two terrific thrillers, a definitive short story collection, and a pair of engrossing books about biking.
Cops, hoods, and spies
Ben Affleck, who knows a good book when he sees one, is reportedly set to write, direct, produce, and star in the film version of Dennis Lehane's novel Live By Night. If the reports are true, he's got himself another winner.
The book follows a bouncing ball named Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent member of the Boston police department. Joe takes off in a different direction, first mastering the art of petty street crime, then moving on to serious big-time capers as the right-hand man of a local mob boss. His journey is interrupted by a stretch in the Charleston penitentiary, where he learns a few painful facts of life. It's also where he meets his next boss, a Mafia capo who sends him to Tampa to take charge of a fledgling bootlegging operation.
It's the mid-1920s. Prohibition is the law of the land, and that means distilleries in the basement of every deserted factory building, speakeasies on every block, gangsters patrolling the streets with blazing tommy guns and damaged cops directing traffic at every corner. As Lehane guides us through a fascinating history lesson bathed in noir, we meet rumrunners and cigar-makers, a string of fascinating women, evangelists, Ku Klux Klansmen, twisted lawmen and gangsters who can be loyal friends one minute, cruel enemies the next.
It's an exciting, cinematic story, similar in that sense to Lehane'sMystic River, which gave Clint Eastwood some wonderful movie material, and Shutter Island, which Martin Scorsese turned into a gem. Despite the fact that Joe Coughlin lives on the wrong side of the street, he is a full-fledged star who has what it takes to win our trust and affection. He falls in love not once but twice, gets the bootlegging operation in Tampa up and running, works out a deal with Lucky Luciano in New York, and winds up building a baseball field for kids in pre-Castro Cuba.