First Trailer for Matt Heineman’s Syria Documentary ‘City of Ghosts’

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«Our words are stronger than their weapons.» Amazon Studios has revealed the first official trailer for the documentary City of Ghosts, the follow-up to Cartel Land made by filmmaker Matthew Heineman. This doc takes a closer look at the Syrian war as told from the inside, following a group of anonymous journalists working to report on what’s really happening. Heineman is known for getting incredible footage and diving deep into the subject of his docs, and that’s definitely the case here. It’s describe as a «powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core.» This premiered at Sundance this year, where I saw it, and it’s good but nowhere near as good as Cartel Land. This would also make a good double feature with the doc Last Men in Aleppo, as both films are important looks at the war in Syria. Watch the footage below. ›››

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Our new favorite baseball player pays awesome homage to the other Matt Foley

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We just found our favorite minor league baseball player. Never mind that we’ve never even seen him field a grounder or swing a bat. 

But first, we must set the stage. 

If the name «Matt Foley» rings a bell, that’s because of arguably the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch of all time. 

Surely, you recall this bit, in which Chris Farley (RIP) plays a «motivational speaker» named Matt Foley who lives in a van down by the river. (In case you don’t remember, highlights from the bit are embedded atop this post and you can watch the full thing on NBC’s website.) Read more…

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Batman Negotiations with Director Matt Reeves Reportedly Break Down

Batman Negotiations with Director Matt Reeves Reportedly Break Down

Batman negotiations with director Matt Reeves reportedly break down

Well, that didn’t last long. Late last Friday, news broke that CloverfieldLet Me In, and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was in negotiations to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Batman movie. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says those Batman negotiations have broken down.

According to the trade, Reeves has exited the talks, though the studio is intent on making the movie no matter what. They do add that talks could possibly resume “when heads cool.” Prior to Reeves receiving the offer, Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez were among the names on the shortlist.

Ben Affleck was originally attached to direct, but he decided to concentrate on acting in the film.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck wrote in his recent statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Warner Bros. Pictures then added: “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

In The Batman, Affleck will face off against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Additional appearances by Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon are expected to happen as well.

An official release date for The Batman, written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, hasn’t been set. Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening in theaters on November 17. You can view photos from that film in the gallery below.

(Photo Credit: Photo by Fotonoticias / FilmMagic / GETTY Images)

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Matt Reeves is The Batman Director!

Matt Reeves is the new The Batman director!

Warner Bros. Pictures finds The Batman director in Matt Reeves!

Following Ben Affleck‘s recent stepping down as director of Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming The Batman, the studio has today set a replacement. Variety reports that Matt Reeves, the helmer behind Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, will be The Batman director!

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck wrote in his recent statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Warner Bros. Pictures then added: “Warner Bros. fully supports Ben Affleck’s decision and remains committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.”

Reeves had been reported as a likely candidate for The Batman director job when Affleck stepped down.

In The Batman, Affleck will face off against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Additional appearances by Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon are expected to happen as well.

An official release date for The Batman, written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, hasn’t been set. Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening in theaters on November 17. You can view photos from that film in the gallery below.

(Photo Credit: Photo by Fotonoticias / FilmMagic / GETTY Images)

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‘Planet of the Apes’ Helmer Matt Reeves To Direct ‘The Batman’

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War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is in negotiations to direct The Batman starring Ben Affleck for Warner Bros. More details on The Batman director, after the jump.

Matt Reeves directing Let Me In

THR says that other directors interested in the gig included Ridley Scott and Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez. Borys Kit says that Reeves had a job clinching meeting with the studio earlier today. But Warner Bros has chosen Matt Reeves, and unless something falls through in negotiations, Reeves will direct the next Batman movie.

The writing has been on the wall for a while now even if we chose to ignore it. Then it was revealed that Ben Affleck would not be directing the Batman solo movie, destroying most of my hope for the future of the DC movie universe. Who could possibly replace Ben Affleck as director of The Batman? Warner Bros already has a short list of directors that they are meeting for the project.

Matt Reeves is the director of The Pallbearer, Cloverfield, Let Me In and the two Planet of the Apes sequels, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. He has a great eye for action and tone, with a knack for smartly grounding his blockbuster stories. War for the Planet of the Apes is currently deep in post-production and will hit theaters in July, so it’s unlikely Reeves would be available before then.

Another director who was suposedly in the running for the directing gig was Matt Ross , an actor (Face/Off, American Psycho) who has recently made waves as a director, having helmed the critically acclaimed 2016 film Captain Fantastic which debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

To be honest, I was very excited to see a Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie, and I’m not sure there are many names that could equal the potential of what could have been. It seems unlikely that Warner Bros will hire an auteur director. Matt Reeves might be the closest thing to the level of that as he has proven he can produce artful smart films while working on big blockbuster films in the studio system.

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‘The Last Tycoon’, starring Matt Bomer, is filming on location in L.A. this week

The first season of Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, starring Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Rosemarie DeWitt and Lily Collins, has started filming in Los Angeles. After releasing the pilot episode last spring, Amazon announced it would be bringing Tycoon to series. The series is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel of the same name which was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. According to Deadline, “the project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Having come from the streets, Brady has no intention of returning to his misfortune, and is determined to make sure his studio is successful, no matter what personal morals he compromises. Dewitt plays Pat Brady’s wife, Rose Brady, who may be involved with Stahr.” According to recent filming permits, The Last Tycoon will be filming at the following locations this week: 511 S Muirfield Rd, Los Angeles on 01/12 from 5:00 AM to 10:00..

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