‘Downsizing’ Trailer: Honey, Alexander Payne Shrunk Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig

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After playing the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival this month, Alexander Payne‘s latest film Downsizing has debuted a full theatrical trailer, giving us a glimpse at the director’s first sci-fi film as only he can deliver.

Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star in the film as a couple who decide to abandon their lives in the normal-sized world in the innovative and planet-saving “downsized” community of Leisureland, New Mexico, a society created in the future to deal with overpopulation of the world. Watch the first Downsizing trailer below to see what this new movie looks like.

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The trailer does a fine job of briefly explaining the premise and the motivation for wanting to be shrunk down to .0364% of their body mass. Who wouldn’t want to move to a place where the $ 52,000 Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig have turns into $ 12.5 million in the smaller world they’re heading to? And what’s not to love about having a small fraction of regular bottle of vodka be more than enough for an entire dinner party to enjoy?

The early buzz on Downsizing from the Venice Film Festival was pretty good, with The Guardian writing:

“What a spry, nuanced, winningly digressive movie this is. No sooner I had it pegged as a jaunty black comedy than it starts folding in elements of dystopian sci-fi, or compassionate human drama. A less polished director might have become lost and confused along the film’s lengthy running-time. But Payne’s handling is perfect. He never puts a foot wrong, rustling up a picture that is as bright as a button and as sharp as a tack. Downsizing contains multitudes. Inside, it’s a giant.”

As a fan of movies like Election and Sideways, this is an endeavor of Alexander Payne’s that I can’t wait to see unfold on the big screen. That’s especially true when considering the supporting cast in the movie, which includes Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis, Laura Dern, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris and Margo Martindale.

Here’s the official synopsis for Downsizing from Paramount Pictures:

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Downsizing arrives in theaters on December 22, 2017.

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Matt LeBlanc reveals why Joey was really wearing a sling in those ‘Friends’ episodes

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Remember that cluster of Friends episodes where Joey had his left arm in a sling? The injury that was supposedly caused by him jumping on the bed?

Well, that was just a cover-up for what really happened. As Matt LeBlanc explains in the Jimmy Kimmel Live clip above, he had to have his arm in a sling because he’d dislocated his shoulder — and he’d done it while filming a previous episode of the show.

Skip to 04:00 for the full story, which involves a fight over a chair and — randomly — an E.R. doctor. Read more…

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‘War For the Planet of the Apes’ Early Buzz: Matt Reeves’ Sequel is Apparently Spectacular

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War For the Planet of the Apes is /Film’s most anticipated movie of the summer and it looks like our faith that director Matt Reeves would make a sequel worthy of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been rewarded. Screenings have begun and according to the first reactions, this could be one of the best movies of 2017.

While those who attended these early screenings are not allowed to publish reviews yet, they are allowed to react on social media. That’s a sign of confidence from 20th Century Fox, especially since the film doesn’t open for another month. The most striking thing about these early reactions is not the fact that everyone likes the movie – it’s the fact that everyone seems shaken to the bone by it.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a powerful experience because it valued emotion over spectacle. It pulled off something truly unique, presenting the action (and violence) as something abhorrent, something we didn’t want to see. It seems like Reeves has done it again.

Here are some of the early reactions:

A series of early War the For the Planet of the Apes screenings are being held on June 19, so expect another wave of reactions in just a few days. Once again, it’s worth noting that screening nearly a month early feels like a sign of confidence from Fox. This is the kind of thing you see happen when a studio knows they have an actual good movie on their hands (sometimes a rarity in the summer!) and want to do everything in their power to get the word out. Our own Ethan Anderton and Hoai-Tran Bui will be attending these early screenings, so definitely keep an eye open for their reactions. We expect to be updating this post early next week.

War For the Planet of the Apes opens on July 14, 2017. Let’s close this out with this very cool poster by artist Matt Ferguson, which was created as a wrap gift for the WETA visual effects crew.

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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.

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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.

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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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