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Jeff Bezos was holding court last weekend and there could have been a sign on his sprawling Beverly Hills mansion that announced "new mogul in town." The formidable chief of Amazon hosted a large, star-laden party promoting his company's slate of awards contenders and the billionaire was working the room with fervor. Bezos had appeared at previous Hollywood events, of course, but standing side by side with his friend and co-host Matt Damon his intent this weekend was… »
Ryan Lambie Dec 9, 2016
Director Doug Liman's last film was the cracking sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow, which starred Tom Cruise as a cowardly soldier trapped in a Groundhog Day-style timewarp. Liman and Cruise are teaming up for a second time in next year's American Made, based on the true story of pilot, drug smuggler and CIA snitch, Barry Seal.
Before all that, Liman has The Wall coming out - a smaller-scale movie that might, we fear, fly under some people's radars. That a Google for the terms 'wall' and '2017' throw up results for Matt Damon's forthcoming epic The Great Wall probably doesn't help.
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I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), which means I vote for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The winners will be revealed live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E on Sunday, December 11 at 8Pm Et/ 5Pm Pt. T.J. Miller will return as the show’s host.
Here are my official choices. They have been bolded and italicized.
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Best Supporting Actor
- Jeff Bayer
There is a weight and heaviness to being Jason Bourne, nee David Webb, given that your life is constantly being manipulated and/or endangered. Trust doesn’t come easily and those around him tend to get hurt. Through three films, we’ve thrilled to Matt Damon’s interpretation of Robert Ludlum’s espionage hero in part thanks to the excellent filmmaking from directors Paul Greengrass and Doug Liman.
After skipping an installment that shifted the focus to a new agent played by Jeremy Renner, Greengrass and Damon returned this summer with Jason Bourne. Things have changed since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum as skullduggery has increasingly gone digital so the lengths required to keep secrets buried have to go further. The film, out now from Universal Home Entertainment, explores what all that means.
Bourne has been in hiding these last few years, travelling the world as a bare-knuckled boxer, using physical »
- Robert Greenberger
Last month, producer Frank Marshall confirmed that he and his team are already making plans for Bourne 6, which will reportedly bring Matt Damon back as title character Jason Bourne and return Paul Greengrass to director's chair. No story has been set yet, and the script has yet to be written. But it will happen in due time. The producer recently broke down what he wants to see in this next sequel. Most of all, he wants to see a bigger world for Bourne to interact with.
As a producer, Frank Marshall has over four decades of work behind him. And he knows a thing or two about sequels. In fact, he's not only working to bring Bourne 6 into existence, he's also one of the driving forces behind Jurassic World 2 and Indiana Jones 5. Talking with Moviefone, Marshall had this to say about his current plans for Bourne 6, and how it »
Matt Damon defended his starring role in the upcoming Zhang Yimou Chinese film The Great Wall, against many accusations that his being cast in the role is an example of Hollywood whitewashing – when films cast white actors to play ethnic parts, or over other ethnic actors. Damon Defends Role In New Chinese Film The Great Wall Whitewashing […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Legendary’s The Great Wall will have its unveiling in China next week — and by most accounts, we may just be able to see the grosses from space. Anticipation is at a peak for the film directed by Oscar-nominee Zhang Yimou and starring Oscar-winner Matt Damon. It also marks the kick-off in earnest of Thomas Tull’s Legendary East and comes after China giant Wanda acquired Legendary in January this year. The action fantasy, which Universal is distributing in the rest of the… »
With production under way in New York City on Warner Bros.' Ocean's Eight, this Ocean's Eleven spin-off has finally found its villain. Damian Lewis is in final negotiations to join this star-studded film, which has a cast lead by Oscar winners Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. The remaining members of the title group are played by Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson.
Variety reports that the actor has been spotted on the set over the past few weeks, and he will be playing the ex-lover of Sandra Bullock's character, who is also the target of the group's heist plans. While no official plot details have surfaced, there have been rumors that this team of eight has been assembled to pull off a heist during the Met Ball, where they will steal a valuable necklace and frame the gallery owner for the crime. »
Damon blames social media ‘clickbait’ for stoking race row over role in Zhang Yimou fantasy action epic
Matt Damon has hit back at accusations of that he has participated in “whitewashing” through his involvement in forthcoming historical epic The Great Wall, a large-scale Hollywood-Chinese co-production.
Speaking to the Associated Press while promoting the film in Beijing, Damon said: “The whole idea of whitewashing, I take that very seriously ... it’s a monster movie and it’s a historical fantasy and I didn’t take a role away from a Chinese actor. It wasn’t altered because of me in any way.”
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- Andrew Pulver
“That was the day he was killed. They said he was killed by terrorists! He wasn’t killed by terrorists, was he?”
The Jason Bourne 4K Ultra-hd + Blu-ray is now available!
It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.
Check out all of these extras on the new Jason Bourne 4K Ultra-hd Blu-ray:
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- Tom Stockman
7 December 2016 6:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On Dec. 7, 2001, Warner Bros. unleashed the George Clooney-Brad Pitt version of Ocean's Eleven, which would kick-start a franchise of star-studded heist films. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:
A heist movie with a serious demeanor but comic underpinnings, Ocean's Eleven performs its grand larceny through a collection of star turns by the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Andy Garcia. It's a movie that demands not to be taken too seriously. But at times it feels so weightless that the intrigue comes more in seeing how the writer and director will »
- THR Staff
After a period of speculation, it seems that Homeland star Damian Lewis has joined the cast of the upcoming franchise spin off, Ocean’s 8, and will appear as the villain of the piece. With the director of the original Ocean’s trilogy – Steven Soderbergh – on board as producer, the writer-director of this new instalment is Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville), with Olivia Milch co-writing.
The project is already shooting in New York City and features an all-star female cast, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Akwkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. The character played by Sandra Bullock is essentially the lead, in the same way that George Clooney was the lead in Ocean’s Eleven – while Blanchett plays her ‘deputy’ (equivalent to Brad Pitt in the earlier film).
Damian Lewis is now confirmed to play the former lover of Bullock, and the target of her next heist. »
- Sarah Myles
Simon Brew Dec 7, 2016
Heading into cinemas early next year is The Great Wall, a new film from director Yimou Zhang (House Of The Flying Daggers, Hero) that’s set around the construction of the Great Wall Of China. It’s a hugely expensive production, that stars Matt Damon. And the actor had come in for some strong criticism, amidst accusations of ‘whitewashing’, in that Damon’s role was being seen as a white man coming to save the day.
Zhang has already resisted this, arguing that “there are five major heroes in our story and he is one of them – the other four »
Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb. “Pearl Harbor” (2001). The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper. “The Thin Red Line” (1998). Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
For a film typically described as a an “all-female spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven,” the upcoming Ocean’s Eight sure is going to have a lot of men in it. We already knew that Matt Damon would pop up for some kind of cameo, presumably to reassure any concerned Ocean’s fans that the film will acknowledge the main series’ extensive mythology, and now Variety is reporting that Damian Lewis—another man—will be playing the film’s villain. The story says he’ll be the “ex-lover” of Sandra Bullock’s character, as well as the target of Bullock’s crew’s big heist, but it’s unclear if he’ll be yet another casino owner or just a rich jerk who wronged Sandra Bullock in some way.
- Sam Barsanti
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin and Elliott Gould engaged in some highly lucrative heists over the course of Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, but the time has arrived for a whole new team to pull off a brand-new heist. Production on Ocean's Eight... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Secret Life of Pets (animated; voices: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart; rated PG) Jason Bourne (action-drama sequel; Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles; rated PG-13) The Hollars (comedy-drama; Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day; rated PG-13) Don’t Think Twice (comedy-drama; Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs; rated R) Demon (horror-thriller; Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska; rated R) Burn Country (drama-thriller; James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Damian Lewis is in final negotiations to play the villain in “Ocean’s 8,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson all star in the film, directed by Gary Ross. Bullock is the leader of the gang, with Lewis starring as her ex-lover and target of their big heist. See Video: Matt Damon Teases Cameo in 'Ocean's 8' This summer, Ross described the film as a continuation of director Steven Soderbergh‘s “Ocean’s 11” trilogy, which starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Katie Holmes has some bad news for Dawson’s Creek fans.
During a appearance on SiriusXM’s Just Jenny Show, the actress shut down rumors of a possible DC reboot.
“I don’t think we’re going to do a reunion,” Holmes, 37, told the radio host. “We did grow up, but we see each other every now and then. I think that the charm of the show was Kevin Williamson’s writing and it was of that time and it gave teenagers this voice. It was a very, very special time — a special show and I loved every minute of it. »
Zooey Deschanel has filed a new complaint in her lawsuit with her former management firm, Seven Summits. Per The Hollywood Reporter, in papers filed lasted week in Los Angeles Superior Court, the actress alleges that while she was on tour with her musical group She & Him, Seven Summits partner Sarah Jackson purposely barged into Deschanel’s private dressing room, accompanied by strangers, while she was dressing.
“Jackson brought the two strangers in the dressing room to help further [the manager’s] career and to potentially generate revenue for [the firm],” states the cross-complaint.
The “New Girl” star is also claiming that the management firm doesn’t have an enforceable written agreement and is breaching fiduciary duties, stating, “the document upon which Cross-Defendants rely does not appear to contain [her] signature.”
- Liz Calvario
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