ford vs ferrari actors

James Mangold‘s untitled Ford vs. Ferrari movie is starting to kick into gear. Two A-listers are circling the lead roles in the film following the battle for dominance between the two motor companies at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are reportedly interested in playing the lead roles in the Logan director’s next project. But no, they won’t be playing “Ford” and “Ferrari,” respectively. Read More »

Inclusion Riders

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: should inclusion riders be requirements for all Hollywood production companies?)

Frances McDormand’s Oscars speech raised Hollywood’s awareness of inclusion riders – contractual stipulations that basically demand racial and gender diversity for at least fifty percent of a project’s cast and crew. It’s only been a few weeks, but we’re already seeing companies adopt inclusion riders as their standard policy moving forward. That’s a good start in an industry which has been extremely slow (and has sometimes even refused) to react to social progress.

But as some companies actively embrace these changes, at least one major entertainment provider is shying away from them.
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Ocean's 8

In 2018, Ocean’s 8 will reboot the Ocean’s 11 franchise with an all-female cast, and what a cast it is! Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kailing, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina lead the film, with The Hunger Games‘ director Gary Ross calling the shots. Star Sandra Bullock revealed new Ocean’s 8 details and talked a little about the inevitable online backlash surrounding a rebooted property with an female-centric cast.

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jimmy kimmel superhero trailer

There’s nothing like having super friends to make you a special superhero movie trailer based on a comic book you wrote when you were a 10-year-old nerd.

That’s what a flushed Jimmy Kimmel received on his 50th birthday, courtesy of Ben Affleck (his on-and-off boyfriend and actual superhero actor in the upcoming Justice League) and J.J. Abrams. They teamed up with a slew of familiar actors and comedians to create the ultimate superhero team: the Terrific Ten. The Terrific Ten are an invention of 10-year-old Kimmel’s mind, only existing on the worn-out pages of a comic book drawn by the prepubescent talk show host. Until last night.

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thor ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok leaves viewers with some questions and we were lucky enough to sit down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige to get some answers. Feige shares the story behind the items in Odin’s vault, how that huge cameo appearance came about, meaning of the post-credits scene (sort of), and much more. Here are the answers to all of your Thor Ragnarok spoiler questions.

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downsizing trailer

Alexander Payne, the director of Election, The Descendants, and Nebraska, is doing something totally different for his newest movie. Downsizing – a film that features Matt Damon as a character who shrinks down to be only five inches tall – has the most fantastical premise he’s dealt with yet, but a brand new trailer for the movie has shifted my perspective in a big way about what exactly is in store for us when the film arrives this holiday season.
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Suburbicon Review

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Suburbicon is in theaters today.)

It’s not often that one film attempts so many different things and manages to make none of them work, but gosh darn it, Suburbicon somehow makes such blundering seem easy. Director George Clooney packs a whole lot of ideas into his tale of the underbelly of 1950s suburbia, but they’re really bad, lazy ideas, which is a shame because Suburbicon has quite the pedigree.

The biggest problem with Suburbicon is that it’s really two different movies cobbled together. One movie is a dark, farcical Coen Brothers-style crime movie. Which makes sense, since the Coens have a writing credit on the film. But then there’s the other movie, one that deals with racism and white supremacy. This is an element of the film that absolutely none of the advertising even hints at, which is kind of strange.

You really shouldn’t hold a movie’s advertising against it, but the trailers for Suburbicon make it look like a wacky dark comedy about a family man in the 50s fighting back against his tormentors. That’s not even close to what this movie is about, and the fact that the trailers tried to sell it as that hints at a movie that folks don’t know how to sell.
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Night of Too Many Stars - Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel

Though our focus at /Film is primarily focused on the movies and TV shows you want to know about the most, there’s a crossover between entertainment and charity that we love highlighting whenever we can. That’s especially true when talking about the outstanding annual event that Jon Stewart puts on every year to benefit autism awareness.

Jon Stewart may not be hosting The Daily Show anymore, but he’s still supporting causes that are close to his heart in his pseudo-retirement from the entertainment world. That includes hosting Night of Too Many Stars, a benefit program featuring a star-studded line-up coming together to raise some serious cash for autism awareness. This year, that includes Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon continuing their longtime feud for a special charity auction that’s part of the big event. Find out more below. Read More »

matt damon crashes chris hemsworth interview

Matt Damon has stayed far from the comic book movie genre, but he had his first brush with superheroics after he crashed an interview with the God of Thunder himself.

Chris Hemsworth was promoting the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and naturally, Damon had to hop in on an interview with his favorite talk show host. Or rather, his favorite talk show host who keeps him trapped in a green room backstage. It’s another great moment for the books in the ongoing “feud” between Kimmel and Damon.

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The Bourne Identity

The Bourne film series may have come to outstay its welcome today, but 15 years ago, The Bourne Identity was a plucky spy thriller starring a rising dramatic actor making his first venture into the action genre.

Without high expectations for the film, director Doug Liman and star Matt Damon debated giving The Bourne Identity a dramatic twist — by killing off its title character at the end of the film. Clearly, that did not happen, and Jason Bourne went on to become the quintessential cinematic spy of the 21st century.

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