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Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Makes A Case For Oscar Contention

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 7:22 PM
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The conversation until now has positioned George Clooney's "Monuments Men" as an "Ocean's Eleven"-esque WWII caper, but not a serious Oscar contender. But that talk will likely change with the arrival of the newest trailer for the film, one that still has the lighter tone of the first teaser, but imbues with some serious elements.

Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Greengrass

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 9, 2013 12:28 PM
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The Films of Paul Greengrass
“I really do believe, with a great, great passion, in the possibility of really good films being made at scale and in the mainstream,” Paul Greengrass said to Empire, rather ironically on the occasion of the release of his least financially successful Hollywood film, 2010’s “Green Zone.” But it outlines what seems the guiding principle of Greengrass’ work, that there is a way to make intelligent, politically relevant, “grown-up” films that appeal to a mass market.

Paul Greengrass Shoots Down Bourne 5' Rumors; Calls Them A "Figment of the Imagination"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 10:32 AM
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Well, that was quick: just days after rumors circulated that director Paul Greengrass (who helmed the critically acclaimed blockbuster 'Bourne' installments "The Bourne Supremacy" and "Bourne Ultimatum") and original series star Matt Damon (who starred in the first three movies) were being courted by Universal for a return to the franchise, the director definitively shoots down the rumors. "It's a figment of someone's imagination," the director told Empire. At least Jeremy Renner can breathe easier.

Venice Review: Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 6:45 AM
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It’s been a rough couple of decades to be a Terry Gilliam fan. Not just because he hasn't been as prolific as you’d like him to be, with several false starts or projects that never made it to a greenlight—most famously “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which actually made it to production before falling apart. Because the films we have seen, at least since the start of the 21st century, have felt compromised (“The Brothers Grimm”), muddled (“The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus”) or borderline-unwatchable (“ Tideland”).

Exclusive: Matt Damon Joins Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar,' Lines Up Directorial Debut 'The Foreigner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 3:27 PM
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So is Matt Damon reuniting with Paul Greengrass for another ‘Bourne’ film? While Twitch says yes, Universal Studios is denying their report. While we wait and see what shakes out, some surprising Damon-related news arrived when we turned to our trusted sources (you’ll remember we first reported on Greengrass leaving the 'Bourne 4' back in the day). But enough preamble...

Matt Damon Thinks Ben Affleck Will Make A Great 'Batman,' Doesn't Acknowledge Bourne Rumors But Praises Jeremy Renner

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 28, 2013 9:25 AM
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While the box office and critical reception of Neill Blomkamp's “Elysium” wasn't stellar overall, you would think Matt Damon was doing some kind of course correction, so safe were his speculated choice of projects next. First, Ben Affleck's surprise casting news as Batman naturally resulted in calls for Damon as Robin, and then that idea moved alongside the possibility of Paul Greengrass and his “Bourne” franchise star reuniting for another sequel; Universal has so far denied the latter claim, and while Damon laughed recently at the notion of him as Robin, he did have some word of encouragement for his friend and former co-star.

Updated: Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Getting Re-'Bourne' With Universal As Talks Reportedly Get Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 3:11 PM
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The lesson here kids? Never say never. While Matt Damon has spent the last few years politely answering questions about returning to play Jason Bourne, he made one thing crystal clear: not without Paul Greengrass. With the British filmmaker busy making "Captain Phillips" and lining up other potential gigs, the possibility seemed a faint one for the forseeable future. But all of a sudden the wheels are in motion and it looks like Jason Bourne might be coming back in from the cold.

Robots, Spaceships & Jodie Foster: The Good, The Bad, And The Wildly Uneven Of 'Elysium'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 12, 2013 4:37 PM
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Few summer movies in 2013 were as highly anticipated as "Elysium" and few were as divisive. Perhaps it was because the promise of something meatier on the bone than the occasionally entertaining, but all too often disposable summer blockbusters. "Elysium" had the potential to hit all our sweet spot: brains, heart and brawn, and not just spectacle and scale. While the film topped the box office this past weekend with more than $30 million (a decent number, but not a great one considering its cost), it was less successful critically, earning a somewhat limp 60 on aggregator Metacritic and more than a few seesawing hands from the nation's top critics (you can read our review here). Set in the not-too-distant future, "Elysium" tells a zeitgeisty dystopian tale of a world with have and have nots; Earth is overpopulated, diseased, polluted and resource drained so the rich have moved up to their gated community in the sky while the 99% are stuck down on the garbage can that is the planet.

Watch: First Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Goes On A Mission

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 9:42 AM
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So, what is "Monuments Men"? A WWII version of "Ocean's Eleven"? A lighter take on "The Good German" era? Well, whatever the film turns out to be, it's a consciously lighter turn from writer/actor/director George Clooney. "[Producer] Grant [Heslov] and I were looking to do a film that was less cynical than a lot of the films we do," Clooney told USA Today, and with the first trailer for this upcoming movie arriving today, it'll prove that point.

Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 3:30 PM
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The year is 2154, and while the future may include ships that reach supersonic speeds in fifteen seconds, and advanced weaponry and technology that now interacts directly with the human body, the divide between the haves and have nots has never been greater. Los Angeles has essentially become one large barrio, a dirty, garbage-filled, decaying city that is a bleak portrait of what could happen if the current and growing prison industrial complex expands at a prodigious rate. Crime is so high that lawbreakers and potential lawbreakers are patrolled and monitored by ruthlessly efficient robots walking the beat, while those who are charged are processed in such volume that it might as well be the DMV. And one of those put through the system is Max De Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con on parole, trying to go straight after a checkered past. And these are the building blocks of an expansive world created by Neill Blomkamp in "Elysium," a brainy sci-fi effort that doesn't skimp on its blockbuster requirements, and delivers one of the most satisfying films of the summer.

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