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With ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ Matt Reeves Crafts a Personal Blockbuster

With ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ Matt Reeves Crafts a Personal Blockbuster
Before he took the helm of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise in 2014, Matt Reeves had no intention of ever directing a studio blockbuster. In fact, he figured he had a foolproof plan for getting himself out of any potential tentpole assignment: Insist on doing the story he wanted to do, the studio’s franchise-development apparatus be damned.

So when he was approached to direct “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the second entry in the rebooted series inaugurated by Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Reeves put his foot down right away.

“I was initially excited, and then I saw the [studio’s] outline and I said, this isn’t really the story I would want to tell, I don’t think this is for me,” Reeves says. “To my shock they said, ‘no, no, wait, just tell us the story you want to do.’ I said, ‘I
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5 Directors Rumored To Be On The Shortlist For The Batman!

  • LRM Online
Welcome to The Top 5, where every week, we list five things for a given topic. These topics can range from "5 Things We Liked About The Power Rangers Teaser Trailer" to "5 Things We Want (Or Don't Want) In Ben Affleck's The Batman."

Of course, because everyone has an opinion, there is sure to be some disagreements, which is why, despite the title "The Top 5," very rarely are these actual "best of" articles. Instead, they're meant to provide entertaining insight, and to stir a discussion, and give everyone a chance to speak their mind.

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5 Directors Rumored To Be On The Shortlist For The Batman!

Much to the dismay of film and comic book movie fans around the world,
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The early screenplays of Jj Abrams

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

Before he hit big with Star Wars and Star Trek, Jj Abrams was penning films such as Forever Young, Regarding Henry and Armageddon...

Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.

You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his
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Newswire: Being a good friend prevented David Schwimmer from doing Men In Black

  • The AV Club
Let us weave you a tale of loyalty and heartbreak, about the time David Schwimmer wasn’t able to do Men In Black. The actor recounted the saga on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, and the story goes something like this: During Schwimmer’s Friends tenure, he made a Miramax rom-com called The Pallbearer, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. The studio mistakenly foresaw greatness and wanted to sign Schwimmer to a three-picture deal. Being a wily fellow, Schwimmer negotiated that he would only sign on to that if they allow him to direct and cast his Chicago theater buddies, and he got his wish.

Turns out, however, that production on that movie conflicted with Men In Black, and ol’ Schwims had to say no to the blockbuster in order to honor his commitment to his friends. You see, he’ll be there for you/them: “I just said, I can
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Men In Black: David Schwimmer on turning down the lead role

Rob Leane Aug 23, 2016

Will Smith’s role in Men In Black was first offered to David Schwimmer, but he turned it down to support his friends...

One of the many curious footnotes in Hollywood history is that Will Smith’s leading role in Men In Black was first offered to David Schwimmer. The 1997 film that catapulted the Fresh Prince star to global super stardom was Schwimmer’s for the taking, and it lined up perfectly with a between-seasons production break on Friends.

So why did Schwimmer turn it down? He’s now explained the decision in detail in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast host Scott Feinberg. Here’s the story, as Schwimmer regaled it...

The deal with that was: so I had shot The Pallbearer [a romantic comedy co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow] for Miramax, and they had very high hopes for it. And while we were shooting it, they wanted to lock me into a three-picture deal.
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20 actors who almost got the part: Katniss, Loki, Bond, Batman

20 actors who almost got the part: Katniss, Loki, Bond, Batman
With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.

You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...

Al Pacino - Star Wars

Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t,
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9 TV Stars Who Horribly Botched Their Big Leap Into Films

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Aaron Paul became a critically acclaimed actor while appearing in a recurring role on the television series Big Love and earned even more praise – and won two Emmy Awards – for his starring role on Breaking Bad. So why is it that the movie Need for Speed, which starred Paul, underperformed in U.S. theaters this past weekend?

Just because Paul is an award-winning actor on television does not mean audiences were going to pack the theaters to see his movie. In fact, there is a long history of wildly popular television stars who fail in their attempt to transition to movie stardom. In many cases, these TV stars made poor choices when it came to film roles. In other instances, viewers simply had no interest in seeing these actors play anything else but their beloved TV characters.

For every George Clooney there are many TV
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Why We Love Ring of Fire's Michael Vartan

Disaster mini-series Ring of Fire premieres on Reelz in just a couple of days and it stars the talented and good-looking television-movie actor, Michael Vartan. While Vartan is probably most well-known for his role as Michael Vaughn in hit TV series Alias, he has also starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and David Schwimmer in The Pallbearer, Jennifer Lopez in Monster-in-Law and Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. He also played charming English teacher to Drew Barrymore in the 1999 romantic-comedy Never Been Kissed, making most of the female population fall over in the process. But while the actor may have proven his talents for teaching and the ability to shoot a gun or two, how will he fare when tasked with saving the world from extinction? We can’t think of anything not to like about the gorgeous French-American star but to keep our faith in his world saving abilities we have
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Jason Katims To Adapt ‘About A Boy’ As Comedy Series Project For NBC

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: Friday Night Lights and Parenthood developer/executive producer Jason Katims is returning to his comedy roots with About A Boy, a single-camera comedy based on the Nick Hornby book and 2002 movie. NBC has bought the project, from Katims’ True Jack Prods; Universal TV; and Working Title and Tribeca Prods, the companies that produced the Hugh Grant-starring feature. Written and executive produced by Emmy-winner Katims, About A Boy follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother. Katims’ head of development, Michelle Lee, will serve as producer. This is the second stab at developing About A Boy as a comedy series. In 2003, Fox ordered a presentation written by Matthew Carlson, directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Patrick Dempsey. This marks the third sale for Uni TV-based True Jack Prods this season. The first, two — a Katims-penned spy dramedy and an edgy,
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Matt Reeves Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV

  • Deadline TV
Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves is returning to television with an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Reeves is expected to create, write and direct broadcast and cable projects as well as supervise other writers. Reeves was a feature writer-director (The Pallbearer) when he teamed with J.J. Abrams to co-create Felicity, which helped put the WB on the map. Since the end of the series in 2002, he has only directed two drama pilots — ABC’s Miracles and NBC’s Dick Wolf series Conviction – focusing his attention on features including directing the Abrams-produced sleeper hit Cloverfield and writing and directing Let Me In. 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said Reeves “has been one of the top 2-3 drama director names every pilot season that every studio goes to with their best projects.” Reeves had resisted returning to TV until now. “This is an incredibly exciting time in the
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Career Retrospective: Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves is just about to rock the horror world with his Hollywood remake of the Swedish flick Let The Right One In. The film is entitled Let Me In, and will arrive in cinemas across the UK on Friday 5th November. The movie revolves around a bullied young boy who befriends a young female vampire, who live is secrecy with her guardian. We’re going to have a review of the film up on the site within the next few days, but for now, let’s take a look at the career of it’s director… so far.

Let Me In is Reeves’ third feature, following his success with the 2008 mock-doc Cloverfield – you know, the movie that saw the Statue of Liberty’s head being tossed down a New York street in one of it’s early trailer previews, and his debut, The Pallbearer. Reeves is from the Jj Abrams stable.
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Exclusive Interview: Let Me In Director Matt Reeves

  • Slash Film
Exclusive Interview: Let Me In Director Matt Reeves
During my visit to Fantastic Fest in Austin Texas, I got an opportunity to sit down with filmmaker Matt Reeves. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Reeves co-wrote a script that eventually became Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and made his feature directorial debut with The Pallbearer. The film screened at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section but went on to make only $5.6 million domestically, delaying Reeves chances at a feature film career. Reeves used this time to co-create the television series Felicity with his friend Jj Abrams, whom he met at age 13 while they were both screening short films on a cable public access channel. In addition to writing, Reeves directed a handful of Felicity episodes including the pilot. He later got a opportunity to break out of "director's jail" with the Abrams-produced monster movie Cloverfield, which was a big hit. His ...
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Matt Reeves is on Twitter

  • Slash Film
Matt Reeves is on Twitter
Filmmaker Matt Reeves is now on Twitter, you can follow him @mattreevesLA. And as always, you can follow us on Twitter at @slashfilm. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Reeves co-wrote a script that eventually became Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and made his feature directorial debut with The Pallbearer. The film screened at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section but went on to make only $5.6 million domestically, delaying Reeves chances at a feature film career. Reeves used this time to co-create the television series Felicity with his friend Jj Abrams, whom he met at age 13 while they were both screening short films on a cable public access channel. In addition to writing, Reeves directed a handful of Felicity episodes including the pilot. He later got a opportunity to break out of "director's jail" with the Abrams-produced monster movie Cloverfield, which was a ...
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Matt Reeves brings an 'E.T.' perspective to 'Let Me In'

  • Hitfix
Matt Reeves has to be breathing at least half a sigh of relief at the moment.  The filmmaker has had a scattershot career helming the dramedy "The Pallbearer" and the shaky sci-fi epic "Cloverfield," but up until now his biggest achievement was probably co-creating and directing the pilot for "Felicity."  That all changed after the initial reviews came in for "Let Me In," Overture and Hammer Films' English language remake of 2008's "Let The Right One In." Retelling what is already recognized as a modern classic is a daunting task, but as critics have noted, Reeves has accomplished the rare feat...
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Second image emerges from ‘Let me In’

It looks like Matt Reeves is coming out on the offensive regarding Let Me In, his remake of Swedish vampire thriller Let the Right One In, and he has to be: the backlash from fans of the original has been vitriolic. Even I had my doubts about an Americanized remake of such a stylish and unique horror film – but Reeves’ recent interview with the L.A. Times (where this new image comes from) has satiated my fears somewhat.

What surprised me reading the L.A. Times piece was the revelation that Reeves was actually responsible for the incredibly black David Schwimmer-starring comedy The Pallbearer, which is a Long way from the big budget extravaganza the was Cloverfield… Says Reeves:

I think because of ‘Cloverfield,’ people have an assumption, which is, ‘Oh, crazy handicam, he’s going to jazz it up,’ And I think that’s probably what a lot
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Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Richard Jenkins Will Let Me In

  • MovieWeb
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins will headline the cast of Let Me in, Matt Reeves' adaptation of Let the Right One in, when principal photography begins this fall in New Mexico. The announcement was made today by Hammer Films Co-ceo's Simon Oakes and Nigel Sinclair, as well as Overture Films CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett.

Director Reeves (Cloverfield) has cast Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Moretz ((500) Days of Summer) in the two lead adolescent roles of Owen and Abby for the eagerly awaited horror feature. Jenkins will play the lead adult character known as Hakan in the original film.

Based on the bestselling Swedish novel, "Lat den Ratte Komma In," by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let Me in is a contemporary vampire tale about a young boy who befriends a girl new to his neighborhood. The film is a remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish film,
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'Cloverfield' helmer traces Swedish tale

'Cloverfield' helmer traces Swedish tale
"Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves has signed to write and direct the horror remake "Let the Right One In" for Overture Films and Hammer Films.

The Swedish horror film, "Lat den ratte komma in," about a bullied boy whose desire for revenge becomes intertwined with his growing love for a girl who happens to be a vampire, began showing at festivals at the beginning of the year. Hammer Films picked up the remake rights in May after the film won the best narrative feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The original film's source material is a bestselling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

"I was immediately taken by both the novel and the Swedish film of 'Let the Right One In,' which are just so unique," Reeves said. "I found them not only terrifying but incredibly moving, and I am very excited about adapting them into an American context."

The
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