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Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig want to be tiny in the first teaser for Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

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Following its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival today, Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Alexander Payne’s sci-fi comedy Downsizing, and I’m very curious to know as to whether or not the filmmaker’s latest effort will earn him a Best Picture nomination in the forthcoming awards season, just as his last three movies did.

The trailer tease for Downsizing doesn’t offer us much in the way of plot, but it does an outstanding job of introducing us to the film’s star-studded cast, which includes Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a couple that decides to abandon their stressful lives and shrink themselves when scientists discover how to downsize humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population. However, when they move to a new community for little people like themselves, it sends them on a rollercoaster of life-changing adventures.

“Captivating, funny and possessed of a surprise-filled zig-zag structure that makes it impossible to anticipate where it’s headed, this is a deeply humane film that, like the best Hollywood classics, feels both entirely of its moment and timeless,” critic Todd McCarthy wrote in his review for The Hollywood Reporter. Collider’s Brian Formo said the film “feels like a live-action, adult Pixar movie (except with full frontal male nudity),” which is certainly enough information for us to confirm that this is indeed a Payne-directed film.

If you’re just as intrigued about Downsizing as I am, then you’ll be happy to know that it will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival next week, if you’re attending that event. If not, you’ll have to wait until the film opens in select theaters on December 22, 2017, just like the rest of us. Also, just as a heads up, be sure to keep an eye out for the full-length trailer on September 12.

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Disney drops ‘Fox’ name from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures in rebranding effort

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Nearly a year after acquiring 21st Century Fox in a massive $71.3 billion dollar deal last March, the Walt Disney Company made the decision today to drop the “Fox” brand from two iconic Hollywood film studios: 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

As of today, 20th Century Fox will be known as 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures has simply been rebranded Searchlight Pictures. The move isn’t particularly surprising and was inevitable ever since last year’s acquisition, but is still notable given 20th Century’s 84-year history with the “Fox” brand attached to it.

While Disney wouldn’t offer comment on its rebranding efforts, the change likely had to do with the fact that the company didn’t want consumers to confuse its properties as being associated with Lachlan Murdoch’s Fox Corporation, which operates the conservative media empire Fox News.

Despite the changes today, though, Disney will make minimal revisions to the iconic logos for the two studios. “The most notable change is that the word ‘Fox’ has been removed from the logo marks,” reports Variety. “Otherwise, the signature elements — swirling klieg lights, monolith, triumphal fanfare — will remain the same.”

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Quentin Tarantino says he has written and will direct five half-hour episodes of ‘Bounty Law’

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that he’s bringing full five episodes of Bounty Law — the fictional Western series starring Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Rick Dalton — to the small screen.

During a recent interview with Deadline, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said that he will be directing five half-hour episodes of the show that have already been written, though it might be a while before we actually get to see them.

“It will take me a year and a half,” Tarantino said. “[Bounty Law] got an introduction from Once Upon a Tim in Hollywood, but I don’t really consider it part of that movie even though it is. This is not about Rick Dalton playing Jake Cahill. It’s about Jake Cahill.”

As for his inspiration for Bounty Law, Tarantino added: “Where all this came from was, I ended up watching a bunch of Wanted, Dead or Alive, and The Rifleman, and Tales of Wells Fargo, these half-hour shows to get in the mindset of Bounty Law, the kind of show Rick was on. I’d liked them before, but I got really into them.”

Whether or not DiCaprio will reprise his role as Rick Dalton for Bounty Law remains to be seen, but I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t. After all, Dalton is the star of the show and it really wouldn’t be the same without his involvement.

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‘The Lovebirds’ trailer finds Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae trying to solve a bizarre murder case

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“Every happy couple has one moment that defines their relationship,” is the tagline for The Lovebirds, the upcoming rom-com starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae which is set to have its world premiere at SXSW in March.

For Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Rae), that moment seems to be when they realize they’ve been caught up in a bizarre murder mystery and need to work to clear their names and solve the crime before the night is over.

The film, which was written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall, reunites Nanjiani with The Big Sick director Michael Showalter and also stars Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, and Kyle Bornheimer.

If Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night was your kind of thing, it appears The Lovebirds will be right up your alley as well. I mean, who can resist a little crime-infused romantic comedy?

The Lovebirds hits theaters April 3.

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