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A feature adaptation of Daniel Clowes' (Ghost World, Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful) acclaimed graphic novel, Wilson, is in the works at Fox Searchlight with Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) on board to direct. Woody Harrelson is set to star as the misanthropic outsider of the title, who makes one last-ditch effort to reconnect with his drug-addled ex-wife (Laura Dern). Clowes also wrote the script for the film, which will be produced by Alexander Payne, Sam Raimi, and Josh Donen. Production is set to commence in Minneapolis next month. »
Before moving on to news of other festivals, we need to wrap Cannes. An aggregated poll of critics' polls places Miguel Gomes's Arabian Nights in the #1 slot. But Manoel de Oliveira's Visit, or Memories and Confessions tops a favorite poll of ours, so we've collected a couple of reviews. Meantime, Seattle's marathon festival rolls on. Edinburgh's announced its lineup. The New York Asian Film Festival will present its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to Ringo Lam. Munich will honor Alexander Payne and, in October, Tokyo will screen retrospectives of work by Orson Welles and Shuji Terayama. » - David Hudson »
London — The Munich Film Festival is to pay tribute to Alexander Payne with a complete retrospective of his movies.
Payne’s last visit to the event was in 1997 when he won the High Hopes Award for “Citizen Ruth,” the predecessor of the festival’s CineVision Award. The film starred Laura Dern as a white trash antihero who becomes a cause celebre when she gets pregnant with her fifth child.
Among the movies to play in Munich this year are “Election,” which was the international breakout role for Reese Witherspoon, “About Schmidt,” starring Jack Nicholson, “Sideways,” which stars Paul Giamatti, “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, and “Nebraska,” with Bruce Dern toplining.
The Munich retrospective will show all Payne’s shorts, features and TV films. On June 26, there will be a gala held in his honor, and the director will also speak about his life and movies at Filmmakers Live in the Gasteig Black Box. »
- Leo Barraclough
Screenwriter Robert Towne will be honored at the Nantucket Film Festival’s 2015 Screenwriters Tribute, the festival announced Thursday.
Best known for “Chinatown,” Towne also penned “Shampoo,” “The Last Detail” and “Mission: Impossible.” Past honorees of the tribute include Aaron Sorkin, Nancy Meyers, Charlie Kaufman and Alexander Payne.
“In our 20th anniversary year we could not be more thrilled to honor the incomparable Robert Towne,” Nff executive director Mystelle Brabbee said in a statement. “As a festival that recognizes achievements in screenwriting, Towne’s body of work has truly changed the landscape of American cinema.”
Towne will also engage in an public conversation with Chris Matthews (MSNBC’s “Hardball”) as part of the festival’s “In Their Shoes…” series. The festivities will be hosted by comedian David Steinberg. Epix will present the event.
- Marianne Zumberge
'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human Spirit. A minority, myself included, will prefer the more mundane explanation that the film merely depicts a man following his survival instincts, which propel him – like any other animal, from cockroaches to crocodiles – to fight to remain alive almost against his will. Whichever way one chooses to view the survival of Tom Hanks' Federal Express engineer Chuck Noland (No-land, get it?) after being stranded for years on a deserted island (mostly shot in Monuriki, Fiji), Cast Away is little more than an elaborate, populist star vehicle disguised as an existential The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe-esque drama. A volleyball named Wilson The story of a »
- Andre Soares
Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »
- Zac Gille
'Sideways' movie, with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church 'Sideways' movie review: California winery tour follows conventional road to male maturity With the 1999 Matthew Broderick-Reese Witherspoon vehicle Election, Alexander Payne displayed a flair for satirical comedy the likes of which would have turned Billy Wilder greener (with envy) than the Sideways poster found further below in this commentary. With the 2002 Jack Nicholson star vehicle About Schmidt, Payne demonstrated that his comedic flair could go the way of Wilder's in fluff like Sabrina and Love in the Afternoon: artificial, cutesy, bland.* In Sideways, Payne opted for the safer About Schmidt route – which may explain the film's enormous popularity with critics and audiences alike. For my part, I found his adaptation (with Jim Taylor) of Rex Pickett's novel to be an overlong, moralistic, and thoroughly unconvincing effort. (Warning: This Sideways movie review contains spoilers. »
- Andre Soares
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Nebraska screenwriter Bob Nelson has just struck a deal with Amazon, landing his first official pilot order. The half-hour coming-of-age comedy Highston was written by Nelson and will be directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) and exec produced by Sacha Baron Cohen.
According to Deadline, Highston will be a single-camera project following the life of 19-year-old Highston Liggetts who, rather than living in the unfamiliar world he’s facing, chooses to retreat into his own imagination where his companions are his famous “friends.”
Nelson is most well known for scripting the 2013 indie roadtrip comedy Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte and directed by Alexander Payne. He is currently in post production on his follow-up film The Confirmation (of which he wrote and directed) — a 90-minute comedy starring Clive Own, Maria Bellow and Patton Oswalt.
Cohen is currently shooting his latest film Grimsby about a top »
- William Fanelli
Director Christopher Nolan has come aboard Martin Scorsese's film preservation nonprofit Film Foundation, which has resurrected classics since 1990 including Powell and Pressburger's "Tales of Hoffmann" earlier this year. He joins a top-drawer coterie of members that already includes Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Nolan, like Scorsese, has long been outspoken and passionate about celluloid, and prefers to shoot his movies on film. At a recent Getty Museum summit, as reported by Variety, Christopher Nolan made a rallying cry to save the medium: "There’s a reason filmmakers get very excited about shooting film and seeing film prints, and we have to communicate that to audiences around the world." Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Scorsese, the founder and chair of the organization, noted that Nolan has been a longtime advocate of sustaining celluloid film in the digital era.
“Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” he said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”
Nolan’s “Interstellar” opened first at 240 film-using theaters in the U.S. last November, two days prior to its wide release in theaters using digital projection. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation has added director Christopher Nolan to its board of directors. The Foundation is dedicated to film preservation, and Nolan joins a roster that looks like the Justice League of America, if its members were superhero filmmakers. Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg are also on the… »
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their fourth piece, they will discuss David Lynch’s film The Straight Story (1999).
I am in the midst of my 1999 class and I assigned two films I had yet to see from the acclaimed year – the year that Entertainment Weekly claimed to “change movies” – Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry and David Lynch’s The Straight Story. I like doing this as a Professor, because it varies the class and keeps me from getting too settled into a comfort zone. It challenges me to be more spontaneous and in the moment, a zone I typically find stimulating and energizing. Needless to say, the sixteen year old legacy of Lynch’s The Straight Story created a certain predisposition. Having seen all of Lynch’s other films, »
- Landon Palmer
With films like Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska, director Alexander Payne has proven himself a master at deftly balancing comedy and drama in his chosen projects. Now, if all goes according to plan, it looks like he has found yet another vehicle to allow him to do what he does best. That's because he is now in talks to helm a romantic comedy inspired by a true story about a woman who won the Texas State Lottery an impressive four times. The new project is titled Septillion to One, and while Payne is not officially attached just yet, The Wrap says that the film has definitely caught his eye. The script he would be working from is written by Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack, and described as "a cross between Silver Linings Playbook and Ocean.s 11." The story centers on an ambitious former FBI agent working in the fraud »
The new hire most recently served as president of worldwide strategic marketing and research at Sony where his campaigns included 22 Jump Street, the James Bond films and American Hustle.
Prior to Sony Kaminow was svp of marketing and research at Miramax Films
Annapurna Pictures is preparing to start production on The Bad Batch with Ana Lily Amirpour and the slate includes Todd Solondz’s Weiner Dog starring Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig, Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing.
Paramount will release That’s What I’m Talking About in the Us this year. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The script itself prompted a high stakes bidding game – from which OddLot Entertainment emerged victorious – and now, Academy Award winner Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) is considering taking a chance on Septillion To One. Penned by The Newsroom writer Adam R. Perlman and newcomer Graham Sack, the true tale of a mysterious serial lottery winner has sparked the imaginations of several production companies – all keen to get behind OddLot in pushing the project through to production as soon as possible.
Septillion To One is inspired by the real, and suspiciously fortunate activities of Joan Ginther, who won large sums of money playing the lottery in Texas, and also happens to have a PhD in Statistics from Stanford University. Ginther’s first big win came in 1993, when she picked up half a Lotto Texas jackpot, amounting to $5.4 million. She reportedly moved to Las Vegas in 2001, but continued to return to her »
- Sarah Myles
The next film from Alexander Payne will be Downsizing, a comedy starring Matt Damon that will be a social satire which follows a man (Damon) who realizes his life would be much better if he were to shrink himself. The film will also reunite Payne with his Election star Reese Witherspoon, and it's supposed to shoot after Damon is done with the next installment of the Jason Bourne franchise. And now Payne is circling a project that could follow Downsizing as The Wrap reports he wants to direct Septillion to One, a romantic comedy spec script by Adam R. Perlman & Graham Sack that OddLot Entertainment landed. Reportedly there was a heated auction for the script, and while Payne is not formally attached, it currently has his interest. The story is said to be inspired by the true tale of Joan Ginther, a woman who won the Texas State Lottery a whopping four times, »
- Ethan Anderton
Alexander Payne is currently in pre-production on his next film, Downsizing, but he might already be looking ahead to a future project. According to The Wrap, OddLot has just won a bidding war on the spec script Septillion to One and Payne is circling the director’s chair. The story is based on the true story of Joan Ginther, who won the Texas State Lottery four times, taking home more than $20 million thanks in part to a PhD in statistics from Stanford. The Wrap describes Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack’s script as “a cross between Silver Linings Playbook and Ocean’s 11. Per the Wrap: The film focuses on an overzealous former FBI agent who has been relegated to the fraud unit of the Texas State Lottery. He begins investigating a beautiful and shrewd woman who had inexplicably defied all odds and hit the lottery jackpot three times. He »
- Matt Goldberg
Alexander Payne is still working on getting the pieces together for Downsizing, but he may already have his eye on another new project. He’s reportedly circling Septillion to One, based on the true story of four-time(!) lottery winner Joan Ginther. The romantic comedy is described in encouraging terms as “Silver Linings Playbook meets Ocean’s 11.” More […]
The post Alexander Payne Considers Betting On ‘Septillion to One’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
"It's like a cross between 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'Ocean's 11' " an executive probably said. That description emerged via The Wrap with respect to a developing project that has seen a big name director kicking the tires. Alexander Payne is circling the Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack penned "Septillion To One." It tells the true story of Joan Ginther, who used what she learned earning her PhD in Statistics from Stanford to win the Texas State Lottery four times, totalling over $20 million dollars. She's soon pursued by an ex-fbi agent who works in the fraud department for the Texas State Lottery as he tries to figure out if she's done anything illegal. But oops, they fall in love instead. It's not certain that Payne will direct, and production company OddLot have put this on the fast-track which may clash with his planned shoot of the long developing "Downsizing." »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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