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The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer Discuss ‘The Straight Story’

11 April 2015 1:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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).

Drew’s Take

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

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Sideways Director Alexander Payne May Make A Movie About A 4-Time Lottery Winner

6 April 2015 7:32 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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 »

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David Kaminow to head Annapurna marketing

6 April 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As president of marketing Kaminow will report to company founder Megan Ellison and gets to work on a slate that includes Richard Linklater’s That’s What I’m Talking About.

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.

Ellison is also reuniting with her Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow on her adaptation of the book The True American.

Paramount will release That’s What I’m Talking About in the Us this year. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Alexander Payne Considers Rolling The Dice On OddLot’s Septillion To One

6 April 2015 5:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Alexander Payne Finds 'Septillion to One' Odds in Romantic Comedy

3 April 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Alexander Payne May Like the Odds on Septillion To One

3 April 2015 6:39 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Alexander Payne Considers Betting On ‘Septillion to One’

3 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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

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Alexander Payne May Bet On 'Septillion to One' Odds

2 April 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"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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Alexander Payne Circles "Septillion" Film

2 April 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

OddLot Entertainment has picked up Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack's romantic comedy spec script "Septillion to One" which Alexander Payne is circling (but not officially attached) to direct. Tom McNulty, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough are producing.

The film is inspired by the true story of Joan Ginther, who won the Texas State Lottery four times and took home more than $20 million thanks parrtly to a PhD in statistics from Stanford.

The story follows 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 realizes the odds are over one in a billion for this to happen, creating a game of cat-and-mouse with the suspect, with whom he ultimately falls head over heels in love.

Scheduling is reportedly an issue for Payne, »

- Garth Franklin

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OddLot Wins Heated Auction for ‘Septillion to One'; Alexander Payne Circling to Direct (Exclusive)

1 April 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

OddLot Entertainment has won a heated auction for rights to Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack’s spec script “Septillion to One,” which has Alexander Payne circling to direct, TheWrap has learned. OddLot will produce and finance the romantic comedy, which the company intends to fast-track as its slate is thin and the deal featured aggressive progress-to-production language. Tom McNulty will produce through his MC2 banner along with Linda McDonough of Marquee Entertainment and OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker. Payne is not officially attached to direct at this time but the story has drawn his interest, according to multiple sources. Scheduling may prove to be. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Rachel Kushner Set as Telluride Film Fest Guest Director

31 March 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Telluride Film Festival has selected novelist Rachel Kushner as its guest director to select a series of films to present at the 42nd festival running over Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4-7.

The festival is also teaming with the San Francisco International Film Festival for Kushner to present Barbara Loden’s 1970 film “Wanda” on April 25 at the Castro Theatre. “Wanda” screened at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival as Guest Director Don DeLillo’s selection.

Kushner is the author of “The Flamethrowers,” a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, and her debut novel “Telex from Cuba” was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. She’s the only writer to have been nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.

“Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I’ve long known of it as a unique »

- Dave McNary

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SXSW Review: Sally Field Delivers a Winning Performance in 'Hello, My Name is Doris'

14 March 2015 5:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If the younger Edith Beale in "Grey Gardens" — the insular middle-aged socialite still living at home with her mother — ventured beyond her insular world and pursued romance with a younger man, she might resemble the adorable, melancholic figure played by Sally Field in "Hello, My Name is Doris." Directed by "Wet Hot American Summer" co-writer Michael Showalter, who wrote the script with Laura Terruso, the movie follows the titular 60-year-old Staten Island residen in the wake of her mother's dead as she explores an unlikely courtship with much younger co-worker John (Max Greenfield, "New Girl"). The ensuing bittersweet tale touches on the themes of loneliness and aging that might seem at home in Alexander Payne's universe, and while Showalter's broad comedy approach never burrows that deep, Field's performance is a different story. Read More: The 2015 Indiewire SXSW Bible A world away from her dreary turn as a tortured First Lady in. »

- Eric Kohn

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Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #8: Timothy Wheeler Exposes the Strange, Serious Problem of Egg Theft in 'Poached'

14 March 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With "Poached," Timothy Wheeler wanted to tackle a problem as unusual and underreported as it is serious and fascinating. In this informative, detailed and surprisingly illuminative documentary, egg thieves -- yes, people who steal eggs -- are identified, profiled and then examined. Taking inspiration from such character-focused filmmakers as Alexander Payne and the Coen Brothers, Wheeler explores this ostensibly-unusual behavior by way of fashioning profound and affecting character studies. The trick of "Poached," pulled off by Wheeler with a delicate hand, is that it allows its subjects to adequately share their side of the story, while also maintaining a focus on the truth, and on what lurks underneath such peculiar motivations.  What's your film about in 140 characters or less?"Poached" exposes an obsession that can wipe out a species of birds: illegal egg collecting. Now what's it Really about?Egg thieves rob the nests of rare »

- David Canfield

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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Shailene Woodley

13 March 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of the fastest-rising young stars in Hollywood right now is Shailene Woodley, who become known to teenage girls the world over with her lead role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She followed this up by winning a supporting role as George Clooney’s daughter in Alexander Payne’s 2011 smash hit The Descendants (for which she earned rave reviews), and alongside starring in indie films such as The Spectacular Now and White Bird in a Blizzard, has gone the blockbuster route with the Divergent series and smash hit drama The Fault in Our Stars.

The second entry into the Divergent series, Insurgent, is due for release this coming week, and so what better opportunity to look back at the actress’s life and career, to dig around and discover 13 tidbits you surely didn’t know about her? From the mystery surrounding her cut part »

- Jack Pooley

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Jim Burke Named President of Production of Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Burke has been tapped as president of production of Focus Features.

Also, current Focus Features senior VP of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive VP and will report to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years, and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases. Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable, and I am pleased to announce his promotion, one that he earned by taking stewardship of our production slate while the company transitioned under our new mandate.”

Burke has considerable experience as a producer, having worked »

- Justin Kroll

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Jim Burke named Focus Features production president

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Schlessel.

“Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases.

Speaking about McLaughlin, he added: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Jim Burke joins Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer and executive named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent. Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases,” commented Schlessel.

He continued: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased to announce his promotion »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Want to Work with Harvey Weinstein One Day? Remember These Tips

11 March 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'The Intruder' and 'I Believe in Unicorns' Among Winners at First Time Fest Harvey Weinsten is known for taking chances on first-time filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs"), Steven Soderbergh ("Sex, Lies and Videotape"), Baz Luhrmann ("Strictly Ballroom") and Alexander Payne ("Citizen Ruth") during his time at Miramax and now The Weinstein Company.  Naturally then, Weinstein was an honoree at this year's third annual First Time Fest, a festival designed to showcase and discover first-time feature filmmakers. During the closing night discussion and throughout the festivities, The Hollywood Reporter was able to nab a few details about what Weinstein looks for from collaborators and first-time directors.  Want to work with Harvey Weinstein one day? Here are the four tips Indiewire was able to cull from the piece. Write Your Own ScriptWhen asked what gives him the confidence to »

- Casey Cipriani

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Facts on Pacts: Sony Ups Roster Despite Recent Challenges

11 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amid the massive changes and financial challenges facing Hollywood, the six major studios managed largely to maintain the status quo on their on-lot film production pacts. Ironically, Sony Pictures, despite being under pressure to slash its annual spending by $250 million, and having cut hundreds of jobs, actually amped up its roster over the past year.

Sony’s increase to 30 first-look deals from 22 represents by far the biggest hike in several years for any major, and drove the overall number of studio-funded arrangements to 142, an increase of four over the same time last year. The new deals at Sony include an ultra-lucrative agreement for ousted studio chief Amy Pascal; a three-year pact for “Captain America” directors Joe and Anthony Russo; deals for Channing Tatum and Josh Donen, former execs Elizabeth Cantillon, DeVon Franklin and Michelle Raimo Kouyate and for up-and-comers, Josh Bratman’s Immersive and Joby Harold’s Safehouse.

Among all studios, »

- Dave McNary

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Harvey Weinstein Talks Taking a Chance on First-Time Filmmakers, George Clooney Regret

10 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

During his time running Miramax and The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein has released a number of movies directed by first-time filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Rob Marshall's Chicago, Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom, Alexander Payne's Citizen Ruth, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station and George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. This background made Weinstein an ideal honoree for the third annual First Time Fest, designed to discover, showcase and celebrate first-time feature filmmakers. Weinstein was honored during the closing night of this year's festivities, participating in a discussion with First Time Fest's director

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- Hilary Lewis

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