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Why 1999 was the best year in movie history

30 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Amazon orders comedy pilot Highston from Sacha Baron Cohen and Bob Nelson

23 April 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Christopher Nolan Joins Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation

22 April 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Christopher Nolan Joins Film Foundation Board

22 April 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher Nolan has joined the board of The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s non-profit film preservation organization.

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

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Christopher Nolan Joins Film Foundation Board

22 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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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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