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After intense media speculation about the drastically different look the 45-year-old Bridget Jones' Diary star sported in October, Reese blasted the haters during The Hollywood Reporter's recent actress roundtable.
"It's horrible," Reese, 38, said bluntly about Renee's treatment. "It's cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely."
Video: Reese Witherspoon Does a Back Flip -- And Nails It!
She also blasted women who "tear other women down."
"I know this is so Pollyanna of me, but why -- and it's particularly women -- why do they have to tear women down?" she lamented. "And why do we have to tear other women down to build another woman up? It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without her makeup but that one doesn't look good without her makeup, and it's all just a judgment and assault that I »
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
This story first appeared in the Nov. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Deep into 2004, as the Oscar race was coalescing around just a few pictures, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator looked like the film to beat. It was classy, it was a period piece, it had a roster of top-notch performances, it was directed by America's most acclaimed filmmaker and its subject matter was near and dear to Hollywood's heart: Howard Hughes. Sure, Alexander Payne's Sideways and the biopic Ray looked like they might give it a run for its money. But both were small in scale, unlikely to
- Stephen Galloway
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve got three new casting reports well worth sharing. Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Judy Greer, Fred Armisen and Selma Blair are all joining Billie Joe Armstrong in the musical drama Geezer. William H. Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay have joined Room starring Brie Larson. Alexander Payne wants Alec Baldwin to join Matt Damon in Downsizing. Hit the jump for more on all three films. The Geezer news comes from Variety with the outlet reporting that director Lee Kirk has begun filming in New York City. Tim Perell of Process Media and Alex A. Ginzburg and Tony Lee of Let It Play are producing the project about a husband and father who’s going through a mid-life crisis. On his 40th birthday he decides to tap into his punk-rock past by throwing an epic party in the presidential suite at the Drake Hotel. While there, »
- Perri Nemiroff
There are some filmmakers who never say quit when it comes to their film projects, and one of those folks is Alexander Payne. For years, the director had been trying to mount his unique dystopian satire "Downsizing" (full plot details here) only to be stymied by the size of the picture (it's a bit bigger than his more intimate dramedies) and the technological requirements it would need. But with Matt Damon now on board, the project is back in motion, and last night during a Q&A with longtime friend David O. Russell, Payne revealed a couple more tidbits about the film. The Omaha World-Herald noted that during the talk, Payne revealed that he "has hopes" to cast Alec Baldwin in "Downsizing," but it would seem things aren't quite confirmed just yet. The director revealed that Damon had not yet signed a contract, though they shook hands on the movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If the formula works, why mess with it? Across his last two films — "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" — David O. Russell has uncovered an undeniable chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. And even though the latter actor only appeared briefly in 'Hustle,' it never felt like a stunt so much as smartly utilizing the ace up your sleeve. Now, as Russell gears up "Joy," he's looking to bring the gang back together. With Lawrence already attached to lead the picture, the director is looking to bring in some familiar co-stars. Yesterday, Russell participated in a Q&A with longtime friend Alexander Payne at the Holland Centre in Omaha, and beforehand he chatted briefly with Go, and revealed his plans for his next movie. "I think I’d very much like (Robert) De Niro to be in it, I think he’s gonna be in it, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
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This sequel to the popular DreamWorks animated film isn't quite as winning as the original, but the adventures of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless still manage to please. Gerard Butler returns as the voice of Hiccup's dad Stoick, with Djimon Hounsou as the voice of a baddie named Drago and Cate Blanchett as a mysterious dragon rider named Valka.
Melissa McCarthy co-wrote this comedy/drama with her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs. Marketed as a broad comedy with lots of physical humor, "Tammy" has more to it than McCarthy's pratfalls and naughty humor. Susan Sarandon co-stars as Tammy's alcoholic grandmother Pearl, who accompanies Tammy on an ill-fated road trip. This included »
- Jenni Miller
Matt Damon has landed an interesting role in Alexander Payne's next film that he calls Downsizing. The movie is described as a social satire in which "a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself." So it looks like we're going to see a little Matt Damon up on the big screen. There aren't any more details on the story at this point, but the little bit I do know has sparked my interest.
Downsizing was scripted by Payne and Jim Taylor. The two worked together on the Oscar winning screenplay for Sideways. They also wrote the script for the film About Schmidt. I'm a fan of the kind of films that Payne makes, which also includes Election, Descendants, and, most recently, Nebraska.
- Joey Paur
Need more proof Marvel controls the world? This week the movie studio even made Google (Google! of all companies) do their bidding when Marvel issued a subpoena to investigate the identity of a Google user named “John Gazelle” who may have been responsible for the low-quality leak of Marvel’s trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The subpoena alleges that “John Gazelle” may have uploaded the file to a Google Drive account, and they have now “commanded” Google to “produce at the time, date, and place set forth below the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects, and to permit inspection, copying, testing, or sampling of the material.”
Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter have copies of the court document. In it it’s clear that while the first request to produce documents was granted by the courts, Marvel was not granted the right to “permit entry onto the designated premises, »
- Brian Welk
After years of waiting, writer/director Alexander Payne is finally getting ready to make his bizarre social satire film Downsizing, and he has gotten one of the greatest leading men around to go on the filmmaking adventure with him. Sources have told Deadline that Matt Damon is now attached to the film, which Payne has been working on for more than five years. While not much is known about the story of the film yet - which is based on a script co-written by Payne and Jim Taylor - the feature reportedly follows a down-on-his-luck guy who comes to the realization that his life would be a lot better if he were to shrink himself. At this point it's unclear how extreme the shrinking process will be: is he going to be the height of a small child, or are we talking microscopic? Regardless, this is Alexander Payne's first »
Interstellar: Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic Interstellar opens wide tomorrow in theaters across the country, but it's already playing at select locations in 35 mm, 70 mm, and 70 mm IMAX. The latter format is freakishly huge, as a photo shared by a theater employee on social media makes abundantly clear. [Reddit] Downsizing: Matt Damon (above in 2012's Promised Land) will star in Downsizing, the next movie from Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne. The story follows a man who decides that he needs to shrink himself -- literally! -- in order to enjoy a better life; it's described as a social satire. Payne wrote the script with his Sideways collaborator Jim Taylor. [Deadline] The Hateful Eight: Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher, above...
- Peter Martin
In today's roundup of news and views: Michael Atkinson reviews a "long-lost" novel by Samuel Fuller; read an excerpt from Missing Reels, the debut novel by Farran Smith Nehme; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Raymond Durgnat; an Edgar G. Ulmer series in Los Angeles; Lav Diaz's new film, Mga anak ng unos (Storm Children), is screening at Cph:dox; Al Pacino and Brian De Palma are reteaming for the first time since Carlito’s Way; also reuniting are Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for Daddy's Home; Alexander Payne will direct Matt Damon in Downsizing; and a discussion of Otto Preminger's noirs. » - David Hudson »
The actor will turn down Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall in favour of Payne's revived project, reports Deadline.
The geopolitical comedy drama is set in a near future in which Norwegian scientists discover a method of shrinking human beings to an eighth of their size.
The method is adopted to reduce consumption and overpopulation, settling the shrunken humans in miniature cities, but slowly dire consequences emerge for big and small people alike.
Downsizing is yet to announce filming or release dates. »
Matt Damon is currently preparing to shoot Ridley Scott's next movie, The Martian, based on the excellent novel by Andy Weir. Beyond that, he's also earmarked to return to the Jason Bourne franchise for a new movie, that will bring him back together with director Paul Greengrass.
In the midst of those, though, he's also set to squeeze in the new project from the brilliant Alexander Payne. Payne has already given the world the likes of Election, Sideways and Nebraska. His next film? That'd be Downsizing, and he's targeting Matt Damon for the lead role.
An interesting lead role too. The description of the film is that it's a 'social satire in which a guy realises he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself'. Which, by the sounds of things, »
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is said to be starring in "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross' $65 million-budget Civil War drama "The Free State Of Jones" at Im Global and Stx Entertainment. Filming begins in the first quarter of 2015 with Scott Stuber on board to produce.
Ross wrote the screenplay which follows Newton Knight, a Southern unionist who fled the battlefield and rallied Confederate Army deserters to his so-called Knight Company against the Confederacy. Knight went on to marry the former slave of his grandfather and is still a divisive figure to this day . [Source: Screen]
Damon plays a man who comes to the realization that his life would be much better if he shrunk himself. Payne and Jim Taylor co-wrote the screenplay. »
- Garth Franklin
Though he was developing the film in 2009, and even reached the casting stage, Alexander Payne put Downsizing aside to concentrate on The Descendants and Nebraska. It appears he’s finally ready to commit to the high-concept film and has Matt Damon attached to star.Payne wrote the script with Sideways partner Jim Taylor. Though there may have been changes along the way, the plot should still see a man low on money who decides that life would be a lot cheaper and easier if he underwent a procedure to shrink himself. Travelling through life as a tiny person, he meets a girl and a pint-sized foreigner. Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon and Sacha Baron Cohen were attached back in ’09, but this sounds like a new cast in the making.The film will see Payne dabbling in effects technology to a greater extent than ever before, with green screen and other tricks »
Channing Tatum opens up about stripping and experimenting with drugs: “It was crazy.” [Us Weekly] The casts of Mean Girls, Napoleon Dynamite, Sisters, and more reunite in Entertainment Weekly. So fetch. [EW] Minnie Driver joins NBC’s upcoming Peter Pan Live! [EW] See Matt Bomer and the sexy stars of Magic Mike Xxl eat ice cream cones. [Tom + Lorenzo] Miles Teller is in talks to star in indie drama The Only Living Boy in New York. [Moviefone] Warner Brothers picks up Zac Efron‘s DJ movie We Are Your Friends. [THR] Former New York Yankees player Brad Halsey died at the age of 33. [Mlb] Minnie Driver joins Peter Pan Live! [EW] Mark Wahlberg is quite the gambler in his new film with John Goodman and Jessica Lange. Hugh Jackman »
- Taylor Ferber
Deadline reports that Matt Damon will star in Alexander Payne’s next movie. Payne, who will direct, co-wrote the script with Sideways and About Schmidt collaborator Jim Taylor. Entitled Downsizing, it’s described as “A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.” Unfortunately, it’s not about a guy who gets fired from a McDonald’s every day for a month. »
- Jesse David Fox
“Downsizing” has been written by Payne with Jim Taylor. The story centers on a man in the near future who realizes that he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself at a time when humans are able to shrink themselves to battle over-consumption and the depletion of earth’s natural resources.
Damon is repped by Wme. Payne is repped by CAA.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
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