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17 items from 2015


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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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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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

29 January 2015 6:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Most Adapted Screenplay Winners Are Adapted From Books

28 January 2015 7:52 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.

American Sniper is based on Chris Kyle’s (portrayed in the film by Bradley Cooper) autobiography of the same name, which he wrote with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice.

The Imitation Game is adapted from Alan Turing: The Enigma, written by Andrew Hodges, a mathematician and author. Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film.

Adapted from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything explores Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his ex-wife. The couple is played »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Casting Net: Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo in discussions for 'Queen of Katwe'

9 January 2015 7:08 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo are in discussions for the upcoming Disney film, Queen of Katwe. Mira Nair is directing the film, which will tell the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi. Nyong'o will play Phiona's mother, Harriet Mutesi, with Oyelowo as Robert Katende, a mentor of sorts who helps Mutesi become the World Chess Olympiad. The film was inspired by Tim Crother's 2011 Espn The Magazine article and book, "The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster."William Wheeler adapted the story for the screen. [Variety] • Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Three more join Alexander Payne’s Downsizing

9 January 2015 6:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After delivering another knockout film last year with the sincere Nebraska, director Alexander Payne is busy at work gearing up to shoot his latest film, Downsizing, a science-fiction dramedy about a man  and his wife who try to reinvigorate their lives and voluntarily have themselves shrunk down. Unfortunately for the man, his wife backs out at the last minute.

During the last week, Oscar Winners Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Adjustment Bureau) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild, Inherent Vice) have signed on to play the leading couple of the film, but The Wrap is today reporting that Jason Sudeikis (We’re The Millers), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) , and upcoming Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl) have all signed on to join the project in unspecified roles.

Downsizing sees Payne re-team with co-writer Jim Taylor after their work together on Sideways and The Descendants, and is co-produced by Annapurna Pictures, the company behind American Hustle. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis Join Matt Damon in ‘Downsizing’

8 January 2015 4:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures has come on to finance Alexander Payne‘s next film “Downsizing,” which has enlisted Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis and Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris to join Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

The long-gestating dramedy takes place in a not-so-distant alternate future in which humans have perfected shrinking themselves as a means of saving resources — namely money.

Also Read: Neil Patrick Harris Wants to Be a Christmas Gift in First Oscar Promo (Video)

Damon’s character will consider undergoing the process when he finds himself down on his luck, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'

8 January 2015 4:17 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he'd be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety] • The Fault in Our StarsAnsel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process. »

- C. Molly Smith

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News Bits: Downsizing, List, Alchemy, Ruth, Four

8 January 2015 12:53 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Downsizing

Reese Witherspoon is set to join Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's social satire "Downsizing". Payne wrote the script 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 do so to battle over-consumption and the depletion of the Earth's natural resources. [Source: Variety]

Naughty List

New Line has picked up Greg Erb and Jason Oremland's Xmas script pitch "The Naughty List" which Beau Flynn will produce. All that's known of the story is that it's a high-concept action comedy with a "Guardians of the Galaxy" style tone and follows a group of unlikely heroes who must band together in order to save Christmas. [Source: Heat Vision]

Alchemy

Millennium Entertainment has rebranded itself as Alchemy with January 23rd's "The Humbling" to be the first film released under the new name. »

- Garth Franklin

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Reese Witherspoon Rejoins Alexander Payne’s Downsizing

8 January 2015 12:27 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Alexander Payne began development on his then-next project, Downsizing, in 2009 before moving onto The Descendants. The troublesome social satire scripted by Payne and long-time writing partner Jim Taylor already had Paul Giamatti and Reese Witherspoon attached before it went belly-up. For whatever reason, 20th Century Fox were reluctant to invest in the story or its heavy use of CGI and lodged the flick into a permanent hiatus.

Late last year, the film underwent a shake-up. When news arrived that Matt Damon had relinquished his role in Zhang Zimou’s China-set epic, The Great Wall, in favour of the lead in Payne’s drama, the project returned to Fox’s development slate. Now, in a strange turn of events, Deadline reports that Witherspoon is back on board as the female lead. Together, the two will play a happily married couple who decide to shrink themselves out of financial concerns. Their logic? »

- Gem Seddon

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Reese Witherspoon Reunites With Election Director Alexander Payne for Downsizing

8 January 2015 9:47 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

More than 15 years ago, Reese Witherspoon gave her first really impressive performance as an ambitious, overachieving high school student in the indie comedy Election. She’d shown talent before then, but this was the moment we knew she would grow as an actress as she aged further into adulthood (she was 22 at the time, playing a teenager). Later came Legally Blonde and cemented her as a movie star, one who would go on to additional rom-com fluff like Sweet Home Alabama while only occasionally mixing in more substantial fare — enough to win an Oscar in 2005 for Walk the Line, at least. Now she appears to be focused on the latter in what some have called a career resurrection or (to borrow an idea from her Mud co-star) “Reese-enaissance” or (via the Fighting in the War Room podcast) “Reese-urgence.” And with this new era comes a reunion with her Election director, Alexander Payne »

- Christopher Campbell

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Reese Witherspoon Teams with Matt Damon in 'Downsizing'

7 January 2015 5:21 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Reese Witherspoon has signed on to follow up her critically-acclaimed performance in Wild with Downsizing. Ironically, the actress was initially attached way back in 2009 when we first reported on the project. Paul Giamatti and Sacha Baron Cohen were also attached to star at the time for director Alexander Payne, but it never moved forward, as the filmmaker went on to make Best Picture nominee The Descendants just a few years later. Matt Damon signed on to star back in November, playing a man who believes his life would be far better off if he shrunk himself, in what is described as a social satire.

Back in 2009, Reese Witherspoon was set to play a woman who met the shrinking man, then played by Paul Giamatti. It isn't known if she will still play the same role in this incarnation. Deadline reports that timing may be an issue with Reese Witherspoon, since »

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Reese Witherspoon to Star in ‘Downsizing’ With Matt Damon

7 January 2015 3:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Reese Witherspoon has joined Matt Damon in the social satire “Downsizing,” to be directed by Alexander Payne.

Payne wrote the script with Jim Taylor, his partner in Fox-based Ad Hominem Enterprises. Damon joined the project in November.

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 do so to battle over-consumption and the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources.

Payne and Taylor won an Oscar for adapted screenplay for “Sideways.” Payne most recently directed “Nebraska.” Payne and Taylor also wrote the Oscar-nominated script for 1999’s “Election,” which starred Witherspoon.

Witherspoon has been nominated for a SAG award and a Golden Globe for “Wild,” which she also produced. She is repped by CAA and Rick Yorn at Lbi.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com. »

- Dave McNary

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Reese Witherspoon Joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

7 January 2015 3:37 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As she hikes the campaign trail on behalf of “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon has attached herself to star opposite Matt Damon in “Downsizing,” which reunites the actress with her “Election” director Alexander Payne, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

While it’s not currently set up at a studio, the long-gestating dramedy takes place in a not-so-distant alternate future in which humans have perfected shrinking themselves as a means of saving resources — namely money.

Damon’s character will consider undergoing the process when he finds himself down on his luck, while Witherspoon will play the film’s female lead. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Reese Witherspoon ‘Downsizing’ With Matt Damon, Alexander Payne

7 January 2015 3:20 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Wild star Reese Witherspoon will star with Matt Damon in Downsizing, the next film from Alexander Payne. The pic was scripted by Payne with Jim Taylor, with whom Payne shared the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Sideways. They partner in Ad Hominem Enterprises, and their scripting collaborations also include About Schmidt. The film is a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Witherspoon’s star making role as she transitioned from child actress to adulthood came in the Payne-directed satire Election.

The timing is the tricky thing here for Witherspoon, who’s squarely in the Oscar mix for her performance as star and producer of Wild. Damon first will do another installment of the Bourne franchise for Universal, and then Downsizing will happen. Witherspoon is repped by CAA and Lbi.

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- Mike Fleming Jr

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