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‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Gets Summer 2018 Release Date

8 November 2016 5:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures  has scheduled Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible 6”  for July, 27, 2018.

Cruise had announced in July, 2015,  that he planned to go ahead with “Mission: Impossible 6” just as “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” was opening. That notion that was strongly endorsed by the studio following a $121 million global opening weekend for “Rogue Nation” with $56 million in the U.S. and another $65 million from 40% of international markets.

Cruise then promised in April at Cinemacon that the sixth Mission Impossible movie would have “…more incredible set pieces, stunts…and what I think is a very entertaining and compelling story.”

He closed his deal in September for “Mission: Impossible 6,” which is being produced and financed by Paramount and partner Skydance Productions, headed by David Ellison. Cruise is also a producer.

“Rogue Nation” took in $195 million domestically and $682 million worldwide. Paramount has opted to open “Mission: Impossible 6” using the same late July »

- Dave McNary

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Wilson Trailer Puts Woody Harrelson on the Path to Fatherhood

3 November 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the raucous red band trailer and first look photo from the upcoming R-rated road trip adventure Wilson, which is set for release on March 24, 2017. This outrageous comedy will be going up against two highly-anticipated films, Warner Bros.' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Lionsgate's Power Rangers. As you can see from the age-restricted trailer below, Wilson certainly isn't your typical comic book movie.

Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. The red band trailer from Fox Searchlight has no shortage of R-rated language.

The supporting cast includes Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, James Saito, Tom Proctor, »

- MovieWeb

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Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd in talks for Juliet, Naked

23 October 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Deadline, Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd are to star in Juliet, Naked, an adaptation of British author Nick Hornby’s novel from director Jesse Peretz (My Idiot Brother) and screenwriters Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) and Jim Taylor (Sideways).

Published in 2009, Juliet, Naked has been compared to Hornby’s second novel High Fidelity and is described as “a heartwarming romantic comedy about love and life’s second chances and follows the story of long-suffering Annie (Byrne), her music obsessed boyfriend Duncan (O’Dowd), and music star Tucker Crowe (Hawke), the object of Duncan’s obsession.”

“Reminiscent of Bridget Jones, Juliet, Naked pairs Nick Hornby’s signature charm and humor, showcased in High Fidelity and About a Boy, with the incredible talent behind some of romantic comedy’s biggest successes,” said Thorsten Schumacher of Rocket Science.

Juliet, Naked is being produced by BridesmaidsJudd Apatow and Barry Mendel, »

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Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne And Chris O’Dowd Enter Talks For Juliet, Naked Movie

21 October 2016 1:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Casting for Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked movie is well underway, and Deadline reports that the adaptation has set sights on Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Irish actor Chris O’Dowd to fill out key roles in the preliminary cast.

A big-screen take on Nick Hornby’s eponymous best-seller, it’s understood Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) and Jim Taylor (Sideways) have been elected to pen the adaptation, with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz. It’s got all the hallmarks of an ensemble dramedy, too, with the official snippet teeing up a “heartwarming romantic comedy about love and life’s second chances and follows the story of long-suffering Annie (Byrne), her music obsessed boyfriend Duncan (O’Dowd), and music star Tucker Crowe (Hawke), the object of Duncan’s obsession.”

Even from the fleeting logline alone, it’s not too difficult to see why Juliet, Naked is oft compared »

- Michael Briers

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Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne & Chris O’Dowd In Talks For Nick Hornby Adaptation ‘Juliet, Naked’

21 October 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O'Dowd are in talks to star in a big-screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's bestselling novel Juliet, Naked. Tamara Jenkins, who wrote The Savages, and Sideways writer Jim Taylor have adapted the script from Hornby's book, with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz. Jesse Peretz (My Idiot Brother) is attached to direct. Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, who worked with Byrne and O'Dowd on the hit film Bridesmaids, are… »

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‘The Snowman,’ ‘Downsizing’ Tap Into Norwegian Film Incentives

24 August 2016 6:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s U.K.-U.S. production of “The Snowman,” starring Michael Fassbender, and “Downsizing” from U.S. helmer Alexander Payne directly spent $24 million in Norway during their Norwegian location shoots. They were the first two international features shot in Norway to receive funding from the new state incentive program to attract foreign film and TV productions.

According to a preliminary report by Norway’s Olsberg Spi Consultancy, which was published Aug. 22 at a production seminar during the 44th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, the two productions also created 142 full-time equivalent jobs with a total of $12.7 million payroll costs (generating $4 millon tax income for the state).

Financial consultant Andrew Barnes, of Olsberg Spi, presented the report, which was based on the budgets of the two films, recommending the incentive scheme be expanded from $5.5 million in the first year started March 1, 2016, to cover up to four international productions. »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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A&E Developing Pot-Themed Family Crime Drama From Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

4 August 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A&E Network has put in development an adaptation of the Dutch television series Holland's Hoop, about a family in the illegal pot growing business. The project comes from Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Jim Burke, Miguel Arteta, Scripted World and Endemol Shine Studios. Written by Taylor, the untitled drama centers on a burnt-out forensic psychiatrist who, on the day his estranged father dies, learns that his wife is cheating on him and his teenage son is a delinquent. In a… »

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Pepe Serna Joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ (Exclusive)

1 July 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran character actor Pepe Serna has joined the cast in Alexander Payne’s satire “Downsizing,” joining Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Paramount film, currently shooting in Toronto, centers on an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces humans to a tiny fraction of their size. Then they move to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.

“It’s the smallest part I’ve ever had, four inches to be exact,” Serna said.

Payne is co-writing the script with Jim Taylor. The duo won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways” and collaborated on the scripts for “Citizen Ruth,” “Election,” “Jurassic Park III,” “About Schmidt” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”

Downsizing” is produced by Payne and Mark Johnson and will begin production this spring. »

- Dave McNary

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News Bits: Six, Deadpool, Juliet, Davis, Kubo

6 May 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Final Six

Sony has scored the movie rights to Alexandra Monir's upcoming space thriller novel "The Final Six," a deal made even though only the book proposal and a few chapters were available - in fact the book's publishing rights are about to go up for auction.

The story imagines a present-day world under a first-of-its-kind coalition between the United Nations and the international space agencies, with a plot to send a team of six intrepid teenagers to create the first human settlement on Jupiter's moon, Europa. [Source: Variety]

Deadpool

Following the news about its massive success on Digital HD, Fox has released the full six-minute gag reel for the "Deadpool" film and - understandably - is definitely not safe for work.

Juliet Naked

Jesse Peretz has closed a deal to direct "Juliet, Naked" based on the best-selling novel by "Brooklyn" and "About a Boy" author Nick Hornby. Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor, »

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Jesse Peretz Directing ‘Juliet, Naked’ for Judd Apatow

6 May 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Our Idiot Brother” director Jesse Peretz will helm the independent romance “Juliet, Naked,” based on the novel by Nick Hornby.

“Juliet, Naked” centers on Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.

Los Angeles Media Fund (Lamf) is financing the picture. Judd Apatow, and the team of Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Barry Mendel and Jeffrey Soros are producing. Simon Horsman is an executive producer.

The script was written by Tamara Jenkins (‘The Savages”) and Jim Taylor (“Sideways, “About Schmidt”) with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz.

CAA and UTA set up “Juliet, Naked” and are co-repping the rights.

Jesse Peretz directed nine episodes of Lena Dunham’s “Girls” and five eps of Zooey Deschanel’s “New Girl.”

“I’m thrilled to extend my long collaboration with Jesse to this film, »

- Dave McNary

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Jesse Peretz to direct 'Juliet, Naked'

6 May 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The director of Our Idiot Brother will direct Juliet, Naked based on the Nick Hornby novel in a project backed by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman’s fledgling producer-financier Los Angeles Media Fund (Lamf).

Judd Apatow, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Barry Mendel and  Soros are the executive producers on the story of a woman who forms a long-distance romance with a singer whom her boyfriend idolises.

Tamara Jenkins and spouse Jim TaylorAlexander Payne’s screenwriting partner on films such as Sideways and About Schmidt – wrote the screenplay with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz.

Lamf was launched in September 2014 to make films across a range of genres budgeted up to $50m.

It is co-financing and co-producing with Stx The Space Between Us starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, and Britt Robertson, and supernatural horror The Bye Bye Man.

Lamf is also in post on the Jim Carrey-starrer True Crimes, which it co-produces »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Downsizing’ Casts ‘Workaholics’ Actress Maribeth Monroe (Exclusive)

4 May 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Workaholics” star Maribeth Monroe has joined the cast of Alexander Payne‘s “Downsizing,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau will also star in “Downsizing,” which stars Matt Damon as an Omaha man who gives in and agrees to undergo a new process that shrinks people before moving to a community of like-minded individuals. Payne (“About Schmidt”) wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor and is producing through his Ad Hominem production company along with Gran Via ProductionsMark Johnson. Taylor and Jim Burke will executive produce. Also Read: 'Martian' Reunion: Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon in Alexander. »

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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis This Weekend– Great Line-Up of Guests!

31 March 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis this weeekend! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 1st, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor »

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Robin Wright Boards ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel; Jonah Hill Sets Directorial Debut; Bradley Cooper Goes ‘Deeper’

31 March 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Denis Villeneuve‘s massively intriguing, potentially disastrous Blade Runner sequel has further upped its credibility: according to Variety, the project’s added Robin Wright in a “key role” about which, of course, nothing is currently known. The Hampton Fancher-penned, Roger Deakins-photographed picture will be set decades after Ridley Scott‘s original, bringing aboard Ryan Gosling in the lead role and featuring the return of Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard. The rest will be revealed on January 12, 2018 — or when details start leaking from the set this July.

It’s almost a matter of time before any actor as ubiquitous as Jonah Hill gets into the directing business, so take it as a little surprise when Variety tells us he’s expected to helm his own screenplay, Mid ’90s, which reportedly concerns “a young boy coming up in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s learning life lessons with his skateboarding crew of friends. »

- Nick Newman

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Kristen Wiig Replaces Reese Witherspooon in 'Downsizing'

29 March 2016 5:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in January 2015, we reported that Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon had signed on to join Matt Damon in director Alexander Payne's Downsizing, which was ironically the second time she had boarded the project. The movie was originally set up back in 2009, but it never moved forward. Today we have a report from Deadline that Reese Witherspoon has dropped out once again due to scheduling conflicts, with Kristen Wiig set to take her place.

The story centers on Matt Damon's character, an ordinary man from Omaha who joins a growing group of people undergoing a process to get shrunk to a fraction of their own size. He then moves to one of the several communities for "small people" that are beginning to sprout up all over the world. No details were given for Kristen Wiig's role, but when Reese Witherspoon landed the role in 2009, she was believed to »

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Reese Witherspoon Out, Kristen Wiig In For Alexander Payne’s Downsizing

29 March 2016 2:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Soon-to-be Ghostbuster Kristen Wiig is boarding Alexander Payne’s Downsizing in place of Resse Witherspoon, according to Deadline.

Scheduling conflicts resulted in Witherspoon’s exit, though Paramount wasted no time in filling the actress’ shoes. Now, Wiig will be rubbing shoulders with Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau in Payne’s atypical social satire, representing the director’s third collaboration with Paramount – his latest, Nebraska, debuted to critical acclaim in 2013.

Forget Bruce Dern’s troubled alcoholic, though, Downsizing centers on “an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.” Well, we did say it was out of the ordinary.

Behind the scenes, Payne is reuniting with long-term writing partner Jim Taylor. Over the years, the Oscar-winning duo »

- Michael Briers

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Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon in ‘Downsizing’

29 March 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Wiig will star alongside Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau in Paramount’s social satire “Downsizing” with Alexander Payne directing.

Wiig is taking the place of Reese Witherspoon, who withdrew recently due to scheduling conflicts.

Downsizing” centers on an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.

Payne is co-writing the script with Jim Taylor. The duo won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways” and collaborated on the scripts for “Citizen Ruth,” “Election,” “Jurassic Park III,” “About Schmidt” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”

Downsizing” will be produced by Payne and Mark Johnson and will begin production this spring. Taylor and Jim Burke are exec producing.

Payne’s directing credits include “Citizen Ruth, »

- Dave McNary

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Waltz, Chau Join Payne's "Downsizing"

11 March 2016 7:29 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Christoph Waltz ("Spectre") and Hong Chau ("Inherent Vice") are set to join Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon in filmmaker Alexander Payne's new dramedy "Downsizing" for Paramount Pictures.

Payne and Jim Taylor are co-writing the film about an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces them to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.

Payne and Mark Johnson will produce and filming kicks off this Spring for a late 2017 release.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Christoph Waltz Joins Reese Witherspoon in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'

10 March 2016 2:39 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Alexander Payne's Downsizing just added some more star power.  Christoph Waltz will be joining Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon in the film. The plot follows an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size, allowing them to live in one of the many miniature communities that are sprouting up around the world. Hong Chau will also be joining the cast of the Paramount project. Payne co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor and is producing with Mark Johnson. Taylor and Jim Burke are executive producing. One of

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Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau Join Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon in ‘Downsizing’

10 March 2016 2:25 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and “Inherent Vice” actress Hong Chau have signed on to join Oscar winners Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon in Alexander Payne‘s comedy “Downsizing,” it was announced Thursday by Paramount. Payne wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor and is producing through his Ad Hominem production company along with Gran Via ProductionsMark Johnson. Taylor and Jim Burke will executive produce. Waltz won Oscars his supporting roles in “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds.” He recently starred in the James Bond film “Spectre” and can be seen next in this summer’s “The Legend of Tarzan” alongside Margot Robbie and. »

- Jeff Sneider

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