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Director Alexander Payne Shares ‘Downsizing’ Production Team’s Sizable Contributions

Director Alexander Payne Shares ‘Downsizing’ Production Team’s Sizable Contributions
Paramount’s “Downsizing” is set in the near future, when a group of people shrink themselves to reduce their carbon footprint and extend their financial resources. Director Alexander Payne (who also scripted with Jim Taylor) had high praise for his behind-the-camera colleagues. “My charge to them was that I wanted it to look real; I didn’t want things eye-popping. I wanted a real sense of place.”

Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael

“The structure of the film is episodic. It starts in Omaha, then moves to Leisureland and so on. It’s four or five short films, but all of them are encased in a movie that should ultimately look like something shot in 1978. It’s a movie set 15 years in the future, but I wanted it to look like an old movie, as wacky as that sounds. I think older movies have a pleasing patina, and I wanted the pretty colors and grain. We knew that
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‘Downsizing’ Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau Tells How She Got The Role Of A Lifetime – The Contenders Video

‘Downsizing’ Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau Tells How She Got The Role Of A Lifetime – The Contenders Video
Hong Chau, who plays a disabled Vietnamese refugee in the new Alexander Payne comedy Downsizing is on a roll, having nailed a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination earlier today, as well as one last week from the Critics’ Choice Awards. She, along with producer Mark Johnson and co-writer and producer Jim Taylor joined me as part of Paramount’s panel for Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event last month at the DGA Theatre. In front of a packed…
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Showtime Developing Drama Produced By Alexander Payne Based On Dutch Format

Showtime has put in development Kilroy County, a drama from producing partners Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Jim Burke, The Brink co-creator Roberto Benabib, director Miguel Arteta (Getting On), Scripted World, Im Global and Endemol Shine North America. Written by Taylor and Weeds alum Benabib and to be directed by Arteta, Kilroy County is based on the Dutch series Holland's Hoop. It centers on Simon, a forensic psychiatrist struggling to treat the criminally insane at…
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Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today

Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today
Alexander Payne recently had a business lunch with Jason Blum.

It may seem like an odd pairing. Payne is an Oscar-winning auteur known for such salt-of-the-earth comedies as “About Schmidt” and “Nebraska,” films where moments of levity emerge from a kind of hardscrabble realism. Blum, the hugely successful producer behind “The Purge” and “Insidious,” is a mogul of the macabre. But Payne, after seven movies that largely center on middle-aged schnooks, says he’s done with dramatizing the foibles of the pocket-protector set. He’s ready to shake things up.

“I want to do something different,” Payne tells Variety during a recent interview at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters. “How fun would it be to do a horror movie? They’re all the rage right now, and they make a lot of money.”

Before Payne can team up with Blum, however, he’s got a film to release. That’s why he’s flown to New York
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Election

We’ve all met Tracy Flick — the eager-beaver student that charms the right teachers, wins all the awards and corners the big scholarships. Alexander Payne’s witty, perceptive look at High School shows the predicament of a model teacher who can’t help but sabotage a pupil’s run for class president. Reese Witherspoon’s wholly original characterization scores big, and Matthew Broderick plays what is probably his best screen role.

Election

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 904

1999 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 5, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll, Mark Harelik, Colleen Camp.

Cinematography: James Glennon

Film Editor: Kevin Tent

Production Design: Jane Ann Stewart

Original Music: Rolfe Kent

Written by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor from a novel by Tom Perotta

Produced by Albert Berger, David Gale, Keith Samples, Ron Yerxa

Directed by Alexander Payne

“What
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‘Downsizing’ Editor on Cutting Alexander Payne’s Quirky Sci-Fi Movie Down to Size

‘Downsizing’ Editor on Cutting Alexander Payne’s Quirky Sci-Fi Movie Down to Size
At first glance, “Downsizing” seems like a major stylistic departure for director Alexander Payne.

While it’s true that the film reunites him with many of his collaborators on earlier films — including screenwriter Jim Taylor, cinematographer Phedon Papamichael and editor Kevin Tent — the theme and scope of the movie center less on intimate human drama and more on a sci-fi view of a future society in which people miniaturize themselves through a medical procedure in order to improve their lives materially.

For Tent, this wasn’t his first time cutting a sci-fi tale. He edited 2007’s VFX-heavy “The Golden Compass” and was at ease working with “Downsizing’s” visual effects team.

In the film, which arrives in theaters Dec. 21, normal-sized people frequently interact with the downsized people, who are only inches tall. To make such scenes work on the screen, Tent sought the best angles among characters of ostensibly vastly different sizes, passing the rough
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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues

Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues
Ten months after the Sundance Film Festival debut of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” — which terrified and delighted festgoers at a secret screening last January, en route to a $250- million worldwide box office and growing award season haul — festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth talked to IndieWire about their process for finding films for Sundance’s 39th installment (January 18-28) with similar breakout potential, even if the 2018 Sundance slate is less sprawling than its predecessor (104 films vs. 113, culled from 29 countries).

Read More:Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

Here’s our breakdown of this year’s thematic trends and hot buys.

African-American stories

“We saw a real increase in [stories told from] the unique perspective and experience of African-American males in American society right now,” said Cooper, citing four of the 16 films in 2018’s U.S. Dramatic Competition alone: “Monster,
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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues

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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues
Ten months after the Sundance Film Festival debut of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” — which terrified and delighted festgoers at a secret screening last January, en route to a $250- million worldwide box office and growing award season haul — festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth talked to IndieWire about their process for finding films for Sundance’s 39th installment (January 18-28) with similar breakout potential, even if the 2018 Sundance slate is less sprawling than its predecessor (104 films vs. 113, culled from 29 countries).

Read More:Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

Here’s our breakdown of this year’s thematic trends and hot buys.

African-American stories

“We saw a real increase in [stories told from] the unique perspective and experience of African-American males in American society right now,” said Cooper, citing four of the 16 films in 2018’s U.S. Dramatic Competition alone: “Monster,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Downsizing’: New Trailer Has Matt Damon Learning the Ups and Downs of Being Small

Paramount has released a new Downsizing trailer. Alexander Payne’s new film takes place where scientists have created a method of shrinking people to five inches tall, thus creating a new economy where a person’s financial worth goes much further. Matt Damon plays a financially strapped guy who decides to go small, but he’s left adrift after his wife (Kristen Wiig) bails once he’s had his procedure. The trailer inadvertently highlights the movie’s biggest problem, which is that for all the satire Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor are able to squeeze into their admittedly clever …
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
See full article at Indiewire »

Charitybuzz Launches Hollywood Auction: Reshoot Your Favorite Scene And More!

Charitybuzz is pleased to premiere its Hollywood Auction, providing access to Fall’s newest TV shows, the most anticipated movies, incredibly talented directors, screenwriters, producers, actors and more – bidders can step on set, snag a role, or get exclusive access to previews and premieres. The best part? It’s all to benefit worthy non-profit causes.

The Hollywood Auction is driven by Karma Automotive, and is part of the successful Charitybuzz Curates program, which has included themes like Broadway, Fashion, Golf and Music. The Charitybuzz Hollywood Auction is live Oct. 3-19, here.

“The Charitybuzz Hollywood Auction is more than a collection of entertainment items – it can give bidders unique opportunities to advance their careers and network with game-changers in the industry, and to do so while giving back to important causes,” said Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Chief Marketing Officer at Charity Network, Charitybuzz’s parent company. “We’re thrilled to bring these
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Downsizing Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

Alexander Payne’s Downsizing is a disappointingly shallow dive into a supremely interesting topic. As humanity continues to gunk up Mother Nature’s designs with smog and muck, Payne toys with eco-politics and reminds us that our world needs to be cared for if we’re to continue habitation – but then something strange happens. Characters are introduced, meatier discussions are sidestepped and intellectual debates deflate when one man’s soul-searching journey shifts into prime focus. Execution flips from a broader investigation to such a simple-minded view, losing grip of the magical sci-fi reality Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor dream up. A puzzle missing a few pieces, if you will – with viewers left visualizing the entire picture despite a few empty gaps.

Matt Damon stars as Paul Safranek, an Occupational Therapist with a permanent residency at Nebraska’s Omaha Steaks factory. He lives with wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) in his childhood home,
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2018 Best Original Screenplay Oscars Predictions

Who said original ideas are dead in Hollywood? This year the Original Screenplay race is at least 10 times more competitive than the Adapted Screenplay category. In fact, it’s so competitive that who makes this five may be a major indicator of your eventual Best Picture winner. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Guillermo del toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick

Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post

Anthony McCarten, “The Darkest Hour

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River

Almost there

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project”

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Simon Beaufoy, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

David Scarpa, “All the Money in the World

Edgar Wright, “Baby Driver

Longshots

Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon, “The Greatest Showman

Mark Boah, “Detroit”

Noah Baumbach,
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Downsizing Trailer Shrinks Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig

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Downsizing Trailer Shrinks Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer and photo for Downsizing, the latest from fimmaker Alexander Payne, which tackles the global issue of over-population in a very peculiar way. The title does not refer to downsizing on a corporate level, as it pertains to company-wide layoffs, but rather the downsizing, or miniaturization of every day people. While this gimmick has certainly been tackled before, Downsizing takes a global approach to a rather silly trope that has been used countless times in movies such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and even Marvel's Ant-Man.

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon
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Downsizing: the full trailer for new Matt Damon movie

Joseph Baxter Nov 3, 2017

Inventive comedy drama Downsizing, from Alexander Payne, has its new trailer

Update: Two months after its first trailer debuted, here's the new promo for Downsizing....

Previously...

While Matt Damon has provided his share of poignant movie roles in the genres of action and drama, every now and then he takes a conceptual, comedic-leaning risk (see the 2003 conjoined twin comedy Stuck on You). Indeed, his upcoming satire-laced dramedy Downsizing fits that bill, depicting a world in which economic woes have people desperately resorting to literally shrinking themselves down to size for a better bang for their cost of living buck.

It's from Sideways director Alexander Payne, and here's the new trailer for the movie...

Video of Downsizing (2017) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

Joining co-stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig in the Downsizing cast are Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikus, Rolf Lassgård, Ingjerd Egeberg, Udo Kier, Søren Pilmark and Maribeth Monroe.
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After Venice Raves, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Divides Telluride Audiences

After Venice Raves, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Divides Telluride Audiences
Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” has curiously registered as one of the most divisive films in Telluride this year. Curious because Payne is a recent favored son. He first attended the fest six years ago with “The Descendants” and has come back frequently, going so far as to serve on the Telluride board.

It’s not that favored sons (or daughters) are guaranteed a warm reception every time they return, and Payne himself noted at the film’s North American premiere Friday afternoon that he doesn’t take selection on the program here as a given. Nevertheless, asking around town as various festival goers catch up with his latest, it’s clear it’s not a slam dunk this awards season.

Some love it, finding it to be a complex juggling act as Payne deals in urgent social concepts with his and co-writer Jim Taylor’s trademark biting wit. Others have felt disengaged with the material, calling
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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed
Here’s what we’ve learned after one day at the Telluride Film Festival, which draws folks from all over the world to indulge in a Labor Day Weekend ritual of film gorging. Before boarding the Delta charter plane from Lax to Montrose, Colorado, the new Academy president, cinematographer John Bailey, admitted he hasn’t seen Telluride co-director Tom Luddy, or director Paul Schrader, since Schrader’s 1985 film “Mishima.” Schrader’s rigorously elegant “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke in his update of Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest,” is looking for a buyer, and distributors are eager to check it out here.

At the high-altitude opening day patron’s brunch, Rebecca Miller cheered on her “Maggie’s Plan” star Greta Gerwig, who is making her directorial debut with “Lady Bird.” Miller is at Telluride with a documentary about her father, playwright Arthur Miller.

After the brunch, so many
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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed
Here’s what we’ve learned after one day at the Telluride Film Festival, which draws folks from all over the world to indulge in a Labor Day Weekend ritual of film gorging. Before boarding the Delta charter plane from Lax to Montrose, Colorado, the new Academy president, cinematographer John Bailey, admitted he hasn’t seen Telluride co-director Tom Luddy, or director Paul Schrader, since Schrader’s 1985 film “Mishima.” Schrader’s rigorously elegant “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke in his update of Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest,” is looking for a buyer, and distributors are eager to check it out here.

At the high-altitude opening day patron’s brunch, Rebecca Miller cheered on her “Maggie’s Plan” star Greta Gerwig, who is making her directorial debut with “Lady Bird.” Miller is at Telluride with a documentary about her father, playwright Arthur Miller.

After the brunch, so many
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‘Downsizing’ Review: Alexander Payne Goes Big by Going Small and Slightly Overreaches

The formidable critic Anthony Lane once collectivized the archetypal Alexander Payne lead — that unmistakably downbeat beast — as the “beached male.” Matt Damon is certainly no such thing. Nor is his Paul Safranek, the character he plays in Payne’s new film, Downsizing, a remarkably uncharacteristic environmentally conscious sci-fi comedy that poses this question: in a world stretched to breaking point by overpopulation, food and water shortages, overflowing landfills, and so on: would our problems not be solved if we were all just a little smaller?

It’s a fine conceit from Payne and his long-time writing partner Jim Taylor, but one that poses far, far more questions than it hopes to answer. Viewers should perhaps not be too hard on themselves if their minds wander away from the theater (and perhaps Payne’s narrative) at times to consider all the possibilities of a place such as Leisureland, the miniature world
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