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Film Review: ‘Red Christmas’

27 July 2016 3:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ozploitation weighs in on the abortion debate with “Red Christmas,” in which an unsuccessfully terminated and hideously deformed fetus returns two decades later to wreak havoc during his family’s already volatile Yuletide celebration. Starring and co-produced by horror icon Dee Wallace (the original “The Hills Have Eyes,” “The Howling” and “Cujo,” not to mention the more family-friendly “E.T.”), the film is an energetic, candy-colored romp through genre tropes that manages to take its subject matter seriously while poking fun at itself at the same time. Following a lusty debut at the Sydney Film Festival, the title will be a natural fit for genre gatherings and ancillary.

In her sprawling rural estate (the film was shot on location in the verdant Southern Highlands of New South Wales), widowed yet spirited matriarch Diane (Wallace) has managed the not-insignificant task of gathering her disparate offspring and their partners to a Christmas Day feast. »

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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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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 »

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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, »

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