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9-Minute Video Essay Studies The Science Of Failure In Alexander Payne’s Films

10 July 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Alexander Payne has made a successful career out of losers. Whether it’s Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) in “Election,” Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) in “About Schmidt,” Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) in “Sideways,” Matt King (George Clooney) in “The Descendents” or Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) in “Nebraska,” the writer/director has crafted a dependable niche focusing on the […]

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- Will Ashton

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Meeting of minds by Anne-Katrin Titze

7 July 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Orchard's Paul Davidson, Morgan Neville, Yo-Yo Ma and Sony's Dennis Kooker Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Introducing Gay Talese, the author of The Voyeur's Motel (to be adapted for the screen by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks) and Morgan Neville, the Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom, at Lotos Club, created a Music Of Strangers conversation that lead to Alexander Payne's producer Jim Burke (Downsizing, The Descendants and Election) for A Beautiful Game, the Marx Brothers, Best Of Enemies, Keith Richards: Under the Influence and Joan Didion in Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A.

Gay Talese on The Music Of Strangers: "This is a major international film!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Darlene Love, Richard Gere and Barbara Kopple hosted the after party where Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki, Colin Jacobsen, Shane Shanahan, Joseph Gramley, Evan Ziporyn, Johnny Gandelsman, Sandeep Das, Abigail Washburn, Logan Coale, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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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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Fox News Prevails After Fec Votes Not to Punish Network Over Gop Debate

30 June 2016 5:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Democrats on the Federal Election Commission tried to punish Fox News for the way it selected candidates for last August’s presidential debate, but the network walked away unscathed. Stuart Gerson, who served as Fox News outside counsel on the matter, says that Fox will not be punished after the Fec closed the file on Thursday. “What this demonstrates is that there is a breakdown in the Fec,” Gerson told TheWrap. “As far as Fox is concerned, the case is over.” Also Read: Fox News on Pace for Most-Watched Year in Network History Republican presidential candidate Mark Everson, who did »

- Brian Flood

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The 20 Best American Political Films of the Last 20 Years

29 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Upticks in the volume or quality of movies about American politics aren’t particularly good news; historically, it’s a pretty reliable warning sign that things in the real world aren’t going so well. And so, in the 20 years since IndieWire launched, we’ve seen a barrage of great movies about American politics. Yay?

Watch enough of them, and it’s hard to imagine how this country actually functions (or endures). These films can form a grim echo chamber that might seem it leaves us with little to celebrate.

And yet, there’s real joy to be found if you know where to look. Many of these movies are comedies — our increasingly absurd times inspire increasingly absurd movies. “Wag the Dog” seemed like outlandish satire when it premiered in 1997, but 19 years later it feels like a stone’s throw away from the truth. On the other hand, if 1997 audiences »

- David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Eric Kohn, Steve Greene, Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Kate Halliwell, Sarah Colvin, Russell Goldman and Anne Thompson

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11 Good Movies to Watch on Hulu in May 2016

10 May 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

That’s right. Hulu.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles that can’t possibly be real, but I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.

Pick of the Month — Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)

South Korean cinema features no shortage of brilliant and brutal action thrillers, but while everyone knows about the likes of I Saw the Devil and Memories of Murder there are more than a few gems that have slipped through the cracks. Jang Joon-hwan’s long overdue follow-up to Save the Green Planet is a fast-moving, creatively violent mix of dark deeds and beautifully choreographed fights and stunts. There’s a wicked sense of humor running through it »

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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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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in May

2 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Summer's hottest days are still a month or two away, but streaming services are stockpiling material to keep us entertained indoors when it's scorching and sticky outside. May sees an influx of excellent Nineties movies, from the face-melting thrillers (literally) to political satires that seem more pertinent than ever. There'll be plenty of TV series to plow through, too, including the return of Netflix's addictive drama Bloodline and the long-awaited HBO Go debut of the channel's cult favorite Mr. Show. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to stream this month. »

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Links: The Beguiled, Real O'Neals, Celebrity Politics, and More

30 March 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Let's try to cover everything we haven't mentioned lately (whew). The biggest and most obvious is that Sofia Coppola, whose plans to follow up Bling Ring with a live action Little Mermaid are no more, is now supposedly working on a remake of the Clint Eastwood romantic drama The Beguiled (1971). The film will star two darlings of Tfe Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Plus Elle Fanning so Coppola already sold all the tickets to our crowd. The Clint role is as yet uncast.  They're said to be looking for a 'Chris Pratt' type but what this surely calls for is a watch of the original film to familiarize ourselves.

Let's do it together shall we? It's available on Amazon and iTunes so let's all watch it by April 8th or so and we'll discuss. Deal? 

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Reese Witherspoon Leaves Matt Damon's Downsizing, Here's Who'll Replace Her

30 March 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Every once in awhile a movie comes along that falls into the "so crazy it just might work" category. Alexander Payne’s Downsizing is one of those movies. It’s not about a company dealing with a workforce reduction, but rather about people who literally shrink themselves and move into communities where other smaller people now live. The cast recently saw a downsizing of its own as Reese Witherspoon had to leave the project due to a scheduling conflict. However, her role has now been taken up by former Saturday Night Live castmember, and future Ghostbuster, Kristen Wiig. Downsizing has been a project in development since at least 2008. Reese Witherspoon’s name had been attached to the film even back then, so this was obviously a project that interested her. Likely because Alexander Payne, who wrote Downsizing, was also responsible for her brilliant comedy Election. »

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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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Kristen Wiig replacing Reese Witherspoon in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing

29 March 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters) is joining the cast of Alexander Payne’s new comedy/drama Downsizing.

Wiig is taking over the lead female role in the film, after original star Reese Witherspoon (Wild, Election) had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. She will join her Martian co-star Matt Damon in the film, which starts production during the spring. Christoph Waltz (Spectre) is also starring.

Downsizing “tells the story of an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size and who moves to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.”

The film marks the third collaboration between Payne and Paramount Pictures, who produced his last film Nebraska.

Downsizing is scheduled for release in 2017.

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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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Kristen Wiig Replaces Reese Witherspoon In Alexander Payne’s 'Downsizing'

29 March 2016 2:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Alas, the "Election" reunion between Alexander Payne and Reese Witherspoon is not to be. While the actress came on board the filmmaker's social sci-fi satire "Downsizing" well over a year ago, a lot can happen in that time, and indeed, Witherspoon just can't carve out the space in her calender for the movie. Instead, the picture will function as a different kind of reunion. Deadline reports that Kristen Wiig has replaced Witherspoon in a leading role, and it will mark her second film with Matt Damon (though probably the first that will allow them some significant screen time together). Christoph WaltzAlec BaldwinNeil Patrick HarrisJason Sudeikis, and Hong Chau round out the cast of this one which follows an Omaha man in the not-too-distant future where humans are now able to shrink themselves to 1/8 their size as a means to battle over-consumption and the rapid depletion of earth's natural resources. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon In Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ After Reese Witherspoon Exit

29 March 2016 12:51 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Alexander Payne is setting Kristen Wiig to star with Matt Damon in Downsizing for Paramount Pictures. The lead role was originally to be played by Payne’s Election star Reese Witherspoon, but she has had to withdraw over scheduling. He then locked Wiig, the former standout Saturday Night Live performer who followed Bridesmaids with The Skeleton Twins, with the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters coming July 15. Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau are also set in a film… »

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Reese Witherspoon Turns 40! From Motherhood to Oscar, the Birthday Gal's 12 Defining Moments Through the Years

22 March 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Reese Witherspoon has a lot to celebrate. On top of her many accolades and most recent achievements such as landing a second Oscar nomination, working as a producer on the highly anticipated HBO series Big Little Lies, the star is celebrating a major milestone: her 40th birthday. But unlike some women dreading the big 4-0, Witherspoon welcomes the new decade. "Some women might feel nervous about turning 40, but Reese is not one of them," a source close to the star tells People. "She is in such a good place and couldn't wish for anything else." In honor of her 40th birthday, »

- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes

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Reese Witherspoon Turns 40! From Motherhood to Oscar, the Birthday Gal's 12 Defining Moments Through the Years

22 March 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Reese Witherspoon has a lot to celebrate. On top of her many accolades and most recent achievements such as landing a second Oscar nomination, working as a producer on the highly anticipated HBO series Big Little Lies, the star is celebrating a major milestone: her 40th birthday. But unlike some women dreading the big 4-0, Witherspoon welcomes the new decade. "Some women might feel nervous about turning 40, but Reese is not one of them," a source close to the star tells People. "She is in such a good place and couldn't wish for anything else." In honor of her 40th birthday, »

- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes

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Reese Witherspoon Is the Feminist Hero We Deserve

22 March 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy birthday to Reese Witherspoon—an actress, producer, entrepreneur, author, mother and feminist. The Oscar winner, who turns 40 today, continues to be one of our generation's most outspoken advocates for women's equality. Reese has never shied away from using the F-word to describe herself, and she attached herself to this cause long before it was the "cool" thing to do. Over the course of her career, Reese has played countless complex female characters. Remember Tracy Flick in 1999's Election? She was ruthless, yes, and scary, sure, but she was most definitely complex. And who could forget about Elle Woods, the obvious heroine of 2001's Legally Blonde? She wore a lot of pink »

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Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau Joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ (Exclusive)

10 March 2016 2:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau are on board to join Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon in Alexander Payne’s dramedy “Downsizing.”

Payne is co-writing with Jim Taylor, with Paramount to distribute.

The film will mark the third time Paramount and Payne have worked together, following “Election” and “Nebraska.”

Downsizing” tells the story of 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.

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

The film is expected to bow in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Waltz recently added Bond villain to his credits, starring as the antagonist to 007 in “Spectre.” He can be seen next as the »

- Justin Kroll

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Mindy Newell: It Doesn’t Know It’s A Game

1 March 2016 2:00 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Joshua/Wopr: “Shall we play a game?”

David (Matthew Broderick): “Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War.”

Joshua/Wopr: “Wouldn’t you prefer a good game of chess?”

David: “Later. Right now let’s play Global Thermonuclear War.”

Joshua/Wopr: “Fine.”

General Beringer (Barry Corbin): Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I’ve come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.

McKittrick (Dabney Coleman): I don’t have to take that, you pig-eyed sack of shit.

General Beringer: Oh, I was hoping for something a little better than that from you, sir. A man of your education.

Officer: Sir, it’s the President.

McKittrick: What are you going to tell him?

General Beringer: That I’m ordering our bombers back to fail-safe; we might have to go through this thing after all.

David (Matthew Broderick): “Is this a game or is it real? »

- Mindy Newell

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