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Matt Damon has landed an interesting role in Alexander Payne's next film that he calls Downsizing. The movie is described as a social satire in which "a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself." So it looks like we're going to see a little Matt Damon up on the big screen. There aren't any more details on the story at this point, but the little bit I do know has sparked my interest.
Downsizing was scripted by Payne and Jim Taylor. The two worked together on the Oscar winning screenplay for Sideways. They also wrote the script for the film About Schmidt. I'm a fan of the kind of films that Payne makes, which also includes Election, Descendants, and, most recently, Nebraska.
- Joey Paur
Matt Damon is currently preparing to shoot Ridley Scott's next movie, The Martian, based on the excellent novel by Andy Weir. Beyond that, he's also earmarked to return to the Jason Bourne franchise for a new movie, that will bring him back together with director Paul Greengrass.
In the midst of those, though, he's also set to squeeze in the new project from the brilliant Alexander Payne. Payne has already given the world the likes of Election, Sideways and Nebraska. His next film? That'd be Downsizing, and he's targeting Matt Damon for the lead role.
An interesting lead role too. The description of the film is that it's a 'social satire in which a guy realises he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself'. Which, by the sounds of things, »
Deadline reports that Matt Damon will star in Alexander Payne’s next movie. Payne, who will direct, co-wrote the script with Sideways and About Schmidt collaborator Jim Taylor. Entitled Downsizing, it’s described as “A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.” Unfortunately, it’s not about a guy who gets fired from a McDonald’s every day for a month. »
- Jesse David Fox
Back in 2009, Alexander Payne was close to beginning work on a movie titled Downsizing with Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon and Sacha Baron Cohen starring. Obviously that never came to be as Payne went on to direct The Descendents and then Nebraska, but he's finally coming back to the film which he wrote with his Sideways and About Schmidt co-writer Jim Taylor with Matt Damon set to star. Described as a social satire, the film tells the story of a man and his wife who decide their lives have gotten out of hand, and would be better should they have themselves shrunk down. Unfortunately for the man, his wife backs out at the last minute. There's no word on whether or not the script has changed in the last five years, but Witherspoon was previously attached to play a woman the lead character meets on his journey as a miniature person »
- Brad Brevet
Alexander Payne sticks to the real. Even with the biting satire of "Election," "Sideways’" melancholy sitcomisms, and the quirk "Nebraska," his films keep their feet on the ground. But there’s a high-concept side to Payne, a writer capable of penning "Jurassic Park 3" and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry." We’ll see those skills put to good use when his percolating script "Downsizing" finally comes to fruition with one of Hollywood’s most talented leading men. Deadline reports that Matt Damon will star in "Downsizing," a small-scale sci-fi drama co-written with Jim Taylor ("About Schmidt," "Sideways"). In the script’s early days of development, Reese Witherspoon and Paul Giamatti were in talks to star as a financially troubled married couple. Damon will likely take over the latter's part. "Downsizing" has all the makings of Payne’s "Eternal Sunshine" or "her." Previously described by the director as a deranged »
- Matt Patches
We first reported on the project back in March 2009, when the filmmaker had actors such as Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon and Sacha Baron Cohen attached to star. The project never moved forward, as the filmmaker went on to direct The Descendants just a few years later.
The story centers on a man (Matt Damon) who comes to the realization that his life would be much better if he shrunk himself. Alexander Payne co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor, who he won an Oscar with for writing Sideways. They also co-wrote the screenplays for Citizen Ruth, Election and About Schmidt, which were all directed by Alexander Payne.
Exclusive: Matt Damon will star in Downsizing, the next film from Alexander Payne. I’m told that Damon will take on this film, which is set at 2oth Century Fox, and that it knocks him out of the China-set Legendary Pictures epic The Great Wall, which will be helmed by Zhang Yimou. Downsizing was scripted by Payne with Jim Taylor, with whom Payne shared the adapted screenplay Oscar for Sideways. They are partners in Ad Hominem Enterprises, and their scripting collaborations also include About Schmidt.
Details on this project aren’t plentiful, but here’s a logline: Pic is a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Payne most recently directed the superb Nebraska.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Alexander Payne's career is full of movies, serious and otherwise, that are consistently some of the most sincere and entertaining films released. From Sideways and About Schmidt to The Descendents and Nebraska, every Payne film is worth repeated viewings. But, it has not been since Election that Payne has made a straight comedy. Downsizing may be that comedy. Deadline says Matt Damon will headline Payne's Downsizing which has a vague and bizarre synopsis. Pic is a social satire in which »
- Alex Maidy
Broadway’s most exhilarating rock concert burst onto the boards earlier this year when Neil Patrick Harris stepped into the silky fishnets of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, earning a Tony for the role and ushering the East German rocker into the hands of a new generation of fans. After Harris departed the show in August, The Book of Mormon veteran Andrew Rannells was tapped to fill Hedwig’s high heels. To say his turn is electric, heartbreaking, and wholly different from Harris’ would still be underselling the performance.
- Marc Snetiker
170 is the amount of days by which Adrien Brody (The Pianist) narrowly defeated Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) to become the Youngest Best Actor winner ever. Do you think both of them deserved their wins?
Adrien Brody (29) and Richard Dreyfus (30) are the 2 youngest Lead Actor winners
1977 Best Actor 2002 Best Actor Woody Allen, Annie Hall Adrien Brody, The Pianist Richard Burton, Equus Nicolas Cage, Adaptation Richard Dreyfus, The Goodbye Girl Michael Caine, The Quiet American Marcelo Mastroianni, A Special Day Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
The most hilarious thing about this statistic is that Adrien Brody is both the youngest Best Actor winner at 29 And the only twentysomething winner. Meanwhile "29" is actually the most common age to win Best Actress. These eight women all accomplished it and none of them were anywhere close to making a "youngest" list.
- NATHANIEL R
I had to stop and think about it. When was the first time I encountered Robin Williams? I'm pretty sure it was reruns of "Mork & Mindy" at a young age, if not the boisterous Oscar-nominated performance he gave in Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam." By then he had already dazzled countless audiences in "The World According to Garp." Whatever it was, like so many, it was the start of, as his widow noted in a release, "countless moments of joy and laughter" he would deliver for the next three decades of my life. And now, he's gone. It soon became erratic late night appearances with David Letterman and the like, as the movies flowed in. Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," for instance, or another, much more timid Oscar-nominated performance in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society." He continued to spotlight range and versatility in Penny Marshall »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Keaton ("Herbie: Fully Loaded," "White Noise") stars as the legendary nocturnal crime-fighter. Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") is the Joker, Batman's maniacal arch-nemesis, and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential," "9-1/2 Weeks") is Vicki Vale, the beautiful photojournalist with a passion for Batman's alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tim Burton ("Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). Featuring songs by music legend Prince ("Purple Rain") and a score by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy-winner Danny Elfman ("Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time, who also added Batman and the Joker to its list of 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains. Batman »
From "Citizen Ruth" and "Election" to "About Schmidt," "The Descendents" and "Nebraska," two-time Oscar winner and auteur Alexander Payne has gone from indie to mainstream and back again. Get a sense of his indie roots by watching his 1985 student short "Carmen," a silent film he made at the UCLA Film School. (Hat tip: Screencraft.) Deeply rooted in Americana, Payne's films toe the line between comedy and tragedy and while "Carmen" veers mostly on the side of comedy, there is some tragedy in the odd protagonist, much like the sad sacks in "Schmidt," "Sideways" and "Nebraska." Man, has he come a long way. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The 'stubbornly glum' Nebraska makes its chilly way to DVD. For warmth, look to France and Israel
Spring has finally sprung, though on the DVD front that means reliving the winter to some extent, as prestige releases from the colder months trickle down to the small screen. You certainly couldn't watch anything much less seasonal than Nebraska (Paramount, 15), Alexander Payne's stubbornly glum comedy of dreams, dementia and delusion in the midwest.
Shot in a kind of grey and white that doesn't even give its flat landscapes the distinction of severity, it's Payne's first visit to his home state since 2002's sardonic About Schmidt, and he hasn't got sweeter on it with time. As Bruce Dern's addled pensioner chases down the millions promised to him in a lottery scam, pestered by venal relatives and patronised by his immediate family, the film emerges as the director's bleakest satire yet of corrupted American communities. »
- Guy Lodge
Arc Entertainment, the studio behind last year's thriller-western "Sweetwater" (with January Jones), has acquired the North American rights to "Louder than Words," based on the true story of a couple who creates a renowned children's hospital following the death of their child. Directed by Anthony Fabian ("Skin"), the film stars David Duchovny ("Californication") and Hope Davis ("About Schmidt") as the Fareri couple who, after losing their daughter to rabies, created the now-famous Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center. “'Louder than Words' features an all-star cast and tells a powerful story of acceptance, love and deliverance,” Arc Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta said. “We’re thrilled to have this heartwarming film and look forward to exposing it to a wide audience.” "Louder than Words" played at the Hampton International Film Festival last October. A 2014 release date has not yet been announced. »
- Eric Eidelstein
June Squibb is lending her sizable acting chops to the upcoming second season of Lifetime's “Devious Maids.” The Oscar-nominated actress will play Velma, the mother of Genevieve Delatour (Susan Lucci) in a two episode arc. In addition to her Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award-nominated turn as the crotchety Kate Grant, Squibb's film credits also include “About Schmidt,” “Scent of a Woman” and “Meet Joe Black.” Also read: Lifetime Renews ‘Kim of Queens’ for Second Season (Exclusive) Squibb has also appeared on TV shows “Girls,” “The Millers,” “Getting On” and “Mike & Molly.” From executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, »
- Jethro Nededog
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