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Showtime Plans Stephen Colbert Election Special; Renews ‘Homeland’

11 August 2016 2:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Showtime is looking to partner with Stephen Colbert to give election night viewers an alternative to news coverage.

The network is in talks to air a live election special hosted by the host from sister CBS’ “The Late Show.”

“Stephen wants to do it, I want to do it, the studio wants to do it,” Showtime president David Nevins told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It will be Colbert unfettered. He’s promised to say a few curse words, which is important. It’s something I’ve been trying to get him to do for a while. I think it will be great.”

The special will be shot on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” set and produced by the “Late Show” staff.

Nevins said the idea for the live election night special came out of the success of Showtime’s political series “The Circus,” which »

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Showtime Plans Stephen Colbert Election Special; Renews ‘Homeland’

11 August 2016 2:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Showtime is looking to partner with Stephen Colbert to give election night viewers an alternative to news coverage.

The network is in talks to air a live election special hosted by the host from sister CBS’ “The Late Show.”

“Stephen wants to do it, I want to do it, the studio wants to do it,” Showtime president David Nevins told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It will be Colbert unfettered. He’s promised to say a few curse words, which is important. It’s something I’ve been trying to get him to do for a while. I think it will be great.”

The special will be shot on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” set and produced by the “Late Show” staff.

Nevins said the idea for the live election night special came out of the success of Showtime’s political series “The Circus,” which »

- Michael Schneider

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Showtime Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Smilf,’ Based on Sundance Short

11 August 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime has ordered a new comedy pilot based on Frankie Shaw’s short film “Smilf,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Jury Award in 2015. Shaw will star, write, produce and direct the semi-autobiographical pilot, with”Sideways” producer Michael London, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky executive producing. “Smilf” will take a raw look at a single, 20-something whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood. The pilot will be produced by ABC Signature as a co-production with Showtime.

The announcement was made by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. at the 2016 Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour.

Frankie Shaw is a Boston-born writer, actress, director and producer currently based in Los Angeles. She starred in the original short alongside “Silicon Valley’s” Thomas Middleditch. Shaw also wrote and directed the 2016 short “Too Legit” starring Zoe Kravitz, which premiered at Sundance in 2016. She also recently wrapped a »

- Laura Prudom

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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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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. »

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American Gothic Ep: Whodunnit Merges With Gallows Humor, Artsy Easter Eggs

21 June 2016 5:09 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Just as CBS’ other summer launch asks “What’s Eating Washington?” (answer: alien bugs), American Gothic in a way asks, “What’s eating the Hawthornes?” (answer: the secret that a serial killer’s roots may have sprung in their own, well-manicured backyard).

RelatedAmerican Gothic on CBS: Read TVLine’s Review

Premiering Wednesday at 10/9c, American Gothic follows a prominent Boston family — lorded over by Mitchell and Madeline Hawthorne (played by Homeland‘s Jamey Sheridan and SidewaysVirginia Madsen) — as daughter Allison (The Knick‘s Juliet Rylance) launches a run for mayor. Simultaneous with that proud event, however, siblings Cam »

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1 Great Fellowship for the Actor-Writer

27 May 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Looking to create your own vehicle to success? Tangerine Entertainment, a production company founded to support women in film, is now accepting applications from female actor-writers for the Tangerine Fellowship until the regular deadline on July 1 and the last-minute deadline on August 1. Recipients will receive one full year of mentorship, a ticket to the 2017 Spring Writers’ Retreat, a free copy of Final Draft 9—the industry standard for screenwriting—and more. This season’s mentors include Austin Chick (“Xx/Yy”), casting director Ellen Parks (“Secretary,” “Sideways”), Parts & Labor development executive Lauren Haber (“Adventureland”), award-winning creative and executive producer Paul Miller (“Lone Star”), and producer and production counsel Jonathan Gray (“The Birth of a Nation”). “We are pleased to expand our work with Stowe Story Labs and offer this important opportunity to emerging women writers,” said Tangerine partner and creative producer Anne Hubbell in a statement. “The Labs and Retreat help emerging »

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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, »

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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 »

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Phedon Papamichael Eschews Visual Flash for Authenticity, Humanity

20 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phedon papamichael might not have the name identification of such fellow directors of photography as Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki or Roger Deakins, but his status among his peers is no less elite. He has brought out the best in directors like Alexander Payne, James Mangold and Gore Verbinski. And he has demonstrated a mastery of several genres, from psychological thrillers to dramedies, from biopics to Westerns, from arthouse curios to mega-budget blockbusters.

If cinematographers like to think of themselves as chameleons, Papamichael prides himself on an oeuvre in which no two movies look alike.

“It’s not really applying a style, it’s really adjusting to the story,” says Variety’s latest Billion Dollar Cinematographer. “Not just that, it’s really saving all those decisions — (involving) the performances and locations and actors — until you have all the elements unfold in front of you the moment you’re about to do it. »

- Steve Chagollan

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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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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 2000s

3 March 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Diverse, awe-inspiring and memorable treasures that have sadly fallen off the radar

The noughties were a tough decade for film music fans. Not only was there the unprecedented loss of four great masters in the form of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris; the nature of the industry itself began to go through some seismic changes, not all of them for the better.

With the art of film scoring becoming ever more processed, driven increasingly by ghost writers, electronic augmentation and temp tracks, prospects looked bleak. However, this shouldn’t shield the fact that there were some blindingly brilliant scores composed during this period. Here’s but a small sampling of them.

25. The Departed (Howard Shore, 2006)

When it came to the sound of his Oscar-winning crime thriller, director Martin Scorsese hit on the inspired notion of having composer Howard Shore base it around a tango, »

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Berlin Review: The Surprising, Fond & Funny 'Saint Amour,' Starring Gerard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde & Vincent Lacoste

20 February 2016 11:48 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Has there ever been a comedy in which every single joke struck you as equally funny? Just curious, because if the worst thing that French directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's latest film, "Saint Amour" can be accused of is a certain reckless hit-and-miss quality, it's in pretty good company. A late-festival treat to wash away the brain grime accrued over the previous day's 8-hour Lav Diaz marathon, perhaps, or a sweet little bonbon served up as a reward for sticking around for this final weekend when so many others have skedaddled, its joyously tacky humor, and extreme, eccentric lovability, are a tonic and a trip. It shares narrative DNA with about half of the back catalogue of Alexander Payne, (equal parts "Nebraska" and "Sideways" with a faint of bouquet of "About Schmidt"), but "Saint Amour" is twice as funny as any of them, less than half as pretentious despite being ineffably. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Berlin Review: Funny, Big Hearted 'Saint Amour' Starring Gerard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde & Vincent Lacoste

20 February 2016 11:28 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Has there ever been a comedy in which every single joke struck you as equally funny? Just curious, because if the worst thing that Belgian directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's latest film, "Saint Amour," can be accused of is a certain reckless hit-and-miss quality, it's in pretty good company. A late-festival treat to wash away the brain grime accrued over the previous day's 8-hour Lav Diaz marathon, "A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery," perhaps, or a sweet little bonbon served up as a reward for sticking around for this final weekend when so many others have skedaddled, its joyously tacky humor, and extreme, eccentric lovability, are a tonic and a trip. It shares narrative DNA with about half of the back catalogue of Alexander Payne (equal parts "Nebraska" and "Sideways," with a faint bouquet of "About Schmidt"), but "Saint Amour" is twice as funny as any of them, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Guilds Awards’ Rare Split Results Keep Oscar Race Wide Open

16 February 2016 11:49 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For the first time in more than a decade, three of the industry’s major guilds — the producers, directors and screen actors — have split entirely different ways in handing out their top prize, keeping the awards season wide open as it heads into the final stretch.

To recap, “The Big Short” won the PGA honor — using the same kind of preferential ballot among its membership of more than 7,000 as Academy voters will use for the Oscars. “Spotlight” took home the SAG ensemble trophy from a group totaling more than 160,000. And “The Revenant” claimed the DGA prize from 16,000-plus voters.

Historically speaking, the DGA has been the top Oscar barometer. Only 14 times in 67 years has its awardee not seen his or her movie go on to win best picture, including a number of instances when the guild didn’t correctly predict the Oscar-winning director. The PGA has a smaller sample of 27 years to pull from, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Alexander Payne to direct adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Saga

10 February 2016 6:34 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Alexander Payne has already helmed a pair of on-the-road movies (Sideways, Nebraska), and according to Thompson On Hollywood, he has signed on for another road trip flick. The site is reporting that Payne is attached to direct My Saga, a big screen adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 2015 two-part New York Times Magazine travel essay of the same name. The articles (which you can check out here and here)... Read More »

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Alexander Payne To Direct Road Trip Flick 'My Saga'

9 February 2016 7:32 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you've had an ear tuned to the literary world over the past year or two, you'll likely have heard the name Karl Ove Knausgaard. He's the Norwegian author whose claim to fame is his six-volume, no-holds-barred, dirty-laundry-and-all autobiography "My Struggle," which has made him a sensation. Now, he better get ready for some more attention. Alexander Payne has signed up to direct "My Saga." The road-trip movie will be based on Knausgaard's travel writing for New York Times magazine, which saw him journey through the northern United States, retracing the steps the Vikings took through the country. His work was published across two parts which you can read here and here. It seems like a good fit for the filmmaker who has spun previous on-the-road stories in "Sideways" and "Nebraska." It's all early stages, and there's no writer attached yet, so this will be a while in coming. Next »

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Alexander Payne to Direct Norwegian Travel Tale ‘My Saga’

9 February 2016 5:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa are reteaming with “Nebraska” director Alexander Payne on Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s travel story “My Saga.”

Berger and Yerxa have acquired movie rights to Knausgaard’s New York Times Magazine articles, published last year, tracing the Vikings’ possible journeys from Newfoundland to Minnesota. Scandinavian producers Madeleine Ekman and Lizette Jonic at Zentropa Sweden are also producing.

Berger, Yerxa and Payne also collaborated on the 1998 comedy “Election,” in which Reese Witherspoon broke out as a comedy star.

Berger told Variety that he discovered Knausgaard’s article while on a flight to Scandinavia for a conference of independent producers and was able to start making the rights and producing deals during the trip. He also said that Payne’s ability to deliver road-trip comedies — “Nebraska,” “Sideways” and “About Schmidt” — convinced him that the director would be a good match.

“I think Alexander »

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