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This story first appeared in the Nov. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Deep into 2004, as the Oscar race was coalescing around just a few pictures, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator looked like the film to beat. It was classy, it was a period piece, it had a roster of top-notch performances, it was directed by America's most acclaimed filmmaker and its subject matter was near and dear to Hollywood's heart: Howard Hughes. Sure, Alexander Payne's Sideways and the biopic Ray looked like they might give it a run for its money. But both were small in scale, unlikely to
- Stephen Galloway
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
Need more proof Marvel controls the world? This week the movie studio even made Google (Google! of all companies) do their bidding when Marvel issued a subpoena to investigate the identity of a Google user named “John Gazelle” who may have been responsible for the low-quality leak of Marvel’s trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The subpoena alleges that “John Gazelle” may have uploaded the file to a Google Drive account, and they have now “commanded” Google to “produce at the time, date, and place set forth below the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects, and to permit inspection, copying, testing, or sampling of the material.”
Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter have copies of the court document. In it it’s clear that while the first request to produce documents was granted by the courts, Marvel was not granted the right to “permit entry onto the designated premises, »
- Brian Welk
Interstellar: Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic Interstellar opens wide tomorrow in theaters across the country, but it's already playing at select locations in 35 mm, 70 mm, and 70 mm IMAX. The latter format is freakishly huge, as a photo shared by a theater employee on social media makes abundantly clear. [Reddit] Downsizing: Matt Damon (above in 2012's Promised Land) will star in Downsizing, the next movie from Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne. The story follows a man who decides that he needs to shrink himself -- literally! -- in order to enjoy a better life; it's described as a social satire. Payne wrote the script with his Sideways collaborator Jim Taylor. [Deadline] The Hateful Eight: Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher, above...
- Peter Martin
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, »
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is said to be starring in "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross' $65 million-budget Civil War drama "The Free State Of Jones" at Im Global and Stx Entertainment. Filming begins in the first quarter of 2015 with Scott Stuber on board to produce.
Ross wrote the screenplay which follows Newton Knight, a Southern unionist who fled the battlefield and rallied Confederate Army deserters to his so-called Knight Company against the Confederacy. Knight went on to marry the former slave of his grandfather and is still a divisive figure to this day . [Source: Screen]
Damon plays a man who comes to the realization that his life would be much better if he shrunk himself. Payne and Jim Taylor co-wrote the screenplay. »
- Garth Franklin
Though he was developing the film in 2009, and even reached the casting stage, Alexander Payne put Downsizing aside to concentrate on The Descendants and Nebraska. It appears he’s finally ready to commit to the high-concept film and has Matt Damon attached to star.Payne wrote the script with Sideways partner Jim Taylor. Though there may have been changes along the way, the plot should still see a man low on money who decides that life would be a lot cheaper and easier if he underwent a procedure to shrink himself. Travelling through life as a tiny person, he meets a girl and a pint-sized foreigner. Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon and Sacha Baron Cohen were attached back in ’09, but this sounds like a new cast in the making.The film will see Payne dabbling in effects technology to a greater extent than ever before, with green screen and other tricks »
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
“Downsizing” has been written by Payne with Jim Taylor. The story centers on a man in the near future who realizes that he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself at a time when humans are able to shrink themselves to battle over-consumption and the depletion of earth’s natural resources.
Damon is repped by Wme. Payne is repped by CAA.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
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
EW has confirmed that Matt Damon will be starring in Alexander Payne's new film, Downsizing. The film, according to Deadline, is a social satire that follows a down-on-his-luck man who decides he can have a better life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself. It's set at 20th Century Fox and Payne's production company Ad Hominem Enterprises and will be written by Payne and Sideways co-writer Jim Taylor. EW has also confirmed that the film will pull him out of starring in Zhang Yimou's epic film, The Great Wall, which Damon was reportedly in talks to join. Damon »
- Teresa Jue
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
Passion project alert! Ok, so a thousand films are announced at the American Film Market and a lot of them are easy to sneer at or forget about, but this one is exciting. Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” is coming back to life with Matt Damon in the lead role. Payne had been developing the project since “Sideways," but because of its scale and technological issues—he wasn't wasn’t well-versed in the latter at the time—he shelved it and instead took on “The Descendants” and then “Nebraska.” Deadline, which broke the news, seems to have forgotten the logline, but we read the script ages ago. Below is what we wrote way back when as a kind of synopsis. Essentially, the film is a kind of dystopian satire with geo-political connotations, but much like Payne's work often is, it's personal and intimate. "Downsizing," after all, starts off in Norway and »
- Edward Davis
The year’s biggest rumour concerning Matt Damon’s future slate was undoubtedly the suggestion that he’d be returning to his career-defining franchise for Bourne 5. While that prospect had fans holding their breath for confirmation, the actor began eyeing up a role in Legendary Pictures’ The Great Wall. Per Deadline, we’ve now learned that Damon will no longer be scaling the infamous wall in Zhang Zimou’s China-based epic, as he’s in the crosshairs for Alexander Payne’s next pic, Downsizing.
As a matter of scheduling conflicts, the Oscar winner has bowed out of the Chinese zombie tale and has opted to board the indie darling’s next project. So far, there’s only a brief hint at what the story entails, but it’s enough to tantalize our cinematic tastebuds:
The pic is a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better »
- Gem Seddon
Matt Damon is adding yet another esteemed filmmaker to his incredible resume. After having worked with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Paul Greengrass, Anthony Minghella, Steven Soderbergh, Terry Gilliam, The Coen Brothers, etc., Damon is now poised to team up with Alexander Payne on the Nebraska filmmaker’s next project. Deadline reports that Damon will lead Downsizing, which is described as a social satire and revolves around a guy who “realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.” Payne co-wrote the film with his Sideways co-writer Jim Taylor, and the 20th Century Fox picture will be Payne’s next movie. More after the jump, including what other project this knocks off Damon’s schedule. Further plot details are unknown for Downsizing at this time, but I’m very curious to find out if the aforementioned “shrinking” is literal or figurative—could Payne be making his own Innerspace reboot? »
- Adam Chitwood
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
Each year, the All American High School Film Festival selects the best short films from student filmmakers across the country and showcases them for attendees at its annual, New York City-based festival. Moviefone is proud to call itself a partner of the festival, and this year, "Orange Is the New Black" star Alysia Reiner will be a judge and a presenter.
Reiner has worked across both TV and film for 15 years and has more than 50 credits to her name, most notably "Sideways" (2004) and, recently, "How to Get Away With Murder" (2014). Today, however, the actress stars on the acclaimed Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," playing Natalie Figueroa, the warden's assistant. With prison on Reiner's mind, Moviefone asked the beauty to give us her 5 favorite prison movies ever.
Check out the five picks below, complete with Reiner's commentary!
From October 24 - 26, the 2014 All American High School Film Festival will celebrate »
- Moviefone Staff
Legendary Pictures and Crackle have announced that Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops) is set to take on the role of Frank West in the upcoming feature project Dead Rising: Watchtower, which is based upon the popular video game series.
Set to feature in the cast alongside Riggle in the Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced adaptation are Harley Morenstein (Tusk), Keegan Connor Tracey (Once Upon a Time) and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War), along with Dennis Haysbert (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time) and Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die).
According to the official press release, Dead Rising: Watchtower will take place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. »
- Gary Collinson
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