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First look image from Alexander Payne’s new film Downsizing

12 August 2017 8:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first image from director Alexander Payne’s upcoming sci-fi comedy drama Downsizing featuring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig; take a look below…

Downsizing imagines what might happen if overpopulation and climate change [prompt] Norwegian scientists to discover how to shrink people down to five inches tall and propose, very earnestly, the population’s two-to-three-hundred-year transition from big to small,” states Payne, whose credits include Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska.

Downsizing is set for release on December 22nd and features a cast that includes Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Maribeth Monroe and Jason Sudeikis. »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Downsizing’ First Look: Matt Damon Shrinks Himself for Director Alexander Payne

11 August 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In the future, Matt Damon can become five-inches tall thanks to Norwegian scientists. That’s the premise of Alexander Payne‘s (Nebraska) next film, Downsizing, in which overpopulation has led to people shrinking themselves to live a “bigger” life in a “bigger” home and help the environment while they’re at it. After Sideways, Payne wrote the script with Jim Taylor, […]

The post ‘Downsizing’ First Look: Matt Damon Shrinks Himself for Director Alexander Payne appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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‘Downsizing’ First Look: Alexander Payne Shrinks Matt Damon in His Sci-Fi Oscar Contender

11 August 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the most highly anticipated movies of the fall film festival season is unquestionably Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.” The movie, Payne’s first since earning six Oscar nominations for “Nebraska,” is the ambitious story of a man and wife who decide to shrink themselves down in order to cut back on economic spending. Unfortunately for the man, his wife backs out at the last minute.

Read More:Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing,’ Starring Matt Damon, Will Open Venice Film Festival

Payne has never crafted a movie quite on this scale before, nor has he ever attempted to try out the science-fiction genre. Footage was shown at CinemaCon earlier this year and critics went wild over what they saw. The movie is opening the Venice Film Festival at the end of this month, a premiere slot which has gone to the likes of Oscar powerhouses “La La Land,” “Gravity,” and “Birdman” in recent years. »

- Zack Sharf

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

24 July 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Principal photography underway in Savannah, Georgia.

Armory Films has announced that John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and Yelawolf will join the cast of The Peanut Butter Falcon.

The film directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz centres on Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life.

One day he breaks out and takes to the road to try to find his hero, a retired wrestler named The Salt Water Redneck. Along the way Zak experiences adventure and danger, and joins forces with a desperado crab fisherman and a kind nurse. 

The cast also includes newcomer Zachary Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern.

Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole are producing and financing the film, alongside Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, T Bone Burnett, Lije Sarki, and David Thies. Burnett will also »

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal Join Shia Labeouf in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

24 July 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and Yelawolf have joined Shia Labeouf and newcomer Zachary Gottsagen in the adventure-drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern were cast in the film last month. Gottsagen, who is the inspiration for the film, will play the principal character of Zak in the movie, which will be directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz from their own script.

The pic made headlines earlier this month when Labeouf was arrested for public drunkenness, obstruction, and disorderly conduct while filming in Savannah, Ga.

The story follows Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from the nursing home where he lives to pursue a career as a professional wrestler and attend the Saltwater Redneck wrestling school. Through circumstances beyond their control, a small-time outlaw also on the run (Labeouf) becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally.

Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole will produce and finance »

- Dave McNary

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Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing' to open Venice

15 July 2017 4:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig star in comedy from Sideways director.

Alexander Payne’s Downsizing will have its world premiere as the opening film of the 74th Venice Film Festival (Aug 30 – Sept 9).

Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig, the comedy follows a Us couple who undergo a controversial procedure, developed as a response to the world’s overpopulation crisis, that shrinks human beings to five inches tall.

Sideways and The Descendants director Payne co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor, who also produced alongside Payne with Mark Johnson. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Diana Pokorny, and Jim Burke.

Last year’s Venice opener was Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, which went on to win six Oscars. The slot has regularly been an early indicator for awards season success, having previously housed Birdman and Gravity. »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing,’ Starring Matt Damon, Will Open Venice Film Festival

14 July 2017 2:48 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Look for Matt Damon to turn up on the Lido this year on August 30. That’s because he stars in writer-director Alexander Payne’s comedy “Downsizing,” which will open the Venice International Film Festival, in competition. And Paramount is putting its money down that Payne’s latest will come out of the fall festival season as one of the top contenders in this year’s Oscars race. Payne also directed Oscar contenders “Sideways” and “Nebraska.”

Damon plays an ordinary suburbanite who convinces his wife (Kristen Wiig) to go small– and buy into a richer lifestyle. So they get shrunk. Laura Dern, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis costar.

Paramount may well decide to take Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” to Venice as well, if not Italy resident George Clooney’s “Suburbicon.” Venice is the first of the fall festivals to launch the official awards season, with Telluride and Toronto on its heels. »

- Anne Thompson

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Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing,’ Starring Matt Damon, Will Open Venice Film Festival

14 July 2017 2:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Look for Matt Damon to turn up on the Lido this year on August 30. That’s because he stars in writer-director Alexander Payne’s comedy “Downsizing,” which will open the Venice International Film Festival, in competition. And Paramount is putting its money down that Payne’s latest will come out of the fall festival season as one of the top contenders in this year’s Oscars race. Payne also directed Oscar contenders “Sideways” and “Nebraska.”

Damon plays an ordinary suburbanite who convinces his wife (Kristen Wiig) to go small– and buy into a richer lifestyle. So they get shrunk. Laura Dern, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis costar.

Paramount may well decide to take Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” to Venice as well, if not Italy resident George Clooney’s “Suburbicon.” Venice is the first of the fall festivals to launch the official awards season, with Telluride and Toronto on its heels. »

- Anne Thompson

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Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ to Open Venice Film Festival (Exclusive)

14 July 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” will open this year’s Venice International Film Festival, Variety has learned. That coveted berth, on Aug. 30 against the unmistakable backdrop of Italy’s historic canals, puts the Paramount release at the top of this year’s buzziest offerings in the 2017 Oscars race.

The dark comedy centers on a man (played by Matt Damon) who wonders what his life would be like if he shrank himself. Laura Dern, Kirsten Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis round out the cast.

Venice has become a strong launching pad for awards season contenders. Last year, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” premiered there on its way to Telluride, Toronto and 14 Oscar nominations. And in the last five years, two other Academy Awards Best Picture favorites –“Birdman,” in 2014, and “Gravity,” in 2013 — bowed in Venice.

Payne is no stranger to the awards season circuit, as he’s made comedy-dramas “Nebraska,” “About Schmidt” and “Sideways,” all »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Film Review: ‘Ellipsis’

3 July 2017 7:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before Sunrise” goes Down Under in the modest yet affecting “Ellipsis,” during which two strangers discover the wonders of nocturnal Sydney and a little bit about each other. This improvised, quickly shot drama reps the feature film debut of David Wenham, working with executive producer Robert Connolly, who gave the actor his first short directing assignment in 2013’s Tim Winton’s “The Turning.” Their reputations — Wenham was featured in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise and “300” — should get the film onto the festival circuit, though theatrical will likely prove elusive.

While crossing an intersection with their heads buried in their mobile phone screens in Sydney’s bustling Central Business District, Jasper (Benedict Samuel) literally careens into Viv (Emily Barclay). Her phone shatters and he offers to pay for the damage, though the shopkeeper they find can’t promise a fix until eight the next morning.

Cut to some time together between these likable strangers. Turns »

- Eddie Cockrell

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'Designated Survivor': Virginia Madsen Will Not Return for Season 2

22 June 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

ABC's Designated Survivor is shaking things up onscreen for season two.

Co-star Virginia Madsen will not return to the Kiefer Sutherland starrer, the network confirmed Thursday after the actress shared the news on Twitter.

Madsen (Sideways) recurred during season one as Kimble Hookstraten, a congresswoman who was the political drama's other "designated survivor." The character provided one of many foils for Sutherland's President Tom Kirkman, though by season's end, Kimble had to settle for the position of secretary of education after initially gunning to be vice president.

On Twitter, Madsen left the door open for Kimble's potential return, <a »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Sandra Oh set to star in BBC America's 'Killing Eve'

13 June 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Female-led spy series created by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge will debut in 2018.

BBC America announced on Tuesday that Sandra Oh has been cast in the title role of the network’s eight-episode scripted series Killing Eve. 

Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Bbca’s Killing Eve centres on Eve, a bored pay-grade security services operative and Villanelle, an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. The spy action thriller follows the two women as they go head-to-head in a game of cat-and-mouse. 

The series produced by Sid Gentle Films comes from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of BBC UK and Amazon’s Fleabag, who will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris will serve as executive producers alongside Waller-Bridge.  

Oh has appeared in TV series such as American Crime and HBO’s Arli$$, but is most known for her Golden Globe-winning turn in ABC’s long-running drama Grey »

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Sandra Oh Joins BBC America Series From ‘Fleabag’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge

13 June 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two years after leaving ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Sandra Oh is taking another series regular job, this time on the forthcoming BBC America drama-thriller “Killing Eve,” THR reports. “Fleabag” creator and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the project, which centers on a psychopathic assassin and the woman tracking her down. The eight-episode series will premiere in 2018.

Read More: ‘Fleabag’ Season 2: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Confirms it’s Happening, Reveals Production Schedule

Oh will play the role of Eve, a security services agent who’s bored with her desk job and wants to be a spy. The assassin role of Villanelle has yet to be cast. Executive produced by London-based Sid Gentle Films’ Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris, the series is based on a group of novellas written by Luke Jennings.

“I am quivering with excitement about working with Sandra!” Waller-Bridge said in an interview with THR. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sandra Oh Joins BBC America Series From ‘Fleabag’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge

13 June 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Two years after leaving ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Sandra Oh is taking another series regular job, this time on the forthcoming BBC America drama-thriller “Killing Eve,” THR reports. “Fleabag” creator and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the project, which centers on a psychopathic assassin and the woman tracking her down. The eight-episode series will premiere in 2018.

Read More: ‘Fleabag’ Season 2: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Confirms it’s Happening, Reveals Production Schedule

Oh will play the role of Eve, a security services agent who’s bored with her desk job and wants to be a spy. The assassin role of Villanelle has yet to be cast. Executive produced by London-based Sid Gentle Films’ Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris, the series is based on a group of novellas written by Luke Jennings.

“I am quivering with excitement about working with Sandra!” Waller-Bridge said in an interview with THR. »

- Graham Winfrey

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After the Storm review – hardboiled family drama with a soft heart

1 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A gambling-addicted private eye spies on his ex-wife in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s drama, which, despite its grubby setting, is understated and delicate

The title of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new movie is ironic. The TV weather forecast says a typhoon is imminent, and the characters are subtly influenced by its inexorable approach. Situations are intensified and complicated. The drama is actually taking place before the storm, during the storm – or maybe instead of the storm. The period of rest the title appears to conjure up happens very late, if it happens at all. Yet there is no climactic storminess in the action.

After the Storm is a family drama, a 21st-century variation on the classic Japanese style of which this film-maker is now the international standard-bearer. The director has said he models himself on Mikio Naruse, rather than Yasujirō Ozu, although he is dissatisfied with both comparisons. It is a story »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Whoopi Goldberg & Giancarlo Esposito join ensemble-led comedy Shriver

12 May 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Word has reached the JoBlo news floor that Content Media has acquired the sales rights to an ensemble comedy project called Shriver.  Starring Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, The Color Purple), Giancarlo Espositio (Okja, Breaking Bad), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Divorce), Shriver tells the story of a loner mistaken for a renowned but reclusive... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf” Gets Picked Up by Showtime

12 May 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Smilf”: Mark Schafer/Showtime

Showtime has given a series order to Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf,” The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The former “Mr. Robot” actress is wearing many hats on the semi-autobiographical 10-episode comedy: she’s starring, writing, producing, and directing. The series is based on her short of the same name that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance in 2015.

Set in Boston, “Smilf” centers on a twenty-something single woman (Shaw) “whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood,” THR summarizes. Rosie O’Donnell plays Shaw’s character’s mother, her first-ever series regular role.

Shaw also previously wrote and directed “Too Legit,” which premiered at Sundance 2016. The short film is a satire about campus sexual assault and stars Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies”). Shaw told us that she wants the film to encourage people to think about the female experience — “the incessant victim-blaming. How pervasive our rape culture really is. What it must feel like to have your character assassinated after being assaulted. The dehumanization of women by both women and men. That rape and the commodification of women is a systemic problem, and we need massive change — everything from the way women are depicted in video games to the lack of female characters on the shows my son watches. That this runs deep, that inequality and subtle sexism contribute to rape culture, that rape culture is real and it’s fucking sad.”

Shaw’s collaborators on “Smilf” include Janice Williams (“Confirmation”) and Michael London (“Sideways”).

“It’s thrilling to find an artist with a strong, singular voice that is new to television,” Gary Levine, president of programming at Showtime, commented. “Frankie literally does it all on ‘Smilf’: writer, producer, director, and star, and the results are funny, emotional, surprising, and unapologetic.”

The series will premiere on Showtime in the fall.

Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf” Gets Picked Up by Showtime was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Cannes: Whoopi Goldberg Joins Cast of Comedy Project ‘Shriver’

12 May 2017 2:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whoopi Goldberg is set to join Toni Collette, Giancarlo Esposito and Thomas Haden Church in “Shriver,” a comedy of mistaken identity being introduced to buyers at Cannes by Content Media.

The film, directed by Michael Maren, turns on a loner (Church) who is mistaken for a famous author at a literary conference and who falls for the conference organizer (Collette). The man nearly pulls off the deception before the real author shows up and causes havoc.

The screenplay, by Maren, is adapted from the novel “Shriver” by Chris Belden. “From the very beginning we just loved the clever premise,” Jamie Carmichael, Content’s president of film said.

Josh Kesselman and Alfred Sapse of Thruline are producing.

Goldberg won an Oscar for her role in “Ghost.” Collette and Church were Oscar-nominated for their roles in “The Sixth Sense” and “Sideways,” respectively. Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) stars in “Okja,” one of two Netflix »

- Henry Chu

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Smilf, Co-Starring Rosie O'Donnell, Ordered to Series at Showtime

11 May 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Here’s one TV show President Donald Trump won’t be watching: Showtime has ordered to series the half-hour comedy Smilf, co-starring Rosie O’Donnell.

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Based on the Sundance Jury Award-winning short film of the same name, Smilf stars Frankie Shaw (Mr. Robot) as Bridgette, a twentysomething from the south side of Boston “whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood,” per the network synopsis. O’Donnell will play Tutu, Bridgette’s mother, who is described as “completely oblivious to social convention. »

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Showtime Picks Up 'Smilf' Comedy to Series From Frankie Shaw

11 May 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Showtime is adding another comedy to its roster.

The premium cable network has handed out a series order to Smilf, based on Frankie Shaw's short film of the same name. The 10-episode comedy will debut in the fall.

Picked up to pilot in August, the comedy is set in Boston and takes a raw and honest comedic look at a single, twenty-something from Southie whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood.

Shaw stars, writes, produces and directs the semi-autobiographical comedy alongside Michael London (Sideways) and Janice Williams (Confirmation), with Lee »

- Lesley Goldberg

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