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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: 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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‘Downsizing,’ ‘Our Souls at Night’ Among 2017 Venice Film Festival Lineup

7 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The Venice Film Festival announced its competition calendar July 28, offering the star-studded lineup we have come to expect from one of the world’s most prestigious and renowned celebrations of cinema. The industry is already buzzing about the Oscars as it preps for the festivities in Italy, Aug. 30–Sept. 9. The world’s oldest film festival, Venice recently presented its 74th year’s program with an impressive list of films, including revered and controversial artist Ai Weiwei’s newest work, “Human Flow.” Other titles set to compete for the 2017 festival’s highest honor, the Golden Lion Award (the jury for which is headed this year by Annette Bening), are Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris; the latest from Guillermo Del Toro, “The Shape of Water”; and George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” starring familiar face Matt Damon, who appears in two of the 21 films in the international competition. »

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Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’: Everything You Need to Know About the Netflix Animated Series

26 July 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The internet is abuzz now that Matt Groening has confirmed he’s in production on “Disenchantment,” his third animated television series after such legendary shows as “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” The former will be heading into its 29th season this fall, while the latter wrapped up its beloved seven-season run in 2013. But now we have a brand new Groening series to look forward to, one that will be highly bingeworthy given that Netflix is involved.

Read More: ‘The Simpsons’ Will Return to DVD After A Three-Year Hiatus, After Fans Demand It

Considering that both of Groening’s series had no problem exceeding the 100-episode mark (“The Simpsons” is currently sitting high with 618 episodes under its belt), it’s safe to assume he’ll be in business with Netflix for quite some time. While more details are bound to arrive between now and the series’ premiere date, here’s everything we »

- Zack Sharf

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Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’: Everything You Need to Know About the Netflix Animated Series

26 July 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The internet is abuzz now that Matt Groening has confirmed he’s in production on “Disenchantment,” his third animated television series after such legendary shows as “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” The former will be heading into its 29th season this fall, while the latter wrapped up its beloved seven-season run in 2013. But now we have a brand new Groening series to look forward to, one that will be highly bingeworthy given that Netflix is involved.

Read More: ‘The Simpsons’ Will Return to DVD After A Three-Year Hiatus, After Fans Demand It

Considering that both of Groening’s series had no problem exceeding the 100-episode mark (“The Simpsons” is currently sitting high with 618 episodes under its belt), it’s safe to assume he’ll be in business with Netflix for quite some time. While more details are bound to arrive between now and the series’ premiere date, here’s everything we »

- Zack Sharf

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Nat Faxon

20 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Many of the stars people love to watch in films and shows have extraordinary talent. However, some of these individuals have many talents beyond those that have brought them fame. While acting is a highly visible talent, some performers are also extremely gifted behind the scenes as well. One such individual is the incredibly versatile Nat Faxon. Faxon has emerged as a highly popular actor with appearances in films like Bad Teacher and The Descendants. However, many fans are unaware that he is perhaps even more talented behind the camera. In order to help fans better appreciate his abilities, here

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Nat Faxon »

- Timothy Hickey

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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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The Last Word Review

6 July 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Richard Phippen

So you’re reaching the end of your life, you wonder how you’re going to be remembered, if at all. Then you realise, everyone hates you. Your legacy is so utterly negative that your best hope is to be forgotten. What do you do? In journeyman director Mark Pellington’s film, based of first-time writer Stuart Ross Fink’s script, the answer is to write your own obituary.

Or at least, that’s what retired and rich businesswoman Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine) decides to do when she realises she doesn’t have much many miles left on her clock. Indeed, Harriet bullies local newspaper editor Ron (Tom Everett Scott) into sending his obits writer Anne (Amanda Seyfried) to meet Harriet at home, get to know her, talk to friends and family and focus a life story article on the good stuff. Sadly for Harriet, there’s »

- Richard Phippen

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First look at Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in ‘The Mountain Between Us’

30 May 2017 10:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

USA Today have given us our first look (above) at British thesps Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in the forthcoming The Mountain Between Us, which releases in cinemas later this year.

Here’s the official synopsis from the source material, the novel from Charles Martin.

On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says »

- Paul Heath

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‘Amerika Square’ and ‘Son of Sofia’ Bookend Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

30 May 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will open with the West Coast premiere of “Amerika Square” (pictured above), Yannis Sakaridis’ tragic story set in modern Greece as the country copes with dual crises of financial collapse and overwhelming immigration.

The fest takes place June 7-11 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It will showcase 13 features, 22 shorts, and 15 documentaries from the U.S., France, the U.K., Germany, Cyprus and Greece. This year’s program includes a record 40 premieres: 19 U.S., 10 West Coast, seven Los Angeles – and four world premieres.

“We carefully selected a program that embodies the 2017 festival theme, Building Bridges,” says Lagff head Aris Katopodis. “Each title represents creating a bridge – whether it is between relationships, races or countries, and the problems and triumphs encountered in reaching the goal.”

Amerika Square,” which won the Fipresci award at the 2016 Thessaloniki Film Festival, centers on an ensemble of characters: Nakos, a »

- Peter Caranicas

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Judy Greer Talks Directing for the First Time and How to Find a Story to Tell

5 May 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

First time filmmakers often struggle to assemble a noteworthy cast, especially if they’re working with a limited budget and a small-concept, character-driven script.

Not so for Judy Greer, whose directorial debut, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions,” which premieres at the Bentonville Film Festival Friday in Arkansas, features an enviable roster of high-profile names, from Allison Janney and Jennifer Garner to Common and Bradley Whitford.

“I had never worked with Bradley, I’d never met him, and he’d always been someone as an actor I’d wanted to work with my entire career,” says Greer, who stars in the Fxx series “Archer” and in the upcoming summer release, “War for the Planet of the Apes.” “I was like, f**k it, I’m putting him in my movie because if I can’t work with him as an actor I’m putting him in as a director.”

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- Malina Saval

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Kathleen Robertson to Adapt “The Possibilities” for Fox Searchlight

14 April 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Kathleen Robertson in “Boss

Writer-actress Kathleen Robertson has scored a promising gig. The former “Boss” star has signed on to adapt “The Possibilities,” Kaui Hart Hemmings’ follow up novel to “The Descendants,” for Fox Searchlight. Deadline reports that Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”) is planning to direct the project, which centers on a grieving mother who loses her son in an avalanche and forms a friendship with a mysterious young girl.

Alexander Payne’s 2011 adaptation of “The Descendants” won him and his co-writers on the project an Academy Award. The family drama received four other Oscar nods including Best Picture, and grossed over $175 million at the box office.

Robertson, whose acting credits include “Murder in the First,” “Bates Motel,” and the original “90210,” completed the Writers Guild’s Showrunners Training Program. The source writes that she “recently adapted the 1994 satire ‘Swimming With Sharks’ for E! with Kevin Spacey executive producing and has her own dramedy ‘Your Time Is Up’ set up at Lifetime with Christina Applegate set to star.” Both projects hail from Lionsgate TV.

Helen Estabrook (“Casual,” “Whiplash”) will produce “The Possibilities” along with Reitman.

Kathleen Robertson to Adapt “The Possibilities” for Fox Searchlight 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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Alexander Payne in La Greek Film Festival honour

12 April 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Auteur’s Downsizing to open in December through Paramount.

Alexander Payne will receive the 2017 Orpheus Award at the 11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival in June.

The award will be presented as part of the Orpheus Awards ceremony following the closing night film on June 11 in Hollywood. 

Alexander Payne was selected by the committee to receive this year’s honor because of his worldwide contributions to movies and his dedication to the preservation of its history,” festival director Aris Katopodis said.

“We are delighted to be among those who recognize his brilliance as a filmmaker and his dedication not only to the craft but the people that work with him. His ability to entertain and intrigue audiences worldwide is surpassed by none.”

Payne, the grandson of Greek immigrants and a native of Omaha, Nebraska, launched into directing with Citizen Ruth in 1996, and followed that up with Reese Witherspoon break-out Election.

His other films »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley to reunite in a survival drama

10 April 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Apr 11, 2017

Stars of the troubled Divergent films, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, now circle the survival drama Adrift...

The Divergent films kicked off with an auspicious 2014 offering set in a proven dystopian genre, adapting the allegorical Ya novels by Veronica Roth.

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However, they never quite ignited a lucrative Hunger Games-like fire as hoped and subsequent sequels in 2015’s Insurgent and 2016’s Allegiant arrived with minimal fanfare, resulting in an the would-be conclusion Ascendant essentially being shelved in favour of a television pilot being developed.

But now, two of the series' stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are set to reunite; they're circling a film called Adrift.

According to THR, Miles Teller is in negotiations to co-star in this survival drama, with the already-cast Shailene Woodley, who boarded the project back in February.

While the would-be »

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Matt Damon Shrinks in ‘Downsizing’ Footage Presented at CinemaCon

28 March 2017 6:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downsizing” seems certain to go down as Alexander Payne’s most bizarre film.

The director of “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” specializes in small-scale portraits of Midwesterners. He chronicles their daily lives, peeling back the curtain to show, usually humorously, the quiet desperation that lies behind their stoic facade.

Downsizing” is something different entirely. It’s funny, to be sure, but it’s also Payne’s first foray into science-fiction. Think of it as “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” with a deeper social message. Payne brought 10 minutes of footage from the film to CinemaCon on Tuesday, flanked by star Matt Damon. It was screened as part of Paramount Pictures’ annual presentation of its film slate to theater owners.

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The Oscar-winning writer and director cut an incongruous figure — looking downright professorial in a sports coat and sweater. The dress code at »

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Judy Greer: Making Wilson With Woody Harrelson And More!

21 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

For almost twenty years, Judy Greer has been one of the busiest actresses in every medium, whether it’s appearing in popular comedies like 13 Going on 30, Oscar fare like Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, or even unrecognizable as the ape Cornelia in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequel. Maybe Greer’s largest pop came when she was cast to play Will Arnett’s cross-eyed secretary Kitty Sanchez in Mitch Hurwitz’s popular show Arrested Development, and for the past few years, she’s also provided the voices for a couple characters on the popular animated show Archer.

Either way, it’s unlikely you haven’t seen Greer in hundreds of movies or TV shows over the years, as she keeps very, very busy, and yet somehow, despite that busy schedule, Greer has found time to put together a book and make her directorial debut with a comedy starring Common. »

- Edward Douglas

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Black History Month: Spotlight on Octavia Spencer

23 February 2017 11:40 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Steven Fenton

On February 26, 2012, Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her endearing performance as the feisty Minny Jackson in Tate Taylor’s The Help. With her win, Spencer joined an elite group, becoming just the sixth black actress to win an acting Oscar (and only the seventh overall, if you count Irene Cara’s Original Song win for Flashdance, since she also starred in the film). Prior to 2011, Spencer had worked steadily since the mid-90s, gaining a reputation as a warm and generous co-star and a beloved character actress. So her win in February 2012 felt like an authentic opportunity for the academy to recognize an industry favorite.

Spencer was an indomitable force in the 2011 awards season, snatching wins at the Critics Choice, SAG awards, Globe Globes, and BAFTA, and beating out a talented crop of women in sensational breakout performances, including: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids »

- Steven Fenton

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Exclusive: 'Big Little Lies' Author Liane Moriarty on the Power of Reese Witherspoon and That Twist Ending

19 February 2017 1:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Because of the time difference between L.A. and Australia, when Liane Moriarty hopped on the phone with Et this week, she was technically already one day closer to Sunday's premiere of Big Little Lies, the HBO limited series adapted from her best-selling novel. "It is getting nearer and nearer!" the author exclaims, then adds reassuringly, "I feel very confident everybody's going to love it."

It helps if you consider the talent behind the series: Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as Californian mothers whose seemingly perfect lives begin to unravel following an incident at first grade orientation, culminating with a murder. All seven episodes were written by 10-time Emmy winner David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and directed by Oscar nominee Jean-Marc Vallé (Wild). Moriarty discusses that powerhouse team, the changes made to her source material and why her husband hopes Jennifer Aniston stars in her next movie.

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The Case for Christ gets a new trailer

13 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pure Flix has released a new trailer for The Case for Christ, a religious drama telling the true story of Lee Strobel, an award-winning investigative journalist and avowed atheist, who applied his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife, only to result in unexpected and life-altering results.

In 1980, Lee Strobel’s award-winning investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home weren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity—pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith. Based on Strobel’s bestselling book of the same name, The Case For Christ is a dramatic and heartfelt telling of their compelling journey. Coming to theaters in 2017, this moving story is for everyone who has ever pondered the existence of God… »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Everything in My Life Has Changed Over Time’: How George Clooney Decided He Wanted to Be a Dad

9 February 2017 1:55 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

George Clooney and his wife Amal are expecting twins later this year.

While some costars have spoken out in the past about how great a father he would be, the renowned actor wasn’t always thinking about parenthood — at least, not for himself.

“I think it’s the most responsible thing you can do, to have kids. It’s not something to be taken lightly,” Clooney told People in 2006 for his second Sexiest Man Alive cover story. “I don’t have that gene that people have to replicate. But everything in my life has changed over time.”

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