From classics like “The African Queen” to festival breakouts like “The Incredible Jessica James” and unexpected gems like “I Give It a Year,” Netflix is filled with prime examples of all the loving, funny offerings the genre still has to offer.
Note: With the DVD and Blu-ray release of Downsizing this week, here’s a reposting of our review of the film from its earlier, overlooked by many, cinematic release.
One could argue that all of Alexander Payne’s major works – Election, Sideways, The Descendants et al – are about man’s search for meaning. Specifically, a middle-aged man’s search for meaning. And Downsizing, his most expansive and high concept film to date, is no different. It’s a movie about small people, but has a very big heart.
We have the driest opening imaginable: a science lecture. Dr Jorgen Asbjørnsen (Rolf Lassgård) presents a solution to humankind’s growing population crisis: shrink everyone to five inches tall so that they use a fraction of the resources of the “big” people.
The Annapurna Pictures film stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.
Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd, Skyler Gisondo, Noah Galvin, Diana Silvers, Mason Gooding, Victoria Ruesga, Austin Crute, Eduardo Franco, and Nico Hiraga also recently joined the ensemble.
The pic is being produced by Annapurna and Gloria Sanchez, Gary Sanchez Productions’ female-focused production banner. Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, and Megan Ellison are producing for Annapurna, while Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay are producing for Gloria Sanchez.
The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s overachieving characters, who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into a single night.
Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, and Jane Seymour will star in the Thanksgiving-themed comedy “Friendsgiving,” written and directed by Nicol Paone in her directorial debut.
Akerman will play a glamorous, newly divorced actor with Dennings as her recently dumped lesbian best friend and Seymour as her gorgeous Swedish mother. Together, along with their motley crew of close friends and strange acquaintances, they host a dysfunctional and chaotic Thanksgiving dinner.
Akerman is also collaborating with Ben Stiller as one of the film’s producers. The duo starred in the 2007 comedy “The Heartbreak Kid.”
Stiller will produce under his production banner, Red Hour, alongside Nicky Weinstock and Haroon Saleem. Endeavor Content is co-financing the project with Red Hour and handling global sales.
The film will also feature Aisha Tyler,
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Voice-Over Performer – Patrick Stewart
Voice-Over Performer – H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman,
Sources have confirmed Netflix’s $30m worldwide buy excluding China on the animation feature and Cannes market title Next Gen.
Screen understands that contrary to reports the deal was done prior to Cannes.
Kevin Adams and Joe Ksander directed the story of two friends in a world of robots. The film is based on the original comic 7723 by Wang Nima from Baozou, and Baozou is the producer and financier of the film. Tangent Animation also produces.
The voice cast features Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis, David Cross,
Cannes and Netflix have had a rocky relationship in 2018. The streaming giant removed all of its films from consideration for the festival after Cannes implemented a rule banning films without French theatrical distribution from competing for the Palme d’Or. The rule made Netflix-backed features ineligible to premiere in the Competition lineup, but it would’ve still allowed Netflix to debut titles like Orson Welles’ finished “The Other Side of the Wind” out of competition. The company didn’t budge and skipped Cannes entirely.
The deal is for worldwide rights to the film from first-time feature directors Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander. “Next Gen” is about two boys who become friends in a society populated by robots.
“Next Gen” will feature voice performances by Jason Sudeikis, Michael Pena, David Cross, Kitana Turnbull and Constance Wu.
CAA negotiated the sale, which was first reported by Deadline.
The animated feature is directed by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander. The worldwide distribution deal does not include China. The film features the voice cast of Jason Sudeikis, David Cross, Michael Peña and Constance Wu.
CAA Media Finance Group negotiated the deal that is one of the biggest deals to come out of the Cannes Film Festival so far.
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“Next Gen” tells the story of two unlikely friends in a robot-filled world. The movie is based on the original comic 7723 by Wang Nima from Baozou, and Baozou is the producer and financier of the film.
Netflix pulled out of submitting films to the Cannes Film Festival this year after organizers implemented a new rule that bans any films that don’t have theatrical distribution in France. The streaming company had the option to screen films out of competition.
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Deadline first reported the news.
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The streaming giant nabbed worldwide rights excluding China to the animated film Next Gen in a deal reportedly about $30 million. It also marks Netflix's first deal at Cannes after losing out to Focus Features for the opening-night film, Everybody Knows.
Featuring a voice cast led by Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis, David Cross, Michael Pena and Constance Wu, the film is directed by Kevin Adams and Joe Ksander.
“Marauders” helmer Steve C. Miller will direct the movie with Jeremy Drysdale penning the script. Courtney Eaton has also joined the cast.
The pic takes place over the course of two hours and follows a disgraced cop who is put in charge of finding the police commissioner’s kidnapped daughter, Penny, who’s trapped somewhere in the city and running out of time. With a deranged killer on his heels, Penny’s only hope is teaming up with an ambitious young online reporter who films the wild chase live.
McKenzie plays an antagonist in the film.
Myles Nestel and Craig Chapman will produce through Solution, which was behind the recently released “Kodachrome,” starring Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris.
McKenzie is best known for his role as police commissioner Jim Gordon in
Up TV has licensed cable rights from Disney/ABC to all eight seasons of the family sitcom “Home Improvement.” The series, starring Tim Allen, will air on Up Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Et and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Et, effective May 14.
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Viceland has begun production on the new series “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold,” a documentary show that aims to explore more potentially-implicating
Oscar-nominated actor Ed Harris stars in the new film “Kodachrome,” which hit Netflix last week after being acquired following a Toronto Film Festival bow in September. Alongside co-star Jason Sudeikis, Harris crafts a moving portrait of a professional photographer committed (to a fault) to his work. It’s built on a familiar father-son-reconciliation dynamic, but for Harris, the way into keeping those tropes fresh was simply playing it as honestly as he could.
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“I didn’t have any reference point of anything similar myself,” Harris says. “I’m sure I’ve seen something similar along the way, but to me, you get a script and that’s your
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