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Tribeca 2018: Alexander Payne Reflects On Why Downsizing “Tanked” and Talks Directing Jack Nicholson

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As part of the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca Talks: Director’s Series Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne took to the stage to discuss his career to date which includes seven feature films: Election, Citizen Ruth, Downsizing, The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt and Nebraska. Payne was joined by fellow Nebraskan, comedian and multiple Emmy-winning TV host, Dick Cavett.

Cavett asked Payne about the experience of directing the great Jack Nicholson on About Schmidt. “He made me a better director,” Payne revealed. “There’s a lot of pressure when you’re a director to say the right thing. First of all to figure out what you want, if there’s something you want and then the right thing to say and often you can’t think of the brilliant thing to say, the “actable” verb. You have to give a result or a line reading. Anyway, I would say something
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Easily Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted atop the national home video sales charts by a wide margin the week ended March 31.

The eighth numbered installment of the “Star Wars” saga and the ninth live-action film in the franchise took in $620 million at the domestic box office and $1.33 billion worldwide — making it the top earner released in 2017. The Rian Johnson-directed film easily took the No. 1 spot on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

Dropping to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, was Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which sold 29% as many copies as Last Jedi during the week.

Disney’s “Coco,” in its fifth week, moved up a slot to No. 3 on both charts.
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‘The Good Place,’ ‘Downsizing’ Among 2018 Environmental Media Award Nominees

‘The Good Place,’ ‘Downsizing’ Among 2018 Environmental Media Award Nominees
The Environmental Media Association announced the full list of nominees for its 28th annual Environmental Media Awards on Friday.

This year, the Ema Awards show will be held in Los Angeles at the Montage Beverly Hills on May 22. Fox, Sony, and HBO top the 2018 nominees with three nods each.

In the running for the feature film award are 20th Century Fox’s “Ferdinand” with voice stars John Cena and Kate McKinnon; Paramount Pictures film “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon; Sony Pictures Television’s “Flint,” which premiered on Lifetime; and Gerard Butler’s “Geostorm” from Warner Bros. Pictures, Skydance, and Electric Entertainment.
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‘The Good Place,’ ‘Downsizing’ Among 2018 Environmental Media Award Nominees

The Environmental Media Association announced the full list of nominees for its 28th annual Environmental Media Awards on Friday.

This year, the Ema Awards show will be held in Los Angeles at the Montage Beverly Hills on May 22. Fox, Sony, and HBO top the 2018 nominees with three nods each.

In the running for the feature film award are 20th Century Fox’s “Ferdinand” with voice stars John Cena and Kate McKinnon; Paramount Pictures film “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon; Sony Pictures Television’s “Flint,” which premiered on Lifetime; and Gerard Butler’s “Geostorm” from Warner Bros. Pictures, Skydance, and Electric Entertainment.

The Good Place” episode “Somewhere Else” and “The Blacklist” episode “The Invisible Hand” scored two nominations for NBCUniversal in the categories of television episodic comedy and television episodic drama, respectively.

The Ema Awards honor film and television productions and individuals who try to increase public knowledge of environmental issues and
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Alexander Payne in talks to direct The Burial for Amazon

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) is in talks with Amazon Studios to direct The Burial, a drama based upon the real life exploits of Mississippi personal injury lawyer Willie Gary.

A rags to riches, David vs. Goliath story, The Burial will follow Gary as he takes on the case of Jeremiah O’Keefe, the owner of a local funeral home who claimed to have been swindled by a major funeral conglomerate. Gary eventually won the case, and a $500 million settlement, later reduced to $200 million, earning him the nickname ‘The Giant Killer’.

The Burial was originally developed at Warner Bros., before being picked up by Amazon for its streaming service. Bobby Shriver, Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman are producing.

Payne’s last film Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, Hong Chau and Jason Sudeikis, was released back in December to mixed reviews.

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Alexander Payne Lines Up ‘The Burial’ With Amazon Studios

Director Alexander Payne is set to team with Amazon Studios for a new film called The Burial. Payne, whose last film was the movie Downsizing, which was met with a fairly mixed response, is officially in early talks to take the gig, so reports Deadline.

The trace blog says that the film is based on the true legal exploits of Willie Gary, a successful personal-injury lawyer from Mississippi. He takes on the case of Jeremiah O’Keefe, the owner of a local chain of funeral homes who claimed he had been swindled by a major funeral parlor conglomerate. The rags-to-riches lawyer turns it into a David vs. Goliath morality play.

Doug Wright wrote the screenplay.

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New to Streaming: ‘Fireworks Wednesday,’ ‘Downsizing,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)

The numerous financial forces that conspired to put Alien: Covenant on thousands and thousands of screens the world over have ensured that their investment will be sold, from the title on down, with more clarity and promise than its predecessor. Whereas 2012’s Prometheus was able to get by plenty well through mysterious marketing, a very rare is-it-or-is-it-not play with decades-old iconography, Covenant is being sold,
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Call Me By Your Name, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Phantom Thread and more hit the Cineplex Store this March!

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Call Me By Your Name, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Phantom Thread and more hit the Cineplex Store this March!Call Me By Your Name, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Phantom Thread and more hit the Cineplex Store this March!Adriana Floridia3/6/2018 10:07:00 Am

March has arrived, and with it, some of the year's best films are now at the Cineplex Store!

This month, you can catch up with award-winning movies like Call Me By Your Name and Phantom Thread, or you can watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi again and again....and again!

If you missed any of these when they played theatres, or if you simply want to watch them again, here are the titles that are coming to the Cineplex Store in March!

March 6th

Our pick of the week: Call Me By Your Name (Available to Buy)

Elio, Elio, Elio...if you've seen Call Me By Your Name,
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Oscars: A Season of #MeToo, Guns, Oprah Winfrey and, Oh Yeah, Awards

Oscars: A Season of #MeToo, Guns, Oprah Winfrey and, Oh Yeah, Awards
Decades from now, film lovers will remember 2017 as the year of “Stronger,” Jake Gyllenhaal, Hong Chau in “Downsizing,” Chadwick Boseman in “Marshall,” and great work by Luca Guadagnino, James Mangold, Alexander Payne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Giacchino. These are just a few of the names who serve as a reminder: Everyone who received an Oscar nomination deserves it, but a lot of deserving people were left out, for whatever reason.

For the entire 2017 awards season, Oscar remained a wide-open race. There is usually a front-runner, maybe two, for best picture. This year, at least five of the nine nominees seem like credible winners, which ensures suspense until the final envelope is opened on March 4. The best-film race includes movies that had been part of the awards conversation for most of the year, such as “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out,” as well as 11th-hour entries “The Post” and “Phantom Thread.”

But
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Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer And Mark Hamill Among Latest 90th Oscars Presenters

The Oscars are less tan two weeks away and that means it’s time for the Academy to announce more presenters for the 90th Academy Awards. Joining host Jimmy Kimmel on the Oscars stage will be none other than Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Mark Hamill (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Best Supporting Actor snub Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”), Oscar Isaac (“Life Itself”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”), Gina Rodriguez (“Annihilation”), Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint (“On The Waterfront”), Wes Studi (“Wind River”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Downsizing”) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”).
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Phedon Papamichael, Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer, to Direct Comedy ‘Good Company’ (Exclusive)

Phedon Papamichael, Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer, to Direct Comedy ‘Good Company’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, a regular collaborator with Alexander Payne, is to direct comedy “Good Company.” “Mudbound” producer Carl Effenson and Levan Koguashvili, director-producer of “Blind Dates,” are attached to produce, alongside Papamichael, Sergi Nakaidze and Irakli Rodonaya.

The film, whose tone Papamichael compares to Payne’s “Sideways” or Jim Jarmusch’s “Stranger Than Paradise,” centers on man from the Republic of Georgia who has business trouble, and a Greek man who suspects his wife of cheating. They meet at an Istanbul hotel and end up traveling across Turkey to Tbilisi in Georgia, and have a series of misadventures along the way.

The film, which will be co-produced by Sven Dagones, is being readied to shoot over 36 days on location in Georgia and Turkey, with production likely to kick off in the fall. The script is co-written by Papamichael and Dagones.

In a statement, Papamichael described the film as “a poignant black comedy about loneliness, love and obsessions:
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars
War for the Planets of the Apes”, which is predicted to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, defeated its four rivals — “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — at the Ves Awards on Feb. 13. All five were in the running for the Visual Effects Society equivalent of the Best Picture race: Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049” each reaped a leading seven bids at the 16th annual edition of these awards. The final film in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot won the most awards here (4), including that top prize while the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel took two.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” also prevailed for Best Character in a Photoreal Feature, Compositing and Effects Simulation.

In the 15-year history of the Ves Awards,
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Hey, Jimmy Kimmel: Here’s your Oscars opening monologue

Hey, Jimmy Kimmel: Here’s your Oscars opening monologue
Right about now, Jimmy Kimmel and his team are probably hard at work preparing his Oscars opening monologue. It’s a major challenge for them, as they may not be terribly familiar with the nominated films. Lucky for them, we derbyites are. And more importantly, we want to help make the 90th Academy Awards the best show of the century.

So Mr. Kimmel and company, here are 25 jokes custom-made for this year’s telecast. All you have to do is read and rehearse. The audience will take care of the rest. Remember, we give you full permission to use any and all of these zingers. And if you’re too proud to take someone else’s material, just say that you were handed the wrong monologue. Trust us, no apology will be necessary.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

1. Good evening and welcome to the Academy Awards.
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards preview: Oscar frontrunner ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ v. ‘Blade Runner 2049’

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards preview: Oscar frontrunner ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ v. ‘Blade Runner 2049’
“War for the Planets of the Apes”, which is predicted to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, will face off first against its four rivals — “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — at the Ves Awards on Feb. 13. All five are in the running for the Visual Effects Society equivalent of the Best Picture race: Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049” each reaped a leading seven bids for the 16th annual edition of these kudos. We are predicting that the final film in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot will win the most awards here, including that top prize.

We are predicting that “Dunkirk” will take home the supporting visual effects award over “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother!” and “Only the Brave.”

And we expect that “Coco
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Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya in Spotlight at Santa Barbara Virtuosos Awards

Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya in Spotlight at Santa Barbara Virtuosos Awards
Six breakthrough actors talked about their films, careers and awards Saturday at the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival’s Virtuosos Awards, but the show’s real highlights were Daniel Kaluuya offering his imitation of Will Smith, and Timothee Chalamet re-creating a voicemail message he got from Matthew McConaughey.

The festival saluted the two actors for their work in “Get Out” and “Call Me by Your Name,” respectively, plus Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Hong Chau (“Downsizing”), John Boyega (“Detroit”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”).

Each actor was brought out for a one-on-one conversation, with Blige talking about how amazing it was to see the many women behind the cameras on “Mudbound,” including Oscar-nominated d.p. Rachel Morrison. Boyega called “Detroit” the biggest movie he’s done, despite the “Star Wars” films, because “Detroit” represents “longevity” for his career. (And no, he doesn’t know the name of “Star Wars” No. 9 yet.)

Chalamet
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Lauded Writers and Producers Line Up for Santa Barbara Film Festival Panels (Exclusive)

Lauded Writers and Producers Line Up for Santa Barbara Film Festival Panels (Exclusive)
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present a number of tributes to Oscar contenders (among them “Darkest Hour” Oscar frontrunner Gary Oldman and “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan) as well as panels featuring the year’s most lauded film directors, producers, craftswomen, and screenwriters.

This weekend brings the annual Saturday Lobero Theatre “It Starts with the Script” panel, which I always enjoy moderating, with the writers behind the season’s Oscar contenders: Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”), Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”), Virgil Williams (“Mudbound”), Michael H. Weber (“The Disaster Artist”), Liz Hannah (“The Post”), Adrian Molina (“Coco”), and writer-director Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”).

And also per usual, this Saturday at the Lobero The Los Angeles Times writer Glenn Whipp will moderate the annual “Movers and Shakers” producers’ panel, with Peter Spears (“Call Me By Your Name”), Emma Thomas
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Test your knowledge of Oscar’s trailblazing minority winners and nominees [Quiz]

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Test your knowledge of Oscar’s trailblazing minority winners and nominees [Quiz]
Though the Oscars are celebrating 90 years, it still has a long way to go when it comes to recognizing minorities. Halle Berry remains the only black Best Actress winner, 16 years and counting. More than half a century on, Miyoshi Umeki is still the only Asian actress to win an acting award, and the academy missed the chance to nominate one this year with Hong Chau (“Downsizing”).

See Oscars 2018: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer are 14th acting group scoring back-to-back nominations

Berry and Umeki are just two of the Oscar pioneers who have opened the doors for their fellow black and Asian performers, even though no one else has walked through them yet. But as the industry and academy strive to be more inclusive, maybe those numbers will change before Oscar’s 100th birthday. This year, Denzel Washington — already the most nominated black actor at eight nominations (and
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Exclusive Photos: Neil Patrick Harris for ‘The Magic Misfits!’

Chicago – Neil Patrick Harris, just at the age of 44, is already a multi-generation entertainer. He began as a teenager on TV’s “Doogie Howser, M.D., generated laughs on “How I Met Your Mother,” and for awhile was a go-to awards show host. Now he’s an author, as he debuts his Middle Grade Series “The Magic Misfits!”

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com got Exclusive Photos of Harris at his book launch at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, Ill., sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Neil Patrick Harris for His Book ‘The Magic Misfits!’

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Harris was born and raised in New Mexico. After high school, he was discovered at a drama camp by playwright Mark Medoff, who cast the young actor in his first film when he adapted “Clara’s Heart” (1988). One year later he began a four season run
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Oscar snub explained: Did ‘Three Billboards’ director Martin McDonagh cast the wrong actress in a key role?

Oscar snub explained: Did ‘Three Billboards’ director Martin McDonagh cast the wrong actress in a key role?
There’s been a great deal of discussion about this year’s Oscar snubs, most of which can be explained. Steven Spielberg for “The Post?” A very good film, but perhaps too formulaic to be considered a real achievement in directing. Hong Chau in “Downsizing?” The film’s mediocre reviews and tepid ticket sales seriously downsized her prospects at the Oscars. James Franco in “The Disaster Artist?” The disaster hit right at the wrong time.

But there’s one omission that remains something of a headscratcher. How did Martin McDonagh miss out on a Best Director nomination for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri?”

He made the cut at the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, DGA and BAFTA Awards. His film over-performed most of the season, garnering the top prizes at the Globes and the SAG Awards. It was (and still is) considered a serious threat to nab the Best Picture Oscar.
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2018 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for Oscar winner among nominees [Updating Live]

2018 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for Oscar winner among nominees [Updating Live]
The 21st annual Art Directors Guild Awards took place on Saturday (Jan. 27). These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the outcome of the Best Production Design race at the Academy Awards. Over the first two decades of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the various categories.

Period film contender “The Shape of Water” is locked in a tight race with fantasy film nominee “Blade Runner 2049” to win the Oscar for Best Production Design according to our predictions. Two other period film nominees that are set in WWII — “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk” — sit in third and fourth place respectively — while fantasy contender “Beauty and the Beast” rounds out our top five predicted Oscar nominees.

Already the frontrunner for Best Production Design at the Oscars, “The Shape of Water” won in period over fellow Oscar nominees “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk.” That race
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