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How ‘Downsizing’ Dp Phedon Papamichael, Director Alexander Payne Stayed Intimate With the Actors

How ‘Downsizing’ Dp Phedon Papamichael, Director Alexander Payne Stayed Intimate With the Actors
Downsizing,” one of the opening night films at the Camerimage film festival, is the fourth collaboration between director Alexander Payne and cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. Unlike the other three – “Sideways,” “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” – this new mix of comedy, drama and sci-fi uses plenty of visual effects to tell the story of a future in which many people miniaturize themselves in order to enjoy a better life.

Papamichael, who introduced the film, shot on Arri Alexa cameras using older Panavision lenses. Here he reveals how he and Payne were able to maintain the director’s signature style even on a large-scale movie.

Alexander Payne is known for actor-focused, intimate films. “Downsizing” is a bigger movie with lots of visual effects. Was that a big change for him?

It was definitely an adjustment for Alexander. When he and I shoot, we don’t really storyboard or do shot lists, we just bring in actors and see how they move
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Matt Damon and Downsizing Show Audiences an Eerie (and Tiny) Future

Matt Damon and Downsizing Show Audiences an Eerie (and Tiny) Future
Have you ever thought what it would be like to be really, really small? Probably—at least after the requisite childhood viewing of Indian in the Cupboard. Have you ever thought about what it would be like if Matt Damon were really, really small? Probably not. But now you'll never have to wonder. Downsizing, the upcoming flick from Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne (the man behind Sideways and The Descendants), explores that very question. It stars Damon and Kristen Wiig as a husband and wife in a not-quite-dystopic and not-quite-utopic future in which a company has figured out how to shrink humans down to fit in the palm of what used to be your...
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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ is Paramount’s Last Big Hope, But It’s Stuck With Last Place

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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ is Paramount’s Last Big Hope, But It’s Stuck With Last Place
“Daddy’s Home 2” opens today with advance estimates around $20 million. That’s a modest number, but for Paramount that’s great news: Not since “Transformers: The Last Knight” in June has it seen a movie open to as much as $8 million, nor grossed above $18 million. The $69 million-budgeted comedy is a sequel to the original that grossed $150 million two years ago. (In this case, #2 at the box office was great: #1 was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”) The sequel reprises directing, writing and leads (Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell), with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow added as their intrusive fathers.

For Paramount, 2017 is the worst year in its history, and the release comes a week after in which two big news stories have rocked the studio. First, worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan resigned, with claims of gender discrimination. Then, Paramount faced the abrupt end of a billion-dollar film financing deal with Chinese investor Huahua,
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Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out Coming to Blu-ray & DVD This December

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Well Go USA is making sure that Santa Claus isn't the only one making house calls this holiday season, as they'll be releasing the Home Alone-esque holiday horror comedy Better Watch Out on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 5th.

Read on for more details in the official press release, and in case you missed it, read Heather's review of Better Watch Out, check out her interview with co-writer/director Chris Peckover, and read her fun chat with co-star Ed Oxenbould.

Press Release: Plano, Texas. (November 1, 2017) – Better Watch Out, the critically acclaimed horror-comedy that “puts the carnage into Christmas” (Entertainment Weekly), debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD December 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Holiday cheer and Home Alone get a decidedly dark spin when a babysitter must protect her charges from a terrifying home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), Better Watch Out stars Olivia Dejonge (Scare Campaign
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

  • Indiewire
It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
See full article at Indiewire »

50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’

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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’
Looking for a good read this fall? Skip a book and try a screenplay instead. Script Reader Pro has put together an incredible collection of 50 screenplays you can download right now for free. The database is categorized into five genres — drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action/adventure — and includes 10 films per genre. Scripts featured include classics like “Alien” and “Reservoir Dogs” and contemporary favorites like “It Follows,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Bridesmaids.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

For aspiring screenwriters, the collection provides a masterclass in learning the ins and outs of writing for the big screen from masters such as Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Oscar-winning screenplays for “Lost in Translation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “No Country for Old Men” are also available.

Click here to visit Script Reader Pro, where you can download all the screenplays for free.
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Lff 2017: ‘Downsizing’ Review: Dir. Alexander Payne (2017)

Downsizing review: Four years after the stunning Nebraska, Alexander Payne returns with this incredible, shrinking-man movie.

Downsizing review by Awais Irfan.

Downsizing review

Four years since his last film, the Academy-Award nominated Nebraska, and director Alexander Payne finally returns with a bang with his latest film: Downsizing.

Matt Damon is Paul Safranek, a kindly occupational therapist. Him and his wife, Audrey (Kristen Wiig), are looking for a new home but, strapped for cash and wanting more out of life, the pair decide to “downsize” – a new procedure that shrinks its subjects to around 4/5 inches tall, one that is affordable and also environmentally friendly. Payne is perhaps best known for telling very different, very character-driven stories and Downsizing is no exception. This is as original and rich a story as they come.

Of course, similarly to Sideways and The Descendants, Downsizing is hilarious. It boasts a very mature, smart sense of
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Downsizing Trailer Shrinks Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig

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Downsizing Trailer Shrinks Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer and photo for Downsizing, the latest from fimmaker Alexander Payne, which tackles the global issue of over-population in a very peculiar way. The title does not refer to downsizing on a corporate level, as it pertains to company-wide layoffs, but rather the downsizing, or miniaturization of every day people. While this gimmick has certainly been tackled before, Downsizing takes a global approach to a rather silly trope that has been used countless times in movies such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and even Marvel's Ant-Man.

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon
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‘Better Watch Out’ Sells Worldwide, Uphe Scoops U.K., Australia

‘Better Watch Out’ Sells Worldwide, Uphe Scoops U.K., Australia
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group (Uphe Content Group) has acquired Chris Peckover’s Christmas-set black comedy horror film “Better Watch Out” for distribution in the U.K., Australia and a string of other territories, from Paris-based banner Versatile.

Better Watch Out,” formerly known as “Safe Neighborhood,” has also been sold by Versatile to Constantin for all German-speaking, Wild Bunch for France, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Storm Pictures for South Korea, Shooting Stars for the Middle East, Green Media for Vietnam, M Pictures for Thailand, and Pioneer for the Philippines.

The deal with Uphe Content Group entails a theatrical release for the film in Australia and the U.K.

Produced by Storm Vision Entertainment and Best Medicine, “Better Watch Out” was previously acquired by Well Go USA for all North American rights. Xyz Films brokered the North American deal on behalf of the producers.

“We’re certainly thrilled to be working with Uphe Content Group
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‘Downsizing’ trailer, or ‘Honey, I Shrunk Matt Damon’ [Watch]

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‘Downsizing’ trailer, or ‘Honey, I Shrunk Matt Damon’ [Watch]
Writer-director Alexander Payne is known for his acerbic comedy-dramas and character studies like “Election,” “Sideways,” and “Nebraska,” which are generally set in the real world or something like it. So “Downsizing” looks on the surface like a sharp left turn for the filmmaker into the world of sci-fi. Watch the new trailer above. It’s not […]
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Downsizing: the full trailer for new Matt Damon movie

Joseph Baxter Nov 3, 2017

Inventive comedy drama Downsizing, from Alexander Payne, has its new trailer

Update: Two months after its first trailer debuted, here's the new promo for Downsizing....

Previously...

While Matt Damon has provided his share of poignant movie roles in the genres of action and drama, every now and then he takes a conceptual, comedic-leaning risk (see the 2003 conjoined twin comedy Stuck on You). Indeed, his upcoming satire-laced dramedy Downsizing fits that bill, depicting a world in which economic woes have people desperately resorting to literally shrinking themselves down to size for a better bang for their cost of living buck.

It's from Sideways director Alexander Payne, and here's the new trailer for the movie...

Video of Downsizing (2017) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

Joining co-stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig in the Downsizing cast are Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikus, Rolf Lassgård, Ingjerd Egeberg, Udo Kier, Søren Pilmark and Maribeth Monroe.
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We predict which #TIFF17 titles will go on to Oscar gold

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We predict which #TIFF17 titles will go on to Oscar goldWe predict which #TIFF17 titles will go on to Oscar goldAmanda Wood & Adriana Floridia9/6/2017 1:41:00 Pm

The fall film festival season is the official kick-off of the awards race.

It may seem early to be talking about a ceremony that won't happen until early next year, but let's be real: the films we see at the Toronto International Film Festival are trying to build buzz for one thing. Awards. And, we love watching quality films with amazing performances, so obviously we are all for that.

Tiff officially kicks off tomorrow, and it's hard to decide what to watch because the options are endless. If you're someone who likes being in the know about awards contenders, we've chosen eight films from the festival to keep a close eye on for each of the big eight categories at the Academy Awards.
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2017 Fall Movie Preview: Everything You Need to See

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2017 Fall Movie Preview: Everything You Need to See
Fall is a special time of year. Leaves slowly turn a different color. Daylight savings time gives us all a reason to fall back. And there are movies. Great, glorious, marvelously crafted movies! With the help of L.A. Weekly, we're breaking down exactly what you'll want to see and what you might not want to waist your time on over these last four months of 2017. Between It and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we're getting a lot of crazy, cool cinematic excursions, some Oscar hopefuls and others not so much. But whatever it might be, we're sure there is an audience out there for it somewhere.

Many people wait for this time of year. They spend the majority of their time watching all the hot new TV shows. But there will still be a reason to get out of the house on the weekends. As Hollywood is making one
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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed
Here’s what we’ve learned after one day at the Telluride Film Festival, which draws folks from all over the world to indulge in a Labor Day Weekend ritual of film gorging. Before boarding the Delta charter plane from Lax to Montrose, Colorado, the new Academy president, cinematographer John Bailey, admitted he hasn’t seen Telluride co-director Tom Luddy, or director Paul Schrader, since Schrader’s 1985 film “Mishima.” Schrader’s rigorously elegant “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke in his update of Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest,” is looking for a buyer, and distributors are eager to check it out here.

At the high-altitude opening day patron’s brunch, Rebecca Miller cheered on her “Maggie’s Plan” star Greta Gerwig, who is making her directorial debut with “Lady Bird.” Miller is at Telluride with a documentary about her father, playwright Arthur Miller.

After the brunch, so many
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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed
Here’s what we’ve learned after one day at the Telluride Film Festival, which draws folks from all over the world to indulge in a Labor Day Weekend ritual of film gorging. Before boarding the Delta charter plane from Lax to Montrose, Colorado, the new Academy president, cinematographer John Bailey, admitted he hasn’t seen Telluride co-director Tom Luddy, or director Paul Schrader, since Schrader’s 1985 film “Mishima.” Schrader’s rigorously elegant “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke in his update of Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest,” is looking for a buyer, and distributors are eager to check it out here.

At the high-altitude opening day patron’s brunch, Rebecca Miller cheered on her “Maggie’s Plan” star Greta Gerwig, who is making her directorial debut with “Lady Bird.” Miller is at Telluride with a documentary about her father, playwright Arthur Miller.

After the brunch, so many
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‘Downsizing’ Review: Alexander Payne Goes Big by Going Small and Slightly Overreaches

The formidable critic Anthony Lane once collectivized the archetypal Alexander Payne lead — that unmistakably downbeat beast — as the “beached male.” Matt Damon is certainly no such thing. Nor is his Paul Safranek, the character he plays in Payne’s new film, Downsizing, a remarkably uncharacteristic environmentally conscious sci-fi comedy that poses this question: in a world stretched to breaking point by overpopulation, food and water shortages, overflowing landfills, and so on: would our problems not be solved if we were all just a little smaller?

It’s a fine conceit from Payne and his long-time writing partner Jim Taylor, but one that poses far, far more questions than it hopes to answer. Viewers should perhaps not be too hard on themselves if their minds wander away from the theater (and perhaps Payne’s narrative) at times to consider all the possibilities of a place such as Leisureland, the miniature world
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‘Downsizing’ Early Buzz: Another Compassionate Comedy From Alexander Payne

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‘Downsizing’ Early Buzz: Another Compassionate Comedy From Alexander Payne
Attendees at Venice Film Festival just saw the new Alexander Payne film: Downsizing. The director began working on the sci-fi dramedy, which is set in a future where people are being shrunk down to five inches to combat overpopulation, after Sideways. Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor’s latest collaboration sounds like a deviation from their past work, but according to […]

The post ‘Downsizing’ Early Buzz: Another Compassionate Comedy From Alexander Payne appeared first on /Film.
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'Downsizing' Has Big Buzz Out of the Venice Film Festival

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Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor have been making movies of substance for decades, since 1996's Citizen Ruth. Their latest, Downsizing, about a man (Matt Damon) who decides to shrink himself to make his life easier, promises to be another entertaining and enlightening feature with socially minded subject matter. And yet again, the duo is garnering tremendous acclaim for their work.  While Payne and Taylor have seen negative reviews for writing ventures such as Jurassic Park III and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, their own movies, cowritten by both and directed by Payne (Citizen RuthElection, About Schmidt, Sideways), have an average Rotten Tomatoes score of 88.3%. If we include movies where Taylor is a producer but not writer (add...

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Downsizing Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2017)

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Downsizing Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2017)
Title: Downsizing Director: Alexander Payne Cast: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Maribeth Monroe and Jason Sudeikis. Thomas Robert Malthus had already predicted the perils of over population, back in the eighteenth century. The witty director of ‘About Schmidt,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘The Descendants,’ ‘Nebraska,’ Alexander Payne, seems to provide […]

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