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Lff 2017: ‘Downsizing’ Review: Dir. Alexander Payne (2017)

16 October 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

- Awais Irfan

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Clooney by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-10-06 11:09:58

6 October 2017 3:09 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Clooney received a Best Actor nomination for Up In The Air Photo: Paramount Pictures Actor and filmmaker George Clooney is to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award for his career.

Clooney, whose social satire Suburbicon - starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore - recently had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival, will receive the award on June 7, 2018.

Chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer said: "George Clooney is America's leading man. Director, producer, writer and actor - a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art's impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award."

Clooney is no stranger to accolades. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana and received Best Actor nominations for Michael Clayton, Up In The Air and The Descendants. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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George Clooney George Clooney Recipient Of 46th AFI Life Achievement Award

5 October 2017 8:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its sixth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Audi and Vizio return as Official Sponsors of the event.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him »

- Melissa Thompson

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George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

5 October 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Clooney will be the 46th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award, announced on Thursday, will be presented to Clooney on June 7 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast subsequently by Turner Broadcasting on TNT, followed by encore presentations on Turner Classic Movies.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Howard Stringer, chairman of the American Film Institute Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer, and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award.”

Clooney has won a best actor Academy Award for his role in “Syriana” and a best picture Oscar as a producer on “Argo.” He’s also received best actor Oscar nominations for “Michael Clayton,” “Up in the Air,” and “The Descendants”; directing and screenplay nods for “Good Night, and »

- Dave McNary

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Halloween reboot circles Judy Greer as Laurie Strode’s daughter

2 October 2017 5:07 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Oct 3, 2017

The Halloween reboot is set to cast Archer's Judy Greer as Karen Strode, the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis' character...

Like it or not, Halloween is getting yet another semi-reboot, semi-sequel. Despite having already been fully rebooted once, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s admittedly intriguing umpteenth Halloween reimagining is barreling along, and is now adding cast members. This includes Judy Greer as a character named Karen Strode.

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Indeed, EW was the first to report that Greer is close to signing onto the project to play the role of Karen, who will be the adult daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ returning (and iconic) Laurie Strode. Not much else is known about the role other than this »

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We predict which #TIFF17 titles will go on to Oscar gold

6 September 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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. »

- Amanda Wood & Adriana Floridia

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Telluride: Cinephiles and Oscar Contenders Mingle in the Mountains

5 September 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Maybe it’s the altitude, but the movies just seem better in Telluride, Colo., where the 44th annual Telluride Film Festival wrapped a lineup Monday that included Greta Gerwig’s splendid, semi-autobiographical “Lady Bird”; the best of the recent Churchill biopics, Gary Oldman starrer “Darkest Hour”; and two very different movies about genocide: Angelina Jolie’s Cambodia-set “First They Killed My Father” and Scott Cooper’s expensive, expansive western “Hostiles.”

Still, elevation doesn’t do much to explain why, of the three festivals that kick off the fall season — Venice, Telluride and Toronto — it’s the one with the best track record. Not only has Telluride either world- or U.S.-premiered eight of the past nine Oscar best picture winners (including both “Moonlight” and “La La Land” last year, though technically, only one of those counts), but the ratio of genuine discoveries to cinematic disappointments is impossibly high — an appropriate enough designation for a mountain town »

- Peter Debruge and Kristopher Tapley

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After Venice Raves, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Divides Telluride Audiences

3 September 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” has curiously registered as one of the most divisive films in Telluride this year. Curious because Payne is a recent favored son. He first attended the fest six years ago with “The Descendants” and has come back frequently, going so far as to serve on the Telluride board.

It’s not that favored sons (or daughters) are guaranteed a warm reception every time they return, and Payne himself noted at the film’s North American premiere Friday afternoon that he doesn’t take selection on the program here as a given. Nevertheless, asking around town as various festival goers catch up with his latest, it’s clear it’s not a slam dunk this awards season.

Some love it, finding it to be a complex juggling act as Payne deals in urgent social concepts with his and co-writer Jim Taylor’s trademark biting wit. Others have felt disengaged with the material, calling »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

2 September 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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 »

- Anne Thompson

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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

2 September 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Anne Thompson

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Downsizing Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2017)

30 August 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

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 […]

The post Downsizing Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2017) appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Venice Dispatch – Downsizing

30 August 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Happy to report: Alexander Payne has still got it. I would be first to admit that, while I fell in love with Payne after the one-two punch of make the »

- Zhuo-Ning Su

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Alexander Payne On ‘Downsizing’, Opening Venice & Snarky Tailors

29 August 2017 1:57 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Tomorrow, Alexander Payne's Downsizing will open the 74th Venice Film Festival. The Matt Damon-starrer marks a number of firsts for Payne, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind such great pics as Election, Citizen Ruth, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska. Not only has he never had a movie at Venice, he's never even been to the Lido event. As for any pressure of opening the fest, which has become a key launch pad for awards-season contenders… »

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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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