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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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Actresses Say Veteran 'CSI' Casting Employee Coerced Them Into Disrobing

Andy Henry, a veteran casting employee on CSI, was fired from the show and his own firm in 2008 after it came to light that he'd urged actresses seeking co-starring roles to disrobe during private, paid auditioning sessions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Some of them did so, feeling compelled to please a key gatekeeper for entry-level parts.

The situation has never been publicly disclosed. Henry has gone on to work on major studio films, including as a casting associate on Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Descendants, The Amazing Spider-Man and Elysium.

Five women — who...
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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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‘Downsizing’ Trailer: Matt Damon Goes on a Shrunken Journey of Self-Discovery

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‘Downsizing’ Trailer: Matt Damon Goes on a Shrunken Journey of Self-Discovery
Alexander Payne, the director of Election, The Descendants, and Nebraska, is doing something totally different for his newest movie. Downsizing – a film that features Matt Damon as a character who shrinks down to be only five inches tall – has the most fantastical premise he’s dealt with yet, but a brand new trailer for the movie has shifted […]

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

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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
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Watch George Clooney Choose Between His Famous Friends in "Who Would You Call?" Game

Watch George Clooney Choose Between His Famous Friends in
George Clooney has a lot of famous friends in Hollywood. In a new game with E! News' Sibley Scoles, the Suburbicon director picked which pals he would call on for various scenarios. For instance, the Ocean's Eleven actor said he'd probably call Brad Pitt over Matt Damon to babysit the twins if he was going on a last-minute date night with his wife Amal Clooney. "Brad's got six kids. How many has he got? Matt's got four," Clooney said, pondering his response. "I guess I'd have to go with Brad on that one. He's got more kids—better juggling." Some questions were easy for The Descendants star to answer. When asked if he'd rather take dance lessons from...
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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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Lifetime Achievement Award for Clooney by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-10-06 11:09:58

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

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
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George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
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
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Halloween reboot circles Judy Greer as Laurie Strode’s daughter

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

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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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Telluride: Cinephiles and Oscar Contenders Mingle in the Mountains

Telluride: Cinephiles and Oscar Contenders Mingle in the Mountains
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
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After Venice Raves, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Divides Telluride Audiences

After Venice Raves, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Divides Telluride Audiences
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
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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 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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Alexander Payne On ‘Downsizing’, Opening Venice & Snarky Tailors

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