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Matt Damon to Star in Alexander Payne's Epic Masterpiece, 'Downsizing'


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Downsizing remains one of the great unmade movies in Hollywood. Alexander Payne, the acclaimed director behind Sideways, About Schmidt and The Descendants, has been working on the movie for over 10 years, describing it as "a large canvas, science-fiction social satire" and "an epic masterpiece".

Matt DamonMatt Damon will play the lead in Alexander Payne's Downsizing

The movie was originally set to star Paul Giamatti and Reese Witherspoon as an impoverished married couple who decide to shrink themselves. She pulls out of the deal after her husband has already undergone the procedure. Sacha Baron Cohen has joined the cast as a tiny Spaniard though Downsizing was shelved in favour of The Descendants and Nebraska. 

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Oscars 2014: 5 Reasons Why Alfonso Cuaron Will Win Best Director For 'Gravity'


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As we edge closer and closer to The Oscars on March 2, prices on the eventual winners are fluctuating less. Some favorites have settled: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club, Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Alfonso Cuaron in the Best Director category for Gravity. And we can think of 5 good reasons why the bookies have the latter nailed on.

GravityAlfonso Cuaron's Gravity is a technical masterpiece

1 - If Ang Lee’s Life of Pi win taught us anything…

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Picture - Alexander Payne - ****File Photo**... London United Kingdom, Friday 11th October 2013

Alexander Payne - ****File Photo** * 12 YEARS A SLAVE DOMINATES Independent Spirit Awards NOMINATIONS Critically-acclaimed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively. 12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title. Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now. Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon. Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie. To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than 0 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, - London, United Kingdom - Friday 11th October 2013

Picture - Alexander Payne - ****File Photo**... Hollywood California United States, Thursday 14th November 2013

Alexander Payne - ****File Photo** * 12 YEARS A SLAVE DOMINATES Independent Spirit Awards NOMINATIONS Critically-acclaimed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively. 12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title. Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now. Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon. Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie. To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than 0 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 14th November 2013

Picture - Ted Hope, Susannah Greason Robbins... San Francisco California United States, Thursday 14th November 2013

Ted Hope, Susannah Greason Robbins and Alexander Payne - The San Francisco Film Society presents their first annual Fall Celebration, which seeks to honor creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in cinema. This exclusive fundraising event marks the Film Society's entry into the national fall awards season, with proceeds benefitting SFFS year-round programs in exhibition, education and filmmaker services. - San Francisco, California, United States - Thursday 14th November 2013

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Ted Hope
Susannah Greason Robbins, Ted Hope and Sid Ganis
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Bruce Dern and Forte Snagged 'Nebraska' Roles, Ahead of De Niro, Cranston


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After taking it easy with the breezy yet assured The Descendants, Alexander Payne appears to have gotten back his social bite with Nebraska, his road-movie with a difference starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte.

Bruce Dern Will Forte NebraskaBruce Dern [L] and Will Forte [R] in 'Nebraska'

The black-and-white movie which found considerable acclaim at the festivals follows a tempestuous Missouri father (Dern) who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes. His son (Forte) grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. 

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