Kristen Wiig Teams With “Nice Guy” Matt Damon For A ‘Downsizing’ Venture

DOWNSIZINGThe notion of shrinking yourself down to miniature size to increase the quality of your life is a fantastical notion that director Alexander Payne tackles with Downsizing. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig are the couple who are considering joining this liliputian universe.

“I have been a huge fan of Matt for a very long time,” said Wiig. “We have always met many times. We have mutual friends. I’ve just always wanted to work with him and I’ve heard he’s such a nice guy. That’s everything when you’re on set. He was amazing and he’s so funny. We joked around a lot and he’s great.”

As with most of Payne’s works, Downsizing is a pointed satire at our daily existence, and Wiig explains how the environment is a central theme to the narrative. Take a listen to Wiig’s comments below:

Downsizing, which features a Golden Globe nominated performance from Hong Chau, opens nationwide December 22.

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Alexander Payne Tackles Climate Change With Satirical Bent In ‘Downsizing’

DOWNSIZINGWhat would happen if overpopulation dramatically reduces Earth’s natural resources and the cost of living would skyrocket beyond measure? In director Alexander Payne’s latest feature Downsizing Norwegian scientists have discovered a process to shrink people to five inches tall. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) have decided to become part of this downsized community increase their net worth and enhance their quality of living.

Payne reteams with writer Jim Taylor for the film, and it’s their first writing collaboration since 2004’s Sideways. In the audio clip below, Payne explains why Downsizing, though it has a pointed message about climate change, is at heart a biting satire like his earlier works Citizen Ruth and Election (Taylor is also heard in the clip).

Downsizing, co-starring Golden Globe nominated actress Hong Chau, opens nationwide December 22.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” Robert Downey Jr. Russia Tour – Iron Man Fan ConventionMove over Eddie Murphy, there’s a new doctor in town. Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. will take on the popular role of Dr. Dolittle in the upcoming film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Stephen Gaghan will direct the film, which finds Downey in the titular role as the doctor with a knack for being able to communicate with animals.

Could we sell you on a film starring Kyle Chandler and Jason Bateman as siblings? Deadline reports that Game Night stars Chandler as Brooks, the more successful brother of Max (Bateman), who end up getting entangled in a real-life murder mystery during a gathering of couples. Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris have also been cast in the film, which is being created by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.

Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman have all signed on for She Came to Me. Deadline describes the film, written and directed by Maggie’s Plan director Rebecca Miller, as a comedic dramedy set in the world of contemporary opera and tug boats that cuts into the layer cake of American society with wit and heart.

Speaking of Amy Schumer, the actress-comedian has bowed out her plans to star in a live action film about the popular doll Barbie. Scheduling issues came into play, but Schumer has expressed her enthusiasm of the movie making it to the big screen.

Deadline reports that Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star in Richard Linklater‘s upcoming film, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? The film centers on a once famous architect who becomes a recluse, so much so that when she disappears, her husband and 15-year-old daughter conduct a search to determine her whereabouts. Wiig would play a high strung neighbor of Bernadette’s in the film

Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia have all been cast in Bent, a new film written and directed by Bobby Moresco. According to Deadline, the film follows discredited narcotics detective Danny Gallagher (Urban), who is out for revenge agains the man who framed him and killed his partner. Vergara stars as a ruthless government agent whose motives are unclear, while Garcia is Gallagher’s lifelong mentor who has fought corruption throughout his career.

Oscar-winner Brie Larson is now attached to star in Victoria Woodhull for Amazon Studios. The Room thespian will play the titular suffragette, who became the first female candidate to run for the presidency of the United States. Larson will also serve as a producer on the film.

Chris Evans, soon to be seen in Gifted, is set to star in Red Sea Diving Resort. Deadline reports that the Gideon Raff-directed drama revolves and the transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1981, with Evans playing the Israeli agent Ari Kidron who assembled the tame to help with the exodus on the ground.

Tika Sumpter, who turned heads as a young Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has joined the cast of The Old Man and the Gun. The film centers on a police officer (Casey Affleck) who becomes fascinated with a career bank robber (Robert Redford) with a history of prison breaks and the commitment from a woman who loves him despite his profession. Sumpter will star as Affleck’s wife in the film. Danny Glover and Sissy Spacek have also been cast in the movie.

Issa Rae, the breakout star of HBO’s Insecure, has landed a role opposite Bill Hader in the new film Empress of Serenity. Hader plays a man named Sheldon whose attempts to woo back his ex-wife get derailed when his widowed father guilts him into a cruise. Rae plays Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit who both aids and becomes an obstacle in Hader’s plans.

Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have all joined the cast of Who We Are. Deadline reports that Matthew Newton is directing the film, which centers on convicted felon (Nicholson) who strikes up an alliance with a public defender (Roberts) that comes in handy when she decides to try to get back the son she lost when she went to prison for manslaughter.

Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of the upcoming Predator reboot. Shane Black, who helped pen the original film decades ago, will be directing the movie, which stars Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Jacob Tremblay among others.

Mike Epps and Bruce Willis are set to star in Acts of Violence, their second film together in the past year. The action flick centers on vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to free a loved one. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also star in the film.

Variety reports that Nicolas Winding Refn is set to produce a remake of the 1988 cult classic, Maniac Cop. The film would be set in present day and would focus on one cop’s attempt to uncover the truth about one of her fellow officer’s role in the murders of several innocent people.

The Libertine is on hold! According to director Brett Ratner, the film about a 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss, has been put on hold while star Johnny Depp deals with events in his personal life. Ratner told EWThat was a movie I was going to direct next. I put it on hold. Johnny had some issues with his divorce and stuff. So we pushed it off. There’s another movie I’m going to direct. I’m hoping in 2017. I’m very excited about that. I know what it is but don’t want to say what it is yet.”

Denise Richards and Mischa Barton have signed on to star in the horror film The Toybox. The supernatural thriller centers on a family on a cross-country trip who get stranded in the desert by a force that is slowly picking them off. According to Deadline, Richards plays the mother of the family, while Barton is another traveler who gets caught up in the carnage.

Outbreak on the Big Screen: Batman, Dark Matter, Lost In London Live + More


Though Ben Affleck recently stated he would take time with the next Batman film until a script is ready, in a new interview with Variety he stated that the movie would begin shooting this spring. “We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together,” he said. “We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.” The film is expected to arrive in 2018.

Roland Emmerich has begun talks with Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of the Blake Crouch book Dark Matter. Deadline reports the sci-fi thriller follows a quantum physicist who gave up his dreams for family life. But things take a turn when he’s abducted introduced to a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully-recognized technology. In the new world, he never married and had a son, but his journey finds him attempting to get his life back.

Woody Harrelson has signed on to direct and star in a different kind of project. Lost in London LIVE is viewed as a feature film event, with the movie being shot live in London in real time and being broadcast live to theaters in the U.S. Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson are also attached to the project, which will be shot and broadcast on Jan. 19. The film centers on Harrelson as himself as he struggles to get home to his family after run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law. After the live event, the film will go into post-production and be released as a feature film. The cinema broadcast will go live in 550 U.S. theaters on Jan. 19 at 9PM ET / 6PM PT through Fathom Events.

According to Deadline, Saturday Night Live vets Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are attached to develop an original movie musical based on the book Everything Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are on board to write the film score. The book reveals how corporate America employed Broadway talent to take part in shows that motivated sales forces and educated employees on products.

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Zach Galifianakis Laugher ‘Masterminds’ Hits Blu-Ray In January

masterminds4A film I’m definitely looking forward to checking out is Masterminds, a comedy that hits Blu-ray and DVD January 31st via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The picture didn’t light the world on fire at the box office (just $17 million), but there’s a a few big reasons why this flick might be worth your time.

The picture, which is based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, centers on a group of misfits who make off with $17 million in cash. Zach Galifianakis is David Ghantt, the armored truck driver who is lured into this criminal operation by his work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and her collaborator Steve (Owen Wilson). Jason Sudeikis co-stars as a hitman who is just one of the people who are on David’s trail.

Along with the aforementioned actors, the film also boasts a talented filmmaker in Jared Hess. Although he burst onto the scene with the smash hit Napoleon Dynamite, Hess has a refreshingly eccentric and oftentimes subtle approach to comedy (for evidence, check out his underrated 2015 comedy Don Verdean). Though his narrative style doesn’t always equate with monumental box office success, each of his films have refreshingly been left of center. Hess didn’t pen Masterminds, and it will be interesting to see how he works with material that wasn’t self-generated.

The Blu-ray and DVD come with the featurette “The Imperfect Crime.”

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