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Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today

Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today
Alexander Payne recently had a business lunch with Jason Blum.

It may seem like an odd pairing. Payne is an Oscar-winning auteur known for such salt-of-the-earth comedies as “About Schmidt” and “Nebraska,” films where moments of levity emerge from a kind of hardscrabble realism. Blum, the hugely successful producer behind “The Purge” and “Insidious,” is a mogul of the macabre. But Payne, after seven movies that largely center on middle-aged schnooks, says he’s done with dramatizing the foibles of the pocket-protector set. He’s ready to shake things up.

“I want to do something different,” Payne tells Variety during a recent interview at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters. “How fun would it be to do a horror movie? They’re all the rage right now, and they make a lot of money.”

Before Payne can team up with Blum, however, he’s got a film to release. That’s why he’s flown to New York
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Critics' Choice Awards 2018: Netflix, FX's Feud Lead TV Nominations

Critics' Choice Awards 2018: Netflix, FX's Feud Lead TV Nominations
Nominees for the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced Wednesday, setting the stage for a clash of the small-screen titans next month.

Though Netflix is leading the pack with 20 total nominations, it’s FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan that emerged as the most-nominated show, with five of its performers also scoring individual nods. FX’s Fargo and HBO’s Big Little Lies also fared well, earning five nominations a piece.

The winners — including those in the film categories, which you can read here — will be announced during a live ceremony airing Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8/7c on The CW.
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Now Casting: Join the Broadway Or National Touring Cast Of ‘School of Rock’ + 3 More Gigs

Today’s casting roundup will help you stick it to the man. The Broadway musical “School of Rock,” based on the film of the same name, is searching for Broadway and tour replacement cast. There are also background roles available in the Showtime drama “Billions,” and in two short films that take on society and culture. “School Of RockAndrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock,” currently on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, is now seeking actors for its Broadway and touring companies. A male actor, aged 18–40, is wanted to play Dewey Finn, the enthusiastic guitarist who gets thrown out of his bar band and poses as an elementary school teacher at an elite private elementary school. Basic guitar skills are required for the role. There are also several roles available for young talent, aged 8–12, who can play instruments or sing. There is an open casting call on Dec.
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - in praise of a profound and moving documentary

Ryan Lambie Nov 21, 2017

A documentary about Jim Carrey's method antics on the set of Man On The Moon turns out to be a profound and moving must-see, Ryan writes...

Why bother? It's a question occasionally worth levelling at the 'Method' - an immersive, all-consuming kind of acting created by the filmmaker and actor Konstantin Stanislavski. At its best, method acting brings us searing, self-searching performances like Robert De Niro's famous turns in Taxi Driver or Raging Bull.

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On the other hand, method acting can sometimes come across as needy and attention-seeking or, perhaps worst of all, a bit of a waste of time. For David Ayer's Suicide Squad, actor Jared Leto reportedly got so embroiled in his character,
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Inside the Unlikely Success of 'The Chris Gethard Show'

Inside the Unlikely Success of 'The Chris Gethard Show'
Could the next Johnny Carson be a comedian from West Orange, New Jersey with two Morrissey tattoos? "I know that's an unrealistic goal," Chris Gethard tells Rolling Stone with a bemused smile. "Is it gonna happen? Probably not. But why not try to take over, see what happens?"

Gethard, 37, is the creator and host of The Chris Gethard Show (Tcgs). "It's a show named after a guy and that guy's not in control," he says on the talkshow's zany, clubhouse-like set. Rolling Stone followed the comedian for a week leading
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Now Casting: Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Needs Actors to Portray Yale Alums In Formalwear + More Gigs

Today’s casting roundup is almost an embarrassment of riches. The Showtime drama “Billions,” starring Paul Giamatti, is currently seeking extras with formalwear for a scene in its third season. Plus, play background on NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” be a lead in a short love story, or take home a big chunk of change from a denim brand photoshoot! Showtime’S “Billions” Showtime’s “Billions” is currently seeking union and nonunion talent, aged 42 and older, to portray Yale Law School Alumni at a reunion scene. Actors must have their own formalwear (tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses for women) and be local to the NYC area. The production will shoot overnight on Nov. 3 in NYC. Union talent will be paid the SAG rate, and nonunion talent will receive $121 for 10 hours of work. Apply here! “Chicago Fire”NBC’S “Chicago Fire” continues its hunt for background actors for a variety of roles.
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Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny

Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny
Amy Sedaris is a comedy legend thanks, in part, to Jerri Blank. When Sedaris was in her mid-30s, she originated the “Strangers With Candy” role, playing a 46-year-old high school freshman who looked like she was pushing 60. She was “a boozer, a user, and a loser,” and it showed.

Now, Jerri still shows herself in ways good and not so good.

“[Today people] recognize you from Jerri, which means I’m starting to look like Jerri Blank,” Sedaris said in an interview with IndieWire. “So [that] just makes you feel old.”

But with fake age comes real experience. Though her most famous character barely starts to tell the story of an acclaimed sketch performer, playwright, advice columnist, and author, the series and its effect on modern comedy is undeniable.

Read More:Amy Sedaris is a Singing Martha Stewart in First Look at ‘At Home with Amy Sedaris

“I’ve seen a little
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Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny

Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny
Amy Sedaris is a comedy legend thanks, in part, to Jerri Blank. When Sedaris was in her mid-30s, she originated the “Strangers With Candy” role, playing a 46-year-old high school freshman who looked like she was pushing 60. She was “a boozer, a user, and a loser,” and it showed.

Now, Jerri still shows herself in ways good and not so good.

“[Today people] recognize you from Jerri, which means I’m starting to look like Jerri Blank,” Sedaris said in an interview with IndieWire. “So [that] just makes you feel old.”

But with fake age comes real experience. Though her most famous character barely starts to tell the story of an acclaimed sketch performer, playwright, advice columnist, and author, the series and its effect on modern comedy is undeniable.

Read More:Amy Sedaris is a Singing Martha Stewart in First Look at ‘At Home with Amy Sedaris

“I’ve seen a little
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Jim Carrey Becomes Andy Kaufman in Jim & Andy

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The film Man On The Moon apparently was not just about Andy Kaufman, but it truly featured Andy Kaufman, and I am contractually obligated to mention Tony Clifton as well.

In 1999 the world got to see Jim Carrey portray his hero Andy Kaufman in Man On The Moon about the life of legendary comic. What was never told was the intense behind the scenes happenings that went on during the filming of the biopic. Now Netflix has released the first look at their documentary entitled Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. Check out the Trailer below

Personally I am not much of a documentary fan. But this has my interest peaked beyond belief. With footage the studio never wanted to be released, to see the entire true story of Jim Carrey becoming Andy Kaufman. Carrey not known for being a method
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Netflix's Jim and Andy Trailer Has Carrey Possessed by Kaufman

Netflix's Jim and Andy Trailer Has Carrey Possessed by Kaufman
Netflix has released the first trailer for Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which will premiere globally on the streaming service Friday, November 17. While that's also the same day that Justice League hits theaters nationwide, this documentary won't exactly appeal to superhero fanboys, but for those who follow comedy lore, it's certainly shaping up to be a must-see film. This trailer comes just a month after Netflix acquired this Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere screening.

Director Chris Smith presents a fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey's time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of Man on the Moon documenting Carrey's transformation into Kaufman for four months, the new trailer for this Netflix documentary features interview footage with Jim Carrey in present day, who reveals that Universal Pictures,
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Tribeca’s First-Ever TV Festival Reflected Changing Tides for Women in TV

Queen Sugar”: Own

At least some women directors working on the small screen have packed slates. That good news came out at Tribeca’s first-ever, TV-only festival that ran from September 22–24 in New York City. Kyra Sedgwick, whose new ABC series “Ten Days in the Valley” had its premiere at the fest, told the audience that the opportunity to work with women drew her to the project, created by Tassie Cameron and executive produced by Marcy Ross, Jill Littmann, and Sedgwick. Having women directors on board was very important to her, too.

“When you hear the numbers [of female directors], you can’t help but feel responsible,” said Sedgwick. “The statistics are staggering and depressing. You need to make choices based on that knowledge.” So she and her creative team reached out to female directors, only to discover that they could not get as many as they wanted because the female directors they knew were all booked up. Four of the ten episodes ended up being directed by women, far better than the industry average.

A similar point was made about Own’s hit series “Queen Sugar,” which had its mid-season premiere at the festival. Creator Ava DuVernay, along with fellow executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer, committed from the outset to hire only female directors for the family drama. Though none of the seven directors DuVernay hired for Season 1 had the opportunity to direct for television before, an Own-tc spokesperson reported that all of them went on to direct episodes of other TV series following their gigs on “Queen Sugar.” That opened up the opportunity for eight new directors to come on board for Season 2 (along with “Daughters of the Dust” director Julie Dash and returning director Kat Candler, for four episodes), which had been DuVernay’s goal all along. “We always committed to a whole new slate of directors in Season 2,” DuVernay wrote in an email. “But it’s also true that all the Season 1 directors are very busy.”

The screening of “Queen Sugar” was packed. The saga of the Bordelon siblings — uber businesswoman Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), prickly investigative reporter Nova (Rutina Wesley), and new parolee Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) — as they carry on the legacy of managing their family’s Louisiana sugar plantation addresses pressing contemporary issues including police brutality, sexual assault, and Southern racism.

Asked in the panel discussion what it’s like to work with all female directors, Wesley said that women bring a special sensitivity, but added that should not imply weakness. “These women directors are fierce, they know how to run a set, too,” she emphasized. For Gardner, “It does something immediate, something physical to your system. It changes the game, creates an inclusive environment so that people open to ideas differently, listening differently, not assuming. It’s not a frat boy environment.”

“I don’t even remember how it feels to be directed by a man,” Siriboe admitted. “With women,” he said, “there’s meticulousness, an emotional resonance; they understand. And they want to talk about it — they want to get into the details, [and] want to make sure you’re good. It feels like a relationship.” Noting that he’s worked on 29 episodes so far, Siriboe added, “I feel like I’ve had 29 relationships.”

A fraught mother-daughter relationship figures prominently in “Queen Sugar’s” new season, as Charley’s mother, who we’ve heard about a lot about — and not in a good way — finally appears. Turns out, she’s white. The portrayal of their relationship is powerful not only for Charley, but for Gardner as well. “I’m biracial,” Gardner told the audience. “There’s an assumption about biracial and multiracial folks since Obama, that we’re all fine.” But growing up biracial wasn’t “all fine” for Charley or for Gardner. “It was a complicated experience around belonging, feeling apart from, [and] othered within your own family, and doing what you can to integrate yourself and reconcile yourself and being completely alone in that, even with your mother,” she revealed. For Gardner, “bringing that part of Charley’s story to the fore, it felt very, very vulnerable.”

A mother-daughter relationship also figures into the gripping, fast-moving thriller “Ten Days in the Valley.” The idea for the show about a driven TV producer and single mom Jane Sadler came out of creator Cameron’s recurring nightmare. In her dream, she would be working in her writing shed while her daughter was asleep — which Cameron assured us, she never, ever does when her daughter is asleep — and when she came back into the house, she’d have to get through a locked door and her daughter would be gone. That’s exactly what happens to Jane.

In the panel discussion, focus went to Jane’s moral character (she’s not averse to snorting some coke), especially as a mother. “I had to go through a lot of soul searching to write a character this complicated,” said Cameron, who found herself judging the character and herself. “It’s easy to write a male character with all of these flaws,” Cameron observed, “but it’s harder even for women to write women this way.” The other panelists defended flawed female characters like Jane, especially the tendency to judge a woman by her parenting skills. “Did we ever ask if [“Breaking Bad’s”] Walter White was a good father?” asked Sedgwick.

TruTV’s “At Home with Amy Sedaris” also screened at the fest. The series sees the “Strangers with Candy” actress playing different characters and showing off her wildly variable talents — like making “potato ships” out of paper, glue, sour cream, and potatoes — and entertaining guests, including Paul Giamatti, Jane Krakowski, and Justin Theroux. Think of it as a how-to, hospitality, cooking, and crafts show with what co-creator Sedaris described as a “Lawrence Welk-feel.”

An international perspective was represented in the Vr premiere of “Look But with Love,” a five-part documentary live-action series created by two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Tribeca made two episodes — both about women working for change in Pakistan — available. Tazzy Phe, one of three YouTube “Creators of Change” whose work was shown at the festival, also brought an international focus in her clever visual essay chronicling her journey to make peace with being a Muslim living in America and an American-Muslim visiting Pakistan.

As for how participants in this weekend festival felt about playing roles in the second — and more inclusive — Golden Age of television, the question was put most pointedly by an audience member during the “Queen Sugar” panel. “This is a very important show,” she said. “How does it feel to be a part of this revolution in TV with women and people of color, bringing fullness and realness to the screen?”

Gardner responded, “As an actor you yearn to see yourself, to have an opportunity to speak to your experience, your family’s experience, your neighborhood’s experience…to shine a light on what you find unendingly beautiful and dimensional…You miss it for so long, you’re hungry for it for so long, it’s almost a shocking experience [when you finally have it].” She added, “Thank you Ava, thank you Oprah …They are absolutely revolutionizing an industry, with no apology.”

Tribeca’s First-Ever TV Festival Reflected Changing Tides for Women in TV was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Mptf Hosts Star-Studded 11th Annual Evening Before Party

Television’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 11th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting Mptf (Motion Picture & Television Fund).

Stars Attend 11th Annual Evening Before Party

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The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from Mptf’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.

“The health and social service needs of our community continue to grow, especially during these last few years. The cost of delivering much-needed care can be overwhelming to Mptf’s resources, which makes events like the Evening Before more important now than ever,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg,
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo
[Editor’s note: The below contains major casting and minor plot spoilers for all of “BoJack Horseman” Season 4.]

The general rule with the “Hollywoo” satire “BoJack Horseman” is that you can assume any famous person mentioned by name is probably playing themselves. But beyond that, the show has a knack for lining up a fearsomely talented guest voice cast beyond its already stunning ensemble to play some of its most compelling roles, and Season 4 brought in an impressive array of new and semi-returning faces.

We’ve assembled the below guide to this year’s new characters, for that moment when you say to yourself “Wait, was that…?”

Read More:‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Princess Carolyn, and The Best Episode of Season 4 A few returning faces worth spotlighting

Katrina Peanutbutter, played by Lake Bell

Lake Bell is always a treat as Katrina, and Season 4 gave her plenty to do.

Stefani Stilton, played by Kimiko Glenn

We barely met Stefani during Season 3, but Season 4 let
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo

‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo
[Editor’s note: The below contains major casting and minor plot spoilers for all of “BoJack Horseman” Season 4.]

The general rule with the “Hollywoo” satire “BoJack Horseman” is that you can assume any famous person mentioned by name is probably playing themselves. But beyond that, the show has a knack for lining up a fearsomely talented guest voice cast beyond its already stunning ensemble to play some of its most compelling roles, and Season 4 brought in an impressive array of new and semi-returning faces.

We’ve assembled the below guide to this year’s new characters, for that moment when you say to yourself “Wait, was that…?”

Read More:‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Princess Carolyn, and The Best Episode of Season 4 A few returning faces worth spotlighting

Katrina Peanutbutter, played by Lake Bell

Lake Bell is always a treat as Katrina, and Season 4 gave her plenty to do.

Stefani Stilton, played by Kimiko Glenn

We barely met Stefani during Season 3, but Season 4 let
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Now Casting: Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Looking for Security Guards + More

The opportunities in today’s casting roundup are worth more than money can buy! The hit Showtime series “Billions” is currently seeking male talent to portray security guards. There are also multiple principal and ensemble roles in an upcoming NYC production of “A Chorus Line,” spots in a band for a children’s platform, and health-conscious brand ambassador positions at an upcoming food expo! Showtime’S “Billions”Join the cast of Showtime’s “Billions,” starring Paul Giamatti as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades as he goes after hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in a battle between two powerful New York figures. Male talent, aged 25–65, is currently sought to portray security guards in background roles. Tentative shoot dates are Sept. 18 and 19 in the NYC area, with potential work throughout the season. Some pay will be provided. Apply here! The New Monix, Gonoodle’S Newest Female Musical DUOGoNoodle, a
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Billions: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on Showtime?

Vulture WatchHave the mighty fallen? Will the Billions TV show be cancelled or renewed for a third season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Billions season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Showtime premium cable channel, the Billions TV show stars Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, and Condola Rashād. Eric Bogosian will recur and Mary Louise Parker will guest star in season two. Billions follows U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and self-made billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Lewis). The second installment picks up right after the season one finale, which ended in a confrontation between Rhoades and hedge fund king "Axe." Now, the duo will engage in a "scorched-earth battle"
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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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Venice Film Review: ‘Downsizing’

Venice Film Review: ‘Downsizing’
A good filmmaker knows when it’s time to leave his comfort zone, and Alexander Payne, four years after his last film, “Nebraska” (2013), must have figured that he’d taken the amblin’-road-movie-that’s-really-a-plunge-into-the-kooky-heart-of-Middle-America in about as many directions as he could. His new movie, “Downsizing,” opens the 74th Venice International Film Festival by unveiling a new side of Payne that’s at once playful, spectacular, mischievous, and audacious. The movie, a comedy about groups of miniaturized humans who live in tiny villages (all to save an overpopulated planet), is an outrageously matter-of-fact science-fiction fairy tale — a kind of live-action Pixar movie on acid. It’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Adults” made by a deadpan social satirist.

It’s also the most whimsically outlandish film of Payne’s career, though that doesn’t mean it’s made with anything less than his usual highly thought-out and controlled master-craftsman bravura. “Downsizing” is an ingenious comedy of scale, a
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